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Ways to Stay Alert For New and Experienced Truck Drivers

Ways to Stay Alert For New and Experienced Truck Drivers

After the government passed a bill allowing truck drivers to drive for longer hours (eleven hours replaced the original ten hours) truck drivers may need an extra boost to stay alert during the extra time.

Typically, candy, caffeine soda, coffee, and Red Bull are popular ways to keep drivers awake while on the road. But a new product may soon take their place-caffeinated sunflower seeds!

Caffeinated sunflower seeds are infused with caffeine and other energy boosters including taurine, lysine, and ginseng (ingredients typically found in energy drinks too). The seeds are called Sumseeds and are being sold in Sioux Falls, and coming to Minneapolis and Southeast states soon. They were developed by Dakota Valley Products, Inc. Of South Dakota.

What makes these seeds better than the other caffeine alternatives? A spokesman for the National Sunflower Association said the aim of the product was to achieve a "sustained energy boost" because you can not down sunflower seeds as fast as drinking coffee or a sugary energy drink. These seeds are one alternative to stay wake on the road.

With deadlines for truck drivers, there are few things to consider for a comfortable and safe journey when fatigue starts to set in.

O Take time to move around on stops, walk around, and even lie down if available.

O Wear comfortable clothing to prevent some health problems and poor blood circulation.

O Pay attention to the truck's interior design and adjust the steering wheel and seat for maximum comfort, which can help prevent leg cramps and other components that may restrict your movements.

O Know when you're tired. Be aware of your fatigue and take time to take a break so you get to your destination healthy and safe, not only for your own needs but for other drivers on the roads as well.

While these measures will only help for the short-term, be sure to get plenty of sleep between shifts. Since there is a growing number of available truck driving jobs the increased driving time allowed is a way to bridge the gap, as well as ensuring faster delivery of products. For experienced and potential truck drivers, stay safe in your travels. …

Moving – Packing Tips for Large, Small and Awkward Items

Moving – Packing Tips for Large, Small and Awkward Items

Most movers are so happy to finally arrive in their new home that they are able to overlook chipped dinner plates or a scratch on the dining room table. But there's no reason your household goods should become casualties of the move. With a little care and planning your household goods will both arrive in mint condition.

Following are packing tips to consider when packing large items, packing small items and packing awkward items.

Packing Large Items:

  • Tie bed frames together with tape or rope then label the pieces so they are easy to reassemble.
  • Fill drawers with clothes or fragile, well-wrapped items. Cover them with a blanket or with furniture pads and rope securely.
  • Remove table legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape them underneath the tabletop.
  • Empty, defrost and drain the refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher. Clean the interiors and put accessories in bags. Stuff towels between washer sides to prevent rotating and tape down any moveable parts. Cover with blankets and tie.
  • Use the original packaging for computers, televisions and electronics, or buy electronic-specific boxes.

Packing Small Items:

  • Put your microwave, VCR and other small appliances into boxes and cushion with wadded paper.
  • Pack books flat in small cartons, alternating bindings. Try to keep each box under 30 lbs.
  • Pack hanging items, such as clothing and drapes, in wardrobe boxes. Leave small items in drawers.
  • Wrap fragile collectibles in bubble wrap and tape them securely.
  • Pack CD's upright and cushion with them newspaper.
  • Stack pots and pans and cushion with them paper.
  • Place any kitchen items you will need immediately in a separate box and label appropriately so you know which one to unpack first.
  • Wrap dishes individually in bubble wrap and never stack them flat. Pack plates on saucers on edges and place cups and bowls around them.

Packing Awkward Items:

  • Wrap chair arms and legs with bubble wrap. Place slipcovers on chairs or buy chair bags for protection.
  • Loosen the handlebars from bicycles and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep grease off other items.
  • Wrap small items, such as mirrors and artwork, in newsprint and pack in mirror boxes. Cover larger pieces with cardboard, tape them securely and stand them along the sides of the truck or inside wardrobes boxes.
  • Disassemble heavy lawn furniture. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tie together.
  • Roll up rugs and secure with rope or tape.
  • Place plants in plastic bags with air holes then in boxes. Water them before you leave.
  • Wrap sharp edges of tools and use plenty of cushioning to prevent injury. Tape long-handled tools together and place smaller ones in boxes.
  • Empty gasoline from all tanks of lawnmowers and edgers and check for oil leaks.
  • Use medium-sized boxes for garage and attic items, such as spray paints, brushes and car waxes. Throw away oily rags or anything combustible.
  • Keep pets in a pet carrier up front with you. Ask your vet for suggestions on how
A Fun Place to Visit Is Spokane’s Manito

A Fun Place to Visit Is Spokane’s Manito

Residents say, “If you like gardens, flowers and plants, don’t miss Manito Park and Botanical Gardens” and they will also tell you, Manito Park has a feel and spirit all of its own. The name “Manito” in fact means “Spirit of Nature” in the Algonquian Indian language, so it is not surprising this lovely recreational park and gardens make for a great place to visit in Washington’s charming city of Spokane.

With five immaculate gardens, a conservatory, sparkling duck pond and much more Manito Park is Spokane’s garden showplace. Besides Duncan Garden, planted in a European Renaissance style, the grounds include a perfumed scented Lilac Garden, the flower that makes Spokane the “Lilac City”; a perennial garden; a classic Japanese style garden; Rose Hill, an old-fashioned rose garden with bushes representing more than 150 varieties and an All American Rose Selections test garden.

The three-acre symmetrically formal Duncan Garden is considered by many the centerpiece of the park. Duncan Garden houses a large granite fountain that was added in 1913 and a gazebo built and dedicated in 2004 to honor the park’s centennial (1904-2004) year. Both the fountain and gazebo in Duncan Garden are situated beside walking paths offering cultivated calm and charm.

Gaiser Conservatory is filled to overflowing with beautiful tropical plants and flowering displays, as well as cacti and seasonal flowers throughout the year. Some of the park’s visitors enjoy sitting quietly and feeding the ducks. The Duck Pond is located at the Northern end of the park and is home to ducks, swans and Geese. Another popular park activity is bird watching.

Spokane enjoys a claim of being a city that loves its parks and its residents visit them often to be part of the close to nature lifestyle the parks grant. Manito is one of the few botanical gardens in the nation offering such varied flower displays. It is among the Inland Northwest most visited parks, not just for its lovely gardens, but also for its walking and biking paths. The park is soothing, tranquil and infinitely distinct.

Originally named, “Montrose Park,” Manito Park was officially deeded to the city of Spokane in the spring of 1904. The gift’s unveiling came with a number of specific conditions, the most important being that the park “must be forever used for the sole purpose as a public park.”

Much of the park that is not planted as garden is left wild, with trails for bicycling and hiking. In any season, the recreational area presents breathing space from the hectic world beyond. During the winter, the grassy hills of Manito are popular destinations for sledding.

Attracting more than 150,000 visitors each year, Manito Park and Botanical Gardens covers some 90-acres of meticulously manicured lawns, picturesque gardens, topiary shrubs, greenhouse conservatory and walking paths and those who come more often than not discover their lives enriched by the park’s beauty and natural attractions.

Manito Park is open year round and there is no admission fee to either the gardens or …

Air Pollution In California

Air Pollution In California

Just the other day, I experienced the nauseating sensation of driving down a pass into the air pollution in Los Angeles. We need clean air to be healthy, but these air pollution facts make me ill.

Air Pollution Facts

There are many different types of pollution that affect our environment. The Earth's waters are affected by pollutants such as chemicals and medical waste, and the land itself is also polluted with garbage and even more types of chemicals. Some of the worst pollution that affects us daily, however, is air pollution. Here are some air pollution thoughts that should make you hack, cough and start wearing a filter mask.

Air pollution is a general term that is used to describe any chemical, biological or other matter that causes changes in the atmosphere. A good example is the pollution caused by large cities, which is also known as smog. Smog is the accumulation of all the dirt and chemical pollutants produced by a city or area, and it can be detrimental to our lungs, other animals, plants and even the ozone layer high above us.

The particularly nasty thing about air pollution is the silent, unseen impact it has on us. Whereas we can see and taste water pollution, air pollution is much less obvious. It is, however, still deadly. For instance, everyone knows smoking is bad for you and will ruin your lungs. Yet, not a single person either seems to know or care that among air pollution facts, one of the ugliest is as follows. If you drive in rush hour traffic in Los Angeles with your window rolled down, the harm to your lungs per hour is equal to smoking two PACKS of cigarettes. TWO PACKS!

Holes in the ozone layer, which is a layer in the upper atmosphere, allow more harmful UVB (ultraviolet B) light to reach us from the sun. This light can cause skin cancer as well as sun burns and less ailments. There are other causes for the holes in this layer besides just smog, and these include carbon dioxide released from burning fossil fuels and even the exhaling of farm animals. While we would consider most of the harm done to the atmosphere to be caused by chemicals, air pollution facts tell us that even animals have a hand in creating air pollution.

So, what can we do to stop air pollution? While there is no way to completely get rid of pollutants that harm our air quality and ozone layer, we can help to eliminate man made causes of atmospheric distress. Cutting down on the use of fossil fuels, using non-chemical based cleaners, and generally thinking "green" can all help to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce. A fundamental solution is to get off fossil fuels for our cars and the hybrid vehicles are a good start. If the mythical hydrogen vehicle ever comes to be, the reduction of air pollution in major cities will be astounding.

While there is …

Traditional Dances Of Kenya

Traditional Dances Of Kenya

The traditional dances of Kenya are some of the most diverse and popular in Africa. The various types of folk music are based on different ethnic groups that are found in the country. The culture, language, dance and music of every tribe is different from each other. The drum is the most popular musical instrument used in many dances performed around the country. Other famous instruments include; bells, horns, guitar, flutes and whistles.

The music and dance is from the rich culture of Kenya and it can be categorized into folk, traditional and international. Isikuti, a Luhya name for drum is the traditional dance for the Luhya people in Western Kenya. Paired men and women sway to the rhythm of the drums, bells, whistles and horns in their dance style.

The Masai communities have structured dances performed in different occasions. For example, the Masai Jumping Dance which is also called “Adamu” in the Masai language is a dance performed by Masai warriors. They show their strength and stamina by leaping into the air one after the other as the rest of the warriors stand in a circle while they sing. The Masai community do not use any musical instruments when performing their folk songs. Instead, women wear bells and rattles which create jiggling sound as they sing.

Both the Kamba and Chuka people are famous for their acrobatic style of dancing. They have a unique drumming style in which a long drum leans forward between the thighs. Taarab is another for of traditional music in Mombasa. It consists of African and Arabian influence. In this dance style, men, women and the Youth dance in a rhythmic way as they sing poems in Swahili. The people of Mombasa have a unique way of dressing and majority of the people talk in Swahili. Today, Taarab is still popular in the coastal region.

Traditional dance of Kenya has become more modern due to the western and foreign influence. The guitar is the most famous instrument used in the international music. Many modern forms of music have evolved such as reggae, hip-hop, jazz, rap, Afro-Fusion and the Congolese pop. All the modern form of music is very popular to the Kenyan youth especially in urban cities. Some famous modern musicians include Mighty King Kong, Eric Wainaina and Maji Maji. The spread of Christianity in Kenya has also given birth to another form of dance called gospel music, which have spread throughout all the churches.…

7 Massage Marketing Tips

7 Massage Marketing Tips

The following are 7 ways to grow and improve your therapy business. Some of these methods are extremely simple but can give you powerful results.

1. Send a thank-you postcard or email to your customer. People love thank yous and you will get more repeat visits and referrals.

2. After the session ask your client if they would like to book another session. This is a simple and effective way to boost your sales.

3. Offer gift-certificates – You could do a 'buy 1 get 50% off'. Even though you will make slightly less per session, some people will give certificates to their friends and they may become long-term customers. Also, not everyone will redeem their certificates.

4. Tell your customers that you are wanting to get more clients and if they refer 3 people to you, you will give them a free session.

5. Have a quality looking website that gives information about your service and has nice-looking pictures so that your potential clients will feel more comfortable about coming to see you. Put your website url on your business cards, brochures, gift-certificates, bumper sticker on your car, your signs, anywhere you can!

6. Keep a database of your best customers and send them a birthday card on their birthdays and a holiday card for Christmas. You may want to offer a coupon for a discount inside the card.

7. Give away a freebie to your customers that has your name and website address on it. Some great freebies are: fridge magnets, coffee cups, water bottles, stickers, key chains, reusable grocery bags.

By following these 7 tips you can dramatically increase your business. Remember that it's all about building quality relationships, show people that you care. It's important to go 'the extra mile', you'll separate yourself from your competition and people will notice. Start implementing one or more of these marketing techniques today and watch your business grow. …

Wedding Shoes to Kill Your Blues

Wedding Shoes to Kill Your Blues

Oxford street seemed to get longer and hotter every time Jesse exited another shop. This time, outside John Lewis she leant against the doorway and gazed into the distance. Surely she was not running out of shops? She sighed and prepared herself to start the hunt again. Dizziness stopped her in her tracks and she realized that she must rest for a while. Why had she left this late in the day? Why had she stubbornly refused her mother's offers of help to organize the wedding when she would have given her more time to put together her own outfit and would probably have healed the gulf in their relationship?

Jesse walked straight back into the store she had just left because at least there she knew where the coffee shop was. She also knew she had only a matter of hours before the shops closed and her hunt for wedding shoes would be over. Tomorrow she would walk into the office office in shoes that are too clumpy for that lovely lace blouse that grandma had given her years ago. She had only to replace a missing button to have the sweetest top and then she had actually made the silk skirt herself but the wedding shoes were driving her mad; None of them seemed right.

She was almost weeping with frustration when a gentle voice said 'may I sit here? I just can not shop for as long as I used to. Thank goodness this lovely restaurant is still here. ' She paused and then continued. 'But hark at me babbling on. My names Mrs Whooton, or Mary, 'she added with a smile. Jesse looked up without enthusiasm, she had no time to chat but as she was too tired to move anyway she told her her name. Mary reached for Jesse's hand and squeezed it gently. 'It sometimes helps to share a trouble.' Jesse looked amazed. 'Oh, it's written all over your face my dear. Tell an old lady and you might be surprised by what she knows. '

Jesse looked at the woman's softly round, powdered face, gray hair escaping in small whisps from a shapeless brown hat; Then she saw the large clock hands just touching the four and a moment's panic made her sob out loud. 'Come on my dear,' Mary said encouragingly. 'Tell me what's troubling you.' Jesse was surprised by how quickly the story spilled out of her mouth, even including her problems with speaking to her mother and of course finishing with the story of the wedding shoes.

'Your granny's blouse was Victorian then?' She asked curiously. Jesse nodded. 'Then I do not suppose you know of a small boutique in Jordan street do you? It's sort of overshadowed by the new shops but it specializes in Victorian costumes. There might be something there that would suit. ' Jesse's eyes widened with hope. 'Where's Jordan Street?' She gathered herself together and thanked Mary. 'Oh I just hope they can help you, …

Internet Marketing At Its Best

Internet Marketing At Its Best

With the continued growth of the computer age, there is a whole new way of marketing a business. Especially for businesses who perform most of their transactions online. When reaching for online customers, internet marketing becomes the main target for your marketing efforts as it will attract the customers in your demographic – online users.

There are two distinct styles for online marketing, one is business marketing, the other is website marketing. With web site marketing the goal is to have people searching for particular services or products find your web site while conducting an online search through the major search engines. There are many facets involved in web site marketing and once a business is able to get them all clicking together, there is a good chance they will experience a major influx of new visitors to their web site.

One the other side are businesses that heavily promote their availability aimed at the internet users more so than the search engines. Buying internet advertisements, sending out emails and other promotional marketing materials that are designed to bring visitors to their online web sites, are just a few of the online marketing strategies being used today.

One of the things to remember with online marketing is to consider your home page as a billboard along the side of the road. If there is little traffic along the road, there will be a few people who will see your billboard so your efforts should be focused on getting people on the right road. Looking at it from another perspective, there may be over a thousand people selling a certain brand of personal care items and they all have a web site, many provided free when they signed up and they all look alike and have the same enhancements.

If a person searches for the brand by name, there is no telling which web site is going to pop up in the search results. If you own one of these thousands of sites, specific marketing will need to be done to guide that potential traffic to the site you own. To do this you can use pay-per-click advertising that you pay for based on the number of visitors who click through to your site.

Affiliate marketing is also a popular method of bringing visitors to your site. As a business, you agree to pay a certain percentage or dollar amount of a sale to another site, an affiliate, who drives the traffic to you. Essentially, you are winning free advertising and only pay for it if your site makes a sale. While some link exchange programs have been successful in the past, having thousands of unrelated links to your site may turn search engines against you and lose your information from their engines and as a result from their results pages. …

Plastic And BioFlex Tongue Rings Provide New Options

Plastic And BioFlex Tongue Rings Provide New Options

Looking for ways to change up your style? Why not try a new kind of tongue ring? If you have this unique piercing, make it even more unique by trying the next big thing in body jewelry. Plastic tongue rings are becoming more popular lately as more people are getting their tongues pierced.

Ever since the rumor mill began about metal rings causing dental damage, folks have become scared of getting the piercings. That’s when plastic barbells started to become more common. Some people have had trouble with their teeth chipping from accidentally biting down on metal rings. After going through painful experiences like that, many have decided to make the switch to plastic tongue rings. Not everyone agrees with these accessories- there are both pros and cons to these items.

Beginning with the benefits, plastic rings are much better on your teeth. Those who have had trouble cracking or chipping their teeth on metal barbell rings have noticed great differences when switching to plastic. They have also said that the plastic rings are more comfortable in their mouths due to the fact that plastic is flexible unlike steel. Another great thing about plastic tongue rings versus steel rings is t the plastic rings can come in clear, transparent colors. This could help you when looking for a job by making the ring harder to see. In the long run, employers will be looking for those who look professional so the clear ring could give you a better chance at employment than a metal ring would.

For every pro there is a con, however. One of the major complaints from wearers of this jewelry is the irritation that the plastic can cause after wearing the piercing for a while. After so long of being in your tongue, the ring can start to bend and irritate the skin of your tongue. You also need to change the plastic tongue rings more often than steel rings. You must change the plastic ring every couple weeks to be sure that the thread won’t strip and the ball won’t fall off. If you are a person who is always busy, plastic rings could come as too much of a time consuming issue for you.

In many ways these new items are good for you. But they can also be bad if you don’t take proper care of them. Plastic tongue rings are seen every day as miracle workers for some while, for others, they are just as much of a nuisance as steel piercings. The one good thing is that with the plastic rings, there are no serious risks like there are with steel rings. The highest risk is irritation of the skin on your tongue that could lead to discomfort but they can’t cause serious infections or damage your teeth in any way. There is much bitter sweetness to these exciting jewelry items; they might become the next big thing in tongue piercing history.…

Roses – Express Your Love to Your Beloved

Roses – Express Your Love to Your Beloved

Valentine's Day is incomplete without gifting roses to your beloved. Although, roses can be gifted on any day, it is customary to give them on this particular day. It is important to state here that the color and the variety of roses transported carry a specific message and hence care should be taken when sending a rose bouquet. It is advised that you follow certain rules when selecting the colors of roses before sending them as gifts. Some of them are listed below:

Red Roses symbolize love. Red roses symbolize love and lasting love. The florist is the busiest person in the month of February, thanks to Valentine's Day. Moreover, the demand is very high and since prices are quite expensive.

Pastel colored pink personify elegance, calmness and happiness. When you want to communicate feelings of fun and joy, there is no better ones than the light pink. Expressing Thank you is done best with deeper tones of pink roses.

Lilac roses signify love at first glance and hence it is important to couple it with a card. The significance of lilac has not been as well-known as red roses. When one wants to express feelings like miss you etc, then white roses are the ideal ones. Purest white roses are symbolic of genuineness, virtue and purity.

Coral roses are symbolic of passion and ardent love, just like their colors. Desire is best expressed with coral.
Peach colored roses denote admiration, appreciation, humility, reticence, compassion and empathy. When it comes to orange roses, the sender expresses zeal, gusto, yearning and attraction.

Yellow roses symbolize companionship and liberty and hence if you want to convey feelings of love and romance, then you should avoid sending them. They are apt when you want to express appreciation for the good work done or congratulating a newly wed couple or graduates and so on.

A bouquet of roses combining two colors conveys a different meaning. White roses and yellow roses when combined and rearranged in a bouquet imply agreement or accord. A good combination of yellow and red roses means joy and festivity. A bouquet of white and red roses sends a message of solid bonding and togetherness.
The number of roses in a bouquet also conveys a different meaning. A bouquet of twelve implicates that your love has fully blossomed. 24 roses combined together to form a bouquet imprint sending congratulations. Complete love is best expressed with 48 roses.

Thus, roses convey a deeper meaning than we had thought it to be. So next time, be careful when you send across flowers, especially Roses. …