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American Products Swimming Pool Equipment Parts
 <br />We are the most diversified facilities management company in the country today; providing a complete range of tailor-made business support services ranging from Fumigation/Pest Control Services , Environmental Services and Building maintenance services.<br /><br />Interestingly, while delivering value for money, Timeliness (speed) and safety standards to our clients we maintain optimal balance between quality and cost. Our Range of services includes Hard MEC, Soft FM services and Security services.<br /><br />SOFT FACILITIES SERVICES INCLUDES;<br />• Professional Cleaning & Janitorial services<br />• Fumigation & Pest control<br />• Executive House Keeping service<br />• Professional Tea/Pantry services<br />• Sewage Management Service<br />• Post Construction Cleaning<br />• Swimming Pool Maintenance<br />• General Facilities Procurements and Supplies.<br />• Security/Manned Guard Services .<br />HARD FACILITIES SERVICES INCLUDES;<br />• Generator Maintenance<br />• Air conditioning maintenance<br />• Electrical/Power Maintenance<br />• Plumbing service<br />• Fire Safety installation& Maintenance<br />• Bore hole and water treatment maintenance<br />OUR AFFLIATE COMPANIES<br />• CHOGON KLINAS LTD<br />• CHOGON GUARDS SAFETY LTD<br />• CHOGON WILLS LIMITED<br /><br />CHOGON Special Cleaning Services<br /><br />CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria offers a wide spectrum of special cleaning services. From one-time residential special cleaning to huge restoration or industrial special cleaning jobs, you can rely on CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria to take care of your cleaning needs.<br />We provide the following special cleaning services:<br />General Cleaning<br />CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Nigeria also affords general cleaning services, such as cleaning of walls, ceilings, windows, ovens, kitchen cupboards, restrooms, etcetera. Whatever cleaning need you have, we can find a cleaning solution for it.<br />Construction Clean Up<br />We clean after industrial contractors that leave a lot of dust and construction dirt after their job is done. It is necessary to clean up all the industrial dust and dirt to make your place clean, healthy and ready for habitation. With CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Nigeria, you are in capable hands.<br />Special Events Clean Up<br />Whenever you have a special event coming up, i.e. a festival, moving day, a party, a concert, a show, or a convention, just any special event, CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Nigeria is ready to solve your cleaning needs. With our staff of highly trained professionals, CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Nigeria is the ideal partner to make your event extra special.<br />Hard Floor Care and Maintenance<br />CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria provides special cleaning services for all types of facilities and offers the total solution for the maintenance of your floor, i.e., floor polishing. Whatever the floor size is or floor material used, we are the right partner for you.<br />These are the floor maintenance services CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES has to offer:<br />Floor Scrubbing and Finishing<br />Most floor surfaces need protection from wear and tear. Applying a finish (polish/wax) on the floors can help protect them from dirt and grime, and pedestrian & industrial traffic especially when the floor is still new.<br />Floor Stripping and Re-Finishing<br />Over time, the floor will exhibit a deterioration in appearance and quality. It might be necessary to strip the old polish off to prevent buildup, and do a thorough cleaning of the floor to prevent permanent damage.<br />Burnishing – High Speed Floor Care<br />Periodic buffing with a high-speed burnisher will remove most scuff marks and light scratches. Buffing will add luster while dislodging dirt and blending touch-up spots with the original finish.<br />Environment-Friendly Chemicals<br />At CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria, we make sure that we use environment-friendly chemicals to maintain your floors. The degree of luster and sheen of your floors depends on the pedestrian and industrial traffic, and on how much shine you desire to have on your floors.<br />CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria is the right partner for protecting your floors to maintain its quality and extend its life-span.<br />Call us now and let us help you keep your floor looking as good as new.<br />Carpet and Upholstery Care and Maintenance<br />Carpet and upholstery maintenance must be established as a scheduled program. Most often, it is a random series of reactions to soiling conditions and infrequent cleaning. If proper maintenance is neglected, the carpet’s and the upholstery's appearance will suffer, shortening its useful life and raising long-term costs.<br />A comprehensive carpet care program consists of the following four elements:<br />• Reduction of soil entering the building<br />• Removal of dry soil<br />• Removal of spots and spills<br />• Cleaning by hot water extraction, a.k.a. Wet Method, or by Dry Extraction Method.<br />We offer both one-time carpet and upholstery cleaning services and/or regular care and maintenance services customized to each client's needs and requirements.<br />CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria has the total solution for all your carpet cleaning needs...<br />Window Washing<br />You notice you have dirty windows. Relax, many people do. Cleaning your own windows is a big job. It can also be tedious and frustrating, not to mention time-consuming and dangerous. That is why it makes good sense to use the professionals at CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria.<br />Whether at home or in your place of work, you can rest assured that your windows will be cleaned by a licensed, insured and bonded professional window cleaner. We can also clean your mirrors, skylights, and ceiling fans.<br />When you choose CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria, you don't have to deal with the headache of those hard-to-reach spots or upper story windows. Clean windows can make a huge difference in the atmosphere of your home. Clean windows is an essential element of your business´ image.<br />When you hire a window cleaner, you probably want more than just clean windows. You want timely, reliable service from someone who cares about your satisfaction. With CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Nigeria, that’s precisely what you’ll get. Our high standards have made us the clear choice nationwide.<br />If you want a trustworthy business partner, CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria is your choice...<br />High Pressure cleaning<br />CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria does high pressure cleaning in numerous applications. When cleaning with high pressure, the machines that are used are of different types.<br />When performing high pressure cleaning, there are three things that have to be considered:<br />1. 1) Heat<br />2. 2) Pressure<br />3. 3) Waterflow<br />Each of these plays a crucial part in reaching the cleaning result desired. Other factors that have to be considered are:<br />1. a) the chemicals being used<br />2. b) fuel consumption<br />3. c) other related factors<br />CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems also offers high pressure cleaning with hot water for many applications, such as:<br />1. Cleaning of building exteriors.<br />2. After-a-fire cleaning of buildings.<br />3. Removal of certain types of mold/mildew infestations.<br />4. Cleaning of walls and ceilings in areas that can tolerate moisture.<br />Hot water high pressure cleaning is also a part of CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems' Nigeria integrated specialized cleaning services.<br />Soda Blasting<br />CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria uses soda blasting mostly in demanding and delicate cleaning projects.<br />Soda blasting is the true coating removal application. The blasting media used is baking soda. The soft, sharp granules of the baking soda are used to clean, degrease and remove paint or graffiti from many surfaces WITHOUT or with very minimal to no damage to the surface cleaned.<br />Baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is 100% non-toxic and enviromentally friendly. It is not dangerous in any way unlike other blasting materials. Soda treats the surface much better than the previous known blasting material: sand, which can also be hazardous to the user.<br />The applications where CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems uses Soda Blasting are :<br />• Removing paint and soot from houses (removing soot from the burned surface, and so on)<br />• Removing paint and dirt from engine and hydraulic parts that is difficult to clean<br />• Disinfection of areas (food service disinfection)<br />• Disinfection of houses with mould/mildew infestation<br />• Cleaning of stone surfaces that is difficult to clean (floor tiles, walls, bridges, etcetera)<br />• Removing of graffiti<br />• Cleaning of badly burned houses after a fire<br />• Removing bitumen from glass and metal<br />• Removing baked on carbon and grease on food equipments<br />• Restoring engine frames, wings and parts from the aviation industry<br />• Removing paint and varnish from wood<br />• Removing concrete from glass and metal<br />• Detecting cracks on parts and structural joints<br />Soda blasting can be applied to numerous surfaces. These include aluminium, stainless steel, wood, glass, brick, steel, concrete and natural stone (sandstone, lime, marble) and more.<br />Soda blasting removes and cleans difficult substances quickly and easily including rubberized tar, spray sealers, surface treatments, epoxy resins, resurfacing concrete and many more.<br />No other existing method can remove such difficult to remove substances as quickly, effectively and efficiently than Soda Blasting.<br />Soda blasting is part of CHOGON CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Systems Nigeria's integrated specialized cleaning solutions.<br /><br />For more details and bookings please call<br />+2348072292381<br />+2348129190315<br />info@chogonfacilities.com<br />www.chogonfacilities.com
Ecossistemas , Arqª. Paisagística e Jardinagem<br />Etiquetas: Garten Design Gartendesign Gartengestaltung Gartenplanung Landschaftsarchitektur Landschaftsplanung Pflanzenschutz Schädlingsbekämpfung<br /><br /><br /><br />Rustic walls to gardens / garden walls /rock gardens<br />Irrigation Services<br /><br /><br />We offer a host of onsite services that provide the necessary information to best manage your system. These services include onsite inventory, data collection, database programming, assessments, audits and surveys.<br />Data Collection Provides Comprehensive Reporting<br /><br />Rain Bird Services Data Collection service provides comprehensive reporting of system performance parameters that are required to fully program your site’s Central Control System, whether it be a Rain Bird system or one from another manufacturer.<br />When you choose our Data Collection service, Rain Bird Services will:<br />Review as-built irrigation drawings<br />Perform a site walk and system performance assessment run-through<br />Perform a detailed review of irrigation equipment on a zone-by-zone basis from drawings and system performance assessments<br />Provide a written reporting of zone data, which includes an overall description of<br />sprinkler models, head spacing, nozzle type, operating pressure, estimated uniformity, crop type and the crop co-efficient<br />Provide written reporting of site level data by Cluster Control Units (CCU), which includes soil type and average root depth<br />Provide written reporting of hydraulic data, which includes Point of Connection (POC) size, static pressure, pump station capacity and boost and mainline size for each flow zone<br />Installation Services<br /><br />Proper installation is critical in ensuring the maximum service life from your irrigation control system and the health of your landscape. Our Service Engineers understand today’s complex systems and are experts in multiple trade disciplines.<br />Our experience shows us that many times the challenges customers have with their central control system can be traced to improper installation of these complex components. Many hours of aggravation and lost opportunities for savings can cause customers to become frustrated with their system. Factory installation solves this problem. The system will be working and delivering the benefits you purchased when you have Rain Bird Services install your system.<br /><br /><br />Now Available: Optimum PRO Service Plan<br /><br />With an Optimum PRO service plan, Rain Bird pump station operators experience increased operational flexibility, save time, better control maintenance costs, and get support from RBSC’s expert team to optimize station performance. As a powerful remote problem diagnostic, resolution, management, and monitoring service with all of the preventative maintenance and discount savings benefits of our Optimum PM plan, station operators now have a new way to manage their Rain Bird pump stations.<br />Our innovative approach to remote management allows operators to utilize our service team for everything from remote problem resolution to preventative monitoring, programming updates and more!<br /><br /><br />Optimum Plans for Your Rain Bird Pump Station<br /><br />Our Optimum PM and Optimum PRO service plans help you save money and time, protect your pump station, and maximize station up-time. Get the best performance from your station with our Optimum series service plans.<br /><br />Design Services<br /><br />Our skilled irrigation design specialists will design and select the proper irrigation equipment and supplies, and arrange everything to deliver irrigation water uniformly to the landscape in the proper amounts and at the proper times.<br /><br />Ecossistemas , Arqª. Paisagística e Jardinagem<br />Etiquetas: algarve All aspectos of landscaping or garden services and irrigation át. Algarve and alentejo automatic irrigation system irrigação projectos de rega rega automatica sistemas de rega<br /><br /><br />#Muros de Pedra #Stone Walls<br />O truque de uma Muralha sólida é a sua base, e o sistema de drenagem e o tipo de pedra utilizado como matéria prima<br />Os nossos trabalhos podem ser vistos por todo o Algarve com maior incidência na zona da Quinta do Lago em aldeamentos como todo o Algarve.<br /><br />Muros e Muralhas de Pedra têm uma grande utilidade para aproveitamento e limitação de área.<br />Construídos com Pedra de Lage original da Serra Algarvia, os muros de pedra permitem criar ambientes fantásticos para delinear e aproveitar espaços em jardins, parques e avenidas.<br />São muito utilizados em moradias e aldeamentos, com o objectivo de embelezar, delinear áreas da propriedade e aumentar áreas úteis, assim com:<br />Suporte de Taludes,<br />Decoração de Fachadas,<br />Aproveitamento de Áreas de Terreno,<br />Aumento de Cotas,<br />Construção de Zonas de Lazer,<br />Rock Gardens,<br />e muito mais!<br /><br /><br />A utilização de Relva Artificial para a criação de Relvados Artificiais em jardins tem grandes vantagens:<br />O Jardim mantém um aspecto saudável e tratado todo o ano, mesmo em alturas de seca ou frio extremo (geada)<br />A poupança em água é significativa, uma vez que a relva artificial não necessita de rega, beneficiando assim também o meio ambiente<br />A relva artificial proporciona espaços limpos de lazer para utilização por crianças, sem preocupação de sujidade de lamas ou terras<br />O Relvado Artificial tem garantia de mais de 18 anos contra deterioração das cores.<br />A relva artificial é a solução para criar espaços agradáveis com o mínimo de manutenção.<br />Com centenas de jardins instalados com relvados artificiais, a opinião dos clientes tem sido bastante positiva.<br /><br />O facto de conseguir manter um jardim com aspecto arranjado e limpo todo o ano, sem necessidade de manutenção é uma das razões que leva, cada vez mais, a optar por esta solução para jardim.<br /><br /><br />A forma de manter o seu espaço verde todo o ano, muito utilizado e indicado para:<br /> Zonas e Espaços de Lazer<br /> Campos de Futebol<br /> Canteiros de Plantas<br /> Jardins junto a Piscinas<br /> Entradas de Hotéis<br /> Jardins de Moradias<br /><br />Relva Sintética Desportiva todos os tipos de desporto:<br /> Futebol<br /> Ténis<br /> Golfes<br /> Putty Greens<br /> Campos Desportivos<br /><br />The market for artificial grass is growing quickly. Driven by a combination of better manufacturing techniques combined with an increasing awareness of the longer term environmental and economic benefits. Originally it was limited to large sports clubs but now you are just as likely to see it on your neighbour’s garden.<br />The benefits really fall into 3 distinct groups:-<br />1. Lifestyle and ease of use. There is no doubt at all that in our busy lives time becomes more precious as we seek to juggle all our responsibilities. Mowing the lawn can take 2 to 3 hours out of your week and that is for a normal size garden. Artificial grass needs very little maintenance and can free up a lot of time. It is worth mentioning two distinct types of users who also find it very valuable:-<br />a. Older people who cannot physically mow their lawns.<br />b. Holiday home owners who are not always “on site” to look after their lawns.<br />2. Environmental issues. As our weather grows warmer there will be more pressure on restricting water usage. Hose pipe restrictions can really destroy a natural lawn, but artificial grass will not be affected. Another benefit from artificial grass is that it actively helps the environment. As well as substantially reducing water usage we also get<br />a. No carbon emissions from petrol driven lawn mowers.<br /><br />b. No fertilisers needed.<br /><br />c. Pollution from water run off carrying chemicals into the drains is minimised.<br /><br />3. Special circumstances. It always surprises people to know the varied circumstances when artificial grass can be beneficial. Here is a brief list:<br /><br />a. Dog runs. It can’t be dug up, its easy to clean and keep sterile and there will be no muddy paws. This makes it a favourite at dog kennels.<br />b. Swimming pools. Very useful as ground cover beyond the “splash back” area. No muddy areas to carry dust and dirt into the pool, no ruts from the sun loungers and stays green whatever the weather.<br />c. Roof gardens. If your roof is not strong enough to support a natural turf cover then artificial grass will fill in very nicely. It also means that you don’t need to worry about the grass clippings.<br />d. High wear and tear areas. Very often, especially with children, you can end up with parts of the garden where constant usage will not allow grass to grow properly and bald patches which can turn to mud cause real problems. Carefully laid artificial grass can blend in with surrounding features and help overcome this.<br />e. Event management. We have often seen artificial grass used when there are a going to be a lot of people in the garden. A good example would be if a marquee was planned.<br /><br />Disadvantages of artificial grass.<br />In the American south, with their extreme weather conditions it can sometimes seem a little odd when you get the baked dry yard of one house right next to bright green of a neighbour who has laid artificial grass. Fortunately for the United Kingdom we have not yet had the extreme hot weather of Texas and Arizona!<br />Other disadvantages? Well to be honest there aren’t any. Price wise it can is usually less than paving or other artificial coverings and when you measure the investment over the life of the grass it can in fact work out cheaper than laying and maintaining natural turf.<br />Things you might not know about artificial grass<br />Some artificial grass needs an infill, this is usually sand or rubber crumb. If rubber is used then it has probably come from shredded car tyres! You can also buy artificial grass which doesn’t need an infill.<br />Artificial grass was originally designed for sports pitches and sold under the name of astro turf in the USA. The early versions were not very successful but more recent changes have resulted in artificial grass being adopted by very large sports clubs. In particular for their training pitches as the annual hours of pitch usage can be increased substantially.<br />You can now buy artificial grass cut like carpet tiles. This is often seen with coloured grass, for instance terracotta tiles. This allows you to have designer coloured pathways and
Ecossistemas , Arqª. Paisagística e Jardinagem<br />Etiquetas: Garten Design Gartendesign Gartengestaltung Gartenplanung Landschaftsarchitektur Landschaftsplanung Pflanzenschutz Schädlingsbekämpfung<br /><br /><br /><br />Rustic walls to gardens / garden walls /rock gardens<br />Irrigation Services<br /><br /><br />We offer a host of onsite services that provide the necessary information to best manage your system. These services include onsite inventory, data collection, database programming, assessments, audits and surveys.<br />Data Collection Provides Comprehensive Reporting<br /><br />Rain Bird Services Data Collection service provides comprehensive reporting of system performance parameters that are required to fully program your site’s Central Control System, whether it be a Rain Bird system or one from another manufacturer.<br />When you choose our Data Collection service, Rain Bird Services will:<br />Review as-built irrigation drawings<br />Perform a site walk and system performance assessment run-through<br />Perform a detailed review of irrigation equipment on a zone-by-zone basis from drawings and system performance assessments<br />Provide a written reporting of zone data, which includes an overall description of<br />sprinkler models, head spacing, nozzle type, operating pressure, estimated uniformity, crop type and the crop co-efficient<br />Provide written reporting of site level data by Cluster Control Units (CCU), which includes soil type and average root depth<br />Provide written reporting of hydraulic data, which includes Point of Connection (POC) size, static pressure, pump station capacity and boost and mainline size for each flow zone<br />Installation Services<br /><br />Proper installation is critical in ensuring the maximum service life from your irrigation control system and the health of your landscape. Our Service Engineers understand today’s complex systems and are experts in multiple trade disciplines.<br />Our experience shows us that many times the challenges customers have with their central control system can be traced to improper installation of these complex components. Many hours of aggravation and lost opportunities for savings can cause customers to become frustrated with their system. Factory installation solves this problem. The system will be working and delivering the benefits you purchased when you have Rain Bird Services install your system.<br /><br /><br />Now Available: Optimum PRO Service Plan<br /><br />With an Optimum PRO service plan, Rain Bird pump station operators experience increased operational flexibility, save time, better control maintenance costs, and get support from RBSC’s expert team to optimize station performance. As a powerful remote problem diagnostic, resolution, management, and monitoring service with all of the preventative maintenance and discount savings benefits of our Optimum PM plan, station operators now have a new way to manage their Rain Bird pump stations.<br />Our innovative approach to remote management allows operators to utilize our service team for everything from remote problem resolution to preventative monitoring, programming updates and more!<br /><br /><br />Optimum Plans for Your Rain Bird Pump Station<br /><br />Our Optimum PM and Optimum PRO service plans help you save money and time, protect your pump station, and maximize station up-time. Get the best performance from your station with our Optimum series service plans.<br /><br />Design Services<br /><br />Our skilled irrigation design specialists will design and select the proper irrigation equipment and supplies, and arrange everything to deliver irrigation water uniformly to the landscape in the proper amounts and at the proper times.<br /><br />Ecossistemas , Arqª. Paisagística e Jardinagem<br />Etiquetas: algarve All aspectos of landscaping or garden services and irrigation át. Algarve and alentejo automatic irrigation system irrigação projectos de rega rega automatica sistemas de rega<br /><br /><br />#Muros de Pedra #Stone Walls<br />O truque de uma Muralha sólida é a sua base, e o sistema de drenagem e o tipo de pedra utilizado como matéria prima<br />Os nossos trabalhos podem ser vistos por todo o Algarve com maior incidência na zona da Quinta do Lago em aldeamentos como todo o Algarve.<br /><br />Muros e Muralhas de Pedra têm uma grande utilidade para aproveitamento e limitação de área.<br />Construídos com Pedra de Lage original da Serra Algarvia, os muros de pedra permitem criar ambientes fantásticos para delinear e aproveitar espaços em jardins, parques e avenidas.<br />São muito utilizados em moradias e aldeamentos, com o objectivo de embelezar, delinear áreas da propriedade e aumentar áreas úteis, assim com:<br />Suporte de Taludes,<br />Decoração de Fachadas,<br />Aproveitamento de Áreas de Terreno,<br />Aumento de Cotas,<br />Construção de Zonas de Lazer,<br />Rock Gardens,<br />e muito mais!<br /><br /><br />A utilização de Relva Artificial para a criação de Relvados Artificiais em jardins tem grandes vantagens:<br />O Jardim mantém um aspecto saudável e tratado todo o ano, mesmo em alturas de seca ou frio extremo (geada)<br />A poupança em água é significativa, uma vez que a relva artificial não necessita de rega, beneficiando assim também o meio ambiente<br />A relva artificial proporciona espaços limpos de lazer para utilização por crianças, sem preocupação de sujidade de lamas ou terras<br />O Relvado Artificial tem garantia de mais de 18 anos contra deterioração das cores.<br />A relva artificial é a solução para criar espaços agradáveis com o mínimo de manutenção.<br />Com centenas de jardins instalados com relvados artificiais, a opinião dos clientes tem sido bastante positiva.<br /><br />O facto de conseguir manter um jardim com aspecto arranjado e limpo todo o ano, sem necessidade de manutenção é uma das razões que leva, cada vez mais, a optar por esta solução para jardim.<br /><br /><br />A forma de manter o seu espaço verde todo o ano, muito utilizado e indicado para:<br /> Zonas e Espaços de Lazer<br /> Campos de Futebol<br /> Canteiros de Plantas<br /> Jardins junto a Piscinas<br /> Entradas de Hotéis<br /> Jardins de Moradias<br /><br />Relva Sintética Desportiva todos os tipos de desporto:<br /> Futebol<br /> Ténis<br /> Golfes<br /> Putty Greens<br /> Campos Desportivos<br /><br />The market for artificial grass is growing quickly. Driven by a combination of better manufacturing techniques combined with an increasing awareness of the longer term environmental and economic benefits. Originally it was limited to large sports clubs but now you are just as likely to see it on your neighbour’s garden.<br />The benefits really fall into 3 distinct groups:-<br />1. Lifestyle and ease of use. There is no doubt at all that in our busy lives time becomes more precious as we seek to juggle all our responsibilities. Mowing the lawn can take 2 to 3 hours out of your week and that is for a normal size garden. Artificial grass needs very little maintenance and can free up a lot of time. It is worth mentioning two distinct types of users who also find it very valuable:-<br />a. Older people who cannot physically mow their lawns.<br />b. Holiday home owners who are not always “on site” to look after their lawns.<br />2. Environmental issues. As our weather grows warmer there will be more pressure on restricting water usage. Hose pipe restrictions can really destroy a natural lawn, but artificial grass will not be affected. Another benefit from artificial grass is that it actively helps the environment. As well as substantially reducing water usage we also get<br />a. No carbon emissions from petrol driven lawn mowers.<br /><br />b. No fertilisers needed.<br /><br />c. Pollution from water run off carrying chemicals into the drains is minimised.<br /><br />3. Special circumstances. It always surprises people to know the varied circumstances when artificial grass can be beneficial. Here is a brief list:<br /><br />a. Dog runs. It can’t be dug up, its easy to clean and keep sterile and there will be no muddy paws. This makes it a favourite at dog kennels.<br />b. Swimming pools. Very useful as ground cover beyond the “splash back” area. No muddy areas to carry dust and dirt into the pool, no ruts from the sun loungers and stays green whatever the weather.<br />c. Roof gardens. If your roof is not strong enough to support a natural turf cover then artificial grass will fill in very nicely. It also means that you don’t need to worry about the grass clippings.<br />d. High wear and tear areas. Very often, especially with children, you can end up with parts of the garden where constant usage will not allow grass to grow properly and bald patches which can turn to mud cause real problems. Carefully laid artificial grass can blend in with surrounding features and help overcome this.<br />e. Event management. We have often seen artificial grass used when there are a going to be a lot of people in the garden. A good example would be if a marquee was planned.<br /><br />Disadvantages of artificial grass.<br />In the American south, with their extreme weather conditions it can sometimes seem a little odd when you get the baked dry yard of one house right next to bright green of a neighbour who has laid artificial grass. Fortunately for the United Kingdom we have not yet had the extreme hot weather of Texas and Arizona!<br />Other disadvantages? Well to be honest there aren’t any. Price wise it can is usually less than paving or other artificial coverings and when you measure the investment over the life of the grass it can in fact work out cheaper than laying and maintaining natural turf.<br />Things you might not know about artificial grass<br />Some artificial grass needs an infill, this is usually sand or rubber crumb. If rubber is used then it has probably come from shredded car tyres! You can also buy artificial grass which doesn’t need an infill.<br />Artificial grass was originally designed for sports pitches and sold under the name of astro turf in the USA. The early versions were not very successful but more recent changes have resulted in artificial grass being adopted by very large sports clubs. In particular for their training pitches as the annual hours of pitch usage can be increased substantially.<br />You can now buy artificial grass cut like carpet tiles. This is often seen with coloured grass, for instance terracotta tiles. This allows you to have designer coloured pathways and
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HAVANA — They crowded around old, battered televisions in Havana and erupted in tears and applause at a spectacle they could scarcely imagine, let alone believe: President Raúl Castro, followed by President Obama, heralding a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States. http://nyti.ms/1uTS7Z4

But for Armando Gutiérrez, who operates a small inn in Havana, what it really comes down to is beds. He needs better ones, and the usual scramble to find them and other supplies often comes up empty.

Now, Mr. Gutiérrez hopes the salvation of his business is at hand.

"It will be step by step for sure, but we are super happy, all of us without words really to express this history," Mr. Gutiérrez said by phone — a phone he plans to replace with a better one if the United States makes good on its pledge to send more telecommunications equipment.

As politically charged as Mr. Obama's new stance may be in the United States, the sweeping changes he outlined on Wednesday will have a much more profound impact on Cuba — where isolation by the United States has fundamentally shaped the island's economy, its politics and even its sense of national identity.

For decades, the American embargo of Cuba has been the political sword and shield of the Castros, held responsible for stifling their nation's development, depriving their people of the most basic needs, and justifying their tight control over all aspects of society.

Now their powerful rival is promising significant expansions in travel, exports and remittances to Cuba, the biggest erosion of the embargo since it was imposed more than 50 years ago.

Experts say it will bring a flood of new money to the island, potentially injecting new life into the economy and, coupled with restored diplomatic ties, transforming relations between the two countries in ways not seen since a bearded rebel named Fidel came down from the Cuban mountains.

"This changes it all," Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban diplomat who is close to the Castros, said from the island.

The question is whether the increased exchange will simply prop up Cuba's moribund economy and government, or breed truly democratic change on the island, something current American policy has not achieved.

"For Cuba, this is an opportunity to speed up the processes of economic reform, political liberalization and openness," said Arturo Lopez-Levy, a former Cuban intelligence analyst now at New York University.

Others were more skeptical, having seen previous thaws that did not produce dramatic change. They noted the 1996 American law known as Helms-Burton that prevents widespread commerce, and questioned Cuba's willingness to open up as well.

"The regime will do everything in its power to have maximum control over foreign investment, forms of employment, high taxes, which have always been a great obstacle for economic and social development," said José Daniel Ferrer, who coordinates dissident groups in Cuba. "Most of these resources will still be used to maintain a repressive apparatus."

For many Cubans living through the incremental steps toward private enterprise that Mr. Castro set in motion, the changes announced by Washington and Havana are welcomed as much for their practical worth as for the historic sea change between governments.

The Cuban economy is wobbly, and it may only worsen as its chief patron, Venezuela, slides further into economic and political difficulties. Cuba's economy grew only 1.4 percent this year, by the government's own generally rosy statistics, despite significant changes, including allowing the buying and selling of property and cars.

More than 300,000 people have gone into business, and private farming has grown. The government recently said it would convert state-owned restaurants into private cooperatives, and it announced a plan last year to do away with a dual currency system that makes tourism and other goods expensive.

The hope among Cubans is that the new easing of tension with the United States will accelerate the halting steps toward a market economy, while still maintaining the social ideals of free education and health care embedded in what Mr. Castro described on Wednesday as a "prosperous and sustainable socialism."

But in order for the changes Mr. Obama envisions to work, Cuba will have to loosen up in significant ways. The island's vows to allow more private enterprise and foreign investment have been far more limited than many Cuban and international entrepreneurs have hoped for, with many saying it is almost impossible for them to participate.

"We have incredible problems," said Nidialys Acosta, who set up a classic car services business with about 20 associates. "We have to jump through so many hoops."

The survival of her business depends on two American exports: spare parts for her cars and visitors to ride in them. From now on, she hopes that both will be easier to come by. "I am jumping up and down for joy," said Ms. Acosta from her home in El Cerro, a Havana neighborhood. "This is my Christmas gift."

But while the Cuban government has called the expansion of private enterprise essential to reducing the inflated public sector that is burdening the economy, it does not recognize Ms. Acosta's business or many others. Getting parts like headlamps, mirrors and tires for a 1959 Chevrolet Impala and paying for them is extremely difficult and expensive because they cannot be ordered from the United States, but have to be brought in person by people traveling between Miami and Cuba, she said. Doing financial transactions in Cuba is difficult, she said, because her business does not officially exist.

"The regulations make it almost impossible to thrive," she said, adding that the government needed "to be more flexible."

Mr. Obama's potential willingness to remove Cuba from the State Department list of states that sponsor terrorism could have a big impact, according to Phil Peters, director of the Cuba Research Center in Alexandria, Va. He said the designation has severely complicated Cuba's ability to do business with international banks, and Mr. Obama said Wednesday that the designation would be reviewed.

"It dramatically raises the cost of doing business" for Cuba, Mr. Peters said. "When Cuba does business internationally, they have to use banks and payment channels that have nothing to do with the United States."

The Cuban economy has a long list of ailments, including a shortage of cash, brain drain, anemic foreign investment and a scarcity of food production, with nearly 80 percent of its food imported, said Ted Henken, a professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College in New York.

"Without the U.S. to blame," he said, "the shortcomings of the Cuban government will be much more transparent. The Cuban government will no longer be able to blame the United States for the obstacles that entrepreneurs face. The government will have to be able to explain why it's so hard to get a loan from a bank, get a cellphone, get access to broadband."

"That's going to be revealed for what it is," he added. "This thing is going to cause rising expectations both outside and inside of Cuba."

Many Cuban entrepreneurs said they welcomed the change, regardless of the bumps ahead. Niuris Higueras Martínez, founder and owner of popular Atelier, one of the private restaurants known as paladars, said "this news will bring what we need the most, market stability, affordable goods."

The ability of Americans to use credit cards and debit cards — a specific point Mr. Obama made on Wednesday — would be a big boost, she said, though it would require some adjustment in a country where cash is king.

"All small-business owners like myself would need to learn a banking and credit culture that does not exist yet," she said. "We will evolve, little by little. I don't expect all of this to happen quickly, but we are definitely all ready to integrate ourselves in a new market economy."

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#RussiaInvadedUkraine   #UkraineUnderAttack #Mistral   #MalaysiaAirlines #MH17 #USA #Obama #Clinton #Poroshenko #Crimea #Mariupol   #Novoazovsk   #Georgia #Moldova #UnitedForUkraine #Psaki #Pyatt #Kerry #Tefft #McFaul #NATO #OSCE #Merkel #Germany #Poland #Estonia   #Latvia   #Lithuania   #Grybauskaite #UnitedNations #ATO #Heletey #Putin">As Havana Celebrates Historic Shift, Economic and Political Hopes Rise. The Cuban economy has a long list of ailments, including a shortage of cash, brain drain, anemic foreign investment and a scarcity of food production, with nearly 80 percent of its food imported, said Ted Henken, a professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College in New York.<br /><br />
HAVANA — They crowded around old, battered televisions in Havana and erupted in tears and applause at a spectacle they could scarcely imagine, let alone believe: President Raúl Castro, followed by President Obama, heralding a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States. http://nyti.ms/1uTS7Z4

But for Armando Gutiérrez, who operates a small inn in Havana, what it really comes down to is beds. He needs better ones, and the usual scramble to find them and other supplies often comes up empty.

Now, Mr. Gutiérrez hopes the salvation of his business is at hand.

"It will be step by step for sure, but we are super happy, all of us without words really to express this history," Mr. Gutiérrez said by phone — a phone he plans to replace with a better one if the United States makes good on its pledge to send more telecommunications equipment.

As politically charged as Mr. Obama's new stance may be in the United States, the sweeping changes he outlined on Wednesday will have a much more profound impact on Cuba — where isolation by the United States has fundamentally shaped the island's economy, its politics and even its sense of national identity.

For decades, the American embargo of Cuba has been the political sword and shield of the Castros, held responsible for stifling their nation's development, depriving their people of the most basic needs, and justifying their tight control over all aspects of society.

Now their powerful rival is promising significant expansions in travel, exports and remittances to Cuba, the biggest erosion of the embargo since it was imposed more than 50 years ago.

Experts say it will bring a flood of new money to the island, potentially injecting new life into the economy and, coupled with restored diplomatic ties, transforming relations between the two countries in ways not seen since a bearded rebel named Fidel came down from the Cuban mountains.

"This changes it all," Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban diplomat who is close to the Castros, said from the island.

The question is whether the increased exchange will simply prop up Cuba's moribund economy and government, or breed truly democratic change on the island, something current American policy has not achieved.

"For Cuba, this is an opportunity to speed up the processes of economic reform, political liberalization and openness," said Arturo Lopez-Levy, a former Cuban intelligence analyst now at New York University.

Others were more skeptical, having seen previous thaws that did not produce dramatic change. They noted the 1996 American law known as Helms-Burton that prevents widespread commerce, and questioned Cuba's willingness to open up as well.

"The regime will do everything in its power to have maximum control over foreign investment, forms of employment, high taxes, which have always been a great obstacle for economic and social development," said José Daniel Ferrer, who coordinates dissident groups in Cuba. "Most of these resources will still be used to maintain a repressive apparatus."

For many Cubans living through the incremental steps toward private enterprise that Mr. Castro set in motion, the changes announced by Washington and Havana are welcomed as much for their practical worth as for the historic sea change between governments.

The Cuban economy is wobbly, and it may only worsen as its chief patron, Venezuela, slides further into economic and political difficulties. Cuba's economy grew only 1.4 percent this year, by the government's own generally rosy statistics, despite significant changes, including allowing the buying and selling of property and cars.

More than 300,000 people have gone into business, and private farming has grown. The government recently said it would convert state-owned restaurants into private cooperatives, and it announced a plan last year to do away with a dual currency system that makes tourism and other goods expensive.

The hope among Cubans is that the new easing of tension with the United States will accelerate the halting steps toward a market economy, while still maintaining the social ideals of free education and health care embedded in what Mr. Castro described on Wednesday as a "prosperous and sustainable socialism."

But in order for the changes Mr. Obama envisions to work, Cuba will have to loosen up in significant ways. The island's vows to allow more private enterprise and foreign investment have been far more limited than many Cuban and international entrepreneurs have hoped for, with many saying it is almost impossible for them to participate.

"We have incredible problems," said Nidialys Acosta, who set up a classic car services business with about 20 associates. "We have to jump through so many hoops."

The survival of her business depends on two American exports: spare parts for her cars and visitors to ride in them. From now on, she hopes that both will be easier to come by. "I am jumping up and down for joy," said Ms. Acosta from her home in El Cerro, a Havana neighborhood. "This is my Christmas gift."

But while the Cuban government has called the expansion of private enterprise essential to reducing the inflated public sector that is burdening the economy, it does not recognize Ms. Acosta's business or many others. Getting parts like headlamps, mirrors and tires for a 1959 Chevrolet Impala and paying for them is extremely difficult and expensive because they cannot be ordered from the United States, but have to be brought in person by people traveling between Miami and Cuba, she said. Doing financial transactions in Cuba is difficult, she said, because her business does not officially exist.

"The regulations make it almost impossible to thrive," she said, adding that the government needed "to be more flexible."

Mr. Obama's potential willingness to remove Cuba from the State Department list of states that sponsor terrorism could have a big impact, according to Phil Peters, director of the Cuba Research Center in Alexandria, Va. He said the designation has severely complicated Cuba's ability to do business with international banks, and Mr. Obama said Wednesday that the designation would be reviewed.

"It dramatically raises the cost of doing business" for Cuba, Mr. Peters said. "When Cuba does business internationally, they have to use banks and payment channels that have nothing to do with the United States."

The Cuban economy has a long list of ailments, including a shortage of cash, brain drain, anemic foreign investment and a scarcity of food production, with nearly 80 percent of its food imported, said Ted Henken, a professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College in New York.

"Without the U.S. to blame," he said, "the shortcomings of the Cuban government will be much more transparent. The Cuban government will no longer be able to blame the United States for the obstacles that entrepreneurs face. The government will have to be able to explain why it's so hard to get a loan from a bank, get a cellphone, get access to broadband."

"That's going to be revealed for what it is," he added. "This thing is going to cause rising expectations both outside and inside of Cuba."

Many Cuban entrepreneurs said they welcomed the change, regardless of the bumps ahead. Niuris Higueras Martínez, founder and owner of popular Atelier, one of the private restaurants known as paladars, said "this news will bring what we need the most, market stability, affordable goods."

The ability of Americans to use credit cards and debit cards — a specific point Mr. Obama made on Wednesday — would be a big boost, she said, though it would require some adjustment in a country where cash is king.

"All small-business owners like myself would need to learn a banking and credit culture that does not exist yet," she said. "We will evolve, little by little. I don't expect all of this to happen quickly, but we are definitely all ready to integrate ourselves in a new market economy."

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Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition to give thanks for a good harvest and to rejoice together with the rest of the community after much hard work. What better time to celebrate our SIX and a half year voyage and give thanks to ALL who have contributed to our struggle to bring to light illegal animal sales in Los Angeles Fashion District, and multiple illegal breeding operations in the City of Los Angeles and to seek justice for those who commit crimes of animal cruelty.<br /><br />Especially, we thank each and every foster, volunteer, and supporter here who has contributed their time, energy and commitment to BWF. There are too many names to mention but know that every single one of you in some shape or form helped make a difference for the bunnies. It takes a community to move mountains and without all of us doing our parts we couldn't even make a dent. So give yourselves a big pat on the back for providing safe, warm, loving homes for foster bunnies, for providing important daily care for Petco bunnies, for transporting, for providing medical care to special needs bunnies, and for donating your time, supplies and money to help the bunnies and the cause. Thank you for showing your support through thick and thin and especially during times of crisis, for we couldn't possibly overcome them if it weren't for YOU!<br /><br />Now, as bunny loving families across America sit down to full dinner tables with their pet bunnies enjoying all the privileges of a family member, it's more important than ever to remember million others suffering in bunny mills, labs, backyard breeders, fur farms, and abattoirs. Most people are unaware that most animal cruelty laws exempt farm animals and rabbits are not even covered under federal humane slaughter laws -- so their lives and deaths for our holiday celebration are unconscionably painful. This said, the road is still rocky with many challenges ahead, but continue we must and we thank you for your continued support in our efforts to make the world a better place for our much loved companions.<br /><br />If you would like to do give a special gift for this Thanksgiving holiday, please make a tax-deductible donation via GIVEZOOKS at http://bunnyworldfoundation.givezooks.com/campaigns/bwf-fundraising-goal-for-2011 OR via PAYPAL at http://www.bunnyworldfoundation.org/donate/. You can also set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or donate to our vets directly towards the medical bills. They are open on Friday and Saturday.<br /><br />****All Pets Medical Center (818) 883-2600<br />***Exotic Animal Care Center (626) 405-1777<br />**Northwood Animal Hospital (949) 559-1992<br /><br />Thank you again and may you find time this Thanksgiving to enjoy the things you hold closest to your heart!<br /><br />~BWF
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As for launching again, Thompson said he expects a delay of at least three months in the company's next flight to the space station, which had been set for April.
"We are certainly disappointed by this failure, but in no way are we discouraged or dissuaded from our objectives," he told investors in a phone conference.
Former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, who helped spearhead the commercial cargo effort, noted that the Antares rocket was still in development. He and others associated with the space agency went into the program knowing that failures were likely.
"It's obviously tragic and upsetting, but we'll move on," Griffin told The Associated Press.
In another few years, NASA hopes to launch astronauts again from U.S. soil — aboard commercially supplied spacecraft.
Orbital Sciences has never intended to fly anything more for NASA than cargo. The political fallout from the blast is more likely to affect SpaceX and Boeing, both of which are under NASA contract to fly Americans to the space station by 2017.
"We can't allow the one incident of the Antares vehicle loss to smear space commercialization in Washington and on the Hill," Boston-based space analyst Charles Lurio said in an email.
The mood was somber 260 miles up, according to space station astronaut Butch Wilmore. He and his five crewmates were watching a live video feed of the launch and saw the whole thing.
"It's a great loss," Wilmore said, quickly adding that the station pantry contains four to six months' worth of food and that there is plenty of research to go around.
Debris — potentially hazardous because of fuel — plummeted into the Atlantic and onto the launch site, igniting fires. Helicopters took to the air at first light Wednesday to track down remnants. Authorities warned people to avoid touching any debris that might wash ashore.
Ash and other debris covered Chrissy Mullen's house, patio and yard on Chincoteague Island a few miles away. She spent the morning cleaning up.
"We thought it was raining, but then we're getting particles out of our hair," she said. "The ash, the debris that was hitting our head was a little freaky."
Carolyn Dalton watched the launch from the mainland while chaperoning four middle-school students from Colleton County, South Carolina, who had a milk-spoiling experiment aboard the rocket.
"People were screaming, people were crying, people were in shock," Dalton said.
Just hours after the accident, Russia launched a supply ship from Kazakhstan on a previously scheduled flight to the space station, and it docked smoothly. Another load of supplies should be on the way in December, delivered by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA is paying $1.9 billion to Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences for eight cargo hauls and $1.6 billion to California's SpaceX for 12 shipments. Tuesday's flight was insured.
Even before Tuesday's failure, Orbital Sciences had been reviewing alternatives to the Russian-made engines, Thompson said. The company recently had selected a different main propulsion system for use in a couple of years, and the switch may be accelerated if the Russian engines prove to be the culprit, he said.
The AJ26 engines — modified and tested in the U.S. — originally were designed for the massive Soviet rockets meant to take cosmonauts to the moon during the late 1960s.
Three years ago, an AJ26 leaked kerosene fuel and ignited on the test stand at a NASA center in Mississippi. Just this past May, another of the engines exploded during a test firing there.
In 2012, SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO, Elon Musk, called the Antares rocket "a punchline to a joke" because of the Russian engines. SpaceX, by contrast, makes its own rocket parts.
"I mean they start with engines that were literally made in the '60s and, like, packed away in Siberia somewhere," Musk said in an interview with Wired magazine.
_">Rocket explosion setback for commercial space                                            CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.<br />The 140-foot Antares rocket, operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., blew up 15 seconds after lifting off for the space station Tuesday, lighting up the night sky and raining flaming debris on the launch site. No one was injured, but the $200 million-plus mission was a total loss.<br />The blast not only incinerated the cargo — 2½ tons of space station food, clothes, equipment and science experiments dreamed up by schoolchildren — but dealt a setback to the commercial spaceflight effort championed by NASA and the White House even before the shuttle was retired.<br />It was the first failure after an unbroken string of successful commercial cargo flights to the space station since 2012 — three by Orbital and five by SpaceX, the other U.S. company hired by NASA to deliver supplies.<br />Although the cause of the blast is still unknown, several outside experts cast suspicion on the 1960s-era Russian-built engines used in the rocket's first stage. Orbital Sciences chairman David Thompson himself said the Russian engines had presented He said he expects the investigation to zero in on the cause within a week or so. The launch pad on Wallops Island appeared to have been spared major damage.
As for launching again, Thompson said he expects a delay of at least three months in the company's next flight to the space station, which had been set for April.
"We are certainly disappointed by this failure, but in no way are we discouraged or dissuaded from our objectives," he told investors in a phone conference.
Former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, who helped spearhead the commercial cargo effort, noted that the Antares rocket was still in development. He and others associated with the space agency went into the program knowing that failures were likely.
"It's obviously tragic and upsetting, but we'll move on," Griffin told The Associated Press.
In another few years, NASA hopes to launch astronauts again from U.S. soil — aboard commercially supplied spacecraft.
Orbital Sciences has never intended to fly anything more for NASA than cargo. The political fallout from the blast is more likely to affect SpaceX and Boeing, both of which are under NASA contract to fly Americans to the space station by 2017.
"We can't allow the one incident of the Antares vehicle loss to smear space commercialization in Washington and on the Hill," Boston-based space analyst Charles Lurio said in an email.
The mood was somber 260 miles up, according to space station astronaut Butch Wilmore. He and his five crewmates were watching a live video feed of the launch and saw the whole thing.
"It's a great loss," Wilmore said, quickly adding that the station pantry contains four to six months' worth of food and that there is plenty of research to go around.
Debris — potentially hazardous because of fuel — plummeted into the Atlantic and onto the launch site, igniting fires. Helicopters took to the air at first light Wednesday to track down remnants. Authorities warned people to avoid touching any debris that might wash ashore.
Ash and other debris covered Chrissy Mullen's house, patio and yard on Chincoteague Island a few miles away. She spent the morning cleaning up.
"We thought it was raining, but then we're getting particles out of our hair," she said. "The ash, the debris that was hitting our head was a little freaky."
Carolyn Dalton watched the launch from the mainland while chaperoning four middle-school students from Colleton County, South Carolina, who had a milk-spoiling experiment aboard the rocket.
"People were screaming, people were crying, people were in shock," Dalton said.
Just hours after the accident, Russia launched a supply ship from Kazakhstan on a previously scheduled flight to the space station, and it docked smoothly. Another load of supplies should be on the way in December, delivered by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA is paying $1.9 billion to Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences for eight cargo hauls and $1.6 billion to California's SpaceX for 12 shipments. Tuesday's flight was insured.
Even before Tuesday's failure, Orbital Sciences had been reviewing alternatives to the Russian-made engines, Thompson said. The company recently had selected a different main propulsion system for use in a couple of years, and the switch may be accelerated if the Russian engines prove to be the culprit, he said.
The AJ26 engines — modified and tested in the U.S. — originally were designed for the massive Soviet rockets meant to take cosmonauts to the moon during the late 1960s.
Three years ago, an AJ26 leaked kerosene fuel and ignited on the test stand at a NASA center in Mississippi. Just this past May, another of the engines exploded during a test firing there.
In 2012, SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO, Elon Musk, called the Antares rocket "a punchline to a joke" because of the Russian engines. SpaceX, by contrast, makes its own rocket parts.
"I mean they start with engines that were literally made in the '60s and, like, packed away in Siberia somewhere," Musk said in an interview with Wired magazine.
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We wish to create a sanctuary for these animals where they can live in humane conditions and experience some quality of life while helping educate the public on how to better live side by side with all life on earth. We plan to refurbish and increase the size of the bear enclosure to 300sq/m so these magnificent animals can at least get around outside of their cages and even have a pool in which to swim, something they have never done before.
The wolf enclosure will also be increased substantially giving them opportunity to venture out of their tiny enclosures so they can at least run around and experience some quality of life. We have made a commitment to the local council that we will take care of these animals until the council can afford to take over. Donations from the public will guarantee a safe, humane and happier future for these animals and set an example for better practices in other parts of the world.
One of our biggest concerns is the fact that we only have about two more months before Ukraine’s severe winter begins to set in. At that point, it will be too cold to do anything but ensure the animals have food.
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BY HELPING US YOU ARE HELPING THEM GET A BETTER LIFE!">From Lionel in the Ukraine.... PLEASE HELP US HELP THEM<br />In March 2014 Ukraine’s zoo's were in serious trouble with animals on the brink of starvation. So far we were able to raise funds to supply 16 tons of food and medical supplies for various zoos. I do not condone zoo’s but cannot stand by and let these animals suffer, humans have put them in cages now we need to make sure they are treated humanely and live their days out in comfort.<br />We wish to create a sanctuary for these animals where they can live in humane conditions and experience some quality of life while helping educate the public on how to better live side by side with all life on earth. We plan to refurbish and increase the size of the bear enclosure to 300sq/m so these magnificent animals can at least get around outside of their cages and even have a pool in which to swim, something they have never done before.
The wolf enclosure will also be increased substantially giving them opportunity to venture out of their tiny enclosures so they can at least run around and experience some quality of life. We have made a commitment to the local council that we will take care of these animals until the council can afford to take over. Donations from the public will guarantee a safe, humane and happier future for these animals and set an example for better practices in other parts of the world.
One of our biggest concerns is the fact that we only have about two more months before Ukraine’s severe winter begins to set in. At that point, it will be too cold to do anything but ensure the animals have food.
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Needles, CA: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talks about the approved City of Needles Budget.<br /><br /><br />Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the final parts of the general fund in the City of Needles Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 to 2015 during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 in Needles, California.<br /><br /><br />Members of the Needles City Council approved the general fund in the City of Needles Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 to 2015 in Agenda Item #4 which also included the 4 items; San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department contract, San Bernardino County Fire Department contract, the Needles Animal Shelter, and Needles Parks and Recreation recommendations, that were not voted on at the last Needles City Council Meeting.<br /><br /><br />** More information Agenda Item #4 regarding the City of Needles Budget is at the following City of Needles website address: **<br /><br />http://www.cityofneedles.com/2014%20website%20file%20posting/1%20-%20City%20Council%20-%20NPUA%20-%20SARDA/6%20-%20June%202014/June%2024/cc_062414-4.pdf <br /><br /><br />ZachNews spoke with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels after the Needles City Council Meeting regarding the approved City of Needles Budget and to ask him some questions about the approved the City of Needles Budget.<br /><br /><br />** The following is what was asked about during the ZachNews interview with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels regarding the approved City of Needles Budget: **<br /><br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “The Council adopted the general fund of the budget and that is the fund that takes in most of the general taxes that people pay. For example; sales taxes, property taxes, Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.), and what have you, and out of that fund is funded police, fire, public works, parks. So the Council adopted the budget tonight, but there were 4 areas that were left off over from last meeting they met.<br /><br /><br />** Regarding the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **<br /><br />“The first one was... they asked for some reductions in cost from the fire department and San Bernardino County Fire Department reduced their cost by about $50 to $60 thousand dollars,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels what did the San Bernardino County Fire Department reduced?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Well, a lot of that was overhead cost, but they're they're... they did not reduce the numbers of firefighters or trucks or equipment or anything else. They just reduced kind of their internal charges.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if anything safety related was cut or reduced?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “No, no.”<br /><br /><br />** Regarding the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department: **<br /><br />“The second issue that the Council asked for more information on was; we were requesting the Sheriff's reduce the number of sheriffs assigned out here from 7.3 to 6.3 and we met with Sheriff's McMahon and he understood our our issues; he done 2 tours of duty here himself. Robert Wickham, who is the deputy chief sheriff's also was with us and he done tour of duty in Needles and both understood our issues and our problems, but they felt that to reduce the number of officers by one would put their officers unnecessary at risk. So we did not get any relief there, but they did offer to work with us to increase the frequency of the local office and help us identify some outside grants and outside funding opportunists,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if there was no reduction in officers and no reduction in anything safety related?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Right” and “Right”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels what the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was going to do?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “They’re they're... we will... the contract that the Council approved tonight is in the budget is for $1.997 million dollars and that covers the full boat of Sheriff's officers.”<br /><br /><br />** Regarding the Needles Animal Shelter: **<br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if the community will still have an animal shelter?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Yes; the animal shelter is fully funded for next year.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels what are the details on how the animal shelter got put back onto the City of Needles Budget?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “O.k. well we had to... we were face on having to shut down the animal shelter because we could not find a veterinarian that would be affiliated with the animal shelter and State (California) law requires that if you have an animal shelter, you are required to have a Veterinarian of Record that oversees the health or care of the animals; make sure that the sick ones are being treated well; that the animals are kept healthy. So without having a veterinarian, we were having facing closing the shelter. A fortunately, the Mayor (Edward T. Paget) found a veterinarian in Riverside (California) that owns a second home at Pirate’s Cove (East of Needles, California) and is coming through Needles anyways and agreed to provide the service of being a Veterinarian of Record, so at that point we then began to put... go back to the old budget and began to put that back into the budget that was adopted tonight.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if there was anything to help reduced the cost at the Needles Animal Shelter for the City of Needles Budget?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Yes; it was $10,000 of part time labor that was reduced, so we will be able to have a fully functionally animal shelter.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if there was any cuts to the service, care, or supplies for the Needles Animal Shelter?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “No, no, no.”<br /><br /><br />** Regarding the Recommendations from the Needles Parks and Recreation Commission: **<br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if the recommendations made by the Needles Parks and Recreation Commission placed into the City of Needles Budget?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Yes, the City Council held a workshop on the budget last month and at that budget, the members of the Parks and Recreation Commission showed up and testified that they didn't want to see any eliminations to any programs. So what we did is we set up a meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission and went through the budget in great details. And there were... for example: the summer camp is going to be reduce, not eliminated, but reduce from 8 weeks to 4; it is... that we are not changing the hours or days at the pool operation; that they looked at some fee increases in users of City recreation facilities such as there will probably be an increase the use of the golf course, uses... attendance and participation in sports programs. We've also... the budget includes and the Council has approved charging for out of city residences to use our facilities, for example: right now, all participles are charged the same amount, but kids and participles that are Needles residences have already made a contribution towards the program through their property taxes, and where as someone from Bullhead City (Arizona) has not but they come over here and use our facilities so the council -- the commission recommended and the Council accepted that there be a differential rate so that it will cost Bullhead City (Arizona) residents a little more to use our facilities.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels what kinds of cost the people will see and how much?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Well I don't recall the exactly, but it is the daily use of the boat ramp is not going to change, but for those who buy a season pass, it will go up about $35 / $40 dollars.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if the swimming pool is going to stay open?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Yes it is.” adding, “the aquatic center is going to operate the same hours and days it did last year.”<br /><br /><br />** Regarding the rest of the City of Needles Budget: **<br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels how many positions will be lost?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “The City is having to go through reductions in force. We are implementing the budget; does not include funding for 4 positions that exist in the City today.<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels what are those 4 positions?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “They are 2 positions in the electric department, 1 in the water department, and 1 in public works.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if the lost of those 4 positions will have any effects on services that people will notice?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “It shouldn't be because what we are going to do is we are going to have all 3 of those departments work and share staff, so we will cross train public works to assist electric and assist water, and for water to assist electric and public works, and likewise.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if City of Needles Employees are already multitasking a lot as it is already?<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Well they are, but not in those 3 fields operations; public works, electric, and water.”<br /><br /><br />- ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if the public is going to notice a lots of things not being kept up such as; grass not being seeded as much, watering of grass that much, roads not being repaired and updated, or street lights not being fixed?”<br /><br />Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “No, we should... we should be able to cover everything that was done last year. What we're not going to do is we can no longer or afford to have the grass over seeded around the Civic Center -- so the Bermuda next year will go dormant and they'll come back in the
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NSC NEWS & ANALYSIS CENTER BRIEFING at 12:00 AUGUST 20, 2014<br /><br />Military action in the conflict zone<br /><br />ATO forces continue offensive operations. The battle to liberate Donetsk, Luhansk, Ilovaisk, Krasniy Luch, Shakhtarsk, Torez, Snizhne, Zugres, Horlivka, and Stantsia-Luhanska from Russian mercenaries continues.<br /><br />Ukrainian Armed Forces units continue operations to gain control over Blahodatne in Amvrosiiyvka County and are taking operative measures in Yasynuvata and Zhdanivka. The push to liberate Ilovaisk in Donetsk Oblast continues. At this time, Ukrainian servicemen control the whole city and have already repelled 3 counter-attacks by terrorists using heavy equipment and artillery.<br /><br />Ukrainian military continue to hold the Savur-Mohyla height and Donetsk Airport, and are also preventing the further penetration of illegal armed units and sabotage and reconnaissance groups from Russian territory.<br /><br />Over the last 24 hours, ATO forces exchanged fire with the terrorists 32 times around Krasnohirka, Debaltseve, Ilovaisk, Sabivka, Kuteynikove, Luzhky, Donetskiy, Vesela Hora, Verhunskiy Rozyizd, Stantsia Luhanska, Mayorske, Frunze, Petrivske, and Donetsk Airport.<br /><br />The border area<br /><br />The shelling of Ukrainian units from the Russian territory continues. On August 19 at 11:50, Russians shelled Amvrosiyivka, Donetsk Oblast, from outside the village of Selezniove in Rostov Oblast.<br /><br />Active Russian surveillance along the Azov Sea shoreline continues to be eported. On August 19, the Coast Guard of the State Border Service detected Russian provocations in this area. At 11:30,  3 Mangust cutters of the Russian FSB Coast Guard were spotted near the town of Sedove, moving in the direction of Mariupol. After they were warned about opening fire, the cutters returned to Russian territorial waters.<br /><br />Over the last 24 hours, border patrols have spotted 2 Russian drones in Donetsk Oblast near Sedove and 1 drone in Kherson Oblast, moving in the direction of Chaplinka from the territory of temporary-occupied Crimea.<br /><br />Ukraine’s border patrols and customs officials have not begun to clear the Russian humanitarian cargo as it lacks proper documentation as to the contents of each truck. The Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ukraine has only sent a list of its officials who will accompany the humanitarian cargo across the Ukrainian-Russian border to the State Border Service. Red Cross officials said they hadn't received any security guarantees for the Mission's advance group yet.<br /><br />Population centers in the conflict zone<br /><br />Terrorist continue shelling civilians on the territories under their temporary control. Terrorists have fired Grad MLRSs transferred from Russia at the village of Olenivka, Donetsk Oblast and destroyed several buildings and farming facilities.<br /><br />A similar attack on residential areas and industrial facilities of the city of Makiyivka, Donetsk Oblast, resulted in civilian casualties. In the village of Nyzhnia Krynka, which is under Makiyivka City Council, military action resulted in power being cut off in the Yasynivka-Hlyboka mine and leading to flooding. DNR militants also dug trenches right in the centre of a residential area in Makiyivka. Locals protested against militants using their city as a battlefield.<br /><br />In Donetsk Oblast, terrorists abducted 22 individuals in the last 24 hours. Altogether, 1,026 people have been abducted since April.  So far, only 558 have been released. The fate of the other 468 remains unknown. Rumors that 3 civilians were abducted in Kahrkiv on August 17 have proved unfounded.<br /><br />In Shakhtarsk, terrorists booby-trapped the perimeter of the Viktoria mine and the bypass around Yasynuvata that is used to travel towards Chervonohvardiysk County.<br /><br />Terrorist shelling resulted in damage to the low-pressure gas pipeline in the village of Chornuhyne, Perevalsk County, to a Kyivstar and MTC base station tower in Krasnodonsk County, to a power line to the Luhansk Cogeneration Station (TES) in Shchastia, and buildings on the territory of Antratsitvuhleremont, a coal mining equipment plant.<br /><br />Population centers freed of terrorists<br /><br />The situation in Donetsk Oblast remains difficult. Power and gas networks are being restored. Donetskmiskgaz experts have been repairing a damaged high-pressure gas pipeline in Lenin District. At this time, 19 hi-rise apartment buildings, 425 private homes, and 23 industrial enterprises reain without natural gas supplies in Donetsk. 68 homes cannot be connected to gas supplies because Russian mercenaries have partly or completely damaged apartments and houses. Emergency gas company teams have been working in Petrovsk and Kuybyshevo Counties.<br /><br />On August 19, 5 towns and villages in Donetsk Oblast had their power restored in buildings housing approximately 330,000 residents. 420 power engineers forming150 teams in 136 special vehicles were involved in restoring electricity in Donetsk Oblast. This has been a major repair task since the beginning of military action.<br /><br />Donetskoblenergo has also repaired the Chaykino-Yasynuvata 110 kW power line and the pumping station at the Verkhnio-Kalmiuska water treatment plant, which supplies Donetsk with water. Repair work was done thanks to a “green corridor.”<br /><br />International support<br /><br />US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf condemned the August 18 terrorist attack on a column of refugees attempting to leave the conflict zone in Luhansk Oblast. Harf offered condolences to the victims' families and called on all parties to make efforts to avoid casualties among civilians. She also praised plans to hold a multilateral meeting in Minsk involving the presidents of Ukraine and Russia. At the same time, she emphasized that Moscow had to support its statements on de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine with actions.<br /><br />Some good news re Facebook<br /><br />The NSC earlier notified readers of fake Facebook pages claiming to be from the ATO press center that provided disinformation on the situation in Eastern Ukraine. The original FB page has been officially approved and marked accordingly.<br /><br />Source: National Security Council of Ukraine, www.mediarnbo.org<br /><br />Translated by Aleksandra Demskaya, EMPR<br />Edited by Lidia Wolanskyj, EMPR<br /><br />#Ukraine #NSC #ATO #Russia #Luhansk #Donetsk #russiainvadesukraine #euromaidanpr_en #EMPR 
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Synthetic biology is a relatively young field, begun only about ten years ago. But in that time, we have made some astonishing progress. This is due, in part, to the enormous improvements in our ability to synthesize and sequence DNA. But we’ve also gained a much greater understanding of how the various parts of the genome interact. We now can reliably combine various genetic pieces to produce a range of consumer products, from biofuels to cosmetics.

In medicine, the synthetic biology community is pushing the boundaries by designing microbes that will seek and destroy tumors in the body before self-destructing. Synthetic biology also provides us a way to clean up our environment. We can build organisms to consume toxic chemicals in water or soil that would not otherwise decompose, for example. It can also help us to better understand flu strains and create vaccines. Synthetic biology will even help us feed the world. At MIT, researchers are working to build a process that will allow plants to fix nitrogen. If successful, farmers will no longer require fertilizer for their crops.

That’s not all we’re doing with plants, either. At the Joint BioEnergy Institute in California, scientists have found a way to expand the sugar content of biomass crops to increase their density and decrease the cost of biofuels produced from them. We envision that eventually we will be able to build just about anything from biology. Don’t be surprised if one day your computer has biological parts.

The recently released National Bioeconomy Blueprint notes that the field is already making an important contribution to the U.S.’s technological innovation and will be a key to our shift to a bioeconomy, or economic activity powered by research and innovation in the biosciences.

We still have many challenges to overcome, but we have laid a very strong foundation for the field. We believe that one day we will be able to fully utilize biology’s manufacturing capability. As one of my colleagues, Harvard scientist Pam Silver noted, the field is poised to explode, both in terms of what scientists can accomplish and what the public realizes is possible.

A Significant Advancement
A landmark of synthetic biology will launch this spring. It is an anti-malarial drug made from synthetic chemicals, artemisinin. It’s an important event for those threatened by the disease; each year, malaria kills more than one million people and infects an additional 300–500 million people. That’s over seven percent of the world’s population.

Synthetic biology has learned much from the past.
Artimisinin is not a new treatment for malaria, but our ability to produce the substance in a lab is. Traditionally, the drug is isolated from a plant, Artemisia annua. But by moving production into the lab, we’re liberated from the vicissitudes of the plant’s growth cycle as well as the fluctuations in global supplies and prices. Artemisinin is a milestone in science, too. It represents a watershed moment in particular for the emerging field of synthetic biology.

Managing the Risks
Like many things we do, synthetic biology comes with risks, especially when it comes to safety and security. But consider this: We fly airplanes, we drive cars, we treat cancer with poison— all of these activities could be dangerous, but they also have benefits that far outweigh the risks. We believe this is true of synthetic biology as well. As Laurie Zoloth, a bioethicist at Northwestern University, once said, “Synthetic biology is like iron: You can make sewing needles and you can make spears. Of course, there is going to be dual use.”

Here, I would say that synthetic biology has learned much from the past—at conferences such as Asilomar, we carefully considered how we can pursue our research responsibly. We work closely with regulatory agencies and adhere to our own institutional requirements. In fact, much of our work is with what are called Biosafety Level 1 organisms—the safest organisms known. We also have developed a robust partnership with the FBI to ensure that we are utilizing the best practices for lab security.

In addition to discussing approaches to risk and risk assessment, synthetic biologists are also working hard to minimize potential adverse effects. For example, Silver’s lab is working to create genetic self-destruct traits, termed “auto-delete,” as a way to ensure that genetically modified organisms don’t escape into the environment.

Along with the practical matters of safety and security, there are profound moral and ethical issues involved in our research. Many of us, especially our colleagues at the Hastings Center and the Wilson Center, are grappling with building a framework for all of us to use in our work. There are no easy answers, but I can assure you that we all want our work to benefit the public, solving global challenges, and making sure that we are well-equipped to live in the future bioeconomy...."

http://to.pbs.org/Z0UEAQ">Why Synthetic Biology Is the Field of the Future<br /><br />by<br />Jay Keasling<br /><br />
Synthetic biology is a relatively young field, begun only about ten years ago. But in that time, we have made some astonishing progress. This is due, in part, to the enormous improvements in our ability to synthesize and sequence DNA. But we’ve also gained a much greater understanding of how the various parts of the genome interact. We now can reliably combine various genetic pieces to produce a range of consumer products, from biofuels to cosmetics.

In medicine, the synthetic biology community is pushing the boundaries by designing microbes that will seek and destroy tumors in the body before self-destructing. Synthetic biology also provides us a way to clean up our environment. We can build organisms to consume toxic chemicals in water or soil that would not otherwise decompose, for example. It can also help us to better understand flu strains and create vaccines. Synthetic biology will even help us feed the world. At MIT, researchers are working to build a process that will allow plants to fix nitrogen. If successful, farmers will no longer require fertilizer for their crops.

That’s not all we’re doing with plants, either. At the Joint BioEnergy Institute in California, scientists have found a way to expand the sugar content of biomass crops to increase their density and decrease the cost of biofuels produced from them. We envision that eventually we will be able to build just about anything from biology. Don’t be surprised if one day your computer has biological parts.

The recently released National Bioeconomy Blueprint notes that the field is already making an important contribution to the U.S.’s technological innovation and will be a key to our shift to a bioeconomy, or economic activity powered by research and innovation in the biosciences.

We still have many challenges to overcome, but we have laid a very strong foundation for the field. We believe that one day we will be able to fully utilize biology’s manufacturing capability. As one of my colleagues, Harvard scientist Pam Silver noted, the field is poised to explode, both in terms of what scientists can accomplish and what the public realizes is possible.

A Significant Advancement
A landmark of synthetic biology will launch this spring. It is an anti-malarial drug made from synthetic chemicals, artemisinin. It’s an important event for those threatened by the disease; each year, malaria kills more than one million people and infects an additional 300–500 million people. That’s over seven percent of the world’s population.

Synthetic biology has learned much from the past.
Artimisinin is not a new treatment for malaria, but our ability to produce the substance in a lab is. Traditionally, the drug is isolated from a plant, Artemisia annua. But by moving production into the lab, we’re liberated from the vicissitudes of the plant’s growth cycle as well as the fluctuations in global supplies and prices. Artemisinin is a milestone in science, too. It represents a watershed moment in particular for the emerging field of synthetic biology.

Managing the Risks
Like many things we do, synthetic biology comes with risks, especially when it comes to safety and security. But consider this: We fly airplanes, we drive cars, we treat cancer with poison— all of these activities could be dangerous, but they also have benefits that far outweigh the risks. We believe this is true of synthetic biology as well. As Laurie Zoloth, a bioethicist at Northwestern University, once said, “Synthetic biology is like iron: You can make sewing needles and you can make spears. Of course, there is going to be dual use.”

Here, I would say that synthetic biology has learned much from the past—at conferences such as Asilomar, we carefully considered how we can pursue our research responsibly. We work closely with regulatory agencies and adhere to our own institutional requirements. In fact, much of our work is with what are called Biosafety Level 1 organisms—the safest organisms known. We also have developed a robust partnership with the FBI to ensure that we are utilizing the best practices for lab security.

In addition to discussing approaches to risk and risk assessment, synthetic biologists are also working hard to minimize potential adverse effects. For example, Silver’s lab is working to create genetic self-destruct traits, termed “auto-delete,” as a way to ensure that genetically modified organisms don’t escape into the environment.

Along with the practical matters of safety and security, there are profound moral and ethical issues involved in our research. Many of us, especially our colleagues at the Hastings Center and the Wilson Center, are grappling with building a framework for all of us to use in our work. There are no easy answers, but I can assure you that we all want our work to benefit the public, solving global challenges, and making sure that we are well-equipped to live in the future bioeconomy...."

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Boric Acid Flames<br /><br />The concept of colored Flames<br />You can use a methanol flame and various ionic substances (salts) to make colored flames. All of the flames pictured in this post were produced by me using the methods detailed herein. Most of the substances mentioned below can be obtained inexpensively from ordinary merchants (i.e. no need to visit a chemist).<br />green<br />boric acid (et al.)<br />lavender<br />potassium chloride<br />yellow<br />sodium chloride (et al.)<br />orange<br />calcium chloride<br />red<br />strontium chloride (et al.)<br />You only need between one and 3 mL of methanol for a non-overlarge flame to burn for a couple of minutes. See the snapshot of the vials and pen for an idea of scale.<br />Where to get methanol<br />The only easy means I found for getting small amounts of methanol is buying gas-line anti-freeze. HEET antifreeze can be found at 7-11, AutoZone, O’Reilly Auto Parts, etc. for about $3/bottle. It’s 99% methanol.<br />Green flames<br />For a few dollars, you can get a big box of boric acid at the grocery store, under its commercial name: Borax. Find it with the cleaning supplies. The green flame pictured at the top of this post was produced with Borax. It dissolves/suspends easily in methanol.<br />The problem with the boric acid flame is that when the flame gets very hot, it turns yellow. If you burn your methanol in a container that conducts the heat away, or if you only use a little bit of methanol (so that the flame does not continue too long), this may not be an issue for you.<br />Copper salts, such as cupric chloride, a.k.a. copper II chloride, produce a richer color, and when the flame gets hot, it migrates from green to blue. A cheaper alternative to cupric chloride is copper sulfate, which I found for five dollars a pound at the local feed and supply store (it’s used as an herbicide and an algaecide); however, although copper sulfate is used as a blue pigment in pyrotechnics, I was not able to get a colored flame from it in methanol. (Perhaps a future post will describe how this and other substances can be used in standard pyrotechnics to produce deeper colors.)<br />Lavender flames<br />Potassium is what gives us the lavender flame. You can find potassium chloride in your grocery store, sold as a salt substitute. Check the spice aisle.<br />You can see from the pictures that I got some nice color from the substance, but be warned that I could not get it to dissolve or suspend at all in methanol. Dissolving it in water and putting about one part of the water solution to six parts methanol gave me a bit of effect, but what was most effective was to also pour a pile of the potassium chloride into a container, cover it with methanol, and wait until the flame got quite as hot as it would.<br />Yellow flames<br />The two yellow photographs in this post suggest that I got a really rich yellow or orange flame, but in fact to my eyes, the flames seemed far less intense, not so different from a candle flame. I suppose that the camera’s vision was not true.<br />Sodium gives us the yellow color, and you can use table salt (sodium chloride) or baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), either of which can be obtained from the grocery store.<br />I found this substance much like potassium chloride in that it would hardly dissolve or suspend. Again, I recommend packaging the salt and alcohol separately, then pouring one over the other when it’s time to touch it off.<br />Orange flames<br />Calcium chloride, which a friend on staff at the local community college supplied me, provides a nice orange flame. This was probably a bad example to use because 1) I don’t know how to obtain it commercially, and 2) it is so hygroscopic that I don’t know how to work with it easily — in other words, if you leave the lid off of it, it will suck water from the air until you have a puddle of dissolved calcium chloride in your bottle. And I don’t even live in a very humid area.<br />Red flames<br />Strontium and lithium are used for red pigments. For about $3.50, you can get a tub of strontium carbonate (see previous post); lithium is about six times as expensive.<br />The red flame pictured above was produced with strontium, but strontium carbonate actually wouldn’t give me any color in methanol. I added muriatic acid (available at pool supply stores) to the strontium carbonate to produce strontium chloride, which is what I used in the flame. (Instructions on how to make strontium chloride appear in the previous post.)<br />Strontium chloride dissolves/suspends pretty well in methanol. When the flame is cool, you get a nice magenta color; when the flame gets hot, you get red/red-orange.<br />Tips & tricks<br />Use methanol because it has an invisible flame, which will allow us to see the colors emitted by the salts. — Other flammable substances, like ethanol or naptha, produce enough white light that adding any color to it will not yield an observable result.<br />Your salt pigments are not actually going through a chemical reaction. That means that they don’t get consumed, and you can recover them (or just pour more methanol on them) and use them again.<br />Because methanol is so apolar, it will not dissolve your salts as well as water would. It is necessary in some cases (mentioned below) to add water to your mixture and/or pour ethanol over a small pile of undissolved salt.<br />These chemical-to-color listings may differ from others you’ve seen<br />You can find long lists of chemicals and the colors they produce in pyrotechnics or flame tests. In both pyrotechnics and flame tests, your chemicals absorb more heat than our methanol flames will produce. Consequently, you read here that cupric chloride produces a green flame, but other sites will tell you it is a blue pigment.<br />You can achieve richer colors with higher temperatures, but for the treasure hunt for which my flames were intended, I preferred to avoid high temperatures and the copious amounts of smoke that accompany standard pyrotechnics. The small alcohol flames discussed here are safe for indoor use.
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GMAW (MIG) or FCAW (flux-cored)? If you are like most novice welding operators, you may be confused as to the differences of these two choices. The best answer depends on 3 things. First, what you are welding. Second, where are you welding it. And third, the surface finish of what you are welding. We will help you to decipher between the two processes, then describe advantages and disadvantages of each and wrap up by giving you usage tips. Ultimately, we hope to help you decide on a solution that will give you the best results for your application. The suggestions here are conservative and should be attainable by a beginner. Welding is a skill and an art about 95% can learn to do. Very few baseball players are able to hit over .350 in the majors. Very few welders have the skills to make picture perfect welds. It is critical to have good eye/hand coordination and a steady hand. Arc practice time is the only instructor that will teach you to truly set the machine properly. With basic motor skills, practice and patience, you should attain success at making sound welds.<br />The Definitions<br />Gas Metal-Arc Welding:<br />GMAW popularly known as MIG (Metal Inert Gas) and uses a continuous solid wire electrode for filler metal and an externally supplied gas(typically from a high-pressure cylinder) for shielding. The wire is usually mild steel, typically copper colored because it is electroplated with a thin layer of copper to protect it from rusting, improve electrical conductivity, increase contact tip life and generally improve arc performance. The welder must be setup for DC positive polarity. The shielding gas, which is usually carbon dioxide or mixtures of carbon dioxide and argon, protects the molten metal from reacting with the atmosphere. Shielding gas flows through the gun and cable assembly and out the gun nozzle with the welding wire to shield and protect the molten weld pool. Molten metal is very reactive to oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen from the atmosphere, if exposed to it. The inert gas usually continues to flow for some time after welding to keep protecting the metal as it cools. A slight breeze can blow the shielding away and cause porosity, therefore welding outdoors is usually avoided unless special windscreens are erected.<br />However, if done properly, operator appeal and weld appearance are excellent with MIG and it is most welders’ favorite process to use. Good technique will yield excellent results. The properly made finished weld has no slag and virtually no spatter. A “push” gun angle is normally used to enhance gas coverage and get the best results. If the material you are welding is dirty, rusty, or painted it must be cleaned by grinding until you see shiny bare metal. MIG welding may be used with all of the major commercial metals, including low carbon steel, low alloy steel, and stainless steel and aluminum with potential for excellent success by a novice.<br />Aluminum MIG Welding<br />Welding aluminum requires much more than just changing to aluminum wire. Get comfortable welding steel first. Since aluminum is very soft, it requires aluminum drive rolls that have a U-groove and no teeth to bite or cause wire flaking. Cleanliness of the wire and base metal are critical. Wipe the material with acetone on a clean shop rag. Use stainless steel wire brushes that have only been used on aluminum. Drive roll tension and gun length must be minimized. A Teflon, nylon or similar gun liner is needed to minimize friction in feeding the wire and 100% pure Argon gas is required for shielding. Special contact tips are often recommended. Special gun movement techniques are often highly desirable. It is a challenge, but it can be done.<br />Self-shielded Flux-Cored Arc-Welding process<br />FCAW per the American Welding Society, or flux-cored for short, is different in that it uses a wire which contains materials in its core that, when burned by the heat of the arc, produce shielding gases and fluxing agents to help produce a sound weld, without need for the external shielding gas. We achieve a sound weld, but in a very different way. We have internal shielding instead of external shielding. The shielding is very positive and can endure a strong breeze. The arc is forceful, but has spatter. When finished, the weld is covered with a slag that usually needs to be removed. A “drag” angle for the gun is specified which improves operator visibility. The settings on the wire feeder welder are slightly more critical for this process. Improper technique will have results that are magnified. This type of welding is primarily performed on mild steel applications outdoors. The Innershield® .035″ NR-211-MP is often used for the 115 volt machines and the .045″ Innershield NR-211-MPis typically used in the 230 volt machines. Farmers have found that these products can save a planting or harvest by repairing a broken machine out in the middle of the field in record time.<br />General Usage Rules<br />MIG<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to use a compact 115 volt input (or 230 volt) MIG wire feeder welder indoors on clean new steel that is 24 to 12 gauge thick. 12 gauge is a little less than 1/8″ thick. 24 gauge is less than 1/16″ thick. The smallest wire (.025″) will make it the easiest to weld the thinnest (24 gauge) material. The .030″ diameter wire will weld a little faster deposition rate. If you need to weld 1/8″ to ¼” thick material with MIG, you will need the higher capacity compact machine which will require 230 volt input. The higher amperage range of this machine can better handle your welding needs in a single pass and you may not have to waste time with second or third passes. The 230 volt machine could also run .035″ diameter wire. To MIG weld material more than ¼” thick, you need a higher capacity truly industrial machine. If most of your welding will be performed indoors on clean material that is less than 1/8″ thick, a MIG machine that operates on 115 volts is probably your best bet for economic reasons in that a 230 volt input machine will be more expensive.<br />Flux-Cored<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The flux-cored process is only recommended on materials as thin as 20 gauge, a bit thicker than the 24 gauge we said for MIG. In general, this process is best for welding thicker materials with a single pass, especially if you need to weld outdoors such as to repair a tractor out in the field. A 115 volt flux-cored machine using an electrode such as .035″ Innershield NR-211-MP will generally allow you to weld steel up to ¼”thick. Note that this is more than double the thickness maximum of 12 gauge with MIG on 115 volts. With the proper electrode on a proper machine, such as .045″ Innershield NR-211MP, and a 230 volt input machine, you can weld steel up to 1/2″ thick. Note that Innershield® NR-211-MP requires that the machine be setup for DC negative polarity.<br />Advantages/Disadvantages<br />While there are advantages and disadvantages to both processes, we will try to outline for you some of the most common.<br />MIG<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Advantages<br /><br />The best choice when cosmetic appearance is an issue since it provides lower spatter levels than flux-cored. The arc is soft and less likely to burn through thin material.<br />The lower spatter associated with MIG welding also means no slag to chip off and faster cleaning time.<br />MIG welding is the easiest type of welding to learn and is more forgiving if the operator is somewhat erratic in holding arc length or providing a steady travel speed. Procedure settings are more forgiving.<br />If you are skilled and get specific proper guns, shielding gas, liners, drive rolls, and electrode, MIG can weld a wider range of material including thinner materials and different materials such as stainless, nickel alloys or aluminum.<br /><br />Disadvantages<br /><br />Since a bottle of external shielding gas is required, MIG welding may not be the process of choice if you are looking for something that offers portability and convenience. MIG also requires additional equipment such as a hose, regulator, solenoid (electric valve) in the wire feeder and flowmeter.<br />The welder’s first job is to prepare the surface by removing paint, rust and any surface contamination.<br />MIG has a soft arc which will not properly weld thicker materials (10 gauge would be the maximum thickness that MIG could soundly weld with the 115 volt compact wire feeder welder we are referring to or ¼” with the 230 volt input compact wire feeder welder.) As the thickness of the material (steel) increases, the risk of cold lapping also increases because the heat input needed for good fusion is just not possible with these small machines.<br /><br />Flux-Cored<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Advantages<br /><br />The Self-Shielded electrodes are optimal for outdoor procedures since the flux is built into the wire for positive shielding even in windy conditions. An external shielding gas and additional equipment are not needed, so setting up is simpler, faster and easier.<br />The flux-cored process is most suited for applications with thicker materials as it is less prone to cold lapping.<br /><br />Disadvantages<br /><br />It is not recommended for very thin materials (less
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Local 1249 Insurance Fund**<br />I.U.P.A.T<br />IBEW Local 3 NYC Electrical Division Health & Welfare Fund<br />IBEW Local 613 and Contributing Employers Family Health Plan (Union)<br />IBEW Local No. 640 and Arizona Chapter NECA Health & Welfare Trust Fund<br />IBEW Local Union No. 126 Health and Welfare Fund<br />IBEW Local Union No. 728 Family Healthcare Plan<br />IBEW No.915<br />IH Services**<br />Imperial Wholesale, Inc.<br />Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc.<br />Indiana Area UFCW Union Locals and Retail Food Employers’ Health and Welfare Plan<br />Indiana Teamsters Health Benefits Fund<br />Ingham County<br />Ingles Markets<br />Ingomar Packing Company, LLC<br />Innovative Driver Services Company<br />Integra BMS for Culp, Inc.<br />Integra Healthcare, Inc. (Integrity Home Care)**<br />Integrity Data*<br />Inter-County Hospitalization Plan, Inc.<br />International Brotherhood of Electrical
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Our Service Engineers understand today’s complex systems and are experts in multiple trade disciplines.<br />Our experience shows us that many times the challenges customers have with their central control system can be traced to improper installation of these complex components. Many hours of aggravation and lost opportunities for savings can cause customers to become frustrated with their system. Factory installation solves this problem. The system will be working and delivering the benefits you purchased when you have Rain Bird Services install your system.<br /><br /><br />Now Available: Optimum PRO Service Plan<br /><br />With an Optimum PRO service plan, Rain Bird pump station operators experience increased operational flexibility, save time, better control maintenance costs, and get support from RBSC’s expert team to optimize station performance. 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Get the best performance from your station with our Optimum series service plans.<br /><br />Design Services<br /><br />Our skilled irrigation design specialists will design and select the proper irrigation equipment and supplies, and arrange everything to deliver irrigation water uniformly to the landscape in the proper amounts and at the proper times.<br /><br />Ecossistemas , Arqª. Paisagística e Jardinagem<br />Etiquetas: algarve All aspectos of landscaping or garden services and irrigation át. Algarve and alentejo automatic irrigation system irrigação projectos de rega rega automatica sistemas de rega<br /><br /><br />#Muros de Pedra #Stone Walls<br />O truque de uma Muralha sólida é a sua base, e o sistema de drenagem e o tipo de pedra utilizado como matéria prima<br />Os nossos trabalhos podem ser vistos por todo o Algarve com maior incidência na zona da Quinta do Lago em aldeamentos como todo o Algarve.<br /><br />Muros e Muralhas de Pedra têm uma grande utilidade para aproveitamento e limitação de área.<br />Construídos com Pedra de Lage original da Serra Algarvia, os muros de pedra permitem criar ambientes fantásticos para delinear e aproveitar espaços em jardins, parques e avenidas.<br />São muito utilizados em moradias e aldeamentos, com o objectivo de embelezar, delinear áreas da propriedade e aumentar áreas úteis, assim com:<br />Suporte de Taludes,<br />Decoração de Fachadas,<br />Aproveitamento de Áreas de Terreno,<br />Aumento de Cotas,<br />Construção de Zonas de Lazer,<br />Rock Gardens,<br />e muito mais!<br /><br /><br />A utilização de Relva Artificial para a criação de Relvados Artificiais em jardins tem grandes vantagens:<br />O Jardim mantém um aspecto saudável e tratado todo o ano, mesmo em alturas de seca ou frio extremo (geada)<br />A poupança em água é significativa, uma vez que a relva artificial não necessita de rega, beneficiando assim também o meio ambiente<br />A relva artificial proporciona espaços limpos de lazer para utilização por crianças, sem preocupação de sujidade de lamas ou terras<br />O Relvado Artificial tem garantia de mais de 18 anos contra deterioração das cores.<br />A relva artificial é a solução para criar espaços agradáveis com o mínimo de manutenção.<br />Com centenas de jardins instalados com relvados artificiais, a opinião dos clientes tem sido bastante positiva.<br /><br />O facto de conseguir manter um jardim com aspecto arranjado e limpo todo o ano, sem necessidade de manutenção é uma das razões que leva, cada vez mais, a optar por esta solução para jardim.<br /><br /><br />A forma de manter o seu espaço verde todo o ano, muito utilizado e indicado para:<br /> Zonas e Espaços de Lazer<br /> Campos de Futebol<br /> Canteiros de Plantas<br /> Jardins junto a Piscinas<br /> Entradas de Hotéis<br /> Jardins de Moradias<br /><br />Relva Sintética Desportiva todos os tipos de desporto:<br /> Futebol<br /> Ténis<br /> Golfes<br /> Putty Greens<br /> Campos Desportivos<br /><br />The market for artificial grass is growing quickly. Driven by a combination of better manufacturing techniques combined with an increasing awareness of the longer term environmental and economic benefits. Originally it was limited to large sports clubs but now you are just as likely to see it on your neighbour’s garden.<br />The benefits really fall into 3 distinct groups:-<br />1. Lifestyle and ease of use. There is no doubt at all that in our busy lives time becomes more precious as we seek to juggle all our responsibilities. Mowing the lawn can take 2 to 3 hours out of your week and that is for a normal size garden. Artificial grass needs very little maintenance and can free up a lot of time. It is worth mentioning two distinct types of users who also find it very valuable:-<br />a. Older people who cannot physically mow their lawns.<br />b. Holiday home owners who are not always “on site” to look after their lawns.<br />2. Environmental issues. As our weather grows warmer there will be more pressure on restricting water usage. Hose pipe restrictions can really destroy a natural lawn, but artificial grass will not be affected. Another benefit from artificial grass is that it actively helps the environment. As well as substantially reducing water usage we also get<br />a. No carbon emissions from petrol driven lawn mowers.<br /><br />b. No fertilisers needed.<br /><br />c. Pollution from water run off carrying chemicals into the drains is minimised.<br /><br />3. Special circumstances. It always surprises people to know the varied circumstances when artificial grass can be beneficial. Here is a brief list:<br /><br />a. Dog runs. It can’t be dug up, its easy to clean and keep sterile and there will be no muddy paws. This makes it a favourite at dog kennels.<br />b. Swimming pools. Very useful as ground cover beyond the “splash back” area. No muddy areas to carry dust and dirt into the pool, no ruts from the sun loungers and stays green whatever the weather.<br />c. Roof gardens. If your roof is not strong enough to support a natural turf cover then artificial grass will fill in very nicely. It also means that you don’t need to worry about the grass clippings.<br />d. High wear and tear areas. Very often, especially with children, you can end up with parts of the garden where constant usage will not allow grass to grow properly and bald patches which can turn to mud cause real problems. Carefully laid artificial grass can blend in with surrounding features and help overcome this.<br />e. Event management. We have often seen artificial grass used when there are a going to be a lot of people in the garden. A good example would be if a marquee was planned.<br /><br />Disadvantages of artificial grass.<br />In the American south, with their extreme weather conditions it can sometimes seem a little odd when you get the baked dry yard of one house right next to bright green of a neighbour who has laid artificial grass. Fortunately for the United Kingdom we have not yet had the extreme hot weather of Texas and Arizona!<br />Other disadvantages? Well to be honest there aren’t any. Price wise it can is usually less than paving or other artificial coverings and when you measure the investment over the life of the grass it can in fact work out cheaper than laying and maintaining natural turf.<br />Things you might not know about artificial grass<br />Some artificial grass needs an infill, this is usually sand or rubber crumb. If rubber is used then it has probably come from shredded car tyres! You can also buy artificial grass which doesn’t need an infill.<br />Artificial grass was originally designed for sports pitches and sold under the name of astro turf in the USA. The early versions were not very successful but more recent changes have resulted in artificial grass being adopted by very large sports clubs. In particular for their training pitches as the annual hours of pitch usage can be increased substantially.<br />You can now buy artificial grass cut like carpet tiles. This is often seen with coloured grass, for instance terracotta tiles. This allows you to have designer coloured pathways and

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Ecossistemas , Arqª. Paisagística e Jardinagem<br />Etiquetas: Garten Design Gartendesign Gartengestaltung Gartenplanung Landschaftsarchitektur Landschaftsplanung Pflanzenschutz Schädlingsbekämpfung<br /><br /><br /><br />Rustic walls to gardens / garden walls /rock gardens<br />Irrigation Services<br /><br /><br />We offer a host of onsite services that provide the necessary information to best manage your system. These services include onsite inventory, data collection, database programming, assessments, audits and surveys.<br />Data Collection Provides Comprehensive Reporting<br /><br />Rain Bird Services Data Collection service provides comprehensive reporting of system performance parameters that are required to fully program your site’s Central Control System, whether it be a Rain Bird system or one from another manufacturer.<br />When you choose our Data Collection service, Rain Bird Services will:<br />Review as-built irrigation drawings<br />Perform a site walk and system performance assessment run-through<br />Perform a detailed review of irrigation equipment on a zone-by-zone basis from drawings and system performance assessments<br />Provide a written reporting of zone data, which includes an overall description of<br />sprinkler models, head spacing, nozzle type, operating pressure, estimated uniformity, crop type and the crop co-efficient<br />Provide written reporting of site level data by Cluster Control Units (CCU), which includes soil type and average root depth<br />Provide written reporting of hydraulic data, which includes Point of Connection (POC) size, static pressure, pump station capacity and boost and mainline size for each flow zone<br />Installation Services<br /><br />Proper installation is critical in ensuring the maximum service life from your irrigation control system and the health of your landscape. Our Service Engineers understand today’s complex systems and are experts in multiple trade disciplines.<br />Our experience shows us that many times the challenges customers have with their central control system can be traced to improper installation of these complex components. Many hours of aggravation and lost opportunities for savings can cause customers to become frustrated with their system. Factory installation solves this problem. The system will be working and delivering the benefits you purchased when you have Rain Bird Services install your system.<br /><br /><br />Now Available: Optimum PRO Service Plan<br /><br />With an Optimum PRO service plan, Rain Bird pump station operators experience increased operational flexibility, save time, better control maintenance costs, and get support from RBSC’s expert team to optimize station performance. As a powerful remote problem diagnostic, resolution, management, and monitoring service with all of the preventative maintenance and discount savings benefits of our Optimum PM plan, station operators now have a new way to manage their Rain Bird pump stations.<br />Our innovative approach to remote management allows operators to utilize our service team for everything from remote problem resolution to preventative monitoring, programming updates and more!<br /><br /><br />Optimum Plans for Your Rain Bird Pump Station<br /><br />Our Optimum PM and Optimum PRO service plans help you save money and time, protect your pump station, and maximize station up-time. Get the best performance from your station with our Optimum series service plans.<br /><br />Design Services<br /><br />Our skilled irrigation design specialists will design and select the proper irrigation equipment and supplies, and arrange everything to deliver irrigation water uniformly to the landscape in the proper amounts and at the proper times.<br /><br />Ecossistemas , Arqª. Paisagística e Jardinagem<br />Etiquetas: algarve All aspectos of landscaping or garden services and irrigation át. Algarve and alentejo automatic irrigation system irrigação projectos de rega rega automatica sistemas de rega<br /><br /><br />#Muros de Pedra #Stone Walls<br />O truque de uma Muralha sólida é a sua base, e o sistema de drenagem e o tipo de pedra utilizado como matéria prima<br />Os nossos trabalhos podem ser vistos por todo o Algarve com maior incidência na zona da Quinta do Lago em aldeamentos como todo o Algarve.<br /><br />Muros e Muralhas de Pedra têm uma grande utilidade para aproveitamento e limitação de área.<br />Construídos com Pedra de Lage original da Serra Algarvia, os muros de pedra permitem criar ambientes fantásticos para delinear e aproveitar espaços em jardins, parques e avenidas.<br />São muito utilizados em moradias e aldeamentos, com o objectivo de embelezar, delinear áreas da propriedade e aumentar áreas úteis, assim com:<br />Suporte de Taludes,<br />Decoração de Fachadas,<br />Aproveitamento de Áreas de Terreno,<br />Aumento de Cotas,<br />Construção de Zonas de Lazer,<br />Rock Gardens,<br />e muito mais!<br /><br /><br />A utilização de Relva Artificial para a criação de Relvados Artificiais em jardins tem grandes vantagens:<br />O Jardim mantém um aspecto saudável e tratado todo o ano, mesmo em alturas de seca ou frio extremo (geada)<br />A poupança em água é significativa, uma vez que a relva artificial não necessita de rega, beneficiando assim também o meio ambiente<br />A relva artificial proporciona espaços limpos de lazer para utilização por crianças, sem preocupação de sujidade de lamas ou terras<br />O Relvado Artificial tem garantia de mais de 18 anos contra deterioração das cores.<br />A relva artificial é a solução para criar espaços agradáveis com o mínimo de manutenção.<br />Com centenas de jardins instalados com relvados artificiais, a opinião dos clientes tem sido bastante positiva.<br /><br />O facto de conseguir manter um jardim com aspecto arranjado e limpo todo o ano, sem necessidade de manutenção é uma das razões que leva, cada vez mais, a optar por esta solução para jardim.<br /><br /><br />A forma de manter o seu espaço verde todo o ano, muito utilizado e indicado para:<br /> Zonas e Espaços de Lazer<br /> Campos de Futebol<br /> Canteiros de Plantas<br /> Jardins junto a Piscinas<br /> Entradas de Hotéis<br /> Jardins de Moradias<br /><br />Relva Sintética Desportiva todos os tipos de desporto:<br /> Futebol<br /> Ténis<br /> Golfes<br /> Putty Greens<br /> Campos Desportivos<br /><br />The market for artificial grass is growing quickly. Driven by a combination of better manufacturing techniques combined with an increasing awareness of the longer term environmental and economic benefits. Originally it was limited to large sports clubs but now you are just as likely to see it on your neighbour’s garden.<br />The benefits really fall into 3 distinct groups:-<br />1. Lifestyle and ease of use. There is no doubt at all that in our busy lives time becomes more precious as we seek to juggle all our responsibilities. Mowing the lawn can take 2 to 3 hours out of your week and that is for a normal size garden. Artificial grass needs very little maintenance and can free up a lot of time. It is worth mentioning two distinct types of users who also find it very valuable:-<br />a. Older people who cannot physically mow their lawns.<br />b. Holiday home owners who are not always “on site” to look after their lawns.<br />2. Environmental issues. As our weather grows warmer there will be more pressure on restricting water usage. Hose pipe restrictions can really destroy a natural lawn, but artificial grass will not be affected. Another benefit from artificial grass is that it actively helps the environment. As well as substantially reducing water usage we also get<br />a. No carbon emissions from petrol driven lawn mowers.<br /><br />b. No fertilisers needed.<br /><br />c. Pollution from water run off carrying chemicals into the drains is minimised.<br /><br />3. Special circumstances. It always surprises people to know the varied circumstances when artificial grass can be beneficial. Here is a brief list:<br /><br />a. Dog runs. It can’t be dug up, its easy to clean and keep sterile and there will be no muddy paws. This makes it a favourite at dog kennels.<br />b. Swimming pools. Very useful as ground cover beyond the “splash back” area. No muddy areas to carry dust and dirt into the pool, no ruts from the sun loungers and stays green whatever the weather.<br />c. Roof gardens. If your roof is not strong enough to support a natural turf cover then artificial grass will fill in very nicely. It also means that you don’t need to worry about the grass clippings.<br />d. High wear and tear areas. Very often, especially with children, you can end up with parts of the garden where constant usage will not allow grass to grow properly and bald patches which can turn to mud cause real problems. Carefully laid artificial grass can blend in with surrounding features and help overcome this.<br />e. Event management. We have often seen artificial grass used when there are a going to be a lot of people in the garden. A good example would be if a marquee was planned.<br /><br />Disadvantages of artificial grass.<br />In the American south, with their extreme weather conditions it can sometimes seem a little odd when you get the baked dry yard of one house right next to bright green of a neighbour who has laid artificial grass. Fortunately for the United Kingdom we have not yet had the extreme hot weather of Texas and Arizona!<br />Other disadvantages? Well to be honest there aren’t any. Price wise it can is usually less than paving or other artificial coverings and when you measure the investment over the life of the grass it can in fact work out cheaper than laying and maintaining natural turf.<br />Things you might not know about artificial grass<br />Some artificial grass needs an infill, this is usually sand or rubber crumb. If rubber is used then it has probably come from shredded car tyres! You can also buy artificial grass which doesn’t need an infill.<br />Artificial grass was originally designed for sports pitches and sold under the name of astro turf in the USA. The early versions were not very successful but more recent changes have resulted in artificial grass being adopted by very large sports clubs. In particular for their training pitches as the annual hours of pitch usage can be increased substantially.<br />You can now buy artificial grass cut like carpet tiles. This is often seen with coloured grass, for instance terracotta tiles. This allows you to have designer coloured pathways and

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As Havana Celebrates Historic Shift, Economic and Political Hopes Rise. The Cuban economy has a long list of ailments, including a shortage of cash, brain drain, anemic foreign investment and a scarcity of food production, with nearly 80 percent of its food imported, said Ted Henken, a professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College in New York.<br /><br />
HAVANA — They crowded around old, battered televisions in Havana and erupted in tears and applause at a spectacle they could scarcely imagine, let alone believe: President Raúl Castro, followed by President Obama, heralding a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States. http://nyti.ms/1uTS7Z4

But for Armando Gutiérrez, who operates a small inn in Havana, what it really comes down to is beds. He needs better ones, and the usual scramble to find them and other supplies often comes up empty.

Now, Mr. Gutiérrez hopes the salvation of his business is at hand.

"It will be step by step for sure, but we are super happy, all of us without words really to express this history," Mr. Gutiérrez said by phone — a phone he plans to replace with a better one if the United States makes good on its pledge to send more telecommunications equipment.

As politically charged as Mr. Obama's new stance may be in the United States, the sweeping changes he outlined on Wednesday will have a much more profound impact on Cuba — where isolation by the United States has fundamentally shaped the island's economy, its politics and even its sense of national identity.

For decades, the American embargo of Cuba has been the political sword and shield of the Castros, held responsible for stifling their nation's development, depriving their people of the most basic needs, and justifying their tight control over all aspects of society.

Now their powerful rival is promising significant expansions in travel, exports and remittances to Cuba, the biggest erosion of the embargo since it was imposed more than 50 years ago.

Experts say it will bring a flood of new money to the island, potentially injecting new life into the economy and, coupled with restored diplomatic ties, transforming relations between the two countries in ways not seen since a bearded rebel named Fidel came down from the Cuban mountains.

"This changes it all," Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban diplomat who is close to the Castros, said from the island.

The question is whether the increased exchange will simply prop up Cuba's moribund economy and government, or breed truly democratic change on the island, something current American policy has not achieved.

"For Cuba, this is an opportunity to speed up the processes of economic reform, political liberalization and openness," said Arturo Lopez-Levy, a former Cuban intelligence analyst now at New York University.

Others were more skeptical, having seen previous thaws that did not produce dramatic change. They noted the 1996 American law known as Helms-Burton that prevents widespread commerce, and questioned Cuba's willingness to open up as well.

"The regime will do everything in its power to have maximum control over foreign investment, forms of employment, high taxes, which have always been a great obstacle for economic and social development," said José Daniel Ferrer, who coordinates dissident groups in Cuba. "Most of these resources will still be used to maintain a repressive apparatus."

For many Cubans living through the incremental steps toward private enterprise that Mr. Castro set in motion, the changes announced by Washington and Havana are welcomed as much for their practical worth as for the historic sea change between governments.

The Cuban economy is wobbly, and it may only worsen as its chief patron, Venezuela, slides further into economic and political difficulties. Cuba's economy grew only 1.4 percent this year, by the government's own generally rosy statistics, despite significant changes, including allowing the buying and selling of property and cars.

More than 300,000 people have gone into business, and private farming has grown. The government recently said it would convert state-owned restaurants into private cooperatives, and it announced a plan last year to do away with a dual currency system that makes tourism and other goods expensive.

The hope among Cubans is that the new easing of tension with the United States will accelerate the halting steps toward a market economy, while still maintaining the social ideals of free education and health care embedded in what Mr. Castro described on Wednesday as a "prosperous and sustainable socialism."

But in order for the changes Mr. Obama envisions to work, Cuba will have to loosen up in significant ways. The island's vows to allow more private enterprise and foreign investment have been far more limited than many Cuban and international entrepreneurs have hoped for, with many saying it is almost impossible for them to participate.

"We have incredible problems," said Nidialys Acosta, who set up a classic car services business with about 20 associates. "We have to jump through so many hoops."

The survival of her business depends on two American exports: spare parts for her cars and visitors to ride in them. From now on, she hopes that both will be easier to come by. "I am jumping up and down for joy," said Ms. Acosta from her home in El Cerro, a Havana neighborhood. "This is my Christmas gift."

But while the Cuban government has called the expansion of private enterprise essential to reducing the inflated public sector that is burdening the economy, it does not recognize Ms. Acosta's business or many others. Getting parts like headlamps, mirrors and tires for a 1959 Chevrolet Impala and paying for them is extremely difficult and expensive because they cannot be ordered from the United States, but have to be brought in person by people traveling between Miami and Cuba, she said. Doing financial transactions in Cuba is difficult, she said, because her business does not officially exist.

"The regulations make it almost impossible to thrive," she said, adding that the government needed "to be more flexible."

Mr. Obama's potential willingness to remove Cuba from the State Department list of states that sponsor terrorism could have a big impact, according to Phil Peters, director of the Cuba Research Center in Alexandria, Va. He said the designation has severely complicated Cuba's ability to do business with international banks, and Mr. Obama said Wednesday that the designation would be reviewed.

"It dramatically raises the cost of doing business" for Cuba, Mr. Peters said. "When Cuba does business internationally, they have to use banks and payment channels that have nothing to do with the United States."

The Cuban economy has a long list of ailments, including a shortage of cash, brain drain, anemic foreign investment and a scarcity of food production, with nearly 80 percent of its food imported, said Ted Henken, a professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College in New York.

"Without the U.S. to blame," he said, "the shortcomings of the Cuban government will be much more transparent. The Cuban government will no longer be able to blame the United States for the obstacles that entrepreneurs face. The government will have to be able to explain why it's so hard to get a loan from a bank, get a cellphone, get access to broadband."

"That's going to be revealed for what it is," he added. "This thing is going to cause rising expectations both outside and inside of Cuba."

Many Cuban entrepreneurs said they welcomed the change, regardless of the bumps ahead. Niuris Higueras Martínez, founder and owner of popular Atelier, one of the private restaurants known as paladars, said "this news will bring what we need the most, market stability, affordable goods."

The ability of Americans to use credit cards and debit cards — a specific point Mr. Obama made on Wednesday — would be a big boost, she said, though it would require some adjustment in a country where cash is king.

"All small-business owners like myself would need to learn a banking and credit culture that does not exist yet," she said. "We will evolve, little by little. I don't expect all of this to happen quickly, but we are definitely all ready to integrate ourselves in a new market economy."

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