Posted on | January 5, 2015 | Comments Off
Custom military coins, similar to challenge coins are traced way back World War I. Such coins are given to members of the military force and signify the branch of the Armed Forces the owner belongs to. During the Nazi occupation of France, such coins (although some say they use ordinary currency coins) were issued to Bona Fides, and were used to identify which were allies and which were not.
Custom military coins are around 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter and about 1/10 of an inch thick. Not all military coins are round; some come in all sorts of shapes and styles. There are coins shaped like arrowheads, pentagon, shield or dog tag style. They are generally made of nickel, pewter (a common metal alloy) or copper. Coins vary in their finishing and commemorative military coins (the limited edition ones) are gold plated. These coins may bear the unit’s logo or insignia, their troop motto, and several other markings that could separate the group from the others.
Custom military coins bore no value and they were not minted by the Federal Government. They were not used as currency but as a mere identification. Aside from this there are several other uses of military coins; some of which prompted private organizations, companies and non-military organizations to adopt and make their own custom coins.
The first and obvious use of custom military coins is for identification purposes. It was believed that such coins protected military men during the First and Second World War. The most famous story about this very important use of military coins is said to have happened during the First World War when an American military pilot’s plane crashed in Germany. He was held captive by the German military forces, stripped off of any means of identification, except for a leather satchel he kept around his neck. It was said that his military coin was inside the satchel.
When the American soldier was to be transferred to a small French town, he seized the opportunity to escape and was able to successfully do so. Upon reaching a French military post, he was asked to show proof of identity, which he has none. He was then sentenced to death by execution and in sheer desperation, he showed his medallion. One of his executioners recognized the logo on the medallion, as that of an American ally and he was freed immediately.
Aside from being used as a form of identification, challenge coins are also used to earn free drinks in a bar. You don’t show it literally to the bartender though. The tradition of playing the military challenge coin game is believed to have started during war times as well. Each coin holder is expected to bring their coins all the time.
When in a bar, anyone can challenge everyone else to show their respective coins (assuming everyone has one) and whoever fails to do so is the one to pay one round of drinks for everyone else. However, if everyone else were able to show their coins, the person who challenged the group would be the one to pay that round of drinks.
Custom military coins are also used as a means to recognize any person’s valiant effort. Such coins of honor are bestowed upon military men whose acts, bravery or manner are highly commendable. Custom coins are proven to boost the morale of its recipients and seemed to be an effective way to motivate people. They are also issued to retiring members of the troop, to show the unit head’s appreciation of the service rendered by the outgoing service man. Foreign dignitaries, visitors and the likes are also given such coins as a memento or souvenir of their presence in the group.
Posted on | January 2, 2015 | Comments Off
Here are seven things every keynote speaker should know:
1. First impression lasts
Your first invitation as a keynote speaker will decide the impression you will leave to your audience. Of course, the reception from the audience will also determine if you are worth a second invitation or not. The first time is nerve-racking, but it is the most crucial starting point of your career. Keep your focus and take the stage like it is your last speaking engagement. Your motivation will tell you how far you can get in the public speaking arena.
2. The audience has short attention span
Write and deliver your speech like you are trying to sell a product over the phone. You only have an opening of a few seconds to catch your audience’s attention and interest, so make sure that you take the opportunity before their ears close completely. A boring start rarely takes off high in the end because once a “listener” yawns or talks to somebody else, it will be really hard to get his attention back no matter how interesting your topic is. Start with enthusiasm and be personal.
3. You are an extension of the organizers/sponsors
What you say should reflect the principles of the organizers. If the organizer is a non-profit organization with a certain advocacy, your speech should not go against that advocacy and instead, help promote it. As different topics will also be assigned to different speakers, your content should be on the same page as the others. If you disagree with their principles, do not accept the invitation. Otherwise, that is called hypocrisy.
4. The clock is ticking
You do not have the whole day, so stick with the schedule. Some speakers bask in the attention too much that they feel like they can talk no matter how long they want. However, a five-minute extension of your speech can already cost the organizers thousands of dollars for the venue and personnel. Return the favor and be sensitive. They invited you to the event, so be nice.
5. You are an authority
Maybe you are really not, but as the keynote speaker, you have to give that impression. The organizers are trying to establish an image by hiring you, so you have to stick with the role and deliver a well-researched speech. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not considered the most credible politician, but everybody listens when he talks because he talks with conviction (maybe it is the inner action star in him). Likewise, Sarah Palin is considered by many as a nuisance candidate despite being one of the most powerful women in America. Surprisingly, she is now one of the most in-demand speakers in the country.
6. Not everyone agrees with you
You cannot make everybody agree with you no matter how credible and experienced you are simply because everyone has his own opinion. Your speech aims to share your take on a certain issue backed by justifications and arguments. It does not aim to convince everybody in the event to adopt your own beliefs and throw theirs just because you are an expert. Do not be disheartened if you see people shaking their heads. The important thing is that you leave something for them to think about when they go home.
7. The event is not about you
As the keynote speaker, you are considered the most important speaker of the event. Yours is the most awaited part, but do not ever think that the event is all about you or has been organized for you. While a motivational speaker normally holds his own event, a keynote speaker is merely invited. At the end of the day, you should still remember rule number three – you are the extension of the organizers.
Posted on | December 31, 2014 | 1 Comment
If you are wondering why people in your neighborhood are having portable storage containers delivered to their doorsteps, here are the four common reasons why homeowners are turning to these movable cubicles for their many personal needs:
Moving to a New Home
Portable storage containers are far more economical choices when transferring residences. In fact, they may be your only choice when you are moving abroad. The great thing with storage containers is that they come in varying sizes, so you can avoid the flat rates charged by moving companies for their moving vans. If you have few items to move, then settle for the 20-ft container and save yourself some money. They are easier and safer to load, plus they will keep your belongings secure with their lock systems.
Putting Your House on the Market
When you are selling your home, you have to ensure that your house will be most attractive to potential buyers. If it is cluttered with all the stuff that you accumulated through the years, it will look small and less pleasing to the eyes. Too much furniture will also hinder you from showing off the great areas of the home. Therefore, remove all those boxes of books and magazines that are lying around, as well as that unused baby crib or desk that is just collecting dust. You can place them all temporarily in portable storage containers to make your home ready for viewing. Once the house is sold, you can use the same containers in moving your things to your new place.
Extra Storage Space
Nowadays, small families opt to own small homes because they cannot afford the price of larger properties. However, through the years, it is unavoidable for even a family of four not to collect a wide array of personal items, especially if one member is a hoarder. Soon enough, you will see stacks of boxes or plastic crates on a corner filled with toys, books, magazines, shoes, or clothes. They will occupy your little space until your home becomes crowded and uncomfortable to live in.
With no attic or basement, you really are left no choice but fill your living room or bedrooms with these items. However, if you have an extra unused space in your lot, you may find that another solution is available for you and that is by using portable storage containers. These containers can be rented out or bought, depending on how long you intend to use them. Just place them in your backyard and they can serve as instant storage spaces for the items that you seldom use.
Has a grandparent decided to move in with you? Or maybe, your teenager son has been complaining that he can no longer share a room with his younger brother? Times like these, the best solution would be to have another room built in your property. However, with the cost of construction materials and the labor, not every homeowner can readily jump on this solution. Here is a good alternative – try storage containers. You can buy a used one as long as it is still in good condition.
Have it customized by a builder by placing windows, doors, ceilings, and new floorings. Add some insulation and an air conditioning system, and voila! You now have an instant room added to your home for a much cheaper cost. Since storage containers are made of steel, they can last a number of years. In fact, some people build their homes solely from storage containers, so this is really a feasible idea. You can paint and design it to complement the main home, and you will be patting yourself on the back for a job well done.
If your neighbors are making use of storage containers for their home needs, it may be time that you do too. They are sturdy and make for excellent practical solutions for various needs.
Posted on | December 30, 2014 | Comments Off
It is in the people’s way of life to have a proper send-off to the departed, especially if it’s their loved ones. People all over the world, across many cultures, and through different times have engaged in funeral, burial, and even crematory services; but do you know that this can also be done to animals?
Yes, pet cremation is now a thing. Basically, it is when people have their beloved dead pet animals incinerated and reduced to ashes for safekeeping. Pet cremation is practiced all over the world. There are even temples and crematoriums dedicated just for pet animals. In Japan, almost 500 pet temples are available for lost pets.
The process is pretty simple and almost the same as the process of cremating dead human bodies. The dead bodies of the pet animals are placed in crematories and cremators where they are subjected to high-temperature incineration. The bodies are also vaporized and oxidized until all chemicals have gone and the bodies are reduced to dry bone fragments. They are also then put into blenders where they are further reduced into ashes.
However, the time alloted for the whole cremating process does not take as long as that of the humans’. Especially for smaller pets like birds, puppies, pr kittens, the process does not take long.
However, unlike in cremating dead human bodies, pet owners now have the option to have their pet’s bodies cremated along with other animals. This is called communal pet cremation. However, their remains are most likely to get mixed up with the others. It is also important to note that not every animal’s body is the same. Some might burn fast than the other and vice versa, so there is a tendency for overburning or underburning when two bodies are placed in one machine.
There is also private pet cremation for those who wish for a more decent way of taking care of their dead pet’s body. Just like the name suggests, this is where a pet’s body is cremated one at a time.
The cost for cremating pets in a communcal manner ranges from $50 to $150. For the private cremating services, on the other hand, the cost ranges from $150 to $300.
Choosing the right people to cremate a dead pet animal is also the same as choosing people who will cremate dead human bodies. It is important to ask if they have a code of ethics and if they strictly follow it. The cost should also be looked at relatively with the quality of their facilities and services. However, the most important among all is that if they have proper sanitary permits, certificates, and guidelines to operate.
Cremating a pet animal’s dead body is ideal for those who can’t bear to lose their beloved pets out of sight. By keeping them in urns or jars, the pet owner can always cling on to their pet’s remains and have a tangible thing that they can hold in times of hardships.
The urns can be highly customized, too, depending on the pet’s characteristics and the pet owner’s attitude. There are urns with paws on it as a design, and there are some with wings. Urns can be bought pre-made, and it can also be made-to-order.
Indeed, pet animals are not that different form people nowadays. Today, they are also treated with utmost care and love just like how a human treats a loved one. The most important lesson of all these is that be it a person or an animal, everyone shares the same right to be treated fairly and lovingly during their time of living and even in the time of their death. Cremation helps in tying up the link between humans and animals.
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Posted on | December 29, 2014 | Comments Off
When it comes to any career path, it’s easy to get complacent. There are a lot of individuals today that are sitting on their hands, collecting a paycheck and essentially “phoning it in” for most of their jobs. Some jobs allow that because there’s a lot of down time, few changes in the processing of the necessary elements for the job and more. When it comes to certain industries, however, that is not at all possible. You will find that the human resources world is definitely one of those arenas. You may find yourself chasing the right pieces here, but more likely than not, you’re going to end up dealing with a variety of issues that will not allow you to just phone it in, so to speak. This becomes especially true when you consider that you have to renew your certification every 3 years. With that in mind, you may want to look into a few reasons why you need to consider HRCI Recertification Training.
Getting Up To Date Information
The human resources world is one that is constantly changing. It is evolving, and every few years there are a whole new set of rules for the professional world. You may not see them immediately come into place in your career path, but they will be there. If you’re running the department, or just an employee within the larger umbrella, you are going to find that you are going to have to change your approach from time to time. Your approach to this is definitely crucial to how the department runs and whether or not the company you work for is compliant within the legalities that are placed by the federal government. Without up to date information, you open up your company to lawsuits and more.
Eliminating Gaps In Your Education
Just like teachers need to renew their credentials every few years, human resources departments need staff that has renewed and compliant certifications. When you look into renewing the certificate, you’ll find that you will need to look into HRCI Recertification Training as a measure of assistance moving forward. When you move forward within this realm, you will not only eliminate any gaps that may appear in your education, but you’ll get a refresher course on the fundamentals as well as new ideas. When you refresh your tool set for the position you’re in, you will end up rising to a whole new level of intrigue and success overall. Knowing what is just around the bend in terms of the human resources world can be supplied by simply going into the training options that abound today.
There are some people that work within the human resources world that will immediately assume that they will pass their testing. This is a dangerous method to go through with, because if you’re too cocky, you could end up failing. If you fail the test, you cannot get a renewal for the certification that you have. It’s best to look into HRCI Recertification Training and ensure that you’re going to pass with the right information at the helm of your movement forward. There is a certain level of expertise that you need to have here, and it’s something that you are not going to find working any other way. It’s best to get a refresher course moving forward than to step into the arena and fail because you had a misstep in your information.
At the end of the day, you can either have a good experience in the recertification process or you can end up failing, it’s that simple. It’s best to get a little training, and hedge your bets, that’s for sure.
Posted on | December 29, 2014 | No Comments
Have you ever wondered what they call the looped cord that carries your identification card at all times? These are called badge lanyards. They are worn around the neck so that your identification cards will remain visible at all times and are secured as well. They can be worn within an area where identification cards are very important.
These lanyards are not just used for identification purposes. They are also used to secure an item to prevent it from getting lost. For policemen, they use it to secure their whistles. With soldiers, they use lanyards to secure their pistols. Lanyards are also used to secure important keys and items which are used all the time.
Nowadays, badge lanyards are most often used to bring around a person’s ID instead of a traditional pin. A person’s ID is more visible this way and is more convenient to wear. Companies and other organizations would use lanyards of different colors to tell which department a person belongs to. Sometimes it also tells the position of the person in the company. Schools and universities would have their lanyards in different colors as well to indicate a student’s seniority. The school’s colors can sometimes be used on the lanyard itself.
During special events, some souvenirs or giveaways would include special badge lanyards. Often times, other items like button pins, badges, stickers and tags would be included and all will have the name and logo of the event.
An attachment will be present at the end of a lanyard where different items can be attached. It can be identification cards, badges and card keys. Sometimes, coin purses or ordinary keys can be attached to it. Some attachments are sturdy enough to hold a cellular phone or a portable music player.
A lanyard can be fully customizable. Depending on your preferences, you can put any kind of design on it. For companies and schools, their name or logo will be put directly on the lanyard itself. You can also change the color and the width of the lanyard. This kind of design gives an advantage to schools and companies so that they can identify the wearer easily.
Kinds of Badge lanyards
There are different kinds of lanyards, such as:
This kind of lanyard is made with polyester. It is usually available in one color, but the design on it is woven directly into the lanyard, ensuring that the design will not fade or get removed. The downside is that the design that can be added is restricted to simple designs only.
2.Dye Sublimated Lanyard.
This is the most customizable kind. Most schools and companies would use this kind because of the versatility of its application. You can add any kind of design and any color that will be printed directly to the lanyard. The added feature is that the design is applied using a heat press. This ensures that the design gets embedded onto the fabric of the lanyard and it will not fade.
This is the cheapest and the most common among all available lanyard types. The design is added through the means of the silkscreen method. The design usually comes in only one color. If the design is poorly applied, it can chip off and fade.
This kind also uses polyester as the material but the lanyard is made using a different method. Tube stitching is used to create the lanyard. This gives the finished product a soft feel. Silkscreen method is initially used for applying the design, but this method can sometimes be combined with the Woven Lanyard type.
This kind has a shiny finish and is known to be durable. It is usually given away during special events as souvenirs because of how the shiny finish makes it stand out. Silkscreen method is often used to apply the design with a nylon lanyard.
People who’ll benefit most from this site are those planning to purchase badge lanyards and id card holders for their own use and those interested in making lanyards or starting a lanyard selling business,should visit www.thelanyardauthority.com
Posted on | December 29, 2014 | Comments Off
Every niche, industry, and story that you could possibly think about has some detractors. This is especially true when you start to work within the 4 walls of tech. Millions of people are pushing out content right now and some of it is going to definitely cause you to see a big push in the wrong direction. The problems associated with this are numerous, and will definitely cause you to end up losing market share in your site, because you will end up believing them and perhaps even trying things out for your website overall.
The reason why lies and myths are perpetuated and proliferate the online world is because they seem to be ok, or right. This happens a lot in regards to the world of internet marketing. You are going to be hard pressed not to find a conspiracy theory in regards to this, especially on how there’s a “secret” cabal of search engine marketing that only a few people know about. Yes, there are a few people that have made serious money with affiliate marketing, and even selling books online, but chances are that they built their fortune by selling information to others about this type of thing.
At the end of the day, if you want to build on the right solutions moving forward, you will want to isolate a variety of different measurements and focus on building the right components overall. If you want to build to a successful platform, then you will want to look at a few myths that you should not believe in regards to SEO. Setting up a website is easy, getting a movement forward becomes difficult if you aren’t paying attention to what you need to do outside of the mythos of optimization. The following are just 4 things that you should be considering.
SEO Is Fast
There’s nothing fast about true search engine optimization. That’s right, there’s absolutely nothing that you can do right now that is going to end up helping you get moving forward. SEO is methodical, it’s slow, and it can end up being painstaking for most people. If you set this up correctly, you could end up moving towards a lot of traffic, but it won’t happen fast. The reason why there’s no way to speed this up is because there are a lot of elements at play here. There is so much, in fact, that you are going to have to hire someone to do it all. If you have 40 hours to dedicate on your marketing a week, then you have the tool kit to get a lot of traffic. However, if you do not have a great deal of time on your hands, then you are going to have to hire a professional to help you gain the right elements of success.
SEO Can Deliver Sales
Yes, SEO can deliver sales but not in the way that it’s being sold. Just because you do everything right in terms of optimization, doesn’t mean that you are going to get paid within the world of marketing. You are going to find that the traffic that you get still has to be marketed to through a variety of means. Your landing page for optimization has to be able to convey a good message to the end user, or they are going to walk away. You have to placate the issues that many are dealing with and by that, you have to upload pages that are going to get moving forward in the right direction. SEO cannot deliver sales alone, you have to cycle through various marketing channels to make sure that your traffic is in fact going to answer your call to action.
SEO Is Simple
There is nothing simple about the true core elements of search engine optimization. Yes, you can understand the defining points, but as far as implementing the correct elements for your site, you are going to have a problem. Just because someone is selling a “blueprint” for SEO, doesn’t mean that it’s going to help you get moving forward. In fact, millions of people have seen their pages diminish in value because they were not able to isolate the right relationship within the marketing elements needed to move forward. SEO is not a simple thing that you can just turn on and off, it takes time, and even when you do everything right, there are issues in your niche that you will have to deal with.
The biggest thing that you have to take away from all of this is simple, in contrast, and that’s hiring someone. If you hire a professional to build the right collateral moving forward, you are going to end up with a positive solution that will garner you a great deal of success moving forward. Getting to a point where you are able to gain leverage through search engine solutions is a good thing, but it’s important that you are not letting things end up isolate in the wrong areas. You need to focus on the world of marketing as a whole and you have to take your time, and build the
Posted on | December 26, 2014 | No Comments
Do you have a PCB design idea that you want to turn into a real product? Or you may already have made a prototype and want to mass produce it for commercial consumption? The best thing to go about it is to hire a PCB assembly service to do the job for you.
PCB assembly companies are not that hard to find these days. A quick online search can give you countless results to choose from. But before you hire a PCB manufacturing company that would cater your specific requirements, here are some tips that you may want to keep in mind.
1.Start with your PCB design
Prior to looking for a supplier, you may want to finalize your circuit board design first. Use CAD software to create your design for the purpose you want it to serve. Do not worry if you feel that the design is not yet perfect or that there are still improvements that can be made. Actually, there are manufacturing companies that also offer free design consultation if you let them handle the fabrication process. Others even provide full service including the circuit layout.
The important thing is you are clear with what you want regarding your own PCB assembly. Revising or improving it can come later and you should welcome that opportunity.
2.Choose a reputable company
The service provider that you will work with should not only be competent. More importantly, the company should also be trustworthy and reliable. You don’t want to hire someone who will not provide the level of service that your product or design deserves.
Have a list of 3 or 4 fabrication companies and make some background checks. Check out their websites and find a list of their clients that you can call to inquire about their experience on the sand company’s services. Look for a company that has a proven track record of excellence, prompt services, and customer satisfaction. Read articles about them on the web to learn more.
3.Survey for competitive prices
Canvass for the costs of each one and compare them. When comparing quotations, be cautious about the prices they offer as too low can mean that the materials or its services are substandard. It is much better if you ask for a sample of a finished product of their work so you can discern their performance. Remember that prices alone are not enough to base your decision. Look for high quality products and services at competitive prices.
If you are really serious about your PCB assembly design, then you should put quality first and cost second. Or at least you should have a good balance between the two. It is perfectly fine to pay a little extra as long as the quality is excellent, instead of settling for a cheaper yet mediocre one.
This is especially true if you are representing your own company, as the quality of your products will have a great effect on your brand.
5.Give them your design and ask for suggestions
Once you have chosen you preferred supplier, you can now show them your design. It would be wise to consider their suggestions before going into mass production. Listen to what they have to say and weigh it according to your inclination. Besides, you will still have the last say whatever happens.
6.Ask for a sample first before mass production
This is perhaps the most important tip in this article. Before moving on to mass producing your circuit board design, ask for a finished sample of it first so you can make a final approval. If you are ordering hundreds or thousands of PCBs, then it should be sure to avoid re-fabrication and redundant expenses. Check carefully if the sample finished product is consistent with your design.
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Posted on | December 23, 2014 | No Comments
Litigations dealing with Long Island foreclosure defense will give you a lot of trouble. Those will not only strain your coffers, but will also waste a lot of your time, especially when attending formal hearings. Usually, banks are the ones who press claims for your property to be seized, for them to benefit on your home’s real estate value. What if you know that you are not at fault on this case, but the other side is just massing an elaborate way of delaying the process of handing the decision down? Then it’s the time to take on the fastest way out where your victory is assured.
Here are some of the basic rationalizations you can use in the proceedings about your home mortgage that will ensure that your side wins the fight:
• Showing the court that the transfer of the mortgage is “wrongfully assigned” – creditors may have transferred the mortgage payment to multiple banks and that makes the whole payment process too complicated to trace back. Simply put, the aim of this legal maneuver is to force the prosecution panel turn over a physical form of mortgage payment transfer, else their case does not have proper grounds.
• Loss of the Original copy of the mortgage note – if the bank filing the case cannot present the master copy of the mortgage note where their claim began, your Long Island foreclosure defense team can immediately set a motion to dump the case outright. However, these banks must have never gained possession of the aforementioned note in the first place.
• The complainant/s cannot establish the facts of their case – as with handling any kind of judicial proceedings, the prosecution should make sure that they can lay out the truthfulness of their claim. Without this groundwork, the trial cannot even stand on its own, and therefore can be immediately quashed.
• Banks negligence to provide an affirmation from a certified Attorney – this is a recently added safeguard to protect the interest of the borrowers. Courts of law now implement that the rule that banks must have a legal representative inside any halls of justice when their claims to seize a property is being carried out. If the complainant/s cannot produce an attorney who is a legitimate practitioner regarding mortgage claims, your Long Island foreclosure defense lawyers can invoke that the prosecution’s claims are invalid.
• Failure to sufficiently establish a correctly transferred ownership of the property – it is also known as the inadequately connected chain of proprietorship to the disputed home. When the banks pressing claim on your estate cannot give the court a properly documented detail on how they got hold of the property that they want to sequester, they will be forced to abandon the case as it will look like they just stole the property from its rightful owner, which is you.
• The failure of the prosecution team to affirm their legal stand to press claims – The banks who want to grab your land out of a botched mortgage plan must first made clear to the plaintiff that they are can legally claim the property they want to seize. If they cannot do this, the legality of the case can be questioned.
These Long Island foreclosure defense basics are just guides for you to have an idea how to wiggle your way out of the problem if you have already identified the problem with your property. It’s still up to the evidence you will present to the court if your efforts to fend off the attempts to legally take away your property will succeed. Be ready with what the prosecution might throw your way and remember these tips if you see an opening on their attacks.
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