Discovering The Genius Behind The Maps Created By Massimo Vignelli

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Maps, Service, Tips | Comments Off on Discovering The Genius Behind The Maps Created By Massimo Vignelli

Discovering The Genius Behind The Maps Created By Massimo Vignelli

It is easy to find the beauty in artworks such as the New York City Illustrated Map but you have to dig deeper in order to appreciate the maps created by Massimo Vignelli. He is one of the individuals responsible for the efficient urban experience that the locals and tourists are experiencing either they are in the middle of Washington, D.C. or in the busy streets of New York. He is none other than the person who helped design the way finding systems that are currently being used in the subway in New York City as well as the metro in Washington D.C.

For the locals, they might not be able to use the system as often as they are familiar with the metro or subway but for tourists, they might have in one point or another looked at it when they don’t know where they should get off or how to get back on track when they were dropped off in the wrong stop.

Vignelliis known for the rational signage he created which are using heavy dose of Helvetica more than the maps he created. It was back in 1972 when Vignelli’s newly designed map was revealed by the MTA but in 1979 the map was replaced by something which is far from it with looks but easier to understand because it is consist of geometric lines alone. That was not the end of the road for Vignelli and the role he played in designing transit maps.

The Rochester Institute of Tehnology holds a Vignelli Center for Design Studies which is managed by a sole archivist named Jennifer Whitlock. Recently, she discovered that there is a collection of speculative maps that were created by Vignelli which is supposed to be used by the transit authority of Washington D.C. back in 1973. Looking at the maps, one will be amazed especially with his creations of the subway in New York City Illustrated Map which features abstract shapes as well as bold colors in order to instruct readers into the right direction. These might not have been used because of the abstract form which could be a bit confusing for someone who wants simple directions when using the transit system.

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British Gas Loses 100,000 Customers Since The Start Of 2018

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Gas, News, Service, Tips | Comments Off on British Gas Loses 100,000 Customers Since The Start Of 2018

British Gas Loses 100,000 Customers Since The Start Of 2018

British Gas’s parent company, Centrica, has recently revealed some distressing data on the boiler repairs company. According to the company, UK’s largest energy provider, says that their subsidiary has dropped 100,000 customer accounts since the start of 2018. Centrica was warned that the looming increases in prices will lead to people switching over to rival firms.

This large number, however, is already a slowdown, as during the time frame of July 2017 to October of the same year, 823,000 customers dropped their accounts, compared to the first four months, which saw a loss of 111,000 accounts.

However, Jefferies bank has said that more losses are expected by the end of May, as the current figures doesn’t reflect the recent above-inflation price rise by the business, which only took effect at the end of the month.

Britain has been experiencing colder than usual weather, which has driven up demand for energy, but has also driven up call-out costs for boiler repairs, resulting in mixed results for the company. British Gas had the busiest week during the cold snap in February and March, leading to service plan costs that will likely cause a decrease in profits for the first half of 2018 at the company’s services unit, in comparison to 2017.

Centrica itself has taken some hits recently, with its Morecambe Bay gasfield suffering outages. On top of that, its 20% stake in the UK’s nuclear power fleet is expected to take some damage, thanks to a crack in a reactor resulting in it getting taken down. That being said, Centrica says that it that it would hit its set targets for 2018.

Iain Conn, Centrica’s CEO, says that government’s price cap on standard variable tariffs (SVTs) would have a big impact on British Gas, but they aren’t too sure how big it would be, but the company says that they’ll be in place at the end of the year.

British Gas has 3.7 million customers on SVTs, a drop from the 4.3 million at 2017’s end, with more cuts expected, to about 3 million by the time the tariffs are capped, which would reduce British Gas’s exposure.

Conn admits that 2017 has been challenging for Centrica, but defended that the progress they’ve made on cost-cutting and improving the balance sheet shows that they’re still on track. He says that they understand that people, their investors in particular, are frustrated, but they’re working on it.

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A Unique Experience In Australia’s Tropical North

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Service | Comments Off on A Unique Experience In Australia’s Tropical North

A Unique Experience In Australia’s Tropical North

Quality travel can be experienced through Cairns to Port Douglas bus that also provides services from the airport to your hotel. You can book online for transport if you want to travel anywhere in between locations for tours and expeditions. A courteous driver can pick you up from the hotel so that you can travel to the desired destination in comfort and safety.

North of Port Douglas, you will find Cooya Beach where you can experience a crab hunting expedition. There are no crocodiles during low tide which means you can walk barefoot through the gnarled Queensland groves. There are no pythons either because they hide on top of the trees. Anxious visitors may cringe in fright but teenagers will be delighted.

Fifteen-year old Tom and his cousin seventeen-year old Manaaki were excited to meet their aboriginal guide Juan Walker when they started a journey towards Australia’s tropical north. The mischievous and ostensibly intriguing guide led the small tour group on a mud crab hunting adventure while teaching the teenagers practical lessons and regaling them with personal tales about the world’s oldest surviving culture.

The teenage boys were taught how to light a fire using sticks and wallaby poo. They get to experience holding a stone axe that Juan’s grandfather found in the Daintree rainforest. The teenagers feasted on crabs, native hibiscus and periwinkles that were plucked from the twisted roots of mangrove trees.

However, their hearts were saddened by tales of aboriginal children who were unfortunately snatched from their families. The sad story was soon forgotten when they were taught how to prepare KFT Kentucky Fried Turtle. The travel diary was instantly filled with “firsts” from the overseas trip to the first scary flush on the airline’s toilet. The boys have collected a lot of experiences from enjoying the first taste of crocodile meat and sun-ripened pineapple.

Travel through Cairns to Port Douglas bus can be pretty exciting because of the beautiful natural sites of remote locations in Australia. The long trips are definitely worth the experience particularly if you have a courteous driver who is well informed of the far north Queensland area. Sole charters are available for families and groups who prefer a private experience.

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Liability Of Accountants When Their Client Commits Unlawful Acts

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Business, Liability, Service, Tips | Comments Off on Liability Of Accountants When Their Client Commits Unlawful Acts

Liability Of Accountants When Their Client Commits Unlawful Acts

The accounting profession faces different types of risks; hence the need for accountant professional liability insurance as protection for the practice. There are accounting firms that are being penalized because they become accessories when a client breaks the law or exploits its workers. This is one of the cases where the professional indemnity insurance is seriously needed.

It is cold comfort for accountants that they are not only onesbeing penalized as accessories when the client breaks workplace laws. External advisers that include HR managers, payroll officers, line managers and directors including principals of suppliers are often on notice when the client is found guilty of exploiting workers or underpaying their services.

Recently, two accountants were found liable as accessories and fined due to workplace breaches that their client committed. Even if one of the cases is still being appealed, the cases have prompted some concerns whether professional indemnity insurance will cover the penalties.

According to principle, it is against public good if insurance is provided for someone who is breaking the law. On the other hand, Drew Fenton, principal at insurance firm Fenton Green said that if an individual or firm is innocently dragged into a situation, the policy can respond. This means the claim can be accepted under the policy and the insurer will instruct the solicitors on behalf of the accountant.

Most insurance providers will automatically consider that the accountant was only dragged in the Fair Work matter even if nothing wrong was done, so that the policy has to respond. However, there are different degrees of services that accountants provide from answering questions regarding pay rate to doing the actual payroll and distributing the employee’s pay. In case of breach, the liability will depend on what the accountant is doing for the client. If the accountant is found out to be directly involved in breaking the law, the policy will not provide any indemnity.

Because accountants can be held liable for breaches of laws and regulations and alleged unlawful acts of their clients, the need for accountant professional liability insurance has never been more important. The allegation may be completely baseless but expensive legal costs can still be incurred.

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Stanton Grant Raided By Victoria Authorities Regarding Bikie Money Laundering

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in Law, News, Service, Tips | Comments Off on Stanton Grant Raided By Victoria Authorities Regarding Bikie Money Laundering

Stanton Grant Raided By Victoria Authorities Regarding Bikie Money Laundering

South Melbourne firm Stanton Grant Legal, known for their personal and probate lawyers in Melbourne, was raided late in March and seized by local authorities from its partners and placed under the supervision of a legal regulator-chosen manager, as part of the authorities’ anti-bikie efforts.

There were a lot of corporate, personal and probate lawyers in Melbourne sweating, as dozens of law firms across the region were raided as part of investigations with alleged money laundering done by the notorious Aussie motorcycle outlaw gang, the Comancheros.

Howard Rapke, a managing partner at Holding Redlich law firm, was appointed by the Legal Services Board as the manager of Stanton Grant Legal, granting him authority of the daily operations of the firm for as long as the LSB decided.  Mr. Rapke, in a statement, confirmed this appointment, but did not reveal why he was chosen to manage Stanton Grant Legal. He also didn’t elaborate on how long the appointment would hold.

The anti-bikie operations, led by Echo Taskforce, executed several search warrants late in March, with Stanton Grant Legal being one of the targets of the raids, which included accountancy firms, gyms, tattoo parlours, other legal firms, and even brothels. Nine people were also charged with a wide range of infractions, which included drug possession, and false accounting, among others.

Reportedly, one of the key targets of the raids was David Graer, self-described “forensic accountant”, who has connected to a property developer that was under investigation from the Australian Taxation Office regarding tax evasion. Though he was not directly charged, one of the targeted locations were a known property of Mr. Graer.

Regarding the anti-bikie efforts, Comanchero Mick Murray, who was in jail for not answering inquiries made by the covert Office of the Chief Examiner, a government agency set up specifically for dealing with organized crime.

The verdict was passed in a Supreme Court hearing late in March, a week before the raids, which led to Murray receiving an eight-month sentence for contempt of the chief examiner. Details regarding the judgement revealed that Murray did not go under the oath of affirmation when asked by the court. Murray says that the Crimes Commission is the worst-kept secret in Melbourne, with everyone knowing and hearing of what happens.

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How To Choose And Replace Automotive Parts

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in Parts, Service, Tech, Tips | Comments Off on How To Choose And Replace Automotive Parts

How To Choose And Replace Automotive Parts

For most people, they allocate money for car payments, gasoline and insurance. However, costs for maintenance and repairs can be something unexpected. If your mechanic gives you an expensive quote, one way to cut down expense is to search for aftermarket automotive parts, rather than those offered by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

If you replace the parts from your manufacturer, it may not be the best choice for your vehicle. It may actually cost more so you need a provider that suits your budget and when it is capable of using aftermarket parts. So here’s how to find them:

  • Schedule a Regular Maintenance:

As stipulated in the owner’s manual, the manufacturer can list down all its suggestions for regular maintenance. Some of these recommended services will entail more work than the others. To save money, you can ask your mechanic to prefer aftermarket filters, fluids, and other automotive parts during the service intervals without posing threats to vehicle performance.

  • Replacing Damaged Parts:

Some automotive parts like tires, brakes and windshield wipers wear out over time. They need to replace the parts where the best way to do that is to utilize aftermarket parts. They may seem perfect for the vehicle, especially that it helps save money. However, you need to be careful with your choices, like the tires and brakes, as they may endanger the passengers of your vehicle. Choose an aftermarket part that closely resembles the OEM.

  • Mechanical Malfunction of Parts:

There are people who prefer OEM or aftermarket parts depending on their needs and what they can afford. Sometimes, the aftermarket parts can fail and may need you to stick with original equipment. Also, aftermarket parts may be essential for other mechanical items. For instance, many manufacturers of OEM products can have one supplier. If another supplier can provide a similar component as the original, then why not choose this provider to cut on costs.

  • Damages on the Body:

For damages on your car’s body, you need to choose original automotive parts for replacement to ensure good performance and safety. They need to remain in the same standards as the original so that passengers are protected at all times especially during a crash.

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