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St. Mary’s Church Receives ₤35,000 For Roof Restoration Project


Hitchin, Hertfordshire – April 2, 2015 – The vicar of the Historical St. Mary’s Church at Hitchin is expressing overwhelming gratitude for the Comet after helping them secure a ₤35,000 that will be used for the roof restoration of the parish. This financial grant was

Bathroom Designs In 2015

Bathroom Designs In 2015

If you are contemplating on giving a fresh new design for your bathroom you can start by looking at the latest designs or trends. In designing bathrooms, you have to be creative and imaginative. You have to use the right colors and place the appropriate

How Web Designs In 2015 Will Look Like

How Web Designs In 2015 Will Look Like

It is crucial for every business to build a website that leaves a mark in their client’s mind. Developing websites is never easy that is why there are certain professional groups that have solely devoted their efforts in building their customers the best website. Perth

Security Score Home System By Google Being Patented

Security Score Home System By Google Being Patented

With the recent news of Google filing a patent for its Security Score home system, one can’t help but wonder of the plans the company has for the home automation and security system. There are reports that DropCam Nest will be integrated in the system

Home Buyers In Perth Look For Greater Savings

Home Buyers In Perth Look For Greater Savings

The real estate industry in Perth is booming. One of the developers in the area is the Aveling Homes. Aveling Homes is a home builder that has received several awards being a dedicated builder. It provides a range of display of homes and lands. The

Bathroom Designs In 2015

Bathroom Designs In 2015

If you are contemplating on giving a fresh new design for your bathroom you can start by looking at the latest designs or trends. In designing bathrooms, you have to be creative and imaginative. You have to use the right colors and place the appropriate bathroom furniture accordingly. To help you make up your mind, listed below are some of the hot bathroom designs that critics are expecting to do well this year.

1. Add a playful art to your bathroom floor by featuring elegant and colorful floor tiles. These statement tiles had made its big break in the bathroom world last year and it is expected that this trend will continue this year. Bathrooms with feature floor are stunning. Feature floors likewise provide the designer or owner a design opportunity in working with bathrooms that are challenging.

2. Design the bathroom by getting inspiration from nature. We all want a bathroom that is serene, relaxing and welcoming. What better way to provide this comfort by warming the hard room and infusing the space with a vibe that it very natural. This trend will be one of the key trends this year says a top designer. You can introduce natural stones and place wood look tiles.

3. Place live plants inside your bathroom. Many are hesitant to have indoor plants. Try this design this year. You can even go for the more sophisticated hanging potted plants.

4. Do you want a bigger bathroom? Another trend this year is the master suite retreat. This is great for people who do not want their bathroom space tucked in a corner, out of sight. This type of design is connected to the bedroom and is very open to the bedroom. People can see their basins, bathroom furniture and other custom vanities from inside the bedroom.

5. 2015 is the year to say goodbye to basin faucets and basic shower fixtures. Remake your bathroom by incorporating more user-friendly bathroom furniture and fixtures. You can use thermostatic mixers, touch screen showers and mixers that can readily control different water sources. You do not only have a great design and bathroom fixture but you get to save on utility bills since there is a water control flow system in these sophisticated fixtures.

Home Buyers In Perth Look For Greater Savings

Home Buyers In Perth Look For Greater Savings

The real estate industry in Perth is booming. One of the developers in the area is the Aveling Homes. Aveling Homes is a home builder that has received several awards being a dedicated builder. It provides a range of display of homes and lands. The engineers and agents in Aveling Homes work closely with their customers in order to meet their needs and satisfy them.

In Perth, investors are willing to compromise on the location of houses if there is a significant amount of savings from the choice. This is according to a managing director of Realmark, Mr John Percudani. The house and lot expert has a list of suburbs that are adjacent to each other but has significant differences in housing prices.

Typically when housing homes are situated next to upscale markets, there will be a positive effect in the neighboring areas. On top of the list of those that have significant differences is the Peppermint Grove with a price averaging to $3.95 million. This price is three times more than its neighboring housing development which marks at $1.4 million only, the Mosman Park.

On the southern part of the river, the North Coogee stands at $1.3 million which is far more expensive than its neighbors, the Spearwood which is valued at $545,000, Coogee $860,000 and the Hamilton Hill which is valued at $554,000. Rossmoyne which is located at the suburbs border is priced at $1.1 million while its neighboring housing developments, Bull Creek and Willetton are valued at $765,000 and $772,000 respectively.

There was a good reason why there is a big difference between prices in neighboring areas. The managing director also stressed that though other properties were valued at a much lower rate; the properties are of high quality and are situated strategically in the city. The current market conditions suggest that people looking for homes are much concerned with the dollar that goes with the home rather than on the postcodes. Customers are looking for great savings and the trend will just give them a break in finding their new affordable homes.

It is recommended though that buyers should weigh the potential benefits and draw backs of buying high priced housing in suburbs than those in cheaper areas.

St. Mary’s Church Receives ₤35,000 For Roof Restoration Project


Hitchin, Hertfordshire – April 2, 2015 – The vicar of the Historical St. Mary’s Church at Hitchin is expressing overwhelming gratitude for the Comet after helping them secure a ₤35,000 that will be used for the roof restoration of the parish.

This financial grant was made possible through the roof repair fund scheme that was initially launched in December last year by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne from his budget that would aim to address the roof situation and the repairs needed at ancient churches all around the country.

The grant that was given to St. Mary’s Church was only a small part of a large funding package of ₤30 million meant for churches. Unfortunately for these churches, not all of them are aware that there is a scheme such as this but it was a good thing that Editor John Francis managed to tip off the church and they were able to apply.

Once they were confirmed for the grant, the team rector of Hitchin who also happens to be one of the vicars of St. Mary’s acknowledged that the Comet had helped rescue the historical church.

They said that it was great that the newspaper was able to spot the grant and managed to inform the church right away while also mentioning John Francis’ key role in the grant.

John said that it was their duty to provide the public with news whether it is online, in the paper or out and when they heard about the grant they only did what was necessary and passed the good news to the church.

He also said that they knew about the needs of the church because they have regularly coverage of the church, mostly concerning its restoration and that the grant was the perfect opportunity for them.

The people of the church said that they have come a long way in terms of their struggle to restore the roof of the church but they also admitted that they still have far to go.

Through their fundraising programs, St. Mary’s is hoping that in due time, they will be able to bring back a solid and unyielding roofing back at the church and this grant is a step closer to their goal.

How Web Designs In 2015 Will Look Like

How Web Designs In 2015 Will Look Like

It is crucial for every business to build a website that leaves a mark in their client’s mind. Developing websites is never easy that is why there are certain professional groups that have solely devoted their efforts in building their customers the best website. Perth Web Design (www.perth-web-design.com.au) is one of these companies. The professionals at Perth Web Design ensure that their customers get the best of their unique services. The web design is also superbly executed and clients can customize and suggest whatever they have in mind in order to make the website more friendly, informative and functional.

If the year 2014 has seen a variety of improvement and trends for the industry of web development, 2015 brings another set of flavor to the table.

The trend of User Interface animations

Last year, we saw action or motion in web designs but somehow, it felt too simple and we wanted to see more of it. This year there will be more moving backgrounds. Several animated GIFs and animations will be incorporated in web sites. How are these animations evolving at such quick speed? There are tools used like GreenSock that helps post-Flash animations to get better.

This year, expect for a level up in UI animation. You will also see the rise and improvement of various tools that create these animations.

Increase Usage of Card Design

The card used in mobile and other devices is increasingly popular these days. The content of these tiny parcels of hardware is very critical in the functionality of the devices.

The card has been evolving and there are different important areas that are considered when developing it. Card platforms are varied and could range from the mobile card driven engines, to Wildcard, Pinterest, Twitter, Apple glances, Google Now and the open graph of Facebook. This year, there will be more applications embedded in card designs.

More design languages

Google’s Material Design was introduced last year. Using this design language, one is able to implement its use in different websites and applications. This design was quickly followed by Zurb’s Foundation. It is expected that this year, other companies will follow the foot prints of Google to produce different design languages that will meet the various needs of devices as well as browsers.

Security Score Home System By Google Being Patented

Security Score Home System By Google Being Patented

With the recent news of Google filing a patent for its Security Score home system, one can’t help but wonder of the plans the company has for the home automation and security system. There are reports that DropCam Nest will be integrated in the system as well as Nest Protect which are both smoke detectors.

The patent’s title is called “Security Scoring in a Smart-Sensored Home”. It is said to be detailed with diagrams of various parts of the system such as the smart outlets, smart door knobs and home networks. The patent is said to focus on how devices inside a home can be connected and how “security scores” are going to help homeowners in their security systems. The patent also discusses the possibility of a notification service that could last for a month or a lifetime. The notification will be delivered to the homeowner’s device whenever an intrusion occurs and agencies handling emergency management will also be notified.

An excerpt from the patent states:

“This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security objectives.”

Venture Beat reveals that the Security Score is obviously going to adopt the same learning algorithm that Nest thermostats use. In a nutshell, the device will work like a smart alarm clock and learn the amount of time homeowners get ready before leaving their homes and around that time period, the alarm will be activated. Venture Beat also assumed that the technology used for Nest thermostats such as the motion sensor will be used on the Security Score for its learning mechanism. It also reported that Google is developing a plan that will include all the smart homes in a certain area and connect them together. This way, whenever a break in or a fire happens in a nearby home, the neighbors will be alerted at the same time.

The application for the patent was filed last year 2014 on September 17. The report was only made public this March. The patent as revealed includes the device’s schematic and its hardware description such as smart doorbell and doorknob. While the doorknob has a lock that can be controlled remotely, the smart doorbell is programmed to recognize a person and the homeowner is then alerted by the system with information via voice and visual. Unlocking is made easier because homeowners can use a mobile device as long as it is registered in the system.

Facts Regarding Actuarial Certificates

Facts Regarding Actuarial Certificates

To obtain an actuarial certificate, there are things that should be taken into consideration. After getting one, there is another matter which concerns tax compliance and how to maintain it. SMSFs’ deducted by various things but the biggest single contributor to this deduction is the ECPI or exempt current pension income. For SMSFs to claim this substantial deduction, actuarial certificates are needed. By now, it is known to many trustees that tax compliance must be done right and properly if they don’t want to get in to trouble. Things must be accurate and tax-exempt income must not be overstated.

Actuarial certificates are not needed when claiming ECPI especially if the funds are already in the pension phase but there are unique cases where these certifications are required by the ATO. Members of the SMSF who transitioned in the pension phase in a certain financial year may claim an income tax exemption depending on the assets that is connected with the pension liabilities. Trustees under SMSF that are almost into retirement may benefit when moving to retirement pensions in order to add to their current income while the fund is still being contributed by them. Certification is important especially in funding where there are members in the pension phase and also in the accumulation. If an asset is not the only source of pension funds then a part of the income can still be included as an exemption from taxes.

The actuary will make a summary of calculation based on various matters such as the financial information regarding the fund, the contributions size and the timing, payments for pension, withdrawals of the lump sum, commutations and the commencement of the pension in order to point out what part of the fund are the pension liabilities. Exemption may be claimed as long as it can be proven that the pension fund meets the minimum standard for pension.

An actuary must know the exact information regarding fund’s transaction before applying for an actuarial certificate. ATO has already expressed its views regarding ECPI deduction and it was fully scrutinized since last year 2014 to make sure all claims are accurate.

Southampton And Hampshire Schools To Benefit From Major Funding Boost, Government Minister Nick Gibb Says

Southampton And Hampshire Schools To Benefit From Major Funding Boost, Government Minister Nick Gibb Says

Good news as schools all over Southampton, Hampshire are set to benefit from a multimillion fund that is meant for the repair and maintenance of various educational institutes across the UK. It was reported that an outstanding ₤6 billion was released to help the schools all over the UK and ₤28 million of this fund will be dedicated to Southampton and Hampshire.

Government Minister Nick Gibb visited Southampton, particularly an old crumbling school, and had announced the major funding boost for the schools there. In his visit to Valentine Primary School located in Scholing, he saw the unfavorable condition that the school was in. He was shown the damages that the windows had sustained over the years, the patches of mould and the areas where leaks are a common occurrence.

School staff said that the main hall roof was in a worse condition and needs a whole year of major work. The school area too was not spared from damages with a large part of it being closed because the safety of the pupils might be compromised due to falling bricks.

Fortunately, changes are set to be made for Valentine Primary as Mr. Gibb announced that the school will be one of 227 who will benefit from the ₤6bn funding that also includes ₤4bn which will be distributed to various local authorities and educational institutions for other projects. ₤2bn has been allocated to the Priority School Building Programme.

The conservative education minister also said that the county education chiefs and head teachers of various schools will be receiving more funds to help them conduct repair work and maintenance. By 2017, it is expected that the Southampton City Council will be receiving ₤5.3 million while ₤23 million will be given to the county council.

While some of the money will be given directly to the schools, majority of it will still be handed to the councils and other organizing groups who will oversee the smooth operations of the schools.

The Department of Education had guaranteed that every school will be given a share of the fund for smaller scale repair and maintenance.

University of Winchester Sponsors Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Winchester University exterior stock. Tuesday 29th January 2013.

The University of Winchester announced that it will sponsor this year’s Entrepreneur of the year award. This has been the second year that University of Winchester voluntarily stepped up to sponsor the Business Excellence Awards.

Business awards

The annual awards in the field of business are done to recognize talented individuals in the field of commerce who have the leadership skills in handling a business organization. The nominees will come from different business sectors and will undergo rigid screening by a panel of judges who are experts in the field themselves. They will be particularly looking for individuals who have the passion, driven by strong ambition and a clear vision in reaching a goal. The winner has to be a dynamic, creative, smart and an innovative leader.

The business development manager stated that the university is very proud to be the sponsor of the Entrepreneur of the Year award again. She further added that entrepreneurs are important links to a successful society and that they encourage their students and graduates to choose a path in entrepreneurship or create and manage their own businesses someday.

University’s legacy

The advocacy of the University of Winchester for budding and future entrepreneurs made them collectively decide to give their support through awards. The awards comprise an amount to help entrepreneurs start up or develop their businesses further. The University also offers dialogues, inspirational talk and advice to individuals in the business industry and to organizations in the community as well. This is hosted by the Winchester Business School.

The University offers different field of study to about 6,400 students. Their professional and equipped professors hone their students to become contributors and innovators to society once they step out of the University. Its primary goal is to educate, increase and advance knowledge and serve the people in society. They offer varied courses for bachelor degrees, masters and other post graduate degrees as well as research and doctorate certificates.

Winchester city council

The city council of Winchester will also sponsor the Carbon Smart Award. This award will be given to businesses that have a deep love for the environment. They are those that constantly make it a point to lower their carbon emissions. In order for the business to qualify in this award, it has to be registered with The Carbon Smart Winchester Programme.

A Call For Vocational Education

A Call For Vocational Education

Education nowadays is more focused on academic achievements that people forgot how it is to do things on their own. It is now a common practice to hire someone for manual labor such as fixing a simple electrical problem, fixing a tap that has been leaking and cleaning up a blocked drain. Home owners are used to hiring electricians and plumbers even in small jobs that require no special skills. These skills are the very reason the government is calling for more vocational education. Though there are people that can be hired for such services, it is good to have these special skills taught in schools.

Manual jobs are given less and less appreciation especially in the Indian society where it is thought to be the sort of jobs suited for people who have achieved less in academic or those dropouts. High dignity is now acquainted to academic achievements and is a clear way of discrimination. This type of expectation must be reflected upon and students must be taught the value of manual jobs and the skills that go with it. Despite the large number of graduates, many are unemployed yet there is a huge deficit in skill jobs. The mindset that there are high dignity and low dignity jobs have driven people from learning these special skills and entering this kind of work.

Because of the pressure set upon the students by their parents and peers, they prefer engineering and management courses over those courses that enhance their skills as a carpenter or a mechanic. These kinds of pressures are keeping a person from learning something and developing any inborn talents. A degree is now given more reverence over a diploma making it a goal for every student. The downside of labelling these two are the standards set. Diplomas are given to those that undergo vocational trainings and perceived to be done by low achievers or the less fortunate.

Vocational education must be made mandatory especially for higher classes in order to produce skilled workforce. The distinction set between academic achievements and vocational skills must be changed and set to work together in order to produce a work force that has a premium academic achievement and the necessary skills to meet industry requirements. Emphasizing vocational learning will open up the mind of students to other options.

3 New Boilers For TAG Center Mayville For $120,000

3 New Boilers For TAG Center Mayville For $120,000

According to the Wisconsin news, TAG Center in Mayville is set to buy 3 new boilers after it has experienced 2 boiler failures. In November 17, 2014, one of the three boilers of TAG Center failed due to problems with the heat exchanger. Shortly after the failure of the first boiler, a second boiler stopped working. According to Dave Pieper, the maintenance director of the Center, the current boilers have been operating for 12 and half years for 365 days a year. The boilers provide the heat for the facility as well as all the hot water at 195 degrees every day.

Bids were sought for boiler repairs so that the heat exchanger can be fixed. The bids totaled $17,229 however; the city decided that instead of boiler repairs, they are going to purchase new and more efficient boilers. As per requirement, the new boilers will not exceed $120,000 and this amount should include new piping as well as electrical equipment and pumps. The council approved the purchase for 3 new boilers to avoid emergency situations from recurring. If the TAG center does not get a new boiler, it might have to be shutdown.

One of the boilers has been replaced at the center with the second shortly after Christmas. The third boiler will be installed when the weather starts to get warmer and this boiler will only be used exclusively during the summer months. The other two boilers will be shut off in order to minimize energy costs.

The money that will be used to purchase the 3 boilers will come from Bachhuber Foundation’s donation for the improvement of the TAG Center. The donation with a total amount of $820,000 is for improvements that include additional classrooms and storage space as well other related improvements that will enhance the center so that its revenue will be maximized.

A plan must be developed for the improvement of the TAG Center and it must be jointly approved by the Bachhuber Foundation and the common council. Alderman Vince Longo was volunteered as project manager who will work with the foundation so that the goals of improving TAG Center will be realized by 2015.

The 5 Hottest Design Trends For 2015

The 5 Hottest Design Trends For 2015

Everybody wants their homes to look trendy for 2015. Matching furniture with the color of walls is one of the fads you can forget. Experts at Zillow Digs say that a more sophisticated look can be expected for 2015. This will incorporate gold hardware, natural textures and modern undertone with a mid-century theme. Zillow Digs design experts are announcing the 5 trends for 2015 so you better get ready to call your painters/interior decorators to do a home makeover.

Gold fixtures

Homeowners can mix and match silver and stainless steel fixtures with gold fixtures. You can even go bold with an all gold design. Bathrooms can be enhanced with gold faucets. A gold and bronze gryphon lamp can be used as the focal point in the living room. You can always look for ideas from the boudoir room of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage with all its impressive features.


Cowhides have been processed to make different items which can enhance the aesthetics of your home. Zillow Digs designers say that cowhide will find its way into pillow, rugs, throw blankets and artwork. A few pieces of pillows and throws in cowhide can make a perhaps accent to bedroom design.


You should expect an increase in available colors and designs including textures in wallpapers. Home improvement stores certainly anticipate that everyone will be trying to spruce up the home for 2015. You can say goodbye to plain white walls. You have lots of choices from bold light blue mixed with yellow or a combination of purple and white flowers. If you want to be demure, you can always choose a lime green option.

Blue accent colors

Blue is an ideal complement to Marsala, the Pantone color for 2015. Blue is an attractive accent for interior decorating and their deep natural hues will add extra vibrancy to the warm earth tone of Marsala. You can always spruce up a room with a bold blue chair or a blue and gold accent chair.

Modern/Mid-century modern elements

While this trend will be popular for 2015, make sure to take extra care when integrating this trend so that it won’t take over your home. If you want to bring back the 70’s, make it subtle by simply adding a slight touch.

Incoming Partnership Of Google Nest And ADT Security Firm

Incoming Partnership Of Google Nest And ADT Security Firm

Forbes and Naren Gursahaney, CEO of ADT, announced the incoming partnership of the famous Google’s Nest and the biggest security firm ever known in the world, the ADT. According to reports, both parties are now handling their own personnel in making a mobile application that will enable their customers to get a hold of their security; alarm that sets off for carbon monoxide detection and internet related security connection. This whole setup is very advantageous to ADT for a fact that it will enhance its chances of being availed and used by more people. So as an overall view, both ADT and Google Nest will be able to get acquire benefits form this merger.

The IFTTT or what is known as If This Then That will also be a part of the whole process since it is already in connection with the ADT security firm. Its niche is about the interlinking of devices and web pages to hardware. Even though there is no direct understanding between the brands Google and IFTTT, it is already established that a relationship will eventually grow along the way.

Dropcam, a product of Google Nest is said to have a high budget for maintenance. In collaboration of both companies, ADT will offer a lesser price for the security maintenance such as systems that involve in monitoring of any fixable damages in the Nest which will enable the directory to save a backup for all the loaded videos in the Cloud. With this, customers will be able to save more money and keep the services. Also with the connections that the ADT has; from fire departments to numerous emergency services; it is expected that a safer hub will be established.

In this merger, more people will be given chances for job employments since both parties will need more people to accommodate questioning customers. It is said that this will have a great impact for those who have been working in call center companies. Furthermore, lesser expenses for their products and services will be felt by many avid customers thus increasing their chances to get more commission and benefits in terms of profitable gains.

Durham City Homes Gets Green Lights For Installation Of Parking Areas And Driveways

Durham City Homes Gets Green Lights For Installation Of Parking Areas And Driveways

Good news to come in Durham City Homes! They are getting the budget and the go signal to make driveways and parking areas in each of the houses contained in the DCH.

S officer patrols stroll around the areas occupied by the Durham City Homes; Framwell Moor and Pity Me; they found out about the uncomfortable parking positions of vehicles beside the streets and in used pavements. The council designated for the improvement of the DCH driveways has been battling for the allocation of funds that will fix this issue. They claimed to have constantly reminded the higher ranked personnel about this matter. And now they are assured about the finality of the positive outcome.

The houses located in Lilac and Kirby Avenue that is found in Framwell Moor together with those that are located in Pity Me; Hudspeth Crescent and The Avenue; will get the compensation for the installation of driveways and parking areas. There will be a total of 52 houses to get this project benefit that will commence soon. For particularity, the Hudspeth Crescent will have two parking areas that are four spaced.

Liberal Democrat head of offices, Mark Wilkes, Amanda Hopgood and Mamie Simmons, donated to the whole project. They got the approval of the public to contribute some of their community money so that it the whole venture will not lack money and will continue until everything is done. Mr. Wilkes shared their concern about their area not getting the rightful share of funding. They said to have always looked for ways to improve this aspect of their community and with the allocated budget now they are expecting betterment of the parking ways.

The exact amount given for the whole installment of parking areas and driveways is £125,000; and the council donated £10,000. All in all they have £135,000 for the project. It is said to start in January and will be in the process of finishing for a few months. They will get their funds in the Housing Revenue Account in Durham. Everyone is expecting to see further positive changes in their community in the years to come.

Cowardly Lion Costume And Piano From Casablanca Sold

Cowardly Lion Costume And Piano From Casablanca Sold

The original cowardly lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the 1989 hit movie, Wizard of Oz, was sold for around 3.1 million dollars. While the piano used in the movie Casablanca also sold for around 3.4 million dollars. These two movie memorabilia are considered as iconic pieces. They were sold at Bonham’s auction for Turner Classic Movies.

The two memorabilia sold for more than $3 million with buyer’s premium. Though they neither broke the record, the sale price still exceeded the presale estimates.

James Comisar, museum founder of the Los Angeles TV, owned the Cowardly Lion costume and was auctiond for exactly $3,077,000 with a buyer’s premium worth $477,000. The costume was found by a junk dealer after it has been left in an abandoned MGM building and Comisar bought it. The Cowardly Lion is made up of real lion’s fur and professional museum curators preserved the costume. Though there were several costumes made for the film, it is said that the auctioned one is the most used in the screen.

The Casablanca piano, on the other hand, has been with a Los Angeles collector for a decade. It was auctioned for $3,413,000 and the buyer’s premium is worth $513,000. In the movie Casablanca, the piano was played by Dooley Wilson in Rick’s Cafe Americain. It was built in 1927 and was then used in several productions. The piano was modified; it could be open from the rear so anyone can hide papers.

The record holder for auction’s highest priced movie prop is the Maltese Falcon. It was paid for $4,085,000 at Bonham-Turner Classic Movies auction last year. While the overall record holder for a piece of movie memorabilia is the Aston Martin worth $4.6 million. It was used by James Bond, played by Sean Connery, in the James Bond movie Goldfinger. The piece of TV memorabilia that holds the record is the 1960s TV Batmobile which was sold for $4.6 million.

The Turner Classic Movies and Bonhams have collaborated for this auction for two consecutive years. There were other items sold at the auction including the sword of Aragon from the movie Lord of the Rings ($437,000), a test dress of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz ($245,000) and a costume worn by Rita Hayworth from the movie Gilda ($161,000).

Crisis In Russia Is Greatly Affecting Internationally Known Brands

Crisis In Russia Is Greatly Affecting Internationally Known Brands

December 18, 2014 — Russia’s ongoing economic crisis is affecting many western companies and most are already bracing for bigger blows to their earnings. It is predicted that if the oil prices fail to recover, then Russia’s GDP will be reduced to almost 5% in 2015.

If the Russian economy cannot recover, it would mean bad news for a lot of companies who have a considerable exposure to the Russian market.

Ford is a known automobile manufacturer that had experienced a reduction to 40% in sales on the first 11 months of 2014. Not only that, various carmakers are also experiencing a downgrade in sales up to 12%, says the Association of European Businesses. In fact, Ford was forced to let go of about 950 jobs from its Russian joint venture last April.

Volkswagen is also experiencing the same issues as Ford.

Russia had also forced 12 McDonald chains due to sanitary violations but experts believe that this is just a government ploy. Right now, the restaurants have since been reopened.

Total, the energy entity from France, was also forced to shelve their plans for a shale venture exploration with Russia. Even Siemens, who also has considerable exposure to the Russian market, had admitted that their sales are suffering due to the fall of the Russian ruble.

Some companies have even decided to discontinue their services in Russia until things get better. Companies like Apple, Ikea, and GM had already suspended their business in Russia.

Adidas, which is one of the biggest retail sellers in Russia, had admitted that the continuous downfall of the Russian ruble is hurting their business. Adidas has about 1100 stores.

Russia’s financial crisis are giving Western banks headaches, especially the European lenders who are greatly exposed in the country. Russia has an outstanding loan of about $155.9 billion from European banks alone. Banks from France have loaned Russia mostly with $47.8 billion while Italy and the US have loaned the country $27.7 billion and $26.1 billion respectively.

It would be very difficult for Russia to come back from all of this and it would take great effort for them to do so.

Parking Lot Drain Cleaning In Miami & How It Is Done

Parking Lot Drain Cleaning In Miami How It Is Done

Every year, cities that are in coastal areas often face the anguish of having to contend with constant flooding in some areas.

Miami is one of the cities that try their best to prevent several damages caused by floods as much as possible. Rain often showers all the way through the year around the entire South Florida area and about 62 inches of rainfall pours over annually.

Rainfall pours the heaviest in June and all throughout October, and this is also the time where the teeming of catch basins take place, storm drain cleaning is heavily needed, flooding in streets, sidewalks and parking lots take place.

There are plenty of ways to be able to avoid severe damages in buildings and the like. One way of doing so is to ensure that the drainage systems are functioning as it should be.

Drainage systems should always be scoured and preserved frequently. Catch basin and professional parking lot drain cleaning are key factors in diminishing extreme damage to several properties (private or public) and lessen the chance of having to spend a lot of money for repairs. Time and excessive amounts of money will be spared if parking lot drain cleaning is done regularly.

  • It is practical to make one’s self acquainted with the kinds of drains and terms related to it. There are other terms for parking lot drain and these are French drain, the catch basin and storm drain cleaning.
  • The French drain is a drain that is full of rocks that sift the bigger remains out of the water and into the pipes. This is constructed at either an exterior or subversive passageway point.
  • The catch basin is built to pump out additional water from a street or parking lot and has rubbles that will not run promptly all the way through the drainage tubes.
  • And lastly, storm drain cleaning is a type of drain that takes off spare ground and rainfall water from parking lots, sidewalks and streets.

Because of the constant flooding that occur on a yearly basis, it is highly recommended to do parking lot draining preferably every two years.

Dollar Bills Materialize Following Positive Trade Statistics


The American dollar remained stable in opposition o majority of its chief contemporaries on Friday as a result of the positive trade statistics in the U.S., at the same time as the Canadian dollar hits close to a low of five years because of anxiety of oil prices declining gradually.

For the first time in the last five years, natural oil slipped $59 per drum and as a result it expanded on Thursday an abrupt regression which provoked shock significance toll incise from the Norwegian central bank.

The materialization scaled up even higher than 119.55 yen, springing back from 117.44, a two-week low. This comes following a report that was strictly monitored illustrated that trade statistics in the U.S. increased at an estimated 0.7% percent in November but has flowed back to 118.92 since then.

The statistics showed new confirmation of fundamental thrust in the economy and drew attention to the deviating viewpoints between the U.S. and other developing countries around the world.

The subsequent contribution of loans of about zero-cost by the European central bank, on the other hand, only garnered lukewarm responses, which underscored delicate assurance on the Euro sector and the manufacturing of ECB bills emerge being all but predictable.

The Euro naturally took a plunge back to $1.2370 coming from a close high of $1.2247 for two weeks. It sold at $1.2410, which drifted quite closely to the 38.2% stage of retracement in its increase to $1.2496 from $1.2247 during former gatherings.

Retailers have stroked product legal tenders stiff, which has pushed both Australian and Canadian dollars to new low downs at once. The Canadian loonie took a nose-dive towards a five-year low down of C$1.1551 per USD CAD=D4 and was at C$1.1523 most recently.

Australia, on the other hand, reached a 4 ½ year furrow of $0.8214 AUD=D4. The deterioration of the Aussie was downed by the person in command of the Reserve Bank of Australia, who claimed that he wants to see the legal tender to draw back to 75 US cents in an interview with a local news outlet.

However, the governor of RBA Glenn Stevens did not indicate that there was a necessity to slash attention tolls, which saw the eventual scaling back of the Aussie to $0.8266.

Russia’s Shrinking Economy


According to a recent article of Yahoo! News, Russia’s economy is shrinking. There are different factors attributing to the country’s failing economy: the decrease in oil prices, Western economic sanctions after its invasion of Ukraine, and the collapse of the country’s local currency resulting from the said sanctions.

Based on the World Bank’s GPD ranking last year 2013, Russia is the world’s eighth largest economic power with 2,096,777 billions of US dollars. Now, Russia’s GPD has shrunk so low because of the economic crisis it’s facing that it has forfeited its title and is estimated to be almost the same as Spain’s economic weight.

Last year, Spain was the 13th country with the biggest economy on the planet with 1,358,263 billions of US dollar. Spain has always been considered as one of the country in Europe with a weak economy and the unemployment ratio of 1:4 is evidence to that.

Here is the list of the World Bank’s GPD last year provided by Yahoo! News. These are in billions of US dollars:

(European Union 17,350,853)

1. United States 16,800,000
2. China 9,240,270
3. Japan 4,901,530
4. Germany 3,634,823
5. France 2,734,949
6. UK 2,521,381
7. Brazil 2,245,673
8. Russia 2,096,777
9. Italy 2,071,307
10 . India 1,876,797
11 . Canada 1,826,769
12. Australia 1,560,597
13 . Spain 1,358,263
14 . S Korea 1,304,554
15 . Mexico 1,260,915

Russia’s GPD value is not clear these days because of the sudden changes in its value of currency, the ruble, therefore the need to compute it every day.

According to Forbes, Russia’s economy is expected to fall into a recession next year. Russia is being punished for its involvement in Ukraine therefore affecting some of its projects namely the South Stream gas pipeline project which was cancelled. Russia may be winning more in the field of real estate but it is costing them other things
especially their standing in the economy.

Russia’s economy is oil-dependent so this may not be permanent. As soon as the price of oil goes back up, Russia will again regain its rank in the GPD ranking.