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Thursday, March 6, 2014

If you or a family member becomes ill, it usually comes on suddenly and can really affect your wellness. When you are sick, it is very common to go to the doctor to help you feel better. Most of the time when you call to make an appointment, you might have to wait a few hours or even a day before you can get in. This can be very inconvenient, especially when you need to see the doctor quickly and you can't make an appointment. At a medical facility such as La Costa Urgent Care and Family Practice, you can get the help that you need when you need it the most. Instead of making an appointment, you can go to the clinic when you are in need of medical attention. 

Nobody ever plans on getting hurt or sick, but when they do, it is important to go to a doctor who is prepared for most anything. Having the proper equipment will allow the doctor and nurses to run certain tests that are needed. Some of the services available are rapid test for strep throat, EKGs, Coumadin level checks, urinalysis, blood draws, and many more tests to help determine the reason that you are sick. By having many different tests in-office, you will get the results during your visit. 

If you need medical help, many people just assume that they need to go to the emergency room, but this is not the case. When you go to the emergency room, you will most likely have an expensive copay and medical bill. You can instead go to an urgent care and you will still get quick help that is affordable. This way, you will have the confidence knowing that you are getting great care without breaking the bank.

Many times when you go to an urgent care, the staff is so busy that they do not really take the time to really help your needs. Unlike those offices, when you go to a clinic such as La Costa Urgent Care and Family Practice, you will truly feel like the doctors and nurses care and will take their time to give you the best care possible. You will genuinely feel important and will leave with all of your questions answered. There is no reason to go anywhere else when you will get exceptional care from a medical staff who wants the best for you.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Darjeeling's development as a hill town is attributed to two British officers Lloyd and Grant who visited the area in 1829. They got so enchanted with the location that they presented a proposal to the then British government to establish a sanatorium here. The aim was to provide an escape for the employees from the heat of the Calcutta's summer. Initially a smaller land was obtained on lease from the Raja of Sikkim for 3,000 rupees. Later in 1835 it became a part of the British Indian Empire after the king of Sikkim gifted it in a friendship. Now after 170 years of its founding, Darjeeling, Queen of hill stations, has become a very famous hill station that attracts thousands of tourists.

Extending from the plains of Bengal into the lofty green hills, Darjeeling offers an altogether different domain. Majestic pine trees and beautiful red rhododendrons with charming white magnolias and amazing orchids, give a warm welcome to the visitors of Darjeeling. Lush green tea estates, lonely valleys, rushing streams and small lakes give an experience to be cherished forever. Darjeeling is located at 2,134 meters above sea level among the clouds. The town's name is derived from ‘Dorje Ling' which means ‘Abode of The Thunderbolt'.

One can reach Darjeeling by car, bus or by the famous Toy Train. The train moves on the steep inclines with the use of ingenious engineering technology. The train was conceived by Franklin Prestage and completed in 1881. The train reaches Ghoom, the highest point of the railway at 2,258 meters, and then glides down to Darjeeling town. On the way, it also traverses through the Batasia Loop, a 360 degree turn designed to make the train move through high incline. From here visitors can get the captivating view of Darjeeling town with the mount Khanchendzonga looming impressively on the horizon of the town.

There are so many interesting sites in and around Darjeeling

Observatory Hill is a great viewpoint and is also the site of the Buddhist shrine, Dorje Ling. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has a fine museum with historical climbing archives. Himalayan Zoological Park has many rare animals like Siberian tigers, Himalayan black bears, Red Pandas and the Lama of the Andes. Tiger Hill

is famous for a dramatic view of the sunrise across the Himalayan panorama.

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Lloyd Botanical Garden, Dhirdham Temple
Yiga Choeling Monastery and Tea Gardens are some other must visit places.Darjeeling is an awesoem palce for natural beauty lovers.

Friday, February 28, 2014

After Hollywood focused on the illegal diamond trade, ordinary buyers have taken it upon themselves to make sure that what they purchase is conflict-free and legitimate. After all, what concerned citizen wants to be a contributor to the blood diamond trade?

Kimberley Process certification

The Kimberley Process was created to ensure that what buyers purchased were diamonds from legitimate sources. The certification scheme is what every good diamond jeweler must be able to comply with. According to the process, though jewelers aren't certified by it, they must be able to answer certain questions, specifically, showing proof of the company's policy on blood diamonds, surety that the company doesn't trade in conflict diamonds, and whether the suppliers the jewelers purchase from participate in the System of Warranties, a scheme that tries to ensure that diamonds are conflict-free.

Diamond grading and appraising certificates

The Kimberley Process aside, there are many other factors to take into account when shopping for diamonds. Certificates must be procured showing that the dealers have trained and passed a 'diamond course' from the International Gemological Institute and Gemological Institute of America. The more certifications, the better the chance of finding diamond jewelry that's worth the money.

Diamond cuts, clarity and weight

You may not know it but the cut of a diamond holds a lot of importance because it affects how it looks, how much light it reflects, how it reflects it and even its value. As a buyer, the 'ideal cut' (with perfect proportions) is what you should go if money's not an option as it maximizes brilliances. Bear in mind that the cut is only for round diamonds so if it's that shape you want, choose this cut.
The 'premium cut', meanwhile, is like the ideal cut but isn't restricted to round diamonds. Like the first, it's perfect for buyers who're willing to spend big. Next come cuts that are good but lack the precise proportions of better grades. They're much more affordable than the first two. Then there are low grades that don't reflect much light and so have little brilliance.

It goes without saying that higher grade diamonds have more value and are prized. Diamonds aren't for everyone because of the cost factor but if budget is tight it's better to go for another stone than choose diamonds with poor grades.

Cut also determines shape with round and princess being the two most popular, and oval, marquise, emerald and Asscher cuts following closely behind. Because different cuts produce different degrees of brilliance it's important to have a look at several even if you're going for the highest grade. If it's a gift, make sure the recipient favors the cut as he or she may be more concerned about shape than brilliance. Shape also complements different hands and fingers so you can imagine the importance.

Clarity: Diamond clarity refers to how clear a diamond is. While it's natural for the stones to have flaws that develop during the formation process, look for those that don't exhibit too many. They have a higher value.

Weight: Though carat weight is the weight of a diamond, it doesn't determine its size. Some cuts visually increase the size of the stone when set while others reduce it. When choosing diamond jewelry notice how large the top of the stone is (as it's the most visible part of any diamond jewelry), not its weight.