Five Common Errors When Using Flexible Circuit Technology

The biggest issue in using flexible circuits is underestimating what is involved in having a successful start up program. Too often supply chain teams treat flex like a commodity, giving the process little time and attention. The result is usually poor quality, higher start up costs and delayed product introduction.

The following are five common errors companies make when starting up a project using flexible circuitry.

  1. Not doing due diligence with supplier selection: There are many flexible PCB suppliers to pick from, each with unique capabilities and problems. Assuming that “any supplier” can adequately meet your needs, or basing your selection strictly on price is a recipe for disappointment.
  2. Not involving your supplier in the design process: There are a lot of nuances in manufacturing a flexcircuit; the fact that it is flexible adds challenges for design that a hard board does not face. Your supplier can help design a product that is more reliable, easier to build and ultimately more cost effective. Forcing your supplier to build to print can result in more quality issues, poor on time delivery and a less reliable product.
  3. Using PCB CAD software to design a flex: This issue is related to the previous point, but PCB software does not avoid common manufacturing and quality design issues that are unique to a flexible circuit. Sharp corners, solder fillets near bend points, not accommodating material stability issues are just some of issues that standard PCB design software does not address.
  4. Compressed Timelines: Often the flex is the last element to be designed in the electronic package. When the product team finally gets around to addressing the flex circuit, they are already behind schedule. This time pressure can force short cuts. The result is a poorly designed product that will have numerous manufacturing and reliability issues for the duration of the product. Additionally, you will be forced to pay premium for quick turn production.
  5. Believing that Flex has no Limitations: Flexible Circuits can operate in dynamic flex applications that exceed millions of cycles. This sometimes causes one to assume that the circuit is indestructible. However, other elements such as mechanical abrasion, sharp bend radius and twisting can cause premature failure. A knowledgeable supplier can make you aware of any long term limitations for an application.

Flexible Circuits are often the most cost effective means for electronic packaging interconnection. They offer a host of advantages from durability, weight and design features. Avoiding the above mistakes can go a long way in assuring a successful product start up.

DJ Newbie – Should You Do DIY Speakers Stands Or Buy New DJ Speaker Stands

When you are just starting as a budding DJ newbie and are getting the necessary music and equipment put together, you may come across the idea that you need to place your DJ speakers on stands. So you are wondering if DIY speakers stands are a good idea or whether you should buy DJ speaker stands.

To make this decision whether to build audio stands easier on you, we’ll go over some of the basic requirements for a useful DJ audio stand. The requirements are – the audio stand should help the speaker project the sound throughout the venue space, the audio stand should prevent the sound distortion and loss, and a DJ loudspeaker stand should be sturdy yet portable. In addition, if you can get audio stands cheap and fulfilling all of the criteria, why DIY?

These are the requirements for building quality audio stands that will be functional and that you can be proud of:

The speaker stands should help the speaker project and carry the sound

This is the first and the most important requirement. The sound projection depends on two factors: Sound absorption, and clear sound path. To enable a clear path for the sound, the speaker audio stands must help project the sound over and above the audience. At the same time, the sound should not be directed into the audience, to reduce sound absorption.

Bottom line, the DJ stands need to be adjustable height and their best height is at the ear level or slightly higher. Depending on the venue and whether the audience is sitting, standing, or both, you need to make your stands adjustable anywhere between 4′ and 6′ in height.

The audio stand should prevent the sound distortion and loss

The best way to prevent sound distortion is to have a strong and narrow tie-in of your stand into the speaker. Most DJ speakers have standard 1 3/8″ sockets, and some have 1 1/2″ sockets. Be sure to tighten the screw to prevent any rattling or other sound distortions. The sound loss is minimized by using the smallest possible connection between the speaker and the speaker sound. So if your speaker weight allows it, go with the smallest possible standard socket size.

The DJ audio stand should be sturdy and portable

This is where the material used comes to play a big role in building DJ audio stands or PA speaker stands. If you thought you can get away with a wood speaker stands construction, think again. With wood, you will never be able to achieve the low weight-high impact resistance that an aluminum or steel speaker stand offers. But with either an aluminum or stainless steel construction you can create a sturdy yet lightweight stand that is easily transported in a car or van.

Bottom line, are you a handy man enough to make your own stands? Can you produce DIY DJ stands with all the above characteristics, sound projection, reduced sound distortion and loss, and sturdiness and portability? If so, then go ahead and build your own DJ stands. If not, buy new DJ speakers stands instead.

How to Cut Hair at Home – Using a Scissors and Clippers

The scissor has 6 different parts that we are going to talk about. They are the tang, the finger grip, the thumb grip, the hand screw, the moving blade and the still blade. The tang is the little piece of metal that extends from the finger grip. This finger grip is for you to rest your pinkie finger on when you are cutting for stability and control. The finger grip connects to the tang and it is the round opening where the ring finger on your dominant hand would go. The finger grip extends along the length of the scissors diagonally to meet the still blade. The thumb grip is the round opening below the finger grip and is the opening where your thumb would go. The thumb grip controls the moving part of the blade. In the center of the scissors you will notice the hand screw. This serves the shears in a couple different ways. For one, it holds the two blades together. It can also be tightened or loosened. When you tighten the hand screw, the scissors become harder to open and close. When you loosen the hand screw, the scissors will open and close easier. This is entirely up to your personal preference.

Clippers are another necessity for cutting boys or men’s hair into a buzz cut or a fade. Most clipper sets come with a matching trimmer for detailing around the hair-line, around the ears and any facial hair. If it doesn’t, you can buy the trimmer individually or you can choose to use your clippers to do the job. I must warn you that without experience using clippers to do detailing; you run a higher risk of cutting hair that you didn’t intend to.

You will also have to invest in a set of clipper guards if your clippers don’t already come with them. As with everything else, clipper guards come in a lot of sizes. You only need four different sizes. They are the blender, 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch. The blender cuts the hair closest to the scalp and the 1/2 inch guard leaves a 1/2 inch of hair on the head. If you want the hair left any longer than that, then you can transition to use your scissors for that section. For example, if you were to do a fade where you wanted the hair at the nape of the neck really short and you wanted the hair on the top of the head left an inch and a half, you would start at the nape of the neck using the blender guard, then as you progress up the back of the head you would switch over to a 1/4 inch guard then 3/8 then 1/2 inch and finally blending the sides and the top with your scissors.

Discover everything you need to know about how to cut men’s hair.

A Bare Black Hole Screeches Like A Banshee Through Space

Hiding in the secretive hearts of perhaps every large galaxy in the Universe, they lurk with sinister intent, waiting for their unfortunate dinner to come to them. These strange and mystifying gravitational beasts are supermassive black holes, and they can weigh millions to billions of times more than our Sun, as they dine with a terrible, and sometimes seemingly insatiable, hunger on any doomed object that innocently passes too close to their powerful gravitational embrace. Supermassive black holes are thought to grow in mass through galactic mergers, whereby the black holes inhabiting the wreckage of a duo of colliding galaxies, also merge together themselves–therefore increasing in mass. In November 2016, astronomers using the sensitive and extremely sharp radio vision of the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), announced that they have discovered the shredded remnants of an unlucky small galaxy that catastrophically passed through a larger galaxy. Alas, this galactic wreck left in its wake the smaller galaxy’s nearly naked supermassive black hole–screeching like a banshee as it emerged unclothed from the mess, flying away at over 2,000 miles per second!

The duo of colliding galaxies are members of a galactic cluster situated more than 2 billion light-years from our planet. The close encounter of the catastrophic kind, that occurred millions of years ago, tore away most of the doomed smaller galaxy’s lovely veil of sparkling stars and clouds of gas. The only thing remaining was the uncovered supermassive beast and a relatively small galactic relic a mere 3,000 light-years across. By comparison, our large barred-spiral Milky Way Galaxy is about 100,000 light-years across.

The discovery of this galactic tragedy was made as part of a program to spot supermassive black holes where they lurk hungrily in the secretive hearts of their host galaxies. Many astronomers propose that large galaxies grow in size by eating their smaller neighbors. In such hideous cases, the supermassive black holes of both galaxies are predicted to orbit each other in a macabre celestial dance, and then ultimately merge together.

“We were looking for orbiting pairs of supermassive black holes, with one offset from the center of a galaxy, as telltale evidence of a previous galaxy merger. Instead, we found this black hole fleeing from the larger galaxy and leaving a trail of debris behind it,” noted Dr. James Condon in a November 2, 2016 National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Press Release. Dr. Condon is of the NRAO.

“We’ve not seen anything like this before,” Dr. Condon added.

Galaxies That Go Bump In The Night

Astronomers have known for years that perhaps every large galaxy in the Universe has a supermassive beast dwelling in its heart. Anything that is unlucky enough to wander too close to the clutches of these gravitational monsters is doomed, doomed, doomed, and can never escape from its sad fate as the black hole’s buffet. Not even light can escape from the clutches of its voracious and greedy gravitational captor.

Our own large starlit spiral Milky Way Galaxy has not merged with another large galaxy for a very long time. However, these collisions did occur in our Galaxy’s past, leaving behind their tattle-tale “fossil” remnants to tell the tale of past catastrophic encounters. Furthermore, in about 4 to 5 billion years our Milky Way is destined to experience a catastrophic collision and merger with another large galaxy–the somewhat larger neighboring spiral, the Andromeda galaxy (M31).

Whirling like two enormous star-blazing, beautiful pin-wheels in space, our own Galaxy and Andromeda are the two largest galactic inhabitants of the Local Group of galaxies. The Local Group hosts 54 galaxies in all, most of which are small dwarf galaxies, and its center is situated approximately between our Milky Way and Andromeda.

The Local Group, in turn, resides near the outer regions of the Virgo Cluster, whose glaring big heart is about 50 million light years from our planet. The many groups of galaxies and clusters of galaxies are all smaller components of enormous web-like filaments and thin, broad expanses, often referred to as the Great Wall. The Great Wall is a sheet-like collection of galactic constituents that is located about 200 million light years from Earth. A kindred structure, referred to as the Great Attractor, is pulling mercilessly with its powerful gravity, on the entire Virgo Cluster. Our Milky Way, Andromeda, and all of the smaller galaxies of the Local Group are carried away with the rest at a dizzying velocity of several hundred kilometers per second.

A sea-change will occur in both spirals when our Milky Way and Andromeda collide. The two large spirals will undergo a metamorphosis, merging into a single new galaxy that exhibits an elliptical shape, as opposed to a spiral shape. The enormous new galaxy has been playfully dubbed the Milkomeda Galaxy by some astronomers.

Currently, our Milky Way and Andromeda are rushing towards one another at the stupendous rate of 250,000 miles per hour. When the two galactic pin-wheels smash into each other the wreck is likely to be messy. Right now, Andromeda is flying straight in our direction, and when it finally crashes into our Milky Way, it will eat it. This is because Andromeda is the larger of the doomed duo.

The supermassive black hole dwelling in the heart of the great Milkomeda Galaxy, will be the extremely massive merged black holes of the current Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies–after having combined into one.

Supermassive black holes can grow to be at least as enormous as our entire Solar System. These mysterious, magnificent entities are well-known for their great mass and greed.

A Bare Black Hole Screeches Like A Banshee Through Space!

The astronomers who found the small shredded galaxy’s bare black hole began their chase using the VLBA to make very high-resolution images of over 1,200 galaxies that had already been found by large-scale sky surveys using radio and infrared telescopes. The VLBA observations revealed that the supermassive black holes haunting the hearts of almost all of these galaxies were located at the center of their galactic hosts.

However, one object stood out in the crowd. The strange object was located in a cluster of galaxies dubbed ZwCI 8193, and it did not fit into the pattern. Additional studies revealed that this mysterious object, named B3 1715+425, was a supermassive black hole surrounded by a galaxy much dimmer and smaller than would be expected. Furthermore, this strange object was rushing away from the center of a much larger galaxy–leaving a trail of ionized gas behind.

The astronomers came to the conclusion that B3 1715+425 is all that remains of a doomed galaxy that had catastrophically passed through the larger galaxy, and as a result had most of its gas and stars ripped away. The lingering relic of this galactic smash-up? The “nearly naked” supermassive black hole!

This speeding relic of a cosmic disaster will likely lose more mass and stop forming sparkling new baby stars, according to the team of astronomers.

“In a billion years or so, it probably will be invisible,” Dr. Condon noted in the November 2, 2016 NRAO Press Release. This indicates, he added, that there could be many more similar objects left in the wake of earlier galactic collisions that astronomers are unable to detect.

The astronomers are going to keep on exploring the Universe, on the hunt for such objects, in their long-term study using the VLBA. Because their project does not depend on time, Dr. Condon continued to explain, they use “filler time” when the telescope is not being used for more time-critical observations that are being conducted by other astronomers.

“The data we get from the VLBA is very high quality. We get the positions of the supermassive black holes to extremely good precision. Our limiting factor is the precision of the galaxy positions seen at other wavelengths that we use for comparison,” Dr. Condon said in the November 2, 2016 NRAO Press Release. With new optical telescopes scheduled to come on line in future years, such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), he added, they will then have improved images that can be compared with the VLBA images. The astronomers hope that this will enable them to discover more objects like B3 1714+425.

“And also maybe some of the binary supermassive black holes we originally sought,” he continued.

Dr. Condon worked with Dr. Jeremy Darling of the University of Colorado; Dr. Yuri Kovalev of the Astro Space Center of the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow, Russia; and Dr. Leonid Petrov of the Astrogeo Center in Falls Church, Virginia. The scientists are reporting their findings in the Astrophysical Journal.

The VLBA is part of the Long Baseline Observatory. It uses ten, 25-meter-diameter dish antennas distributed from Hawaii to St. Croix in the Caribbean. It is operated from the NRAO’s Domenici Science Operations Center in Socorro, New Mexico. All ten antennas work together as a single telescope with great resolving power.

Lighting Under Challenging Circumstances

Whether you are new to the world of film, shooting your first scenes, or a seasoned veteran, there are untold combinations of lighting that you have to deal with on a regular and consistent basis, especially when dealing with television. Television lighting poses a great number of challenges for any filmmaker, director, cameraman, or even producers. The reason is that unless you are recording your scenes under a controlled environment, such as a closed studio set, then you will have no choice but to endure what’s thrown your way when you arrive on scene.

In today’s environment, location shooting is rife with challenges, such as natural sunlight and fluorescent tubes. Each of these illumination sources creates different shadows, tones, and color tints on film and video recording stock. Getting the right balance of light for every situation requires different plans, layouts, and equipment. And sometimes, when you are lighting for television, you will be dealing with more than one source at a time.

Think of a scene in an office building. Fluorescent fixtures overhead combine with the sun’s natural rays filtering in through the office windows. Now you have a recipe for some tricky and creative work. Technology will certainly help to some degree, with certain settings on modern cameras that help filter light, determine the white temperature settings and make adjustments accordingly, and even gauge the balance of light.

Determine what type of light you are dealing with

Most fluorescent tubes are considered soft light. In the world of television, or any lighting for film, for that matter, you are going to have two main sources of light: hard and soft light. Hard light is considered light that is produced by a direct source. A main spotlight in a studio setting is one example of hard light. The sun, in an outdoor scene, is another hard light source.

Temperatures of the light

When you are filming under different lighting conditions, you are dealing with different temperatures of light. The goal for any cameraman, then, is to make sure that the light sources that you are using are essentially the same temperature.

Daylight has a color temperature of 5,500 degrees Kelvin. Cool white fluorescents can have a color temperature of 4,000 degrees Kelvin and incandescent lights have an approximate color temperature of 3,000 degrees Kelvin. In order to balance these temperatures and make them have the same color temperature is important in getting the perfect lighting setup for film.

Using colored gels in front of the different light sources is how this balance is achieved. Depending on the light source, you will need to use different gels to achieve this goal.

Three-Point Lighting

Whatever light source you are dealing with when working with television lighting, your best approach will be to use three-point lighting. This is the same technique that is used for photo shoots in a professional studio, but the concepts transfer to any environment.

The effect of shadows to create strong contrast between light and dark surfaces will create a stronger impression of three dimensions for the television audience. While film is still, for the most part, two dimensional, when a three-point lighting technique is used properly, your audience will be given the impression of three dimensional scenes and characters (the emotional dimensions of your characters are a different issue altogether).

Television lighting will pose many challenges and rarely will two be exactly the same. While there are many solutions to lighting dilemmas, being armed with color correction gels and light diffusion materials will go a long way to solving problems. Your television lighting skills will also drastically improve when you use three-point lighting for these tough situations.

Factors To Consider When Buying LED Panel Lights

Many people love LED panel lights as they provide even light distribution, have a slim look, save you plenty of power and don’t have LED glare. When you are buying the units you need to consider a number of factors that include:

Size of the lights

The lights come in different sizes. Your choice should be informed by the size of the existing ceiling grid. Currently, the LED lights fit the following ceiling grids: 1200 X 600, 600 X 600 and 1200 X 300. When installing the units, ensure that there is adequate ventilation. If your ceiling is narrow or you want to suspend the panels, you should go for integral edge-lit panels.

Power of the LEDs

According to experts, the integral LED panels deliver a wider beam angle while consuming less power. This means that less light is lost. When making the purchase, you should go with a panel that gives you maximum light with less power. With blighter panels, you can optimize your lighting where you remove a few of the existing LED fittings and install a few blighter units. This way you have more light in your house while saving plenty of money.

When deciding on how blight your units will be you should pay attention to the lumens. The higher the lumens, the blighter the unit will be. The lumens will also guide you in knowing the efficiency of the units. You should note that the higher the lumens per watt, the more efficient the panel will be. When making the purchase, always take a look at the lumens per watt rating.

Color of the LED panel

The color that you go with solely depends on your preference and where you will be using the light. Two of the most common LED colors are cool and warm white. The cool white color is the most common and is ideal when you are interested in creating a modern feeling in your school, office, retail or commercial area. The warm white color is a traditional color that is associated with filament lamps. It’s ideal for areas such as nursing homes.

Conclusion

These are the factors you should consider when buying LED lights. To save more money on your lighting you should go for units with a dimming feature. This is to enable you to reduce the amount of light in the house. If you are lighting sensitive areas such as escape routes, it’s recommended that you install emergency lights.

Emotional Intelligence – Overcoming Emotional Barriers

Few of us are equipped with enough self-awareness to experience perfect emotional lucidity. But with practice, we can assess our own emotional states and appreciate the emotional lives of others. It is not uncommon for aspects of our personal history to interfere with emotional clarity. By handling common barriers to emotional intelligence we prepare ourselves for continued personal development.

A person’s upbringing frequently colors his or her emotional experience of the world. For particularly stoic families, any display or discussion of emotion would be at least embarrassing, possibly resulting in ridicule or punishment. For other families, expressiveness is the dramatic fabric of everyday life. Emotions run high over even the slightest issue. Recognize that each family forms a culture, with norms and values of its own making. As individuals we can learn to adapt to different cultures. Thus if we were not brought up expressing emotions (or if we tend to over-express them), we can learn to adapt to the culture of our professional workplace and express (or regulate) our emotions to serve our own interests.

For many people, emotional expression has a variety of associations. Fear, guilt, or anxiety can arise from previous experiences where a negative incident taught us that emotionality should be avoided at all costs. Such associations are useful in helping us conform to the expectations of a group, allowing us to find acceptance. However they can severely restrict the way we interact with people in new situations. An undue adherence to the norms of one culture can seem awkward or condescending in another. When I first encountered Japanese business people in a professional setting, I found them stiff and uptight-and I later learned that they found me frivolous and unprofessional! This was simply a difference in cultural norms: Japanese tend to treat new business contacts with a polite formality to demonstrate respect, whereas I was seeking to increase rapport and comfort. Once we examined the cultural differences together, we found a way of working that we were all comfortable with. It helps to reflect on the associations you have about emotional expression to determine what limitations if any your prior life experiences may have on your emotional intelligence.

Finally, some people are afraid to try a new skill because they lack the competence today to be proficient immediately. This is unfortunate, in that it makes “being perfect” a prerequisite to simply getting started. Rather than regard your current level of competence as some kind of indication of your eventual capacity for emotional intelligence, let your current level of competence guide your development so you can practice empathetic communication, use “I”-statements, and apply coping strategies under pressure to increase your self-awareness and overall emotional intelligence.

Choose a Wool Rug for Your Nursery

Decorating your nursery is probably the most fun DIY project you will ever undertake. Choosing the colour scheme, the furniture, the bedding, the lights, adding the finishing touches… Now you need to choose a rug.

The choice of nursery rugs out there is huge – pink hearts, flowers, butterflies for girls; racing cars, trucks, football pitches for boys, whatever your taste or budget there are so many designs on offer.

However, it is not that simple – the chances are your child will be spending time on that rug – crawling on it, playing on it, falling onto it, laying on it, maybe even falling asleep on it or trying to eat it lol. So don’t rush into buying the design that you like, check the quality.

Many manufactures these days use acrylic or other types of man-made fibre in order to reduce the cost of production. Whilst there is nothing wrong with that for some types of rugs, like your hallway runner or your kitchen rug, you should really try to avoid using anything but natural materials in your child’s nursery. Here are just a few facts about wool nursery rugs:

· Babies have sensitive skin – this is the reason we use special detergents and fabric softeners. We also know not to use synthetic clothing for babies as this can lead to severe skin reactions. The same applies to rugs – go for natural fibre rugs that will not irritate the child’s skin. Wool has natural anti-bacterial properties and is therefore hypoallergenic.

· A nursery rug should be safe – most acrylic rugs and all wool rugs are fireproof. This, however, is achieved in completely different ways. Wool is a naturally safe retardant material. When it catches light it will not support it and it will not melt. Acrylic rugs are sprayed with a chemical solution to achieve the same results and any chemical can lead to allergies.

· Wool nursery rugs will provide that extra cushioning for your floors. This is extremely useful for when your child is learning to walk. They will also provide noise reduction – think of all those toys thrown or dropped on the floor.

· Nursery rugs need to be easy to maintain – wool fibre has a natural protective layer that prevents wet spills from penetrating the fibre. It also holds dirt and grime high on the pile, making it easy to vacuum.

· And the last, but not the least – wool is sustainable, eco-friendly and biodegradable. It is the healthiest choice for the environment and you and your family.

Companies That Provide Printing Services In Dubai

Printing industry oversight

Like other industries, the printing industry falls under the patronage of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). Consequently, the DCCI set up the Printing and Publishing Group to streamline the printing services and prosper it while concurrently resolving any difficulties that arise. An annual gala for successful companies in this sector happens during the Dubai International Print Awards (DIPA).

The major printing services offered in Dubai

Offset Printing

It is a popular printing procedure involving the transmission of full-color images to a rubber blanket from a plate, then onto the desired paper. The complete products include stationery, catalogs, magazines, books, brochure, newspapers, and books.

Flexographic Printing

The printing presses employing this technology operate a flexible letterpress that brings the advantage of its ability to print on a different variety of surfaces such as metallic films, laminated materials, synthetic items as well as paper. Packaging materials, self-adhesive labels, wallpaper, kitchen utensils and wrappers compose some of the items printed with this technology.

Security Printing

For those desiring items that have some form of specific identification or protection, and then security printing is a welcome service. Products fitting in this category are election papers, stock exchange bonds passports, identification cards, visa papers, lottery tickets, cheques, share certificates, air tickets and gift vouchers.

Digital Printing

With so much information stored and transmitted in digital formats, printing services that can access digital information and print them directly thrive. The printers applied here can also print on diverse substrates. You get quality photos, commercial print products (for sales or marketing ventures), architectural products and art items.

Some of the printing service providers

Emirates Printing Press (EPP)

Racking up over 200 million pages printed monthly, EPP caters for the bulk of the printing needs of many individuals and reputable organizations. Their merchandise includes directories, brochures, annual reports, magazines, and books. What’s more, EPP presents other related services such as packaging, binding, lamination and varnishing within the same building. EPP’s client list contains Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Burj Al Arab among many others.

Raqam International

This company specializes in printing bespoke ribbons and labels, but additionally covers multiple printing services. With ISO certification and print awards nominations (especially for their flexographic printing), Raqam International currently serves numerous companies in Dubai and beyond. Banks, pharmaceutical organizations, malls, the local government and the fast-moving consumer goods industry are notable customers of this firm.

Pentown Paper Products

Pentown has an array of quality services and products. From offset printing to digital printing, packaging, advertising and even to exhibition stands as well as vehicle graphics. This impressive portfolio has attracted such organizations as Hamptons International, the International Cricket Council, LG and Canon. Their service saw them bag a DIPA award in 2014 for excelling in digital printing.

Spectrum UAE Limited

They pride themselves in competitive rates, unmatched customer service, and quality. The services offered at Spectrum range from education, advertising, public relations, finance, publishing and media-related printing solutions. Organizations Spectrum serves consist of Al Arabi Travel, Baraka Media, and the Get Well Network to name a few.

Conclusion: What to look for

Here are a some guidelines to aid you when sourcing for Printing companies in Dubai. It is paramount to prioritize quality, the speed of product output, cost implications, privacy, and customer service. Other valuable markers are unique services offered by the printing company and the ability to implement other printing related services under one roof.

Cleaning Your Marble Flooring Tiles

Marble tiles for flooring in your bathrooms, entryways, and kitchen are becoming more in demand so there is a big need for the right products to clean these materials. It is not hard to clean marble flooring tiles with the proper upkeep and maintenance. A few times a year you should have your marble flooring tiles sealed and polished. To keep them sparkling clean you should make sure that they are kept free from routine dust and dirt. Every day you should vacuum or use a soft bristled broom to get the loose dirt from the floor.

One important thing to know about marble flooring tiles is that dirt can be ground easily in as people walk around on the floor. Stuff like dirt, sand, and other debris that can be left on the bottom of shoes is abrasive, which can scratch the tiles and then the dirt can be ground into the scratches. To help prevent this from happening you could ask that people who are visiting remove their shoes before walking around the house, especially if they have been walking in mud or dirt.

Periodically you should clean the flooring using a warm damp mop. Make sure that it is only damp and not dripping water. It may be necessary to do this daily after sweeping, especially if you have children who are spill prone. On the market today, more commercial products have been formulated to keep your marble flooring tiles looking like new. These cleaners do not need to be used every day but some should be kept on hand for monthly cleanings or in case of an accidental spill that cannot be cleaned with a damp mop. Make sure before you use the cleaner that you read the label and follow the directions precisely as written.

Vinegar is a product that many homeowners fall back on to use as a cleaner but it is not recommended as a cleaner for your marble flooring tiles. The acid in the vinegar could damage the surface of your flooring. Even mild soaps and detergents are not recommended. You should only use plain water to damp mop your marble flooring tiles or a special cleaner that is for that particular type of flooring. After you damp mop your flooring you should dry the floor completely using a fluffy town because the floors tend to spot and stain if left to air dry instead of being dried by hand.

You should seal and polish your marble flooring tiles every few months. The sealant will help to protect the flooring from everyday grime and dirt, making it easier to clean on a regular basis. The polish will help the marble flooring tiles shine.

Bodybuilding Pumps – Some Amazing Secrets To Getting Incredible Workouts And Healing Fast!

One of the keys to success in bodybuilding is to get amazing, incredible, testosterone pumping workouts. There are many ways to ensure that you get an amazing workout and have the incredible pump that you so desire.

Today, our bodybuilding experts are going to go over just some of the ways to help you get an amazing workout!

Great Pre-Workout

One of the first and most important steps to getting an incredible workout is to take a great preworkout supplement. While not completely necessary, a preworkout supplement can help you get an incredible pump and have the energy to blow through your workout.

Usually as you’re lifting your muscles may get tired, well if you have one of the best preworkout supplements you likely won’t feel this for a long, long time. A great preworkout supplement will let you keep going and get an incredible pump.

Niacin

Niacin, or Vitamin B3, is on of the keys to getting a great workout. Niacin increases blood flow and dialates the blood vessels, getting more blood to your muscles as you’re lifting. It increases energy and greatly increases intensity. Sometimes when you take Niacin, especially if you’ve never taken it or just started to take it, you will “flush”. A flush is when your skin gets red and itchy, it’s actually a great feeling and lasts about a half an hour to an hour usually.

A niacin flush shows that your Niacin supplement is working. When choosing a Niacin supplement, be sure to choose one that is instant release, not time released, as instant release works much better for lifting and working out than the time released version.

Arginine

Arginine is an amino acid that works in many ways to help give you an incredible workout. Arginine has a variety of functions including increasing bloodflowm, causing Human Growth Hormone to spike naturally and giving you more energy. Many people have reported an incredible pump when taking Arginine, and, as an amino acid, it works together with other aminos to help you get an amazing workout.

There are many factors that go into getting a great workout and an incredible pump, these are just a few of the key factors to get amazing workouts and feel great before, during and afterwords. With the right combination of supplements, every workout can be one of the best you ever had, and can give you an amazing pump!

Gain Strength Without Size For a Lean Special Forces Body

Can you get stronger without getting bigger? In my experience a lot of people think that you have to spend hours in the weight room doing burnout sets to failure in order to get stronger. While this can work over a short period of time, you will plateau very fast and in my opinion create a physique that is incapable of performing any kind of athletic activity at a high level. This is something that I see a lot of people messing up in the gym. I repeatedly hear young guys discussing how they’ve hit a plateau in their lifts and they decide to try to simply increase the number of sets/reps, total volume, or simply keep doing the same old thing, hoping that they’ll magically get stronger. This is a HUGE mistake, especially if your goal is to have a lean physique of average size, but with extraordinary muscle density.

Reduce your sets and reps to increase strength and muscle tone To get really strong you need to lift the heaviest weights you can manage with perfect form, for very few reps. I recommend 3-5 reps. 1-3 reps for pure strength, 5 reps for a little muscle as well. A good rule of thumb is to get out of the gym feeling stronger than when you came in. If you feel fatigued or sore, you did too much. I like keeping the total number of sets under 14 total. Keep rest between sets to about 1-2 minutes. I know it sounds crazy but trust me, you will bust through your current plateau and build strength steadily like this. This is an awesome way to gain strength without size for a lean Special Forces body.

Why more is NOT always better Most people think that simply doing more work = better results, and I was definitely stuck in that category until a couple of years ago. Basically, increasing the total number of sets, or just trying to do more work will mean that you’ll build strength endurance and muscle mass, but you’re pure strength gains will stagnate quickly. Remember those muscle bound dudes in high-school and college with “inflata-lats” and ridiculous cut-off t-shirts who seemed to subsist on a diet of protein shakes and chicken breasts (Think like half the cast of “Jersey Shore” lol)? This is the look you will create with high volume lifting and it is simply not functional or attractive. If you combine this lifting method with a high carb, high calorie diet and you’re just asking for a puffy and bloated look. Say no to cosmetic lifting, and train for function. The lean and dense Special ops body will follow.

Train like a Recon Marine to get a Hollywood body This is a really popular method of lifting in military units that have to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. They can’t afford to be tired or sore from a 2 hour lifting session, but they still need to be incredibly strong and conditioned. Recon Marines and Navy SEALS are 2 Special Forces units that are a great example of the body type and level of conditioning this training produces. They are generally of average size, but with outstanding muscle tone and strength-to-bodyweight ratio. I’ve been training like this for about 3 years now, and I have nearly doubled my strength levels. I used to have trouble lifting 50lb dumbbells for a single armed row, and now I can easily pull a hundred with each arm at a bodyweight of 160lbs. Whenever I start to train guys for the military the first thing we do is limit our time in the weight room as much as possible. After a few weeks you will feel like a badass lifting heavier weights than half the people around you and then leaving while everyone else is still slogging through their burnout sets.

All the best, Charles Malina

Facebook ‘Fake News’ Program Needs A Special Button To Choose Reading Only Delisted Articles

Apparently, our mainstream media and major search engines and even Facebook want to censor politically right-leaning speech. That’s interesting considering that the whole idea of the Internet was to foster free-speech, expression and free-thinking ideas – well, I guess now it still does as long as those messages are left-leaning, politically correct, and progressive. After the 2016 Presidential Election, many people ask; How come the TV media got it so wrong with the polling results? How come the Internet giants replayed that same message? Why are the major holders of information using extreme propaganda techniques to meld society into some sort of mindless Borg?

Hard to say why, but it is evident that some want to limit the political opposition and march on with the agenda of Sustainability, Political Correctness, Equality, and Global Socialist Mandates to all citizens of the world – including ours. It turns out that Facebook will attempt to eliminate what they consider to be Fake News and allow users to “turn-in” questionable news to be further scrutinized and fact checked. Fact checked by whom? Simple – fact checked by mainstream media and leftist political hacks. Wow, so much for helping users get at the truth – anything that doesn’t agree with a leftist agenda will be flagged and flogged.

Isn’t this what the left-stream media did during the election? Isn’t that why Hillary Clinton lost even though the Clinton News Network and propaganda machine was working full-tilt to prop her up as the so-called “most qualified” and experienced candidate, while refusing to look into her corruption and the backroom deals to defeat her opponents like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump? Isn’t Mark Zuckerberg the (so-called) founder of Facebook a huge Democrat Party supporter? Are we to really believe that such a fact checking scheme is going to deliver us ‘real news’ – you know like all that BS from the Cable TV mainstream news during the election?

It’s pretty obvious that if Facebook is able to quell right-wing political dissent toward the global socialist elite and Democrats then maybe they might have a chance in future elections. Realize too that Mark Zuckerberg has political aspirations himself, and Donald Trump just showed him how it is done. Face it Facebook is about to censor our news and pick and choose what we read. So, I think we should demand that Facebook list all the news that they put into the Fake News junk box and users should have the opportunity to subscribe to only that which Facebook doesn’t like, because in the end that is where the real news will be based on this scheme of theirs.

Add Garden Interest With Pergolas, Lanais, and Gazebos

In sunny areas, certain hardscape structures that provide a bit of overhead shade shelter are as functional as they are lovely. While offering comfort from the heat, they are also good props for hanging plants and climbing flowers and vines. Pergolas, gazebos, and lanais each have different architectural elements. As such, adding flair to your landscape with one or several of these features can enhance your home and your landscape in a variety of ways to complement them.

Pergolas are comprised of pillars, usually wooden, which support cross-beams over the top, forming a sort of open air hallway. By adding flowering or non-flowering vines across the cross-beams or latticework, a shaded area or walkway can be created. From older European landscapes to modern-day college campuses, pergolas are employed to offer a space which not only combines nature and architecture, but also lends a private, semi-magical air to one’s surroundings. Pergolas are often used to connect other landscape features, such as by leading to a gazebo, a greenhouse, or even one’s home.

Gazebos are also open structures, usually octagonal, whose columns – by supporting a columned but covered roof, also provide protection from rain and snow. Effective anywhere on one’s landscape, they can, due to their dry interior, include additional features such as built-in benches, a hammock or hammock chair, wicker tables, a loveseat, a small fire pit, etc. One person I know even built a gazebo to cover the hot tub near the corner of his house. Gazebos can be used as a garden focal point, near a pool or pond, or even in the village square to provide a wonderful, stand-alone option that create a private and special, covered garden spot for sitting, dining, reading, playing music, or relaxing.

Lanai, the name of the 6th largest Hawaiian island, is also the Hawaiian word for covered balcony or porch. A lanai combines the most important facet of both gazebo and pergola by being a covered, roofed outdoor patio area with access to the open air, while offering more of an outdoor living space usually attached to your house, and often located between a house and a pool area. Lanais can be enclosed with screens, awnings, even windows in season providing more protection from the elements than a gazebo. While attached lanais add real-world living space and value to your home, they are not included in factoring living area square footage when selling your property. They are, however, one of those unique special features that add value via their charm and character to your market value.

Paving Sand With an Inbuilt Weedkiller

Each year, to keep the weeds out of the joints of the brick pavers you may have laid on your patio or driveway, you clean your paving and with each clean comes the task of replacing the kiln dried sand. If you like to clean your brick pavers more than a few times a year, the area that you cover brushing sand into the joints, replacing lost sand soon mounts up. But there is a solution to the problem.

The sand used for the joints between the paving bricks are now being manufactured with weed killing properties that will inhibit the growth of weeds for up to 10 years. This is great news because the downside to paving blocks is that when they are cleaned the jointing sand between the bricks is lost because it is washed away. You replace the sand, then a couple of weeks later the weeds are back in ever greater numbers. So you have to weed kill the paving bricks to prevent the weeds growing again between the joints of the pavers. Considering the cost of weed killers is considerable and time consuming most pavers soon become neglected.

The joint sand properties work by containing special minerals that have a naturally high PH value which help prevent the regrowth of any weeds. The sand is made environmentally friendly and completely harmless to children and pets. The sand is also weather resistant and can withstand many years of weather without effecting the weed inhibiting properties of the sand.

Here is a guide to using weedkilling sand for pavers instead of normal joint sand

  1. Your brick pavers will need to be washed with sufficient force so that the top amount of the joint sand between your pavers has been removed.
  2. Allow the paving to fully dry. The paving needs to be completely dry to allow the sand into the joints of the paving. If the paving is still damp or wet the sand will stick to the paving and will not fill the gaps completely.
  3. Then fill the joints of the paving. As a rough guide you will need between 3-5kg of sand per sq. meter of pavers, based on 100mm x 200mm size bricks.
  4. Brush into the joints of the paving using a soft broom removing all excess sand from the brick paving but make sure that the joints are full to the top of the bricks.
  5. Save any left over sand for future use in any areas you may have missed or is lost due to wind.

As you can see, there is no difference in the way the new weed inhibiting sand is used or in the way it is applied to the brick pavers and although a little extra cost is involved when first buying the weed killing jointing sand it seems a good way to keep weeds out of paving, saving time and money.