Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Canada: A Journey Through Stunning Nova Scotia

In Canada, canoe excursions are the perfect way to take in gorgeous scenery while being on an adventure. One of the most spectacular locations for canoeing is Nova Scotia with its stunning islands, beautiful beaches and quaint villages. There is so much to see along the coastline and exploring the area by canoe will enable you to have a thrilling experience and get up close to the best sites. 

Excursion Ideas
There is so much to see in Canada, especially in Nova Scotia, that simply knowing where to start can be overwhelming. However, there are several popular trips that visitors often take, which may interest you.

Sample 1: Canoe through the LaHave islands. In order to do so, you will need to cross the LaHave cable ferry. Along the way, be sure to stop and see the stunning Fort Point Lighthouse before beginning your excursion from Crescent Beach. 

Sample 2: Paddle through Hubbards and Chester and your journey will take you to see five fishing harbours, seven beaches, ten islands and countless miles of gorgeous coast. 

Sample 3: Explore Stonehurst where you will see myriad reefs and islets. Then, paddle through the Rackets where you will likely encounter a large number of seals. Finally, end by following a circuitous route through the islands of Mahone Bay. 

These are certainly some of the most renowned sites to see while exploring the shorelines of Nova Scotia. 
Canada Canoe holidays through the area truly allow guests to explore both the land and sea and it makes for an exciting journey. These are just a few popular examples of what to see in the area, but there are definitely many more destinations to explore as well.

Paddling from Inn to Inn

Another popular way to make sure you see the most of Nova Scotia is through Inn to Inn paddling. In Canada, canoe rentals are readily available so visitors often select a location to begin their journey and then explore the gorgeous coastal destination by paddling from one Inn to another. 

Great sites to see include the Kejimkujik communities, the islands and headlands of the Aspotogan Peninsula, the lavish yachting village of Chester and Lunenburg, which is a UNESCO site in Canada. Canoe adventures through all of these areas will allow you to get much closer and take better pictures than you would if you were just passing by on foot.

Other sites to see include the villages of Mahone Bay, the privateer town of Liverpool, Nova Scotia’s gorgeous deer-frequented beaches and the fish stores in the LaHave Islands. 

In the evenings, you can enjoy the unique character and comfort of different inns. Many of the inns are known to have delicious food and spending the day canoeing will certainly help you work up an appetite!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

VPS: A compromise between virtual server and dedicated server

With the advancement of information technology, the world has seen a tremendous development of internet, so is e-business. Nowadays there are so many on line businesses that more and more of them take virtual server as their web hosing plan. This kind of server has both its pros and cons. Their owners prefer virtual server for sites which have a low to moderate traffic and couldn’t afford the high price a dedicated server may costs. But for those with a high traffic, a dedicated server is the only choice. That seems an easy option, but for some demanding for a steadier, more reliable server with a relatively low price, virtual server is less than efficient, while dedicated one is of high expense. In that situation, the concept, virtual private server, short for VPS, has come into being.

As the concept indicates, free VPS hosting seems like a upgrade of the previous virtual server. There are still hundreds of web sites sharing one drive, but in a more reasonable, reliable way-----By using server virtualization and the technology of automation, the server is partitioned into average parts, so that each account has its own space, separated from others and runs like a physical server. The advantage of free VPS hosting lies in the isolated parts having no affects on each other. It’s so perfectly virtualized that accounts using them have no sense that they are actually in one server. Unlike virtual server, the VPS can provide individual user with isolated operating system, root access, and rebooting features, which is equivalent to a physical server in most respects.

In comparison with virtual server, free VPS has a apparently better performance. As we all know, whether a virtual server works in a good condition largely counts on the accounts about. Whether it is a heavy flow of junk mail or being blacklisted by certain originations, the whole server will be affected till the problem is cleared. That’s only one case, in another case, if hackers break into any of the accounts on the server; they could definitely damage all the accounts on the server, too. But when it comes to free VPS, what have been stated above are out of question. The isolation of the accounts secured the separated users from being attacked by the danger from outer wads. Each account has its own operating system, disk space, memory and root access, which lowered the danger caused by other accounts. You even can’t realize there are other users existing, for you separated one work in a smooth condition with fixed space allocated to it by the server. You could install application downloaded from the web, reboot the system or customize services without affecting other accounts. Considering the price, VPS is just a little higher than virtual server, but the gap is so small that can be neglected given the better performance.

Although not as perfect as the dedicated one, VPS are still competitive in price. It could do eighty percent of the function a dedicated one could achieve, but only half as high as the dedicated one costs-------a compromise between price and function. If your business is under go and your budget is tight, you could have no hesitation to use VPS, which is the best choice currently.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Injury claim

If you have been involved in an accident, and through no fault of your own have suffered an injury as a result, then chances are you will be able to claim compensation. No matter how minor your injury appears to be at this stage or who the person or company at fault was, making an injury claim is your right and should be exercised to bring justice to a difficult situation.

What types of injuries can be claimed for?
One of the most frequent types of injury claim submitted relate to accidents on the road. Whether you were a driver or passenger of a car, or were travelling on public transport or a bike at the time of the accident, if you were hurt and another driver was at fault, you can claim. Common injuries include back and neck injuries, including whiplash, and injuries to the head or hands as a result of the collision.
Less common, but still a source of regular claims, relate to slips and trips when out and about. Building owners, local councils and workmen have a responsibility to ensure public rights of way and the public areas within buildings are kept safe, clean and free from hazards that could cause a trip. Slipping on wet floors, broken paving slabs or tripping over trailing cables can all result in a range of injuries, from twisted ankles to broken wrists, all of which are regularly seen by professionals handling injury claim cases.
Sometimes even the workplace is not as safe as it should be, and workers sometimes become injured as a result of faulty machinery, poor training or bad health and safety practice. In cases like this an injury claim will often result in remedial action by the employer, meaning other employees will be safer at work in the future, so it is especially important to make a claim if this has happened to you.

When should you claim?
As a general rule of thumb, the sooner the better applies to any type of injury claim. The sooner you can start the claims process, the easier it will be for your solicitor to contact any witnesses and get hold of any other evidence required. Also your injury will be fresh, so if you need to see an independent doctor they will be able to see first hand the extent of your injuries.
Personal injury law understands that making an injury claim is not necessarily the first thing on someone’s mind after they have been involved in an accident. That is why claims can still be started up to three years after the accident happened. In the case of industrial disease and other issues that take years to reveal themselves, there is still a chance to claim beyond the three year cap.

How much does it cost?
These days, the majority of solicitors who deal with injury claim cases will work on a no win no fee basis. This means you will not have to pay them anything if your claim is not successful, and there will be nothing to pay up front. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Systems at Work - How the Postal Service Moves the Mail

Last December the National Postal Museum opened a new permanent exhibit titled "Systems at Work" that explains how the postal service moves the mail.

According to the museum, "The exhibit recreates the paths of letters, magazines, parcels, and other pieces of mail as they have traveled from sender to recipient over the past 200 years. In 1808, a stagecoach carries newspapers and the latest news to people hundreds of miles away. Two hundred years later, the integration of ZIP Codes™, bar codes, intelligent mail, automated sorting machines, and advanced technologies enable the U.S. Postal Service to process and deliver mail to 150 million homes and businesses across the country."

It goes on to say, "At the exhibit’s core is a 270-degree high-resolution film experience that puts visitors into the middle of the mammoth world of a mail-processing center, surrounded by examples of automated machinery that moves mail through the system at astonishing speeds."

To learn more and watch the 9-minute and 30-second film, click here.

To view the exhibit on line, click here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sav-A-Stamp Postal Scale

The Sav-A-Stamp postal scale is the Object of The Month on the National Postal Museum's website. The scale was first manufactured in 1933 during the Great Depression and were used to weigh letters so as not to waste a stamp.

According to National Postal Museum Historian and Curator of Postal History Nancy A. Pope, "The amusingly named Sav-A-Stamp scale could weigh items up to four ounces. The attached clip held letters or small mail pieces to be weighed by the pendulum balance. The scale [shown here] bears a postage rate chart that places its manufacturing date between March 26, 1944 and September 30, 1946, when the U.S. airmail rate was eight cents per ounce."

She goes on to say, "Manufacturers in the U.S. and other nations produced letter scales for use at home. Personal letter scales were popular through the mid 20th century. They could be purchased for relatively low prices. The Sav-a-Stamp scale sold for 69-cents in the early 1940s. Businesses purchased items such as this to give to current or prospective customers."

To learn more, click here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Philatelic Estate and Financial Planning

Columnist Kristi Ellington writes on California's Gilroy Dispatch website, "Your estate could wind up paying substantial and unnecessary taxes and administrative costs – further, your wishes may not be met – the ring from your grandmother that you want to leave to your granddaughter, the stamp collection you worked so hard on that you want to leave to your son and so on."

According to Ellington,"We tend to associate estate planning with significant wealth, and while those who are fortunate enough to fall into that category are generally motivated to perform more formal and complex estate planning – it is not just for the very rich. Every one of us has an estate; as I mentioned last month, no matter your financial situation, you have an estate."

She goes on to say, "...I have witnessed on too many occasions the results of lack of planning. Beyond the financial costs there are emotional ramifications – both of which can be reduced significantly with a little advanced effort. This may be the last gift you leave to your loved ones - I urge you to take the time to put your affairs in order sooner rather than later – an added benefit is that you will have a greater peace of mind knowing you have planned for the well being of your loved ones in the event of an unexpected ability to continue to provide for them yourself. Unless you are confident that all is in order, I urge you to seek professional legal advice to alleviate potential problems down the road."

To read more and get some good planning tips, click here.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rare Perot Stamps To Be Displayed

The Bermuda News website is reporting, "Bermuda’s Post Office will be celebrating its 200th anniversary next month with an exhibition that will include eight of the 11 known Perot stamps."

According to the article, "Bermuda’s first postage stamps were produced locally in 1848 by Hamilton postmaster William B. Perot at his Queen Street post office, consisting of the words 'HAMILTON BERMUDA' in a circle, with the year and Perot’s signature in the middle. Known as the Perot provisionals, they are among the greatest rarities of global philately. Only 11 examples of the stamps — issued until 1861 — are known to still exist."

The Perot provisionals have appeared on several Bermuda stamps as shown above. Note the flowers along the side.

Apparently Perot’s postal duties though were just a sideline. Gardening was his primary passion according to a write-up on the Bermuda Biographies website. His five-acre garden at Par-la-Ville on Queen Street, Hamilton, where he lived for most of his life, was a horticultural showpiece.

For more on this story, click here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Australian Stamp Show Features Pieces of Polar Postal History

Australia's Canberra Times reports after finishing an economics degree, and working briefly for a major bank, Melbourne businessman Tony Shields decided to quit the world of banking finance and do something he was really passionate about. So he opened a stamp dealer's shop in Melbourne.

According to reporter Rosslyn Beeby,"His specialty is Antarctic philately (stamps, postcards, postal stationery) and this weekend's Canberra stamp show is showcasing the centenary of Sir Douglas Mawson's polar expedition. Such is the global demand for polar postal memorabilia that Mr Shields recently sold several items to a keen collector in the Czech Republic for $30,000. At the Canberra show, he has a rare letter ($9500) from Robert Scott's polar expedition in 1901, and postcards ($1500) issued to raise funds for the Mawson expedition."

Robert Scott was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions. During the second expedition Scott and his four comrades all perished from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold. Following the news of his death, Scott became a British hero according to an entry on Wikipedia.

Also according to Wikipedia, Sir Douglas Mawson was an Australian geologist, Antarctic explorer and academic. Along with Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton, Mawson was a key Antarctic expedition leader in the early 1900s.

Shown above, a letter to Robert Scott.

To read the entire article, click here.

For more on polar postal history, click here.