Why Do US Politicians Support the UN's Global Gun Grab? Part 12 in The Right Response

Is the Sandy Hook tragedy being used by the administration to implement the United Nation's Arms Trade Treaty – the global gun grab? Many other shooting spains have claimed in equally cynical gun ban attempts across the world. Are gun laws to control guns, or to control people instead?

The British Gun Grab

The 1987 English shooting spree in the town of Hungerford killed sixteen people before the shooter killed himself. Britain already had strict gun control laws, the public and even the police were unarmed. If gun bans decrease the slaughter, how come so many were killed? Many hours passed before armed officials came to the rescue.

In 1996, nine years later, a man with a history of mental instability walked into a Dunblane, Scotland, primary school and murdered sixteen young children along with their teacher. He wounded many others before taking his own life.

British Results

Ignoring the obvious – the lack of guns in responsible hands had vastly increased the slaughter – the British government instituted even stricter control over gun ownership.

The unfortunate results? Total failure, the British Telegraph newspaper reports that *:

"The United Kingdom is the violent crime capital of Europe … The total number of violent offscribed recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia and South Africa."

In Britain, with a completely complete ban on guns, burglaries with the occupant at home occurred half the time whereas, in America, hot burglaries account only only some ten percent of break-ins. A study by criminologists Rossi and Wright found that US burglars are more afraid of armed homeowners than they are of the police **.

The Australian Gun Grab

In 1966, six weeks after the 1996 Dunblane tragedy, an Australian with a history of violence, attacked tourists in Port Arthur, Tasmania with semiautomatic rifles. He killed 35 people and wounded 21 others.

Ignoring the painfully obvious conclusion that the lack of guns in responsible hands vastly increased the slaughter, the Australian government instituted even stricter control over gun ownership with the National Firearms Agreement.

Australian Results

Such drastic government action must have been highly effective, right? No. Absolutely not! Once again, the evidence emphasizes the ineffectiveness of yet more controls on guns.

In 2008, the Australian Institute of Criminology reported a reduction of 9% in homicides and a one-third decrease in armed robbery since the 1990s, but an increase of over 40% in injuries and 20% in sexual assaults.

A 2003 Brookings Institution study found that homicides just "continued a modest declination." The use of handguns went up sharply, but just one out of 117 gun homicides used a registered gun in the following two years. Suicides with firearms went down but suicides by other means went up.

They did report a "modest reduction in the severity" of massacres in the following five years which involved knives, gas and arson rather than firearms. Yet, during the same period, deaths attributed to firearms in America dropped by nearly ten times the decline seen in Australia.

This video on their gun ban results, which includes feedback from Australian police, says it all. ***

European Results

Supporters of a one world government would gain clarity by exploring the terrible problems in Europe. The European Union has centralized more and more controls over the entire continent resulting in more and more citizens becoming highly dissatisfied with the EU.

European bureaucrats blithely ignore the wishes of individual countries as they "harmonize" – implement – unpopular centralized laws and regulations maintaining that one size should fit all. But harmonization simply eliminates the benefits of competition, making government failure even more evident. Very few European citizens are happy about the resultant declination in Europe's economic performance.

The 2011 riots in Britain demonstrated just how gun bans disempower you. Citizens were unable to defend themselves or their property against the rioters – and nor were the police.

Guns Provide Protection against the More Powerful

The USA constitution says "the right of the people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed" for a very good reason.

Look at the students massed by the government at Kent State University; the innocent citizens slaughtered by the government at Waco, and the increasingly inhumane treatment of protestors such as the Occupy Wall Street group. That very good reason is to ensure you can protect yourself from both others and oppressive governments.

Yet some politicians want to deny law-abiding citizen their right to defend themselves. They pretend that gun bans protect you. But as US Senate candidate Dan Bongino explains: "There's no such thing as gun control, only people control."

Are President Obama and other gun-control enthusiasts cynically using this horrible tragedy as another political opportunity? Are they trying to implement the UN's global gun control agenda and overturn the US Constitution?

Increasing Dissatisfaction with Federal Control

Dissatisfaction at increasing federal interference can be seen in the USA. Resentment is mounting at federal attempts to usurp powers rightfully reserved to the multiple states. State legislatures in Arizona, Texas and Wyoming, among others, have presented bills to emphasize their constitutional rights to ignore federal gun laws.

The backlash against increasingly powerful central governments demonstrate the real problem. Thoughtful citizens increasingly recognizing the endemic problem of government failure – the government's incompetence at that most fundamental government task: protecting both citizens and their property.

Food for Thought

"It is clear that the Framers … count the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty."

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2010

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* Total failure of the British gun ban reported at the British Telegraph newspaper:


** US burglars are more afraid of armed homeowners, can be found via:


*** The video detailing the Australian gun ban results is at:


5 Tips For Accessorizing With Jewelry

If you have a habit of wearing your costume jewelry to the beach, yet want to prevent this same jewelry from tarnishing, you should rethink that practice. The sand and salt water are not good for such jewelry, therefore brass, copper, gold plated, and silver plated pieces should be treated with extreme care; especially if those are favorites.

Do not spray cologne, perfume, and / or lotion onto your costume jewelry when worn, as that can result in tarnishing. A helpful suggestion would be to put your cologne, perfume, or lotion on areas which will not be in direct contact with your jewelry.

Do not wear your jewelry when you plan to clean your house with harsh chemicals.

Whenever your brass or gold plate jewelry tarnishes, you could clean it with lemon juice mixed with a little cool water in a small bowl or container for a few minutes. Once your jewelry is cleaned, you should rinse it out in cool water, then dry it with a paper towel or cotton cloth.

You could clean your copper with ketchup; just use a cotton cloth, old T-shirt, or paper towel. Rinse in cool water, then dry with paper towel or cotton cloth.

Use toothpaste to clean your silver plated jewelry. It is also a great idea to clean your sterling silver or gold. Rinse in cool water and dry with cotton cloth. You will get a beautiful shine on your jewelry.

Whenever I run out of jewelry cleaner, I sometimes use this procedure which works well for me.

Do not use this technique with jewelry containing semi precious stones such as turquoise, pearls, coral, fluorite, moonstone, malachite, obsidian, blue lace agate, moss agate, hematite, pyrite, abalone, and amber because the hardness on these stones is below seven. Most gem stones have a hardness which identifies the strength of the gems.

I like to experiment with different ways on how to clean jewelry and share it with jewelry designers and customers.

Pump Up Whiteboard Notetaking For Powerful Selling

How do you process information? By taking notes. In traditional classes, we learned to write down everything. But for powerful selling, visual note taking at a whiteboard is much more powerful.

Curious how to pump up your whiteboard note taking? In talking with graphic facilitators, whiteboard sellers and creative visual story sellers, 5 practices consistently surface. It does not seem to matter what the topic is. It does not seem to matter what their expertise or role is.

All that matters is speaking a fluent visual language-one that is ready to go at a moment's notice. If this sounds like fun, believe me … it is a blast.

You may have to pinch yourself when you're in front of a serious group of analytical business people and you're mapping things out in pictures and words. And guiding the conversation to ask the right questions, address concerns and simplify complex processes.

Unlike classic note taking, you will not write down every single word. Instead, you'll capture key ideas and illustrate as you go along.

While there is a huge amount to learn to master the skill of whiteboard selling and impromptu visual note taking, these 5 top practices will get you started. Instantly.

1. Practice Like Crazy

Much like learning a foreign language, practice like crazy. Go wild. Draw, write and sketch ideas. Map information in different ways. Lists. Clusters. Columns. Branches.

The more you practice, the more fluid you'll become.

2. Rehearse On Specific Topics

In addition to general practice, focus on the types of topics you'll be discussing with customers and prospects. If you're showing a process flow for working with your company, sketch it out. If you are detailing frequently asked questions, practice visuals that make the concepts memorable.

3. Practice Listening

One of the least practiced skills is the one you'll use the most: listening. There are hundreds of ways to practice listening-and visual note taking. Here are my top 7 favorites:

• Capture telephone conversations

• Depict a one-on-one interaction with a friend

• Illustrate an inspirational talk – live or video

• Translate the key ideas from a PowerPoint presentation

• Show the flow of a lecture

• Take visual notes during a staff meeting

• Create a whiteboard record of a family discussion

Each of these 'rehearsals' helps you develop better listening skills. If you do not like these suggestions, come up with your own. Focus on opportunities to learn new information, translate ideas into pictures and words, and invent on the spot.

4. Build Speed ​​Skills

While many graphic designers, cartoonists and visual practitioners prefer to sketch in a journal or at a drafting table, working with a live audience is a different animal.

You must be ready for one thing: speed. Conversation is fast. You will not have time for tons of detail, changing your mind, or embellishing what you've drawn. In fact, it's a less controllable than when you're sketching in your studio.

Working in front of an audience is improvisational art. You must come up with ideas-on the spot. Naturally, this is easier if you've been practicing all the steps we've just covered.

The trick here is to have a storehouse of responses so you can flow with fast input and unexpected twists and turns.

5. Improve Like A Pro

With more ideas and more options the better. Develop a surplus and you'll feel more flexible and confident. When you're drawing at the whiteboard, everyone is watching. They may have preconceived ideas of what you will do. But truly, it's up to you.

You're managing the space of the whiteboard. You're managing the tools, colors and marks. And you're managing the depth of detail.

About the only thing that can go wrong are things that you control. Specifically, your mental state. By keeping an open mind, non-judgmental attitude, it's easier to stay in the flow of conversation.

If working at the whiteboard for selling , presenting and training sounds appealing to you, use these 5 tips. You'll be pleasantly surprised. With a small amount of focus, practice and rehearsal, you'll always have ideas ready to go.

How to Eat Clean For Healthy Weight Management

Think back to the days past before; microwaving and instant potatoes, when food came directly from the farm to the market to the table. Sure it took a bit longer to prepare a meal, but we knew exactly who grew or raised the food and the only "process" it went through was either butchering or harvesting. And the families of generations then were more able to maintain a healthier weight. They ate clean everyday everyday not by choice but by circumstance, but they were also better for it.

It is getting harder and harder to maintain a healthy weight today. Try as we might to lose weight, and keep it off; many of us fall into the yo-yo diet trap. There is a reason for this and it mainly stems from the types of foods we are eating, and less the cause of the quantity of food consume.

Here's How to Eat Clean:

1. Eat foods that are in their natural state. Select foods that have not been processed and are considered whole foods. Think if it this way, when reading the label all the ingredients should be a natural food source and not a chemical.

2. Keep the furnace stoked, which means keep you metabolism running by continuously feeding it well portioned meals a minimum of six times a day. This will require breaking out your 1500 calorie daily allowance throughout the day, usually done by eating 400 calories meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and three 100 calorie snacks.

3. Meals should contain lean protein, complex carbohydrates and good healthy fats. Lean proteins include foods like skinless chicken breast, fish and egg whites. Complex carbohydrates include whole grain bread and pastas; avoid eating white flours and sugars. Labels that read enriched flour should be left on the shelf. Healthy fats are foods such as avocado and olive oil; a good test is if you heat the oil it should remain liquid once it has cooled.

4. Flush the system, now that you're eating all these healthy whole foods your body is going to begin to release toxins. Drinking plenty of water will help to not only keep you body well hydrated; plenty of water will also flush those toxins from your liver and fat cells.

5. Stay away from alcohol and liquor, although some of these are low in calorie they turn to sugar during the digestion process which in turn becomes fat. Alcohol also dehydrates the body and that is counterproductive to flushing away toxins.

6. Keep active, eating clean is the foundation to good health, but you will also want to get active. 30 minutes of exercise per day is the recommended minimum for a healthy heart and weight management program. Whatever it's something as simple as walking, running, weightlifting or a sport you've got to get up, move and break a sweat.

These steps are really not that difficult, but in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives we tend to eat that which is quick to prepare. The reason some foods are so quick to prepare is because they have been beaten from their valuable nutrition and then enriched to add a small portion of it back to meet FDA requirements. Do not short change yourself "Eat to live, do not live to eat".

London Business Hotels

With London’s global position as one of the most significant cities in the World in terms of business and industry, it’s very important that London has a good level of quality accommodations for the many corporate visitors who travel to the capital on business trips through the year. Particularly with the City of London still maintaining its position as the centre of World finance, there are an abundance of overseas and domestic visitors needing the comfort and facilities of first class hotels in the city.

Since the days of the 70s when perhaps the Park Lane Hilton was seen as the place to stay when on a business trip to London, all the major international hotels have build hotels aimed at the business traveler in the city, in fact most hotel chains have numerous properties throughout the capital (Hilton Hotels now number 34 in total including the airports and the London outskirts!). Holiday Inn, Accor Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Thistle Hotels but to name a few, all have business hotels through London with a high level of comfort and a large range of facilities aimed mainly at the corporate traveler. New players to the London market also boast very good business hotels – H10 for example and the Park Plaza Hotel chain have gone out of their way to provide rooms suited for business people – the Park Plaza Westminster, for example, is an all suite hotel featuring rooms with a small lounge and kitchenette in addition to a generous sized bedroom and fabulous location close to Westminster Bridge. Privately owned up market hotels are also designed with corporate in mind – the Cadogan Hotel near Harrods department store and the Ritz Hotel in London’s Piccadilly street both provide not just good facilities and first class quality but also a discerning service for the more upmarket level of clients associated with such grand business hotels.

Rooms in all these type of hotels have the typical facilities you would expect such as desks with office type chairs, minibars, full room service and satellite TV programmes with pay movies and en suite facilities with a full complement of complimentary toiletries, heated towel rail and power showers (or ‘rain’ showers). Internet connectivity generally via Wifi is also a must nowadays with more and more hotels finding themselves forced through competition (and negative comments from guests) to providing this service free of charge. The business hotels provide the guests with excellent dining facilities – generally a full English breakfast and a choice of restaurants within the hotel for dinner at surprisingly reasonable prices. After a busy days doing business in the city, sometimes a good rewarding drink is required and the hotels accommodate well with their welcoming cocktail bars which, particularly during the happy hour period from 5 – 7pm, can be the place to be if you’re in the right hotel!

Useful Guide to Buying Used Laptop Computers

Are you in need of a notebook that will let you take your work anywhere but is a bit low on budget?

There are actually places online where you can buy used laptop computers that can work as good as new.

You are not sure how to get one?

Here is a guide that can prove useful to you.

• First thing you must do is research. You must have a very good idea of what you want and need from second-hand laptop computers. Consider the monitor’s size, what minimum hard drive space and RAM does your work require and what are the special features and accessories you must have?

• Allot a budget for this expenditure. You may want to look at brand new devices’ costs which will help you figure out a reasonable amount of money you are willing to spend.

• Visit online stores like Amazon or eBay. You can also browse on Craig’s List where people sell gadgets on their own but most of them won’t cover shipping cost. So if you choose this site, search locally or trade only with sellers who are in the same area as you.

• Look into manufacturer’s sites. HP, Dell and Compaq sell refurbished systems at very low prices and their products also come with full manufacturer’s warranty or a minimum of one year.

Since you are shopping for used laptop computers, ask the seller/s about their return policy. In case something goes wrong with the item or if the item turns out to be not as described by the seller, you can always ask for a refund. Make sure as well that the machine has an official software installed. A lot of people sell pirated copies of Windows or other software.

Debt Consolidation Companies: 4 Steps To Identifying The Best To Hire

Few will argue against the claim that consolidation is a highly effective solution to the problem of mounting debts. But for millions of people, the decision to hire debt consolidation companies to take care of matters turns out to be a disaster. It seems that finding a good company is hard to do.

The whole idea of ​​securing the services of consolidation professionals is that the complicated aspects of any debt consolidation program can be deal with confidently. Unfortunately some such professionals are better than others, and finding the good ones can be a challenge.

We have put together a shortlist of 4 steps that can help in finding the right company to provide the debt consolidation plan best suited to your needs.

Step1: Consult A Local Advisor

Never underestimate the value of local advisers, especially when it comes to credit counseling. A counselor should be able to steer a client towards debt consolidation companies with good reputations, thus removing some of the risk. They should provide a shortlist of 4 or 5 accredited companies and warn about companies with poor reputations.

If there is no local service, take to the Internet and search according to your zip code for the nearest service and their contact telephone number. From that point, the search for the right debt consolidation program can begin.

Step 2: Research Carefully and Thoroughly

Once a shortlist of trusted companies is provided, the next step is to sort out which one offers the best debt consolidation deal according to your specific needs and budget. This requires a bit of researching your own.

It is not just a matter of using comparison sites to work out the best offers, but of establishing whether the recommended debt consolidation companies are as trustworthy as is claimed. This is best done by visiting the Better Business Bureau website and finding out what information is there.

It is also a good idea to contact local authorities, like consumer associations, business groups and even the Office of the Attorney General to see if any complaints have been registered against a given company.

Step 3: Sound Decisions Take Time

Once making contact with the best 2 or 3 companies, do not allow yourself to be rushed into making a decision. These companies are selling a product – the debt consolidation program – but being pushy about it is against financial services ethics regulations.

It also raises questions about how respectful they would be with your position when it comes to agreeing a debt consolidation plan. So, if they give a deadline for a decision, it is a bad sign – so reject their terms and find another company.

Because they offer a professional service, debt consolidation companies will charge a fee, but make sure they are not too expensive. Any consolidation agreement should provide genuine benefits, but a large fee will cancel out those benefits easily.

Step 4: Study Their Plan Carefully

The final step to take is to carefully examine the terms of the proposed debt consolidation program from each of the companies on the shortlist. This means not glancing over the terms for the key figures, but checking out every aspect.

The most important aspect is the terms of repayment. For example, wherever the repayments are to be withdrawn directly from your bank account each month, or the responsibility rests on your shoulders. Also, the term of the debt consolidation loan, and of course, the amount saved each month compared to the original repayments.

Enterprise Resource Planning ERP Software Future

The efficiency and benefits of ERP system are beyond any doubts, and many business organizations are fast implementing this software package to scale new heights in performance and profit making. Since the emergence of ERP from MRP software, its advanced features like providing e-commerce and other net based services, are fast gaining popularity in the market. Although the use of ERP is mostly restricted to large business organizations, small and middle sized organization are also joining the band in implementing this multi-faceted software. The flexibility, which ERP offers through different customized modules has widened its acceptability.

ERP will continue to dominate the operation and functions of not only the manufacturing organizations, but also of other service providing organizations. The concept of ERP II is being seriously considered that will emerge with more advanced features in the near future.

1. Future ERP software package will include more use of the internet by using the tools like Enterprise 2.0 and Web2.0. In this area, Microsoft's data centric web technologies are gaining more popularity according to the demands of the market. Updating data online through internet is very convenient and so the customers are more leaned towards web based services. Such ERP packages will always keep the customers updated with the latest information of the changing business scenario, through online automated data refreshing system. It will also provide online alerts to the business partners, regardless of their location in any part of the globe. Provision to integrate the business partners will also be included in the package.

2. The installation cost of ERP package will be greatly reduced in future, as there is a sharp drop in the price of hardware and software equipments for the past few years. This will encourage more small and mid sized organizations to implement ERP, and the vendors can capture a better portion of the market by introducing latest advanced features at the optimum cost.

3. Latest introduction of ERP SaaS has been one of the cost effective implementation of ERP, where the customers can access the benefits of this software through the web server hosted by the vendor at any geographic location on use-and-pay basis. The vendor through the web server provides service to many customers at a time, and the customers have to pay according to the usage of the server. Experts are of opinion that in future, SaaS ERP model will occupy a considerable share in the market, as it removes all the hassles of the customers reducing the Total Cost of Ownership.

Keeping in view of the beneficial aspects of SaaS technology, the key players of ERP like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft are carrying on intensive research, and are planning to launch new models of SaaS ERP.

Weight Loss Decisions – Get Help – Review A List Of Weight Loss Programs

There are many fad diet experts that say losing weight is simple. That is just not true. So many weight loss programs have you making changes in your lifestyle, your diet, exercise, and supplements that it can leave your head in a spin. We all know that if we burn more calories then we consume we will obviously lose weight. That in itself sounds simple but if you are like me it is way to easy to give in to high calorie temptations.

One way to find options to help your individual needs is to review a list of weight loss programs and find one with the options that will best suit you. Many weight loss programs can be personalized to fit your individual tastes and lifestyle. If you can find a program that appeals to you it is much more likely that you will stick with it. If you are like me and want to get started with small changes right away here are a few options for you.

Get smaller plates! Using a smaller plate will help you cut down on portion size without having to think too much about it. Subconsciously if you place a smaller amount of food on a large plate you think that you aren’t getting enough. But if you put that same amount of food on a smaller plate your eyes see more food even if it is not there. Take smaller bites and then eat your food slowly taking a few sips of water between every few bites or so.

The object is to first trick your brain into thinking that you are eating more and second to allow your body time to feel full. This may seem small and silly but it can really make a difference and don’t underestimate the power of small steps, sometimes small steps can make the biggest differences.

Another thing you can do for yourself right away is to improve the quality of the food you eat. Eating foods like the ones from fast food restaurants will have the exact opposite affect of your weight loss goals. And that also goes for processed and packaged foods; they will pack in more calories and this will be detrimental to your weight loss goals.

You need to be very careful even with processed foods that claim to be low fat; often times when they take out the fat they add calories in other ways to improve the flavor. This way they can still advertise low fat, sneaky huh! Whenever you buy food items that are packaged and processed read the labels carefully.

By doing these simple things you can start on your way to your weight loss goals and keep searching for list of weight loss programs that might be helpful to you. When you find weight loss program that you are interested find out if there is a support group or forum that you can join. It is proven that when people have the support of others they are much more likely to lose the weight and keep it off.

Morso 1442 Multifuel Stove

The Morso 1442 is a traditional looking multifuel stove which is proving to be a very popular addition to traditional homes in the UK. The stove itself has extended legs to hold the cast-iron body and a very traditional looking front panel although do not be fooled by the simple and traditional look. This stove has the latest multi fuel burning technology combustion system, is DEFRA approved and is available with a squirrel motif or ribbed side.

Inside the Morso 1442

As we touched on above, the Morso 1442 has the latest multi fuel burning technology, convection heat, air wash system and primary air supply which is complimented by a secondary and tertiary air supply. Like many of the modern-day stoves this particular model has a top or rear flue outlet and a riddling grate system which is obviously very useful. If you are looking to buy a Morso 1442 stove then you will not be disappointed by this model which looks traditional yet houses the latest technology.

Review of the Morso 1442 stove

Aside from the latest multi fuel burning systems available within the Morso 1440 it is also worth noting the various technical details. The stove itself gives a 5 kW output, is able to accommodate logs up to 25 cm in length and has a 5 inch flue (125 mm). It weighs in at approximately 80 kg and the official efficiency rating for this particular model is net 74.6/gross 67.9. It is therefore comparable in output and efficiency to its peers in the DEFRA approved group.

Dimensions of the Morso 1442 stove

When looking to install a Morso 1442 stove you will need to be fully aware of the dimensions and the various clearances required. The basic dimensions of the Morso 1442 stove are height 750 mm, width 435 mm and depth 438 mm. The clearance required to combustibles is top 500 mm, side 500 mm, rear 100 mm and soft furniture 700 mm. It is vital that you abide by these combustible clearance figures for your safety and maximum efficiency for the stove.

History of the Morso 1442 stove

The Morso 1442 is part of the very popular Morso squirrel range which has recently been expanded to take in a variety of new DEFRA approved stoves. This is by far and away the most popular of the Morso ranges ever introduced to the UK and the company has put significant time, money and effort into expanding and improving the Morso squirrel range. Not only are the stoves affordable but they have a history and a track record which breeds confidence.


The Morso 1442 stove is one of the better selling Morso products available at the moment and part of the very popular squirrel stove range. The machine is DEFRA approved and can therefore be used in smoke control areas, which is something that the authorities are looking to extend in the months and years ahead. This stove has an excellent track record and is great value for money.

Brisky Pumping Solutions For Industrial Requirements

Concrete is a product that can last through the ages. This is proved by the archeologists searching remains of the Roman Empire. It was found that it was being used for water storage and many walls were still intact. Different materials are used in the cement of today. In 1824 an Englishman named Joseph Asp din patented Portland Cement, which is used today throughout the world. It is used in many industrial projects and, when repair or new construction is planned it requires for Industrial Services.

Because of the various stress on concrete used in industrial projects, especially pumping, it is essential that the correct equipment be used when working in these areas. Whether correcting a problem or working on installation having the right equipment will allow the company doing the work to complete the project with ease and on time.

Companies engaged in working on repairing a blocked concrete drainage pipe are faced with the possibility of a broken pipe or some type of blockage. To determine just what the problem is most companies have found a micro inspection camera is invaluable. This camera extends into the pipe and videos a picture back to the operator. When the problem is determined, it can be quickly attended to.

Having the right equipment at hand when working on any industrial pumping project is essential if one is to maintain a reputation for rapid response to this type of problems or for beginning new construction. Usually when concrete pumping help is sought, there is a breakdown in the operation of a plant. The client is anxious to get the work done and continue their operation as being shut down involves employees time as well as loss of sales due to lack of production. Having the right equipment allows the company or contractor to complete the job in record time.

Every concrete contractor knows that there are basic tools that are needed when working on any kind of concrete, especially with pumping. These tools are, of course, are basic requirements and carried to every job. On occasion special equipment such as a truck mounted boom sprayer or smaller trailer pump needs to be on hand. In such a case, it is important that this special equipment be ordered ahead of time to be sure there are no delays.

Each job is a different situation. Some are simple or difficult repairs, others are new, installation projects. Regardless of the project, a supervisor should have all the tools required on hand at the start. This is essential if the job is to be completed in a timely and satisfactory manner.

Working with concrete pumping in industrial situations requires experts in the field. Making sure that the installed items do not crack or leak is essential if having to re-do the job is to be avoided. Expert equipment, for working with these projects, has been developed by manufacturers who are experts in the field. Through countless tests, they have developed high-end equipment that is easy to use and reliable in performance.

Having the best Concrete pumping Equipment for Industrial Services is the most important thing a company or contractor in the business can have. This equipment will allow a job to be finished in a timely and satisfactory manner. Poorly constructed equipment causes problems such as loss of crew hours, customer dissatisfaction and general irritation. Good equipment manufacturers, having faith in the equipment they produce, will supply a good warranty on all their equipment and that is what the purchaser of this equipment should look for.

Clean Diet Practices

A clean diet is paying attention to the foods you are eating. You must also monitor your fluid intake. We must learn to make better choices in our foods which leads to your ability to maintain your new shape after the weight has been lost.

In picking foods for this "diet" you need to go with ones that are as close to their natural state as possible. Try whole grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, lean meat, and dairy products.

Breaking Down What You Can Eat:

1. Whole grains and Beans: whole wheat, rice, barley, and dry beans. When you go to purchase bread and you see "whole wheat" that is not the same as "whole grain". It must have 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain.

2. Fruits: The best type is fresh fruits. Your not limited to any specific type or amount. The only thing to watch is not to eat canned fruit all the time. They needed to be limited to once in a while. Fruit is a great thing to eat at night. Try eating grapes or an apple instead of popcorn on at home movie night. Fruit is also great when reading. With simple changes you will see progress.

3. Vegetables: Enjoy unlimited raw, steamed, or baked vegetables. Many vegetables contain carbohydrates but that is OK. You must rearrange your eating habits to accompany this. Try cutting out sauces or heavy dips.

4. Lean Meats: Chicken, fish, and lean cuts of beef. If you are able to purchase these from a butcher then the quality is usually better and you know exactly what you are getting.

5. Fluid Intake: The best thing to drink in water. This includes the flavored water. If you do not like plain water there are now multiple products on the market that you can add to your water that are calorie free. Diet soda is fine in moderation. Diet soda contains sodium that can contribute to water retention.

When it comes to dried fruits you need to eat them in moderation. They are extremely concentrated. The difference in fresh fruits and dried fruits is fresh fruit is loosely packed, high in water content, and dried fruit is weak with little or no water.

Experiment with different recipes that include mixing vegetables and grains together, or mix the lean meat with grains, or lean meat with vegetables. If you think that you need a little flavor use a little olive oil or sesame oil. The possibilities are endless.

Do not make yourself feel like you are on a diet. Just learn to eat healthy and your body will stay satisfied. If for some reason you had a bad day and did not eat healthy, that's OK! Start over the next day. Or if you overate during one of your meals make adjustments to the next one. Never skip meals.

There is no magic diet, diet pill, or lose fat quick recipes. Many of the weight loss claims are fraudulent. The way to lose weight permanently is eating healthy an staying active. With success comes confidence, energy, health, and a great attitude!

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Gift an Evalualable Item to Bridge Your Relationships

A Gift is something that can mean much more than words or actions. It can work magic on many occasions, helping you convey your feelings, thoughts and wishes in a very beautiful way. Gifts can have different synonyms for different people. While they can be well deserved reward or results for someone who is very hard working, they can also be something special bestowed upon us, like a talent. Gifts can even be something that's more fundamental, like a birthday present. They can make someone feel special and loved. Now, we will concentrate on the products and gift articles that can be selected by you to surprise your beloved ones.

Thus, a gift is an invaluable item that generally helps in bonding people. Arguments, or quarrels or misunderstandings that usually arise in relationships can be sorted out or patched up with the right kind of gift.

Gifts can be of different kinds. Even the tastes of people can be of varied texts. It is not necessary that you buy expensive gifts to please or impress or make someone feel happy. Gifts can be simple, but it is essential that they attract the person who is going to receive them. Here are a few tips and ideas of gifts for specific persons and specific occasions.

Let us first see kids' category. Normally, kids are quarrelsome and it sometimes gets pretty difficult to control them. For infants, you can get toys as gifts. You can even gift bibs, scarves, shoes, mittens, hats, beanies etc. It is really easy to satisfies infants with simple gifts. They will keep their mouths ajar if they see these kinds of gifts and we can easily control them. Similarly, parents can encourage their children with gifts. This can certainly boost up the kids and they will excel in their activities. You can provide them with gift baskets full of toys which will make them feel as if they are in heaven. You can get word games and puzzles too, which will help them improve their vocabulary and memory.

If you want to impress a girl or if you've just had a tiff with your girl friend, then gifts are the best solution. You just need to keep an eye open for her likes and dislikes, and choose your gift accordingly. Usually flowers can do the trick. Or let's say she is crazy about Metallica and then buy her the latest MP3 of the band. Similarly, if she is a great Manchester United fan, buy two tickets for an MU match and invite her. This is also applicable for boysfriends. Girls can choose gifts that suit the tastes of their boyfriends. Something like getting 2 tickets to watch a cricket match at Lords, or some gadget can prove to be effective gifts.

Likewise, a rift between spouses can be closed with a gift. A sensible gift can help many marriages from falling apart.

Even corporates can use gifts to maintain a good rapport with clients. Special offers, price discounts, gift vouchers and more can help strengthen relationships between companies and customers. Thus gifts can be used as effective tools to bridge all kinds of gaps.

BIM Process Risks for MEP Design Service and How to Mitigate Them

Global construction practice has seen substantial changes over recent years, with the arrival of BIM being a key factor. Building Information Modelling, known as BIM, is a process that involves the creation of 3D models, which enables designers and engineers to create accurate construction scheduling, estimate costs and adapt intelligently to design changes. Accurate building information models and precise building designs are created from the outset, which benefits all stakeholders in the construction process, particularly MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) designers. MEP (M&E) designers or engineers design MEP services, while MEP contractors are then responsible for spatial coordination, detailed design, fabrication and installation. Though BIM drives an effective process for MEP (M&E) design services, there are some risks involved. We look at how these risks can be mitigated.

Firstly, it is useful to understand exactly what the BIM process contributes to MEP engineering design. A BIM model helps visualise spatial MEP requirements. Detailed views are created for analysis, and any clashes of spatial requirements are identified and can be resolved at an early stage. Designs can be altered to mitigate any clashes, and these changes can be seen in the model.

The progress of the MEP design and coordination workflow process has been supported and driven by technological advancements. BIM technology has played an important role in making this possible, especially the use of 3D models through Autodesk’s BIM 360 tool. BIM 360 is a cloud-based software platform developed primarily for construction, which employs checklists, equipment tracking and the monitoring of tasks to improve quality and on-site safety. Within BIM 360, models can be utilised for 2D construction documentation and the 3D coordination of trades. BIM 360 permits the control of processes by project managers, subcontractors, designers and architects at all design stages. It enables the sharing of vast amounts of information between stakeholders and easy communication.

MEP designers can utilise architectural, structural and trade models to plan in detail from the onset of a project by designing in 3D. In general, the process involves MEP design and installation workflows that will streamline planning, designing, coordination, fabrication, installation and construction of a project. Following architectural design, the MEP design engineer develops building services design elements, such as lighting, cooling, heating, drainage, waste, fire prevention and protection services. In most cases, the design engineer is not involved with the detailed spatial design of building services. Usually, it is the MEP, or trade, contractor who carries out the detailed spatial design and installation. It falls to the MEP contractor to convert the consultant’s design into an installation-ready MEP format and provide MEP shop drawing services. At times, fabricators creating ductwork or pipework elements, electrical ladders or sprinklers in a module also contribute.

The BIM process brings all stakeholders on to the same platform at every design stage.

Therefore, an effective collaboration tool would be required to:

  • Enable access to MEP designers, architects, structural designers, MEP contractors
  • Host various formats for files and documents
  • Ease communication
  • Permit designers and shareholders to work on the same models and share design data

BIM 360 Team with Collaboration for Revit (C4R) offers this. It integrates stakeholders and project information into a single cloud-based platform and improves quality while reducing rework. Checklists can monitor safety on site, equipment can be tracked and asset data can be collated. Any problems can be resolved early in the design process, minimising delay, cost and rework.

BIM Process Risks for MEP


If architects, modellers and designers do not communicate properly, designs may not be properly integrated and the occurrence of errors in the MEP model will increase.

Building Code Understanding

Client needs and local code requirements are of paramount importance and must be clearly understood. If misunderstandings of building codes and client requirements occur the MEP design will be negatively impacted.


Stakeholders must coordinate effectively. Any modification executed by any MEP service should be communicated to all other trades. Failure to do so can create hazards at the project implementation stage.

Cost Estimation

The BIM process can help determine overall costs and take off quantities. MEP resources, labour and prices are considered, but materials availability and costs may vary over the duration of the design and implementation, affecting cost estimation.

Technical Knowhow

Effective BIM usage requires in-depth knowledge of BIM technology and Revit, Navisworks, etc. to develop precise MEP designs. Errors could prove costly.

Incomplete BIM Use

In common practice, BIM is used for a specific MEP objective rather than for each and every part of the design process. These include:

  • Remodelling or renovation
  • Material takeoffs and estimation
  • Design models by contractors
  • Detailed models of MEP components

Unless the BIM scope and output are accurately defined, the intended use of the BIM model may not occur.

BIM Model Not Shared with Construction Team

When 2D documents are printed from the model, some of the 3D data may not be transferred. The construction team may need to design a new 3D model, leading to unexpected changes. Designers may not share models with contractors because they are incomplete or do not tally with the construction documents, creating errors and tensions.

Not Possible to Model Everything

Creating models is time consuming. Many details, such as size, shape, location, quantity, and orientation with detailing, fabrication, assembly and installation information, can be included. It may not be possible to create models for every portion of the design, resulting in an incomplete overall picture.

MEP Design Handoff

Contractors traditionally received 2D line diagrams, schedules and specifications of the design from MEP designers. Currently, an increasing number of MEP design engineers create models, raising confusion about who is responsible for duct placement, equipment placement and coordination responsibility – designers or contractors. Models created by MEP designers may not be spatially accurate enough during the early stages.

However, there are several ways to mitigate these shortfalls, such as:

  • Early BIM Adoption (During Design Stage)

All project stakeholders should be encouraged to use BIM from the design stage, with clear guidelines for its use. If BIM is adopted at a later stage without clear specification of its purpose, the results could be confusion, wastage of time and increasing costs.

  • Defined Roles within the BIM Process

Design and modelling roles must be clearly defined before beginning design. If MEP subcontractors need to provide MEP BIM, with accurate routing, attachment details and equipment connections, they must be clearly informed of this and it should be part of the contractual obligations. They will not be able to rely on MEP consultant models in such a case.

  • Improved Coordination Skills

MEP design in BIM currently utilises improved spatial coordination skills during the design phase. This could be a result of employing more technically qualified professionals for these services, and as a consequence, contractors are presented with more accurate models to work with.

  • Accountability for Coordination

Internal coordination is necessary for a viable BIM model, much like a 2D drawing set used to be. Revisions, modifications and file versions must be coordinated as well. Since 3D models are complex, coordination must be monitored and controlled to prevent expensive and unnecessary rework. Even though files can be hosted in the cloud, it is advisable to maintain backups.

It is a certainty that precise, effective design with fewer errors is possible using BIM but there may be challenges in achieving those designs. Specifying the role of BIM, its usage, the stakeholders involved and the challenges to be expected can help optimise the benefits of using BIM and minimise its risks. The positive impact of building information modelling will be felt for some time. Analysing and mitigating the risks involved in its use can only benefit the industry and its players.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Business Networking

Business networking has a world of positive benefits. However, with everything positive, comes a few negatives at least. So, without further ado, let’s begin with the positive/pros in support of business networking:

The first point on the up side is;

You’re being active in the accumulation of business contacts and letting yourself be seen. Many people complain that they are just not meeting enough of the right people to help in their career direction.

When you are actively involved in business networking, you are increasing your chances of meeting those right people. Furthermore, if you are networking correctly by sharing referrals, introducing people, and following up with those you meet, the rewards will speak for themselves.

The 2nd positive point is;

Your 1 on 1 people skills will slowly develop into expert status. This is a benefit not talked about a lot but through trial and error, building great relationships will seem effortless. Consider the fact that when your 1 on 1 people skills are adequate, you will see a phenomenal increase in the positive results you get using all other communication, for example; telephone, e-mail, etc.

3rd, on the optimistic side is;

After being consistent, you will notice your own center of influence expand. If you are engaged actively in meeting, communicating, and generally helping many individuals, you will be liked as well as respected. When these type of things occur, your center of influence grows and you will become well-respected by default.

4, on the high side is;

Networking regularly gives you the opportunity to speak a lot about your profession. You will have the opportunity to educate many people about what you do when you meet them. This situation causes you to be on your toes and more knowledgeable about your profession.

The 5th benefit of business networking is;

You are greatly increasing your overall options. While networking for better business returns, you will meet an abundance of individuals who aren’t directly connected to your goals. Meeting individuals like this can benefit you in other ways like; finding a good plumber, helping you to get hired at a new company, and any other specialist in a particular field. A personal referral usually holds more merit.

And now for the alternatives or the down-side/cons of business networking:

#1. If you are an extreme example of a socially inhibited individual, getting out and networking could be very traumatic for you. I’m not saying that it’s something you can’t overcome but it could very well turn out to be a not so positive experience.

#2. You may find several events that may not be to your liking. This is an occupational hazard of business networking in which you attend business networking events with high expectations but are disappointed by the outcome. As with anything, this is not justification to give up but it does happen.

#3. People in your newly found network been as receptive as you would like. It is very true that many people talk a good game but in the heat of the moment, when you need them most, they can let you down.

#4. An unruly, undesirable individual may enter your life through networking. I know that this is an aspect that’s not discussed too frequently but I must be honest. Sometimes you can attract individuals through your friendly networking activities, which could prove energy draining if not detrimental to your career.

And #5. Networking doesn’t work for everybody. Yes, there are some individuals out there, as rare as they may be, where networking and building relationships with different people just isn’t their cup of tea. A small minority of people will find that no matter how hard they try, it just won’t deliver the desired results. This is sad but it is true.

So now you see the pros and cons on both ends. Personally I believe that business networking is very important and can work for most people in a positive way. Now, you have to ask yourself, “Is it bad or good?” The answer is “Good” and “Bad”. It all depends on the perspective of “you”, the reader.

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