30 May

I Am Bringing My Parents To Cuba And They Will Love The History And Culture

Im a history addict by nature, especially when it comes to long-standing communist regimes, as I find them very interesting to learn about. Its always fascinating to experience places stuck in time that have remained unchanged despite major globalisation in all other places in the world. After dreaming about Cuba holidays for a while, I decided to call up my parents and invited them to join me. They love to learn about new places and will find Cuba a very curious place to explore. I feel like my parents are going to want to come with me to Cuba because they are wonderful people who simply love travelling.

They always brought me along to different countries when I was younger, but I grew older and had my own life and kids to take care of. I feel like I owe it to my parents to take them to an interesting place once in a while so that we can all share quality time as a family, my parents love being around their grandchildren my children love being spoilt by their doting grandparents. A trip to Cuba will definitely be something that we all can enjoy. I am so happy that there are things in life that I can actually do with my parents again. They might not be up for running around the park, but they certainly will travel with me. I will carefully plan out what we will be doing in Cuba. After all, I am sure that my parents will be more likely to enjoy the gentle walking and sightseeing activities.

As for us; and by that I mean my wife and my children, we will probably relax in a beach resort for a few days and then all head to Havana to absorb the culture, join my parents and have our kids learn about the place they visit. My folks dont enjoy the beach as much as they used to nowadays and prefer to be out and about, they would much rather be in a city hotel with a pool than in a beach resort where theres no activity for the elderly to enjoy beside bathing. They are the cosmopolitan type of travellers, and they much prefer to hit a dancing club in Havana for a few cha cha cha steps than lying in a beach lounger sipping a mojito. If throughout their travels I learnt something as a kid, is that when travelling my parents are unstoppable and definitely not the beach bum kind.

30 May

Leading Russian Composer And Executive Alexander Shulgin Signs To MusicDish Network

MusicDish President Eric de Fontenay announced the signing of leading Russian composer, performer and industry executive Alexander Shulgin to its artist development program. Shulgin has had more than 20 hit albums, including 10 Number 1 albums as co-producer, while working with such iconic artists as Valeria, Mumiy Troll, Dima Malikov, Gruppa.fm and many others.

MusicDish will be providing representation in the North American market, including brand development, marketing, fan building and consultation on all aspects of online artist development. Specifically, MusicDish will be promoting Shulgin’s 3-album compilation “Tryptych” through its network of online assets, social networks and street teams. Featuring new music, melodies and instrumentals from the famed composer, the albums were recorded by an impressive line-up of artists including legendary drummer Billy Cobham, pianist Gary Husband, bassist John Patitucci and guitarist Paul Drew, to name a few.

About Alexander Shulgin Alexander Shulgin is a leading composer, performer and executive in the new Russian music industry, having worked with such iconic artists as Valeria, Mumiy Troll, Dima Malikov, Gruppa.fm and many others. Mr. Shulgin owns and operates Familia Entertainment, a record label, and Familia Publishing, a publishing company.

Shulgin began his career with the legendary Russian rock band The Cruise (1983-1986), which sold 20 million copies of their first album in 1985. He went on the work on a series of international projects, from “The Taiga Symphony,” a combination of Russian classic music with western rock-music performed by The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, to “Merry Christmas to the World”, another ambitious East-West collaboration between Shulgin and BBC Worldwide. Shulgin is also a composer of music for films and TV, his songs appearing in films by Lukas Moodysson and Ken Russell, the TV music serial “Primadonna” as well as all the music for the first public TV channel “Spas” for which he composed .

Websites: (Russian language)

About MusicDish, LLC Since 1997, MusicDish LLC has served as the bridge between the music industry and the artist. Through its extensive online presence, MusicDish provides artists with an edge over the ever-prevalent competition the music industry entails. MusicDish gives the artist the opportunity to take advantage of several different services: a creative approach to artist development and representation; online press release distribution & marketing; publications disclosing all the latest information involving the music industry; and even a indie music video channel.

30 May

Wedding Photography Services Contract Top 3 Clauses

When you employ a wedding photographer in Vancouver, or contact photography services for professional wedding photographer, you do not consider much about signing a photography services contract. Normally you do not have to bother about anything such as a contract, as the photographer you employ is either referred or you have made a decent research about him.

However, it is not necessary that every time you hit the bulls eye and therefore, it is advisable to have a photography services contract signed before you actually hire a wedding photographer. These contracts have several clauses that bind the photographer to deliver his best and as an added advantage you get great photographs of your wedding at best rates. Moreover, you should also ascertain that all the necessary points are included in the contract; the top 3 clauses of the contract are as follows.

Services

You should include the clause for services to be provided by the wedding photographer. This clause will also clearly define each and every service to be provided to you by the photographer. This clause, however, focuses on your co-operation to the photographer for providing participants for the photographs; else, it is not possible for him to capture photos in desired quality. The services clause also binds the photographer to provide all the services to the client which he agrees upon by the virtue of a valid contract.

Payment

This is very important clause as it will help you to settle any sort of dispute with the photographer arising due to payment and other charges. This clause includes the amount that is to be paid as upfront charges or the signing amount. It also includes the amount that you have to pay after the job is complete. The charges that you have to pay for the extra copies of photographs or for the original prints are also mentioned under this clause. The liability of the photographer, that is agreed upon between the parties also makes the part of this clause.

Special conditions

This clause covers all that is left out in the aforementioned clauses. However, intended to include the left out terms and conditions does not make it unimportant, rather it is equally important. Normally it includes terms and conditions related to reimbursement of travel expenses, food and lodging in case the photographer needs to stay overnight and similar other expenses are included in this clause. This clause also includes services provided by the photographer that is not mentioned under the services clause of the photography services contract.

You can include several terms and conditions either under the aforementioned clauses or by including new clauses. Moreover, the aforementioned top 3 clauses of wedding photography in Vancouver contract are sufficient to include all the terms and conditions that you should consider while employing a wedding photographer.

30 May

Flooring Options for Your Home

It’s exciting choosing flooring options for your home, but it can be a daunting endeavor as well. With so many styles and choices to choose from, you’ll ultimately have to live with your decision. Consider all the options, and take your time. You don’t change floors every time you change your mind, so make sure your selection works well with your lifestyle and design considerations. Take a look at these 5 beautiful flooring options for your home.
Stainmaster Carpet Carpet creates a comfortable allure to any home. More than something to walk on, carpet is comfortable enough to be its own furniture when you get down to it. Carpeted floors are wonderful to spread out on when you play with the kids or enjoy the company of your pets. The trick with carpets is keeping them stain free over the years. A Stainmaster carpet repels the dirt and stains, so you don’t have to worry about juice spills or the mud that gets tracked through the house. This carpet’s practically kid-proof.of.

Natural Stone A great flooring for bathroom and kitchen floors, natural stone creates a classical appearance that’s also very functional. Kitchens get speckled with spaghetti sauce regularly, yet are just a paper towel away from clean with natural stone. There’s a special ancient Greek or Roman appeal with natural stone. Conveying a classical style, natural stone is refined and elegant.

Hardwood Floors with Area Tibetan Rugs With a cozy appeal that everyone loves, hardwood floors do need some extra padding in order to be comfortable enough to relax on. Throw a Tibetan rug on a hardwood floor, and you’ve got instant comfort that’s also peaceful and surreal. The rugs are easier to clean than carpet, so get comfort without all the dust.

Vinyl With the durability and convenience it offers, you’ll find that vinyl can be one of your most versatile options.

Laminate People love the look of hardwood, but not everyone wants the high costs. Laminate floor offers a hardwood-looking appeal, but is actually quite affordable. You can have that natural look without spending an obscene sum on your flooring. Consult your local provider for more information on the different styles available.

30 May

What Is Sharepoint Server 2010 Timer Jobs

SharePoint Server 2010 is rich in features. And heres this feature of SharePoint Server 2010Timer Jobwhich is as good as other features of SharePoint Server 2010. A timer job runs in a specific Windows service for SharePoint Server and performs infrastructure tasks for the Timer service, such as clearing the timer job history and recycling the Timer service; and tasks for Web applications, such as sending e-mail alerts. A timer job contains a definition of the service to run and specifies how frequently the service is started. The SharePoint 2010 Timer service (SPTimerv4) runs timer jobs. The Timer Job feature is also available in SharePoint Foundation.
The most significant change you will see in SharePoint Server 2010 Timer Job is that 21 news Timer Jobs have been added here. If for an ordinary SharePoint 2007 application we had 39 Timers Job, then we have 60 Jobs for SharePoint Server. The recently added Timer Jobs include the following:
Default Timer Jobs in SharePoint Server 2010
1.Application Addresses Refresh Job
2.Audit Log Trimming
3.Delete Job History
4.Document ID enable/disable job
5.Document ID assignment job
6.Enterprise Server Search Master Job
7.Health Analysis Job
8.InfoPath Forms Services Maintenance
9.Password Management
10.Prepare query suggestions
11.Product Version Job
12.Query Logging
13.Secure Store Service Timer
14.Solution Daily Resource Usage Update
15.State Service Delete Expired Sessions
16.Timer Service Recycle
17.Web Analytics Trigger Workflows Timer Job
18.Windows SharePoint Services Usage Data Import
19.Windows SharePoint Services Usage Data Processing
20.Word Conversion Timer Job
21.Workflow
The SharePoint 2010 Timer service (SPTimerv4) is based on the Gregorian calendar for scheduling. For every job that you schedule, you specify when the timer job will run, specified in a 24-hour time format. You must specify the time in local time instead of as an offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The time is stored in that format. Daily, weekly, and monthly schedules also include a window of execution. The timer job will select a random time within this interval to start executing the job on each applicable server. Timer Job is appropriate for high-load jobs that run on multiple servers on the farm. Running this kind of job on all the servers at the same time might place an unreasonable load on the farm. Timer job schedules can be specified by using Windows PowerShell. Take advantage of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and free SharePoint templates along with other SharePoint Products.

30 May

Future related, Crutchlow Five Team Approach

Cal Crutchlow. (Foto: Getty Images)

CALIFORNIA – Cal Crutchlow said that he would not be too hasty in making a decision about his future in MotoGP next season. Although, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider was approaching five teams.

Crutchlow are confident that the results on the mat finish seventh MotoGP race at Laguna Seca United States did not change everything. Because the performance is currently still making interest other teams to sign him.

“I think we were at Laguna Seca result does not change anything about my future. Thing is clear so far I always go faster and be a tough challenge rivals. Though the race at Laguna Seca goes bad, it is not changing anything,” he said.

Drivers who currently lie fifth MotoGP standings states would take a decision after Indianapolis MotoGP title, next August. Although, he admitted that he is negotiating with five teams.

“I’m not going to rush to make a decision and I’m also not going to make any decisions at Indy. I still need time to think about it. I was talking with five teams, and not just from this championship. So we’ll see,” he said as Crash reported.

British rider claimed it wanted to move to a factory team in order to achieve maximum results. Ducati itself be the strongest candidate for him, following the departure of Nicky Hayden certainty to the Superbike arena.

30 May

Sales at Hypermart Selling Well, the Sun Gets Rp 63 Billion Profit

PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (MPPA) recorded a rise in net income during the first quarter of 2013 to Rp 63.2 billion. The figure was up 53.96% of the net profit the same period the previous year which only Rp 29 billion.

The company’s net profit increase was supported by higher revenues in the first quarter of 2013 which reached Rp 2.6 trillion, up 13.04% from the same period revenue last year amounted to Rp 2.3 trillion.

Acquisition of the company’s revenue is contributed full of Matahari Food Division (MFD), which is more than 90% is the result of the Hypermart.

This performance can not be directly compared with last year’s performance, due to the divestiture of assets / non-core business at the end of 2012 ago.

Since its launch in 2004 Hypermart, MFD scored a CAGR growth rate of 27.9%, which is the core strength of the Company’s growth and future prospects.

Operating profit also rose 32.2% to USD 74.6 billion from USD 56.4 billion last year. EBITDA reached USD 165 billion.

MPPA now recorded net interest income of USD 6.9 billion in the first quarter of 2013, higher than net interest expense of Rp 5.6 billion last year. This is due to lower interest expense of Rp 38.3 billion from Rp 62.7 billion last year, in line with the Company’s plan for the payment of the debt from the results obtained from the divestment of non-core end of last year.

Throughout the first quarter of 2013, the company has opened 2 new Hypermart stores located in Jakabaring, Palembang and Ambon.

New outlets Jakabaring further strengthen market dominance Hypermart in West Sumatra, while new outlets Ambon, which is a second outlet in the Maluku islands, also further strengthen market penetration and expansion Hypermart landing in eastern Indonesia.

In 2013, the Hypermart plans to open 20 new outlets across Indonesia.

“It makes us a hypermarket operator with the highest growth rates. Hypermart We will deliver the 100th will be operated at the end of 2013 and will be the largest and leading hypermarket retailer in Indonesia,” said Benjamin Mailool MPPA President in his press conference, in Jakarta, Monday (06/03/2013).

In the same period, MPPA also welcome Temasek Holding a significant shareholder with a plan to have a 26.1% ownership stake in the MPPA.

Together with PT Multipolar Tbk (MLPL) as the majority shareholder with a 50.2% stake, MPPA will get a more solid support from shareholders in its aim to develop the retail business forward.

“We are proud to see MPPA still carve out a good performance in the first quarter of 2013 despite having to operate in a challenging market environment,” said Benjamin.

In addition, the divestment of non-core as well as the successful participation as a strategic shareholder Temasek increasingly bring MPPA achieve its mission to be the No. 1 modern FMCG retailer in Indonesia in the next short period.

“MPPA is a leading modern FMCG retailer in Indonesia, which has the widest network of stores by 82 hypermarkets, 28 supermarkets, 80 pharmacy outlets that operate in more than 52 cities across Indonesia,” he said.

30 May

Home Improvement Ideas For Every Domestic Setting

You can save money on DIY home improvement ideas for having a custom and nice interior in your home. When it comes to buy home improvement items online, you have to consider some facts in mind. You have to inspect your need and make the checklist of all the necessary items to fulfill all of your home improvement needs. You can go smart, rather than just doing hard with these ideas.

Making Home Improvement Successful
Use white tiles and proper lighting in order to brighten your living space and revamp your home. Rather than absorbing the light, light coloring reflects sunrays and minimize the buildup of heat. You can also save your utility bills with this tactic. When it comes to resale, you can easily increase its value by catching attention on your rooms by adding suitable furniture as per the purposes.

Another good home improvement idea is adding stains on baseboards rather than paints. Natural wood isnt just give classic appeal, they are often best suited for every type and style of domestic settings. You can easily get all the dings and scuffs concealed with stains on the baseboards, rather than painting them. All you have to pick the best color combination in order to get it fit best with your home style.

Be sure to make a checklist of items that are necessary for your home improvement before heading to online store to buy home improvement items. This idea will not only give you everything at one place, but also keep everything organized alike. While going for home improvement, also consider your porch because it will work as a first impression for the visitors towards your lifestyle and choice.

In the project of your home improvement, if you are working with contractor, you should have your own records. Dont leave everything on the contractor. In your records, the documents of invoices, estimates and agreement should be filed. You can pay full attention on your project by doing this, rather than ending up with procedural delays.

Bottom Line
You will find no problem on your home improvement by considering these tips and following them. You can easily spice up your home as per your own needs and tastes. These are some ideas that can make your project of home improvement successful. If you are looking for home improvement items to shape up your living space, then homeshop18.com is your best online destination.

30 May

A Closer Look At Kids Toy Brands Playmobil

Playmobil began life some thirty five years ago in Germany when toy maker Hans Beck decided to make a simple but expandable range of figures and playsets. A reaction to the 1973 oil crisis, Beck switched production form toys that required a large percentage of oil to those that could be produced with very little of this precious resource.

Indeed it seems to be the philosophy of Playmobil that a little can go a long way, as demonstrated by the core of the Playmobil line, the figures. One thing that is immediately noticeable about the Playmobil figures is they have no nose. The designed and style of the Playmobil figure is simplified. They have two dots for eyes and a mouth, with very little variation between different figures’ expressions.

The absence of a nose can be traced back to Hans Beck’s intentions. He wanted to emulate a child’s own creations. When kids draw faced they often simplify the facial features, but can achieve a great degree of emotion even so. Hans Beck obviously saw the elegance of this and extended into his whole design philosophy.

Playmobil toys are simple but eminently expressive. Kids can let their imaginations soar with the toys, regardless how simple the designs may be. Without the baggage of a preconceived story line kids can use Playmobil toys to create just about any scenario their imaginations can conceive.

Playmobil are often considered a major competitor to Lego and that is true in some ways but not others. Both Lego and Playmobil are based around figures that interact with vehicles and playsets. That is where the similarity ends.

Lego is foremost a construction toy and while it does take some assembly to put Playmobil sets together (as any parent on Christmas morning can tell you!) after that there is very little reconstruction involved. Lego also have a number of licensed sets, something which Playmobil is staunchly against for they believe kids should be unencumbered with other people’s worlds and stories and free to make up their own.

There is certainly room for both Lego and Playmobil in any child’s life as both are high quality toys that can complement each other wonderfully. If you are looking for a toy that will last for years both in physical durability and the ability to engage your child through different stage s of life than Playmobil should be on your shortlist.

30 May

Your Options In Buying Garden Furniture

One of the most relaxing places in your home is your garden. This is the reason why garden furniture is very popular in these days. By purchasing and setting up a set of garden furniture, you can sit and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of your garden. Furthermore, a nice set of garden furniture will enhance the beauty of your garden.

When you are planning to purchase garden furniture for yourself, you must put in mind that you should always choose the one that suits your style and that of your garden. Today, there are many types of garden furniture which will enable you to choose the one that suits you best

Different Types of Garden Furniture

Tables and Chairs:

When you are choosing a set of tables and chairs, the first thing that you should think of is the size of the area where you are going to place it. The table and chairs must not be too small or too large for it. Choosing the right size of table and chairs will give your garden a more proportionate look.

When it comes to the colour of the furniture, you must pick the one that is perfect for your taste and of course the one that matches with the colour of blossoming flowers in your garden. There are no specific rules in a selection of colours for your garden furniture since it is a matter of personal choice.

Furniture that is made of cast iron is one of the most common types of furniture used in the garden. When you are trying to buy one, you need to make sure that you will choose the ones that have appealing cushions that harmonise with the style of your garden.

Garden Umbrella:

If you are planning to sit and relax in your garden it will always be handy if you have an umbrella with you especially during summers. This provides shade and protects you from the heat of the sun. Like choosing tables and chairs, you must also choose umbrella styles and designs that also harmonise with the overall appearance of your garden.

Once you have purchased furniture for your garden, you can further enhance its appearance by adding accessories and decorations on it. Even ordinary furniture will look extraordinary if equipped with stylish decorations and accessories.

Some of the accessories that you can use are outdoor lamps, bird houses, bird baths, and ornamental statues. These decorations will naturally blend with the setting of your outdoor garden. If you want to further enhance it, you can have a mini pond, or fountain beside it to give it a more classic look.