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No Boundaries: Modern Uses for Airstream Trailers

travel trailerThe Airstream is a luxury trailer-vehicle which families use primarily for recreational purposes. The trailers are well-known for the distinctive shape of their tube-like aluminum bodies that have rounded edges. The vehicle has a timeless look and its road efficiency makes it a popular choice among American families, particularly those in California.

Originally used as a travel trailer, the Airstream has evolved over the years and served various purposes. Here’s a look at some of them:

Outdoor Living

For those who embrace the outdoor life and prefer living in large trailers, the Airstream provides the exact features they need. The trailer has enough beds for a single family, a working kitchen, and basic toilet facilities.

Rentable Trailers

Some owners also choose to put up their Airstream trailers for rent. Tourists going on vacation or cross-country tours usually rent them from various agencies. Airstream trailers for rent in California are also popular for companies pursuing a mobile marketing effort.

Space Program

NASA has also found good use for Airstream trailers. When the first American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed safely after a successful space mission, NASA used an Airstream motor home called Astrovan to transport them to the Cape Kennedy launch pad. Even the astronauts in the Apollo 11 were quarantined in the Airstream trailer until they were declared physically fit.

Mobile Modules

The US army also uses Airstream trailers to transport VVIPs. The US army has converted a couple of such trailers into mobile communications modules as a part of the program termed the Silver Bullet, launched by the Research Laboratories of the US Air Force. These trailers are all fitted with luxuries like couches, television sets, and communications gears.

The Airstream’s iconic shape and timeless appeal lives up to today. Despite the flood of new trailer models, the luxury trailer has proven that a good design can last more than a lifetime and introduce new functions in time.

Self-Management for Sales Success

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businessmanIf you are looking to find success in purchasing management rights in the Gold Coast, you need to work on your self-management skills. Excellent results come from strong self-management attitudes. The important factor to remember though is that self-management is attained through behaviour. If you think you do not yet have the right self-management skills, you can work on them to achieve better performance.

Here are some tips for self-management for sales success as noted by resortbrokers.com.au:

Change the Way You Think

The first step is to change the way you think. Most people usually act in ways that they are usually accustomed to. At times, this can be good, but it can also hinder a person from improving. It is important to explore new ways of approaching a problem, going out of your comfort zone so as to improve your efficiency and performance. If you do not think that the problem can be solved, then it probably will not. To ensure success, you need to change the way you think by believing that you can indeed solve the problem in spite of the inherent difficulties involved.

Give Yourself Credit

Excellent self-managers enjoy their work more because they are able to accomplish stuff and give credit to where it is due. You can augment performance as well as that of the team by improving your management skills. Setting personal and business goals are the starting point that can help improve not only your productivity, but more importantly your self-management skills.

Set Objectives

Stay Positive – It is essential that you state exactly what you intend to do. If you need to avoid any delays or hitches, it is recommended that you state your goals in terms of what you want to accomplish.

Put a Deadline — a lot of people suffer from inefficiency because they neglect to put a deadline on what they want to accomplish. An open-ended approach is not really productive because it leads to many excuses such as doing it tomorrow or next time as opposed to now.

Be Specific – It is important that your goals are measured and specifically and not just in broad strokes. Make your self-management goals more specific by quantifying them instead of merely generalizing.

Tooth Emergency: 3 Things You Need to Know about Dental Emergencies

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dental emergencyDental accidents and emergencies happen, and knowing what to do in such scenarios could mean the difference between saving your beautiful smile and losing it completely.

In the United Kingdom, for example, thousands of patients need to be admitted yearly for emergency dental treatments, 22,000 specifically back in 2009.

The Need for Emergency Dental Services

It’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible for all dental emergencies. Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients, so be sure to call your dentist and provide as much details as you can about your condition. If the accident occurs after clinic hours, head to the emergency room.

Emergency Dentist and Regular Dentists

Emergency dentists are much like your regular family dentist, only that they are available 24/7 and are trained to handle dental emergency situations, much like the professionals at hospital emergency rooms.

The professionals at Church Road Dental & Cosmetics suggest you should find a clinic in advance that you’re comfortable with. Ask friends, get referrals, and search online— the works. The important thing is to do your research.

Kinds of Dental Emergencies

Dentists providing emergency dental care are trained to handle oral and maxillofacial emergencies in both adults and children. An emergency dentist may be consulted for the following reasons:

- Treatment of suddenly bleeding gums, acute toothache, and severe oral infection or inflammation, or both. In such cases, the dentist may even perform a surgical procedure to prevent tooth loss and further infection.
- Emergency dentists also treat teeth and gum injuries caused by blunt force trauma, which happen when you figure in accidents like head-on collisions.
- Emergency dentists may be consulted for swollen gums, mouth abscesses, cuts within the mouth, and other soft tissue damage that could get infected.
- Other dental emergencies include, but are not limited to, broken braces and wires, lost crowns, filling or tooth, loose brackets and bands, and chipped, knocked-out, or broken tooth.

Ignoring a dental problem, especially if it’s an emergency, could lead to serious complications and permanent damage.

The Potential Hazards of Water Damage

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Water damage is a constant threat to residents in the Lexington area. Damage caused by floods to a crawl space or basement poses several risks and health hazards. Most homeowners don’t know anything about the basement or crawl space water restoration processes, because the latter can be particularly difficult.

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Lexington company nextgenrestoration.com says water damage repair is essential because of the following reasons:

Poison Gas and Electricity

Many homes have their natural gas pipelines and electrical wiring routed in the basement. Extensive damage caused by floods in basement increase the risks of both gas poisoning and electrocution.

Collaborate with a trained professional to know exactly what precautions are necessary before the water is extracted from the crawlspace or basement.

Mold Damage

Basements have very high humidity level, giving rise to excessive growth of mold. It can pose health risks to the inhabitants of the building and physically damage its construction materials. A water damage expert will analyze the moisture levels and identify any mold problems in the basement to take the appropriate preventative measures.

Snakes, Spiders, and Scorpions

The humidity and moisture in the basement often attracts poisonous snakes, spiders, and scorpions. A trained contractor uses the appropriate protective gear to protect themselves from bites. In addition, there may be an accumulation of poisonous radon gas.

Sucking Water

Water extraction techniques are slow as there is always the risk of the basement walls may collapse, if the accumulated water moves too quickly. This usually happens due to severely fluctuating water pressure on the basement’s walls.

Epidemic

Accumulated water in a basement or crawl space is often the breeding ground of mosquitoes and this can lead to serious epidemics of malaria or encephalitis among the building’s residents. Thus, the sooner the water goes out and the area is fumigated the better.

 

Creating Killer Openers: Getting Viewers Hooked Right from the Start

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Videos are supposed to be informational and visually striking at the same time. I it fails to capture the interest of an audience at the very start, though, then there must be something lacking in your opener or introduction sequence.

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The importance of the first few seconds of your film or video project cannot be understated. It should lure viewers in and pique their interest; it has to get them to see more of the video and stick around until the end. Some videographers want to get to the action right away, though, which can spoil the buildup.

If you want to create killer video openers and introductions, here are some reminders to help you out:

Keep it Short but Intense

Intros usually last just a few seconds for shorter material and a couple of minutes for feature-length projects. Make use of the precious time to establish the base of your video. Motion Elements says a quick kinetic type sequence, for example, offers valuable information and will get the job done right.

Use the Title Screen as a Reference Point

If you are planning to create video series, you should create a reference point in each video, so your viewers will know what part of the series they are watching. Indicating it in the video description would usually do, but to make it more formal and exciting, you can use the title screen as your reference point. It also works as effective annotation to link to other related videos. You can use Apple Motion templates and tutorials available online for title screen inspiration.

Show Snippets or Screenshots

To drum up the excitement for your video, show snippets or screenshots of it in your introduction. This is ideal if you are doing a tutorial or demonstration video and want your audience to have a picture of what you will be doing.

A great video will not be complete without a killer intro. Give it as much attention as you would a solid ending. Your video will register well with the audience if they are treated with visual appealing content right from the start.

Examples of recent PPI settlements (as shared by FOS)

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moneyIn the July 2014 edition of its newsletter, Ombudsman News, independent complaints adjudicator the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) gave details of some of its most recent payment protection insurance (PPI) complaints and how they were settled.

Of the 12 complaint examples given, six were upheld and six were decided in the firm’s favour. Here are the details as shared by the FOS and compliance consultant Scott Robert.

The upheld complaints concerned:

  • A sale of mortgage PPI by a building society. The FOS ruled that the customers had not been provided with sufficient information about the restrictions on unemployment cover for the self-employed
  • A sale of mortgage PPI by a bank. The customer claimed that they were told by the salesperson that the PPI was compulsory, which the bank disputed. Whilst unable to decide if the bank or the customer was correct, the FOS found in the customer’s favour because it felt that the bank did not sufficiently highlight the exclusion relating to pre-existing medical conditions, and the customer most certainly did have a relevant condition when he took out the insurance
  • A case of the lender using its ‘right of set-off’ to reduce the arrears on a customer’s loan, instead of paying the redress direct to the customer. The FOS found that it was not appropriate to do this as the loan on which the arrears were reduced was not connected to any of the mis-sold PPI plans
  • Another right of set-off case. Here the FOS ruled it was inappropriate for the bank to use this as the customer was in severe financial difficulties
  • A case of a bank using ‘alternative redress’ – deciding that a regular premium PPI would have been more suitable than single premium PPI, and only paying a reduced compensation amount as a result. The FOS decided the customer had not been made aware that the policy was optional, and that the customer may well have not purchased any PPI had she been aware of this
  • An instance where the bank advised a customer to take PPI even though he already had adequate benefits from his employer

Complaints not upheld include:

  • A sale of mortgage PPI by a bank. The FOS found that the employment cover offered to the self-employed customer was generous, and that no medical exclusions particularly applied to him
  • A mortgage PPI sale by a building society. The FOS believed that the policy sold provided valuable insurance cover that the customers would benefit from, contrary to their assertion that it served no purpose
  • Sales of mortgage PPI by a bank and a building society. In both cases, the FOS rejected the customers’ assertion that it had not been explained that the policy was optional
  • A sale of credit card PPI by a bank. The FOS found that the bank had legitimately used the right of set-off as the customer did not experience significant hardship as a result
  • Another bank sale. The FOS found that the bank had not added PPI without the customer’s knowledge, and that he should have realised he was taking out insurance. They also ruled that the policy had been correctly sold, with all key exclusions and product features explained, and that the insurance provided valuable cover over and above the customer’s employer sick pay

At the same time, the FOS revealed that 56,869 PPI complaints were received in the period April to June 2014, which is less than any quarter of the financial year 2013/14. However, PPI continues to dominate the FOS’s workload, with the next most complained about product, current accounts, receiving only 3,552 complaints.

A Chance at Parenthood: Increasing Fertility with Acupuncture Treatments

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acupunctureAcupuncture is an alternative mode of treatment highly preferred by many childless couples. This is because the treatment rarely resorts to the use of any medication, making it the safest method to address infertility issues.

This mode of treatment originated in China many years ago. It is practiced by inserting needles to promote healing. Each organ has specific points in the body. The body is gently stimulated or punctured with needles at certain pressure points. This increases energy and blood flow to specific organs. This mode has successfully managed and treated many illnesses.

Increased Sperm Count and Healthy Ovulation

Acupuncture focuses on the overall well-being of the individual – both male and female. Fertility enhancement is achieved through complete wellness. Acupuncture experts from Fertile Concepts confirm that the method increases blood circulation in the reproductive organs, which leads to healthy ovulation and conception.

The treatment should be undertaken throughout the females’ menstrual cycle on a regular basis to achieve desired results. In males, good circulation increases sexual stamina and sperm count, along with its quality and motility, which aid in easier conception.

The benefits of this method that help in conception are the following:

• Preventing miscarriages
• Regulating the menstrual cycle
• Enhancing the cervical mucus and libido
• Reducing stress levels and increasing ovulation
• Thickening of the endometrial lining, which helps facilitate embryo implantation
• Clearing fallopian tubes and removing blockages
• Improving sperm health and quality among males

Reduced Elevated FSH Levels

Acupuncture also decreases elevated levels of follicle stimulating hormones (FSH). This is related to the number of healthy eggs produced in the ovaries. High FSH means the eggs produced will be of poor quality. This value can be brought down to acceptable levels, if they are high.

This also helps women who have to go through in-vitro fertilization to conceive. They can take this treatment and bring down their FSH levels before going in for artificial insemination.

This treatment also strengthens the immune system in both males and females. They become fitter and sexually more active after receiving this treatment for a couple of days.

Four Secrets to Buying Car Parts Online

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Online shopping is tricky. Sometimes, the things you need aren’t offered through big e-commerce websites like eBay or Amazon. Expensive things like auto parts can be trickier to purchase online, especially if you can’t verify the item’s condition before shipping.

car interiorReputable online stores like JTW Autoparts explain that you have to be extra careful so you can avoid bad deals. Here are some tips for avoiding bad deals when shopping for auto parts online:

  • Does the store offer a reasonable warranty? Companies who offer longer warranties stand by the quality of their product. Those that only permit replacement after a few days and repairs after a few weeks are big red flags.
  • Always verify the contact information before making a purchase. Make sure their lines are open to take your immediate call. If they only provide emails (that no one will ever check), better take your business somewhere with better customer service.
  • Some parts are better bought in person. Rare, expensive parts for classic cars will not only run you a small fortune in import fees, but you might not even find a store that guarantees the items’ quality. Check out local junkyards. Chances are, they have the part you are looking for and you can get it for a lot less.
  • Verify the credibility of the online shop. All it takes is a quick Google search for possible complaints or bad reviews. While you should always take a stranger’s opinion with a grain of salt, you also want to work with companies with spotless records.

Just because you can buy everything on the internet doesn’t mean you should. Before shopping online for car parts, make sure it’s not something you need to test first. When in doubt, you can always go to the nearest car shop and ask for recommendations and suggestions regarding where to buy your car parts that they don’t carry.

The Importance of Educating Patients on Dental Care

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dental implantsDentists across the globe know full well that their jobs are not confined to simply just treating patients. Dental practitioners are also educators and teach patients about proper oral care and hygiene. Practices in Perth like Mill Street City Dental Centre explain the nuances of proper dental care and hygiene, making it a regular part of the appointment when patients come in for check-up.

Information like this helps patients reduce visits considerably because of the fewer problems patients have. Dentists everywhere are constantly reinforcing how poor oral health can lead to a lot of other associated health problems, as well as also lower self-esteem. This is exactly why dental education is crucial. Here are some of the things you can expect to hear and learn from your dentist:

• Many dentists conduct special classes for children and make it more of an entertaining program rather than a boring lecture. This helps them understand the concept of dental care better and about its importance in maintaining good health.
• A dentist will first explain that you may not have naturally healthy teeth and gums. However, this in no ways implies that the suffering will be life-long.
• Through a series of talks and demonstrations, a dentist will make you understand dental hygiene basics. Dental professionals may also explain how correct procedures will eventually lead to healthy gums and teeth.
• Dentists also help patients learn how to prevent more serious maladies that are often associated with diseased gums and teeth.
• The dental education program starts with regular brushing and flossing accompanied by a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist to monitor teeth and gum conditions.
• Brushing and flossing will help eliminate unwanted food particles that lead to the formation of plaque that lead to stains and mouth infections.
• You will also be advised to replace your toothbrush every quarter and to use soft-bristle brushes that do not damage your gum tissues.
• Scraping the tongue and using fluoride-based toothpastes is also advised; as is gentle flossing that does not damage the spaces between your teeth.

These are just some of the more important lessons shared by dentists whenever patients come in for an appointment. If you’d like your pearly whites to last a lifetime, take care of your teeth and listen to all advice given by your dentist.

Leather is Better

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sofaLeather is one of the things that people automatically link to riches, as leather looks a lot like what a wealthy person would buy. The material is so shiny, easy to clean, and lasts a long time. It is only natural to assume that something that looks like that costs a lot of money and needs high maintenance.

Fortunately, that is not the case.

Leather Longevity

Leather is a budget friendly material in two very important ways. The first is that leather is not that pricier compared to other products. If people contrast the price tags of goods, leather will be higher. Considering the quality of the product and the longevity it offers, however, there are definite savings from the material. Online retailers such as simplystylishsofas.co.uk note that leather furniture offers more savings eventually.

Offering leather goods at lower prices is intriguing to many people. After all, why would anyone sell leather for anything less expected? One of the most common conclusions is the product has incurred some damage. But, what happens if people can’t find any wear or tear on the item? They buy the item and enjoy it until it does wear out. Leather goods are now more common than ever before, and are available for everyone to enjoy.

Leather Wine

Leather is special because it actually gets better over time. It is like a bottle of wine, but serves more functions. The older the leather is, the shinier and more attractive it gets – if owners take care of it properly.

There are very few things on Earth that get better with age, and leather is one of them. People should enjoy leather as much as possible, because it only gets better. With the savings it generates and the many functions it serves, the material is definitely a must-buy.