March 1, 2015


Cars in Armenia can be found easily of any kind or make. All you need to do is to first have knowledge about the market and about the car you are interested in buying. For cars Armenia is considered as a hub where you can find different color cars which may be as old as those of the late last century to the most state of the art model any manufacturer has produced. There is also a great demand of multi user cars that can accommodate a group of people and is used to occupy a large family so that they can drive themselves to a picnic point. In Armenia cars are bought after posting a purchase order to the nearest car dealer who after arranging for certain documentary requirements forwards the same to its manufacturer zone. In case where the car dealer is only limited to the advertisement and final sale the same has been performed by someone outsourced in this behalf.
Some customers eyeing to have cars on rentals are found in sub urban region and this business has a seasonal effect as rentals are high during the peak season of December on during year end. You need to book your order in advance to avail the exciting offer that is made available to those customers who come first. For those who are interested in buying the car first need to deposit a certain sum of money with the car dealer who then arranges to get the required vehicle within the stipulated time as offered normally in the car industry. There has also been a surge in the demand of cars Armenia as the people of this area have experienced a rise in the per capita income and thus have much more purchasing power that ever before. This locality has almost half the percentage of its population in ownership of any sort of vehicle. This is based on the assumption that all family members of a household are considered to own a car even if a single vehicle exists in their name as a family. This place is also expecting to run high risks of pollution as the level of vehicles will increase. But the orders of the government and rules and regulations have been stringent and making it impossible for car to emit unnecessary smoke. Further all vehicles are required to get an inspection certificate from the relevant authorities. This certificate is required on an annual basis and is to be renewed every year. The renewal fee is nominal and the main purpose of this exercise is to ensure that the vehicle is fit for normal use.
This part of the world also deals in used Armenia cars. There is a large market here for these old cars which are brought from different countries of the world. Some vehicles are also exported to countries and these results in bringing a lot of foreign reserves in the country. It also helps to maintain the balance of payment while being maintaining the income level of those associated with the industry at high levels.

February 28, 2015

Ruskin Bond was born in colonial India on May 19, 1934 at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh

Ruskin Bond was born in colonial India on May 19, 1934 at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh. His parents were Edith Clerke and Aubrey Bond. He spent his childhood in Jamnagar, Dehradun and Shimla. His parents separated ways when he was a child and he went to live with his mother who remarried. He went to study at Bishop Cotton School in Shimla. He spent a quiet and solitary childhood; however he spent a lot of time reading and his father egged him on to write on nature. He understood his calling as a writer really early in life and once he passed out school, he decided to pursue his career as a writer. The Indian Council for Child Education awarded him the Sahitya Academy Award for his role in the growth of children’s literature in India for his story, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra. His story, The Flight of Pigeons was made into a Merchant Ivory film, Junoon. He has also won the Padma Shri.
Ruskin Bond left for London after school. He lived there for four years doing odd jobs and he was homesick. He was 17 when his first book The Room on the Roof was published and it gained instant popularity and recognition. He won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and returned to India and has lived in the hills here ever since. This book was also made into a BBC television series. Soon after, other writings followed such as: Vagrants in the Valley, Rain in the Mountains, Delhi Is Not Far, The Best of Ruskin Bond, Ghost Stories from the Raj, A Season of Ghosts, A Face in the Dark, and others. His stories reveal and define his love for the Himalayas; his stories revolve around Indians with their idiosyncrasies and warmth. He has dabbled in paranormal writings too as he has always been interested in the paranormal stories from the days of the Raj.
Ruskin Bond’s stories have also been into the school syllabi of different boards. Most of his popular short stories include The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli, The Eyes Have it and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra. His novels include: Room on the Roof, Scenes from a Writer’s Life, A Flight of Pigeons, Landour Days – A writers Journal, The Sensualist, The Road To The Bazar, The Panther’s Moon, Once Upon A Monsoon Time and The India I Love. Recently, his short story, Susanna’s Seven Husbands was made into a Vishal Bharadwaj film titled 7 Khoon Maaf starring Priyamka Chopra. He made a cameo appearance in the film.

February 27, 2015

The famous Bluenose and the Bluenose 2 – History under sail

In the early 1900s two factors brought about the creation of the International Fisherman’s Trophy. Years of rivalry between Canadian and US fishing schooners and the opinions the schooner men had about the America’s Cup.
The yachts that participated in the race for the America’s Cup were always being towed for repairs or adjustments and then in 1919 the New York Yacht Club canceled a race due to a high wind of 23 knots. The schooner men had had enough and so in 1920 “The Halifax Herald” started a formal racing series. The races would be between genuine, working, sailing schooners.
That same year the US and Canada held elimination races and the schooner Esperanto from Gloucester, New England took the trophy in the final against the Delewena of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
Disappointed by the loss Nova Scotians hired Halifax designer William J. Roué to design a new ship to take on future challenges for the Trophy. Smith and Rhuland built and launched the schooner Bluenose in Lunenburg on March 26, 1921.
The Bluenose spent the season fishing on the Grand Banks and then in October 1921 competed for the Trophy defeating the Elsie for Gloucester, New England. The American Schooners Henry Ford, Columbia, and Gertrude L Thebaud as well as several Canadian schooners built to compete with the Bluenose could not compete with the remarkable sailing abilities of the Bluenose. During its racing career the Bluenose was never beaten and held the Trophy for 18 consecutive years.
At 17 years of age in 1938 the Bluenose defeated the Thebaud one last time. The now famous Bluenose was a tribute to the shipwrights and sailors who built her and many other fishing and cargo schooners.
The era of the great fishing schooners ended with World War 2. Modern steel trawlers replaced the sailing schooners and these grand schooners no longer sailed the North Atlantic to harvest cod for the world markets.
In 1942 the Bluenose was sold to carry freight to the West Indies despite the efforts of her Master, Capt. Angus J. Walters of Lunenburg, and others to keep the ship in Nova Scotia.
Storms on the treacherous Sand Bars of Sable Island (known as the graveyard of the Atlantic) 90 miles east of Nova Scotia claimed the Esperanto and Columbia. The Gulf of St Lawrence claimed the Henry Ford and the Elsie. The Gertrude L Thebaud foundered on a Haitian reef, and the Bluenose the Queen of the North Atlantic suffered the same fate on January 28th 1946.
For their achievements in the Fisherman’s Trophy races both the Bluenose and her Captain J. Angus Walters were inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.
In 1963 the Bluenose II a replica of the original Bluenose was launched from the same shipyard where the first Bluenose had been built. It was built by many of the same men who had worked on the famous Bluenose.
The Bluenose II is operated by the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia. Their dedicated service to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic which they also operate, and Bluenose II is well-matched with their knowledge of vessel maintenance, engineering, fabrication, retail and accounting. Many members have long-standing family roots in various aspects of Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage.
Each summer, Bluenose II – now Nova Scotia’s Sailing Ambassador has given public cruises and has traveled to special events near and far. Stories of Lunenburg’s original Bluenose and Captain Angus Walters have enthralled generations of Atlantic Canadians. As the undefeated Queen of the North Atlantic, she was the world’s most famous Nova Scotian fishing schooner and is commemorated on the back of the Canadian dime.
The Bluenose II is now being completely restored at the Lunenburg Shipyard you can visit their website to see a live web cam of the work in progress or visit the shipyard and witness first-hand Nova Scotia Boat Building at its best. The husband of one of my agents in Nova Scotia is one of the craftsmen working on the restoration.

February 26, 2015

Four Phases of Retirement: The Truth About Being Retired

What is retirement really like? As the baby boomers enter retirement, they want to age differently than their parents. While golf and travel may still be part of the vision, most new retirees realize that retiring isn’t about old people. With twenty or thirty years left, that’s a lot of time to fill.
What’s your vision of growing older? We all know the myth of living happily ever after on the golf course on the one hand. Or the person who goes back to work because they don’t know how to fill their time.
After the first year or two of a ‘honeymoon’ phase, most retirees have either successfully made the transition or struggled. Even though the image of retirement is one of a carefree life, you may be surprised to learn that many people suffer during this phase of their lives. Certainly money can be a factor as to whether or not someone is satisfied, but it isn’t the only issue.
Researchers discovered four categories that people fall into after they have settled into retirement. If you’re already retired, which group do you belong? If you aren’t retired yet, which group do you most identify?
Four Categories of Retirement
At one end of the spectrum are the Clueless. This group may comprise as many as 40% of retirees. They may experience depression and loneliness. They are often bored with their free time choices. They feel the most disconnected from others. They report the least amount of planning or thinking about retirement beforehand.
The Aimless comprise another 22% of retirees. This group is still looking for a sense of satisfaction in retirement. They report feeling neither positive nor negative about retirement. Like the Clueless, they gave little forethought to retirement and are now trying to figure it out. Less than 20% had made plans for hobbies and only 36% have a notion of how much money they would need in their later years.
Directionless consist of 19% of retirees. This group is happy to adjust to a less frantic lifestyle and enjoys the lack of stress of work and raising a family. They are not interested in learning new things, finding meaningful work or getting hobbies. They don’t have any great aspirations, and therefore don’t experience much disappointment. They are content to putter around the house, enjoying their family and friends.
The Motivated Redirected are at the other end of the continuum with 19% of people. They view this period as one filled with new challenges, adventure and personal fulfillment. They have planned for retirement both financially and for activities. They are involved in travel, staying connected to family and friends, and live a healthy lifestyle. They are engaged in meaningful work that may be paid, or unpaid with challenging hobbies, or other leisure activities. They do not keeping busy for the sake of busy-ness, but want to fulfill a sense of destiny. Often there is a change in perspective from individual needs to being altruistic that in turn strengthens their sense of self.
The biggest factor that separates the Clueless, Aimless and Motivated Redirected is taking time to think about the future and plan for the life you want. Think about what is important to you and be willing to experiment with your life to find the enjoyment that can be had during the phase.

February 25, 2015

When Only Nyglass Fittings Will Do

Today, fittings are made with a variety of materials and there is no dearth in terms of the technology that is used to make them and the alloys that they can be made with. Advances in technology also mean that there will be a demand for newer and more durable products. The number of applications, industries and needs have increased and it is natural that the latest products will have to cater to these changes. Nyglass fittings are now in high demand and numerous industries use them. These are reinforced with glass and chosen due to their durability factor.

High pressure industry applications use them very effectively and they are anti-corrosive as well. Nyglass fittings tend to be a little more expensive than those made of other materials but they also come with many advantages. Whenever you buy a Nyglass fitting ensure that you are buying one of the correct specifications. There are some applications which demand that the fittings be stronger and you should ensure that you opt for durability against price. Another important factor that has to be taken into consideration is that of temperature. Any fitting that is going to be used in a diesel engine must have higher temperature ratings.

High specialty industries also necessitate the use of high specialty equipment. Equipment that is used in the marine industry, on boats and ships is made to certain specifications. The engines of ships that travel the high seas are constantly exposed to the salty sea air, moisture as well as salt water. Apart from this, the machines that they are connected to are very heavy duty ones. Thus, it goes without saying that the fittings and equipment that is used in these environments will have to be specialized and extremely durable. Marine filters are made especially for ships.

The inner element of the high quality marine filters is designed to ensure integrity. They are able to withstand high differential pressure and wide fluctuations. They also help the engines of the ship stay strong and protect them from contaminants such as sludge, dirt and rust. Marine applications are always high performance ones and there is never any question of taking chances with sub-standard equipment as the vessels are always on the water. These filters are not used just in ships. They are also used in boats and there are many discerning owners who will not settle for anything but the best for their sailboats and yachts.

Today, it is not very difficult to acquire good quality fittings no matter what application you require them for. The best part is that you do not even have to go to any store to buy them. You can easily order them online and they will be delivered to a location of your choice. The one thing that you must ensure is that you access a good online fittings company and order only the best material. Most goods that are bought from well-established stores are also guaranteed. What this means is that even if you do face any issue with a particular piece, the company will exchange it for you.

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