Some Etiquettes To Remember When Party Planning}

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Submitted by: Richard Curtain

More than anything else, the one thing that kids all over the world look forward to is their birthday party. Its that time of the year when they can invite their friends (and perhaps some classmates) to come over the house and eat treats and play games.

As you organize your kids birthday party, the excitement can make you forget some etiquettes as the host of the event. Here are a few important factors you can consider to make the planning fun instead of being too stressful:

The Invitations

There are parents who start creating invitations without talking to their child first. Although youre doing the planning, what your kid wants also matters. So make sure you have a chat with him first before making and sending out the invites. Ask him about whom hed like to be around during the party. Be sure to make allowances for your family members and close friends.

Kids are usually accompanied by their parent/s, so make sure your invitation is good for two or three persons. You have to consider this as well when preparing for the food to be served.

It is also important that you send the invitations early enough to allow time for your invited guests to make their plans and fix their schedule if need be. Sending out the invitations two weeks before the bash is the ideal.

Gift-Opening

We all know that kids enjoy opening gifts right during the party. In fact, its something kids cant wait to do. Some children even wish that the party was over just so they can start opening their birthday presents. You can start teaching your child important values during this time. Tell him not to forget thanking the giver every time he unwraps a gift, even he if he doesnt like the gift at all. Dont make the gift-opening a drawn-out affair. You dont want your guests starting to feel bored because your childs spending a lot of time opening his presents. Help him out with the opening if hes stuck with something.

Party Favors

Based on the invitations youll be sending out, you also have to make sure that every single kid that will attend your childs party gets a bag of goodies (if party favors are covered by your budget). If you want to give out different party favors depending on the age of the kids, label the bags so you give each bag to the right child.

Other Considerations

No party is ever perfect. Even if we dont want it, there are certain unexpected things, big or small, that can happen during the event. This underscores the importance of anticipating and planning for such eventualities. Always have a plan B, even a plan C, for everything, from the amount of food youll serve to someone getting hurt during the bash. You just dont know what situations can pop up that can put a damper on the entire event. But if you have backup plans, you can deal with such situations in a much more organized way.

Take heed of these tips so you can be an excellent host during your kids birthday bash (for party ideas, check PartiesOnline).

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Monday, June 2, 2008

A Texas court has announced that all children taken from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) compound in Texas are being returned to their parents. Beginning today, parents have been allowed to collect their children, all of whom were in state custody before the announcement.

The more than 460 allegedly abused children were taken into state custody last month after officials say they received a call from a distressed 16-year old girl. The children were found in a 1700-acre compound belonging to the FLDS. It is now believed that the original phone call was actually a hoax.

The decision follows an appeals court ruling that Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) should not have taken the children from the FLDS.

Recently the CPS in Texas filed papers on this issue, saying that the families may choose to flee Texas if they are reunited per the appeals courts ruling. If the families were to do that, they would then be outside the court’s jurisdiction, putting the children at risk of abuse.

The CPS in Texas released a statement regarding the court ruling: “We are disappointed, but we understand and respect the court’s decision and will take immediate steps to comply. Child Protective Services has one purpose in this case – to protect the children. Our goal is to reunite families whenever we can do so and make sure the children will be safe. We will continue to prepare for the prompt and orderly reunification of these children with their families. We also will work with the district court to ensure the safety of the children and that all of our actions conform with the decision of the Texas Supreme Court.”

Hobbies: Arts And Crafts Idea Foam Sheet Glasses Case}

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Are you a camp director, teacher, or homeschool mom looking for a new arts and crafts idea for your kids? Or maybe you are a recreation director at a senior center or nursing home and could use a new project. Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting and fun for all. This glass case can be used, given as a gift, or converted into a necklace purse.

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To make the glasses case, you will need the following simple materials: a square of craft foam, plastic or large blunt needles, lanyard lace or thick yarn. Cut two rectangles from the foam, each 3-1/2 inches (9 cm.) by 6 inches (15 cm.). With a hole punch, make holes on three sides of each rectangle, leaving one short side unpunched. Make the holes 1/2 inch apart and allow at least 1/4 inch between the hole and the edge of the craft foam. The holes need to line up so that the two pieces can be laced together. If you are preparing the craft for small children, you should make the holes yourself. Otherwise, the crafters can do this step if you have enough pairs of hole punches.

At this point the crafters can cut decorative shapes from other colors of craft foam, or you can buy sets of ready-cut foam shapes. If you are doing the craft at a special event, like vacation Bible school, choose shapes that echo the theme of the event. For instance, if the Bible school or camp has a cowboy theme, find shapes that fit well, such as boots, cowboy hats, and stars. Let the kids choose the shapes they like and glue on as desired. You might also like to provide beads or sequins to glue on as well, especially if the crafters are a little older.

The next step in this arts and crafts idea is to thread the plastic needle with the yarn or lanyard lace. Yarn might be a little easier to handle, but lanyard lace is shiny and attractive. In a pinch, some teachers of small children use a bobby pin as a needle. It is certainly a safe alternative. Simply loop the yarn through the opening and use the open end of the bobby pin as if it were the point of the needle. The children can now begin to lace the front and back of the glasses case together.

To turn this arts and crafts idea into a necklace purse, simply attach a piece of lanyard lace to each corner making a long handle. Kids will enjoy using this case as a place to store secret notes and small objects. If they’d rather, they can give the glasses case to a parent, grandparent, or friend who wears glasses. Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting for all.

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Restrictions imposed in China textile trade with U.S.

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Restrictions imposed in China textile trade with U.S.

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

In an effort to ease complaints by the U.S. and Europe about a heavy influx of low priced Chinese goods, China will raise export tariffs on 74 categories of textile products in June. This follows plans from the U.S. to impose quotas on Chinese textiles and clothing.

Products likely to see an increase from the Chinese move include synthetic fiber shirts, trousers, knit shirts and blouses, cotton shirts, and combined cotton yarn. Last week, similar restrictions were imposed by the U.S. on cotton trousers, knit shirts, and underwear. Currently, a 2.5 cent charge per item is imposed; the new tariff will raise this to the equivalent of 12 cents per piece now. While this is a fourfold increase, it is not expected to affect consumer prices. Because of this, some doubt the tariff will have any effect on correcting the trade imbalance.

This move is in response to U.S. trade quotas imposed due to concerns that increased Chinese goods would put U.S. textile manufacturers out of business. According to Auggie Tantillo, executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, a textile industry group in the U.S., the move will preserve 10,000 U.S. jobs. The new U.S. trade quota will limit the growth of Chinese textile imports to 7.5 percent compared with shipments over the past year.

Prior to January 1, a global quota system helped regulate the trade. With the quota system gone, fears have arisen that a flood of Chinese goods could undercut U.S. competitiveness in the market. China is able to market its goods cheaply due to an artificially weak yuan. The U.S. Treasury criticized the China yuan policy as “highly distortionary”, posing a major risk to China’s economy itself and to global economic growth. They challenged China to revalue its currency to bring it to a level they believe will allow fairer competition between global manufacturers.

China has disputed the charges of the U.S. Treasury. Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai said, “I believe they are not reasonable”.

Laura Jones, a representative of large retailers, also criticized the move, saying “These restrictions on imports from China will do absolutely nothing to help the U.S. textile industry — and the government knows it.”

China has seen a boom in economic growth in recent years due to growing trade surpluses with the West, but economists worry that the trade gap will cause longer term global economic problems. China’s textile and apparel exports are the most noteworthy example, with exports up over 1,000 percent in some categories this year and the rapid loss of marketshare and jobs by U.S. textile manufacturers.

Beginning in 1978, the Chinese economy has been transforming from a Soviet-style centrally planned economy to more of a free market style system, under the rigid political control of Communist Party of China.

To this end, the government has leveraged foreign trade to stimulate economic growth. The result has been a fourfold increase in GDP, making China the sixth largest economy in the world. By 2012 the People’s Republic of China may have the highest GDP in the world.

According to U.S. statistics, from 1999 to 2004 China’s trade surplus with the U.S. doubled to $170 billion. Wal-Mart is China’s seventh largest export partner, just ahead of the United Kingdom.

However, the gains from their “socialist market economy” have not been without problems. The Chinese leadership has often experienced the worst results of socialism and capitalism: bureaucracy, lassitude, corruption, and inflation. Inflation rates have been an on-going challenge, reaching as high as 17% in 1995.

Environmental deterioration is a longer-term threat to economic growth. In 1998, the World Health Organization reported that China had seven of the 10 most-polluted cities on Earth. Another concern among some economists is that China’s economy is over-heating, and due to its global economic expansion this could have major repercussions among other nations.

Typically, wages have been low and working conditions poor, with workers living in restrictive dormitories and working at boring factory jobs. However, recent labor shortages have started improving conditions, and raising the minimum wage towards the equivalent of 100-150 US dollars per month. The labor shortages are in part a result of a demographic trend caused by strict family planning.

US novelist Tom Clancy dies at age 66

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US novelist Tom Clancy dies at age 66

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The bestselling US novelist Tom Clancy died yesterday in a hospital in Baltimore, according to his publisher. The sixty-six year old is best known for a series of novels themed around espionage, military affairs and geopolitical intrigue, many of which have been adapted into movies and video games.

The Hunt for Red October, Clancy’s first novel, sold over five million copies and was made into a movie with Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery. President Ronald Reagan described the novel as a “perfect yarn”. The protagonist of Red October, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, starred in a series of Clancy adventures featuring wars, terrorist attacks and international political power games. Ryan has been played by Harrison Ford and later Ben Affleck.

Seventeen of his twenty novels have reached number one on the New York Times bestseller list. In 2002, Forbes magazine estimated Clancy’s earnings at US$47.8m. His final novel, Command Authority, is to be published in December.

Canadian National Exhibition takes place in Toronto

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Canadian National Exhibition takes place in Toronto

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

From August 17 to September 3, 2007 the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE or The EX) came back to Toronto for its 128th year. It is the largest in Canada and the fifth largest in North America.

The three day Canadian International Airshow, the horse show called “Tom Bishop’s Trick Riding Show”, and many other events were the main attractions at this year’s CNE. An estimated 1.3 million people attend the CNE every year.

The 680 News tower made entirely from Lego’s was on display, with a fence around it.

On Saturday at 1:00 p.m. was the airshow, which featured award winning aviators, including the Canadian Forces (CF) snowbirds, flying planes used in Afghanistan. The United States Air Force (USAF) also flew planes used in the military and a new F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft for its first time in an international show. A CF-18 Hornet, Canadian version of the USAF F/A-18 Hornet, 1943 Boeing Stock Stearman PT-17, and many other rare planes were also flown. Everyone could see the airshow but for a good photo and video opportunity freelance Wikinews journalist and others paid CA$5.00 to get on top of Ontario Place, across from the exhibition grounds. There was a ton of stairs to get to the top, but it was well worth it if one wanted excellent photos and video to watch with their family.

“I used to come to the air show every year with my dad … being out there flying over Lake Ontario in my hometown is unbelievable,” said Capt. Yanick “Crank” Gregoire of the CF-18 Hornet, on its 25th anniversary.

General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces, made a brief speech and talked about Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Followed by was a pre-recorded speech made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Then the American and Canadian national anthems were played and the show begun, it even included a live pilot in a Canadian Forces plane talking through his microphone into the speakers on top of Ontario Place. The airshow was something not to be missed as the staggering planes are always best watched live.

In the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place were many vendors and people selling books, cloths, inventions, and even some live cooking shows. There was also a arts, crafts, and hobbies building, which was one of the best places to visit at this year’s CNE. Rides and attractions filled the grounds across Ontario Place.

The famous Iams-sponsored Superdogs performed dog tricks for an audience in a large area, while behind the curtains were salespeople at booths advertising and selling Iams dog food. They perform at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and other fairs in Canada.

At 5:00pm was the horse show at the Riding Academy “Horse Palace“, hosted by Tom Bishop Sr. There was a woman representing Ontario, a 15-year-old girl from Alberta representing Canada, and a man from the United States on a black horse. One of the horse riders, a champion, was from Canada but moved to the U.S. and has toured both countries. Tom Bishop Jr. stood and rode on top of two “Canadians”, the most rare and oldest horse breed in North America. The horses had to jump over a line of gas-led fire, Tom Bishop Sr. noted beforehand that horses are scared of fire.

At 9:00 p.m. was the Human Cannon Ball, from the U.S. Performed by David “The Bullet” Smith, Jr., son of Cannonball Smith, is the second person in the world that can do the “don’t-do-this-at-home-or-else!” stunt. It is their third year at the CNE. Most people came 20 minutes before to get a good spot. The shot was so loud that some had to plug their ears, and if one didn’t their heart would be beating hard. Smith jumped out like he’s done that stunt a thousand times, he did a push up on the ground and quickly ran back.

While walking to the Ontario Place parking lot, as soon as the “Human Cannon Ball” was finished, the Canadian Forces had several of their vehicles used in Afghanistan on display outside. A snowbirds plane, some LAV III’s, tanks, a helicopter, and a boat were on display. Soldiers were outside to greet and talk to the visitors, and had photos taken. A large banner was hung and old music was playing. People even signed a board beside a tank showing their support and thanks to the soldiers currently deployed. There was also a large tent with real Canadian soldiers giving away bracelets and showing actual uniforms used. They were very heavy and one soldier actually said the cloths are comfortable. It wasn’t clear which base the soldiers came from but one said that he came from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The CNE closes every night at 11:00pm.

It ends on Labour Day at 7:00pm.

All About Car Hire Malaga}

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All about Car Hire Malaga

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Malaga in Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. Malaga is the gateway to exciting costal resorts and cities like Marbella and Torremolinos along the Costa del Sol. The whole region enjoys a very pleasant climate all year round and has some of the best and most exciting tourist spots in the world. There is simply so much to see and visit here that a car is a must have so that you can enjoy the region in your own time in complete freedom. You can drive away in a hired car right from the airport as almost every car hire company has its desk at the Malaga airport. A car hire in Malaga affords you the best way to get around and get to know this fascinating city.

Malaga has it all- wonderful beaches, rich culture and history, magnificent monuments and Malaga is blessed with a wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere where you can spend the holiday relaxing away in its friendly and laid back lifestyle. With its amazing night life, restaurants, and bars, Malaga has always been the forerunners in the list of attractions for the visitors of Spain. And the towns and villages situated around Malaga make for nice day trips with your hired car. Soak in the beautiful countryside of Malaga surrounded with mountains and olive plantations dotted with the typical Andalucian white villages. Malaga is best enjoyed with a car at your disposal so that you dont have to depend on local transportation.

Explore this fantastic city with your own time table and your own exclusive itinerary with easy and affordable car hire.

Here are a few things you should remember when you hire a car in Malaga.:

Almost all the companies offer car hire services from the airport arrivals. The services are prompt and include most basic services like meet and greet at the airport. Book your car online before you arrive, however. The summer months in Malaga are particularly busy and you dont want to arrive at the airport without a car!! Reserving your car online before ensures that a car of your preference and make is waiting for you at the airport before you arrive. It also ensures that you get the best deal in terms of cost efficiency and personalised facilities.

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It will well be advisable to do some research while you reserve a car. Almost all the companies on the internet advertise cheap car hire, but watch out for hidden costs or extra charges. Go for companies which have all their services and corresponding charges clearly spelled out on the website. Your car hire should cover breakdown assistance and insurance cover at no extra charges… Some companies have extra charges for an additional driver.

How long will you be hiring the car for? Some companies offer a better deal on weekly prices than a 4-5 day car hire. Be sure to ask for discounts if hiring for more than a weeks time. If you’re booking online, read the restrictions carefully.

Always be sure to check out your selection of bargains before making any reservations.

Make sure you understand the terms & conditions of your reservation. Is there a penalty for no-shows? Is there a fee for additional drivers and must their names be listed in the contract? Age limit of the second driver (For liability reasons, this is important.)

If pertinent, ask about any restrictions on interstate travel. For your own protection in case of breakdown, be sure the company has offices in all the states/places on your travel itinerary.

For one-way rentals, ask about drop-off charges. They can be very high.

Always get a confirmation number. For airport rentals, be sure to give the customer service representative your flight number and scheduled arrival time. This will help protect your reservation if the flight is delayed.

Save by booking early as the prices are low during off-season. Also early reservation will give you the freedom to choose from many available cars. If you wait on until the season picks up, your options start getting very limited.

If you are traveling with children, book a child seat in advance as they are charged extra and can be in short supply during peak season. There is a range of cars that companies offer. Reserving early and online helps you in deciding on a car as all the car models and their rates are on display on company websites.

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German hotels step up boycotts against online travel agency HRS

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German hotels step up boycotts against online travel agency HRS

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

A third call for boycott and second boycott hit the German online travel agency Hotel Reservation Service (HRS) this week. After a recent boycott against HRS in Münsterland, a boycott in Bremerhaven was next and is soon to be followed by the next round in Bremerhaven starting in the middle of March.

Hotels in the city of Bremerhaven already have to pay a new “bed tax” to the state of Bremen of 2.14 euro per person per night, whilst HRS is trying to increase their commission payments for its service from thirteen to fifteen percent. Further criticism of HRS focused on a preferential treatment clause that denied hotels the right to offer better prices through any other booking channel. The European umbrella organization of the catering facilities HOTREC had already criticized this type of clause and similar contract clauses in May 2011 in a position paper.

Piet Rothe, hotel owner and second chairman of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA) Bremerhaven, explained that in his hotels the boycott hat not decreased bookings, merely shifted their volume to other channels such as, for instance, booking.com, who would only ask for twelve percent commission.

Rüdiger Magowsky, manager of the boarding house in Jaich, confirmed the observation that the volume of bookings had not decreased. Martin Seiffert, manager of the hotel Haverkamp, explained HRS had denied his hotel access to the system because he participated in the boycott. The access has been restored but he is considering participation in the next round of the boycott anyway.

On February 15 the higher regional court of Düsseldorf had ordered HRS in a preliminary injunction not to enforce its preferential treatment clause. Already on February 10 the German Federal Cartel Office had admonished the company for violating §§ 1 and 20 of the German Act against Restraints of Competition.

Meanwhile Markus Luthe, the CEO of the German International Hotel Association (IHA), recommended establishing a “Hotelwiki” as a yellow pages directory of the hotel industry.

Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada catches fire

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Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada catches fire

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Friday, January 25, 2008

A fire has been confirmed at The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.

Reports say the fire, which was reported at about 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) began in the top center of the hotel and quickly spread to the top five floors, burning a large section of the roof and facade. Flames were seen shooting out of the top of the hotel. Also visible was a plume of black smoke which according to witnesses, was visible for many miles.

At least three fire companies responded to the scene and quickly began to extinguish the fire. As of 12:00 p.m., the fire was nearly contained. The Strip has been closed off in front of the hotel while firefighters continue to fight the blaze.

All guests have been evacuated from the hotel with no injuries reported. The hotel has 3,002 guest rooms, 211 suites and is 32 stories high.

The cause of the fire is not known and is being investigated.

Potential Goldsmith leak worries Labour, excites opposition

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Potential Goldsmith leak worries Labour, excites opposition

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April 26, 2005

The UK Labour party are preparing for the worst as expectations of a new leak in the wake of the Iraq war continue to rise. The possibility that 13 pages of legal advice by the attorney general Lord Goldsmith will be made public has caused a stir as tensions in the race for the upcoming general election continue to build.

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  • 1 Controversy
  • 2 Defence
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