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Ugly Christmas Sweater From Charlotte Hornets And Tennessee Smokies

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UglyChristmasSweater.com knows that their sweaters are ugly. It is the only description for the sweaters that are festooned with all sorts of decors associated with the holidays. Who on earth will wear an ugly Christmas sweater that looks like a holiday gift complete with Christmas trees, stuffed toys and garlands? But, do you know that the UglyChristmasSweater.com has become a phenomenon because people believe that the ugly sweaters are awesome?

The Hornets want their fans to purchase the hideous ugly Christmas Hornets sweater to celebrate Christmas in July. Charlotte Hornets have in fact taken to Twitter to try to sell the leftover inventory of their ugly sweaters in July. They say that those who will grab the ugly sweaters will be treated to a discount and they will be happy they did 5 months earlier.

The blue sweaters are not actually that ugly and you will not win the first prize if the office hosts a contest for the ugliest Christmas sweater during the annual Christmas party. In fact, you will not look stupid or ridiculous if you wear the Charlotte Hornets’ sweater and it can be a collector’s item in the coming years.

If you are not interested in Charlotte Hornets ugly Christmas sweater, you can give Tennessee Smokies a try. The Smokies will also be celebrating Christmas in July at the ballpark with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving the Smokies Snow Globe that features Homer the Hound. In addition, the Charlotte Hornets will be wearing special ugly Christmas sweater themed jerseys that will be raffled and auctioned off. However, the raffle is for a good cause and the proceeds from the auction will go to Remote Area Medical. Christmas in July will be celebrated with holiday theme music, games, graphics and more at the ballpark. Who know Santa Claus might even be there.

The Tennessee Smokies have set a single game attendance record on Friday evening during their faceoff with Chattanooga Lookouts by welcoming a crowd of 7,866 marking a 3rd time this year alone for the club to set a new top figure. Prior to the 2015 campaign, the largest recorded attendance was only 7,728 in July 04, 2010 in a matchup against Huntsville stars.

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CSS Industries, Inc. Discloses The Result Of Last Year’s Operations

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Three and nine months operations were conducted by CSS Industries, Inc. last year and the company is happy to inform that it is done last December 31 of 2014. Last fiscal year 2014, the sales of the company were at $106,295,000 during the third quarter and it drops to 1.2 per cent during the fiscal year 2015, bringing it down to $104,993,000. This loss in sales was mainly because of the low sales they acquired during the holidays with cards and stationery products for every occasion. The lower sale figures was offset due to craft ribbon’s high sales as well as by the gain acquired upon acquisition of Carson & Gebel Ribbon Co., LLC. C&G, including all its businesses and assets, was acquired last May 19 of the year 2014 by the company’s Berwick Offray LLC. The figures in 2014 were much higher than the fiscal year 2015.

Comparing the first nine months of 2014 and 2015, the resulting figures in 2015 is lower by 2.5% compared to last year. The loss, from $265,899,000 to $259,342,000, is mainly because of lower sales in some products such as the ribbons, cards, Christmas bows, stationery products and cards from all occasion. This loss was offset by a higher sale in terms of items such as craft ribbon and gift card holders.

CSS is a company that deals mainly in consumer products that are involved in designing, manufacturing, procuring, distributing and selling of products from seasonal social expression and all occasion. This aims to mass market all possible retailers. There are many inclusions to the products, be it seasonal or all occasion, which the company is producing. The products usually comes with items such as gift tags, bows and ribbons, gift wrap, greeting cards that are boxed, gift boxes, tissue paper that are decorative, holders of gift card, decorations, Valentines that could be exchanged in the classroom, novelties and dyes used in making Easter eggs, floral accessories, journals, stickers, scrapbooks, stationery, memory books, note cards, products used in education and crafting, photo albums for wedding events and infant photos. These products are only some of the products that are offered in order to make sure important life happenings are properly commemorated.

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Pool Construction In California On The Rise Amidst Continuing Drought

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California may be suffering from a devastating drought condition, but it’s definitely not stopping the swimming pool industry from performing well. From infinity pools to backyard swimming pools, Californians just can’t stop building them all.

Last year, the number of backyard swimming pools built by Californians has broken records upon records. This year, it would seem that the state is on the track to breaking that record and shatter last year’s mark even when California is experiencing one of the most terrible droughts in the state’s history, earning them differing reactions from the local water agencies.

Aaron Gurley of Gurley’s Premier Pools and Spas was supervising his crew as they tap a tool used for leveling into a wet concrete located at the edge of a large hole in the backyard when he stated how most people are unaware of the amount of math needed in building a swimming pool.

His crew is now going to lay natural stone tiles on the edges of the pool after they had just finished sealing the hole to prevent any leakages.

His company is currently building a pool for Victoria Deal who currently resides in Folsom, particularly at the eastern part of Sacramento suburb. Deal has three children and she says that she is actually excited that she can give her kids a pool that they can enjoy.

She said that a lot of people were actually surprised that Deal had decided to build a pool in the midst of a drought but she thought of the act as good for her family and her backyard which will now be very low maintenance.

But Deal is not the only person who had done this. According to a tracking firm, about 11,000 Californians have either built or rebuilt a pool in the past year and this year it is expected that 13,000 people are going to do the same.

But since local water agencies are now tightening their restrictions in order to implement the newly mandated reductions, the pool industry in the state of California would have to fight in order to survive.

The Government Deals With Business Rates Bill Issue

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There have been reports by numerous Scottish business owners regarding the unfair tax burden levied upon their businesses. The government conducted a thorough research and analyzed the data carefully. They were able to substantiate the claim of many petitioning owners in that in places where there are huge profiting businesses and industries like in the Falkirk area where there are petro chemical plants and other industries in the oil and gas sector, the tax burden is quite low.

The data gathered looked at the greater picture of two sectors- hospitality and manufacturing. It showed that the food sector and accommodation sector carried the biggest burden. The analysis of the tourism industry found at that Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, Renfrewshire and West Lothian carried the highest tax burden as relative to the surplus earnings of the places which are more than 22 percent.

The winners and losers

Although the business rates are being paid by non-profit organizations and by the government, these were actually not included in the analysis. The average business rates bill for tourism in the Scottish council areas is reportedly near 15 percent. The private businesses as a whole, not including the finance sector had business rates of about 4 percent of their surplus income. This is according to the figures supplies by Holyrood.

The other areas where the tourism sector had to pay the most were South Ayershire, Glasgow, East Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Western Isles and Midlothian.  Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire experience higher surpluses and profits recently and they were among those with relatively low burden.

What does the Scottish government had to say? The government said that it had the most competitive tax reform anywhere in the United Kingdom which included a package of tax relief that is estimated to be worth than 600 million pounds this year. The Small Business Bonus Scheme is likewise estimated to remove or reduce the rates bill significantly.

Though the hospitality industry has also been greatly affected with this tax scheme, owner of establishments like luxury cottages Aviemore are still thankful that there is a relief coming from the government.

Cambodia Builds A Garment Training Institute

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Beginning this month the construction of a training institute especially made for Cambodian garment workers is now being realized. The training institute will be called Cambodian Garment Training Institute (CGTI). This is being build within the Special Economic Zone of Pnom Penh and its main mandate is to train the local workers so that they will be equipped with the necessary skills to fill the middle management positions of the clothing factories that are situated across the country. The said institution will offer different vocational training programs like specialized pattern making courses and design. The cost of enrollment will of course be paid by the employers of the workers.

As the clothing industry in Cambodia is set to expand and boom in the upcoming years, the government sees this move as beneficial to the overall economic growth of the country as well as an avenue to alleviate the conditions of the Cambodian people. These workers will be equipped with the necessary skills in making fashionable wears, top garments, t-shirts, shorts, movie costumes and so much more.

During the first year of operation, there will be around 1,600 places that will be available. The institute also announced that it will offer 12 month courses to at least 240 young university hopefuls who are eager to build a career in the clothing industry. The student applicants are privileged to choose from a spectrum of specializations including quality control, engineering as well as garment design.

The institute is being set up by the GMAC or the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia and is aided financially by the French Agency for Development (AFD). The said institute will help boost the retail industry’s competitiveness and create plenty of jobs for the Cambodian people.

The learning institution is set to train the Cambodian workers in the different sections of the clothing industry from pattern making to operating sewing machines to becoming technical specialists. The president of GMAC said that the institute will help increase the productivity of the skilled workers and at the same time reduce the dependence on foreign workers for the key technical positions and management roles in various garment companies in the country.

The Importance Of Emergency Professional Plumbers

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire – August 31, 2015 – During simple plumbing issues, one may not need to call on professional plumbers such as those from ProJet. Homeowners may easily do the task of repairing themselves but when the problem begins to worsen or if it is too tough for the homeowner to handle alone, then having someone to turn can be very helpful. It is not wise to try and fix a major problem because if you make even the slightest of errors, the problem may only further worsen. It is important to have contact information of a plumber that you trust so that when you come home and find the basement flooded, or when the air conditioning breaks down, you have someone to turn to.

Cold Weather

The most common of plumbing problems occur mostly during cold weathers days and most especially during winter. You should know that no matter how good your pipes are wrapped or covered, it doesn’t exempt them from breakage due to freezing temperatures. Of course, when you already have a spare pipe and if you know the basics of plumbing, you can fix the problem yourself. But if you want to save up on time and energy then you should definitely call it in.

Water Gushing

When you see water gushing out in your yard with no particular reason and in no matter the season, you should immediately call an emergency plumber because gushing water is a sign of a major problem. Not only that, your water bills may increase if not resolved immediately.

Replacing Water Heaters

You may think that water heaters can be replaced easily, but in truth, it actually isn’t. Although it is not considered an emergency, replacing water heaters are actually a troublesome and tiresome job. This is a job that plumbers can easily handle. So save yourself some trouble and call in the plumbers.

Rising Utility Costs

When you notice an increase in your utility bills, it may be a sign that there is a problem with your plumbing. In order to make sure if it is from the plumbing, you should turn off everything that uses water such as toilets, showers and other utilities. When the water meter is still moving, then it is certain that you are experiencing a problem in your plumbing.

How Modern Trends In Home Designs Evolve

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It is very difficult to explain but trends in home designs can suddenly be so yesterday and just as suddenly become contemporary again. Yes indeed, home designs change as fast as fashion or pop culture. There are instances when a trend is influenced by a film. If you have watched the Meryl Streep film The Devil Wears Prada, you will notice her rant on the blue sweater scene and how this influenced department stores to fill their discount centers with the color cerulean.

There are several examples of home design trends that include a feature wall. There is no better way to inject personality into a certain space than making a feature wall through hand-painted wallpaper or bold artful prints in metallic finishes. An example of a boundary-pushing design is the statement wall at the Viceroy Hotels and Resorts that was made by Kelly Wearstler. If you are renting an apartment that disallows home improvement projects, your option is removal wall decals or vinyl stickers.

If you are fan of the television series Mad Men or Suits, you can easily get an idea from the home bar where the stars usually make a beeline for. Home bars have always been part of American culture and it can be the place to have a quiet conversation. It does not even require a big space since a stylish bar cart is enough to make an impression.

Modern Moroccan patterns are re-emerging in fashion and home design. This is proven by Carolina Herrera’s Spring Collection of 2015 including design blogs and Pinterest boards. Most consumers in the West are moving away from products that are mass manufactured towards hand-crafted wares that can be found all over the globe. A mid-century designed chair in leather or wood can seamlessly create an ambiance of a modern room.

Velvet has always been synonymous to luxury because of the high cost of production and its history of usage. Velvet has been taken back to the market by fashion designers and furniture makers. With its unusual softness and depth of color, velvet can easily impress your guests. Use a deep green, turquoise or navy velvet sofa or armchair as the star of your room but make sure to use white on everything else.

How Physical Therapy Techniques Help Stroke Patients

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There is a wide range of Physical Therapy Techniques because each patient has a different condition. For example, the physical therapy exercise required by an athlete that has been injured is different from a patient that has suffered from a stroke. What is important is individualized treatment that is focused on the patient’s recovery process.

Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States as well as Delaware. In 2013, 409 members of the Delaware population died from stroke. A stroke occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is cut off. Once the brain is deprived of oxygen, it starts to die and without immediate intervention, the patient can suffer from permanent speech, movement and memory damage.

Usually a person who suffers from a stroke is hospitalized for a certain period of time before he moves to inpatient rehab and eventually to outpatient therapy. How long the patient has to undergo physical therapy varies once they are discharged from the hospital but one thing is for certain; the stroke survivor needs to push himself to the limit in order to maximize the recovery of both the brain and the body.

According to an intensive study made by the University of Delaware, stroke survivors still have improvements to their motor functions three to six months after outpatient therapy. The University of Florida also reported similar findings on the June issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Studies have also found out that after physical therapy, patients nearly doubled their ability to use a stroke-affected arm. At the University of Delaware, former soccer referee Frank Herkes participated in a random double-blind clinical trial to examine how pain-free brain stimulation can improve the outcomes of a fast-paced rehabilitation program. The participants of the study do not know that their brains are being stimulated while they proceed with several rehabilitation exercises and neither do the researchers to obtain a biased-free result.

In total, the University of Delaware is conducting eight studies in order to understand how the brain and nervous system changes after a stroke. Some of the studies focus specifically on mobility and exercise while other studies determine how the brain controls the ability to feel touch.

Why Many Businesses Prefer To Use Printed Paper Bags

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Many businesses today make use of printed paper bags because of two reasons; the paper bags are effective as promotional items and more importantly, they are eco-friendly and will not do any damage to the environment. Businesses are aware of the environmental hazards being faced today and they prefer to have good brand image in the marketing world by using eco-friendly products.

Paper bags can be used as the promotional tool that will enhance the business’s image due to its concern towards the protection of the environment. Making this “green” concept known to consumers will help in increasing revenue.

Majority of consumers today are showing greater preference for printed paper bags instead of plastic bags. People have started to refuse plastic bags when collecting their purchases at super marts and paper bags are gradually becoming popular. Paper bags can also be customized with an attractive marketing message that will appeal to customers. The strongest message used by businesses is the brand name and logo.

Paper bags also have many advantages over plastic bags. They are economical and eco-friendly. Paper bags are made from recyclable materials that do not harm the environment. It is also much easier to print on paper than on a plastic surface. The size of the paper bag does not matter because it offers a wide space for the promotional message that will be printed. Important business information can also be printed on the other side of the bag.

When printing a promotional message on the paper bag, it is important for a business to include the logo, slogan, website, email address and contact details. If there is still available space a small map can be inserted to indicate the location of the business. It would make the search for the business a lot easier for the customer.

Consumers have to get used to paper bags because many counties and cities have decided to ban the use of disposable plastic bags at retail stores. Customers can still bring their reusable plastics bags but if they forget, they will no longer be given free plastic retail bags. Retailers however are allowed to sell recycled paper bags for a very affordable price to the consumer.

The Different Types Of Limos That You Can Hire

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The perfect limos are often provided by companies like Bellagio Limousines who have good image and reputation. Parties, proms, concerts, weddings and for every other event, limos are sure to make you stand out. Limos are the embodiment of luxury, class and elegance and aside from finding the right company to hire a limo, it is also important to find the ‘right’ limo for the event you are going to. Take a look at some of the different types of limos that you can rent.


The perfect men’s night out can be achieved with hummer limos. Hummer limos are huge, robust and macho making it highly suitable for men. This type of limo can accommodate to over more than 20 people at a given time. So if you are planning a bachelor’s party then the hummer limo might just be the one you are looking for.


Sedan limousines are considered the cheapest of the limos you can hire but they are also the most perfect vehicle for business meetings. This type of limo is small but it can accommodate about 4 to 5 people at a time. So if you want to bring work while commuting, then the sedan limousine is definitely what you need.


If you love the road, then you should definitely check out the SUV limousine. This type of limo is perfect for family vacations and is fully equipped with a complete entertainment package fit for the family. If you want to go on a road trip with your family, then this is definitely the perfect ride. SUV limos are also perfect for proms. They are luxurious with the occasional glass of champagne and good dance music playing in the background.


The Lincoln limousine is perfect for every event. This type of limo exudes elegance, class and style and you are sure to standout in whatever event with the Lincoln limousine.


If you wish to party whilst in the road, then the Limo bus is the one for you. Often called the ‘party bus,’ this type of limo can accommodate about 20 passengers and it has all the right elements for the perfect party.

Property Investment Concerned Groups Calls For A Balanced Market

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Property investors as well as small bathroom renovations Perth analysts are confident that the real property sector in the city will rebound and get stronger in the near future.

Though the property sector in Perth has been dramatically improving, other markets are still struggling and are pulling the overall performance of the Australian market down.

Lately, the lenders made the decision to increase the interest rates to the existing property investors as well as to new investors. This move was questioned by the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA). The group urged the government and the regulators to take a balanced approach when working in order to help the property market to flourish.

The chairman of PIPA said that increasing the interest rates for investors appears to be a move that seems to be opportunistic for banks which could potentially have flow-on effects to the overall property market.

The chairman said that increasing the borrowing costs for both new and existing investors seems to be unfair and would detract from the common goal of setting a balance in the property market. PIPA believes that there should be new measures placed in order to slow the new investor lending like restricting the power of borrowers and decreasing the power of new investors in certain locations where the market is set to head. The real property industry needs to be unified in slowing the investing activity in some key markets. PIPA supports responsible lending and it is in this light that they encourage the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to take transparent approaches rather than make use of their closed-door tactics.

According to PIPA, the latest pressure tactics employed by APRA whereby the resulting action force lenders to lock out the investors or increase rates have raised questions and concerns for the real property industry.

While investing in real estate can be a powerful investment tool, people should recognize that not every investment in the property market will appropriately deliver high returns in a market that is not particularly stable. The truth is that the odds can be against you.

Condensing Boilers: Advantages And Features

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How do boilers work? Perhaps the most important component of a central heating system is the boiler. The boiler is like a very big fire that continuously supplies natural gas streaming into the pipe and goes out the gas pipe into the street. If you want to keep your home heated, you simply switch on the boiler using an electric switch. A valve then opens and then gas enters through a combustion chamber that is sealed in the boiler with small jets and an electric ignition system. The gas jets then play a heat exchanger connected to a certain pipe which in turn carries cold water. The heat exchanger component then takes the heat energy coming from the gas jets and then heats the water into at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boilers are really a useful device and when they break down, the services of boiler repair teams are called upon.

Condensing Boilers
A new breed o f boiler is already making its name around the boiler industry and has continuously challenged conventional practices and support new approaches in order to improve the energy efficiency and the cost of heating systems.

Increased efficiency
Conventional heating loop design represents an interrelated effort that prevents boilers from condensing when undergoing heat exchangers.

Condensation occurs when the water vapor inside the boiler’s combustion gases is below the dew point and is then forced into its state of liquidity. Approximately 1,000 Btu of heat is being released for every pound of fluid created. This alteration from the gaseous state to the liquid state occurs as a natural process and is a result of the exposure of the element to a cool heat surface. When the temperature is deemed to be lower than 135 degrees Fahrenheit, the water enters the boiler.

Improved control and comfort
Conventional boilers simply operate with a temperature switch or a crude controller of temperature which provides a modest burner turndown. The calls for heat are then met with a nearly full capacity of a boiler that is made for design day conditions. Engineers have effectively created improved control on these devices to add comfort to users.

Homebuilder Pushing For Energy Efficient Homes

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There are not many trustworthy home builder but the best ones are those that can give you a house that does not only look good but is also an energy saver. If you are in Minnesota and looking for a residential property for sale that is energy efficient then you are in luck. Ray Pruban, a homebuilder known for his love of building green-homes, is selling his personal residence. The place is located in a neighborhood in St. Paul’s Highwood.

The exact location of the house is close to the Mississippi River and is very secluded. The property is composed of five bedrooms with four bathrooms. It is unique and unlike most of the residential homes for sale because it was built using a concept of zero energy. The house was constructed using smart design technology and the systems used are those of renewable energy.

It was presented last September 2013 during the Parade of Homes. Many of the media people have caught on the house’s unique features which gave rise to the popularity of Amaris Custom Homes. The homes was built to perform high performance and to adapt an eco-friendly system. The homebuilder’s goal is to show to people that a green home is possible and it should not cost too much and should not compromise its aesthetic as well.

Pruban has been residing in the model house for two years and is now selling the property for a price of $699,900. Buyer of the house will be given a guarantee of zero fees when it comes to energy bills. This move was decided after Pruban’s company decided to make more of the same homes and expand their reach into the market on the east metro sector.

Pruban is the founder as well as the managing chief of Amaris. Every year, they are able to construct around fix or six homes that are energy efficient and based on a custom order. He expresses how he is in a continuing battle to proving to buyers that these type of homes need not be expensive and is possible for many.

Port For Cruise Ships Coming Soon In Phuket

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Due to the high number of tourist visiting Phuket, many visitors are finding it easier to rent a luxury pool villa in Phuket rather than go their without proper booking. Soon, the number will rise again as Cabinet Members of Thailand has approved the recent proposal to develop the Phuket Deep Seaport in order to it to receive larger types of cruise ships. Along with this proposal is the plan of constructing another port of similar function in either Samui or Krabi.

After the meeting by the Cabinet, Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd revealed that the ministers are in favor of the proposal to construct additional ports for yachts and cruise ships in Thailand. This plan is to help connect Thailand with the surrounding countries as well as to make the Kingdom a regional hub when it comes to sea transport.

A data from the Marine Department showed that Thailand has 11 existing yacht marinas located in the Andaman Sea as well as the Gulf of Thailand. A total of 2000 boats can be accommodated in both marinas. Despite the large number, these ports can only accommodate yachts that are small in size.

The department also revealed that they are looking into 33 more areas where yacht marinas can be constructed and to help narrow down the choices they are asking local residents on their personal view regarding the places that are on the list.

Major General Sansern also shared that when it comes to cruise ships, only a few ports can accommodate those large types of vessels and these are Phuket Deep Seaport, Bangkok Port and Laem Chabang Port. Despite the facts that they can handle large cruise ships, these ports are also full with cargo ships.

With these data in mind, the Cabinet decided to approve the development of the Phuket Deep Seaport to be able to accommodate more tourists as well as cruise ships. This is ideal since Thailand is located in the international cruise route.
The spokesperson also disclosed the plan of constructing new cruise port that will be located in either Krabi or Samui – it will still be decided which of the two is the best location. A decision is to made before September ends.

Real Estate Boom For Thailand Is Evident

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The state of the real estate industry in Thailand seems to be growing beautifully due to the arrival of numerous property investors who have all set their eyes on investing in condominiums and hotels as well as the influx of property buyers purchasing executive homes in many different places in Thailand like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Phuket. The real estate boom had also been greatly influenced by rising activities in both trade and investment.

It can also be noticed that there has been an increased growth in the value of the cross-border trade with the neighboring countries of Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Laos which has amounted to an outstanding 900 billion baht last 2014 and it is also expected to grow beyond 1 trillion this year. This is all because of Thailand’s efforts in setting up special economic zones (SEZs) which was aimed at promoting trade in the border.

Even the locals themselves are doing pretty well. In fact, they now have more income as well as a more urbanized lifestyle which is all thanks to the government’s promotions. Most of these locals would often look for rooms to rent because they can save more money with that. But there are also a number of locals who are looking for condominiums to invest in them.

Furthermore, well-known sellers of condominiums would now normally sell 40-50 units a month while lesser known sellers would still be making lots of money with 20 units a month. It can also be said that there is an exceptional demand for condominium units in Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Pisanulok and Hat Yai.

Condominiums have become the primary weapon and flagship that will penetrate the market in local provinces. This is all because of the changing demands of the consumers in these areas as well as their lifestyle.

The demand would often come from various groups in each of these provinces. The biggest demands would often come from university students, a primary consumer target, as well as the investors in Laos.

All in all, there seems to be a bright future ahead for the real estate industry in Thailand.

Scott Fahlman And His Humanoid Robot Scone

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Creativity and fun have found its way in the online world through various means such as designing and developing a website, one that is offered by a web design company Perth-based. The knowledge of technicalities in computers like codes results to the creation of many other things that are definitely not limited to designing and developing websites for an improved advertisement. Applications, games, drivers, and operating systems, which are widely used by the modern world, are also results of the play of codes done by computer geniuses that have extensively done their research.

Scott Fahlman, the computer scientist nicknamed as the Emoji King – emoji being the terminology for the smiley faces showcasing different moods in the different social media sites, aims to share to the whole world a far greater, significant, and complex project called Scone. Scone stands for Scalable Ontology Engine, Fahlman’s attempt of creating a humanoid, similar to models like Wall-E or R2D2. His plan is to make the project an open-source software which means that the source code will be made available to the public for possible enhancements. However, the entire humanoid project is said to be met with extreme pressure as the computer scientist’s research funding is coming to an end this year on the month of December. Apart from his project Scone, one of his plans for this year is to write a tutorial about Al in the hopes that this may contribute in building bigger and smarter robots in the future.

When asked about the capabilities of Scone, he said that he is hoping that the humanoid creature he is making may fit in the traditional criteria of a robot – one that speaks and understands the English language and quite knowledgeable to share his ideas about the world he belongs in.

The computer geek giving out smiley face cookies every month of September to celebrate the conception of the idea of emojis may be regarded by many as a man of modern vision for technology and a modern world in general, but he is also described to be traditional by heart, as he posts in his website a Smiley Lore that reminisces the story of how the concept of emoji paved its way to success many years ago.

What You Shouldn’t Do With Vacation Rentals

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When you plan on renting vacation villas in Hua Hin, there are a few things you should be wary of. Sometimes people make the mistake of doing the things listed below due to carelessness, ignorance or because of high expectations. But before you skip to the details below, you should first know more about vacation rentals. When you hire rooms, cottages, villas, RV’s, boathouses and any other living space for rent, they are collectively known as vacation rentals. Vacation rentals are easy and are perfect for vacations but before you book a rental, here are the things that you shouldn’t be doing.

Ignore the listing
Most people often make the mistake of ignoring the listing. This is definitely a bad habit because the listings contain all the things you can expect from the rental package. If you ignore most of the details from the listings, then you might be surprised, or even disappointed by the things you see on the rental.

Expect what wasn’t mentioned
If the listing doesn’t contain hot water, then you shouldn’t expect to be provided with hot water. Do not expect things that are not listed.

Use an unknown site to book a rental
Use only what is certified and trusted. Unknown sites are unreliable and they may cost you a good amount of money if you are not careful.

Forget about taxes and cleaning fees
You may think that staying in a rental would exclude you from paying taxes but it actually doesn’t. You should know that taxes are mostly not included in the daily rates along with the cleaning expenses and the damages that you might cause while renting. You may be fined before you leave.

Arrive early
Whereas in hotels, the early bird style is great for catching great rooms, but in the case with vacation rentals, your early arrival may cause a few disturbances like the disruption of the normal system and a rushed unit cleaning.

Expect to fall in love with the place upon arrival
This would definitely not happen immediately. It would probably take a few days before the place grows on you. There are also probably some things that you expected to see but didn’t. Lastly, you should not expect them to be like hotels because they fall short of hotel standards.

Introducing The New Duke Eye Center

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Laser eye treatment is now a commonly sought after treatment and patients can rely on LES Belfast to provide the right eye clinic partner for every need. With the growing demand for eye surgeries, more and more eye centers are popping up in every parts of the world and the Duke Eye Center is one of them. Duke is now ready to welcome their newest addition which is the Duke Eye Center. It is a 116,000-square-foot establishment and is boasted by the ophthalmology chairman as the one that will have the biggest impact under his department. This is because of the fact that there is a much bigger space and the experience patient will undergo will be like no other.

Dr. Edward Buckley explained that because of the project which cost around $45 million, they will be able to accept twice the number of patients. Workers were busy transferring equipment last weekend and getting them into the recently built Hudson Building. The clinic already opened its doors for their first patients just this Monday.

Buckley expressed that the new establishment is another step up compared to the current facilities which have been in the area since the early 1970s. The existing was designed as an ophthalmology department but it can only house 12 clinicians. As of the moment, there are now 50 working clinicians in the department.

The financing was from charitable donations and amounts to a total of $27.5 million. The largest donation was from LC Industries in Durham worth $16 million. The Duke Eye Clinic is facing Erwin Road and it has around 53 examination rooms.

The designers of the new building were careful in choosing decors and layouts that will suit the needs of those patients whose visions are not perfect. Two of the special rooms inside the building include a rehabilitation space and laser eye surgery room. Diane Whitaker explains that thought there is enough space inside the building, every inch will be used. One good example is a stairwell which is commonly used as a utility in some office buildings but at Duke Eye Clinic, it will be used by workers to help train blind patients in moving around staircases.

The Evolution Of Smart Desks

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Executive desks are now given a makeover because of the latest innovation in this piece of office furniture. The now popular design is desks that have adjustable heights and is being adapted by many businesses around the world.

After this new design comes a more advanced variation from Netherlands – a smart desk that lights up and is constructed with charging outlets for smartphones, sensors for magic hand, a prompter for the room temperature as well as comments on the number of calories burned by the employee for standing at a period of time.
Marcel Demper, the founder of MisterBrightLight, expressed how his company wanted to design furniture that is not only health but more fun. The adjustable height desks made by their company is not only meant to be an eye candy but it offers a lot of functionality especially when it comes to technical side.

Marcel shared how he came to design such desks and it is in his aim to improve the wellness of employees especially those who are in the office from 9 to 5. Aside from that, he also wants workers to have the practice of moving around the office and it should be a routine and not just something they are obliged to do.

Marcel expressed his vision which is to help individuals gradually change their perspective towards office works and that they have to stand up more often not because someone tells them it is the healthy thing to do but they have experienced it first hand and how good it felt. Although he recognizes that there are already many options when it comes to adjustable height desks, there is something missing which they have integrated into the furniture which is the fun part. The added features that were equipped in the MisterBrightLight sets it aparat from other desks.

The fun part includes customization so it can follow the company brand or colors. The magic hand sensor included in the desk works by waving your hand and the desk will automatically change height. The lighting of the desk can also be adjusted, as well as the brightness and the color. Charger for smartphones are also included as well as a function that gives user the ability to know the room temperature, humidity and level of oxygen in the air.