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Unregulated Martial Arts in Alabama and Keeping People Safe

The era of regulated mixed martial arts within Alabama is proving to have more than its fair share of complications. From a shrinking fighter base to a rash of unforeseen injuries, the newly encountered issues have caused problems for local promoters even forcing the cancellation of one event.

Similar to the recent stretch of bad luck that has affected the Ultimate Fighting Championship of late, Alabama’s local scene has fell victim to a high number of sudden injuries from accidents both recreational and during training.

Examples of recent injuries include the unfortunate incident in which David McAfee was severely injured during training and had a hole punched in his trachea while in a chokehold. Not realizing the severity of his injury “D’Mac” continued training and suffered a subsequent shattering of his right eye socket. He had been scheduled to compete at Atlas Fights MMA on July 14 but will now be sidelined for around 12 weeks.

Jack Whitfield was another victim of the injury bug after tearing both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament over the past week. Whitfield is set to have surgery later this month and will be on the shelf for the next six weeks before being able to return to training.

Making the injuries even more problematic for promoters is the fact that many of the state’s eligible fighters are being forced to sign contracts preventing them from competing upon other shows 30-days prior to the scheduled event.

Some have questioned the validity of making amateur fighters sign a contract while others argue it is just good business sense. Ultimately, the practice reduces the fighter pool a promoter can draw from, but other promoters look at it as protecting their interests.

Another reason promoters have found it difficult to keep their rosters stacked is due to the mandatory medical suspensions that are levied against fighters following competition. Every person that fights must serve an involuntary seven-day suspension afterwards, and anyone that lost via knockout or TKO is also subject to a 30, 60, or 90-day suspension as well.

An injured fighter will be placed in the national database as suspended for seven days and will come off automatically after that date. The competitor will not be able to take another fight during that time. Anyone that does participate in mixed martial arts action while suspended will lose their fighter license, could face a lengthy suspension and, would have to present themselves before the commission. Fighters are urged to use protective training gear and tools like those reviewed here – US Combat Sport’s Focus Mitts

Finally, the amount of licensed and eligible fighter pool may be beginning to dwindle from Olympic to kiddie pool due to fighters competing on unsanctioned shows not authorized by the Alabama Athletic Commission. Any fighter that participates in these shows will likely have their license suspended for 60 days. A second violation of this rule could result in a permanent suspension.

No one said that making the sudden change to the regulation era would be a smooth and perfect process. But with proper safety measures, a more legitimate manner in handling injuries, and an education as to what will cause athletes to be suspended, fighters and promoters have the ability to work together in order to create a more harmonious solution to some of the early problems being faced within Alabama’s mixed martial arts scene.

Awesome Ideas on How to Celebrate Christmas Season

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It’s not that people have no ideas on how to celebrate the occasion, sometimes, people run out of ideas especially if they or their family has been adventurous enough to try out different ways to celebrate Christmas for the past years.

Christmas is a season of love; hence, in everything you should do, you must do it with love. During this yuletide season, there’s no room for fights nor bad vibes. It’s a season of forgiving and making up. That being said, you must have a fun and happy experience for Christmas. Thankfully, the internet’s data allows us to provide you and your family a couple of ideas for this upcoming Christmas.

Christmas Ideas

Some of the ideas we will discuss about are super common and some are unique. This is a combination of the many things you can do for this upcoming Christmas season.

  • Go to church.

In the United States and in many other parts of the world, Christians won’t fail to go to church during this season. After all, it is commemorating the birth of Jesus. Hence, a great way to celebrate the occasion is by visiting the church before proceeding with the rest of the Christmas day plans.

  • Decorate the house.

One of the most exciting parts of Christmas is when you’re putting up decorations all over your house. From DIY wreaths to the latest laser lights trend (find out more from this website), you and your family can spend quality time decorating your home. Don’t miss out the front and backyard.

  • Go Christmas caroling.

Although very popular all over the world, you’ll be surprised that not all people have actually experienced going for a Christmas caroling. If you and your family are some of those who has had no experience in Christmas caroling, perhaps it’s time to give it a try. It is definitely a fun experience especially if you have kids around.

  • Do a generous act for the poor.

Christmas is a season of giving love in the forms of gifts. Don’t just limit yourself to exchanging gifts within the family, do some generous acts for the poor. Even simple gifts, such as clothes, food, etc., will already do.

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  • Have a Christmas movie marathon.

Families often do this during Christmas as well; it’s great to have a list of Christmas movies, from classic ones to new ones, to watch during Christmas eve or Christmas day.

  • Gather friends and/or family for celebration.

Most importantly, don’t just celebrate alone. Celebrate it with friends and/or family. Christmas is almost like a reunion; it definitely reunites family members as well as friends.

Bottom Line

At the end of it all, the most important thing is you celebrate this season with love. Whether with friends or family or with the less fortunate ones, kindness and love is the ultimate gift you can give them. This yuletide season, set aside your grudges and all other negativities in life; after all, the new year would just be right around the corner. Another year over, a new one will begin.

The Big Role of a Data Analyst in the Industry

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In every aspect of the world today, data plays a crucial role in deeply understanding  and improving situations and conditions. Whether it’s a University’s research department or the fast food chain you drive thru, all these places use data for their businesses. Data is everywhere and its usage can simply be applied to everything. Especially now that the world is rapidly advancing, gathering of big and small data has become the center of every institution.  From learning how to handle websites to producing food products, and many more, data is essential. Hence, there is a demand for data analysts, those which administer the analysis of data. There are even AI data analytics available in the industries today.

Data Analysis

Also known as data analytics, data analysis, in general, is a process of checking, analyzing, and modelling data in order to obtain useful information that may aid in creating decisions or suggesting conclusions. Common data analysis techniques involve data mining, used for predictive purposes, business intelligence, for business information, predictive analytics, and text analytics.

Simply put, data analysis refers to obtaining raw data and transforming it into useful information to aid the beneficiaries of the information. And almost always, data is collected and interpreted to answer certain queries, test and/or disprove theories and hypotheses.

Now that we have broken down what data analysis is all about, let’s look into the actual duties and responsibilities of data analysts who are in the field.

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Duties of a Data Analyst

  • Conduct research.

In many institutions and industries, the data analysts, themselves, conduct the research as they, understandably, are very familiar and knowledgeable with the different approaches in studying the environment which they are working for.

  • Analyze data.

Once the research has been conducted and data has been collected, the main role of the data analysts come in place and that is to analyze the data they have on their hands. Analyzing data would mean running descriptive, qualitative, and quantitative statistical tests, tracking outliers, determining patterns, and interpreting the results.

  • Relay the results.

Not everyone speaks the data analyst’s language and so, one of the bigger challenges for data analysts is relaying the results to the rest of the team. Data analysts will have to explain what the results mean for their business.

  • Manage the data.

Finally, data analysts manage the data. They are the ones who will be able to determine how the collected data should be used for the improvement of their, let’s say, products and services. Data may be used to create strategic plans for the company, or perhaps, to make changes in their systems.

Indeed, data acquisition and analysis is very important and so, if you’re interested to know more about data and its acquisition systems, feel free to check out DAQIFI’s data systems.

Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners

So I’ve been asked to bestow some of my fly fishing “knowledge” onto Jen, a relative newcomer to this piscatorial pastime.  While a greater honor I’ve never had, I must come clean….she’s asking the wrong person.  I may write a fancy blog with a lot of bells and whistles making it look like I’m knowledgeable about something, as far as fly fishing goes…well…you’ve all seen my fishing reports. However since she asked, and asked nicely, here it goes…because I’ll never say “no” to a pretty lady.

Tip #1:  Don’t be afraid to lose flies.  Actually, it’s a good thing.  Fish, such as trout, tend to like cover of some sort.  Inside root balls, behind rocks, beneath overhanging branches, etc…are all prime places to find a fish just waiting to ambush your fly.  Unfortunately, especially as a beginner, if you’re casting to these places, you’ll likely get snagged and snarled on them too.  If you’re not losing flies, you’re missing some prime real-estate…unless of course you’re fishing directly into a hatchery pen.  In that case, you don’t even need a fly, a piece of dog food will make do just fine.

Tip #2:  (Related to #1)  In your first year or so, don’t bother attempting to tie your own flies.  Yeah, you’ll read a lot of cool blogs with pictures of beautiful flies tied by magicians of the vise.  There’s also a certain bit of satisfaction one takes from catching a fish on a fly they tied.  That noted, spend your time on the water refining your skills, not at the vise. Tying flies WILL NOT save you money in the long run, tying flies DOES NOT make you any better than the next guy (or gal), and all those children workers in China, India, & Africa need something to do now that they’re no longer allowed to make basketball shoes and soccer balls.

Tip #3:  After missing a hookset or losing a fish during the fight after going considerable time nary a nibble, shouting four-letter expletives at the top of your lungs is not only acceptable, but the sign of a true sportsman. Knowing that you have quality gear including fishing waders is imperative. Consider it the equivalent of yelling “FORE” on the golf course; a fair warning to any nearby anglers to clear out and not ask you in passing “any luck?”

Tip #4:  Always carry a little bit of toilet paper or a few baby wipes in a Ziploc bag with you in your fishing pack.  Especially when fishing “off the beaten path.”

Tip #5:  To close, here’s a few quick blogging tips.

o First, keep up the great work.  Your blog makes great use of the medium; a nice mix of words and pictures.

o Second, social media is great, but the best form of networking for a newbie is commenting on other blogger’s posts.  Don’t think Tweetbook is the be all and end all.

o Third, don’t get consumed by stats like visitors, hits, etc…  You’ll find your audience soon enough.  IMHO, a small but active following is 1,000 times more rewarding than a large but quiet one.

o Fourth, if you choose to ignore the previous tip, pictures of scantily clad fisher-women do wonders for traffic numbers.  Just thought I’d make that PERFECTLY CLEAR.

o Finally, don’t believe everything those WordPress folks say, Blogger is rad. A few of us do just fine without Plug Ins.

All that sound good?  I thought so.

if you’re up for another interesting topic to read, check out this article on solar energy.

On Using Solar Energy: The Advantages and Disadvantages

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The sun is an extremely powerful source of energy. In fact, the energy it supplies our own planet Earth for a single hour is actually enough to meet a year of global energy needs. This is exactly why many scientists, environmentalists and solar-energy enthusiasts are determined to push the usage of solar energy across the globe. The use of solar power in Ottawa, Canada and many other places in the world have been increasingly popular because of its benefits. But before discussing any of its advantages, let us first take a look at how the sun can support our home’s electricity.  How exactly does solar energy systems work?

The Process

To absorb the sun’s rays as energy, a solar panel is needed. Solar panels are made of photovoltaic cells, or PV cells. These cells are responsible for converting sunlight into direct current, or DC, electricity. An inverter then converts DC electricity into alternating current, or AC, electricity. Afterwards, this AC electricity is forwarded to the home’s electrical panel in order to turn on the appliances, lights, etc.

The Advantages

  • It is renewable.

Unlike other sources of energy, we will never run out of some sun. At least, not in a billion years. And so, it is safe to say that solar energy is completely renewable. What’s great is solar energy is always available anywhere on earth.

  • It reduces electricity bills.

With the use of solar energy systems, your electricity bill will definitely become lower. Basically, it’s a good choice to have both solar energy systems and utility grid; using them alternately will help you save more in the long run.

  • It has low cost of maintenance.

Once you purchase a solar energy system, you don’t really have to worry about maintaining it. Yes, solar panels do require only a little maintenance since they do not really have mechanical parts that might fail in time. After their installation, they are usually very reliable and problem-free.

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  • It is useful for many applications.

Not only are solar panels great at supplying electricity for you lights, TV, radio, etc., solar energy systems can also be used for many other applications such as heating water. Furthermore, solar energy systems help supply energy to areas which cannot be reached by utility grids.

  • It is continuously being researched on and improved.

With more research comes more improvements for solar energy systems. Fortunately, research and improvement for solar energy systems do not just stop here, today. Scientists and researchers continue to find ways to make this energy system more efficient and effective for the world.  

If you’re interested to know more about solar energy and how it helps the planet, you can check out green energy information sites.

The Disadvantages

  • It has a high initial cost.

It’s true that purchasing a commercial solar energy system is quite costly. However, your pocket only hurts initially; afterwards, there’s really not much to spend on. In addition, many families have also ventured into DIY solar panels.

  • It is dependent on weather.

One downside to solar energy systems is the fact that this energy system depends highly on weather. Cloudy and rainy days might not be the best days to make use of this source of energy. But of course, this will come in handy during the summer.

A Guide in Disputing Credit Errors The Right Way

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One of the worst days in your life might just be receiving a credit report with loads and loads of never ending errors. It’s possible that you might actually be a victim of an honest mistake in the part of some creditors but more alarmingly, you might want to make sure that you are not mistaken for somebody else. As you know, bad records on your credit report can stay for as long as 7 to 10 years and this is exactly why you should do something to fix your credit errors as soon as possible.

So if you’re someone who is looking to resolve equifax credit report issues or any issues by other credit bureaus, you might as well follow the following steps for a successful dispute.

Request for a new credit report.

First and foremost, you must ensure that the information you are about to dispute is current and so, you will need to order a new report. Make sure you order a fresh credit report directly from the bureau and not from a reseller or a third party since their reports might already be merged. Just so you know, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report at least once every year.

Go over the mistakes, big and small.

With the new report at hand, go over the information and take note of all the mistakes you can detect. Regardless if the errors are small or big, highlight them all. Even misspellings and errors on your address should also be taken note. Try to go over the companies that pulled your credit information, if there are some companies which you have never heard of before or never dealt with, raise this concern to your bureau as this may be a sign of a mix-up in their part.

Write a dispute letter.

To bring your concerns to the bureau, you must write a certified letter. Although major bureaus check out errors being disputed online, it is highly discouraged to do the task online. The best way to do it is by mailing the dispute; this will help you avoid forced arbitration in case you need to challenge the bureau.

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Attach evidence or proof.

If you have copies of any document that could support your claims, make sure you attach them. Documents such as mortgage receipts, loan documents or even just credit card receipts may already be a big help. Other documents such as police reports, etc. should also be included.

Wait for 45 days before making inquiries.

You must give the credit bureau some time to investigate. Typically, they are to do the investigation within 30 days. If you want to get in touch with the bureau, you may also reach them through landline; otherwise, just wait for the verdict as they will send you a written one.

Write another letter if there is no response after 45 days.

If there is no response from them after 45 days, you may write another certified letter. For this letter, it’s best to raise the fact that the bureau has failed to respond and investigate your dispute.

Consult a lawyer.

If the errors are ongoing and never settled despite multiple disputes, perhaps, it would be best for you to consult a legal professional such as a lawyer to assist you and for you to be able to deal with this issue in the most efficient and effective way.

 

Family Law 101: Basic Things to Consider When Hiring Family Lawyer

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Also called as matrimonial law, family law deals with issues regarding family matters such as adoption, surrogacy, domestic partnerships, marriage, civil unions, child abduction and abuse, paternity testing, annulment, child custody, alimony, child support and other domestic related cases.

Hiring a Lawyer

Just like hiring any type of lawyer, there are also many things you have to consider when hiring a family lawyer to handle your case in order to ensure great results. When it comes to issues relating to domestic relations or any family matters, it’s important to be with the right attorney who is really able to handle the legal works especially if it deals with children such as getting support or custody.

Although there are lots of great Miami family law attorneys, you would still have to check out the things to consider. And so, without further ado, here are some of them.

Things to Consider

  • Expertise

First and foremost, you have to determine what case you find your dealing with. With that, you will have to choose the right lawyer for you. Of course, you have to make sure end up with a family lawyer and not a personal injury lawyer if your case is under the area of family law. Although some lawyers may be practicing general law, it’s best to choose a lawyer who has a specific specialization. It’s better to end up with an expert other than being with a jack of all trades, master of none.

  • Experience

Perhaps, one of the most important things to consider is also your lawyer’s experience. Experience is essential if you want to win a case; and so, you must choose an attorney who has had experiences with cases similar to yours.

You may simply talk to your lawyer about his/her experience. Furthermore, you can also do a research online about your potential lawyer as important information may also be available in the web.

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  • Records

It’s also important for you to check out your lawyer’s winning records with the previous case he/she has handled. Other than the record of court winnings, you should also take note of their disciplinary records as this is also important.

  • Personality

Your lawyer will be with you in your personal journey and that is why it’s important to end up with a lawyer who has a personality that goes well with your own. Any lawyer whose personality is unpleasant to their client will definitely be replaced sooner or later.

  • Resources

Try to see if your lawyer has his/her own staff; ask yourself if your lawyer has enough resources to accomplish things needed for your case. You want to land with a lawyer who has the right equipment, technology and staff.

  • Fees

A big concern for some people is the price they pay the attorney. This is why it’s important to ask your potential lawyer about his fees and prices; if you find that the attorney is asking for too much, you may look for another one or you may also ask the attorney why.

Aside from the prices, you should also talk to your attorney about the mode of payment. Get to know if you have to pay it one time or if you can pay fees through installment method.

 

On Building Granny Flats: Tips in Choosing The Right Builder

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If you need a place to house your aging parents or if you’re simply looking to improve your home, building a granny flat as an extension to your house is a great idea.

Purpose of a Granny Flat

Originally, granny flats were meant to house elderly family members. Just like a real home, the granny flat extension initially would contain bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchen and dining area and a laundry space. The granny flat was a space where grandparents would comfortably spend time with their grandchildren; for some flats, a space for skating or other sport activities may even be provided as well. 

However, the purpose of a granny flat has evolved with the increasing number of other possible uses. Today, downsizing to a smaller home or turning  a free space into a small home has increasingly become popular for reasons such as affordable cost of living and because of this, many people have opted to lease or buy granny flats or even hire granny flat builders.

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Building a Granny Flat

  • DIY Granny Flats

A popular option when it comes to building a granny flat extension to your house is by doing it yourself. Although there are quite a lot of instructional guides and videos on how to do this, doing this by yourself would mean that you have to organize designs for your own granny flats. This also means that you would be the one to secure the approvals needed for this project. Additionally, a warranty is not promised since you are doing the project by yourself.

DIY granny flats may seem to be much cheaper; however, managing the entire process won’t be easy. From securing council approvals, legal requirements down to doing the finishing touches; everything will be on your hands. Some hidden costs may eventually reveal themselves along the journey.

  • Ready-to-build Granny Flats

Another option for granny flat building is by making use ready-to-build kits for granny flats. As a matter of fact, several companies have produced these granny flat kits. Just like DIY granny flats, the task of securing legal documents and approvals are also on your hands.

Furthermore, purchasing a granny flat kit means purchasing an outer shell, the rest of the interior work such as the walls is for you to do. However, the positions of the walls and doors have already been decided for you; you only have the control when it comes to interior decorating. For this option, there is also no warranty.

  • Hiring a Granny Flat Builder

For many, hiring a granny flat builder is the most cost-efficient and effective option. A fixed price is also agreed in this negotiation. Perhaps, the best option is hiring a granny flat builder that would take care of all the legal requirements, designs and finishes; this can be arranged between the builder company and you, as the client. It’s important to know what the agreement contains so you can know what works are or are not included.

Keep in mind that granny flat builders may offer different ranges of prices depending on the services they offer; try to browse through more than one option of granny flat builders. Compare and contrast their offers and methods in order to determine which one might be best for you.

 

Buying The Right Hockey Skates and Getting to Know Green Skates

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When playing hockey or any sport, lots of preparation have to be done days before an actual game regardless if it’s a legit or small-time game. One of the most important preparation to be done is making sure your gears and equipment are perfect for you.

When it comes to skates, buying the right one is quite a challenge especially when dealing with sizes and choosing the best quality. That is why we checked out Skates HQ to find some great quality roller derby and quad skates that may be suitable for you.

Choosing the Right Skates

  • Size

One of the most important thing to make sure when choosing the right skates is the size. Always make sure the size is right for you. When trying on the skates, make sure your toes do not hit the end up whenever you stand up.

If the skates have too much or too little extra space when your foot is inside, it may cause some problems such as movement of the foot when it comes to the cavity of the boot. This may actually lead to foot injuries caused by friction.

A good method is to find a brand that works well with your foot size; try sticking to that brand of skates even when your hockey player idol is wearing something else.

  • Stiffness

When it comes to the stiffness of the skate boot, you must take note of your body weight. If you weigh quite lightly, a less stiff and more flexible boot will work best for you. On the other hand, however, a stronger and stiffer skate works well for those who weigh heavily. The heavier the weight, the stiffer the skate should be–this is because those with heavier weight are considered physically stronger and have more ability to flex the boot.

  • Skill level

The skill level of the player also has to be assessed when making the right decision of which skate to buy. As previously mentioned, For players who are more advanced, stiffer skates would work best since advanced players would probably do more complicated movements that require the support of stiffer skates.

On the other side of the coin, players who are light weight or are in the beginner stage may need skates that are much more flexible and easier to drive.

Eco-friendly hockey skates

Green Skates

There are many great alternatives to hockey players who want environmental-friendly skates. Today, there are quite a number of Eco-friendly skates that have been manufactured to reduce skate prints. These skates actually offer sustainable styles while still promoting the latest Eco-fashion trends.

The skates still function almost exactly as how all other skates do. The main difference is, of course, the material that was used in creating the skate. For green skates, the material is more friendly and less harsh to the environment. It helps skaters produce much less carbon skate prints.

 

If you are interested in getting to know more about environmentally friendly gears, Eco-friendly sports equipment or basically, green energy information, it’s best to do a research about these things. It won’t be difficult since green information is all over the internet today.