Selection of Job or Business in Astrology

Determining the nature of your profession or the sources of income is a very tough task for any astrologer. Selection of profession between job and business is very important decision of life. There are many astrological factors which need to be considered.Astrological readings can also suggest whether you can enjoy smooth success in your job or business ventures.

Ascendant: whatever is the field education, marriage or profession the strength of ascendant and its lord play very important role.

10th house/lord: 10th house and its lord from ascendant/Moon sign/Sun signs are pivots for determine the profession and business. Authority, power advancement and ambitions, business affairs in general, one’s rank, social status and profession of a person, name, fame foreign land, sources of livelihood self respect and self control are indicated by 10th house.

3rd house/lord: indicates courage and initiative for professional life, risk and speculation taken in life. Sometimes it indicates over confidence of the native.

5th house/lord:represents knowledge, education, intuition and intelligence of a person. Besides high position it indicates risk and speculations taken in professional life.

6th house/lord: indicates loans from bank or financial institutes, funds rising and the employees working under the native.

7th house/lord:represents professional relationships and business partnerships, independent skilled professions.

9th house/lord: this is house of luck or fortune of the native; it also indicates distribution or circulation of money, dignity of a person, foreign travels, and government favors.

11th house/lord: this is house of gain and income in one’s life.

Planetary transition: the nature of the profession also depends on the planetary period of major periods /sub period of a horoscope. The Dasha/Antradasha of the native forces him for change in profession in a very drastic and dramatic way. Through the strong and favorable Dasha/Antradasha, even a weak and ill placed planet can bless the native with success in profession and career.

Job/business influencing astrological factors:

Job/service:

  • If lord/sign or planets placed in 10th house are strong, indicates surety of service.
  • If number of fixed signs planets are more than number of planets in common or movable signs in a horoscope the native will chose the profession which demands patience, peace, tolerance and stability like Government jobs, medical profession or in achieves.
  • If the planets of common signs are more than the planets of fixed and movable signs in a horoscope the native will have different sources of income like as a teacher he can chose property dealing or as a profession he may own his own consultancy firms, tuition centers etc.
  • Lord/sign of 10th house are weaker in strength than the lord /sign of 7th house, profession of advocate, doctor, and professors are indicated.
  • If lords /signs of 10th and 7th houses are equally strong indicates the native will have individual business along with his own service. Like a doctor doing private practice along with his own service or the person will start his own business after retiring from the job.
  • If the lord of 10th house is strong but placed in 6th/8th/12th house or of medium strength the person will work in an autonomous institutes or private sector.
  • Sun/Mars/Saturn favorably influencing the 10th house, and lord of 10th house is in a strong position indicates profession of doctor.
  • Lords of 3rd/6th/10 and Jupiter are strong indicates profession of advocate.
  • Moon and Mercury influencing 10th house indicates writer or journalisms as profession.
  • Strong mercury and Jupiter influencing 10th house denotes writer or poets.
  • Moon and Jupiter aspecting 10th house indicates gazette officer rank job.
  • Moon placed in 10th and Jupiter posited in 5th house indicates very highly ranked position.
  • Lord of 11th placed in 10th house or their lords exchanges signs/houses indicates very good administrator.
  • Lord of ascendant and 10th placed together or lord of ascendant and 10th house is a same planet the person will work excellent work from his own hard earned money.
  • Jupiter as lord of 10th placed in trine indicates highly acclaimed position of the native.
  • Sun placed in 10th house from ascendant/Moon or lord of 10 is posited in the Navamansa of Sun indicates appreciation from government but if Sun is debilitated/ malefic/ill placed indicates unscrplous means of earning.
  • Lord of 10th is Mars or lord of 10th posited in the Navamansa of Mars indicates police, army, and wrestling as profession.
  • Mercury is the lord of 10th house or the lord of 10th goes in the Navamansa of Mercury indicates service in banking, writing, education, astrology art and crafting.
  • Mercury in ascendant and Jupiter in 9th house indicate government services.
  • Lord of ascendant placed in quadrant and aspected by lords of 2nd/5th indicates government job.
  • Sun having favorable aspects of Saturn indicates government job, manager authority and high authorities power of a person.

Business:

  • Lords/signs of 4th and 7th houses are weak but lord/sign of 7th house are very strong indicates sound business abilities of the native.
  • If numbers of planets in movable signs are more than the number of planets in fixed or common sign in a horoscope indicates the best qualities the native will have as a businessman like he will have initiative and capacity to make decisions, intelligent, alert and will possess the quality of leadership
  • If any or all planets like Mercury, Jupiter and Venus placed in quadrant to Moon indicates independent venture.
  • Mercury, Jupiter and Venus and Moon are placed in 2nd/12th from each other indicates independent or self ventures.
  • Jupiter is placed in 3rd house and Venus is placed in 11th house from Moon indicates the native will start his own business.
  • Lords of 2nd and 11th exchanges houses indicates very good business abilities.
  • Mercury related to 10th house indicates, business skills.Malefic influence over 10th house indicates laziness of the native.
  • All the planets placed in quadrant indicate money earned from agriculture.
  • If 7 planets posited in ascendant and 7th house, indicates business of transportation, wood, cartwheel etc.
  • If any malefic planet placed in quadrant having no benefic influences and Jupiter posited in 8th house indicates excellence of business in meat, poultry and fisheries.

What To Expect When You Buy a Turnkey Website

Buying a website business online can be slightly intimidating. In fact, buying anything online can be intimidating if you have never done it before. Whether you are buying a turnkey website or a teddy bear for your granddaughter, you never see the seller face-to-face and must rely on consumer review websites to determine if a purchase is a good idea.

The first quick signs of a good retailer is if they have a way to reach them via their website, they have a good selection of different niche websites, and the domain name of the turnkey website seller is older than a year or two (this indicates that their business practices are honest and what is promised is delivered, thus keeping them in business longer than a few months). Click here to read more about how you can find an honest turnkey website seller.

The first step to purchasing a website business is probably the easiest part of the purchasing process. This step involves the buyer (you) authorizing a transaction through an online payment gateway or sending money the old fashioned way, through a money order. (Take note that money orders are the safest and most reliable way to send money off-line. Cashier checks, especially checks drawn on banks you are unfamiliar with, are not full-proof secure and sometimes may be fraudulent.) But with that disclaimer aside, I prefer to use online payment gateways (PayPal is my preferred method, Google Checkout a close second) to send money when purchasing turnkey website businesses.

The payment process will be a bit different depending on if you use Google Checkout, PayPal, or another online payment gateway. But there are some common elements to all online check-out procedures: You will need to enter your information (name, credit card number, etc.) or you can sign-in if you already have an account with the payment processor (PayPal, Google Checkout, etc.) After you submit your information, you will usually go to a payment confirmation screen. Once you confirm your purchase, you will receive a confirmation message to the email address you entered in during the check-out process (or the email address you have associated with your existing account that you logged in with). The seller will also receive an email notifying them that a payment has been received, the amount, and the item number or product name.

Using payment systems like PayPal, Google Checkout, or Moneybookers is simply an easy, quick, and secure way to transfer money online. Like Visa and other large credit card companies, these online money transfer systems are built with a high level of security and send your information through securely encrypted channels to ensure your privacy. If you use a service like PayPal or Google Checkout, you can be assured that your money and information will be safe.

The second step takes place once you hear back from the turnkey website seller. Do not consider a sales confirmation from PayPal or another payment gateway company to be an actual response from the company. Companies usually respond within 24 business hours; some respond within just several hours and some may take longer depending on time difference and sales volume. If you feel the time to get a response has been too long, don’t hesitate to contact the company via email or on their website contact form.

When you do hear from the company, the email will most likely contain information for these four important next steps:

  • How to update your affiliate program link information
  • How the domain transfer process will work
  • How to login to your cPanel
  • What type of hosting is offered

(If you purchase your website from a reputable turnkey website retailer like ABC Design Studio, you should receive domain name and hosting for free or at a discounted rate. Click here to browse ABC Design Studio’s turnkey website businesses.)

You should carefully read this email and the instructions so you fully understand what is required of you so you can take ownership of your business. Don’t wait too long and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you need to. But keep in mind that a turnkey website broker, no matter how reputable, cannot be held responsible for your lack of action!

Many of the things that you will need to do is sign up for affiliate accounts (like Google AdSense, Commission Junction, or ClickBank) This process can take some time depending on how many affiliate programs your new turnkey website uses. If you are not computer-savvy, and your website links to multiple affiliate programs that are confusing for you, expect to spend 1-2 hours to complete your affiliate program accounts and to send an email back to the seller with your affiliate account information. Some companies have you submit your information via a form, which is generally more secure than an email. But both options work just fine.

The seller company will probably also give you instructions on how to set-up an account at a domain retailer like GoDaddy or HostGator. This is because, after your website is set-up and updated, you will need to take ownership of the domain name. The easiest way to do this is to transfer ownership from the seller to you through a popular domain seller website service such as GoDaddy.

The third step to this process happens after you receive an email from the turnkey website company letting you know the affiliate program link integration is complete, your hosting account is set-up, and your domain name has been transferred to you. If the company you bought from uses GoDaddy – the biggest online retailer for domain names and digital domain related products – then you will have to log-in to your GoDaddy account to accept the transfer.

After you accept the domain name transfer, your website has been successfully turned over to you. You can verify your ownership by visiting http://www.whois.net and typing in your website domain name. Do allow for a little bit of time for the WhoIs database to update its records. WhoIs may take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to reflect changes in website ownership.

After you have received ownership of the domain by following the steps outlined by the turnkey website seller or the domain company (GoDaddy, HostGator, etc.) – and you have verified ownership with WhoIs – you are now the official owner and operator of a website business!

Of course your work is not done. This is just the beginning in your journey in using a turnkey website business to make money online. The next steps are marketing, promotion, and learning how to bring targeted traffic to your site, which I will cover in future articles.

When it comes to the turnkey website purchasing experience, every company is different. But there are certain common themes in the purchasing process. If at any time you are unsure of what you must be doing or do not know how to finalize your website’s ownership transfer to you, never hesitate to contact the company you purchase from.

The more information you have and the better you understand how the website buying process works, the more comfortable and confident you will feel with the decision you have made – to become an Internet entrepreneur and work for yourself.

Truth About Bronchitis – Symptoms And Treatment Explained

Bronchitis is quite a known chronic disease. Here are some interesting & basic facts about this ailment.

1. This disease was quite common even in those days yet the developments in the medicinal field have seen now seen many alternatives to treat the said condition.

2. The pulmonary disorders are rather common among the children. This does not imply that the adults are untouched with the same. As a matter of fact, living in the modern age polluted cities, amidst smokers, industries and racing cars all of us are ahead to the disease.

3. In case your bronchi are inflamed, there are chances for you to have bronchitis that is a known obstructive pulmonary disorder or illness.

4. Bronchitis can be divided in to the acute or short term and the chronic or long term category.

5. Bronchitis can occur in any age.

6. It is quite closely associated with the flues and colds.

7. In case the bronchitis is left uncured, it can lead to severe pneumonia.

8. Bronchitis is indeed common among the smokers.

Acute Bronchitis

1. Acute bronchitis' symptoms are quite similar to flu.

2. It lasts only for a short term.

3. Individuals suffering with the viral infections are often susceptible to the acute bronchitis.

4. This ailment is contagious & generally begins with dry cough that often happens at night. Within a few days, the cough would progress. Quite soon the person would suffer with other symptoms like fever, fatigue, and headache. Curing this cough may take many weeks or many months. This is because healing process in such cases is very slow, especially in your bronchial tubes.

5. In case you are suffering with cough for a month or more, your doctor could refer you to check with an ENT expert so as to ensure if there are some other causes of the irritation. Yet, if your bronchial tubes remain irritated, this can lead to the asthmatic conditions.

6. In acute bronchitis, your passage ways constrict due to infection caused by some virus or bacteria. In case the ailment is due to bacteria, the apt antibiotic regimen can do the trick to cure the ailment. It is always advised to visit the doctor to get a medical diagnosis. Remember taking any medicine with out the doctor's prescription could make the disorder rather worse.

7. Persistent cough & wheezing also implying that you may be suffering with acute bronchitis. The constricted bronchial tubes create the wheezing sound every time we breathe. While this disorder can be cleared up in a few days, in some cases it may take several months or weeks as well. Remember in such a situation, you must take lots of rest and drink lots & lots of water or juices.

8. A simple home remedy to fight back this disease is placing wet blankets & towels in different places in the house to increase the humidity there. Room humidifiers are also a good option for such patients.

9. Smoking is anyways injurious to health but in case of the bronchial patients, it can be disastrous. So, the smokers suffering with acute bronchitis must quit the habit of smoking before the condition gets worst.

Chronic Bronchitis

1. This is an ongoing condition.

2. Curing this may take several months, or even years.

3. The environmental factors that lead to this ailment are exposure to fumes, smoke, dust, odors, etc.

4. Chronic bronchitis is incurable, so the patients must consult their doctor well enough to identify the triggers. They should then remove as many triggers as possible form their environment in order to keep healthy.

5. Remember, in this ailment prevention is equivalent to cure so you must work on removing the triggers else, it could be dangerous for you.

6. Consulting the doctor, they would suggest you several laboratory tests like test for pulmonary function & blood gases in arms, chest x-rays, and sputum culture. Generally the test is also done for the patients of acute bronchitis.

7. Just like acute bronchitis, smoking can make the situation worse for the patients of chronic bronchitis as well. So you must quit this bad habit in order to keep healthy and get rid of this ailment.

8. A healthy & active lifestyle is unbeatable at the end of the day. Practicing all preventive measures can avoid bronchitis and many other ailments for all individuals.

The primer symptoms of bronchitis are:
i. coughing
ii. excessive mucus
iii. fever
iv. pain in the chest
v. infection
vi. discomfort
vii. wheezing

These symptoms can further lead to the other respiratory problems like:
i. sinusitis
ii. asthma
iii. complicated pneumonia

Diagnose & Treatments

1. While bronchitis is a very common respiratory disorder, it is often misdiagnosed in the absence of proper para clinical & physical examinations. To get an accurate diagnosis, laboratory analysis & pulmonary tests are a must.

2. Bronchitis calls for special attention before the damage is enhanced further. When the infection is bacterial, fever is the chief indication. In around 80% cases, the treatment as completed in just 5-10 days with the right anti-biotics. Remember, the anti-biotic or any medication must have taken with the doctor's advise else it could be devastating.

3. Antibiotics have several side effects like abdominal pain, diarrhea, rashes, etc. that can not be neglected. These cause a lot of discomfort for the patient. Yet they are acceptable only if they are absolutely necessary.

4. In case the infection is caused due to virus, or other agents, antibiotics are not effective. In such days the only treatment is to rest for long time period, use room humidifiers, and hydrate the patients' body with lots of water and juices. In case the things do not get fine with in a few days, you must consult a doctor. It may be pneumonia and / or asthma bronchitis.

5. When the cause of bronchitis is obstructions in your bronchial tubes owing to inflammation in your respiratory tract, tissues, organs and the mucous membranes, it causes irritation and increased secretion of the mucus. Such gathering of mucus in your bronchial tubes causes difficulty in breathing, wheezing sound and coughing.

6. Bronchodilators are the medications administrated to the patients who have a difficulty in breathing. These help in re-establishing the process of respiration. These are commonly prescribed to the patients suffering with chronic bronchitis & asthma.

7. Bronchitis could be dangerous and it is advisable to get treated as soon as possible to avoid all complications!

What Are Panchaloha Idols and How Are They Manufactured?

As one of the oldest religions in the world, Hinduism carries a broad set of traditions, rituals and worship. Hinduism in the real sense is a way of righteous living and professes the unity of worship and the concept of a formless divine. But these are abstract concepts for many and the best way to help relate is through images. Over time, this was how the concept of various ‘Gods’ and ‘idol worship’ was developed, giving the free choice of worship ultimately to the individual. In this regard, Panchaloha idols play a key role in this regard.

Silpa Shastra is an ancient Hindu text dealing with arts and crafts and contains various design rules and standards. All idols whether stone or of metal have to be sculpted and manufactured according to these rules and prescribed rituals have to be followed both during manufacture and installation in order to obtain the correct benefits. Panchaloha idols are traditional idols of Gods fashioned from an alloy of 5 metals (silver, gold, copper, zinc and iron). The percentages in which these metals are used in the alloy varies between different regions in India.

The idol manufacturing process involves 2 steps. The first is the construction of the mould and the second is the actual creation of the idol. Initially, an image of the deity is created in wax with all the details. This wax is prepared by mixing paraffin wax, resin from the tree Damara Orientalis, and ground nut oil. Since wax produced by this method is quite hard, softer bee’s wax of high purity is mixed to make it easier to bring to life finer details.

To create a mould, the wax model is covered in layers of fresh clay and soil and then allowed to dry. Once the clay dries, it is heated to melt the wax and create a hollow mould. The melted Panchaloha metal alloy is then poured slowly into this mould to allow air bubbles to escape. This is then allowed to cool and solidify into the idol or deity. The cooling period varied between a few hours to a few days depending on the size of the statue and is judged based on experience. Finally, the craftsmen break the clay mold starting from the head of the statue to get the preliminary image. This image is then worked on to produce the final product.

The process has remained the same since the time of ancient dynasties like the Chera and the Chola and it is heartening to note that the art continues to thrive in various corners of India even today.

Laminate Flooring and Excellent Choice for Almost Any Room

Laminate flooring can offer such a wonderful look, yet be much more economic than real wood flooring. If you're considering remodeling your home this year you really should look into the many benefits of laminate for your next project. This article looks at some possible solutions for your next home remodeling and flooring project.

Laminate flooring offers the homeowner so many wonderful choices of color and style patterns. This type of flooring surface offers many wonderful applications from kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and beyond. The prices are very economic to.

One of the main benefits of using laminate style flooring is that you can often times by large amounts very economically at your larger home improvement stores. By purchasing the product in bulk at a wholesale outlet you're able to then install the flooring yourself and save a reasonable amount of money.

If you have been thinking about adding a den, family room or a great room to your home – this type of flooring is an excellent choice of material. Many people love to add some nice amenities like a pellet stove or gas fireplace to the room.

Laminate wood is so realistic looking, often times someone has to look very closely to see whether it's real or not. This type of surface has proved to be very durable and able to handle a fair amount of heavy traffic, making it the perfect choice for your next project.

You'll want to make sure that you check with the dealer who manufactures the laminate flooring that you decide upon for proper care instructions. You will want to take some precautions if you plan on installing it yourself. However, it's a reliably simple job with plenty of information available online.

Why Laminate Flooring is So Popular

Laminate flooring is an affordable alternative to hardwood flooring or ceramic tile. It is available in a wide array of colors to give the appearance of different species of wood in a variety of finishes. You can also have the look of natural stone in a laminate floor with such choices as colonial brick and granite.

The ease with which you can clean laminate floors is also another reason why homeowners are opting for this choice of flooring material. You can sweep the floor or vacuum it. Washing up requires only a mild cleaner and warm water. The flooring has a wear layer so that it resists wear and tear in high traffic areas and it will not stain easily when such liquids as juice are accidently spilled on it.

Laminate floor looks very realistic even though it is not made from real wood or stone. Along with its long lasting qualities, it is easy to install. The planks or tiles have interlocking features through tongue and groove applications so that you simply snap each piece together. You can choose to either nail the planks to the subfloor or glue them down to give the effect of a floating floor.

You do not have to bother with refinishing laminate floors as you would with hardwood. Neither do you have to take the time to apply grout like you would with ceramic tile. Laminate is not recommended as the material of choice for kitchens or bathrooms because of the high moisture content in these rooms of the house. Neverheless, many people have installed laminate flooring in these rooms with great success.

You do need to use an underlay on the subfloor before you install the laminate planks. This is because the planks can cause hollow sounds when someone walks over them and this can be particularly annoying for anyone on the floor benefit.

A House in California Walkthrough

Grandma, it's too dark outside, whatever we do? Look over to the right, it's the fireflies we use to use to light up our lamp post. I wonder if we catch enough of them, if we would be able to light up the house like we once did many years ago. I think I'm going to have to wander around a little ways to see if I can find anything else that may help us.

A House in California is a poetic point and click puzzle game about four characters: Lois, Beulah, Connie and Ann. Together the four individuals must discover new elements, meet new friends and collect new objects to help bring back memories of what is now the little house in California.

We first start off with our main character Lois, his goal is to find all the fireflies to light up the lamp post, we will have to explore some of his memories, make a few repairs here and there and finally collect all the fireflies. Once we collect enough we will be able to return back to our main screen and light up the lamp post.

Second we play as our character Beulah, his job is to search for singing birds, but it's a bit more challenging than that, it definitely could require a walkthrough in order to round them all up. Our character Beulah will have to read, write and do some cooking, you can of course find out more about each of the characters by clicking on them.

Third we play as Connie, she must gather all the colorful butterflies to make the house shine brightly. She will have to catch the butterflies in the right order, orange, green and blue. The butterflies make a peaceful addition to the house, now we have lit up the streets, added a nice harmony and some color to our peaceful residency.

Finally, grandma asks if everything can be put back to the way it was. Ann's job is to undo everything we just did, remember and forget everything, then when the night comes to an end we can enter the house and know that everything we did was nothing more than just our imagination.

Muscle Building – How to Build a "Sweeping Shape" to Your Legs

Nobody empathizes more with the skinny-legged guy who feels self-conscious about his underpinnings than I do. I grow up with sisters who laughed at my legs whenever I put on a pair of shorts. It was not until we were both adults that one of my sisters confessed: "Scott, I was jealous of your skinny legs when we were kids." Well, thanks for telling me now, Sis. "Do you realize the childhood trauma you could have spared me if you've revealed that before I hit hit puberty?" I asked with irritation.

When I reached high school, I finally talked myself in to not caring about my underdeveloped "wheels" and decided to show them off when I was getting in shape for the wrestling season. I was on the first quarter mile or so of an after school jog when I saw two attractive females walking home together from our school. I overheard one of them say "look at his legs". Then they both burst out laughing. I felt my face turn so friggin 'red that passersby in cars probably thought I was a stop sign.

It was early experiences like these that motivated me to build my muscles. And yes, I was really hell-bent on getting some respectable lower limbs beneath me. In my early twenties, I read all the bodybuilding magazines that told me to squat, squat, and squat some more. And what did I do? Well, I followed this simplistic advice. I did free weight squats until steam was coming out of my ears and members at my gym were scared to death that they were going to get called on to be my spotter. I performed my squats as heavy as possible and with full range of motion. I became a squatting machine.

So what were my results? To put it mildly: not commensurate with my efforts. Oh, I did build some size in my thighs, but not nearly what I wanted wanted to personally distancing myself from the "bird legs" which had been a focal point of my pubescent self-consciousness. What I really wanted was that unmistakable "sweep" in the appearance of my thighs when looking at them straight on. I wanted muscular contour that shows, even while wearing a pair of jeans, that I've got some serious power in the foundation that's holding me up.

In my many years of natural bodybuilding, I finally discovered what I think is one of the most effective thigh-building routines. It builds sweep in the thighs by intensely targeting both the inner and outer quadriceps muscles. When performed diligently and consistently, it will soon give you a feeling that your quads are vibrating in muscular power with each impact your feet make with the ground when you walk.

But what do I mean when I say "performed diligently and consistently"? What I'm alluding to is the number one rule for successfully adding muscle to any area of ​​the body; adequate tissue breakdown and recuperation. No specialized routine or sequence of exercises will produce positive results if we just haphazardly go through the motions of working out and taking some rest days between those workouts. We must pay close attention to how much tissue breakdown we're inflating on a muscle and how much rest time that particular muscle needs to fully recuperate. This varies from one person to another and even varies within the same individual from one time to another. Nowhere is this principle more important than when working the thigh and glute muscles, which measure a lot of tissue that needs recuperation between workouts.

That said, let's get to the meat (or muscle) of the matter for building a nice "thigh sweep".

Exercise # 1: Compound Movement for the Entire Lower Body

I believe in starting an effective thigh workout with a compound movement. It can be full squats with free weights, machine squats, or leg presses. Regardless of which you feel most comfortable with, you need to work the entire area, including the glute muscles, for power, size, and balance in your lower body.

I shoot for six to eight repetitions on all leg exercises (usually six). Neither I nor my clients have ever reaped much muscle gaining benefit by going after the higher reps. Some trainers hypothesize that it works the slow twitch fibers by doing so (thereby building all fibers). I've found that it builds lung capacity more than muscle size. If you want to have impressive workouts more than impressive muscles (or you want to be able to sprint up a mountain), then by all means, go for fifteen reps.

On squats as well as the following isolation exercises, I recommend doing four to seven sets – only the last one going near to muscular failure.

Exercise # 2: Horizontal Leg Press Machine with Feet Apart / Toes Pointed Out

After the squats, I target the Vastus Medialis (inner thigh) with very controlled presses on an Eagle Leg Press machine. I like to believe that this machine offers more control for this movement, but maybe I just feel like doing a lying down exercise after performing squats. At any rate, I position my feet wide apart on the platform, point my toes forty-five degrees outward, and do not go deeper than parallel with my thighs. I also do not lock my knees at the top of the movement, thereby creating constant tension on my trembling inner thighs.

Exercise # 3: Inner Thigh Leg Extensions

Many trainers do not realize that they can really hone in on the inner and outer thigh muscles (respectively) by doing leg extensions in a specific manner. For inner thighs, move the leg extension seat as far forward as possible, point your toes straight up, and then try to face the soles of your feet toward each other. It should feel like you're positioned in a "pigeon-toed" manner. As you bring the weight up and extend your legs, lean your upper body while keeping your feet in the position described. You will feel this in the Vastus Medialis (inner quadriceps).

Exercise # 4: Horizontal Leg Press with Feet Together / Weight on Heals

At this point, I go back to the horizontal leg press machine and target the front quadriceps. In order to really hit the Rectus Femoris (front quad), you should put your feet together on the platform so they're touching each other, with your toes pointed straight up (no angle). Lift your toes up off the platform so that your heals are all that's touching the surface. To really hit those front and outer thighs, you need to take your weight off your toes and put it on your heals. This shifts the stress from your hip and glute region and puts it on the front legs.

Again, only descend until your thighs hit the point of being parallel with the platform. Drive the weight back to the start top position and do not lock your knees. Try to keep continuous tension on the thighs.

Exercise # 5: Outer Thigh Leg Extensions

Similar to the inner quads, we can target the Vastus Lateralis (outer quads) with a bit of customized maneuvering on the leg extension machine. This time, move the seat back as far as it will adjust so that you're almost in a supine position as you reach your feet to the extension bar. Point your toes forward instead of upward. Keeping your toes pointed forward, extend the weight upward while putting out tension on your thighs, as if you are trying to spread your feet apart, but can not. This "feet-spreading tension" with your toes pointed as forward as you can point them while raising the weight will really isolate those outer quadriceps muscles.

So there you have it. Perform this front thigh workout (along with some leg curls for hamstrings) no more than once a week. Strive for higher weight volume levels through intensity of effort and adequate recuperation. With applied diligence, this routine will bring that coveted "sweep" to your upper legs.

House Blessings – Bless Yours NOW!

It's time to kick the enemy out of our homes and our of family's lives. My wife and I recently bought an 85 year old Victorian home in Stephenville, Texas. We call it Vanderbilt Place and we run it as a rooming house. On New Year's Eve 2005, along with some friends, we prayed a blessing over the house. It made such a huge difference insofar as not only keeping the place occupied but also in the quality of renter we received from that day onward.

Later, after sharing this experience with a friend, a local business woman asked if we would pray with her over her business. Once we prayed, not only did productivity soar, but the strong ungodly element decreed dramatically, starting with the manager's resignation several months later.

In this message, I did not want to get too ritualistic, thereby possibly inviting some other religious devil. Consider this a model; feel free to customize it for your needs. So, I'm keeping it simple and duplicatable so that others might be able to bless THEIR home … people like YOU! Do not wait for Sunday to do something spiritual … we are the Church, NOT the buildings! Do not wait for a minister either … you Are one according to Scripture.

In America today, we tend to scream at societal issues and throw money at our problems. We do a great deal of finger pointing, too. What I'm suggesting is that, house by house, American Christians must take back what the enemy has stolen from us. Starting TODAY! As they say, if you want something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done.

Single parents, grandfathers, college students alone in your dorm, apartment unwellers AND apartment managers or property owners – if you are a Christian, you have the authority to take dominion over your dwelling place. Do not delay. Gather some friends and a bottle of virgin olive oil from the kitchen and start praying and anointing as the Spirit leads … first your place, then THEIRS! There's power in agreement so, regardless of their conviction, go for it! If you like, have communion afterwards or sing some hymns. Here's what we're doing. Do likewise and be blessed!

1) TAKE AUTHORITY OVER SPIRITS THAT HAVE BEEN WELCOMED THROUGHOUT THE HOME'S HISTORY – LEAVE DOORS OPEN FOR THEIR ESCAPE. The Bible Declares, "Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee." Here's a prayer you can begin with:

In the Name of Jesus our Messiah, and by the power of His Blood and His Cross, and the Holy Spirit that raised Him from the dead and now dwells within us, we bind all spirits in the air, and the fire and the water, in the ground and the underground and the nether world, and we bind any satanic forces of nature that have been assigned to this dwelling place. You will steal from us no longer! In fact, you will repay us sevenfold, according to Eph 4; 28. "When the thief is done he must repay seven fold". That includes sevenfold time, energy, money, health and anything else stolen from God's children.

We break all generational and word curses, hexes, or spells, or any witchcraft or occult activity that have been invited into this house – on purpose or by accident – through the generations past.

We bind the interaction and interplay of demonic spirits within these walls. And we claim the protection of the shed Blood of Jesus Christ over this house and grounds, and over every person who ever spend so much as a few moments upon this property. May they receive God's blessing!

We call out to you, Holy Spirit. Come now and fill this place, never to leave! We pray this in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Here are a few Opening Scriptures you may choose to start with:
"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 1: 7)

"Jesus said," Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in … "(Revelation 3:20)

2) PRAYER OF BLESSING WHILE ANOINTING WITH OIL

Most loving God, we thank you that through faith in your Son Jesus Christ, you make us all members of your eternal family. We give thanks for all the love that you send to draw our earthly families together, to heal us, and to heal those who have gone before us. Fill this house with your Divine presence, we pray. Pour out your love to deepen the fellowship shared here. Let your wisdom guide us, your trust free us, and your peace bless us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We owe this home to love and understanding. May its joys and sorrows be shared and the individuality of each person who lives and visits here appreciated.

We dedicate this home to work, and rest and play. May our home have joy and high fellowship, with kindness in its voices and laughter running within its walls.

We owe this home to friendly life. May its doors open in hospitality and its windows look out with kindness towards other homes and those who pass by its doors.

We owe this home to cooperation. May its duties be performed in love, its furnishings bear witness that the work of others ministers to our comfort, and its table remind us that God works with us for the supply of daily needs.

We dedicate this home to the appreciation of all things good and true. May the books bring wisdom, the pictures symbolize things beautiful, and the music bring joy and inspiration.

We dedicate the time and talent of those who live here to help build a world in which every family may have a home of comfort and fellowship.

We dedicate this home as a unit in the Church universal, an instrument of the Kingdom of God, a place of worship and Christian training and a threshold to the life eternal.

With our hearts turned toward you, so our thoughts rise in gratitude to God for this home, and in prayer for God's blessings upon it.

Following are s few Scriptures and Reflections about Homes and God's Care:

1. The Bible teachers us that a home is far more than a physical building.

Proverbs 24: 3-4

By wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

2. We need God's presence, power and direction for our lives and homes to be fruitful.

Psalms 127: 1

Without the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Without the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays wake in vain.

3. The Bible indicates that it is important to dedicate our homes to God. Before going into battle, the men in the Bible were warned to dedicate their homes!

Deuteronomy 20: 5

Then the officers will speak to the people, saying, 'What man is there that has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go back to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it. '

4. God told his people to write his word on the doorposts of their homes.

Many Jewish people today place a portion of God's Word on a parchment scroll in a container on the doorposts of their homes. They touch the scroll every time they go in or out to remind them that their homes belong to God, and what happens there is to be directed by God's Word.

Deuteronomy 6: 6-9

And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your hearts and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they will be as frontlets between your eyes.

And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

5. When a person dedicates their house to God, we trust that God responds to their commitment. When Solomon dedicated the temple, God responded, speaking to him.

2 Chronicles 7:15

Now my eyes will be open [says the Lord] and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
For now I have chosen and consecuted this house that my name may be there for ever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

6. When people in the Early Christian movement gathered to teach and preach about Jesus, and to pray in the power of the Spirit, they often met in homes. Even today, there is a growing movement throughout the Western world – something our third world brethren have been doing for decades – meeting in homes or anywhere the Spirit leads them to.

Acts 5:42

And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Acts 28: 30,31

[Paul] stayed two full years in his own rented quarters, and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ …

7. Jesus can use our homes to minister to us and with us if we will welcome him.

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one answers my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

8. In his teachings, Jesus presented home life as a model of what it means to live a life in God's presence and love.

John 14: 1-3

"Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.
if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

9. The Psalmist saw God's care in a similar way.

Psalms 91: 1-2

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, "My refugee and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust."

10. How will we use the homes God has loaned to us? Dedicating our homes to God is not a one-time act. It is an ongoing ministry!

Hebrews 13: 2

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

11. We are accountable to God for the use of our homes and our hospitality. God honors those who conscrate the use of their homes to bless others in need.

Matthew 25: 31-46

"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious Throne.
Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats … Then the King will say to those at right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was … a stranger and you welcomed me … '
Then the correcteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see the … a stranger and welcome thee …? And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.

Final Prayer of Blessing:

Almighty God, we thank you for the desires of our hearts for this home and all who enter its doors, that all we have and do here may be in accord with your Divine plans, that this home and its residents may be truly and completely dedicated to you, and to serving your kingdom.

We ask you to strengthen them in this commitment. We pray to you, O God, for this home, its occupants and possessions, that you may bless and sanctify them, enriching them by your kindness in every way possible. Pour out on them, O Lord, heavenly dew in good measure, as well as an abundance of earthly needs.

Mercifully listened to their prayers, and grant that their needs be fulfilled.
As we come before you, Father, bless this home & every aspect of it,
cleansing any misdeeds of the past, and leaving it pure, fresh and holy.
Bless this house, just as you blessed the homes of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and
Rebecca, of Jacob and Rachel.
Within these walls, let your angels preside and stand watch over those who live and
spend time here, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

How to Make an Ex Boyfriend Regret Leaving You

I'm guessing you are angry, hurt, confused, or all of the above. Your Ex Boyfriend split, and left you to pick up all the pieces. You might want to sit in your room and cry all day. Or maybe you are in the angry stage, and you want to go dump a drink on his head and slash his tires.

Take a deep breath. I'm going to tell you a healthy revenge tool. It is has been used by thousands of women to get under the skin of someone who rejected them. Here is what they did. They took all that emotional energy from the breakup, and used it to transform them into a New Woman.

Now, it may be difficult to find that ambition right now. There might be some roadblocks ahead. When women go through a terribly rough breakup, we naturally want comforting. Unfortunately, we may be used to going into our (ex) man's arms for that comfort, and now that is clearly not an option. Plus, he's the one that caused the discomfort in the first place!

Please seek out comfort amongst your good friends and confidants. They will be very important to you during this time. But be careful. It is also easy to seek comfort in unhealthy activities like getting plastered or eating way too much food or neglecting our fitness routines. None of these things will help you in the long run.

Be a Woman who found their best revenge! Take these negative and confusing emotions and energy imbalances you have, and turn it into something that will not only make your Ex look twice (with regret), but more importantly, empower You.

You can kill two birds with one stone. You can inflict "dumper's remorse" on your Ex, in a healthy way, and also make yourself hot! This is something you will be doing for yourself, your health, and most likely your new "hottie" waiting for you on the horizon.

Get a new hairstyle, go clothes shopping, get a makeover. All of these things are very fun to do. But to really have a true change from within to make you Extra Hot, you need to embark on a healthy eating and exercise plan. You can change your body from the inside out. And then if you combine your health plan with new clothes, hair, makeup, etc, the sky is the limit as to how hot you can really become!

This may sound artificial, but it is your time now. Go for it. I want you to fee good inside, and eating healthy and exercising will give you long-term comfort that temporary comforts can never give you. It will also be a magnificent move to make your Ex turn his head. And of course, you will pretend not to notice him!

Now, I'm not promoting you get all anorexic or over exercise. No, that is another denial method all in itself. I'm encouraging you to re-shape and re-think this break up. Maybe it has freed you to concentrate on becoming your Best and Hottest Self!

How Carpets Effect Allergies

Do not Toss' em … They're Awesome!
The science of indoor air quality is very interesting and relatively new. In the past, the focus was on the quality of the outside air and the interest was in lower emissions of all types into the air.

Since we now spend more time indoors – an average of 80% of our time – indoor air quality has become a concern to the EPA, as well as government and private health organizations.

Following the energy-saving efforts of the 70's and 80's, buildings and homes are now much more air-tight, leaving little opportunity for diluting the indoor air with fresh air from outside. Indoor air has so become more polluted.

But what's the connection between indoor air quality and carpets? In the past, doctors recommended that their asthma and allergy-suffering patients remove carpeting from the home. It was erroneously thought that carpeting exasperated their conditions. Recently, the EPA performed a study of hundreds of homes, schools and office buildings and concluded that the choice of carpeting as a floor covering was actually beneficial in the fight against asthma and allergies. When scientifically tested, the air in the "breathing zone" above carpets was found to contain fewer allergens than the air above hard surfaces.

Carpet tend to collect and hold the allergens out of the air, where they remain, until the carpet is vacuumed or professionally cleaned. In contrast, allergens that settle on hard surface flooring tend to be redistributed to the breathing zone with normal foot traffic or the simple act of running a broom over the flooring surface.

One unfortunate result of the EPA's study is that we now know that many families removed carpeting from their homes in an effort to reduce allergy symptoms, only to find that they gained no improvement in their conditions. Their carpeting was an asset, rather than a reduction, to the quality of their indoor air.

In concluding that carpeting is a benefit to indoor air, the EPA now recommends that carpeting be cleaned at least every 6 months – in most homes – to rid the carpeting of these allergens. A carpet that is not regularly maintained has a reduced ability to collect indoor air pollutants.

Tips for Reducing Indoor Allergens

Following, are some tips for reducing indoor allergens in your home and specifically, in your carpeting – helping you to keep your "home sweet home" a healthy one for you and your family:

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. This can not be stressed enough. You should vacuum at least twice a week, more often if you have pets.

Vacuuming helps rid your carpeting of dust, dust mite feces, animal hair and dander, human hair and dead skin, mold spores, dead bugs and abrasive sand and soil. Make sure that you use a vacuum cleaner that has a high efficiency HEPA filtering system and ensures that the brush setting is low enough to agitate the carpet fibers.

Do not sweep your hard surface flooring. Sweeping redistributes allergens into the air. Vacuuming your floors, followed by a damp mop or swiffer, will help keep the air your family breathes cleaner.

Adopt a no shoes policy in your home. This will keep outdoor pollutants from entering the main areas of your home. You may also consider adding an air-scrubber as this machine will continuously circulate the air in your home through the air filters, removing airborne particulates. Make sure that you change the filter often. Also consider using high-efficiency HEPA air filters in the furnace and adding filters to the intake and output ducts to further reduce circulation of contaminants.

Follow these simple tips, and not only will you have a healthy home, but your carpeting will last longer also.

(Some statistical information contained here was collected from the EPA)

Camping For Fun Vacation Gold Panning

If you want a good camping vacation and want to find gold I have just the spot for you. Princeton BC was noted for the gold found in the late 1880's. You will find Granite city which is now a ghost town. Lots of gold and platinum was found in the area.

To get the gold camping ground from Vancouver BC take the number one highway to Hope. Be sure to spend some time exploring the area as the gold miners used hope as a jump of point to the Caribou. As you leave hope you will route route 3 towards Manning Park. After arriving at manning park for a short stop you are only 40 minutes to the camping site.

The park has lots to offer including a restaurant, visitor's booth, restrooms, and park tables on green grass for you to rest. You will find a dog play area as you turn off the highway and enter the park it is just on the right side as you enter. Be sure to pick up after your pet the park supply's containers for this.

As you leave the west gate on the highway you will find a gas station with a small store the ice cream cones are extra large. From the west gate you are about 30 minutes to you campsite.

This road changes from four lane to two lane as you go down the mountain. Watch for wildlife you will see lots. The campsite is just 30 miles away Watch for the sign Elk Ridge Outdoors on the right hand side of the road if you shoot past the turn in there is a place to turn around just up at the next corner but be very care for on coming traffic as you turn.

As you enter the camp road you will see a road that goes straight and a road to your right. If you have a smaller rig you can go straight and check in at the main house the road is bumpy and the turn around at the house is not very big.

If you have a large rig, take the right hand road and follow it all the way down the side of the ridge. Note use low gear as the road in is very steep and bumpy with some very tight turns. In some places you will be right along the edge of the road which goes straight down for a few hundred ft. If your passenger is nervous get them to watch you and not the road. This is a dirt road be aware of traffic coming up as the road is narrow in some places.

If you are towing a car behind you motor home un hook the car after you turn in to the main campsite road and get your second driver to go ahead of you or drive the car down and get a good look at the road before you take you rig down

Once down at the bottom you will find A large A framed lodge and 6 smaller cabins which are all for rent by the day or week. The cabins are all new as of 2004. You will find 12 sites along the river and some set back in the trees with some out in the open. There is an over flow around the back of the A-frame.

Amenities are primitive as they have pit outsidehouses and you will only be able to get water when the generator is running. The showers should be up and running by 2006. They have a large wood fired hot tube just above the beach The scenery is absolutely fabulous you will find gold in various quantities all along the river. All gold hunting must be by hand no power equipment allowed

Good fishing is found all along the river and the swimming is great with shallow rapids to tube on. They are on the net at www dot elkkridgeoutdoors dot com.

Managing the Risks of RG22 Foam

The risk of using resin generated (RG) foam to fill redundant tanks on forecourts lies mainly in the assumption that it is risk free.

Resin generated foam, in its many forms – RG22, RG8 and RG30 – is now widely used on fuel sites everywhere. RG30 is used to encase fuel tanks for extra safety and contamination protection. RG8 is used for filling de-gassed tanks on a very temporary basis, as it is claimed that it can be completely broken down with water. RG22 is the most prevalent, as it is widely used for the ‘permanent’ filling of tanks.

RG22 was first developed at a time when the solid fill material of choice was a 20:1 sand/cement slurry. To fill every part of the tank successfully with this, contractors needed to open the top of the tank, pour in the slurry and agitate it; otherwise it would settle as a cone with space all around. Sometimes part of the forecourt had to be dug up if the manhole was in the wrong position.

The advantages of RG22 were that it was claimed to be safe, environmentally friendly and could be pumped in through an exiting pipe or a flange on the manhole lid. This made it a big favourite with petroleum officers and oil companies, some of which began to insist on its use.

It was also cheaper than slurry and much lighter, which meant that the eventual excavation of the tank was claimed to be easier and less expensive.

The introduction of foamed concrete has eroded some of these advantages, as it is much lighter than its predecessor and has similar flowing properties. This means that, for most fuel site uses, there is now a viable alternative to RG22 that meets the requirements of oil companies and petroleum officers.

The main reason that we need an alternative to RG foam is that it contains formaldehyde – a probable human carcinogen. In 2002, formaldehyde was placed on the US Report on Carcinogens 11th edition, compiled by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service and the National Toxicology Program; something that holds only moral power in the UK and EU.

In Canada Urea-formaldehyde foam, which also uses formaldehyde as a curing aid, was used to insulate homes, particularly timber framed houses, but this has now been banned by the Canadian government after occupants complained of runny noses and sore eyes.

Because formaldehyde is used as a curing agent, while R22 needs to be handled with care at all times, the highest health risk does not occur when the foam is pumped into tanks in its liquid state, but rather when the so called ‘permanently’ filled tanks have to be excavated and removed, to allow a site to be decommissioned and used for some other purpose.

The concerns are two-fold: handling the foam itself and exposure to the formaldehyde gas that is given off when the tanks are excavated and cut up for disposal.

Because of its alleged properties, we were as interested in using RG22 as anyone else when it first came out. Our doubts began when we started excavating tanks that had been filled with the foam and discovered how difficult and expensive it was to dispose of.

We discovered that RG22 can shrink, letting air get back into the tank, which reduces the safety effects of RG22 and speeds up corrosion. We later also discovered that it gave formaldehyde gas a place to gather.

We have excavated tanks less than three months after they have been filled with RG22 and the foam had already shrunk considerably. On the other hand, we have excavated tanks that were filled with RG22 two years previously and found that some of the foam was still in a liquid state.

When our people opened the tanks they found the fumes were often overpowering and anyone who was unfortunate enough to touch the stuff received an unpleasant and uncomfortable skin rash as a reward. All our people now use an all-over bodysuit and breathing apparatus when dealing with RG22.”

The lightness of the foam was supposed to make excavation easier, allowing the tank containing the foam to be lifted straight from the ground and onto the back of a lorry. Unfortunately we discovered that there are only one or two disposal sites that will accept tanks with RG22 still inside. Even then, they will only accept small tanks, and then only when they can be placed in a deep part of the landfill site.

We will only attempt the all-in-one approach when our client insists, as we prefer the more environmentally friendly approach of sending the metal of the tank for recycling. This means that once it has been removed from the ground, the excavated tank has to be cut away, with the metal taken to one site and the RG22 to another – usually a hazardous waste site.

We are not the only ones to have concerns, another company in our sector told us: “RG foam is fine if the tank was never going to be opened again; the problem is that, these days, eventually, many tanks will need to be removed, if the site is to be sold on for development.

“My concern is, when we cut the tanks open there is a very pungent smell of formaldehyde and often an irritated feeling in the throat and eyes.

“We now use a different technique where we try to use heavy machinery to open the tanks up, keeping personnel away from the excavation.

“It would appear that the problem lies in the fact that during the curing the foam emits a fair amount of formaldehyde gas, which is trapped in the tank, to be released only when it is cut open.

“Our workforce also initially noticed some irritation through exposure to the foam and, indeed, the manufacturers’ data sheet says it is a ‘light irritant’.”

This company believes the main problem is that, as well as being an irritant, the material is light and friable, so, if precautions are not taken, it can get under clothing or even be breathed in.

“However,” says the company, “this part of the problem can be dealt with if contractors are properly forewarned. Like any other risk, they can deal with it, if they know exactly what they are facing, by elimination, in the first instance and, where not possible, control techniques such as wearing protective clothing, gloves masks, eye protection etc.

“A bigger problem is that fuel sites undergoing decommissioning are normally bounded by roads and pavements, often in built up areas, so there is a danger that the light friable foam can easily be blown off the site. These days we don’t remove these foams on a day when there is any wind at all.

“However, as I said, the problems associated with the foam itself can be dealt with using some simple precautions, our real concern is the formaldehyde gas that is given off when the tanks are cut into, as they must be when a site is decommissioned.”

Experience has shown us that air pockets occur, where the gas tends to concentrate, leading to a burst of gas being released when these pockets are breached.

Proximity is the real problem. Once formaldehyde gas is vented to atmosphere it will disburse to a harmless level, but if you are close to the tank when it is cut it is more worrying.

Environmental and personal monitoring was carried out by a company in our sector, looking at the level of concentration of formaldehyde gas on fuel sites being decommissioned when tanks are cut open.

In one of these tests, formaldehyde sensors were placed at four strategic points on the site. Three produced results of under the recommended level of two parts per million, but the nearest sensor, located 3m from the tank, registered 2.07 parts per million, which exceeds the UK workplace exposure limits (WEL) of 2.0 parts per million, currently listed in HSE publication EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits.

This indicates that steps need to be taken to protect anyone going within that distance.

We also believe that the two parts per million limit itself needs examination, as there is, in my opinion, no real evidence for this level, one way or the other. Much more research is needed.

The message is to be aware of the risks and take the right precautions.

The main problem is the respiratory system and the eyes, so we use a helmet, with a visor and a power assisted respirator.

Their message to petroleum officers and oil companies is to not get seduced by the alleged advantages of RG foam, to look at where it is appropriate to use it.

RG foams have their place in the mix, they should not be seen as the first resort.

It may be slightly cheaper to use RG22 to fill the tanks in the first place, but any savings are outweighed by the extra disposal costs and precautions that have to be put in place.

Hierarchy of dealing with hazards.

1. Eliminate

If the job is hazardous, does it really need doing?

2. Substitute

If the job is really necessary, then can the hazardous material be substituted with something more benign, such as slurry, foamed concrete or polyurethane, which is now being sold as a substitute in the US, but not here yet.

3. Change working methods

Using more machinery to reduce direct contact. Paying more attention to the weather on excavation days.

4. Control

Increased use of personal protection equipment (PPE) and paying more attention to containment within the site.

Matchbox's Stinky the Garbage Truck – An Awesome Children's Toy!

Meet Matchbox Stinky the Garbage Truck! He's the hot new addition to the Big Rig Buddies interactive toy line this year.

Geared for children 3 years and up, they will fall in love with his feisty personality and silly antics. This Matchbox Garbage Truck has over ninety clever phrases and sounds that children listened to while they play. His parts are oversized and it is easy to manipulate his cab, body and wheels into different positions.

Stinky can be played with like any normal toy when turned off. When turned on he has 5 interactive modes of play. There are a few sensors located in the smokestack, rear door and the bottom of the truck that when triggered make Stinky speak. When he's pushed or pulled, it triggers his head-like cab to turn and the lights blink!

Stinky gets hungry! His mouth is the grille on the front of the cab. Feed Stinky little toys and then watch him dump them out. Children can also drop small items in the top compartment, pull on the smoke stack and Stinky will discharge them out of the back end. He makes a cute sound and says "Excuse Me." Children will have fun for hours from this goofy antics.

Stinky the Garbage Truck can perform! Push or pull his smoke stack and he will dance and sing. He can stand up on his back two wheels and sing a silly song.

This toy will save on the batteries by shutting itself off and going into sleep mode when left untouched for a period of time.

Here's what is included with Stinky the Garbage Truck:

– Matchbox Big Rig Buddies DVD – this DVD features Stinky and the Big Rig Buddies gang in 2 exciting adventures that impress the virtues of friendship, teamwork and heroism.

– 4 C batteries- these are just for demonstration so you can see what he says and does. Be sure to pick up extra batteries.

– Tough and durable frame. He can take the rough and tumble play from the 3+ age group.

– Interactive play- Stinky is a cool buddy that tells jokes, talks, eats, sings and even exercises!

– He loves to gobble garbage.

– Stinky is an indoor toy. Water, sand and dirt can cause malfunctions in the sensors, so keep him out of the sandbox.

Stinky is a lovable, fun and safe interactive toy. This is expected to be a hot toy for 2010 so avoid the hassle and order as soon as possible. It is a durable, tough toy with a lovable personality. You can be assured that your child will love Matchbox Stinky the Garbage Truck. The bonus DVD is an awesome addition that all kids will enjoy!

Pros and Cons of Critical Ilness Insurance Coverage

Critical illness insurance is a relatively new type of policy that is frequently misunderstood. Today, we will clarify what it is, and what it covers.

How Does Critical Illness Insurance Work?

Critical illness is similar to term life insurance, except it is paid out when you are diagnosed with an illness covered by the policy, rather than being paid out upon death. However, some people confuse this type of insurance with disability insurance, which substitutes your income if you become disabled.

Illness insurance, like term life insurance, is paid in a lump sum, should you be diagnosed with a pre-defined disease such as cancer. You decide how this amount will be spent – some people put it into additional medical treatment (especially if there are some treatment methods that are not covered by provincial healthcare), others decide to take time off work to spend with family, or to travel.

As with many insurance products, this type of insurance plan comes with an extensive insurance quote, application and underwriting process that the insurer analyzes before you can get a policy; and as with any insurance policy, a critical illness policy comes with both pros and cons.

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of this type of insurance.

Pros of Critical Illness Insurance

There are several positive aspects:

  1. Funds that can help where needed: The lump sum you receive if you are diagnosed with a critical illness will allow you to get better treatment and, hopefully, fully recovery in some cases. You can also spend these funds on other needs or projects (such as travel or taking items off your bucket list).
  2. Protection for your own business: If you have your own business, you might need to work part time, after being diagnosed with a critical illness (reduced work hours are common when extensive medical treatment is required). It closes the financial gap created by your reduced hours at your company. With the funds, you could hire somebody to help out with your business.
  3. Stackable protection: Unlike disability insurance, critical illness coverage is “stackable”. With disability insurance, coverage is limited because it is based on your income, and you cannot go over that limit even if you have several disability policies. You can, though, have several policies with varying coverage amounts of different diseases. If you have, for example, two policies with benefits of $250,000 and $300,000, you can get a $550,000 payout when you make a claim.

Cons of Critical Illness Insurance

  1. Expensive: This type of insurance policy is not cheap. As an example, a Term 10 insurance policy with $500,000 coverage (Term 10 means a policy that covers you for 10 years) for a 35-year old non-smoking male without any pre-conditions costs around $180/ month (exemplary quote) whereas a Term 10 life insurance policy with coverage of $1,000,000 for the same person costs around $50.
  2. Definitions matter: If a diagnosed disease, such as a heart attack, is not aligned with the definition of this illness in the policy, your claim may be not paid.
  3. Does not cover you immediately: Policy typically comes with a waiting period (e.g. 90 days) during which you are not covered.
  4. Payout is not immediate: If you are diagnosed with a critical illness, there is “survival period” – (e.g. 30 days). If you die within that period, your claim will be not paid.

Summary

Critical illness insurance provides solid coverage for being unexpectedly diagnosed with a serious disease, but this coverage comes at a cost. It’s a good idea to work with an insurance broker to get a critical illness insurance quote and to apply for a policy. Brokers have access to multiple insurance companies and will help you navigate through the complex application process, especially if you have medical pre-conditions.