Frequent And Heavy Rains Can Cause A Flooded Basement

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August is a normally dry month in Janesville but over the last 30 days, its residents have experienced heavy and frequent rains. Based on the Gazette records for the past 69 years, Janesville received more than twice of what should be average rainfall for July and August. Residents are concerned over their wet walls and puddles that formed in the basement. It looks like the more it rains, everything gets saturated and people see more leakages sprouting.

Badger is one of the contractors that are frequently called upon to deal with wet basements. The most frequent issues of homeowners are leaks at the joint where the wall meets the floor above the basement. In some cases, the foundation has cracks or water is flowing into the window well. Badger has a common solution which is to jackhammer a channel into a basement and under the wall. A drain will be built from the place where water comes from to a sump pump or a hole in the floor.

However, the problem of wet basements can also come from overhead. When the water from the roof falls too close to the house to saturate the ground, it can result into water flowing towards the basement. Badger suggests fixing gutters and downspouts in order for water to be expelled away from the house. If the ground next to the house is sloping towards the wall instead of away from the home soil can added so that water will run away. Another option is to dig a shallow channel so that water will flow to the right direction.

Most of Badger’s customers have already experienced the problems in the past and finally decided to have something done. It is important however to work with a contractor that specializes on home maintenance because a lot of things have to be taken into consideration.

In Perth WA, there is Cool Spec Roof and Gutters that can undertake inexpensive gutter cleaning to avoid further damages. Given the amount of damages that blocked gutters can cause, it makes sense to call a team of professionals who can handle cleaning as well as repairs and replacements.

Thailand Lures More Tourists

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Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul who is the Minister of Tourism and Sports in Thailand recently visited Hanoi to be in attendance for the Thai Culture Days. In her interview with Vietnam News, she said that since Vietnam will be the one to host the ASEAN Beach Games in Da Nang by September and since there is to be a seminar about sports tourism included in its agenda, Thailand and Vietnam will be able to cooperate on the matter.

“Two Countries – One Destination” campaign

She added that the ASEAN today greatly attracts interest from tourists or people across the world in relation to tourism, investment and business, and this is why the ASEAN connectivity is included in the campaign which was launched in 2015.

She said further that they are presenting their “Two Countries – One Destination” campaign for American or European tourists. This means that if a tourist wants to go to Vietnam, Thailand will take them to Vietnam. Likewise, if a tourist wants to go to Thailand, Vietnam will take them to Thailand.

Alongside providing and presenting new products and destinations each year, she mentioned that Thailand and Vietnam together with the member countries of ASEAN can assist each other to offer new tourism products.

In the initial phase, Thailand has already started increased connectivity with the countries of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Kobkarn said that there are already tour packages such as Thailand – Vietnam, Thailand – Laos, Thailand – Cambodia and Thailand – Myanmar.

The Tourism Administration of Thailand (TAT) brought media and tour operators last year from the United States. They went to Ha Long Bay, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to check the routes. Another group will do the same the route from Thailand going to Hanoi to Sapa then Lao Cai.

Intra-ASEAN connectivity

The minister mentioned that they are also creating an “intra-ASEAN” connectivity, and this is to encourage travels within ASEAN countries.

According to her, there were 29.8 million international tourists who traveled to Thailand last year. 7.8 million of these were from ASEAN countries. There were also 770,000 Vietnamese travelers to Thailand and 140,000 Thais went to Vietnam.

Plastics Remains On Top Of The Market

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Parenteral packaging is the type that is used to ensure those drugs and other fluids given to patients through injections and other similar methods are fully protected. This type of packaging is now rapidly growing based on the market report that was released by Future Market Insights located in Valley Cottage, New York. The result of the report is good news especially to those that are suppliers of the plastic materials and the manufacturers.

The plastic and polymer sector of the packaging market is expected to increase at a rate of 10.5 per cent within the year in comparison the glass sector which is predicted only to have an increase of 8.7 per cent. The world market that focuses on parenteral packaging is projected to have a value of around $8.6 billion within the year and will continue to grow compounded in a yearly growth rate set at 10.2 per cent until the year 2026. This data came from the consultancy.

FMI said that the current trend is now shifting and glass which used to be the primary packaging material is already being replaced with plastic and polymer which is another factor to the projected increase. For this very reason, the parenteral packaging market is expected to be driven at a higher level in the coming years. The consultant firm also added that the transition is being supported by the regulatory agencies.

FMI also revealed one of the contributing factors to the continued increase in the demand of parenteral packaging is the increasing incidence of people acquiring chronic diseases, preventive programs that are sponsored by the government as well as a higher rate of the aging population.

The report also contains information such as parenteral packaging market is divided into segments including ampoules, prefilled syringers, bags, vials and ready-to-mix systems. Prefilled syringes will continue to grow and will reach the highest CAGR.

In terms of market share, North America has the biggest portion then Western Europe comes in second. With the growth of the parenteral packaging market, other packaging options such as those found in will surely keep up with the trends.

How Saltwater Ponds Decline Due To The Presence Of Nitrogen

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The Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) has come under fire from the residents of the island town of Tisbury. It is not the first time that the residents are pursuing options to restore Lake Tashmoo and Lagoon Pond that have declined due to nitrogen entering the watershed and causing algae blooms. After dozens of reviews by a national panel composed of engineers, professors and policy makers, the MEP was endorsed as a model.

MEP Director Brian Howes welcomed the criticisms because he believes that the people have a right to do so. On the three public hearings by the Tisbury board of health, some have casted doubt on MEP and presented their calculations and suggested different causes for the presence of nitrogen in the watersheds. A self-described amateur environmentalist, Donald Muckerheide suggested that groundwater has no role in the decline of saltwater ponds. He has suggested mechanical aeration to jump start the growth of plants and microorganisms that would consume excess nitrogen and bottom sediment which he believes resulted from a surface runoff and the effects of acid rain that started 30 years ago.

Three years ago, Muckerheide purchased a device that can be used to restore the health of the island ponds for a fraction of the cost of wastewater solutions. The device called the Toring Turbine had a 5-horsepower motor with a shaft and an 8-inch disc that spins to create negative vacuum and tiny bubbles that aerate the water. Muckerheide also believes that there is still enough oxygen on the island’s ponds but not the surplus required for the support of aerobic microbes and aerobic decomposition. He added that another form of aeration involves pumping water from the bottom or forcing it down from the surface could stir nitrogen in the bottom sediment and result into additional algae blooms. Dredging can be a problem as well because after a few years you are back to facing the same problem.

Pond & Lake Aeration is a technique that has been well developed to successfully clean water systems and turn a lake over to allow for more oxygen that is necessary for the survival of aquatic life. Aside from reducing mosquitoes, aeration also eliminates the foul odor resulting from dissolved gases.

CPSC Campaigning Against Falling Furniture

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Based on the report released by Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC, one child dies for every two weeks because of falling furniture inside the house. The public is now aware of the shocking statistic after the death of another 2 year old boy which is caused by a dresser from Ikea – this is the third death caused by the said dresser since 2014.

There is now an ongoing recall of the said dresser after the occurrence of the third death. The dressers have been sold more than 27 million times and it has been manufactured with the brand name of Malm. It was only last year that the Swedish company issued a warning campaign to all the customers regarding the dressers because it is known to topple because of the assembly process. Ikea is well known because it has affordable furniture that can by DIYed by the customers.

According to safety advocates, the attempt of the Ikea by launching the campaign is merely a way of them fixing the problem despite the fact that Ikea have given away more than 300,000 kits for free to be used in securing the dressers into the walls of the house.

According to a statement from the representative of Consumer Federation of America, Rachel Weintraub, regarding the recall, the education campaign launched by Ikea is not the solution to the risk presented by their product. She also added that it was not a quick solution and that the product needs to leave the market. This is now a bit late as she admitted that it should have been acted on sooner so not children are killed and harmed in the process.

Six deaths are claimed to be in connection with the Malm dresser. The company has already released a list of all the furniture pieces for recall.

According to the chairman of CPSC, Elliot Kaye, majority of the cases are not the fault of the parents alone. Kaye has already stated a national movement called Anchor It in order to avoid any future accidents similar to this one. This is also a wakeup call to consumers to make sure that they are buying safe furniture such as variety of oak tables and desks.

Bitcoin Miners Postive Regarding The Halving Event

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There is an important upcoming event for bitcoin miners called the block halving. This event happens only every four years just like the Olympics. For this year, the halving is the second since the launching of the digital currency. As of today, miners have already gathered three quarters of the total existing bitcoins. As a result of the halving, the subsidy which they normally get at every block will become 12.5 bitcoins instead of the usual 25 bitcoins. The block halving is one of the most awaited events of the bitcoin devotees but some are still afraid of what it will mean for the future of bitcoin.

The most affected entity with the coming halving are the bitcoin miners because block production is their daily job and the reward that they get for every block is where they get majority of their profit. Many of the bitcoin miners have already expressed their view regarding the upcoming halving. According to Samson Mow of BTCC and Valery Vavilov of BitFury, they are all positive about the coming event. Despite the fact that the halving will cause the subsidy to be cut in half and will affect the revenue of the miners, they are aware that this is needed in order to get the value proposition that bitcoin should have.

Jihan Wu is one of the founder of the manufacturer of ASIC in China which is the Bitmain and also known to be controlling AntPool. AntPool is considered to be the second largest of all the existing mining pool all over the globe because their hash power amounts to around 20 per cent of the total value. Wu also expressed his view regarding the halving and he is predicting the increase of the bitcoin price as an aftereffect of the block halving.

Wu also added that while the monetary policy that governs bitcoin is far from perfect, it is known to deliver. A trait that is quite a challenge when it comes to other monetary body or a central bank.wu believes that the halving will have a positive on the bitcoin miners as well as the entire bitcoin community.