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A Look At The Edinburgh Company Behind The Escape Room For The Red Bull Escape Room World Championship

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Before 2012, a Hidden door was impossible to find in the UK, as the country didn’t have a single escape room. Following HintHunt’s first facility in the country in North London, the country now has around 1,500 of the facilities.

The country’s love affair with escape rooms and taking on a Hidden door for themselves led to the Red Bull Escape Room World Championships being held in London. The championship is a contest of the best teams from across 23 countries to see who can claim victory, with the Slovenia boasting the win for 2018.  Of course, that competition needed its own escape room, specially designed to cater to the level of the competitors.

A Scottish escape room company, laconically named Escape, was responsible for building and operating the challenge room for the championship’s duration early in April. The room’s design was the work of Dr.Scott Nicholson, an escape room designer, and Brantford Games Network Research Lab Director, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada.

The room itself was designed by bringing together concepts in order to create a space aimed at testing six key problem solving skills, namely; creative thinking, logic, visual thinking, musicality, memory, and, of course, strategy. The good news is, people in London can give the room a shot for themselves, as Escape will keep it around and keep it running following the championships.

The 2019 iteration of the Red Bull Escape Room World Championships is only the second iteration of the event in the discipline, and was broadcast, live, for all the world to see.

Escape was founded back in 2014 in Edinburgh, and claims to the Scotland’s first escape room company. Regardless, the company’s since grown into a multinational operator, with more than 200 rooms across the world, with 150 employees in the UK alone.

Escape Founder Daniel Hill stated that escape games are only continuing to grow in popularity, and after Edinburgh played a key part in popularizing it, it’s only fitting that the world championship was held in the UK.

For Escape’s part, Hill says that it’s a privilege that they were tasked with building the unique escape room. For a company that just had one room to work with in Edinburgh back in 2015, with no clue as to whether or not they’ll even be popular, it’s such a miracle that they’re now thrust into the global stage.

Labelexpo Europe Show In September 2019 Opens Registration

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Companies that handle tradeshow logistics in Europe is familiar with Labelexpo Europe, as its considered by many to be the world’s largest label and package printing industry trade show. The event, a four-day show that displays the latest technology in the industry, is currently in its 40th iteration, and is now accepting registrations.

The 2019 iteration of the event has a motto of ‘Move your business forward’, with a focus on improving business strategies and to move the industry itself forward.

Managing Director Lisa Milburn, Labelexpo Global Series,  says that 2019 is a milestone year for Labelexpo as it celebrates 4 decades of operations, so they wanted to set it apart by making the biggest, most ambitious show to date. She notes that their industry is constantly moving forward, but it’s a constant that having the right tools and strategy is the key to success, and they wanted to reflect that in the year’s theme.

There’ll be plenty of need for tradeshow logistics, as the show already has more than 600 confirmed exhibitors, including big names like HP, Fujfilm, Epson, ABG, and others. This iteration of the Labelexpo Europe is supported and endorsed by several trade bodies; FINAT, Febelgra, EUQID, SPPES, UNFEA, and VsKE.

Alongside the exhibition, there’ll be three new show features that’ll be debuting at Labelexpo Europe 2019.

The Flexible Packaging Arena is a demonstration of two press lines; one digital, the other conventional, which produced indirect food contact flexible packaging, as adherent to the GMP’s latest standards.

The Brand Innovation Showcase are for brand owner visitors, where they can learn about key brands’ strategies, how to create an award-winning label and packaging designs, as well as take part in an exclusive tour of the suppliers’ stands, where they can experience live demos of the latest technologies and innovations in the industry.

Lastly is the Sustainability Insight Cafe, where the latest sustainable developments, both products and services, designed to support more environmentally conscious endeavors in the industry will be shown off.

Milburn stated that they’re proud to introduce three new features to the show for 2019, and that they’re very much looking forward to meeting with people throughout the course of the show.

Junk King acquires new investor

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Junk King, the California-born company, known for junk removal Orange County and across the country, recently got a new investor backing it, Norwest Venture Partners. The premier multi-stage investment firm recently announced that it made a strategic investment in the junk hauling company, with the transaction’s details remaining undisclosed.

Junk King was co-founded back in 2005, and has since grown into the largest junk hauling company in the US, with offerings in more than 100 cities across 35 states in the US, as well as 3 provinces in Canada. As of May 2019, the company has welcomed 5 additional franchisees.

Andreacchi was part of the transaction, and noted that, when he founded Junk King to handle junk removal Orange County and across California, he did not expect how much their franchisees would contribute to their brand. He’s proud to say that the franchising system behind Junk King has brought together people and organizations from diverse backgrounds and career paths in order to create the US’s leading junk removal business. He says that Junk King looks to climb higher as a team, and, with Norwest coming into the team and backing them, Andreacchi feels that the company can do anything it sets its sights on.

Junk King’s Board of Directors will be taking in 2 people from Norwest; General Partners Sonya Brown, and Stew Campbell.

Brown made a statement on the matter, saying that Junk King’s aim of delivering quality, environmentally-conscious service is something that calls to Norwest, adding that handling waste properly via recycling efforts is paramount. She states that Norwest is looking forward to supporting the Junk King team with new programs aimed at driving innovation in the industry at large.

Campbell also made a statement on the matter saying that Andreacchi and his team has built an industry leader of a brand, with the quality consumer experience to match. The technology, customer service, and processes that Junk King has, Campbell says, are all aimed at delivering top-notch customer experience on demand to both commercial and residential customers. Campbell explains that this is why Norwest chose Junk King, and why they’re excited to work with Andreacchie and his franchise network.

Danang’s Road To Becoming A Smart City

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Danang is a coastal city located in Vietnam which is slowly starting to gain popularity because of its white sand beaches and beautiful resorts. There are over a million residents residing in Danang which is becoming an urban city in a faster speed than expected. It is expected that by 2030, the population of Danang will be more than twice it is now. There are many reasons to love the city from the French village in Danang to the beaches and the locals.

Danang is also part of the ASCN or ASEAN Smart Cities Network along with 25 more cities in its pilot program. These cities are required to be under ASEAN member states before they can join. They were officially launched last year during the 33rd ASEAN Summit which was held in Singapore on November. According to the ASCN, their goal is to collaborate in order for the cities to achieve the same goal which is to become smarter and more sustainable.

Two years ago, there were 6.6 million tourists who came to Danang and this number is 19 per cent higher compared to the year before. The figure for that year was also higher by 4.8 than their expected target for the year. Out of the 6.6 million tourists, 65 per cent came were traveling domestically while the remaining number were international travellers but majority of them came from neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Lao PDR.

Economist Intelligence Unit survey revealed that 84 per cent of the people living in Danang think their city is also under the smart category because of the improvements that have been done especially to the environment. In the last few years, the city is making waves because of its leap towards urban development using sustainable methods and at the same time making sure information technology is applied.

The pilot e-government platform was released in 2014 in Danang and the system was able to host 1,196 public services through online. An additional 498 services have been offered to cover other needs such as public infrastructure, land use and water quality.

The city also launched a mobile application called Danabus which can be used by residents to monitor the routes of the local buses. This is helpful for tourists going to French village in Danang or any other landmark as they can easily commute.

Helpful Cityscape Illustration Can Be Culled From Interactive Map Showing The Effects Of Light Pollution

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Artificial light, mainly powered by electricity, is essential to human activity, especially during night time. Butit has come to detrimental levels in some areas of the globe.Thus, the term light pollution.

The Detrimental Effects of Artificial Light

 A news item written by NBC’s Denise Chow outlined the harmful effects of excessive artificial light emissions. These unwanted problems include human health issues such as sleeping and weight disorders; and disturbed environment of plants and animals that naturally spend more time or thrive in darkness.

Problems Posed on Space Study

Unnecessary Artificial Light also makes the astronomers’ job of studying the earth and the universe difficult as they need dark skies to achieve thorough space observation.

Interactive World Map

 An interactive world map featuring how artificial light has increased its emissions overtime is carried by newly launched website Radiance Light Trends. The map indicates areas where the skies are relatively dark at night, and those which are considered hot spots, indicated by blue, and those marked with black but replaced with colors indicating artificial lights’ glow during evenings.

Establishment of Radiance Light Trends was coordinated by Potsdam-based German Research Centre for Geosciences. It is part of GEOEssential, a project funded by the European Union.

The map’s data include information of already decommissioned spy satellites operating during the 1992 to 2013 period. Data covering 2012 to date has been provided by aNASA-NationalOceanicand Atmospheric Administration jointly operated satellite. Automatically, the map is updated when new satellite image is fed.

Website users can click on specific regions; come back in time, and would be shown how a region’s light emissions underwent changes through time.Included landmarks such as roads and cities, makes easier the work of locating specific areas of interest.

The tool is meant to be used not only by those working in the scientific world, but by the public as well.According toPhysicist Christopher Kyba of said center, the tool is intended to be accessed by anyone free of charge. Kyba said the website endeavors to facilitate understanding of the changing artificial light and the “skyglow” of cities.

In addition, this interactive map reflecting changes in cityscape illustration can provide an in-depth understanding and insightsin the development of strategies to help humanity cope with the adverse effects of artificial light.

Thecityscape illustrationcan thus be viewed as an important tool for scientists, social science scholars and policy makers in their work of improving human lives.

Qualities Of Good Probate Lawyers In Melbourne

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One of the responsibilities of a probate lawyer is to make a good advanced planning to manage a client’s estate in anticipation of illness or death. Many people think that only the wealthy should prepare the necessary documents for wills, guardianships, and trusts. This is the common misconception of the majority. The truth is that it is crucial for everyone to plan for their estate in advance.

The creation of great wills needs experienced and qualified family probate lawyers in Melbourne who completely know and understand your unique desires and situation.  We know that planning on your estate is a sensitive and serious pursuit, but the right estate lawyer close to your family will assure you of efficient execution of your will. This is so because you feel comfortable sharing pertinent information during the preparation of your will.

Qualities of a good probate lawyer

  1. Has a specialty in Estate Planning

Some lawyers who do not have ample experience and expertise in estate planning will just input the information and data into a program without thoroughly knowing the laws that would impact your properties. A good family probate lawyer only focuses and specializes in the area of estate planning. A specialist in estate planning has continuing education program and good experience and training on this area to be updated with the latest estate laws ensuring the approval of your estate plans.

 

  1. Has a fixed and reasonable price in creating an estate plan

Before you embark on the process of planning your estate, ensure that the probate lawyer you are getting is billing you a reasonable fixed price for all the services offered to avoid any surprise fees and hidden costs.

 

  1. Does multi-tasking functions

Estate planning covers a wide spread of topics. An expert estate lawyer can create trusts for family members, avoid probate, reduce estate taxes, plan for incapacity, create wills, and many more.

 

  1. Creates estate plans efficiently and quickly

This quality is crucial especially if the client is seriously ill wherein time is of the essence. A good estate lawyer must be able to quickly make a draft on the will so corrections can be made immediately, and the final draft can be prepared for the client’s signature.

 

  1. Guides the client through the whole process

A good estate attorney will assist you during the entire process of the preparation of the document. He must also be readily available when needed.

 

  1. Maintains accommodating demeanor

A good probate lawyer readily accommodates your requests in a friendly manner. Excellent professionalism must be seen in all aspects of the process.

Choosing a good probate lawyer includes knowing the qualities of the professional that would suit your needs and contribute to the fast delivery of the services needed.

How Automated Solutions Have Changed The Functions Of Accountants

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The shifting role of small business accounting in Norwest is largely driven by the increasing number of automated solutions available to businesses today. Machines are now being used to take care of repetitive financial tasks that accountants used to do. In order to be relevant, accountants have to readjust their positions from being a number-cruncher to a value-adder.

Payroll processing is not actually the function of an accountant but because of the repetitive nature of the process, many businesses prefer to give the responsibility to accountants. However, according to Steven Jones, business development manager of UK payroll processing company, Payescape, payroll processing presents few opportunities to the profession. Besides that technology has automated the payroll system and some key functions for small businesses.

So, why do businesses still need accountants? Bookkeeping, bank reconciliations and payroll processing are functions that a small business owner can do. However, an accountant can be the advisor particularly when strategic decisions have to be made. An accountant can provide valuable advice on what work the business can take on for their business clients and what work needs the automated solutions.

While it seems that automated solutions take work away from accountants, the industry is starting to see it as a positive way to free up the valuable time of accountants so that they can instead become business advisors. While majority of the processes in a payroll system are repetitive and can easily be managed through technology, there are still areas when the accounting expertise is needed like compliance and data security.

Payroll and tax-related regulations must be the focus of accountants who are handling payroll. There are areas that require accountants like risk mitigation processes and compliance. They have to provide the value-added services that machines cannot deliver. They can help the business flourish by delivering services that are required.

There are certain areas where small business accounting in Norwest focuses like financial planning, insurance and mortgages. When it comes to accounting and taxation, an accounting team knows the requirements of Australian Taxation Office like business activity statements and income tax returns. The team has a breadth of experience across different industries.