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The importance of shipping containers in the trading industry cannot be ignored, yet very few appreciate what these big steel boxes do for modern society. Without these, businesses won’t be able to exchange goods and meet the demands of their clients. This is why companies continue to update and increase the number of their containers. If you’re among them, you should ask yourself the following questions before going to any container sale:

Shipping containerWhere Should You Buy?

Shipping containers may set you back some, as you pay for their quality and sturdiness even after years of use. Shop around so you can find companies that offer them for much more reasonable prices. Many companies offer sea shipping container sales to start-ups and established businesses that want to update their inventory. Start from these sales, as you might find a good deal.

What Size Should You Buy?

Most shipping containers have the same size – eight feet wide, nine feet tall, and 10, 20, or 40 feet long. Choosing the right size depends on what you’re going to store. For instance, if you’re planning to ship fragile items, it might not be practical to store these in a big container if you aren’t going to fill it up. Any gap could cause movements, which might put items at risk. Most of those who do this use fillers and bubble wrap to keep the items from moving around.

Should You Buy New or Used?

The answer lies on your budget. If you can buy new, then you’ll be making an investment that could last for at least 20 years. It can also serve as your guarantee to clients. Don’t feel discouraged, though, if you don’t want to spend on a new container. There are used shipping containers for sale that look good as new. All you have to do is be attentive to detail, like checking for rust on the surface covered in paint. Even a small amount of rust can lead to damage quickly.

Should You Care About Transportation?

Shipping containers are bulky and heavy. You can’t simply transport them from one location to another. If you don’t want the burden of moving the steel box after the transaction, be prepared even before you buy it. Apart from the price, look for companies offering free or reasonable pricing on their transportation services so you don’t have to spend a fortune on delivery fees from a third party.

The right shipping container should be worth its cost. Buy only from a supplier offering what you need for a good price.

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Every function and cell in the body needs water to work properly. You need water to regulate your temperature, to give you a boost of energy, to keep the blood flowing properly, to help digestion move smoothly, and more.

Many people drink at least a few glasses of water every day, but now that’s times are changing and temperatures are rising, it’s important to be vigilant and informed, especially about dehydration. With that, here are a few things you need to know about hydration and dehydration—and the facts behind them.

Dehydration is Serious

Drink waterWhile most people will only ever experience mild dehydration that includes light-headedness, headaches, and decreased sweat or urine output, it can take a turn for the worse and may require medical attention.

Just recently, one of the most publicised cases of dehydration involved NBA superstar LeBron James when he was still with the Miami Heat. James suffered severe dehydration and cramping during an NBA Finals game and as millions of viewers witnessed, it was painful.

Water is Fine During Exercise

If your exercise will take less than two hours, water will do just fine. You don’t need sports drinks to keep you hydrated, but it can help.

Regular tap water that passes through a filtration system using a specialised sediment filter will do. But if you’re really into flavoured water, it’s better to make your own using clean, filtered water and fresh fruits and ingredients from the supermarket.

8-10 Glasses per Day is not Enough

This rule of thumb regarding water intake is outdated. According to the Institute of Medicine, men need about three litres of water intake daily, while women need 2.2 litres. This all depends on numerous factors, including your current health and lifestyle. You don’t need to force yourself to drink if you’re not thirsty or if you don’t need to.

Take note also that those suggested intake levels cover fluids, and not just water alone. This means things like coffee, tea, and fruit juices are also part of the intake count.

Dehydration is a serious condition, but it’s also one of the easiest conditions to reverse. Having the right knowledge and attitude towards dehydration is a step towards better health.

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roof maintenanceStormy weather is not uncommon to those who live in Perth. Over the years, the city and its people have endured tropical cyclones, which remain to be a significant weather hazard in Western Australia. Due to its geographical location, the city is constantly vulnerable and normally within the path of nature’s incredible show of power.

The heavy rains and wild weather seen recently shows just how dangerous weather conditions can be. Destructive winds and rain can easily pummel a property into rubbles if homeowners do not prepare for the storm. Good thing that it does not take much to equip your property and make sure it can withstand torrential rains.

If you are gearing up your home for the rainy days, here are some things to think about:

Strong Winds Can Pick Up Items Lying Around

Strong winds can easily topple down large structures; imagine what it can do to objects without a sturdy foundation. They can become projectile missiles and damage your property, or worse, injure someone.

Clean Up the Gutters

Roof maintenance experts in Perth say that the most common causes of heavy storm damage are blocked gutters and drainage systems. Accumulated leaves, twigs, or dirt can easily block the gutters and downpipes, which causes the rainwater to overflow. This can result in flooding and pave the way for more extensive damage to your property. Before a storm comes, make sure that these roofing features are in good condition.

Mind the Trees

Trees can also become dangerous in extreme weather conditions. Branches may fall and damage your property. Some trees may be uprooted as well. To prevent this from happening, consult with your local council about proper tree trimming measures.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

If you still do not have one, it is high time to get an emergency kit for your home. Power outages are common during storms, so prepare emergency lights. If possible, it is also a good idea to invest in a power generator. Lastly, keep medical supplies and emergency food stored safely.

When it comes to face Perth storms, all you have to do is to know the proper preparation measures. You can minimise property damage and keep your family safe.

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ChildChild abuse weighs more than broken bones, bruises and scars.

Abuse comes in four categories: physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. They all have distinct consequences for the abused and the culprit. Apart from the physical trauma, child abuse can lead to alterations in brain structure and development. With little knowledge about child abuse, you can become vulnerable to misconceptions about the issue. It helps to understand such sensitive things better.

Here are a few misconceptions about child abuse:

1. Abuse only comes after violence.

The Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick point out that child abuse, a pattern of not providing for a child’s physical and emotional needs, must be stopped. Many individuals think that abuse only happens when violence is inflicted on a child. This is not necessarily true. Neglect and emotional abuse can be as damaging as the physical abuse, the most popular type. With subtle and undiscovered emotional abuse and neglect, most people are less likely to intervene, and this should be put to an end.

2. Children usually tell someone about the abuse.

Children are considered as tellers of truth, but they sometimes tend to keep to themselves about abuse because of fear. The abuser can be very effective in making children too fearful to talk about what is happening. As mostly observed in the society, abusers tend to become powerful, having a vise grip on the innocence and vulnerability of a child.

3. Children who experienced abuse during childhood will become abusive themselves when they get older.

Abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle of abuse as adults, doing things unconsciously—only mirroring what they went through as children. There are, however, many adult survivors of child abuse that possess a strong motivation to move forward and take definite precautionary measures. They also tend to be overprotective of their children, and become excellent parents.

The four types of child abuse leave invisible and lasting scars that may have a long-term effect on life, damaging a child’s sense of healthy relationships. Abused children tend to develop a lack of trust and a core feeling of being “worthless” or “damaged,” and have trouble regulating their emotions. Know what you can about child abuse, and be part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem.

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WeldingHeat, metal, construction, and people wearing protective masks – these are often the first things that come to mind when you think of welding. While most people are aware of the basic purpose of welding, not everyone knows the secret art it holds.

Anyone can weld, but the process of creating a true metal masterpiece requires skill and great attention to detail. Once you master the metalwork and learn the different techniques to efficient welding, you’ll find many job opportunities in the metals and resources industry.

Here are a few tips to help you grasp the art of welding:

Go beyond the basics

Welding is much more than just a job; you’ll need all the advanced engineering skill to become a true master of this craft. According to XLT, it takes an innovative approach to meet industry requirements and become an experienced metalworker. This means going beyond the basics of welding and learning the different techniques used in this type of metalwork.

The right tools can make all the difference

Although you can use as many welding tools to get started on a project, there are particular tools that only apply to certain methods. For example, you need to use special hand and power tools for arc and underwater welding. It’s important to have good knowledge of such tools to avoid errors in your work and provide a quick fix in case the equipment breaks down.

Practice goes a long way

Welding is easy to learn, but not everyone can master the craft in one sitting. No matter how good you are at welding, practice is still necessary to stay on top of the game. If you were to take a plate test and get certification for structural welding, keep practicing until you refine your welding skills.

There’s economic potential in the art of welding. Once you’ve mastered your skills in this craft, your only limit is your own creativity.

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There are many articles about the mechanics of fireworks online, but not much attention is given to its close cousin, the sparkler. The disparity is understandable as fireworks are loud, colourful and they explode, while sparklers are fun, but mostly given to kids who can’t handle fire yet.

The humble sparkler needs its own fifteen minutes of fame, and that should start by letting people know how the little fire sticks work. The first thing people should be aware of is that not all sparklers are the same. Yes, it’s very shocking considering most of them do the same thing. The differences lie in the chemical composition of the sparklers and the effects that result from the different reactions.

A sparkler has four different components: an oxidiser, fuel, metal powder and a combustible binder. The differences depend on the kind of metal powder and oxidiser used.

Metal and Fire Make Orange

The metal powder determines the colour of the sparks; for example, iron makes orange sparks while titanium can produce rich white sparks, which are different from white sparks made by aluminium and magnesium. The oxidiser on the other hand, produces the oxygen to burn the mixture. Most sparklers make use of nitrates to kick-start the reaction. Some manufacturers choose the more exciting potassium perchlorate, which are more powerful, but have more potential to explode.

The modern composition of the sparkler is actually miles away from the ‘classic’ design, which only consisted of a wire dipped in a batter of slow burning pyrotechnic mixture. Safety was a major concern with the old sparklers, prompting fireworks manufacturers to create products that are safer and more enjoyable.


The combustible binder is the secret to keeping the modern sparklers safe enough for children to use, since it keeps the reaction in check as it burns. But there have been attempts to make sparklers more exciting.

Sparkler Bombs

Sparkler bombs are crude fireworks, with hundreds of sparklers bound with tape leaving one extended as a fuse. The bombs are extremely dangerous as they can accidentally detonate through heat or friction. One such device claimed three lives in 2008 due to a botched ignition.

Sparklers are a staple in almost every celebration with fireworks, and people would do well to remember them.

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It was a glorious moment for Argentina just moments after the 2013-2014 NBA Championship when Manu Ginobili announced he would represent the country in the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer.

Diagnosed with a Fracture

Photo Credits: Zereshk | Wikimedia

Photo Credits: Zereshk | Wikimedia

But now, it is unlikely for the San Antonio Spurs guard to travel to Spain as he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right leg. According to Yahoo! Sports’ sources, it was an injury that appears to have developed late in Spurs’ championship run.

Ginobili is expected to complete the recovery and rehabilitation process in two months, making him miss the World Cup which will commence on August 30; though he will likely suit up for the training camp by the end of September. At the age of 36, this will probably be the last chance he can play for an international tournament.

The two-time NBA All-Star averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 assists for the Spurs in 2013-2014 season. He won the 2008 Sixth Man of the Year, and has four NBA championship rings.

Other Missed Opportunity

Meanwhile, another Spurs guard will also miss the World Cup, as Patty Mills will undergo a right shoulder surgery, which will sit him for about eight months.

Mills, who plays for the Australian national team, recently agreed with the team for a 3-year contract. As a reliever for Tony Parker, he averaged 10.2 points and 1.8 assists this season with an impressive 42.5 percent from beyond the arc.

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For many people outside the automotive industry, the craze about specific brands and models can be slightly confusing, or frightening. But what most of those people don’t know is that the reason so many go mad for cars is because some of them have hidden abilities.

Yes, you read it right, hidden abilities. Think of it as the automobile version of X-Men. Engineers, scientists and designers aren’t just trying to make cars go faster; there are other aspects that they improve on without anyone noticing. For example, Audi’s forte is its seamless intelligent transmission system, and for Honda, it’s their car’s incredible reliability.

Land Rover DefenderThe Power

For Land Rovers, their hidden ability lies in its Power Take-Off (PTO). The PTO is an integral aspect to the Land Rover brand and vehicles since 1948. This ability allowed the Land Rover to power other machines while they remain stationary.

This ability became a significant advantage for both post-war Britain and Land Rover. In 1949, the British National Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Scottish Machinery Testing Station published a report describing the Land Rover’s PTO prowess, and remained a brand staple for around forty years. These days, PTOs can still be purchased on a Land Rover as spare parts or as a special order. PTOs can also be used in industrial and marine engines for powering fire pumps.

The Possibilities

The effect of the PTO on the British agricultural economy couldn’t be overstated; they were like multi-purpose batteries that can power tractors, trucks and spline output shafts. The PTO ability of Land Rovers also makes it easy for out-of-house contractors as well as Land Rover itself to make conversions and adaptations to the basic vehicle. Because they can power the extra attachments, Land Rovers can be outfitted to become snowploughs, ambulances, cherry pick hydraulic platforms, excavators and fire engines.

The label for the Land Rover as the true all-purpose vehicle is well earned; it can literally do or power anything with the right attachments.

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Medical records purportedly belonging to F1 legend Michael Schumacher have been stolen and are now being offered for sale to the media, according to his manager.

Criminal charges

Though it is unclear whether the files were real, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Keham has warned that purchase or publication of the “confidential files” is a criminal matter.

She said she was unable to say whether the documents belonged to the F1 star, but said they were “clearly stolen.”

Schumacher’s management team will press for criminal charges and damaged if the data are made public.

Privacy protection

“The contents of any medical files are totally private and confidential and must not be made available to the public,” Keham warned. “We will therefore, in every single case, press for criminal charges and damages against any publication of the content or reference to the medical file.”

After waking from a coma, the 45-year-old racer was transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility to continue his recovery.

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Sydney is a city known for landmarks like the Opera House, but little do people know that there’s more to the metropolis than just that. Horse racing is a major part of the city’s culture, as it maintains a great racing event to bring together only the best. The event – called The Championships – is the most anticipated racing event in all of Australia. Bettors from across the country even make deals over the Internet, making it an even bigger betting event.

The Championships, as it is so fondly called Down Under, is an initiative of the Racing NSW and is hosted by the Australian Turf Club. Here’s a quick look at some of the other things you need to know about this major event:

The BMW Sydney Carnival

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Breathtaking Venue

The Championships takes place in Sydney on two Saturdays in April. With its exquisite harbour serving as the backdrop, there’s no better city in Australia to host this event. The Championships has become a much-anticipated event for participants on a local, national, and even international level.

BMW Sydney Carnival

The Championships serves as the highpoint of the broader BMW Sydney Carnival. The racing fever explodes during the Carnival, with six consecutive Sundays of world-class racing, fascinating entertainment, and striking fashion.

This Year’s Celebration

At least 25,000 racegoers enjoyed the height of this year’s Championships. This includes CEOs of top companies, Hollywood stars, and the Prime Minister himself. As usual, some of the world’s most prominent thoroughbreds competed for the $18.2 million prize money.

Huge Success

The first day of The Championships was a big success, and the attendance was massive despite the rough weather. Better weather on the second got nearly 35,000 people to come, making it an undeniably great finale for this year’s event.

Darren Pearce, Australian Turf Club CEO, said, “There has been great public support over the two days and we will now sit down with Racing NSW and review how we can improve and grow The Championships.” This only guarantees the strong base of the inaugural The Championships that will only grow stronger as years go by.

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