Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Jake Paul & Amanda Serrano Will Headline MSG in August

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Following the cancellation of his bout versus Tommy Fury on December 18, 2021, scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida, Jake Paul and his Most Valuable Promotions have now confirmed the rescheduling of this grudge match set to take place on August 6 at Madison Square Garden.

Jake Paul is a social media star turned boxer who's been widely criticized for his hand-selected opponents with zero connection to the boxing world as well as non-existent pro records. However, critics could be silenced if he can defeat Fury, who was forced to pull out of the initial meeting in December due to a broken rib. But now, as of last week, both parties have reached an agreement to see the British boxer travel to America for the second time in his professional career.

Tommy is the brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and he'll notably be the first legitimate boxer with a winning record that Paul has faced. The Englishman recently fought Daniel Bocianski (10-1), and he'll be the most difficult challenge for the YouTuber's in-ring tenure thus far.

The deal didn't arrive without its fair share of drama, including his family's inability to travel and his persistence in drug testing. Paul announced the bout confirmation on Twitter. He posted a fight poster with the caption: "Okay, people, he grew a set overnight. It's official; I'm taking this little Fury's head off. Amanda Serrano and I dual main-event at the Mecca of boxing."

Fury also took to social media with his own response to the contract signing: "The contract has been signed. I don't need a team to get this job done; now the drug testing has been signed, there are no issues. See you at the press conference."

But things just took a turn for the worse this morning, and now the fight might be in jeopardy. Tommy Fury was denied entry into the US while getting ready to take a flight at Heathrow airport to attend the press conference this Wednesday. The press conference has officially been cancelled. Fury called it “a massive shock to me and my whole team,” and said they were working on resolving the situation. Tommy’s half-brother Tyson Fury was reportedly denied entry to the U.S. recently as well, due to past connections with Daniel Kinahan, whose alleged crime cartel is the target of coordinated action between Irish, British, and American law enforcement.

Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury

As the United States is enjoying its first year as a nation with almost every state supplying legalized sports betting to some extent, we should expect the Ohio-born Paul to have a big following at the sportsbooks with his undefeated record and multiple knockout victories.

Surprisingly, Caesars Ohio and other sportsbooks have received significant betting action on Tommy Fury to walk away as the victor. Currently, Fury is -200, with an implied probability of 66.67% to win the bout versus Jake Paul in August. Earlier this month, Paul and Fury were both -110, but Paul has since dropped to +150 in the previous two weeks.

Since Paul began his boxing venture in January of 2020, he's built a 5-0 record with wins over AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson, former MMA champion Ben Askren, and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (twice). Fury, who is a trained boxer in his fighting prime, is an entirely different opponent from what Paul has faced thus far. 23-year-old Fury boasts an 8-0 record with four career knockouts.

Puerto Rican southpaw

The Co-Main Event

Amanda Serrano, the Puerto Rican southpaw - who burst onto the scene with significant help from Paul's promotion – will join the YouTuber in a dual main event where she'll face the current interim champion, Brenda Carabajal.

Serrano will be defending her featherweight WBC, WBO, and IBO titles versus the mandatory challenger in Carabajal. Serrano became familiar with Madison Square Garden on April 30 when she faced Katie Taylor, a fight regarded as the biggest fight in the history of women's boxing.

Eddie Hearn Leak

Despite the dramatized contract signing, rival promoter Eddie Hearn commented on his knowledge of the bout happening last month. Hearn doesn't work with Paul or Serrano, but he co-promoted the undisputed lightweight bout between Taylor and Serrano earlier this year.

"I don't represent them, but I hear that fight [Paul vs. Fury] is happening August 13, so you might see it," Hearn told reporters, admitting that he wants to see the YouTube star stopped for the first time in his career. "Both are very limited, but as long as it's a competitive fight, it doesn't really matter.

"Jake Paul is a strange one, but I like what he's doing for boxing. I did Amanda Serrano vs. Katie Taylor with him, and it was great fun; it was a big success, he's putting the work in, and he's not terrible. But it will be a pleasant day when someone chins him.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Humidors: Keeping Cigars Well-seasoned All Season

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Food is preserved through refrigeration. Leather is kept supple and shiny through regular conditioning. The mummies of ancient Egypt were preserved by being rubbed with special oils and then wrapped in cloth. But how do you preserve your pricey, hard-to-come by Puerto Rican cigars? Why, with the use of a humidor, of course! A humidor is used to control how much humidity surrounds cigars and other tobacco products.

Not Just Another Box

At first glance, a cigar humidor may look like an ordinary box. Made of wood, its interior is often carved out of beautiful Spanish cedar. A humidor is far from being just another box, however. While mainly utilized as storage, it may also be used for maintaining and aging cigars. It may even be used as furniture or a valuable family heirloom that is passed from one generation to the next.

The Perfect Humidity

The ideal humidity range for storing cigars is 68% to 72%. This is at room temperature, which is usually about 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit. A humidor typically includes a hygrometer to measure how much humidity is inside the box. Then, it maintains its optimal range of humidity by inserting or removing moisture on the inside.

The Time to Season

So, you bought yourself or your friend a humidor. Should you immediately stash your cigars inside it? The answer is no. New humidors and humidors that have not been used for a long period of time must first be seasoned. A humidor adds humidity to the cigars’ environment. If you were to skip this step, the cigars would dry out because the wood would absorb their moisture. As previously mentioned, cedar is usually used as a cigar humidor's interior.

Seasoning Humidor

Why should you season your cigar humidor? Well, seasoning gives the humidor an atmosphere akin to the tropical weather where the majority of cigars are produced. To season humidors, follow these carefully and step by step:

1. Soak a new sponge in distilled water. Do not use soap or scents. Additionally, do not use tap water because it contains minerals that could damage the humidor.

2. Wipe all of the exposed wood. This includes the inside lid and the dividers. Make sure not to use a fraying cloth or paper towels because these could damage the wood.

3. Spray the sponge with additional distilled water. Then, put it inside the cigar humidor, on top of a plastic bag. The plastic bag is necessary because it keeps the sponge from touching the wood directly.

4. After the humidifying tool is filled, it must be wiped down. Then, for about half an hour, it should rest on a hand towel.

5. With the wet sponge and the humidifying tool inside, close the humidor lid and let it sit overnight.

6. The following day, refresh the humidifying tool. Also, if the sponge is only somewhat dry, more distilled water must be added.

7. Let the humidor sit for another evening. Afterwards, take out the plastic bag and sponge.

In a world where cigars are as prized as jewelry, South American cigars are the Roles Royce of tobacco products. Keep your cigars well-protected inside a seasoned cigar humidor to ensure that your investment will not go up in smoke.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Electric And Hybrid Cars

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Why Electric Cars?

We all know that something needs to be done about the state of our environment. After all, if we continue the trend that we have started of polluting and damaging the world around us, it may not be able to continue to provide us with the healthy elements we require for a healthy life. But solutions to the environmental issues are few and far between. Take our transportation situation, for example. We have become a society that is increasingly dependent on the use of cars to get around, as our world and neighborhoods have become bigger and more spread out. But cars are known polluters, and the cost of gas is beginning to limit the distances that we want to drive. We need a solution to this dilemma, and two of the possibilities that scientists are studying are electric and hybrid cars.

Electric cars run on an electric motor that is powered by a battery or series of batteries. These batteries need to be recharged periodically, usually after 50-100 miles of use. While this type of vehicle is very environmentally friendly because it produces almost no pollution, the fact that is must be recharged so frequently makes it a very inconvenient choice for many car owners. The other problem is that the recharging process has traditionally been a long and inconvenient one for the average car user. This is why you haven’t seen too many electric cars on the road at this point. However, by combining the electric and hybrid cars, you can create an automobile that is non-polluting and fuel efficient.

Hybrid or Electric

When it comes to electric and hybrid cars, the latter may be the more desirable choice for the large majority of car owners. While both the electric and hybrid cars use less fuel and emit less pollution, the hybrid cars are designed to go longer distances with less maintenance in between. This means that you can reap the benefits of using less fuel, which is a huge savings today when you consider the high cost of gasoline, with a vehicle that is much more convenient to use. Hybrid cars combine the ease of a small gas engine with an electric motor that is capable of recharging itself. You end up with a cleaner vehicle that can go longer distances on less fuel. The electric motor aids in the acceleration process, and also enables the car to turn itself automatically off and back on at stops, saving plenty of fuel for maximum efficiency.

While both electric and hybrid cars fit the bill when it comes to environmental friendliness, the hybrid car may be the vehicle of choice when it comes to convenience and ease of use. Consider a hybrid car for your next family vehicle and count the many benefits that you will receive.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

How to Leave Your Worries Behind on Your Next Trip

 

Have you ever been on vacation, pleasantly enjoying yourself – when suddenly, your phone rings? Or you receive an urgent work email? It can be all too easy to let the stress of our work lives trickle into relaxation time. Sometimes we might even return from a vacation and not feel recharged at all.

Don’t Check Your Email

Without even realizing it, all people who have smartphones are often and constantly checking and rechecking messages. Even when they don’t want to be! Make some firm boundaries with yourself and with your cell phone while on vacation. Turn off email notifications entirely if you have to – or even just temporarily uninstall the app. If you’re worried about work emergencies, in the direst of circumstances, you might want to consider instructing your coworkers to call you if they absolutely have to. On the other hand, if there is no potential situation where you might be needed for an emergency, instruct your job to not call you either. Leave the digitized stress behind.

Try Relaxing Activities

Even if the everyday logistics of stressful life stay behind and your work doesn’t contact you, what good is that if your vacation is stressful? In some ways, some small stress is unavoidable. It might be stressful to plan the trip, when deciding what to do, when actually traveling – even more so if you have kids to wrangle. Thus, it’s important to plan activities that really relax you. Relaxation comes in many different forms. You might want to get a professional massage. A spa treatment by the beach can help you relax. Even just sleeping or watching TV in your hotel room can be the right answer. Make sure to balance the stressful activities with whatever will help you rest and energize.

Practice Mindfulness

This one is just a good tip for life. But if you find yourself completely unable to stop the anxiety of normal life from seeping through the cracks, you might want to start on vacation. This is especially true if you return from vacation feeling unfulfilled or like you’ve wasted your time. Basic meditation is simple and effective. Even just taking a moment to breathe deeply, feel the earth and the wind, and to let your blood flow can work wonders.

This is a process, and that’s okay. It’s going to take time to learn to leave your worries behind. But by practicing mindfulness, relaxing activities, and healthy boundaries, you can come out the other side feeling completely new.

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Friday, June 17, 2022

6 Foods You Must Try in Puerto Rico

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Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay - Puerto Rico. An excellent way to start. I'd rather leave the emotion marinating somewhere around the chest/soul area. But I can't; I'm here to tell you all about this magnificent country. Oh. Wait. Puerto Rico is not a country. It's not a country?! No, sir/madam. Extraordinary, isn't it? Puerto Rico is actually governed by the U.S. It's what we call "commonwealth ."But nothing about it is common (unless we categorize exceptionality as something fairly ordinary). Dating all the way back to 1493. and Christopher Columbus, this Caribbean paradise is considered the world's oldest colony. "Land of the Valiant and Noble Lord" or - Borikén was Puerto Rico's initial identity in the Taino language (Indians). Another fun fact - Puerto Rico is an archipelago with two additional main islands: Culebra and Vieques (+ numerous uninhabited cays and islands). Paradise? Undoubtedly. And the food? Heavenly. These are our six foods you must try in Puerto Rico. Eat like a Boricua.

Cocina Criolla

Welcome to Creole food paradise. Disclaimer: not your standard American version. This authentic Creole cuisine is an entirely different animal. Although the United States has immensely influenced Puerto Rico's food scene, its authenticity still prevails. So, what's the difference, and what is cocina Criolla (creole cooking)? Any American will immediately (and involuntarily) associate it with the state of  Louisiana. - It's everything but. Spanish-speaking islands drew their inspiration and culinary identity exclusively from Spanish Americans of European descent. So, whenever you're eating an authentic Puerto Rican dish, remember its well-kept secret: Caribbean food + traditional European recipes - equals 100% ecstasy.

Narrowing down the list of awesomeness

It's hard. It's almost impossible. If you don't speak Spanish, I recommend the following game: Be it a restaurant or just a random food joint; walk-in, close your eyes and play the good old darts with your index finger; wherever you land on the menu - order it. You can thank me later. Now, on to our six must-tries. (One of the most romantic things to do in Puerto Rico is dining with your darling. In the Caribbean, love goes through the stomach. Painfully accurate.)

1. Alcapurrias

This beachside heavenly appetizer, this little deep-fried fritter, is everything when you're out exploring the beautiful coastal line of Puerto Rico. It's your favorite meat-packed fuel. The dough (or "masa") is made from grated green bananas, and taro root called yautia. It is then stuffed with meat and a whole lot of love, then placed in a sea grape leaf to form the desired shape before deep-fried until golden-brown. The best-known version of alcapurria is with ground beef, but you can opt for a second favorite - crab meat. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, alcapurrias are grab-to-go Caribbean gold.

2. Mofongo

Ask any Boricua how they feel about this dish. Taíno and African influences are prevalent. Deep-fried plantain (picked green) is mashed with olive oil, garlic, and spices in a wooden pilon. The paste is then formed into a shape of an edible plate (clever design!) and served with meat. Various meat. This side dish can be served with chicken, octopus, crab meat, vegetables, or other seafood. It can also be served as a main dish, depending on how hungry you are. Our experts from DubaiIPT praise this Puerto Rican delight, as plantains contain above-average amounts of vitamin C.

3. Bacalaitos

Codfish fritters. God. Heaven is a place on Earth with these babies sunbathing in your hand. So simple yet magical beyond comprehension. Beach kiosks flaunt bacalaitos alongside alcapurrias. They know what they're doing. Salted codfish is shredded and mixed with all-purpose flour and milk or water. Pretty straightforward dough stuff. But then, there's adobo seasoning. And parsley. Mhm. Mouthwatering goodness takes a form of a delicate pancake. Their shape is flat and circular, but they can range in size. Many places sell Alcapurrias, but not all sell bacalaitos. Why? Because it takes skills to make these cloud nine babies.

4. Arroz con Gandules

Hey, these are six foods you must try in Puerto Rico. We cannot NOT talk about one of the most important national dishes of Puerto Rico, their pride and joy. It's rice, right? How intricate can it be? - Hold my fork. This is no ordinary rice, it's rice with pigeon peas, and there isn't a family table in Puerto Rico without "pernil" (roasted pork) and arroz con gandules come Christmas. Turkey-gravy analogy. It's that important. It's a hearty meal; it's grandmother's love, it's comfort food. It's a support system. Rice is smothered in delicious sofrito sauce (Puerto Rican sofrito), olives, and red peppers.

5. Pastelón

Do we have any Italian cuisine lovers here? Prepare your world for a savory earthquake. This is Caribbean lasagna reaching new gastronomic heights. Care to guess the main ingredient? Plantain, correct! 10 points. Ground beef seasoned with oregano, olives, cumin, tomato sauce, and sofrito. This perfect mixture is then placed between heavenly layers of thinly sliced plantains, and to the oven it goes. Oh, and it's topped with grated cheese. Really good cheese. Good people of Italy, it looks like you've got yourself a nemesis. So, if you're visiting Puerto Rico, heads up: exercise when traveling to this country is mandatory. To be fit during your stay, one HIIT session a day will keep you in shape.

6. Tembleque

Sweet tooth hour. Coconut everything. We've all been acquainted with the notorious, the one and only - Piña colada. (or should I use the plural?) Anyhow, it's Christmas time again. And it's coconut milk pudding time. So, what is Tembleque? It's simply one of the most important sugar pillars of Puerto Rico. If we were to translate its name, it would mean: Tremble. Or jitter. How exciting. And how tasty. And simple: fresh coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch, and just a tad bit of salt and cinnamon. It doesn't take much to make pure magic. Pair it with one of the world's finest coffee beans.

P.S.

Once you go Creole, you never go back. If there's any advice I can give you about the foods you must try in Puerto Rico, it's this: Try everything, try it everywhere. From kiosks to fine dining, I promise you; it will be impossible to tell the difference. It's Puerto Rico.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

It's So Easy Being Green

 Green Home Improvements

With oil and natural gas prices rocketing, stoking terror of long, cold and and expensive winters, a renewed interest in keeping heating costs under control has has been sparked. Homeowner's have an ignited passion in understanding energy saving methods. If you're in this boat, stuck in cold waters, here are some tips for energy saving tricks of the trade.

If you're living in a home with a furnace that's more than 20 years old, you may have already attempted the "buy a sweater" method of keeping warm. This is certainly one approach, but these days upgrading your home's conditioning system is a much better option, and will bode well for you in the here and now, and in the long term, should you decide sell your home. More and more, homebuyers are looking for homes with energy efficient systems already in place. So, think of these upgrades as a long term investment in the resale value of your home, as well a cost efficient and green alternative to your current conditioning system.

Now, with that old choker of a furnace huffin' and puffin' away, guaranteed it's not as efficient as it could be, no matter what fuel type it uses. The newer gas furnaces are mid-efficiency (78-82%) or high efficiency (89-96%). Although the higher efficiency products can cost up to $1000 more than the mid-efficiency products, extra costs will be re-couped in a couple years, as they will burn less fuel. And, you'll be the greenest frog on the block, sending less harmful emissions out into the atmosphere. "It's so easy being green", murmured Kermit, once he upgraded his furnace.

With oil furnaces, there are again, much more efficient products on the market as of late. But, a oil furnace does need to partner with a good chimney, and so this may be an additional cost to keep in mind

Take note, it's still the case that electric heat is more expensive than oil and gas, although a smart combination of central woodstove heat, supplemented by electric heat can be cost efficient.

Let it Flow: Change Your Filters!

Whether disposable or washable, all forced-air heating/cooling systems use filters. And, these filters need to be maintained and changed. Some filters require monthly changes while other last up to three months, and much depends on the conditions within your home. A dirty filter will restrict air flow and with clogged filters you're blocking heat that would otherwise be keeping you toasty warm. Do yourself a favor and keep on top of the regular changing of your heat filters. This is a pretty easy way to boost your energy efficiency and cut costs.

Pump it up: Install a Heat Pump

Air source heat pumps are the most common and they are generally used with a back-up heating system. In terms of function a heat pump works by extracting heat from the outside and bringing it in, (in heat mode), and by removing heat from the inside of the house and releasing it outside. ( in cooling mode).

The king of heat pumps, though, are ground and watersource, or geothermal. And while the initial investment may be great, the saving will be substantial in the long run. These pumps will use 25-50% less energy than conventional conditioning systems.

At the end of the day, another simple method to help with soaring heat bills, is to keep an eye on the set temperature levels in your house, What is normally described as room temperature is around 68 Fahrenheit (20 degrees celsius). Of course, only you can decide where to set the dial. But, if you'd rather avoid the " put on a sweater" method of winter energy conservation, you might consider investing in an improved conditioning system that'll bring you warmth today, and will be a smart investment in the re-sale value of your home.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

How to Travel in Style on Your Next Trip

 How to Travel in Style on Your Next Trip

Travel is one of the greatest joys available to us in our lives. Exploring the world and the diverse cultures that occupy it brings with it understanding and joy that nothing else can bring. But traveling isn’t always comfortable or, well, fun. If you don’t plan properly, you could be stuck traveling in uncomfortable accommodations from transportation to lodging and everything else. Traveling style requires a bit of planning, but it is a lot easier than you might think. Here are a few tips to help you to travel in style on your next trip.

Fly First Class

The first tip that will help you to travel in style on your next trip is to fly first class on your next trip. The longer your flight is going to be, the more important flying in first class is, as you will be spending significantly longer on your airplane. With limited leg room, storage space, and comfort in economy, and business class not being much better, first class is the only way to be truly comfortable on your trip. With better food, more space, better accommodations, even additional perks and benefits like lounge access and priority boarding, flying first is the best way to fly.

Rent a Nice Car

Once you have made it to your destination, you are going to need a way to get around. Renting a nice car is critical if you want to truly travel in style. Driving around your travel destination in a beautiful, comfortable, and fun to drive car can make even simple transit during your vacation a joyful part of your trip. Convertibles let you better take in the view as you’re driving. If you are traveling to a place with nice weather, you should consider renting a nice convertible to stay in style.

Stay in a Nice Hotel

The final step to tying in style on your next trip is to book a nice hotel for your stay. There are all sorts of budget hotels out there across the globe, but when it comes to your hotel amenities you really do get what you pay for. In order to relax and enjoy your vacation you need to sleep somewhere comfortable, safe and luxurious. Plus, luxury hotels also offer plenty of their own perks and benefits which can take your trip to the next level.

Traveling is one of the best parts of life. Make sure that you are planning properly to get the most from your vacations. Follow these three tips to travel in style on your next vacation.

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