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Fewer dogs injured in 2013 due to faulty wireless fences than ever before

<a title=”Dog by LuAnn Snawder Photography, on Flickr” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/luann_snawder_photography/7058942935″><img alt=”Dog” src=”https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7075/7058942935_d29b5c4778.jpg” width=”500″ height=”376″ align=”left” /></a>As technology improves, we’ve seen both tragedies and miracles happen. With new things changing monthly or daily as it feels, we seem to want to keep upgraded and keep our families safe and secure. Home security has become huge nowadays, cameras and surveillance following right after, tracking and GPS for family members and pets, and <a href=”http://www.k9fencereviews.com”>even pet containment</a> such as wireless fences and correction collars.

These pet containment and deterrence systems have been a hot topic for skeptics and the like over the years. They have been seen as cruel and unsafe, which at one point in time this may have been true. In the past number of years however, there has been breakthrough technological advances and upgrades to these units that have made them so much safer for your dog and yourself. In 2013 alone, there was 78% fewer dogs injured by these units than the years preceding. One of the big issues was the exposed wires that the fences had (you place it around where you want your dog to stay such as the perimeter of your back yard). In <a href=”http://www.k9fencereviews.com/petsafe-wireless-pet-containment-system-pif-300-review/”>the newer models</a> of wireless fences, this is no longer an issue. They have given the wires a more durable coating which helps prevent faulty wires, water damage, sparks, and most importantly, from your dog (and other creatures) chewing through it and getting injured.

What has also been a huge factor in driving people away from using wireless fences is the notion that they are harmful to your dog when the correction is administered via the collar. This has been misunderstood by anyone who has thought such. The only thing that would be hurting your pet while wearing the collar is if it was put on too tightly and hurting their neck. These collars do not give an “electric shock” as most people think. The manufacturers are not trying to fry your dog! It’s merely a static correction, much like when you touch someone after rubbing your feet on the carpet. Of course, that is skin to skin. When your dog feels the correction when they get near the fence, it is not going right onto their neck skin. They have a protective layer of fur that lessens the feeling of it. It is only used for startling them to help them learn not to go near certain places.

The fact that your dog may not even need the static correction is a big bonus to some dog owners as well. So many of these fences (there really are a lot of them these days) start out by just giving your dog <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_fence”>an auditory warning</a> when they get close to the fence. If this is enough to deter your dog, then they will not even get close enough to have the static correction administered.

With a massive decline in wireless fence-related injuries, it seems safe to say that they have come a long way in the past few years, and are quickly becoming a common item in a dog-owners home.

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Summertime – Staying Safe In the Sun

It’s summer time. The air, though humid, is refreshingly crisp and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. You and your family are enjoying this wonderful weather outside by the pool. The dogs are running around the yard in circles, tails wagging, pumped and excited to have some room for activities, mouths agape and tongues rolled out, the pooches clearly working up a sweat. You’re cooking some BBQ, one of your favorite past times, but you aren’t using a grill like all the other amateurs, oh no. You’re using a smoker from SmokyGoodnessBBQ.com – pulled pork, ribs, burgers….all sizzling something delicious. The kids are even invested in this undertaking, watching the meat being slowly smoked, just waiting for that charcoal smoker -†smoky goodness barbecue to be ready, a most exquisite feast to be had.

As you and your family sit down to begin eating, out of nowhere, little Timmy passes out out of seemingly no where, and your wife begins to freak out. The weather might be beautiful and the slipping hazards of icy winter weather may be behind you, but be weary of the threats and hazards summer time brings! For they are numerous, indeed.

Dehydration
One of the most common afflictions one will face with greater frequency and intensity during the summer time would be dehydration. It is arguable with all the Iced Teas, soda pops, caffeinated and carbonated beverages out there, that most people live in a constant state of dehydration as it is. Water is one of the last things one will go for when they are selecting a beverage. As Doug Stanhope once brilliantly stated in one of his stand ups, humans are one of the only species who almost refuse to self-preserve themselves when it comes to beverage choice. You take a jog around the neighborhood with your dog and get back home, and grab two bowls. Fill one with water and the other one with soda, and that dog will go to the water EVERY time. Humans, on the other hand, are more likely to grab a soft drink or another type of dehydrating beverage immediately after strenuous activity. It’s as if we lack that self-preservation instinct.

Sun Stroke / Heat Stroke

As a former FedEx employee, I am well aware of the dangers of over-heating on a hot summers day. A sun stroke or heat stroke is a terrible experience, and the worst possible heat related injury. It can cause permanent brain damage or even death. Prolonged exposure to high heat combined with dehydration may lead to the bodies inability to cool itself down. Essentially, the bodies core temperature rising to 105 degrees Fahrenheit will lead to a heat stroke. If you suspect someone has heat stroke after they display the tell-tale signs (confusion, disorientation, dizziness, cramps, flushed skin, nausea and vomiting, frenzied breathing, seizures and losing consciousness) it is imperative you get this person medical care immediately. Try to get the persons temperature down yourself while you wait for medical care to arrive. Get them into a cold shower or bath tub, put a cold cloth on their forehead and another on the spot where their skull meets their spine.

Sunburn

Scoff all you want now, but sunburns can be quite serious. Not only can serious complication arise from getting to much sun on a consistent basis (skin cancer, for example), but don’t forget how irritating and debilitating sunburns can really be. I’ve had vacations ended short because of sunburns so intense, I could barely move without seering pain shooting throughout my back. Sunburns are more than just bright red splotches on your skin, sunburns are an irritating type of pain, not unlike stepping on a lego or stubbing your toe in intensity, but spread out and varying in sensations. Sunburns are even more irritating in that they can last for days. Recipients of sun burns oftentimes seek out aloe vera lotion for sweet, sweet release.

Enjoy your summer, people, but try to stay safe from these and various other heat related dangers one oftentimes ignores in the sweltering heat of summer.

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NAFTA: 20 Years Later – We Still Struggle With Trade Agreements

US Lagging In Trade20 years have passed since NAFTA was first signed and our country still struggles mightily with Trade Agreements. And as China continues to play a larger and larger force in the global markets it’s time the US started to realize we aren’t the only game in town.

No Longer the Best Looking Gal in Town

I liken it to the prettiest girl in a small town. She may well be the only pretty girl in that small town and becomes to think she’s hot shit. When she’s all grown up and moves to the big city she gets fewer looks and far less attention. Suddenly, she’s not the hottest girl in town, in fact she’s a far cry from it. That’s the US, once the only pretty girl town now has woken up one day amidst globalization and realized there are other countries (girls) stealing the lime light! Talk about a blow to the ego!

The US is still a major player and hasn’t completely lost all traction but it continues to lose ground to other economic players. I spoke with a Calgary customs broker about the implications of the various free trade agreements currently on the table. They suggested that forwarding freight was still a chore when dealing with the US compared to other countries. This despite the fact that they’re our largest trading partner and account for the bulk of our imports and exports. Certainly, if we can’t get it right with our closest and one of our most willing trading partners how do we expect to nail it with other countries?

Learning to Give and Take

Part of the issue is the US has become so accustomed to being the rule maker they’re often out of touch with what other countries deem to be important in trade discussions. For example the US routinely mentions the environment to be one of the biggest points of discussion while negotiating trade – many other countries often don’t even table it – let alone consider it to be a major sticking point.

The US needs to realize we’re not the most attractive girl at the dance any longer. And as such, the US needs to start behaving in that manner. To quote a good friend “when a girl doesn’t struggle with her looks at all, she needs to get an anecdote”. It’s time for the US to get another card.

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A Report About Back Pain

In a new report, office workers now are the leading category of workers who suffer from back pain in North America. This is likely due to the rise in the number of folks who work at a desk every day and the fact that a huge portion of the working population who do work desk jobs are getting older.

In speaking with a disability case manager she had this to say “chronic and severe back pain is the number one disability that we deal with on a day to day basis. It’s highly preventable, but most companies aren’t taking it seriously until a worker tries to make a disability claim. In addition to this workers don’t feel comfortable to taking the issue to their employers because it seems like a minor issue. On the contrary, chronic back pain is one of the most debilitating and frustrating one can have because trying to pin point the cause is very difficult. Usually it’s a result of years of poor posture and poor habits.”

I asked an ergonomics expert for some tips on preventing chronic back pain while working at a desk job, what follows are her suggestions.

Prevent Back Pain! Get One Of These!

Prevent Back Pain! Get One Of These!

1. Get an Exercise Ball to Sit On.

A lot of folks don’t feel comfortable with asking their boss if they can bring an exercise ball in to sit on. Admittedly it looks a little bit strange! However, what most people don’t know is back pain a result of a number of things one of which is a weak core. If you have a weak core maintaing proper posture becomes increasingly more difficult. An exercise ball has so many benefits, one of which is forcing you to activate your core muscles while you sit and type.

2. Get a Stand Up Desk

Alternatively you could opt for a stand up desk. These are probably even better because you have to use the tiny muscles throughout your entire body that make standing for long periods of time slightly uncomfortable initially. The first few weeks will be tough as your body adapts but it’ll be worth in the long wrong.

3. Stay Fit!

Exercising is one of the best ways to improve just about everything in your life. This includes your posture and core muscles. Remember how we talked about core muscles being essential to preventing long term back pain? Exercise lots, it’ll make a world of difference!

4. Stretch and Roll

A number of athletes have taken up Yoga to stay lose and limber and to prevent injury. I’m not saying you need to take up yoga but it’s one of the best ways to make sue you’re actually stretching your muscles on a regular basis. Guys like Adam Lind, have credited Yoga with reducing back soreness and tightness – something he has battled with over the past few years. Another personal fav of mine is to get a 36″ foam roller. These bad boys will make a world of difference, massages are terrific because they help move the blood around the old bod. A foam roller is a cheap effective way of doing exactly that.

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Keeping The Work Place Safe

CAution TapeAccidents and injuries are more commonplace than you think. Safety first, the phrase that you’ll always see on different workplaces, but are they really followed and kept in mind? If you can see news or read newspapers, you might have heard most of the victims say, “I never imagined that happening to our place”. What does that imply? It means that most of us doesn’t prepare or keep in mind that safety is essential and not an afterthought. We need to think about safety first all the time, especially in the workplace. If you believe in what you just read, then keep in mind the following safety tips for keeping your workplace safe.

 

10 Tips to Keep Your Work Place Safe

  1. Understand the risks. Make sure that you know the particular hazards involving your job and/or workplace. Once you know particular hazards involving your work, you can easily create precautionary measures to ensure safety.
  2. Slips and falls account for one-third of the total injuries happening at workplaces. These are mainly caused by preventable dangers such as slippery floor, trailing cables, poor lighting and more. Act quickly when something goes out of place such as misplaced cables or spillage. Simple things can prevent disastrous results.
  3. Safety is a team effort. Keep everyone educated about the hazards and other risks that involve your work or nature of job. Workplace safety training can help in reducing or eliminating injuries and illnesses that one might get.
  4. Always keep communication lines open. Make sure that you can easily communicate with your colleagues, employers or employees to ensure safety and quick response time.
  5. Always wear breathing mask when doing things like residential painting, jobs involving chemicals and toxic fumes. It is also a good habit to wear a mask if your workplace is full of dust, debris or flying objects.
  6. Check the identity of strangers coming to your office or workplace. If they make you feel uneasy, inform the security or management instantly.
  7. Get first aid supplies ready at all times. Keep a first aid kit on an easy to reach place as accidents can occur anytime.
  8. Be wary of people around you and make sure that you don’t pose a hazard to them and vice versa.
  9. If your work involves heavy lifting and you are going to lift something too heavy, don’t be shy, ask for help.
  10. Make sure that ladders are secured and steady before climbing up. If in doubt, ask for support or wear safety gears.
  11. Maintain comfort and cleanliness. These are the basics of keeping safe, make sure that there’s proper lighting, spillages are cleaned, adequate drinking water and enough tools to work with. Also, provide ergonomic layout to reduce the chance of your employees getting injuries such as repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome.
  12. Try to know your company’s emergency plan. If there’s not one yet, volunteer to develop one.
  13. Be aware all the time, concentrate on your surroundings and be aware of your workplace conditions.

Getting safety is the top priority for any workplace. Following the above tips can ensure your safety, their safety and the workplace’s harmony.

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Minnesota Man “Tactical Pen Saved My Life”

Tactical Equipment Tactical PenLast week in downtown Minnesota a man was attacked by two young assailants attempting to rob him. At the time of the incidence the individual was out for a walk with his small dog.

Instinctively the man reached for the pen in his pocket, which happened to be a military grade tactical pen. After catching one of the men in the ribs, the other fled. He called the cops immediately and they currently have one of the assailants in custody. The police department needs the public’s help in tracking down the other assailant. The second man was described at a 6’2” Caucasian with a slender build.  If you have any information about this you are asked to contact the PD. He is considered dangerous and the general public has been told to be careful.

This is the third mugging attempt in the past three months all which occurred in the same area. The police department couldn’t confirm that they were all as a result of the same individuals, however based on reports it seems very likely.

The victim did receive a broken nose in the altercation but it otherwise fine. He was released from hospital late last night. When asked about the incident, the man, a veteran of the military said he was glad he carried the tactical pen with him and suggested it was a good alternative to carrying around other weapons which are considerably more menacing and could inflict a fatal wound.  He also said he carries around a tactical flashlight, which came in handy as he was able to temporarily blind one of the attackers before they both got up on him.

He said his purpose wasn’t to seriously maim the attackers but rather, he was just attempting to fight them off.

Experts agree that tactical gear can be a good alternative to deterring potential attackers. “Even a bright flashlight may scare an attacker off prior to the attack” said one local expert. “Most crimes happen at night because there is less risk of being identified, with a good light source it’s possible to deter the attack all together”. He also said he’s heard of defenders having success fighting off attackers with a tactical pen and if you’re out late in dim areas it’s a good idea to carry some form of self defence tool.

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Report: Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet consists of legumes, fruits, vegetables and moderate amounts of fish. The foods are also made with olive oil instead of regular cooking oil. This diet is healthy and many people are staring to do this in order to keep their weight in check and increase their ability to fight off diseases. Plus, they will enjoy a fantastic line of foods that will tantalize their taste buds.

Hummus Is A Favorite For People That Love Mediterranean Food

Hummus is a favorite for many people that are practicing the Mediterranean diet. It is a wonderful spread with healthy ingredients that people use to put on breads, fruits, vegetables and a variety of other wonderful foods. People use hummus for dips at their parties and their guests really enjoy it.

You need a food processor for Hummus

A Good Home Food Processor Is A Must

In order to practice the Mediterranean diet properly many people invest in the best home food processor that they can find on the market. They want the best home food processor in order to make fantastic spreads, fruit and vegetable drinks. Having the food processor makes it very easy for them to get the most out of this type of diet because it is simple for them to use.

Other Utensils for a Mediterranean Diet

People that love to cook need to have sharp knives. They will want to invest in a good knife sharpener so that they will be able to cut up the various items that they want to add to their dishes. For many people, they ask for the knife sharpener as a gift from their loved ones for a holiday or birthday gift when they need one.

Holidays Are Great Times To Make Mediterranean Meals For The Guests

The Mediterranean diet also has meals that are very popular for people to use during holidays when they guests come over. They can make a very healthy dish for everyone to eat and the cost will be kept to a minimum. Since many people love the taste of the dishes, they will want to try some themselves to bring to anyone’s home who is throwing the party.

Finding Out More About The Mediterranean Diet

When people want to know more about the Mediterranean diet, they can look online. There are plenty of sites that go in depth about the health of this type of diet and the different recipes that are available. Many people like to order a cookbook that specializes in the dishes from the Mediterranean so that they can have it on hand on a daily basis. Once they get used to cooking in the Mediterranean way, they will be able to make a tremendous amount of meals that are tasty and healthy too.

People that love to be healthy are switching to the Mediterranean diet on a regular basis. There are many restaurants all over the country that now offer these types of dishes because they are so popular.

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Green Smoothies: All The Rage

Green SmoothieUnless you live under a rock you’ve probably seen the Green Smoothie craze hitting it’s full stride. You may be wondering, why on earth are all those people drinking those awful looking drinks?

Just to clear the air, Green Smoothies are insanely delicious. Yes, you read that correct, they are tasty. No, they’re not ice cream tasty or pizza tasty but they’re strawberries tasty or whatever your favourite fruit may be. But aside from being pretty damn delicious here are some other great reasons why you ought to consider joining a 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge.

They’re Quick & Convenient

Mhmmm, Green Smoothies are probably the most convenient food outside of fast food. You literally pile whatever fruit and vegetables  you have left in your fridge into your blender and blast it all together. Throw it in a tumbler and you’re on your way. Green Smoothies are the fast foods of health foods.

They’re really good for you

Those claiming they’re bad for you are fear mongering. Ever heard of alkaline toxicity? Yeah, I have a handful of Kale isn’t going to give that to you. If you’re really worried about it try rotating your greens.

Did you know that blending vegetables actually helps your body absorb more nutrients then you would if you were to simply chew your food? That’s because your teeth can’t break down food the same way that a high speed blender can. However, remember to still “chew” your smoothie as the saliva that is produced helps digestion.

You Can Use Left Over Ingredients

If you have a bunch of kale from a salad you made last night and are all kale’d out, no problem through it in the blender. Do you have half a lemon you’ve been meaning to us? Perfect. Avocados are one of my favourite foods but it literally drives me crazy when they go bad. Whenever I have an avocado on the verge, I toss it in the blender with a banana, some greens and some water. Perfect-o.

They Help To Balance Your Diet Out

One thing that isn’t talk about enough is how perfect Green Smoothies are at balancing your diet out. When you mix and match every day you’re receiving tons of different vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. One day you may have two cups of raw spinach, the other day you might have one cup of kale. The next maybe bok choy is on the list. All these leafy greens (and the fruits too) provide different nutrients which will help make sure you’re receiving all your vitamins & minerals.

 

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A Quick Guide to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada

For the last few years, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program of Canada has been criticized and scrutinized. There are polarized opinions said about it. There are suggestions saying that it is too lax. Claims even state that the program is rigid. The different employer groups, which aimed to come about a foreign workplace, are doing their best to push for rules relaxations. On the other hand, the labor unions which uphold internal politics and as well as domestic labors, want the mentioned ruling to be even more rigid. All of these might have arisen for the fact that there are Canadians out there who have lost their jobs, most especially in IT, because of the temporary workers coming from other countries.

Overview

Hiring a foreign worker is possible in Canada through its Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This gives immigrants a chance to seek another career opportunity in the mentioned nation. If you are coming through the West coast, you will likely want to talk to a Vancouver Immigration Lawyer. Despite this though, Canadians still give their priority to their citizens. However, there is always a great tendency for foreigners to work for as long as their qualifications have been reviewed and studied.

As for the assessment of the applications coming from hopefuls, Employment and Skills Development Canada, or ESDC is the one which takes charge of the whole job. After, they are the ones to issue labor market opinions. Temporary Foreign Workers also impact the Canadian market. This is the reason why the government is also too keen about it.

There are labor economists in Canada feeling like the program is risky. They feel this way because it allows the import of foreign workers. The reason for this is for the claim that there is already a scarcity of qualified workers from Canada who could perform the job. There is also a talking point going around the salaries which are paid to the nationals of Canada. This triggered for the demanding of higher paycheck so that more eligible Canadians would be attracted to land a job. Because of this, the program is stick to by some. With the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, employers are given the opportunity to import talented and skilled workers for their agriculture sector. The same also goes for live-in caregivers for the occupations that require lower to higher skills.

Employers are allowed to go for online applications in the mentioned program. This reduces the burden for the applicants. They would no longer have to be burden with a pile of paperwork which could be really time-consuming. Temporary foreign workers are also entitled for a chunk of fresh jobs. This had been observed for the recent years in Canada. TFW is also permitted to be a part of the mainstream immigration system in this sense. This is the short-term solution seen to deal with the scarcity of workers in the country. Be sure that if you Surrey immigration lawyer you ask what forms you need and how you are to fill them out correctly – it can save you literally months or years of waiting.

The HRSDC and CIC are the ones responsible for this program. As what the guidelines indicate, there is a need for an employer to avail LMO, or Labor Market Opinion. This is derived from HRSDC. Sending an application to CIC is also necessary.

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China Blocks Philippine Ships Heading to Ayungin Shoal, Wants Them to Abandon It

Chinese ShipsThe Philippine National Defense representative confirmed that the Chinese coast guard ships have prevented two Philippine vessels from entering Ayungin (Second Thomas) which was supposed to deliver supplies to the Philippine Marine troops stationed in the area.

“The Chinese coast guard ships blocked our two vessels which were en route to Ayungin to re-provision,” said spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez in a text message.

The grounded transport ship, BRP Sierra Madre is being used as a base by Marine troops in the area. Galvez did not provide further details about the issue, but he said that the full report on the incident is being finalized and will be sent to the Philippine’s Department of Foreign Affairs, which has already sent an objection to China’s recent actions in the Ayungin Shoal.

“Ayungin Shoal is part of the continental shelf of the Philippines and is therefore entitled to exercise sovereignty rights and jurisdiction in the area without the permission of other States,” the DFA stated. “Furthermore, the civilian vessels contracted by the Philippine Navy were only conducting rotation of personnel and resupply operations.”

“China’s actions constitute a clear and urgent threat to the rights and interests of the Philippines under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” it added.

An official claimed that the Chinese coast guard blocked the Civilian vessels, which were to bring food, water and medicines to the Philippine troop residing in Ayungin Shoal. However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang claimed that the Philippine vessels carried construction materials.

Qin was also quoted as stating, “China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters including the Ren’ai (Ayungin) Reef.”

Beijing warned the Philippines to abandon the shoal after Manila stated that it planned to challenge the Chinese naval blockade by sending supplies to its troops situated in the lonely outpost.

“The Chinese government’s attitude on maintaining the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering. We will never tolerate the Philippines illegal occupation of Ren’ai reef,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told a daily news briefing.

“China is on high alert for the Philippines possibly taking more provocative acts in the South China Sea. The Philippines must accept responsibility for the consequences of what will happen,” he added.

Ayunging shoal, known by the alternate names Second Thomas Shoal and Ren’ai reef is an area believed to have rich oil content and mineral deposits.

Beijing’s claim over islands, reefs and atolls that form the Spratlys, a group of 250 uninhabitable islets spread over 165,000 square miles (427,000 square km), has set it directly against US allies Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan also lay claim to parts of the South China Sea.

These groups of islands laid dormant from territorial claims until Tomas Cloma, a Filipino lawyer and businessperson decided to claim part of the Islands as part of his own. He named it the Free Territory of Freedomland. After this declaration, he was met with hostile reactions from several neighboring countries.