High Technology Security Measures In Japan

High Technology Security Measures In Japan

Japan will host the 2020 Olympic and Parlympic games. As early as now, the major makers of security systems in Japan are already developing state of the art security systems to ensure the safety of the people attending and participating in the games.

These Japanese innovators are applying their rich knowledge in information technology in order to create secure and anti crime tools and devices. The demand for these security measures has drastically increased through the years as the terrorist incidents have continued to threaten the general public.

The innovations

One of the electric appliance giants, Panasonic Corporation, has revealed its recent development of an enhanced entrance gate in the village where the athletes will be housed. The said gate will be equipped with high end security sensors and systems that will detect any suspicious activities within and outside the village.

The secured gate only opens after the party about to enter the village authenticates their identities. This is done by holding their identification cards over a reader. The data received by the machine will then be processed and matched to the database of expected village dwellers and guests. This way, unauthorized entry to the village will be avoided. Even if someone will steal an athlete’s identification card, the system and guard on duty will be able to detect the fraudulent act.

Another major corporate giant, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, recently developed a high end security surveillance camera. The camera is created in a way that it can immediately send recorded video footage to computers, laptops, tablets and other handy devices in distant places. This camera can be carried from one location to another and is equipped with a set of batteries and transmitter.

Terroristic acts

Several acts of terrorism have rocked the free world for the last couple of months. A magazine office in Paris was attacked in January resulting in a three day blood bath. Series of shootings were reported in Denmark this February. Because of the constant threat for safety, the makers of electric appliances in Japan developed several security precautions which are now used at airport terminals in order to prevent extremists and terrorists from setting foot on Japan.

Yemeni Officials Quit Their Post

Yemeni Officials Quit Their Post

This piece was influenced by an interview we did with the owners of Paper Mart Boxes. The leaders of Yemen resigned from their post in protest with the Houthi rebellion. This was a move made by President Abdu Mansour Hadi, prime minister Khaled Bhaha along with the members of the cabinet in view of what could become a hostile takeover by the rebels.

The government officials announced their resignation after giving in to the demand of the rebel group. This act by the Yemeni government caught the rebels off guard. The demands that they made to the government are now in jeopardy.

The supporters of the militant group in parliament said that they would not be accepting the resignation of the leaders. Transitioning to another political group will slow down Houthi’s plot of gaining power and control of the region.

Why did the president agree to the rebels’ demand?

It could be recalled that last September, Hadi was under brutal attack by the militia. The president’s palace was overrun by the rebels and the president’s chief aide was taken as a hostage. Hadi was said to be besieged in his own home for almost a day before giving in to the demand of the rebels. He was left with no other option since the rebels did not show any signs of slowing down the attack and in harming his allies and family.

After Hadi gave his word that he would honor the demands of the rebel, the group left the brutally terrorized city.

Who are the Houthis?

In the English language, Houthi can be translated as Partisans of God or the Believing youth. They are a group of radical Shia Muslim operating in the Yemen territory.

The Houthi’s history dates back to 1992, the year it was founded. Radicalization of the group started in the year 2003 when the Americans invaded Iraq. The members are often heard shouting anti Jewish and anti American insults. Since then, the group evolved into a paramilitary group enforcing its rights forcefully on Yemenis.

Effect of insurgency to Yemen’s Economy

Yemen’s economy took a big blow due to the uprising of the Houthi. Different business industries including the packaging industry were expected to underperform when the tension between the government and the rebels escalated.

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Window Dressing As The Most Vital Feature In A Room

The style of Perth’s premium blind has come a long way from its humble beginnings two thousand years ago. Today, blinds are considered as elegant window treatments with various options available from sheer, translucent and block-outs. For additional decorative effect, blinds can be stained or painted to satisfy design criteria.

Window treatments should never be overlooked whether you are particularly blessed with sunlight throughout the year or the home has dark spaces that need brightening up. Window blinds, curtains and shutters provide an ideal balance of light and privacy not to mention the fact that it can easily enhance the beauty of a room.

Window blinds can be an effective and eye-catching option to curtains as well as being practical, durable and cost effective. According to Kerry Nichols, a home decorating buyer at John Lewis, blinds can maximize the light that enters the room during the day while block-out blinds can minimize the entry of early morning sunlight.

Blinds are perfect for all seasons because they can brighten up a room during summer while providing warmth during winter. A Roman blind can be a perfect option for any window style most especially if you have a bay window that has a seat which makes hanging a curtain a challenge. In order to create a cohesive interior décor, the color of the blinds can be matched with repeated fabric pattern on the window seat cushions so that the space can gain a dose of your personality.

It also helps to ensure that the window blinds look good from the outside as it is from within to increase curb appeal. You can use complimentary trim, tassels or decorative stitching for a stylish and elegant finish.

Colored shutters can also add a sense of vibrancy in rooms particularly if the general color scheme is neutral. Shutters can match both traditional and contemporary designs and they can provide privacy without losing light. On the other hand, curtains are perfect to bring nature inside the home to keep the mood uplifted on bad days. Combining curtains and window blinds will help filter out the light and allow the curtain to remain open and look more dressed.

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How Tipsy Elves Shared Its Success To Poor Children

It was a few weeks before Christmas in 2010 when Evan Mendelsohn and Nick Morton, two college friends in San Diego, found an opportunity to wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater. Ugly Christmas Sweater parties provide the opportunity to wear obscene sweaters and holiday-themed outfits and drink merrily. This has become an annual December tradition in their social set of young professionals.

It seemed more like Halloween than Christmas but it was strictly a vintage affair. All that they needed to do was to go to thrift shops or raid their grandma’s closet. There was no inventory available. Mendelsohn who is a lawyer and Morton who is a dentist decided to start on a side business they called Tipsy Elves. They built a website and designed their own brand of gaudy knitwear with traditional holiday imagery. Sales soared and by the end of 2011 they were able to ship 6,000 units.

Their business continued to boom with $6.5 million as their 2014 revenue. However, the pair recognized the sad Yuletide irony. Partygoers are willing to shell out $65 for a novelty sweater that they will wear one or twice for a Christmas party while poor children all over America will wake up on Christmas without any warm clothing. Mendelsohn realized that they have a responsibility and they should not forget about people who couldn’t enjoy Christmas.

Before the company’s second holiday season the lawyer and dentist decided a percentage from the proceeds of every sweater sold though their website so that they can use the money to manufacture hoodies for the children who have no warm clothing to wear for the holidays.

Since then Tipsy Elves have made it their responsibility to donate hoodies to children in need. They donated 5,000 hoodies and thousands of hats to charity groups like Children of Shelters in San Francisco, Save the Children and Standup to Cancer. There is also another 3,000 hoodies ordered for the 2015 holiday season.

Both Mendelsohn and Morton plan to set up a nonprofit to donate new clothes and services to poor children throughout the year. They thought it would be fun to special things for families and individuals more than just donating sweaters.

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Maria Callas Mercedes Benz 600 Limousines Sold For More Than £156,000

Bellagio Limousines are very popular for weddings because it allows the couple to arrive at their destination in a luxurious style. A stretch limousine includes the following features: 22” LCD screens, state of the art sound system with music videos and MP3’s for all ages, laser and fiber optic lighting, color changing floors and ceilings, luxurious seating, and fold out Jet Wing doors for easy access. Bellagio Limousines are designed to give you the best of form of luxurious comfort.

Maria Callas is a legendary American opera singer who captivated her audience with her opera performances that showed off her vocal range. In 1967 the legendary soprano bought two Mercedes Benz 600 limousines that were used to transport her between performances during her famous European tours. One of the cars has been fitted with a radio in the back specifically upon the request of the singer.
The Mercedes Benz 600 is a huge luxury car. It was the company’s flagship and the most expensive model during that time. Aside from Maria Callas, there were other famous owners of the Mercedes Benz 600 that included Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Hugh Hefner, George Harrison, Jay Leno and many other celebrities.

The two limousines were auctioned off as part of the 11 cars from the estate of one of the friends of the Callas family. The cars were actually estimated to sell between $67,500 and $112,000 each but surprisingly, the first car fetched $114,588 and the second car at $128,736. Both cars were bought by a European collector for a total of £156,260.

The sale was held at Arcurial, a leading French auction house and took place at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo last July 20. Callas was a long standing resident of Monaco and a close friend of Prince Rainier and the late Princess Grace Kelly, a former American actress.

Before the bidding on the two cars started, an extract of “La Divina” as Maria Callas was known for was played. Bidders were treated to the first notes of the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen. The auction received several telephone bids a white glove result. It was very exceptional.

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Yardi Systems Unveil Mobile Based App for Storage Operators

Yardi System Inc., a real estate software firm, has just released their mobile-based web product that is specifically designed for self-storage operators to assist similar facilities of storage units in Leeds.

The software is called Yardi Genesis and it supports cloud hosing. It is designed to streamline property management and accounting for any type of storage business regardless of its size. It automates day to day operation and even has a full accounting general ledger. Yardi System says that all operating and accounting data is centralized and easy to access at any time as long as you have an internet connection.

Genesis Suite also allows the operator to purchase optional add-ons such as marketing, leasing, insurance, payment processing, and tenant services products. One such module is RENT Café, which allows customers to instantaneously apply for storage units available and to manage their own accounts by paying online remotely from their mobile phones.

Users can also access analytics and site data anytime with the use of any mobile device whether by table or by phone. On top of that, operators can easily track move-ins and move-outs and perform walk-through audits with Store Mobile app.

This software would now allow storage clients to use Yardi to their advantage as the company has had more than 30 years of experience in software development.

Terri Dowen, Senior Vice President of Sales, says that Yardi has always aimed to offer their clients with end to end management solutions to optimize the operation of their self-storage business and achieve their own personal goals.

Yardi will still continue to support other software such as Store Advantage and Store Enterprise, which are self-storage applications integrated with call centers, corporate offices, mobile devices, Web aggregators, other business systems, and with central mailing services.

Yardi has long been a designer and developer of software used for real estate management and business concerning real estate. It has long range of software, which include programs for accounting, operations, ancillary processes.

Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, California and has services worldwide in areas such as Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and North America. The company is a designer, developer and supporter of software for the management of property and other real estate investments.

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First Ever Laser Eye Surgery Done On A Falcon

Lasik, or laser eye surgery Northern Ireland, is a procedure not exclusive for humans only as a falcon from New Hampshire named Banner received a second round of laser eye surgery. Banner had cataracts in both eyes and the procedure is as stepping stone for her to, one day, fly again.

Dr. Andre d’Hemecourt conducted the procedure. As an ophthalmologist in the Eye Center in Concord, he has conducted countless laser eye procedures on humans before. However, it was the first time he operated on an animal let alone a falcon. Moreover, it was the first ever cataract surgery on a falcon.

Baner, who is five years old has had cataract surgery prior to the laser eye surgery. But it was not enough.

Nancy Cowan runs the New Hampshire School of Falconry. She owns and had raised Banner. She said that the first procedure has helped Banner’s eye sight. However, the falcon’s full vision never returned.

Cowan said that Banner could see but it just wasn’t enough for a falcon. She had hoped that the bird might receive the same kind of procedure that is done on humans.

It was after then that d’Hemecourt received a call from a retired veterinarian Dr. George Messenger and was asked if he could help for the next step. It was Messenger who had conducted the cataract surgery on Banner.

After six months of preparation and an hour of surgery, d’Hemecourt and his team of veterinarians were able to succeed in the first ever laser eye procedure done on a falcon.

Dr. d’Hemecourt said that Banner seemed to have responded positively to the procedure as he started to blink when the laser removed the cloudiness in her eyes.

Cowan was in agreement to this as she reported to have said that the procedure tremendously improved Banner’s sight. She also said that they are contemplating on retraining Banner and hoped that she would one day return to flying up in the air. She now believes that the second procedure would be able to do that for Banner as the first cataract operation never really helped her fly again.

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How Bathroom Renovations Can Be Appealing To Potential Tenants

Investors can make their properties stand out through bathroom renovations Perth WA so that it has a good chance of attracting tenants. According the May 2015 data released by SQM Research, national home vacancies rose from 2.4% in April to 2.5% in May with Darwin having the highest vacancy rate at 3.5 % and Hobart with the lowest at 1.5 %. Sydney has vacancy rate of 1.8%, Adelaide 1.9%, Melbourne and Brisbane 2.3% and Perth 3.4 %.

These figures show that investors should ensure that their rental properties attract good quality tenants so that vacancies will not last long. The house need not be the best looking property on the block but it has to feel fresh and clean and easy to maintain. A home renovation could involve replacing old fixtures, opening new walls and updating the home’s heating system. Bathroom renovations are among the most popular because it adds both value and enjoyment.

However, bathroom renovations also provide the perfect opportunity to dramatically improve water and energy efficiency aside from making the home healthier and more comfortable. Renovating the bathroom can be efficient, green and cost effective. Bathrooms account for 75% of water used in an average home. Water-efficient fixtures like low-flow faucets and showerheads as well as ultra-low flush toilets will reduce the amount of water that is sent down the drain.

To minimize the environmental impact and conserve resources, choose certified forest flooring and cabinetry, recycled countertops and tiles and locally produced products and materials. Finishes must be easy to clean and maintain and should remain in god condition for years. It is also important to prepare for tenants who might be older like making sure that controls and fixtures are within easy reach. It also makes sense to install grab bars near the toilet and bathtub with a non-slip surface on the shower.

Tenants will appreciate a cut on their energy bills when low energy lighting and exhaust fans are installed with insulations on the hot and cold water pipes, walls and ceilings. Growth of molds can be prevented through moisture-resistant materials and finishes like ceramic tiles, natural stone and laminates. Bathroom renovation costs can be kept to a minimum while making the rental property appealing to potential tenants.

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The Development Of Hua Hin’s Property Market

For the local Thais, Hua Hin remains to be a keen object of desire not only as a holiday destination but for property investment. Hua Hin Rentals are expected to increase as the beach continues to draw in the local folks. This means that property investment in Hua Hin can be worthwhile in terms of long term returns.

One of the most recent developments over the past few years is the Intercontinental Hotel that is entrenched in a prime beachfront location. With the opening of hotels, more and more people will be attracted to Hua HIn due to employment opportunities and this means higher demand for Hua Hin Rentals.

The Proud Group developer has also recently opened the massive water park Vana Nava and it is expected to draw in a huge following. A Bluport upscale shopping center with Bangkok’s Mall Group and a Holiday Inn branded resort is also under development. As Hua Hin continues with the steps to modernize, the dominance of domestic tourism casts a shadow on trading. Last year, at least 72% of the visitors of Hua Hin came from the domestic tourism market. It was 1% more than the previous year. Hotels are occupied by local tourists during weekends and holidays because of their preference for a tranquil resort destination.

However, last year Hua Hin suffered from serious fallout due to the political crisis with a decline of about 4% compared to the same period last year. But since the political situation has greatly improved, it is expected that Hua Hin will see more visitors.

On the real estate front, impressive projects are underway not to mention the massive condo surge. Despite being off the beach, it is clear that these projects will provide an increase in Hua Hin Rentals. There is little doubt that the thriving demand will grow from Thailand given its location of being near the nation’s capital which is also its main population base.

With the number of mega projects that are in the works including the proposed development of Hua Hin International School, it remains to be seen whether it will boost international tourism in a more substantial way than in the past years.

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Town’s Grief For The Didcot Murders Expressed Through Ribbons

The murder of a family in their house at Didcot had left the whole town grieving. It was truly saddening to hear that three lives had been taken, three lives had been stolen, and for a grieving town, what better way to express their grief than with ribbons?

When you happen to be passing through Didcot, then you might notice a trail of brightly colored ribbons tied to lamp posts all over the streets, then you should know that this is the town’s way of showing that they are united in solidarity against the tragedy that had struck them.

The neighbors of the murdered 44-year old Phillip Howard, 48-year old Jan Jordon and 6-year old Derin Jordon, have been coiling ribbons around lamp posts in an act of respect and remembrance for the murdered family.

The ribbons go hand in hand with all the flowers, toys, and cards that were left near the home of the murder victims in Vicarage Road by not only friends and neighbors, but by complete strangers as well as they were compelled to grieve for them.

The All Saints CoE Primary School had also opened their doors to the community where parents have lit tea lights for the family. Derin Jordon was known to have attended the school.

One of her classmates, Aleksandra, has described Derin as a very nice girl who she played with in the sand pit. Their head teacher, John Myers, said that he was shocked to hear of the news concerning Derin and her family. He said that not only were their deaths unbelievable but the manner which they had died as well.
Myers also added how it was already painful to lose a life, but to lose a child is unbearable.

Various people have left messages outside the school, mostly to Derin.
Didcot resident, George Walker, said that one would not think that such a thing could happen in a town like Didcot. But apparently, it did.

21-year old Jed Allen was the one suspected of stabbing his half sister, his mother and her partner. Jed Allen’s suspected body was found in a wooded area in Oxford.

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Celebrity Trainer David Catudal Joins LHR In A Two-day “Tropical Fitness Detox”

Everyone wants to have a fit and clean body. Unfortunately, that is not always easy to achieve. When you wish to have a clean body, everything should be cleansed, not only the external but the insides of your body as well. There are a few ways that can effectively get your body cleansed and one of them is detoxification. Detox has become a hit with healthy-living practitioners and they would often go out on the best detox retreat in Thailand, Mexico and other areas of the world.

When it comes to detox retreats, Lifestyle Health Retreats is the one you can turn to. Just recently, they have announced the launch of their new Tropical Fitness Detox which would take place in Phuket, Thailand. It will be hosted by David Catudal, author and celebrity fitness trainer.

The Tropical Fitness Detox is very much recommended to those who wish to jumpstart their health and it is suitable for all fitness levels. People would not have to worry about starvation diets or colonics because they would not be part of the program. The focus will be directed on the removal of toxins by sweating it out naturally. There will also be various group training fitness activities that are professionally designed, simple daily detox tips and stress reduction techniques that are highly effective.

The host, David Catudal, is a respected celebrity fitness trainer who is also a certified nutrition consultant. Furthermore, David is an international health educator and in the last 15 years, he has dedicated his life to the optimization of human performance and wellness.

Personally, David has helped countless of people from all walks of life. Celebrities, athletes, top models, professionals and even parents, David has no boundaries when it comes to helping.

He will be teaching the guests on how they can train like a pro and will be sharing with them various tricks and tips regarding highly effective exercise and nutrition programs.

LHR’s Tropical Fitness Detox is held monthly with a price of $525 on shared rooms but for private rooms, there will be additional fees.

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How To Put A Twist To Your Website This Year

Perth Web Design www.perth-web-design.com.au gave insights on what could be done in order to put a twist or a taste of something new on your website this 2015.

– Review your website and alter anything that looks like a copy of someone else’s website or a clone of a company website. Things that people often see on various sites do not make an impact on the visitors. E-commerce sites should focus more on why they are doing the business rather than just present all the products. The site should be more about what the clients want and not what the company is trying to offer. A simple and straightforward approach is better because not everyone will give so much as a few minutes in one website.

– The typography adapted by the website should be improved every time. It might say the same things but the way it was presented will have an effect on people. Typography is important because the message the company wants to convey are presented using fonts and should be carefully planned from the color to the spaces used. All the elements that effect typography should be chosen carefully in order to complement one another.

– A website’s appearance is not the only factor that impacts a visitor’s decision but many others. It should be able to catch the user’s attention and the images and typography used are important. Once you catch their attention, it must not stop there. Pique their interest by adding important information carefully and briefly lay out. Avoid using paragraphs which could be unappetizing to read. After getting their interest, present something that will encourage the user to purchase or acquire the offer presented. Lastly, once the visitor decided that they want what you offer there must be accessible forms or buttons where they can easily take action.

– Use images that are taken professionally as it will reflect the company and the business. Avoid using stock photos or images taken using low definition cameras. The photos should be able to speak to the visitor and a plain looking image will lose their interest in seconds.

Plunging Rentals Exacerbated By Empty Shops Make Property Investors Worried

Plunging Rentals Exacerbated By Empty Shops Make Property Investors Worried

Rents are falling faster than the prices of Perth display homes and this situation is creating a draconian dilemma for investors of over-priced properties. Darwin and Perth were the superstars in the property market for the last 10 years of mining boom but is now reeling as the slowdown is worsened by the sharp increase in housing that has started 3 years ago.

Yield which is measured by dividing the property price over the rental income fall as the prices increases. However, if the landlord cannot find a tenant, rent has to be slashed if there is oversupply and falling prices. The end results are often long period of negative equity because the market value of the property is below the outstanding amount of mortgage that has been secured on it.

On the other hand, cities like Melbourne and Sydney where there are jobs, prosperity and confidence have contributed to a high single digit price increase and reasonable rents. Overseas investors as well as Australians believe in bidding up prices for assets that provide better returns instead of record low interest rates.

Investors need to think long term and must be flexible in buying quality property that will attract and possibly retain their tenants in both good and bad times. Apartments are getting more expensive in Melbourne and Sydney but it is returning less cash flow from rentals. Investors are paying too much and it is increasingly becoming risky. It is essential for investors to determine which property is the best for the investment profile as well as the rental returns and the projected capital gains.

In the commercial, retail and industrial property sector, investors need to be more selective to minimize risks. One of the problems confronting investors is whether they will diversify from residential to retail property investing. One example is Richmond’s Bridge Road that has a reputation as a fun, funky shopping strip. It faded when trendy tenants were forced to quit because of the high rent and lack of customers. The fall in property yields from approximately 5% to less than 3% has been exacerbated by the struggle to find new tenants to occupy the empty shops.

Finnish Education A Model For Other Nations

Finnish Education: A Model For Other Nations

As countries around the globe aspire to achieve a better preschool education, they should look at what Finland is doing with its early childhood education.

Finland’s educational system

Finland’s tested, efficient and effective way of rearing children from early childhood is envy to most nations. It was not long before that students from Finland with ages at least 15 year old topped and aced international assessments in mathematics, science and literacy.

Finland’s young people begin primary school when they are at least seven years old. What is amazing with Finnish education is that when children are at least eight months old, they are given access to free, high quality preschool education. Since 1996, Finland had access to universal preschool education.

In Finland, all of their school teachers have master’s degree. The teaching profession is also one of the most respected jobs in Finland.

The head of international relations for the education department of Helsinki stressed the right of every child to be accorded with preschool and daycare education. The environment where a child is reared at a very young age is very important. Preschool and daycare institutions provide a place where the children can play, learn, make friends and grow. It is not just a place where parents dump their children while they go to work. The bitter reality for most parents is that they send their children to daycare centers or preschool institutions because they have to go to work. While preschool remains to be optional, this should not be the reason why children are sent to these educational institutions.

The school teachers in Finland are given autonomy on the curriculum that they will be using. This approach is quite unique compared to other countries. The teachers choose their textbooks and lessons as long as it is in line with the national curriculum. It also has to be noted that in Finland, board authorities do not conduct classroom inspection. The level of confidence the government places in its teachers is high.

Both teachers and students in Finnish schools receive a free meal daily. The classroom, halls, libraries and the entire school building are very clean. Many students walk around on their feet. There is also only a minimal amount of school and homework which gives the students more time to relax and enjoy.

Soft Toy Chemo Duck Helps Young Kids Fight Their Battle Against Cancer

Soft Toy Chemo Duck Helps Young Kids Fight Their Battle Against Cancer

This article was written by the guys at Brony Costumes. Apparently, a soft toy has been developed and released to help out young patients in their battle against cancer. Chemo Duck, a yellow and blue soft toy duck that comes with its very own line coming out of its chest, has been making waves as it helps and inspires young children in their fight against cancer.

Cancer is truly a horrific disease and a person’s journey through it is often hope-exhausting. Now imagine a child going through the process. Gut-wrenching isn’t it? But thankfully, there are those who wish to help out young cancer patients and ease their battle if not only for a little.

Mum of a two-year old cancer patient, Susan Brown, said that the soft toy had definitely ignited a change in his son, Ceejay, who is battling Leukemia. She says that Ceejay never lets go of Chemo Duck and that the toy even joins in during chemotherapy sessions. She believes that in her son’s eyes, the soft toy is undergoing chemo too.

Ceejay was first diagnosed with cancer last September and doctors had first thought that he had a virus. After blood tests were conducted in Cavan General Hospital, he was immediately diagnosed with Leukemia and transferred to Crumlin in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.

Ceejay’s dad, Marcus Brown, said that with the soft toy, his son is now able to speak and act out on his own fears but during his first hospital experience, the young cancer patient was traumatized and that he would always scream, cry and get very upset. Ever since he got the toy, he has become a totally different child.

The toy was brought to Ireland by Aoibheann’s Pink Tie (APT), a children’s cancer charity group and Ceejay was among the first children who was able to receive Chemo Duck.

Alan Keane of APT describes the toy as a teaching tool and companion for children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.

He has worked with many different teenagers in APT’s youth committee so that they would be able to bring the toy to Ireland from America.

Chemo Duck also comes with two books, a CD and an app.

Lydia McLaughlin Went To Hawaii With Newborn

Lydia McLaughlin Went To Hawaii With Newborn

Lydia McLaughlin, former star of the controversial Real Housewives of Orange County show, has not appeared with other cast for over a season already. By the looks of her though, she has no regrets despite not being part of the successful TV show. Before leaving the show, Lydia hinted how she wanted to spend more time with her family and to try for another baby. Not long after leaving Real Housewives of Orange County behind, she confirmed that she is pregnant and judging by the timing, she must have known all along.

It was December last year when Lydia McLaughlin gave birth to her third son whom they named Roman. The newborn’s progress is shared by the proud mom through her pages in various social media accounts. Before giving birth, she even shared to her fans the baby’s future nursery room. Despite having a newborn and being a nursing mom, Lydia together with her husband, planned a vacation along with their boys.

The Real Housewives of Orange County star shared some of the details of their vacation. The family went to Hawaii for 12 days and Lydia revealed how magical the trip was for the family.

Despite having the baby just three months ago, their vacation plan and decision to go away to Hawaii for 12 days was memorable. Lydia shared how challenging it was to travel with three kids, all under the age of six and the 6-hour flight they took.

The star’s advice to her fans is that if they want to do or go somewhere then they should follow their heart’s desire. She also hinted about not making any excuses and stepping out of the comfort zone. Though people might suggest that staying at home is much convenient, Lydia believes that travelling is worth it all.

Lydia also shared about how she walked away from The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion and felt like it was God’s plan for her all along and the show was not really meant for her. The star is still open for other opportunities that may come knocking.

Lydia is still deciding what to do next after their third child since she is not in the show for money because they are doing well financially. She reveals how the kids are keeping her busy together with her blog focused on fashion and lifestyle.

Heavy Rainfall In US West Coast Region

Heavy Rainfall In US’ West Coast Region

The West Coast of the United States continues to experience widespread heavy down pour. This will continue for the upcoming days. The hardest hit regions were in Northern California and southern Oregon. Rainfall in these areas is predicted to be as much as 10 inches.

The winds and rain of the storm that hit US west coast was so strong that trees were uprooted and sent power lines down on the streets. Hundreds of flights were delayed. People were stranded in airports, bus terminal stations and in the subways. There were also flash floods in the affected area. Busy metropolises were submerged underwater. The leaders in the flooded region ensured that blocked drains were cleaned up so water would not stagnate in the heavily populated cities.

Rainfall beneficial to California

Before the heavy rains poured the state of California and some region in the west coast experienced drought. Rain is beneficial for these areas. However, experts believe that the rain experienced in this part of the country will have little to no effect to bring back what was once lush and green environment.

The water officials in the region added that it would take at least 150 percent of the average rainfall in California to experience recovery from the dry season. They further commented that snow is more important to people in the area than rain water. Huge packs of snow could easily supply water to a third of residents, businesses and agriculture in California.

Climate Change

What has happened in California is just a part of a series of effects of the so called climate change. Not long before, scientists have already predicted that the temperature on Earth will rise because of the harmful greenhouse gases produced by activities of mankind.

The effect of climate change will be felt across the globe with its effect varying from one region to another.

In the Northeast region of the planet, it is expected to experience heat waves, heavy downpours, and the steady rise of sea level. In the southeastern places, sea levels will continue to rise causing extreme heat and decrease supply of water. The Midwest of the globe will also experience extreme hotness and heavy rains. In the Southwest, it is expected that long drought periods will occur and insect outbreaks are likely to happen.

Painting And Decorating Firm R Davidson Begins Year In A New And Larger Premises

Painting And Decorating Firm R Davidson Begins Year In A New And Larger Premises

A painting and decorating firm from Aberdeenshire starts the year with a blast as it expands into larger premises.

R Davidson is one of the longest running home improvement firms in the North-east. They have just recently moved into a new location in the Banchory Business Centre 2 (BBC2) and they have taken up residence in the ground floor of the energy efficient office building.

The office space is about 2,500 ft. and will accommodate the 85 painters, decorators and various workers that the firm employs as well as 16 apprentices. The space is only a part of the second phase of the Banchory Business Park Hill in the eastern side of Deeside Town.

Trevor Mutch, owner and managing director of R Davidson, said that the relocation had given them the opportunity to expand in their business in both commercial and private sectors. It was very timely since over the years, the company has been enjoying a great rise in demand. Mutch also said that the state-of-the-art facilities of the business centre will allow them to develop more business opportunities and a room to increase their workforce.

The location of the new office also comes with great local presence and the relocation is a testament to their commitment to the North-east. In fact, their move was to strengthen their position in the area.

R Davidson was founded in the 1930s and ever since its conception; it has grown significantly and has been involved in many of the most prestigious developments in their area. R Davidson has gathered a broad range of commercial and private clients.

The painting and decorating firm’s specialty is the delivery of bespoke painting as well as taping services to many different market types. R Davidson is not only planning to further expand their business but also provide more job openings in the future. They are also planning to add more apprentice to their 16 person lineup next spring.

R Davidson is the first tenant to have relocated to the business park.

Truly, the painting and decorating industry is growing beautifully and R Davidson’s expansion can prove that.

6000 ISIS Fighters Died In Battles

6,000 ISIS Fighters Died In Battles

Washington DC- United States officials reported that at least 6,000 members of ISIS were killed in battle. The numbers were only revealed today because the officers wanted first to be sure.

The figure included half of the top leaders of the jihadist group. The military efforts in the Middle East particularly that of the US brought the group to a devastating point. The United States marines were successful in their campaign against the terrorists. However, officials of the Pentagon say that they should not let their guards down since there are still a staggering number of ISIS members and there is also a growing number of sympathizers from Europe and the Americas.

ISIS fighters

The United States Central Command gave the estimated number of dead ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria. ISIS fighters are mostly young radical people from the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. They wage war to cause havoc in Iraq and Syria in hopes of taking over the government in the region.

Most of those reportedly dead fighters were killed during military airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. There is also a fierce exchange of gunshots in the dead zone. According to US intelligence, ISIS has an estimated 18,000 strong, young fighters. However, with much campaign and propaganda, the group could muster a force totaling to at least 31,000 able fighters.

Fighting terrorism

It has been America’s campaign to fight terrorism. There is no bargaining to terrorists. The Americans learned the hard way during the 9/11 attack. Since then, rigid campaigns against terrorism were launched.

When will terrorism end? As long as hatred exists, the war on terrorism continues. In some extremist schools in the Middle East, young boys are indoctrinated that the Americans are their enemies. At a young age, they are already brain washed.

Terrorism’s impact on economy

Terrorism brings about an atmosphere of fear. Businesses are affected. In the Middle East region, you cannot see businesses thriving. Even online businesses are in the brink of extinction in that part of the world. If you have an online business, say for example you are the owner of Babandoo.com, gaining a market in that part of the world is difficult. Accessibility is paralyzed by the fierce and unforgiving battle between terrorists and the military.

The Effect Of Falling Oil Prices To Clothing Retailers

The Effect Of Falling Oil Prices To Clothing Retailers

Over supply and the reduced demand for oil has resulted into a significant drop from the previous $110 per barrel to about $49. This has boosted consumer spending because they have lots of leftover from the money that should have been spent on fuel. After the big couple of reductions another 50 cents is expected come February.

After the big 5.5% drop in December, domestic petrol prices fell by 9.9% in January. The continued growth in US fracking has substantially raised supply levels and OPEC or Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has not reduced their output in spite of the glut. The demand from China has softened as well as the European countries that are more involved in exploring renewable energy.

The biggest benefits accrue to consumers because they now have more money in their pockets while the biggest beneficiaries will be clothing retailers like TV Store online. Clothing retailers are set to benefit because over the past three years they have absorbed the effects of the weaker rand on imported goods and they have not passed the cost to their customers. It is expected that this unanticipated bonanza resulting from the drop in oil prices will allow the clothing retailers to replenish their margins. During the economic downturn, there was a protracted period of margin squeeze in the retail sector and the low transport costs that consumers are now enjoying will allow the retailers to replenish their margins to a certain extent.

Sharp declines in the prices of petrol are not unheard of because between July 2008 and early 2009, the local prices for fuel have fallen by 55% after a reduction in international oil prices. If the money spent for fuel is about 5% of total household spending, it will certainly provide a welcome relief for consumers. On the other hand, lower income groups will not exactly feel the low prices of fuel. Prices usually rise very quickly when there is an oil price hike but prices do not go down as quickly when fuel prices go down. Another additional advantage that can be expected is the very little chance for interest rates to go up for a long time.