Common Landscaping Uses For Retaining Walls In Waukesha, Wi

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byAlma Abell

Retaining walls serve a wide variety of practical and aesthetic purposes in modern landscape designs. When they are designed and constructed correctly, they can add a whole new dimension to backyard landscaping. Read on to find out about some common landscaping applications for Retaining Walls in Waukesha WI to learn more.

Prevent Erosion

One of the most common uses for retaining walls is to prevent erosion on slopes and in areas that experience high rainfall. They can stop topsoil from being washed away even during serious floods, allowing homeowners to maintain their beautiful landscapes even in the face of harsh climate conditions.

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Improve Drainage

Small ponds and streams running through a property can really add to the landscape’s overall aesthetic beauty and practical value, but they can also spell trouble for any nearby structures. Retaining walls can be used to keep the soil beneath these structures from becoming too moist, protecting them from water damage and lengthening their expected lifespans through improved drainage.

Expand Usable Space

Retaining walls can be used to terrace sloped areas that would otherwise be impractical for use as gardens or functional outdoor spaces. This provides a perfect solution for homeowners whose backyards are too sloped to support outdoor patios, play areas, kitchens, and other gathering spaces in addition to allowing them to plant gardens where there would otherwise be nothing but a bare slope.

Act as a Focal Point

Not all of the advantages of retaining walls in Waukesha WI are practical. If properly designed, they can also add an element of aesthetic beauty to a landscape by facilitating the creation of raised flower beds, integrated water features, and other visually interesting installations. Plus, the ability to create multiple levels within a yard allows landscape designers to exercise far more creativity when it comes to creating an engaging landscape.

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All of these benefits can only be reaped by homeowners if they do their research before hiring a contractor. Installing retaining walls takes a good deal of dedicated experience and expertise, so it’s always a job that’s best left to landscaping and hardscaping specialists. Contact us for a free estimate or check out additional services and qualifications online to get started today.

Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

A team of eight transplant surgeons in Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, led by reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow, age 58, have successfully performed the first almost total face transplant in the US, and the fourth globally, on a woman so horribly disfigured due to trauma, that cost her an eye. Two weeks ago Dr. Siemionow, in a 23-hour marathon surgery, replaced 80 percent of her face, by transplanting or grafting bone, nerve, blood vessels, muscles and skin harvested from a female donor’s cadaver.

The Clinic surgeons, in Wednesday’s news conference, described the details of the transplant but upon request, the team did not publish her name, age and cause of injury nor the donor’s identity. The patient’s family desired the reason for her transplant to remain confidential. The Los Angeles Times reported that the patient “had no upper jaw, nose, cheeks or lower eyelids and was unable to eat, talk, smile, smell or breathe on her own.” The clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery chair, Francis Papay, described the nine hours phase of the procedure: “We transferred the skin, all the facial muscles in the upper face and mid-face, the upper lip, all of the nose, most of the sinuses around the nose, the upper jaw including the teeth, the facial nerve.” Thereafter, another team spent three hours sewing the woman’s blood vessels to that of the donor’s face to restore blood circulation, making the graft a success.

The New York Times reported that “three partial face transplants have been performed since 2005, two in France and one in China, all using facial tissue from a dead donor with permission from their families.” “Only the forehead, upper eyelids, lower lip, lower teeth and jaw are hers, the rest of her face comes from a cadaver; she could not eat on her own or breathe without a hole in her windpipe. About 77 square inches of tissue were transplanted from the donor,” it further described the details of the medical marvel. The patient, however, must take lifetime immunosuppressive drugs, also called antirejection drugs, which do not guarantee success. The transplant team said that in case of failure, it would replace the part with a skin graft taken from her own body.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon praised the recent medical development. “There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Leading bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania withheld judgment on the Cleveland transplant amid grave concerns on the post-operation results. “The biggest ethical problem is dealing with failure — if your face rejects. It would be a living hell. If your face is falling off and you can’t eat and you can’t breathe and you’re suffering in a terrible manner that can’t be reversed, you need to put on the table assistance in dying. There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Dr Alex Clarke, of the Royal Free Hospital had praised the Clinic for its contribution to medicine. “It is a real step forward for people who have severe disfigurement and this operation has been done by a team who have really prepared and worked towards this for a number of years. These transplants have proven that the technical difficulties can be overcome and psychologically the patients are doing well. They have all have reacted positively and have begun to do things they were not able to before. All the things people thought were barriers to this kind of operations have been overcome,” she said.

The first partial face transplant surgery on a living human was performed on Isabelle Dinoire on November 27 2005, when she was 38, by Professor Bernard Devauchelle, assisted by Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens, France. Her Labrador dog mauled her in May 2005. A triangle of face tissue including the nose and mouth was taken from a brain-dead female donor and grafted onto the patient. Scientists elsewhere have performed scalp and ear transplants. However, the claim is the first for a mouth and nose transplant. Experts say the mouth and nose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant.

In 2004, the same Cleveland Clinic, became the first institution to approve this surgery and test it on cadavers. In October 2006, surgeon Peter Butler at London‘s Royal Free Hospital in the UK was given permission by the NHS ethics board to carry out a full face transplant. His team will select four adult patients (children cannot be selected due to concerns over consent), with operations being carried out at six month intervals. In March 2008, the treatment of 30-year-old neurofibromatosis victim Pascal Coler of France ended after having received what his doctors call the worlds first successful full face transplant.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, problems relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Iain Hutchison, of Barts and the London Hospital, warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon‘s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

In Wednesday’s conference, Siemionow said “we know that there are so many patients there in their homes where they are hiding from society because they are afraid to walk to the grocery stores, they are afraid to go the the street.” “Our patient was called names and was humiliated. We very much hope that for this very special group of patients there is a hope that someday they will be able to go comfortably from their houses and enjoy the things we take for granted,” she added.

In response to the medical breakthrough, a British medical group led by Royal Free Hospital’s lead surgeon Dr Peter Butler, said they will finish the world’s first full face transplant within a year. “We hope to make an announcement about a full-face operation in the next 12 months. This latest operation shows how facial transplantation can help a particular group of the most severely facially injured people. These are people who would otherwise live a terrible twilight life, shut away from public gaze,” he said.

Sweden’s Crown Princess marries long-time boyfriend

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Sweden’s first royal wedding since 1976 took place Saturday when Crown Princess Victoria, 32, married her long-time boyfriend and former personal trainer, Daniel Westling, 36. The ceremony took place at Stockholm Cathedral.

Over 1,200 guests, including many rulers, politicians, royals and other dignitaries from across the world, attended the wedding, which cost an estimated 20 million Swedish kronor. Victoria wore a wedding dress with five-metre long train designed by Pär Engsheden. She wore the same crown that her mother, Queen Silvia, wore on her wedding day 34 years previously, also on June 19. Victoria’s father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, walked Victoria down the aisle, which was deemed untraditional by many. In Sweden, the bride and groom usually walk down the aisle together, emphasising the country’s views on equality. Victoria met with Daniel half-way to the altar, where they exchanged brief kisses, and, to the sounds of the wedding march, made their way to the the silver altar. She was followed by ten bridesmaids. The couple both had tears in their eyes as they said their vows, and apart from fumbling when they exchanged rings, the ceremony went smoothly.

Following the ceremony, the couple headed a fast-paced procession through central Stockholm on a horse-drawn carriage, flanked by police and security. Up to 500,000 people are thought to have lined the streets. They then boarded the Vasaorden, the same royal barge Victoria’s parents used in their wedding, and traveled through Stockholm’s waters, accompanied by flyover of 18 fighter jets near the end of the procession. A wedding banquet followed in the in the Hall of State of the Royal Palace.

Controversy has surrounded the engagement and wedding between the Crown Princess and Westling, a “commoner”. Victoria met Westling as she was recovering from bulemia in 2002. He owned a chain of gymnasiums and was brought in to help bring Victoria back to full health. Westling was raised in a middle-class family in Ockelbo, in central Sweden. His father managed a social services centre, and his mother worked in a post office. When the relationship was made public, Westling was mocked as an outsider and the king was reportedly horrified at the thought of his daughter marrying a “commoner”, even though he did so when he married Silvia. Last year, Westling underwent transplant surgery for a congenital kidney disorder. The Swedish public have been assured that he will be able to have children and that his illness will not be passed on to his offspring.

Westling underwent years of training to prepare for his new role in the royal family, including lessons in etiquette, elocution, and multi-lingual small talk; and a makeover that saw his hair being cropped short, and his plain-looking glasses and clothes being replaced by designer-wear.

Upon marrying the Crown Princess, Westling took his wife’s ducal title and is granted the style “His Royal Highness”. He is now known as HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. He also has his own coat-of-arms and monogram. When Victoria assumes the throne and becomes Queen, Daniel will not become King, but assume a supportive role, similar to that of Prince Phillip, the husband of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Businesses, Students And Educators Alike Benefit From This E Learning Platform

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byAlma Abell

In the last century, education and learning have morphed into a picture that few people could have predicted. It doesn’t seem that long ago that teachers without a college education themselves were standing in a one-room schoolhouses in the middle of desolate prairies. They taught classes to students from all grades while simultaneously stoking a woodstove to keep herself and her charges warm. There was little paper; students used chalk and wrote on erasable slates.

What a contrast that picture makes to the virtual learning platforms of today! In the 21st century, it is possible for someone to gain a higher education, learn a foreign language, or digest sophisticated concepts all without ever leaving home. It isn’t just educational institutions that have learned new ways to spread learning -; businesses, too, have embraced the concept of an E-Learning Platform as a viable way to disseminate important concepts to employees.

One outstanding source of web-based teaching and training is available at Learning Zen provides an easy-to-use platform that businesses can use to design personal training tutorials using dedicated and proven Internet-based software. The Learning Zen E-Learning Platform accommodates online training courses and assessment platform needs alike, and comprises a complete learning system. Results can be tracked, measured and interpreted 24/7 from anywhere on the planet that has an Internet connection.

There are a number of benefits associated with using Learning Zen’s E-Learning Platform. One that most people appreciate is the ability to access the course at any point in time and do as much or as little as is desired. Participants progress at their on rate of speed. Teachers like the platform because course creation is a breeze -; anyone who can find their way around a word processing program can create a course with ease. Students are able to interact directly with their instructors to get clarification, ask questions, and the like.

Businesses find the cost of Learning Zen to be negligible in comparison to the value of what their employees gain. Since the platform is web-based, it is easily employed anywhere in the world the business has a presence. There is no hardware of real infrastructure to purchase or maintain. Even better, because there is no software to install, there is no need to worry if one has the correct operating system. All that is necessary for anyone to access Learning Zen’s unique offering is a connection to the Internet. You can also connect with them on Facebook.

Winter wonderland: the recent U.S. blizzard in photos

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Monday, December 21, 2009

A recent blizzard that paralyzed parts of the U.S. East Coast Sunday has left many areas buried under feet of snow. When all was said and done, the storm, a severe nor’easter, had affected everywhere from North Carolina to New England and Nova Scotia in Canada. Among its effects were at least five fatalities, as well as large-scale traffic delays.

The storm originated in the Gulf of Mexico, as nor’easters usually do, and grew to be a powerful cyclone as it moved northeastward. Often described as the worst winter storm to strike the area in years, Long Island bore the brunt of the blizzard. There, crippling snow, amounting to as much as 24 inches, heavily disrupted travel. Cities like Philadelphia had one of their worst storms in recorded history.

Hundreds of thousands of residents were without power as the storm swept across the region. Some areas declared snow emergencies, and strongly encouraged people not to travel and to remain at home. In Virginia, the National Guard rescued several hundred motorists who became stranded due to the heavy snows. A twenty-mile traffic backup on Interstate 81 was also reported.

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Smoke from massive warehouse fire in Buffalo, New York USA can be seen 40 miles away

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Buffalo, New York —A massive warehouse complex of at least 5 buildings caught on fire in Buffalo, New York on 111 Tonawanda Street, sending a plume of thick, jet black colored smoke into the air that could be seen as far away as 40 miles.

As of 6:40 a.m., the fire was under control, and firefighters were attempting to stop it from spreading, but could not get to the center of the fire because of severe amounts of debris. Later in the morning, the fire was extinguished.

“The fire is mostly under debris at this point. It’s under control, but it’s under some debris. We really can’t get to it. We’re just going to have to keep on pouring water on it so it doesn’t spread,” said Thomas Ashe, the fire chief for the North Buffalo based fire division who also added that at one point, at least 125 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze. One suffered minor injures and was able to take himself to the hospital to seek medical attention.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. as many as 3 explosions rocked the warehouse sending large mushroom clouds of thick black smoke into the air. After the third explosion, heat could be felt more than 100 feet away. The fire started in the front, one story building then quickly spread to three others, but fire fighters managed to stop the flames from spreading onto the 3 story building all the way at the back.

According to a Buffalo Police officer, who wished not to be named, the fire began at about 7:00 p.m. [Eastern time], starting as a one alarm fire. By 8:00 p.m., three fire companies were on the scene battling the blaze. Police also say that a smaller fire was reported in the same building on Saturday night, which caused little damage.

At the start of the fire, traffic was backed up nearly 4 miles on the 198 expressway going west toward the 190 Interstate and police had to shut down the Tonawanda street exit because the road is too close to the fire.

At one point, traffic on the 198 was moving so slow, at least a dozen people were seen getting out of their cars and walking down the expressway to watch the fire. That prompted as many as 10 police cars to be dispatched to the scene to force individuals back into their cars and close off one of the 2 lanes on the westbound side.

One woman, who wished not to be named as she is close to the owner of the warehouse, said the building is filled with “classic cars, forklifts, and money” and that owner “does not have insurance” coverage on the property. The building is not considered abandoned, but firefighters said that it is vacant.

Officials in Fort Erie, Ontario were also swamped with calls to fire departments when the wind blew the smoke over the Niagra River and into Canada.

It is not known what caused the fire, but a car is suspected to have caught on fire and there are reports from police and hazmat crews, that there were also large barrels of diesel fuel being stored in one building. Firefighters say the cause of the blaze is being treated as “suspicious.” The ATF is investigating the fire and will bring dogs in to search the debris.

The Many Upsides To Buying Guayabera Shirts

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byAlma Abell

Few things are more universal than a passion for fashion. People from around the world have a love and need for quality clothing. One of the great things about fashion is its ability to be at once universal and yet particular, appealing to all people while highlighting different cultural aesthetic ideals and achievements. From Mexico and Cuba to South America, these shirts have long been fashion mainstays in the region, and today, they’re hot as ever.

Whether you’re new to them or have grown up with bespoke guayabera-style clothing, here are a few things you’ll want to look for in the best guayabera shirts.

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Comfortable and Durable

Whenever you purchase clothing, you’re going to want to buy something that will last. One of the best things about these types of shirts is that they’re woven from a sturdy material that has been used and perfected for over a century. What’s more, the fabrics used in shirts made in the guayabera style tend to breathe easily, helping you keep cool during those long summer months.

A World of Color Style

Guayabera shirts are famous for their characteristic patterned stripe designs. These can be done in any color, can run horizontally or vertically, and open up a whole range of style options. What’s more, the best providers of these shirts offer customization options. If you’re looking to get a guayabera shirt with a special pattern, you’ll be able to work directly with the seller to both perfect the design and agree on the price.

Highly Affordable

Speaking of price, that’s yet another big upside to these types of shirts. Where so many clothing options seem to get more expensive every year, it’s the opposite with guayabera shirts. You’ll be able to purchase high-quality shirts for both yourself and loved ones at a premium price, making these a great bargain bespoke fashion item.

Visit and upgrade your wardrobe now.

BC man is selling the boat from old TV series Gilligan’s Island

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A man named George Schultz in Parksville, British Columbia is selling the boat from old TV series Gilligan’s Island at the cost of $99,000. The cruiser, originally cost about $290,000 in the 1960s.

“There have been a couple of modifications, so it doesn’t look exactly like the original,” said Shultz, a boat broker who’s selling the 36-foot Wheeler Express Cruiser for fellow Parksdale resident Scotty Taylor. “But it’s still the original boat.”

Originally, the boat’s name was The Blue Jacket.

“Just for the show, for a stage name, it was called the S.S. Minnow,” Shultz said. The name was a reference to Newton Minnow, once chairman of the FCC.

“He just liked the boat, he wanted to restore it, it was a nice looking boat, a wooden boat, a classic and he likes classic boats,” said Shultz. “The hole in the hull was actually the least of the repairs – the interior needed a lot more work”.

Someone later stole the plaque on the boat, but the 46-year-old boat still has the round life preserver with S.S. Minnow emblazoned on it and the skipper’s chair.

Why Your Bed Is A Magnet For Allergens

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byAlma Abell

What Causes Allergies?

WebMD says exposure is one of the main triggers of an allergy. Common triggers or allergens include dust mites, mold, certain plants, insect stings, certain food items, and animal dander. Even the dust bunnies in your home can cause your skin to break out or keep you sneezing for hours.

Why Pay Attention to Your Bed?

Health says you spend about a third of your life in bed. That is a whole lot of time allotted for lying down in one place. If you don’t regularly change your sheets or vacuum the bed, then that means you’re exposing yourself to a ton of living and non-living microbes in your home, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

What Can You Do?

Spending a lot of time in bed means it pays to keep it safe and protected. If your bed is infested with bedbugs or is full of filth and allergens, then that’s hardly going to make for a long and restful sleep. Getting an allergen mattress cover might just be one of the best things you can do to prevent that from happening. With a mattress cover in place, you won’t have to worry about rolling around in a whole lot of dust, human skin particles, and other microbial organisms that thrive in the comfort and warmth of your beddings.

The Good and the Bad

Most of these allergens don’t carry around life threatening diseases, which is the good news. The bad news is that about one in six people in the whole world suffer from allergies. If left untreated, these allergens can cause health complications for you and your family. With plenty of measures available, though, you could pretty much ensure that you and your loved ones won’t be part of that statistic.


Take the necessary precautions. Don’t let the bedbugs bite—literally—by vacuuming your bed regularly and putting protectors on, among other things.