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How A Parade Of Wedding Super Cars Paralyzed A City In Romania

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If you are wondering how to handle transport on your wedding day, best range of wedding cars hire are available at your disposable. There is no reason why the wedding party cannot drive to the wedding in style in a white H2 Hummer that can seat at least 16 passengers. For 10 persons or less the Chrysler 300c will be a very good option. A wide range of choices is available to match the budget, taste and occasion.

It is not only in Perth where wedding limousines are the trend because in Romania, a town went on a standstill when a convoy of super cars from Ferraris to Lamborghinis lined the streets. Petrosani is one of the poorest cities of Romania that turned into a party mode for a wedding celebration of a couple whose names were not mentioned.

More than 700 guests arrived in the most luxurious and expensive cars for the opulent wedding which obviously overwhelmed the city. Super cars that include Porches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, BMWs, Mercedes Benzes and Humvees lined the streets and paralyzed traffic. As the anonymous bride and groom rode through town in a white carriage adorned by Romanian flags and pulled by two black stallions, all the traffic lights were switched off.

According to Romanian websites, music could be heard several neighborhoods away. What paralyzed the town was the performance of Gypsy pop stars Florin Salam and Nicholas Guta. The local websites did not mention the names of the bride and groom but it is very obvious that their wedding was the most lavish and luxurious event that the small city of Petrosani has ever experienced.

True to their Romanian roots, footage of the wedding scene showed a group of Romanian men sitting at the back of a modest blue pick-up truck wildly waving the flag of their nation.

According to Romanian website Gazeta de Dimineata that police did not have the proper authorization to shut down the town for the wedding celebration. The police were very lenient with the wedding couple and their party and in fact, the parade of super cars was led by a police car driven by the town’s deputy.


Tutoring Lessens Mathematics Apprehension, According To A Study

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The mind of a child perceives math as threatening as poisonous animals. Being exposed to fear in numbers places a child in substantial drawback, not in school performance alone but even in facing adversities and jobs in the future.

Fortunately, new findings show that there is a solution for children with math anxiety. Tutoring in Long Beach does not only teach children, according to the study. It also soothes the part of the brain which triggers anxiety.

The chief author of the study, Vinod Menon, claims that results show that one-on-one tutoring does not only improve cognitive function, it also leads to reduced fear. Menon is a neuroscientist and instructor in Stanford University.

The authors of the research used MRI scans to study a child’s reaction to math. They found out that numbers activate similar neurons that other phobias trigger like fear on insects, serpents and heights. Treatment for these known phobias includes exposure therapy. The aim of the gradual exposure is to resolve the fear to a certain trigger. This made the researchers think if it might work the same for math anxiety.

The respondents of the research were 46 pupils from the third grade. They answered queries about fear of math. They solved math problems while functional MRI visualized their brains.  From the results of the tests, the children were grouped in two. One group was believed to have greater fear in math while the second group had lesser anxiety.

Later, the children from the two groups had been tutored with math individually for 2 months.

All of the children improved in math after the tutoring sessions according to Menon. Remarkably, MRI scans of the children who had fear with numbers had their anxiety decrease to 20% after the 2-month lessons.

Menon said the sessions were extremely individual. If a child had a difficulty on a certain lesson, the tutor encouraged the child until the concept became clear.

The authors look forward to another study about on-screen tutoring. They want to find out if it will lead to same benefits and neuron changes. They also want to find out if fear in math stays as children progress to advanced math.


Luxury Villas In Thailand

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There is an array of Luxury Villas in Samui as the area is one of the top destinations of tourists in Thailand. The luxury villas are a high end vacation rental place for tourists who are looking for a relaxing time with their loved ones and friends.

Comparing villas and other accommodations

There are some consumers who are still not familiar with the concept of vacation rentals and who usually confuse it with timeshare. A timeshare can still be categorized as a property for vacation rental if the owner will decide to put his owned time with the property on a vacation rental program. There are plenty of timeshare resorts that offer quarter ownership and provide 13 weeks of rental or use.

What is a timeshare? Timeshare is a piece of property or real estate as preferable referred to which is often fully furnished and is jointly shared by a couple of owners. There are different types of timeshare ownership that exists but in general every owner will bear a specific responsibility on the real estate along with a predetermined number of weeks or days which he can use the property alone. Owners of timeshare resorts will invite qualified and financially capable guests to tour and rent their properties in hopes that these guests will purchase the property.

The common traditional hotels do not usually include vacation properties. However, there are some contemporary resort developments that include ownership of condominiums and villas which can be rented out by the hotel or owners through agencies.

International and local tourists

It is undeniable that with the surge of local and international tourists in Thailand, there are plenty vacation rental homes, cottages and luxury villas in the country. Last week, the number of visitors arriving in Thailand surged by about one million in just only ten days and last August 26, the 20 millionth visitor of Bangkok arrived. This only indicated that the projected temporary downturn in tourist arrivals after the attack in Bangkok was not successful in materializing.

The 20 millionth visitor of Thailand came from Japan, and he was surprised with a welcome from the representatives as well as executives of Thailand’s Tourism Authority.


Great Business Ideas For This Year

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Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? It is not yet that late to start your chosen business. You might be dreaming of owning hair salons, restaurants, ticketing outlets and stores. Here are some great ideas for you to start with if you do not still have one in mind.

– Box subscription services. These services have been gaining popularity in different sector whether that is in the food, animal product and beauty product industries. Customers keep on coming back for this service since they are carefully curated based on the customers’ interests and likes and the contents of the boxes are on a constant surprise.

– Health clubs. In the annual trend report published by The Future 100, a report that highlights big and small trend this year, it is to be noted that millenials are now drinking alcohol less drinks and are now more focused on fitness and health. This just means that fitness and health services are now being rebranded to become more sociable and trendier. Opening a fitness club is targeted to millenials who want to create a fun, strong and engaging social media in order to connect with the young market and potential customers.

– Kid-friendly applications. Your future customers are today’s kids. Catering to this market will boost your future sales. This year, there is a big trend in the connectivity of kids. According to a reliable source, about three quarters of kids have their own mobile services. This creates a business opportunity for those who can create designs and product applications for kids. If you happen to create an app that is educational and promotes good health, you will win over their parents or guardians too. You can start selling small design applications for kids.

– Recycling pickup. Most of the homeowners have pickup bins for recyclable products like glass, plastic and paper but they do not usually make the effort in properly recycling batteries and electronics. These products can be very much harmful to the environment and to the community. You can offer to pick up these electronic wastes that are being dumped in the garages of people like broken laptops, old televisions and cellular phones.


Interesting Things About Halloween That You Never Knew

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There are myriad of Halloween facts out there and the most obvious one is that it is the spookiest night every year. They say that it is during Halloween nights that spirits wander or roam in the earth freely and where children wander from the neighborhood in their trick or treat costumes asking for candies in the community.
But how much do you really know about the Halloween season? Here are some facts that might surprise you.
– During Halloween, you will be fined with $1,000 if you are caught selling or using Silly string in Hollywood. This prank product has been banned from Hollywood since the year 2004 after thousands of people buy the Silly String from illegal vendors and then use it to vandalize the streets. This ordinance mandated by the city calls for a penalty of $1,000 fine and or six months time in jail when caught in possession, use, distribution or sale of the Silly String within the premises of Hollywood.
– The idea of dressing up during the Halloween is an influence coming from the Celts
. The Celts had this belief that Samhain was a time wherein the wall that separated the wall between the world of mortals and the paranormal world was porous and that the spirits could simply get through. It is because of this superstitious belief that Celts wore costumes and masks during Samhain in order to confuse or ward off the evil spirits that have passed through the world of humans.
– The term “Halloween” was coined by the Catholics. The Hallowmas is a three day Catholic holiday wherein the saints are being honored and that people pray for those who have just recently died. During the start of the 11th century, there was a decree passed by the pope that the Hallows season would last from October 31 until November 2. The reason for the extension of the Catholics was that Samhain was celebrated by those the church considered to be pagans and the Catholics were trying to convert them. The All Hallow’s eve then evolved and became All Hallow’s Even and then by the 18th century it was referred to as Hallowe’en.


Actress Kristanna Loken Sells One Of Her Luxury Cottages

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One more property has just been added to the market for luxury cottages of celebrities. Actress and model Kristanna Loken is marketing her Cape Cod home for $950,000.

Kristanna Loken’s home is found in 517 Delaware Rd, Burbank, California 91504. It contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is 2,626 square feet wide. The classic home was built in the year 1948. It has an England impression making it ideal for an Englander living in California. Real estate agent Eric Benz said the house has a different feel aside from the usual Southern California homes. According to him, it can be felt as soon as you enter the place.

The Property’s Design
The driveway of the Burbank home has a cobblestone design structure. The property is lavishly ventilated by a 25-pane bay window and twin dormers which light the bedrooms on the second floor. The home stands out among other luxury cottages because of its unique circular flooring design. The flooring is also wood paneled making the property warm and cozy. The home’s design is both classic and stylish.

The Rooms

The cottage features a formal but chic dining room design. The couple of bathrooms are traditionally tiled with claw foot bathtubs. The kitchen has laid-back furnishings that convey a cooling ambience. Kitchen structures consist of green cupboards and checkered walls. The interior architecture of the living room features a traditionally assembled mantled furnace. The living room is spacious and can be easily redesigned to suit the owner’s needs. It is an ideal den for book lovers because of its wood-wall structure.

The Surroundings
The place has a lush garden to compliment the property. The garden boasts a champagne grape vine, a matured fig tree and a shade tree. Fresh air from the Eastern seaboard can be experienced whilst on the property. The balcony also overlooks a mountainous landscape.

Kristanna Loken is popularly known for her roles in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, and “Lime Salted Love”. She also starred in some TV shows such as “Painkiller Jane” and “The L Word.” She was raised in an upstate farm in New York. She is an American artist who has a projected net worth of $4 million dollars.