Death Toll At Least 30 In Mauriupo, Ukraine

There were at least 30 people killed in the ongoing battle between pro-Russian separatists and the government of Ukraine. Among those reported dead were two children. The southeastern city of Ukraine is among the many areas in the war stricken country that experienced heavy shelling activities.

There were at least 100 people reported to be injured during the violent attacks. Many of the wounded suffered shrapnel injuries. Seventy five people needed to be rushed to the hospital for the serious injury.

Who is to blame for the attack?

According to the regional police of Donetsk, it was the group of the pro-Russian separatists that are behind the attacks. Only one person was arrested in response to the serious attack.

The police reported that the situation was already under control and urged the residents in the area to stay calm and to listen only to reliable sources of information.

Warnings against Russia

The global community condemns this heinous act of Russia. The United States Secretary John Kerry warned Russia of sanctions from the international committee if it does not stop bullying Ukraine. The Secretary is calling out for Russia to stop its support these separatists, end its supply of weaponries to fighters and to close the border between Russia and Ukraine.

The president of Ukraine expressed his grave sentiments over Russia’s continued support to the violent groups. With Russia’s acts in the past days, they have clearly breached the commitments and agreements that they had during last year’s meeting at Minsk.

The events that led to the tension between Russia and Ukraine

The war between Russia and Ukraine is a crisis on who is the rightful owner of the Crimean peninsula. Russia claimed it to be part of its territory although only five members of the United Nations, including Russia, affirm to Russia’s claims. Ukraine and Russia have been in a continuous struggle since. With Russia being the greater nations between the two, world political leaders see this as a David and Goliath showdown, only this time, the smaller country was sure to lose.

International sanctions were already made on Russia which left deep scars on its economy. Despite the sanctions, Russia still continues to proclaim itself the rightful owner of the peninsula and had opted for violent attacks.

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Keep Carpet Clean With Pets Around

If you are a pet owner then you know the struggle of trying to keep the carpet stain-free and to make sure all the upholstery inside the house is hair-free. If you are thinking of calling up your local carpet cleaning professional, you might want to try checking under your kitchen sink for items that you might be able to use in cleaning.

According to the Cleaning Connection’s manager and owner, Robert Warden, the best way is to vacuum with the help of a well functioning vacuum or a sweeper. The problem with vacuum is that it is not able to remove all the little hair that gets entangles with the fabric of the carpet. For this, you can use a lint roller which sometimes does the trick. This is effective especially when trying to get hair out of the furniture or the upholstery. There are carpets where lint roller can be used in an effective manner. Common household items that you have may also be used. In the absence of a lint roller, you can make do with a duct tape or a masking tape as a make shift lint roller.

If you have a pet bed then they are helpful in minimizing pet hair. According to Trusty Corporate Cleaning’s owner, Rosie Beamer, the best way would be to make sure that the pet is always groomed and that hair mitts are being used to minimize the shedding. There are also pet owners that lay down a pet blanket so this is where the pet is staying. The blanket is helpful as you can clean it easily by just shaking it outside and getting it inside the wash. You can also buy sprays over the counter which is designed to keep pets from climbing on the furniture.

A recommendation from the Humane Society suggested soaking the newspaper with as much of the pet’s urine as possible then transferring it to the pet’s designated bathroom. Make sure to clean up the area where they soiled to avoid any repetition.

If you are not successful with any of these attempts, you can hire Franklin carpet cleaning professionals.

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The Need For A One-Size-Fits-All Marketing Solution

According to a recent report, there is a need for a “one size fits all” solution in terms of marketing since many of the marketers are struggling to succeed in closing the deal on campaign return on investments (ROIs).


Bluewolf’s State of Salesforce study

Bluewolf, an IBM company, and its yearly State of Salesforce study investigated the thoughts of more than 1,700 Salesforce customers who are from marketing, service, sales and IT industries.

The marketing section of the report that investigates the marketer’s tech stack was looked into by MarketingTech.

From the report, it was known how those with success are going towards an intelligent and integrated core platform. Bad data and disparate apps are some barriers which are stopping these marketers from going beyond just the basics of salesforce.

For 29% of the marketers, data quality is an issue. 21 percent mentioned that they have access to some of the other departments’ data. 19 percent indicated to researchers that they have data quality as well as standards in place.

According to the report, since there is no sole platform closing the gap, the marketers are overwhelmed with the data including the time spent on managing different tools. This means they cannot focus on their purpose which is to market products and services. This is why some businesses rely on other companies, such as crewdo, to manage their marketing campaigns.

According to Bluewolf’s global CMO, Corinne Sklar, the report suggests governance as well as partnership with the IT department to overcome these challenges. However, she adds, the “one size fits all” platform is a dream. She also mentions to MarketingTech that marketers need to access data and make it actionable.


Mobile working

From the report, another interesting insight is the opportunity regarding mobile. 61 percent of those surveyed mentioned that there is a “significant opportunity” to enhance how mobile is used to achieve goals. Only a small number of marketers felt they are able to run their business from phones or tablets.

Sklar believes that all technology need not be mobile since people are multi-device. He adds that focus is needed on employee experience through examining frequent and important decisions, then reducing effort that takes to make them.

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Teaching English To Toddlers Through Learning Software

According to data provided by Lingumi, the world spends a total of $150 billion on English learning. The number increases by 25% every year. Lingumi Play was created by Oxford University graduate Tony Mather and chief technology officer Adit Trivedi. The language learning software is a connected toy that works on both Android and iOS devices to teach a foreign language to children who are aged two and above.

Lingumi wants to teach foreign languages to children while they are young because according to research humans learn a foreign language better from the time they are born until they reach the age of 6. However, in most instances, formal training in a second language usually starts when the child is already 4 or 5 years old. Through Lingumi, parents have a choice from 6 foreign languages that includes French, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin although English is the primary focus of the learning software.

Mather was inspired to create the learning software after traveling the world and teaching English in Russia. He saw parents who were not native speakers of a particular language of a country and their difficulties in teaching the children a foreign language. He wanted to create a better way for children to learn English.

Lingumi is an augmented reality technology wherein the teaching method combines foam cubes with a tablet or phone app in introducing language concepts to toddlers without the need to interact with the screen of the device. Lingumi makes learning a new language quite engaging for young children because it is like a toy.

Meanwhile, Mather has bigger plans for Lingumi; he wants the curriculum to include speech skills and vocabulary as well as the whole spectrum of English learning. Eventually, Mather wants teachers to use the software and use the methods alongside their digital resources.

After gaining a TEFL certification, there are lots of opportunities for teaching English in Thailand. English is a foreign language in Thailand but many people want to learn the language because of its global importance. People want to take advantage of the opportunities enjoyed by those who can communicate in English.

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Why Moken Children Have The Uncanny Ability To See Clearly Underwater

If you dive in the ocean without a mask, it is very unlikely that you can see the corals and fishes clearly even with open eyes. However, this is not the case with some children from the nomadic sea faring people called Moken. The children have the uncanny ability to see clearly underwater. It is strange but not surprising because the Moken people are historically dependent on the ocean that surrounds the Mergui Archipelago.

The Mergui Archipelago is composed of 800 small islands off the southwestern coast of Myanmar. For 8 to 9 months every year, the Moken people live aboard their boats called Kabang. During the monsoon season, the Moken people temporarily camp in land but they live from what they can harvest from the sea. Sometimes, they trade their harvest with other supplies available through their Chinese and Malaysian neighbors.

Unlike most people, Moken children can see underwater because most of their time is spent in the waters gathering seafood at a very young age. According to a Swedish scientist Anna Gislen who has been studying the Moken people for two decades, the Moken children have more than twice the visual acuity of European children. Gislen thinks that part of the reason to see clearly underwater is their ability to constrict the pupils like a camera lens. Gislen also believes that the Moken children unconsciously developed their focus on an object to improve their vision underwater. This is usually referred to as accommodating the lenses, an ability that can be retained up to adolescence.

However, the tsunami that destroyed the Moken homeland in 2004 has displaced the sea faring community. The government has to relocate them inland for safety and to enhance their employment potentials. Since children will no longer be diving into the sea it is possible that they will also lose visual clarity under the water.

An adventure that you should try even for once in your life is Similan island liveaboard diving trips. Aside from diving and snorkeling, you will also enjoy sailing the Similan islands. In terms of marine life and underwater topography, there is more variety in Similan than other diving destinations all over the world.

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Homeless Students Can Utilize Community College Showers Inside Campus

Last week, a new bill has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown and is now a law. The new law allows homeless students to use the shower facilities provided by the community colleges.

The bill was introduced by Das Williams who is an Assemblyman at D-Santa Barbara. This new law will make it possible for students that have good standing with the college to utilize the facilities. Good standing means that they are enrolled and have paid the proper fees for enrollment. Usually, the shower facilities in the colleges are only limited to those students who are taking courses related to physical education.

The bill has already been passed by the state Senate as well as the Assembly 33-1 and 73-4. It was last Wednesday that Brown was able to sign the new legislation.

According to statement from Williams, the bill will pave way into making sure that students will be able to attend their class without worrying about the major obstacle of showering. There are many students that are skipping classes because of their insecurities as well as fear of not being accepted. Now that they have the means to shower inside the campus, there will be no reason for them to skip because of their physical issues.

The law states that the access of the students to the showers will only be according to the operating hours of the gym.

In Santa Maria, the Allan Hancock College has already recorded of 27 students who proved them to be homeless through the FAFSA. The associate superintendent of the college, Nohemy Ornelas who is also the vice president of student services explained that FAFSA is an aid form for homeless students to have federal finance.

Ornelas shared that they have already known of the their homeless students even before the legislation was passed and they have been giving them access to showers as long as they have been identified as homeless. Now the college is working into making things a formal process.

For schools that have shared showers, it is important to have shower screens in Perth.

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Online Directory for Locating a Lost Ring

Have you ever experienced losing a precious ring after a dive on the ocean? You were certainly frustrated thinking that you won’t ever find your ring. However, that is not the case because there is a new online directory that has 25 professionals all over the world waiting for the desperate call to find a lost ring. It does not necessarily require the ring to be lost in an ocean because the professional ring finders will help you find the ring anywhere outdoors whether in the park, beach or yard.

The online site is dedicated towards assisting people so that their lost jewelry can be found. Chris turner who was the founder of the website has his own metal detecting company in Vancouver, British Columbia and he thought that the public will benefit from this kind of service to find their lost jewelry. Turner setup the online directory so that people can connect with professionals in at least 6 continents. The online directory is not actually a referral service; it helps connect people to specialists in metal detecting.

Most of the specialists are independent operators who charge different fees. According to BBC, some of the specialists do the job for free as long as their travel expenses are reimbursed. One example is a Reddit user that has recently been married. He lost his new wedding band at the North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. After explaining his situation in Reddit, someone showed up and helped find the wedding band. Fortunately, the ring was found in less than an hour in about a foot of water off the shore.

This piece was jewelry was found easily but in some cases, it takes hours or even days before the item is discovered. A wedding ring almost always has a story and by finding them, the story continues. There are mens wedding bands Sydney that have been specially designed and crafted to last for a lifetime. If the wedding band gets lost, it will certainly be frustrating. It is not the monetary value that matters but the love and romance of the wedding day.

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Insecticide-Resistant Bugs And How To Get Rid Of Them

Carpet Cleaning may be an easy task for some. With high quality vacuum cleaner and tough insecticide, one can easily say that cleaning carpets is a no-sweat task. After a thorough carpet cleaning, one can say that he is already ready to bid mites, dust, bed bugs and other home pollutants farewell. However, according to the expert entomologists of Ohio State University, bed bugs have adapted to the strengthened formulation of available pesticides in the market. More related studies also share the same findings.   Now, if bed bugs and other pollutants have become stronger and would resist to available products in the market, how can you ensure the safety of your family against insect bites and skin irritants?

With the safety and cleanliness of your carpets in mind, one way for you to combat these newly developed insecticide-resistant bed bugs is to look for a stronger and more potent product in the market. But then again, you are putting yourself and your loved ones at risk from these harsh chemicals.  If you do not know how to administer these harsh and highly toxic chemicals, not only are you putting yourself in danger, you might also incur damage to your carpet.

If handling toxic carpet cleaning materials would be perilous for you, the best alternative is to look for professionals who would do the carpet cleaning for you. Carpet cleaners such as those at the Franklin Carpet Cleaning are experts in the field. They are equipped with the latest carpet cleaning products and know exactly how to administer them in a safe and effective manner.

There are a lot of professional carpet cleaners in the industry today. You can easily find them on the internet and even on your local papers. Make sure that the carpet cleaners have positive reviews from their customers. You can get this information by visiting your target cleaner’s website. Find time to go over their site to gather relevant information such as customer feedback, the type of equipment and cleaning materials they use and even their carpet cleaning practices. Find out if their cleaning practices are safe and if they use environment-friendly products.

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Gold Maserati Towed For Not Having Auto Insurance

For some individuals, learning to drive can be rather tricky. Aside from unintentional stalling or wrong parking, the car usually suffers from more than a few scratches on its paintwork. If you are still on the process of learning to drive, gold Maserati with L plates is not a good idea. It is even worse if you drive the £90,000 super car without car insurance. A driver discovered this the hard way when the car was seized by the police for not having auto insurance.

Police officers from Kingston were on patrol on King’s Road when their attention was caught by the gold Maserati with L plates at about 10:20 AM on a Tuesday morning. The driver was stopped and when it was found out that there was no insurance, the car was towed. The gold Maserati has an estimated value of £90,000 and the driver has to pay £150 as towing charge and another £25 daily until auto insurance has been purchased to be able to retrieve the car from being impounded.

On the other hand, the driver whose name was not mentioned will receive a court date if it is proven that he is driving without a valid license. The driver will also get a minimum of 6 points on the license and a fine of £300. There are also speculations that the gold Maserati with the L plates was the same car that was given a parking ticket for illegal parking somewhere along Edgeware Road last April. Police officers have not confirmed the speculations.

It is not really the first time for drivers of gold supercars to get into trouble. Last March, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Mercedes G63 6 x 6, a Bentley Flying Spur and a Rolls Royce were parked in London’s Knightsbridge. Three of the cars were slapped with parking tickets.

If you are not familiar with Thailand insurance (ไทยประกันชีวิต), your best option is to use comparison sites so that you can obtain some sort of cover without wasting too much money, time and efforts. It is important to shop around for the best deals and comparison sites will do the task for you.

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Police Offer Suggestions As Motorcycle Thefts Rise

According to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, motorcycle thefts have risen this year in comparison to last year. As of June 16, there has already been 31 bikes reported stolen compared to a total of 23 from 2015. There were 51 motorcycle thefts through June 16th compared to 51 in all of last year.

Nate Moye and his 2014 Yamaha

For Nate Moye who filed a police report for his stolen 2014 Yamaha, he did his own detective work and found out what happened to his motorcycle. He found the tank and other parts on eBay. Moye knows his bike too well. He mentioned how it had a scratch on the tank where the seat cover was. He did some digging and found that most of his bike’s parts were sold by one user. He gave the user’s information to the police officer since a personal account was used by the eBay user, but the police officer wasn’t the same one he filed a report to and cared a little.

Motorcycle thefts in Florida

In the United States, the thefts rise during summer months while peaking in August. This is a weather-influenced pattern consistent with the past years according to the Sheriff’s Office. Florida is top 2 in motorcycle thefts for 2015 too. Additionally, the majority of stolen motorcycles in Florida are from apartment complex buildings like Moye’s case.

A few tips to come in handy

For the Sheriff’s office, catching these thieves isn’t always easy. That is why they offered a few tips to prevent these thefts.

They advised to have motorcycles blocked with other vehicles or locking motorcycles together making it difficult for thieves to attack. Another tip offered is to cover bikes in basic covers so as for them to not be easily noticeable. Bikes should be parked in well-lit areas or indoors. It should be disabled when parked. They advised to take the along the bike’s registration, insurance IDs and titles. Securing the motorcycles is a top most priority and using disc locks, alarms or motion sensors come in handy. These are available in most motorcycle stores, such as Solo Moto.

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Shades Of Gray For Bathrooms And Kitchens

Even though white is an obvious choice and a greater selling color for most home furnishings, gray is also picking up. Any shelter and lifestyle magazine showcases gray as a trend remaining for the long run.

Homeowners have since welcomed grays not only for home items or things that are easily modified like pillows or wall colors but also for home items or things that they are expecting to use in 10 or more years. These include bathroom fixtures and kitchen cabinets.

Gray has also gone international as shown in carpet weavers of Nepal, India and Tibet who are producing one hundred year old patterns with varying shades of gray. Gray has influenced these traditional crafts.

According to Dee Schlotter of Glidden Paints, gray is a perfect neutral compatible with other colors, and it complements easily with other decors. Gray is broad from its soft silver to its dark charcoal color.

Most grays have a chameleon-like quality since they are a mix of different colors. A gray paint for walls appear as the same color as those upholstered furniture next to it. For example, a gray wall paint gets a little bluish when placed to blue upholstered furniture. This has an advantage according to Kate Watson-Smyth, an interior blogger. She said changing a furniture doesn’t entail redecorating every time.

Gray started being a highlight in home decoration about 6 years ago. This was a result from a need for a new neutral. Gray was promoted by interior designers and was used in upscale interiors. This changed the general public’s thoughts and showed grays are sophisticated and calming.

As additional exposure for grays increased, people became more comfortable with incorporating grays into homes. Home furnishing stores also introduced grays into their vignettes.

Gray’s growing popularity comes from people wanting to connect with nature by bringing these softer shades of gray inside their homes. These are evident in wood for floors and in furniture like sofas and cabinets. For a Choice of Stone Basins, cabinets and other bathroom fixtures, gray is also considered. In addition, dark charcoal cabinets and lighter grays for walls, island counters and backsplashes result in a happy kitchen according to Jennifer Gilmer from Gilmer Kitchen & Bath.

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The History Behind Hilary Clinton’s Hatred Towards Press Conferences

All the journalists are dying for Hilary Clinton to have a news conference but she refuses to do so no matter what. Just this week, Gail Collins who is a writer for the New York Times published an article about the Democratic nominee for presidential race and that she should have a media session at least once a week. Margaret Sullivan who is a writer form The Washington Post said that it is time for Hilary Clinton to face his fears as well as the media.

Though there are pressures left and right, Clinton is not one to give in. The big question is that why? Why does she refuse to be in the middle of the media people while they throw questions at her?

The answer to that question may be attributed to the very first media conference that Clinton had when she was still the first lady, back in 1994. It was during that event that it was tagged as the pink press conference while others call it pretty in pink press conference. There was an immediate coverage following the news conference and it was also shown many times after. The coverage just added to the negative view of Clinton when it comes to the media and it even strengthens her dislike to them because according to her they treat her differently that they would treat a man and they never forget about a scandal.

The tagged that the news conference was known for includes the word pink which points to the sweater that Clinton was wearing to her first every conference. During that time, choices of clothing is usually a hot topic for the press. Despite the fact that the media picked on her wardrobe, they are known to do so with her husband’s choice of attire as well as his gym shorts.

The Associated Press’journalist Jill Lawrence that it was more than just the outfit but there was already a conservative faction that believes that Mrs. Clinton wore that and decided a formal dining set for his press conference rather than the usual business setting because she is already in charge of running the country. At least, it was just a pink jacket and not an ugly Christmas sweater.

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How Algae Was Turned Into A Biodegradable Packaging Material

Is there a packaging material that can replace non-biodegradable forms of plastics? Austeja Platukyte of Vilnius Academy of Arts seems to have to found the perfect alternative in algae. Platukyte made use of two ingredients, agar that is derived from algae and calcium carbonate impregnated with emulsifying wax to form the packaging material.

The packaging material is light and waterproof but strong enough to provide protection to a product. After it is used, the packaging can be composted or reused as fertilizer for soil moisture. It can also be left to naturally decay after being discarded. Early in the year, the material’s biodegradability was proven when Platukyte buried the packaging material and monitored its gradual decomposition.

Another design student, Ari Jonsson created an alternative to plastic bottles by combining red algae powder with water. A prototype packaging was also made from the same material by three Japanese designers. The prototype won the Lexus Design Award at Milan’s design week.

On the other hand, other designers are exploring the use of algae-based materials in different products ranging from furniture to textile dyes. Different designs for algae are now being introduced as a result of the experimental practice aimed at finding a substitute for synthetic plastics. Algae are a natural resource that would later on form a new cycle of nature. These natural materials can become the most suitable solution for the packaging industry.

Platukyte has used algae for form an experimental type of bowl-shaped packaging using plywood lids attached to the container instead of natural rubber bands. This final design only shows that the natural material can be used for packaging a range of products and substances. Platukyte also believes in zero-waste that is why she collected all the waste from the design development process to be incorporated in future projects. The environmental impact of waste is addressed by the alternative packaging product.

Paper Mart is your best source for food, retail and industrial packaging in the United States. Most of the packaging materials are recyclable and environmentally friendly to reduce waste in the landfills. The company believes that customers should be happy so that they are provided with very low prices and fast service.

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Thailand To Buy More Power Supply To Satisfy Growing Demand


In order to ensure that there is sufficient supply to meet demand; Thailand will likely buy 9,000 megawatts of electricity from Laos that has announced its policy as the “Battery of Asia”. Laos has the capability to develop hydropower plants with combined capacity of 20,000 MW annually. Thailand is currently buying 7,000 MW from Laos every year according to the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) that the two countries signed in 2007.

Since the MoU has expired, senior officials in Thailand are working on the details of a new memorandum of understanding to be signed during the ASEAN Summit meeting that will be held in Laos in September. The total 9,000 MV that be will be bought by Thailand will be generated from hydropower which is a more economical option to fossil fuel. Thailand is making the effort to reduce its reliance on natural gas-generated power and to diversify to other energy sources.

At present, the major sources of gas for the country are the Gulf of Thailand and Myanmar’s Gulf of Martaban. However, these sources will likely be exhausted within the decade due to Thailand’s heavy reliance on natural gas. Earlier, Thailand has attempted to solve the problem by importing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) but it is very costly. This is the reason why Thailand has to search for more hydropower purchasing contracts from its neighbors in Southeast Asia.

Laos has two more hydropower plants that can supply 1,418 MW of power to Thailand that includes Pak Beng and Nam Theun. Pak Beng has capacity of 798 MW while Nam Theun I has a capacity of 520 MW. Agreements for the purchase of power are still under negotiation. Thailand is also finalizing a shortlist of plants that can supply power to the nation to meet the increasing demand for energy.

Thailand’s property market is growing fast because of the interest of many foreigners to own a piece of property in the magnificent land and smiles. In order to Find Thai Property that best suits your purposes, you have the option to work with professional real estate agents who will guide you through the local market.

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New Company Gets Support From Ford

Ford is now proving that it is serious in expanding its venture into what is now the future of automobiles – the technology used in self-driving cars. As way of its expansion, it has decided to join the funding round for a startup company that creates 3D maps. The new company is called Civil Maps. The funding round was worth $6.6 million and it was spearheaded by Motus Ventures and that was when Ford joined in along with other companies such as StartX Stanford, Wicklow Capital, AME Cloud Ventures owned by the cofounder of Yahoo, Jerry Yang.

The technology employed in mapping is considered to play a major part in the race to creating self-driving vehicles. The same thing was witnessed last year when the auto makers from Germany acquired the Here maps from Nokia.

According to Civil Maps, they are using special data in order to map localization in very accurate manner thus their mapping technology suits what is required by self-driving vehicles as well as mobile networks. They also claimed that their technology is better than the ones in use today.

The company wants to develop its technology in order to be used in fully automatic self-driving cars like the self-driving vehicles that Google are developing and not the ones similar to what Tesla developed since the vehicle still requires a driver to be present in order to take the controls at anytime.

The software that Civil Maps is using employs 3D data from different sensors including cameras and laser imaging with very high resolution that is taken with the use of Lidar technology. These data are then organized into maps that can be interpreted and read by the machine. According to the company, the software used by their artificial intelligence have less requirements when it comes to storage and transmission thereby making it suitable to be employed in crowdsourcing map data through the use of mobile networks. Though maps are modern and digital nowadays, there are other forms which are still in use such as the illustrated maps which is still in use by many because of its unique and detailed mapping.

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Will Hardfork Happening Soon In Bitcoin Community?

There was a recent meeting that involved the pools as well as miners that comprises the top 75 per cent of the hashpower and there are leaked information concerning the meeting. According to sources, it has been agreed upon that there will be a hardfork to 2Mb in the event that the developers of the Bitcoin Core does not launched the latest client for Bitcoin Core that is equipped with 2Mb hardfork code come August 1 of this year.

Though the rumor is still unverified, a statement from the concerned parties stated that the above rumor is just a guess by a poster – it could be right or wrong. It is evident though those miners are making a move after three of the leading developers of Bitcoin Core stated that there will be no merging of hardfork in the future.

One of the most obvious evidence that something is happening is that the publication made by HaoBtc. They are known to be a devoted supporter of the Bitcoin Core. The article is a call for the parties involved to make known and clarify what has occurred and agreed upon during the consensus that occurred in Hong Kong.

According to the Roundtable Consensus that occurred in Hong Kong, representatives as well as members of the bitcoin community have come upon an agreement to launch a SegWit and produce it at the same time that the new hardfork version of released by Bitcoin Core. The Segwit was launched April of this year and it is expected that the latest hardfork code will be launched by July of the same year.

The tweet sent by the founder of Bitmain, Jihan Wu, indicated the influence that HaoBtc have. HaoBtc released a statement that both sound apologetic as well as giving a clear view of what the miners feel. It stated that the 2mb hardfork is considered very important by the consensus since there was a deadline that was attached to it. In order to have a better bitcoin mining hardware, the hardfork code will be available July of this year.

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3 Notable Characteristics Of Bitcoin

During its conception, no one would’ve guessed that Bitcoin would grow so big. Five years ago, Bitcoin is only valued at a few cents but now, 1 bitcoin is equal to $660.00. Bitcoin has grown so beautifully and while Bitcoin’s future is still uncertain, with the way it is going, you can only expect a bright future for it. It is even possible that Bitcoin is the future.

Right now, more and more people are using Bitcoin as they have found it easier and more convenient. If you’re still wondering what Bitcoin is, it is basically a digital currency that is created and held electronically. Bitcoin isn’t printed like regular money. It is created or ‘mined’ by people or even business that run computers around the world using software programmed to solve mathematical problems.

Bitcoin does not rely on a central authority which means that banks or governments don’t control it. Instead, it is controlled by algorithms. Bitcoins can be used to anonymously buy services or goods and if you want to acquire bitcoins, we need coins and you would be able to buy them on Bitcoin marketplaces or ‘mine’ them yourself.

There is a lot of difference between regular currencies and Bitcoin. Here are 3 notable characteristics that set apart Bitcoin from regular currencies.

  1. One of the most prominent characteristics of Bitcoin is that it is decentralized. This means that it has no need for a central authority or a third party broker such as banks or the government. Decentralization allows Bitcoin complete freedom from the government’s control and all the control goes to the algorithms. There isn’t anyone who controls the Bitcoin network.
  2. With Bitcoin, you will be able to purchase goods and services anonymously. Bitcoin addresses aren’t linked to any names or addresses.

Transparency. While there is anonymity with Bitcoin, there is also transparency. This means that all of your transactions will be recorded and stored in a general ledger called blockchain. This blockchain stores all transactions in the network which means that if you use a public Bitcoin address, everyone would see how much bitcoins you have in that address although no one would know it’s yours.



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Twinkle Toes Moving Onto Its Next Venture

In Rye, there is a business called Twinkle Toes that is owned and manage by Denise MacDonald. The said business has been in operation for 22 years already. It is the one stop shop for all the necessities and essentials of expecting mothers. Another business, Wish, is located just within the vicinity of the Twinkle Toes which is another business that is owned by MacDonald. The shop is the best place one can go into if they are looking to buy gifts with high end quality. It was only recently that two of the businesses are merged under one roof and has adopted a new name, Twish. It offers what the two separate businesses used to offer before.

According to MacDonald, the merger happened July of last year and it is the way it should be. She revealed how the same clients are coming to shop in both of his businesses. It is quite common to see gifts given are combined purchases from both stores and the clients have to walk back and forth in order to shop.

As soon as the Wish shop was closed down, everything has been more convenient for MacDonald and also to her employees. The clients may have taken a while to get used to the new structure.

Customers will still have the same personalized service that both businesses has offered before the merge, not to mention the unique offerings of the store. Baby necessities remain to be the most popular and most bought items in the shop such as sweaters, fleece jackets and blankets. MacDonald said that anything that can be monogrammed on remains to be the highest in sales. It has been observed that the top selling items in both the baby and gift category are those items that can be monogrammed.

This is the time of the year where the gift section have a higher sales when it comes to outdoor and acrylic items such as barbecue boards that can be monogrammed on. The baby section, on the other hand, continues to sell monogrammed baby gifts such as buckets and beach towels.

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Plumbing Apprenticeship Program Receives Generous Donation From A Plumbing Business

Lethbridge College has an existing plumbing apprenticeship program and one of the local plumbing companies decided to leave a lifetime of legacy at the school by giving a generous donation to help support the program.

According to reports, the Simpson Plumbing has given $200,000 in order to make the Simpson Plumbing Classroom. The said project will be built inside the phase two of the current trades and technology facility of Lethbridge College. The business of Simpson Plumbing has been a family owned since its beginning in Lethbridge and is now in operation for over 30 years.

It was discovered that the owner of the plumbing company, Roger Simpson, used to be an apprentice way back in 1989. After which, he took over the family business and became the president after his own father, Bill Simpson last 2003. Roger Simpson now has a son of his own, Justin Fisher, who is busy working as a journeyman plumber. It was only last year that the 19 year old Justin Fisher won a plumbing competition, the national Skills Canada.

According to Mr. Simpson, he considers it a legacy for the three generations of plumber in his family – his father, his brother and now his own son. He also revealed that during the summer, they encourage family members of the staff to work for them in order to earn some cash and to be able to appreciate how their parents are working.

The donation was triggered upon the launch of the Plumber Apprenticeship program just this January. Simpson is glad that they now have a local program which means that those who are planning to be an apprentice won’t have to go away from home in order to so. It is not only beneficial for them financially but the students will also be able to stay with their families. They only have to go to school in the day time and be home by night time with their respective families.

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Effective Classroom Teaching Tips For TEFL

It is true that Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or TEFL, offers many benefits. In fact, one of the most common reasons why people engage in TEFL is for the travel opportunities that it gives along with making a little money. However, when you look at the positive things that TEFL can give you, you should also consider the challenges that you would face. Your problems wouldn’t be too different from the problems that regular teachers experience when teaching and TEFL teachers experience their own challenges.

To help you out a bit, here are some effective classroom teaching tips that you can use.

  1. Group work. Now, if you put yourself in your students’ shoes, you’d understand how it is difficult for one to really learn about a language that is foreign. It is even much more difficult to learn by yourself that is why you should incorporate group work when teaching English in Thailand. This way, the students wouldn’t have to process your lessons alone. Try to group your students to at least three or two so that they could help each other out.
  2. Oral Communication. Reading and writing are two effective ways in teaching English but if you truly want your students to get familiarized with the language, you should maximize oral communication with them.
  3. Comprehensive Lesson Plan. When it comes to teaching English, cultural differences may become a challenge for most teachers that is why you should create a comprehensive lesson plan that would address the needs of every student taking into consideration their culture and educational backgrounds.
  4. Lessen Dictionaries. As much as possible, you should limit the use of dictionaries in your class and instead, try teaching them words and help them take these words into practice.
  5. Give your students homework as much as possible so that even after class, English would still be a great deal to them.
  6. Let your students make mistakes for it is through mistakes that people learn. Just don’t forget to correct their mistakes or better yet, have them go through their mistakes themselves so that they could correct their own mistakes.
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House Buyers In London Need At Least 500,000 Pounds

The average cost of homes has broken already through the 500,000 pounds barrier in at least half of London postcodes. The research result conducted by Stirling Ackrpyd found out that out of 279 postcode districts found in Greater London, 142 or about 51 percent had an average price of about 500,000 pounds.

If you take a survey of homes situated outside of London, you will find out that the average prices are less than 500,000 pounds. The half-million pound postcodes located in London now includes E1 in the East part, SE15 in Peckham. The average prices for homes in these two postcodes have reached 501,900 and 503,000 pounds respectively. The research institute said that the house prices has long been skewed by the very expensive neighborhoods but have now been rising broadly and steadily and has increasingly become detached from the rest of Wales and England. The managing director commented that London has increasingly become another country. Within the borders specified, more and more location has been claimed by home values which were only dreamed by the sellers in the past.

How to Fix the House Crisis in 2016

Gone are the days where there were traditional prejudices on certain postcodes. London has become more diverse than ever. However the boundaries are blurring and shifting. Bankers and lawyers are likely to live in Hackney as they are willing to choose Fulham while the offices of financial services and law firms are found frequently within the Southbank or Shoreditch as they are in the City.

The research result also found out that there are still neighborhoods that are within the easy reach in central London wherein the average prices were less than the common 500,000 pounds. West London on the other hand remains to be the most expensive places to buy.

Those who are looking to live in London are now faced with a huge problem. However, for those who are engaged in real estate and even to enterprises who are in construction, painting and decorating are benefiting from these developments. Those who are looking to tie up with a reliable and trusted painting and decorating company, you may visit

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