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 pool remodeling 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.

The Tourism Scotland 2020 Strategy


In order for a certain industry to grow and thrive and be strengthened over the years, the industry leaders have to make certain reforms and conduct special activities in order to counter complacency and other factors that will bring the industry down.

In Scotland, the tourism industry leaders lead by the Scottish Tourism Alliance are forming a Tourism Scotland 2020 strategy. Here is a glimpse of the strategies that they have cited in order to boost the tourism industry of the nation.

The first strategy that they want to put in place is to strengthen the leadership and collaboration in the tourism industry which will include as follows:

  • Enhance leadership in the businesses under the industry; as such leaders should understand the market needs and be proactive about it; deliver quality services in every aspect of the journey of the customer; promote the tourism assets of Scotland as an authentic experience for the traveler; present a convincing case to investors so that investment will flood the industry.
  • Build and strengthen the existing good practices in the industry in order to develop a strengthened network of both international and local partners; this means that industry leaders need to work hand in hand with sector organizations and share best practices among themselves; improve the overall experience of the tourist and deliver on both local and national priorities.
  • Establish the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) as the leadership organization of the tourism industry; this means that everyone in the tourism industry has to heed the directives of STA; the STA on the other hand should set convincing and strategic direction for the entire industry; it should also develop a very detailed plan of action and coordinate the delivery of different activities with the businesses involved in the industry; track progress efficiently; provide a common voice on the various key issues in the industry to the government.

With the STA in place, those in the hospitality sector are expecting a boom in the tourism industry and are in fact readying for a surge of visitors in the next few years. Self catering Aviemore is one of the hopefuls that the tourism industry in Scotland will continue with its upward momentum.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Retailers And Trends


Every time the cold months strike, people start to look for sweaters and put in much effort in order to make it look extremely ugly. Anywhere in the US, you would see people scrambling in the bargain stores to look for an old, worn out sweater and then turn it something humorously hideous.

It also turns out that the industry of the ugly Christmas sweater is continuously booming. More and more retailers are selling these sought after sweaters in the cold season. There are even hundreds of online retailers for the said sweaters and UglyChristmasSweater.com is one of these. Having your presence online is surely an advantage to the business owners as its market reach is widened which means more customers and more profit.

Even in Canada, the fad is continuously attracting people. One outlet is expecting to sell at least 500,000 dollars worth of Christmas sweaters later this year. Meanwhile, Now That’s Ugly Society in BC is eyeing to raise $100,000 for a charitable organization by selling crazy sweaters during the holiday season.

How did the trend start? Jordan Birch, the co-founder of Now That’s Ugly Society said that at first it was an excuse of people to do something very silly. Then people got the hang of it and started to love dressing themselves using sweaters with silly designs. Until the time came when there was already so much pressure from the community and workplace to wear something ugly during the holiday season. It was then unstoppable.

Another reason why people loved wearing the ugly sweaters is that it connotes camaraderie. In different organizations, wearing ugly Christmas sweaters have become a focal point in various fundraising initiatives in order to support Children’s Wish Foundation in Canada. In most cases, the sweater has been an icon in being kind and giving back to community.

How trendy is the ugly sweater

For some fashion experts, trendy is a debatable topic for ugly Christmas sweaters. As far as the culture of hipster is concerned, the deliberate unattractiveness of a certain look is part of the hipster norm over the past 15 years. One can definitely say that ugly Christmas sweaters have become part of that culture.

Garment Retailers Turn Eyes To Africa For Cheaper Production




Ethiopia- Last year, at the Radisson Blu, a fashion executive met with some top Asian apparel suppliers with a certain plea which is to open business in Africa. The managing director of a top product supply as well as Asian sourcing company for VF Corporations said that Africa promises an opportunity where the businesses can demonstrate how the industry can successfully work together. Collin Browne, the managing director said that the there is a certain key advantage of factory owners operating in Africa in that it is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to venture from fiber to factory in a specific place.

As experts would say, Africa is considered to be the final frontier when it comes to the global rag trade. It is the last untapped continent which has plentiful of cheap labor. The garment sector of Ethiopia in particular has no minimum wage. Bangladesh on the other hand has minimum wage wherein factory workers can earn at least $60 per month. The figures were provided by the International Labor Organization. The government of Ethiopia reported that garment workers in the country started to earn at least $21 per month last year.  The garment industry manufactures different clothing style from the trendy fashion wears to the not so sophisticated t-shirts and movie costumes. Whatever is in demand in the market, these are supplied by the garment factories.

Benefits enjoyed by African nation

Most of the countries in Africa enjoy a free trade agreement with the United States government. This kind of arrangement certainly saves money for the retailers. Other emerging garment economies like Cambodia and Vietnam cannot grow their own cotton. However, African countries can which certainly shortens the production time.

However, over the last few years, the rising cost in production in China and several factory accidents in Asian garment giants have forced the apparel companies to look for alternatives like Colombia and Ethiopia.

Recently, Ethiopia was identified as one of the top sourcing destination by garment companies. This is the first time that an African nation was mentioned together with Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Answering The Water Pollution Problem In New Delhi



Water pollution and other problems that are related to water issues can have a harmful effect which is why drainage and plumbing services are provided by companies like ProJet.

In New Delhi, India, the government introduced a new separation system of the river and the sewerage system. This new system if being implemented properly will fulfill the needs of thousand and millions of Indians and citizens of the country who do not have potable drinking water, this news was affirmed by water conservationist Rajendra Singh.

India urgently needs a river and sewerage separation system. The current situation of India has rain water mixed with water in the sewage. If you mix the dirty and clean water, you cannot fulfill the needs of the people living in the country.

The environmentalist added that if India can harness the good and clean water coming from the rains and then recharge, it is tantamount to reserve water in a bank. People living in the country can use the reserve water as drinking water. This water is categorized under class ‘A’.

The ‘Waterman of India’, Mr. Singh who is 55 years old and is a recipient of the Nobel Prize for water or the Stockholm Water Prize March of this year said that ‘Johads’ can also be initiated in other parts of India in particular Delhi as this system has been successful in villages like Rajastan. A Johad is a storage tank for rainwater.

According to the Waterman, New Delhi has all the capacity to create an effective and efficient rain water system for harvesting. He also added that all of the bodies of water in New Delhi are in need of rejuvenation since most of these water bodies are either converted into monument parks or institutions or reclaimed. These bodies of water can actually be rejuvenated if they flow through the Yamuna.

In order to do this, they need to catch the water which flows through the Aracalli region which is situated in a hilly part of the country. The whole water will flow to Yamuna and the water can be used. As the level of water rises, the flow in Yamuna will increase and when the water is continuously recharged inside the acquifer, people in New Delhi can get clean drinking water.

The Mad Rush To Buy Established Homes Before The Grant Is Cut


Many first time buyers of house and land are rushing to make an investment in established homes before the First Home Owners Grant is cut. In recent months, there has been a recorded 20% surge in first time home buyers. According to agents, first-time home buyers are now trying to buy before the $3000 grant is cut. Low interest rates and reduced prices have created the perfect scenario for first time home buyers.

In July which is the peak season of the year, new treasury figures showed that that there were about 1,806 first time home buyers out of which 992 were buying established properties. This is a 20% increase from May. Ever since the grant for newly built homes was increased to $10,000, the shares of buyers who opt to build have swung from 3 in 10 to nearly 50%.

Last February, the number of house and land buyers overtook that of existing homes for the first time with more buyers electing to build new homes. In July, all suburbs in the top ten listing were from the outer fringes of Baldivis, Byford and Alkimos. However, young professionals who do not want to stay in the suburbs are encouraged by the $10,000 grant.

Valuer Gavin Hegney has warned first time buyers of house and land not to be swayed to make an investment decision based on “free money” because it can create a false economy. There are newly build homes in the current market that are selling for less than the purchase price. Those who have opted to build in the suburbs have moved back home in less than 6 months because they could not stand being so far away. The decision to move to the suburbs should be a personal or lifestyle choice because of the need to commute.

According to Treasurer Mike Nahan the removal of the $3,000 grant is consistent with the objective to increase the supply of housing through building since it improves affordability. However, a date for the policy is yet to be enacted but it would surely happen before the end of the year and would take effect immediately after the date of passing through parliament.

Benefitting Most From The Cottage Industry


Luxury holiday cottages is a growing industry today especially in Europe. There are more and more family and friends on vacations that prefer luxury holiday cottages rather than bunking up in five star hotels.

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As for holiday cottage owners, experts are saying that they are running out of ample time to upgrade their holiday properties while at the same time cutting off their tax bills. A staggering 30 million pounds worth of tax break which is expected to cut the cost of second homes for over 65 thousand families is set to be withdrawn in the next few months because of the interference of EU laws.
The amateur business owners, who are renting out cottages in more popular holiday destinations situated in Lake District to Land’s End, could be tampering with dangerous waters. Cottage owners need to cope up with a draconian tax regime as well as with the drying up of several mortgages funding for these holiday getaways.

There were attractive tax incentives introduced to the public during the Eighties which were aimed at encouraging more people to invest in excellently built holiday properties in the United Kingdom. This was after the lure of some cheap Spanish packages that left a lot of seaside resorts in Britain struggling and in constant decline in profits. The tax incentive program provided the new entrepreneurs in UK with a very meaningful subsidy with regards to the purchase and the costs of maintaining a second home as well as some tax concessions every time a property is sold.

This ruling significantly allowed the interest costs of mortgages to be offset in full from landlords’ other tax bills. These rules are still practiced after a long time when tax relief were already ceased to be available among homeowners and their primary homes.

Around 65,000 families that currently own a holiday house in United Kingdom under this tax ruling which is popularly known as the furnished holiday rules can save an estimated amount of 30 million pounds in a year in tax. However, this advantageous treatment of Holiday Cottages fell foul under the EU laws.

Spinal Stimulation To Enhance Mobility


Emerging technologies in Physical Therapy Techniques provide for more opportunities for patient care, rehabilitation and recovery. Mark Pollock is the first paralyzed patient who was able to move his leg muscles voluntarily after receiving a combination of physical training and spinal column stimulation. A team of scientists at the University of California provided Pollock with a bionic suit to help improve his leg’s movement.

Mark Pollock is a blind man who was completely paralyzed when he fell down from a second-story window in 2010. Pollock underwent noninvasive spinal stimulation to improve his muscle movement, cardiovascular function and muscle tone. This spinal technique is more formally known as transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation that is applied to selected areas on the spinal vertebrae during a week of training.

UCLA scientists found out that spinal stimulation could enhance the level of effort in a bionic suit becuase when Pollock was made to use the device, it helped improve his leg movements and he regained enough voluntary control so that his mobility will be enhanced. Pollock successfully used the bionic suit to take thousands of steps during the first five days of his physical training. This was repeated for two weeks afterwards to prove the success of this one of a kind device.

Spinal stimulation has the potential to improve the coordination patterns of the lower limb muscles so that there will be a more continuous and smooth stepping motion in the exoskeleton. The UCLA scientists explained that the stepping sessions in the presence of stimulation were accompanied by increased cardiac responses and sweating which could not be attained without stimulation.

For Pollock being able to gain his voluntary muscle movement is a very exciting and emotional moment and he has not allowed his disabilities to get in the way in the improvement of his function. The battery-operated bionic suit enabled Pollock to move his legs in a step-like manner.

There is every reason for Pollock to use this type of intervention to improve his level of function so that he can continue to participate in endurance races. Before he lost sight in 1998, Pollock has competed in several races across deserts, mountains and polar ice caps where he won silver and bronze medals.

Ban On Plastic Bags But Tax On Paper Bags


If businesses will use printed paper bags, they can show to their customers their awareness of the environment. Customers need to get used to paper bags at super marts because soon enough plastic bags will be banned. In Chicago, plastic bags will be banned but paper bags will be slapped with a tax from anywhere between a dime to a quarter. This is in response to the major ploy of big retailers to get around the partial ban.

Even if the ordinance that bans plastics bags takes effect, Target and Jewel-Osco have no plans of ditching their plastic bags. Instead of using paper bags, these giant retailers plan to introduce a thicker plastic bag that can hold up to 22 pounds and can be used for approximately 125 times.

According to Jewel-Osco the reusable plastic bags are tailored to meet the requirements of the partial plastic bags ban that makes an exemption for mom-and-pop retailers, restaurants and non-franchise independent stores with less than 10,000 square feet of space. It is also mandated for affected retailers to provide their customers with reusable bags, recyclable paper bags or any combination thereof.

However, Ald. George Cardenas (12th) who is the chairperson of the City Council’s Committee on Health and Environmental Protection disagrees and considers that the thick reusable plastic bags are just a ploy so as to exploit a loophole in the 2014 ordinance. If the real intent is to remove plastics from the environment, there must be a complete ban on certain types of plastic. Because of the loophole in the ordinance, instead of being able to do something creative and environmentally friendly, large retail stores do the opposite.

Last year, Illinois Retail Merchants Association pushed hard to implement a 10-cent tax on paper bags because they cost 3 times more than plastics. With the tax, retailers will be able to recoup their costs and customers will be given an incentive to bring reusable bags when they shop. Cardenas argued that the retailers cannot be stopped from imposing the tax on paper bags but the City Council will not do it for them. In other states, customers have certainly changed their behavior and they are thinking twice on whether to get the free bags offered by retailers.

Getting Married? Hire A Limousine Service


Weddings aren’t complete without a cool ride so if you are getting married, it is important to hire from reputable companies like Bellagio Limousines. Weddings are special occasions that would stay with you for all your life and the transportation can definitely affect the success of the wedding ceremony. Think about a ‘just married’ couple on a fabulous limousine waving at their guests and riding off into the sun. Well, you can definitely achieve that when you hire from the right limousine company.

When hiring a limousine service, the first thing you should do is to find a company with a good reputation. This would mean that you would have to find a company that has a good image and has a well-founded popularity in your area or somewhere near you. This company should be backed with a good experience and background. If you hire from a reputable company, then you are guaranteed with the best service.

Finding the right company can be done through referrals. If you come across a company that you think you can make business with, then you should find former customers who have already experienced the services of that company. You can trust them to provide an unbiased opinion and insight. Another great way of finding a company is through word of mouth. You can ask your friends for recommendations.
It is also important to check the state of the limos so that you know you are making a good investment. This is also important for your safety as well as the overall experience of the limo service.

Do not limit yourself to a single company. You can expand your choices through research. Remember that each limo provider has their own price policies and you should choose the one that best suits your budget. You should also know that hiring from a reputable companies means that they probably have a lot of customers which could sometimes raise the issue of limo availability. To avoid this, you should make sure that the limo you are renting is available on the date of the event.

Also, do not forget to book in advance. Remember that the early bird catches the worm. You should at least book 2 to 3 months in advance.

How The Water Treatment And Purification System Of Kennett Works


Sand is a common material used as filter media in water treatment plants. It takes three hours for the water that is pumped into a plant to be purified and ready to drink. In Kennett their water supply comes from five underground wells that are less than a mile from the treatment plant. Before the filtration and purification process, 1,250 gallons of water are pumped into the plant per minute.

The first stop is the aeration filters that remove iron from water. As water is piped into the plant, .7mg/L of chlorine is added into the water. As water goes through the iron removal process, it is piped into a flash mixed basin where lime and polymer mix is used to soften the water. Using an intricate paddle system, water is pushed to the top of the basin while the lime and polymer mix stays at the bottom.

Purified water then runs through a trough into a cleaning tank where a mixture of .7mg/L of fluoride is added. From this point, water flows into a room that contains four sand filter pumps where any leftover residue is filtered out. Water then goes into an underground holding tank called the clear well where the purification process is completed. The clear well is 10 feet deep and it can hold about 185,000 gallons of water.

Water cannot be distributed directly from wells into the public water system because iron content is quite high. Even if iron is not particularly harmful, homeowners will have problems with stained sinks and tubs.
The city of Kennett has 3 storage systems that hold water so that the residents will not suffer when there is a need to shut down the system during maintenance. There is a ground tank from across the plant that has the capacity to hold 1.5 million gallons of water. Parker water tower holds 30,000 gallons while Emerson tank hold about 150,000 gallons.

Standards for water quality are set by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Safe Drinking Water Act. It also sets the legal limits for certain contaminants in drinking water to protect human health.

Opportunities For The Self Storage Industry In Asia Pacific


Bristol storage is the option for people looking for space to store their belongings. Bristol storage is also the solution for online retail stores looking for a place to store their inventory. Rates are competitive and leases are flexible and you can get all the assistance you need in the self storage facilities.

With the introduction of VAT on the UK self storage industry in October 2012 there was an expectation that it would create a big impact but contrary to expectations, the industry fared better and the end of 2013 saw self storage businesses in a more optimistic mood.

Private customers are returning to self storage because of the recovering housing market due to the improving economy. Most operators have experienced a rise their occupancy levels through the widespread use of incentives although it meant a small fall in net billed rates.

On the other side of the globe, global market research firm Ipsos Business Consulting released its annual report on self storage industry that identifies the trends related to average occupancy rates and market penetration in Asian countries that include Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. It also examined the self storage markets of China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

Of the three primary markets that were examined for performance data, Hong Kong led with 23% penetration compared to 15% in Singapore and just 2% in Japan. Hong Kong is also the leader in average occupancy rates at 90% followed by Japan at 85% and Singapore at 70%. One of the reasons for the low penetration in Japan is consumer misconception about the cost of self storage. In Hong Kong the average rental rate is $ 5-6 USD while in Singapore it is $3.50 – 4 USD. In Japan, the average rental rate is $47 – 66 USD.

In the emerging markets that include China, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand, the self storage industry is starting to establish itself and it has exciting growth prospects that ranges from a high single-digit growth to about 20% according to the country and market. The results of the survey show an exciting time for self storage industry in Asia Pacific.

How Does Laser Eye Surgery Work?


Laser eye surgery is definitely one of the most popular methods for correcting poor eyesight and its popularity is further increased by media exposure and by online websites such as LaserEyeSurgeryGlasgow.co.uk that further promotes the treatment.

In fact, laser eye treatment has helped countless of people already. People who suffered from poor eyesight have undergone the procedure and have corrected their vision including a long list of A-list celebrities that includes the likes of Nicole Kidman, Kim Kardashian and even the supermodel, David Gandy.

Laser eye surgery has been preferred by most people and doctors because of the benefits it can provide. First of all, the procedure is basically painless and only lasts for about ten minutes. It can also ‘accurately’ correct what is wrong with a person’s vision.

But even with such benefits, there are still a number of people who are afraid of the treatment. They believe that laser eye treatments pose a lot of risks but in truth, there are only a few risks that they should actually be afraid of and these risks are very rare and occur only 1 to 4 percent of the time.

But how does the procedure actually work?

First of all, you should know that there are actually two types of lasers that are used in the procedure. The first laser is called the femtosecond laser which is the one responsible for creating a thin flap in the cornea. This laser acts as a replacement for a blade which would increase the safety of the overall procedure. The second laser is called the excrimer laser which is the one responsible for correcting the vision. This happen when the laser corrects the curvature of the cornea and thus correcting the focus of the cornea.

Remember that for the right people treated with laser eye surgery, the results are often permanent and would most likely to last a lifetime. Also, before one undergoes laser surgery, multiple tests would first have to be conducted on the patient for the assessment of the eye’s health. There will also be an in-depth examination.

Cenovus Energy’s Desperate Cost Cutting Measures

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Boilers are popular among homes and commercial places situated in regions experiencing extreme cold temperatures during the winter season. Boiler repair servicing companies are also in demand in these places. Boilers that have been recently manufactured actually helps in saving energy consumption among homes.

The need to conserve energy
It is important to conserve energy and power. Foremost, it is costly to be using more than the energy power that is needed in your homes and commercial buildings. It is also important to conserve the energy or power because the supply of these resources is reported to be dwindling. An example to this is the Philippine scenario. Economists are predicting that in a matter of five years, the demand for power in the country will soon outpace the supply of energy. At the moment there are several key areas in the nation that are experiencing rotating brownouts in order to cater to everyone living in the area while at the same time preserving energy sources.

The Cenovus crisis

The number 2 independent oil producer in Canada, Cenovus Energy Incorporated has slashed its declaration of quarterly dividend by approximately 40 percent. It also has announced its plan to cut down more than 300 jobs as it tries to stay afloat and thrive in the oil industry as the prices of oil continues to spiral down.
The job cut was announced months after the same company made a public declaration that it would reduce at least 800 jobs or a hefty 15 percent of its current workforce. Cenovus also disclosed that it will increase its cost-cutting target figure by 40 percent or approximately 280 million dollars.

Currently, the company has two active producing oil sands projects: Foster Creek and Christina Lake. Both of these locations are co-owned by ConocoPhillips. Cenovus representative said that the primary goal of the company is now focused on expanding its oil sands projects but the pace would now be a moderate one compared to their past explorations.

The cash flow
The cash flow of the company has significantly dropped by 60 percent to 477 million dollars. The cash flow is a key factor considered in measuring the ability of the company to fund new projects in the future. In order to keep cash within the company and stay liquid, it slashed its quarterly dividend to just 16 cents for every share from 26.62 cents.

Tourists From China Prefers Thailand As Number 1 Travel Destination


There is a noticeable increase in Chinese tourists flocking Thailand and many are looking for luxury villas in Koh Samui. Thousands of Chinese from the mainland have booked travels to overseas countries for their upcoming summer vacation and data shows that last year more than 100,000 have booked to travel and immerse in new culture and environment.

According to the website ctrip.com which is the largest travel website in mainland China, there are already over 50,000 bookings just for the month of July and August. This is quite higher compared to the same period last year. Bookings for trips going to Japan has doubled in number compared to 2014 data.

For many Chinese in mainland, the number one destination are still countries located in Asia because the travel costs are cheaper and among the top 10 countries Thailand, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia is included.

Fourth place is the United States and considered to be the most booked travels in terms of countries that are not in Asia. Italy, on the other hand, is on the eight-place considering it now holds the Expo Milano – an international exposition that lasts for six months and will end on October 31.

Last summer, the most travelled country in Asia was South Korea but is now in the ninth place because of the recent Mers outbreak in the country.

Here the top 5 places Chinese travelers prefers this year:

– Thailand. It was not as popular last year of political turmoil but it has now replaces South Korea in the top spot. Among the most commonly booked places in Thailand are Phuket, Bangkok and Pattaya but the latest addition to the group is the island of Koh Samui as well as Chiang Mai.

– Japan. Last May, 380,000 Chinese travelers visited Japan and the increase is due to the more relaxed visa policy for tourists. Aside from that, there are now more flights from China going to Japan and the yen lost some strength this year. The Mers outbreak in South Korea has also contributed to the sudden increase of tourists in Japan.

– Hong Kong. From China to Hong Kong is quite an easy travel. Tourists’ attractions such as Disneyland and Ocean Park are also one of the reasons why it is visited by families.

– United States. It is most visited because of its famous cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. Most travels happen during the summer so children can go with their parents.

– Taiwan. This is fifth on the list because of the shared language as well as resemblance in the culture between the two countries.

Wallpaper Magazine Ventures Into The World Of E-Commerce


Nowadays, businesses in the online world matter as much as the conventional retail stores; contributing largely to the success of stores found online is the creative approach undertaken by these business-driven minds or sometimes asking a little help from other online firms like one that is well known in Australia – web design and development Perth-based in making their websites more appealing.

Wallpaper, the top global design destination, while new to the e-commerce world, had long established a name outside of it, as readers of the magazine which is well known to feature the best in architecture, interiors, and art in general are said to come from 93 different countries around the globe. New to the online business is the WallpaperSTORE* where those passionate about designs are assured to find their home. According to Nick Vinson, the general merchandising manager, the launching of such kind of business is a significant achievement as designs also deserve to be presented exquisitely in the web.

When asked about what finally pushed the Wallpaper to join the competitive online market, it has been said that they have proven a great deal of expertise in the field, showing the world the best global designs for more than 18 years now and it is about time that they give their readers who have supported them from around the world the opportunity to purchase their designs. The company has assured uniqueness in their different items, as the minds behind this design firm value scarcity among other elements. This being said, pieces of art ranging from old-fashioned crystal, silver, and porcelain to modern design will be available. Additionally, the uniqueness behind the store is marked by the special colors and finishes exclusive to their store only. The company also expressed excitement in being able to finally sell a selection of Wallpaper handmade items that have been commissioned by the company for over the past six years.

According to Wallpaper, the items that they have been working on with various brands that make possible the creation of the favorite objects of art fanatics such as Venini and Pierre Charpin’s Boa vases are going to be available for order later this year. Special editions will also be featured exclusively online and a few of which include dégradé blankets in alpaca from Agnona and home furniture from Massimo Alba. The mentioned brands and many others they have partnered with expressed their excitement, as they believe that the market for expertly edited selections largely differ from the ordinary ones usually found in the market. Apart from this, they also put their trust in the industry that had been at the top of the field ever since its birth.

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.