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My grandmother bought me a set of 6 china cups and saucers for my 21st birthday. Now I’m 50 but those cups and saucers have been used almost daily. Sure, I lost two cups at some point but it doesn’t really matter. Those objects were given for me to love and enjoy them and I’ve had nearly thirty years worth of enjoyment out of them. Of course I could have kept them safe in bubble-wrap at the back of the cupboard but what would be the point of that? Most of us will happily use supermarket glassware and keep the cut-glass in the cupboard. Why? If you have precious items that you want to use but are worried about them being lost or destroyed consider the following: -Take a really great photograph of the object. If you lose the object you’ll have the photograph forever. -Make sure items are properly insured. -Display them somewhere safe (in a lit cabinet? In a jewellery box?). -Be sensible about their use – don’t give your best cut glasses to the children (although I used to … and my children never broke any). -Don’t put your favourite items in the dishwasher or the washing machine (wash by hand) … I’ll admit I stick most things in the dishwasher but that’s just me! However, once you have decided which precious items to keep, clean them carefully and look after them. -Make sure your antique jewellery has a safety chain fitted (a good jeweller will do this for you). Don’t wear that precious necklace until you get the clasp fixed etc (be sensible about it). Then, once you’ve taken precautions, use and enjoy the items that you love. Granddad would have wanted you to have worn his gold pocket watch occasionally or at least have it placed in a beautiful display box where you can enjoy it every day. For more ideas like this: -How to be a Clutter Clearing Angel: Easy ideas to Organise your Home’ (E-Book by Jacky Newcomb) Jacky is the author of the E-Book: -HOW TO BE A CLUTTER CLEARING ANGEL: Easy ideas to Organise your Home’. She is also a multi-award winning, Sunday Times Best-Selling Author and columnist for Take-a-Break’s Fate & Fortune magazine. She is regularly featured in the national press (Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Mirror etc) and Television including ITV’s This Morning and Channel 5 Live. www.JackyNewcomb.com

New Small Business Directory Release 2013-2014 Directory of Housing Authority Procurement Opportun

New Book Release: 2013-2014 Directory of Housing Authority Bidding / Procurement Opportunities and Vendor Applications, Volume 1, Edition 1

Use this Annual Directory to Apply for Often Untapped Housing Authority Small Business Contracts and Procurement Opportunities

Untapped Small Business Contracts

Housing authorities are a fertile source of contracts for smaller enterprises. Larger city and state contracting opportunities are often more visible and accessible by business entities; but there are a plethora of contracting opportunities with local housing authorities that often go untapped by small businesses.

Easy-to-Use Resource

This directory is an easy-to-use, one-of-a-kind, resource tool for small business owners seeking to grow their companies by doing business with housing authorities across the United States.

Receive Bid Solicitations as Soon as they Become Available

By using the Housing Authority Directory, small business owners can click and apply to receive bid solicitations and procurement opportunities in their regions as soon as they become available by housing authorities. They can also seamlessly click and complete vendor packages online without having to do the research to find and sort out contracting opportunities.

What’s Included in Housing Authority Directory

The 2013-2014 Directory of Housing Authority Bidding / Procurement Opportunities & Vendor Applications, States A-F, Volume 1, Edition 1, includes the following:

— Direct links to housing authority procurement applications.
— RFP and Bid Solicitation Requests for several housing authorities, complete with bidding deadlines.
— Housing authority contact information, including street and website addresses.
— Direct links to small business vendor packages in several states.
— Procurement contacts, including point-of-contact names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax lines, and email addresses.

Get started quickly and easily today. See the 2013-2014 Directory of Housing Authority Bidding / Procurement Opportunities and Vendor Applications, Volume 1, Edition 1, at , for an easy-to-use resource for registering your business and finding contracting opportunities in housing authorities.

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Cassandra Black is the author of the Directory of Housing Authority Bidding / Procurement Opportunities and Vendor Applications available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Stone Cottage Books, the Master List of Property Preservation Companies Directory, 3rd Edition, and other small business publications.

Server Room Environmental Issues And Solutions

Server rooms and data centres are susceptible to many issues that can cause hardware failure and loss of valuable data. Environmental issues like temperature, humidity, water damage or smoke shouldn’t be one of them.

Remote monitoring solutions will notify your administrator of any of the above environmental issues. Some solutions can even take control via relay outputs to turn on a device like an air conditioning unit. Below are some products available on the market which can cope with your environmental monitoring demands, if you currently have an unprotected server room these products are a must-have. Most importantly these devices are relatively low-cost, especially if protecting an expensive server room or data centre.

Although this discussion is about server room monitoring the same systems can be applied to general building monitoring, warehouse monitoring and are widely used in museums, galleries and archive buildings.

The standard recommended limit for temperature in a server room is between 10C (50F) and 28C (82F) so if your concerned about the temperature of you server room then there are solutions like the Comet P8510, Sequoia Icarus or Sequoia EM01b (Nagios Approved) that will alert you if the temperature goes to high or low. These alerts can be sent via email, SMS or via a third party software application and notify you before the temperature reaches a critical point saving expensive hardware and priceless data.

If you want a more complete monitoring system some solutions can monitor temperature, humidity and other environmental parameters to ensure complete environmental safety for your server room. Some of these solutions include outputs so you can take control of other hardware i.e. air-con, door control or switch off power to units to stop them overheating. The Comet H3530 is a great solution for this type of application.

These types of devices can also connect to other sensors to cover a wide range of monitoring requirements and offer a complete environmental remote monitoring solution. I cannot stress how important these products are for a server room and should never be overlooked. Dealing in this sector we come across many clients who install this after a server room disaster has occurred to safe guard it happening again. So be prepared and don’t let it happen at all.

We hope from reading this you’ll see there really is no reason why you should leave such a valuable part of your business unprotected. With these systems you could save your business from a very costly incident.

Housing Assistance for Low-Income Families

Many low-income families require assistance with affordable housing, and programs and policies that fulfill these needs help many people realize their lifelong dream of being a homeowner. Before one applies for public housing assistance programs in Dallas, some important points should be remembered.

The American government helps in providing affordable and sustainable housing to low-income families by giving them considerably decent rental accommodation as part of public housing programs. There are an estimated number of almost a million households that have been aided by Federal funds. The HUD or the -Department of Housing and Urban Development- looks after these housing assistance programs for low-income families. There are a number of HA or Housing Agencies that manage these assistance programs. Providing affordable housing to low-income families is a stabilizing attempt made by the US government, to have balance in the social structure.

At the time of the Great Depression, many Americans were left with almost no money which was the result of widespread unemployment. This was the time when housing help was first provided to low-income families.

Criteria of eligibility: In order to make sure that the public aid is going to really needy applicants, and the grant of aid is not being abused in any way, the HA decides on the eligibility of the applicants based on a criterion. The gross annual income of an applicant has to be either 50% of AMI or Average Median Income, or 80% of AMI. Those whose income is 80% of AMI belong to the -low-income- category while those whose salary is 50% of AMI belong to -very low-income- category.

If you are looking for quality and affordable housing, you can browse the internet where you will find a number of websites of housing authorities that assist low-income families by providing them with safe and decent houses. Get all information before you invest.

About the Author:
Made up of more than 300 organizations and individuals, The North Texas Housing Coalition, Inc (NTHC) is a 501(c) (3) HUD-certified counseling agency. It works to improve and increase affordable housing in the North Texas region.

Your Options In Buying Garden Furniture

One of the most relaxing places in your home is your garden. This is the reason why garden furniture is very popular in these days. By purchasing and setting up a set of garden furniture, you can sit and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of your garden. Furthermore, a nice set of garden furniture will enhance the beauty of your garden.

When you are planning to purchase garden furniture for yourself, you must put in mind that you should always choose the one that suits your style and that of your garden. Today, there are many types of garden furniture which will enable you to choose the one that suits you best

Different Types of Garden Furniture

Tables and Chairs:

When you are choosing a set of tables and chairs, the first thing that you should think of is the size of the area where you are going to place it. The table and chairs must not be too small or too large for it. Choosing the right size of table and chairs will give your garden a more proportionate look.

When it comes to the colour of the furniture, you must pick the one that is perfect for your taste and of course the one that matches with the colour of blossoming flowers in your garden. There are no specific rules in a selection of colours for your garden furniture since it is a matter of personal choice.

Furniture that is made of cast iron is one of the most common types of furniture used in the garden. When you are trying to buy one, you need to make sure that you will choose the ones that have appealing cushions that harmonise with the style of your garden.

Garden Umbrella:

If you are planning to sit and relax in your garden it will always be handy if you have an umbrella with you especially during summers. This provides shade and protects you from the heat of the sun. Like choosing tables and chairs, you must also choose umbrella styles and designs that also harmonise with the overall appearance of your garden.

Once you have purchased furniture for your garden, you can further enhance its appearance by adding accessories and decorations on it. Even ordinary furniture will look extraordinary if equipped with stylish decorations and accessories.

Some of the accessories that you can use are outdoor lamps, bird houses, bird baths, and ornamental statues. These decorations will naturally blend with the setting of your outdoor garden. If you want to further enhance it, you can have a mini pond, or fountain beside it to give it a more classic look.

Housing Market Recovery, Delayed

It’s been reported that over twenty percent of all residential properties with a mortgage are in negative equity, certainly a good indication that the housing market is still in trouble. An expected result of this is that bank foreclosures will increase, A solution that has been recently proposed by state attorneys general and federal regulators involves pushing the country’s biggest mortgage servicers to fork over $20 billion for mortgages where borrowers’ homes are worth less than they owe on them.

The idea behind this proposal, like one similar to it known as Hamp (Home Affordable Modification Program), is to reduce foreclosures and keep homeowners in their homes. The problem is that Hamp failed and borrowers ended up worse off. The evidence did not bear out that forcing the principal write downs would do anything to solve housing market problem. Because of losing jobs or simply taking on more debt than they could afford, debtors would not permanently benefit from Hamp or its newest manifestation.

This $20 billion extortion of banks would not aid the current regulatory process for investigating bank behavior. Agencies such as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are already in the process of determining penalties for lenders and compensation for debtors all with a price tag in the millions, as opposed to the billions stated in the ill-fated proposal.

It’s becoming obvious to the American public that the wide array of government programs that are being launched to help the housing market recover are only serving to delay it. This is because homeowners are being led to believe that they can stay in unaffordable homes and inevitable foreclosure is only being postponed. This means that it’s taking longer to for prices to finally hit bottom. Experts hope that when the price of homes does hit bottom that the public will be in a position to start buying again. It has been a winding road because of the unemployment rate, but we will are all very hopeful.

White balancing the desire to fix the housing market while at the same time trying to avoid making the problem worse, federal regulators need to ensure that banks don’t remain the enemy in the process. Simply put, bleeding the banks won’t make them eager to lend in the future.

Factors Behind Modern Housing-making Plans For A Modern Home

Like everything else, house plans have also evolved with the times. Gone are the days when building construction plans included labyrinthine corridors, domes, and arches and carved pillars. When thick walls were the necessary support to erect anything beyond the ground floor and filigree work over the verandah was considered indispensable.

Factors behind modern housing

There are several factors that have driven the change to a modern system of architecture. The first of course, is the impact of modernity as a cultural movement. This movement, which has its founts in rebellion against the traditional during the later half of the nineteenth century, affected everything from poetry and literature to architecture and building construction plans.

The shift to a modern system of architecture is best captured by Ayn Rands famous book The Fountainhead. The book lays down the salient features of modern architecture though its emphasis on underlying construction plans of the building rather than the superstructure. The impact of modernity in this sense is essentially the impact of and ideology; peoples perception of how modern house plans should be made, changed.

But at the same time, much of this change was made practically possible by technological innovations. Stronger materials made thinner walls possible. The use of steel beams made arches redundant as supporting structures. The development of glass that was tough and hard to break led to its widespread use in construction; and so on.

Modern house plans take advantage of this innovation to save space and create clean uncluttered spaces.

To these two, let me add a third factor that led to the adoption of modern techniques in house plans: the modern lifestyle.

Just as industrial revolution made black suits fashionable, similarly, fast paced, high stress, modern lifestyles have resulted in minimal, no frills building construction plans, the use of soft and soothing colors in the interiors, and the use of simple geometric shapes in modern house plans.

The impact on design

If you look at some of the iconic modern structures, their common features would become clear.

(a) An emphasis on simple geometrical shapes in building construction plans.
(b) The materials used are all man made, they do not occur freely in nature. For example steel is an amalgam of iron, carbon, tin and some other materials.
Plastic, cement, and Glass, all processed also finds wide usage in modern house plans.
(c) Efficient space utilization is a key feature of modern architecture. Modern house plans leverage special materials to free more and more space which would have otherwise gone into creating supporting structures.

Modern architecture has for a long time been considered the art of building mere boxes. It is only now that building construction plans have evolved to give attention to the aesthetic aspects of building construction as well.