Clients’ Requests For Luxuries In Airbnb

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Alex Ormerod is the cofounder of Luxico, which is a rental company that offers luxury properties to clients. He said that no request from the clients is too hard for him. There was a time when the clients do not like the colour of the furniture inside the property thus they have to change them before their stay. They also had a client requesting for specific type of mattress. There are other luxurious requests such as a portable spa like a gazebo spa in Sydney or even a grand piano. Everyone knows it is not easy to book a portable spa.

Luxico is tapping the luxurious part of the tourism sector and they are renting properties in short terms only. The average price for a single night is around $640 with a property located in Melbourne while in Sydney a night’s stay can cost as much as $1,000.

The turnover of the company was at $5.3 million but in 2016 they were able to grow their business by 45 per cent. They were able to meet the rising demand of the clients to have luxurious properties as options as opposed to the ones offered on Airbnb which is currently a huge name on the internet.

Ormerod established the business in 2013 with the help of Thomas Ormerod, her partner in life. It was a necessary business for them after they moved to the Mornington Peninsula and decided to put their property in Melbourne for rent which they considered to be their investment property. It was during this time that they encountered issues in the transactions of both parties. The fact is that many people are looking for more luxurious accommodations and they do not have many options aside from the common serviced apartments.

They started with the properties of their neighbours in Melbourne and it was when they found themselves in the middle of a business opportunity. Luxico is currently utilizing Airbnb as a medium to market the properties on their listing. Ormerod clarified that what they offer is different when looking at the scope of their service such as fulfilling a gazebo spa in Sydney property because it was a special request from a client.

The Global Market For Rare Earth Elements

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The great strength of rare earth Neodymium magnets has given rise to many new applications in areas where magnets were never used before from magnetic clasps on jewellery to children’s toys. Manufacturers of modern sports parachute equipment also opted to use Neodymium magnets as closing mechanism. Mechanical e-cigarettes also use magnets in the firing switches.

Rare earth elements (REE) have many significant applications most particularly in permanent magnets that are being used today for power generation and electric cars. According to Linda Wong, technology inventor and Purdue’s Maxine Spencer Nichols, professor of chemical engineering, REEs can be found in batteries, petroleum refining catalysts, phosphors in coloured televisions and electronics that include mobile phones.

The growth is demand for rare earth elements is expected to grow dramatically over the coming decades because of the wide number of applications where the element is an important component. The REEs that are being used in the United States right now are being imported from China that controls at least 90% of the supply. This situation has serious implications on the US economy as well as security.

However, while it is true that China dominates the rare earth market, the United States is also working hard to increase its presence in the global rare earth market. According to research made by Purdue University called Wards auto report, the US could boost the extraction of REEs while recycling 1.5 billion tons of accumulated coal ash.

Linda Wang underscored the importance of developing the domestic market because it is an important process to be able to weather the volatile market of rare earth metals. For example, when China reduced its export quotas in 2010, the price of rare earth magnets used for one wind turbines increased from $80,000 to $500,000. When China relaxed the export restrictions, prices returned to normal levels.

Online stores are your best option if you are searching for rare earth Neodymium magnets for any application. You will be able to find what you are looking for easily so that you can finish an ongoing project. There is wide range of magnets in different shapes, sizes and grades to choose from for a broad range of applications.

Thailand’s Version Of Iron Chef To Draw Attention To Gastronomy Tourism

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Although millions of visitors arrive in Thailand every year, tourism authorities are aware of global competitiveness in the tourism market. At present, Thailand is focusing on food tourism and has utilized the popularity of local food to attract more tourists to its shores. Aside from the top restaurants in Bangkok that serve a mix of local and international cuisine, Thailand also boasts of its outstanding street food.

Tourism Authority of Thailand is seriously undertaking all the necessary steps to promote gastronomy tourism. You are certainly familiar with Iron Chef, a American cooking show that has been adapted in different countries. Thailand has its own version of Iron Chef in the person of Thanarak Chuto or Chef Pom.

Innovative dishes were created by Chef Pom using local ingredients that are indigenous to UdonThani as part of the pioneering UdonThani Chef’s Table: Isan Modern Twist Cuisine gastronomy tourism event last November 25 to 26. Chef Pom who has a reputation for adding his passionate flair to every dish he creates has personally interpreted some of the traditional Isan dishes.

Chef Pom added an exciting and modern twist to some of Thailand’s most popular regional cuisines. The ingredients that included Ban Dung Rock Salt Golden Seabass and lotus stems are guaranteed to excite the palate of visitors. The Golden Seabass is bred near the salt farms of the Ban Dung district while the lotus stems are harvested by hand from the Red Lotus Lake in the Kumphawapi District.

Through Chef Pom, Thailand’s gastronomy tourism is able to harness the natural synergy of two popular global brands: the reality television sensation Iron Chef and Thailand’s very own and internationally known Isan cuisine. Both have gained an international reputation considering that UdonThani is the culinary capital of Isan. Of course, everybody knows about Chef Pom who is a charismatic gastronomy genius.

If you missed to watch the culinary magic of Iron Chef Pom in Udon Thani, your best option is to dine at one of the top restaurants in Bangkok where local Thai cuisine and Mexican-inspired dishes are prepared by the best chefs. Urban eateries in Bangkok provide the tastiest dishes that you should not miss.

Glass Plant In East Deer Shutting Down, 200 Workers Left With No Job

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In a recent announcement made by Pittsburgh Glass Works, they confirmed the rumors that they are shutting their East Deer facility which will stop production next year in June. Glass companies in Australia such as Economy Glass are thriving with their business and are not affected by the news but not the same can be said of the 200 workers that will be losing their job as soon as the automotive glass factory closes down.

The Creighton plant is under Vitro which is based in Mexico and it is one of the eight plants of the company that is operating in the United States by manufacturing automotive glass.

The company said that there are many reasons that prompted the decision to close such as the old facilities considering that the plant is already 130 years old. They are not able to meet the demand for a facility with technological innovations.

The company said that even after a discussion between United Steel Workers and the company, they are not able to device a long-term solution to the problem that PGW is currently facing in the manufacturing plant.

Spokesman from USW, R. J. Hufnagel refused to give any comments.

The company made it clear though that they are experiencing overcapacity. Looking at the products that are manufactured in the Creighton plant, the demand is not enough to cover the capacity of the plan which means that they overproduce around 2 million more items annually.

According to the CEO and president of PGW, Joe Stas, they are grateful for the discussions between USW and the company regarding the future of Creighton but looking at the challenges that the plant is facing, they have come to a conclusion that it is time to shut down in 2018. They are no focusing on the employees to make sure that they get their benefits and they will be assisted in any other ways they require as their families will be going through changes next year.

While it may not be a good year for PGW, glass companies such as Economy Glass in Australia are getting more projects with the rise in demand for shower glass doors.

The New David Rumsey Map Illustration Center Is Unveiled By Stanford University

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It’s now time for cartography geeks to triumph! Why? The David Rumsey Map Center has been unveiled by the Green Library of Stanford University. It’s actually an accumulation of more than 150000 globes, atlases, maps and other historical treasures given by asenior real estate developer. You can surely find a map illustration that fits your research needs.

The geospatial librarian of the New York Public Library, Matt Knutzen tells National Geographic Greg Miller, “It’s actually one of the largest map collections around. What makes it more appealing is having the collection accessible for public use.”

It has always been Rumsey’s reason to collect maps since the mid-1980s. He used to be a real estate developer for the Atlantic Philanthropies for 20 years, and made sufficient collections just enough to retire at age 50. By 1999, he realized that his map collections have not only grown bigger, but was also full of uncommon pictures which many can be interested in. He chose to digitize the collection and upload the images online. It was about a time when dial-up connection was still common. However, many users online found the access to the maps quite difficult. To challenge himself, Rumsey founded a new company named Luna Imaging. It developed a software to offer a new way to display huge images, which is currently utilized in many museums and libraries around the world.

Rumsey preserved his map illustration digitally to, which now hosts around 67000 images. At age 71 however, he planned to turn over the actual and digital collection of the images to Stanford.

Physical copies of the donated globes and maps are currently featured in the center. Nick Stockton tells the Wired that Its largest attraction is the innovated giant touch screen display, which many researchers can zoom in the digitized maps.

Other institutions and universities have also housed world-class map collections. But the curator and director of the David Rumsey Map Center, G. Salim Muhammed, points out that Stanford is the very first to integrate map centers with modern technology for research applications.

How students and researchers can utilize the sophisticated map illustration collection remain to be seen; however, Rumsey is very positive. He tells Miller that the future should determine its place.

Trump And Obama’s Guidance On Bathrooms And More Stores Offering It

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The Donald Trump polity has cancelled the guidance in US public schools to tolerate transgender students to use lavatories corresponding their gender identity. There must be more bathrooms and more stores offering such.

The guidance was previously issued by Barack Obama, which hailed victory among transgender rights.

However, it jeopardized other students’ safety and privacy, and must be reviewed at state level.

Mr. Obama’s directive had stimulated a backfire all over the country, having legal disputes from thirteen states.

The recent modification will immediately have no impact as the directive had been temporarily blocked by a judge in Texas last August.

The Trump government has sent a letter to all US schools describing the modification, saying the previous measure has triggered confusion. There has to be appropriate bathrooms and more stores offering such services to American students.

It has also triggered debates and lawsuits as to how it should be practiced, a letter from the Education and Justice departments said.

The former president orderedall public schools to permit transgender students to make use of bathrooms thatfit their gender identity. Mr. Obama warned that those who failed to follow the guidance may lose funding in order to protect gender rights.

In Mr. Trumps presidential campaign, he stated that transgender students are permitted to use lavatorieswhere they felt suitable. But he reversed his opinion after facing many Republican disapprovals.

Mr. Trump’s order was commended by conservative supporters, saying it protected the students’ rights to privacy.

A member of Students and Parents for Privacy Vicky Wilson said: “We never agree that our daughters will have to share their private spaces with male schoolmates even if these young men were having issues.” It was a question of bathrooms and more stores providing it.

Nevertheless, transgender supporters have strongly disputed that gender identity is a civil right that must be implemented on a federal level, rather than a state level.

President Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers named the move a major obstacle for transgender rights.

“Once the guidance is revoked, the Trump administration and the Education Department will have other students harass and abuse transgender kids at school.”

Few celebrities disapproved the ruling on social media, like Ellen DeGeneres posting a message on Twitter: “This ain’t about politics; it’s all about humanrights.” It’s what bathrooms and more stores offering it are all about.