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3 Tips In Choosing Basin Vanity Unit

 

There are numerous basin vanity sink designs that you can refer to over the internet. There are just too many that you might end up confused as to which of them you are going to choose. To help you decide which among those basin units you are going to choose, take a look at the following ideas:

Consider your Bathroom Space

When shopping for basin vanity units, you should always consider the size of your bathroom. For sure you do not want your vanity sink to occupy most of your bathroom space. Unless you have a large bathroom area, the size of the vanity sink would not be an issue. But if you have limited space, you should always determine your bathroom floor area, and then check the measurement of your target vanity sink to ensure that the sink would fit in your bathroom and its size would not overwhelm your bathroom space.

Think About Functionality

There can be two main purpose of having basin vanity units in the bathroom. One is for functional purposes like storing bathroom items, towels and the likes while the other purpose is for aesthetic value. You can have a single vanity sink which serves the two purposes however, if you are more concerned of having extra storage in your bathroom, choose a basin vanity unit that has more storage space. You might also want to choose one that has more drawers or extra space on the top to make your toiletries handy.

Check the Aesthetics  

Another factor in choosing a basin vanity sink is its physical appearance. Choose a sink that will be complementary to your bathroom theme. Consider your bathroom’s wall painting. If your wall paint is light, you may want to choose a darker shade of your wall paint for your bathroom sink. If your bathroom’s theme is Victorian, an elaborate vanity sink will be most suitable for it while a tapered sink would look fitted to a modern style bathroom.

No matter what you choose, always consider the harmony of your overall items and furnishings inside your bathroom.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Business
Chinese Travelers Prefer Thailand As Their Holiday Destination

Chinese Travelers Prefer Thailand As Their Holiday Destination

Based on the results of a new research conducted by Hotels.com, Thailand ranked second in 2015 as the country that is highly favored by Chinese travelers. The top destination for overseas Chinese travelers is the United States. The preference for the US has remained unchanged since 2014. Hotels.com based the rankings on the number of rooms that were booked on the website’s Chinese version. Information has been gathered through the 5th annual “Chinese International Travel Monitor” that collected answers from 3,000 Chinese tourists that traveled abroad in 2015.

Other countries that are also frequently visited by Chinese travelers include Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Among the specific cities preferred by the Chinese as their international destination, it was Hong Kong and not the US which was the most visited city. Second most visited city is Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. This certainly makes sense because Bangkok and Hong Kong are just a few hours away from Mainland China.

The report of Hotels.com also included the countries that the Chinese found to best most welcoming. The list includes Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Thailand. However, will the data for 2016 remain the same? Remember the Thailand boycott by Chinese tourists after a Thai’s social media post about the Chinese tourists’ unruly behavior has gone viral.

For now, Thailand is on the 6th place of the top ten destinations that the Chinese hope to visit in the coming year. The top spot went to Australia.

Why is all these data very important? Chinese travelers are considered as the top global spenders. The report also revealed that 92% of Chinese travelers plan to maintain or increase their spending when they visit the scenic destinations. A third plan to spend more on travel in spite of the slowing economy.

In Thailand, it is relatively easy to travel because of the presence of trains and public buses. To Book a train in Thailand, your best option is to buy tickets from online websites. The process of booking is simple and easy because you can find all the routes on the homepage.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Travel
Lloyds Bank Cuts Off 3,000 Additional Jobs

Lloyds Bank Cuts Off 3,000 Additional Jobs

Lloyds, a British bank, is expected to cut off an additional 3,000 jobs until 2017. This is according to a statement released by the bank. It is their way of preparing for the interest rate cut which will be made by the Bank of England. This move is already expected among the banking sector as an aftermath of the Brexit vote.

LBG or Lloyds Banking Group revealed in a statement during the interim results that they are planning to extend their plans to restructure which means they will be closing down around 200 branches. This also means that there will be 3,000 jobs affected by the closure which take effect by the end of 2017.

Due to the restructuring program that the bank is undertaking, which they have announced back in 2014, there will be a total job cut off of 12,000 in different positions.

The Bank of England, on the other hand, is anticipated to lower its interest rates and will bring the figure to the lowest it has ever been – 0.25 per cent. This is a result of the uncertainty that has overcome the country ever since the vote for Brexit was decided. Lloyds admitted that the vote has taken the economy to a low point.

LBG also revealed in their earnings releases that the behaviours of the customers have changed and there is a new environment adapted wherein the interest rates are lower but paid over a longer period of time. Along with the plans of the bank to restructure is an extended plan of closing down 200 of its branches and a move to cut off around 3,000 jobs before 2017 ends.

The lender is now almost the private sector’s ownership once more following the state-bailout that started during the financial crisis that happened in 2008. It has also removed the target for cost savings of the program which is now at £1.4 billion from the previous £1 billion.

LBG also shared that their net profits have doubled and is now at £1.3 billion during the first six months of 2016 but they are still worried about the effect of Brexit in the coming months.

For companies looking to hire skilled individuals, check out Scooppeople Asia.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Economy
Amazon's Effect On Retail Stores

Amazon’s Effect On Retail Stores

Lowe’s Cos. and Home Depot Inc. have built a business away from the online reach of Amazon.

The uniqueness of these two retail businesses will be shown in their second quarter earnings. Analysts are projecting for sales at Lowe’s to rise at 4% while 4.8% at Home Depot. This is according to FactSet’s data. This would mean a minimum of 4% year over year growth for both companies.

The sales decline for other retailers

The gains are where other retailers such as Macy’s Inc., Kohl’s Corp. and Nordstrom Inc. are becoming envious. For each of these retailers, there has been an ongoing decrease with an increasing difficulty for them to attract shoppers to their stores. For Wal-Mart Stores Inc., there is also an expected small sales gain for the 2nd quarter. Target Corp. also expects a sales dip.

The retailers reported an improved trend from earlier this year. However, their business strategies are being overturned by the increase in online shopping like buying sweaters in online stores, such as the UglyChristmasSweater.com, or blenders in online appliance stores instead of visiting physical stores.

The sales increase for home improvement stores

With the favorable real estate trends and increase in property purchases, the turnover in this market is remaining steady. According to Home Depot, millennials are buying homes earlier than usual which means store visits to big chains to purchase paint colors or materials for projects around homes.

Since most of the US homes are aged 30 years or more, homeowners spend more on upkeep according to Home Depot. It also helps that there is a rise in home values and there are low interest rates according to S&P CoreLogic. This means that homeowners regard their homes as investments so they spend more on updating their kitchens or replacing their roofs. These trend allows for the home improvement sectors to grow better than the retail sectors.

Amazon vs. other physical stores

According to the Commerce Department, sales at home improvement stores went up 6.4% through July compared to last year’s same period. According to the same data, online sales are increasing faster up to 10.5% for non-store retailers like Amazon. Amazon doesn’t have a greater edge over most parts of the home improvement market, though. However, Home Depot still faces fierce competition from online stores.

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Rapid Growth Of Smoking Young Africans Due To Plain Packaging

The British American Tobacco or BAT, which is a huge name in the cigarette manufacturing, used to shuttle temporary cinemas all over the six cities that are found in Nigeria in what they refer to as Rothmans Experience It Cinema Tour. It happened in 2002. The company had screenings for various movie titles such as The Matrix and Ocean’s Eleven, among many others that are blockbuster hits for the people of Nigeria. The residents are very excited to see a new concept not familiar to them that emits high quality sound and shows off a wide screen. To everyone who came to watch these blockbusters, BAT gave away packs of the
Rothmans cigarettes free of charge.

That incidence is only a sample of the desperation of the tobacco industry to recruit more smokers in the African continent. Since then, they have doubled their efforts to promote their products. In majority of the countries, the percentages of the total population that are smoking tobacco have decreased since the year 2000 except for those in Africa.

Looking at the data that was gathered by the World Health Organization or WHO, smoking rates have risen in about 27 countries in the world within the last 15 years. Seventeen of these countries can be found in Africa. The country of Congo-Brazzaville has the highest record and the data for last year shows that 22 per cent of the people there are smoking regularly. The last record was at 6 per cent in 2000. In fact, almost half of the men population in Congo is already smoking. The number of smokers in Cameroon has also increased by more than twice the original record – from 7 per cent now 22 per cent of the population is smoking

The low rates of smoking in Africa before are attributed to the fact that majority of the population are in poverty and there is not enough advertising of the tobacco products. This is according to a researcher from University of Cape Town, Hana Ross. The companies found out the cause of these low rates thus they released a new advertisement in Zimbabwe which says that the cigarettes are not made for Americans nor British but for the people of Zimbabwe. With the plain packaging used, people are not aware of the danger it poses.
For packaging solutions, check out the leading company when it comes to packaging materials, PaperMart.com.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Business
Metropolitan Museum Introduced Interactive Maps

Metropolitan Museum Introduced Interactive Maps

If you have tried wandering around inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art on your own and without depending on a paper guide, you might have found the experience fun. There is now a recent development that will make wandering inside the Museum more fun and it is through interactive maps. The students enrolled in the School Visual Arts under the MFA Visual Narrative program, developed several interactive maps that are very creative. Anyone who is visiting the museum should try out the said maps.

The maps were developed through the partnership of Met MediaLab, Mapping the MET which is web-based and Professor Tim Szetela, the curator of the museum. The interactive maps are consists of eight media maps that are using data that have been gathered by the students from different galleries that are housed inside the permanent collection area of the museum.

Each of the interactive maps is featuring the drawings of the students whose arts are selected. Most of these maps come with basic information regarding the history of the collection. The result shows new artworks that will enable the visitors to see the collections as well as the architecture of the building in a different perspective.

One of artworks that stood out is the project created by Rosa Chang which shows more of the one color that is always consistent inside the rooms of the museum – the indigo. Visitors will be able to see the 200 or more artifacts that are dyed with indigo. All of these she discovered in her own and she sketched them and posted all of them on her website. On the same site is the mapping she had done with the domination of the color in every gallery and categorized them depending on the plant source. She also made a world map wherein users will be able to know more about the countries where the object came from. This will make the people see why the museum has a large collection of artworks that are of color Indigo that came from Japan.

Interactive maps as well as illustrated maps are a fun and creative way to see places in a new perspective.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Tech
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Here’s How You Can Throw A Birthday Party That Stands Out

Birthdays are a special event in every person’s life. Birthdays signify that one has survived another year on earth and opening up new opportunities for growth. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated and no one would blame you if you want to throw a killer party on your birthday.

If you desire to throw a birthday party that stands out, then here some helpful tips that you may want to check out.

  1. Use a creative theme. If you want a party that would standout, then you should definitely use a theme. Through a themed party, you would be taking your guests into a whole other world. You can recreate your favorite movie, a book, or you can just opt to go for classic party themes.
  2. Use eye catching décor. To achieve a party that stands out, you would need to use colors that would standout. Go for vibrant colors on your table settings. You should know that you don’t have to buy lots of expensive decorative materials. Just make the simple things vibrant such as your plates, your napkins, etc. When it comes to the décor, you can buy a lot of inexpensive decors online with reputable suppliers like Paper Mart.
  3. Make a guest list. This guest list would help you keep track of all of the people you have invited and their RSVPs.
  4. Choose a suitable venue. If you plan to invite a huge number of people, then you should definitely choose somewhere other than your house. You would need a place that would fit all your guests as well as room for all the activities you have planned.
  5. Customize your invitations. Yes, everything will be much easier via email. However, custom invitations are more convincing and they add a personal touch.
  6. Food & Activities. You should never forget the food. Make sure that your guests are properly fed and satisfied. Try to make the food complementary to the theme. Activities are also important because they keep the guests engaged.
  7. Never forget to give your guests party favors to tell them how much you appreciate their presence in your party.
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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Tips