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The Economic Values Of International Education In New Zealand

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According to a recent research, international students in New Zealand are pumping in millions of dollars to the international education sector. It has also generated hundreds of job opportunities in regions all over the country. For New Zealand, the total economic value of international education has surpassed NZ$4 billion (US$2.82 billion).

The 2015-2016 report was commissioned by Education New Zealand to cover 8 regions that include Northland, Bay of Plenty (including Tauranga and Rotorua) Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson Marlborough, Otago (including Dunedin and Queenstown) and Southland.

Of the 8 regions that were included in the study, Otago had the highest regional foreign exchange earnings at NZ$174 million. From the total earnings, NZ$136 was generated by Dunedin. The average spend of an international student is estimated at NZ$33,100. The figures reflect the importance of attracting international students to Dunedin.

According to Director John Christie of Enterprise Dunedin during an interview with Otago Daily Times, the figures revealed in the research reinforces the work invested in schools, the polytechnic and university in order to put Dunedin in a position as premier international study destination through Study Dunedin.

The second highest contribution to the international education sector comes from the region of Bay of Plenty at NZ$118 million. The average spend of international students in the Bay of Plenty is NZ$28,500 per student. Apart from their monetary contributions, international students also diversify the region.

When foreign students study in the universities, they contribute towards having a diverse population, making students global citizens. International students make people aware of global cultures and practices and helps broaden the minds of students towards survival in a global environment.

The largest group of foreign students are the Chinese (26% of the total) followed closely by India and Japan. These 3 countries generate the most contributions among all the source countries.

At the international school in Thailand, an interfaith, inclusive and academically rigorous education is provided to students to become balanced, successful and compassionate individuals. The international school has gained a reputation globally for nurturing intellectual development, moral character and physical wellbeing to shape their lives as leaders of the future.

An Opportunity To Remodel The Hated Avocado Bathroom

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In the 1960’s up to the later part of the 70’s, avocado green was the rage for bathtubs, sinks and toilets. Now, the color is the second most hated feature of a bathroom suite that immediately turns off a home buyer.

Bathrooms.com, an online bathroom retailer has made a research on the most hated design trends that can decrease the value of the home. Wood paneling was number one most hated feature while outdated avocado bathrooms were on second place with 16% of respondents planning to reduce the asking price by £5,000. At least 6% of the respondents between 25 -34 years old plan to seek a price reduction of £10,000.

Other features that can turn off a property buyer include built-in bars, woodchip, Artex ceilings, heavily patterned carpets, textured wallpapers, crazy paving, fireplaces made from brick and built-in wardrobes installed over the bed.

Based on the results of the UK survey conducted by Census Wide in December 16, 2016, on 2,000 people that are 16 years old and above, there are still households (1.2%) that have avocado green suites in their bathrooms. If you will consider the fact that there are 27 million households in the UK, avocado green suites equate to about 324,000 in the UK.

At least 75% of the respondents consider avocado green suites as ugly while 71% or 3 out 4 say that if they bought a home that has an avocado green bathroom, it would the first thing they will rip off. However, in spite of the general consensus that avocado green bathrooms are ugly, a fifth of UK households have not updated their bathrooms. 23% consider the bathroom to be an embarrassment.

Owners of avocado green suites are encouraged to join Avocado Amnesty by posting a picture of the bathroom at Bathroom.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with a reason on why the bathroom has to be upgraded.

Avocado bathrooms went out of style years ago. If you are going to remodel your bathroom, opt for frameless glass sliding shower screens that look elegant and luxurious. It is guaranteed to gain the attention of home buyers and increase the resale value of the home.

British Homeowners Prefer To Procrastinate Maintenance Tasks

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Based on a research made by residential property manager FirstPort, at least 82% of Brits interviewed procrastinate for at least 4 weeks the essential jobs that have to be undertaken in their homes. One in ten, the task is postponed for more than three months. At least 32% claim they are too busy to perform DIY jobs while 25% do not know what to do. 9% are afraid they might do more damage and devalue the home while 6% are afraid of injuring themselves.

If the amount of time that the Brits do jobs inside the home is calculated, it would total to about 114 hours or seven weekends a year. The amount spent for home maintenance on plumbing, painting, carpet cleaning, windows and gutter cleaning, decorating, repairs and gardening is estimated at £700 a year. If you add the amount of time spent working at home maintenance, the full cost required by an average home will reach £1,840 annually.

Yes indeed, it really takes time and money to ensure that a home is in good condition. This was found out from the research that covered 115,000 properties across more than 2,000 developments. Homeowners who are uncomfortable doing maintenance tasks can hire professionals for the job because what is important here is to ensure that any issues are dealt with properly and quickly so that a small problem will not grow worse with time. Homeowners who have DIY skills must determine whether they can do quality maintenance or if it is better left to the experts.

Simple jobs like gardening and a bit of painting can be done by any homeowners. However, there are maintenance that seems easy that are best left to professionals who have the right equipment and skills. These maintenance tasks include cleaning and repair of gutters, removal of molds and replacing sealants.

A team from Cool Spec gutter repair and replacement in Perth can fix different issues with the gutter from leaking joints, loose downpipes, damaged and missing brackets for reasonable costs. If the gutter is beyond repair, the condition of the system will be identified to check the root cause of the problem so that replacement can be done if absolutely necessary.

 

New Maps With High Resolution To Be Used By Uber

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If you are a frequent Uber rider then you must have experienced at least once, if not often, that the driver have to drive around a certain location before arriving to the exact one where the blue dot is located.

The ride-sharing company is now happy to announce that they have partnered with DigitalGlobe, developer of space imagery as well as geospatial content, in order to improve the process of identifying, picking up and dropping off of the passengers.

The latest technology will be utilizing the constellation sensors and will be able to access the imagery as well as location intelligence in order to produce high resolution maps of the given area. This will give the driver the capacity to see their exact location as well as where they are going.

According to the Director of Business Development under DigitalGlobe, Kevin Bullock, the company is happy with the new global partnership which will last for years in order for Uber to utilize high resolution images via satellite in their rides. He also added that the imagery will help to further better the experience of not just the riders but also the Uber drivers all over the globe.

DIgitalGlobe has already produced scan of the Earth in cutting edge resolutions and with the highest possible accuracy that can be achieved with today’s technology. The scans were performed on both the visible and nonvisible wavelengths on the planet.

The company is helping customers to understand and have a look at the entire world they are living in and at the same time it was able to make the US government agree the restrictions on image resolutions gathered by private satellites should be lifted. This proposal was granted in 2014 according to a report published by Engadget.

After their proposal was victorious, the firm introduced their fourth generation satellite called WorldView-3 which has the capacity to capture images with very small dimensions. The smallest reported image they could get of the Earth measured 12 inches across. With the revolution in mapping and image capturing, it is still a wonder that map illustrations still play a very important role in many sectors such as a business area, school campus or a town.

A Guide To Finding A Good Attorney

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Thailand – When you are in a certain predicament that would require legal aid, it is important that you don’t just hire any lawyer but a good one. This is because a good lawyer is the only thing that you need to win a legal case. If you are searching for a good lawyer, make sure not to rush in hiring. Here is a step-by-step guide to finding a good attorney.

STEP #1: FINDING

  • The first step to finding a good attorney is to determine what type of attorney you need. This of course would have to depend on your need for a lawyer. If you need one who specializes in international law, then you would have to find an international lawyer in Thailand. If you need one that specializes in real estate, or family law, or even criminal law, then you would have to find a lawyer that fits your need.
  • Your local bar association would have records of attorneys practicing in your area and it would do you good to contact them and ask for referrals.
  • There are also many listings online and the best thing about them is that they have reviews from previous clients which can help you in many ways.
  • Lastly, you can ask for referrals from family or friends who had recently worked with a lawyer.
  • Remember to make a list of the attorneys that you find in your area and review each of their websites if they have any.

STEP #2: CHOOSING

  • Once you have made a list and had sorted out which lawyers you think can help you the most, the next step would have to be scheduling a consultation appointment. It is recommended that you start with the lawyers that offer free consultations first.
  • Write important questions regarding pricing, success rate, availability and misconduct. Also, it would be better to have a lawyer that is from your state or area.
  • Bring documents that you think is important and necessary.
  • Once you have finished with the consultations, you should remember to choose an attorney that you feel comfortable the most.

STEP #3: COSTS

  • Once you have made your choice, you should be able to fully understand how the lawyer charges for his services.
  • Never hesitate to negotiate a fee especially if you are on a budget.

Four Frequently Asked Questions About Indian Food

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There is no denying that people, in many forms or ways, love to eat. There was a time when people had to eat only for survival but now that the world and humanity had gotten so far, not only has there been unity in diversity, but diversity in consumption as well. Each person may have a specific preference for certain types of foods. There are those who prefer healthy living, keeping a balanced diet of nutritional and balanced dishes while there are also those people who prefer to abstain from eating meat. The diversity of food is mainly influenced by the converging of multiple cultures around the world. Now, people can get to eat an assortment of delicacies from far-away cultures such as French, Italian, Thai, Chinese and even Indian. Indian food, in particular, is highly diversified. Here are four of the most frequently asked questions about Indian food.

  1. Does all Indian food contain curry powder? Curry powder has always been closely associated with Indian food and it is also often thought as a main ingredient. However, not all Indian foods contain curry powder. Curry powder is added to certain dishes along with some other spices in order to enhance their taste. But you should know that curry powder is a mix of spices that is mostly known as Garam Masala. While the ingredients for curry powder are the same, the use of it can be somewhat limited or measured in each Indian household. So you can expect that not all Indian households would have the same tasting dishes.
  2. Do you need special utensils to cook Indian food? Most people think that Indian food is hard to cook but in truth, it is actually very simple and the utensils you may need may already be found in your kitchens.
  3. How healthy is Indian food? This would have to depend on the way the dish is cooked. It is up to you to make the dish nutritious or not.
  4. Is Indian food very oily? This would also have to depend on the way the dish is cooked. However, there are many Indian dishes that would require that the Masala be fried in some sort of oil. Many believe that the more oil you use, the better it will taste but it has been proven that the dishes still taste better with half the oil.
  5. Is Indian food always spicy? The answer would have to vary. If you define ‘spicy’ as seasoned with spices, then it would have to be a yes. But if you define ‘spicy’ as super hot or chili hot, then no because the spices vary.

If you prefer eating out at Indian restaurants, then you should also check out the best chicken bhuna in Perth at Two Fat Indians.

The Benefits Of Safety Reflective Clothing

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When you live your life doing the same thing every day, waking up at 5 in the morning, going to work, go home before dinner, you would definitely develop a feeling of safety no matter what kind of work you are involved in. However, danger does not choose and it comes whenever it wants to. For office-based workers, the shelter of the office provides less danger and hazards for workers to be worried about. However, not all people work inside the office. There are countless of people who go to work every day, exposing themselves to potential harm. People such as cops, traffic enforcers, construction and factory workers and more all work at dangerous environments.

Luckily, laws and regulations were put in place to protect employees from harm. But know that to be truly safe, one would have to make the effort himself. There are numerous ways that a person can use to increase his safety. Wearing safety reflective clothing is one of them.

There are cases in which safety reflective clothing, or high visibility clothing in general, is required by the law for some occupations. Construction workers and factory workers, for example, are required to wear high visibility clothing. Now, the question is why is visibility so important? Here’s why.

When you are visible to other people, the likelihood for accidents is greatly lessened. Why? Say for example you are running on the road. There is always the potential of a reckless driver not noticing you which could cause you serious harm if circumstances prove unfortunate. However, if you are visible, the driver would be able to see you and thus would try his best to avoid hitting you as much as possible.

In the case you work in a place where it is required to wear such clothing, you would be able to avoid getting a penalty if you follow their clothing requirements. Construction can be quite a dangerous work but visibility allows people to become safe.

For runners, cyclists and other sports enthusiasts, reflective cycling jackets can both prove useful day and night. This is because during the day, the fluorescent material in the jacket makes it appear brighter and striking to the eyes while in the evening, it is able to reflect back the light back to its source.