Using Tartan In Your Wedding

Submitted by: Michelle Lindsey

You don’t have to be Scottish to love the look of tartan. Rich and warm, tartan is a classic pattern that is wonderful for weddings. These are some ideas on using tartan to enhance your wedding.

Though you do not have to be Scottish to use tartan, brides or grooms who are will almost surely want to include this iconic plaid in their weddings. If the groom is a Scot, he may wish to wear a kilt in his family tartan instead of a regular suit or tuxedo. You can research your lineage online to determine which tartan belongs to your clan, and custom order kilts in this family plaid. The great thing about a kilt is that it is appropriate for any style of wedding, even the very formal when it is worn with the full Scottish regalia (the jacket, socks, and so on).

If the groom is wearing his family tartan, it would be wonderful symbolism for the bride to wear a bit of the tartan of the clan which she is joining. A nice way to include just a dash of plaid is for the bride to order a sash when the groom orders his kilt. This way, the tartan will be an exact match. The sash can be stitched to the gown, or pinned with a fabulous brooch. The classic looks of pearl bridal jewelry are perfect when the gown has a strong accent on it.

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Another easy way to add some plaid to your wedding is with the ceremony flowers. Lush bouquets with trailing greens would look magnificent with wide tartan taffeta ribbons flowing down. Or wrap the handle of a simple nosegay with a ribbon in your favorite tartan. A small bit of the same ribbon can also be used to secure the boutonierres for the men in the wedding. Give the boutonierres a Scottish flair by using heather and thistle in combination with your signature flower. This is also a great idea for the bouquets.

For a holiday wedding, tartan can be gorgeous for the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. Too much plaid can be too much of a good thing, so if all of the men are wearing kilts, limit the tartan to an accent on the dresses. A black velvet knee length bridesmaid dress would be striking when trimmed with a tartan band along the hem. A piece about three inches wide would be just the right amount. This same detail can be used along the top edge of the dresses, if you like, and even used to make tiny tartan spaghetti straps on the bias. Any good seamstress should be able to make these alterations, and what a fantastic way to personalize your bridesmaid dresses.

When the men are not wearing kilts, you can go with more tartan for the bridesmaids, especially for a Christmas wedding. Tartan taffeta ballskirts would be regal and festive for attendants. Pair them with fitted bodices in a solid color taffeta or velvet. This would be a stunning look for the bridesmaids at an evening wedding in December. Simple pearl bridal jewelry, such as drop earrings and strands of pearls, will finish off the tartan dresses perfectly.

Don’t forget about your reception! Tartan table runners can be laid over plain white linens to give them style. The favor boxes can be decorated with tartan rosettes (easy to make yourself if you are crafty). And don’t forget about plaid sashes for the chairs at the reception. All of these great tartan accents will add up into one unforgettable wedding design.

About the Author: Bridget Mora writes for Silverland Jewelry about weddings, style, and jewelry.

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Houston Reverse Mortgage Insures Your Financial Security In Old Age

Submitted by: Antonio Redford

Life comes to a standstill post retirement when every expense you make needs to be carefully planned in advance. This is mainly due to the fact that once you retire, you are living on your savings and a regular source of income has come to an end. We all plan our finances and make investments in order to lead a comfortable life even after retirement in our old age. However, a financial emergency that requires instant access to liquid cash can be difficult to deal with, at a short notice. In such a scenario, most people find the only feasible option to be a loan from a friend or family or perhaps a financial institution. Intimating people known to you about your financial circumstances is not a pleasant option and getting a loan from an institution is a tiring and complicated process. An easy way out is to opt for a Houston reverse mortgage if you own a house in Houston.

Anybody who lives in Houston will know the cost of living can be quite steep for a retired person seeing the facilities that are available at this place. Hence, post retirement; it may become difficult to maintain your standard of living as it was while you were in active service. However, a Houston reverse mortgage can help you raise the funds as and when you require it and that too with many added benefits. When you opt for a Houston reverse mortgage you are placing your house as a security against the loan. The major advantage of this plan is that you need not repay the loan for as long as you are alive and using the property as your prime residence. The house owner therefore has the benefit of having his own house as his residence in spite of having used it as the collateral for the mortgage.

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A Houston reverse mortgage is available for any senior citizen who is sixty five years of age or above, retired and owns a house in Houston. The ownership of the property remains with the borrower even when the property has been mortgaged. Also, the property may be re-mortgaged if the reverse mortgage was the first loan of its kind against the property. The owner may even decide to sell off the house if he wants, provided the money from the sale is first used to repay the mortgage amount as a full and final settlement, before the owner can claim any money from the deal.

The loan amount on a Houston reverse mortgage can be given to the borrower either as a lump sum or as monthly installments, depending on his preference and requirement. Many senior citizens prefer to opt for the installment way of payment as it ensures a regular flow of income at the end of every month and can be utilized to fulfill the household monetary requirements. As more and more individuals are getting the benefits of a reverse mortgage loan the popularity of this form of loans is constantly on the rise.

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What Are The Things To Look For While Constructing A Salt Shed?

What Are The Things To Look For While Constructing A Salt Shed?


Melville Jackson

Are you having a hard time storing salt in bulk quantities? Then you should know that storing salt is not a hard task to accomplish if you set up a fabric salt shed for the purpose. A fabric shed is an engineered arrangement for the sole purpose of keeping salt away from moisture or other factors that might lead to its wastage. Such a building unlike a conventional tarp would be able to eliminate the problems of wastage of salt due to seepage of water in the store, high moisture content and precipitation to the soil underneath. Don\’t you need a permanent set up for storing salt? No problem! You can set up a fabric salt shed without spending a lot of money and in no time at all! These structures are easy to set up; and doubly easy to disassemble. So, you can disassemble the entire structure and transport it to some other place according to your requirement. To put it briefly, these fabric-covered salt sheds are portable, economic and convenient.

However, before finalizing a deal with a construction company for constructing a salt shed you should make sure that the structure has the following features:

1. Is made of sturdy, long-lasting building materials.

2. Is made with expert engineering to enhance visibility inside and eliminate echo that hinders work-flow.

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3. Is with large doors and entrances to let trucks load and unload things conveniently.

4. The salt shed should not have too many poles and supports inside.

5. The building should follow wind and snow load regulations of your state.

6. Should comply with high engineering standards both in terms of quality of materials used and design.

7. Make sure that the construction company offers different designs for the shed so that you could select the right one.

8. Should have enough ventilation to let in fresh air but, should keep the salt safe from water, moisture, pests and other factors that leads to wastage.

You should make it a point to select the height and size of a barn according to the amount of salt you want to store. You should also consider the time period for which you want the salt to remain stored. Nevertheless, you should consider the cost of construction, which depends upon the technology employed and materials used.

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Successful Dog Training At Home Having The Right Mindset

Submitted by: Scott DeShais

Dog training is the act of teaching your dog what is acceptable behavior in specific situations. It is effective communication between you and your dog. Dog training is about you telling your dog what you want, and your dog understanding and responding in a positive way.

Dogs can be trained at any age, but it is most beneficial to start as a puppy, the first day of arrival in your home. This will show your new puppy, from the start, what the boundaries are and can be the beginning of the road to successful dog training. A dog without set boundaries, rules or knowledge of what is expected will only continue to demonstrate unacceptable behaviors. It is your job, through dog training, to teach which behaviors are acceptable.

Some of the behaviors that often need to be corrected are potty training, unnecessary barking or whining, jumping up on your friends and family, chewing, biting on hands and clothing, digging, and aggressive behavior. The more common but also important obedience behaviors that you should teach your dog during dog training is to sit, stay, heel, lay down and walk on a leash properly.

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When training your dog, it is important to understand why your dog does the things that he does. Some behaviors are breed specific. Cocker spaniels tend to have weak bladders and will pee when they are excited. Growing up I had a Cocker Spaniel named Blondie that would pee at our feet every time we came home. We quickly learned to let her greet us outside so that she could get excited and do her business. When inside, she was paper trained and would always go in the same spot. Be sure you are fully informed of the behaviors that you may face with the breed of dog you choose.

A dog that digs usually does so out of boredom. It is important to find other activities for your dog to do. I have found that playing with him more, teaching him to fetch, taking him for walks in the park or even providing a place for him to dig will make him feel less cooped up in the yard and stop his digging caused by boredom.

Dog training takes patience and consistent reinforcement of the rules and commands. The best way to train your dog and to get results is through repetition, praise and positive reinforcement. It is important not to get angry or use force as negative punishment when your dog does not do exactly what you ask of it. Dog training does not involve hitting or yelling at your dog when it does something wrong.

B.F. Skinner, one of the most celebrated psychologists since Sigmund Freud, proved that behavior that is positively reinforced will reoccur. He also showed that the best training comes when information is presented in small amounts so that responses can be reinforced (also known as “shaping”). When your dog does something correctly, be sure to use words of praise in an excited voice, followed by petting and rewards with a favorite dog treat. Your dog will be able to feel the emotion and excitement in your voice and actions. This will be the encouragement needed to achieve the positive outcomes of dog training for a lifetime.

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Alleged kidney harvester arrested in Nepal

Saturday, February 9, 2008 

Accused kidney racketeer Amit Kumar has been arrested in Nepal at a jungle resort near Chitwan. Police are still seeking suspected co-conspirators, including Kumar’s brother Jeevan Rawat. Nepalese police are holding Kumar under currency laws, charging that he was in possession of large amounts of United States dollars and Euros. Nepal has strict laws about foreign currency.

Kumar, who had become the subject of an international manhunt for allegedly harvesting hundreds of kidneys of poor people in India for transplantation to wealthy clients. He is said to have done so through a mixture of bribes and coercion.

Hotel staff at the resort where he was staying, said that he kept a low profile, but suspicions arose when he was cutting out articles about his own case from print newspapers.

India is seeking extradition, but the fact that Nepalese authorities have added their own charges of illegal organ transplants in on top of the foreign currency possession charges, could delay proceedings.

Meanwhile, Poonam Kumar, who is Amit Kumar’s wife and lives in Brampton, Canada with their two sons, claims that “My husband is innocent… You tell me what human would want to do these things to anyone. My husband didn’t do anything wrong.”

“My husband is not a monster as being portrayed around the world, but a doctor who just wants to help people in need” said the 28-year-old woman. “I have great respect for media but it has pre-judged the issue.” She added that she has not left her home for seven days and is running out of groceries. The boys have not attended school since last week when world media began knocking on her door. “I don’t know what my options are. I don’t know where I’m going to go,” Poonam Kumar said.

Sri Prakash Jaiswal, the Minister for Home Affairs, is not worried about problems with the extradition. “We have very good relations with our neighbour Nepal. These relations go back to centuries. It will not be a problem in extraditing Dr Amit Kumar,” he said.

When asked how Amit Kumar could have crossed the border, Sri Prakash Jaiswal said: “The Indo-Nepal border is porous as we all know. He made use of this. But this does not mean the present condition should continue. We will have to take some measures to control crossing of the border.”

One victim, known as Ranjinder, told Times of India that, “We were shifted from one vehicle to another and were confused about where we were. The Nepali driver promised me the job of a cook at a guesthouse. I was taken to a house where I cooked for the first few days.” He was told that blood tests were necessary to protect the health of the guests at the house. Dalip, another laborer, said, “They told us it was necessary since the foreign guests were prone to infections. There were two men inside the house with pistols.”

Both Ranjinder and Dalip were anasthesised and woke up after their kidneys had been removed.

“Initially they lured the poor with promises of employment. They were then convinced to part with their kidneys and a deal was negotiated,” said a police official.

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US considers taxing earnings from online games

Sunday, October 22, 2006 

With online gaming in persistent worlds becoming more prevalent, a US congressional committee has begun to look into the tax implications of these booming online economies. Games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life have large player driven economic systems in which – either following the rules or against them – real world currencies are exchanged for in-game currencies. With the GDP of some of these economies rivaling that of some small countries, the US government is wondering if it is missing out on a potential source of tax revenue: or as some gamers might put it, the IRS is asking “You buy gold?”.

In cases where exchange of a real world currency for in-game currency is permitted by the rules of the game, some of these online games such as Second Life require that players report any income generated by these means to his or her government. In most on-line games however, a black market exists where players buy and sell in-game currencies in direct violation of the game’s rules; situations involving black markets are notoriously hard to tax.

Compounding the issue of currency exchange is the existence of in-game assets. In the real world if someone wins a luxury vehicle, he or she is expected to pay a capital gains tax on his or her winnings. If a 40 person “raid” in World of Warcraft gets a rare “drop,” worth up to thousands of dollars if sold illegally, should they be required to pay a capital gains tax?

Even if the issue of capital gains is ignored, there is still the matter of sales tax. In many of these games, non-player characters and players alike sell items to one another. If sales tax is to be applied, at what rate should it be charged and to what State does it go? Questions such as these have just recently been answered in much less hazy situations such as online versions of brick and mortar establishments.

Dan Miller, senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee had this to say on the issue, “I found that talking about this issue with some of the other economists on the committee, they are not really familiar with what a virtual economy is. The idea of Second Life or World of Warcraft or some of these other synthetic universes, they have trouble wrapping their head around it. So there’s an educational hurdle to overcome here.”

The preliminary findings of the committee state that virtual economies deserve clarification of existing tax laws, not new taxes.

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Zimbabwe submits to popular pressure: foreign currencies now legal tender

Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Zimbabwe has decided to abandon its currency, the Zimbabwean dollar, in favour of other currencies.

Acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced today that Zimbabweans will be allowed to make transactions in other currencies along with the local currency. “In line with the prevailing practices by the general public, [the] government is therefore allowing the use of multiple foreign currencies for business transactions alongside the Zimbabwean dollar,” he said, adding that the Zimbabwean dollar will not be removed from circulation and would be used alongside other currencies.

This decision comes during the current period of hyperinflation, which has massively devalued the Zimbabwean dollar. Banknotes up to $100 trillion have been printed, despite the removal of ten zeroes from the currency last summer to try to make transactions easier. The official inflation rate, last updated in July 2008, was 231,000,000% a year, although independent estimates place the number as high as 6.5×10108, or 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion, percent.

Up to now, only vendors with licenses were legally able to accept foreign currencies, although the practice was widespread — private businesses altogether refuse to accept the unstable Zimbabwean dollar.

Large sections of the workforce, including teachers and doctors, have gone on strike because hyperinflation rapidly renders their wages worthless. Representative groups said salaries, now measured in trillions of dollars, are insufficient to pay for even the bus fare to work.

Zimbabwe also faces other crises, including a cholera epidemic that has claimed the lives of over 3,000 people, according to statistics from the World Health Organisation.

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Euro reaches new lows

Friday, July 15, 2011 

On Tuesday, the Euro fell to a new record low in relation to the Swiss Franc, and to multi-month lows against the U.S. Dollar and Japanese yen; all considered by investors to be safe currencies during times of economic turmoil.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that recent comments from the newly installed head of the International Monetary Fund, France’s Christine Lagarde, resulted in a sell-off of the Euro. At a roundtable discussion in Washington, Lagarde noted that the IMF had not yet reached discussion of terms and conditions of a second Greek bailout plan. In fact, a representative from the IMF is currently meeting with Eurozone policymakers to draft such a new proposal. The yield differential between Italian bonds and German bonds has spread to more than 300 basis points, something not seen in over a decade and evidence of investors’ concern.

Adding to the Euro’s woes is the upcoming release of the bank stress tests on Friday. The European Bankers Association said that they expect the data release to shed new light on the Eurozone’s banking situation. Representatives of several of the Eurozone’s governments, including Germany, have requested that the association consider releasing fewer specific details for fear that investor panic will ensue. The inadequacy of the capitalization rates has been an issue with the European Central Bank, whose president recently called upon Eurozone banks to make every effort to put their balance sheets in order.

For the time being at least, an unsubstantiated rumor reported by the Wall Street Journal states that the Eurozone’s central banks’ purchase of periphery debt has helped to quell the downward momentum of the Euro.

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NASA plans for future moon missions

Monday, September 19, 2005 

NASA has announced plans for sending humans back to the Moon, as a first step to Mars.

A 2018 lunar mission is proposed, where a crew of four would remain on the Moon for as long as a week. A minimum of two lunar missions a year is planned, with astronauts remaining as long as six months.

Some of the technology had previously been proposed for replacement of the Space Shuttle.

For a lunar mission, the LSAM and EDS would be placed in orbit by a cargo launcher, then a CEV would dock with the assembly before leaving Earth orbit.

The goal is to begin production of the new spacecraft by 2011.

The plans are a means to implement President Bush’s “Vision for Space Exploration” program. Goals include:

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