Different Features Of Window Curtains And Blinds}

May 9, 2017

Submitted by: Darrell Cross

Window covering blinds and curtains are very functional in homes and offices. Curtains provide you shade from sunny days, these are helpful for privacy point of view and as well as provide you cool and calm atmosphere. Window curtains enhance the overall condition of the homes and offices. There are also such types of curtains which provide you very dim light of sunshine while avoiding its heat.

You can customize the designing of the curtains according to your rooms theme and you can also design them as you desired. You can choose any shape and styling but at the same time it should match with the theme of your room. Nowadays window blinds are becoming common. These blinds are available in different style you can also customize them according to your need. If you want curtain or blinds for the room of kids you can customize them in any cartoon character. These type of curtains and blinds are available on websites you can order online. For offices the picking of blinds and curtains should be simple as well as decent.

Recently people have started to use blinds on their windows. The bamboo and timber style blinds are very commonly used because these provide very little amount of sunshine and looks very antique style of idea. You can find these blinds online on different stores which offer you customizing designs. These blinds are not out of anyones budgets. These types of blinds provide a specific richness to your room. These will likely match with your furniture. You can use any color on the bamboo and timber blinder to make it more merging with the rooms furniture.

Some people also want windows without any curtain or blind. You can try some other choices. There are many different ways to cover the window other than curtain or blind. Now people prefer change of furniture and such stuff after some time and by changing the setting or color scheme you can change the entire look of the room. These kinds of idea are very cost effective also. New home setting will change the look by just changing the position of the things.

All windows and hangings are not same, so never assume that one thing which is looking nice on one window will also look good on the other window. Pick the things and make some choices alongside to observe that which will blend better. After completing the setting does look the room from different sight, so you can make sure which thing looks better on which place. Assume that dark walls with windows of light shade will looks good or not. Consider the flooring while putting hangings on windows.

Window blinds and curtains will offer unexpected looks to your room. You can put some sort of hangings on the entryways as well. You can ask for some advice from some people which are already using these things. Some store keepers also have service provider which can help you at your home for furnishing.

As technology has taken all over everything and technology is involved here as well. You can use remote control blinds which you can operate through remote. There are computerized window covering. From which you can control the measurement of sunlight as much you want in your home. All the windows can be covered by pressing just one button. Actually these types of mechanism offer operating of window covering without any bother. Just imagine the ease of window covering through this mechanism. The stunning point of this mechanism is that it offers you the convenience of build in setting that it will automatically cover the window in day time and will automatically uncover the window at night times.

When you have put the suitable curtain and blinds on your window, it is better to take care to avoid the bad circumstances after a short period of time. Make sure that you are taking care of them otherwise they will get fade, dirty and will not look good. To keep them clean it is good to consider some points. It is better to put blinds with your curtains. To vacuum them up weekly. Vacuum cleaning will take much less than a minute but save your curtains for long time.

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Michael Jackson film “This Is It” to be premiered in at least 15 world cities simultaneously

May 8, 2017

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Michael Jackson’s This Is It, a documentary film based on world-famous singer Michael Jackson rehearsing for his last tour before his untimely death, will be premiered in at least 15 cinemas in cities all over the world simultaneously.

The film is due to premiere on October 27 and October 28. The world cities may be in different time zones with different dates but they will all be premiering the film at exactly the same time. One such premiere location is Los Angeles, in the US state of California, which will have the film starting at 1800 PT. Another simultaneity is the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London, England, which will start at 0100 GMT on October 27.

Other locations holding concurrent premieres are the South African city of Johannesburg, New York City in New York, German capital Berlin, Russian capital city Moscow, Japanese capital Tokyo, Australian city Sydney, French capital Paris, South Korean city Seoul, and Rio de Janeiro, a large city in Brazil.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 aged 50, after suffering from a cardiac arrest. The movie will feature some of the rehearsal footage made in the weeks before his death. In total, there will be at least 25 cinemas premiering the film, but not all of them will be released simultaneously. Sony Pictures, the film production company, have yet to announce the other cities involved. Tickets for the film will be available to purchase from Sunday, September 27. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega, who previously directed all the High School Musical films. He also directed some significant Michael Jackson events, such as his This Is It concert and Jackson’s memorial service.

Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures, said: “Michael Jackson has an army of fans everywhere around the world… we are giving the audiences an incredible opportunity to join together in celebration of Michael Jackson’s incredible career.”

Teenage gunman kills 15 in south-west Germany

May 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A 17 year old gunman has killed 15 in the towns of Winnenden and Wendlingen, near Stuttgart in southwest Germany, before being killed himself in a shootout with police.

Dressed in what has been described as black combat gear, the gunman entered Albertville school at 9.30am on March 11 2009 and, beginning with a particular classroom, started shooting at pupils and staff wandering through various 9th and 10th grade classrooms, reloading his handgun a number of times as he did so in a two minute shooting spree.

Reportedly aiming at the heads of his victims the gunman, identified as former pupil Tim Kretschmer, initially killed nine pupils, all except one being female, and three female teachers, one of whom was still a trainee who started only 4 weeks earlier. A further seven female students were injured. There are conflicting reports if a tenth student died from injuries later. Other students were injured as they attempted to escape by jumping out of windows.

Police received a call within three minutes at 9:33 a.m. the police entered the school at 9:40 a.m. to discover the bodies of the slain victims. A pupil managed to call for help using a mobile phone, and the headmaster apparently gave an early warning via the intercom so that some of the teachers were able to lock the doors to their classrooms from the inside, probably preventing more killings. From the first floor of the school, Kretschmer fired at the first police who arrived on the scene.

Kretschmer fled the school as further police arrived, and killed a gardener in a nearby clinic as he did so.

As the police evacuated the 1,000 pupil secondary school, Kretschmer, hijacked a Volkswagen Sharan and forced the driver to drive him south. Slowed by a traffic jam Kretschmer forced the driver to drive towards Wendlingen.

A police checkpoint was not able to apprehend Kretschmer. The car went off the road, and the gunman fled into an industrial area in Wendlingen about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the school.

Tracked by specialist armed police and police spotters in helicopters Kretschmer was finally cornered in the carpark of a car dealership in Wendlingen. Kretschmer, the son of a well known local farmer and businessman, made a last stand and killed a salesman and a customer before being shot by police marksmen being injured in the leg. At first it was unclear if the shooting killed him or if he was wounded and then shot himself. Police now believe that the evidence points to suicide.

During the manhunt, police stormed the youth’s home in Leutenbach to conduct a search. Kretschmer’s father, a hobbyist hunter, legally owned 15 firearms and one was missing from the collection. The majority of the firearms were kept securely locked as German law mandates, however a handgun was kept in the parent’s bedroom and it is this weapon that is presumed to have been used. Also, all the ammunition was not locked away, and Kretschmer reportedly carried a “3-digit figure” of ammunition with him.

The police are still uncertain about the motive, as Kretschmer was known as a calm, inconspicuous person to the people who knew him personally. He didn’t have a criminal record and has apparently not made any announcements of his killing spree, neither online nor to any of his friends.

Kretschmer had been a graduate of Albertville school the previous year.

Two police officers remain in serious condition.

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There’s little value to be had in being paranoid and much in being vigilant. There will be certain times when individuals will have to be given access to one’s home without the homeowner being present. Oftentimes, these individuals are service people such as plumbers, carpenters, contractors and so forth. Making sure that this isn’t setting one’s self up for a robbery requires a bit of diligence on the part of the homeowner. Simply worrying about the situation too much isn’t only paranoia, it’s unproductive.

In most states, service people are required to have a contractor’s license with a state agency. They’re usually assigned a numeric or alpha-numeric identification that denotes them as being a legitimate business. There is nothing rude about asking for this information before deciding to engage the services of a particular contractor. In fact, being a licensed contractor is oftentimes a source of pride for these individuals. As a former President once said, “Trust, but verify.” This axiom applies where contractors are concerned. Don’t be afraid to call the applicable state agency to verify that ID number. It’ll give you some justified peace of mind.

To be above the board, any contractor should carry insurance, signage on their service vehicle that denotes their business name and the service they offer and some sort of employee identification. Because many of these individuals are hard-working people, they’ll oftentimes have name patches embroidered on their shirts or other types of uniform apparel that makes them recognizable. Fly-by-night and scam operations often look exactly like what they are. If a businessperson doesn’t seem legitimate to you, heed to that feeling. Better to find another contractor than to end up replacing your stolen television set.

Contractors may need to access several different parts of the home to do their jobs. Oftentimes, they’ll tell the homeowner where they need to go. To do them a favor and offer a not-too-subtle hint at the same time: Lay down some newspaper or sturdy carpet along the route to the location and the doors they’ll be using. It’ll not only protect your floor against work boots, it’ll tend to make other areas of the house seem off-limits, as they should be.

Let your neighbors know that there’s a contractor coming by and make this a habit. Thieves oftentimes pose as service people to gain access to a home without arousing suspicion. If it’s unusual for a neighbor to not be informed in advance that there will be a plumber or other contractor at your property during a particular day, they’re more likely to notice and to alert you while you’re away from the home.

If you have a monitored alarm, many of them are able to be turned on and off via one’s mobile phone or in some other way from a remote location. Have the contractor check in with you when they arrive and leave so you can arm and disarm your security device. It’s a good way of keeping tabs.

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UK company “seriously considering” GPS tracking devices in school uniforms

May 8, 2017

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The leading supplier of school uniforms in the United Kingdom, Lancashire-based manufacturer Trutex, has announced it is “seriously considering” including GPS tracking devices in future ranges of its uniform products after conducting an online survey of both parents and children.

“As a direct result of the survey, we are now seriously considering incorporating a [tracking] device into future ranges” said Trutex marketing director Clare Rix.

The survey questioned 809 parents and 444 children aged nine to 16. It showed that 44% of parents were worried about the safety of pre-teen children, and 59% wanted tracking devices installed in school apparel. 39% of children aged nine to 12 were prepared to wear clothing with tracking devices in them, while teenagers were notably less enthusiastic and more wary of what Trutex has admitted they see as a “big brother” concept.

However, Trutex has claimed the tracking devices would bring about worthwhile benefits, including being a valuable resource for parents who wanted to keep a close eye on where their children were at all times.

“As well as being a safety net for parents, there could be real benefits for schools who could keep a closer track on the whereabouts of their pupils, potentially reducing truancy levels” says Rix.

Each year, Trutex supplies 1 million blouses, 1.1 million shirts, 250,000 pairs of trousers, 20,000 blazers, 60,000 skirts and 110,000 pieces of knitwear to the UK.

It is not the first company to manufacture school uniforms with a central focus on child safety; last week Essex firm BladeRunner revealed it was selling stab-proof school blazers to parents concerned about violence against their children. The blazers were outfitted with Kevlar, a synthetic fibre used in body armour. It has already received orders internationally, including Australia.

If the Trutex tracking devices go ahead, it is unclear where in the uniform they will be located.

Solar sail craft may have made orbit

May 8, 2017

Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Planetary Society have stated that their experimental solar sail craft Cosmos 1 is probably lost, but intermittent signals have given them some hope the mission has made orbit.

The 100kg vehicle was launched atop a converted ICBM from a Russian nuclear submarine, however it is believed the first stage of the Volna booster rocket failed 83 seconds into the flight. The team behind the $4m craft have a slim hope that it managed to reach a low orbit, and efforts to pick up the tracking beacon are continuing.

Signals have apparently been received by at least two tracking stations around the globe – in the Czech Republic, and in the Marshall Islands. The Planetary Society are being assisted by the US Strategic Command in an effort to find the spacecraft, if it did make orbit.

However a scientist from the Czech station has said they have received only noise.

If Cosmos-1 is in orbit, the onboard computer may still be functioning and could begin to unfurl the 30 meter diameter sail in three days time.

A solar sail harnesses pressure exerted upon the sail by photons from the sun to push the craft along. Although its acceleration is very slow, it can go on nearly indefinitely (as long as the Sun exists). It was hoped Cosmos-1 would use a 30 m diameter sail to reach an orbit 800km above the Earth, as a demonstration of the potential of the technology.

Schools benefit from new California budget

May 8, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2006

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bipartisan state budget Friday that invests a record $55.1 billion in education – an increase of $3.1 billion this year and $8.3 billion over the last two years – and allocates $4.9 billion to create a budget reserve and to pay down the state’s debt early.

Schwarzenegger credited bipartisan cooperation in coming up with a budget he was willing to sign, and do it on time, a rarity in recent California politics.

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished when Democrats and Republicans work together in Sacramento,” said Schwarzenegger. “I want to thank the legislative leadership – Senators Don Perata and Dick Ackerman, Speaker Fabian Nunez and Assembly Republican Leader George Plescia – for all their hard work on the budget. We put politics aside and were driven by the overwhelming desire to do what’s best for the people of California.

“I am especially proud that the budget expands preschool, and returns art, music and physical education classes to our children,” he said.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said he is pleased by the budget. “The budget passed by the Legislature brings welcome support to education in California, making good on past debts to our schools and investing in sorely needed classroom programs,” he said.

He had his own budget favorites: “I’m particularly pleased that the budget includes increased funding for school counselors, teacher professional development, programs targeted to helping students pass the high school exit exam, and expanded and improved student nutrition programs.

“While there are some priorities over which we may disagree, I applaud the Governor and the Legislature for a budget that makes education a top priority.”

Barbara E. Kerr, president of the 335,000-member California Teachers Association, also likes the direction of the new budget. “The timely approval of the new state budget is good news for our public schools and students,” she said. “School districts and teachers can now plan ahead. The nearly six percent cost-of-living-adjustment will allow local schools to restore funding to education programs that have been cut over the past few years and provide for salary increases.”

Still, Kerr, said, the budget doesn’t go far enough. “This budget is a down payment on the debt owed to our schools. Teachers will continue to work with the governor and the Legislature to ensure repayment of the $3 billion still owed to our schools under Proposition 98 and the lawsuit settlement agreement announced last month. That money will help our schools of greatest need reduce class sizes, improve teacher training and increase parental involvement.”

How the budget affects the New Haven Unified School District and James Logan High School, or the James Logan Courier, specifically is not yet clear.

State Treasurer Phil Angelides, who is running for governor against Schwarzenegger, liked the increased education funding, and praised his fellow Democrats in the legislature for that, but criticized the entire budget for being out of balance.

“On higher education, Democrats in the Legislature did the right thing, when the governor would not, and gained a $6 per unit rollback in community college fees,” he said in a statement. “That is a start. But the governor’s budget will still leave community college fees nearly double what they were just three years ago. And the budget will also leave untouched the fees at CSU and UC, which have increased by $2,000 and $5,000 respectively under Governor Schwarzenegger.”

Missing from the budget, Angelides said, is funding to expand health care for low-income children. Schwarzenegger “failed to get members of his own party to agree to a budget that funds health care for more kids from low-income families on the Healthy Families program regardless of the families’ immigration status. Compassion requires – and intelligent public health practice demands – that all people residing in California have access to adequate health care,” Angelides said.

Schwarzenegger credited a strong economy that increased state revenues for providing the cash to cover the increased expenditures and set aside a $2.1 billion reserve and an additional $2.8 billion for debt prepayment. Included in that is $1.42 billion for repaying borrowed funds earmarked by the voters for transportation projects aimed at reducing traffic throughout the state. The early debt payment and the reserve account for nearly 4.7 percent of the overall budget – the highest in 25 years.

Still, Angelides said, the budget is out of balance and the state is running up more debt. “Despite his repeated pledges to ‘cut up the credit card’ Governor Schwarzenegger has produced a budget that still leaves a $3.3 billion structural budget deficit for 2006-07 and more deficits for years to come,” Angelides said, “It is a budget that will continue to shift the burden of today’s deficits onto the backs of future generations.”

The budget largely mirrors the May Revise, which has since prompted all three Wall Street credit rating agencies to upgrade the state credit rating, reducing the cost of state borrowing. One of the agencies, Fitch, Inc., cited “California’s continuing economic recovery, strong revenue performance and continued progress in reducing fiscal imbalance” when upgrading their rating on the state’s general obligation debt from A to A+ last month. Standard and Poor’s also raised its rating from A to A+ in May. Moody’s Investors Service raised its rating from A2 to A1 the same month.

Despite the improved credit ratings, Angelides said, the three rating agencies still have reservations about the state’s fiscal future. The agencies “have corroborated my warning and that of the Legislative Analyst that while state revenues have improved, California’s fiscal condition will remain insecure until the state produces balanced budgets,” he said.

Highlights of AB 1801, the Budget Act of 2006 by Assembly member John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), include:

Preschool through High School Education – The budget includes $100 million for the Governor’s targeted preschool initiative, which will make preschool available to every four year old living in a low-performing school district. $50 million of this funding will be used to build and improve preschool facilities. The budget also includes $645 million to fund physical education, arts and music programs. Overall, $11,264 will be spent on each student, an increase of $516 from the current year.

Higher Education – The budget allocates $19.1 billion from all sources for higher education and eliminates tuition and fee increases at UC and CSU. California, which already has the lowest community college fees in the nation, will further lower student fees from $26 per unit to $20, effective Spring 2007.

Law Enforcement – The budget includes an additional $196 million to support law enforcement efforts, including money to fund Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement teams, 500 GPS devices to track and monitor the highest-risk parolees and four new Gang Suppression Enforcement Teams. The budget also proposes the addition of 235 California Highway Patrol positions, includes $56.4 million to replace the CHP’s existing radio system and allocates $6.4 million to handle the increasing number of wireless 9-1-1 calls. Additionally, the budget includes a $20 million investment to strengthen efforts to fight methamphetamine trafficking and $6 million to create three new California Methamphetamine Strategy program teams.

Disaster Preparedness – The budget provides $220 million to enhance California’s ability to prepare for, mitigate and respond to emergencies, including money to strengthen public health response during a disaster. This includes preparations to prevent a pandemic influenza outbreak and expanding efforts to help local governments develop disaster preparedness plans.

Public Health – The budget includes $22.6 million for counties to perform outreach and enrollment activities to reach the 428,000 children who are eligible for Medi-Cal or the Healthy Families program but are not enrolled. The budget for the Healthy Families program also covers enrollment growth for 78,200 additional children.

Transportation – In addition, the Budget makes a substantial investment in improving California’s transportation system. It provides $1.4 billion to fully fund Proposition 42 for the second consecutive year, and it provides an additional $1.4 billion for the early repayment of past loans from Proposition 42, for a total of $2.8 billion. Of the $1.4 billion repayment, $440 million is designated for cities and counties for local road and street maintenance that would otherwise not be funded.

The budget is the first on time budget since 2000 and the fourth in the last 20 years. The 2006-07 budget’s general fund is $101.3 billion and total is $131.4 billion. For a more detailed overview of the budget, please visit www.dof.ca.gov.

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May 8, 2017

Submitted by: Josh Neumann

There are many people today that are in that unfortunate situation of needing student debt help because they simply have taken out too much debt for their education. In todays day and age, the vast majority of good paying jobs require a college education in order to acquire one. That is why many people take out loans to help them pay off the finances required to get a good college education.

The unfortunate byproduct of this is this: the vast majority of people get into the habit of relying on other financial institutions to pay off their debt for them, and not worry about getting the money themselves. The reason this possible is that just about anybody can obtain a student loan directly out of high school, whether be for the government or private institution.

Therefore, they dont have to worry about paying is off until after they graduate. This gets them in the bad habit of believing they can get anything they want without having to worry about paying for it, regardless of whether its their right now or not. This is what is responsible for the huge amount of student debt many people find themselves with today.

Now, the vast majority of college students get out of college, start a family, buy a house in to get a mortgage, and it is stuck in debt for the rest of their life paying off their debt. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some important tips and information to help you shatter your debt and get on the road to achieving financial freedom.

First of all, keep in mind that you are responsible for the student debt you have acquired; dont blame yourself for this, simply except responsibility and learn from your past mistakes. Also, you might consider taking a separate portion of your income and putting it towards investment fund.

While you are certainly will have to cut done your monthly expenses in order to do this, the long-term not benefit to be well worth the effort. If you want to achieve long-term financial freedom, this is certainly the way to do it.

The bottom line is this: the absolute only way to achieve financial freedom is to keep careful track of your expenses and income, and make sure that your expenses never exceeded. A good way to do this is to keep a balance sheet each month of all your income and expenses. Therefore, if you do this enough, this will enable you to know offhand exactly what your financial situation is like, and help you to youre your spending decisions accordingly.

No, you may not be able to purchase the same gadgets and gadgets for a while, at least until youve gotten out of debt. However, the end result will be well worth the effort. Dont delay; simply take action today, and start tracking your finances. Hopefully these student debt help information and tips will assist you to eliminate your debt and achieve the financial lifestyle youve always wanted to.

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Yahoo launches new Podcast Search

May 7, 2017

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Yahoo! announced in its blog Sunday the beginning of a public beta test of its new Podcast search service. The new service makes it easier for people to find and listen to podcasts.

Podcasts are short downloadable audio shows, very similar to a radio show. Podcasts are most commonly downloaded to portable mp3 players such as the iPod for which they are named, but they can be listened to on a computer or burned to a CD as well.

“Yahoo Podcasts offers a comprehensive directory of podcast series and individual shows from across the web, complete with detailed search results, most popular and highest-rated lists, editorial picks, and a full collection of tools you can use. These community tools include ratings, reviews, and the ability to tag audio content, or view the tags that other people add,” Lee Ott wrote in the Yahoo blog.

Yahoo! is the first the large web company to offer a podcast search services. Podcast search is currently offered by several smaller websites including Podcast.net, Blinkx, and Odeo.

“This is something we’ve been working on for a while, it’s a great way for people to find, listen to, and consume podcasts as they grow more popular.” said Yahoo! spokesperson Meagan Busath.