Keeping your Winter Holiday Green

Keeping your Winter Holiday Green

We live in a time where people are becoming increasingly eco-conscious, and both cor-porations and individuals are doing more than ever to reduce their carbon footprint. This is fantastic news and very important in a bid to protect our planet and reduce the impact of global warming, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The good news is that even small changes can have a huge impact.
As a rapidly growing industry that’s set in natural surroundings, the skiing community must look for ways to keep winter holidays green without compromising on the quality of stays in catered ski chalets and shredding powder on the mountain. If you have a ski trip coming up and want to do your bit, here are a few simple ways to have an eco-friendly holiday.

 

Public Transportation

One great way to protect the environment is to opt for public transportation instead of taking your own car. The local public transport system is usually free with a lift pass, and offers a good chance to make a few new friends along the way. Using the local train network is also a good option if you want to venture outside of the resort and explore.

Recycling in Your Chalet

There has been a huge push to encourage recycling in ski resorts in recent years. Simply separate your rubbish from what can be recycled and take it down to the recycling point. This only takes a few minutes, but has a very positive impact on the environment.

Gear from Eco-Friendly Companies

There are a growing number of eco-friendly ski and snowboard companies that provide gear that does not harm the environment. This includes using eco-friendly waxes on snowboards and skis that are made from sustainable, reclaimed or recycled materials. For a great and guilt-free experience in the snow, why not consider renting or buying this equipment from a company that is doing its part to save our planet?

Chalet Hire from Reputable Companies

One of the easiest ways to go green is to book your catered ski chalet from a reputable company that has actively taken steps to combat damaging the environment. Take your time to research the company, and keep your eyes peeled for those that adhere to an AITO recognised environmental policy.

Getting There

Transport is always a concern when it comes to green holidays. Flying can produce three times more CO2 emissions per passenger than other forms of public transportation, so avoid this if possible. Good alternatives include driving (car shares are even better) and going by train (there are many stations throughout the Alps).

Offset Carbon

If you do decide to fly, you can still do your bit by offsetting your carbon (certain airlines provide this option at the time of booking). A few options include getting a shared transfer or bus from the airport/train station and using a transfer company that offsets their carbon.

Adhering to Resort Environmental Issues

If you choose a resort that has environmentally friendly practices in place, be sure to ad-here to these during your stay. The staff members know how to best protect the site, and they can make it easy for you to do your bit whilst still enjoying your stay.

Never has it been more important for people to reduce their environmental impact than today. Fortunately, this can be relatively straightforward during a stay in a catered ski chalet, and will allow us all to continue skiing without damaging the beautiful surround-ings.

Amazon Whole Foods Buyout: What You Need to Know

Amazon Whole Foods Buyout: What You Need to Know

In June 2017, Internet retail giant Amazon made an announcement that it plans to buy Whole Foods Market organic food outlets – at a staggering price of 14 billion dollars.

Amazon’s new acquisition sends its head spinning – and of course the tongue language wobbled. But what do you need to know? How will Amazon’s massive purchase affect your weekly shopping trip to Whole Foods?

In this post, we will destroy everything about Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase.

Amazon’s Grocery Past
It’s no secret that Amazon wants to enter the grocery industry. Actually, they have created a shopping service, AmazonFresh, based in Seattle.

However, just because Amazon has been doing the movement, does not mean the deal has been done before – it will not happen until the end of 2017. Interestingly, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expect to face more stringent regulations because sometimes contentious relationship with US President Donald Trump.

If the political strings are withdrawn and the deal fails, Amazon will be forced to spend 400 million dollars on Whole Foods Market – it is a matter of divorce business settlement.

What will change?
First of all, many will be interested to know that both Whole Foods Market branding and CEO John Mackey will be replaced.

In general, most people who know feel that the biggest shift due to Amazon’s Whole Foods earnings will be the way people shop. As you might expect, experience is expected to become more focused on online grocery shopping.

While online merchandise shopping is certainly skeptical, Amazon’s reputation for delivering high quality products in other areas is likely to make consumers feel more comfortable with the idea.

Good news?

Amazon does not seem to intend to cover the entire brick and mortar location of the Whole Foods Market. So if you’re afraid all of this will soon follow the Blockbuster-Netflix competition, think again.

Many believe that Amazon will offer an excellent grocery offering to those who already have Amazon Prime membership. Possible Prime members will be able to buy groceries to their homes for just $ 15 per month.

Of course, not everyone is happy with this deal.

Walmart especially feels that they are being threatened, and is considering switching from doing business on Amazon Web Services, a cloud-based computing system used by many businesses.

In addition, farmers and other food makers also slightly delay the agreement. They are afraid, as happened by selling books, Amazon will weaken everything, forcing them to drastically lower prices and increase their marketing to stay afloat.

That’s All You Need to Know about Amazon’s Whole Food Purchase!
Hopefully this article assures you that while, yes, most likely there will be some changes brought by Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase, most will be better.

Never fear, a thousand-year market – it looks like you will be able to continue to buy your coconut water and kale chips calmly! In business, however, things can change a dime. Keep checking with us for more updates on this deal.

Success Create a Company Birthday Party Event

Success Create a Company Birthday Party Event

In general, today people hold a party event in luxury hotels or in the meeting hall of course with no small cost. Holding a company birthday party can be done with a small party at the office, this is very important in addition to balancing the hard work you have done everyday, you can also make a more solid relationship in your work unit.

Below are some tips on planning and making small party Events at the office, including:
Success Create a Company Birthday Party Event
1. Create a Permission Application

In each company has different policies in terms of organizing an office party. There is a very supportive office, so its staff provide special funds to celebrate birthdays. But there are also offices that do not allow to organize parties in the office. Especially if you have a boss who is quite loud and prohibit fun events during office hours. Therefore, before designing the event, it is better to ask permission from the division head or direct superior. This is to avoid not for forgetting to ask permission, the party was forced to disperse in the middle of the road. Or worse is not impossible, your boss will judge you have been bad.

2. Preparing Party Concepts

The concept of a party is usually not separated from birthday hats, big cakes, MC and so forth. But it would be nice, if the party event in the office is not made complicated, the important thing is to have a clear concept.

3. Adjusting the Appropriate Time

Arrange the best time possible, make sure the party is done in non-productive hours, such as after lunch time. Regarding the time setting should be compromised first with the boss. Usually the boss is more familiar with the work culture and company regulations. If it has been agreed on the timing, then it should be able to ensure that the party event can take place in accordance with the agreed time. Therefore, to expedite the event should assign one person as a timekeeper. Organizing a party is not a big event like launching product or seminar event, but here still need a timekeeper. The timekeeper is in need because it is usually so busy in the party, often forget the time, so that in worrying the client or party participants feel neglected.
Success Create a Company Birthday Party Event
4. Maintain Behavior

Although the show themed a party, but still the event is still in the formal work environment. Therefore still must be able to maintain attitude. Joking and laughing together, still in the category of legitimate, but do not let let alone let loose control so offensive to your colleagues. The important thing here is to be able to keep the professional attitude. By the time the party is over, all employees can return to the usual work situation and remember not to bring the party atmosphere to work.

Playing God in China’s mutant mice lab

Playing God in China’s mutant mice lab

Watch the new CBSN Originals “Playing God” on CBSN on Monday, November 6, at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET.

When it comes to genetic editing, China’s academic science apparatus does not try to hide much. On the marble exterior of this university building in Nanjing, China, the name proudly reads “National Resource Center for Mutant Mice.”

Inside, shelves house rows of what looks like plastic lunch boxes, mice whose genetic makeup has been tweaked to allow the scientists to try out different kinds of therapies. Nanjing University was one of the first academic institutions to start using CRISPR DNA-editing technology when it was discovered in 2012, and they’re charging ahead.

A scientist injects a mouse in Nanjing University’s National Resource Center for Mutant Mice. CBS NEWS
Dr. Xiang Gao and his staff edit the genomes of mice to investigate the causes of human diseases at the genetic level. They have more than 4,000 strains of CRISPR-edited mice here. They’re used for investigating cures for cancer, blindness, and even obesity in the hope that their discoveries can be translated to humans in short order.

They’re closer than most. CRISPR on human cancer patients, and Gao says more are underway.

Mice have been used for decades for initial phases of testing because their genetic makeup is close enough to that of humans to make the results useful, or at least, indicative. But when it comes to tweaking human DNA, there is still, says Gao, the “human problem.” That problem is ethical. “When you cross it, there’s no way back,” he tells CBS News.

Working from home: heaven or hell?


Working from home is becoming the latest trend and we are talking globally here. Everyday, more companies let their workers work from home at least once or twice a week. And even more companies are looking to outsource, looking for workers who may work from home and, occasionally, from different countries. We can see this “work from home” work is increasing every day on different job boards and people are really starting to enter this new stream because, let’s face it, staying home should be better than going to officials every day. However, this is unused to everyone. Working from home has good and evil, but, ultimately, it depends on everyone.

Let’s start off listing some goodness: no journey, that’s the only thing that can convince you to stay home, no traffic, no public transport, no people above you at peak time, just happiness as you walk from the booth to the official room; the flexibility of working hours and in managing the time, most of these jobs do not have to have the tight schedule you need to follow, so you can set your own time, especially if you are a freelancer; Less pressure, because most people who work from home are their own bosses, or their boss is not around them, the pressure can be reduced at least; Lack of distractions resulting in more productivity, no useless encounters, no workbooks telling about 13 cats or their children, not wandering around the officials looking for a photocopier that actually works, not wasting time with small talk, just you and your family; more family time, because you are already home, there is a good chance to spend more time with your family, or your dog, while working from home, you just need to be organized and know how to manage your time in a productive way

Although now you may be ready to pack your desk and go home, you need to know that working from home also has a drawback: alienation, although some people prefer to be alone, others prefer to have some companies during the day, but if you have a family, this is not a problem; disturbance, we may have more disruptions in the officials, but that does not mean not at home, social media shipping becomes your greatest enemy when working from home; Separating work from home, this is probably one of the worst disadvantages of working from home, you should be able to manage your day in a way that can spend enough time you work and enough with your family or friends, try to have a separate room to work, do not stay in your bedroom, look for a good corner at home to do it; Working endlessly, because you do not have anybody escorting your work time but yourself, you may feel the need to work every time, that’s why you should be regular with your time and put your responsibilities first.

Nazi-era art dealer’s treasure trove debuts in Europe

Nazi-era art dealer’s treasure trove debuts in Europe

It’s an art collection like no other because it’s collected like no other.

Hundreds of pieces of art are now on display from a spectacular stash that was once hoarded by the son of a Nazi-era dealer. The artworks, including masterpieces by Monet and Rodin, are being shown for the first time since World War II this year as part of parallel exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany.

All of the exhibits were seized by the Nazis during World War II in a methodical program directed by German dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. He led the task of poaching art from Jewish families and selling art defamed as “degenerate” overseas.

It’s a display that now sheds light on the darkest chapters of Nazi Germany, says art director Nina Zimmer.

“How they persecuted artists and art they did not like and how they did this systematically,” Zimmer says.

The works may never have been stumbled upon during a routine tax investigation at a nondescript address in Munich.

Hildebrand’s reclusive son, Cornelius Gurlitt, had hidden away a trove. The priceless Rodin sitting near a potted plant and the monet hanging on a wall.

The Rodin found in Munich
The exhibition has raised morale and ethical issues over the art’s true provenance and inspections.

Project director Andrea Baresel-Brand says that the shows can act as something of a lost and found.

“Through the broad media coverage of the exhibitions of course a wider public is reached and maybe somebody recognizes something,” Baresel-Brand says.

Even conservative estimates of the collections have been reunited with their rightful owners.

Sax LLP Announces Cybersecurity Update For September 20th

Sax LLP Announces Cybersecurity Update For September 20th

 

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Sax LLP, a prestigious accounting, tax, and advisory firm based in Clifton, NJ, has recently announced that it will be providing an update on cybersecurity. Sax LLP stated that the update will take place at 8:00 a.m. on September 20th, ending at 10:30 a.m. The company stated that the briefing will be held at the Sax office, which is located at 855 Valley Rd., Floor 3, Clifton, NJ, 07013.

 

Sax LLP went on to state that the cybersecurity update is being held in response to recent cyber-attacks and threats across the United States which have received significant news coverage lately. Sax LLP stated that its goal is to help people prepare for and prevent cyber-attacks. Sax LLP stated that attendees will gain valuable insights on a variety of topics, from understanding their organization’s existing security posture and how it is exposed, to best practices to protect their organization and the newer solutions that can help.

Sax LLP further clarified its announcement by stating that the update will examine the current state of cybersecurity, discussing such issues as threats (the many types of “wares”, and where vulnerabilities lie), identifying phishing and vishing attempts, how to mitigate security breaches, Defense in Depth, also called The Castle Approach (how security is layered) and what to do if software is compromised.

Sax LLP stated that the session will be conducted by its Chief Technology Officer, Matthew Hahn. The company went on to state that Mr. Hahn has over 26 years of IT experience, and is an expert on cybersecurity. Sax LLP also stated that Mr. Hahn has made several keynote addresses in the New York metro area, and has been published in several journals.

Sax LLP closed its announcement by providing some company information. Sax LLP stated that they are a multi-disciplinary accounting, tax, and advisory firm with offices in New Jersey and New York City. Company reviews can be seen at

Guide to Cleaning Your Air Rifle Scope correctly

Guide to Cleaning Your Air Rifle Scope correctly

Buying air rifle scopes may be the best decision you make when you arrive at your training goal. But keeping clean clean is the second best decision you’ll make.

If the scope is dirty, you may find it difficult to see at dusk or dusk. You may also have trouble seeing in the middle of the day if the lens has dust or dirt on it.

It’s important to keep the scope clean all the time so you can easily see your target. This ensures accurate fire.

Plus, clean up the scope, the longer it will last.

Let’s discuss three steps to clean your air rifle’s scope in good condition: brushing, wiping and cleaning deeply.

Round One: Brushing
Use a soft bristle brush to remove any dirt or particles attached to the surface. You can use a brush designed for the camera.

The brush should be soft and completely free of oil. Oil can damage the surface of the scope and make it harder to keep it clean.

Look for brushes that can be pulled into the case when not in use. A good brush that has a nice hat is also the right choice as it makes a clean brush between utilities.

If the brush is wet, you should throw it away and get a replacement.

Another option is to use a can of pressurized air to clean the lens when the lens is dry.

Round Two: Wipe
Next, use a microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints or smudges. The fabric should be soft and should not be made with or in contact with any chemicals. This can damage the lens surface.

The microfiber fabric has a small fiber that is much smaller than a strand of human hair.

The normal fabric has fibers that form a circle and will only smear the oil over the lens. The triangular strap gives a clean lens inside, so look for a cloth like this.

This type of fabric can prevent scratches from small particles scratched on the surface of the lens. The microfiber cloth takes particles so it does not scratch your lens.

Round Three: Deep Cleaning
For water-dried stains on the lens or pollen, use an antifungal cleanser. Place a few drops of cleanser on a tissue and rub the lens, from the inside out.

Then use clean and dry tissue to remove excess fluid.

Repeat as needed.

Just remember, be gentle and do not push too hard. Save your energy while you’re practicing.

You definitely want to make sure the cleanser is not a quick dry mix so it does not dry out when you try to clear the scope. Do not use a glass cleaner as it contains chemicals that can damage the lens.

Check the lens briefly before you finish cleaning it just to make sure the lens is not clean.

If there is still dirt, stains or particles, try again until full. It may take a little longer than you expected, but the results in the accuracy of the shot will make it worth your while.

More Tips
Never use a duster, wet paper towel or your shirt to cleanse your scope. And do not also clean it with a new toothbrush. Or the usual, in this case.

Although it seems harmless, using the wrong ingredients and products to clean the scope you can do a bad job to clean it, at best.

At worst, it can leave scratches that affect the quality of your shot. It’s like rubbing dirty sandpaper over the lens. You may have to change your scope, depending on the extent of the damage.

You should also avoid using your finger to clean up the debris. It can cause dirt to stick on the surface, and can also scratch the lens.

Keeping Your Cleaning Cleansing Kit Safe

If you do not clean your scope, be sure to keep your cleaning supplies in a clean and safe place. You do not want your cloth to collect dust that will end in its scope.

If the microfiber cloth is dirty, check if you can throw it in the washing machine and dry it. Do not use bleach or fabric softener.

Clean your air gun

It is equally important to clean your rifle as it clears your scope.

Many people think you do not need to clean the air gun, but cleaning it is the best way to keep it in top shape. It also helps the guns last longer.

If your rifle is dirty and you try to clear your scope, your scope will definitely cause dirt and dirt on it in the process.

It’s like what happens when the toast wets the floor. It is always ground facing down.

But think about it

Togetherness in Thanksgiving

Togetherness in Thanksgiving

In the United States Thanksgiving is celebrated every Thursday at the fourth week in November. While in Canada Thanksgiving at lively every month and a half before the second Monday in October.

Thanksgiving is almost the same as Lebaran day in Indonesia. Indonesian people’s tradition during the celebration of Lebaran is mudik as well as America at the time of Thanksgiving also doing homecoming.

At Thanksgiving the American community is gathering together, praying together while enjoying a meal together. The food served on the occasion is a special Thanksgiving meal that is not left behind is turkey meat.

Thanksgiving is an annual public holiday celebrated by people in the United States and Canada. The celebration is to celebrate the harvest and other blessings gained from last year. Thanksgiving has its roots in religious traditions, but today Thanksgiving is celebrated as a secular holiday by American society.

The tradition of Thanksgiving has begun since the XVII century, but this Thanksgiving event is celebrated on a date with varying popularity among celebrated countries.

Thanksgiving is a national tradition first proclaimed on November 26, 1789 by George Washington.

While the contemporary date is celebrated every fourth Thursday in November set in 1941 by federal law.
Togetherness in Thanksgiving
Basically Thanksgiving is a great time to be grateful and appreciative of what you already have.

At Thanksgiving is a perfect time for families to meet, socialize and even enjoy togetherness in a company with each other, this celebration is sometimes the only chance in a year to enjoy togetherness.

Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes in your Home or Business

 

Few things are worse than a major property damage disaster. Do you know that up to a quarter-million homeowners have their homes ruined and their lives disrupted each winter because of frozen water pipes, frigid nights can very quickly turn to ordeals? Here are some tips to prevent frozen pipes in your home or business.

In cold and moderate climates alike, pipes freeze for a combination of three basic reasons: quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostat temperature set too low. While copper is more vulnerable, plastic and copper pipes can burst when they freeze, and recovering from frozen pipes is not as simple as just calling the plumber. A small 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew more than 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious water damage, and a real potential for mold growth.

Frozen pipes cause a big amount of damage when they burst each year; this disaster is largely preventable. If you take a few simple precautions, you can help save yourself by getting traumatic events.

Here Is What We At Octagon Recommend To Prevent A Major Water Damage Disaster in Maine or any other state.

Before Temperatures Get Too Cold:

– Thoroughly insulate your pipes as well as your basement or crawlspace to keep cold out. Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.

– Seal water leaks that allow cold water inside where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, vents, and pipes, use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold weather, even a tiny opening can be found in cold water to cause pipes to freeze.

– Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chances of it freezing.

When It Does Get Below Freezing

Even if you’ve taken all the right steps, extreme weather conditions can still cause frozen pipes. The following steps can help:

– A trickle of hot and cold water may be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an exterior wall.

– Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You may be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re away, but more drops in the temperature more common overnight could be enough to freeze pipes.

Before Leaving For Vacation

Traveling in the winter months might be a great remedy for cabin fever but do not forget these critical steps:

– Keep the thermostat in your house higher than 55 ° F (12 ° C).

– Have a friend or neighbor to check up on your house regularly to make sure it’s not at risk of freezing.

– Shut off the water main and drain the system.