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Time according to Sigma

Time make people distinguish how a day can pass by in just a blink of an eye. Time helps people do organized things and fly according to what minutes dictates them. Everybody needs to know the time. Everyone needs the time.

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Sigma watch is here to accommodate those needs. From  stylish to trendy to classic to fashionable watches, Sigma watch offers all the variety you might need for your wrist. We  put forward a broad range of wrist watches for you to choose. Sigma watch is happy to help you read the time in more easy way and make you feel like all time of the world is in your hands. This time piece accessory will make you more stand out above the others. People around you can notice your wrist even with everything unnoticeable on your body. It’s funny how a wristwatch can make you more beautiful and handsome right? Hurry and grab one for yourself now!

20 Cutest Photos of Small, Fluffy Dog Breeds

Dogs in general have the capacity to melt our hearts. But for cuteness overload, we have the small, fluffy dog breeds to dote on. Here are 20 of them to make you day. 

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Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

This toy terrier has a lot of spunk and can be determined to have its way. But with proper training, you can really have a best friend in this one.

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Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

Beardies are peaceful to everyone, including fellow pets. They display a vibrant personality and a sweet nature.

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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Its curly hair looks so soft to the touch. The Bichon Frise is a playful canine who loves to hang around with its owner.

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Bolognese Dog

Bolognese Dog

The Bolognese dog looks so huggable, right? It also thrives in the companionship of its human, so pampering it will not be a problem.

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Bouvier des Flanders

Bouvier des Flanders

This shaggy dog looks sober and sturdy, making for a good companion. 

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Chow Chow

Chow Chow

The lion-dog look is part of the endearing qualities of a Chow Chow. It is normally confident and calm around its people. 

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Cockapoo

Cockapoo

It’s a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. It is so easy to fall in love with this dog because of its adorable personality. 

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Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear

Your Coton de Tulear will definitely love to be doted on, as it is one of the most sociable canines.  In turn, it will certainly provide you happiness through its cute and clownish acts.

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Havanese

Havanese

The Havanese is a talented breed. Though it loves sitting on your lap, it can also be trained to compete in dog sports, assist disabled persons, and act as a therapy dog. 

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Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

The aristocratic Japanese Chin actually loves being carried on the lap and getting pampered by its human. You won’t have a problem with its behavior toward strangers, too.

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Keeshond

Keeshond

This captivating former watchdog from Holland is not exactly small, yet it is so adorable that it made our list. 

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Maltese

Maltese

The Maltese is a graceful, intelligent, and devoted toy dog. But make no mistake about its burst of energy and playfulness, which you will love anyway. 

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Papillon Dog

Papillon Dog

The Papillon’s name means butterfly in French, given so because of its perked-up ears that resemble butterfly wings. Not the type who will sit on your lap as you binge-watch on Netflix, the Papillon dog however makes up by protecting you well despite its tiny stature.

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Pomeranian

Pomeranian

Foxy-faced and furry, the Pomeranian mixes two lovable qualities in dogs: independence and loyalty.

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Poodle

Poodle

This breed has long been known for its impressive array of hairstyles. But it’s not all beauty; it has brains, too! 

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Samoyed

Samoyed

This fluffy companion wins in adaptability and friendliness toward owners, kids, fellow canines, and strangers. You just need to up your game in grooming a Samoyed. 

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Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Strength comes in a small package, such as the Shih Tzu. This endearing doggy is pretty sure of its wants and nots.

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Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier

The Skye terrier can be recognized by its long, stylish hair. It is a bit heavier and appears calmer than its cousins in the terrier group. 

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West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Westies love their daily walks. They do not make much fuss with other dogs, but can also display aggression and stubbornness. 

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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are a ball of boundless energy and curiosity. They make a hobby out of chasing butterflies and birds. Because they do not miss the arrival of a stranger, they also make a good watchdog.

The Bottomless Pit: 17 Amazing Facts About the Monticello Dam

There are many fascinating drain holes in world to see if you just know where to find them. Among these water reservoirs, the Monticello Dam is the largest. The structure is a thing to behold from a bird’s eye view and even on the ground. No wonder it has been attracting many adventurers and photographers since it was built.

While it is serving its practical purpose, it can also be a venue for individuals to boat, swim, bike, skateboard, and even rappel. It can then pose danger to people. Thus, this article comes with a fair warning to follow the rules.

Want to know more? Check out these 17 amazing facts about the Monticello Dam.

Monticello Dam

The Monticello Dam is the largest bell-mouth spillway in the world. Because of its structure, it has garnered the name “The Glory Hole”.

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You can find the reservoir in Northern California, United States. It is situated in Napa County.

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Its construction occurred between 1953 and 1957.

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It is a classic example of an uncontrolled bell-mouth or morning glory spillway.

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When the dam reaches capacity, the funnel-shaped drain swallows water at a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second – that is 1370 cubic meter per second for the mathematicians out there.

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The dam empties about 700 feet to an exit point in the south side of the canyon.

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The Glory Hole is a giant cement funnel: 72 feet at its widest and about 28 feet at its narrowest.

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The reservoir chokes off Putah Creek, impounding Lake Berryessa, and drowns the remains of the Monticello town.

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People are prohibited from swimming near the glory hole.

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The Glory Hole already claimed one life in 1997. A student of University of California Davis, Emily Schwalen, swam near the drain and died after getting sucked down the pipe.

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Boaters and swimmers are warned against approaching the glory hole through the buoys that are scattered across the lake.

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A barrier further separates the spillway from the land.

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During wet months, the gigantic hole drains excess water from the dam. This helps in keeping the dam from overflowing and the structure from breaking down.

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When the season is dry, Lake Berryessa’s water level sinks below the rim of the funnel. Bikers and skateboarders take advantage of the horizontal exit, using it as a half-pipe.

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As part of the Solano Project, the Monticello Dam was intended to irrigate an entire 96,000 acres of agricultural land in the Sacramento Valley downstream.

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When the water levels are low, you can see the town’s foundations all the way from the lake.

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Thanks to Google Maps, you can now view the Glory Hole without having to hie off to the spot.

Retired Racehorse Project: Why you should adopt an Ex-racehorse

The Retired Racehorse Project is a wonderful and meaningful program that offers retired horses a second career next to racing. Majority of thoroughbred horses finish their racing careers before the age of seven. However, these horses still have a long life ahead of about 20 more years. Planning out what to do with an ex-racehorse is usually a challenge as there are lots of misconceptions about them. For example, many of us believe that these horses are difficult by nature, difficult and expensive to care for, difficult to ride, etc.

The main goal of the Retired Racehorse Project is to promote the placement of retired racehorses by teaching people about the history, unique characteristics, versatility of use, and appropriate care and training of these horses.

Here are some facts that you should understand about the iconic American Thoroughbred

Got Fur Allergies but You Want a Good Old Doggie? These 10 Non Shedding Dogs Are the Answers!

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Truth be told, allergies aren’t really cause by the fur that our dogs shed. It’s commonly caused by the skin cells that come off when they scratch. These are referred to as dander (sounds like Dandruffs, yes?)The fur just adds a bit irritation but it’s not the primary cause why people are allergic to dogs. The allergic reaction can cause asthma attacks or rashes, depending on the person. It’s a case to case basis. American Kennel Club says that 10 percent of the American population is allergic to dogs.

Most of the dogs which shed a lot are those that have furs that look more like short hair strands and not like those with filamentous and silky ones. However, there are hairy dogs that can cause dog allergies too. There aren’t any 100 percent non-hypoallergenic breeds yet, but who now when the time comes there would be more non-shedding dogs? For now, here are your choices

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

Originally bred in Tibet for the monks to have someone to warn them against intruders, this dog is among the non-shedding dogs of all time. They can have long white to brown hair depending on their genetic make-up. These dogs can be very protective so you if you choose them, make sure that they are trained early for socialization to avoid problems about aggression.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

They’ve got the body of Chihuahua but the hair of a Lhasa Apso. They can come in variations of black, brown and white. These dogs are among the warmest and cuddliest pets you could ever wish for, but they could very much aggressive when it comes to people they don’t know. They are very protective dogs and so it would be expected that they would bark all they want when they encounter strangers.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Long fuzzy hair and an energy level that its almost not possible to contain. Shih Tzu is the ultimate dog for novice dog owners. They are probably among the most common toy dogs in the world. Shih Tzu is a very friendly and cuddly dog. Most of them love to be with their people. They also love walking around with you no matter where you go. Just be reminded that they live better inside the house than the outdoors so it would be best to just get them their own dog beds instead of sending them out (not unless you’re punishing them for some reason as they can be very naughty indeed!).

Puli

Puli

Ever seen a dog with dreadlocks? Well, a Puli Mop dog looks like it has. They actually look quite amazing with it. They’re like the perfect reggae dog icon (if there ever is one!). You wouldn’t really be questioning why these dogs don’t shed a lot because their coats are dreaded into a fine spool of fur.

Whippet

Whippet

These are known for their body structure and their speed. They can sprint really fast over a long distance and they can also just lay around and be lazy when they feel like it. They have very thin coat and they shed from time to time but not as frequent as the other dogs like the pug. They are very sociable animals but if you got a cat in the household then expect all hell to break loose.

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

AKA French Poodle, this dog has fluffy fur that doesn’t really shed that much. However, these dogs need frequent trips to the grooming center most especially if you’re very meticulous with how they look like. They need to be clipped and shaved a regularly to achieve that sharp look. These dogs are very graceful in nature (which is also a kind way of saying they move slow). They look very classy all the time and they strive to look very confident at all times.

Maltese

Maltese

They look very similar to that of the Shih Tzu. They can grow their hair very long, or you may just opt for a shorter and cleaner version. You will be taken by surprise with the braveness of this dog. They’re really a small breed but they never run short of courage and determination. These dogs are really good for training exercises. They respond well to rewards, so always make sure that you have a bag of treats on your hand when you’re off to learn some new tricks for the day. Just remember not to over pamper them.

Wiredhead Pointing Griffon

Wiredhead Pointing Griffon

These are among the retriever breed. They were bred long time ago to retrieve game birds and rabbits. They are a very gentle breed. They bark from time to time, but once they get use to the company of new people they wouldn’t be that aggressive anymore.

Komondor

Komondor

Similar to the Puli, Komondor also have that dreadlock looking coat. They are also classified under shepherd dogs category like that of the Puli. They are a very dependable breed. They do stare a lot, so you should get yourself used to that as they enjoy watching their family a lot.  They can be very aggressive towards strangers especially if they sense something fishy about them. It would be best to be very cautious whenever you have visitors to avoid any untoward incidents.

Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

These dogs are also quite fury. They’re also very friendly like every other dog and because of that, they simply can’t stand being along. They love tagging along with you and everyone else in the house. They are also very social and they don’t really mind strangers a lot. They are a bit challenging to brush but once you get it done correctly, your Affenpinscher would look superbly cute and charming.

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Now that you’ve seen these non-shedding dogs, which one do you prefer best? What made you decide on which one to take? What are your reservations? Tell us what you think!

You Can’t Help But Be Awed By These 10 Abandoned Maunsell Sea Forts and Oil Rigs and What Have Been Done to Some of Them

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Gary Maunsell may have left this world but the Maunsell sea forts he designed for World War II live on, albeit abandoned and starting to decay. Still there are innovators and broad-minded entrepreneurs out there that see beyond the rotting façade and interiors and see something new in them. Now there are a few of these sea forts and oil rigs that have been previously abandoned and now turned into awesome and luxurious hotels, with fantastic views, all the trimmings for creature comforts and more. And the good thing is, there’s a limit to the number of people that can stay in these digs at a time, so you’re in good and exclusive company should you find the time (and the budget) to come.

Redsand Forts

Redsand Forts

Memories of the past are difficult to erase, just look at this collection of abandoned Maunsell sea forts that remain standing off the coast of Kent. They still look serviceable but for what?  Well, there are now plans to turn the Redsand Forts, which consists seven towers into a luxurious, world class hotel that could be accessed by helicopter, catamaran or hovercraft. The concept is to have them connected by glass bridges to connect the towers, which will have 40 rooms, a hotel lounge, restaurant and possibly a museum. Such a neat idea, isn’t it?

Rough Sands Fort (Roughs Tower)

Rough Sands Fort (Roughs Tower)

Just like the Redsand Forts, the sea fort called Roughs Tower that is located off the coast of Suffolk, England, was also designed by Gary Maunsell. While it was abandoned for a time, it’s now called the smallest nation is the world, being named the Principality Sealand since 1967. It is a micronation that has not been recognized, but nevertheless it exists. It is no longer abandoned as the family and associates of Paddy Roy Bates, one among a group of people who seized it from some pirate radio broadcasters in 1967. Bates passed away in 2012 in England and bequeathed the principality to his son, Michael, who also lives in England.

Spit Bank Fort

Spit Bank Fort

Spitbank Fort is a circular sea fort built in Solent, which is close to Portsmouth Harbour in England. It was built for the purpose of an additional line of defense against ships that were able to pass the first two main forts in the region. It was declared a surplus in 1962 and England’s Ministry of Defense disposed of it in 1982. Fortunately there were enterprising people who saw its potential. The private owners turned the sea fort into a 50-room hotel with a restaurant and a dance hall. It also offered the fort as a venue for private functions. It has new owners since April 2012 and had been refurbished as a luxury retreat and spa hotel with only eight bedroom suites available. Also available are game rooms, a wine cellar and an open-air hot pool.

No Man’s Land Fort

No Man's Land Fort

No Man’s Land Fort is owned by the same group that owns Spitbank Fort. This sea fort is three times bigger that the latter. It has 22 large bedroom suites, perfect for large events and corporate clients who want to experience something different. No Man’s Land Fort has restaurants and shops, a cabaret bar, a fire pit on the roof and a hot house with fire pit as well. It’s equipped with sea golf and a laser battle. It can accommodate 200 guests for themed parties and events. They are offering themed lunches as well.

Seaventures Dive Resort

Seaventures Dive Resort

Seaventures Dive Resort is may not be an abandoned sea fort but it was a former oil rig out at sea. Located near Sipadan in Malaysia, it was towed from another location when it was bought in 1988. After it was renovated, it now contains 25 rooms. A family room has an en-suite bathroom, lounging area and dressing area. It also offers twin/double rooms and dorm rooms good for four people. And as the name suggests, you can enjoy diving in this location. Other facilities include a restaurant, conference room, souvenir shop, table tennis, pool tables, karaoke bar and lounge and a movie room. Broadband Wi-Fi access is also available.

Frying Pan Shoals Light Station

Frying Pan Shoals Light Station

The Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower is located in the Atlantic Ocean near Southport North Carolina. Although not a former sea fort, it is a decommissioned light house that was designed like an oil rig. Rising some 85 feet above the sea, it is only accessible by boat or helicopter. It was supposed to be demolished and the parts used as artificial reef but a company made an offer for it although it failed to make the downpayment. It was later sold in 2010 to Richard Neal who’s a North Carolina native. With the help of volunteers he was able to refurbish the light house. Today it’s a bed and breakfast, offering something different for the adventurous. It has eight rooms, all facing the ocean. Basic meal supplies are available but if you want specific ingredients for your meals, you’ve got to bring them.

Lifeboat turned into a houseboat

Lifeboat turned into a houseboat

It’s not a sea fort and it’s not an oil rig either, although it was once connected to an oil rig. As a lifeboat, it used to belong to the Murdoch North Sea oil platform that Jeff Doyle, the current owner bought on the Internet in 2011. He had it refitted and now it has a kitchen that’s close to the steering wheel, a few essential furniture and a wood burning stove. Doyle docks it at the Bath Marina in Somerset, United Kingdom.

Orange oil rig escape pods as hotel rooms

Orange oil rig escape pods as hotel rooms

Again, this is not a sea fort but this one is also used in the water. The orange escape pods used to belong to an oil rig, but that was before Denis Oudendijk, a forward-thinking Dutch architect turned them into individual floating hotel rooms. The pods are located in Den Haag, Netherlands. It provides a different view of the water due to its size and has a fishing net and a hammock. Oudendijk planned to look for waste material that he could recycle by traveling around Europe by boat but he wanted one that is enclosed that would work as a laboratory and house at the same time. He found a pod that he could afford and now changed his project to providing floating hotel rooms.

Horse Sand Fort

Horse Sand Fort

Now this one is still in the process of being converted. It’s the same size as No Man’s Land Fort, and belong to the four sea forts that are located in Solent. Horse Sand Fort will not be turned into a luxury hotel but will instead be restored. Guests would be able to see this sea fort in its original state – with its living quarters, 100 chambers, armor-plated walls, shell stores and original gun carriages. It will be a museum and monument for people interested in history to discover. Guided tours will be available in the near future.

St. Helen’s Fort

St. Helen's Fort

St. Helens Fort is another sea fort located in Solent, close to the Isle of Wight. It was built to protect the anchorage of St. Helens. However it suffered from subsidence quite badly, causing several changes to its plans. It’s now private property and not yet open to the public. When the tide is very low it is possible to walk from the St. Helens beach up to the fort. It had been a tradition for people to have a barbecue on the beach after they reach the fort. It is basically a spontaneous event and the local yacht clubs usually provide safety boat services should the tide suddenly turns.