Visiting All American States Wearing Ugly Christmas Sweaters In 7 Days


The objective of is the uglier the sweater, the better. The sweater looks like a collection of Christmas decorations but when you wear it on yourself, it becomes ugly. People know ugly when they see it but the trend is to look for the ugliest and the most ridiculous-looking. The design must be intricate enough to make you cringe.

A group of four men composed of Brian Mehrens, Chris Watson, Josh Willis and Nate Williams have been on road trips before but this year it was different. Williams started to put a plan in motion; all four of them will visit all the American states in the shortest time possible. He mapped out a route with the road trip starting from Maine. The group of four rented an SUV, packed it with all the necessary gear and set off.

According to Willis they navigated the compass through their hearts and it is always pointing north towards America. The foursome travelled 7000 miles and used approximately 465 gallons of gas. There was actually nothing strange or unusual about the road trip but the group of four intentionally wore ugly Christmas sweater-themed jumpsuits complete with matching stars and stripes. The road trip was sponsored by Tipsy Elves a domestic apparel company that is popular for its ugly Christmas sweaters and campy patriotic themed clothes.

Dressed in their matching ugly clothing, the friends basked in their glory. The terminus of their journey was Seattle where a floored rental agent had to refer them to the management for the return of the vehicle. Normally, the rental car only needs to be turned in so that they can get the receipt but the rental agent said that they had to see the management and can’t just check in. You want to know why? The rental company didn’t believe that the four drove 7000 miles in six days, seventeen hours and thirty one minutes. The group arrived at Honolulu International Airport with a new but unofficial record.

From Seattle the group took a flight up to and back down from Alaska before the final leg to Honolulu. They were too tired to enjoy their success during the flight but they have plenty of time to do so in the coming days.

The Celebrities Who Are Also Entrepreneurs


Often times, being famous and filthy rich is not enough for some renowned celebrities. With the celebrity status that they have achieved and the branding that goes with their name, they still are seeking other avenues to amass more wealth. There are a lot of celebrities who venture into business. Some have put up their own hair salons, restaurants, fashion store and amusement parks. Here are some celebrities who took the time off from acting or singing and pursued a business venture.

Jackie Chan

Surprisingly the Chinese star has never really completed proper education which is why he is having a difficult time reading and writing. This did not deter him though from his accolades of big roles in the movies that he lands in. His success in the world of Hollywood is also balanced with his success in several business ventures. Jackie Chan has his own film and distribution company and he also owns three other production businesses. Throughout China, you will find his very own movie theaters Jackie Chan Theater International. These theaters are dubbed by most people as the biggest cinema theaters in the country. Other ventures that he pursued include clothing line, signature gyms, restaurants and the furniture industries.

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher is not only a loving husband and a brilliant actor but is also an entrepreneur who has deep interests in internet startups as well as social media. He was the first person to receive a million followers in Twitter. Kutcher founded Katalyst Media with his friend from Punk’d and also produced other TV shows. Today, with his extensive experience and influence, he sits as an advisor for other companies.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake is more than just a singer and an actor; he is also a successful entrepreneur. His interests are in the internet startups. He is currently invested in Miso Media which is an application development company. He also owns a significant portion of Stipple which is an online photo labeling product. His endeavors do not just stop there. He is also busy with his own record label, Tennman Records.

The Importance Of Life Saving Knowledge And Skills In Emergency Situations


Learning life saving first aid in Perth will provide both the knowledge and skills to be able to save a life during an emergency. It can be the life of a family member, a co-worker, a friend or even a stranger. There are first aid training courses with surf life –saving so that you can take action the moment it is necessary to save a life.

The Red Cross has made it part of its mission to provide training in the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation to be able to save lives every day. Last February 2, an incident happened at Southport residential community and it confirmed the importance of first aid knowledge to save a life.

Richard Mape is the executive director of Carillon Assisted Living and he was giving a tour to Donald and Gail Stanley. With him was Carillon marketing director Nikki Wilkins. People around heard Nikki Wilkins say that she is going to get a glass of water as she quickly left the room. Suddenly, Mrs. Stanley screamed “Help him” and Richard Mape was shouting to call 911.

Mr. Stanley was lowered to the ground and Richard Mape performed CPR. Mr. Stanley was then very ashen and he was no longer moving or breathing. Richard Mape did about 25 rounds of CPR within 2 minutes. To the surprise of everyone in the room, Mr. Stanley regained consciousness, started to move and opened his eyes. Within minutes he was talking and soon realized what has happened to him.

Without the timely response of Richard Mape, what do you think happened to Mr. Stanley? Richard Mape saved his life and he is a hero. The National Red Cross honored Richard Yape who is now Carillon’s resident care director.

Another hero is the son of a veteran firefighter, 16-year old Garrett Spires who never ever dreamed that someday he would be saving someone else’s life. Spires who is a junior at Concordia High School and his father Dean Spires were recognized as heroes at Harrison College for their immediate action in resuscitating an unresponsive woman who was pulled out of a pond at Metea Country Park during the Fourth of July. The father and son team acknowledged the important of life saving skills for emergency situations.

Public Warned Of Rogue Plumbers


If you are in need of emergency plumbing services in Norwich, then you should make sure that you are hiring a trusted plumber and not a rogue one. One case in Chicago discusses the warning sent by city officials to property owners regarding a storefront that caters many of the known rogue plumbers in the area.

It was said that these plumbers are now facing allegations regarding consumer fraud as well as various violations and fines. These rogue plumbers are said to be housed inside a building located in block 700 of the West 47th Street. The address is an area inside the Canaryville neighborhood and they are operating using different names for the company and the business is said to be run by as few as three various people at the same time. According to statements from the city officials, the company on the said address is not registered for any business license.

John McCartney, one of the previous customers of the rogue plumbers, admitted that he felt his money was taken. After finding out about the truth, the transaction which is an emergency plumbing situation that he paid for $10,000 made him felt embarrassed as well as depressed. The company name that he paid to was Wagner & Sons Plumbing together with its associates. He went to file a claim against the company and there he was informed that the plumbing service should only be around $1,800.

After an investigation of the BACP or Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, it was found out that he falls victim to what is commonly known as the home repair fraud.

According to the commissioner of BACP, Maria Guerra Lapacek, this time they have set fines for three various entities who are under two different company names but the same address. The address is now red listed for its known fraud operations. McCartney plumbers were fined after a hearing in court because they were not able to give the client an estimate as well as a written contract before the project started. Aside from that, they also don’t have the proper license. There are also records from the court that showed the many times the business have been fined to a total of around $167,000. Upon visit on the business address, the door was not answered.

USFDA Gives Approval To iDesign System


The laser eye surgery Belfast cost these days get cheaper and cheaper due to emerging technologies and more players performing surgeries. Costs for laser eye procedures may even get lower as the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) have approved a new technological system.

iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System, developed by Abbott Laboratories, has received approval from the USFDA. iDesign is a system which improves the accuracy of laser eye surgeries and is based on a 3D view map of the eye.

According to Dr. Edward Manche, director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery and a professor of Ophthalmology from the School of Medicine of Stanford University said that iDesign is a breakthrough system that can promise to assist doctors in laser eye procedures because it allows them to see and detect areas and details of the eye that they normally could not have seen before.

This adds up to successful and more satisfying procedures as Dr. Manche also said that satisfaction rates have never been higher when they started treating patients using the iDesign System.

Moreover, the patients have been reported to improve in all facets of their vision as reported in a study that was conducted on 334 laser eye procedures using the iDesign Systems. The study also reported that 97-99% of the patients did not feel any difficulty regarding their vision after the surgery. In fact, it was also reported in the study that vision was enhanced and did not make it any difficult for the patients to perform their daily activities.

The success of the system lies in the fact that iDesign merely takes three seconds to scan the entire detail and area of the eye by taking more than 1200 micro readings. Other than that, it can also identify the shape and curvature of the eye. These features, as Dr. Manche said, have helped doctors see fine details of the eye to help them better perform their procedures.

Now, costs may be seen in the near future to continually go down as more people can now undergo laser eye surgeries due to the approval of iDesign. Surgeons, due to the high demand of surgeries, will be forced lower prices compared to the past wherein less people were eligible to undergo the procedure using Abbott’s WaveScan WaveFront technology because that system could not detect and see details of the eye that doctors were not able to see properly.

The Grave Concern For Sulfur Dioxide Emissions


In order to help preserve Mother Earth, people are encouraged to buy printed paper bags. With the myriads of environmental issues that the planet is facing today, one way of extending support for a cleaner and greener Earth is by using paper bags.

Environmental issue
As mentioned, there are tons of environmental problems surfacing on a daily basis. Sulfur dioxide has been one of those air pollutants that have been deemed to be very deadly to living organisms. For the past three decades, laws and regulations have been put in place in hopes of curbing the emission of sulfur dioxide. The private and government programs have been successful in decreasing the air pollutants in the atmosphere.

The threat of sulfur dioxide
Though the amount of sulfur dioxide emission has significantly scaled down, there are still people who are sensitive to the compound in that if they inhaled just a little bit of the pollutant, it affects their health condition seriously.
According to the director of Inhalation Toxicology Core Facility at the University of Texas, Bill Ameredes, people who are asthmatics are those that are most sensitive to sulfur dioxide and are likely to suffer more asthma related complications. He also said in a statement that scientists have not yet really deciphered why this happens.

There are more than 250 million people over the world suffering from asthma. This statistics is according to the World Health Organization. Sulfur dioxide along with other pollutants in the air are largely associated with the increase in reported asthma complications but why and how remains to be poorly understood.
In a paper published by the same university, the researchers cited that sulfur dioxide can lead to complicated effects in people suffering from asthma even when they are only present in small amounts. Asthmatics are also found not to be able to counter the inflammation of the lungs as a result to sulfur dioxide inhalation whereas non-asthmatics can.

How sulfur dioxide is produced
Sulfur dioxide is produced upon burning fossil fuel or when gasoline is taken from oil or metal extracted from ores. There are now mandated regulatory rules with regards to sulfur dioxide emissions.

Johnston City Storage Facilities Rent Out Units To SWAG For Free


When people rent storage units for student storage Leeds, self-storage or business storage, it would always come at a good price. Of course, convenience would always come with a price. But in Johnston City, Tennessee, two storage facilities have rented out their storage units to the Johnson City Police Department’s support group called the Support Wives and Girlfriends or just simply, SWAG, for free use. The SWAG support group had conducted a fundraising garage sale last June 26, 2015 and the 11-E Mini Storage and the Springbrook Storage have allowed them to use the units for free. SWAG had ultimately made use of the units for six weeks leading up to the day of the sale.

According to the Facebook page of the support group, the fundraising event had raised about $3,250 and it has been used as funding for the annually held “Shop with a Cop” which is a holiday event that takes place every December.
The Shop with a Cop works by pairing a police officer with a child and together, they will go on a shopping spree. There is already an allocation of the funds for every child to spend on clothing, gifts, school supplies and many other things. The children will also be receiving a gift to be opened on Christmas morning.
The Johnston City Police Department is not the only ones who do these kinds of event. In fact, many other police departments have programs similar to the Shop with a Cop.

To prepare for the garage sale and get a hold of how it functions, the police department also held a yard sale last year and the proceeds of the event gave numerous children $150 that they can spend on the holidays.

According to Amber Keller, one of the organizers of the event, the experience has been humbling to all those involved.

SWAG has been an organization since August 2013 and they aim to help support officers and their families. Through all of these, it is good to know that the already convenient storage units are also being used for a higher purpose, which is to help.

New Limo App In Hong Kong Puts Government Under Scrutiny


Limousines companies worldwide, like Bellagio Limousines in Perth, have been fighting battles against vehicle for hire mobile applications. In Hong Kong, law enforcers have been pressured regarding the legal status of car hire mobile applications, as China’s leading limousine app Kuaidi One will soon grace the roads of Hong Kong.

Kuaidi is already the leading taxi app in Hong Kong. But their ambitions and goals keep on growing as a company that shares the same business address as Kuadi has been recruiting drivers online. The Kuaidi taxi app company is preparing to launch the Kuaidi One service in the city, which is very similar to Uber’s limousine service, the dominant limo service app in the market.

The difference is that Uber looks for drivers with commercial licenses while Kuaidi One can employ all kinds of drivers who have their own private vehicles.

Ng Kwan-sing, permanent president of the Taxi Dealers and Owners Association, said that the taxi industry, which was relatively low profile in the past years, would step up its demands against the government in implement regulatory laws against Uber drivers and similar app-based car services such as Kuaidi.

In relation to that, 130 taxi drivers protested outside Hong Kong government offices threatening escalated actions in the future if Uber remains unregulated, as such has been counterproductive to their means of making a living especially when Kuaidi One hits the market. Driver Laurie Cheng Kai-shing said he has lost about a third of his earnings since the launch of Uber last year. He is poised to lose even more upon the entry of Kuaidi One.

According to law, only those cars that hold car permits may accept rewards and carry passengers. And, for limousine services, they hold permits that impose no restrictions on routes. Only 243 cars carried the limousine permit by the end of May.

The government told the Legislative Council three months ago that use of mobile applications was considered a form of solicitation for private car hire. Solicitation, as defined by law is any manner to attract or endeavor to attract any person in order to induce such person to makes use of the vehicle. Solicitation of a person for hire in a private car is an offense against the law. This would seem that using the mobile applications of Uber and Kuaidi is against the law.

No update as to the legal status of Uber has been made. A spokeswoman from the Transport Department said that cars without permits must not accept payments. Yet, she made no mention about Uber’s legal status but only mentioning that Uber drivers will be at risk if they continue on with their services.

Bathrooms That Cost Millions Of Pounds To Build And Install


Will you consider Perth bathroom renovations to put your bathroom on the list of the most expensive in the world? Many people consider bathroom renovations as their priority because they want a place to relax and be comfortable after a hard day’s work. However, only a few have bathrooms that can be considered as showcases.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive bathroom in the world has an estimated cost of about £2.5 million with most of the money spent on solid gold and jewel-encrusted fixtures and fittings. Everything inside the bathroom from the toilet to the doors is made from the highest grade of 24-karat gold. It may seem very extravagant and ostentatious not to mention wasteful to have a bathroom that is made out of gold but people have their own tastes and desires. Anyway, it would be relatively easy to recoup the investment by melting all that gold and selling it for cash.

In Dubai, everything is done in excess and bathrooms are no exception. The most expensive bathroom in Dubai is below sea level on the undersea resort on the manmade island of Palm Jumeirah. The bathroom has floor to ceiling windows where you can watch the fishes swim as you shower. There is also a butler who is available 24/7 in case you want to have your back scrubbed. All this luxury is not cheap and you can only enjoy this bathroom if you are willing to pay £15,775 per night with breakfast excluded.

There are different types of bathtubs to choose from if you want a different ambience in your bathroom. Why not try Diamond Bathtub from American designer Lori Gardner? It is a free-standing bath that is covered with thousands of Swarovski crystals that costs about £40,000 to be made and installed. It is rumored that Beyonce had one made for her baby Ivy Blue for £5,000.

There is also a bathtub carved from one solid piece of rock crystal from the Amazon. Only three have been made with a tag price of about £800,000 or over a million pounds if the cost of strengthening the floor and the retrieval of the rock crystal is added to the cost.

The Most Expensive Apartment Out In The Market


The choice of an apartment sometimes depends on the type of vacation one is planning to have; a family exploring the Canary Islands through a sail on its waters can check out the Apartments on La Gomera; while a group dreaming to hike out the Eiger Trail in Switzerland can read about the reviews on Grindelwald rentals. The places where certain types of recreational activities are popularly done may be a reason for purchase of an apartment; however, its cost is known to be the leading factor that is considered by most.

Recently, a five-bedroom flat in the most expensive residential building called One Hyde Park has been out on the market for sale in London. The most talked about apartment in the whole world was priced at £75m and its beauty is greatly attributed to the most magnificent view any London resident can be a witness to: Knightsbridge and Hyde Park – the latter being one of the biggest parks in the whole of London. While priced at £75m, interested buyers must also have £9m for the stamp duty or tax charged for necessary documents.

Apart from the beautiful view of the neighborhood, the fortunate buyer of the said flat will also be able to enjoy to himself or herself the entire floor of pavilion C in the building. According to buying agent Henry Pryor, this flat is a trophy home and people who are interested in it are the types to buy property just as they buy cars or watches – putting emphasis on his belief that these purchasers are those that are more concerned in the status that they are able to show, rather than a purchase that is solely for the absolute value of things.

It is said that in the early part of 2015, there was also a successful sale in one of the units in One Hyde Park, priced in the market at 10 million. Last year, an even greater sale of a staggering 140 million was reported for the purchase of one of the penthouses in the same residential building.

Agent Henry Pryor believes that the rich and famous people who dream of living in London will not care so much about the price that they would have to pay in exchange of a comfortable life in their dream city.

Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away Old Office Furniture


Before you think of throwing away old office furniture in Sydney or in other part of the world, just think about the consequences that might happen. First of all, almost everyone believes that all old things must be replaced. Although this may be true during most circumstances, there are still repercussions that most people might not know about. The fact that old things may seem now little in value, economically, that may not always be true as in the case with old office furniture.
Now, there is a reason as to why people call them ‘office’ furniture. It’s because they belong in offices. It is certainly hard to think of reasons why old office furniture is important outside the office. But when you see thousands or even countless of old office items and furniture heading for the landfills, suddenly it becomes very clear.

There is always the habit in corporate companies wherein employees get shuffled around, moved or transferred to another location. During a transfer, this would imply that a new office is being set up for them and that being said, it can be expected that new office furniture will also be present, discarding old furniture and letting their fates be decided by the dump.

When you finally see loads and loads of still usable furniture being discarded and thrown away, you will realize the mistake that is being made. Secondhand furniture still has good value especially now that the market for old furniture is very limited.

This problem may not be as globally known like Climate Change; it also poses various risks and dangers for our environment.

People do not realize how wasteful they can be and this negligence would often result in the victimization of the environment.

Know that there are various other organizations or establishments that go un-updated for years and years and all of the old furniture can instead be donated in-kind rather than take them to the landfills, which, by the way, also need heavy funding to function.

So instead of funding landfills that heavily contributes to the degradation of the environment, why not go for a more cost-effective approach?

Improving The Tourism Industry Of Scotland


Scotland’s growth in its tourism industry can be attributed foremost to the unique attractions in the area, the rich culture and history along with the friendly people and to the high-end accommodations in the place. If you are looking for luxury self catering Aviemore cottages, you can head straight to Great Rental Properties and book a cottage for your loved ones and friends.

Where Scotland tourism could improve

The tourism industry in Scotland might be booming, however, in order to maintain the surge of visitors and increase the number annually, those in the leadership position need to do some improvements to the current system in order to up their game.

What is great about the people handling the tourism industry in Scotland is that they accept positive and negative feedbacks from customers. The customers’ feedback is very important in that it will give the administrative body a better picture of what is really going on in the key destination areas of tourists. Some of those cited by customers that needs improvement is in the mode of transportation when travelling to Scotland and around the county. There are also concerns raised regarding mobile cell phone and internet coverage. Though the accommodation has improved from what it has to offer several years before, customers still want a better place to stay. All of the aforementioned areas of concern should be addressed accordingly in order to improve the impression of tourists in Scotland. Especially that most of the travelers today are expecting an excellent service in every stop, Scotland should be very competitive in order to stay at the top of their game.

Visitors pointed out that the quality of services offered by different establishments in Scotland varies. The society of business owners should act as a cohesive unit in giving solution to this problem in order to encourage visitors to return back to Scotland. Business owners should not only focus on how they can earn from the tourist folk but more so focus on giving them a one of a kind experience and service.

Today, everything seems to be fast paced and high tech. The tourism industry should also adjust and meet the demands of the changing times.

Villa Rentals In Phuket That Would Be Perfect For A Wedding


Villa Rentals in Phuket have always been the rage as many tourists come and go to the island, seeking for indulgence and relaxation with the unique and eye-opening beauty of the beach. Of course, if you’d want to stay for a night or two, you’d have to rent a place to live for short-term only. There are condos, hotels and many more, but having an exclusive Villa to accompany you during your vacation makes it more memorable.

Vacations are not the only reason why people want to Rent a Villa in Phuket. People have also set their eyes on these luxurious buildings to celebrate some of the most important occasions in their lives. Many go here to have their memorable and loving wedding.

Since last year, Phuket has already been an ideal setup for weddings and ‘Phuket Best Rental’ can assist you with everything you need when it comes to choosing what Villa you would rent for your once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
Destination weddings are a hit, and will surely become more renowned in the future. It involves celebrating your special occasion within a week or lesser. It is said that about 12% to 15% in the United States are giving Destination weddings a shot and is expected that more will do so. Most of the people who engage on destination weddings are also those who would want to renew their vow with their loved one or those who are in their 2nd wedding.

What makes Villa Rentals in Phuket a great pair for weddings is the fact that they are exclusive and luxurious at the same time. It can be a great venue where you could even have your honeymoon as soon as the wedding ends. With a little decoration, flowers and arrangements, the place would become fantasy-like and your dream wedding would flash before your very eyes. Other appeals of this type of venue are the amenities that comes with the villas which are the Jacuzzis, private pool, wireless internet, Television and many more.

All in all, whether you’re up for a normal vacation on the beach or you’re going to celebrate some occasions like weddings and parties, Villa Rentals in Phuket are definitely something you should consider on your list.

iHome Alarm Systems Offer New ADT ‘Pulse’ House Automation


ADT has already etched its name in the industry of home security and almost anyone who wants a guaranteed security within the premises of their own home would have already installed their systems. If you’re the type who puts high regards to the safety of your family or your own, you could get their service from one of their most famous certified dealer, the iHome Alarm Systems.

The iHome Alarm Systems will serve you with any packages that would quench your needs. As they are a distributor of ADT, every alarm systems from the renowned company can be bought from them – may it be for burglars, fire, smoke, temperature, flood, emergency services, even a ‘panic’ button and a whole lot more.
ADT, together with iHome, brings everything you need right at your alley and now, they’ve even set the word ‘innovation’ in a whole new level as they bring yet another product to the customers’ doors. ADT’s Pulse System can now be availed through the iHome Alarm systems, and this will allow residents to protect their home even when they’re not there. How? ADT pulse provides the automation of one’s home. Meaning, you could control the systems installed through any tablets, computers or smartphones you may have.

Any gadget incorporated with the Automation will allow you to change the system’s settings with just a couple of clicks away. Even when you’re away, you could disarm or arm your system as you want. You could even control appliances and lightings in your home and lock or unlock your doors. When intruders invade your premises, the alarm will set off and notify you immediately, giving you an easier and worry-free time during your ventures.

Four packages are handed by the iHome Alarm Systems – this includes expanded package, deluxe package, cellular package and their value package. You can save up to 20% in insurance by having your house equipped with this security system. If you’re worried about your budget, you are still welcomed by the company with their custom services which will allow you to have a system within your budget’s reach. Customers who are also looking for immediate installation can call and have it installed the following day.

£50,000 Compensation Released By Norwich For Accidental Trips Questions Their Paving


Who would argue with the importance of paving maintenance? After the accidents of tripping and falling over the streets within Norwich last year, a lucrative amount of £50,000 was released as payment compensation for 9 people who faced this type of unfortunate accident. This only goes to show how important Paving Norwich is and how it could affect people and its place. However, new numbers show up and a lot more details were given about the mentioned accidents.

The £50,000 released by Norwich from its City hall, definitely put a dent on their budget. This dent, as said by Norwich, only deducts more from their budget that may lead to less pavement maintenance may further end up completely deteriorating their streets.

The nine people who were paid were just a portion of the people who actually tripped on the streets last year. It was revealed that about 49 were involved in the tripping accidents, all of which filed suits against Norwich. However, they have successfully managed to defend their city from the 40 suits but nine, as we all know it, was paid with £52, 427 which they shared with each other.

It was also unveiled that last year was not the only year where this kind of accidents occurred. The recent years, 2013/2012, about 32 was involved with the accident. Only about six were paid with a £26, 887 compensation and the rest were successfully defended by Norwich and resulted to ‘no payment’.

The Council discussed the matter and shared that the accidents were always reported to have been the faults of holes and slabs that were unevenly placed. Although many of them only reported minor injuries that involved only bruises and cuts, while rarely, a fractured bone, it still doesn’t diminish the fact that they were injuries from public properties.

Paving Norwich rightly is definitely the goal of the council. They claimed that the budget for those kinds of project were extremely limited to the point where expectations of the people could surely be disappointed with the limited possible results of delivery. The council also claimed that they will be joining hands with the council of the county in order for them to achieve a better result in maintaining roads and streets wherever it’s most possible within the city.

Experts Reveal Web Design Tips From Google

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Perth, Australia – April 30, 2015 – Just recently, we have met up with the folks at Perth Web Design or PWD and during our brief meeting, they shared with us the knowledge of how one can design killer websites according to the professionals at Google. This is most important because web design plays a great factor in the success of a website.

The professionals of PWD said that according to Google, the secret is to study how people, mainly the consumers, shop then organizing all of the results into shopping funnels. Oftentimes, the behavior of people while they are shopping can be observed through patterns that are simple and easy to follow. In fact, these patterns can only be divided into five segments.

1. Discovering your options and establishing a criteria
Take note that the first time a customer is introduced to your product; it is probably because they have also gone through with the products of your competitors. They would often ask for many other options and they have likely stumbled upon yours during their search. Now if you want to further introduce your product, you must bring in important and convincing details. This is important when you want to distinguish your product from your competitor’s. You can also add in more images, videos and other visuals that would help inform consumers about your product.

2. Make a short list.
Once consumers have finished their search for different options, then it is highly likely that they will create a short list of the best ones so that they could filter out the best from the not-so good ones.

3. Digging into each product.
After making a list, the consumers will evaluate each product and will consider their criteria before they choose. They would first make sure that a product fits their criteria. Your job will be finding what narrows their decision and how you can put that in your product.

4. Testimonials.
Their decisions can be further influenced by the testimonials of other product users. Their statements could greatly help convince a consumer that is why it is best if you would include testimonials in your website.

5. Trying the product.
Consumers would likely want to try the product first to know if it could fit them and their lifestyle. Now your job is to help them get a preview of what it’s like to use your product.

Top Five Home Design Trends In 2015

Top Five Home Design Trends In 2015

The New Year is a promising and at the same time a challenging year for real estate agents, home owners and interior designers. In the field of home designs, there were several trends that were set last year. However, another year means another set of trend. Some home designs that were acclaimed last 2014 have fallen off the chart of new trends this year. Zillow Digs made an announcement of the top five home design trends that will be embraced this year.

First in the list are the gold fixtures. This retro design will have a huge comeback this year with a unique modern twist. The golden fixtures will be accorded with bright gold colors that will have a sleek finish to give it an extra shine. This 2015, home owners can expand their choice to gold and will not be limited by stainless steel furniture and fixture and silver decors. They are free to match and mix up the bright colors or they can go gold all the way.

Second are the cowhides. The ideal design for a sophisticated and aesthetically appealing look for 2015 is the incorporation of cowhides. This year, manufacturers are finding themselves producing cowhides incorporated in rugs, pillows and blankets. Even artworks with cowhides are getting much attention this year.

Another comeback design sitting in the third spot are the wall papers. The wall paper trend will be back this 2015 and has come with a vengeance. It is ready than ever to reclaim its spot in the interior designing world says Jamie Beckwith, a renowned designer of Beckwith Interiors.

Watch out for the blue colors this year. The most popular color this 2015 will be blue. Different hues of blue whether it be deep blue navy or indigo blue, it will be widely used in the world of interior designing.

Clawing up on the fifth spot are the modern or mid century design elements. This year, they will have a big place in every designer’s choice. From the furniture and architecture, the mid century modern elements will surprisingly bring a classy yet sophisticated look on the house. This type of trend is great in inspiring home dwellers. However, designers caution homeowners when using this design. Homeowners should watch out that it does not take over the house.

Children Aged Three Traumatized By Private Tutors Hired by Parents

Children Aged Three Traumatized By Private Tutors Hired by Parents

Some parents have been constantly pushing their children to excel in their academic performance that even parents of three year olds hire private tutors to aid their little ones in acing private schools’ entrance exams.

Tutoring agencies have agreed that hiring tutors to do the extra school effort in teaching toddlers could be traumatic for the children. The head of Keystone Tutors stated that parents should not hire private tutors for their children until they reach the age of at least seven.

The Keystone Tutors said that the competition for students to get a slot in private schools is very stiff that is why parents resort to hiring tutors. Parents ask the help of tutors to coach their children on how to interact with children, improve their language and vocabulary skills. They usually take private tutors when their children are aged three or four in order to prepare them for formal school and to pass entrance examinations.

Adverse effects of tutoring toddlers

There have been reports that children lock themselves in the bathroom or in their closet when they hear that their tutor is coming. These children are taking in lessons daily at a very young age that they associate learning or tutoring with misery.

There are a lot of cases wherein tutors have excellent academic credentials but have no ample experience handling little children. Usually most people presume that the little ones are the easiest to be taught, however, this is untrue. They are actually the most difficult to teach.

Why parents should not feel the pressure of hiring tutors for their kids

Private schools head teachers stressed it out that parents should not endorse their children in the care of tutors at a very young age. If parents are afraid that their children would not pass the entrance examinations, the private administrators assured parents that their processes are easy and gentle for the toddlers. There is no need for rigorous preparation on the part of the little ones.

Most schools assess children by singing songs, playing a number of games and reading them stories. Private school administrators pointed out that they do not make the children undergo sorts of examinations or tests.

Statistics shows that one out of four children has a private tutor paid by their parents. Children are provided with tutors so that they will perform well academically.

Universal Preschool

Universal Preschool

Across the globe, countries are already adapting the universal preschool programs. Educators and parents deem it necessary that children at the tender age of three and even below should be given the right to education and must enjoy a fun and learning environment. The United States is one of the countries that adhere to universal preschool programs.

Some countries have offered free access to preschool education for toddlers since the 1980s. France is among these and has a structured educational system and curriculum fitting for young children that some countries including the United States look up to.

The importance of preschool learning

Developed nations have always stressed the importance of universal preschool education through television propagandas or printed materials. However there are some issues that arose concerning providing early education to the young ones. Many question the government as to the motive of launching free public school programs. Who really benefits from such programs? Is it really that crucial for the economic development of a country?

There are several educational studies that have been conducted in order to clear the clouds of doubt with the programs. In some studies particularly in the United Kingdom, there have been conflicting results. One study showed that the impact of daycare centers is just as good as children being with their mother. On the other hand, another study showed that children with mothers working lag behind in the development phase of a child. These children should be sent to preschool or day care institutions in order to learn, enjoy, and advance in knowledge. With these conflicting results, what should parents believe?

Studies in the United States show that the success for preschool programs is only short lived. Children who underwent preschool education before the age of 5 showed improved literacy skills in their early elementary years. However, when they step into the 3rd or 4th grade, no improvement can be seen from the students. To worsen matters, there is a decline among the students. This may be true for some students. But another study also showed the correlation of early childhood education to the academic success of students when they reach nine years old and onwards. So who do you believe?

With the universal preschool program, government leaders are looking to a lowered poverty level. The crime rates are also expected to decrease with the increase of literate and educated people.

The most important thing perhaps to bear in mind is that the young generation will be given access to good education because a child’s mind is sharpened at a very tender age.

Yellow Ribbon UK To Support Ex-Offenders

Yellow Ribbon UK To Support Ex-Offenders

In the United Kingdom, a group of people plan to use a yellow ribbon for a project called the Yellow Ribbon UK. The goal of Yellow Ribbon UK is to help ex-offenders because some are released from prison with only £46 on their pockets as their pay-out from prison service.

At least 3 of 4 of the ex-offenders have no home to return to because they have been evicted while in jail. They also need to deal with several issues that include drug and alcohol problems, issues with mental health, lack of money, absence of support and lack of knowledge to gain a job. Since the project started in Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire in 2013, it has helped more than 50 people who have served short prison sentences.

According to Pauline Mack the project director of Yellow Ribbon UK, their team goes to prison in order to find out those who are scheduled to be released in the coming months. If the ex-offenders require mentoring and support, Yellow Ribbon UK will assess whether they are suitable for the project so that relationships can be build with them.

On the day of release, a team member from Yellow Ribbon UK will meet the ex-offenders at the prison gate and provide them support so that they can get their life back on track. Most prisoners have been behind bars for a long time and they are desperate to move on with their lives. For these people, someone to support them in every hurdle will provide them an opportunity to have a new life. It is unimaginable for an individual not to have a home to go to with no money or family for support. However, the project works only with ex-offenders who do not have high risks for reoffending.

Some volunteers have previously used the service and they are now giving back the favor. Yellow Ribbon UK has partnered with Green Pastures Housing, a registered charity and social enterprise that buys houses for organizations in UK like Yellow Ribbon. A new house in Shrewsbury will work fine for the ex-offenders and the Yellow Ribbon team will be running the home with the help of local charities.

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