How To Rediscover Your Love Of The Home Amidst COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has seen most people spend more time at home than ever before. In truth, it has had a largely detrimental impact on our relationships with our properties. However, you do not need to start waving the white flag just yet. 

It is possible to rediscover your love of the home, but it will take a conscious effort. Pay added attention to the issues below, and you won’t go far wrong. 

The Work-Home Balance

If you are currently working remotely for the foreseeable future, you must adapt the home to suit your new needs. The reality of the situation is that you cannot afford to persist with the ideas that served you adequately when it seemed like a short-term fix. Perhaps the most important step is to establish a mental barrier between the two. When you’re not in work mode, you should be able to enjoy the property as a home. Without the right balance, it becomes hard to enjoy either aspect to the max.

Add Curb Appeal

You are probably spending more time than usual inside the home. So, it’s vital that you can enter it in a positive frame of mind. Investing in the curb appeal should, therefore, sit very high on the agenda. New siding materials can transform the look of the home. Meanwhile, new windows can boost the insulation as well as the looks. Upgrading the driveway with asphalt paving is another highly productive project. Aside from enhancing the value of your life, it’ll add to the value of the property too.

Treat Yourself To Tech

Too much tech can be a bad thing. However, there’s no doubt that it can significantly enhance your experiences around the home. A new projector screen can completely transform a recreational room while VR gaming is another popular choice. While home entertainment is great, you may want to consider home security features too. This will deliver peace of mind. In turn, it’ll consciously and subconsciously alter your feelings towards the property. Now is the perfect time to do it.

Add Some Personality

When you fall into the trap of creating a house rather than a home, you will soon see your enthusiasm fade. Restoring a sense of personality isn’t hard to do. Turn family photos into canvas art. Choose a feature wall color or pattern that you love. Opt for textured fabrics that aren’t found in the shopping mall. When the home is both distinct and capable of telling your family’s story, you will notice an instant change to the way you view the home. It’ll bring the family a whole lot closer.

Cut Wasted Expenses

Nobody wants to be in debt. If the home is currently leading you into a dark hole, this is the time to change it. The increased time at home means that any faults and financial waste become bigger issues than before. Whether it’s changing energy suppliers or increasing the insulation is up to you. Either way, trimming the fat will reduce your stress, which will make your home life better. Moreover, some of the savings can be put toward other home upgrades and facilities. What more could you want?

What To Expect Next Year From Sports

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A lot of sports events have been held off until next year, which could make 2021 a potentially exciting (and slightly hectic) year for sports fans. Here are some of the big sporting events to look forward to next year and what we can expect.

The Olympic games

This year, Tokyo was meant to host the 2020 summer Olympics. Due to covid-19, the games were rescheduled to July 2021.

In response to fears by athletes that the games may be cancelled again, the International Olympic Committee has put its foot down and declared that the games will be held ‘with or without Covid’. While it’s therefore very likely that they will be going ahead, certain changes are expected to be made. For instance, athletes may need to quarantine before competing and there could be a focus aimed at ‘essentials’ within the Olympic village. Spectators are likely to still be encouraged to attend – but they may too have to quarantine if travelling from another country.

Who are the athletes to watch out for in 2021? With an extra year to train, it’s become more uncertain as to who will be the big stars. Swimming is thought to produce quite a few new superstar athletes including the likes of Hungary’s Kristof Milak, Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov and America’s Regan Smith. With new sports such as sports climbing, skateboarding and surfing also being added, there could also be some exciting new athletes to look out for in these sports.

Tennis

Tennis has also been affected by Covid-19. Wimbledon was cancelled and the French Open was postponed. Many events have continued to go ahead this year such as the French Open and US open, however athletes have been dropping out due to health concerns. Crowds have even been allowed at the French Open.

Next year’s Australian Open is set to still go ahead in January, but with smaller crowds and player bio-security in place. Most players are looking towards this event as a return to normal tennis (Federer has said that he won’t be playing any tournaments in 2020 – the Australian Open is set to be his first tournament since lockdown).

NFL

This year’s NFL season has started as usual. As with other sports, there have been efforts to reduce spectators in the stadium and media on the side lines. The game itself has not been affected in any way by the pandemic.

The 2021 Super Bowl will be held in Tampa in February. If you’re thinking of betting on the Super Bowl 2021, you can find plenty of information online about the favorites. Will the Chiefs win for the second consecutive year in a row? Will the San Francisco 49ers come in and steal the trophy? Or will an underdog come in and take the victory?

NBA

The 2019 to 2020 NBA season has been long and eventful. In March, it was suspended due to Covid-19. The season restarted again in July but was suspended for a second time in August due to a wildcat strike. It is now not thought to finish until October.

A new condensed 2020 to 2021 season has been proposed that would allow NBA seasons to return to normal in the future. This would start on December 1st, providing that the current season finishes by then. Such a condensed season has occurred before back in 2012 and may require less games.

Odds have already been posted on the 2021 NBA season. Some of the favorites for the next season include the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. The results of this current 2020 season will likely be more telling.

Soccer

The UEFA champion’s league has already returned. As with other sports, crowds and media have been reduced to keep the virus at bay.

The UEFA Euro 2020 has been postponed to Summer 2021. To celebrate the event’s 60th birthday, the event was already planned to take part in numerous cities across Europe – there are plans to continue this in 2021. The women’s UEFA Euro will meanwhile be held in England in 2021.

France are currently the favorites to win the UEFA Euro 2021. Netherlands, Portugal and Belgium are also likely to do well. Then there’s England, who may well be in for a chance.

Rugby

The Rugby Six Nations started in February this year but had to be put on hold due the pandemic. The remaining matches have been postponed until October.

Next year, the Rugby League World Cup will take place in October. With any luck, covid-19 should be well under control by then and there shouldn’t have to be any changes to the way in which the games are held.

Formula 1

Formula 1 was postponed this year, but has since started up again. Several races have been cancelled in order to keep this year’s grand prix within the time frame.

Next year, there is expected to be more races and things will get back to normal. A few regulations changes will be put into place that could spice things up. Every team is going to have a budget cap, dual-axis steering will be banned and the usual four day race weekend will be condensed into three days.

Tour de France

This year’s Tour de France was postponed and has only just started this September. A few measures have been taken to control crowds and keep the event relatively safe.

Next year, the famous cycle race is expected to return to being held in June. It is scheduled to start in Best in Brittany.

How You Can Adapt Your Home For Remote Working

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Many of us have been working from home for longer than we expected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And, it may be something that is asked of us for quite some time, especially if you are able to complete your work duties from home. If it’s not something that you have done regularly in the past, you probably don’t have a dedicated workspace, let alone a separate office. Now that we may be working from home for longer, it could be the time to think about getting ourselves work-from-home ready.

You will find, having a dedicated workspace at the top of most working from home lists. Which is fine if you have somewhere that could be used as a home office, but not so great if you have a large family taking up space in your home, or live in a small one bed flat or studio. 

This is when you should be thinking creatively about the space that you can use, and consider what space you may need to complete your work throughout the day. 

Think About How You Use Your Space 

You should consider who needs to work as it could be that you, your partner, and grown-up kids could all need space to work. Think about who else is also using the home at the same time. Do you maybe need space for the kids to play or home school too? 

Look around your home and think about how each space is utilized. Could they be adapted in any way? Could you create zones with the use of a divider or bookshelf? 

Some people have temporarily moved kids into the same room so they can create a home office, although it may be less than ideal in their eyes, being able to complete your home at work in a quiet space has become a priority. This is a good option if you want to maintain the family zones in places like the living and enable your children to still have a space to relax and play during the day. 

Using A Small Space 

There are some really clever ways that you can adopt a small area to becoming a dedicated work zone. From using spaces under the stairs, in walk-in wardrobes, or even large hallways to using initiative furniture like at Civic Australia. There are certainly many ways you can fit a working space into even the smallest of homes. 

If you don’t have to space for a large desk, then a side or console table could be adapted to create a smaller working zone. If you’re choosing this option then it’s best to find somewhere to store any paperwork, files, stationery, etc and only pull them out when you need them. 

Create A Space You Like 

It has been difficult for many people to get used to working from home and with so many other things now predominantly at home like spending time in the garden at a weekend or homeschooling the kids at the same time as working, it has put a lot of stress on to people to feel like they need to be perfect and fit everything in. Creating a space that you really like and feel comfortable to work in can help to make your working day a little more positive. 

These three tips should be able to help you adapt your home for remote working. Is there anything that you have done to create a working zone in your home? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

Diesel Generators For Sale

The global pandemic, COVID-19 has put the medical world running on their toes day and night. The virus has already claimed over 2.5 million people worldwide. The imminent potential of destruction that this virus has can be estimated by simply going over through the number of patients and the death toll in the US and Italy.

Although both of these countries are known for their sophisticated medical facilities, they are the ones that lead the number of corona infections globally. Considering this fact, the devastation that this pandemic can cause to developing nations and third-world countries can simply spike shivers through the spine.

However, governments all around the world are cooperating with each other and providing the necessary resources to combat the common enemy. Let’s take a look at some of the basic support systems that hospitals are in dire need of these days.

Managing Ventilators To Meet The Growing Demand

One of the symptoms of corona infection is shortness of breath. Doctors and medical experts are continuously urging people to maintain social distancing and cover their faces with masks to prevent the spread of the virus. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from the infection need assistance with their breathing. Ventilators have recently witnessed a surge in their demand since the pandemic struck. Many innovators have come forth with their indigenous ideas of ventilator designs that are economical and effective, as well. One such innovation comes from India where Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. have recently announced the production of a valve-based mask they’re calling Ambu bag. It is noteworthy that the company has a global presence in the automobile industry, and in time of the pandemic, it is coming forward to help meet the demand for ventilators in the hospitals. It is truly appreciable.

Power Backups For Keeping Up The Support Systems

Notably, most of the medical equipment in hospitals depends on electrical supplies, be it any monitoring unit or a ventilator, or even the HVAC unit to help keep the air clean. And with the hospitals working beyond their capacity during the pandemic having a power backup has become all the more important. Mobile treatment units, temporary hospitals, even converted medical facilities, all of these setups need the power to work properly and efficiently. This has also brought a surge in diesel generators for sale, and in all sizes. The backup solution offers a cleaner and more economical solution to power needs when compared to gasoline and natural gas-based generators. Moreover, these pieces of equipment are also highly durable against weatherly effects and are easier to operate in all conditions. Thus, making them apt for hospitals, especially during pandemic times.

Availability Of Personal Protective Equipment

As already mentioned, the doctors and medical experts are urging to maintain social distancing to break the chain. However, doctors and medical staff cannot do so for themselves because of their professional obligations. Therefore, they approach a convenient way to maintain distance from the infected and not come in any direct physical contact with them; they wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The equipment is made out of medical-grade textile fibers that help keep away the harmful pathogens and viruses from coming in contact with the medical personal. However, the PPE also needs to be discarded after one use. It means, there needs to be a regular supply of the same to help the medical staff keep performing their duties while protecting themselves against the infection. It also makes these pieces of protective equipment a basic necessity with growing demands these days.

Isolation Wards To Accommodate If The Number Of Infected Increases

The growing number of patients affected by the COVID-19 virus is alarming another demand. Governments all around the world are creating more isolation wards to accommodate the increasing number of patients. In fact, several countries have already started converting public establishments such as stadiums and public parks into temporary hospitals. The need is to isolate the patients from others to help prevent the spread of the virus. Potentially, a single infected person can spread the virus to over 600 people directly or indirectly. This is surely an alarming figure. In case, the governments fail to control the spread of the virus, it may soon start spreading in the community at a much faster rate than any other disease in the history of mankind. This is the primary reason why more isolation wards need to be created and at a much faster pace.

The current pace of the spread of coronavirus is, although, believed to slow down in a couple of weeks. However, it depends upon how intelligently people follow the guidelines and protect themselves against the virus. Several governments have already imposed a lockdown and have allowed only the essential services to function. Hopefully, this step would help break the chain, and the world shall recover from the losses. Regardless, it is still the duty of every earthling to stay home and stay safe. If not for your own good, at least to empathize with the warriors, the doctors, and medical staff, for their efforts during these pandemic times.