Synthetic Ice Curling

With synthetic ice we tend to focus on skating and hockey training. But what about curling? Yes curling!

We get asked about this a fair amount. Enough for me to write about it and give you the straight facts. In partnership with another company we have actually been pretty successful in developing what I will call a “curling simulator” using our trademarked Icy-Blue700™ which our high performance skating product as well.

The company we are working with has developed a curling stone that has been modified to be used with synthetic ice. At only 2 pounds weight the stone is also a lot lighter. The primary purpose for this synthetic ice curling system is recreation and fun – not necessarily high end competition. It becomes a great way to introduce the game and teach the rules and strategies of curling to those looking to learn or be introduced to the sport.

Amazingly enough the curling stone they have developed runs right across our synthetic ice and covers the 40ft distance easily.

The main difference between this and real ice curling is the curl and sweep part. There is no point to sweeping on synthetic ice curling because the effect will be little to none. I’m no curling expert but my impression of sweeping on real ice is that the friction causes a temperature change on the ice – perhaps even a slight melting which then causes the rock to curl. This is a pretty big part of the game and the part that requires a lot of practice and skill.

As far as we can tell with synthetic ice this is not going to occur. So save your effort and focus on getting your stone to the button or taking out your opponent’s rocks. Hey isn’t that the fun part anyway? I could see this game getting very popular in venues such as sports bars, vacation resorts, cruise ships, schools, recreation centers, senior’s homes, condominiums, public recreation spaces, corporate events and so on.

Think of all those curling rinks that are empty all summer long…what a great way to offer clinics for kids or beginners to grow the game.

It will be fun to watch and see how this product takes off in the future.

If you would like to see a quick demo please click this link to view product testing.

Why Hire an External Human Resource Consultant

Human resource consulting is no longer just about management consulting. Today, it addresses actions and decisions related to human resource management. Modern human resource consultants have the responsibility of assisting their clients and strategically integrating efficient HR processes, practices and programs into the daily business operations.

When you hire external HR consultants for your organization, you get a more objective perspective about the industry, the company and its operations. Not only do external consultants have a broader perspective, but also a lot of experience working with different firms within the industry. They might have already faced the same challenges and can therefore use this experience to handle current projects.

How external human resource consultants work?

Small businesses can enjoy several advantages of hiring external HR consultants. First and foremost, a company will notice a positive influence on its bottom line. You can engage external HR consulting services on a per hour basis or you could also work with a contract and fill up internal HR managerial positions.

Your company will benefit from either of the two arrangements, depending on the kind of expertise brought in by the consultant into your organization.


External HR consultants might not sit down for candidate interviews or put up job advertisements, but they can offer advice on how you could reach out to qualified applicants. There are consultants who specialize in selection and recruitment and provide owners of small businesses tips on top recruitment strategies. They also guide businesses to take smart hiring decisions.

Expert role

When you have an external HR consultant who is not greatly involved in the work environment of the organization, then he/she is considered an expert, rather than a peer. Internal consultants might lack a substantial understanding of their role and could be seen as extra hands needed for making certain changes in the organization. On the other hand, companies hire external consultants for their expertise and the ability to bring in change for certain specific business problems.

Legal decisions

Managing employee relations is one of the key functions of the HR department in an organization. External HR consultants can provide assistance in this area by carrying out investigations on formal and informal complaints which are filed by the staff against the company and its practices. The interference of an external HR consultant helps in preserving the workplace integrity during investigations.

A human resource consultant’s role involves the strategic development of human capital. Human resource consulting in Ottawa could benefit your company in two different ways. It can give planned direction to your HR functions and the internal HR staff could also benefit from the HR consultant’s expertise in managing tactical functions.

Easy Factors to Choose Your Locality and the Top Three Residential Areas in Halifax

Most home buyers need to take into consideration one of the most important aspects of a house search, which is the locality. Besides the vanity of possessing a sought-after address, it is extremely important for anyone to ensure that the house that you may choose checks out all the important criteria.

Important factors to consider while choosing localities

Safety is one of the most important factors in choosing localities. In fact, people who attempt to move to urbanize from natures troubles have been driven by the need for safety. It is always in your best interest to ensure the average crime rate, and types of crime occurrences in various neighborhoods. This will give you a better understanding on which area would be the safest place to spend a peaceful and fulfilling life. It would also behoove you to ensure the kind of relative natural calm in the area. It is always wise to avoid earthquake, tsunami or hurricane prone areas.

Convenience is the next factor to consider while zeroing in on a locality. If a family plans on moving with children to a new locality, it is important to make sure that the locality is within a school district. This would not only save time, but would simultaneously put you in a locality that has other families with children. It would make the transition and assimilation of you and your family easier. Besides the convenience of schools, it is also prudent to choose an area that is as centrally located for all members of your family. It is important to take every members needs into accounts while doing so.

Assimilation of every human is very important in society. Well-adjusted children turn out to be better citizens. It is very important to make sure this is possible. Sometimes, families find it easier to choose a locality with similar ethnic backgrounds and cultures. It is fine to do so and one must find an area with a common culture if that may be the case.

Top localities in Halifax

The best locality is always subjective and varies. However, there are some areas that are considered to be the best localities to buy a house in Halifax, based on basic amenities and safety concerns like a low crime rate.

Robie Street Halifax, is one of the wealthier neighborhoods in Halifax. It boasts a state-of-the-art museum and art gallery. It is also close to schools and universities and has a low crime rate.

Quinpool Road, Halifax, is a liberal town with an upper-middle class income group. It is a quaint locality which is also quirky. It does have a welcoming atmosphere is also low on crime.

Jubilee Road Halifax, is a high-end waterfront locality. Property in this area is expensive, but with the added price tag comes the added luxuries. People are welcoming and have a general penchant for European wine.