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March 2nd, 2016 by DonnaRLuce

Planning a Christmas party at home can be very stressful. But planning a Christmas party for an office event is even more so. If you would think about all the time and the effort that you would have to put in the planning, it can get overwhelming. If this is your first time planning for an office event, here is a simple step-by-step guide to help you out.

  • Set a date. During the Christmas season, schedules can get quite hectic that is why you must set the date early before your co-workers start making plans for the holidays. Once you have decided on a favorable date, you should immediately send a ‘save-the-date’ mail to your co-workers. This will also present you the opportunity to change the date in case majority of the attendees disapprove of it.
  • Set a budget. Determine the exact amount to spend on the party because doing so would help you know what kind of party you can organize. Consider the type of organization you have as well as the personalities of your co-workers.
  • Decide on a party type. Your Christmas party can take on many different routes however, you should also consider the size of your company, the budget and where it will be held. Will it happen during the day or the evening? Will your co-worker’s husbands, wives and partners be invited as well? Should you go for a packaged party or a casual party at a bowling alley or ice skating ring.
  • Look for a venue. Go around and look for available venues on the date that you have decided on. Visit a number of venues as much as possible and find where you will most benefit at.
  • Choose a theme. Even if you decide on a formal party, you would still need a theme for the party. You can go winter wonderland, James Bond, Masquerade or 1920s just as long as you design your venue based on your theme.
  • Food & Beverage. Food can either make or break the party that is why you must organize a good catering. Select a menu and food type. Add in a vegetarian selection for people who don’t eat meat. Beverage can either be pre-order drinks or you can pay for what is consumed on the night.
  • Mixing it up. Remember to provide entertainment for the party. Music is always a must. You can hire a live band or a DJ. You can even go for magicians, casino tables and cabarets.
  • Invitations & Favors. Make sure to design the invitation appropriate to your theme. Do not forget about party favors or Christmas gift bags because people always love receiving treats.

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September 10th, 2015 by DonnaRLuce

The internet plays a very big role in the success of self-storage facilities like StorageManchester.co. Years ago, facilities can be searched through Yellow Pages but with the introduction of internet, potential customers have more access to information about the self-storage facility including the amenities they provide. Consumers are better informed before they make a final decision.

According to Comcast, it is upgrading its Internet Essentials plan to make sure that senior citizens get connections. The Pay-TV and internet giant has started the program in 2011 so that discounted internet services and computers can be offered to low income families. Because of the step undertaken by Comcast, more than half a million American homes or more than 2 million Americans can now go online.

The Internet Essentials program of Comcast is presently available to families that have one child who is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program that includes public, parochial, private and homeschool students. Internet service is available for these families at $9.95 a month with the potential to purchase an internet-ready computer for less than $150.

In a blog post on Comcast’s website, senior EVP and chief diversity officer David L. Cohen announced upgrades that include increased download speeds from 5 Megabits per second to 10 Mbps at no additional cost with a free Wi-Fi router. With the upgrade, it will easier for families to connect to the internet simultaneously.
Comcast is also launching a pilot program that will help low-income seniors understand and the use the web. According to Pew Research Center, less than half or 47% of those aged 65 and above have broadband in their homes.

Cohen has made the announcement in West Palm Beach Florida where the first pilot program will start with the Urban League of Palm Beach. In the coming weeks, more pilot programs will be announced by Cohen.

Internet Essentials program grew from Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal. The net and cable provider agreed to provide increased broadband deployment to the low-income group for 3 years. The vision of the Comcast is to invest in communities because when they thrive, everyone benefits.

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August 25th, 2015 by DonnaRLuce

Last Sunday, numerous Albertans have gathered at the rotunda of the Alberta Legislature to celebrate Black Ribbon Day. Black Ribbon Day was established in order to remember the numerous victims of the Nazi regime, Nazism itself, and communism. This event has also been associated by many others with the tyranny happening in today’s modern times.

Sunday specifically marked the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact or the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The pact was named after the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, and the German foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop.

The pact specifically entails how there should be no belligerence between the two parties as well as never having to ally with the enemy of each party. During this treaty, about two million people, which can be estimated as the total population of Edmonton and Calgary combined, were sent to Siberia. Unfortunately, out of these two million people, only 505,000 people returned.

According to the deputy chair of committees, Richard Feehan, the world should not repeat the inhumane acts that were committed before. He also said that the survivors of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact are a proof that the human spirit always goes beyond evil.

David Shepherd of the Edmonton-Centre had also remarked on how there is still hope for people to achieve a future that is free from violence as long as there are people who are willing to stand up to and fight against the crimes against humanity.

People believe that the Black Ribbon Day will send a message on how human rights should be valued. Currently, similar crimes are still present today. There is cruelty, torture, imprisonment, violence, deprivation and death and the people who had launched Black Ribbon Day feels that they it is their obligation to remember the suffering of the victims of tyrannical regimes. To this day, the struggle is not yet over as many people are still victims, becoming victims of oppression.
One of the event’s organizers used the situation in Ukraine as an example. This only goes to show how history keeps repeating itself over and over again.

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