October 31

How to Choose Your General Contractor

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If you are planning to remodel your home or starting a home construction project, you will need an expert in the construction industry. That expert is a general contractor.

General contractor may have the experience to handle the entire project. Other general contractors specialize in certain areas only such as kitchens or bathrooms. For large projects you may find it better to hire a general contractor who will hire other general contractors to sub-contract according to their specialization. Finding the right general contractor for your project may take some time. You will need to meet with a few to see if your general contractor shares your values for the project.

Once you have found that fit, it’s time to check out a few things.

Experience

Find out how long the contractor been in business in this area. He should have a business physical address, not just a PO Box. He should be able to show you pictures of some of his projects and provide references.

Credentials

The contractor should be licensed for your municipality and with your State. Liability insurance must be in place to provide coverage for your property should there be any accidental damage during the construction project. Workman’s Compensation insurance or Labor and Industries insurance is necessary to cover any injured workers. The contractor should also be bonded. All of these documents should be readily available to allow you to verify them.

The same information will be required for any subcontractor needed to the job. These should be provided to you as the need arises.

References

Your contractor should be able to provide references that you can call. Find out if the previous project was completed timely and within budget limits. Ask how the reference feels about the end result. Ask if there were any problems on the job. If so, were they quick to come back and fix the problem? These are potential problem you might expect. It’s best to know how the contractor has handled them in the past.

Detail Estimate and Quote

It is normal for a contractor to provide a detailed written estimate of the project and quote. This should also include any down payment or progress payments for larger jobs.

The lowest bidder is not always the one you want. Review all details of all bids submitted. If there are big differences in the approach, talk to the contractor about it and determine if his reasoning is sound.

From each bid, you should know the time frame for the project, type of materials to be used, how many workers will be in the crew, details of each subcontractor’s job, payment arrangements, and what warranty is being provided by the general contractor, subcontractor and the manufacturer of the materials.

Once you have reviewed all the bids and found the one that best meets your projects requirements, you are ready to sign the contract and set a start date.

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October 31

Hike in Collector rates – Property market in Zirakpur suffers

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Hike in Collector rates – Property market in Zirakpur suffers Owning a property in chandigarh has become a costly affair as the collector rate and the fee for getting building plan approved has been hiked by the authorities. A common man who is thinking of owning a small residential house in this region is hit badly by the hiked collector rates. Imagine, before April 1st, 2011, owning a small six Marla (150 sq yards) plot could be accomplished with the payment of Rs 75,000 (as collector rates) as compared to Rs 1,35,000 today for the same. The buyer will have to also pay Rs 45,000 for getting approval for building plan. The information about the hike is drafted on the basis of categories focused on location, for example the location of the property in concern is on the main road, on the link road, their placement in the municipal limit of Zirakpur etc. Registration rates for the land on the main road have been increased from Rs 1 cr to Rs 3.5 cr per acre. Similarly, the land rates have been fixed at Rs 1.5-2 cr per acre for the inner parts of property in zirakpur. Collector Rates Zirakpur Property LocationsPrevious NEW Main Road ( Per acre)Rs 1 cr3.5 cr Agricultural Land in Inner parts ( per acre)Rs 1.5 crRs 1.5-2 cr Commercial Property ( per sq yard)Rs 9,000Rs 18,000 Residential plots in named colony ( per sq yard) Rs 5,000Rs 9,000 Independent residential plots ( per sq yard)Rs 4,500Rs 8,000 Building Map Fees Residential Plot SizePreviousNEW 50-125 sq yardsRs 80Rs 323 flat rate for all sizes 250 sq yardsRs 213 Commercial plots All sizes Rs 350RS 2,815

For commercial properties the rates have been increased from Rs 9000 to Rs 18,000 per sq yard. The rates in approved residential colonies have been increased to Rs 9000 from Rs 5000 and for residential sites without any name of the colony; the rate has been fixed at Rs 8,000 per sq yard.

Hiking and fixing a same cost for building map approval fees for all sizes of plots will have direct impact on the property owner of small residential houses as it was Rs 80 instead of Rs 323 per sq yard now. For commercial property, there is a substantial hike in the rates; it has been increased from Rs 350 per sq yard to Rs 2,815 per sq yard. According to property consultants, -an end customer / buyer in the region would opt for flats in developments instead of plots due to hike in collector rates and building map approval fees-.

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October 31

Manage your Housing Society

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There are very a handful of features for a Housing Societies to perform. A Housing Society incurs bills on a lot of counts such as payment of the Electric power Bills, water bills, Municipal Tax expenses. The creating has to be preserved, repaired and renovated. As a result, substitute expenditure will have to be incurred. Society may possibly have to appoint some individuals/ organizations to maintain the constructing clean. Assortment of rubbish, safety, administration, producing guides of accounts, growth and routine maintenance of the backyard garden. Could be an electrician, a plumber and so forth could be required for the repairs of the developing.

To fulfill these bills, the Society collects regular fees from the users. Occasions crop up when correspondences with associates / outsiders has to be attended to. There may arise liason operate with local authorities, auditors, advocates and many others.

The Society is also essential to maintain particular registers and documents as approved beneath the MCS Act, and the Bye-Laws of the Society. A Handling Committee, elected by the users requires selections with regards to all these features and executes them. The users of the Controlling Committee could not be well geared up with the expertise they may possibly not have time to attend to these. Therefore, these times a Society Supervisor is appointed to go to to these features.

Other than the over needs to control your society, Society management to deal with all the statutory necessity of the Federal government, details has been described beneath:

Update all statutory registers Statutory Investments Other Investments Election Appointment of Statutory Auditor Audit Rectification Report Income Tax Return

To manage the need of these actions can be managed by means of software program, where society123.com comes in picture. Society123.com offers you trouble-cost-free system to rework your Society into on the internet Society Administration, Society Accounting, Society Interaction, making it highly functional and easily workable.

Society123.com offers you hassle-free platform to transform your Society into Online Housing Society Management, Society Accounting, Society Communication, making it highly functional and easily manageable

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October 30

The Architecture And Configuration Of J2me Application Development

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J2ME or also know as Java ME is a platform that is specifically designed for application development to run on mobile phones, PDAs and other embedded systems. J2ME development features an adaptable user interface, which integrates with network protocols and extends support for mobile application development. The mobile applications that are developed on J2ME can be also migrated across various different mobile devices. J2ME application developers create a variety of different mobile applications based on the customized requirements of the clients. They are experience in creating diverse mobile solutions and hence most clients prefer to outsource their mobile business applications to India.

J2ME Architecture and configuration
J2ME comprises of configurations and profiles that allow a developer to customize it for the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The configuration defines the JVM used and the profile adds domain-specific classes to define the application.

Configurations: The configuration uses a set of core classes and a specific JVM to define the basic run-time environment. The configurations are of two types where one is called CLDC for handheld devices and the second one is CDC for plug-in devices. CLDC is has been developed for 16-bit or 32-bit small computing devices that have limited memory. CDC requires a 32-bit architecture and has at least 2 MB of memory and implements a functional JVM.

Profiles: A profile comprises of classes that allow J2ME application developers to execute features that are typically available on a group of small computing devices. The profiles used with CLDC are mobile information device profile (MIDP) and PDA profile (PDAP). The profiles used with CDC include Foundation Profile, Game Profile, Personal Profile, Personal Basis Profile and RMI Profile.

J2ME Architecture
The J2ME architecture consists of five layers and they are as follows:

MIDP: This is the topmost layer and consists of Java APIs. J2ME application developers use these APIs to create network connections, storage, and user interface. It also provides access to CLDC libraries and MIDP libraries.
J2ME APIs: This is the profile that comprises of a minimum set of application programming interfaces required for the small computing devices.
Configurations: This is responsible to manage the interactions between the JVM and the profile.
JVM
Operating System: This is the bottom layer.

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October 30

Feng Shui and the Lottery

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People are wiling to try all sorts of things if they think that it may help them to win the lottery and one lady has suggested that practising the ancient art of feng shui can help.

Eileen Chen who has been a practioner and a fan of of feng shui for over 10 years claims if that applying the same principles can improve ones chances of a lottery win. She began to read up on Bazi which is an ancient form of divination based on birth date and time. She says it can have an effect on a persons luck and character. She believes a combination of Bazi and Feng shui is good.

Mrs Chen was speaking to the Star Online about applying these principles when setting up a new home and applied it to decor, furnishings and layout. and believes it has great impact on her mood, well being, finances and energy and also

Lotto fans may feel like trying anything if it will raise their chances of a big win playing something like Italian SuperEnalotto – and one person has claimed the ancient art of feng shui can help.

Eileen Chen says:-

-If there is no indication in a person’s Bazi that he will strike a lottery and become rich, no amount of feng shui and renovation to the house will make him strike the lottery.

However, the chances of a person who has an indication of wealth in his Bazi to get a windfall is higher when the right time comes if his house feng shui is good,-

Perhaps this is something that could work for us.

Alternative we may just like to continue with our existing ways of seeking that lottery win.

Whatever you do, best of luck and have fun.

Tony Bayliss How to inprove your chances of a lottery win

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October 30

Enjoy the Architecture of Guru Ka Tal during Your Agra Tour

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Agra, which is located on the banks of the holy Yamuna River in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is world-famous for the majestic Taj Mahal. The city served as a prominent seat of the Mughal Empire for a long period and was the capital of Hindustan during that time. It lies at a distance of about 200 km from the national capital – New Delhi and easily accessible by road, rail and air transport from different parts of the country. The city has an extreme climate in winters and summers, with moderate temperatures in the rest seasons. October to March is considered as the ideal time to visit this historical city. If you wish to witness the grandeur of Taj Mahal and other prominent attractions of this place, such as Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Moti Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri and Guru Ka Tal, then go for an Agra tour that can be availed from various travel agencies and travel portals.

Guru Ka Tal – History and Architecture

Originally, this reservoir was constructed in the year 1610, during the reign of Emperor Jahangir beside the tomb of Itibar Khan Khwajasara, to collect and preserve rainwater. The walls and embankments of this water reservoir have been made of rubble masonry and brick. It has a square design, with a long and wide ramp paved with stone slabs (khurra) and upright bricks, and stepped ghat. The walls of this structure feature four double-storied towers having an octagonal design. The top storey of these towers boasts of Mughal architecture, with an octagonal spire with brackets and pillars. The material that was used for constructing the ghat was red sandstone while the spire had been decorated with dazzling tiles. Constructed on a four feet high platform, this reservoir features four chhatris on its four corners with 16 pillars, with carved brackets and capitals. The corner domes of this place have a spherical design while the one on the sides have an oblong design.

At the time it was built, this reservoir had 12 towers, but today only eight can be seen. It had effective inlets of northern and western parts of the tank; a canal used for channelling excessive water in to the river and a dam on its south-eastern side. The water collected in this reservoir was used during dry seasons for irrigation. The terrace on the top floor is accessible through a wide red sandstone stairway, located on the southern side.

If you wish to witness Taj Mahal and other important attractions of Agra, then choose for those tour packages that include trips to all these important places. As this city offers a lot of see and to do, it gives the ideal opportunity to experience the best of India holidays.

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October 29

Gps Tracking Valuable Property Management.

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There is no more valuable property to you than your personal property, and there is no more valuable thing in life than your family. So when you need to keep your personal property and family safe and intact what tools would you use? GPS tracking with millennium technology empowers users to manage their personal property and keep their families safe. Like no other technology, users are empowered to have safer, more secure environments.

This tracking device gives you tools, tools that help you manage and protect your property.

If your vehicle is ever stolen, what are the odds of it being recovered intact and in useable condition? In more and more cases stolen vehicle reports leave law enforcement agencies with little recourse except to recover the abandoned vehicle. With GPS tracking, law enforcement agencies can be fed real time vehicle location information allowing them the get the vehicle and the bad guys before its too late.

Situations occur every day where keys are left inside vehicles or other property. Millennium Plus technology allows the users to have remote access to the vehicle, allowing a remote unlock. Where before lost keys meant a costly visit by a locksmith, his bill and lost time, this technology offers a more sensible and time sensitive solution.

Sometimes its not where we go that makes a difference, but where we are not supposed to go. GPS tracking equips vehicles and property with technology that can be coupled with a simple PC to check where property is at any given time. Travel within these boundaries and no alarms are triggered, but if the boundary is past or exceeded, alarms monitor the vehicle and reports can be generated. Using this technology, GPS tracking ensures that people and things are where they are supposed to be at all times.

Other times its how we got to our destination that makes a difference. Users can monitor how a vehicle is behaving. If a vehicle exceeds a maximum speed for a set period of time, an alarm is triggered. This allows the user to check a particular vehicle for speed violations and provides an effective management tool.

Assists in property maintenance are also now available. Keeping track of the total usage of a vehicle or other piece of property and tying into a maintenance database, routine maintenance can be scheduled. From simple oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance to more intensive overhauls, this can be a vital tool in making sure property is maintained to the highest level.

GPS tracking provides a valuable tool in the effort to track and secure critical personal property. From safety concerns to general maintenance, GPS tracking and millennium technology assists users with a basic tool kit coupled with monitoring technology. This system offers an advantage to people who want to make sure their property is safe, secure and intact.

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October 29

Biofuels’ Environmental Benefits Are Growing, BIO Tells House Energy & Commerce Committee

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today submitted comments in response to the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, -Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts.- Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, wrote in the comments, -Given BIO’s broad and diverse set of member companies involved in energy, manufacturing and agricultural production, we are able to provide a unique perspective on the issues the Committee is seeking to have answered.- -Congress established the RFS to encourage the use of existing biofuels and the development of advanced biofuels in order to reduce our reliance on the rising cost and price volatility of foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,- Erickson continued. -It is crucial we maintain the RFS in order to spur on alternative energy production and mitigate environmental impacts of petroleum. In fact the RFS is one of the rare cases of an existing and functioning greenhouse reduction program. A repeal or reduction in the RFS would be tantamount to environmental backsliding.- Erickson’s response concluded, -While primarily an economic and energy security policy, the RFS has already resulted in environmental benefits from the transportation fuel sector, incuding dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and offers the potential for substantial additional benefits in the decades to come. Realization of these future benefits is dependent on the ability of advanced biofuel developers to raise the capital necessary to build out a national advanced biofuel industry. That ability is critically dependent on the legislative stability and consistent implementation of the program. The best thing Congress can do to achieve these future benefits is to resist oil industry pressure to revise the program in their favor and allow the RFS to work.-

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October 29

Amrapali Terrace Homes New Residential Property For Sale At Noida Extension

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Amrapali Terrace Homes is the latest new property for sale at Noida Extension that is aimed at setting new benchmarks for residential properties in Noida by the Amrapali Group, one of the most trusted providers of real estate property in Noida and Delhi NCR.

offering a wode range of seven different living options in the form of 2, 3 and 4 BHK apartments for sale in Noida Extension, the flats for sale at Amrapali Terrace Homes have been set up over a spacious area that ranges between 885 and 2070 sq. ft.

Amrapali Terrace Homes offers residences that are not just well built, but also come fully equipped with the most modern comforts and conveniences that any other property in Noida Extension has offered till date. The flats for sale at Terrace Homes have been priced between 17 and 41 lakhs, depending upon the type of residential property and its size.

Amrapali Terrace Homes also enjoys all the benefits of a perfect location, as it is situated in a peaceful and serene location at Noida Extension, and the residential complex itself is spread out over a sprawling area of 70 acres, which includes 75% of open area with huge stretches of lush greens.

All apartments in this luxurious residential property will be 3-side open, which means that all residences shall be extremely well lighted and ventilated.

Apart from this, those who book a flat at Amrapali Terrace Homes shall also be pampered with amenities such as 2-Tier Security System, a Gated Community, Modular Kitchens, an extremely well equipped Gymnasium, a Sports Academy, double height terrace, Vaastu-friendly layouts and park and play areas.

Amrapali Terrace Homes also enjoys easy connectivity to all major commercial and recreational hubs as well as general points of interests like hospitals, banks and local markets.

All this combined with the strong backing of a builder like Amrapali Group makes Terrace Homes easily qualify as one of the most desirable places to book a flat at Noida Extension.

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October 28

Your Vaughan Bassett Dining Room Furniture Will Make Your Friends And Family Green With Envy

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In front of you is an empty room, destined to be the place that you sit down with friends and families for simple candle lit dinners, extravagant dinner parties, or just the traditional holiday meal. The dining room is that special place where people come together to eat, but more importantly to share their experiences and knowledge through stories and thoughts. We get to know each other at the dining room table, because it is one of the few place where we gather that we are not distracted by the television. The Vaughan Bassett high end furniture that is used to decorate a dining room will only be enhanced by the people who populate it.

When designing a dining room, one needs to take into consideration a few key facets. The size of the room will dictate what sort of table can be chosen that will allow for chairs around the outside and still have room for people to pass by for the server to bring out the food, or is someone needs to excuse themselves to use the restroom. The space of the room will also give you a sense of whether you can incorporate a variety of cabinets and display cases around the outside.

The style of the furniture will impact the atmosphere of the meals. If the dining room will be a special room used mainly for high end dinner parties, you may want furniture that is sophisticated and refined so that your party guests feel the class that is exuded by the room. However, if you mainly will have family or more casual parties, the focus for your furniture may be on comfort. Your price range may influence whether you decide to pursue a more high quality dining room set, or a more casual atmosphere as well.

The Affinity Double Pedestal Table Dining Room Set provides a combination of classic dark brown wood tones with a light cream upholstered seat cushions. When you throw a dinner party, your guests will marvel at the comfort of the dining room chairs and enthralled by the sleek style. Each piece in the collection has a 1930s style yet an abundant feeling of luxury. The set has a rare versatility for a more sophisticated atmosphere in combination to drop down the casual feel when necessary. The Affinity Double Pedestal table has a robust sheen that highlights the Vaughan Bassett collection. With comfortable seating for six, this set will be ideal for when you invite you two favorite couples over for dinner whether it is for business or just a fun evening. With the addition of a debonair Affinity sideboard to compliment the table, the room will feel like it is tied together. The Sideboard has an elegant feel to it but the simple decor will in no way overshadow any other pieces.

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