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29 Aug 2010 Stroke Prevention. The 7 Major Risk Factors

Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability in the world’s wealthiest countries and the third leading cause of death after heart attack and cancer.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that simple lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your risk. Read on to discover the 7 top risk factors for stroke and what you can do to prevent them.

But first, what is a stroke and what are the warning signs?

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted and brain tissue is deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Most strokes are ischaemic strokes caused by blood clots blocking an artery to the brain.

About one out of five are caused by a haemorrhage in a blood vessel to the brain. This is a haemorrhagic stroke. It can occur when an artery ruptures causing bleeding into the brain.

A stroke can also happen when a clot from elsewhere in the body becomes dislodged and blocks an artery in the brain {embolic stroke}.

The common symptoms are:

Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on one or both sides of the body.
Loss of vision in one or both eyes.
Speech difficulty.
Vertigo, loss of balance.
Sudden, severe headache.
Confusion and memory problems.
Difficulty swallowing.
Seizures or blackouts.


High blood pressure or hypertension.
Defined by the US National Institutes of Health as a blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher.
Factors such as a high fat diet, stress and being overweight can narrow arteries. The resulting pressurized blood flow damages artery walls, making the formation of fatty plaque more likely. Plaque can break off and cause blood clots to form according to studies at the Stroke Prevention and Atherosclerosis Research Centre at Robarts Research Institute London, Ontario, Canada.

Normalizing blood pressure cuts the risk of stroke in half. No other preventative measure is as effective. The Mediterranean diet can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke by up to 60%.This diet calls for five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. It also emphasizes the importance of whole grains, beans, fish and poultry. It suggests replacing butter and cream with olive oil or oils rich in alpha-linolenic acid.


Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
Cigarette smoke is a bigger risk factor than previously thought. Research conducted at the University of Auckland New Zealand divided people into three groups: smokers, non smokers exposed to secondhand smoke and non smokers not exposed to secondhand smoke.

Researchers discovered that smokers had six times the stroke risk of non smokers and non smokers exposed to secondhand smoke had almost double the risk of other non smokers.

The obvious prevention is to quit smoking. Some success has been achieved with nicotine patches, anti smoking medication and hypnosis.


Sticky blood or platelet aggregation.
In this process, microscopic components of blood stick together, leading to clot formation. To prevent this, talk to your doctor about taking a low dose aspirin daily. Aspirin inhibits platelet aggregation and can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 30% in some people. Vitamin E can improve blood flow and prevent blood clots. It is possibly the most important vitamin for promoting normal blood circulation, healthy arteries and heart.


High cholesterol level.
High total and/or high LDL ["bad"] cholesterol levels contribute to the narrowing of arteries.
Prevention: Have a blood test. If your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol are high, ask your doctor to discuss options with you. A number of natural options are available. These include a high fiber diet. Psillium husks and ground flaxseed are particularly high in fiber. Garlic can lower cholesterol levels as well as clean the arteries of accumulated fats.


Before a person has a stroke, he/she might have one or more “ministrokes”, or transient ischaemic attacks [TIAs}. The symptoms are the same as a stroke.

Though TIA symptoms go away, those who have had a TIA have about a 30% risk of having a stroke within the next two months.

Prevention: If you think you have had a TIA, see your doctor without delay. It is possible that you have symptomatic carotid stenosis, a severe narrowing of the carotid artery, the main artery leading to the brain. Endarterectomy, a procedure to clear this blockage, reduces the risk of stroke to 9%.


High Homocysteine level.
Homocysteine is an amino acid used by the body for many functions including detoxification. Normal blood levels are about 6-8mm for women and 8-12mm for men. As long as the body keeps these levels in check,it is not usually a problem.
According to Dr Kilmer McCully, author of “The Homocysteine Revolution”, this amino acid may be toxic and inflammatory when in excess and can lead to serious consequences including heart disease and stroke. It causes cholesterol to “catch” onto ridges in your artery walls. These cholesterol “traps” are the cause of a fatty build up called “plaque”, thus reducing the flow of blood and causing high blood pressure.

Some research studies have suggested that high homocysteine level is a more critical marker for heart disease and stroke than cholesterol levels.

Prevention: A blood check will determine your homocysteine level. If it is high the dietary supplement folate {folic acid} combined with vitamins B6 and B12 should help. Dietary improvements also help reduce homocysteine levels. Eliminate processed foods, including flour and sugar and eat more fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains.


Heavy Drinking.
This can increase your stroke risk threefold, so it’s vital to limit your intake.
Prevention: A moderate intake of one or two standard drinks daily, may actually decrease your stroke risk.


My father died of a stroke at the age of 35. He was strong, physically fit and thought he was indestructible. His warning sign was a severe and persistent headache. Despite requests from my mother to visit a doctor, they were ignored. He rarely suffered from headaches and dismissed it as a passing inconvenience.

John Newcombe, Wimbledon Tennis Champion and former captain of the Australian Davis Cup team, is a stroke survivor.

In his inspirational book “No One’s Indestructible”, he describes how he believed he was “bulletproof”. He had many warning signs and risk factors. He was a smoker, drinker, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was regularly under stress. He ignored them. His description of events leading up to and following his stroke, including his recovery program, makes compulsive reading.

Never start a new treatment before consulting your doctor, especially if you are currently taking medication. The information published in this article is not intended as a substitute for personal medical advice from your physician or other qualified health-care practitioner. It is for information only.

29 Aug 2010 Why polar bears are disappearing

One of the signs of global warming and an oft quoted example is the fact that polar bears are drowning in the arctic. Polar bears are at the top of the arctic food chain and feed mainly on seals although they do adapt to being omnivores particularly when around places of human activity – like garbage dumps.

The largest of the bears a large white polar bear is a site to behold. A polar bear will sit for hours above a seal’s blow hole waiting for a sign of a seal at which point it will use its huge weight to smash through the ice to catch, kill and eat a seal. Polar bears are also known for swimming huge distances between ice berges and ice packs. The problem with the great melt in the arctic circle it that these distances are know becoming even too great for the once mightly polar bear.

Many would say the only solution to preventing the polar bear from extinction is to breed them in captivity in zoos and the like. Whilst polars bear will live in zoos this poses many problems. Use to ranging over such a large area polar bears are quickly bored being locked up in a small enclosure. There are numerous examples of bears going quite mad in zoos. I remember one in Auckland zoo that spent most of the day pacing back and forth like a prisoner. Zoos and theme parks have improved the way they look after their polar bears including packing their food in ice (to make them work for it), hiding food in different ways to give the bears something to do. They also include more ‘toys’ to keep the bears busy. But even if this is better for the bears mental health genetically you need a population of at least 5000 bears with a highly skilled breeding program to ensure the health of the species.

Perhaps a radical solution would be to move some polar bears to the antarctic. The south pole is not going to melt anytime soon (but give mankind time to stuff it up). The polar bears would have plenty of prey – penguins, seals, birds, etc. Of course the huge risk of introducing a new species to this environment is the destruction of other species. Whilst seals would be fine giving that polar bears haven’t over hunted them up north penguins might be a different story – especially ones like the emperors that collect in huge groups to brood – a sitting ‘duck’ for a hungry polar bear. Perhaps a solution would be to tried them on some islands near the antarctic first and see how they went and whether other species could adapt to having a new predator.

Whatever the solution with the way the arctic is going time is running out for the polar bear (but not for property developers of nice warm arctic real estate!)

26 Jul 2010 Festive New Zealand

New Zealand is a land in the far south where immigrant cultures were grafted onto a Polynesian landscape. This makes for a colourful culture replete with festivals of all kinds. There are festivals marking special days in the country’s colonial history, events that celebrate the indigenous Polynesian culture and still others that commemorate New Zealand’s rich agricultural traditions.

New Zealand celebrates its history on the last Monday in January with the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. This colourful, nautical event commemorates the arrival of Captain Hobson in New Zealand when he founded the city of Auckland.

The Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta dates back to 1840 which makes it the country’s oldest sporting event. Predating the Americas Cup by 11 years, the Auckland Anniversary Regatta draws around 400 competing boats each year.

New Zealand’s Polynesian roots are celebrated at the Pasifika Festival held at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium in March. The event celebrates the art, culture and lifestyle of the South Pacific through music and other performances.

First produced by Auckland City Council in 1993, Pasifika has grown over the years and now attracts more than 225000 visitors who come to enjoy the work of hundreds of performers from the Auckland region as well as the Pacific area.

The event kicks off on a Friday night with an opening concert from Air New Zealand. The main event starts of the Saturday and comprises around 300 food and craft stalls.

A popular addition to Pasifika was made in 1999 in the form of cultural villages. These showcase unique aspects of various Pacific Island communities. Each village presents a traditional and contemporary programme including music, dancing, workshops, and food.

In 2008, Wellington introduced its own Pasifika featuring exhibitors from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue displaying traditional handicrafts such as embroidery, weaving, shell jewellery and wood carving.

Agriculture is at the heart of the New Zealand economy so it’s no wonder that one of the country’s most important festivals covers farming and rural life. It’s the Royal New Zealand Show held over three days each November. With the theme of ‘Bringing the country to town’, the Show is held at Canterbury Agricultural Park, Wigram Road, Christchurch.

Featuring both indoor and outdoor displays and exhibitions, the Royal New Zealand Show attracts well over 100,000 visitors each year. Displays include marquees and pavilions showcasing the very best of New Zealand farming and rural life, top entertainment, and numerous other attractions. The event draws 5000 livestock entries and more than 400 exhibitors.

The Royal New Zealand Show was first held in 1924. Formerly held in rotation with Palmerston North, Hawke’s Bay, Hamilton, Invercargill and Christchurch, the show has been held at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch since 2006.

New Zealand is a fascinating country but attending a festival can give you special insights into this antipodean nation.

25 Jul 2010 Is cruising the right choice of holiday for you

Cruising is an ideal vacation. There is a world of variety available. It is important to do a bit of research in order to choose the right ship, the right destination, the right mix of passengers for your needs.

If you’ve never cruised before, I would suggest you start out with one of the three or four day itineraries to the Bahamas or Baha Mexico to whet your whistle. The ships in those markets are not the mega-size but will give you a good taste of what

cruising is like. They are still very nice ships with all the excitement and

amenities cruising offers and you can see if you enjoy ship life, being waited on

by extremely attentive staff, having nonstop activities of every kind. Rarely, do

passengers not become cruising enthusiasts.

Next, explore the different cruise lines and ask questions of your family and friends who have cruised. There are also very good cruise websites such as www.cruisecritic.com where you can communicate with frequent cruisers and get feedback on particular ships, what to pack, even which staterooms are best. If you’re young singles, you would definitely not want to cruise on a ship that caters mainly to seniors! Itineraries are very important as well. Initially, I wanted to go to Caribbean destinations and I had to be in port every day or I was psychotic. As I grew older, I found I liked to have a day at sea in between a port – and I wanted to travel other places. I love Mediterranean cruising and the capitals of

Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Russia was one of the most beautiful cruises I

ever did – as was one from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. Now, I

even enjoy the transatlantic crossing with six days at sea – and they can be a

real bargain!

Ships range from small to mega vessels holding over 3500 passengers. Choose accordingly. Most are elegant, some with priceless art collections, beautiful atriums, lovely showrooms, spas to rival those on land, indoor swimming pools,

gorgeous dining rooms. Cabins, unless you can afford the large suites, are not

huge – but most of your time is usually spent out and about on the ship. Regular

cabins are intimate, to say the least and the bathrooms are tiny – again, if you

have money to burn ( I usually prefer to spend mine on another cruise! ), larger

cabins have larger bathrooms.

Most cruise lines don’t have classes ( other than on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and other

ships of that company ) so all passengers eat in the same dining rooms

14 Jul 2010 Gardening tips

Vegetable gardening can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Eating your own fresh vegetables picked straight off the plant or fresh from the ground with the real taste still intact beats store brought produce every time.

I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and gardening on the slopes of One Tree Hill, an extinct volcano, with perfect dark volcanic soil, it was merely a matter of chucking some seeds onto the ground, raking it over with soil and coming back and harvesting the bounty. With very regular rainfall there was little need to irrigate, a bit of pest control to keep down the snails and abit of weeding was about it.

What a shock to come to the Gold Coast, Queensland and attempt to create a vegetable garden here. The soil is poor and solid clay with a rock not far below with little or no top soil.

Clay is one of the most difficult mediums to grow plants in. The particular mix is so fine that oxygen and water have a hard time getting to the roots of any plant. Hard as concrete in the dry and waterlogged in the rainy season. Without special preparation you will be lucky to even get weeds to grow.

As you can see in the picture above success can be achieved but work is required.

To prepare the garden a maddock was used to break up the clay into smaller pieces. It is actually better to do this when the clay is dry, rather than waterlogged. Its just heavier when wet and sticks to the maddock. This is time consuming back breaking work. But take a small patch at a time and come back after a rest. Take several days to complete the vegetable patch, gardening is to help build the muscles, not destroy them. Whilst doing this task many times rock was hit, however most rock on the Gold Coast shatters when hit and breaks into smaller pieces. While many of these were removed pieces smaller than half the size of your fist were left in on the advice of garden manuals. Why? It is said that small rocks help drainage and add minerals to the soil over time. So long as the don’t make up more than 5%-10% of the soil, leave them in. Eventually a base of the patch was layered out.

To further soften and break up the clay store brought clay breakers were added. Easily available at your gardening or hardware store they are added to water and sprayed on the garden though they work best over a period of time.

Next Gypsum was added. This comes in large bags and is easy to spread out by hand, mix in with the clay and it too will further help ‘relax’ the

11 Jul 2010 Aotea Square Markets-open Air Shopping and Entertainment

Aotea Square is the center of the Auckland City and is the principal site where take place open-air concerts and social gatherings. It was opened by Sir Dove-Myer Robinson in 1979 with its name “Aotea” derived from “Motu Aotea” which gives the meaning of “Great Barrier Island”. The area s redesigned in 2000 by Ted Smythe which gives it the current outlook of a perfect arena of musical concerts as well as political rallies.


Aotea Square Market is held every Fri days and Saturdays at “THE EDGE” of Aotea Square and it displays the latest designer fashions, Pacifica arts and crafts, traditional food and many items that relate to the culture of the region. Also the Aotea Square Markets brings every time some exciting live band shows where people enjoy Rock and classical music. It is a great opportunity for new fashion designer to show up their talents and to present their creative designs. And many people who are new to textile trade come to the Aotea Square Markets in order to put their items on sale and the place holds a good reputation in buying items at much lower cost than in the high street stores.


Another main feature of the market is its food stalls where one can taste both traditional and funky food items in each stall. Apart from the food items from the native areas, the food items that are sold at t he best rates are considered to be American, and Indian food. Some other major features of the market can be mentioned as Pacific arts and crafts that attract a large number of people who are interested in handicrafts and other hand-made artistic articles along with traditional Maori carvings.


The main feature relevant to Aotea Square, “THE EDGE” comprises with three main structures as The Civic, Aotea Centre and Auckland Town Hall and it is the main facilitator for performing arts, public conventions and also for entertainment events in the area. THE EDGE®” is being administered by The Aotea Centre Board of Management which is responsible for every event that takes place in Aotea Square and in the entire city.


Apart from that, the city holds a good reputation for its high-class hospitality services along with outstanding hotels in Auckland which exemplifies the most prominent and leading hotels in Auckland.

11 Jul 2010 Video Conferencing Public Rooms: Go Public, Go Practical

Your business is going global. You’ve got people working for you in Bangkok, Auckland, Florence, and Paris. Thankfully for you and the people who work for you, gone are the days of waiting for telegrams to arrive. Nor is there any need for you to yell in competition with inaudible static just to get your message across. In this day and age, modern technology has made it possible for you to connect with real people in real time. Thanks to a wondrous little innovation called video conferencing, you can connect to your liaisons officer in Zimbabwe and talk to him almost as if he were in the same room with you.

Video, What?

Video conferencing technology allows you to utilize the Internet to send or receive audio files and images to any or all of your business associates around the world and vice versa. The quality of the sound and images you send and receive is dependent on the speed of your Internet service provider, so if you don’t want your image frozen in mid-blink with half-closed eyelids, high-speed is the way to go.

Can You Afford It?

Video conferencing equipment is usually set up in conference or board rooms. Video conferencing equipment does not come cheap, however. High-tech video conferencing equipment includes LCD screens and projectors, routers, and speaker phones, and would eat up a hefty chunk of last year’s profits. If your company can afford it, though, then by all means, purchase all the equipment you need. If you’re still cutting corners or just breaking even, however, purchasing video conferencing equipment would not be a good idea.

Make It Public!

Who’s to say you can’t use video conferencing technology? Even if your resources are not as bottomless as your ambitions, you can still use video conferencing technology. How? By utilizing video conferencing public rooms! Video conferencing public rooms are conference rooms with the necessary state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment you need. They may be rented or leased.

The good thing about video conferencing public rooms is that you can use one for a very small fee. This makes it the cost-efficient alternative to having to set up your own video conferencing room. In video conferencing public rooms, you simply inform operators know what you need, how long you need it for, and when you need it. These operators will take care of everything for you, from the conference set-up to equipment maintenance. Undoubtedly, video conferencing public rooms will save your company not just money but also time and manpower.

Going Public

So, now the next concern is finding the best among the multitude of video conferencing public rooms available. One of the more popular video conferencing public rooms is FedEx’s Kinko’s. Kinko’s boasts of 120 locations worldwide and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides the latest video conferencing equipment. You even have the option of having your meeting videotaped, so you can review the proceedings at your leisure or monitor which of your executives slept while you talked.

Proximity also offers video conferencing public rooms in 3,500 locations worldwide. They can organize video conferencing involving as few as two to as many as 5,000 participants. All you have to do is show up. You don’t need to worry about a thing.

Video conferencing public rooms are sprouting like mushrooms everywhere, from shopping malls to hotels and even subway stations. Pluck the right mushroom and you’ll be guaranteed seamless and convenient video conferencing no matter where in the world you might be.

06 Jul 2010 All About Lawnmowing Services

Lawn mowing services provide a professional and organized lawn outdoor cleaning and maintenance. This is with the use of well-serviced equipment. Usually, lawn mowing would entail the use of a lawnmower machine which is suited for cutting grasses in residential lawns, gardens, golf courses and parks. Many lawn mowing companies offer quality services and equipments in order to satisfy their customer needs.

Lawn mowing services provide a professional and organized lawn outdoor cleaning and maintenance. This is with the use of well-serviced equipment. Usually, lawn mowing would entail the use of a lawn mower machine which is suited for cutting grasses in residential lawns, gardens, golf courses and parks. This is because a lawn mower has one or more revolving or rotating blades that generally come in different types. This would include the following:

•Cylinder or reel mower – This is a form of mechanical mower that employs an assembly blade that rotates on a horizontal axis, carrying the lawn mower close to the grass.

•Rotary mowers – This type employs a blade that rotates on a vertical axis. It is often powered by an internal combustion engine that runs on liquid fuels or gasoline.

•Cordless mowers – This type is considered as a battery operated type of machine.

•Riding mowers – This is a type of machine where in the operator rides on it and controls the mower. It uses a horizontal rotating blade system that would go hand on hand with its multiple blades.

•Hover mowers – This is a rotary push powered mower that uses turbine in order to drive the air down, creating an air cushion that lifts the mower like a hovercraft.

•Robotic mowers – This is a robot type of mower that requires the user to set up a wire border that points out the area to be mowed. Plus, its boundaries will be trimmed as well.

•Professional grass-cutting equipment – This is used in larger platforms such as stadiums, universities and large establishments.

In history, lawn mowers were invented in the year 1827 by the famous Edwin Beard Budding, an English engineer. Edwin’s mower was designed to cut gardens and lawns, particularly on sports grounds as an alternative to scythe. The mower was patented on October 1830 and its manufacture began in the early 1860s. Hence, gasoline powered rotary mowers were introduced by Power Specialist Ltd in the 1930s.

Nowadays, many gasoline powered lawn mowers are seen in the market. Hence, side effects in our environment vary with the use of this machine due to the carbon dioxide emissions.

There are also several designs that are best suited for residential and commercial lawns. These are made and are currently being used by the evolving lawn mowing service companies. Thus, it also became an alternative for personal gardeners in working on the maintenance of either small scaled or large called lawns.

Here are the lists of some of the lawn mowing services:

1.A1 Lawnmowing Services Ltd.

This company has been operational for over 25 years now. They started as a contractor, operated only by one man with the name of Bryan Knight. Thus, A1 provides professional and compete outdoor maintenance packages. It is located at Marua Road Mount Wellington, Auckland.

The associated companies and expertise of A1 are as follows:

•A1 Lawnmowing Services Ltd – Offers a commercial type lawn mowing service that can be endorsed to other contractors as well.

•A1 Stump Services Ltd – Develops equipment and offers free quotes. They can completely start and finish their work for a span of seven days.

•A1 Landscape Services Ltd – Their services are equipped towards ongoing maintenance, commercial and small areas.

•A1 Tree Services Ltd – Services all types of trees and removes it from ones property, especially if there are cases of falling and big debris.

2.Xtreme Mow Over

Free phone: 0800 08 08 09

Xtreme has been in operation for 15 years now. They boast of their experience in lot or lawn mowing services, carefully eliminating high brush and weeds, cutting grass and clearing vacant lots and commercial spaces. Their price is highly competitive due to their highly specialized and effective services.

For instances where in they will be serving in Neuces County, Texas, Xtreme offers 50% off on mowing services, along with an annual contractual service until you sell it.

These are some of the services they provide:

•Vacant lots – Mowed 6 times a year for an annual fee. You can also contact them for an emergency or on call basis. The price would depend on the size of the lot.

•Residential and commercial vacant building – Mowing of waist high grass in a weekly, bi-monthly, monthly and even on a quarterly basis.

•Red carpet service for large acreage lots – Maintains a five foot perimeter path on ones property.

3.Grasshopper Lawn mowing Services

A complete lawn mowing service is what this company offers, along with a full range of new equipments. Grasshopper also guarantees the quality of work from the smallest to largest commercial lawns.


•Cutting lawns using mulching mowers or collecting clippings and disposing it as well.

•Specialized in manicured lawns for factories, Schools, Villages, Office Blocks, Parks and Lifestyle Blocks.

•Full garden service maintenance includes planting, pruning, weeding and spraying.

Grasshopper also gives a loyalty card to every regular customer. This actually entitles him with a 10th cut free. Prices start as little as $12.00.

4.Land Impressions

Address: Jacksonville, Florida CALL 904.537.2587

This company includes free lawn vacuuming for bagging leaves. Aside from this, they offer price reductions, along with per visit and per month fee basis.

Per year visit: 42 visits

Apr-Oct- one visit in a week in summer Price: $41.42

Nov-Mar. – one visit every two weeks in winter Price: $54.48

Some of the services they provide are as follows:




•Weed-eating, and

•Controlling of bed weeds and flowers

5.Mow My Lawn

Address: 337 Route 36 Port Monmouth, NJ 07758

Phone: 732-391-2281

Fax: (888) 503-1989

Email: support@mowmylawn.com

Mow My Lawn is a family run business of Bill and Greg Beier. They basically offer lawn care services by creating and maintaining manicured lawns. The company provides excellent services, especially in residential weekly lawn mowing right in Lincroft, Middletown and Holmdel of New Jersey.

The services and packages they guarantee would include:

•Weekly service calls

•Trimming and Edging of entire property


•Plant beds, and


•Lawn mowing

•Customizing a solution on property

•Spring cleanups, and

•Fall leaf cleanups.

6.Mowing & More, LLC

Address: Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Phone Number: 301-674-0312

Mowing and More provides landscape management services throughout Washington D.C. and Montgomery County Maryland.

The services they offer are as follows:

•Lawn Fertilizing

•Spring Cleanups

•Professional Lawn Mowing

•Fall Leaf Cleanup

•Lawn Fertilizing

•Snow Removal

•Gutter Cleaning

•Flower Bed Care

Professional weekly lawn mowing service includes:

•Collecting grass clippings and leaves on the lawn and hardscapes (charges on disposal apply).

•Edging along each defined sidewalks, flower beds, driveways, and the like

•Cleaning of stairwells in order to prevent flooding.

•Power blowing meant for debris along your sidewalks, driveway, curbs, and patios.

Spring Cleanups:

•Re-edging of bed edges by hand

•Trimming of dry long-lived plants to remove any dead growth on the plants.

•Cleaning of all leaves, sticks, garbage and debris from the property.

Mulch Installation:

•Heightens the beauty of any landscape while keeping the moisture in the soil, reduces weed growth and prevents erosion.

•Provides double-shredded hardwood mulch at depth of 2” – 2.5”.

•Spreading the mulch in designated locations and combs it in order to leave the place finished and clean.

Flower Bed Care:

•Regular bed landscape maintenance that includes trimming of overgrown ground cover and ornamental shrubs, cutting back of dead perennials and weeding of mulched areas.

Fall Leaf Cleanup:

•Clears the property of piles and leaves.

Landscape Maintenance:

•Maintaining landscapes from small commercial properties up to large companies and condo-associations.

7.Greenhouse Landscaping & Lawn Care Service

Address: San Antonio Lawn Maintenance

Contact person: Adolph Marroquin

Phone number: 210- 843-5004

Greenhouse is a professional landscaping company that offers the following services:

•Residential and commercial needs in lawn care (year-round yard services)

•Landscape design and maintenance

•Sod installation


•Insect and weed control programs

•Free estimates

•Lawn analysis


•Fence installation and repair




•Gutter cleaning

•Tree and shrub trimming, and

•Hand leaf raking

8.High and Tight Lawn Service

Phone number: 904-379-5522

E-mail: HTLawnCare http://comcast.net

The products and services they guarantee are as follows:

•Commercial and Residential lawn mowing


•Weed eating

•Pressure washing

•Athletic fields, and

•Free estimates

Brands: John Deere

Certification & Affiliations: Licensed and Insured Wayne McElroy Owner/Operator

Hours of Operation: Mondays up to Saturdays from 7:00 AM up to 6:00 PM

9.The Lawn Lady

The Lawn Lady provides a reliable grass cutting and lawn care services for both commercial and residential areas. Based in Fareham, Hampshire, it is run by mature professionals that use quality equipments. The company also renders services to nursing homes, letting agents, holiday lets, hotels, and business developments. Plus, they also cater to relocating companies. Thus, Lawn Lady encourages the recycling of garden waste and composting it as a part of conserving the natural resources.

Their services are as follows:

•Cutting of lawns including edging

•Cutting of rough grass

•Maintaining lawn edges with an edging machine


•Cutting of small hedges and shrubs.

•Strimming grass banks and uneven grassed areas

•Sweeping of adjoining hard surfaces

•Trimming grass around trees and structures

•Undergrowth clearance.

•Removal of hedge cuttings

Schedule of Contracted Operation: Regular (will range from weekly up to monthly)

10.The Liberation Team

Phone number: 09 4282981 or 021 2601422

Liberation team provides friendly, fast and reliable services at a great price.

Their services are as follows:

•Spraying and weeding

•Trimming of hedge

•Garden tidy ups

•Scheduled lawn mowing that may start at $10, including mulching or catching and edging among others

•Mulching and garden bed planting

•Lawn care such as fertilizing, aerating, patching

•Weed whacking

•Suggests new plantings and hard landscaping

Finding a professional lawn mowing company is really a tough decision, especially if you are keen in creating or maintaining a certain yard, whether it’s a small or a large lawn. It is best to check on the various lawn mowing services in your area. Check with other people and assess their portfolio, past projects and testimonies. It will really ease your doubts if you get to talk to some of their customers.

Thus, lawn mowing companies should provide the most effective and quality equipment services to their clients. They should also have the capability to recommend good ideas based on their customer’s budget and desires. Lawnmowing has truly become the most convenient way for the best possible, competitive and affordable lawn and garden maintenance.

30 Jun 2010 As the “Sun” goes down, there sees the birth of L’Eclipse

(Hong Kong, September 2006) After 17 years in business, the Sun’s Café at the Langham Hotel Hong Kong will be transformed into an all-day interactive dining restaurant – L’Eclipse (which means Langham’s Eclipse), due to open early December of this year.

L’Eclipse will be known as the premier casual dining experience, employing an inspired modern approach to traditional Asian cuisine from an array of action and wok-fired stations. The cuisine will be a highly creative blend of authentic Chinese, Asian and Western fare influenced from Hong Kong’s diverse world class cuisine.

According to the interior designer Andy Tait of LRF Designers Limited, whose previous works have received the Scottish National Heritage Awards and the British Travel Writers Awards, “L’Eclipse will be a stylish and innovative restaurant with an open kitchen concept.”

Guests will experience the first visual impact when they enter the remodeled glazed entrance, where they will be met by an irresistible dessert showcase awash with bold colors and textures. Next on the visual tour is a free standing back-lit podium piled up with the freshest seafood, oysters and prawns. The theatre-styled kitchen design will allow guests to customize their feast through open dialogues with chefs and enjoying the views of kitchen and its team in action.

To enhance the touch and feel of a modern yet elegant dining experience, Tait has married the natural warmth of sandstone & granite with the contemporary feel of steel & tempered glass. A stylized and dramatic eclipse will be projected onto sheer drapery, while color-changing mood lighting will subtly shift the restaurant from day to evening. The image of “Eclipse” is further strengthened by the iconic feature wall which subtly separates the dining and open-kitchen area.

“At L’Eclipse, we will be reputed for our outgoing and friendly chefs whose creations are made according to the selections and tastes of discerning patrons. We will be flexible, knowledgeable and inventive as we cater to the vast range of cultures and backgrounds of our guests,” says Executive Chef, Christopher Christie.

Items represented on the all-day dining as well as a la carte menu will reflect a fresh approach to Asian Cuisine with strong Chinese influences of high quality. L’Eclipse will open its doors early December this year where breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner will be served daily.

For information on the The Langham Hotel, Hong Kong, please visit: hongkong.langhamhotels.com

About Langham
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when the The Langham Hotel in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance, continuous innovation and genuine hospitality creating a truly unique hotel experience

About Langham Hotels International:
Langham Hotels International (LHI) features six properties with over 2,700 rooms in five gateway cities across the four continents, namely, London, Boston, Hong Kong (2), Melbourne and Auckland. In each city Langham Hotels is associated with the prestigious “The Leading Hotels of the World” group which represents some of the world’s finest luxury hotels.

LHI is wholly owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited a publicly listed company (HKSE: 41) which was founded in 1963 and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.

26 Jun 2010 Where is the best place to go for a family fun day out?

One of the best place for a family fun day out is heading to the orchard and pick fruits. There are many orchards where you can pick your own fruits. Our city raised children get to know that fruits do not come from the supermarket and what a good way to learn Science and have fun too. As fruits are seasonal, the children will also learn that in Summer, there are stone frutis, berries, and oranges. Taking them close to nature will teach them to be appreciative of the work other people do. Seeing your children chromp into the delicious crispy apples they had just pick will give you just as much satisfaction as they have in eating them.

Some fruit trees are tall, like apples. The children will enjoy the fun of climbing up ladders and trees and realise that happy and fun times can be gotten away from the blinking computer and television screen.

Come every summer holiday, after Christmas in New Zealand, families head to West Auckland to the straw berry fields with their young and not so young children, and grand parents, to part take in the pick-your-own straw berries.

I love these outings and confess that I ate more than I paid for. The farmers charge only what you have picked in your ice cream cartons and not what is is your tummy. A friend joked that perhaps the farmer should weigh me before I entered the farm.

After being away for sixteen years, I was enthusiastic to resume this tradition which is popular in England.( A fellow picker told me)

Straw berry picking is attractive to families, with many parents saying they wanted their children to experience what they had done as kids.

Not all horticulturists like to offer pick-your-own fruit as it tended to be less profitable. Some people ate more than they picked and the public could damage irrigation pipes in the fields. Half eaten and semi ripe strawberries can be seen strewn in the fields and children and even adults trampled on the plants.

Picking your own straw berries may not be a cheaper option. Along the road side, vendors sell the fruits from their car boots and at a cheaper price. You also don’t have to listen to your other halves’ growling that just the petrol would have paid for the miserable kilo of straw berries.

You can’t put a price on reminiscences. When your children grow up, they too will enjoy taking their children to pick their own fruits.