Fear Of Increasing Pool Tragedies Rise After 2-Year Old Girl Drowns


Swimming pools have been a part of human life ever since the first pool was invented in the 3rd Millennium BC and further popularized by the Greeks and the Romans. Ever since then, swimming pools have constantly improved and in these modern times, people would now see different types of pools like infinity pools, residential or private pools and commercial pools.

Pools are not just about all the fun and enjoyment that people get from them, people should also think about pool safety because when the safety is compromised, unfortunate things could happen.

Such was the case when a 2-year old girl had died from drowning in a backyard pool in La Palma. The incident is currently the latest drowning and the second case in the first 23 days of the year.

Capt. Steve Concialdi said that the incident happened at about 3:30 pm Friday. The girl was reportedly with her family visiting La Palma went she went missing.
The one who found the poor girl was another older child who says she was underwater in the backyard pool.

The first one to arrive on the scene was the La Palma Police and they had performed CPR on her. The Orange County Fire Authority paramedics arrived next and put her under life support. Unfortunately, she died in the hospital.
The girl is now the second drowning case for this year, just 23 days after New Year and with her death; people now fear that more incidents like this would increase in the days to come.

In 2014, there were about 41 drowning cases and 44 near-drowning experiences and this year, it is expected to surpass that number.

Concialdi said that they get cases like these all year round because of the fact that the Orange County is abundant in pools and beaches. Children in particular are more attracted to the water and are curious about it.

People, especially adults, can prevent incidents like this from happening if they know the ABCs of pool safety. A would stand for adult supervision, B is for barriers, and C is for classes.

Gospel Singer Launches Online Store For Plus-Size Clothing


With the struggles of plus size women finally going mainstream, many are now entering into the plus size clothing business like Dale and Waters. Recently joining the flock is gospel singer, Kierra Sheard.

Kierra Sheard is known as a judge on BET’s “Sunday Best” but aside from being a Grammy nominated gospel singer, she is now also a clothing designer as proven by her clothing line, Eleven60, being launched online.

The 27-year old had recently launched her fall and winter collection pieces which can be found on www.Eleven60.com, her full-figure fashion line.

When asked about the inspiration of her clothing line, Sheard revealed that it is for every thick woman out there who are struggling with plus size clothes. The clothing line was made to compliment full-figured women.

Being a full-figured woman herself, Sheard knows firsthand how hard it is to search for fashion trends that are of good quality and in their size. She says no more to skimpy clothes as the majority of consumers are plus size women. That is why they should be able to look fabulous as well.

The gospel singer had first announce the release of her clothing line back in March and how there is a great need to create quality clothing for the women who have fallen into the plus size demographic as they are undeserving of the current treatment being presented to them by the fashion industry.

Sheard was only one of many other women who have spoken about the issues of plus size clothing in the country. According to her, the plus size fashion industry is worth about 18 billion dollars and that is also steadily growing. But even with such a high value, they are still not accepted into the world of high fashion.

Kierra is the daughter of Karen Clark, a Grammy award winning singer from the gospel group, The Clark Sisters, and a Bishop J. Drew Sheard. But even with great connections, Kierra was able to make her mark on the industry on her own and even went to sign on as one of the judges for “Sunday Best” alongside Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and Kirk Franklin.

Wealth In Real Properties

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Within the last three months, retired home owners across the United Kingdom have reported that their property wealth grew by more than 12.5 billion pounds. New research refute reports that house prices has declined, instead it reports that house prices continue to climb steadily. These properties of retired owners are furnished with bedroom and living room fixtures, bathroom cabinets and other necessary household amenities.

This news means that the average pensioner earns almost 900 pounds a month if he owns a property. This figure is according to the property index of retirement pensioner.

Pensioners who are owners of their houses have gained at least 2,680 pounds from each of their houses in the last three months. This is a new record high earning for the property sector.

A certain housing firm started monitoring the wealth of the housing sector over the last five years. It reported that the total wealth of pensioners has significantly increased by almost 12 percent which is equivalent to 93.85 billion pounds. This amount equates to at least 20,000 pounds on average for every pensioner.

The analysis that was released also suggests that the property sector will experience growth in prices and will be the driving force in the expansion of the corresponding equity market. This will enable household owners to release wealth from their pockets.

Those retired household owners situated in London were said to be the biggest winners. They gained an average of at least 16,000 pounds in the last three months. The home owners in Scotland enjoyed an average of 8,650 pounds while the pensioners in Humberside and Yorkshire are at least 4,000 pounds better off.
If the greater part of UK pensioners enjoyed an increase in value of property, those retired home owners situated in Wales felt a fall in the housing wealth. They averaged losses of about 2,300 per person in the past three months. Those living in the West and North West Midlands also experienced a fall in house prices.

The figures shown in the report show nearly a fifth of the pensioner equity as owned by more than 65s in London. The total wealth reached to 173.68 billion pounds. Almost two thirds of retired home owners are living in London, South West, and South East and in East Anglia.

The Global Rise In Death Sentences


Security is an issue that has been a growing concern worldwide. Even in your own neighborhood, there are many threats that one has to face daily. To answer these problems when it comes to security, different companies have designed security and alarm systems to put household owner’s worries aside. The iHome Alarm Systems is one of those companies that designs sophisticated security systems.

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A report has surfaced that the number of death sentences around the globe has significantly increased by more than 25 percent during 2014 compared to the year before. The number rose because of the non-stop crackdown on internal security and terrorism in countries like Nigeria and Egypt. The source of this information is the Amnesty International.

In the past year, the number of those people that have been executed on a global scale has dropped by 22 percent. Last 2014, the number was only at 607 compared to 778 last 2013. However, this statistics revealed though did not include China as the country does not reveal its death penalty numbers. Most experts believe that China executes at least thousands of people yearly. Likewise, there are many inhumane execution activities also in North Korea that has been kept secret from the public.

Last year, there have been at least 2400 death sentences from 55 countries that were passed to the judicial bodies. This figure is much higher than that in 2013 which was only 1925. Much of the increase was contributed by two countries: Nigeria and Egypt.

When the report from the Egyptian council were scrutinized, it was found out that many of their death sentences stemmed from mass trials which became popular because of the crackdown on the controversial Muslim Brotherhood group. The Amnesty International deemed this act to be grossly unfair. The sentences include the deaths of 183 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The death sentence was perpetuated after the army coup that ended the regime of Mohamed Morsi.

According to the report notes gathered, Egypt carried out 15 executions during the course of last year. The number was significantly fewer though when compared with Saudi Arabia (90), Iran (289) and Iraq (61).

Damaged Wildlife Fence Along New Brunswick Raises Concerns


Just recently we have met up with the people from Heath Landscapes, a company that specializes in fencing and landscaping. During our brief meeting, they had shared with us how important fences are for the modern home. According to them, fences have become the standard of every urban home because they provide many benefits to the homeowners. First and foremost, a great fencing will help with the security of your home and the safety of everything and everyone inside.

Fences save lives, no matter if its human or animal life. It’s all the same. This alone should be enough reason for people to repair and maintain their fences.
In New Brunswick, a damaged wildlife fence has raised concerns regarding the safety of the people as there once was a deadly problem concerning highway collisions around the area in the past. A lot of sections of the fences have fallen down while the remaining parts are just leaning and barely hanging on. There are also areas wherein you will see the fences lying flat on the ground. Apparently, the main cause of the fence damage is due to the harsh winter that had ravaged the area.

Many years before, Highway 7 was known to be a dangerous road due to the notorious moose vehicle collisions that regularly occurred there. In fact, from 2002 to 2006, there was an outstanding record of 100 collisions that occurred in Highway 7.
To help solve this problem, the government has spent $7 million in setting up wildlife fences to help keep moose away from the road.

According to a spokesman of the Department of Transportation, he says that the department is aware of the state of the fences on Highway 7 and that they will be conducting repairs soon. In the meantime, authorities have advised motorists to be very vigilant when driving on the said area especially this summer season where the frequency of collisions is high.

Nancy Dobson, an advocate of wildlife fencing, had lost her daughter to a moose vehicle collision in Highway 7 back in 2002. She says that something that could save many lives should not be left in such a state and that somebody should not die first before they could conduct the much needed maintenance and repairs.

New Name And A Funding Boost For Mountain Tutoring Program


There are some certain situations where tutoring programs are the only thing that separates students from failure. Tutorial sessions can be a lifesaving process that could not only help students with a particular subject they are struggling with, but also help them get a head start towards a better future. This is why people heavily invest on tutoring programs like those that are being offered by Bee Academic Tutoring. This is because people know the value of learning and education.

In Hamilton, a local tutoring program has been given five more years of funding as well as a new name.

The Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) has been offering volunteer tutoring programs at 14 different schools across the Mountain. Now, the volunteer program has been renamed as the Neighbor to Neighbor Jack Parent Tutoring Program, after a children’s advocate, who had been a longtime donor, had passed away last year.

Jack Parent had sat on the board of directors of the Halo Foundation for a long time. Last Spring, the founding members of the foundation had announced that they would be giving another $100,000 infusion to the volunteer program for over the next five years.

According to Michele Darling, founder and foundation chair, during a graduation celebration held at St. Michael’s Catholic Elementary School, the funding boost is one of the best things that Halo Foundation has ever done.

It can be said that since the Halo Foundation has been funding education and development programs for the youth under 25, it is only natural that they would also be helping a program aimed at helping kids from grades 1 to 3 learn how to read. The N2N tutoring program has been functioning with the help of volunteers who have agreed to help with the program.

Volunteers have ranged from steel workers to PhDs and all of these tutors are working with three to four kids. In order to help the volunteer tutors, retired teachers have been asked to supervise them during the tutorial sessions.

Jack’s wife, Kay Parent, was one of the original volunteers of the program and she was also the one to bring the volunteer program into the foundation’s eyes.

Travelers Encouraged To Use Airport Transfer Services

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When people focus too much on work and responsibilities, the world would become such a sad place that is why they should also focus on giving time for themselves. Traveling can be quite fun especially if it involves holidays and vacations but if you would be traveling alone or with a group of people in a country you have never visited before, then it is recommended that you use an airport pickup to guide you where you want to go.

During a meet-up with the people at Link Airport, a company that specializes in transfers and pickups in all Perth airports, we have learned the value of airport transfer services especially for unfamiliar travelers.

When you first arrive in a foreign country and you experience a problem with the mode of transport that you have chosen, then it would definitely spoil the beginnings of a stress-free vacation. Even the transfer from the airport to the place that will accommodate you can be filled with challenges and this alone could prove as an inconvenience when all you wanted to do was rest and unpack your things.

Luckily, Link Airport have shared with us a way to avoid such problems and inconveniences. According to them, you can hire the services of an airport transportation company if you want to travel to your hotel without any delays and hindrances. These kinds of companies will help you travel hassle-free as you start your fun-filled vacation.

If you hire this type of service, then you will immediately be directed to your hotel to rest upon arrival at the airport after long hours of travel. This will help you save time and energy from hailing a taxi or traveling via public transportation.

There is also difference between the drivers provided by airport transportation companies and taxi drivers. With an airport transfer service, you will be driven by an experienced, professional and well-mannered driver. Note that not all taxi drivers can speak English fluently and when it is your first time in a certain country, you might experience difficulty with directing the taxi driver to your desired location.

Airport transfer drivers will provide you with a safe and stress-free travel.

Tornado Destroys Dozens Of Storage Units In Houston


People have a habit of collecting things. They would always be ruled by the desire to acquire a certain item whether or not they need it and for those who can afford almost anything they wish to have, items and properties would tend to pile up until you are unable to accommodate them all. This is where storage facilities come in. A storage facility would help store and preserve your property until you decide to bring them back to the fold or to permanently dispose of them.

This is the magic of storage facilities. Whenever you need an extra space for your valuables, you can always rely on them to do the job. They can be used for a variety of other purposes as well just like when a loved one passes and you have no idea where to put their belongings, then you could always rent out a storage unit for them.

Unfortunately, even with the convenience such a facility provides, they can still be affected by many other factors. Factors that could ultimately compromise the safety and security of your belongings and one of these factors are the inevitable natural calamities.

Just like with what happened at Houston when a tornado had left dozens of storage units destroyed and ruined.

The tornado had reportedly passed through southwest Houston and as it passed, it had devastated all in its path, including units of Space Savers Self Storage located in Gessner.

Half of all the storage units were either destroyed or damaged when the storm had hit last Sunday morning.

There were some renters who were lucky enough to have only the roofs of their units peeled off but others were not as fortunate. One of the lucky ones was Scott Derrick. He says his wife had placed important and valuable stuff in the units and luckily none of them were harmed or damaged.

There are many renters who have come to the site to check on their belongings but were not allowed to enter due to the unstable debris that may cause harm to them.
Many crews are already working to remove the debris but they said that it might take several days before they can finish.

Debating The Legitimacy Of Psychic Experience


The controversy whether psychic readings are true or not have been in existence for several centuries. Psychic phenomena, which are commonly called psi, have been questioned and ridiculed for as long as one can remember. So are psychic readings really reliable? In the last 100 years, psychical researchers have confined themselves in laboratories in order to find and prove that there are experimental and scientific evidence of the psychic phenomenon. Anecdotal evidence is easily dismissed, so the skeptics are demanding for experimental evidence of the existence of the psi.

There are many scientists that argue that consistent and replicable evidence of psi has already been presented. The field of parapsychology is a unique and is unlike other field of science. The data involved in this branch of inquiry challenges world views, which are not only concerned with science but as well as with religion and philosophical views.

It is astonishing to note that this controversy in parapsychology has continued since it was discovered and is bound to continue in the future. Other scientists contend that the key rational solution for this particular issue is to realize that this controversy is not about finding the right evidence but rather about disclaiming competing worldviews. This simply means that the analysis of this controversial issue has to be further broadened and needs to set data at significant levels. An engineer named George Hansen has put rightly on how professional parapsychologists are doing. According to him, these professional parapsychologists are mostly physicists or psychologists. He contended that these people are not familiar with the tools, concepts and methods of analysis used by researchers in humanities and social sciences. Because of this, they fail to comprehend their predicament and thus they fail in their experiments.

It is quite difficult to fully grasp this controversy if you do not realize that this issue has a very strong ideological component. The ideology in this issue is a product in the development of the history of Western Civilization. It wasn’t until the 18th century that scientists and philosophers gave importance to the psychic phenomena. Perhaps this issue will not be resolved in this generation. What is important is that you hold on to your views and beliefs.

Paper Mart Puts 10% Limited Time Discount On Kraft Bags With Shadow Stripe


Paper mart is one of the giant companies in the industry of packaging based in the U.S. It has already been serving customers with their exemplary packaging made mostly from recycled materials topped with state-of-the-art details that would definitely astound those who love art, handmade crafts or anything that’s eco-friendly for over 94 years. During its time, it has always been able to savor and quench the needs of their consumers. Now, they prove once again how valuable their consumers are to them through the discount they have put in the premium crafted bag they offer.

More specifically, the item that has been discounted is the Kraft Bags with Shadow Stripes. You could see it from their site for more details and to have a glimpse of what it looks like. The news was revealed on the website of Paper mart and it definitely has given a huge impact to its consumers. If you are one of the consumers from Paper Mart who is looking to buy this great Kraft items they have, then better do it soon as the discount won’t last long.

Since the Premium Kraft bags are definitely being swarmed by buyers now, the promo would only be available for a strictly limited time and of course, only if the supplies hold out for that long. If the supplies run out before the time, then the discount is obviously no more.

The Paper Mart Premium Kraft Bags with shadow stripe is one of their many eco-friendly product. It is compost of 5% industrial materials only, while the remaining 95% are from recycled or post-consumer items. What gives this deal a more attractive appeal is that the Kraft Bag comes with 18 various colors that you would definitely love. You can see the choices at their site. Once you’ve picked the color you want, just put it to your cart and before you check it out, input the promo code they have set for the promo which is ‘KRAFTBAG’ in order to avail the 10% discount.

If the total price of the items you’ve shopped sums up to over $200, Paper mart will throw in an additional 15% discount for you. There are other choices of packaging for you from Paper mart and you definitely won’t run out of products that could help you in your daily lifestyle.

By 2030, London Home Prices Expected To Reach ₤1 Million


When population rises, you can expect the demand for houses to also rise. But when it comes to house pricing, there are many factors that can influence it. Economic growth plays a big factor on the pricing of a house. If the economic growth is going great, then the pricing can be increased. When the economy is performing well then more and more people would be able to invest on properties and seek investment companies like HomeUnion Investment.

In London, it is expected that home prices would hit ₤1 million by 2030. This is according to a new analysis that was conducted just recently. This is because of the increase and strong performance of job growth as well as the shortage in housing that made house prices go higher.

Oxford Economics says that the population will be driving much faster due to the rapid growth and the great performance of investments.

Currently, the population is estimated to be at 8.5 million. But in the next decade, it is expected to grow up to 11 million. By 2030, the population of London is set to increase by 1.4 million in 2036 to 10 million.

According to the analysts, when the population grows stronger and the employment rate increases to a higher rate coupled with the shortage of housing in the capital, it would lead to the increase of house prices up to ₤1 million by 2030.

The current average pricing is at ₤490, 000 and if it does increase to ₤1 million then it would have increased more than a double of the current average pricing.
But the rise in pricing could also prove to be a challenge for many people. These factors are enough evidence to prove that if it does ever increase to more than ₤500, 000 then housing may be unreachable to the new generation of Britons.

There would not be any challenges if the pay of everybody rises at the same rate. Unfortunately, if it does increase faster for those people at the top end, then the people who earn minimum wages might be in trouble.

New Method For Finding Condo Insurance Quotes For Renters And Condominium Owners

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This year, many owners of condominiums, or even renters, will be benefitted with a new way of searching condo insurance quotes or policies online. It doesn’t matter where you are from in the US, whether you are subscribed to a condo insurance Syracuse or in other places, with just a click of a button, you will be able to know whether or not there are new condo insurance policies that you should be aware of.

It is very important for condominium owners and renters to get condo insurance. This is because the condominium association insurance will only cover the condominium building and commonly owned properties. The problem with this is that you will not be protected in the case of a break-in; or an internal damage to your unit. These are only some of the situations that are not covered by the condominium association insurance. This is the reason why you must get a condominium insurance to protect yourself. Condominium policies will help protect not only you, but also your personal property and the interior of your unit.

That is why Quotes Pros Company have created an online method wherein people can search for condo insurance quotes that they may or may not decide to choose and just recently, among the quotes that can be researched, Quotes Pros has added loss of valuables protection to their online search tool. This means that condo owners may now be able to see policies that have been quoted that includes loss of valuables protection.

According to a representative from Quotes Pros, the system that they had designed will allow the condo owner to be connected with condo coverage policies that the owners can customize to suit their preferences and needs. The representative also said that the condo owners who choose to use their system will also be given the option of buying a policy from selected insurer websites.

Consumers who use the search tool via PC or mobile will come at no charge just as long as they have an internet connection and to produce more accurate quotations, it will be required that a user enters his or her zip code.

When South Koreans Tied Yellow Ribbons In Grief And Anger


Yellow ribbons are often used for symbolic purposes. They are tied around trees, posts and fences or worn on a person’s clothing as a symbol of protest, to support troops on a mission or to demonstrate solidarity. If you are going to use yellow ribbons for a specific purpose, Ribbons.com.

In South Korea, flags flew at half mast and yellow ribbons were tied around trees and lamp posts while sirens blared across the city of at 10:00 AM last April 16 to commemorate the first anniversary of South Korea’s Sewol ferry disaster. Residents bowed their heads in a minute of silence and prayer for the 304 victims that were mostly schoolchildren. The focus of the anniversary was on Ansan City where a single school lost 250 students in the ferry tragedy.

The sinking of Sewol has resulted into a widespread political reaction and family members are still angry over their official’s indifference to the tragedy. In spite of the heavy rain, mourners went to the memorial hall to show respect to the hundreds of black-ribboned and flower draped portraits of the students who perished in the tragedy. The scene was heart wrenching because parents and relatives sobbed while offering stuffed toys and snacks under the framed photographs.

Uniformed students from Danwon High School also gathered to pay their respects and wept silently before the photos of their departed classmates. Everybody wanted the government to do a full independent inquiry and salvage Sewol at the earliest possible date. The overloaded Sewol was carrying 475 people including 325 students but when it sank it only 75 students survived. Nine are still unaccounted for and they are likely under the cold water.

This disaster has stunned the whole country and the rest of the world and after a year, parents, relatives and classmates are still grieving. However, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye used the anniversary to make a statement that the 6,825-tonne ferry would be brought to the surface at the earliest time possible. While the blame was largely on the ship’s illegal design and overloading, the accident laid bare the problems of corruption, lax safety standards and the inefficiency and inadequacy of official response.

New B&M Franchise In Norwich Could Provide 55 Jobs

New B&M Franchise In Norwich Could Provide 55 Jobs

Citizens of Norwich will be provided with 55 more job openings once a bargain retailer store opens.

The bargain retailer B&M has acquired a new shop location in the Riverside Retail Park. It will be moving in to the former spot of Currys/PC World store. Opening is set on April 15 and there will be 55 jobs waiting for the people of Norwich.

The shopping chain which is known for its discounted offers currently have over 400 stores and under their employment are 19,000 staffs. This is the second franchise in Norwich since the first one is located in Mile Cross Lane.

The company released a statement detailing what they are going to offer such as labels from both local and branded products like toiletries, groceries and more options in the non-food section. The company also confirmed its location in the Riverside Retail Park.

On Wednesday, the store will be opening its doors at exactly 9 in the morning and the ribbon cutting will be courtesy of Norwich’s Help for Heroes coordinators with the presence of Norwich Lord Mayor Judith Lubbock.

The staffs of the new store were the ones that picked out the charity and it will be receiving vouchers from B&M worth £250.

Volunteers for the charity are also going to help out bag the purchases of the first customers in the new B&M store which is another means of raising more funds.

A statement from the Help for Heroes’ East of England regional manager, Carole Groves, revealed how the charity is delighted that their organization was chosen as benefactor on B&M’s opening day. She also went on to greet the business with success in Norwich.

The store manager at the new B&M, Stuart Goodworth, shared how the business is committed in hiring locals and how they have found the people that make up the team from within and around Norwich. He also shared his pride in providing 55 additional jobs all in Norwich for the year 2015. Goodworth also expresses his excitement in the coming opening day in April 15 and how the participants in the ribbon cutting will make it more special.

North Carolina Petitioning Against Home Design Control Law

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A town wishes to take away from towns and cities the authority to control and regulate all home designs. The North Carolina League of Municipalities wishes to be granted a compromise regarding the said matter.

Developers make homes based on the residential guidelines set by the law and the said legislation could strike it down. Republicans voiced out their support on the new law because a number of municipalities have been abusing their power and uses their authority unnecessarily by giving out orders like how many bedrooms a house could and should have.

The League is also in favor of the said legislation currently being drafted because the cities would have less control over home designs when it comes to starting neighborhoods while existing ones should be governed in some ways to maintain it especially when it comes to construction.

According to Scott Mooneyham, a spokesman from League, the N.C. Home Builders Association has been in favor of the original bill and this new draft could be something that will help answer their concerns.

The representative of the Burlington Republic, former mayor Stephen Ross, is the sponsor that the House would consider a compromise regarding the bill. According to him, the city should be able to have the power to make sure that landlords are not abusing and these guidelines are there to make sure the neighborhood is protected.

Ross is also on the process of meeting with the original bill’s sponsor and talks them into agreeing to a compromise.

Cary will be impacted after this compromise is sealed because the city has its own guideline that prevents monotony and this is the very reason developers are not allowed to build identical homes.

According to Harold Weinbrecht, the mayor of Cary, the compromise was given some discussion by the staffs and they haven’t determined their position yet. The town is cooperating with the League of Municipalities while performing their own investigations. He also said that as of the moment the town is doing protests to make sure the authority still lies with them.

The House Bill 36 is still in the local government and no hearing has been conducted since February.

Through Amazon, Plumbers And Painters Are Now Only A Click Away

Through Amazon Plumbers And Painters Are Now Only A Click Away

Amazon.com will soon be launching a marketplace for home services that will help many customers get easily connected with painters, plumbers and electricians whenever they would need their services.

700 services will be available to customers through Amazon Home Services. Some of these services will include car maintenance, TV wall mounting and even home cleaning services. These services will be available at upfront prices. If the customers are worried about the quality of the services, then they can be guaranteed that the tradesmen who conduct these kinds of services are all highly qualified as evidenced by an Amazon guarantee which the retailers can use as a voucher for products that are being sold by a third party seller on the website.

The effect that the Amazon Home Services will have on Amazon itself is that it will allow the extension of the role Amazon is playing as a middle man for third-party vendors that when measured, will account to almost 40% of the total sales made in Amazon. Amazon will also be benefitting by gaining an edge on the $630 billion US services industry that is growing at a very fast pace.

Peter Faricy, vice president of Amazon Marketplace, said that a third party has estimated that customers spend four times more on the services rather than on the physical products that is why Amazon Home Services will be opening up big opportunities for Amazon.com.

The launching of the new home service marketplace will serve as a milestone for Amazon, who originally focused on selling goods and its expansion on consumer goods, groceries and media. With this new milestone, Amazon will now be entering into a new competition with Angie’s List Inc, Craigslist Inc, and Yelp Inc. There are also other companies and chains that have invested in connecting consumers to plumbers, painters and electricians like Home Depot Inc, and Lowe’s Companies Inc, and as such, Amazon will also be facing them as competition.

Although there are many competitions in home services industry, one thing is for certain. Customers looking for home services will be able to easily find the service they’re looking for with a new medium opening up.

How Cartoon Characters Were Used In Teaching A New Language

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Cartoon characters have always been a big hit with children although it has also enjoyed an adult fan base. Designs of different products from toys to apparel have been significantly influenced by cartoon characters on television. An example is my little pony pajamas whose design was derived from the popular television show My Little Pony.

Cartoons have always been present in human existence because its simplicity was able to convey a story that is so powerful to resonate with people from all over the world. Today, cartoons are more popular than ever in animated films, TV shows and advertisements. Cartoons create an easy entrance that people would not be able to actually explore. But while cartoons are made to appeal to children and adults as a form of entertainment, their power was also used to communicate a more serious political topic.

Cartoons have also been used as a visual medium to educate. An entrepreneur ShaoLaoHsueh used cartoons in an entirely new way; to teach children Chinese. The Chinese language is spoken by at least 1.3 billion people but since it is a symbol-based language, Westerners face difficulty in learning the language. If there is a hyper visual way to learn, it would not be so challenging so that Hsueh created Chineasy a new language learning program that transforms the impenetrable symbols into beautiful and memorable cartoon illustrations.

Chineasy was Hsueh’s way to teach British kids to speak Chinese. Born from her frustration, Hseuh made it easy for the kids to learn the basics. There are 20,000 symbols used in Mandarin and learning at least 1,000 symbols is required for basic literacy. It takes an individual to learn at least 200 symbols to do the most basic things like read road signs and understand restaurant menu.

Teaching Mandarin using a fun system makes it effective and quick to understand. Hseuh used cartoon illustrations so that children will gain a fundamental understanding of the basic 8 characters. Hseuh explains that the magical power of her Chineasy method has allowed students to build many new words, characters and phrases. With very little effort, the children were able to read hundreds of Chinese characters and phrases with understanding.