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The roof is one of the most important parts of your home. You need to make sure it’s structurally sound, water right and well-insulated. A problem with the roof can lead to numerous problems with the property later on. If you are renovating your home or looking to a buy new property, you might need to take a closer look at the roof. Here are the different types of roofs around and their pros and cons.

 

Gable roofs

The gable roof is also known as a pitched or peaked roof and is one of the most popular models in the UK. Their triangular shape sheds water and snow easily and provides more space in the attic. A gable roof adds a beautiful feature to the outside of your property and gives it an old-fashioned element.

However, gable roofs can be a problem with high winds  – especially if the frames are not properly constructed with supports. High winds can cause materials to peel away and uplifts to form underneath the roof. You can cover gable roofs in pretty much any material, including asphalt composition shingles, metal, clay and concrete tiles. If you’re after a specific look for the exterior of your home, gable roofs provide plenty of flexibility. You can customise them in multiple ways.

 

Hip roof

A hip roof has slopes on all four sides and comes together to form a ridge at the top. Hip roofs are much more stable than gable roofs, and the inward slope provides durability. The hip roof allows snow to slide off with no standing water if you live in a snowy area.

You can pitch the roof to an 18.5-degree angle if you live in an area with high winds. Just bear in mind that hip roofs can be a little more expensive and complex in design. You may have to buy more building materials for the construction process. There are more seams in hip roofs, and therefore, more places for water to leak into the valleys. You can use additional roof membranes to seal these areas and reduce the risk of leaks.

 

Flat roof

The flat roof has a slight pitch to allow water to run off, even though it looks completely flat. They are often used in commercial or industrial buildings – such as on the top of high-rise apartment buildings.

Flat roofs offer additional living space on top of the house –  like a patio or garden. People often store heating and cooling units on flat roofs to keep them out of sight. Flat roofs are not recommended in high rainfall and snowfall areas, as they are more susceptible to leaks.

Consider where you live and the style of your property when choosing a roof.

 

Families and young people across Renfrewshire can look forward to 14 fully renewed play parks as part of a £1.25million investment by Renfrewshire Council.

Councillors approved the two-year investment this week which will see a play park in each ward area completely overhauled, with all current assets removed and replaced with brand-new play equipment.

Council officers will engage with local community groups and schools in each area to ensure the equipment meets the needs of the local families and young people.

The play park in each area identified as being most in need will be replaced and these are Lochwinnoch Park, Lochwinnoch, Ardgryffe Park, Houston, Churchill Drive, Bishopton, Park Mains, Erskine, Campbell Street, Renfrew, Tinto Square, Renfrew, East End Park, Paisley, Maxwellton Park, Paisley, Ben Lawers (Hawkhead Park), Paisley, Crags Road, Paisley, Durrockstock Park, Paisley, Morar Drive, Paisley, Elm Drive/Sycamore Ave, Johnstone and Ellerslie Street, Johnstone.

The plans also include the refurbishment of equipment in seven other play parks to improve their lifespan and appeal for local people, and this will take place in Robertson Park, Renfrew, Barshaw Park, Paisley, Dunvegan Avenue, Elderslie, Howwood Toddler/Junior, Howwood, Houston Public Park, Houston, Moss Road Park, Bridge of Weir and Inchinnan Playing Fields, Inchinnan.

The Council has also received an additional grant of £158,000 from the Scottish Government for investment in play parks which will enhance the Council’s investment in this project.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Over the past 18 months and beyond, it’s been clear just how important our green spaces are to our communities which is why we’ve made this significant investment into a complete transformation of 14 play parks and the refurbishment of seven more.

“We want local families and young people to be excited to visit their local play park and we’ll work with them to ensure the new equipment is what they’re looking for.

“I know that people may feel that another play park needs investment too, but we will look at future phases to this investment and we would be able to make further improvements then.

“We’ve already supported the transformation of a number of play parks through our Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund, including the new interactive play park in Bargarran, and this investment will mean even more communities in Renfrewshire can benefit from new play provision.”

Investment will also be made to improve access to the play parks in a bid to support increased walking, cycling and wheeling in these areas and the general enjoyment of Renfrewshire’s green spaces, while funding from the Scottish Government’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets Fund will provide bicycle and scooter stands too.

There will be future phases to the play area renewal and investment programme for delivery in 2022/2023 and, dependant on funding provision, the programme may be extended to include additional play parks within Renfrewshire.

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Several new housing regulations have recently come into play in the UK. However, even with all the new regulations, the moving house process remains largely the same.

You still might need conveyancing solicitors and self-storage to assist with the move or help from removal companies, like a man and a van service. Here are five of the new housing regulations you need to know about in the UK.

Covid bailiff band to end.

In the coronavirus pandemic, the government introduced an emergency ban on bailiffs. Under the band, bailiffs could not carry out an eviction on anyone living in a property with covid-19 symptoms or someone self-isolating. The ban was lifted on the 31st of May 2021. Bailiffs can now use enforcement action to evict tenants when required.

 

More rights to pet owners

Landlords can no longer automatically ban tenants from having pets in their property. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government introduced the new guidelines under the Model Tenancy Agreement. Usually, landlords issue a blanket ban on pets across the properties they own.  If you have lived in a rental property, you will be all too familiar with pet bans.

Fortunately, consent for pets will now be the default position, and landlords will have to object in writing with 28 days of a pet request from a tenant. The landlord will have to provide a good reason, such as property size or surrounding tissues. For example, the property may be in a block where owning an active animal is impractical.

Landlords can charge higher deposits for tenants with pets so long as they fit within the cap of five weeks’ rent.

 

Eviction notice periods reduced to 4 months.

Notice periods were extended to six months in the pandemic as an emergency measure. They were decreased to four months at the start of June. Nearly half of landlords in the UK own one property and are vulnerable to rent arrears. The new measures will allow them to evict non-paying tenants and access justice.

 

Lifetime deposit

A lifetime deposit allows tenants to transfer their deposits between landlords when they move to a new property. Renters can move their deposits electronically instead of paying a deposit to their new landlord while waiting for a refund from the former landlord. Hopefully, the scheme will ease the pressure on renters to fund a second deposit while money is tied up elsewhere. Especially, as the average rental deposit in England is £1040 and around £1,750 for London – according to the Deposition Protection Service.

 

Help to Buy

The Help to Buy ran from 2013 to 2021, and many applications were extended until the 31st of May due to covid. Only first-time buyers can be involved in the new scheme, and loans are capped at 1.5 times the average first-time buyer home in that area.

Stay updated on housing regulations in the UK if you are moving house or renting.

 

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A necklace can be the perfect finishing touch for any outfit, which goes for bridesmaid dresses. There are so many options for lengths, colors, and styles to choose from. How can you find the perfect bridesmaid necklace that will complement the wedding theme and flatter your bridesmaid’s dresses? Here are some tips that might help:

1. Keep it within your wedding theme

You will need to consider the theme of your wedding to narrow down your options. You’ll need accessories that fit the setting and location of your wedding. A casual lock necklace is a better choice for an outdoor wedding or beach wedding. You might choose a light, delicate necklace with freshwater pearls sprinkled on it or a simple chain with a gemstone drop. A formal wedding allows for dressier bridesmaid necklaces. Evening weddings are an excellent opportunity to shine with sparkling necklaces made of crystals and gemstones.

2. Choose a color

Your selection will also be affected by the color of your bridesmaid gowns. You don’t have to match the color of the bridesmaid dresses or the theme of your wedding necklaces. There are many shades of gemstones, freshwater pearls, and crystals. It is better to choose a chain that complements the colors than a necklace that matches them. Many brides choose neutral colors for their bridesmaids’ jewelry, such as champagne, clear crystal, white freshwater pearls, or light-colored gemstones. Warmer colors, such as ivory and champagne, will look great with accessories in warmer tones like champagne and champagne. Cool-toned accessories can be paired with cool-toned dresses in more excellent colors, such as purple, blue, or pink.

3. Take a look at the necklines

Consider the neckline of your bridesmaid dress and decide what necklace you will wear with it. A necklace should be cut to fit a V-neckline or scoop neck. You will find a necklace that is 16-18 inches in length works well.

A simple choker necklace can be worn to complement flatter jewel (high cut round) or bateau necklines. You can choose a chunky or straightforward necklace with multi-strands, but any length that extends to the neckline should be between 15 and 17 inches. This will complement your neckline.

Strapless and sweetheart necklines are very versatile and allow for a lot of space to display a gorgeous necklace. You can use almost any kind of necklace, choker, or pendant. You should choose one less than 20 inches long, so it doesn’t overhang the top of your dress.

Brides are increasingly choosing to have their bridesmaids wear different dresses. You should consider the different necklines of the dresses if this is the case. There are many options if you don’t want to buy the same necklaces for all your bridesmaids. There are several styles of chain that can be worn with any neckline. A simple necklace with one pearl drop might be the perfect addition to your dresses. If possible, look for necklaces with extender chains that allow them to be adjusted in length by at least 1″. This will enable you to adjust the necklace to fit different necklines.

Lariats and long necklaces can be worn in many different ways depending on the neckline. Necklaces with lengths ranging from 36 to 46 inches may be worn single-, double or even triple-stranded. Lariats, which are long, open-ended necklaces with no clasp and can be wrapped in many different ways, come in various lengths. You can purchase the same long chain for all your bridesmaids, and they will be able to wear it in the way that flatters their dresses.

 

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Keeping your home clean offers many considerable benefits to your health. Vacuuming and dusting the carpet can help you breathe easier. A cluttered home can lead to stress, which can affect the body. If you have dirty, damp carpets in your bedroom, you may struggle with mold growth. If you don’t practice personal hygiene, you might develop harmful bacteria. In addition to all of these benefits, keeping your home clean can contribute to your overall well-being. So what illnesses can you prevent from maintaining a clean abode?

Stay Away From Harsh Cleaning Chemicals

Cleaning chemicals are subject to a common misconception that they are safe to use and do not harm human health. This is a false belief. The mildest of them can have toxic effects on our bodies, according to research. Their poisonous substances can contaminate soil, water, and air, harming plants, animals, and humans alike. If you want to go the extra mile with your health, you should opt for an eco friendly disinfectant instead of harsh chemicals. Their most notable benefit is that they are made with non-toxic chemicals with minimal or no harm to the environment. Additionally, they have a unique scent that makes them more appealing to consumers than other brands. Not to mention, they are great alternatives for those who don’t want to expose their family members or pets to potentially harmful chemicals like chlorine and ammonia, which can lead to respiratory problems in children and pets, respectively.

Why Keeping Your Home Clean Is Good For Your Health

A clean home makes you feel better about yourself and helps optimize your health to reduce your risk of diseases. Some significant health benefits of a clean home include:

 

  • Reduce stress levels: Studies have found that people who had the cleanest and most organized homes felt less stress and were more likely to sleep well.
  • Decrease risk of cancer: Scientists have found that living in a dirty home increases the risk of certain cancers. These cancers are caused by poor-quality air.
  • Increase energy levels: When you have cleaner air in your house, it allows for better breathing and helps regulate temperature, increasing energy levels.
  • Improve immune system: Washing your hands regularly can help improve your immune system by strengthening your body’s natural defenses against opportunistic infections.
  • Stops diseases entering the home: Insects and rats can carry harmful diseases, and a dirty house is far more inviting to these pests than a clean one.

A Clean House Can Reduce Allergies

Allergies are caused by more than just pet dander and dust. They can also be caused by many everyday things like your makeup, cleaning products, and even certain foods. Nevertheless, the accumulation of dust, dirt, animal dander, is and other common allergens in the bedroom are a major cause of asthma and other health problems for millions of people worldwide. The best way to prevent these is by using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and changing the filter regularly.  Chose a vacuum attachment especially those that can handle pet hair, to do this you will also need to make sure you have a good vacuum such as these recommended models

Stress Can Be Relieved By Decluttering

Clutter is a stress-inducing factor. Clutter can cause stress because it makes you feel overwhelmed and unable to find what you need among all the clutter. Additionally, it can cause you to feel like there is never enough time to notice things since you are always running after your possessions instead of focusing on what is essential. Decluttering should therefore be your priority. Rather than throwing things away, keep them neatly tucked inside cupboards and cabinets. Alternatively, if there is anything that you can live without, donate it to a goodwill organization.

Rats Are Attracted To Dirt

A dirty house can entice rats and bugs inside, where they can bring disease. Rats are a common urban pest, but the danger of rat infestation has been known for centuries. They can spread disease and cause structural damage, and they can devastate food sources and contaminate water supplies. If you give them no reason to enter your home, you will avoid the trail of destruction they bring.

Cleaning Is A Great Workout!

You might not believe it, but the act of cleaning is a great exercise. Moreover cleaning is one of the most physically demanding jobs. When you clean, we are working out our bodies and minds. Consider how much effort you have to exert when vacuuming or moving from room to room. A fitness tracker will allow you to see how much exercise you are getting if you perform a deep clean once a week. What’s great is that it is free, and you will get a clean house in the process! In addition, the extra movement will tire you out, which in turn should provide you with better quality sleep.

 

You Might Eat Better

Your fridge and food storage also need to be cleaned regularly. If you keep track of what you are eating, you may be surprised at how unhealthy your eating habits are. This could, in turn, give you the push to start eating healthier.

The Importance Of A Regular Cleaning Schedule 

With the help of a regular cleaning schedule, you can prevent dirt and bacteria from building up in your home. Regularly cleaning your home helps keep it healthy and safe while also making sure that it has a relaxing effect on you and creates a sense of peace. Essentially, if you don’t clean at least once a week, the bacteria in your home can increase and eventually lead to germs and other infections. 

Establish a cleaning schedule, even if it’s just once every three weeks. Take one day per week to make sure everything is taken care of, and then clean for about an hour each day after that. When you have everything ready to go, setting up a schedule is much easier. For example, if you cannot find the cleaning equipment, it will result in unnecessary time and effort spent on the cleaning process. Therefore, you should ensure that you have a space for all of your equipment and cleaning fluids.

Keeping your home clean will be beneficial to your physical and mental health. By keeping your home clean, you will keep the environment around you clean. The benefits of owning a clean home are endless, and by keeping your home clean, you will reap these benefits.

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2022 is going to bring the Jewish communities one of the greatest Pesach celebrations that they have had in a very long time. 2020, and 2021 celebrations were dampened by the existence of Covid 19. Hotels, resorts, and entertainment venues were closed to try and prevent the spreading of the disease. In 2022 the Passover programs in Europe, and the programs all around the world are going to be livelier, more inspirational, and possibly more meaningful.

Passover celebrations allow the Jewish people to celebrate their release from slavery and oppression. The past two years have reminded the Jewish population that freedom to travel, freedom to eat at a restaurant, take in a musical, play with friends, or simply go shopping, are not things to be taken for granted.

Traveling can be done again, and you can book a Pesach program in Europe destination and allow your family to feel the pressure, and oppression of the past two years to be lifted away.

 

Pesach in Cyprus

This beautiful island paradise in the eastern Mediterranean Sea will offer you a chance to celebrate in one of the most beautiful and scenic locations in Europe. From Friday, April 15, 2022 until Saturday, April 23, 2022 you can soak in the sun, the sea breeze, and spend countless hours enjoying the clear blue waters.

Stay at the luxurious The Blue Lagoon Kosher Spa and hotel in Paphos, Cyprus. Blue water, bright sunshine, sandy beaches, and everything you could want in one destination.

The food is a fine dining experience that you do not want to miss. The chefs prepare completely kosher friendly fare that is an exciting experience each time you dine.

Swim in the indoor or outdoor pools. Take long walks on the private beach, or enjoy the local shops, and venues. Take a cruise on the blue lagoon. Visit the Troodos Mountains on a guided tour, or ride an ATV while you explore the Acme Mountains.

Relax while the children enjoy a child friendly pool, weekly magician shows, and the other activities the resort has to offer.

 

Pesach in Italy

Have you ever considered what a Pesach celebration in Italy would be like? Seder in Italy offers amazing food, rich cultural experiences like the traditional Afikoman, and the reading of a Haggadah.

The element of meat that should be represented on the seder plate is a divine Marzoh Lasagna. It is crafted with vegetables, malzot, and lamb. The lamb is a wonderfully kept tradition in reverence to the korban Pesach.

Besides the magnificent food and traditional observance of Seder Italy has Passover programs that are totally kosher, and in alliance with the Jewish requirements for the holiday. Your family can spend seven luxurious days and nights at the Hotel Olympic situated in south Lake Garda only a few kilometers away from the village of Sirmione.

The hotel offers exquisite accommodations, relaxation, luxury and excursions to local entertaining venues. You can see one of the biggest amusement parks in Europe when you visit Garda land. You can experience a zoo/safari excursion with wonderful exhibits showcasing many animals on the brink of extinction.

Take a leisurely trip to one of the most impressive botanic parks in all of Italy when you visit the Parco Sigurta. Or simply rent a car and head out to locations like Verona, Venice, Florence or Milan.

 

Pesach in Spain

Mark your calendar or your bucket list with a trip for Pesach in the area of Costa Brava in Spain. Book a reservation for the hotel Oasis in a room, luxury suite or apartment. All of the accommodations are five-star and all of the food is kosher and Passover ready kitchen areas will do the preparation and cleaning for you.

The entire family will have amenities and activities that will keep them busy, fulfilled, and never let them get bored. There are pools for swimming for both the adults and the children. Outside gardens, indoor games like ping pong, table football, and billiards.

Go to the spa and get a massage that will make all of the stress of the past couple of years leave your body. There are babysitting services available so the children can play all day, and you can get a sitter to watch them at night while the adults hit the night spots and cut loose.

Bask in the

 

Final Thoughts

This is the year to break away and visit Europe for Pesach. It is time to spread your wings, start checking things off your bucket list, and enjoy the fruits of your labors and the glorious gifts that God has provided. All of the European destinations provide culturally rich experiences that will be remembered for the rest of your life. It is your time to shine, your time to enjoy, and your time to fly!

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It is safe to say that a staycation is a perfect option for people who want to unwind and rest without having to spend a fortune on expensive accommodations and flight tickets. Besides, it allows you to explore the area that you live in and see it from a fresh perspective.

It might seem dull and uninspiring, but there are plenty of ways in which you can make it exciting and memorable. Do you want to know what they are? If so, keep reading! In this article, you will find a list of the best staycation ideas that you can use this summer. Check it out and make your staycation truly unforgettable!

Play in an Online Casino

Playing in an online casino is a great way to unwind and have fun during your staycation. Ideally, you should choose one that specializes in your favorite casino game. If you aren’t sure where to find reliable and trustworthy online casinos, you should be looking for the best casinos UK. There are many online casinos out there, so you should be able to find a few that suit your preferences in no time!

Go Outside

What about going outside? It is a great way to spend your free time and get your brain the oxygen it needs. You can go for many different activities, including sunbathing, hiking, fishing, and playing golf. If you have children, you can go to a local park and have a picnic. It is up to you!

Go Shopping

Not everyone enjoys going shopping, but if you do, it is a great idea for your staycation! You can find great deals in your local department stores, check out a wide selection of online stores, and go to the most popular boutiques in your neighborhood. You do not have to buy anything – going window-shopping is always a viable option!

Have a Spa Day

Everyone needs to rest once in a while, especially if they are having a difficult time dealing with hectic work schedules, family obligations, and other daily stressors. If you are one of such people, why not treat yourself to a spa day? There are many affordable spa treatments out there that should make you feel happy and pampered without putting a dent in your budget. You just have to do your research and make a reservation!

Plan a Picnic

Having a picnic is an excellent idea for a staycation. They are inexpensive and allow you to enjoy nature while you are having a meal together with your friends and family members. In addition to that, they give you an amazing opportunity to prepare tasty and healthy food!

Try Geocaching

Geocaching is not just for adults. In fact, it can be a fun activity for the whole family! If you want to explore the area that you live in, you should definitely look into geocaching. There should be many different geocaches around your neighborhood. You just need to go out and start looking!

Go to the Beach / Park

One of the best staycation ideas that you can go for is going to the beach. If you do not have a beach nearby, go to your local park instead! It will allow you to spend quality time with your family while you get to enjoy the sun and fresh air. You can enjoy different outdoor activities while you are there, such as fishing and swimming, depending on the location that you decide to go to.

Read Books

Your staycation can end up being quite productive. You just have to create a reading list and do your best to get through it during your staycation! It is definitely worth it, as reading is one of the best ways to unwind. If you have not had the time to read in recent months, it is the perfect opportunity to catch up. In case you do not have the money to buy books, just visit your local library!

Visit an Art Gallery

You do not have to travel to a different city to enjoy gorgeous works of art. There should be many art galleries in your area that you can easily visit. If you do not have the time to go out, you can always browse their catalogs online!

Go Camping

One of the problems with staycations is that they tend to be predictable and boring. You just go to the same places over and over again, do the same activities, and eat the same foods. Why not try something entirely different and go camping in your backyard? This staycation idea will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors without forcing you to pack your bags.

In Conclusion

To sum up, there are many things that you can do during your staycation, many of which can end up being incredibly exciting. For instance, you can go geocaching, read books, and play in an online casino. It is up to you to decide which option suits your needs best!

A TODDLER grandson has been the inspiration behind a new children’s book launched this week.

9th August 2021
Macdonald media

Former newspaper editor, Norman Macdonald used to make up bedtime stories about his grandparents’ dog, called Princey that he would tell his children when they were young.

9th August 2021
Macdonald media

And after his daughter, Layna became a mum almost two years ago, she asked him to create a book of Princey stories, so she could pass them on to her son, Jude.

Now a 32-page picture storybook for kids between three and six years old – Princey To The Rescue – has been published and thousands of other children can enjoy hearing about the friendly Cocker Spaniel’s escapades.

Norman, from Paisley, has also written and recorded a song – Here Comes Princey – to go with the book’s promotional video on the @Princeythedog Facebook page.

Currently running his own public relations consultancy, he revealed how the hard-bitten media world had been put aside for a short time to make way for heart-warming children’s tales with easily understood moral values and life lessons woven into the storyline.

“This really all started way back in the early-1950s when my grandparents, who lived in Chapelhill Road, in Paisley had a dog called Princey,” Norman explains.

“I wasn’t even born then, but I remember my mother telling me about the pet Cocker Spaniel.

“When my children were young, I used to make up stories about Princey and how he rescued people from all sorts of dangers. They seemed to enjoy these tales of derring-do and always asked for more.”

He continues: “Fast forward a good few years and when my youngest grandson, Jude was born, my daughter asked if I could write down the Princey stories I used to tell her and publish them as a book.

“That sounded like a great idea. So, I found an illustrator, Alice McMullan to create the drawings to go with the storylines and it’s almost as if Princey has been brought back to life after more than 60 years.”

Norman adds: “I’d asked a few mums and dads to show the Princey to the Rescue book to their children to gauge their reaction.

“It’s been amazing how the kids have fallen in love with the Princey character and they get quite excited when they hear about his adventures. I’m now being asked when the next book is coming out!

“It’s all thanks to my grandson, Jude that I created the book in the first place and now everyone can enjoy the adventures of Princey the dog.”

Princey To The Rescue is published by Macdonald Media Publishing and you can go to www.princeythedog.co.uk to order your copy for only £6.99.

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Delta-8 is a man-made cannabinoid that has been legalized in the United States. While Delta-8 THC is still technically legal under federal law, there are many strict state laws that have banned D8 products.

This means Delta-8 being legal federally in the US does not automatically mean Kentucky will legalize its medicinal or recreational usage statewide. Because of how strictly KY laws cannabis, using Delta-8 would be illegal, and possessing it might get you in criminal penalties if you were to get caught with it.

To put things into perspective though, here is what has happened in other states with regards to legalizing Delta-8.

 

The Game-Changing 2018 Farm Bill

With the passing of the 2018 farm bill, which stated that hemp is legal, Delta-8 THC was made legal federally to be produced from industrial hemp.

This means that you can get approval for your research or use if it is being grown under an approved pilot program for industrial hemp containing less than 0.3% of the psychoactive ingredient THC, which KY has not done yet.

 

Delta-8 In KY Is Legal Federally for Research Purposes Only

Despite the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill in congress allowing Delta-8, only universities with official state documentation can produce and study Delta-8 legally according to the attorney general’s guidance issued in August 2019.

There are three universities allowed by the Kentucky Board of Agriculture (KBA) to do this: The University of Louisville, Transylvania University, and Murray State University.

As of now D8 cannot be sold to the public or used recreationally in Kentucky. These universities are limited to research only, and there is no set date for when permission will be given by KBA to sell D8 products to the public.

 

Delta-8: Still Fully Banned In KY

Although it is legal federally, that does not mean that Delta-8 THC is legal in other states with stricter laws on cannabis like KY.  KY state law still strictly bans all forms of marijuana derivatives and leaves no room for interpretation.

This means regardless of if you have a medical card or were carrying it illegally, being caught with Delta-8 would get you criminal charges under state law despite federal legality in other parts of the US.

 

No Delta-8 Dispensaries allowed in KY

As of now, it is also illegal to have a dispensary for selling Delta-8 in Kentucky, so the only way you can legally purchase it is if you go through one of your three above-mentioned universities.

There is a possibility that it will likely be legalized eventually in KY since hemp and CBD are now legal nationally in the US. The first steps toward legalization might come sooner than we would expect though as some of KY’s most populated counties have started asking lawmakers about legalizing medical marijuana.

As the people of Kentucky continue to show interest in legal medical marijuana, they might change their laws on Delta-8 THC in the future. Until then it will stay illegal to possess or sell under state law while remaining federally legal in the US.

 

Is Marijuana Legal in Kentucky?

Marijuana and cannabis are considered schedule 1 substances, hence illegal for recreational or medicinal purposes.

Any person found to be in possession of these may face a fine up to $250-, and 45-days jail time.

 

How Is It Extracted?

Delta-8 THC and many others like it are made from hemp oil, a substance containing trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3 percent). To produce Delta-8 THC, an extract from the whole plant is used to make a concentrate that can then be manufactured into products such as tinctures, massage oils, and edibles.

To be considered legal, these products must have no more than 0.3 percent of Delta 9 THC (the psychoactive compound found inside the flower of the marijuana plant).

 

Is Delta-8 Legal in All 50 States?

Delta-8-THC is federally legal under the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, but each state has the right to determine its own stance on Delta-8. Delta-8-THC is illegal in Kentucky according to state law. So far, only 11 states in total have banned D8 products.

These include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

The state of Colorado banned D8 THC once their hemp farms were prepared to enter commercial production at the end of 2018. But as long as you have a government license to grow it, you can continue producing high-THC hemp if you’re located in one of these states or cities without penalty from the law.

But even though Delta 8 is federally legal and considered safe for human consumption by many experts across multiple industries…this cannabinoid isn’t legal in Kentucky yet!

 

Can You Purchase Hemp Seeds in Kentucky?

Hemp comes from the same family of plants as marijuana but only contains 0.3% THC or less, making it an extremely low-THC and safe alternative to smoking Marijuana for those who want their feet in both worlds, so to speak.

So yes, this means you can purchase hemp plants and seeds at Kentucky stores legally because there are no laws against growing hemp products! But it’s not considered legal to sell anything with Delta 8 content until/unless Kentucky specifically changes its stance on D8 rules and regulations.

 

Can You Buy D8 Products Online?

Delta-8 can be easily bought online and delivered to your home. Now before you go running out the door and try buying some D8 online, make sure your state also has laws in place that allow you to purchase as well as consume these products.

Make sure you’re up to date on your state laws before hitting the “submit order” button online.

You can also check with your local government office for updates. This way when you go to purchase it—it’s 100% legal!

A £60,000 grant has been secured to tell the story of Paisley’s world-renowned shawls in exciting displays to be created in the town’s transformed museum.

Dimensions – 76″ x 71″ ( 193cm x 181cm). Fibre – warp silk and wool twist, weft wool. Colours – red, yellow, light blue, white, green, and black. Fringe – 2.5″ (6cm) warp fringe both ends. General description – finely woven all over square pattern shawl, possibly French. Condition – good.

Museum Galleries Scotland (MSG) has awarded the money to Paisley Museum Reimagined in another major boost for the venue when it reopens in 2023 following a £42m overhaul.

It will allow the most extensive exhibition of shawls since the museum began collecting them in 1905, as well as creating new ways of sharing their international importance with audiences and strengthening the town’s links to its past.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of museum operator Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know the important role cultural heritage plays in boosting wellbeing, confidence, and self-esteem. The Paisley shawl collection exemplifies this link with our past in an most enjoyable, colourful and illuminating way.

“We are delighted that Paisley Museum Reimagined has secured this grant from Museum Galleries Scotland and grateful to them for their support.

“The collection of around 1,200 shawls held by Renfrewshire Museum Service is of national significance. This funding will allow us to show the collection to its best.”

The funding, secured from MSG’s Museum Development Fund, will allow the museum team to create a series of visually exciting displays of the shawl collection – inextricably connected to the Paisley pattern – showcasing almost 70 of them each year.

With many of the shawls requiring conservation from textile specialists, much of the grant will be used to make them fit for display.

Kirsty Devine, Project Director of Paisley Museum Reimagined, said: “To know that we will be able to display the shawls in a way in which we never have before further enhances plans for our transformed museum. It really is exciting.

“They are an important part of our history and demonstrate the importance of shawl weaving in the town as well as the wider global connections. But they are now delicate and need to be carefully looked after to ensure they can be safely displayed and enjoyed by everyone. The support from Museum Galleries Scotland allows us to do that, creating another attraction.”

Some of the funding will also be used to involve community groups in telling the story of the shawls, including some previously untold tales. This will include the co-production of some new displays.

Sean Kelly, Collections and Conservation Manager at Paisley Museum Reimagined, said: “Our aim is for communities to view Renfrewshire Museum Service as relevant, responsive, accessible and, above all, open to collaboration. Through our work with the shawls, we will create vibrant displays for visitors, as well as opportunities to work with the community.”

The transformation of the museum, construction work on which began in July, will see the size of the campus grow by 20 per cent, allowing for Paisley’s internationally-significant collections to be reinterpreted and the number of objects on display to be more than doubled.

The museum project is part of a wider investment in Paisley’s historic venues by Renfrewshire Council, aimed at using its internationally-significant heritage and cultural story to bring new life and footfall to the town. That also includes a transformation of Paisley’s A-listed Victorian town hall into a landmark entertainment venue and a new home for library services in a formerly-empty unit on the town’s High Street.

ABOUT THE PAISLEY SHAWL COLLECTION

  • Paisley Museum’s shawl collection is the world’s largest collection of Paisley-style shawls. It is recognised by MGS to be of national significance – making it one of only 50 such collections of artworks or other treasures in Scotland.
  • The collection of over 1,200 shawls shows the great variety of patterns and styles that were created in the 18th and 19th centuries when Paisley enjoyed a global reputation for the quality of its woven textiles.
  • Shawl weaving was a significant industry in Paisley for more than 300 years. In the latter half of the 18th century, Paisley shawls became a symbol of wealth and status in Europe. In the late 18th century, there were more than 3,500 textile weaving looms in Paisley and the surrounding villages.
  • Among the highlights in the collection are the Kashmir Shawl – an important example of Indian design and craftsmanship – and the Chinese ‘Fairytale Shawl’ which exemplifies unrivalled perfection in textile design and production.
  • Many of the shawls’ patterns were inspired by fabrics from Asia. Researchers believe the intricate and beautiful hand-woven designs of the Kashmir shawl originated in India in the 15th century. The most popular and recognisable was the teardrop motif, which continues to be known as ‘Paisley pattern’.
  • The origin of the teardrop pattern has significance for South East Asian and Middle Eastern communities. The grant will enable the museum to continue working with community groups with links to these locations as the displays focusing on the shawl and the pattern are further developed.
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Are you looking for the best solo or family vacation destination? Paisley should be on top of your list. From favorable climate to affordable living and beautiful scenery, there is everything to love about this Scottish town.

Even better, the region features great transport networks for easy navigability. You can quickly get to Paisley by train and get a first-hand experience of the town’s view. Check trustworthy providers such as Omio for cheap train ticketsto help you save more when traveling and enjoy the comfort and convenience of train travel.

If you are unsure if Paisley is a good fit for your getaway, check out these features and things to do in Paisley.

Visit Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum has put this town on top of the global cultural map. This historic gem possesses 350,000 objects featuring 57 collections.

The museum’s Paisley Shawl Collection and Paisley Pattern are a recognized collection of national significance.

You get a chance to view a ton of unique artifacts, such as The Arbuthnott Missal, which is one of the few medieval manuscripts that made it past the Reformation in Scotland. Paisley Museum is a reminder of Paisley’s natural heritage. It is the best place to be if you wish to learn this town’s history.

Explore the Paisley Abbey

Your visit to Paisley cannot be complete without a visit to the Paisley Abbey. The structure, which dates back to the 12th Century, is the very heart of the town. And you will enjoy learning more about how it has endured tumultuous stories in its time.

In 1307, the English torched the Gothic masterpiece in support of the High Steward of Scotland. Moreover, it is in this structure where resident monks educated William Wallace before his demise.

Paisley Abbey was later rebuilt after numerous inconveniences, and there has been a variety of restorations since. What remains today is a beautiful and exciting blend of different historical times and experiences.

Take a Stroll around Town

You will be amazed by the breathtaking scenery that Paisley town has in store. Taking a walk around this town is a fantastic experience by itself.

The town features walkable streets, making it perfect for a day trip, especially with your family. For starters, the architecture in this town is not only magnificent but also it is not the kind that you are likely to find elsewhere. Ensure to pass by the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church to learn more about the philanthropist Thomas Coats.

Take Away

Paisley is among the safest and historic towns in Scotland. You will love every bit of it, primarily if you are into history and art. It is an excellent place to take your kids and give them a chance to get a first-hand experience of what they learn from school.

Take time to prepare for your trip. Book the best accommodation in a convenient location when visiting the scenic areas. Moreover, do prior research on the weather and congestion. Avoid visiting Paisley during the peak season if you are planning to travel on a budget.

 

 

 

 

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As they exit a fraught 18 months, drivers are getting back on the road and running into an old enemy: potholes. Responsible for damaging tyres, wheels, and suspension systems, as well as being responsible for a fair share of spilled drink disasters and subsequent trips to the valet, potholes are one of the most hated aspects of British roads, with research from 2012 finding that 57% of motorists saw them as the worst road feature.

Potholes are certainly unwelcome, but as we exit the pandemic, is there a pothole epidemic? In this guide, we explore the statistics to see whether UK authorities are making headway when it comes to filling in holes in the country’s roads.

How many potholes are there in the UK?

According to the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s ALARM survey, the number of potholes filled in in roads in England and Wales increased by just over 13% in a single year – from 1.5 million in 2019/2020, to 1.7 million in 2020/2021.

As a result, the share of council-maintained English roads in poor condition (those with less than five years’ life remaining) fell from 21% in 2019/2020 to 16% in 2020/2021. The picture in Wales was not so sunny, however, with the share rising from 20% to 21%.

The figures for England are certainly cause for celebration. Councils have been taking advantage of the lack of traffic on British roads during the pandemic to shore up the road system, with the number of holes reducing in kind. That said, however, Edmund King, president of the AA, told the BBC in 2020 that many of the roads being fixed were major roads, and that minor roads were still in a “perilous state”.

What is the true cost of potholes?

While pothole numbers are going down, they’re still costing drivers a pretty penny in repair fees, and as such, councils are still having to fork out plenty of cash – £15 million in 2021, according to the ALARM survey.

That’s only a drop in the ocean when it comes the true cost, however. A 2021 analysis by Kwik Fit found that the cost of pothole damage totalled £1.267 billion in 2020/2021, up from £1.249 billion in 2019/2020. Drivers reported hitting 11 potholes per month, with 10.2 million experiencing damage to their cars due to holes in the road.

This means that, especially for people that own a less dependable classic car, insurance is now crucial, given the extreme stress pockmarked roads put on older vehicles’ old-fashioned suspension systems. While Kwik fit’s research found that the tyres were most likely to be damaged by potholes (4.3 million drivers), suspension came second (3 million), followed by wheels (2.8 million) and steering systems (2 million).

Is there a pothole divide?

Car insurance providers, Carole Nash, submitted Freedom of Information requests to UK councils in 2021. According to their research, the places in the UK with the most potholes in 2021 were Cornwall (210,311 potholes), Cambridgeshire (184,402), Derbyshire (172,297), Devon (147,779), and Oxfordshire (110,106).

Conversely, the councils that reported the least potholes to Carole Nash were Kensington and Chelsea in London (141), the Isle of Anglesey (290), Sunderland (320), Rutland (687), and Portsmouth (811).

This shows that there is not a rural-urban divide when it comes to potholes, or even a North-South one. If anything, London’s roads should be in much worse state, given that the ALARM survey found the budget shortfall experienced by councils there in 2020/2021 was over half their average budgets (£4.5 million compared to the £4 million allotted).

On the other hand, in England the shortfall was just £4.6 million, compared to the average budget of £17.5 million received, while in Wales the shortfall was £3.8 million compared to a £3.3 million average budget.

 

How should potholes be tackled? Do councils need more funding, and if so, where should this funding come from? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.