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Musician Earplugs: Caring for Ears for the Love of Music

Service Week June 12, 2013 at 3:21 am

Some musicians love to play loud music, especially rock. Their ears do not like it, though. There’s nothing like hearing yourself big and loud during a live concert or rehearsal, but loud music can damage your hearing. Loud volumes can affect your hearing in a matter of minutes, making ear protection a necessity for musicians.

Custom Molded Earplugs

Buying molded earplugs is a great idea, if you want a custom-shaped earplug for your ear canal that provides high-fidelity sound reduction. These are among the costliest among earplugs, but they are also the best. It includes filters that reduce noise to acceptable levels, but maintain the required frequencies for guitar players.

Moldable Ear Plugs

Reduce the intensity of noises by using moldable earplugs. These are plugs made of foam, wax, or silicone. For foam earplugs, just squeeze the individual plug to compress it. Then, gently insert it into your ear canal. The foam will expand and fill the ear canal. This hearing protection will reduce loud noises and reduce risk of hearing loss.

In-Ear Monitor

In-ear monitors are special earplugs designed for live performance. In-ear systems do not just filter out harmful noise, but they are wired into the sound mix and allow you to hear isolated mixes of whichever instruments or vocals you choose. If you like to buy in-ear monitors, you need to be careful. Just like regular headphones, turning them up too loud can damage your hearing.

Hi-Fi Earplugs

Some mass-produced ear protection provides adequate noise cancellation. Manufacturers indicate noise ratings on the package. Noise cancellation of about 20DB is sufficient for most guitarists. Choose an earplug that allows guitar-specific frequencies to pass into the ear at safe levels.

Foam Earplugs

Foam earplugs are less costly, but it may hinder your ability to hear your own tone and your band mates. Industrial earplugs are ideal for shop technicians, air-traffic controllers, and other workers whose jobs require strong noise reduction regardless of frequencies. This type of earplug is also a good choice for cash-strapped guitarists.

The need for a musician to hear clearly while performing live is important. The right earplugs, worn correctly and designed specifically for musicians, are the best way to both preserve the musician’s hearing and deliver a quality show to the audience.

Too Much Aspartame? It’s Not Even Harmful As You May Think

Product Review June 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

You may not have cared about the food you eat in the past, but now that you’re pregnant, you’re more prone to food poisoning or other food borne illnesses. Eating nutritious food is important during your pregnancy. Any disease you get may also affect your unborn child. They are more vulnerable than you think because they don’t have a developed immune system to help them fight diseases. Follow proper food safety practices to prevent any risk of illness for you both.

Cravings during pregnancy are normal, especially for sweets. Though it’s fine to spoil your sweet tooth, too much of it during pregnancy is harmful for you and your baby. Food high in sugar may lead to gestational diabetes. While it’s quite hard to eat bland food, you may want to turn to artificial sweeteners as an alternative to sugar. Aspartame is one of the safe artificial sweeteners used by many people today.

What makes aspartame different from other sweeteners?

Aspartame is a low-calorie artificial sweetener used as food additive in food. It is said to be 200 times sweeter than sugar. Compared to other artificial sweeteners like saccharin and sucralose, aspartame has a unique effect when it enters your body, it breaks down into two amino acids. These two amino acids from aspartame are also available in food such as meat, fruits, vegetables, and milk.

Is it harmful during pregnancy?

Many false impressions about the bad effects of aspartame to pregnant women have spread online. Despite its great benefits, consuming aspartame remains debatable. There are people who say it affects the amount of milk produced by pregnant women. Others would also say it contains dangerous substances that can be dangerous to the babies’ health.

The stand of EFSA on this issue

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proven that aspartame is not dangerous for pregnant women. Other food and drug agencies in different countries also approved the use of sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame-K for pregnant women. EU Food Law cited EFSA saying that there’s no harmful connection between aspartame and pregnancy, except if you have phenylkenoturia. This condition requires you to eata low phenylalanine diet.

Be conscious about your food intake. Update yourself with important food safety and standards by reading online publications and visiting pages like eurofoodlaw.com. Contact their team at + 44 (0)20 7017 6323 for more information.

Professional Indemnity Insurance: Avoiding Lawsuits and Claims

Service Week June 10, 2013 at 2:48 am

No one is created perfect. Everyone has their own flaws and imperfections. People who provide professional advice, for example, still make mistakes regardless of their degree of professionalism. With this, they need protection from liabilities. Professional indemnity insurance will help defend them against lawsuits and claims of negligence made by clients. But what is professional indemnity insurance? Who needs it?

Here’s a quick guide about this type of insurance.

What is it?

Do you know exactly what professional indemnity insurance is? This protects professionals against damages or claims in case they make mistakes regarding the services they provide their clients. The insurance coverage focuses on alleged negligence on matters that result in injuries, financial losses, or error in the products delivered.

Who needs it?

Anyone who owns a business or provides services is qualified to get professional indemnity insurance. Some clients even require contractors to acquire this before doing business with them. Professionals requiring professional indemnity insurance include doctors, accountants, insurance brokers, financial advisers, and solicitors.

How much does it cost?

The cost of professional indemnity insurance largely depends on the area of business. Premiums will also depend on the amount of coverage needed, the size of business, and the size of any potential claim. Some policies have lower costs while others run into millions. Sectors offering public advice usually require millions worth of coverage.

What happens if they don’t have it?

Some areas make this insurance a requirement and penalise organisations operating without it. This includes law, accounting, architecture, and financial advising organisations. Claims for negligence can be pricey. If professionals are faced with claims or lawsuit and they don’t have sufficient insurance, they’re liable for any ordered settlements and will pay legal costs or damages. Businesses should make sure to secure the right insurance cover before providing service to avoid costly claims.

There’s no perfect service. Mistakes can happen anytime and being prepared is the key to survival. Visit this website to know how you can get professional indemnity insurance.

Technicolor Life: Adding Life to Your Kitchen Design

Service Week June 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

The kitchen should not be a place for gustatory delights alone; it must be a feast for the eyes as well. When you can’t whip up tasty food ideas anymore because of the drab design of your kitchen, it’s high time for a kitchen makeover with coloured glass splashbacks.

Glass splashbacks have been popular among interior designers over the years. They not only serve as protection against moisture and dirt but they also add a colourful twist to your kitchen walls. They are stain-free and more economical than most tiles, grate, and wooden materials. There are various designs in the market today. But only a handful can suit your specific kitchen needs.

If you are looking for the perfect bespoke glass splashbacks, you must think about the following things:


Picture the location where you want to install your splashbacks. You don’t want to waste your money by putting them in places that cannot be seen or are hard to reach, behind huge appliances for example.For starters, the most common places to put up a splashback are the behind the cooker hob and the sink; these are the places you’ll likely use and see.

Shape and Size

Be it glass tops or display cabinets, splashbacks come in different sizes and shapes. Have them custom-made to suit your preferences. In London, glass splashbacks can be made to fit circular and other oddly-shaped areas. Be sure to have the correct specifications before you order a bespoke splashback.


This is where the real fun of installing splashback lies. The design possibilities are endless.You can pattern it after the usual colour scheme in your home. Or, deviate from the routine and choose contrasting colours instead. You can even have glass splashbacks with digitally-printed images. On the other hand, if antique mirrors are you cup of tea, there a lot of good designs you can find on the Internet too.

Kitchens can be a fun place when you do away with the usual designs. Let your kitchen come alive with coloured glass splashbacks. Browse websites for more information on bespoke glass splashbacks.

Small Business 101: Channeling your Inner Business Tycoon

Finance Week June 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

Starting your own business takes a lot of skills and money. There are hundreds of things you need to take care of all in one go. Unless you have prior experience, you will find it difficult to juggle the demands of your new business venture. The good thing with doing it is it teaches you many things. It helps you become a better person while exposing you to the realities of the real world.

Engaging in any type of business requires focus, patience and perseverance. If you don’t possess any of these, you will find yourself buckling down as the pressure mounts. This is why you need to arm yourself with basic knowledge so the sheer responsibility of running your own business doesn’t overwhelm you.

The following tips should help you get started:

Know Your Strengths

You will have a better chance at succeeding if you start a business that play to your strengths. If you love working with people, a retail business is perfect for you. If you would rather give orders or silently draft new business ideas, a manufacturing or industrial business should do you well. Before you start, always assess your skills and determine your interest. This will help your focus on the business for as long as it takes to launch and take flight.

Determine the Business Setup

Would you rather start a business on your own or work with business partners? Answering this question allows you insights on whether you’d rather do sole proprietorship, a corporation, or a partnership or LLC company in Georgia. It is also best to think about the pros and cons of each one before making initial and final preparations. Starting a business will require you to pour in time, effort and money. The type of business setup you choose is something you will have to live with for a long time.

Learn the Rules

Starting a business is like playing in a real-life game. You need to know the rules if you want a fighting chance at beating the competition. Make a conscious effort to improve your skills and strengthen your knowledge about the business. You need to sharpen your wits so you can think straight and focus on what you wish for your business to achieve. In the end, the only person you can trust is yourself so make sure that when that time comes, you’re more than ready to rise up to the occasion.

There are thousands of online resources you can turn to help brush up your business savvy. Similarly, you can always tap the help of more established companies to help you on your feet. Whether it’s taking care of all the paperwork, collecting documentations to form LLC, or running other aspects of your business, the internet is your friend. Use the web, everything you can get your hands on wisely, and you just might become one of tomorrow’s biggest success stories.

Dog Retires, Gets His Photo Taken For The Yearbook

Tech Week June 7, 2013 at 5:33 am

dogAn unusual retirement was honored this week by Portage High School in Illinois. It seems like a furry fella got his photo taken for this batch’s yearbook.

The “therapy dog” named Prince, who was bred by Lutheran Church Charities, is a 9-year-old golden retriever who works at the guidance office. As a parting gift, his photo was published along with the graduating class of 2013.

Melissa Deavers-Lowie, Portage High School’s yearbook adviser, said, “We’ve never done anything like this but it was a nice way to say goodbye to Prince. Parents and students thought it was so cute and funny. And on Sunday, he’ll lead the graduating class of 2013 onto the football field for the ceremony.” In addition, Prince will wear a custom-made red cap and gown to fit in with the graduates.

“Prince comes to school and works with me in therapy groups. It’s pretty phenomenal how much the kids love him.” Tim Kunstek, Portage High School’s guidance counselor and Prince’s handler, added.

Prince has worked diligently for the past four and a half years. He rides to school, greet students as they arrive, and always make sure that they go to classes. He even sits down during counseling sessions. During lunchtime, he likes to hang out with the students as well.

Prince will still work part-time with kids upon retirement. In fact, his Facebook page is proud of having more than a thousand likes. It is updated constantly for his friends and fans.

Recently, Portage High School is training a new therapy dog. Isaiah, a 1-year-old golden retriever, is going to be Prince’s replacement. “There’s something really calming about golden retrievers; they have a big effect on people,” said Tim Kunstek.

Samsung’s Next Galaxy Tab To Run On Intel Chips

E-Paper Weekly June 5, 2013 at 1:18 am

galaxy tabFor the past few years, Samsung was considered Apple’s rival when it came to tablets and other innovative telecommunication gadgets. This competition even led to an infringement case that’s all about imitation. The winds have shifted, however. The Samsung tab now seems cooler than Apple’s iPad, as Intel, the supplier of its chips, can chalk up a major victory.

A Reuters report strengthened the rumored Samsung selection of Intel’s Clover Trail+ mobile system on a chip (SoC) for its unreleased Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. After floating for weeks, the tale about Samsung using a dual-core 1.6 GHz Clover Trail+ SoC seems to come to actualization very soon.

If Reports are True

Enderle Group’s principal analyst, Rob Enderle, told the E-Commerce Times,“If the reports are true, the deal will be a huge win for Intel because Samsung is this decade’s Apple. What they do will be seen by other vendors and should open the market further for Intel.”

What’s with the Clover Trail+

Intel offers three versions of the Clover Trail+, all using hyperthreading technology and the 2009 Saltwell 32 nm second-generation Atom processor CPU architecture,part of its x86-based Atom line of low-power processors designed for mobile devices. Clover Trail+ can run both Windows 8 and Android. According to Enderle’s speculation, this, along with some financial incentives from Intel, might have urged Samsung to adopt the Clover Trail+ for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

SNL Bids Farewell To “Stefon”

Service Week May 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

BillhwaveAs season finales go, Saturday Night Live’s was full of surprises and, well, farewells, as eight-season cast member Bill Hader—known and beloved for his character, “Weekend Update” city correspondent Stefon—bids goodbye to the show to get married.

Hosted by Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck, SNL’s final salvo for the season paid homage to Hader in true SNL style. Through a surprising wedding sequence, “Stefon” bids Seth Meyers goodbye, citing his wedding as the reason. Meyers gets some advice from former co-anchor Amy Poehler and comes to terms with his love for Stefon and chases him, wedding crashers fashion.

Hader wasn’t alone in bidding the show goodbye, though, as last week, cast members Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis also were reported to be leaving. In the season finale episode, the last sketch, “Top of the Pops,” featured Hader, Armisen, Sudeikis, and Taran Killam playing a British rock band on the final night of a tour. Armisen said, “It’s the last night here.” And Hader replied, “But we’re going to keep playing together.”

To cap the night off, host Affleck joined SNL’s “Five Timers Club,” congratulated by his wife, Jennifer Garner, who also joined him for a monologue clearing up some of their marital issues.

Hundreds of Colorado Schools Required to Serve Breakfast

Back2School May 17, 2013 at 12:58 am

breakfastHundreds of Colorado schools will be required to serve breakfast to students in 2014 after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law.

The bill “Breakfast After the Bell” was passed this legislative session to provide universal free breakfast at poverty schools aiming to ensure student hunger does not prevent learning.

Bill sponsor Rep. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) told fellow House members that he loves the bill. “The ‘Breakfast After The Bell’ model is proven to have an incredible success rate,” he added.

Schools with 80% or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are required to serve breakfast at the start of each school day, totaling more than 360 schools. According to Hunger Free Colorado, an advocacy group that pushed for the bill, that’s another 80,000 students who will have access to breakfast each school day.

“By enacting this legislation, we can ensure that more Colorado kids will have access to a healthy breakfast so they can start the school day ready to learn,” Moreno said in a statement.

North Korea Tourism ‘Booming’ Despite Nuclear Threats

Travel Weekly April 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

State-sanctioned travel operators in North Korea says that business is booming despite the nation’s threats of nuclear war against South Korea and the U.S. They have been accepting tourists who wish to visit the secretive country for several years now.

north korea tourismA 23-year old British tourist, Richie Fenner, who had visited North Korea 20 times, recalls how different this elusive country is to other nations he visited. It has a smaller population than most of its neighboring countries, it has less traffic, less pollution and no commercial advertisements are on sight.

He later on invested in a travel company called YPT(Young Pioneers Tours) and served as a tourist guide. YPT’s tagline is “Adventure travel to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from.”

Last year, the small firm made up of just seven personnel brought 500 curious travelers to North Korea. Fenner predicts that this number will increase to about 800 this year.

Aleksandra Sagan of CBS News has more on the story at this site.