Gardening Tools – What To Buy, How To Choose? | gardening

As with all types of work, the right tools will make your job much easier, and this fact holds true for gardening as well. Gardeners tend to have many gardening tools but some tools are definitely more useful than others and which the gardener just cannot do without.Here are some gardening tools that will make a difference to your gardening efforts.1. ShovelsShovels have either a round or pointed blade. They make a gardener’s job in moving soil, digging holes much easier. In selecting garden shovels, do try to get those that have a flat edge at the top of the blade. This will enable you to have better footing when using it.2. HoesWeeds and gardens go hand in hand. It is almost impossible not to have weeds growing in the garden. Hoes can help you to remove weeds. You can also use hoes to loosen the soil, if necessary. When you’re shopping for a hoe, look for one that has a rolled steel blade that is riveted to the handle. Such hoes are stronger and more reliable.Hoes with a smaller blade will allow you to get between the plants, if necessary, to eliminate the weeds.3. TrowelsA trowel is a tool that is indispensable when you’re doing planting. Durability is key when looking for a trowel. Go for those that have a steel blade. Trowels with soft rubber handle offers better grip. It pays to get ergonomically designed trowels if you have the tendency to work long hours in your garden. Well-designed trowels will alleviate the stress off your wrist and helps to reduce strains and lethargy.4. RakesRake will help to remove all fallen leaves from your garden and also allows you to collect all the debris that gets collected in the garden. There are two types of rakes – narrow rake and wide rake. Narrow rakes are easier to maneuver between the plants, while a wide rake allows you to remove the fallen leaves much faster and easier. Hence, it is good if you own both types of rakes in your garden. Do remember to get rakes with ergonomic handles.5. PrunersPruners are essential gardening tools that no gardeners can do without. Pruners do not rip or tear the plant; they are used whenever gardeners need to shape a plant. As this is an ongoing task throughout the year, you should invest in a good pruner to have a cleaner cut on your plants.Generally, there are two types of pruners available in the market – the anvil pruners and bypass pruners. As pruners are not cheap, it is advisable to do your homework before making the purchase.6. Garden ForksGarden forks are the best tool for breaking up the garden soil. Garden forks differs from a pitch fork in that it is thicker and shorter. Opt for those with square tines instead of flat tines. You can even use a garden fork instead of a spade if it is of suitable size and shape.7. Water cansA good watering can is a necessity in every garden. Watering plants is made easier if you have a good watering can. Go for watering cans that can be easily tilted, maneuvered and balanced in your hand.There are many different types of gardening tools but these are the more popular and essential ones. If you have these tools, you will find that gardening is so much easier and you will enjoy your hobby even more.

Who Died? New Book Assesses The Battle To Control Us Healthcare | healthcare

Who Killed Health Care?, is a very good question – especially if you need to access “The Healthcare System” anytime soon.According to the jacket cover on “Who Killed Health Care,” author and Harvard Professor of Business Administration Regina Herzlinger is one of the most respected health care analysts in the nation; voted one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care” according to Modern Healthcare.Not only respected and powerful, she’s a good writer, too. “Who Killed Health Care” reads like a murder-mystery where the usual suspects are out to steal the money and kill everyone in the process! Unfortunately, she’s not writing fiction. With 35 pages of footnotes and 10 pages of index, Professor Herzlinger puts forth a very strong argument for who killed healthcare – and the killers’ two-trillion-dollar motive!Good news: Regina also puts forth well-documented ideas to wrest control and revive healthcare from the killers still at large.Herzlinger takes no prisoners; her Introduction is an impassioned Call to Arms: “Healthcare is in the midst of a ferocious war; the prize unimaginably huge – $2 Trillion, about the size of the economy of China. Four armies are battling to gain control: Health Insurers, Hospitals, the Government and Doctors. Yet you and I, the people who use the healthcare system and who pay for all of it, are not even combatants. And the Doctors, the group whose interests are most closely aligned with our welfare, are losing the war.”"The American People must win this battle,” she writes. “A system controlled by the insurance companies or hospitals or government will kill us financially and medically – it will ruin our economy, deny us the healthcare services we need, and undermine the important genomic research that can fundamentally improve the practice of medicine and control its costs. The current system is well on its way to doing all of these terrible things right now.”Whew!Generalissimo’s introductory rant continues: “There is only one group that can prevent this damage: consumers – you and me – working together with our doctors. I wrote this book to raise a battle cry for American consumers of health. I want you to know why we must win this war. I also delineate the battle plan that will enable us to turn healthcare into a system that is responsive to your needs and my needs – a consumer driven healthcare system.”The General backs her opening salvo with a double-time march through the history of healthcare – back to 1933 and the building of the Los Angeles aqueduct in the Mojave Desert by Industrialist Henry Kaiser and entrepreneurial Physician Sidney Garfield – up to the exact hour of healthcare’s recent, untimely death.After shooting up every major combatant, ‘Reggie lays out her Marshall Plan to revive healthcare in the US.Who Killed Health Care is an outstanding book. I recommend it highly for CEOs, CFOs, HR People, Doctors, Medical Professionals, Hillary…anyone who is a healthcare consumer – or is thinking about becoming one. (That would be you!)To your health!

Financial Advisers – A Dying Breed? | Financial

So you’ve made your career choice and you’re going to be a financial adviser. A noble idea, taking peoples finances, hopes and dreams for the future and making them a reality shouldn’t be derided as a career choice. It’s a difficult role to do successfully and one that more people, given the transparency engendered by the FSA, should be looking at as a viable career option.To be a successful financial adviser you need various skills, including face to face people skills, sales technique, administrative capacity and mathematical ability. It’s a very difficult role to master and some financial advisers still claim to be learning the role twenty years into the job. In the UK particularly, heavy regulation and a leaning towards high levels of certification mean that it’s impossible to just jump into a financial advisory role. It has to be a considered choice as it takes a huge amount of time just to secure the qualifications required, let alone get a role as a financial adviser with very little experience. And therein lies the rub – how can potentially new financial advisers, newly qualified, degree educated and very intelligent guys and gals mostly, find a job when most of the companies in the UK financial services industry require financial advisory ‘experience’ as a prerequisite.It’s the chicken and egg scenario. You can’t get a job as a financial adviser without the experience but you won’t get the experience without working in a job as a financial adviser. This is where the UK financial services industry fails dismally in attracting new blood. Whereas other career choices such as Nursing, Teaching, etc all have smooth career paths from college, University, placement in temporary work experience roles and onto secure positions – Financial advisers have a difficult transition from qualification to secure employment. Consequently Financial Adviser is not perhaps seen as a viable option when considering which direction you want your career to follow, which is a shame, successful financial advisers will have a very good standard of living, many earning six figure salaries and earning huge benefits, particularly in the banking environment.Of the many ways of attracting new blood to the UK financial services industry I would suggest fast track graduate placement such as that used by other industries. When the graduate intake starts many companies will fight tooth and nail, using various incentives, to secure the best talent. Financial advisory organizations should be doing the same. The financial services industry has a lack of new blood and unless something is done to secure new talent on a regular basis – it is an industry that will slowly become more specialized and more insular than it already is, with an aging work force, well qualified and well experienced but with a lack of youth and dynamism to take the financial services industry into the future.Financial advisory