Belfast City Hall Lighting Up To Raise IBD Awareness

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The availability of the latest technology in Belfast City for the treatment of different eye disorders, as well as advertisements of the different surgical procedures online like in LaserEyeSurgeryBelfast.co.uk has proven the importance that is being placed in addressing eye problems. Raising awareness, however, does not only appear to be limited to diseases associated with the eyes as a radiant Belfast City Hall illuminated a purple color last May 19. The said event symbolizes a local charity’s desire to raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Northern Ireland. Andrew Mulholland, trustee of the mentioned charity, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, one of the two kinds comprising inflammatory bowel disease. In an interview, he said that that the main reason for this movement was that he felt as if there was a lack of support system in Northern Ireland, considering that there were over 7,000 people there battling with the disease. Andrew was diagnosed at age 15 and he experienced the grave consequence of dropping to a weight he described to be as light as 8 stones, far lower than his normal weight which was comparable to 15 stones.

The charity set only a year ago called Let’s Talk about Crohn’s and Colitis Northern Ireland was set up by Andrew and two other girls diagnosed with Colitis, the other disease that makes up IBD. The idea of lighting up the hall at World IBD day occurred to them as a remarkable mark of respect for everyone who is affected by these diseases. Before the event, the local charity appealed to those willing to volunteer and help out on the actual event. Fundraising events leading to people coming together, having a little conversation about the condition, and learning more technicalities about the Crohn’s disease and Colitis were some of the key events that took place. According to Andrew, the idea seemed impossible to take place at first despite of having good connections with both the local councilors and representatives since the venue was allowed to be used only in very limited major events like St. Patrick’s Day. To the local charity’s surprise, everything turned out according to their plans.

Raising awareness for IBD was something Andrew and the whole team was evidently determined to achieve. He believed that the lighting up of such a special hall can clearly send out an important message to everyone: IBD does exist and there are people constantly battling with this incurable disease that will greatly appreciate any support they can get from healthy and unhealthy individuals of Northern Ireland.

Future Of Office Furniture Industry More Stable

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Despite the need for office furniture such as executive office chairs, the industry has dwindled for some time because of the decline in the economy. Now that the economy is starting to pick up, as well as the office furniture industry, executives believe that there will be stability in the near future.

According to Brian Walker, the CEO of Herman Miller Inc., when it comes to demand the industry can be said to be in a healthy state right now. Though he admitted that the economy is slow to pick up its recovery, many companies are now doing well for a period of time which made them spend more on their facilities.

As of this year, the industry of office furniture has already exceeded that set growth targets. In the first quarter alone, shipments have increased by 9% which made it to $2.39 billion. The orders, on the other hand, have increased by 8% which made it to $2.35 billion. The numbers are in comparison to last year’s data for the same period. These data are from BIFMA or Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association which is based in Grand Rapids. An estimate was already released earlier this year which amounts the shipping volume for first quarter to have increased by around 4.4%.

According to a forecast made by BIFMA, there is an expected increase in the shipments by another 4.4% which will make the 2015 amass a total of $10.2 billion. While for 2016, BIFMA’s forecast is said to increase by 7.9% which will gather $11 billion for shipments alone. The previous forecast was only set at a growth of 6.6%.

Tom Reardon, BIFMA’s executive director, expressed how they think the forecast for this year is not as good as for 2016. He also believed that the outlook is going in the right direction and data will continue to grow in the coming years.
Michael A. Dunlap & Associates LLC recently released an activity index for office furniture which set it at 56.80 based on a scale of 0 to 100 for the month of April. Last January, the index was at 57.26 while half a year ago it was at 57.58.

Uber Deemed To Be “Illegal” In Gauteng

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Uber, the ride sharing service that functions similar to a private taxi, is seemed deemed to be illegal in Gauteng according to roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi.

Uber is a smartphone-based application developed in California USA. It allows people to use their smartphones to contact drivers connected through Uber for trip requests. These drivers, in turn, use their own private vehicles to transport those who requested, functioning similar to taxi cabs.

Viadi, through Talk Radio 702, said that there is ongoing legislation between metered taxi associations and chartered services. This legislation, according to Viadi, does not seem to accommodate or cater to Uber. He also said that they had told Uber drivers that they need to register if they wanted to operate. They will not be allowed to do so if they had failed to register, as they will be deemed as illegal operators.

Can be legal

Independent transport analyst Paul Browning says that there is a law that may be able to accommodate Uber. However, it has not yet been passed into legislation as of the moment. However, even if the so-called National Land Transport Act (NLTA), were to be passed as law, Browing believes that Uber drivers still need to apply for taxi operating licenses as that Act defines a ‘metered taxi’ being equipped with meters.

Yet, Uber seemed to be under no category as the NLTA was drafted before the time of smartphones according to Samantha Allenberg, an Uber spokesperson. She also said that the national department of transport issued a practice note, which requires Uber driver to obtain taxi operation licenses while the NLTA has not yet been amended to cater to Uber.

Puts people out of business

John Ramaema runs a metered taxi business at OR Tambo Airport. He has been earning enough to send his children to school and put food on the table.

He believes that Uber has put his business at its lowest point as he has been competing with the low-cost fares and easy-entry of Uber drivers.

Ramaema entered into a contractual agreement with the Airports Company of South Africa, which allowed them to operate taxis from the airports with the condition that they get rid of older vehicles and replace them with new ones. However, Uber drivers have been freely entering and exiting airports to fetch passengers without even entering into the same agreement as Ramaema did. This has made Ramaema question the need for the contractual agreement.

Taxi operators like Ramaema believes that Uber has been violating the set of rules that he and many others have been abiding by for years. It seems as though different rules apply to Uber. He also believes that Uber will soon lead many of his kind of out business if it remains unchecked by the government.

Tutor’s Passion For American Sign Language Turns Into A Mission

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California is considered as one of the most culturally diverse states in the US and if you would be tutoring in Cerritos and in other parts of the state, you can expect to find a number of people speaking a variety of languages. With a number of languages being spoken in the state, there is one particular language that is not given the recognition it deserves. Most of the time, people are focused on the verbal languages that they hear, but there is one particular language that makes use of hand gestures to communicate. You may be familiar with this language because it is often used by people with verbal or hearing disabilities. If you’re guessing American Sign Language, then you are definitely correct.

Sherri Thornton was born with a difficulty in hearing and since she was a child, her first language had always been the Exact Sign Language (ESL). Normally, children learn their first language from their parents and family but in Sherri’s case, who was the only one in their family with hard hearing, she had learned from teachers.

Her parents hired for her Mr. and Mrs. Zagata at the age of two to teach her how to communicate through ESL. Sherri’s parents didn’t know how to use ESL and had never bothered to learn the language. This became one of the biggest challenges that Sherri had faced when she was young, having to understand her family while they speak to her verbally.

Luckily for her, she grew up in a school in California that had greatly supported the use of Sign Language. With this, she was exposed to numerous people who are deaf, mute or hard hearing people.

After graduating high school, Sherri went on to teach Sign Language at an affordable rate. She says she wants normal hearing people to understand that people like her are not dumb. She wants more people to learn about the language she is using so that they could understand people like her better. Her passion stems from her earlier experiences when she was forced to learn how to speak to become part of the hearing world and now she now wants normal hearing people to be part of her community.

Self-Storage Units Offers Convenience To Small Firms

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Finding a self-storage facility to have your things securely locked up is easy when you have a go to like GoodStorageLeeds. Many people have already found the real importance of having a self-storage unit to use to keep your things. Small business firms are already trusting these storage facilities with their items.

Self-storage facilities have been very popular for small businesses such as start-up and downscaling businesses. Businesses, even ordinary people, need something to store their belongings that they can bring with them but can’t leave them behind. Most businesses are compelled to pay for a storage facility because of its flexibility, low overheads and short-notice periods which is offered by the self-storage industry.

Businesses find it easy to adjust if they have a storage facility. If they need to move or just need a space to keep their stock items, a storage facility is more convenient. And it does not cost that much to get a storage facility. Storage facilities costs much less than adding up your payment for your rented place. There is a council tax that is added to the rent for business establishments for additional space.

Online businesses owes their success to the self-storage industry. These kinds of businesses need to keep their items, store them in a secure place, until a customer buys it. A small e-commerce gift company, Sent 4 U, runs in a small firm and it really gets tiring for them to send parcels of up to 12,000 items per day being sent all around the world. Another firm is the Little Legs Company which found self-storage handy when they have observed an increase in their storage space needed. Furthermore, it is easy to expand when you have a storage facility. Just like Little Legs Company where they needed about 10 times more of their normal storage space needed.

Storage centers are strategically placed in the outskirts of town where not much people are. It is more secure that way. Also, places outside of town are cheaper than in the city. Even if these locations does not really come with an attractive address, they are very ideal for the small firms.

BBB Advice For Safety In Your Online Buy/Sell Transactions

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Ecommerce is the fastest growing retail sector in Europe. Sales are expected to grow from £132.05 billion in 2014 to £156.67 billion in 2015 which is welcome news for online sites like TV Store online. In 2015, overall online sales are expected to grow by 18.4% but a much larger total is expected from the US. In the US, online sales are expected to grow from $306.85 billion in 2014 to $349.20 billion in 2015.

However, Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota is reminding people to take extra caution with buying and selling online for their personal safety. The following are just a few of the basic tips to keep in mind.

• Make an effort to deal with local buyers and sellers
• Avoid wiring funds
• Don’t just give away any personal or financial information
• Do not accept money orders or cashier’s checks because they are very easy to forge. If you try to encash a fraudulent check with the bank, you will be held responsible once it discovers the fraud.
• Apartment and home rentals need to be properly checked before any money changes hands
• If you are selling high value items, always consider the risks. Is it worth it?
The following are the signs that you are dealing with someone who is using craigslist for fraud.
• The buyer or seller is usually from another country
• The buyer or seller will not personally meet with you but insists on communication through emails
• The buyer offers to overpay for the products or services but makes a request for the extra funds to be wired to him/her or a third party.

In order to ensure that a business transaction runs smoothly, make sure that you set up meetings during the day in a public place. If you have safety concerns, bring along a friend or a relative. Always trust your instincts if the seller insists that you go to his house or apartment. Check around in your area if there are businesses that act as broker for online stores to ensure your safety. Always prioritize your safety above everything else.