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November, 2017

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Virtual Reality In Sydney Is Expanding Into The Team-Building Activities’ Marketplace

A new space has opened up in Kent Street in Sydney, Virtual Reality Rooms. This place is using the power of virtual reality to offer experiences for team bonding in Sydney, which can then be translated into workplace coherence if the teams come from corporates. People can come in groups to experience the adventures here or can also come as individuals and be paired up with others. Either way, most people who complete this note how much importance their adventures had to expanding their teamwork skills.

There are currently only two types of experiences on offer here, but the beauty of this is that these experiences cannot be offered elsewhere and this is the only place for team bonding in Sydney that uses virtual reality.

One of these experiences was of escaping from a space station. Virtual reality in zero gravity can be rather daunting. The individuals may have been firmly placed in the real world but the zero gravity of the virtual reality tends to make a few people nauseous. The team members were asked to find a way to escape from the space station. This adventure was so designed that some parts of it required 4 people to progress and it wouldn’t have been able to progress without all four members of the team pitching in. The second experience is of a murder mystery where teams will have to work together to retrieve a kidnapped young girl.

One important point to note here is the use of high-end graphics hardware for the VR headsets. The use of powerful technology is required when creating a virtual reality space, so Virtual Reality Rooms used Nvidia 1080 graphics cards to power their displays. This was used in conjunction with high end computing hardware from Asus, and Leap Motion sensors. These motion sensors invariably stole the show. They captured the movements of the hands and legs without the need for haptic gloves. This motion was then translated into the game as motion of the hands and legs of the in-game characters. Most people were smitten by tis technology, and could not get enough of it. These high-end graphics and impeccable use of up-to-date technology comes at a cost though. Each individual has to pay $49 to play on weekdays and $59 on weekends.

India Is The Biggest Market Of Honda In Asia Oceania

A senior company official of Honda, a Japanese automotive manufacturer, said that India is currently the largest market of the company when it comes to retail sales. This is when looking at the data for the first six months of the fiscal year in the entire region of Asia Oceania. They are hoping to use this fact and create a momentum. Honda is also known for manufacturing Honda motorcycle whichis being sold all over the world.

Honda’s list of countries in the region of Asia Oceania is exclusive of China and Japan. In the previous year, Indonesia was the leading market of the company but India took the crown for the whole region in 2017.

Yoichiro Ueno, the CEO and President of Honda Cars India Ltd, the company has noted an increase of 22 per cent in the first half of the fiscal year and when looking at the volume of retail sales they have accomplished. India is now Asia Oceania region’s top market of Honda.

For the first nine months of 2017, the retail sales of the India branch of Honda reached 135,501 units compared to Indonesia with only 130,587 units sold.

A big part of the sales in India is coming from the recent compact model which is the SUV WR-V together with the best seller model, Sedan city.

Honda is now planning to increase its presence in India through six additional products which they will launch within three years from now. They are also aiming to use its sales momentum to make Honda known as a premium brand in the country.

Ueno said that locals in India are now slowly changing their preference and they chose more of the premium products. This is why on 2016 they decided to change the brand image of the company as a whole. They are also looking into the demand of the consumers when choosing their specification levels.

He is also proud that the company is getting a lot of positive feedback from its customers. The company will also use this chance to strengthen the sector of Honda motorcycle and increase its sales in the process.

The Importance Of Insurance To Cover Certain Risks

Contrary to the belief of many people, insurance is not an unnecessary expense. Insurance provides benefits to individual and businesses in more ways than an average person thinks. The most obvious benefit that can be gained from insurance is the payment for losses. For example accountants require accountant professional indemnity insurance as protection for professional risks. Athletes on the other hand need coverage for bodily harm.

Fitness enthusiasts and athletes love the challenges offered by obstacle and fitness courses that are organizedby companies that specialize in such events. However, if a participant gets injured in the competition, will insurance cover the body injury?

In one recent case, the federal district court of Florida ruled that the exclusion in the insurance policy that was issued to a company that operates an obstacle course precluded any claims made by a participant in the race where he was injured. Adam Durden sued Dirty Foot Mud Ranch for the injuries that he sustained during the competition at the obstacle course race at Dirty Foot Adventure Run.

Dirty Foot leased a property and created an obstacle course with the objective of inviting athletes to compete’ however, Dirty Foot was negligent with the obstacle course’s design of the mud pit because it failed to consider proper water depth. A different company organized the competition and Durden was one of the athletes that were invited.

Dirty Foot has commercial general liability insurance from Maxum Indemnity Company but Durden was refused coverage because he alleged that he was injured in the mud race obstacle course held at the Dirty Foot property. The insurance policy excluded coverage for claims made by athletes and sports participants during a performance, contest, sport or event. Maxum did not indemnify Dirty Foot based on the policy that excluded sports and athletic participations.

Accountants are provided protection through accountant professional indemnity insurance for a very competitive price. An expert team will handle claims that are made locally. Response is prompt and fair and accountants will be given risk management tools and education so that claims against the practice will be reduced. Coverage provided will depend on individual circumstances.

When Football Becomes Embroiled Into A Political Controversy

Many people are passionate about sports. You will find them busy reading through the latest statistics of their favorite NBA or NFL teams. Others have in their possession a canvas art print of their beloved surfer catching the waves. The favorite photographs of your sports idols while on action can be transformed into high quality canvas prints that you can admire on the walls of the home.

Recently, NFL players became the subject of controversy when they took the knee while the US national anthem was playing. At least 70% of NFL players are black; however, their fans are 80% white and 63% male. It seems that some players want to play and be paid and yet be able to voice out their opinions on certain topics.

The league wants its team owners to be happy but it also wants to make sure that players are given the platform to voice out their concerns. The most obvious solution is a discussion but the issue is difficult to resolve. According to NFL Commissioner, Rodger Goodell, owners and players discussed during a two-day meeting that the league will work with players on the issues that affect their communities.

The league’s handbook will not be changed. The policy that players should stand during the national anthem is not a rule. Players are encouraged to stand but there is no clear answer whether the player will be disciplined by the owners if he takes the knee.

Sport has always been a site for expression of tensions in society. For example, if a black player is subjected to a form of discipline, it sends the message of disciplining all black bodies all over the country. However, there are people who believe that fans are not interested on the political opinions of players.  The implications go beyond football and people can expect more tweets.

The photograph of your favorite player can be happily transformed into canvas art print with the assurance that the image will look great. There is also the option of split canvas prints wherein the total size will remain the same but will consist of smaller prints to look its absolute best.

Victoria Beckham’s Engagement Rings And David Beckham’s Shoes

The engagement ring is the harbinger of a message that “You are mine forever.” It can be the most extravagant expense that a man can make to propose a marriage. For those who are shopping for an engagement ring, there are platinum engagement rings that can be customized according to the taste of your fiancée.

It is not surprising to know that Victoria Beckham has 13 engagement rings considering her extravagant lifestyle. David Beckham has gifted his wife with 13 different engagement rings during the course of their 20-year marriage. A 3-carat marquise-cut diamond in yellow gold band worth $85,000 was used by David Beckham to propose to Victoria in 1998. Since then, David Beckham has consistently gifted Victoria with diamond rings.

David Beckham is always big news to soccer fans. On Instagram last Sunday, David Beckham posted a teaser that “Big things are coming Monday” however, it was not the announcement that South Florida soccer fans were waiting for. According to MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche and Miami Beckham United spokesperson Tadd Schwartz, there is no news yet regarding the proposed Miami Major League Soccer team.

It turned out that the big announcement is the Adidas launch of Predator DB Accelerator soccer cleat which is a remake of the 1998 leather shoe that Beckham wore when he was bending free kicks during the height of his career. Last Sunday, a Twitter post by Adidas football showed an image of Beckham with the shoes and a caption that says “The boot of a generation. Remastered by David Beckham. Unveiled tomorrow #Limited Collection.”

Meanwhile, David Beckham’s quest to bring MLS to Miami was not announced last Monday. The$9 million land deal has been approved and the lawsuit has been thrown out. After due diligence is done, Beckham and majority owner Todd Boehly will be holding a press conference.

Back to engagement rings, it can be daunting to choose one for the future bride because of the innumerable choices available. It can be challenging to pick the right one between the gold and platinum engagement rings because they are both excellent choices. However, with proper knowledge of your future bride’s preferences, you will not be overwhelmed.

Plaster Sculptures From A Master Plasterer

One of the most famous master plasterers in Ireland, Paul Griffin, is releasing his own line of plaster sculptures. These are in the form of a wall art that is perfect for today’s modern homes. He is responsible for handcrafting the designs of the plaster sculptures. The plaster products are also known as Stuccoettes and anyone can buy as they ship anywhere in the world. This type of art is rarely seen from commercial plasterers in Sydney as they are more focused on developing interior and exterior of commercial establishments.

This is not the first time that Paul has created plaster pieces as he had received a number of customized orders before. Due to the demand, he decided to create his own designs and transform it into plastic sculptures which are also known as stuccoettes. These art works can be hanged on the wall. The interesting fact about these 3D sculptures is that they seem to move on their own depending on the light casted and the shadows they create. Interested buyers can see an actual video of the stuccoettes on Paul’s website.

Paul Griffin is also known as the person behind Griffin Plastering, a prominent name in Ireland when it comes to plastering. They provide services in both decorative and lime plastering. He has been in the industry for two decades because his father and uncle who raised him by working as a master plasterers. His company is known for various prestigious plastering projects that is now embedded in history such as Shelbourne Hotel, National Art Gallery and Trinity College Dublin.

Paul was also a graduate of different courses like mould making course complete in Italy and a sculpturing course he took up at NCAD located in Ireland. Paul said that his plaster sculpture products can now be pre-ordered through the crowd funding website INDIEGOGO. They are able to ship anywhere in the world and they are open to partnerships with individuals, interior designers as well as architects. Each stuccoette made by Paul is unique and the perfect wall accessory. Establishments with smooth walls done by commercial plasterers in Sydney could enhance their interior with one of these plastic sculpture.