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Save Seagrass Campaign In Maldives Gains Momentum

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A holiday at Maldives luxury villas is not complete without experiencing scuba diving. If scuba diving is not your thing, snorkelling a good option because you do not need dive to the deep waters to view the coral reefs. There are schools of colourful fishes that flock together as they float with the tides. Do not miss the opportunity to experience a giant aquarium.

is not complete without experiencing scuba diving. If scuba diving is not your thing, snorkelling a good option because you do not need dive to the deep waters to view the coral reefs. There are schools of colourful fishes that flock together as they float with the tides. Do not miss the opportunity to experience a giant aquarium.

The social media campaign #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass to save seagrass beds in Maldives has gained momentum. According to Blue Marine Foundation and Maldives Underwater Initiative, at least 25% of the resorts in Maldives have joined the campaign. 30 resorts have pledged their support to protect an estimated 830,000sqm of underwater seagrass meadows.

According to the calculations of The Edition, an online news service in Maldives, another 90 resorts need to participate to put an end to the destructive practice of stripping out seagrass in lagoons that are close to  luxury resorts. Some resort managers assume that seagrass spoils the clear picturesque lagoons that tourists usually observe.

Blue Marine Foundation condemns the practice of stripping away natural seagrass beds for cosmetic reasons that is why it initiated the social media campaign. Some resorts have continued with the practice in their lagoons in spite of the number of pledges to end seagrass stripping on the seabed.

Blue Marine Foundation is requesting for the support of the government, resorts, travel organizations and tourists so that they can put an end to seagrass removal. Tourists can help by challenging resorts who still cultivate nude lagoon seabed by stripping away seagrass to make way for selfie photos. Tourists are encouraged to book at resorts that respect marine ecology and protect seagrass.

More than 1,600 persons from the local and international communities’ have registered their support in protecting seagrass in Maldives. Seagrass is very important because it prevents beach erosion, fights climate change, provides food for the turtles and provides a habitat for juvenile coral reef fishes.

A magical experience awaits you at Maldives luxury villas with its exceptional facilities and amenities. The villas are designed for comfort and absolute privacy but to make your stay more memorable, join dolphin tours and watch the dolphins playing in the waters.  

CBA Considering Rewarding Loaners With Energy-Efficient Houses

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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s green initiative has been going full steam, and, as part of the financier’s endeavours, they are working on launching a reward scheme for homeowners that meet, or, ideally, surpasses the requirements of a basix certificate in Sydney or anywhere else in Australia in creating energy-efficient properties.

CBA CEO Matt Comyn first hinted at the programme, dubbed the Green Mortgage Initiative, when he appeared at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch, which was held recently. The initiative looks to offer cash back, up to $500 for loaners who manage to get certified solar panels installed for their homes.

CBA Executive General Manager for Home Buying, Daniel Huggins, explained why the bank was working on the idea, and the reasoning behind it, saying that the reward scheme is just one of many of the bank’s efforts to go for more than just simple basix certificate in Sydney or anywhere in the country, and make greener choices.

In a statement on the matter, Huggins says that the CBA is always looking for innovative ways to support their customers, and the initiative is being launched as part of that vision. He notes that the CBA is aware that many of their home loan clients can reduce their energy volume and use, as well as pay less or even become net positive for energy simply by getting more energy efficient devices, and this programme is meant to incentivize them to do just that.

The bank hasn’t released any detail on the Green Mortgage initiative, but they did imply that the programme will be implemented soon, within the next couple of months or so.

Notably, the CBA isn’t the only Aussie home-loan provider with green initiatives aimed at encouraging customers to cut down on their carbon footprint, as Yahoo! Finance notes that Bendigo Bank, Hunter United, and Regional Australia Bank also offer interest rate discounts to borrowers who have houses that meet set sustainability criteria.

The AU property market is taking matters like climate change seriously. A report from the Climate Council shed some light as to why, noting that the Aussie property market risks losing $571bn in value over the next 10 years thanks to the effects of climate change, and other extreme weather phenomena.

Tracing The Origin Of Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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In the 1950’s, sweaters with Christmas themes were first produced on a grand scale. Christmas holidays during that time were increasingly becoming commercialized. The first generation ugly Christmas sweaters started with the Jingle Bells sweaters that gained modest popularity for decades. In the 1980’s Christmas sweaters gained mainstream adoration.

How did the ugly Christmas sweater became popular? In the 1980’s there was an iconic TV sitcom where the patriarch of the family was an enthusiast for knitted sweaters with ostentatious designs and clashing colors. The Huxtables was able to sustain its cultural importance and most likely contributed to the longevity of the ugly Christmas sweater as a fashionable choice.

A lot of screen time was gained by the ugly Christmas sweaters in the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The film was released in 1989 with the Griswold family looking circumspect in sweaters that are considered ridiculous by today’s standards but semi-fashionable in the 80’s. How the ugly sweaters were used in the film is a mainstream example that people were aware that they are wearing Ugly Christmas sweaters.

Wearing ugly Christmas sweaters in the 90’s lost its popularity but with the new millennium, people started throwing parties with ugly Christmas sweater themes. The authors of “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting your Ugly on” traced the origin of the ugly Christmas sweater party tradition to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Two men, Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch threw the very first ugly Christmas sweater party at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver in 2002. They organized a feel-good, festive party with ugly sweaters as the major ingredient. Little did they know that the party will turn out to be a cultural phenomenon. Over the years, the ugly Christmas sweater became a mainstay in fall and winter runway fashion. It has also become a popular product among retailers.

A designer Christmas sweater could cost you thousands of dollars but if you visit, you can buy it for a highly affordable price. Be prepared for the holiday parties during the Christmas season. Don’t wait for the weather to turn cold; buy the sweaters now as gifts for family and friends.

3 Tips In Hiring Sydney Plastering Contractor

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If your interior walls require a major renovation or if your ceiling starts to peel off, look for a Sydney plastering contractor who will help restore the pleasing appearance of your space. There are a lot of contractors around Sydney that specialize in wall repairs and plastering. However, in order to avoid wasting your time and more so, your money, be cautious in hiring contractors.  Here are some ideas to help you find the right plasterer in your area.

Contact several contractors

There are a lot of service providers for wall plastering. You can find them by asking for referrals from your friends, neighbours or business partners. Another option is to check the internet for contractors in your area. There are also websites that provide information on professional service providers such as plasterers. The web-based information system offers the names and contact information of service providers. If you already have the names and contact details of Sydney plastering contractor, visit their website to get more information. Contractors have different specialization and it is important that you hire the right contractor that can provide your specific plastering need. Another option is to check the yellow pages for your required services.

Request for site inspection

When you have the name of potential contractors, the next step is to request for site inspection for them to determine the exact work needed and for them to provide a cost estimate for the job. Generally, contractors provide obligation-free inspection to possible customers. After the site inspection, contractors will send you the materials needed the estimated time frame for the project and the costs.Compare the rates, the service inclusions, warranties and other details that will protect you as a customer.

Make a decision

When you have all the information that you need and when you have already compared the cost estimates, it’s time for you to come up with a decision as to which Sydney plastering contractor you are going get your needed services from. Read customer reviews and testimonials for more ideas. Allocate a budget for the project and set a schedule for the job.

Costco Coming To New Zealand

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When it comes to getting petrol or mag wheels in Brisbane on the cheap, Aussies are familiar with the bulk-shopping discount retailer Costco.

The popular retail chain will be opening its first warehouse at Westgate, Auckland, and will offer the chain’s full format and range, covering a fuel station, tyre centre, food court, optometry clinic, and hearing aid services, alongside the expected groceries and home ware.

Development of the New Zealand site will start at some time between June of 2019 and 2020, with its opening scheduled for 2021.  There were two options for a big-box store, with Westgate chosen over the other option;Wiri.

Costco Australia Managing Director Patrick Noone says that the store might also add a pharmacy in the future. He notes that the store will be modelled on their Aussie operations, but will, instead, feature Kiwi brands. This means that the Kiwi Costco is expected to operate around the same price range, around 25-30% cheaper compared to other retailers in the area.So, instead of cheap fuel and mag wheels in Brisbane, it’ll be cheap fuel and mag wheels in Auckland.

The Auckland Costco will be a three-level development, with one level set for shopping, with the remaining levels set for car parks, with 800 spaces.

The company was also considering opening more branches, in Wellington and the South Island, once the Auckland development.

Since Costco stores usually stock around 3,500 brands, there has been questions as to which Kiwi brands will make the cut, but Costco has not spoken on the matter.

First Retail Group Managing Director Chris Wilkinson says that Costco’s move is a big development for consumers in New Zealand.

Wilkinson says that Costco is known for its disruptive tendencies, which Wilkinson says will affect a large range of categories, not just groceries, but also covering commercial cleaning supplies, and other fields, thanks to being a store without boundaries.

Wilkinson does note that he feels that the Kiwi market has been waiting for someone like Costco, as they’re a travelled population, with a lot of experience in dealing with overseas market, which means that people are expecting the kind of offers that something like Costco would have.

He says that this isn’t the sort of place people go for expensive products, it’s where people go to stock up. Here, communities form.

Report Shows Skill Deficit In UK Logistics Market

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Talent in Logistics, the UK logistics awards organisation, recently published a report regarding skill hiring in the logistics sector in the country, and noted a bit of an issue.

According to the data, the sector has a bit of a recruitment issue, to the lament of companies and sites like, with only 8% of UK youth considering the logistics industry as an attractive option for their future career. On top of that, their data shows that about 42% aren’t even aware of the logistics industry and what it does.

As for the logistics workforce in the UK is, only 9% under25, with 45% over the age of 45, which means that, should current market conditions remain, the sector will be hit with a devastating skills shortage.

The Talent in Logistics research was conducted at the World Skills UK Live exhibition, with about 500 students and teachers acting as the sample size.

The data from the research was then used to write ‘Changing Perceptions: Attracting Young Talent Into Logistics’, a whitepaper that details the logistics industry, including major players like, highlighting the extent of the skill shortage issue, bringing it to light, and provide possible suggestions and useful information that might be of us for business leaders to find new skill, primarily by hiring and retaining millennials.

About a quarter of the youth; 26%, that were quizzed by Talent in Logistics stated that they don’t believe that the logistics sector has gender diversity. Only 18% of the respondents have been talked to about, and/or informed of logistics as a possible career path.

Talent in Logistics Business Manager Ruth Edwards say that the popular perception of logistics is the biggest issue when it comes to recruiting new talent, which is why, she says, the organisation has been working to promote the importance of bringing in talent from groups that aren’t too widely represented in the logistics industry.

Ruth added that they’re calling on the sector and the UK education system to do their part in informing the youth of the many opportunities and career paths that can be found in the logistics industry.

Honda Dealer In Cleveland Celebrates 50 Years Partnership With Honda

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A wide range of Honda motorbikes are available at authorized Honda motorbike dealer from the latest supersport bikes to adventure bikes and street bikes. In Cleveland, a motorcycle dealer has been in the business for almost 65 years. David Beam partnered with Honda 50 years ago and begun operating Honda Motorcycles at Shelby.

David Beam was the first motorcycle dealer in Cleveland County. Way back then, most of the motorcycles you will see on the road are Harley Davidson’s. When he started to sell Japanese brands, there was a sudden demand for something new. The Japanese motorcycles had new technology that was different from other brands.

Honda Motorcycles in Shelby is now run by the children of David Shelby but he stops by the shop every day. His goal was to keep the business within the family and make it more successful. Scott Beam who joined the business after graduating from college has always loved motorcycles. He rode motorcycles since he was 5 years old but he never thought that he will make a living from it.

Since Honda Motorcycles in Shelby was launched, it has seen 4 locations and a lot of changes in the industry. David Beam still remembers the days when Honda started to manufacture dirt bikes and 4-wheeled vehicles. The biggest change in the industry was technology.

Local customers have remained loyal to the Honda brand. They still ride the motorcycles they purchased way back in the 60’s and 70’s. David Beam is happy when customers from 50 years ago drop by. They discuss the qualities of motorcycle riding and why they never stop riding.

Riding a motorcycle is one of the true freedoms left for society. When you are on the road, you do not worry about anything. You just enjoy the ride and the freedom.

There is an authorized Honda motorbike dealer in UK that offers a wide range of Honda supersports bikes. Honda Motorcycle Extended Guarantee is also available for those who are eligible. It can be requested from the dealer. There are also easy financing options with the best rates in the market. Financing can be arranged within 30 minutes for new and used motorcycles.