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How Indians Can Prevent Themselves From the Coronavirus?



Coronavirus, the current burning issue that we have to deal with, is causing havoc on people physically and also mentally.

Coronavirus belong to a class of viruses that are responsible for many known diseases like SARS, MERS and now this new strain of COVID-19 is causing a respiratory disease, earlier not identified and known to have infected humans.

The most common symptoms of its infection include cough, fever, abnormal functioning of the respiratory system, leading to difficulty in breathing, it may also lead to pneumonia, kidney failure and even death in severe cases.

Which all preventive measures can we take to protect ourselves:

The following are some of the given safety tips which should be kept in mind for our protection against this virus:-

  • Wearing a mask is advisable to everyone whenever they are going out or if they are coming in direct contact with someone infected or suspected of being infected. But also, it is not compulsorily required to wear a mask at all times, but wear it when in the vicinity of infected ones.
  • Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing to stop the droplets of infection from getting transmitted from one person to another as this virus spreads through air droplets. Also, do take care that other people also follow the same protocol, while sneezing and better still, stay away from people suspected of being infected.
  • Avoid public gatherings as this could lead to your involvement with people of all kind who may be infected with the virus and could transmit it to you.
  • Do not greet people by shaking hands as they could be transmitting the virus to you. We, Indians, are very lucky to have a traditional way of salutation, that is greeting by saying Namaste which does not involve direct contact of two persons and it’s the best method to adopt in the context of the current situation.
  • Preventive methods also include taking care of our diet and including food items rich in properties proven to have anti-viral effect, of virus killing capabilities or having the ability to naturally enhance our immune system. Some examples of such food items are consuming fruits rich in Vitamin C like oranges, amla, lemons as they are known to increase our immunity. Eat almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds and also start consuming the herb that is no less than a boon to all, especially Indians, that is tulsi.
  • Also start practicing the habit of regular and proper washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as only this will kill all the microbes that could have been present on the surfaces of your hands. And always remember to not touch your mouth, nose and eyes with your hands without properly washing them with soap.
  • Use a sanitizer in case washing with soap and water is not possible. But Sanitizers are only an alternative and not a substitute for soap and water.
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Walleye Fishing Tips




Here is a simple walleye fishing tip that I use for one area of a lake I fish frequenly on Manitoulin Island and the lake is Mindemoya lake. This walleye fishing tip will work on most lakes of various sizes anywhere walleye are caught.

I have been catching walleye for over 50 years all across Canada. During that time I have learned a lot of things about fishing. But always remember that you can usually learn some new tricks and tips at any time.

Over the many years that I have fished this area I see so many anglers full of enthusiasm and expectations come and leave just frustrated with their experience fishing walleye. This fishing tip will help eliminate that frustration. It may not make you an expert, but it will make a difference in your fishing results.

Lake Mindemoya is not a large lake but to know where certain features of the lake are is great information to have. Depth, where to find shoals, sunken islands or structure that walleye love and frequent. My favorite spot on this lake is what is called Grassy Island and in the north west corner of the lake. It is actually what I call a sunken island because the only time it is actually visible from anywhere is in the summer when the reeds and grass are growing. In fact the hottest time of the summer is a great time for fishing walleye.

Now the first thing is of course is your rod and reel, sounds simple but be sure to use good fishing equipment. A light action graphite rod and reel with 6 or 8 pound test line is sufficient to catch and land most large walleyes.

The last thing is of course the simplest the hook. A plain unadorned ball-headed jig is king here. It is simple and easy to use, and deadly. Use 1/4 ounce as much as possible. If you have a problem finding the bottom you can move up to 3/8 ounce till you get used to finding the bottom.

These jigs have no action of their own, so that is up to the angler, short hops seem to work best but do not be afraid to experiment. Try to maintain contact with the bottom at all times, but try not to bounce on slack line. This can cause you to get snagged more often.

Jigs are great for catch and release, most of the time the walleye will be hooked in the top lip. Unhooking is fast and easy for you and the fish.

Tip jigs with either a minnow or a leech. I like to use leeches but at times minnows will work best. I usually carry both so I can test which is working best that day or for the area you are fishing.

Well now put this all together and lets catch those walleyes. Off the edge of this grassy island or sunken island as I call it there is a drop off and the walleye hold to this at different depths at different times of the day. Deeper during the heat of the day and closer in the evening.

The area I fish I am usually able to drift slowly over this reef from one end to the other and preset my jig and bait offering easily plus with great success. If you use electronics of any kind of course you can find these walleyes and where they are holding up. Also if it is too windy to drift the way you want a trolling motor can keep you in the thick of the action or even anchor.

Walleye do not like bright light and most anglers think that the best time for fishing walleye is early morning or in the evening and even after dark. But on Mindemoya Lake in the heat of summer you have an algae growth that clouds the water somewhat and makes for great fishing even in the heat of the day. As simple as this walleye fishing tip seems, remember it works and just experiment and you will succeed.

So to wrap this up if you ever get to my favorite place on earth, Manitoulin Island and happen to be near grassy island on Mindemoya Lake say hello to the oldtimer you see out there all alone in his Lund boat. Do not be afraid to ask questions, because he will have fish! Get out there and enjoy nature and relax!

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Using Inspirational Quotes for High School Homeroom Projects




Thinking of new homeroom projects for your high school students? A homeroom teacher has this advantage over other teachers— the opportunity to inspire and influence his students more since he is their immediate adviser, friend, and mentor. In facilitating meaningful homeroom projects, they allow the students to take on additional responsibilities, learn new things, interact better, and have fun. So instead of the usual fund-raising activities and projects, why don’t you try something more inspirational? Here are some ideas you can implement in your class.


Encourage your students to inspire other students, to give them food for the soul. You can do this by asking them to design and create posters with inspirational quotes about life which they can look up or make by themselves. Have them add graphics or illustrations, even simple ones, to magnify the given message. They can put up these posters around the school to serve as words of motivation and encouragement.


Your students may also want to use inspirational quotes to decorate various items that they sell in school to other students and even to teachers as a fund-raising project for their class. For instance, they can design and create homemade cards and bookmarks with inspirational quotes. They can also hand-paint plain white shirts with these quotes, along with matching designs. If they have a capital for this small business venture, they may also opt to make shirt designs in the computer and have them printed on the shirts. Afterward, it would be good to suggest to them to also make appropriate advertising and promotional fliers and/or posters to let others know of these items for sale.

In addition, have your students wear the shirts themselves when they sell these things. Imagine seeing a schoolmate wearing a statement shirt that seems to shout a message of inspiration!


How about letting other students in the school from different levels join in on the fun? Perhaps your class can plan and facilitate a drawing, painting, or writing contest to interpret a given quote! This can even be done weekly! They will have to create the mechanics and the promotional materials. They can give tokens as prizes and also certificates for the winners. Furthermore, you may want to ask those in charge of the school paper to advertise as well as to publish the works of the winners. In this way, your class project can become a school-wide activity. And at the same time, your students can reach out to their fellow students too and touch their lives!

So what are you waiting for? Use your homeroom periods now to start planning the project that you believe would best benefit your students. Better yet, you can let them vote on which one they would like to do. It would also be good to divide them into groups and have each one do something different. Just be sure to assist them in the planning and implementation. It can be your class’s series of inspirational projects. Good luck and enjoy!

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How to Choose a Prefab Pergola Kit?




If your are like most of people you can get overwhelmed by the quantity of information and products that are available to you today.  It seems that no matter what direction you turn there is someone new trying to tell you that they are the one you should believe.  Today, in this article, the facts are going to be given on what to look for when wanting to buy a pergola prefab kit and what to avoid when looking at them.

First of all there are many different type of kits in the market today.  Some of them are wonderful, come with easy to follow instructions, and have a manufacturing company behind them that will help you if you run into a problem.  On the other side, there are discount wood pergola kits that are made in China quickly and without much sense of quality in terms of craftsmanship and fitting all of the elements together.  And for the installation instructions, you can tell they were written by someone out of our country who does not understand very well how to communicate effectively how to put together the new pergola.  As far as the manufacture helping you will a help desk, you might get a local distributor to listen to some of your questions, but they are not the experts.

Materials used in Quality Pergolas

Materials wise for a quality pergola always choose western red cedar as a base material.  Red cedar over the years has been used as the standard for all others to fallow, and for good reason.  Western red cedar wood is naturally resistant to rotting and is a natural insect repellent.  Some other woods like redwood and treated woods are also good for these reasons, but hold some problems you should know about. 

Redwood is gorgeous in its looks and functions beautifully as an outdoor structure construction wood.  The largest reason why this product is not used today is that it is cost ineffective.  Purchasing a new growth redwood pergola will cost you 50% more than a cedar pergola.  While an old growth redwood item is 100% more expensive or more depending on the product you select.  Neither one of these redwood materials are readily available in prefab pergolas at this time.

Pressure treated products are wonderful for a couple reasons, but also have a down side your should consider.  As for longevity, the pressure treated woods will last a long time in the outdoors elements, and have a resistant attribute to both rotting and insects.  but, beware that a chemical is placed into the wood so that it can have their characteristics.  Even though the manufactures say that they are water based and do not hurt anything, it is still a chemical that is placed in the wood to make it the way it is. 

And from an design perspective, the color of the wood after the pressure treating just does not look natural anymore, manufactures say you can stain it for a more natural look if you like.  Again, they are selling you on placing for chemicals on the wood to take away the chemical look that was put there by the pressure treatment.  This is a concern for many people

The Natural Choice is Cedar

We are not all Eco Friendly fanatics, but in this case the best choice for you quality garden pergolas is western red cedar.

Details of Pergola Kit

The small details can make all the difference in the overall beauty and easy of construction of a prefab cedar pergola kit.  Does the kits come with all of the mounting hardware?  How is it shipped to the end location?  How much is it going to cost to ship the outdoor structure kit? Is there a person to talk to if you have problems? These are all great questions you must answer become making a decision on which one to buy.

If you keep in mind these tips on buying a pergola when out looking at and talking with retailers, you will be much more informed on and have a general sense of confidence that you are buying the right item for your backyard or garden.

A great location to find quality information on backyard structures and all off your home decor information needs found at this learning center.  Check them out.

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