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Nancy is a young, full of life lady who joined the team shortly after the BelleNews site started to run. She is focused on bringing up to light all the latest news from the technology industry. In her opinion the hi-tech expresses the humanity intellectual level. Nancy is an active person; she enjoys sports and delights herself in doing gardening in her spare time, as well as reading, always searching for new topics for her articles.

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At least 14 people were confirmed dead and hundreds injured after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Turkey, officials say.

The tremor6.8 magnitude quake, centered on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street.

The quake struck at about 20:55 local time, on January 24.

Tremors were also felt in neighboring Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), there were 60 aftershocks recorded after the earthquake.

It said more than 400 rescue teams are heading towards the region, along with beds and tents for those displaced. It warned people not to return to damaged buildings in case of aftershocks.

The governor of Elazig said eight people had died in the province, while the governor of neighboring Malatya said six died there.

Turkey: 7.2 earthquake strikes the province of Van. 50 people injured and several buildings collapsed.

Turkey earthquake: baby Azra reunited her mother as the death toll rose to 432

TV pictures showed emergency services frantically searching collapsed buildings for survivors.

The region struck by the quake, some 340 mile) east of the capital Ankara, is remote and sparsely populated, so details of damage and fatalities could be slow to emerge.

Officials have sent beds, tents and blankets to the area, where overnight temperatures regularly fall below zero.

Sivrice, a town of about 4,000 people, is a popular tourist spot on the shore of Hazar lake, the source of the river Tigris.

Earthquakes are common in Turkey – about 17,000 people died in a massive quake in the western city of Izmit in 1999.

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Evelyn Yang, the wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, has said she was assaulted by her gynecologist while she was pregnant with their first child.

She has accused Dr. Robert Hadden of assaulting her at his New York practice in 2012.

Speaking to CNN, Evelyn Yang said she didn’t tell her husband at first.

Andrew Yang’s wife is one of 32 women suing Robert Hadden and the university where he practiced.

Dr. Hadden has denied the allegations in a court document. He was convicted of assault in 2016 and surrendered his medical license, but did not serve any jail time after accepting a plea deal.

Evelyn Yang, 38, said she was encouraged to speak out by the warm reception she and her husband had received when talking to voters about their son’s autism.

She revealed on CNN: “Something about being on the trail and meeting people and seeing the difference that we’ve been making already has moved me to share my own story about it, about sexual assault.”

Evelyn Yang said “everyone has their own Me Too story”, referencing the global movement against assault and harassment, but added “not everyone has the audience or platform to tell their story”.

Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, said he was “extraordinary proud” of his wife.

He said in a statement on January 16: “When victims of abuse come forward, they deserve our belief, support, and protection.

“I hope that Evelyn’s story gives strength to those who have suffered and sends a clear message that our institutions must do more to protect and respond to women.”

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Evelyn Yang has accused Dr. Hadden of assaulting her in his examination room when she was seven months pregnant with her first child.

She said she told her husband about the alleged assault after the birth of their child, Christopher.

Evelyn Yang said she was prompted to do so after reading about a woman who had accused Robert Hadden of assault.

Other women came forward and a case against Dr. Hadden was opened by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Evelyn Yang helped prosecutors to build their case and testified before a grand jury, which indicted Robert Hadden on multiple sex crime charges in 2014.

In 2016, Robert Hadden accepted a plea deal after admitting one count of forcible touching and one count of third-degree assault. As part of the deal, Hadden was stripped of his medical license but did not go to prison.

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IKEA has agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a child who was killed when a chest of drawers fell on him.

Two-year-old Jozef Dudek suffocated in May 2017 when Ikea’s Malm drawers toppled over at the family’s California home.

The item, which weighs 70lbs, had been recalled a year earlier over safety concerns after three other children were killed.

According to lawyers, it is the largest child wrongful death settlement in US history.

A spokeswoman for the Swedish furniture giant said: “While no settlement can alter the tragic events that brought us here, for the sake of the family and all involved, we’re grateful that this litigation has reached a resolution.”

IKEA Agrees to Pay $50 Million to Settle Child Deaths Case

IKEA Recalls 29 Million Malm Chests of Drawers over Child Deaths

In a statement, Jozef’s parents, Joleen and Craig Dudek, said they were “devastated” by the loss of their son.

They said: “We never thought that a two-year-old could cause a dresser just 30 inches high to topple over and suffocate him.

“It was only later that we learned that [it] was unstable by design.”

“We are telling our story because we do not want this to happen to another family,” the couple added. They urged anyone who still has a recalled Ikea dresser to return it.

Joleen and Craig Dudek also said they would donate $1 million of the settlement to groups working to protect children from dangerous products.

In 2016, Ikea recalled millions of Malm chests of drawers in North America over safety concerns. It was the largest recall in the company’s history.

Initially, Ikea warned customers to use wall mounts with them, but the death of a third child prompted the action.

Curren Collas, 2, Camden Ellis, 2, and 23-month-old Ted McGee were all crushed by the product.

In December 2016, Ikea agreed to pay $50 million in a combined settlement to the families of the three toddlers.

Under that settlement, the company agreed to only sell chests in the US that meet or exceed the national voluntary safety standard for clothing storage units.

The deaths prompted the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to launch an education campaign about the risk of falling chests of drawers.

In 2017, Ikea re-launched the recall in the US and Canada. The Swedish furniture giant said items in its Malm range and other chests and dressers pose a “serious tip-over and entrapment hazard” if not secured to a wall.

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It’s already 2020 in New Zealand – a new decade!

And Auckland has become the world’s first major city to celebrate the start of 2020 with a bang.

The city’s fireworks display erupted from its 328-metre tall Sky Tower as New Zealand enters the New Year.

The huge fireworks have been attended by thousands of watchers.

The iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes.

Happy New Year Auckland! Wishing you a joyous start to 2020.

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At least 10 people have been reported dead in the Philippines after Typhoon Phanfone hit the center of the country, leaving a trail of devastation through.

The storm, also known as Ursula, carried gusts of close to 118 mph and made landfall several times across various islands, officials say.

Tens of thousands of people were left stranded in ports as they tried to make their way home for Christmas.

Phanfone struck close to regions devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

More than 6,000 people were killed in November 2013, making it the Philippines’ deadliest storm. With winds of more than 193mph, it was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall.

Phanfone first made landfall on Christmas Eve, but continued to pass over the many islands of the central Philippines throughout Christmas Day. However, the extent of the damage began to emerge only on December 26.

Local media say at least 10 people have died – including a three-year-old boy – with most deaths occurring in Iloilo and Capiz provinces.

AFP quotes officials as saying that at least 16 people died.

Typhoon Haiyan death toll rises to 5,209 in Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan affected 11 million people in Philippines

One family was killed when they were swept away by a flash flood as they attempted to get to higher ground, the Philippine ABS-CBN network reported. It added that at least 12 people were missing in Iloilo province alone.

The popular tourist island of Boracay appears to have suffered damage, although the extent is unclear.

In the city of Tacloban, a large fire broke out as the winds rose, but the city escaped the worst of the damage.

Tacloban suffered enormous damage during Typhoon Haiyan when a storm surge pushed water into the low-lying city of more than 220,000 people.

On December 26, typhoon Phanfone headed out towards the South China Sea.

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Following the footsteps of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump boasted to his fans at his “homecoming” rally on November 27 in Sunrise, Florida about his “gorgeous chest,” which he claims proves he didn’t have a heart attack on November 17.

The president also claimed his visit to Texas on November 18 was more proof of his good health.

Speculation about the President Trump’s real health status went viral on social media with his unscheduled and sudden visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), which is only some nine miles from the White House. The visit wasn’t on the president’s calendar.

President Trump said that his unannounced trip to Walter Reed was for a “a very routine physical.”

However, rumors about the president’s health problems, and that he might have had either a series of mini-strokes or have suffered a heart attack continued to swirl.

He blasted the media for reporting on his visit to Walter Reed, saying: “They [the media] said he wasn’t wearing a tie; this is a sign of a massive heart attack.

“They said, he went into the hospital – and it’s true, I didn’t wear a tie – why would I wear a tie if the first thing they do is say take off your shirt, sir, and show us that gorgeous chest?”

President Trump then took another step to assuring people he was fine. He tweeted a photoshopped picture of his unsmiling face superimposed on the body of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone.

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Two powerful storms are moving across the United States, from the West Coast to the Midwest threatening the holiday plans of millions o Americans on the eve of Thanksgiving Day.

The US National Weather Service is advising millions of people to delay their travel plans due to the weather and hundreds of flights were grounded.

And the “bomb cyclone” that’s been pummeling the West Coast could bring a third storm to the east, the Washington Post reports.

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Nowadays, most of us don’t remember the pre-Internet era clearly. Since we are all living in a complex digital world, making the Internet one of the basic human rights, the United Nations declared that the Internet has given us the impeccable level of the freedom of expression and moreover, provided us with the endless possibilities for the development and prosperity of the whole mankind.

However, at the same time, the Internet became the floodgate for all kinds of crimes and fraudsters, which basically turned cybercrime into the fastest growing crime in the world. No matter, whether you’re shopping, chatting with someone or just looking for any kind of information, you may never know who’s on the other end. Kids tend to be more vulnerable to Internet threats if compared to adults, thus we will provide you with the best Internet safety tips every parent should know.

Learn More Yourself


Recent studies show that most of the modern-day parents are likely to be considered Internet-savvy, however, when it comes to the basic Internet safety rules, there’s a clear lack of knowledge in this area. You would only be able to protect your child only in the case you know something about the safety online yourself. You can find plenty of information on the topic online. For example, the US non-profit organization Tech Corps created the list of most-useful Internet safety resources that will help you educate yourself and your kid. There are also such useful websites like SafeKids.org.

Educate your Kid
The best thing you can do for your kids about online defense is to educate them properly. A kid that knows a lot more is not as vulnerable as it may seem. There are a whole bunch of precautions that can be taken to help your kid stay safe online:

  • Never ever let your kid make friends online – one of the most valid points is not to make any friends online. Getting acquainted in real life is among those vital precautions you may take to keep your child safe unless you know someone in person. This does not apply to school friends, next-door kids or brothers, and sisters.

  • Set Up Privacy Setting on Social Media Accounts – teach your kids to set up their social media accounts restricted from everyone’s access and moreover, to check from time to time whether it works properly or not. Leaving your kid’s account open makes him or her a  perfect target for online threats.

  • Avoid Posting Personal Information Elsewhere – you, as a parent, should be extremely careful with what is posted on your kid’s personal social media page. For instance, any content you post can be retweeted or reposted without your permission and you basically lose control over that information. Make sure to turn off Location Settings for both Twitter and Facebook, another lead to get your kid tracked.

  • Deactivate Old Accounts your Kid might have – the list is not only limited to the social media accounts only. God knows how much of personal information could be leaking from the old game profiles, sites like Netflix or Lego-forums. Make sure to remove everything that is not used and you are aware of.

  • Teach them the Basic Knowledge of Critical Thinking – teach your kids to think critically and recognize possible threats they might come across while being online along with not taking anything at a face value.

Don’t Ban Technology

There’s nothing worse for your kid than being cut off from the Internet access, even though you think it is a wise move. You will not gain great results if any at all. Moreover, the kids will probably serf the Internet at their friend’s home or at school, behind your back. In case you fail to help them with answering their questions, they would have no other option but search for the answers online. The Internet can be truly considered one of the inventions that helped the whole humankind to develop as faster as never before. All you need to do is to allow your kids to use it wisely for educational and entertainment purposes.


Set Up Parental Controls Why banning the whole Internet access for your kid when you are able to restrict access to the most sensitive content available online: violence, erotic scenes or simply the content you don’t want your kid to be aware of. All of the most popular streaming services like Netflix, Youtube, Disney or HBO have parental control options available. The same relates to videogames, browsers, and smartphones. You are even able to lock the certain IP address to block the access for your kid. In case you’re not tech-savvy, get help from your local Internet providers, they will be more than happy to help you out with that.

Set Up House Rules and Stimulate Open Communication

Gain trust and become a true friend for your kid. Modern children are pretty well-educated for their age and might know much more than their parents. Especially when it comes to navigating on the Internet and breaking restrictions. Let your kid know to appreciate the rules you set up for the basic Internet safety precautions and explain why obeying them is vitally important. Open communication will help your kid to follow the rules that were installed.

What to Do in Case you Think your Kid is in Danger?

The first thing you should do about that is to identify the kind of threat your kid is affected by. There is a whole bunch of options possible online. In case your kid is being bullied online, it would be a nice chance for you to step in and find the parents of that bully to put out the flame before it gets worse. Online scam or dangerous contacts with a stranger is a lot different story. Once you identify the threat, try to do reverse person lookup on Nuwber and pass the information to the law enforcement authorities.

In conclusion, we would like to stress the fact that the Internet may be quite a dangerous place nowadays in case it’s not treated with care and attention. With the help of the mentioned above, you would reduce the risk of any threats for your kid to minimum.

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A new woman has come forward to accuse Jeffrey Epstein of abusing her as a 15-year-old, and called for Prince Andrew to share information on his former friend.

The woman, identified as “Jane Doe 15”, told reporters she suffered a “vicious, prolonged… assault”.

Jane Doe 15, now 31, is the latest of more than a dozen women to sue Epstein’s estate for alleged abuses.

It comes amid controversy over Prince Andrew’s ties to the disgraced finacier.

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Prince Andrew named in US lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein

In a recent interview, Prince Andrew was pressed on his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, and an accusation made by Virginia Giuffre that he had intercourse with her at Epstein’s house when she was 17.

Prince Andrew denied having any relation with Ms Giuffre, but the interview created a wave of criticism directed at the royal.

Jane Doe 15 gave a press conference in Los Angeles on November 18 with her lawyer, Gloria Allred. She accused Jeffrey Epstein of abusing her at his New Mexico ranch when she was 15, after she had met his secretary during a 2004 school trip to New York.

According to Jane Doe 15’s lawsuit, the secretary told her Jeffrey Epstein was interested in helping girls from poorer backgrounds. She was flown on his private jet to his ranch in New Mexico with several other young girls, she said. Jane Doe 15 alleges he told her to give him a massage, then assaulted her.

Jeffrey Epstein, 66, hanged himself in jail in August while awaiting trial. He was accused of abusing dozens of young girls, some as young as 14. He pleaded not guilty.

Jane Doe 15 did not accuse Prince Andrew of any wrongdoing but called on him to come forward with more information.

She said: “Prince Andrew, and any others who were close to Epstein, should come forward and give a statement under oath on what information they have.”

Attorney Gloria Allred said she had called on Prince Andrew to “voluntarily meet with the FBI and prosecutors who are investigating this criminal case in New York, and also to provide his deposition under oath”.

Summary:

  • Netflix online streaming collects monthly data in order to find out which ISP is able to stream its services better. They make this monthly report public to facilitate their users.
  • Cable service providers Spectrum and Cox topped the list of October 2019. They are providing great speeds that allow Netflix to stream smoothly.
  • Check local cable deals to find out the best internet packages for Netflix streaming.

Well, I guess most of you aren’t aware of the fact that Netflix stalks internet service providers. Well, I recently came across Netflix’s report which indicates which ISPs are doing a great job in providing a smooth Netflix experience to their users. Netflix has created an ISP leaderboard that ranks them with respect to their speed in megabits per second.

The recent analysis of Netflix has shown that in October 2019, cable service providers Spectrum and Cox delivered great speeds and facilitated Netflix users greatly. However, Verizon Fios topped the list of fiber optic internet service providers.

Which ISP streams the Netflix slowest?

Almost all the internet service providers are doing great in regards to Netflix streaming speed until they are not offering DSL internet service. Frontier, Verizon DSL, AT&T DSL failed to provide a smooth Netflix experience. We all know it for a fact that DSL provides low speeds than that of the cable and fiber internet connections. Spectrum internet is the best cable internet service provider however, Verizon Fios is among the best fiber internet service providers.

Which ISPs are doing great in streaming Netflix smoothly?

As you can see in the above graph, cable internet service providers Spectrum followed by Cox, Comcast, Optimum are doing great in providing high speeds that deliver smooth Netflix experience. They all are few decimals of one another, so certainly their users don’t have to encounter with the dread of Netflix’s spinning circle.

How does Netflix gather the data over different ISPs?

Well, Netflix monitors the average prime-time bitrates transmitted by different ISPs in the peak viewing hours. Mostly it is between 7 pm to 11 pm. Certainly, this index provided by Netflix isn’t the measure of the overall performance of the internet service but is just specified to their performance with Netflix.

Things to know in order to find out right ISP for Netflix:

Though you have the list of high performing internet service providers on you. But there are certain things you need to know before getting yourself an ISP for Netflix-ing.

  • Firstly, know what speeds are suitable for streaming. To stream HD videos on Netflix, one does require 5 Mbps, however for ultra HD or 4k video quality one requires internet speed of 25 Mbps for fluent video streaming. 25 Mbps is not much of high speed and most of the internet service providers have reasonably priced packages that offer 25Mbps. Visit http://www.localcabledeals.com to find yourself a suitable internet package in your area.
  • However, streaming songs online on Spotify or Deezer need you to have 2-10 Mbps. Cox and CenturyLink are offering lower-tier plans. These plans are great for elderly and kids which only have to play music and watch a few videos on YouTube.

By now you must have understood that high-speed and reliability is important in order to stream Netflix smoothly. We all have Netflix subscriptions and certainly don’t want to not be able to enjoy it just because of a slow internet connection. To enjoy Netflix at its best one does require a fast and reliable internet that doesn’t get stuck. Netflix’s leaderboard for ISPs keeps them in check and also help the masses to know which ISP is doing great with Netflix.

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NASA is refusing to release records of any investigations into their astronauts.

The secrecy of the U.S. space agency has reemerged as an issue after the international news coverage of a possible crime committed on the International Space Station by Astronaut Anne McClain. McClain was accused of hacking her wife’s banking information during a nasty custody fight.

Dolcefino Consulting requested five years of completed investigative reports in a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The NASA Office of Inspector General says in their mission statement that they, “independently report to the Administrator, Congress, and the public,” and that the Office of Investigations, “investigates allegations of crime, cyber-crime, fraud, abuse or misconduct having an impact on NASA programs, personnel and resources.”

In a letter dated November 8, 2019, James Ives, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations denied our request for any completed investigations to protect the “privacy interest of third parties.”

“This agency is given tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers every year and that makes them accountable to the public, period,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “The OIG’s job is not to protect NASA from scandal, but to protect the public.”

NASA has not been immune from scandal. In 2007, Astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested in Florida and charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary with assault and battery.

The fight between Summer Worden and Astronaut Anne McClain became national news this year. McClain dropped her attempt to gain rights for a child that was born before the couple met, but Judge Dunson has refused to sign the order ending the dispute.

It has been more than a month since Judge Dunson got a simple order to sign and she has refused. “We think the judge is abusing the power of her office to punish Summer for speaking out about decisions in that court,” says Dolcefino. “Summer is having to fight courthouse retaliation and NASA secrecy at the same time and that is outrageous for this mother.”

The OIG has failed to disclose the status of the McClain investigation. The media has described the allegations against her as the first possible crime in space.

“If the OIG tries to hide the results of its work, we may be forced to go to federal court to let the sunshine in,” says Dolcefino.

NASA Investigates First Allegation of Crime in Space

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Changing your home around requires dedication from not just you but any tradesmen and suppliers you use. In particular, you need to make sure that any suppliers you use are reputable and trustworthy. You don’t want them to not be able to deliver on a product, especially if they are something as crucial as a wood and laminate flooring supplier. Here are some of the things you should look out for.

A Large Stock

Obviously, the first thing you want them to have is a large amount of stock. If they have more stock, you are going to have more to browse through and a lot of options to choose from. Even if you have your heart set on oak flooring, you might be shocked to find out just how many different types of oak flooring is out there. Being able to browse through lots of stock might be overwhelming but it might even result in you considering something you had not thought about before.

Samples

Finding the right floor is extremely difficult and you need to make sure that you have the perfect one. Though laminate is far cheaper than real wood, you still want to make sure that you have chosen exactly the right one. Samples allow you to take a piece of the floor home and try it out in the room you want to put it. You can see how it will look at different times of the day as well as trying out in various corners of the room to make sure that it will look good everywhere.

Samples are also good if you don’t live near the wood and laminate flooring supplier. You might not be able to visit their store directly. However, the sample will allow you to see exactly what the floor is going to look and feel like just as if you were able to see a sample in their store.

Collection or Delivery

Depending on the location and nature of your build, it might be easier for you to opt for either collection or delivery. For example, you might find another supplier nearby who offers something else you need like kitchen cabinets. It might be easier for you to arrange collection for both and then hire a van to do it yourself. Likewise, it might just be easier for you to arrange delivery. The right flooring supplier should be able to offer nationwide delivery and they might even be able to deliver on the continent too.

These are just some of the things you should be looking at when considering whether or not you will buy from a certain wood and laminate flooring supplier. Don’t forget that they also need to offer the perfect price for you! Even if they are able to offer all of the above, you might find that their prices are beaten elsewhere. Take time with your research and it won’t be long before you have found the perfect room for your build. You won’t regret taking the time!

The San Diego Zoo provides tourists with the opportunity to explore 1,700-acre wildlife that’s home to over 3,500 animals across 260 species from the six continents of the world. Safari Park receives over 5 million tourists every year.

Because of its hilly nature and predominantly tropical terrain, you will find that a day spent at the zoo is just like a full workout, so ensure that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A trip to San Diego Zoo is ideal for the entire family. There’s so much you can do. You can take guided tours or witness animal shows.

The zoo can sometimes get overcrowded, especially during the summer, meaning entertainment and extra attractions can be quite costly. But the good news is that there are many ways you can cut on costs and save time on your trip if you get it right from choosing the right time to go, the activities to do, and ways to get discounts.

  • Discount tickets

There are a few ways you can get San Diego Zoo discount tickets, but not all methods are created equal. Your best bet is to purchase tickets online from a trusted source before your visit. This option is not only more convenient and secure, but it allows you to explore and find the best deal in advance, saving you time and money.

  • Preparing for the trip

It takes approximately a minimum of 3-4 hours to explore the entire zoo, but you may spend a whole day visiting the multiple entertainment options, exhibits, and trails.  So it wouldn’t be a good idea to visit the zoo on the same day as Safari Park because it’s about one hour away, and it can take up to six hours exploring just a part of the park.

When you arrive at the park, take your time to go through the big billboard at the entrance. The billboard tells you the exhibits that are not available for that day, and it also gives schedules for each activity. Since the layout of the zoo is complex, you should take your time to view the billboard to help you plan your day’s activities.

You should get to the park early before the opening time so that you can beat the crowd. The entrance gate is normally closed some few hours before the day’s regular closing time, so don’t rush at the last minute with the hope of entering into the zoo.

  • Things to do

The zoo is organized into several animal areas connected by themed trails, some of which can be accessed by wheelchair. All of them are marked with their distance, the level of difficulty to navigate, and the time it takes to navigate them. The popular areas include Tiger River, the Panda Trek, Scripps Aviary, the Elephant Odyssey, the Polar Bear Plunge, the underwater view of the hippopotamus pond, etc.

Apart from looking at the animals, you can also take a 30-minutes guided bus tour of the zoo to get an overview of the zoo’s layout.  San Diego Zoo also sponsors interesting special programs, though they change with seasons. These programs include sleepovers which can be fun; you get a tent to sleep in, dinner, or a hot breakfast.

  • Food, drink, and comfort

It’s worth mentioning that food and drinks at the park can be quite expensive. If you are looking into cutting the cost on your visit to the park, it’s better if you carry your own packed lunch. This is particularly important for people who suffer from food allergies. Even though the zoo permits visitors to come with food and water bottles, items such as coolers are restricted. However, there’s a picnic site outside the park that allows visitors to have coolers, and the visitors then get stamped at the entrance.

San Diego typically experiences sunny and hot weather on several months of the year, so it’s advisable to bring along adequate sunscreen and hat. Most of San Diego Zoo activities happen outdoors in direct sunshine, so make sure you drink sufficient water and take frequent breaks.

San Diego Zoo is hilly and wide, and if you take a walk through all trails, it will take you at least four hours; this means that your shoes will play an important role, so choose a comfortable pair of shoes.

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The speedy growth of the internet has brought tremendous growth in online opportunities. Customers no longer have to go to a store to purchase goods or services. They can now do transactions from the comfort of their homes or offices.

 The following are some of the incredible benefits of online business.

  1. It is flexible

Everybody loves flexibility. Operating your business round the clock, creating your own hours, and speaking to your clients past the business hours can make your life and client’s lives much easier. With traditional business, you may go to a shop to inquire about a product and find that they are closed, and their website may not have the information you need. But an online shop enables you to access everything you need 24/7.

Online business also allows you to set up chat features on your website where you can chat with your customers- they can ask questions, and you respond to them. That personal connection with your customers can generate more revenue because you shall have gained their trust.

2. It requires less capital and effort to start

Many businesses require a lot of capital, time, and effort to start. But with an online business, you don’t have to wait for days or even weeks to start. For traditional businesses, the business owner has to pay for the office space, physical inventory, printed stationery, etc. These expenses can be too costly. But with an online business, the only real expense will be a domain name and a hosting account. Even if you decide to buy inventory or invest in things that will make your business operation easier, the overall investment will still be significantly less expensive than maintaining a physical office store.

3. You will find the ultimate job security

Many people assume that online business is too risky. However, this is not true. When you learn to do your business online, you are actually training yourself to create ultimate job security. If you can sell your products and services online, the chances are that you will be able to repeat this process with a lot of enthusiasm. Considering how many companies are shutting down, it would be better to learn how to make money online instead of relying on a single employer.

4. You will get an extensive network of customers

Doing your business online can give you access to a much larger pool of customers. Millions of people own smartphones and they can access your services from any part of the continent. With a traditional business, you only get customers around your business location, making it hard to access customers from remote places.

5. Low-cost marketing

The internet provides you with multiple ways to market your business at minimal or no cost. You can write articles or create a blog that provide people with essential information about your products or services. You can also use Google Adwords to market your products and services. Google Adwords allows you to create ads that people may see when they search for a keyword that relates to your business. You can also exchange links for free or purchase advertising space on other websites.

6. You can easily increase your earning potential

If you are employed in a 9-5 set up, your earning power depends on your field and your experience. For instance, if you work as a tutor, you can gain all the certifications and experience you want, but you are less likely to ever hit the same amount of salaries of lawyers and bankers. But when it comes to online business, the sky is the limit!

If you can successfully sell one product online, you can train yourself to sell even more. You will no longer have to negotiate a raise because you’ll have the knowledge and power to generate an additional income.

7. Ease of transactions

An online business makes it easy to make transactions. You can create a secure page on your site where customers can pay for your products or services by credit cards or through online payment services such as PayPal. This reduces the need to send out paper bills, and you will also receive payments quickly.

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A statewide emergency has been declared in California as wildfires, whipped up by fierce winds, continue to sweep through the area.

Tens of thousands of homes are under threat from the wildfires and some 180,000 people in the north have been ordered to leave their homes and roads around Santa Rosa were packed with cars as people tried to flee.

Another million people are expected to lose their supplies in the hours ahead.

The evacuation order encompasses a huge area of Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa.

The biggest blackouts in California’s history have already left a million people without electricity.

Power companies are trying to stop damaged cables from triggering new fires.

Sonoma has been ravaged by the Kincade Fire, which has burned through at least 30,000 acres of land.

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Fears about the extent of the wildfires led PG&E to initiate a precautionary blackout expected to be the largest in state history.

PG&E said the power cuts would affect 940,000 households and businesses across 36 counties in northern California – hitting an estimated two million people.

In a statement, PG&E warned customers that they could be affected by a mass blackout, citing forecasts of potential extreme weather.

The warning came as the gas and electricity company faced scrutiny over its possible role in the fires.

The Kincade Fire in northern California began seven minutes after a nearby power line was damaged, but PG&E has not yet confirmed if the power glitch started the blaze.

PG&E is already seeking bankruptcy protection as it faces lawsuits over last year’s Camp Fire, which killed 85 people. The deadliest wildfire in the state’s history was sparked by ageing equipment owned by PG&E. It spawned billions of dollars in liability claims against the company.

In a video posted to Twitter on October 26, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the power cuts were “infuriating everyone, and rightfully so”.

“We are going to do our best to get through these high wind events… and get these lights back on and do everything in our power to make sure PG&E’s never in a position where they’re doing this to us again,” he said.

The Kincade Fire was about 10% contained as of October 27.

According to the state fire department, the fire was burning in remote, steep terrain, making access difficult.

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All the misconceptions in a love relationship will be settled if we communicate with our spouse about it. But, Grandma’s well-known tip doesn’t work when a partner has heart-broken feelings in the heart of being beguiled.

Technology has brought a great revolution in our life If it appears everything is sneaking out of your hands, it’s a great opportunity to screen him/her and secure your wedded life! In this regard, Yvonne Allen Matchmakers services are best to choose your best spouse so that you may not have to face inconvenience after marriage. 

In this article, we have referenced the best 5 spy apps which will help you in spying your swindling partner’s text messages, telephone calls, IM chats – Whatsapp, Viber and Facebook Messenger discussions and much more.

  1. mSpy – The Diverse Features!

This mSpy is one of the top software in the android market that furnishes you with all that you need in the hours of doubt. It offers you the most flawless and practical app for life-partner monitoring. This spying app keeps running in undercover mode and furnishes you with extensive logging highlights. You can remotely watch all the activities occurring on the target’s cell phone. Keeping its clients on need, mSpy offers diverse features including various bundles.

2. Mobistealth – Vital Monitoring Software!

Baffled with the thoughts of spouse disloyalty, you need to use app Mobistealth to monitor your spouse. Now, it’s a great opportunity to just install Mobistealth on the unfaithful partner’s cell phone to uncover all the secrets. Their customer service team provides you a perfect watch for 24/7. It functions in stealth mode. Also, it is cross-stage spy app that gives you a chance to screen all the activities on the target’s iPhone, android or blackberry gadget.

3. FlexiSPY – An Efficient App!

FlexiSPY is one of the handy spy apps to detect all the lies of your unscrupulous partner. It is a very efficient app which is purposely designed with advanced technology. This app helps you listen to the live calls and possibly you can participate between the call discussions, which may leave your trickster partner dismayed! Simply snatch the cell phone of your partner for a couple of minutes and instantly install the app on it. Try not to stress! The app is undetectable to the target client. He/she will never come to realize they are being observed.

4. Spyera – It Runs Silently Unnoticed!

This app once installed in the cell phone runs quietly and impeccably by social affair all the fundamental proof for you to guarantee that your partner is truly undermining you. The Mobile Spy always keeps you updated with your life partner clowning around. It does everything from SMS following to finding GPS location. 

5. Highster Mobile – Spy and Filter Smartphone and Tablets

Highster Mobile is highly designed with a rich program. If you install on the target’s cell phone, you can easily approach all the text messages which are sent and got on his/her cell phone. All activities are automatically recorded in the online account from where you can check the call logs. On top of that, it also helps you view the multimedia remotely from anyplace and whenever you like.

Conclusion

All these apps are very handy if you want to keep an eye on your partner.

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If you’re thinking of adding a delivery service to your retail store or restaurant, it’s important to remember that your POS may not be set up yet for such extras. This is easily remedied, however, with these simple tips on getting your POS delivery-ready. Keep reading to learn how to best prepare your system for the transition.

Decide on Your Rates

First and foremost, you’ll need to decide on what rates you’ll be charging for your services. Are you going to offer free or discounted delivery for orders above a certain dollar amount, or one flat-rate for all deliveries? Once you’ve decided what to charge customers for the service, you can program the new services to your POS system.

Rates can vary based on distance, and you’ll want to decide what your max delivery area is as well. You’ll likely have no shortage of out-of-area customers requesting delivery once you add the service, so it’s important to define the delivery area on your website.

Account for the Extra Labor

You’re likely going to incur extra labor costs with a delivery service. You’ll want to account for these extra costs when you set your delivery charge. You’ll also want to decide if you’re reimbursing your drivers for mileage or not (this is pretty standard with delivery services).

These extra costs, while adding a premium service to your business, can also increase your costs as well.

Most POS systems have easy-to-use tools from which you can set pricing and keep track of sales and services. The best POS software for android is vend HQ, with some of the best tools in the business.

Whether you’re a retail store adding delivery services to increase your brand awareness or a new restaurant looking to expand your reach, Vend has everything you need to get started.

While many POS systems only offer platform-specific software, Vend can be used on pretty much any pre-existing hardware there is. This makes it versatile and efficient, and the perfect option for both startups and established brands alike.

Use Your Data for Improved Function

Your POS system will come equipped with powerful analytics tools that you can use to observe the impact your delivery services have on your business.

From daily, weekly, and monthly sales reports to individualized item reports, POS systems can help you streamline every aspect of your business and your new services.

Don’t underestimate the power of data; it’s the best tool you have at your disposal for increasing your operations and identifying problem areas. Data also helps boost your marketing efforts, making them reach further and with improved accuracy.

You’ll be able to collect customer information, send promotions, and build a comprehensive database of your customers’ preferences and favorite items. You can even add gift cards and a loyalty program to certain POS systems.

Add Mobile Terminals

Mobile terminals will make it easier for your delivery customers to pay their bill and add tips during their delivery. POS software will work with most mobile devices unless they’re iPad-specific. Mobility makes for greater convenience and a better customer experience.

BOPIS

Buy online pick-up in-store is something that many major retailers have started offering in recent years. Rather than pay expensive shipping fees, some customers choose to combine the convenience of online payments with the ease of in-store shopping.

This option can easily be integrated into your POS system, but you may need to manually enter an option to pull items from stock to hold for a certain period of time.

Your customers will love a BOPIS system for the simple fact that they won’t have to shop around the store for what they need. Shopping from the comfort of their own home, they’ll feel more at ease and more likely to add extra items to their order(s).

Why POS Systems Are Essential

Besides simple payment processing, POS systems offer an effective lineup of business-changing tools; from inventory management and organization to employee management to marketing tools and customer databases.

As payment methods continue to grow and change, a good POS system becomes an essential component of any business.

The ability to accept multiple payment methods will help put you ahead of the competition and ensure that no matter what method your customer brings to your store, you can accept it.

Whether you’re running an eCommerce platform, brick and mortar store, or both, having a reliable POS will help improve your overall efficiency and make for better organization within your business.

Conclusion

Offering delivery is a huge step-up for most businesses, but you’ll want to be certain your POS system and your team are ready for the change. These tips will help you prepare your business, your POS system, and you for the coming changes to ensure no efficiency or data is lost in the process.

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Japan has been hit by Typhoon Hagibis, the worst storm for 60 years.

The eye of Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the country’s main island shortly before 19:00 local time, in Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo.

The typhoon is now moving up the eastern coast, with wind speeds of 140mph.

One man was killed in Chiba, east of Tokyo, when his car overturned, and at least 60 people have been injured.

More than seven million people have been urged to leave their homes amid severe flood and landslide warnings, as torrential rain and tornado-like winds are lashing large parts of the country.

 However, it’s thought only 50,000 are staying in shelters.

Train services have been halted, and more than a thousand flights grounded. Thousands of homes lost power in and around the capital earlier on Saturday, though some were swiftly reconnected.

Two Rugby World Cup games scheduled for October 12 have been canceled and declared as draws – England-France and New Zealand-Italy. Formula 1 has also canceled qualifying races for October 12 Japanese Grand Prix.

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Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned that half a metre of rain could fall on the Tokyo area between midday on October 12 and 13.

JMA forecaster Yasushi Kajiwara told a press briefing: “Unprecedented heavy rain has been seen in cities, towns and villages for which the emergency warning was issued.

“The possibility is extremely high that disasters such as landslides and floods have already occurred. It is important to take action that can help save your lives.”

Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is forecast to hit the main Japanese island of Honshu.

Typhoon Hagibis could be the strongest storm Japan has faced since Typhoon Vera in 1959, which hit Japan with winds of 190mph and left more than 5,000 people dead or missing.

Locals stocked up on provisions before Hagibis’ arrival on the authorities’ advice, leaving supermarkets with empty shelves.

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When it comes to digital marketing tools, social media is among the most effective and affordable tools that small businesses use. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Social media has grown tremendously over the years in terms of users. It used to be a small advertising mode, but now it’s a more significant marketing strategy for both the small and large businesses.

Social media is great for small businesses because it requires a small financial investment to be implemented, therefore helping small businesses to grow.

 Apart from using social media platforms to grow your business, you can also learn from business mentors like Tony Robbins who are always ready to share with the world some of the incredible strategies that one can use to make their business successful.

Here are some of the benefits of social media for small businesses.

  1. Increased inbound traffic

When you market your small business on social media, you can quickly increase your inbound traffic. People who are familiar with your products and services are likely to be searching for the same keywords that you already rank for.  You should include social media in your marketing strategy because if you don’t, it will be difficult for you to reach people beyond your customer circle.

When it comes to using social media, posting content in your account can be an excellent opportunity to get a new customer. Again, posting content on different social media platforms can allow your customers to reach your business organically. Marketing your business on social media can open your business to a large number of consumers across the globe.

  • Increases your brand awareness

When you have a strong social media presence, you can build your business reputation easily. Through the help of a digital marketing company who can execute a social media strategy, you can increase your brand recognition since you will engage a wide audience of consumers in platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

For starters, first, you have to create a social media account for your business, and start interacting with people. You can get people such as sponsors, business partners, and employees to like and share your page. The more you get the likes, the more your business gets recognized.

  • Increases your conversion rates

When your business gets increased visibility, it means that it has more chances for conversion. The comments, images, or videos can lead readers to your business’ site and increase traffic. Social media marketing gives your business the opportunity to interact with your customers on a personal level.

Research shows that social media has a 100% higher leads than the outbound marketing. Individuals use social media platforms to keep in touch with their family and friends. And because people are active on these platforms, you can throw in your brand in the mix. This will expose your business to people and individuals may mention your brand to a friend when your products or services are needed.

  • Social media improves customer satisfaction

It is no surprise that social media is a great networking and communication platform. Your small business can rapidly grow if you create a voice for it using these platforms. Nothing makes a consumer happy like knowing that if they post a comment on your page, they will receive personalized feedback and not an automated message.

One of the best ways to show that you value your customers and pay attention to their needs is to acknowledge each comment from them.

  • It is cost-effective

Social media is one of the most cost-effective methods of advertising. Creating a profile is free for almost all social media platforms. Moreover, any paid promotions that you sign up for are low cost compared to other methods of marketing.

If you are running a small business, a cost-effective marketing strategy will be best for your business since you may be working on a tight budget. A cost-effective method will also enable you to see a significant return on investment [ROI] and retain a huge budget for other business expenses.

Final thoughts

From the points above, you can clearly see how social media can be of significant value to your business. If your business does not already have the correct profiles, create them now. Fill in your business’ details and post interesting and engaging content. You don’t have any reason not to integrate social media into your marketing strategy. It is cost-effective, meaning you won’t lose a thing!

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The harsh reality of the modern job market is that few professionals stay at one company or in one position for more than a few years at a time. This obviously presents enormous opportunities for pros to follow various career paths. But at the same time, finding yourself in between jobs can be quite unsettling for some. Those used to a regular nine-to-five workday might even be overwhelmed by the amount of free time unemployment entails. With that in mind, today we’re going to share five tips that professionals can use to stay sharp in between jobs. Check them out here:

Take Job-Hunting Seriously

It can be very tempting to blast out hundreds –– or even thousands –– of resumes at one time. While this approach may produce results for some, the fact of the matter is that it’s much better to tailor your resume and cover letter to specific jobs you find. Not only do you have a better chance of landing an interview with this approach, but it also allows you to get to know a prospective employer and decide if their company a good fit for you. Remember, taking the first job you’re offered isn’t always the best way to go.

Learn Something New Every Day

Each day presents a chance to improve yourself and gain more knowledge. As such, make it a point to use your free time productively. Spend an hour at the library, sign up for a dance class, volunteer at a local charity –– just make sure to do something worthwhile that exposes you to new experiences.

Pick up a Side Hustle

Just because you’re in between jobs, it doesn’t mean the bills will stop coming. Thankfully, getting a part-time job can help you keep the creditors at bay. In addition to trendy side hustles like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, you should also consider freelancing in your field. Writing blogs or designing web pages is a great way to bolster your C.V. when you don’t have a full-time position.

Study How the Best Work

If you want to become a better chef, then it makes sense to watch videos on how professionals like Gordon Ramsey cook. In the same vein, if your goal is to open up a small business, then it’s a good idea to peruse successful small business websites, like this one from OTW Safety, for instance. What’s more, speaking to leading minds in your industry can grant you valuable insights that you can use to further your own career.

Stay Positive

Sometimes it takes a while to find a job on the market. The key is to not get discouraged. Staying positive might be difficult, but it will enable you to reach your goals in the long run.

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Do you know which tool is used by businesses that focus on enhancing customer experience continually?

It is Salesforce.

If you have not heard about Salesforce before, this post is a must-read for you.

What is Salesforce?

Salesforce is a cloud computing service-as-a-software (SaaS) company that was founded in 1999 by a group of experts – Marc Benioff, Dave Moellenhoff, Frank Dominguez and Parker Harris. It was the first company to have successfully leveraged cloud-based CRM software for business. Salesforce focuses exclusively on customer relationship management (CRM) – by using cloud technology. Salesforce allows businesses to connect with both potential customers and business partners.

Salesforce is an integrated CRM platform designed to provide a 360-degree view of your customers to every single department of your business. This facilitates better decision-making and strategizing at every level of your business. You can identify the pain points of your customers, offer efficient solutions for the same, build, and deploy customer-oriented apps, and most importantly build a lasting bond with your customers. In other words, Salesforce has revolutionized enterprise software that is delivered and leveraged by businesses.

Of late, Salesforce’s popularity has been skyrocketing, so much so that, Jim Cramer, Founder of The Street, declared it as a ‘Cloud King‘. In the third quarter of 2018, Salesforce awed investors when it brought home a $3.39 billion revenue.

Is a Salesforce Certification beneficial for your career?

Given that there’s a huge demand for technical skills in the market right now, having a Salesforce Certification can do wonders for your career. According to a recent IDC study, the Salesforce Ecosystem is estimated to create around 3.3 million jobs by 2022 and $859 billion in new business revenues globally.


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To add to that, in the Indeed best jobs of 2017 list, two of them were Salesforce-oriented jobs – Salesforce Administrator (4th rank) and Salesforce Developer (6th rank).


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Even Burning Glass maintains that Salesforce skills are one of the top 10 digital skills for a career in Marketing. A Salesforce Certification can be your ticket to higher salary packages. In 2018, the average annual salary of a Salesforce Administrator was $95k, while a Salesforce Developer earned around $125k. As for jobs that demand specific Salesforce skills like that of Sales Cloud and Visualforce, one can earn over $100k annually.

Apart from these benefits, a Salesforce Certification has the following benefits:

  • It will train you on how to use different tools along with cloud-based technology to obtain customer insights and improve sales and customer relations.
  • You get hands-on experience while working on real-world scenarios, industry projects, and case studies, thereby giving you a glimpse of what you will be doing.
  • Once you gain a good understanding of Salesforce, you will learn how to leverage its different services to handle customer requests, and boost business processes with strategic planning.
  • Using the platform to gain more in-depth insight into customer data will help sharpen your analytical skills.
  • Since you can help companies to enhance their CRM services, you will become a valuable asset for your employer organization.

Last but not least, it will revamp your resume and add credibility to it!

How to become a Salesforce Certified Platform Developer?

To become a Salesforce Certified Platform Developer, you need to pass the Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I exam.

The Salesforce Platform Developer I exam is designed for aspirants who have the basic knowledge of and prior experience in developing and deploying custom business logic, applications, and UIs using the Lightning Platform.

To appear for this exam, one needs to have at least six months of experience in working with the Lightning Platform or 1-2 years of working experience as a Developer. Furthermore, a candidate must possess the following skills/knowledge/experience:

  • The ability to develop custom business logic and interfaces using the programming features of the Lightning Platform.
  • The ability to extend the capabilities of the Lightning Platform using Apex and Visualforce.
  • The ability to employ the relevant declarative capabilities of the Lightning wherever appropriate.
  • The ability to distinguish between the use-cases of declarative vs. programmatic methods.
  • The ability to know when to use an Apex Trigger and when to use the Lightning Process Builder.
  • Possess the basic knowledge of the Salesforce Mobile app features and capabilities.
  • Possess a fundamental knowledge of various development environments and familiarity with the development lifecycle (from development to testing).
  • Proficiency in working with OOP languages like Java, JavaScript, Ruby, and C#.
  • Experience in working with data-driven applications and relational databases.
  • Experience in working with both component-based architecture and Model View Controller (MVC) architecture.

Details of the exam

The Salesforce Platform Developer I exam comprises of 60 multiple-choice questions that are to be completed within 110 minutes. You must obtain at least 65% to pass the exam successfully.

While the registration fee is $200 (plus taxes as mandated by the local law), the retake fee is $100 (plus taxes as prescribed by the local law).

The exam judges a candidate’s skills and knowledge based on the following objectives:

  • Salesforce Fundamentals: 10%
  • Data Modeling and Management: 12%
  • Logic and Process Automation: 46%
  • Logic and Process Automation: 46%
  • Testing: 12%
  • Debug and Deployment Tools: 10%

Since this is a closed-book type exam, you cannot refer to online materials or any hard-copy during the exam.

To prepare for the exam, Salesforce recommends that candidates invest in both self-study and training course completion to master the areas/objectives mentioned above. There are two primary self-study materials for the exam:

Salesforce even has instructor-led, online training courses that you can find here. Two of the best Salesforce instructor-led training courses for this exam are:

You can also check out other online training courses for the Salesforce Platform Developer I exam. Whichever course you choose, one thing is for sure – the best mentors in the domain will train you so that you can nail the exam in the first attempt!

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When you ask people what they will rescue from a burning house, the standard reply is not jewelry, clothes, or trophies. The answers are photo books, pictures, and their laptop with all the digital photo files. This shows that people place a lot of value in their memories more than their material things. This compulsion to save pictures exhibits how significant photography is in people’s lives because of its power to preserve beautiful moments of quality time spent with loved ones. Here are some reasons why pictures matter and why you should continue taking them:

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Photos Exhibit What is Valuable to You

People often like to show photos in their homes. You may even have them in your place in a picture frame or placed in mounting boards to highlight your favorite prints. Often, these pics document the important people and events in your lives from holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and the like. They can show your first house and your child’s move to college. When you travel, it is never complete if you don’t snap a photo. The massive amount of images in your possession tells the story of your life and the wonderful people who have become a part of it.

Photos are a Precious Part of Your Legacy 

It is common for pictures to outlive their subjects. It is a sad concept, but that is a real fact of life. The idea of your loved ones going before you is unthinkable, but it can happen. Continue taking a lot of photos because this helps in capturing their spirit and character. You can easily freeze a moment in time with photos. In fact, you may never have met some family members, but you are aware of who they are because of their photos mounted at your relatives’ homes. Without knowing it, photos become a precious part of your legacy as the days go by.

Photos can Bring You to a Place or Moment in Time

Photos allow you to see the beauty of the world. Even if you have never been there before, you can easily enjoy the photos of other people who have captured that amazing corner of the earth. This can help inspire you to travel, so you can see its beauty for yourself. Photos can also capture a particular moment in time that may be special for you. Always bring your camera because you’ll never know when a great opportunity will strike.

Photos Pave the Path for Sharing and Communicating

Images become so much more than simple recordings of your most important moments. Photos can actually be used to express yourself in the big wide world. With all the apps that support digital images like FB, Flickr, Pinterest, and Instagram, it is evident how the concept of photo sharing matters to people. What you show on these sites reveal a lot about your character, your choices, and your values. This paves way for conversations with people who share the same outlook as yours. Nowadays, it is so easy to react and show appreciation for other people’s photos because you can like, share, and comment on them easily.

Photos Can Tap your Artistic Side

Photography is actually an art form. When taken seriously, you focus on things such as composition, lights and shadows, depth of field, focal point, and the like. When you see a panoramic landscape, you are compelled to capture it right away. The desire to create is there when inspiration strikes, and this usually happens when you see interesting sights or people that spark something within you.

Photos are a Language

A picture paints a thousand words and it is a kind of visual language that carries a message. Sometimes there are things than cannot be said with words. They are better shown. A photograph is one of the best ways to make this happen because they can easily express a wealth of emotion from joy, sorrow, wonder, and more. To illustrate, the concept of mental illness is hard to explain in words. But a series of photos highlighting the plight of the subjects have done wonders to help many understand what this complex disease is all about.

Photos are Powerful

Photos have the power to grab your attention and keep you hooked. This is the reason why many trade shows rely on mounted photos to grab their target clientele’s attention. The fine art of photography is so powerful that it can persuade people, evoke emotion, convey ideas, connect you to the past, and preserve important moments. Without these images, life will certainly be very sad and empty.  And remember, it doesn’t matter if your photos are not professional looking.  What matters most is you take that shot!

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Sometimes you work hard night and days promoting your website, but nothing happens. Even worse – sales go down all the time, and it seems like whatever you do, it will not help. If that happens to you, chances are your hosting provider is to blame. The speed of the website heavily relies on the server where it is hosted. If the server processes data slowly, the site, consequently, will take longer to load. And there are two reasons why the speed impacts the revenue of your business.

How to choose a provider?

There are many criteria to consider choosing the provider. Different businesses have different needs, and the hosting must fit them perfectly. Besides that, you have to make sure that the vendor offers impeccable safety along with the high bandwidth of its servers.

The issue is that each provider will advertise as the best one. And if you’re new to the world of servers, it is hard to pick the right one.

Slow websites never reach top positions in search engines

The search engine (Google, for example) wants users to get the best options. Thus, the system will fetch search results that match the entered keyword and the location of the user. But also it will list the fastest websites first because it cares about the convenience of users. And if your site loads slowly, it simply can’t appear on top positions.

How does the engine understand your website is slow? The search engine sends dedicated bots to each site and each page to index them. As these bots check the pages, they can also detect how long does it take for the site to load and show the data. And the longer it takes, the lower position the website gets.

Users have no patience

Statistics show that the average user will wait for a maximum of 6 seconds for the website to load. If it doesn’t, the person leaves the site. It decreases the revenue of the business because of two reasons. Obviously, you won’t get that customer anymore, and now you have fewer chances that people will trust your site.

But also, if users leave the website, the search engine thinks that it is not relevant for them. Therefore, it will lower the position of the site.

What should the loading time be?

Ideally, the site should load within 3 seconds. It is okay for the page to load for around 6 seconds. But if it takes longer, you start losing visitors, and, therefore, traffic and revenue.

You should also remember that if your website is overloaded with heavy items, and it works slowly because of the poorly implemented design, you must fix the issues that lower the loading speed. And if the design of your site is well-optimized and lightweight, but the pages still load slowly, you should change your hosting provider.

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According to recent reports, the man convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy, has been stabbed at a California prison.

Authorities said a stabbing happened at a prison near San Diego on August 30.

In a statement, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said “officers responded quickly” to the attack.

The victim, whose condition is stable, was not named in the statement.

However, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, multiple media reports have identified 75-year-old Sirhan Sirhan as the victim.

Sirhan Sirhan is serving a life sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, where the stabbing took place.

According to TMZ, which first reported the assault, the suspected attacker, a fellow inmate, has been placed in isolation.

The motive for the attack, which is under investigation, has not been revealed by officials.

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More than one shooter in Robert F. Kennedy assassination, claims Nina Rhodes-Hughes

JFK assassination 50 years on

Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of murdering presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, who he shot three times at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968.

Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen of the hotel, shortly after declaring victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary to cheering crowds.

The New York senator, brother of former Democratic president John F. Kennedy, died in hospital 24 hours later.

Robert F. Kennedy was later buried at Arlington Cemetery, near his brother John, who was assassinated in 1963.

At his trial in 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was originally sentenced to death. Three years later, however, his sentence was commuted to life in prison when California briefly outlawed capital punishment.

A Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship, Sirhan Sirhan has claimed he has no recollection of shooting Robert F. Kennedy.

In a TV interview, Sirhan Sirhan said he felt betrayed by Robert F. Kennedy’s support for Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Java is a popular language for developers, and the majority of the development community is still running Java 8 in a production setting. A Java software development company will use a framework to avoid “reinventing” the wheel.

The key frameworks that Java software development companies are using include:

1. Blade             

Blade offers a minimal footprint and is a simple framework to start using. The small footprint allows the framework to remain speedy, and the goal of the framework is to have developers understand the framework in a single day.

The source code is less than 500 kb.

Blade is designed for JAVA 8, and it includes key features, such as:

·         MVC framework

·         Template engines

·         CSRF and XSS security

·         Basic authentication

·         Plug-in extensions

·         JSON output built-in

Blade offers rapid development and can be used for full-stack development. The advantages of the framework include built-in security, multiple file support, components and also support for webjar resources.

There are some limitations, including a lack of mobile-app design and a dependency engine that is rather complex.

Overall, Blade is a versatile framework that will help developers transition to the framework rapidly.

2. GWT

Google’s Web Toolkit is designed to help developers create complex applications. The framework takes away the mundane learning of browser quirks and JavaScript to allow for high-performance applications to be developed.

The framework includes Java API libraries.

Developers can write their applications in Java and deploy them in JavaScript rapidly.

The source code is compiled into JavaScript that is optimized and runs across all browsers: PC and mobile, too.  When using GWT, it’s quick and easy to learn, and it’s a fast way to decrease server-side loan.

Google is the framework’s developer, so it has a strong community backing and is often updated.

Compilation is slow, but GWT has impressive IDE support. You can even use the IDE support to help with debugging AJAX applications. There’s a plugin offered by GWT that helps bridge the gap between Java and JavaScript debugging.

The framework is good for progressive web app development, but you’re often required to produce more code even for simple tasks. There’s also a unique method of defining the structure, so there is a bit of a learning curve with GWT.

3. Spring MVC

Spring MVC is a very popular framework, and it’s a framework that has enhance modularity and improves the readability of your coding. The framework is a J2EE/Java framework that offers a broad range of functions and features.

This full-scale framework is known for its robust security features, authentication, REST APIS, add-ons and flexible dependency injection.

Modules are loosely coupled, so you have greater overall freedom when coding. When learning this framework, there are two key things to keep in mind:

·         The learning curve is steep

·         MVC takes time to learn

One of the main concerns for someone new to frameworks is that MVC can be very difficult to understand at first. Since most frameworks follow the MVC concept, it is a way of organizing projects efficiently that most frameworks will require the user to learn.

4. Grails

The Grails framework is a dynamic framework that works with key Java technologies, including:

·         Hibernate

·         Java EE containers

·         Quartz

·         SiteMesh

When it comes to Grails, developers choose this framework because of its Enterprise Java Bean support. You don’t need to configure XML, so developers can start in a rapid development environment that enables scalable applications.

Grails is a great option for e-commerce sites and content management systems thanks to its flexible profiles, advanced plugin system, Spring Boot controller layer and object mapping library.

The community is also very responsive, which makes development faster and more efficient.

When it comes to Grails, a key deciding factor for programmers is if they want to learn the Groovy language. You will need to learn the integration process which is rather complex, and it’s not the best choice when creating multi-threaded applications.

5. Apache Struts

Struts 2.5.20 GA was released in January 2019 offering an array of new features to developers already using the framework. The framework is robust and ships with support for JSON, AJAX and REST plugins.

The robust plugin architecture is a bonus, and the MVC framework allows for fast creation of modern, elegant web applications.

Struts has the power to create enterprise-level applications, and the Hibernate plugin takes control of all of your object mapping needs. Spring can also help with dependency injection. It’s a well-organized development environment that focuses on rapid development principles.

Scaling is held back slightly due to single ActionServlets, but the ability to quickly use plugins is a nice added bonus.

The framework has a lot of rules, and due to the complex design, the framework is less flexible than some other options on our list.

While these five frameworks are a great choice for a development company, there are others available, too. Hibernate, Vaadin, Wicket and Vert.X are a few additional frameworks worth a try.