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Becoming A Professional Painter And Decorator

Becoming A Professional Painter And Decorator

In the world of construction and even in real estate, painters and decorators play a vital role in ensuring success in these industries. Painters and decorators make use of different materials like paint, varnish, filler, sealant, and plaster in covering and protecting walls as well as other surfaces. In order to become a professional painter and decorator, you should be the type of person who enjoys doing hands-on practical jobs and you also should have a keen eye for details. A good sense of balance as well as stamina is also inherently important in the profession as you may be asked to climb ladders while lifting tins of paints.

What Do They Do?

If you are considering going this path or career in life, you are expected to do the following:

  • Prepare the workspace by sanding, stripping old wall paper and carefully cleaning the entire area
  • You need to accurately measure how much paint and the kind of paint that will be required of the job
  • Mix and thin various types of paint
  • Clean brushes and tools
  • Put down masking tapes in order to protect window panes and skirting boards
  • Fill up any cracks or holes with filler in order to smoothen the surface

Perhaps you might wonder what the necessary skills are needed in order to be successful in the painting industry?

  • You need to be realistic. Someone who is realistic is a person who is very body-oriented. This particular individual enjoys using his hands and eyes when solving practical problems. They like doing mechanical, outdoor and physical activities. It is also very natural for a realistic person to relate himself to the physical world. This person does not deal with problems regarding people, data or ideas but would like to concentrate on problems that they can give a solution to with their hands.
  • Manual labor. Performing work will require physical activity.
  • Repetitive motions.
  • You should be dependable, reliable and responsible in fulfilling obligations.

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The Challenge Of Cyber Attack Threats For Thousands Of Businesses

The Challenge Of Cyber Attack Threats For Thousands Of Businesses

Moonfruit service is a company in the United Kingdom that allows small businesses to build websites and online stores through its templates. Moonfruit has announced last Thursday, December 10 that it has been threatened by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Its customer’s websites will be unavailable for about 12 hours due to infrastructure changes.

The problem begun when Moonfruit suffered from a 45-minute DDoS attack on its servers. During the attack, an organization that called itself Armada Collective contacted the company to demand a large amount of money. If they do not receive payment, they will be resuming the attack by Monday. After an investigation has been carried out on the group, it became clear to Moonfruit that the attacks will continue even if they were given the payment they demanded. There is also a possibility for the attacks to worsen so that they can demand more money.

Infrastructure changes will be the best protection against the attacks but unfortunately this will result in a great deal of inconvenience for the small businesses that are reliant on Moonfruit services. A lot of money can be lost from potential sales particularly since the holidays are just around the corner. It is incredibly bad timing for the online stores that are selling holiday gifts and cards.

It would have been better if Moonfruit has made upgrades to its infrastructure so that it will not be susceptible to attacks. The good thing is Moonfruit has decided to join the group of companies who refused to cave in to extortions. Nobody is happy with the downtime but the company is brave and courageous enough to stand up against its attackers. The company is working with law enforcement agencies and they are making all steps to ensure that work is completed as fast as possible.

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Shopping Bags Charged A Dime In Santa Fe, New Mexico

Shopping Bags Charged A Dime In Santa Fe, New Mexico

Buyers in Santa Fe without bags will have to prepare ten cents for paper bags at the cashier.

Majority of the city councilors agreed to charge a dime for paper bags used in various shops. This is part of their environmental protection campaign. The move is hoped to encourage citizens to bring their own reusable shopping bags.

According to Councilor Chris Rivera, few citizens still go against the law saying that the city officials are just trying to create additional profits. He then challenged those nay-sayers that if they believed it, they have to bring their ecofriendly bags to skip the fee. His bold statement generated applause.

The bag fee was made to financially reward shoppers who use reusable shopping bags such as those Paper Mart retail bags. The previous prohibition of plastic-bag merely diverted the shoppers’ choice to use free bags offered by the stores instead.

Under the regulation, a penny from the fee will be kept by the shop to contain executive charges; 9 cents will be collected by the city government. Officials say the funds will be used to cover ecological information platforms. The council plans to hand out free eco bags to the public. They will also have programs which will educate the citizens about energy efficiency.

There will be groups excepted to pay the fee; they are the citizens with vouchers issued by programs such as the Women, Infants and Children Program.

Testimonies by individuals including children who approve the ordinance were heard before the poll of the councilors to pass the regulation.

Stefanie Beninato was the lone speaker who was not in favor of the new ordinance. She was not convinced that the city will spend the funds mindfully basing on the officials’ reputation. She said she cannot support the program because of the known financial imprudence of the city.

More than $336,000 is estimated to be collected on the first year of the ordinance. It is expected though, that the generated funds will decrease on the years to come since the citizens will probably shift to using reusable bags by then. Which is a win-win situation since that is the aim of the city council.

New Ladies For Real Housewives Of Orange Country

New Ladies For Real Housewives Of Orange Country

The previous season may not have been to the expectations of the fans of the reality TV show, Real Housewives of Orange County but Bravo is doing everything to make sure that Season 10 will be nothing but extraordinary. There are confirmed reports that the producer of the highly anticipated show has added two new ladies that carry shady pasts in the series.

The two new housewives are Meghan King Edmonds and Katie Chadwick Hamilton. Meghan Edmonds is the wife of Jim Edmonds, a baseball player while Katie Hamilton is Josh Hamilton, also a baseball player.

As for those who will be joining as returning cast members this coming Season 10, Bravo is yet to confirm. Sources revealed that one of the new ladies is already a familiar face to the audience. At a hoedown party which was organized by Heather Dubrow last year, Meghan Edmonds is said to have attended.

Edmonds was said to be present and was flirting with David, husband of Shannon Beador, which Shannon is not very happy about.

The question then that intrigues everyone is that, was the encounter the reason why Edmonds was brought into the show? A source confirmed that indeed, it is.

In the case of Chadwick Hamilton, there will be some revelations regarding her family’s rocky past which might be revealed even before the season starts. With this in light, Bravo is excited with the two additions.

A source revealed how these two women added to the show’s charisma and how they fit in with most of the cast.

To make sure that the Housewives of Orange Country stays as interesting, Bravo are finding ways to make other cast to film such as using scare tactics. This has been down with Vicki Gunvalson to make her film scenes with Brooks Ayers, her on and off boyfriend.

Other confirmed original cast member who has filmed scenes is the 59-year-old Jeana Jeough.

Bravo is sure to be filming heavy drama for the upcoming season seeing how the lawsuit between Gunvalson and Robert Williamson III is still unresolved.

All fans can do now is watch out for the season premiere.

Kitchen Fitters Fraud: Finally Ended In Court

Kitchen Fitters Fraud: Finally Ended In Court

Customers were hoodwinked by a Horbury kitchen fitter by money that cost thousands in home improvements that never came to be. This may make any household wary of trusting Kitchen Fitters, but although there are trustworthy companies out there that already have a solid reputation, it is always best to do a background check beforehand.

Robert Cooper, aged 61, of RCA Home Designs, received payments for kitchens and bathrooms that he was suppose to fit from various residents from coming from the West and South part of Yorkshire. He had specifically conned six from Wakefield and three from Leeds.

His victims, unaware of his wide range of schemes, would take a flyer via their doors and then call for an estimate according to Trading Standards, who had began receiving complaints from a number of his customers since 2011.

Once he succeeds in getting a customer’s attention, Cooper would take some measurements, then requests for a considerable amount of cash and then would set out a myriad of reasons why he could not do the work within the fixed timeframe of six to eight weeks to finish the fitting.

It has resulted to a number of complaints filed to the company and the police. When it did not work out, they resorted to go to court.

A representative of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, David Lodge, has said that Cooper could have created for himself a legal and profitable business but unfortunately decided to resort to fleecing customers of their money without any intention of doing any sort of work.

He also urged customers to take extra caution when it comes to receiving any flyers delivered from their doorsteps and not let themselves be easily swayed by cons into believing everything they say and giving them money.

Cooper has since come clean about committing fraud when he emerged at Leeds Crown Court last Monday. Running the business from his former home located in School Lane, he agreed to continue on with a business with the intention of swindling customers. His business ran from June 2010 to January 2013.

The case was adjourned and the judge bailed Cooper on the proviso to not receive any considerable finances for future work from the day of his bail all the way up to his sentence.

This goes without saying that it is very important to only choose trusted Kitchen Fitters, which have a solid background and clear reputation. Another way to check is to make sure that all their employees are licensed, with proper IDs and permits.

Newborn Baby Survives 5 Days After Being Left By Mother In Storm Drain

Newborn Baby Survives 5 Days After Being Left By Mother In Storm Drain

Sydney, Australia – November 23, 2014 – A less than a week old newborn baby was found in a 9 ft deep storm drain after being thrown by the baby’s mother.

Incredibly, the baby boy had managed to survive 5 days without any sustenance of food and water. What’s even more amazing is that the baby survived even when the temperature was above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

David Otte along with his 18 year old daughter, Hayley, were passing by when they heard something underneath the storm drain. At first, they thought it was a cat but they were surprised upon realizing that it was a baby instead. They immediately called the local police.

He said that the baby was obviously in distress and that if he and his daughter hadn’t heard the baby’s crying then he would not have survived another day.

It took 3 men and 3 police officers to open up the concrete slab that leads down to the drains. Police have alleged that the baby had been there since Tuesday and was wrapped in a blanket that is commonly used in hospitals.

Local authorities have located the mother and had taken her under custody through the hospital documents. The police said that the baby’s birth appeared to have evidence of medical care and through investigation and the hospital documents, were able to locate her.

The 30 year old mother, whose name hasn’t been revealed, is scheduled to appear in court on Friday without bail. Unfortunately, the mother did not appear on the date, instead, an attorney was there to represent her. However, his party did not apply for bail.

The baby is currently at Westmead Hospital under serious but stable condition.

This case is one of many around the world. Many new mothers are abandoning their babies in ditches, dumps, and storm drains. They have a lot of reasons for doing so but none of them are ever going to be valid enough to take the life of an innocent child.

Babies are proven to survive 24 to 48 hours without much feeding but this case had proven miraculous because the baby was able to endure 6 days without having any food or water.