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How long should the meteor shower be going on?

No Comments 29 January 2014

Question by Jordyn: How long should the meteor shower be going on?
Don’t shoot this down as a stupid question. Yes, I know they are out mid august every year, but last year they continued after the main one for a while.
My main question is, will there still be some meteors next weekend? I have an event to be at where it would be nice to go see them with my group.

Best answer:

Answer by campbelp2002
The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the new-Moon night of Sunday–Monday, August 12–13.

The Perseids have a broad peak. So don’t despair if clouds are forecast for Sunday night — or if work obligations prevent you from staying up until dawn on Monday.

The meteor rate increases to roughly 30 per hour in the predawn hours on Saturday, 45 per hour on Sunday morning, and 80 per hour before the sky starts to get light on Monday morning. That’s for a single observer at a dark-sky site in the north temperate latitudes.

On any given night, activity starts slowly in the evening but picks up by 11 p.m., when the radiant gets reasonably high in the sky. The meteor rate increases steadily through the night as the radiant rises higher, peaking just before the sky starts to get light, roughly 1½ to 2 hours before sunrise.

For the most pleasant viewing experience, find a spot far from any city lights. Perseids tend to be relatively bright as meteors go, but you’ll still see more the darker your skies are. Bring a reclining chair so that you can view high in the sky in comfort; there’s no point in filling half your field of view with trees. Don’t forget warm, mosquito-proof clothes or, better, a sleeping bag. No matter how hot the days are, it can get surprisingly chilly under a clear sky late at night, especially whan you’re inactive. And for many people, the most important accessory is bug spray for the parts of you that remain exposed!

It doesn’t really matter where in the sky you watch; meteors can appear anywhere. Just watch where it’s darkest, usually straight up. It’s probably best not to stare directly at the radiant, because meteors there leave short trails.

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How can a wheelchair-bound college student travel Asia with her American friend? Ideas?

1 Comment 29 January 2014

Question by yilingonly: How can a wheelchair-bound college student travel Asia with her American friend? Ideas?
Hi! I am a 20-year-old from Asia who has not known the limitlessness of life until I met Tif, an outdoor American girl who brought me on bike rides and donkey rides. I have never travelled without my parents but would like to do so within the next year. Any suggestions?

Several issues include: wheelchair accessibility, accessible bathroom, backpacking tools, light-weight mobility equipments, options for transportation, cost? We have considered Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and the Philippines… but we don’t know if it is too difficult for us.

Also, what can we do to get sponsors and people to help? We’re thinking of putting together an inspirational program and both of us can speak to inspire the local people. Please suggest!!!

Best answer:

Answer by sonny_too_much
I am an American male in good health and I find getting around in most Asian cities a real challenge, Not only do they not have handicapped accessible public bath rooms. they do not even have bath rooms.
There are very few places that you will find a sidewalk in the sense that we think of a sidewalk. If it is a sidewalk, there are vendors set up on it and people driving trucks on it.
The major cities of China do not fit this pattern. You can get around Beijing, Shenyang, Shenzhen very well. But public transport is not accessible. Forget about trying Bangkok or Manila.
But if you have enough grit , you can do anything. It really depends on your mind set.
Try it and love the adventure !

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Coach and Minibus Conversion Specialists, PH Conversions, Launch New Website and Offer New Services

No Comments 29 January 2014


Manchester, Lancashire (PRWEB) January 28, 2014

The coach conversions firm was founded in February 2013 by Managing Director, Paul Hegedus.

The minibus conversion specialists are based at a well-equipped garage in Newton Heath, Manchester.

The PH Conversions team is made up of six skilled and experienced staff who have soon helped make the ambulance conversion business a success.

PH specialise in commercial vehicle conversions.

Services include: Taxi conversions, wheelchair accessible vehicle conversions and luxury minibus conversions.

In addition, the Newton Heath business also converts coaches and now provides an ambulance conversion service.

We provide a wide and varied range of services. We aim to please and always have the customers best interests at heart, said Paul.

We take enormous pride in all of our conversions and everything we do is aimed to accommodate the customers needs. Once we receive a new enquiry (or before starting a new project), we like to meet face-to-face (if possible) and discuss different designs and layouts for the vehicles interior and exterior, he added.

When Paul was asked what separates PH Conversions from the competition?

He answered, We are one of the most versatile commercial vehicle conversion companies in the UK. We provide almost all the services required. Our work is of the highest quality and we dont skimp on any materials used. The industry is very competitive but we refuse to be drawn in to using sub-standard materials to allow us to be more competitive.

PH Conversions trade nationally and locally.

Wherever possible we collect a customers vehicle and return it after the conversion, said Mr. Hegedus.

The Company has recently been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Certificate of Registration and the COP Compliance certificate.

The new website has been designed and built by local web design company, Vizcom Design.

The platform used is the industry standard for CMS (Content Management System) websites, WordPress.

This type of website allows the user to create new pages, alter text and add images.

We have enjoyed working on this one as Paul was open to our ideas and already had an understanding of why a website appears in the search engine rankings, said Dan Robinson, founder of Vizcom Design.

Before we even begin to design a site, we recommend conducting keyword research. This information tells us what people are looking for in relation to the customers business. We then recommend choosing a suitable domain name which will help the site appear in the Google search results. We decided upon coachandminibusconversions.co.uk, added Dan.

The site is branded using PHs logo and features a rotating banner which advertises PHs services and unique selling points. A call back form has been added (top right) to make it easier for customers to contact PH Conversions out of working hours, explained Mr. Robinson.

Vizcom were recommended to us by the person who built our database. I also looked at who they had worked for before and decided to call them. After the first conversation, I decided to use them and employ their search engine services too, said Paul.

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We hope to generate enquiries and customers from the new site and the feedback received has already been positive, added Paul.

A new ambulance conversion section has been added and this has been created to promote our new service and hopefully generate more leads. It is early days but we have had a few enquiries already. The site is fifth for minibus conversions and I hope Dan and his team can make sure we are top three for the phrase ambulance conversions, explained Paul.

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We convert most types of ambulances including: Patient transport vehicles, emergency vehicles and mobile intensive care units. We build to BSEN 1789:2007+A1:2012 (CEN) standard, ended Paul.







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ThreatMetrix Enters 2014 as One of the Largest Global Identity and Fraud Prevention Networks

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San Jose, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2014

ThreatMetrix, the fastest growing provider of context-based authentication and advanced Web fraud prevention solutions, today announced a compilation of record 2013 milestones and its emergence as one of the largest fully anonymized global identity and fraud prevention networks in the world.

In 2013, the rules governing global cybercrime protection changed. Global governments now assign more importance to individual consumer privacy than to the rapidly increasing financial losses online retailers, enterprises and financial institutions face at the hands of highly sophisticated global cybercriminals.

We work with many of the worlds most recognized and trusted brands, financial institutions, enterprises and government agencies, said Reed Taussig, president and CEO, ThreatMetrix. Today, we protect over 500 million transactions each month and over 160 million active online accounts. Every transaction is screened by ThreatMetrix to provide businesses with confidence and trust that they are servicing an authenticated and valuable customer and not a cybercriminal. The ThreatMetrix Global Trust Intelligence Network (The Network), which is completely passive and fully consumer anonymized, has proven to be the right solution to satisfy the competing agendas of consumer privacy and security.

During 2013, ThreatMetrix made several significant advances in key areas, including:

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New smart bed, smart watch will study you while you snore

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New smart bed, smart watch will study you while you snore
Sleep Number, maker of the “as seen on TV” adjustable bed, has unveiled a new connected smart bed that tracks the quality and duration of your zzzs in order to optimize how you sleep. “It knows when you're sleeping. It knows when you're awake. It tells …
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Disruption in a Sleepy Sector
In our opinion, the new aesthetics don't succeed at making these the most attractive beds on the sales floor, but they do at least achieve aesthetic parity with the competition, which we think should actually help drive better conversion. A more subtle …
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Deals on the Dial – Week of 1/27/14
851-4766 or 851-5021; Full over full size bunk beds. Solid pine construction., Built in end ladder. Ready to paint or stain. Mattresses not included. Pictures upon request. Dubois. $ 400 firm 455-2039; Reese 10,000 lb adjustable head weight distribution …
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Sleep Country USA's Big Game Giveaway
Founded in 1991, Sleep Country USA features top-quality, brand name mattresses from Simmons, Beautyrest, Sealy, Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster, and Serta iComfort, as well as premium adjustable beds, futons, and wood and metal accent …
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Electric Bikes to Keep Dominating Light Electric Vehicle Sales, According to New IDTechEx Report Published at MarketPublishers.com

No Comments 29 January 2014


London, UK (PRWEB) January 28, 2014

The global light electric vehicles (LEV) sector is witnessing robust growth; actually, it is the most fastest-growing segment of the overall electric vehicles market. The highest growth rates are registered in China. Until recent years, ebike sales were concentrated in the EU, Japan and China. However, during the past few years almost every nation has bought the Chinese ebikes, and in certain cases in rather large volumes. Ebikes are and will remain the most popular LEVs, and their annual sales are poised to be estimated nearly 130 million up to 2025, enabling it to become the largest industry worldwide. Currently, throttle-controlled bikes are in high demand worldwide. A substantial part of ebikes sold annually belong to scooters.

Large large bicycle companies are expected to face fierce competition and even be pushed aside by motorcycle, car and auto parts making companies. Asian countries, particularly Taiwan, China, Japan and South Korea, are deemed to have huge growth potential owing to the presence of strong supply chains for nearly every LEV/LEV component in these geographies.

New research report Light Electric Vehicles, Mobility Vehicles, E-Motorcycles and Micro-EVs (Quadricycles) 2013-2023 worked out by IDTechEx Ltd has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd.

Report Details:

Title: Light Electric Vehicles, Mobility Vehicles, E-Motorcycles and Micro-EVs (Quadricycles) 2013-2023

Published: January, 2014

Pages: 206

Price: US$ 3,495.00

http://marketpublishers.com/report/electric_vehicles/light-electric-vehicles-mobility-vehicles-e-motorcycles-n-micro-evs-quadricycles-2013-2023.html

The topical research study delves deep into the world LEVs market, highlights its historical background and also describes the current scenario. It looks closely at the prevailing market trends, reviews the technological developments, covers burning industry issues as well as features the main factors having influence on the market growth. The report sheds light on the regulative framework, contains an insightful overview of more than 70 brands, presents comprehensive assessments of the key market segments, pinpoints the most promising future growth areas and outlines the top market opportunities and challenges. The study provides not only the current an historical market values, but also offers an extensive future outlook for the world LEVs market through 2023 with detailed forecasts of unit prices, sales volume, market value, etc.

Report Scope:

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Warner Robins Boy Scout builds desks for students in wheelchairs

No Comments 29 January 2014

Warner Robins Boy Scout builds desks for students in wheelchairs
Perry High School sophomore Mariah Smith, who has cerebral palsy, uses a desk built by Boy Scout Morgan Carr of Warner Robins in her World History class January 16. Carr built four adjustable desks for his Eagle Scout project. JASON VORHEES …
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Wheelblades: Helping People In Wheelchairs Stay Active In The Snow
But winter weather poses an especially difficult challenge for people who use wheelchairs. The snow makes it difficult to maneuver and steer, and it can be so limiting that many people lower their activity level, dramatically. A new product called …
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Opportunities and dreams Stolen along with wheelchairs
Members of the Iowa Chairiots wheelchair basketball team owned some of those chairs. Others were owned by the nonprofit organization SportAbilty of Iowa, most of whose members have a lower limb disability. You have taken away opportunities for …
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