September 2011

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Looking Into Buying Gold Coins

30 Sep 2011 | : Business, Finance

There was a time that coin collecting was simply a hobby often enjoyed by kids. That is no longer the case as serious investors today have turned this former hobby into big business. It is so common these days for professional and well respected financial advisers to insist their clients start buying gold coins as a secure part of their portfolio. They know and understand that gold will virtually always maintain it’s value no matter what the rest of the economy is doing.

There are a few things one should keep in mind whether they are purchasing gold as a key part of their portfolio or simply as a part of their hobby. There are a large variety of different gold coins available on the market for the beginner to consider before they move along into buying rare gold coins. The person involved should first sit down and determine what their budget actually is to work with. Those working with a limited one might look for smaller coins at the start. They can and will find some with small amounts of content such as 1/10 or 1/4 of an ounce. Others may limit their collection efforts to a specific place or time in history of interest to them. Still others will seek out a specific series such as the Canadian Maple Leaf or the American Eagle ones. Every person should follow their personal interests so as to gain the satisfaction they are looking for in the efforts.

Certainly, those investors more serious in their pursuits than the average ones will be more concerned with the availability of the coin and how many of them are known to exist. Obviously, the rarer the coin and the more in demand they are the higher both the cost now and eventual resale price will be. Those dealing at this level are obviously very serious investors and must be in a financial position that will allow them to invest now, hold for some time and resell at a large profit.

Still another so important item that must be considered with gold coins is the condition a particular coin might be in when one is considering purchasing it. If it shows any scratches, fingerprints or excessive wear and tear the value will be diminished.

The other good thing investors should keep in mind is they have the ability to send their coin or coins to one of the reliable grading service companies available. These professionals will carefully and meticulously grade the coin according to the standards of the industry and return it to the owner professionally packaged with the necessary data attached. This is a great benefit when one actually goes to sell it and will help draw the best pricing for that particular item.

Basic Facts About Obtaining A Paralegal Certification

30 Sep 2011 | : Business

Paralegals, who are also commonly referred to as legal assistants, assist attorneys in their everyday professional practices and are thus, a vital part of the legal industry.  These professionals typically work in legal firms, however, there are numerous positions that they fill within corporations and government agencies as well.  There is a very high demand for certified paralegals and this can be an extremely rewarding and exciting career once an individual has completed his or her training.  To get started in this industry, it is usually the case that a paralegal certification must first be obtained.

What Is A Paralegal Certification?

A certified paralegal is an individual who has completed an acceptable amount of training and who has fulfilled all requirements for being recognized by third-party agencies and associations.  In order to obtain a paralegal certification, people must first meet educational and experience requirements as well as obtain passing marks on a special examination.

It is purely voluntary to obtain a paralegal certification, but there remain many benefits for the people who obtain a paralegal certification.  This is especially true when applying for employment within the legal industry.

What Type of Certification is Required?

There are four bodies who issue paralegal certification.  Successful applicants are granted different recognitions by each.  They include NALS (the National Assoc. for Legal Professionals, AAPI (American Alliance of Paralegals), NALA (National Assoc. of Legal Assistants) and NFPA (National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

Since 1976 the NALA has sponsored exams.  Those who pass this exam can become a CP (Certified Paralegal) or a CLA (Certified Legal Assistant).

Once an association for legal secretaries, NALS offers 3 different certification types; the PP, ALS and PLS. The most basic of these certificates is the ALS, while those who wish to receive a paralegal association will need to apply for the PP.  A PLS is reserved for people who have had a substantial amount of prior experience and have completed advanced studies.

The AACP is offered by AAPI although applicants are not required to pass an exam.  They must simply provide AAPI with proof of working experience.

The Paralegal Advance Competency Exam or PACE is offered by the NFPA.  Those who pass will then become PACE registered paralegals or RPs.

Requirements For Eligibility

There are standard qualification sets that most certifying bodies have in place for people wishing to receive a paralegal certification.  The most basic of these requirements are:

An AA as a paralegal from an ABA approved institution or a BA in any course when applicants have an adequate number of credits in the area of paralegal studies. When no post-secondary degree has been obtained, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent as well as seven years or more of experience as a legal assistance or paralegal under a licensed attorney.  Additionally, applicants must also complete a minimum of 20 hours of related instruction no more than two years before the certification exam is taken. Between two and five years of experience as a post-graduate legal assistant. Completed application form.

Continued Training

In order to maintain a paralegal certification it will be necessary to receive continued training every several years or to complete a specified amount of training within a specific time period.  This helps to ensure that individuals with a paralegal certification maintain the current skills and knowledge for continuing to be qualified for their positions.

How To Make A Camping Checklist

30 Sep 2011 | : Outdoors

Have you created or updated your car camping checklist? I always use a checklist before I leave so I do not forget essential things such as a camping stove or lantern. The greatest benefit of car camping is that if you leave something behind you can always purchase it on the road. A well thought-out camping checklist will prevent any side excursions to Walmart or REI  to purchase camping equipment that was accidentally left off the list or at home.

I don’t advise going over-board with your checklist at first because it will evolve and change as you go on other trips. On the other hand, if you have never gone on a road camping trip, then it will be prudent to create a basic list of essential gear that you cannot live without.

If you make too big of a checklist, then it’s going to become work and your probably will not bother with it.  Make a basic list and check it off before you leave.  Remember the old saying about lists?  Keep it simple stupid-K.I.S.S.   Just don’t shoot from hit and go without a list unless you plan on shopping.

Separating my car camping check list into different categories keeps things simple.  Often, just the headings are enough for an experienced camper.   For example, create a clothing, staple foods, first aid , sleeping gear, automobile,  gadgets, etc., checklists.

A good camping checklist should take into consideration many factors including your  destination and the length of time that you will be on your road trip. Back when I was a single, I went on many wilderness trips that were thousands of miles from my home.  Once in the back country, whatever I brought with, I had to make the best of.  I never forgot anything that was essential.

Basic Car Camping Checklist Ideas

Water Is Your Life Line

  • BPA Free Water Storage Containers And Dispensers.  Stainless steel is your safest option.
  • Six gallon stainless steel water jug or dispenser.
  • Portable small water bottles for drinking in the car or on the trail.
  • Emergency water filtration system and/or water purification tablets.

Camping Coffee Brewing Equipment

  • Stainless steel French press pot.
  • Single cup cone brewer.
  • Coffee filters.
  • Fresh roasted coffee beans.
  • Burr grinder.

Basic Camp Kitchen

  • Stock pot for making soups and sauces.
  • Pressure cooker.
  • Heavy duty caste iron griddle or skillet.
  • Metal strainer for washing fruits and vegetables.
  • Small stainless steel drinking cups.
  • Assortment of light weight stainless steel or plastic flatware.
  • Measuring bowls and cups.
  • Stainless steel measuring spoons.

Essential Camping Equipment

  • Easy to put up camping tent or shelter.  Go for quality tents.
  • High quality 3 season down or synthetic sleeping bags.  Unless you are camping in the tropics, use a 3 season sleeping bag.
  • Self inflating camping pads or air mattresses.
  • New air mattress repair kit to repair the inevitable puncture.
  • Heavy duty ground cloth to keep ground moisture out of tent.
  • Synthetic car cloth or leather chamois to clean tent floor and ground cloth.
  • Camp Hatchet or ax.
  • Spare tent stakes.
  • Light weight rope for cloths line.
  • Small LED flashlights and lantern.
  • Power inverter with extension cord.
  • Large cooler.
  • Stainless steel water bottles.
  • First aid kit for emergencies.
  • Dried fruit, apples, oranges, nuts, and snacks to eat while traveling.
  • Solar LED charger for cell phone, laptop computer and other electronics.

Automobile Checklist

  • Assortment of car campground maps.
  • State and local maps
  • U.S. Atlas
  • Campground atlas.
  • Power inverter.
  • Small tool kit.
  • Flares.

I like to keep our checklist a living breathing document.  I don’t get too hung up on having the best looking list.  The one that we carry in our vehicle is ripped and stained with coffee.  Recently, I started using the yellow post it notes on my Iphone and found this to very practical because I can carry the list with me and update in real time.

I would like to close with my favorite quote about packing for a trip.  “If you don’t have it, you will not need it.”  Once you are on the road it’s a done deal.  If you forget a sleeping bag, you may be okay if you are camping out in the desert.  If you forget your stove, you will be eating raw foods.

General Swimming Pool Maintenance Guide

30 Sep 2011 | : Outdoors

Managing a swimming pool and keeping it in order proves difficult for some people who are new to the business. Well, keeping a pool in good shape will only seem hard at first, especially if you go about it lacking any kind of swimming pool maintenance guides. Keeping a pool clean is all about upkeep, and this swimming pool maintenance guide will help you go about it easily and with as little trouble as possible.

For starters, the quintessential swimming pool maintenance guide suggests that one should have at least rudimentary pool-cleaning tools to assist in pool maintenance. While it is best to thoroughly clean a pool with chemicals and specialized tools, general swimming pool maintenance can be achieved with just simple tools. Items like a water-proof vacuum or pool vacuum, a long-handled brush, some test kits, and some detergent should always be on hand. Cleaning a pool involves a few simple tasks like removing floating leaves, brushing the walls, and keeping the pool free of dirt as much as possible.

A thorough cleaning of the swimming pool is required once a week to meet the strict demands of pool sanitation as suggested by the swimming pool maintenance guide. You’ll generally have to drain the pool in order to clean it fully. What follows next is the most important part of pool maintenance – water quality.

While automated chlorinators are now in vogue, some people still prefer to chlorinate pools by hand, in which case constant testing is required to maintain a proper Ph balance. Since chlorine is an irritant, be sure to wear gloves when chlorinating a pool manually. Face masks should also be worn to prevent the accidental inhalation of chlorine fumes which can be quite dangerous.

Automated chlorinators on the other hand only require very little effort and supervision on the part of the owner, albeit they do have to be checked regularly in case they need refilling. Automated chlorinators are very expensive and are easily ruined especially if you leave them running without any chlorine to produce. This is true for both saltwater chlorinators and normal ones. Lastly, never forget to clean your pool filter, not only to ensure cleanliness, but to avoid buildup on the pool resulting from a reaction of the chlorine to dirt.

Belfast’s Titanic Apartments

28 Sep 2011 | : Travel

The Queen’s Quarter in Belfast is peaceful and a relaxing area that has lots of cafés, shops and pubs. The Quarter includes the region surrounded by the Ormeau Road, Stranmillis Embankment and the Holy lands to the east and from the West the Lisburn Road. The Lisburn Road is a major arterial road that links Belfast and Lisburn. Lisburn Road has become an extension of the Golden Mile, which has many boutiques, wine bars, shops, coffee houses, and hotels. The road extends virtually parallel to the Malone Road. Lisburn Road has been recognized as an exclusive shopping destination in Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland. One of the amazing hostels found in Lisburn Road is the Titanic Apartments.

Belfast’s Titanic Apartments which is situated in Queen’s College District neighborhood is only less than 10 minutes’ walk going to the just recently opened Victoria Square shopping district, the magnificent City Hall and the Europa bus station which is the main hub for bus travel going in and out of Belfast. It is also near the Titanic Quarter, Queen’s University, Queen’s Film Theatre, Ulster Hall, and Waterfront Hall.

Great Rooms At Affordable Prices:
Titanic Apartment rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean with great facilities that you and your family will enjoy. Each apartment can accommodate 4 persons in two luxury suite bedrooms which have camp-beds and fold-up beds that are freshly and wonderfully furnished.The rooms are offered at affordable prices which have well-equipped kitchens with modern cooking facilities were you can enjoy making your own food and refrigerators that you can use. Rooms have lots of doors to unlock and lock. With its excellent apartment rooms you’ll get great value for your money. The hotel staff is also friendly and helpful.

Titanic Apartments Features:
Titanic Apartments also provides washers, dryers, irons, and ironing boards for laundry use. Rooms are equipped with high-definition TV with cable and satellite channels. It also provides Wi-Fi internet connection, beds have premium bedding, and aside from the refrigerator – the kitchen is also equipped with a microwave oven. The lounge area is open for 24 hours where you can rest on leather sofas and watch plasma screen.

Titanic Apartments guests are entitled to a round trip airport shuttle for additional charges. Free parking on the street is available and guest parking is complimentary. Outside the apartment, there is a bus stop where a paddy wagon bus is available for day trips to Giant’s Causeway.

Of course, if you are looking for other accommodation in Belfast, you can also look into their beautiful hotels and a bed and breakfast in Belfast.

The Loreal Bare Naturale Foundation And Brush Kit

28 Sep 2011 | : Health

For those women who need a cosmetic product that gives light to medium coverage, The Loreal Bare naturale range is a great choice. Many women who use some sort of acne treatment for example will enjoy this range due to the fact that it will not give a ‘caked on’ effect on areas that have been treated with a topical acne medication. You will also find that it will not roll into balls like some liquid makeup products can.

Protection from sun exposure is another benefit of the Loreal Bare Naturale range. It is the perfect choice for a summer makeup for those who suffer with incidental sun exposure on occasions. On top of this it helps to control shine (another problem during the summer months) while remaining breathable and light weight in nature. To help improve how kind the products are to your skin they are also free from any unnatural ingredients including perfumes and oils which may lead to outbreaks of dry skin or spots.

The packaging is great for those who travel a lot, the screw on cap means it will not open up during transit allowing the contents to spill like many other products are known to do. Also, located inside the lid is a convenient foundation brush which is covered over with an extra dome shaped lid to keep the foundation brush away from the makeup and clean. Less mess when you are on the move and perhaps don’t have access to a wash basin.

The jar is small, weighing in at only 1 once of foundation but this is likely a good thing for those looking to try out Bare Naturale for the first time. Even this small amount however is enough to last a few months depending on how much coverage the user desires. Although you may think this is a very small amount of makeup, in all fairness the price does reflect the amount of the product that you receive.

Loreal Bare Naturale may not be the perfect choice for every woman; if you are in need of greater coverage due to blemished or discolored skin then you may need to search out something else in a liquid form to give you the coverage you need. For those who want to try out a mineral foundation for the first time and do not have these problems then this range of mineral foundation products would be a good place to start out.

Disadvantages Of Manual Treadmills

27 Sep 2011 | : Health

People are always looking for a great way to keep healthy and lose weight.  There are many different types of exercise that can be done.  Running is one of the best exercises for losing weight and improving overall cardiovascular fitness.  When practiced at the right pace and placing a nice amount of effort into the exercise, it is hard not to lose weight.  Hitting the streets or visiting a gym at regular intervals is not very appealing to many people.  Motivation drops quickly when the weather becomes wet or cold outside.  Because of this, buying a treadmill for home use seems like a good solution.

Expense may become a problem for a home treadmill.  Treadmills that run on electricity are costly.  Their prices range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.  An alternative to this problem is selecting a manual treadmill.  This machine appears similar to a standard device, but there is one major difference.  A manual treadmill does not have an electric motor to move the belt under the person’s feet.  It becomes a matter of discovering whether or not it is worth it.

Disadvantages Of Manual Treadmills

A manual treadmill may or may not be worth it.  When exercise is done on a regular basis with a decent amount of effort, all exercise, no matter the equipment that is used, will make a person lose weight and increase the fitness level. There are disadvantages of  manual treadmills.

The first major disadvantage of a manual treadmill is that the belt does not move under the feet.  All of the energy that is needed to keep it moving is a result of the runner’s actions.  In the beginning, this may seem like a good thing.  The more energy that is exerted means the more progress is made.  The trouble with that is that the energy is exerted by the legs.  Instead of running at a constant, moderate pace needed for burning calories and benefiting the lungs and heart, the legs are exerting unneeded energy to keep the belt moving.

Protecting The Knees

Another drawback is related to the legs exerting unneeded energy.  As the user keeps the belt moving, the legs and knees can become strained.  Running involves high impact actions and placing more pressure on the knees may cause a problem.  This may cause additional concerns for those who already suffer leg issues.

If a person only has access to manual equipment, then the benefits of using them will outweigh the disadvantages of a manual treadmill.  However, as with any activity, it is essential to consider the pros and cons before making a final decision. Find out more about treadmills at TreadmillTommy.

Tips for the Best Business Name

25 Sep 2011 | : Business

The success of any new company starts with the best firm name ideas. Equipped with a great company name, your enterprise can grow, begin to earn a name, and perhaps a dependable following. This great name will also help you to better market and sell your goods and services.

Therefore , the naming of your business is essential to making your amazing brand. Here are vital ideas you need to use to find the best name for your new business : It may be smart to find outside help like a branding company while you are undergoing this critical process.

Working with others will not just you give you a fresh viewpoint but will also keep the juices flowing when you are undergoing the creative process of selecting your firm name. Pro corporations aren’t only pros but also creative in coming up with remarkable and attention-grabbing names. They can also assist you with small firm concepts and even make a great selling and advertising campaign to help your business achieve success in its initial stage. When working with a pro company, select someone that is not just experienced but enjoys a sterling reputation in its field. One of many services a pro company will help you with is help you publicize your brand, that might include product packing and promotions. They’re going to create a stir for your product which can help grow word-of-mouth advertising. One of the things you’ve got to avoid doing in the beginning stages of your small-scale firm ideas is to second-guess your way thru it.

This isn’t only bad for business but may derail any accomplishments you would like in the procedure. When selecting a pro company to work with, select punctiliously and sensibly. Do some Internet research so you can make a decision from the very best. You will also use your network like community members, family members, and chums and ask them for their advice. With their aid joined with your careful research, you will finally find that right partner to go into partnership with and achieve great success. If you want great firm name concepts for your startup company, get assistance from a pro.

With their assistance, you won’t only get the finest results but an improved chance in making your business expand and succeed.

A look at Jayco Motorhomes

24 Sep 2011 | : Outdoors

Jayco Incorporated has been a player in the domestic and international travel industry for several decades. Based in rural Indiana, Jayco is known for the fold down travel trailer, which was designed and implemented by the company in the late 1960s. In today’s business model, Jayco produces a wide variety of recreational vehicles including several motorhomes.

The company is able to produce more than 20,000 campers that range in size, style, and price. A common denominator across the Jayco line of products is that no matter how big or small the motorhome or trailer, each product leaves the assembly plant with the purpose to satisfy the buyer and make dreams come true. Jayco Motorhomes are intended to be used; they are designed with luxury and elegance in mind, but these machines can handle the most rugged road and still perform well.

Buying a Jayco Motorhome results in the admiration from everyone on the road. Some of the amenities in a popular Jayco Mororhome, the Melbourne model, include a retractable outside awning, a 4,000 watt generator, and a touch screen console featuring a back-up camera and DVD player. Other features across Jayco’s collection are diesel engines, an exterior television and entertainment center, leather furnishings, and pull out beds to accommodate additional passengers.

With thousands of Jayco Motorhomes on the market and being built daily, the company as well as interested buyers will see a spike in discounts and used model sellers. One recommended strategy is to investigate or research any of the 300 North American Jayco dealers and discover what type of vehicle and deal can meet one’s specific wants and needs. When buying through a Jayco dealer, there is a certain security and comfort associated with the transaction. Offering various benefits like a warrantee, discount for pre-owned vehicles, and a location to service the motorhome, dealers can be the best way to acquire a motorhome.

New Jayco Motorhomes starting retail price is approximately $84,000 USD. However, used motorhomes or renting one can come at a significantly less price can result in the same desired outcome: a great vehicle that brings happiness to its owner. For more information on used camper vans for sale please visit the following website: http://usedcampervans.net/

Uncovering The True Roots Of Acupuncture

24 Sep 2011 | : Health

Acupuncture, which is needle-puncture therapy, originated in old China, before printed writing even began. It was related to spirit-based practices, as is traditional with healthcare science all through Chinese history.

Acupuncture is known for a special association with Taoism, as these first innovators of body-mind-spirit awareness happen to be seekers of the great renowned. These individuals fully comprehended yin/yang, and came up with the style of The Five Transformations, which in concert are known as the rational basis of modern Chinese medicine. The earliest written text, Yellow Emperor’s Classic Of Inner Medicine, which was written in 200 BC, continues to be the root publication of all of them. There are several translations in many languages. In a curious way, it is still significant in modern times. The text is in the form of any kind of conversation involving the Yellow Emperor and his doctor.

The beginning question sets the tone: “Why during olden times did people live long and productive lives, however today they survive only half as many years and die in despair and misery?” The response: “Back in ancient times women and men understood how to exist according to great mother nature, being familiar with their own restrictions so as to avoid excesses and abuses.” The book subsequently points out the way we might reside in connection with Mother Nature and sustain our fundamental health and well-being and die a natural death.

Through ages traditional Chinese medicine has been refined. Unique ideas have been introduced and innovative paradigms discussed. Herbology gained popularity and would be a similar avenue for recovery. In a similar fashion, Chinese medicine was carried throughout the Orient, in particular Vietnam, Japan and Korea. People in each country improved upon certain aspects of the ideas and procedures, which in turn distinguish them from the latest Chinese ways. Even while there existed nationwide universities and federal examinations in the past thousand years, there have been numerous private colleges and tricks bequeathed from one generation to another. It was during the twentieth century when traditional Chinese medicine greeted the biggest conflicts.

Throughout the Communist vs. Nationalist civil war in the ’20s to ’40s, Western medical science was accepted by the opposing sides. Chinese treatments were not banned, in part due to the fact that various privately-owned institutions were aware of the fact that they needed to cooperate to prevent elimination. In 1949 the Communist party took control over the Chinese country. Initially Mao, who was the president, restricted acupuncture. But by 1954 he realized that American medical treatment could not successfully treat the millions of citizens, and consequently he ordered the establishment of four schools of Chinese medicine. These schools were ordered to cut out any religious content from their education materials. These learning centers went on to become the educational backbone of current Chinese medicine.

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