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Restoration Of An Abandoned Inn To A 4 Star Hotel

In Ramsgate, planning permission was granted to a former historic pub that will be turned into a 4 star hotel. The proposed hotel will be called The Eagle Inn that will feature 6 en-suite bedrooms with 2 accessible for the disabled. The project will hopefully restore the abandoned site into its former glory after a thorough makeover.

The former historic inn is believed to be one of the oldest surviving inns in Ramsgate. It was originally comprised of two – three properties from 1763. The main building fronting High Street was constructed in 1776 making it one of the town’s earliest Tomson and Wotton public houses. Tomson and Wooton is believed to be the oldest breweries in Britain.

The buildings were damaged by a catastrophic fire in 1990. Permission was finally granted by Thanet District Council on May 11 for the renovation project on the old inn. According to Architect Pier-Luigi del Renzio of delRenzio and del Renzio, the 4 star hotel will include a restaurant, bar and parlour for the guests. The eagle statue and sign will be reinstated but the interior still has to be designed. However, the reinstatement is planned to include the missing period features and the complimentary finishes to create a 4 star hotel.

The renovation is in line with Thanet’s local plans for the promotion of leisure and tourism in the centre of the town. The architects are working closely with a local planning and conservation officer that is very supportive of the proposed scheme.

The renovation project will employ local workforce for full time and part time jobs depending on the inn’s final operational requirements. Local trade people are also supportive of the proposed scheme because they believe on the unique potentials that it will eventually offer for Ramsgate. As of this writing, the budget for the renovation remains confidential.

Speaking of 4 star hotels, in Thailand, there is a 4 star hotel in Sukhumvit that caters to both business and leisure travellers. Its close proximity to dining and nightlife options allows a businessman the opportunity to enjoy a little leisure time. A unique experience awaits hotel guests with modern room designs and luxurious furnishings.

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Favourable Exchange Rates Drive Tourism Growth In Johor

For the past decade, Johor has been thriving. If it is the first time you heard of Johor, it is a state in Southern Malaysia that is linked to Singapore by causeways. Johor has a wide range of hotels from the 5-star and 4-star resorts to the budget hotels that suit all budgets. Tourists that visit Johor usually come from Korea and Singapore.

Crowds of tourists that pass the Causeway and the Second Link from Singapore during weekends and holidays bear testimony to the fact that Johor is tourist haven. Singaporeans are attracted by the favourable current exchange rates which make their hotel stay and shopping sprees more affordable.

There is a long list of hotels in Johor and it is expected that more will open in the coming years. There will also be a big name 296-room 4-star hotel that will open next to the Paradigm Mall JoholBaru. Chairman Ivan Teo of the Johor Chapter for Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) and general manager of Ponderosa Golf and Country Club said that hotels in Johor enjoy good business because of the proximity to Singapore and the steady arrival of Malaysian and international travellers to Johor for business and leisure.

Most of the MAH members have partnered with transport operators like Causeway Link buses, government agencies and non-government organizations including educational institutions in an effort to generate more tourist revenues. However, in spite of brisk business, hotels in Johor also face some challenges.

Malaysia has one the lowest hotel rates but while the association supports the newly imposed tourism tax, the association is appealing to the government to spare the locals. For example, there are companies that want to send their staff overseas for training purposes but they have to downgrade the hotel stay because of the tourism tax.

Another tourist destination in Southeast Asia that is popular among travellers is Thailand. A business or leisure traveller has the option of staying at 4 star resort in Pattaya, a place known for sunshine, beaches, fun and drinks. The 4 star accommodation is favourably located to allow you downtown shopping, dining and nightlife venues.

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Bloc Blinds Awarded With Innovation Recognition

Homeowners might be familiar with roller blinds in Auckland but in Ireland, the product took centre stage after an awarding. If you have bought and installed roller blinds before, you might be aware that the product could be a challenge as it ages. It is not possible to uninstall the entire thing in order to be washed. If you have roller blinds that are either discoloured or worn then the only solution would be to replace the entire unit.

It would not make sense to replace just one window blinds, as it will not look the same as the entire house. This means replacement demands that the entire room should be replaced with new roller blinds and this is worth a huge expense.

Replacing only the blinds will not be possible because every blind comes with its own mechanical assembly in order to work properly thus the entire thing must be replaced.

Thanks to Bloc Blinds, a company that is based in Belfast, a new innovation will now present homeowners with a simple and yet more cost-effective answer to this problem. Ever since their introduction into the market of window blinds, the company has already patented a number of products and many of their new products are still waiting for its patent. The latest and most innovative of all its products is the roller blind that can undergo fabric change.

This smart design will make it possible for homeowners to change the fabric of their roller blinds as often as they please. The process does not require replacement of the entire system and the mechanism does not have to be removed from the window either.

Everything in the system will remain as it is – the fittings of the blind, the fixtures as well as the barrel. The only thing that needs changing is the fabric.

According to the marketing manager of Bloc Blinds, Kiera Scullion, the solution is cost-effective and offers a number of advantages. This means that homeowners don’t have to settle for neutral colours since blinds are considered as a fixed part of the house. With the latest innovation, homeowners can change the colour according to the theme of their house. If this type of blinds is not your thing, you can check for other styles of roller blinds in Auckland.

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Failures Of Life Coaching Websites To Avoid

With more and more web developers hitting the market on a daily rate, it equalizes to the unstoppable growth of millions of websites you can browse over the Internet. You see, with the latest and updated trends in website building, almost everyone who has enough knowledge in terms of how to build a website can do it as long as he/she has a stable Internet connection to say the least. With that being said, there’s a rapid and remarkable growth in the number of life coaching websites which you can visit in the event you feel that the world is continuously beating you down like there’s no more tomorrow. To begin, such websites are built by life coaches in hopes that they will be able to reach clients who are desperately in need of properly coaching on how to deal with the miserable life they are living in.

As mentioned above, everyone can build any kind of website they desire. However, life coaching websites must be made properly because of the mere fact that they will be dealing with clients who are struggling due to various reasons. It’s important that you know how you are going design your website and what to put in a website that will be used for life coaching purposes to avoid the enduring the following failures:

  • The first failure you must avoid in making any kind of website for that matter is having a miserably ugly website in terms of design. You see, it’s the last thing you will ever need if you’re a professional life coach. An ugly website will make clients feel worse because they are approaching you for help and what they see in your website will make them look away.
  • One reason why most websites are failing terribly to reach clients is that most of the website owners rely heavily on their do-it-yourself skills even if they are knowledgeable with website building. Or worse, they hire unexperienced web developer. You see, both will make your website unprofessionally-built.
  • Every website needs a responsive call to action button. Unfortunately, not all websites that are owned and controlled by life coaches have the right call to action button which allow clients to directly contact hem.
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Bosh Introduces Innovative And Cost Effective Technologies At Frankfurt Trade Fair

At the ISH Energy 2017 trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, Bosh presented the largest boiler in its portfolio – a double-flame tube boiler with an impressive height of 6 meters, an output that reaches up to 55,000 kilograms of steam per hour and a weight of nearly 120 tons. The large boiler can be effectively and efficiently used by energy providers and big industrial companies.

Aside from their largest boiler, Bosh also presented several innovations like the compressed air and heat system (CA) for smaller output ranges.  Conventional compressors are usually driven through electric motors. CA generates compressed air through the use of biogas or natural gas motor that is more cost effective and environmentally friendly than electricity. In addition, the heating circuit will benefit from the free waste heat generated by the motor and compressor.

Another topic at the Bosch trade fair was the new high-tech controls that can be used as professional solutions in industrial boilers and combined heat and power plants (CHP). Control 8000 is an innovative control device for heating boilers with an intuitive touch control and large color display. Through the control device, advanced technology from the industrial sector will enter the market for heat technology at a very appealing price-performance ratio.

A wide range of components can be integrated in a modular way through the latest standards of connectivity. Available for Control 8000 and other Bosh boilers and CHP controls is remote maintenance system MEC Remote that provides safe and efficient access through internet connected devices. Instead of limiting access to Bosh service experts only, MEC Remote allows operators to be automatically informed about important status reports through text or email messages.

Bosh also highlighted the importance of saving energy costs through interactive multimedia simulators that will help operators configure their own plant. Through the use of specific load profile and energy prices, operators can precisely calculate which technical measures are profitable and which are not.

Boiler engineers of APH Heating LTD regularly attend trainings and seminars in renewable and innovative technologies to keep them up-to-date and fully qualified. Trainings received make them more qualified to undertake solar, biomass, under-floor heating, ground source and air source heat pumps installations.

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New Hotel To Be Built In The Campus Of The University Of Chicago

Complimentary internet access is an important factor for business travellers when they choose a hotel but for others location matters more. An ideal location will easily allow a hotel guest to be connected to the city’s business and financial district as well as restaurants, bars and entertainment centres.

At a meeting, plans for a 15-story hotel at the University of Chicago’s campus on the corner of 60th Street and Dorchester Avenue were announced. According to DNAinfo, officials from the university have recently mentioned the importance of nearby hotel options because the Rubenstein Forum attracts a large number of academicians to the area for conferences.

The hotel that will be named “The Study at the University of Chicago” will include a 1,500 square feet fitness centre, 2,200 square feet to be used for meeting rooms and an 85-seat restaurant and bar. Slides were presented from a meeting that was hosted by the 20th Ward alderman Willie Cochran to show the development of the hotel that is expected to generate 150 permanent jobs and 250 jobs for the local construction industry.

The new hotel which will be built on a 70,000 square feet of land will replace the vacant colonial Hyde Park Day School Building. However, the hotel is not owned by the University of Chicago but privately developed. Similar to the other buildings on the university campus, the hotel will include amenities for the university and the local community.

In a statement to DNAinfo, Calametta Coleman, University Director of Communications for Civil Engineering, said the University will not be releasing information on when the project will start including the total financial costs. The Study will be the first building on campus that will be a business for profit. The Study will also be the most convenient option for the Obama Presidential Centre.

Even in Thailand, location certainly matters for hotelsand resorts. In Bangkok, hotel near Terminal 21 is ideally located at the heart of the city’s residential, business and shopping centres. It is walking distance to the BTS, Skytrain Station and other points of interest for both the leisure and business traveller.

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Does Type 1 Diabetes Candidates Require Yearly Eye Exam?

If you are one of those people who have type 1 diabetes, you are at risk of developing a disease in your body that results to blindness. This is the reason why treatment for type 1 diabetes recommends the patient to book an eye exam in Kirrawee annually.

In a new research conducted, the recommendation was found out to cost a lot and at the same time, ineffective. The reason for this is that the level of risk could be the determining factor. If the person has a low risk then a screening that is less frequent would suffice will people who are high risk should be seen as often.

According to researchers, the disease diabetic retinopathy could lead to damage in the tissues that are light sensitive, which is located at the back of the eye. When this happens, it could result to loss of full vision. Screening is important since the disease can be detected before any damage happens which is majority of the time, irreparable. The good news is that not everyone with diabetes is at the same level of risk.

According to Dr. David Nathan, the author of the study, patients who experienced minimal change or no change at all in terms of their eyes as well as those with good level of blood sugar can go without an examination for four years.

He added that a different case calls for patient who has a developing eye problem and their level of blood sugar is not in the normal range. This means that the patient should have an eye exam as soon as three months after the first one.

The team has made a conclusion that for patients with blood sugar level on average and with no indications of retinopathy, the annual screening is not required but rather the exam should be done once in every four years. For people with mild retinopathy, the screening is recommended to be done every three years.

The authors of the study added that for those patients with retinopathy on the moderate and severe level, they should book an eye exam in Kirrawee and screening should be done once every three to six months.

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Something New –  Uber Inspired Courier Service

Australia Post is encountering bad reviews and customers are continuously raising concerns on the quality of service that this courier company provides. It has been raised that the services Australia Post’s are slow, unreliable, and expensive. There are many cases that the parcels were not delivered and the clients to pick them up in the offices. In line with all the complaints and concerns, there are a lot of other courier services that could be alternatives to Australia Post.

Startups are now getting emboldened and have started to think up ideas on how to answer the questions bothering the people regarding the delivery of their parcels.  Alternative courier services in Melbourne and other parts of Australia are now being considered. One particular startup decided to make use of the “sharing economy” that is rapidly growing and with a strategy like this, the company and the app is very similar to Uber – a taxi service. This time, this app handles parcels and other items to be delivered.

People Post is an app that connects users to available runners near the where the user is to be able to hire them for delivery. The price of each delivery is subject to the distance of the delivery and the urgency of the delivery. The calculations and algorithms for the app and the pricing to work efficiently are continuously being studied for efficiency and cheaper rates. The basic is that the shorter the distance and to that it should be delivered with less sense of urgency, the cheaper it will be. Currently, they also have a plan to create a merchant structure that will give big discounts to businesses when they start using this app.

Inspired by Uber, similar features to Uber can also be found in this app. A user can like and favourite a runner for future reference. The user can also rate the runner too.  The services are available all day, every day.

The current places where this service is being offered is in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, and Brisbane. The company also has plans to go global in 2017 if the venture proves to be successful. If this venture is successful, surely alternative courier services in Melbourne and other places will be the option of most people when sending their items.

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Tires On Fire For Three!

Fires are dangerous however much we need fire to do some of the things we need in life. If it is big enough, it can spread quickly, it can destroy properties, and it can destroy lives, literally and figuratively. This is the reason why we have brave people who work to help out in case there are fires happening, we have the firefighters.

The fires can be stopped quickly but there are some that can run for a long time, eating more of the properties along the way, destruction of life and property in its wake. For the Sturgis Fire Department, three hours of firefighting is also hard work. The brave firefighters from this fire department spent three hours on the scene of a fire in a tire recycling and manufacturing facility. The facility’s crew started seeing smoke come out from the north end of the building and thought that a piece of equipment was on fire. Upon entering the building, the firefighters noticed that black smoke was coming from a tire granulator and the fire source are rubber or nylon pieces at the bottom of the machine. Thankfully after the hours, the fire was extinguished and it was declared to be fire-out.

Cobalt Holdings, LLC are processing at least 10,000 tonnes of tire scraps every year as stated by the company’s website and a tire granulator is there to grind and shred them to pieces in preparation for recycling. Thankfully, there are no injuries were reported as the workers and employees were evacuated as soon as the fire department was called into action. The possible source of the fire is known but the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Estimated cost of the affected properties and damages was not yet determined at the time of writing.

There was a lot of support provided in putting out the fire coming from the Sturgis Police Department, Lifecare Ambulance, and Sturgis Electric. Tri-Township Fire Department was also placed on standby during the situation. This happened March 8, 2017. This is a lesson learned for businesses, especially those that deal with materials and machines that can cause fires, so much like a tire granulator and even simple shredders. Accidents do happen. Fire happens.

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New Hospital Launched Safety Week

Despite the fact that the new hospital is not yet finished and a lot of work is still waiting to be done, it has become an ideal location for safety promotion. This week there is a collaboration called Safety Week hosted by Skanska-Closner together with MIOSHA. They will tackle the new training as well as the routines that should be practiced from day to day. This training aims to educate through the workplace health & safety consultants provided by MIOSHA.

As soon as the clock strikes 7 in the morning, the construction workers come together to perform stretching as well as devise a plan before they start with their work for the day.

According to the safety consultant under MIOSHA, Steve Tighe, they perform stretching and flexing as well as making sure that the workers are physically fit in order to decrease the number of muscle injuries in the workplace.

The new hospital’s construction entails a lot of dangers especially a risk of falling from hanging steel. According to statistics, in 2016, there are 43 deaths in construction and 20 of them are due to falling. Tighe added that the hospital site is under construction thus there is a lot of hanging steels but he is commending the crew because they are doing everything by the book to make sure that they are safe. The construction has been going on for 11 months now but they are happy that Marquette was not meet with news of any injury.

Skanska’s senior vice president of operations, Gary Cooper, is proud because of the safety measures that the work crew has exhibited and he wants to use them as an example in the entire industry.

Cooper said that they are planning to change the industry in order for people to be aware that a safe environment can be created and instil in their mind that the industry is not a dangerous one. There might be instances where risks are present but there are always alternatives that could be done especially if you have workplace health & safety consultants that guide the working crew to creating a safer working environment.

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