Wizard Entertainment All Set For A Fun-Filled Wizard World Comic Convention

Madison, Wisconsin – Wizard World Comic Con is set to arrive at Madison’s Alliance Energy Center for a three day “entertainment” convention beginning this Friday, February 6, 2015. Wizard Entertainment has launched a number of conventions over the years and this 2015; fans should expect a better and more fun-filled Wizard World Comic Con.

The convention will not only be celebrating comics and science fiction but TV shows and films as well. TMC’s The Walking Dead series is expected to make a big presence at the Wizard World Comic Con. In fact, Emily Kinney, who played the much-loved Beth Greene in the show, will be attending the convention.

There will also be a long list of celebrities who will be attending the convention. Fans would get to meet Capt. James T. Kirk himself as William Shatner pays a visit to the Wizard World Comic Con. Bruce Campbell who is known for his role in the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness films will also be attending the event. Other notable attendees are Ian Somerhalder of The Vampire Diaries, Eliza Dushku, Billy Dee and Adrian Paul as well as other celebrities.

John Macaluso, the CEO of Wizard World Inc., said that the Wizard World Comic Con is no longer a comic convention but more of an entertainment convention and a pop culture event.

The event has grown over the past years. In 2012, Wizard World was able to host six conventions. 2013 saw sixteen conventions while 2014 brought forth twenty four conventions including this one.

In the midst of diversity, the common denominator will always be the fans. The fans are the main reason why there is an event such as these. Wizard Entertainment aims to unite the fans of different comics, films and TV series with one pop culture event.

Even outside Wizard Entertainment, there have been a rise in the number of conventions being held around the world every year and during these times, the market for costumes are at an all time high. Various fans would be looking for TV and movie costumes at local costume stores as well as online retail stores like TV Store Online who are ready to provide them with what they need.

Limousines Will Be Treated The Same As Uber In Florida

There is bad news for limousines companies, like Bellagio Limousines in Perth, as a new proposal in Florida would have them treated like Uber drivers. Palm Beach County now requires all vehicles for hire companies, except Uber, to undergo fingerprint checks.

An agreement was arrived in the past wherein Uber was allowed to stay in Palm Beach County without the same extensive checks required of taxis and other vehicles for hire. However, that agreement ends in September, which now begs the county to contemplate the future of Uber in Palm Beach.

However, the new proposal suggests that Uber and all transportation companies will do their own background checks. This, however, excludes taxi companies. This will now divide the industry into two groups—the cabs and the non-cabs. The non-cabs will still have standards but the difference is that they will be the ones who will regulate themselves.

Rick Versace of the Florida Limousine Association was stunned, as he couldn’t believe that the county would rollback the requirements they’ve been doing for a very long time. He believes there should only be one standard for any company that drives people around whether you’re a taxi driver, an Uber driver, or a limousine driver. Versace also believes that the fingerprint background check is important in every transportation company to avoid possible convicts and dangerous men from driving around in their vehicles.

If the current proposal is accepted by the Palm Beach County Commission, people who use Uber to contact limos should be wary of themselves since no background checks will be done on the limo drivers. To this point, Versace does not see any sense as to why the county seems to be favoring Uber when other cities like Houston require fingerprint background checks of Uber drivers.

Palm Beach County Administrator, Robert Weisman said that it’s not clear what is happening in those other areas. Uber has even threatened to leave Broward County, which has been harsh on the $50 billion company.

Weisman also says that, even now, they have been having a hard time to make Uber comply with the new terms. They have been asking for information about Uber’s drivers. Yet, the company has not complied with any of the county’s requests.

Versace said if the county moves forward with its plan, he would still do fingerprint background checks as it seems to be what is essential for the safety of his customers.

Monohull Comanche Set New Record In The Trans-Atlantic Race

Different people may enroll to RYA Sailing Courses for different purposes. While some consider the activity as a hobby, an activity to which the entire family may participate as they take a break from their busy lives, others see sailing as a sport, training hard as they look forward to winning in annual sailing competitions.

A new world record for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours was set by a monohull named Comanche last July 11. The World Sailing Speed Record Council or WSSRC, the body that is responsible in confirming speed records of boats that have sailed is said to do the ratification of the record, as skipper Ken Read believes that a distance of 620 nautical miles was achieved. Before this, the record was set seven years ago in the Volvo Ocean Race by monohull Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, travelling a distance of 596.6 nautical miles, heading to finish in Cape Town.

According to Read, the captain of Comanche, it was the best decision they have ever made to sail the boat on July 10-11 in the manual power configuration – which the WSSRC requires. Approximately 1300 miles out of Newport, Rhode Island in the North Atlantic, skipper Ken Read along with navigator Stan Honey set up underneath an approaching low pressure with the conditions of a remarkable strong wind and satisfactorily flat sea. Apart from the ideal conditions they have observed as they were sailing, he added that the monohull Comanche was built in such a way that only human power can sail at its best and for this reason, he had always believed that the boat qualified for breaking records as high as that set a few years ago by the Ericsson 4.

On the other side of the news, Stan Honey, known as one of the best sail racing navigator, was knocked unconscious aboard the Comanche. He was said to navigate from Los Angeles to Hawaii the record breaking Wild Oats XI, a supermaxi yacht. According to Wild Oats XI’s skipper Mark Richards, who was not too surprised with the turnout of events as he witnessed the strength of the sailing conditions, Honey fell and was knocked out aboard the Comanche. According to reports, the seriousness of Honey’s injuries is currently unknown but his present state has led to advising the Wild Oats XI crew to get a substitute navigator.

Tips From The Experts: Updating The Furniture Of Your Office

If you are thinking of updating your office furniture in Australia, then you are definitely thinking right. An office is probably one of the most professional things you can ever find. Unfortunately, professionalism and fun are not exactly two words that can be acquainted, especially with offices.

Sitting all day inside an office can already be very exhausting and repetitive but fortunately, there are a few ways that you can try to help make that office experience much better. One of these ways is to update your office furniture. Furniture is important in every office not just because of the technical and literal aspect, but also because it can provide a good working environment not just for one person but for most of the workers. A good working environment can definitely make a person more productive.

However, if the office is not completely yours to change and if you work with a number of people, they certainly won’t mind when you add a few things inside.
Bookshelves, for example, can be useful decorative furniture. When you already have a bookshelf in the office, you can add a little flare to it just by placing vases and a few decorative items inside. You can also bring in dressers that you can use to store many things or you can just use it as a top for meaningful photos.

Ottomans are another great addition. Sometimes you just need some good time for your feet and an ottoman can surely help with that. If you can’t use the ottoman for your own pleasures, then it can instead be used as a simple decorative material in the room.

If you love chairs or something to place your butts into, then why not bring recliners? No? If you are not allowed to bring anything inside the office, then maybe you can do a repainting job? There are always a few spaces and items that need a good repainting. You can start doing it with a dull wall or if that’s not possible, then you can make do with the boring tables and other furniture.

North Of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship Recently Launched

Thanks to laser eye correction in Belfast, many of elite sportspeople and athletes are now able to join in the recently launched the 2015 North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship by the Cathedral Eye Clinic. This was made possible after the partnership of Golfing Union of Ireland branch in Ulster and Michael Hoey, professional golfer from Northern Ireland.

The event which is held every July at Royal Portrush Golf Club which is located at Dunluce and Valley Links has been a successful event every time since the year it was launched. It all started in 1937 and it was referred to as Ulster Scratch Singles back then but still celebrated at the Royal Portrush Golf Club.

The former winner of the 2000 North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship was Michael Hoey and he is now appealing to all amateur golfers all over North Ireland to join the said tournament. Hoey explained how North of Ireland was a big deal since he was young. He used to play there because of the caravan at Castlerock.

Hoey even admitted that his winning at the 2000 Championship was one of the things that paved the way to his successful career thus he is encouraging all amateur players to take part in the Championship. He considers the tournament held at the Royal Portrush as a career booster for any amateur who wants to excel in golf.

Cathedral Eye Clinic will be sponsoring the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship for the third time. This is only fitting since many elite sportspeople and athletes are able to get amazing vision thanks to the help of Cathedral Eye Clinic. They are offering eye care treatments as well as the most advanced technology when it comes to laser eye surgery. This is beneficial especially to those golfers who are in need of eye treatment and must get back on the game as early as a few days after the surgery.

Golfing Union of Ireland’s general secretary, Kevin Stevens, testifies his experience with Cathedral Eye Clinic which turns out to be a big success since it has helped him let go of his glasses which can be a hassle every time it steams up or the weather is rainy. The treatment made him wish he had done it sooner than later.

A List Luxurious Escapade

Are you looking for pet friendly luxury self catering Scotland cottages? You can contact Great Rental Companies. They are amongst the top provider of quality cottages for your family when vacationing in Scotland. The establishment caters to pet animals inside the premises so you need not worry about them while you are on a trip.

The luxurious industry offering the ideal temporary place of abode for vacationers, honeymooners and backpackers has been doing well in the past years. There are now plenty of emerging competitors in the business of pampering clients through a breathtaking and unforgettable one of a kind experience. If you are planning to bring your family to a vacation celebration, here are some suggested places for you.

1. Along the North Norfolk coast lays a delightful retreat for anyone who want to unwind. The Barsham Barns has amenities such as the steam room Jacuzzi, game rooms and spa room. You can relax and have a great time sipping your favorite drink while being pampered. Ten people or two families can enter Grey’s court for only 100 pounds each. There are also available adventure and fun-filled activities for families which include miniature trains out of steam.

2. You can also opt to stay at the Colehouse farm which is situated near Christie’s house. If you book in advance in groups of 10, you will save greatly. The Farm is strategically located within 56 acres of land stretch. It has fabulous and awesome views.

3. The Kernock Cottages which are set in a 25 acre of woodland will surely give you a dip of a lifetime in their private hot tubs. Situated in the Lynher valley in between Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor, the set of cottages will give you an experience of a lifetime and you can choose from their award winning cottages where you will be staying. If you are at least 8 in your group and opt to stay at the Orchard Cottage, it will cost you only 1,160 dollars.

The above mentioned places to stay are among the myriad of luxurious cottages that you could choose from. You can browse the internet or ask an adventurous friend the best places to stay.

Improving Business Profits During The Holiday Season

As one engaged in a business endeavor, it is important that you are able to prepare for what will happen ahead. The holiday season is fast approaching and it is but appropriate to prepare for it now. Those engaged in selling ugly Christmas sweaters should already start to stock sweaters in order to meet the demand when the holiday season comes.

The busy holiday season can be a very stressful time especially for online retailers who are flooded with request in getting different goods to their customers as quick as possible. It is for this reason that it is critical for electronic commerce businesses to stock their operations and ensure that they are prepared when the busy days come.

Here are some tips to help improve online businesses during holiday peaks:

– Assess your website. You still have several months before the peak season hits. Now is the best time to take another look at your website and see how it compares with your competitors. Does it have a professional layout? Is it also built for mobile shopping? Are the photos for every product enticing?

– Evaluate the shopping carts that your website is using. Excellent shopping cart techniques include a display of order status as well as item reviews, images, ratings and discounts.

– Gauge the options for payment in your website. Those e-commerce businesses that only use the services of PayPal or accept only one mode of payment thru a distinct credit card might want to venture into securing another account where the purchasers can readily pay using various options.

– Update the site’s security measures. There have been numerous instances of breaches and hacking in the online world. You need to take the necessary precaution in order to keep the information of your customer secure and safe.

– Prepare for increase in website traffic. When the holiday season kicks in, your website should be ready for an inflow of traffic. In order to meet every demand of the customer, your online business should be equipped with the necessary resources to meet the ever increasing purchases. Likewise, when the shopping rush is about to end, you need to know how to scale back down.

Ribbon Business Provides Stress Relief For Finance Specialist

Stress is a killer. That is a fact. People can get stressed for all kinds of reasons. But the most common cause of people’s stress is probably the careers that they have. People engage in all sorts of activities to help them relieve stress. Some do yoga, while some engage in sports. A common stress reliever is music.

People love to listen to music. By tuning into their headphones, they would automatically shut the world off and all the problems and stresses that come along with it. But for one woman, the key to her stress relief isn’t a catchy Katy Perry song or a possessing Lady Gaga track, it’s a second job.

Now how could a person relieve stress that they had gotten from their primary jobs by getting another job?

Marjorie Joy Zapanta works as a Senior Budget Specialist for Globe Telecom. Aside from that, she had also started a bowtie business back in 2012 because of her obsession for arts and crafts.

Being a finance specialist is no easy job. You would not only need to assess a client’s needs, you would also have to help them determine their long-term and short-term goals. Aside from that, they are also tasked with selling insurance and investment services. Talk about hard work.

With all the work cut out for her, it is certain that Marjorie Joy is sure to get stressed out. Fortunately for her, her love for crafty things proved out to be her salvation.

She first started working with the materials in 2012 but when she consigned in Bazaars in November of that same year, she got feedback that her materials were too heavy. Since then she started using ribbons.

She would often look for good suppliers via internet and use the materials she had gotten and turn them into masterpieces. She would often make hair bow accessories and sell them. Once she had even earned a whopping 40,000 pesos from a single exercise.

She says she had also experienced some difficulties with her business and could have quit since she already has a job at Globe Telecom but the sense of fulfillment and happiness she gets from the her business tells her otherwise.
According to her, every time she gets stressed out with work, making bow accessories is her outlet.

Designing Homes Effectively So As Not To Appear Messy

Buying homes is one thing and getting the right home designs is another thing. The real estate industry has been surging high for the past years. And for the upcoming years, field experts suggest that the demand on the industry will continue to surge up. Along with this boom comes also the exciting journey of interior designers.

When you are doing your home designs, it is important to keep in mind the basic things that would make your house presentable and comfortable. You need also to constantly update your checklist of the things that you need to avoid in order to get away from having a catastrophic look on your house.

Keeping your home tidy and clean is another issue to strategically battle out when you are considering your home designs. Even the keenest person could not easily maintain a tidy home. In between cleaning the house and resting, you need to juggle with life and kids which makes it all the more difficult. However, not all messy looking homes can be attributed to messy people living in the space. Surprisingly, a home may look messy because of the home designs, positioning and the color of the decors and furniture and fixture.

Here are some décor decisions that will make your house appear messy:

• Choosing the beige paint. No matter how spacious, vibrant and airy your home is, it will always look soiled and grimy if you choose to paint with the color beige.

• Displaying fake plants. Years before, the rise of the fake plants captivated a lot of designers and home owners. However, keeping them does not seem to be beneficial to the people living inside the house. It does not only mock nature, but at the same time, it collects tons of dust. It is better to stick with the real one.

• Pillow overload. Who would not want pillows on the sofa? Placing lots of pillows on the living room will make it look messy. If you have lots of pillows to show off, take them out one set at a time.

• Neglecting the doorway. If you want first impressions to last, start tidying up and decorating well your house’s entryway.

3 Must-Visit Luxurious Vacation Rentals In Phuket

Phuket, Thailand – probably one of the most enticing, gorgeous tropical paradise in the world today where many tourists flock for vacation, holidays or simply just to have a relaxing and serene time with the beach. If you think about the islands, you may probably have an initial thought of living under tropical huts and living cheaply like the locals do. This is completely a far cry from the full capabilities of Phuket. Vacation Rentals in Phuket that involves the simple style of living is definitely a great way to enjoy a unique experience, however, if you’re looking for a deluxe, luxurious style of vacation, don’t worry as Phuket has more than what it got to serve them to you.

Vacation Rentals in Phuket that shouts ‘expensive’ all over the place are definitely bountiful on the island. The ones they’ve got are even comparable to those which you can find in more major countries like the US, if not better. One of the most gorgeous appeal that it will definitely hit you with, is that it can offer you a luxurious time like any other major country can do while still billing you with lesser amount.

1. Paresa
If you’re looking for a heavenly vacation, then this place is for you. As the term suggests in the language of Thai people which means heaven, it will definitely serve you with a heavenly experience, from the view it will serve you with, up to the amenities like the infinity pool which shows a grand appearance especially in the evening as it gets complimented with vast amounts of vibrant LED Lights.

2. Cape Panwa
This is located near the busy streets of Phuket and so, if you would like to have access to the joyous place filled with locals and tourists alike, then this will be your best choice. It’s a great place especially for families and couples. It consists of 205 rooms that will serve you with all you need. They have great amenities to offer you and they also have a shuttle service that will give you easier time with transportation.

3. Banyan Tree Phuket

This truly, grand place overs customers with over a hundred choices of villas which will all give you a luxurious vibe and possess a spacious quality that will amp your comfortable experience more. They offer great views of Lagoons and different bodies of water while they also serve other amenities like hot tubs, pools, Boat rides a whole lot more.

All of these gorgeous and luxurious hotels, as well as all the other ones which may not have been mentioned, all have one thing in common – they all will serve you with a relaxing and beautiful scene, topped with the awesome experience which the Phuket, island can serve people with.

ADT Showcases Pulse System In CES Which You Can Get From iHome Alarm Systems

Security of one’s home have become more advanced and expensive these days. But if it means that you’re home, together with your properties and you’re family will be safe, then all will surely be worth it. With this mentality in mind, many have already equipped their homes with the right security system. Recently, the iHome Alarm Systems announced that it will also be featuring the newest innovation of ADT, the Pulse System. During the CES earlier this year, 2015, ADT showcased the said system while explaining some of the features of what this house automation could really bring you.

The ADT stated that their Pulse system will show their dedication to their valuable customers and reinforcing the fact that a ‘smart home’ could also be a ‘safe home’ both at the same time. The world we are on today is truly advanced and innovative, but people still prioritizes safety before anything else. This was found by ADT’s survey which showed that 82% will still be more concerned of the security and safety of their family, their pets and personal properties when they are not present in their home. This is also topped with their wish to be alerted when unwanted intruders enter their premises while their away.

The Senior Vice of ADT, Arthur Orduña, added that they made it their mission to help people protect what they value the most which became the reason why they continuously attempt to find the most effective home security which they claim can be found on ADT Pulse.

The ADT Pulse doesn’t only alert the owner of the house, but will also alert appropriate counters like police station etc., when any of the alarms tick off. Although more people particularly wished to be notified about break-ins, there are others who want to have remote control capabilities for their home while their away. And ADT brought just that. You could use the lightings, door lock, garage doors, and even fans. This could be achieved just by connecting to a wireless internet from your phone, laptop or tablet.

This latest innovation from ADT will definitely put a huge mark on the history of Home Automation and Security. If you’re also looking to be one of the million users of ADT Pulse System, then you could avail them through dealers of the company like the iHome Alarm Systems.

Makeover Your Entryway Using DIY Tips

As soon as guests and visitors set foot in your property the first thing they are going to see is the front door. Nowadays, there are various additions to a standard home to make it more appealing and welcoming. There are some simple DIY projects you could do to lighten up the front of your house with added style.

The first thing you should do is purchasing a new door and replacing the old one. It is the simplest and fastest makeover you could give to your entryway. There are various options available in the market from single to double doors. Other doors have accents such as sidelights, transoms and decorative glass. There are many styles you could choose from that will surely suit the budget. If you have an option labeled with Energy Star then it is recommended because of its added comfort.

When choosing your new front door, choose color(s) that will stand out among others. If you are planning on keeping your old door rather than buying then the best makeover you could do is to give it a new coat of paint. If your house has a neutral theme colors then choose paint that has bolder and brighter colors. Don’t just pick any color though, it must also complement your house’s exterior theme and make sure it elevates the beauty of the place.

You could also add a path going to the front door with the help of pavers, gravels or flagstone. Just choose among these options as materials and you will have a new walkway within a day or two. If you want to add some more style and edge then add some lighting on your walkway. It is best for parties at night so visitors have some sort of a beacon guiding them through the front door even at the darkest night. For your walkway, you could use solar lights which can be installed easily.
Just drive the stake into the ground and find the best position where the panel will be able to face the sun during the day and recharge for night use.

Experts Reveal How Social Media Affects Web Design

Perth, Australia – April 30, 2015 – Social media has become a huge part of daily human life. It is everywhere, affecting every walk of life. But the biggest impact social media has is probably with the Internet. Every day, countless of people access social media platforms and use them for many different purposes. Because of this reason, it is only right that many businesses would also invest on social media for them to be successful.

Just recently, we have met up with the people of www.perth-web-design.com.au and they shared with us useful information regarding the impact that social media has with the way websites are designed and built.

According to them, the extent of the impact of social media on web design is quite great and almost every business company has a presence on social media platforms, especially those with maximum amount of users. This is also the reason why almost every business website has a social media icon, so that it would be easier for users and viewers to connect via social media sites.

The internet has also become a more interactive marketplace because of social media. Business has become diverse and non-repetitive with many variations on a single type of product or service. It is now important to have an attractive website and have an extensive social media presence. That is why websites should be designed as to how the owner wants to deliver business to potential clients or customers.

This would also involve creating a social media presence via a page on Facebook, twitter or any other social media platform and should also be connected to one’s business site. The design of one’s business page on social media sites should be greatly emphasized and should be done properly, making sure it can grab the attention of the viewers or users.

Design has also become important for ads. Advertisements should be presented on the site in a way that could garner more clicks and views. This could play a great role in gathering leads that would eventually turn to revenue.
Social media has also made it important to design websites that are more interactive and gives focus on communication.

Children’s Learning At A Very Young Age Is Critical To Their Future Success

Learning starts at home. Children tend to increase their intellectual capacity and develop their vocabularies well when parents converse with them at a very young age. Though this may seem quite obvious, it was not until 1995 that it was proven that talking with children at their early years will mark a significant difference when they grow up.

Researchers from the University of Kansas published the result of their 10 year study. They studied 42 families in Kansas city and they looked into how much the number of words spoken to children in the family by age three contributed to the children’s academic excellence when he reaches 9 years old.

The study showed that children born to professional and affluent families heard 30 million words more than those children from poorer family backgrounds. The research gives profound insight that sending children to preschool institutions at age 4 is too late to compensate for the lack of parental education or conversations at home.

A very intriguing study from Stanford University showed that the disparity of a child’s growth appear even before the child reaches three years old. At the early age of 18 months when children speak a couple of words, those children reared up in poor families are months behind the development of children in wealthier families. Another educator thinks that this difference or gap starts when a mother gives birth to her child.

Stressing the disparity

There are strong signs of gap between the two groups. At age two, there is already a six month gap with how they process language and how they note vocabularies. In the study by Dr Fernald, it is to be noted that children increase their vocabulary more when they are spoken to rather than from those heard in the surroundings. Tuning into educational television shows and letting the children hear while grownups discuss complicated matters does not have the same effect when you directly converse with them.

There are now tools available to help solve this gap. One is the Language Environment Analysis device. This device tracks down the words that children hear. This is used by parents to monitor the development of their children and see improvements in speech patterns and vocabulary.

Children’s Toys Are Chained To Hospital Beds To Prevent Thieves From Stealing Them

We’d like to thank Brony Costumes for contributing this article – Toys have always been a source of joy for children all over the world. But for the sick children staying in hospitals, the need for toys is ever greater. Unfortunately, even the toys that bring smiles to children’s faces are not an exception for thieves.

In many different hospitals all over the UK, toys are being strapped to hospital beds so that they would not get stolen by thieves.

49-year old business man and dad, Dean Beddis, branded the thieves who steal from sick children as “disgusting.”
Dean, who is also a businessman, was so disgusted by the act that he even took a picture of his son playing with a toy chained to a hospital bed by a chain lock.

He said that he was shocked to see the toys chained to beds and that he had complained to the hospital staff on how disgusting that was. Dean’s son, Soren, is currently being treated at Royal Gwent Hospital for Bronchitis. Dean also said that toys weren’t the only ones being stolen from the hospitals but so were medical equipment.

He condemned the actions of the thieves and that it is a poor reflection on society that toys are being stolen while the hospital staff is caring for the children.

The Royal Gwent Hospital is only one of many hospitals experiencing this problem. In fact, thousands of pounds are lost yearly due to the constant stealing and thieving of children’s toys. Toys that get stolen often include, Nintendo Wii, iPads, game consoles as well as phones, shoes and even cash.

In 2012 alone, hospital staff has made 70 stolen property reports. Many people are being advised to keep a constant lookout on their belongings and the thieves that might steal them.

A spokesman for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which Royal Gwent Hospital is a part of, has admitted that they get toys and games stolen from their hospitals but that it is not a normal occurrence.

He said that they are advising their staff to lock the more expensive ones. There is also CCTV coverage to provide maximum security for 24 hours in their hospitals.

Women In The Middle East

The first university in the world is amazingly founded by a woman who was a Muslim. The first university is situated in Fes, Morocco and was established in 859 by a Muslim named Fatima al-Fihri. The university is called University of Al-Karaouine.

The founder and Nobel Prize winner

The Guinness World of Records recognized the University of Al-Karaouine as the oldest operating university in the globe. What is so shocking is that several centuries later, a Muslim girl won a Nobel Prize and was criticized by most people. Everyone thinks that it is outrageous to give such prestigious prize to a young Muslim girl. What is most disturbing is that the Nobel prize pertains to advocacy in religion.

Isn’t it ironic that the first university was founded by a Muslim woman and when a Muslim girl received a Nobel Prize for education she is scorned by people?

One should consider whatever happened between the year 859 and 2014. Muslim women then were rich, educated and very visionary. Muslim women today are still brave and visionary but they are boxed in a certain corner, vulnerable to taunts and mostly live a miserable life.

October 11

October 11 is declared as the International day of the Girl Child. This is in recognition of the rights of girls and recognizing the difficulties of young girls all around the world. For last year’s celebration, the theme was “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”. It was during this time that the Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousagzai was announced. Malala is only 17 years old making her the youngest individual to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also named as one of Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the planet last 2013. It can be recalled that the young Nobel Peace Prize winner was shot in the head by Taliban extremists in Pakistan.

Early of last year, at least 230 young girl students were taken captive by Boko Haram in Nigeria. It is reported that 57 girls have escaped. Police officers are not sure where the other 190 are. There is no news whether they survived or are dead.

Kenyan Village’s Water Harvester Help Villagers During Very Dry Seasons

Most countries might be overly concerned in drain cleaning and cleaning blocked drains because of heavy downpours. In Kenya however, the inhabitants are lacking enough supply of rainwater to keep their rivers wet and their crops watered.

In one of Kenya’s drought prone village, the inhabitants have come up with a method in order to harness supply of water during heavy rains. They have constructed a water harvesting plant. The residents of a community located in the Rift Valley of Kenya built a barrier at the nearby village river. This blockade will capture water during heavy rains and will store it so that they could have supply of water.

The blockade which is a concrete wall that extends across the river will allow water to gather behind it and the excess water will just spill above it and continue on its journey downstream. The residents installed pipes behind the weir to carry the water gathered behind the barrier to a storage tank.

Water problem

Finding water has been an issue in the village. One villager recounted that the women in the village set out to other places to find water. They spend a full day searching for locations that might have water. Sometimes they go home successfully carrying jars of water but most of the time they go home empty handed.

Supply of clean water for drinking and cooking is also a problem in this part of Kenya. The water sources that the women in the village find are not clean. These are water sources usually used as bathing places by wild animals.

With the rain water harvesting mechanism, the village can now be supplied with water which they can use for cooking and washing. Their livestock will not anymore die of thirst. Primary schools near the area also benefit from having a supply of clean water. Villagers find the weir to be very helpful in their day to day activities.

The water problem in communities like the Engilae is due to extreme swings in weather condition brought about by climate change. The project of water harvesting plant is really a great help for the dry landscapes in this part of the world.

S&L Painting And Decorating Inc., Is Preparing Itself For A Busy Year

The woman-owned S&L Painting and Decorating Inc. is preparing for another busy and fruitful year. The painting and decorating company has a busy lineup of projects this 2015 and most of them are high profile development jobs.

Lida Hayes Calvert has never had a painting experience in her early life but in 1986, her passion for starting a business led her to establish her very own painting and decorating company. Over the years, her business has tremendously grown. What is amazing is that she only started S&L Painting and Decorating Inc. with a $200 investment.

Fast forward to 2015 and the company that she owns is now known to employ 75 painters, decorators and various other active workers including her husband and son. 2015 will be a very busy for her and her Winston-Salem based company. Among their project lineups includes a lot of major Triad projects like the VA Health Care Center and the Kernersville facility that is expected to serve 30,000 veterans yearly and is said to be at $150 million.

According to Hayes Calvert, who is also the president of the company, after bidding against many out of state contractors, S&L Painting and Decorating Inc., is excited to work on the new VA Health Center. They will be conducting a massive painting and finishing job on the 375,000 sq ft VA Health Center this early 2015. Although she did not give the exact price tag for the job but she did say that the amount was in six figures.

Hayes Calvert also said that their revenue is expected to increase thanks to several huge jobs coming this year as well as other potential jobs that they might be doing.

Among the certain projects that the Winston-Salem based company will be involved in is the conversion of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. building into a boutique hotel with PMC Property Group and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants spearheading the $60 million redevelopment.

Potential jobs include the $19 million expansion of Piedmont Triad International Airport by Honda Aircraft Co. This will be an addition to the other work that S&L has done for Honda.

Sustainable Baskets Being Weaved By Lurigancho Inmates

Peru — Lurigancho Prison has an incredible way of making their prison inmates jail time productive. In this huge facility that houses about 10,000 prisoners, one of the programs to keep the inmates busy is a basket weaving workshop.

Baskets are a useful receptacle for all kinds of materials. But the baskets that these men are making are not just your regular baskets, they are sustainable baskets, thus they are environment friendly and can be used a maximum number of times.

There are about 25 men who are participating in this workshop and all of them weave organic cane fiber in different colors. These baskets would be distributed and used to help the environment improve and promote eco-friendly practices.

Edwin Velasquez heads the workshop at the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru and he said that the baskets that the prisoners are making are very high in demand outside the prison. In fact, a local school has even ordered 150 of these ecological baskets that will be used as a container for the lunches of the students.

Jorge Yntusca Villa, an inmate and participant of the workshop, said that they believe that the baskets they make can replace the plastic bags that are commonly used by most people.

Plastic bags are very dangerous to the environment as it takes millions of years for them to decompose. Unfortunately, although plastic bags pose a lot of threat, they are still being distributed by commercial traders. That is why through these sustainable and eco-friendly baskets, the inmates that are participating in the said workshop are hoping that there will be less distribution of plastic bags so that there will be less pollution and less damage to the environment.

Though this project is paved with good intentions, it may still not be enough to make up for all the crimes that these men had committed. Fortunately for them, it is a great way to start changing for the good.

The weaving of sustainable and ecological baskets is only one of 18 projects that the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru is conducting for the inmates who are serving their time inside.

A Savings For Firms In London

The Labor Council in Brent, London announced that it will give discounts to businesses if they remunerate their employees with the living wage.

This compliance would mean employers paying their employees with an hourly rate of 9.15 pounds instead of the usual national minimum wage amounting to only 6.5 pounds. The businessmen in Brent, London will save as much as 5,000 pounds if they abide with this new council decree.

With this development, only 30 percent of the cost will be funded by Brent while the remaining 20 percent will be shouldered by Greater London. This is in effect to the changes in coalition which gave the rise for councils to experience greater flexibility over their business rates. According to the plan, the central government will pay half of the cost.

If your company employs at least 500 personnel, you would at least rake in a savings amounting to more than 5,000 pounds. Those small businesses on the other hand with ten people or less are expected to benefit at least 250 pounds.

The impact of the Council’s decision

Approximately 30 percent of the population in Brent earns less than the living wage. Among the firms that pays the living wage rate is the Labor Council. The body strongly believes that if the people living in the area are paid based on the living wage, this would improve the people’s way of life. On the business side, it will also induce enthusiasm and efficiency of the workers. It will have a positive impact on both the firms and the employees.

The move to adopt Brent’s idea

Other Labor councils in London expressed their support for the idea and the possibility of adopting the strategic method. Greenwich said that there is a good chance that change will be adapted in their city. The success of Brent’s firms, people and economy as a whole will be a good example for other Labor councils to try on the new idea. With this idea, ordinary people will be given the privilege to be compensated more and the business firms will also take its fair share of discount from the government.

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