Devin Fitzpatrick Art Consultants Review: The essential role of wall art in interior design

Devin Fitzpatrick Art Consultants regards wall art with great importance in your interior design, and the following were made to help you select art pieces that will match with your current space and to give more harmony to your interior.

Color palette

Wall art can provide immediate color palette. You can use a painting or a wall hanging that you truly love as an inspiration for your room’s color palette since choosing one in the process of designing for your interior could take too much of your time. Select two or three shades from the wall art and decide which is the dominant color and other shades as well that you would like to make as accents. Use items that fit those colors in decorating your space where you can also use a mobile application for example in determining the corresponding shades of paint to particular colors, or get the professional help of an art expert such as the Devin Fitzpatrick Art Consultants.

Focus

It can also be that design element in a room that can attract attention and be the central focus of a specific space in your house. Its size should be your priority because a wall art that is too small or too big will not be an effective focal point. Know the proper measurements first and match it to the entire space available.

Texture

Wall art can provide a sense of texture as well. Find art in the form of different mediums to help provide a varying sense of texture into a specific space. In addition, sculptures or shadow boxes can add depth to the room. Such additional bits of texture can help put more visual weight to your interiors.

Sense of completion

Wall art can help pull a space together and make it feel complete. You might be following a certain decorating style for your room right? Pick a wall art piece or other hanging art that match to that style.

Having a new space to put decorations on is an exciting feeling. But will all those anticipations, you shouldn’t forget to make wall art one of your priorities when it comes to interior design. Wall hangings can provide a good framework around when executed properly, which can also be used as a central guide in planning the rest of the room.

Know more related information about art with Devin Fitzpatrick Art Consultants.

 

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Epilepsy Care Group Singapore Awareness Association: Survey reveals new safety warnings on antiepileptics not received by pregnant women

Antiepileptic drugs and the potentially harmful effects on unborn children has hit the headlines as a survey reveals many women have not received the new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy.

In an exclusive story from the BBC, it has been revealed that out of the 475 women under 50 currently taking Epilim (sodium valproate) nearly 70% had not received the new warnings. These new warnings, known as the Valproate Toolkit, were launched in February 2016. Created by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) the aim of the toolkit was to improve patient information about the risks of neuro-developmental disorders in unborn children.

The data extracted from a survey of 2,000 women and girls, commissioned by three charities — Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Action and Young Epilepsy — also demonstrated that one in six women taking the drug were not aware of the negative affects it may have on the development and/or physical health of an unborn child. In the UK alone about 20,000 children have been affected by antiepileptic medicines (valproate medicines) since the 70s.

A public hearing concerning sodium valproate will take place on 26 September at the EMA’s London offices in Canary Wharf. The survey results will be presented during this hearing, which is the first time the agency’s safety committee has held a public hearing as a part of a safety review of a medicine.

During this session, women will be able to recount their personal experiences of taking the medication to the agency’s safety committee. The hearing will be focus on three main areas: the risks of the medication in pregnancy, the current measures in place to reduce the risks of using valproate in pregnancy and the measures that should be taken to reduce the risks associated with the medication and its use in pregnancy.

The Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK explained that valproate was constantly reviewed and warnings surrounding the medication were updated as and when new data were made available. “The results of the survey are important in helping us understand the effectiveness of the measures taken to date in the UK. We want to encourage all women to have access to the valproate toolkit materials that we made available in February 2016,” the agency said to the BBC. “We constantly monitor the safe use of valproate and support this latest review by the European Medicines Agency on the use in pregnancy and women of childbearing age.”

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing: Indonesia promotes marine tourism in three Chinese cities

Indonesia promotes marine tourism in three Chinese cities

The Tourism Ministry is set to hold sales missions that focus on Indonesian dive sites in three cities in China, namely Beijing on July 25, Chongqing on July 26 and Guangzhou on July 28.

“The Chinese market is important for Indonesia. Apart from being the ministry’s main target market, China also contributes a significant amount of tourists to the country,” said the ministry’s deputy minister for Overseas Promotion, I Gde Pitana.

“The Chinese tourists are currently interested in marine tourism. Our main target markets are Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, while the secondary city that we are eyeing on is Chongqing,” he added.

Among the destinations that will be promoted at the sales mission events are Bali, Lombok, Komodo Island, Alor, Derawan, Wakatobi, Togean, Ambon, Banda and Raja Ampat.

Around seven sellers from Indonesia are scheduled to meet with Chinese buyers during the event.

Last year’s sales mission reportedly managed to bring together five sellers and 75 buyers in Dalian, six sellers and 73 buyers in Qingdao, and five industries and 80 buyers in Beijing. (kes)

Tokyo MK Taxi: Why you should Rent a Limo

Tokyo MK Taxi Why you should Rent a Limo

Back in the days, limousines are a shiny luxury vehicle that only the rich and famous can afford to own, but fortunately today, the rest of us can now rent this high-end vehicle for special occasions. Anyone who wants to ride in sheer lavishness opts to hire a limousine more than anything else. This became the reason why there are many limos and car rental companies emerging everywhere to provide for such service.

Tokyo MK Taxi is one of the leading limo and car rental companies in Japan, Korea and the United States providing chauffeur service for events like weddings, prom, birthdays, reunions and business related meetings. Having a wide array of car models including Lexus 600hl, Lexus 460, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Hiace and Nissan Fuga Hybrid, Tokyo MK can definitely cater your car needs and requirements.

Limousines today are multipurpose, they can be used for any types of events or to help you tour the city and to reach destinations in a very sophisticated style. Tokyo MK Taxi features Lexus group enthusiasts and their capacity to provide a smooth, comfortable easy ride as they are hired to treat you with the utmost respect, courtesy, professionalism, punctuality, comfort, safety and discretion.  Here are few reasons why you should splurge on a limousine at least once in your life.

Travel in style

With the latest luxury fleet vehicles, you are going to pull up to an event with style, class and sophistication. Make your experience memorable by riding in a limo and to make a good and lasting impression on relatives and friends since it’s all about luxury and style.

You can get drunk

One advantage of hiring a limo is that you can legally consume alcohol inside. It is a safe decision if you plan on drinking, not only will this spare you all kinds of trouble from getting pulled over, it may also save your life.

Sealing a business deal

Hiring a limousine to pick your clients up is a great way to impress them. If a new client is flying from out of town, it would be best to hire a limousine to pick them up from the airport. They will definitely appreciate the extra care you’ve given to make them comfortable, the best way to help seal a deal from a prospective client, right?

Security and Risk Complaints Online on Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

Standards help, too, as we fight to ensure the cost of sharing doesn’t outweigh the benefits

A long-ago cartoon in The New Yorker put it plainly: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” If that cartoon had been written today, the caption might have read, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a fraud.”

Scam artists, snake oil salesmen, sock puppets, bot armies and bullies – every time we look up, it seems as though we discover another form of dishonesty, grifting grown to global scale via the magnificent yet terrifying combination of Internet and smartphone.

None of that should surprise us. People are wonderful and horrible. The network we’ve built for ourselves serves both the honest and the liar. But we have no infrastructure to manage a planet of thieves.

Navigating this stuff goes well beyond ‘caveat emptor’, into the darkest secrets of spear phishing and social engineering playing on our higher selves for the basest reasons. It’s no longer an African prince offering you a hundred million dollars for your assistance; it’s a customer who carefully noted all her transactions and registration numbers on a Word document she’s enclosed in a very helpful email.

Security has been stretched to the breaking point. If things continue as they have, the costs of connectivity could begin to outweigh the benefits, and at that point, the post-Web civilization of sharing and knowledge, already fraying, would unwind comprehensively, as people and businesses withdraw behind defensible perimeters and call it a day.

All of this served as subtext – never spoken, yet always front of mind – at the Twenty-Sixth International Conference on the World Wide Web. In some broader sense, this is all the Web’s fault – the shadow of its culture of sharing – so might it be a problem that the Web can fix?

This question obsessed the hundreds of research postgraduates presenting papers and posters at the conference. Insofar as papers presented by the Web’s core research community are a reliable indicator of the future direction for the Web, that future centers on learning how to detect lies.

Detecting false advertisements, bullies, and bots – all of these can be done with machine learning. It can even be applied to a politician’s tweets – to find out if they’ve been fibbing about where they’ve been, and when.

This flurry of research hearkens back to one of the oldest problems in Computer Science – the Turing Test. Can you detect whether someone at the other end of a text-based connection is a person or a computer? What questions do you ask? How do you analyse their responses? Take those same ideas and apply them to a vendor on Alibaba or an account on Twitter – ask the questions, analyse and probe – then decide: truth or lies.

As Sir Tim Berners-Lee won the ACM A.M. Turing Award last week, the timing of this next evolution of his Web could not be more appropriate. The Web needs to grow a meta-layer of error-checking and truth-telling. Those will likely slow things down a bit, even as it helps us feel more assured that the fake can be suppressed.

This will never be as true as we might want it to be. As soon as any system to detect lies goes into widespread deployment, the least honest and most clever will go to work undermining that algorithmic determination of truth, finding its weaknesses, and exploiting them. It was ever thus; over the long term, the search for truth will has always been an act of persistence and dedication.

Machines can help us in this battle – but machines will be used on both sides, deceiving and revealing deceit. Yet there is hope: there’s too much money on the table to allow the forces of darkness to gain ascendancy. Chaos is bad for business.

Any alignment of commerce with the greater good is a rare and potent combination, meaning the resources to fight this battle will be available into the foreseeable future. Those graduate students with their fraud and bot detection algorithms will be snapped up by those giant firms whose profits depend on a Web that is truthful enough for commerce. When it comes to truth, what’s good for Google and Facebook is good for the rest of us.

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing: Affordable Galveston homes that offer a charming getaway

Whether you’re looking to make a permanent move out to the island, buy a vacation home for rental income, or are just curious what it costs to live by the shore, check out these five affordable Galveston homes:

3727 Avenue P: Built in 1922, this 1,292-square-foot Craftsman bungalow has been fully updated but maintains some of the original structure’s features. Exposed brick walls in the kitchen and distressed wood floors lend this cozy home character.

3406 Avenue P: This 1,144-square-foot home, built in 1914, has two bedrooms and one full bath. Inside, coffered ceilings and dark-wood molding in the living spaces contrast with the kitchen’s light, airy motif. It’s true to its original condition, down to the paint colors: a specialist was able to track down the home’s original hues.

1202 Church: Close to the Historic Strand District and the beach, this 2,540-square-foot house also has good leasing potential. Built in 1890, the historic structure has five bedrooms and three baths and is set on a 3,605-square-foot lot.

17615 Termini San Luis Pass: This townhome is being sold mostly furnished. The two-bedroom, three-bath house has 1,314 square feet of livable space, as well as a spacious deck. The newest home in this roundup, it was built in 1983.

4241 Pointe West: The highlight of this home is its ocean and bay views. Surrounded by green spaces and water panoramas just beyond, this 1,427-square-foot condominium is filled with windows to let in natural light. A deck offers a space to relax at this three-bedroom, two-bath home.

Jakarta Capital Indonesia Travel Review: A Travel Guide To The Thriving Capital of Indonesia

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Jakarta, with its traffic-plagued streets, high-rise buildings and persistent blanket of smog, may at first seem like a not-so interesting destination that can easily confuse and confound Pinoy travelers. But beneath its unappealing façade and rough surface, you will find a diverse and multicultural megalopolis filled with unexpectedly delightful corners, colorful attractions as well as remarkably positive and good-natured citizens.

And, with a little travel planning and help from Skyscanner, you can surely have a blast and a hassle-free memorable trip in Indonesia’s thriving capital.

Why visit Jakarta?

Jakarta isn’t normally the first place that pops into mind, when Pinoys imagine of travel destinations in Indonesia. Hardly a relaxing and scenic vacation spot, the economic dynamo of Indonesia boasts no palm-lined avenues and gorgeous beaches, in spite of its coastal and sub-equatorial profile. Not to mention, it is a humid, populous and immense urban sprawl known for its maddening traffic.

But, the “Big Durian” has a plethora of rewarding experiences and spellbinding diversions that compensate for its flaws, should the more adventurous Pinoy travelers accept its challenges, sensations and sights. While it’s no oil painting, the city has tons of hipster markets and a fascinating colonial history that’s totally worth exploring. What’s more, it has a flourishing culinary scene, and an electric world-class nightlife circuit, making Jakarta one of the most dynamic cities in Southeast Asia.

A colorful mixture of customs, dialects and cultures, Jakarta is also praised for its ultra accommodating and hospitable locals. As a matter of fact, the citizens here are so friendly that you are bound to create lasting friendships.

Documents needed to travel to Jakarta

You don’t need to go through the hassles of securing a visa, to set foot on this buzzing and colorful Indonesian hub. After all, any Juan with a Philippine passport that’s valid for 6 months following the departure date will be granted visa on arrival in Indonesia.

Keep in mind, though, this kind of visa is valid only for 30 days and is applicable to social visits, leisure, government visits as well as for people who are attending conferences, seminars and convention. Furthermore, it’s nonconvertible, non-extendable and can’t be used for employment purposes.

Though you can enter Jakarta without a visa, you still need to present a few supporting travel documents, and go through an interview at the immigration counter. For those who are traveling overseas for the first time, it may take a while for you to get through the immigration officer, meaning you should prepare your documents beforehand and check-in early. For the most part, these are the documents that the immigration officer from a Philippine airport will ask from you.

  • PRC ID (if you have one)
  • Proof of employment/business certificate
  • A Philippine passport (valid at least 6 months following your departure date)
  • Credit card (if you have one)
  • A confirmed travel itinerary
  • Back-and-forth tickets
  • Proof of accommodations
  • Show money (at least 13,000 PHP for a 4-day trip)

How to get to Jakarta

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer daily flights from Manila to Soekarno Hatta International Airport – Jakarta’s main international gateway. Travel duration from Manila to Jakarta is about 4 hours. Likewise, Singapore Airlines has connecting flights to Jakarta with a layover in Singapore. Travel time for this route is around 6 hours and 40 minutes.

Upon your arrival at the airport, you may get to the city center via DAMRI shuttle buses, which connect international passengers to numerous destinations in Jakarta. Depending on the type of seat and location of your drop off, a ticket person for this bus ride will cost you 25,000 to 35,000 IDR (91 to 250 PHP). The bus service is air-conditioned, comfortable, reliable, and operates until midnight.

To get tickets for this bus ride, head to the left after going out of the Terminal 2 building, until you see DAMRI bus stops and ticket booths.

When to go and visit Jakarta

Jakarta, with its tropical climate, is a good year-round destination, though floods can affect the city during the wet season. The dry season, which starts from May and ends in September, is arguably the best time to visit Jakarta. With a friendly low average temperature of 30°C (86°F), you can easily tour the city without having to worry about getting wet on the dry months. But, make no mistake about it – visiting Jakarta during the wet season can be quite a pleasant experience as well, once you get used to the frequent rains.

Important Bahasa words and phrases

Since English is not widely spoken in the archipelago, it’s essential for you to learn a bit of Bahasa Indonesia, when visiting Jakarta. Here are a few words and phrases in Bahasa that may come in handy in your trip!

  • Selamat dating – welcome
  • Apa kabar – how are you?
  • Di mana? – where?
  • Ya – yes
  • Tidak – no
  • Makasi/ Terima kasih – Thank you
  • Maaf – sorry
  • Masuk – enter/entrance
  • Berapa?- how many/how much?
  • Anda – you
  • Saya – we/me/I
  • Disini – here
  • Boleh – possible/can

Getting around

  • Walking or biking – Sidewalks are not well-maintained and well-connected in Jakarta, so cycling and walking on its busy streets are not recommended.
  • Car rental – With its perpetual gridlocked traffic jams, hiring a car, and driving through the city may not be such a good idea, especially if you’re on a rush, and short on time.
  • Taxi – Taxis are, in general, reliable and affordable, as long as you use a reputable taxi company, like the Blue Bird group.
  • Bajaj – It’s Jakarta’s version of Thailand’s famous tuk-tuk. They are a fairly popular option in Jakarta, as they can weave through the city’s interminable traffic jams, just like motorbikes do.
  • Tour Bus – Nicknamed as “City Tour Jakarta”, these buses are double deckers that will take you to some of the city’s places of interest for free.

Other things to keep in mind

  • Don’t drink tap water wherever you are in Jakarta.
  • The local currency is Indonesian rupiah (IDR or Rp). For an updated IDR to PHP conversion, check out themoneyconverter.com/IDR/PHP.
  • Jakarta is credit card friendly, with hotels, restaurants and shops mostly accepting Mastercard and Visa.
  • Indonesians are generally laid-back, but there are customs and etiquette that you should be aware of, so that you won’t offend them. For instance, shoes should always be removed when entering mosques, temples and even some shops. Also, make sure your skirts and shoes cover the knees when in town, and avoid smooching in public with your partner.
  • Electrical: 240 Volts, 50 Hertz
  • Jakarta isn’t a dangerous place to roam around, but just like any modern city, there’s always an array of scammers out to prey on unsuspecting and naïve foreign tourists. Just be vigilant, use your common sense and you’ll get to dodge the city’s scams.

Things to do in Jakarta

  • Explore the Ancol Dream Park.
  • Get an up close look of the charming animals at the Ragunan Zoo.
  • Discover the fascinating maritime history of Indonesia with a visit to Museum Bahari.
  • Unwind at Taman Mini Indonesia.
  • Visit the city’s other top museums, including the Wayang, Museum National, and National History Museum.
  • Snap pictures of the city’s beautiful landmarks, such as the Gegung Pancasila, Toka Merah, Mahkama Agung, and the towering Monas monuments.
  • Be wowed by the intricate designs of Jakarta’s Islamic mosques, Buddhist temples and the Cathedral.
  • Experience the city’s renowned nightlife scene by visiting cool spots like the Blowfish, Stadium, Jalan Jaksa and Blok M.
  • Sample Jakarta’s mouthwatering street food.