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LIFESTYLE Sport

Understanding The World Of Cricket Bats

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Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world today and professional athletes aren’t the only ones who can wield a cricket bat; cricketer fans too can shop cricket bat online and play the game in their free time. Normally, one would think that these bats are just a slab of wood that they use to hit the ball but in truth, there is a complexity hidden beneath the piece of wood.

Although they can be considered as just a piece of wood, one would actually wonder why these bats can be so expensive at times.

According to a cricket expert, the situation with these bats is quite involved. These bats have existed for a number of centuries and back when the game first started, the bat was shaped in such an odd way that would appear more like a hockey stick than a cricket bat. But as the centuries passed, the rules and mechanics of the game had changed and with those changes came the modern cricket bat.

Now there are a number of cricket bat manufacturing companies in the world today. Some of them are even centuries old, perfecting the style and technique in making high quality cricket bats.

To answer the question as to why cricket bats can be so costly, the primary reason would have to be with the material it is made of. Cricket bats of great quality are always made willow and currently, there are only a number of places where you can find such material. Britain is a great example for this. The willow in Britain is known to produce high quality bats.

The best bats are made out of the purest and finest of timbre. The wood itself must be perfect in order to produce the perfect bat. A flawless bat means that the wood used is also flawless.

The process of turning the wood into the bats also contributes to the quality of the finished product. The way it is shaped and formed affects the hitting power of the bat. Even the handle itself needs to be shock absorbent.

LIFESTYLE WORLD

Ensure That Your Pool Will Not Be A Place Of Tragedy Through Pool Fence

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Glazing Vision ensures that pool enclosures are designed to completely eliminate the risks of falling on the pool accidentally. Aside from being a protective enclosure, the tough 12mm glass is designed to enhance the aesthetics of the pool environment. Glass does not distract you from the view of the surroundings and you do not have to worry about the fragility of the glass enclosure.

A pool is a great place to relax, hangout and cool down but it is also a place where there is a high risk for tragedy to occur. A safety fence should always be installed around the pool with a closed and locked gate particularly when there is no adult supervision at all times.

For pool owners installing a fence mean a big investment because it can cost more than a thousand dollars but this summer season alone more than 3 dozen children have died due to drowning accidents. According to Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Dallas-Fort Worth accounts for 14 of these fatalities.

Four of the most recent drowning incidents that took place in the last three weeks are siblings who died in an apartment pool. According to the report of Consumer Product and Safety Commission, on the average more than 20 children in the United States drown in pools and spas during the Fourth of July holiday week. Either Texans have to keep a very close watch on the children while swimming in the pool or pool owners must install pool fences.

Pool fences do not have to be very expensive. There are different types of fences to choose from. A permanent wrought iron fence can be expensive at $20 to $100 a foot but a mesh fence usually costs about $16 to $20 a foot. Another cost cutting solution is to buy a pool fence in the off-season to save at least $100 or more from professional installation fees.

If you are particularly good with your hammer drill, you have the option of cheaper DIY pool fences at around $7 a foot. On the other hand, cost does not matter as long you have peace of mind that your pool will not be a place for a tragedy to occur.

LIFESTYLE Sport

Flashback To Chicago Blackhawks Christmas Album

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Chicago Blackhawks have done many funny and endearing things video spots similar to what they did back in 2011 when they wore Ugly Christmas Sweaters and sang without knowing how to sing. These videos are the topic of some flashback reports.
Last week, everyone enjoyed the journalistic styling of young Joey the Junior Reporter. This adorable kid was indeed funny with his interactions with current and now-former Blackhawks. This week’s video is also good for some laughs but it not exactly something you will call adorable.

The Blackhawks are fond of doing some cheesy content for timeout and intermission breaks at the United Center; however, other NHL teams also want to keep up with the holidays. Many teams like to do some kind of holiday segment and the Blackhawks were no different in 2011 with their sing-along holiday album.
The video basically looks like a commercial for a fake holiday album featuring songs that were altered so as to fit the player’s name in them. As you watch the video, you will notice that some of the players appeared interested while some don’t but all of them did not know how to sing.

Dave Bolland leads with some kind of confusing rendition of Frosty the Snowman/Dave Bolland Crossover. Bolland seemed like he has fallen out of a winter-themed version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Patrick Sharp follows it up with some nice snapping to let children that he and not Santa Claus is coming to town. The next performer is Bryan Bickell who looks interested on this video idea. He does this awesome little jive while messing with his suspender straps to the tune of Jingle Bells.

After some filler and promotions from the voiceover guy, Keith and Brent Seabrook start with their songs. Nobody has an idea on Keith’s song but Seabrook started singing I Saw Three Ships with some very interesting lyrical changes while wearing a Santa hat.

Marian Hossa is probably the worst singer of the team. Nick Leddy takes over with his Dreidel Song while John Scott follows up with a dancing shtick. Michael Frolik was given Feliz Navidad along with the most awesome of all Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Patrick Kane follows up with his rendition of Auld Lang Syne and Niklas Hjalmarsson does some fantastic dorky singing and dancing.

LIFESTYLE WORLD

Limousine Company Makes Sure That Young People Have Fun Safely

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Special days like a wedding or prom night only happens once in a lifetime and it justifies renting a limo from Bellagio Limousines. The event can be more memorable when you attend riding a limo. It is big enough for a wedding party or a group of friends who want to attend the prom in style and you are guaranteed a safe and comfortable ride to your home after the event.

As prom season nears, many teenagers will be renting limousines to arrive at the event in style. Limousines companies are now starting to spread the message that alcohol and drugs are not an option in their cars. J. Howard Fisk Limousines says that their company’s objective is to ensure the teens have a good time but it should be done safely.

Mr. Fisk who is the owner of the limousine company since 1976 feels it is his responsibility to keep the teens safe while in their custody. This means he has to put his foot down by not allowing any alcohol or drugs inside the car. Young people certainly want to have fun but sometimes they do not understand that having fun can also be dangerous. He is determined to put a stop to underage drinking and drug use in the limousines.

Mr. Fisk is very strict when it comes to controlled substances which do not have a place inside his business, cars, vehicles or buses. When young people whether college or high school hire the limousine he ensures that purses and bags go into the trunk of the limo or the back of the bus. Last year, a teen was found nearly dead and alone in the back of another company’s limo.

Young people do not always think of the consequences and it is important for parents to know what their teens are doing and who they are with. Drivers should also be responsible for the kids and Mr. Fisk wishes that other limousine companies will also do the same. If the teens do not want to their things to go into the trunk, the parents are called and everything is resolved easily and casually.

LIFESTYLE

Installation of Biomass Boilers In The UK

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The installation of biomass boilers by plumbers has been going on in the UK for the achievement of the ambitious target of the European Union (EU) to derive energy, at least 15% of it from renewable sources. This ultimately serves as a commitment to carbon emission reduction – the major culprit of climate change that brings about a number of catastrophic effects. However, according to some studies, the switch to such option is not exactly as helpful as the government believes it to be.

Below the ideal efficient rate

According to experts, for renewable energy resources to be considered viable in large-scale energy projects, the given source must have an efficiency rate of at least 85%. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) however reports that installed biomass boilers are 20% less efficient. On average, biomass boilers are said to reach only 76% bringing even more confusion as to whether the 85% requirement is realistic.

Biomass boilers installation still pushes through

Even after various experts in the field of renewable energy had proven biomass boilers to provide minimal contribution in meeting the energy target by 2020 and even worse, eating up a huge chunk of public funds (billions of pounds) as incentives to individuals and businesses that switch to the option, still many citizens in the UK are reported to consider the said kind of heating system because of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Policy – under which money incentives are given. In fact, as assessed by DECC, total cost can possibly reach to a staggering 10 billion pounds given that payments are given annually for many years. Simon Lomax, the managing director of Kensa Group, known in the manufacturing industry of another heating technology called heat pumps, expressed his anxiety over the entire situation, as billions are wasted in exchange of something that apparently is not the solution to reach energy targets.

Additionally, Lomax believes that the implementation of the RHI policy is the sole reason for many to consider the installation. A spokeswoman from DECC, however, made clear that while there had been studies pointing out the inefficiency of biomass boilers, those are not sufficient to conclude that the system is not promising. According to her, the DECC study sample was just too small to give the complete necessary findings. Currently, the DECC is said to be making a step towards creating a method in order to come up with an effective evaluation program for the said renewable energy source.

HEALTH

Dry Eye Syndrome Sufferers Can Avail Of Several Treatments

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People in Hong Kong who have underwent laser vision correction Glasgow but suffer from the side-effect of dry eye syndrome have been given more options for treatment.

A common treatment for dry eye syndrome is to receive insertions to plug the tear cut and prevent tears from drainage. These insertions can be a variety of things such as dissolvable collagen, removable silicone, acrylic, or even permanent ones. Another treatment is for patients to have their tear ducts closed.

Over 500,000 people in Hong Kong suffer from the disease. Dry eye syndrome happens when there is a lack or insufficiency of moisture on the eye surface due to a decrease in tear production or an increase in the tear film evaporation.

Symptoms of this disease may be dryness, burning, itchiness, and irritation. In some cases, it may also cause the eye to water. These cause the person difficulty in performing daily activities such as reading and using the computer.

Dr. Marcus Marcet from the University of Hong Kong’s department of ophthalmology said that the disease might be caused by a variety of factors such as pollution, old age, and exposure to computers at home and at the office. It is also a side effect of laser eye surgery, which may cause nerve damage that prevents the eye from detecting dryness and would thus tend to cause lower tear production.

Marcet said that the people of Hong Kong should be informed of the availability of tear duct treatments, as many of them did not know of such treatment.

He also said that tear duct plug insertions can be safe based on a study conducted at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in which he contributed. According to Marcet, the purpose of the study was to make it clear to people about a product, which not many know or heard enough

According to the study, half of the users were able to get some relief from the symptoms. A good part of the users, however, suffered tearing and irritations. The study also said that non-permanent plugs were a better choice as the risk of irritation, irritation, and inflammation is lessened.

Market, recommends based on the study, that it is better for people with the disease to use eye drops and avoid dry arid areas to avoid dryness in the eye than to risk any complication and risks that tear duct plugs may cause.

BUSINESS HEALTH WORLD

The Grim Truth About Plastics

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The use of printed paper bags will surely help in giving solution to the increasing problem of plastics in the environment. The evidence around is great that plastic has indeed molded and influenced society in various ways. From computers and cell phones to hospital IV bags and helmets, plastic is used.

Plastic has made life easier and in some ways safer. However, the synthetic material has also its harmful imprints on society and the environment and human health is placed at jeopardy. This alarming news is a consensus of different scientist from around the globe. There were more than 60 scientists who gathered and gave their research in order to give the public a comprehensive review on what really the impact of plastic is to human health as well as to the environment and offer solutions if there are any.

The truth
According to the report by scientists, the amount of manufactured plastics within the first ten years of this particular century is almost equal to the total amount of plastics produced last century. The mass production of plastics started in 1940 and ever since, manufacturers discovered the different unique properties of the material. Today, it is used for considerably any application. It is forecasted that in the next year, there will be at least 300 million tons of plastic produced.

The lead editor of the published reports, Richard Thompson said that the life of plastics is very long and could potentially be used for several decades. However, people are using the product as if it were an item that could only be used once and then dumped immediately. There is much evidence that the unique building blocks used in creating plastics are the very same components that threaten the health of people as well as the environment. The production and disposal of plastic likewise contribute to various environmental problems.

Below are some of the common problems with plastics:
– Chemicals in plastics can be readily absorbed by humans and are found out to change the hormones in humans.
– Plastic debris which is ingested by animals can poison them.
– Floating plastic wastes in bodies of water will disrupt marine habitat.