Making Use Of Escape Room Games For Team Building

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Escape room games not only are entertaining and fun, these are also used by several businesses for team building in order to break the communication barriers that may occur in the work place.

A team building’s objective is to help employees and get them ready to find solutions to business issues effectively and collectively.

 

Communication

Communication is needed when finding some well-kept or hidden clues fast. The participants should work in groups to find clues. They need to constantly inform the team so that the information and hidden clues are used to unlock where the hidden key is.

Escape room games promote communication between all the participants involved. It also encourages them to work together to escape the room and win the game.

In addition, the activity teaches cooperation and its importance. Without which, the team is bound to fail.

 

Thinking out of the box

Escape room games need participants to think unconventionally since these are something unique in a sense. The participants should release their creativity to look for clues to help solve the riddles and puzzles.

Since these escape room games are setup differently, they take routine away from the usual office work. These games put participants in situations that get them to utilize information present, to find suggestions, to listen to ideas from team mates and to see what works.

 

Taking lead or being a follower

An escape room game is a level playing field for all participants. Company managers or leaders will just be normal players like the employees. These games unleash anyone’s leadership potential since leadership is required in some situations to get the team out of the room.

During these games, there are likely situations when more than one leader step up. The members need to decide together who gets to lead the team without creating any form of conflict.

Indoor team building activities like these escape room games teach participants to cooperate with each other and work together minus leadership issues.

These games also build a team spirit where an individual is not limited to just individual performance.

When escape room games are used intelligently by companies for team building, these help build a cohesive team that solves business issues rationally.

 

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.

 

Forget About The Bombings; Play Pokemon Go In Thailand

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The Thai Junta has plans of using Pokemon Go in a desperate attempt to boost tourism after the deadly bombings that targeted popular tourist destinations. Tourism is a large contributor to the Thailand economy that is why the government is making all efforts to present the Southeast Asian nation as a safe destination for holidaymakers.

According to the Bangkok Post, the junta will collaborate with the developers of Pokemon Go, the global game phenomenon to plant Pokemon Gyms and Pokemon Stops at popular tourist destinations in order to encourage visitors. If the number of rare Pokemons is increased in several tourist destinations in Thailand, it will boost tourism since everybody wants their chance to catch the elusive characters. There is no word yet whether the locations that were hit by the bombings will be used for the promotions of Pokemon Go. Some of the popular spots in Thailand that were hit by the blasts are Hua Hin and Phuket.

If you are not convinced that Pokemon Go can boost the tourism of a country, consider McDonald’s Japan as an example. Since 2014, the fast food giant has been posting losses until it struck a deal with the developer of the game app, Niantic to turn the 3,000 restaurants into Pokemon Gyms. People can eat their Happy Meals during hard-fought Pokemon battles on their smartphones.

According to the Bangkok Post, local communications firm True Corporation has completed a deal with Niantic to select the locations for the Pokemon Stops and Gyms to provide an additional incentive to tourists to visit the area.

The bombing attacks in Thailand have killed 4 people and injured 20, most of them foreigners. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the bombing but it certainly hurt the nation’s tourism. Hopefully, with Pokemon Go, foreign tourists will be more confident to visit Thailand.

East Coast Real Estate is one of your best options if you want to stay permanently in Thailand. The East Coasts boasts of the best beaches, dramatic sceneries and the best of authentic Thai cuisine. There are islands that are relatively untouched by mass tourism where you can have a holiday in peace and quiet.

Citizenship Offered By Cyprus To Investors From Thailand

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Cyprus is courting investors in Thailand by giving them a lifetime citizenship in the European Union as long as they invest 100 million baht. The country of Cyprus aims to have more capital and they are focusing on Thailand. They are enticing investors by offering an easy access to migrant permission which will make them an instant citizen of the European Union just by investing.

According to a statement from the High Commissioner in Cypriot, Demetrios Theophylactou, the country is aiming to have more capital coming from the investors in Thailand for improving specific sectors such as tourism, property, infrastructure, gas, oil and energy.

There are various incentives which will be given by the Cypriot government to investor who will be willing to accept the deal.

It features competitive deals that are better than other countries in the European Union such as a lower tax for capital gains and a lower minimum for the capital investment which makes it easier for the migration process when coming to the Europe. For those who will invest 300,000 euros, they will be able to acquire permanent residence status while those who will invest 2.5 million euros will be able to get citizenship from the Cypriot government.

Theophylactou also added that now is the best time to improve the investment opportunities as well as give incentives to investors coming from Thailand since the economy of Cyprus is already diverse and it has started to prosper. The country is now adapting a modern economy that is free market as well as based in service.

There are many competitive advantage when choosing Cyprus such as its strategic location when it comes to the EU as well as euro zone, the framework is strongly legal and being regulated, easier to conduct business, there are incentives, the infrastructure is good as well as the quality of life that awaits there.

Theophylactou is also the high commissioner representing Cyprus in India but also accredited when it comes to Thailand. He has already met with Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand. Cyprus interest in Thailand investors may have stemmed from the fact that Thai real estate is booming.

Introducing Yale University’s Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

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The gender-neutral bathrooms in over 23 buildings at Yale University were introduced during its 315th commencement. The university advertised these bathrooms in their website. It included a map of where these bathrooms can be found. School officials mentioned that it is one of the steps to make the school open to its transgender students and staff with their visitors also in mind. Yale also changed a long established rule that now allows its transgender graduates to use their preferred names on their diplomas instead of those in their birth certificates.

According to the dean of Arts and Sciences, Tamar Gendler, the gender-neutral bathroom is about public signaling with Yale wanting to be the leader in this front. Yale’s Equal Opportunity Statement covering all students and employees prohibits discrimination of any kind. A senior who is transitioning as a male mentioned how the transgender community felt a change after Caitlyn Jenner’s transition showed a spotlight for transgender issues. He regards this year as a monumental year in Yale with the amount of changes happening regarding transgender rights.

Professors now address students using preferred pronouns. Yale is also allowing transgender students to modify their identification card names with no charge. Yale’s health plan also covers medical procedures, reassignment surgeries and hormone suppression therapies.

Yale is one of the schools which is changing their rules and policies in relation to transgender rights. The University of Vermont started to address their transgender students with their preferred names and pronouns just last year. In addition, Smith College started accepting students who identify themselves as females even though they were born as males. They made headlines given that they are an all-women’s school. On the other hand, Harvard allows students to use which bathroom they feel comfortable in.

Yale’s gender-neutral bathrooms were once tagged as men’s or women’s rooms. They now say “All Gender Restroom” with figures of a man and a woman next to a figure wearing pants and dress. While these campus bathrooms may not be like home bathrooms with Vanity Units and luxurious furniture but the thought that one can be himself or herself in these bathrooms is just as good as being home.

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.

All You Need To Know About Vietnam

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It might not be the top of the list when it comes to tourist destinations in Asia but it surely has created a name for itself. It is now considered one of the most satisfying tourist attractions in Asia. Travels to the country are not only affordable but also boasts with beautiful beaches and friendly locals. The city life is also bustling and there are unending surprises. Whether you are a backpacker or travelling with your family in style, Vietnam has a lot to offer. The country is compact in size which means it can be explored in just a few weeks or one can spend a month relishing every pleasure the country has.

If you are planning to go somewhere with the bustling of the city life then the best option is to visit Ho Chi Minh City. The largest in the country and also the hottest tourist spot. Saigon is the version of Vietnam of a city that never sleeps. If you are a night explorer then you might be able to enjoy the nightlife that Saigon has to offer. Not only that, the city is also rich in history as it has the War Remnants Museum. If you love the open market then you will surely enjoy the Ben Thanh Market and will be able to put your bargaining tongue to test. Massages are also pretty popular in Vietnam and Saigon has one of the best to offer.

If you want a busy town not as overwhelming as the pulsating city of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi is the best option for you. It has an Old Quarter where all the classy hotels are located and lots of places to eat and shop. Nightlife is also present in this part of the country, not to mention that everything is affordable too. If you are planning to explore the beauty of Hanoi then it is recommended for tourists to take a motorcycle ride all over the streets.

From Hanoi you will be able to travel to Sapa by train in order to experience the beauty it has to offer. Sapa is located in the northern part of the country and it has a rich ethnic culture because of the still existing hill tribes. One can easily glimpse the hills and the rice terraces with a simple journey through the Hanoi to Sapa train.