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Daily Archives: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Inspect before you accept your new home

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(NC) After months or years of waiting, you are now close to crossing the threshold of your newly constructed home and starting your new chapter in life. But before you do, there is one last important step: the Pre-Delivery Inspection or PDI. The PDI is your chance to tour your finished condo unit or house for the first time and ...

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3 things to consider before renovating

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(NC) Whether you’re planning on staying or selling, you want your home renovation project to be beautiful and functional and go off without a hitch. So before picking up any tool, think about these tips. Know your DIY limits. Assess which aspects of the project you can complete yourself, and which ones will require a professional. DIY-ing can save you ...

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Is a payday loan right for you?

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(NC) Is a payday loan the best way for you to borrow money? While tempting, a payday loan can have unexpected fees and cost more than you think. Reach your own conclusions with these key facts you should know before turning to a payday loan lender. Payday loans are extremely expensive. Know the government rules that are in place to ...

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4 simple home improvements to consider pre-sale

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(NC) The Canadian Real Estate Association reports that the national average price for homes sold in November 2016 rose 7.3 per cent year-over-year, making it a desirable time for homeowners to consider selling. If you’re thinking of getting on the bandwagon, consider these smart pre-sale renovation tips to boost your home’s value and attract the right potential buyers. Change up ...

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Ivory Coast’s “Iron Lady” Simone Gbagbo acquitted of war crimes

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By Sandra Beagan Ivory Coast’s former First Lady Simone Gbagbo has been cleared of charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the country’s highest criminal court. Judge Kouadio Bouatchi said that the jury’s vote on March 28 was unanimous. Prosecutor Aly Yeo urged the jury to find Gbago “guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentence ...

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Home Maintenance tips

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– By Steve Ezeude   “Another flaw in the human character is that everyone wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance” – Anon   With the housing prices in the GTA still rising and getting continually unaffordable for first time buyers and people wanting to move up from the present homes, it does make sense to imbibe a ...

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Back to School: Use arts and crafts materials safely

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Just because you can buy arts and crafts materials in stores doesn’t mean they are free from health and safety hazards. Some of these materials can be dangerous if you do not follow all of the safety instructions on the product label. Health risks The most common health hazards from working with arts and crafts materials are cuts from knives ...

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Blind cord safety

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Did you know that ordinary household items such as window coverings can cause serious injuries to children? If your window coverings have cords, your children are at risk of strangulation and even death. Good news: keeping your children safe is as easy as removing corded window coverings from your windows. Go cordless Children and blind cords don’t mix. Any type of blind ...

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5 support resources for caregivers

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(NC) You’re raising a young-ish family, working full time and caring for a frail elderly or ill family member or friend. You’re stressed a lot of the time. Fortunately, there are community and government resources that can help. Here are five: Elizz. This is an offering of Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a national not-for-profit organization that has been caring for ...

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3 strategies for raising confident kids.

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(NC) We all want the best for our kids, and building their confidence is a great way help them become happy, healthy and successful adults. Try these three strategies recommended by registered early childhood educators, who are trained in child development and plan play -based early learning and care programs. Encourage decision-making. Confidence in making small decisions leads to confidence ...

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Canada PM Announces Support for High-quality, Affordable Child Care

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By Zacheaus Somorin Canadians deserve the opportunity to raise their families the way they want, but far too many do not have access to the high-quality, affordable child care they need. With increased support for early learning and child care, more Canadian parents can pursue new opportunities to work and learn, and build a better future for themselves and their ...

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Give Children A Chance

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By Pastor Amos Dada PhD;P.Eng amos.dada@gmail.com “But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” 15 And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.”Matt 19:14-15 Three things happened in this passage. Jesus rebuked those who are preventing children ...

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MY MONTH OF AVOIDING DISTRACTIONS.

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By Amos Dada PhD; P.Eng It is with delight that I welcome you to another new month, the month of March our month of, ‘Avoiding Distractions’. My sincere prayer for you is that from this month you will no more be distracted, you will no more distract yourself rather you will achieve your goals and life purpose. Instead of distraction ...

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Thinking about running for office?

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  Monday, April 3, 2017 Edmonton’s election for City and School Board officials will take place this fall – Monday, October 16, 2017 – and the Edmonton.ca website now has everything you need to know if you’re considering running for Mayor, City Councillor or School Board Trustee. Visit Edmonton Elections: For Candidates for key information on filing a notice of intent to run for office, nomination instructions and forms, ...

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Hello, I work for Jobboom.com, an employment and career resource portal based in Canada. To offer your visitors even more value, it would be great to add a link to the Jobboom website (http://www.jobboom.com/en). This will allow your visitors to find local employment offers, read advice on how to create a CV, find tips on how to succeed in job interviews ...

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EXECUTIVE ENCOUNTER – part 3

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Parts 1 and 2 of this story dwelled on my anxieties, my experience and the strategies I employed to survivemy very first face-to-face meeting with my Chief Executive Officer as a lowly placed manager many years ago. No doubt those experience helped to shape my learning curve as I advance in my career in later years.   One of those ...

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EXECUTIVE ENCOUNTER – part 2

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On returning to my office, I spent the next 30 minutes or so wondering how I was going to handle myself. It dawned on me that I just might be in for a thorough drilling by the GMD, and that it might turn out to be my last opportunity to ever appear before him. I was apprehensive, but I promised myself to make the desired positive impression on him. It ...

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EXECUTIVE ENCOUNTER – part 1

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The call came in the forenoon of an otherwise ordinary Tuesday seven years ago. I was engrossed in a particularly explosive mail from top Management. The mail laid out the details of an impending exercise aimed at repositioning the conglomerate for improved performance.   I ignored the first and second ring. As a matter of fact I barely heard the ...

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