Need A Rain Umbrella? What You Need To Know Before Your Next Purchase

In the good old days, if you needed an umbrella, you would wind up with a long stick umbrella. And it would be black. But in recent years there have been several recent innovations and amazing feats of engineering applied to the age old rain umbrella.

Perhaps the most dramatic option for an umbrella is the method of opening. Manual umbrellas are opened and closed by sliding the ring up and down the shaft, at the whim of the user. There have been, for several years now, automatic umbrellas which would pop open at the push of a button, located on the handle. These spring-loaded umbrellas are really handy and can usually open faster than a traditional manual umbrella. Even more recently some ingenious engineers have discovered how to manufacture umbrellas which automatically open and close. These are the ultimate in convenience. A word of caution, being complex mechanical machines, automated umbrellas occasionally will break and become either stuck open or stuck closed. If you wish to take advantage of an automatic umbrella, I recommend getting a higher quality umbrella with a lifetime warranty.

The next amazing innovation for the modern umbrella is the double canopy. This design features overlapping slits in the canopy, the theory being that wind can flow through these slits rather than being captured by the canopy and forcing the umbrella to invert. (Inverting is usually the best sign that you need a new umbrella.) There are many different variations to the double canopy, but in essence they all work the same, and can mitigate damage to this valuable accessory. Most umbrellas with double canopies have been found to withstand winds up to 50 mph (80 kph.) Indeed, if your double canopy umbrella becomes inverted, it’s time to seek immediate shelter and get indoors!

Another option to consider is whether to get a traditional stick umbrella or a folding umbrella. Folding umbrellas are also marketed as compact or ultra compact. The shaft of these umbrellas telescopes out when opened and can provide adequate coverage for individuals, while collapsing down to less than a foot in length for convenient carrying. Traditional stick umbrellas, though certainly bulkier, are also going to be more durable.

The material used for the canopy for an umbrella is worth mentioning. Most umbrellas are manufactured from nylon because of its durability as well as being freely available and cost effective. Pongee (pronounced “Ponj”) is a type of silk cloth. It is rare to find umbrellas made exclusively from Pongee, but you are likely to find Poly-Pongee. This polyester and silk combination is more widely used, and due to the silk content is a little more costly. The advantage to poly-pongee is that it is a lighter weight fabric. You will also find some select umbrellas made from a polyester canopy. Each of these fabrics have been found to provide superior protection from both the sun and rain. Of note for custom imprinting, nylon tends to hold and reflect imprints better. If you are considering putting a logo on an umbrella, it would be best to do so using a nylon canopy.

Do you like to golf in the rain? Umbrella manufacturers often produce purpose built golf umbrellas which are characterized by a larger than average size canopy (typically with 62 or 68 inch arcs,) a longer that usual traditional stick shaft, and finally a straight handle. Golf umbrellas also come in a very large variety as far as colors and patterns. Golf umbrellas have become popular among not just golf clients as they also work well for families.

Another large umbrella to consider are the Doorman Umbrellas, which are purpose built for commercial use by hotels and apartments. Doorman umbrellas are similar to golf umbrellas with the two exceptions that they usually feature a traditional J shaped handle, and come in a limited number of color options. Doorman umbrellas are also well engineered for durability and make a perfect umbrella for families as well.

For the commuter or business worker there are several travel umbrellas. These are compact folding umbrellas which include a convenient carry case or other pouch. Some even incorporate loops and straps so that the umbrella can be carried on ones back like a backpack.

Under the moniker of fashion umbrellas there are several models of umbrellas which are meant to make a personal statement or even match for coordinated apparel. There are few fast rules for fashion umbrellas, and you will find a wide range as far as quality and durability is concerned. When selecting a fashion umbrella (as opposed to a “fad” umbrella) consider using a reputable umbrella company who will endorse their products with a warranty.

In recent years, your options have really expanded as far as purchasing an umbrella.

Before you put money down, it is important to consider your lifestyle and your individual use for an umbrella. Once you understand what features you require in an umbrella, it then becomes a simple exercise in finding the umbrella which best suits you. If you have some trouble finding that perfect umbrella, consulting with umbrella experts like those found at can save you time and money in your hunt for appropriate rain protection.

Millenials to surpass baby-boomers as the largest voter-eligible age group | The Latest from WDEL News

If there’s power in numbers, new research reveals who has the most in the U.S. electorate

Forecasts from The Pew Reseach Center predict millenials will surpass baby boomers as the largest voter-eligible age group by the 2018 midterm elections. However, it may still take years for the impact of this change to be felt. 

“Younger voters just don’t come to the polls,” said Stephanie Akin, a reporter at the inside the beltway news website Roll Call, in an interview with WDEL. 

This is especially true of midterm elections, where she reported the millenial vote drops by half. 

Akin said political groups are focused on changing this trend.

“There are a lot of efforts underway to try to recruit young candidates,” she explained. “They think if millenial voters see people who look like them running for office they’ll be more engaged [in elections].” 

The shift in the electorate’s composition is predicted to benefit Democrats, since the millenial generation tends to express more liberal views. 

Baby Boomers Are Ruining This One Industry

You’ll never guess what industry the Baby Boomers are destroying now.


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Types of Polyploidy – Autopolyploidy and Allopolyploid

During the meiosis process where the fusion of the two chromosomes takes place from the father and the mother, there should be proper fusion. If the fusion is not proper and if the cells are still apart then this would result in multiple chromosomes nucleus called as the Polyploid. This is a type of anomaly that occurs during the meiosis process. Formation of Polyploid cells could happen in two ways. One is autopolyploid and the other is the allopolyploid.

An autopolyploid nucleus is a type of Polyploid nucleus which, is formed when the single cell has diploid set of chromosomes both from the same parent. This means that the chromosomes are homologous rather than fusion from different species during reproduction.

Cells containing this set of nucleus do not undergo meiosis at all. The sole condition of meiosis is that they should have one-one cell, which are form two different parents. This condition should be satisfied during the Prophase I of the meiosis phase. Now, since the condition is not satisfied and there are two homologous cells the nucleus becomes an autopolyploid. Now when pairing occurs and there are more than two homologous cells, then there would be much more confusion in pairing them. This results in a Polyploid condition leading to anomaly in the meiosis.

The next type of nucleus is the allopolyploid nucleus. This happens when more than the required number of species contributes to the nucleus chromosomes. For example, we could consider the grain wheat. This wheat is a cross between three types of grasses. Since all the three types are contributing, they hold six set of chromosomes. Each set of chromosome has one homologous pair. This makes them perfect for a complete meiosis.

Initially, such allopolyploids are formed from different type organisms belonging to the same species. This occurred accidentally. However, as man researched to find the advantages for such accidental cross-fertilizations he started to use this method to perform asexual reproduction and to yield several varieties of crops and populate a species. By this way, we can avoid meiosis and getting an exception at this step. This ability of plants has proved that if meiosis is disabled in species then survival is still possible.

This method is now used successfully in cultivation of wide variety of fruit species like banana. This is one of the most successful species of plants, which were cultivated using this method. In fact, most of the commercial success in vegetation business is due to the implementation of allopolyploid nucleus.

Millenials Travel More than Baby Boomers or Gen X-ers

There’s a good chance that reminiscing about family vacations growing up brings back memories of hours-long drives, highway rest stop snacks and, of course, the omnipresent question: “Are we there yet?”

But while the nostalgic details are pretty universal, the way and reason we travel has changed dramatically among Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers and Millenials.

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Road trips remain popular in the United States — 79 percent of Americans plan to hit the road for their next vacation, according to data from a recent travel report put together by Ford— but travel in general is higher up on the bucket lists of younger generations than those of their parents.

Millenials (current 22 to 37 year olds) value the ability to take impromptu trips over collecting material possessions, and are 230 percent more motivated by “going on an adventure” compared to older generations, according to the report.

“Their measure of success is experiences and being in the know and being in the right place at the right time, or curating experiences that are uniquely their own. Travel hits all of those buttons,” says Sheryl Connelly, a Corporate Futurist who tracks global consumer trends at Ford. Citing the 2008 financial crisis, which she says, served as a wakeup call to younger generations, Connelly notes, “If you’re a Millennial and you’ve been exposed to the finer things, your sense of ownership changes. You don’t feel like you have to own something to enjoy it.”

It’s no coincident #roadtrip is the tenth most used hashtag on social media.

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This is entirely different from their parents, Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers.

Baby Boomers (current 53 to 71 year olds) came of age during a time when “there was an opportunity for upward social mobility,” says Connelly. As a result, “they spent a lot of time away from their family and so the way they compensated was to buy them a big house, a luxury car,  material possessions.”

The generation following, Gen X-ers (38 to 52 year olds), pushed the other way, focusing on family time rather than working overtime. This attitude sparked a spike in family vacations.

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“One of the hallmarks of Gen X-ers’ childhoods was having both mom and dad working,” Connelly told PEOPLE. As a result, when “they became their own bosses, they said ‘I am not going to make that sort of blood, sweat, and tears sacrifice that [our parents] did’ and ‘I need more flexibility and I want more family time.’”

While these findings aren’t exactly surprising, one thing’s for sure: It might just be time to book that next trip, no matter which generation you’re part of.

How To Prepare Your Pet Dog For The Arrival Of A Baby

A whole lot of change and plenty of adjustments have to be made around the house if you and your partner are expecting a child. A room has to be turned into a nursery, the entire house should be baby-proofed and some areas have to be rearranged to welcome the baby. While this change can be both exciting and overwhelming for parents-to-be, keep in mind that your pet dog is going through it, too. He, too, must be prepared for the arrival of the baby.

Such a huge change can be confusing to a pet – here’s how you can help them transition easier:

Plan ahead

Will the dog be allowed in the nursery? Can he go near and kiss the baby? Although it may seem trivial, these are questions that need to be addressed beforehand. Getting your dog ready for the arrival of your baby may also require a refresher on basic training such as SIT and STAY. It helps to list down what needs to be worked on, when to start training and who will train the dog.

Work on manners

Aside from refreshing basic commands, it is also important to fix some behavior issues that your pet may have before the baby arrives. This could be consistent barking, jumping up on people or simply not being obedient. Behavior like this re not ideal for new parents taking care of a newborn. Work on these issues as early as possible so that they are improved by the time the baby comes.

Familiarize them with new smells

Familiarize your furry friend with things that he can associate with the baby like baby powder, cologne and wash. Once he gets used to these new scents, it will be easier for him to recognize and welcome the newborn. You can also let him sniff some of the baby’s toys and teach him that they aren’t for him to play, chew on or take.

Practice with your dog

A few weeks before your baby arrives, show your dog what is to come. It is ideal to practice using a doll – change its diapers, rock it to sleep or feed it to help your dog get used to these kinds of scenarios. If your dog starts barking or getting uneasy, it is ideal to correct these behaviours so that he’s better prepared when the real thing comes.

Doing these simple things will help your pet dog prepare for the arrival of your newborn baby! Here’s why Baby Boomers keep Millennials from buying homes | 2017-08-10

Housing inventory shortages continue to plague the real estate market, and the generation that’s most to blame is Baby Boomers.

In fact, the new Housing Shortage Study from shows there are two major reasons for the housing shortage: Boomers’ reluctance to sell and the fact that homes already fit current family needs. As a result, this is keeping a large share of properties off the market, and out of the hands of Millennials, the study respondents report.

The findings are part of an online survey of 1,054 randomly selected, current homeowners across the U.S. conducted on behalf of between July 6th and 13th. The respondents were asked a series of questions aimed at examining the root causes of the current national inventory shortage.

The study found that among Millennials, about 59% are not planning to sell their home within the next year, while 35% are planning to sell their home and 6% are unsure. Millennials made up about 60% of total homeowners who plan to sell their home within the next year.

This is good news for the housing market, as they will be selling their starter homes, the most sought-after price point in today’s market. In fact, the number of starter homes is down 17% from last year, compared to the 10% decrease in medium-sized homes and 5% in larger homes.

“The housing shortage forced many first time home buyers to consider smaller homes and condos as a way to literally get their foot in the door,” Chief Economist Danielle Hale said. “Our survey data reveals that we may see more of these homes hitting the market in the next year, but whether these owners actually list will depend on whether they can find another home.”

But the number of Baby Boomers ready to sell their home is significantly lower. About 85% of Boomers indicated they are not planning to sell their home in the next year. And this generation holds a much higher stake in the housing market with a 78% homeownership rate, compared to 41% among Millennials.

Therefore, as Baby Boomers decide to stay in their current home, this removes about 33 million properties from the market, most of which are urban condos or suburban single-family homes – the most popular choice among Millennials.

“Boomers indeed hold the key to those homes the market desperately needs, both in the urban condo and the detached suburban home segment,” Hale said. “But with a strong economy and rising home prices, there’s really no reason for established homeowners to sell in the short term.”

“Although down-sizing might be on the minds of boomers, they face the same inventory shortages and price increases plaguing Millennials,” she said.

Older generations aging in place is nothing new to the housing market. What is new, however, is the sudden increase in the population of 55 to 74 years, which increased 30% in the past 30 years from 16% of the total population in 1985 to 21% in 2015.

Why are homeowners choosing to stay in their current home? About 63% answered that their current home meets the needs of their family, the survey shows. Another 16% attributed low interest rates, 15% answered recently purchasing their home and 13% cited the need to make improvements and low property taxes.

“Life events drive real estate transactions,” Hale said. “When the majority of home owners feel their family needs are being met by their current home, there is nothing compelling them to put their home on the market.”

And of course, Baby Boomers were the most likely to say their home is meeting their current family needs at 72%, compared to the share of Millennials who answered the same at 52%.

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