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Discovering the Capital of Second Chances

Discovering the Capital of Second Chances

“Sin City”, “City of Lights”, “The Gambling Capital of the World”, “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, “The Marriage Capital of the World”, “The Silver City” and “Capital of Second Chances” are some of the most popular nicknames given to most populous city of the state of Nevada, Las Vegas.

It is a globally renowned major resort city famous primarily for gambling, nightlife, shopping, fine dining and is the leading commercial, cultural and financial center for Southern Nevada. The charming city is famous for its all day long casinos, high spirits and limitless entertainment options.

Today, it is one of the top three leading destinations in the country for business, meetings and conventions. A global leader in the hospitality industry, it is amongst the top tourist destinations in the world today. The most prominent factors contributing to the city’s economy are gaming, conventions and above all tourism.

Top Rated Casinos

Las Vegas is the most affluent city in the world when it comes to casinos. There are a total of 103 casinos in the city and that is only including the legal ones. Some of the major ones include –

Bellagio – If you like poker and are ready to spend some serious money on gambling, then Bellagio is the place for you. It consists of two glassed-off high-limit areas – The most exclusive one Bobby’s Room that has the highest limit betting and Club Prive where you will be able to catch some popular faces from the tournaments on TV.

Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino – The 14,000 square foot poker room of Caesar’s Palace is amongst the largest in the city and is centrally located near to PURE nightclub and the casino’s huge sports book.

Wynn Las Vegas – The serene and upscale atmosphere helps to concentrate making it an ideal spot for those who want to play for longer hours.

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas – A relatively new casino as compared to the other established casinos, Encore has managed to set a strong foothold amongst the top casinos in the city and despite the opulence, it offers low buy-ins.

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino – Another promised spot for the poker lovers, it allows you to feel like a high roller without being one for real.

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino – The MGM’s poker room is a step down as compared to the other hot shots in the city, but is ideal for the lower stake players.

When to Visit

Consistent pleasant weather can be found almost throughout the year, however a weekday trip is recommended as you will be able to find some cheap flight tickets to Las Vegas and cheap one way flights to Las Vegas. You can also check out some hot deals offered by lookupfare on business class flights to Las Vegas.…

Would You Like a Memory Trick?

Would You Like a Memory Trick?

“Memory is more indelible than ink.” Anita Loos

I attended a webinar with Ida Shessel, who discussed five elements that increase the likelihood that a memory will be imprinted in the brain. She believes that we can boost learning retention if we incorporate some, if not all, of the following memory imprint elements:

  1. Visual
  2. Rare or unusual
  3. Linked or associated to something
  4. Movement (that enhances the visual)
  5. Emotional

Ida demonstrated one very powerful way to do this through the link-method, which is an image-based technique for memorizing lists. It uses visualization and association to change abstract facts into mental pictures that are easy to remember. This works because most people’s brains can remember visual images (pictures) much easier than abstract information. It also works because it requires remembering just one thing at a time.

If you can convert information into a list (such as errands, a shopping list, key policy items, core values, flow charts, communication steps, etc.), you can use this technique.

You represent the first item on the list with a silly memorable image. Then you use another silly, memorable image that links the first item on the list to a second item. You continue in this way until you complete the list.

What you are doing in essence is creating a story.

For example, I can still recall the story Ida used when I listened to the webinar yesterday. I was unable to see her PowerPoint, so I may be taking some license with the images that she used, but they’ll be as close as I can come.

She said that she had errands to run: drop her cat at the vet, go grocery shopping, take her car in for repairs, and pick up her cat.

So, first, she had us imagine an unusual cat- maybe the Cheshire Cat in Alice and Wonderland. Then have the cat sit in a watermelon. The watermelon reaches out to an eggplant that looks like the watermelon. The eggplant takes a fork to eat some broccoli. The broccoli runs away to dance with a carrot. The carrot decides she wants to dance with a banana instead. The banana turns sideways and grows wheels, turning into a car. Then imagine the cat sitting on the car.

In this way, she helps us remember to: drop off the cat at the vet; go to the grocery store to pick up watermelon, eggplant, broccoli, carrots and bananas; take the car for repair; and pick up the cat.

Ida embellishes her story much better than I have reproduced it for you, but you can get an idea of how she incorporates the visual, unusual, movement, emotional, and associational memory imprint elements.

Let me attempt this with a training-related list. I’m going to use the link-method to help my participants remember my six-step lesson design process.

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Steps For Buying a Home

Steps For Buying a Home

Be it a build or an older home, the first step to home buying beyond determining if you can afford the mortgage is where you want to live. Every space has its unique problems and unique benefits. For example, gated communities are highly secure but also very particular about any changes to the property. Know where you want to shop before you even start hunting. Note that there are several online sources for discerning a community's crime rating, school rankings etc.

Second, consider what the home's condition should be to fit your lifestyle. Fixer-ups are great for the handyperson. However, these can actually end up costing more than a house in new or good condition if you have to hire contractors to make the changes / repairs and keep everything in code.

As you go to shop, remember that Fair Housing requires that you should be able to see any property you wish. Know your rights as a potential buyer / borrower, realizing that not all agents and banks are trustworthy. Also, learn about various home buying programs that could lower your monthly mortgage as this will help you look at homes in the right price range for your budget. First time homeowners have great mortgage rate opportunities available often as low as 5% with reasonable down payments.

While shopping for homes, keep your wish list in hand. When one finally jumps out as the perfect choice, the next step is making an offer. Most people price their homes above what they're willing to accept in this stage, and you can include any foreseen changes you'll have to make to the property in explaining your bid. Even then, having a home inspection done is vital. Anything that comes up in this inspection can be used as reason to retract your bid, especially large ticket repairs.

Optimistically lets say this goes smoothly and the bid's accepted. You'll need to get homeowners insurance. Most people go to whomever covers their car as insurers will "bundle" home and auto into special rates, especially for long time customers. Nonetheless, it might be worth a call to two other companies to compare coverage and costs dollar for dollar.

Sometimes the closing date for your home will come. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING. If you're not sure what something means, ask. There will be tons of paperwork here, and it's a long-term commitment so if you have an attorney with what you work regularly it's worth the cost to get his or her assistance on this step. …

Design Your Own Shirt And Flaunt Your Creative Side To The World

Design Your Own Shirt And Flaunt Your Creative Side To The World

Buying online is good without you think about customization and personalization benefits. As a buyer, you are still not offered the freedom to design your own product and put your imagination to some use. The scenario seems to be changing, only partly because as designers tools are making their way in the market to change the way we shop. Such tools come packed with advanced features and functionalities to help buyers design their own products, including shirts. In fact, some online stores or web shops are reported to have integrated such kind of a tool to give a sense of unique freedom of their customer base.

If such tools have really entered the market, they will then surely change the rule of the game. They will bring a complete transformation to the way things are sold and bought on the internet. Take for example, having such tools integrated with a website means Buyers need not rely on the available stock at the shopper. Which means, anyone can just visit their favorite shop, use the tool, design their own shirt, make changes in its features and then, send it to final printing or output. The idea behind a designing tool looks fantastic and with full of benefits to buyers.

It seems as if such a tool has been designed keeping in mind the interests of both the parties in the transaction – buyers and sellers. So, if buyers can design their own shirts, then sellers can save money by not having to invest in hoarding up of a stock that nobody would care to buy from. What's more, some of these tools supposedly provide a 360-degree view to buyers while they design their own shirts. A use of 3D technology is expected to come into play with buyers having the freedom to access each and every part of their product for designing purposes.

Let's assume for a minute that such a tool will soon hit the market, how will then buyers approach to shopping? In that case, buyers will love the new-found freedom of buying from only those shirts that they themselves have designed. More so, they will certainly rejoice the opportunity of employing their creative and artistic side to charm and floor the people around. They will have the freedom of adding any color, shape, design, text, clip art and background to beatify the shirt. They will be able to do many chops & changes to their product till they reach the perfect version of it.

It means, a feature-rich shirt designer tool would really be a great addition to the repertoire of buyers if it really made its way in the market. After all, having such a tool means buyers will feel empowered by the choice they have. So, online shops should not delay in finding and integrating a tool that can make shopping a great value addition for buyers. Having such a tool will help businesses a lot and their sales will go up and their revenue will …

What You Need to Know About Omega Watches

What You Need to Know About Omega Watches

Omega Watches: A Brief History

Omega SA is a high-end watch company based in Biel/Bienne Switzerland. Omega is currently owned by the Swatch Group. The forerunner of Omega was founded at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1848 by 23-year-old Louis Brandt. After his death, his two sons Louis-Paul and César Brandt built one of Switzerland’s largest watch companies. They both passed away in 1903 and left the company in the hands of four young people, the oldest of whom, Paul-Emile Brandt, was not yet 24 but who eventually became the great architect and builder of Omega. His influence would be felt over the next half-century. Omega is still one of the world’s most recognizable watch brands today.

As with other luxury watchmakers, Omega has a staggering number of models in various collections, which are updated regularly. Finding a specific Omega watch can be a difficult task due to sheer volume, but don’t worry, I’ll try to help you out. I have an affinity for Omega watches since my father gave me a 1971 Omega Seamaster Cosmic. When it was time for me to get my own, a Seamaster was the natural choice.

Omega Collections

Omega designs watches for men and for women in 5 collections:

1. Constellation

2. Seamaster

3. Speedmaster

4. De Ville

5. Specialties

If you’re shopping for an Omega watch, you’ll generally find the first four collections available online. As for the fifth, Specialties are exactly that… specialties (like Beijing 2008), so they’re quite rare. I would suggest learning about them on the Omega website before deciding to make a purchase. Buying an Omega watch is a big deal, so you want to do your research and take your time unless you know EXACTLY what you’re looking for.

Omega watches are identified by their Reference number, which is unique to each particular model for that given iteration, typically in an ####.##.00 format. For example, two Speedmaster Professional watches may have different reference numbers based on the model year and the case, dial and bracelet colours. An auction site like eBay is a great place to find authentic Omega watches at good prices. However, once you’ve identified a particular watch you may be interested in, I highly recommend copying the Reference number and visiting the Omega website search page to get a positive identification on the auctioned watch.

Omega Watches With No Name

A practice that was discontinued some 20 years ago, was to on occasion omit the model series name on the face of the watch and simply use the Omega company name. When Omega designed a watch for a particular audience, then it would add the model series to the face. The Omega Railmaster is one such example when it was launched in 1957, but the name has now stuck. Even today, some Omega De Ville watches omit the De Ville name to keep the face less cluttered and more elegant.

A final note about no-name Omega watches is that from the 1960s to the early 1980s, …

Shoe Carnival Shoes – Why People Love To Buy Here?

Shoe Carnival Shoes – Why People Love To Buy Here?

In my life, the most vibrant shoe store I have ever been to is Shoe Carnival shoes. I consider myself as shoe addict and looking for authentic and top quality foot wear have been part of my shopping activities. I had gone to different footwear shops such as Pay Less shoes, Foot Locker, Finish Line shoes, and many other shops. I had also shopped for boots at Kohl’s shoes, sneakers at Rack Room shoes, and running shoes at Famous Footwear. However, nothing can beat the one of a kind environment at Shoe Carnival shoes. It’s always a whole new shopping experience whenever I get the chance to shop at this store. Here are the reasons why of all places, I prefer to come back for more footwear at this store.

Helpful and Friendly Atmosphere

There is an enormous collection of top quality shoes at Shoe Carnival and from these collections; you can personally try on the available footwear. The associates are ready enough to provide assistance in finding and trying out the footwear of your choice. Because of this, you are ensured that you get your exact fit for your own comfort. I love the idea that the service of this footwear store is so personalized and the environment is ultimately friendly.

Catchy Store Gimmicks

What I like most about this footwear store is the vibrant and hip atmosphere whenever you enter the store. For instance, the mic person at any branch engages to customer by playing games and asking trivia questions to all people shopping. When you get to answer the question, you get a chance to play Spin n’ Win in the store and win freebies and other prizes. What a catchy gimmick for vibrant customers like me! Adding to that, you can never get bored with the kind of hip music they play at the store. Even you visit Shoe Carnival shoes; you will be entertained by the music being played on their website. How hip is that!

Excellent Value for your money

Whenever I shop here with my family, we always see to it that we get tons of deals from the shop and Shoe Carnival never fails to give us generous discounts. For instance, I can buy 4 pairs of athletic shoes for my kids usually at a great deal of $250. Not to mention I once won at their Spin n’ win gimmick at their store. True to their words, it is only at Shoe Carnival shoes where I can get to shop more for less!…

Pros And Cons Of Owning A Gift Basket Business At Home Vs Owning A Storefront Business

Pros And Cons Of Owning A Gift Basket Business At Home Vs Owning A Storefront Business

Is the joy of owning a gift basket business at home greater than the pleasure derived from operating a storefront gift basket business? I have been on both sides of the fence and can therefore give first hand advice and opinions about this debate. Whether you want to start a basket business from home or if you are considering having a storefront, read the following pros and cons to help make your final decision.

Pros to Having A Gift Basket Business At Home:

-You will work long hours during holidays but at least you can be home for meal time and any other important family occasion or a good television show you don`t want to miss.

-You make your own hours and work at your own rate. You can leave to pick up your son at school or to go to your daughter’s presentation at 2 on a Tuesday.

-You can work in your pajamas when putting baskets together

-You can do your own personal errands while shopping for fruit and treats

-You can deduct a part of your home expenses on your small business income taxes

-You decide how much business you want by how many calls or marketing efforts you put out

Cons to Having A Basket Business At Home:

-Sometimes it will seem that you are always working, especially during holidays.

-If you don’t have the space in your home or garage to operate your business out of, your private spaces may become overwhelmed with baskets, product, ribbon, etc..

-You will have constant distractions at home that may prevent you from efficiently running your business.

-Some people may not consider your business to be as legitimate and professional as a storefront business.

Pros to Having A Storefront Gift Basket Business:

-If you are social and love meeting new people, a storefront business will introduce you to many new people.

-If you enjoy being a boss and having a team of people working for you, a storefront business will be perfect for you

-If you love creating displays and beautifying areas, a storefront will give you that opportunity

-If you love organizing product and formal inventories, consider a storefront.

-If you enjoy the image of being a storefront owner, your store will fulfill that wish.

Cons to Having A Storefront Basket Business:

-You will work long hours during holidays and be away from home for long periods of time.

-Marketing salespeople and product salespeople will take up lots of your time.

-People asking for donations will take up much of your time.

-Sometimes you won’t have time to do the actual work of making the baskets because of time-consuming customers asking for a specific shade of ribbon on their gift delivery.

-You won’t be able to personally just pick up and go get fruits for the basket you need to deliver this afternoon unless you have someone to take care of the store.

-You will need to work within acceptable store hours every day of the year except …

Pros and Cons of RFID Technology

Pros and Cons of RFID Technology

I. RFID Advantages

Radio Frequency Identification provides a valuable service that is capable of revolutionizing the way companies track products. There are many benefactors of this technology: the military, retailers, suppliers, consulting firms, producers of the technology, and consumers. RFID provides companies with a better alternative to bar-coding because no line-of-sight is needed to read a pallet, a carton, or a product with a RFID tag. RFID tags also contain information on the product that is easily readable and accessible for the reader. RFID will also begin to automate company’s supply chain, reducing labor costs, human error and time spent checking in products.

In 2005, manufacturers and suppliers requesting new bids from the military must be RFID compliant on four different levels: packaged operational rations, clothing, tools, and weapon system repair parts and components. The military requires that all cartons and pallets are shipped with a Military Shipping Label which displays shipping data. The Department of Defense has created the RFID Military Compliance Solution as a way to help suppliers and manufacturers meet the military’s new standards for RFID. The program is run by Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, and they were commissioned by the RFID Military Compliance Solution. Avery Dennison Retail Information Services sells the RFID tags to companies which must be affixed close to the Military Shipping Labels to comply with Department of Defense regulations.

The U.S. military is saving an enormous amount of money by using active and passive RFID systems. By using RFID for communication and transportation systems in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military is able to diagnose and fix problems much faster than before. The implementation of RFID in just this area will save the military close to half a million dollars this year. The U.S. government has contracted IBM to do research on the current RFID being used currently in the military and the potential future applications for RFID in the military. The military has been successful in creating better visibility throughout their supply chain increasing their productivity and stability.

Retailers and other companies that have a demanding supply chain can gain an advantage on the field by using RFID in the supply chain. By demanding that all levels of their supply chain be RFID capable is a sizable investment. The productivity increase that follows the initial investment and implementation for companies will pay for their investment. Wal-Mart was the first retailer to use RFID in their distribution centers and warehouses, prompting many companies to follow in their footsteps once Wal-Mart’s success was realized.

RFID is very successful with retail companies because it improves productivity, saves on human labor costs, and gives companies real-time visibility with all their products. RFID tags use an Electronic Product Code (EPC) which is an upgrade and a replacement for the Universal Product Code (UPC) system. “EPC has a 96-bit code that has digits to identify the manufacturer, product category and the individual item. Manufacturers obtain registration numbers & assign them to products. Each number is unique to a …

I Lost My Cat! What Should I Do?

I Lost My Cat! What Should I Do?

Thousands of pets get lost every day. This is why 49% of all cats are kept indoors. You can triple their life span and have a better bond with them by keeping them indoors. I know they are natural hunters, but that was in the beginning when we did not live in cities where danger triples at every turn. This is why I advocate that you keep your cats indoors.

Make sure your pet has a collar and tag. Put the words Reward, I’m lost, Indoor only, call my human on the tag along with the phone number. This way if anyone finds him they will know how to contact you.

STEP 1

Calm down! Stop assigning blame and take a deep breath. You are going to need all your wits about you to follow the steps to be reunited with your companion.

STEP 2

Check your house from top to bottom. Attics, crawl spaces, cupboards, closets, garages, drawers and basements. I have had hundreds of calls from panicked humans who can’t find their beloved Fluffy only to discover that he struts out of the back of the kitchen cupboard the next day. Be methodical and calm.

Remember, animals can pick up on your energy. If you are frantic he will be frightened to come out because of all the commotion. If he is the only pet put down bowls of food in the middle of each room and sees if they get eaten. This is a definite sign that your fur angel is still somewhere inside your house.

STEP 3

If your baby is outside it’s time to start the search. Sweat as much as possible and grab a blanket or towel that has your smell on it. When you walk around the neighborhood with an open can of tuna you should be an olfactory beacon for your cat. The sweat on your clothing, the blanket or towel and the tuna is an irresistible combination.

When you walk around make sure to call the kitty in a soft, loving, normal tone. Use a nickname if he has one. If you see him and he does not come to you, sit on the ground and put the tuna in front of you to coax him.

Keep calling him, be patient. After a cat has been out of his environment for a while he can go feral (survival mode) and may have trouble recognizing his human. Once he gets close enough, reach out slowly and wrap him in the blanket and towel and take him home. Remember, the tone of your voice should be sweet and enticing.

STEP 4

Call the Humane Society and inform them about your lost pet. Rent a humane trap and place it by the door where your pet got out. Cover the trap with clothing that has a familiar scent and put his favorite food in it. You might catch some other babies, so know how to release them from the trap.

STEP 5

Getting the …

The Elegance of New Anarkali Suits

The Elegance of New Anarkali Suits

Nowadays Anarkali Suits have become very popular all over India and other parts of the world. Fashion trends have given a special place for traditional attires donned by women. Revisiting the golden era with the traditional Salwar Kameez fashion brings out the elegance and charm. It is a well-known fact that the best Salwar collections express grace and elegance that were quite prevalent during the Mughal era. A famous Mughal courtesan by the name of Anarkali enhanced the grand enigma and appeal of the apparel. Beginning from the past historical times to the present generation, this dress form has undergone various changes in requisite of designs, patterns, colors and creative ideologies. Undoubtedly, within last couple of years, the stylish new dresses have become a fashion trend for women and teenage girls. The stylish Anarkali suit is also referred to as the “empire waist” due to its appearance.

The Anarkali suit is designed with a long length, frock-style top and features a stylish slim fitted bottom, which has recently made its way back to the Indian fashion scene for women. These designer dresses are an extraordinarily desirable style that is being adorned by women located in all corners of India. This type of dress varies in its length and embroidery work including floor length Anarkali dresses. Most of the women are fascinated with the heavily embroidered Salwar Kameez suits and like to adorn them on various occasions or events like wedding functions. Indian women prefer these new outfit designs as traditional makeover to showcase their style and fashion on various festive occasions, anniversary celebrations, and casual lunch parties. Salwar Kameez can also be donned as party wear even in dance events.

The colors of this traditional attire play an important role in representing its popularity on various occasional trends. The expert designers utilize varied, multiple conventional color hues such as red, green, yellow, orange, etc., to design impressive motifs and create an enormous range of designer suit collections. Today, modern women are enthusiastic to wear unconventional colors like beige, blue, coffee and white. So, the designers are offering fabulous designer Anarkalis. Apart from the color blends, the designers are also using innovative cut designs along the neckline to create perfect Salwar Kameez suit collections with styles, designs and motifs that are worn by popular film actresses both on screen and off screen.

The latest Indian dress designs in full sleeve with chic women suit style neck pattern are designed beautifully with resham patch, thread and exclusive designer patterned embroidery works to make them look elegant and gorgeous. Moreover, this style of dress looks incomplete without the stylish Churidar pajama, which is available in matching or contrast cool colors. Anarkalis with long sleeves and beautiful tareez style neck design make your looks really eye-catching and attractive. A few designer anarkalis have a beautiful design of lace and gotta patterns on its waist belt, neck and even on the attire’s border.

You are bound to look very charismatic when you wear this traditional …