Effective Home Remedies for Boils That Work

Boil is a sort of skin disorder that occurs when the bacterium staphylococcus infects the hair follicle or oil gland. The bacterium enters the body through minor cuts or breaks in the skin. Initially the skin gets reddened and forms a tender lump that may be quite painful. Gradually the lump hardens in to a crusty mound, the centre of which is filled with infection-fighting white blood cells and proteins. These white blood cells and proteins become watery and are collectively referred to as ‘pus’. The infection may often affect the deeper tissues, resulting in the formation of an abscess. Our eyelids, face, neck, shoulders, armpits and buttocks are regions more prone to boils. There may be several types of boils. The types may be discussed as follows.

1. Furuncle or carbuncle is a severe form of boil with multiple openings. It occurs when a cluster of hair follicles get infected. This type may be associated with chills or fever.

2. Cystic acne occurs mostly in teenage due to the infection of congested oil ducts.

3. Hidradenitis suppirativa occurs when sweat glands get inflamed and take the form of multiple abscesses. It usually occurs in the armpits or groin, and requires surgical removal.

4. Pilonidal cyst usually occurs in the crease of buttocks. Initially it is simply an inflamed hair follicle which worsens due to the pressure exerted while one sits for a prolonged period.

Causes of Boils

1. An ingrown hair may cause boils
2. Lodging of foreign materials in the skin
3. Skin irritation due to the effect of harsh chemicals.
4. Infection of plugged sweat glands
5. Poor hygiene
6. Poor nutrition
7. Impaired immune system due to diseases like diabetes, renal failure, hypogammaglobulinemia.
8. Under the impact of medications like cortisones, and those used for cancer and chemotherapy.

Home Remedies for Boils

1. One may apply a solution of onion and garlic juice on the boil. This will allow the boil to burst open and will cause the pus to drain out.

2. It is good for a person suffering from boil to take a cup of bitter gourd juice along with half teaspoon lemon juice. This helps to destroy the bacteria.

3. Application of cool sandalwood paste on boil soothes the irritation.

4. A paste made out of milk cream, a pinch of turmeric, and half teaspoon vinegar may be applied on boils. This softens the skin and enables easy draining of pus.

5. Turmeric powder has antiseptic properties, and may be applied on boils.

6. Application of a paste of soaked, grounded cumin seeds would also heal boils.

7. Washing boils with coconut water and cucumber juice gives relief from irritation and pain.

8. One may soak betel leaves in warm water until it softens, then coat the leaf with castor oil and apply on the boil. The leaf is to be replaced after every one hour. This will cause the boil to rupture and will bring out the pus.

9. A piece of bread soaked in warm milk may be applied directly on the boil. This too helps to cure boils.

10. One may soak 15 margosa leaves in 500 ml of water and boil. Once the leaves become spongy, they may be applied on boils. This is an effective home remedy.

11. One may soak half teaspoon carom seeds, few crushed garlic in 2 tablespoon heated mustard oil. One has to leave it for 10 minutes and wait till the oil turns red. Then one can filter the oil and apply it on the boil.

12. Intake of spicy food has to be reduced.

How to Improve Your Ball Handling – Basic Guide

If you are new or newer to the game of basketball you should first check out the before you dribble item. Dribbling is obviously a vital part of basketball. If you do not believe me, try playing a game of "ultimate basketball". This is played by implementing rules of ultimate Frisbee into a game of 5 on 5 full court basketball. You are not allowed to dribble the ball at all, only pass, pivot, and shoot. It is discovered very quickly how tough it is to advance the basketball or even get into a scoring position.

The secret weapon to developing dribbling skill is … practice. However there are some basic building blocks every player should be aware of.

Heads up: The aim should be never look at the ball while dribbling. The head should be up and surveying the floor, eyes focused on the defender, teams, and the basket.

Ready to attack: When handling the ball a player's stance will vary based on the situation at any given time. The basic stance however should be a stance where the player feels balanced and can easily stop, have a burst of speed, or change direction. The player should have a bend in both the knees and hips.

Finger tips (and pads): The ball should touch only your fingertips and finger pads (finger pads are the area on your finger just below the fingertips)

Off-arm: The arm that is not currently being used to dribble can be used to protect the ball from defenders.

Body as a shield: The body can be used as a shield to keep a defender between you and the ball. As a general rule, assuring your body is always in the middle does this. For example, if the defender is on your right side as you dribble down the court, you should be dribbling the ball in your right hand, this place your body between you and the defender.

Keep it low: Situations will always vary which may require different heights at which you dribble, however, as a general rule, it makes sense to keep the dribble as low as possible. This leaves less chance for error, and gives the defender less opportunity to make a steal.

These guidelines are the very basic building blocks of developing strong dribbling skills. See the various ball handling drills in the ball handling section to find out how to start improving and refining your ball handling ability.

Ball Handling drills:

Non-dribble Drills

Tap Drill – overhead, face, knees

Stand straight up with feet shoulder width apart, hold the basketball over your head with arms almost completely extended (elbows bent slowly). Quickly tap the ball back and forth from one hand to the other using only your fingertips

Variations: Repeat drill with arms extended out straight in front of your face. Repeat bent slowly at waist (keep back straight) with arms extended down so that the ball is in front of your shins

Around the world: head, waist, knees

Stand straight up with feet shoulder width apart hold basketball in front of your face, move the ball in your right hand only around the back of your head, reach left hand back behind the head and pass the ball from the right hand to the left hand , wrap the ball back around with your left hand so it is again in front of your face, at this point pass the ball back to your right hand. Each time you go around your head it counts as one repetition.

Variations: Repeat drill going around your waist. Repeat drill by going around your legs at approximately shin height. Repeat drill going in the opposite direction

Cork screw

The corkscrew combines the three variations of the "Around the World" drill. To complete the corkscrew you do one rotation around your head, one around the waist, one around the legs, a second around the waist, and a second around the head.

Variations: Repeat going in the opposite direction

Around one leg

Standing with legs wider than shoulder width, knees bent, bent slightly at waist. Move the ball around one leg passing from one hand to the other.

Variations: 4 different variations performed. 1) Right hand around right leg clockwise 2) Right hand around right leg counterclockwise 3) Left hand around left leg clockwise 4) Left hand around left leg counter clockwise

Figure 8

Standing with legs wider than shoulder width, knees bent, bent slightly at waist. Move the ball around your legs in a figure 8 pattern (in through front of your legs with right hand, pass to left hand wrap around left leg with left hand, pass back through the front of your legs with left hand passing to right hand, wrap around right leg with right hand and pass back through front of legs to left hand)

Variations: Repeat in both directions. Repeat by doing one repetition in one direction, dropping the ball, then switching directions.

Football hikes

Standing with legs wider than shoulder width, knees bent, bent slightly at waist. Hold the ball with two hands between, but in front, of your legs. Toss (or hike) the ball back through your legs with both hands similar to a football player "hiking" the ball. As soon as you toss the ball, quickly move both hands behind you and catch the ball as it comes through the legs, quickly catch and toss back between your legs, then move hands around to catch in front of you. Concentrate on moving as quickly as possible without looking down to catch the ball. Try to not move your body up and down as you go through each repetition.

Switch drill

Hold the ball with both hands in between your legs, right hand in front and left hand in back. Quickly switch your hands, so that the left hand is in front and the right hand is in the back, without letting the ball touch the ground.

Through legs and toss

Stand approximately 15 feet away from the wall (or preferably a partner). In this drill both partners will initiate a figure 8 with the same hand (right in this example). This means both players will begin by initiating a figure 8 by putting the ball through their legs from the front with their right hand. Complete the figure 8 where the last step is putting the ball between the legs from the front with the left hand … once you pass through the legs to the right hand, the ball should be passed with the right hand to the other player. The balls should be passed / caught by both players simultaneously at which point they should both initiate another figure 8. The ball can also be tossed off of the wall and then caught by an individual doing this drill. Concentrate on ball control with speed. Look the other player in the eyes.

Variation: Initiate figure 8 with left hand (pass will also be with left hand)

One ball dribbling drills

Two hand between legs bounce

Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Hold the ball in both hands in front of you around waist height. Slam the ball with both hands so that it builds in between your legs and builds up so you can catch it behind you. As you soon you bounce the ball move hands behind you so that you can catch the ball. Holding the ball behind you with both hands, bounce the ball between your legs so it builds up back in front of you.


Stand with feet should width apart. Begin dribbling the ball in your right hand a little higher than normal. Quickly move hand towards the ground forcing yourself to dribble the ball at an increasing speed.

Variation: Repeat using left hand

High-Low dribble

Stand with feet should width apart. Begin dribbling the ball in your right hand at a normal height. Dribble the ball progressively harder so the ball bounces higher and higher until the bounce is above your head. Then begin to dribble the ball lower and lower until you are dribbling as low as you can. Repeat moving up and down.

Variation: Repeat using left hand

One knee + popcorn drill

With one knee on the ground and one foot on the ground (w / knee bent at 90 degrees). Alternate tapping the ball with one hand then the other. Do this as quickly as possible.

Variation: Use top of hand, use side of hand, use fist

Stationary inside out: Perform a normal inside-out dribble with the right hand repeatedly as fast possible.

Variation: Use left hand

Between legs back and forth

Kneel on one knee with other foot out in front of you so that knees is at a 90 degree angle. Dribble the ball underneath the outstretched leg back and forth as quickly as possible. Concentrate on keeping your dribble low and quick.

Variation: Repeat with other leg in front of you.

Around leg – both legs, both hands

Dribble one basketball around one leg with one hand. There should be 4 different variations performed. 1) Dribble right hand around right leg clockwise 2) Dribble right hand around right leg counter counterclockwise 3) Dribble left hand around left leg clockwise 4) Dribble left hand hand left leg counter clockwise

Around both feet

Stand with feet close together (one slightly more behind you than the other), bend at the waist and knees. Begin dribbling one ball in each right hand low to the ground. Begin dribbling the ball around your body (you will have to switch hands when you go behind your body / to the front of your body

Variation: Dribble in both directions (clockwise / counterclockwise)

Figure 8 – both directions

Dribble one basketball around in a figure 8 pattern through legs. Stand with a wide stance (wider than shoulder width). start with the right hand dribbling the ball in front and then dribble through your legs with your right hand, switch to your left hand and dribble from the back, around your left side to the front and back through you legs … then switch to your right hand behind the body and around the right side. Keep your dribble as low as possible and move as fast as possible without losing control. Focus should be to continuously improve hand speed.

Variation: Go in the opposite direction

Front V Dribble

Stand with feet shoulder width apart, bend slightly at the waist and knees. Dribble the ball in front of you just below waist height. Swing it toward the middle, then allow your hand to roll over the top of the ball to the inside and push the dribble back outside. You should basically be sliding your hand over the top of the ball between dribbles. You should pound the ball hard and consistently, making sure you have complete control of the ball.

Variation: Do with both right and left hand

Side V Dribble

Stand with feet shoulder width apart, bend slightly at the waist and knees. Dribble the ball beside you, just below waist height. With your hand in front and on top of the ball, bounce it backward. Roll your wrist over and catch the ball behind you, then bounce it back forward. Rotate your wrist back over and catch the ball in front. You should pound the ball hard and consistently, making sure you have complete control of the ball.

Variation: Do with both right and left hand

Do High Costs of International Boarding Schools Reap Benefits?

Investing in your children’s future is critical, and choosing the optimal secondary education is one of the best ways to make a sound investment. Many consider an international boarding school to be out of their financial reach, but financial reasons alone should never prohibit anyone from applying for a school should they really believe it is the best option for their child or their family.

Generally speaking, the costs per annum of an international boarding school is anywhere from $15,000 US dollars to over $50,000 dollars per year with the average cost being $38,50. The cost of the school will depend on several variables including the type of school, location, services offered, cost of travel, size of the school and extra curricular activities that the student elects to participate in.

Several additional factors may be involved in determining the final costs of school overseas. Books, school uniforms, including for athletics, and a personal computer may not be included in the student fees, and may be determined necessary for attending school. Asking about these as well as student fees, deposits and the preferred payment method will determine the final cost of attending an international school.

There are some potential tax advantages for families of students attending an accredited international school that is for overcoming a learning disability or who needs therapy. Additionally, there are educational savings programs with tax advantages that may be used to save for the cost of tuition. However, most boarding school costs cannot be claimed in the US under the “tuition and fees” portion of Form 1040 or 1040A because these fees are reserved for post-secondary education costs.

Most schools have an in-house scholarship program, based on merit and need. Many students who meet the requirements for entrance may receive some kind of financial assistance. These options may not be enough to make attendance possible, but there are other ways to make up the difference. The most common ways to lower the costs of attending school internationally is by lowering the lifestyle costs. A partial meal plan combined with a dormitory sleep setting is significantly less expensive than a full meal plan option and a single room. Many schools also offer a monthly or quarterly payment plan, and some schools offer low-interest loans through well-known, in country lenders.

Attending a school internationally is not for everyone, but many families find that it is well worth the financial investment. Class size is typically smaller in boarding schools, allowing for more teacher interaction as well as individual instruction. Generally speaking, students from international boarding schools attend prestigious universities typically do very well due to already having learned how to live away from home and manage their time on their own. Students who graduated from international boarding schools develop a healthy understanding of other cultures and people from other cultures that enables them to advance quickly in the international workplace. The initial cost of international boarding schools may be high, but it’s worth the investment.

Finding the Right Furniture Plan for Your Next Project

Finding the right furniture plan isn’t easy. I know my next project is usually driven by the “honey Do” list and that means that is has to fit in with the decor. If you are going to build a project you may want to understand the styles of furniture that you can choose from. I thought I would do the work for you and give you an idea of what each style provides.

The key styles that are the most popular are Mission, Modern, Retro, and Country.

Modern styled furniture is just that – Modern. If you can picture clean lines and geometrical shapes, then you will have an idea of what Modern furniture looks like. Think of George Jetson, or your favourite Sci-Fi movie, and you will get a picture of what modern looks like. If this is the style that you are looking for, you may want to go to IKEA and purchase it because this style of furniture can be either hard or easy to make depending on the shape of the finished piece.

Mission styled furniture is a little more woodworker friendly. It has a distinct style that makes it stand out. The chairs typically have tall backs, and all are designed with basically straight lines and very little curves. The hardware has the old tarnished brass look. If you can picture Mennonite furniture, then you will be pretty close to identifying mission furniture. The style is characterized by simple, functional designs made of oak and stained wood with minimal ornamentation. Leather and Native American designs are often the motif of the coverings.

Country Style furniture gained popularity in the 1980’s. It is a casual style often featuring nature and nostalgic motifs. You will also find much hand crafted elements and even distressing of the wood. This style of furniture is the most practical and useful edition of traditional furniture. There are several types of country furniture. French Provencal, American country and English country are some of them to name. Each of them has its own distinct feature and appeal; you can hardly categorize them as rural. However, you can find some common features like painted finish and muted colors, in all of them. Floral, stripes, checks are most common prototypes in fabric used in country style furniture.

Retro Style furniture belongs to, or has the look of having been made in the decades between the 1950s and the 1980s. This style of furniture tends to look back nostalgically on times past and tries to imitate it. This style of furniture can be whimsical and can allude to pop culture. If you can picture the big bold colors and sleek lines, then you have done it right. Unfortunately for the avid wood worker you will have to dig deep to find a plan you can build that resembles this style as they tend not to be made of wood, but of metal.

The Need to Recycle Plastics

A great reason to recycling plastic is that there is just so much of it, it is being employed to create immeasurable products we use every day. Nearly as part of our every day lives, from beverage, food containers, trash bags and grocery bags, plastic cups, utensils, children’s toys, diapers, and also containers for everything like mouthwash, shampoo, glass cleaner and dishwashing liquid, along with furniture’s, appliances, computers and automobiles. Americans can buy 28 billion bottles of water each year, making the U.S. the world’s leading buyer of bottled water.

1. The advantages of Plastics Recycling is Growing – the use of plastics has enhanced over the years becoming a bigger part of the municipal solid waste stream, growing from under 1 percent in 1960 to approximately 12 percent in 2008.

2. Recycling Plastics Sustains Energy and Natural Resources- the assembly of plastics is the reason 4 percent of U.S. energy intake 70 percent of plastics in the U.S. made from household natural gas. Recycling plastics will lower the amount of energy and natural resources that is need to create virgin plastic.

3. Recycling Plastics Saves Landfill Space- recycling also maintains plastic out of landfills permitting the it to be reused in producing services, saving 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.

4. Recycling Plastics is pretty Easy- trying to recycle plastics has never been easier, where 80 percent of Americans nowadays have comfortable access to a plastics recycling program, giving a clear assertion that they have to take part in a municipal curbside program or other than them they’ll live near a drop-off site.

5. According to the particular American Plastics Council, it is a lot more than 1,800 U.S. businesses handle or reclaims post-consumer plastics. Additionally, plenty of grocery stores are actually helping as recycling collection sites besides for plastic bags but and even plastic wrap.

6. Plastics Recycling Means a room for Improvement- along with it, plastic recycling is still relatively low where in 2008, it is no more than 6.8 percent of plastics inside the municipal solid waste stream were recycled, that’s about 2.1 million tons of the 30 tons of plastic waste generated that year.

A Simple Guide to Rockstar Abs and 6 Packs

Unconventional Abdominal training at its best! No Crunches Necessary

I decided to title this post a ‘Guide to Rockstar Abs’ as I aim to show you simple unconventional ways to achieve strong functional abs not blocky and bulky midsections the magazine’s workouts will get you, Also it sounded cool. Most these training methods can be done without a gym and integrated with you workout.

Negative Chinups These are definitely one of my favorite ab exercises, they are done simply by:

Jumping up the the chin-up position on a bar

Lowering yourself slowly (10 seconds)

Repeat for 8-12 reps

As you get stronger with these start hanging weight but do not sacrifice your form or how slow you lower yourself. I guarantee you a set or two of these will get your abs burning, as well as your back and biceps. Stomach Vacuum Your Abs and lower back are made to stabilize your body, not much else. So when you suck in your stomach like I did as a kid on the beach your whole midsection starts to activate its stabilization instincts. Vacuums are especially important if you suffer from lower back pain as it activates the transversus abdominis which is the deepest of your abdominal muscles.

Here’s how to do it: “Lying on the floor, exhale completely, forcing all the air out of the lungs/ diaphragm with your abdominal muscles. Next, instead of inhaling, suck in your gut, pulling it in so far that you can imagine your abs actually touching your spine. Since there’s no air in your lungs, you should be able to suck your stomach way in, which will contract your transversus abdominis.” “Practice holding this vacuum for longer and longer periods of time. Eventually, your waist will get smaller, providing you don’t stuff yourself at meals and bloat with massive amounts of liquids between meals.”

“After you have achieved a sense of control in the lying position, next practice the standing position. Initially, it will be easier to achieve the vacuum if you press your palms against your upper thighs after exhaling and sucking in your gut.” “The final step in doing the ultimate vacuum is to start practicing with your hands behind your neck, which is what T used to do at competitions to good effect. This particular vacuum ain’t easy, but keep at it.” I like to do this after workouts when my Abs are already weak, usually holding the vacuum for around 20 seconds and then taking a break before repeating.

Hold something heavy over your head This is one of my favorite’s but it requires a gym or a heavy barbell. Push Press a heavy weight over your head (not too heavy be sensible) Hyper extend your arms and contract your midsection and stand After about 10 seconds you should start to feel your midsection weaken and shake, this means your abs are working full-out to stabilize your body Repeat for 2-3 sets of 20 seconds Throw something heavy This is another great one but requires a heavy medicine ball but a big rock will do if you want to go primal. Head out to a park or playing field with a medicine ball Throw the thing as far as you can Run towards it and repeat When you feel your abs weaken your work is done

Dumbell Pullovers This is actually one of my favorites I figured it out a few years back when a friend showed me how to do DB pullovers as a Lat building exercise. However the following days would leave my abs unbelievably sore. This is a great (a favorite of Arthur Jones and Art Devany) exercise and should be part of everyone’s full body training regime, its old school but it works! How to do Dumbell Pullovers (Video) Streamline Functional Abs Function is what we should ultimately strive for. forget the crunches and conventional abdominal training, the only way to build abs for real is to do real exercises that will benefit your bodies functionality in the real world. I guarantee you a combination of these technique’s will get your mid-section sore and feeling deeply worked out. The great thing about these training methods is that they will get you results and they can all be done easily with minimal equipment. Doing a 5 minute circuit of all the exercises after finishing a workout in the gym is ideal. I would also recommend planks which Rusty from Fitness Black Book did a great post on a few months back, check it out here…….

Where Can You Buy a Visa Gift Card?

Gift cards have taken the world by storm and are now one of the most popular gift items in the country. The combination of the flexibility in what receiver experiences in their gift and the personalization by picking a general subject that you know the receiver would appreciate, is what makes this idea so popular. As with many commodities, there are many brands of gift cards and most major retailers and credit card companies now carry their own line of them. One of the more popular and flexible providers is Visa. So where can one buy a Visa gift card?

There are many of places where one can purchase a Visa gift card online. Locations such as AccountNow, Ace Cash Express, BabyPhat RushCard, Excella, TransCash and UPsideCard sell them at their web sites. If you perform a search for any of these names in the search engines, you will bring up the websites of these providers where you will be able to purchase the card. You must sign up at the provider’s website enter some basic information and then they will send you the card in the postal mail. Once you receive the card, you will need to activate it and fund it (add the dollar amount you want to put on the card). Your chosen service provider will tell you the specific directions when you receive it in the mail.

For example, the BabyPhat service provider allows you to add money to the card in a number of different ways from tax refund to bank transfer. This provider will charge a one-time fee when the card is initially activated and money is added to the account, however you can continue to add money to the account and any future deposits won’t include a service fee. This is a common practice for most service providers, which his why there is such an interest in free Visa gift cards. What is meant by ‘free’ is that there are no charges that have to be paid by the one opening the account.

If you prefer, you can purchase your Visa gift card at a local retail outlet. Places such as OfficeMax, Walgreens, Safeway, Valero, Kmart and Ace Cash Express are outlets that sell them. You can also go to usa.visa.com to look for a location nearest to you, for local, regional, and nationwide based providers.

Once you are at the location, all you need is to have your cash ready to put on the card and the local service provider will take care of charging and activating the card. It will either be ready for you there or it will be mailed to you within a few days. There may also be an activation fee for the local outlets as well. Call first if you are looking to buy a Visa gift card without an activation fee. If you need it immediately, call before you go to the location to see if you can get the gift card immediately so you don’t waste your time by going to the wrong outlet.

Buying one is very easy and accessible. You can either purchase one online through a number of different websites, or you can buy one in person at several popular retail locations. Whether or not you buy one online or in person, the basic procedure is the same. If you want to do some additional research on other available gift cards, look online to see what other brands are available.

Mercedes 126 Repair – Forgotten Fluids, Part II

In Mercedes 126 Repair: Forgotten Fluids, Part I we looked at the rear differential. Now let’s turn our attention to another fluid that most owners never bother to change — power steering fluid.


Most Mercedes 126 owners will never take apart their recirculating-ball steering gear box. But those that do gain a new-found appreciation for the importance of clean fluid in the power-steering system. In addition to the main worm gear assembly and the interface between the ball nut and the sector gear that actually turns the Pitman arm, there are several sets of needle bearings. All these moving parts are lubricated by steady flows of power steering fluid. The more heavily contaminated that fluid is, the more rapidly these parts will wear. And a worn steering box translates into sloppy steering, potential safety hazards, and an expensive repair or replacement. (The power steering pump, by contrast, is much, much easier to replace, and good used units can be sourced for as little as $50.)

There has been some debate about the propriety of using automatic transmission fluid (ATF) in this system. While ATF was specified in the owners manual, ATF is not what it used to be and has become somewhat hostile to the many seals within the steering system. Ideally, ATF should be eschewed in favor of plain old power steering fluid. While synthetic fluids are available, conventional fluids are perfectly fine.

To change the fluid, support the front of the car on jack stands so that both front wheels are off the ground. Undo the hose clamp securing the return hose to the return “snorkel” screwed into the pump, and direct the hose into a suitable container for catching the old fluid. Either plug the snorkel or loosen it with a 19mm wrench and turn it so that it points upwards, allowing you to fill the reservoir without losing fluid from the return fitting. The standard procedure here is to start the engine and add fluid while the pump quickly forces the old fluid out. But this procedure has some major disadvantages. It is most emphatically not a one-man operation. The flow rate is so fast that there is a great risk of the pump running dry and sucking air unless a steady supply of new fluid is poured in. If things get out of hand, you need a helper to shut the engine off right away. If you don’t have a helper and don’t want to risk damaging the pump or pulling air into the system, you need a better way.

Fortunately, it is perfectly possible to pump out the old fluid in a highly controlled fashion simply by turning the steering wheel from stop to stop. Keep the fluid level in the reservoir above the filter to prevent the ingress of air, and continue until you are satisfied that the fluid leaving the system through the return hose is clean. You need 2-3 quarts to fully replenish the fluid, though if you’re trying to remove all traces of (red) ATF you may find it takes a little more to end up with a completely clean reservoir. When you’re happy, reconnect the return hose and thoroughly bleed the system by turning the steering wheel back and forth with the engine running.

This is, of course, the perfect opportunity to change the filter in the pump and inspect the rubber return hoses, replacing if necessary. The fact that Mercedes gave us a filter in the power steering pump tells us something about the importance of clean fluid. How many other car manufacturers do this?

Ruby Bridges, Barbara Anderson, Mrs Ackerman and Me

We recognize Ruby Bridges for her life’s work as a civil rights leader and activist; we find an unsightly caricature of Ruby’s historic walk through a snarling angry crowd with new education secretary Betsy DeVos depicted as Ruby. This depiction exemplifies how little understanding of race discrimination in America has been attained..

But for racial subjugation Ruby Bridges would not have needed federal marshals to escort her to attend a heretofore segregated public school in New Orleans. But for racial animus she would not have been taught in an isolated setting by Barbara Henry; whose integrity led her to offer this brave child the best education she could provide her. That teacher Barbara Henry, and her student, Ruby represents the best of the American legacy. This Bridges experience is captured too in a retrospective entitled “Lasting Impact”, which summarizes the historic effect of this heroic act.

Today, Segregation is illegal in America and no longer happens. A large amount of racism has left our society, however, not all of it has been eliminated. Hopefully one day, racism will be a subject only spoken about in history textbooks.

DeVos’ caricature of Bridges is classic to American culture. This cultural practice is summarized in the following quote from Bridget Cooke’s ” Fixing Racial Representations of African- Americans at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893″. This excerpt explains causations for the use of stereotypes to minimize the positive reality of African descent Americans. Whites created the culture of segregation in large part to counter black success, to make a myth of absolute racial difference, to stop the rising. Racial essentialism, the conception of sets of personal characteristics as biologically determined racial identities, grew in popularity among whites in tandem with the rise of the new black middle class and its increasing visibility, especially in cities.

This American legacy extends to me as well, in Los Angeles, California where I was born. I am more than a decade older than Ruby but attended integrated schools. I too had boosts from my nurturing family as well as key teachers along my way.

In John Muir Junior High School where I attended school, someone would always manage to relieve me of my bus ticket book leaving me with a miles long trudge to school. Enter my Barbara Henry, Mrs. Ackerman. Mrs Ackerman was my science teacher who was a German immigrant. She would look for me on my march to school and offered me that much appreciated ride to school.

Then she would allow me early access to her classroom. During these early morning sessions she taught me a means of recognizing my own exceptional intelligence through a mini astronomy lesson where she gave me the eagle’s view of my ability to extrapolate. I would leave John Muir and go on to graduate cum laude from high in a class of 1200. This led to a scholarship to college.

In the fifty-eight years since these mornings with Mrs. Ackerman I have shown my passion for this American legacy serving students and staff in a way that led to:

First woman of my hue to become a high school principal in the state of Colorado

Winner of the following distinctions

Milken National Educational Leader

Outstanding Individual in Schools for the state of Colorado

Educator of the Year

Election to the School Board the first of my hue and female in over 140 years

Post Retirement:

Fellowships to Harvard

More to tell. For now thank you colleagues Ruby, Barbara, Mrs Ackerman

Model T Ford – The Simple Story

Perhaps the most iconic product created by automotive icon, Henry Ford, was the Model T. Ford’s standardized product from 1908 – 1927, the fundamental success of the Model T resulted from Ford’s determination to build a car that would be simple, practical and economical. Ford therefore built not for luxury, but for practicality. The model T was a capable tool. Something that was not a mere luxury, but of multiple uses and accessible by the greatest number of users.

Henry Ford created the Ford Motor Company in 1903. The fledgling company would quickly become a fixture of North American automobile manufacturing. While Ford would develop the modern assembly line, new manufacturing techniques, and labor reform, it would be Ford’s 1908 Model T, that would be its most significant achievement. For the Model T is credited with bringing the automobile to the masses.

The Company devoted all its time and facilities to manufacturing the Model T chassis. Several different bodies were available, however only the one chassis, or platform, was manufactured for the T. This platform would form the basis for all models available through Ford’s extensive agent and dealer network.

By all reports, the Model T cost less to operate than any other car. The Ford Motor Company reported that owners could drive their cars at a cost of less than a cent a mile. Something modern drivers can only wish for. It should be noted however, that like today, individual T experiences varied according to the temperament of the driver, and the conditions under which the car was maintained.

A distinctive feature of the Model T was that it was built of Vanadium steel. This steel was recognized the world over as one of the toughest, strongest, best, but most expensive steels known to the world of steel making at the time. Vanadium is a mineral alloy that gives the steel a tremendous resistance to the action of vibration. As many T owners can attest, this quality was to one of the reasons so many T’s survive today.

The Model T engines are all alike, powerful, and simple. The Ford four cylinder engine is rated to produce twenty horsepower. While this seems like a tiny amount of power compared to modern cars, power per pound, the Model T was one of the more powerful cars for its time.

Ford believed that the left-hand driving position added to the comfort and ease of Ford operation. Many modern, first time T owners find that aspect familiar. But there familiarity ends. The modern driver is faced with the challenge of mastering the operation of the brakes and transmission.

The Model T employs a planetary transmission operated by pedals. As a result the drivers of the T are confronted by three pedals. While the left pedal controls the clutch, as it does on the modern car, there the similarity ends. The other pedals control braking, as well as forward and reverse gears. Throttle and spark are controlled by hand controls on the steering column. New owners are wise to get a tutorial, as well as some private practice before venturing out into modern traffic.

Built from 1908 until 1927, the Model T is one of the most recognizable automobiles in the antique auto world. With an output of one hundred eighty-five thousand cars in 1913 alone, it also remains one of the most available and affordable. With excellent club support and parts availability, the simply constructed Ford remains on of the most popular antique cars.

Although thousands of restored examples exist around the world, it is likely many more still wait in fields and sheds for a willing restorer to bring them back to life.

Debt Settlement Advice That Helps You Avoid Bankruptcy

Unfortunately, it has literally become standard practice in the United States for a person to have a debt problem. In too many scenarios; a major debt problem! Meaning, they are over their heads in debt with a financial crisis such as bankruptcy looming in the backdrop. Here is some debt settlement advice that may very well help you avoid filing bankruptcy.

One of the major reasons for their financial hardships is credit card debt mismanagement. These days people tend to use the credit cards almost as if there was no payback agreement. They have yet to comprehend how this free spending mindset can land them in tremendous economic hardship.

If you are one of the millions of Americans strapped with plastic debt, heed this debt settlement advice and you will get out from under this ever-mounting pressure. You may or may not have heard of this form of relief, but rest assured, its one of the best options right now considering our current economic conditions. Debt settlement advice essentially comes in five different approaches.

In a nutshell you settle your debts through: a (DIY) Do It Yourself program, a debt settlement advice coach, a debt settlement company, a credit counselor or through an attorney. The negotiations are designed to propel your unsecured creditors to accept an amount less than your actual balance as payment in full. The window of opportunity for creditors to agree to this type of deals varies, but rest assured they happen everyday to some degree or another.

It is not uncommon for a person to receive a settlement of 60 to 80 percent. If you’re asking, “why?” You have to remember, at this point, the other two options are: (a). Force the debtor to file bankruptcy. In that scenario, most credit card providers and creditors walk away with very little to nothing. By settling, they recover a portion of the debt without any additional legal fees. (b). Force the debtor to altogether abandon their repayment responsibilities. In this scenario, creditors get zilch! This usually becomes a waiting game for the debtor; with the end being the seven period when negative infractions drop off of their credit reports.

Once the amount is negotiated and agreed upon and the money is paid, you will be released from that debt. Two important key points to mention: one, if you negotiated properly, you should have requested that the creditor notate the account on your credit report as, “Paid in Full.” If not, even though the account has been settled, it will still show as negatively on your credit report.

Two, none of these options are easy, that is why you should seek counsel and do your research to determine which approach will be the best for your set of circumstances. On a good note, there are certain organizations such as Consumer Credit Counseling that have professional counselors who will provide you with great debt settlement advice at no charge.

You can use their services to help you get your finances in order and establish a secure future. You need to make sure that if you opt for their advice that you follow it. This debt settlement advice is one of the best ways you to save yourself from bankruptcy.

Judo Training – Sweeping, Lifting, Pulling Foot Sweep

This technique is arguably the most difficult of all the foot sweeps and requires excellent timing as well as the confidence to make the deep entry and the big step necessary to throw the opponent. It requires considerable balance and a flexible back and is almost impossible to force. Realistically, if it is to work at all, the opponent must be moving and the timing must be perfect.lt is also the most limited of the ashi-waza in as much as it can only be used when an opponent steps back. On the other hand, that is quite the moment when most fighters are least expecting a foot sweep to come crashing through their defences, so it has a definite place in any judo player's armoury.

The sweeping action is very similar to that of okuri-ashi-harai and the sweeping foot usually takes both legs clear of the ground.To practice the movement it is best to take a fairly high collar grip and the sleeve. The classical technique is to grip right-handed and as uke steps back on his right foot tori makes a big step forwards on his right foot and pulling up with the arms, swings his left foot through in a big, confident arc, making contact with uke's right ankle. The sweep will not work if it is just a tap on the ankles, the leg must scythe through and both uke's feet should be taken off the ground. Once uke is in the air it is important to use the hands to turn him on to his back.

A common fault is that people do not perform complete throws and once they have swept uke off his feet are not familiar with what to do to make him land on his back. If tori does not twist at the waist and turn uke's body with his hands, uke will just fall on his knees or land face down.

Another important point to consider is tori's head position. Unlike with sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi, tori must not turn his head. The basic rule that tori should look where he wants his interest to land applications: tori should be looking down at the mat in front of him.

This technique is especially effective if uke attacks, fails to throw and turns out from his attack. As he is exiting from his initial technique he is vulnerable because his balance is changing and he is also psychologically unsettled as he is likely to be analyzing what was wrong with the attack, which tends to reduce defensive effectiveness. A good drill for developing feeling and timing is for uke to attack with harai-goshiand for tori to do harai-tsuri-komi-ashi as he goes out.

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Maintaining Your Conservatory Roofing

With its strength to outdoor aspects, modern uPVC conservatories last longer than more mature structures made from resources like wood. They do not rot or warp in the sun, or corrode like old structures. With proper care they can last a life span. Even with a personal build conservatory, offered to erect from Do-it-yourself kits, you can develop a structure that is going to last for many years and increase the value of your property.

One area that could be hard to keep clean however could be the roof. As it bares the entire exposure to the sun, rain and snow, as well as over-flying wild birds it is also the most intolerable area to accumulate soil. Particularly if your roof is made from glass, dirt on the outside of your roof is also one of the first things you notice.

Depending on the location of the conservatory, moss, mold and also other organic matter can easily grow so it is essential you clean the roof regularly. As it can be a troublesome area to access it could be a good idea to hire pros to do the job, in fact this is quite a wise approach as using the correct cleaning agents along with chemicals can be very cruel in preserving your roof.

Washing the roof too boldy can damage any particular coatings your roof might have, it is also best to use a non-petrol based solution to thoroughly clean with. A professional organization should know all of this and certainly will have the correct methods for the job, such as non rough brushes that will not provide simple facts and even telescopic poles that may apply a feed involving warm water to clean your roof without having to climb up and also potentially damage your own structure.

The cost of expert roof cleaning depends on the size of the sunroom and the type of top. Glass roofs are generally more expensive to clean as they require more perform to keep it streak free; Just a little side note – UPVC windows are generally inexpensive to clean. As its a costly situation, it is a good idea to acquire a few cleansing quotations from different firms before you hire anyone. Business is competitive consequentially reliable companies will kindly compete for your company. This should help you get the best offer possible. By washing multiple companies it must also give you a somewhat more knowledge on how best to treat your specific roof structure.

Taking care of your roof appropriately will help you prevent any costly repairs in the future. Appropriate chemical treatments may help stop the growth involving algae, moss and mildew in the future. It will also help stop against any deterioration. Egypt discolouration. A professional cleaner will know things to look for as well and will be able to recognize any early signs of damage even though cleaning. They will ensure your roof remains tightly sealed and in good condition.

Getting your roof washed on a regular basis will still save you money compared to basically any costly repairs you might have to make. Replacing houses roof if the damage remains unchecked for any reasonable amount of time will also be a huge expenditure. By making some small investments now and also taking the time and effort to take care of your roof you should be using a conservatory that appears as good as the day you bought it, years into the future. This will help increase the value of your property if you ever arrive at sell it and will continue being a great home extension as you look for far more room later in life.

Outdoor Cremation Shrines

Creating an outdoor cremation memorial is something that can be a healing process, and also something that can really honor a departed loved one. The process of creating such a shrine can assist the friends and family members that are left behind and aid in the grieving process tremendously. Erecting out door cremation memories are a great way to create a space that all friends and relatives can enjoy, and can come to sit in remembrance of a departed individual and process the passing in their own private way. Outdoor cremation memories are a beautiful and lasting way to honor a departed loved one. They can create a sacred space to meditate on the life you shared with someone special.

Outdoor cremation memorials require a little more thought and care to create than indoor cremation memorial because the elements and weather play a strong factor in what you include in the shrine and the materials of the memorial objects such as the cremation urn must be chosen carefully. Other memorial objects such as memorial textile art and memorial paintings my not be suitable for this unless you make sure that you are going to cover the space with a solid roof of some kind.

When choosing the funeral urn that you are going to use as the centerpiece for the memorial, an outdoor cremation memorial will warrant using a material that can withstand the elements. There are many choices available to someone creating an outdoor memorial shrine, and although some choices are better than others, there is still infinite variety available in what styles you choose, and the themes that are created.

Metal cremation urns are a great material for outdoor memories, although you may have to deal with them being tarnished or rusting. If stainless steel is an option, this can be a really durable material to choose for the decorative urn. Metal funeral urns are very solid and durable, and the styles that they can be crafted in are almost infinite. Stones can be set in the metal, multiple metals can be used together and other materials of objects can be added to the hand made art urn.

Stone cremation urns are one of the very best materials for outdoor shrines, as they are some of the most weather and element resistant. Stone funeral urns are heavy, solid, durable and can also be crafted in a variety of styles that reflect the life and personality of the person they are designed to honor.

Glass cremation urns are a little more fragile but are also very resistant to the elements. Glass is a wonderful material in that it offers the possibility of vivid colors and patterns that are not necessarily available in other mediums. Also, bits of the cremated remains can be captured in the glass patterns to create beautiful swirls and patterns that honor the departed for all time.

Creating an outdoor cremation memorial is a beautiful process, and can help a grieving friend of family member process the loss of a loved one and move through the difficult time of mourning in a healthy way. Art has incredible healing potential and the creative process of erecting a shrine of this nature can do wonders for us at such a difficult time. The selection of the items we use and how we put together this sacred space can help us think about the person in question in a healthy way that allows s to focus our attention on a process that takes to some sense of completion afterward.

Where a House Painting Contractor Can Take a Project

Getting the most out of a home improvement project is important to homeowners looking to make their house the envy of the block. Some struggle with deciding the best way to accomplish this goal and become frustrated when they decide to do the work themselves, believing that it's there idea so they would be the best person for the job. What they do not expect, however, is how complicated these projects can become and how fast they can grow out of control if they do not have the appropriate skills.

A house painting contractor can help to solve this problem, as they will have been properly trained in the field and know how to handle problems when they arise so that they do not become larger issues down the road. With the assistance of a house painting contractor, homeowners will find their home painting projects much more enjoyable and easier to manage. This can be a huge boost for the project, as most professionally done painting work turns out much better than any amateur job ever could.

The help of a professional house painting contractor often extends beyond the physical act of painting the house. Most professionals will be able to provide additional assistance in the form of planning and development of ideas and projects. Creativity is not something reserved especially for artist and writers. Many painting contractors are able to provide valuable insight and advice that will help the project turn out looking its very best so that the homeowner will be pleased with the result.