Monthly Archives: September 2015

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.