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Electric Golf Cart Winter Storage Tips

By Kenneth MacKenzie

Here’s some tips to follow for the proper storage of your electric golf cart during winter:

First of all you should clean your batteries and ensure that all the cell caps are snugly attached. Then unplug the charger and wash the battery compartment. Start on one side of the golf cart and spray Battery Neutralizer all over the tops of the batteries. Be sure to spray between the batteries, down on the battery racks, and the inside walls of the body panels, if they are metal. Use an old paintbrush to scour all the battery tops and sides. Water from a garden hose using plain water, or use a solution of Baking Soda (about 2 tablespoons to 1 gallon of water) to neutralize the acid.

Check, clean, tighten and treat all of the battery terminal connections. Be sure the cables are tight to the post. Carefully wriggle each cable end side-to-side and then gently up & down. There should be no looseness or sideways movement. If your battery terminals are badly corroded, you will need to do some serious cleaning.

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Check the water levels in each cell. Use distilled water to fill and be sure the electrolyte (water) in each battery cell is above the plates. In cold climates, when the cart will be left uncharged for several months, leave the water level a little low. This raises the specific gravity of the acid, which will help prevent freezing. A lead acid battery keeps much better in the cold than in the heat, as long as the charge stays up.

A fully charged battery will not freeze until 60 to 70 below zero whereas a discharged battery can freeze at 20 degrees above zero. As a battery discharges, the acid turns into water by the basic chemical nature of the lead acid battery. The more discharge, the more water and the more likely it is to freeze. Also a dirty, acid covered battery will self-discharge at a faster rate than a clean treated battery, even in cooler temperatures.

Don’t leave your electric golf cart plugged into the charger for extended periods of time. After the charge is done, unplug the charger from the cart and from the wall.

Leave the cart in Neutral and turn the key off. Either way, scotch the wheels so you can leave the hill brake released. This prevents strain on the cables and the brake shoes can’t lock to the drums.

If you are not going away for the winter, you can plug your Charger in for a few hours once a month to insure a full charge is maintained. The charger should be unplugged from the car and the wall after charging.

Finalize for winter storage by checking the tire pressures and inflate to 20-25 psi.

Roll down the rain curtains and zip them part way down. If you have to leave the car out in the open, or under an open shed, neatly fold the rain curtain and bring it in the house till spring. Very cold weather will cause the see through vinyl to become very brittle and a puff of wind will blow it out.

About the Author: For additional information on electric golf cart batteries including how lead acid batteries work; how to use a hydrometer; charging batteries and troubleshooting golf cart batteries please visit the Electric Golf Cart Battery Guide at


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Alberta premier Ralph Klein joke outrages Liberal MP Belinda Stronach

Alberta premier Ralph Klein joke outrages Liberal MP Belinda Stronach

Monday, November 13, 2006

Alberta premier Ralph Klein was at the annual Calgary Homeless Foundation roast Tuesday evening when he poked fun at Liberal MP Belinda Stronach crossing the floor from the Conservatives to the Liberals. “I wasn’t surprised that she crossed over to the Liberals. I don’t think she ever did have a Conservative bone in her body. Well, maybe one.” [Referring to Conservative MP Peter MacKay, her ex boyfriend]. “Well, speaking of Peter MacKay…,” he continued.

Klein refused to apologize for the remark saying: “I’m making no apologies….I read the copy and I approved. I thought it was a funny line….So did Bruce [his bodyguard],” he added.

“A roast is a roast is a roast. It’s not a toast,” Klein told reporters.

The audience laughed at the joke, but after some people said they felt uncomfortable with it.

“Ms. Stronach roasted the premier two years ago and made remarks about his weight, his clothing and even his flatulence,” Marisa Etmanski, Klein’s press secretary, told the Canadian Press. “In a roast situation, these remarks were hysterical, and that’s the same kind of thing that happened this year.”

Stronach, a feminist, was offended by the joke and said that “we want to attract many more women to participate in politics” and “improve the civility that occurs in public life.”

Stronach was in Montreal on Thursday for an international conference on global poverty and defended herself from the comment. “Ralph should put his money where his mouth is and buy a whole bunch of bednets to save kids from malaria in Africa.”

The joke was taken from Mr. MacKay’s alleged comment calling Stronach a “dog” last month in the House of Commons.

“I don’t know of any person who is more respectful of women, who is less inclined to tell off-colour stories or use improper language,” said Shirley McClellan, Klein’s deputy premier. “I’ve worked with this gentleman for 17 years, and have never been treated with anything more than the utmost respect. And I am so disappointed in our media.”

The video (see external links section) has made its way around the popular internet video site YouTube. It has been viewed more than 19,500 times and more than 100 comments had been posted about the video.

NFL star Michael Vick indicted for running dog fighting operation

NFL star Michael Vick indicted for running dog fighting operation

Friday, July 20, 2007

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three other men were indicted on Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy related to a dog fighting operation. The charges included buying, breeding and training pit bull dogs, transporting the dogs across state lines to illegally participate in fights, and gambling on the fights.

The indictments stemmed from a search of Vick’s Smithfield, Virginia home in April, in which 54 pit bulls were removed, along with equipment used in dog fighting.

The indictment said that Vick had bought the property in Smithfield for US$34,000 to run the dog fighting under the name “Bad Newz Kennels” with two other people named in the indictment. Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips, and Tony Taylor were all named in the indictment along with Vick.

The indictment stated that Vick took part in the killing of eight dogs that didn’t pass test fights, called “rolling”. The pit bulls were allegedly killed by hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog onto the ground.

If convicted of both portions of the conspiracy charge, Vick could face six years in prison and a $350,000 fine. His property, located in Surry County, would be subject to forfeiture under U.S. laws dealing with illegal activities that are carried out at an interstate level. The indictment alleges that the dog fighting operation, involving American Pit Bull Terriers, spilled over into Alabama, North Carolina and New York.

Vick has a court date on July 26 for a bond hearing and to hear the charges. Vick has said that he had a kennel operation on the property, but had no involvement or knowledge of a dog fighting ring.

World Heart Day Awareness About Heart Diseases}

Submitted by: SPS Hospitals

As we celebrate World Heart Day on September 29th, we tend to associate it with a day related with creating awareness regarding heart diseases in adults. But what we must also remind ourselves is that children, much like adults, too suffer from a wide variety of heart diseases. In fact 8-10 out of a 1000 babies are born with some form of congenital heart disease amounting to almost 2 lakh children being born every year in our country. Upto 50% of these babies are critical requiring intervention in the first year itself, but regretfully just 10% are fortunate to avail of pediatric cardiac facilities. In fact childrens heart disease accounts for 10% of all infant mortality in India

The paucity of hospitals having dedicated pediatric cardiology services can be judged by an AIIMS status report where they mention that just about such institutes are equipped with such facilities while requirement is of around 200 to manage such a huge load of patients. The existing infrastructure in the government structure is stretched beyond limits while private institutes having the required therapeutic modalities are unable to cater to a vast majority of these unfortunate children because the cost of quality treatment is beyond reach for many parents. All together these statistics should prove to be an eye opener to the authorities concerned as the sheer discrepancy between the volume of patients and available facilities is appalling.

A common misconception is that these children either do not survive or even if they do so, they are likely to live with a major disability for the rest of their lives. On the contrary, with current modalities of treatment, a majority of these children have a good survival rate and an excellent quality of life.

Heart diseases in children are very different from heart diseases in adults. That is why their clinical presentation, course and outcomes vary immensely. Signs and symptoms may sometimes be so subtle that it may require a high index of suspicion from both the parents and the doctor.

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But frequently, it is the alert parents who note certain symptoms and bring them to the attention of the child specialist. They may have noticed that their baby is a poor feeder who tires easily and sweats profusely while breast feeding. The baby suckles for a while but may soon unlatch itself from the breast and gasps for breath, typically referred to as the suck-rest-suck cycle. The child may also have poor weight gain with respect to children of similar age. Children may also present with frequent chest infections or pneumonia requiring repeated hospital admissions. Occasionally an older child may complain of an abnormal perception of heart beat or the parents note that their childs heart beat seems fast. The child may also appear lethargic and tire easily during play activity. Some observant parents may even bring to the notice of doctors that the skin or nails of their child appear blue.

Childrens heart diseases include a wide array of conditions. One of the most common ones encountered are holes in the heart (Atrial and Ventricular septal defects) and extra connections outside the heart (Patent ductus arteriosus). Other diseases may be narrowed valves of the major arteries of the heart (Aortic and Pulmonary stenosis) or obstruction to the flow of blood in the major artery supplying blood to the body (Coarctation of Aorta).

With recent advancements in many of these conditions can now be completely cured without surgery. Button like devices is now widely used to close these holes and extra connections. Balloons and or stents are also used to relieved obstructions in the path of blood flow. These procedures obviate the need for prolonged hospital stay and potential ugly scars on the chest.

There are also certain other conditions called cyanotic heart diseases commonly known as blue babies (Tetralogy of Fallots, Transposition of Great arteries etc.). In these conditions there are major structural anomalies in the childs heart which can only be corrected by surgery. Early diagnosis and management is imperative in most of these cases.

Besides this, some children also suffer from an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) varying from a very fast heart rate (200-300 per minute) to a complete heart block. Others may present with sudden loss of consciousness (syncope), diseases of the heart valves (eg. Rheumatic Heart Disease), Pulmonary Hypertension (high lung pressures), Kawasakis disease (disease affecting the arteries of the heart), Myocarditis (disease affecting the heart muscles), Cardiomyopathies etc.

Exciting advancements in the field of Fetal Echocardiography are helping us in early detection of heart diseases in the unborn baby while it is still in the mothers womb. This proves invaluable for planning the delivery to take place in an institute where the newborn can be immediately be provided the requisite cardiac care.

Taking care of these children requires a team of highly specialized and dedicated professionals constituting a pediatric cardiac unit. This includes a Pediatric Cardiologist, Pediatric Cardiac surgeon, Pediatric Cardiac Anaesthetist, Pediatric Intensivist and highly trained nursing staff etc.

Unfortunately, as highlighted earlier, there is a gross insufficiency in the number of medical professionals with the required expertise and hospitals equipped with adequate facilities to take care of these children. Hapless parents of children with heart diseases have long been forced to seek succor in distant parts of the country. This is not always possible because many critically ill babies may not survive the perils of transportation. It is in this light that an efforts need to be made by to bring modern yet affordable facilities to the door step of the people of this geographical region.

Existing government schemes need to be better utilized and assistance from NGOs and philanthropists will go a long way in providing relief to the desperate parents.

With increase in high risk pregnancies and survival of smaller babies, patient burden is likely to increase in the future. Fortunately timely detection and newer modalities at our disposal have made successful treatment a reality. There is no greater satisfaction to see these so called incurable children leading normal lives and the smiles on the faces of their parents says it all.

About the Author: DR NAVDEEP SINGHMBBS, MD (PED.), FNB (PED. CARDIOLOGY)Pediatric Interventional Cardiologist Writing for different health disease topics, like cardiology, cardiology ,heart disease,and many others health issue.


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University study finds U.S. defense contract information in ‘electronic waste’ in Africa

University study finds U.S. defense contract information in ‘electronic waste’ in Africa

Friday, June 26, 2009

According to a documentary about journalism students at the University of British Columbia tracking electronic waste (e-waste), details of United States defense contracts and confidential military data were left on a donated hard drive which was purchased for US$35 in Ghana.

The purchased hard drive was a donation by Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American aerospace and defense technology company.

The PBS investigative documentary, Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground, tracked what happened to donated or discarded electronics. The journalism students randomly purchased seven hard drives in Tema, Africa. “We plugged them and in and started reading files … They were just sitting there,” said Klein.

As part of the international reporting course the students then submitted the hard drives to Enoch Kwesi Messiah, a computer scientist at Regent University to see if any of the previous owners had erased the data on their hard drives before disposal.

Messiah stated, “I can get your bank numbers and I retrieve all your money from your accounts. If ever somebody gets your hard drive, he can get every information about you from the drive, no matter where it is hidden.”

The graduate journalism students under Professor Peter Klein travelled to the Korle Lagoon in Accra the capital of Ghana. Beside the polluted waters is Agbogbloshie, the largest collection of e-waste, useless electronic donations.

“Life is really difficult; they eat here, surrounded by e-waste,” said Mike Anane, a local journalist, “They basically are here to earn a living. But you can imagine the health implications.” The e-waste is burned and rendered down for copper, iron, or gold from the components.

“It’s essentially this charred toxic wasteland,” said Blake Sifton, one of the students. “It’s incredibly difficult to breathe because there’s usually between five and six and seven fires going at any time .… and there’s tons and tons of this black, sticky, acrid smoke coming out of them.”

California’s violent video game ban law ruled unconstitutional by US Court of Appeals

California’s violent video game ban law ruled unconstitutional by US Court of Appeals

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday has declared unconstitutional California Assembly Bills 1792 & 1793, the California “ultraviolent video games law” that sought to ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.

Federal judge Consuelo M. Callahan has ruled that the 2005 statewide ban, which has yet to be enforced, violates minors’ rights under the US Constitution’s First and 14th amendment because even the most graphic on-screen mayhem, video game content represents free speech that cannot be censored without proper justification.

The Court has ruled that there’s no convincing evidence it causes psychological damage to young people. The 3-0 judgment has affirmed an earlier ruling by a U.S. District Court, which barred enforcement of the law on the basis that it was “unduly restrictive” and “used overly broad definitions,” and that the state failed to show that the limitations on violent video games would actually protect children.

In 2005, Leland Yee (???), a California State Senator (in District 8 which includes the western half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County), Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly (D-San Francisco/Daly City), introduced California Assembly Bills 1792 & 1793 which barred “ultra-violent” video games from minors under the age of eighteen in California and mandated the application of ESRB ratings for video games.

“California Assembly Bills 1792 & 1793” were commonly called the “ultraviolent video games bills” or simply “video game ban” bills. Bill 1792 banned the sales of such video games while Bill 1793 required signs explaining the regulations on said games to be placed where such were sold. Both bills were passed by the Assembly and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger into law (AB 1179) on October 7, 2005.

Explicitly, these two bills provided that:

Yee, a former child psychologist has publicly criticized such games as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Manhunt 2, and opposes the U.S. Army’s Global Gaming League.

On October 17, 2005, before the effectivity of the challenged Act, plaintiffs Video Software Dealers Association, the not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $32 billion home entertainment industry and Entertainment Software Association, a 1994 US trade association of the video game industry have filed lawsuit (D.C. No. CV-05-04188-RMW) against the defendants Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, CA Attorney General, Edmund G. Brown, Santa Clara County District Attorney George Kennedy, City Attorney for the City of San Jose, Richard Doyle, and County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara, Ann Miller Ravel.

Plaintiffs’ counsel, Jenner & Block‘s Paul M. Smith has filed a declaratory relief to invalidate the newly-enacted California Civil Code sections 1746-1746.5 (the “Act”), on the grounds that it allegedly violated 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Plaintiffs have submitted that “the Act unconstitutionally curtailed freedom of expression on its face based on content regulation and the labeling requirement, was unconstitutionally vague, and violated equal protection. California’s restrictions could open the door for states to limit minors’ access to other material under the guise of protecting children.”

By December 2005, both bills had been struck down as unconstitutional, by Ronald M. Whyte, District Judge, Presiding in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, thereby preventing either from going into effect on January 1, 2006.

Judge Whyte has granted plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction in “Video Software Dealers Ass’n v. Schwarzenegger,” 401 F. Supp. 2d 1034 (N.D. Cal. 2005), and cross-motions for summary judgment, in “Video Software Dealers Ass’n v. Schwarzenegger,” No. C-05-04188, slip op. (N.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2007).

Similar bills were subsequently filed in such states as Illinois, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Michigan and Louisiana have been ruled to be unconstitutional by federal courts on First Amendment grounds, according to Sean Bersell, a spokesman for the Entertainment Merchants Association.

The defendants, in the instant Case No. 07-16620, have timely appealed the judgment. On October 29, 2008, the appealed case was argued and submitted to the Sacramento, California‘s U.S. Court of Appeals, hence, the promulgation of the instant 30 pages decision (No. 07-16620; D.C. No. CV-05-04188-RMW) by Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, Sidney R. Thomas and Consuelo M. Callahan (who wrote the court’s opinion), United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judges.

In the ban’s defense, Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, Zackery Morazzini has contended that “if governments restrict the sale of pornography to minors, it should also create a separate category for ultra-violent video games.” Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr., California Attorney General, has also argued that “the Court should analyze the Act’s restrictions under what has been called the ‘variable obscenity’ or ‘obscenity as to minors’ standard first mentioned in Ginsberg, 390 U.S. 629. The Court’s reasoning in Ginsberg that a state could prohibit the sale of sexually-explicit material to minors that it could not ban from distribution to adults should be extended to materials containing violence.”

The “Fallo” or dispositive portion of the judgment in question goes as follows:

We hold that the Act, as a presumptively invalid contentbased restriction on speech, is subject to strict scrutiny and not the “variable obscenity” standard from Ginsberg v. New York, 390 U.S. 629 (1968). Applying strict scrutiny, we hold that the Act violates rights protected by the First Amendment because the State has not demonstrated a compelling interest, has not tailored the restriction to its alleged compelling interest, and there exist less-restrictive means that would further the State’s expressed interests. Additionally, we hold that the Act’s labeling requirement is unconstitutionally compelled speech under the First Amendment because it does not require the disclosure of purely factual information; but compels the carrying of the State’s controversial opinion. Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment to Plaintiffs and its denial of the State’s cross-motion. Because we affirm the district court on these grounds, we do not reach two of Plaintiffs’ challenges to the Act: first, that the language of the Act is unconstitutionally vague, and, second, that the Act violates Plaintiffs’ rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.—”Video Software Dealers Association; Entertainment Software Association v. Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Kennedy” – No. 07-16620; D.C. No. CV-05-04188-RMW – Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, Sidney R. Thomas and

Consuelo M. Callahan, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Circuit Judges.

“We need to help empower parents with the ultimate decision over whether or not their children play in a world of violence and murder,” said the law’s author, Sen. Leland Yee, announcing he wanted Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr., the current Attorney General and a former governor of the State of California, to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Letting the industry police itself is like letting kids sign their own report cards and that a self regulating system simply doesn’t work. I’ve always contended that the … law the governor signed was a good one for protecting children from the harm from playing these ultra-violent video games. I’ve always felt it would end up in the Supreme Court,” Sen. Yee explained. “In fact, the high court recently agreed, in Roper v. Simmons (2005), that we need to treat children differently in the eyes of the law due to brain development,” he added.

According to Michael D. Gallagher, president of the Entertainment Software Association, plaintiff, the Court’s ruling has stressed that parents, with assistance from the industry, are the ones who should control what games their children play. “This is a clear signal that in California and across the country, the reckless pursuit of anti-video game legislation like this is an exercise in wasting taxpayer money, government time and state resources,” Gallagher said in a statement.

California’s violent video game law properly seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games. While I am deeply disappointed in today’s ruling, we should not stop our efforts to assist parents in keeping these harmful video games out of the hands of children.

Entertainment Software Association members include Disney Interactive Studios, Electronic Arts, Microsoft Corp, THQ Inc, Sony Computer Entertainment America, and Take-Two Interactive Software, the maker of “Grand Theft Auto” games.

Judge Callahan has also reprimanded state lawyers for having failed to show any reasonable alternatives to an outright statewide ban against the ultra-violent video games. “Ratings education, retailer ratings enforcement, and control of game play by parents are the appropriate responses to concerns about video game content,” said Bo Andersen, president and chief executive of the Entertainment Merchants Association.

Andersen continues, “retailers are committed to assisting parents in assuring that children do not purchase games that are not appropriate for their age. Independent surveys show that retailers are doing a very good job in this area, with an 80 percent enforcement rate, and retailers will continue to work to increase enforcement rates even further; the court has correctly noted that the state cannot simply dismiss these efforts.”

California was already forced to pay $282,794 to the ESA for attorneys’ fees, money that would’ve helped with the state’s current budget difficulties. Andersen has urged California government officials not to appeal the case. “The estimated $283,000 in taxpayer money spent by the state on this case is so far an ‘ill-advised, and ultimately doomed, attempt at state-sponsored nannyism.’ A voluntary ratings system already exists to avoid the state-sponsored nannyism of a ban,” he explained.

“The governor believes strongly we have a responsibility to our children and our communities to protect against the effects of video games depicting ultra-violent actions,” said Governor Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Camille Anderson adding the governor was reviewing Friday’s decision.

Deputy Attorney General Zackery Morazzini, the state’s counsel in the appealed case, has stressed that “a law restricting sales of violent games is far more effective than industry self-policing, since the technological controls that the court cited as another alternative can be easily bypassed by any kid with an Internet connection.”

According to Jim Steyer, Founder of Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization of 750,000 regular users dedicated to improving children’s media lives, researches have shown that playing these violent video games are detrimental for kids mental and physical health. “The health threat involved with kids playing such games is equivalent to smoking cigarettes,” Steyer said. “These violent video games are learning tools for our children and clearly result in more aggressive behavior,” said Randall Hagar, California Psychiatric Association’s Director of Government Affairs.

The Federal Trade Commission‘s data reveals that “nearly 70 percent of thirteen to sixteen year olds are able to purchase M-rated (Mature) video games, which are designed for adults; ninety-two percent of children play video or computer games, of which about forty percent are rated M, which are the fastest growing segment of the 10 billion-dollar video game industry; the top selling games reward players for killing police officers, maiming elderly persons, running over pedestrians and committing despicable acts of murder and torture upon women and racial minorities.”

Train cars derail into the Thompson River, British Colombia, chemicals spilled

Train cars derail into the Thompson River, British Colombia, chemicals spilled

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Chemicals in the Thompson River were said to be found after four Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) cars containing chemicals derailed near Lytton, British Columbia, Canada on Tuesday night.

The derailment occurred just northeast of Lytton when a landslide hit in the middle of a freight train with about 100 cars at around 7:00 pm PDT (02:00 UTC) Tuesday evening. One car remained on the tracks, another was on a river bank, and two were submerged in the Thompson, one of them fully submerged and the other partially submerged. CP states that the cars were carrying the chemical ethylene glycol, commonly found in products such as antifreeze and windshield washer fluid. Glycol is water soluble and biodegradable but is causing concern to local fisheries and people dependent on aquatic life survival. Even though there is not enough chemical to be toxic after dilution in the water, there is still expressed concern that it may cause additional stress to aquatic life.

Despite protective measures, like a protective double hull, investigations found that broken valves and holes are causing the chemical to leak into the river. CP Rail originally denied that any chemical was leaking, but is now driving efforts to plug the leaks.

The Thompson River is a tributary of the larger Fraser River. The area is sensitive to harm because migrating salmon pass through and are in already in dwindling numbers in recent years.

Simple Steps Homeowners Can Take For Water Damage Restoration In Saratoga

byAlma Abell

A flood is one of the worst things that can happen to a person’s home. Unfortunately, every year, thousands and thousands of homes have to deal with severe flooding. However, the actual water that enters a person’s home isn’t the main thing that people have to worry about. The real damage occurs after much of the water has subsided. This is when mold begins to grow and slowly ruins the integrity of a home’s structure.

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In order to avoid the growth of mold throughout, a home a homeowner needs to act fast after a flood. One of the first things a person will want to do is turn off the power of their home and unplug any and all appliances. Allowing the power to remain active in a home could lead to an electrical fire that could cause more damage. Turning off the power makes it much safer for a person to enter a home and begin removing their items.

The next thing a person will want to do is try their best to get rid of as much water throughout the home as possible. Depending on how much water is left inside of a home, a homeowner might want to consider investing in a water pump. These devices work to pump large amounts of water out of one location and into another. A service for water damage restoration Saratoga offers may provide these devices with their services.

After pumping out the majority of water, it’s time to dry and disinfect the areas inside of your home. Dehumidifiers and fans can be used to remove moisture throughout the home, and a wet vacuum can be used to dry carpets and wooden floors. A service for Water Damage Restoration Saratoga offers can work to dry and effectively disinfect all areas of your home to avoid the growth of mold.

These are just a few of the steps people might take in order to save their homes after a flood. Again, it’s important to remember that electricity and water don’t mix. Turn off the power of the home before beginning the restoration process. Call a Professional Fire Restoration Service or water restoration service if you feel that the damage done to your home is simply too severe.

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The government of Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, has announced the budget they will table in the National Assembly of Québec. This budget, the last before the fall general election, includes the intention to draw $10 billion (CAD) from the Generations Fund to pay down debt more quickly over the next five years among other campaign-oriented promises.

Finance Minister Carlos Leitão and Premier Couillard made the announcement Wednesday morning in an impromptu press event at the Hôtel du Parlement in Québec City. The budget is the fifth under Minister Leitão, and his fourth consecutive balanced budget.

Le Fonds des générations (Generations Fund) was announced in 2006 as an annual set-aside, outside the province’s general fund, creating a trust fund specifically for paying down provincial debt with the intention to reduce province’s debt-to-GDP ratio to 45% by 2026. At the time the ratio was 53.8%, and it is currently 51.9% and is on track to achieve its goal. The governing Liberals propose to draw from the principal of the fund to pay debt, which the Finance Minister says could save as much as $1 billion. La Presse notes a recent examination by tax specialists of exactly that plan advised against touching the principal unless the province were facing recession.

Although a campaign-oriented budget, taxpayers cannot expect additional tax cuts from it. Minister Leitão told the Montreal Gazette recently that “In terms of personal taxation, we have done what we had to do back in November. So in the upcoming budget we don’t intend to go very far in that (direction).” Instead there is infrastructure spending as well as considerable funding for workforce development and education.

The current budget’s new spending initiatives are covered by the current surplus – reported to be as high as $2.9 billion CAD – which may help the ruling Liberal party, which has been experiencing reduced popularity in polls leading up to the election period.

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