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Studying Abroad: 5 Ways to Prep You Up for the Big Trip

Back2School November 7, 2016 at 4:39 am

Studying AbroadThe results are out and you are one of the few to receive an opportunity to enter a great study program abroad. The idea alone can make you feel giddy and excited, but this is only the beginning of everything.

James Cook University Singapore and other educational institutions noted that whether it is a university in Asia or somewhere else, knowing these would get you ready for your educational journey ahead:

Things to Prepare

Ready your passport and visa. The passport will serve as your pass to enter and/or leave the country to travel abroad. Most countries require foreign students to obtain a student visa to pursue the course program you want. To prevent any hassle, be sure to prepare these two and other related documents ahead of time.

Get to Know the Country

Research and take the time to learn more about your destination. From the people and its culture down to its current economic situation, it is best to know the important details. Otherwise, it can affect your future travel and study plans.

Read the Consular Information Sheet

This provides up-to-date news on the country you’re possibly traveling. It offers detailed information on topics that might be your concern, especially your own safety and security. This may include the laws and regulations and the location of consular agencies, consulates, and your embassy.

Be Prepared Emotionally & Mentally

Throughout the course of your stay, you’ll certainly meet many people. Be prepared for these things. There’s a big possibility that they have different views on certain ideas, issues, and concepts. Expect the unexpected and try to widen your understanding.

Be Ready Financially

This is the biggest challenge of studying somewhere far. You are responsible in all of your finances from your accommodation, allowances down to your other expenses. Therefore, you need to practice managing your budget properly even before you travel. It’s always good to bring extra in case something happened you’re ready for it.

If you want to be ready for a whole new experience, it’s best to make some preparations. Remember to stay updated and informed about the things around you for a safer travel experience.

Maintaining and Using Liquid Fertilizer Tanks

Product Review October 18, 2016 at 3:00 am

Liquid fertilizer tanksStoring liquid fertilizers and pesticides is a necessity for many farmers. Since chemicals can be volatile, they require inert containers for safe storage. Storage tank users have to follow a few safety guidelines. A ruptured or damaged tank can lead to contaminated soil and may damage property, too. Sometimes, failure happens due to poor design, construction and a lack of maintenance.

To minimize the effects and prevent possible failures, follow these steps when maintaining liquid fertilizer tanks.

  • Don’t buy used tanks as moving and installing them in a new spot can lead to problems.
  • Make sure every employee is aware of operational hazards that accompany such tanks.
  • Fill tanks only to the recommended level.
  • Do regular inspections and ensure that there are no leaks. Check welded areas for any signs of trouble.
  • Check more often during cold weather as steel can become very brittle.
  • Drain tanks before carrying out repairs in case of corrosion or other problems.
  • After inspection and maintenance, ensure that repairs are done based on standards. If repairs are not possible, replace the tank with a new one.
  • Ensure that secondary containment is done in ways to prevent a leaking tank doesn’t compromise the safety of other tanks.
  • Have an emergency plan in place to account for every contingency.

The EPA website is a good source of information for safety checklists and maintenance tips. Download and print out all the required papers and checklists. Keep them in an accessible place and ensure that all the users are aware of safety procedures and follow them to avoid problems.

Funko Pop: The Rise of the Modern Bobble Head

Modern Market September 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

A traditional bobble head on a car deskBobbleheads were extremely popular in the 60s – these small, plastic figures had tiny bodies and oversized heads, which wobble and nod with every movement. Attached to some kind of spring, they were the preferred toy that graces office desks and car dashboards.

Today, a new type of bobblehead is on the market – Pop vinyls, more popularly known as Funko Pops, are taking the world by storm. Though their heads do not wobble, the toys have impressive variety. Just take a look at pop vinyl stores such as Global Gear and you will find over 200 different versions of the toys. This is not even the complete inventory, as the company that makes Pop vinyls have over 1,000 licensed characters registered to their name.

From Humble Beginnings

Funko began as a small toy company in the U.S. In 1996, founder Mike Becker decided to sell his own bobbleheads, coin banks, and hand puppets. He wanted to create toys that bring about a sense of nostalgia – he found modern toys too complex, with too many features, and just wanted to make something that is straight-to-the-point and simple.

He started creating toys out of licensed characters such as Popeye, Count Chocula, and the Big Boy mascot. His company kept growing, and eventually, he decided to introduce the Funko Force line, which debuted at the San Diego Comic Con of 2010. It was initially met with a lukewarm response – people complained that the heads did not bobble.

Eventually, he managed to gain the license of several more figures, including DC comic characters like Green Lantern and Batgirl. These more up-to-date characters proved to be more popular among toy lovers.

Every Fandom Ever

Funko Pops are popular because of their pop culture appeal – with hundreds of characters to choose from, it encompasses many fandoms, from comic fans to sports fans. People love collecting familiar characters, especially if they are rendered in such an adorable form.

As more characters are added to the Vinyl Pop collection, more people will buy the toys – they simply love seeing their fandoms represented in merchandise.

Should You Send Your Child to a Christian School?

Back2School September 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Primary SchoolDeciding what primary school to send your child to is not easy. After all, the kind of early education your child will receive is instrumental to his or her growth. While there are many public and private schools available in the country, you have to make sure that you’re choosing the school that can offer the best learning environment for your child. And in this matter, you might want to consider a Christian school for your little one.

Here are some advantages you get when you send your child to a Christian school:

Academic Excellence

Most Christian schools use the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program together with the standard K-12 curriculums. The ACE curriculum includes a diagnostic test that determines whether a child has a learning gap or not. Esther's School, for instance, uses the ACE diagnostics the moment the child enters the school, and every time a child is about to move up to the next level. What’s even beneficial is that many Christian schools provide individual study plans to fill the child’s learning gaps, ensuring their academic excellence at all times.

Positive Learning Environment

Through the use of the ACE curriculum, Christian schools are able to teach students to understand life and social relationships from a Christian’s point of view. The child also learns to develop his or her character, values, and wisdom in a Christian way. With Christian schools, you can rest assured that your child is learning in a positive environment.

Higher Standard of Conduct

It is important that your child learns the value of discipline as early as possible. Generally, Christian schools impose a higher standard of conduct compared to public and other private schools. They have dress codes and strong behavioural standards that your child must follow to instil in him or her positive habits.

With these three main advantages, it looks like sending your child to a Christian school is a good decision. Consider visiting the premier Christian schools in your area to see what they have to offer.

Google to Start Regulating “Intrusive Interstitials” Come January

Tech Week August 31, 2016 at 9:38 am

Tech giant googleWebsites can start kissing their pop-up ads goodbye, as Google has just announced that it will begin cracking down on these “intrusive interstitials” come January 10, 2017.

Closed Windows

The announcement aims to reinforce the tech giant’s commitment to providing mobile users the best possible browsing and search experience, something that is simply impossible with the off-putting, badgering nature of some online advertisements.

Professionals from Bungemoe describe the “intrusive interstitials” Google is targeting as those advertisements that cover the main content at any time during the user’s browsing of a particular page. They note, however, that Google has outlined a few exceptions, such as interstitials that appear to be in response to the website’s legal obligation (cookie usage, age verification), login dialogs, and non-intrusive, easy-to-dismiss banners.

Open Doors

The use of “intrusive interstitials” has always been the most notorious advertising tactic on the internet, so much so that its creator had to apologize for what he had done. Pop-up ads have ruined countless hours of browsing, debilitated countless sites, and tricked countless users out of their money. One might wonder why Google has taken so long before making a move, and the answer lies in one of the core principles that made the search company so invaluable to begin with: internet freedom.

Google has always championed its capacity to allow every single one of its users to mold web-based experiences to their own accord. Unfortunately, pop-up ads came as what some users (marketers) wanted. Despite all the purported enemies of online freedom, the people who enjoyed it were the ones that ultimately made the strongest case for regulations.

Google will always tout its commitment to making the internet a place for every single user to make as their own, but this does not mean the company cannot throw its weight around and introduce regulations that will benefit more users in the long run.

The Battle Against Electrical Hazards at Home

Service Week August 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

Electrical HazardElectricity may be crucial in our daily lives, but it, too, can be a cause of a serious injury or even death. That is why people should always practice caution when handling electrical work. However, as accidents are unpredicatable and anyone can be a victim of electrical shock even right at home, some safety reminders are worth to be taken seriously.

Electric Shock and Its Causes

Electric shock occurs when one is exposed to electricity. At home, exposure to damaged wires and cables as well as broken or exposed plugs and sockets is the common cause of electrical shock incidents. Not wearing protective gear and not using insulated tools when working with electricity can also cause electric shock.

Electrical Injuries

The effect of electric shock depends on different variables, but most of all, on voltage. Children are the most common victims of low voltage shock, which usually causes slight injuries. On the other hand, high-voltage shock often causes burns. More severe cases can lead to internal bleeding, paralysis, brain damage and seizures, spine injuries, and even death.

Avoiding Electric Shock at Home

It may sound easy to avoid electrical shock incidents and injuries, but it isn’t. Just because you do not leave your appliances plugged in all night does not mean you are doing it all good. Below are some dos and don’ts to avoid being a victim of electric shock.

  • Use good insulators like protective tubing with heat shrink technology to wrap around damaged wires and cables.
  • Perform periodic inspection to identify damaged cables and sockets. Replace old electrical wirings with new ones. Remember that even insulated cables are prone to wear and tear after decades.
  •  Use only insulated tools when doing electrical work.
  • Choose and use adaptors wisely. Avoid using cheap or substandard ones. Remember also that you should not overload an adaptor, most especially if it is connected to another adopter.
  • Keep water away from electricity. However, do not hide cables and wires under the carpet.
  • Always use a tester first and de-energize an equipment before working on it.
  • Do not attempt to do electrical work if you are not sure of its ins and outs.

Electric shock can lead to serious injuries and even death. However, you can do steps to make sure your home stays safe against electric hazards.

3 Tips That Will Make Moving a Breeze

Service Week July 15, 2016 at 6:15 am

Woman Holding a Box

Change is never easy for any person no matter how much they are open to it. However, it is inevitable in most cases. A new and promising job has come up, a business opportunity you cannot pass or a great chance to follow your dreams has presented itself but a challenge exists.

To get all this you need to move out of your comfort zone. Leave your familiar hometown with friends you have known for years to a place where nothing is familiar apart from the hope for a better future. Most people take the risk and decide to move and this is where you need the assistance of great moving companies in Salt Lake City. The following tips will make your moving life easy and probably help you settle in faster.

Knowing the number of things, you need to move

Preparation is essential before you move. Understanding the number of things, you must move means that you will be able to get enough boxes and packing items to fit everything. Estimate the items depending on their sizes. The last thing you need is stress over packing.

Be orderly

Moving is only temporary. You need to know where everything is when you arrive at your destination. Make sure that you mark boxes clearly for fragile items and those that are likely to be lost when moving. Furthermore, doing this makes it easy to unpack and rearrange your new house once you arrive. Proper packing makes it easy for the movers to help you settle in.

Keep time when moving

Find out the distance of your new town. It is important to travel at the right time especially when you decide to enlist the services of a moving company. Avoid moving on weekends and holidays when there is a lot of traffic. It is important to arrive at your destination before dark. Let people see you coming in. you may be lucky to make new acquaintances.

Work with a team of professional movers. The extra dollars you pay is worth every penny. Convenience is key.

Why Glass Windows Make the Finest Choice

Back2School June 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

Glass Window from IndianaIf you plan to build or renovate your home, better consider having glass windows. These windows create an impressive aesthetics and make your home look and feel more spacious.

Building a home entails meticulous and careful planning. Every aspect of your home must blend harmoniously with the rest to create beauty and balance. This is why many homeowners today choose glass windows for their newly built home. 

Impressive and Appealing

Glass windows render class and sophistication to your interior. The curb appeal that these windows make is simply astonishing that it never fails to catch the attention of guests. Whether it’s raining hard, snowing or the sun is shining bright, glass windows don’t fail to make a positive impression; they make your home beautiful regardless of the season. 

More Spacious

Haven’t you noticed why glass windows tend to make a room appear bigger? One of the things that make a room spacious is light, and this is where glass windows come in. It allows more light to get inside the room, giving the eyes the perception of a wide space. Even if you already have a big home, adding glass windows will make it look bigger and definitely better. 

Energy-Saver

Using glass windows helps bring natural or ambient light in, thereby helping you save on energy costs. Think about it, with sufficient ambient light, you don’t need to turn on many lamps. Suburban Glass Service, Inc. reminds you to get your windows from a reputable company offering both installation and window repair in Indianapolis.

Now you see why glass windows are becoming a big hit with homeowners. They not only make your home look beautiful, they also make it look more spacious and more energy-efficient. With glass windows, you’ll improve the look and resale value of your home. 

Simplify Your Travel Plans

Next Stop June 15, 2016 at 9:27 am

Business TravelIn case you are taking a business trip as an individual or a group, the chances are that your focus will drift from the trip’s purpose to planning the trip itself. This will significantly reduce the chances of a fruitful trip, which is why you will need a business travel management company to organize your travels and hotel bookings.

Travel

For a business trip, your business travel manager will recommend the best means of travel, taking into consideration the timing, convenience, and intention of your journey. Additionally, they will make your travel documents ready, and inform you on the procedures needed before traveling. In the case of international tours, you will require knowing the current status of the place you are going.

While the internet and news will give you a rough impression of what to expect, it is still an armature view. You will need to know the finer details regarding security, legislation, traffic patterns and hotel prices in accordance to your budget. Additionally, some airlines are owned by travel management companies and as their customer, you stand to enjoy friendly pricing, additional in-flight services, and convenient supplementary travel services like chauffeured cabs and tour vans.

Reservations

You may note that some international hotels are on big campaigns to increase occupancy. This is the more reason you should avoid falling victim of marketing techniques. Knowledge of the security and privacy of hotels is best obtained from an expert. Travel management companies will also help you manage the data regarding your expenses by managing your credit card activities. In case you want to make the various comparison in real time, your travel manager will give you the right information to make an informed choice.

Business travel management companies offer travel arrangements like access to your fare for tickets, rental cars, and hotel reservations.

4 Core Skills to Develop from Ages 1 to 5

Travel Weekly May 24, 2016 at 1:00 am

Core Skills for Children in Salt Lake CityThe first five years of a child is the most important stage of a child’s learning development. Children learn quickly by following what they see and hear. They become better communicators both in non-verbal and verbal language.

Often, though, parents forget to focus on their child’s learning stage. They are too busy to oversee their development so they use gadgets as surrogates. But, early childhood learning experts explain that parents should focus on the four core skills that are crucial to children’s future learning development.

1. Physical Development

Do you know the importance of recess? This is not purely for snack time. In fact, recess is deemed to improve children’s attention and physical strength. They get stressed from school, so once they set foot on the playground, they get crazy. They jump, slide, swing, run, and socialize. Once the bell rings, their mind is back to the lesson. Physical activities reduce students’ moodiness and even prevent ADHD.

2. Cognitive Development

At an early stage, children should start with pattern recognition. In Salt Lake City, child care centers like Smart Kids Development Center use words, numbers, colors, symbols, pictures and more that help children improve their memory, mathematical skills, and even social skills. They also use arts such as painting and dancing to follow a certain rhythm of music and colors. They suggest parents do this at home since it also contributes to their discipline and organization.

3. Social Development

Aside from playing with other kids, there are other effective ways to develop their social skills. One is through shared reading. According to some experiments, shared reading between adults and children improve their vocabulary. If you connect emotions to it, children will become more interactive with their books, teachers, and classmates. Social skill doesn’t only come from playing, but also in fun learning.

4. Emotional Development

As kids grow, they learn to lie because of society’s influence. They lie because they know their wrong actions have consequences. Once they get caught, their self-esteem declines. Parents can scold their kids whenever they want, but they should not always pinpoint their mistakes. Constant blaming will lower their confidence that will affect their social development. It is best to accept their mistakes and teach them the right way to solve them without forcing or shouting.

Many parents take their kids to daycare centers because of their trusted learning styles. But, these experts strongly recommend finding time to help kids develop these four core skills as well. After all, a child’s future starts at home.