India’s Booming Textile Industry

The International Monetary Fund is predicting India to overtake China’s economic growth this year. The south Asian power nation has improved immensely its economy for the last few years. Its market indices are pushing in new highs. The different industries in India are outperforming each other. Specifically for the textile and apparel industry, market analysts predict that it will cross the $350 billion mark in the year 2025.

Many investors are confident that the boom in the textile industry in India will continue. The prediction that it will cross the $350 billion mark will potentially happen even before the year 2025 if the country diversifies into new product categories like the Man Made Fibers (MMF).

The government on the other hand has ambitiously set a goal of $650 billion by the end of 2025. In a trade expo of different textiles, the head of the industry expressed that the government’s standard might be too daunting to achieve. The $350 billion set by analysts is the more realistic goal to achieve within ten years.

The textile industry in India generated yearly revenue of approximately $100 billion. The exporting of apparels and textiles alone contributed to as much as $60 billion of the annual revenue. The market in China is perceived to reach an annual income of $300 billion.

The share of India in the textile industry is just about 4 percent compared to China’s 44 percent. The Indian businesses have a lot of hard work to do according to market analysts.

Growing MMF

The Man Made Fibers (MMF) takes a share of 30 percent in the fiber consumption of the country in contrast to at least 70 percent in the world market. The high targets being set for the textile industry will only be made possible if the Man Made Fibers will tremendously grow. Once the MMF soars to new highs, fiber requirements in the country will also improve.

One aspect that India needs to give attention is the equipments and facilities of its production center. India needs to improve its production facilities and efficiency in order to eclipse other leading countries in the textile industry.

LINC Program At Cerritos College Helps Fostered Youth

The fostered youth may think that they are underprivileged; in fact, college was not even an option to them before. But the people at Cerritos College thought of the ways the fostered youth can cope up with college. The Leaders Involved in Creating Change or simply LINC was established to help fostered youth become more independent through counseling and tutoring in Cerritos College.

Everybody knows that being a fostered youth is difficult enough for them to be thinking about college but Cerritos College wishes to help them through the different services that they offer on and off campus.

Some of the services they are offering are academic counseling, tutoring, and access to food pantry, providing college materials, various workshops and emergency bus tokens.

The LINC program may not be known to most of the student population. That is because this program and all of its benefits is exclusive only for the current and former fostered youth.

Yvette Tafoya, the EOPS assistant director, said that LINC’s biggest benefit is that it allows the students to develop a goal that they thought was impossible for them to achieve.

Tafoya added that many of those fostered youth didn’t even think that they would be able to go to college and now that they’re at Cerritos College, they want to help them and make them understand the benefits of going to college and giving them hope.

In order to further prove LINC’s positive effect on the fostered youth, Zuleika Dixon, a fostered youth herself, said that LINC has helped her in many personal ways. They were the ones who helped her prepare her resume and had even given her tips on presentation and speaking so that she could land good interviews inside the campus and another company.

Dixon also said that the most helpful part of the program were the workshops and appointments because they were delivered in a more personal way and that they have an understanding of what students like Zuleika need. She also said that LINC had helped her whenever she felt like being singled out. They help the foster youth to avoid feeling lost in the crowd and disconnected from the others.

The Winners And Losers In Low Prices Of Oil

The steep decline in the prices of oil is always an interesting topic for discussions. When I met with these guys from www.perth-web-design.com.au/ we got to talking about the impact of the low oil prices on business and consumer spending based on the latest breaking news.

The general consensus is lower prices of oil is good for the economy but the truth is there are winners and losers. For Australia, the impact on energy exports and capital imports are complex. A US$40 decline in oil prices will equate to an income transfer of around US$3 trillion from oil producers to oil consumers. If the 40% cut in oil prices is sustained it is generally assumed to increase global GDP by at least 80% per annum.

The favorable effects of low prices of oil are the increased propensity for consumers to spend. On the other hand, low prices of oil will force the government to curtail programs and subsidies because oil companies who are financing these ambitious public spending programs have limited ability to sustain the projects from their oil incomes. A stronger dollar may offset some of the benefits of low oil prices to reduce savings. A factor that is often overlooked is that in local currency terms, oil was still trading at near record highs until very recently particularly in emerging markets.

Low oil prices will also reduce investments in energy exploration, development and production. Oil producers are already reducing costs and renegotiating contracts with oil service groups. This lower level of spending will have an adverse effect on activity and growth.

In Australia, the low prices of petrol are offset by lower prices in energy exports like LNG and coal, because their prices are linked to oil. Lower investments in the commodity sector and the deferral of existing projects will reduce the benefits gained from low oil prices. The Australian Stock Market has a high concentration of resource companies and banks that lend to these businesses. This means that any problems in the energy sector will affect the income from and value of the financial investments. A large movement in oil prices also has the potential to create significant financial instability particularly in debt markets.

Macadam Floor and Design Receives the 2015 Best of Houzz Award

Houzz is the leading home remodeling and design platform and each year, they give recognition to the different companies that have shown excellence in their performance through their ‘Best of Houzz’ awards. This year, the Best of Houzz award for Customer Satisfaction was given to the Portland-based Macadam Floor and Design.

Macadam Floor and Design is known to provide their customers a wide selection of high quality and beautiful floorings, window coverings and countertops for new home designs. Through their exceptional performance, especially when it comes to customer satisfaction, the company was selected by Houzz as the leading company for customer satisfaction this 2015. Macadam Floor and Design was chosen among a group of 500 companies and professionals in the home building, remodeling and designing industry.

One of the criteria for judging in this award is the number of favorable and positive customer reviews that the company has received last 2014.

Houzz gives out home improvement information to more than 25 million online and mobile users. Houzz is also able to connect countless of companies around the nation and the world.

Anthony Ivelia, the general manager of Macadam Floor and Design, said that they are truly honored to have received the award from Houzz and that the award is well deserved because they have been an industry leader for 30 years and that their aim is to provide less-worry service that will be from start-to-finish.

Macadam is one of the biggest flooring companies in the Northwest and they always give their customers the easiest and most affordable price for their service and products. The company is also flexible as they are always up-to-date with the latest changes, trends and styles in their industry and use them to further enhance their services.

Ivelia had commended and gave recognition to their employees as they are the ones that contribute the most to the success of the company through their professionalism, knowledge, customer service and performance. He also says that they are the main reason for Macadam’s good reputation.

Ivelia also goes on to say that their contractors are the best and the business and they do not waste the trust that their customers have given them.

Couple Gets Upset With the End Result of their Driveway After Paving Company Approaches Them

A couple was approached by a paving company and offered to patch the holes in their driveway. But they did not expect the next happenings and that it would cost them a lot of money.

It was just a regular day for the Silva family when a knock came from their door. When they answered it, they found a paving company called Georgie’s Driveways and Landscaping waiting outside. One of the employers of the company then told Joyce Silva that they still had some asphalt left and that they could patch up the holes in the driveway for only $2/sq. ft if they wanted to.

Since it was a good enough deal, she agreed to have the holes on the driveway filled but that is not the only thing that the paver did. Joyce said that when she had left, the men started to pave the entire driveway and that she had no choice but to allow it because it already has begun. When they had finished, she found out that the whole cost for the service amounted to $2500. But the driveway was not the only problem she had experienced.

The wheelchair of her son, Michael Silva, had sunk into the asphalt causing him to get stuck. Unfortunately now, whenever it rains, there are puddles everywhere and the edges of the driveway were crumbling.

What is upsetting for the Silva family is that they have wasted a lot of money for something that did not help them and instead, had only caused more trouble for them.

The family immediately filed a complaint at the Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board and had even sought the help of 12 for Action. An inspector arrived Wednesday to check out the driveway and the work made there.

Through 12 for Action’s help, the family had found out that the company is owned by George Stanley and that he is not a registered contractor which was required by the law to make you qualified in working on paving and driveways.

One of the men who worked on the driveway was found. He said that they did everything to make the family happy although he did acknowledge that he could’ve compact the asphalt much tighter. He also blamed the poor quality of work on the quality of the asphalt.

The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

The theme of this year’s The Philadelphia Flower Show is “Celebrate the Movies” and will be a tribute to all films produced by Disney.

All Disney props and characters will be interpreted by garden and floral designers rather than replicate them. This means there will be no decorations made of life size images of Disney characters.

The exhibits will be an interpretation of the films. Take for example the exhibit inspired by Mulan which is called Stoney Bank Nurseries made by Glen Mills. In that certain exhibit, audience will see resemblance to the movie Mulan such as the Chinese gardens with more character, reflecting pool which contains ceramic koi, water lilies and iris and sculptured rocks that was made to look like real natural limestone because of the added effects such as etched cavities, smoothed edges and the weathered holes.

According to one of the head of the family business, the Mulan-inspired garden was made to give the audience a feeling of tranquility and to trigger reflections. This is the 36th time that the business has appeared on the Flower Show.

Another exhibit was inspired by the film, Pirates of the Caribbean but with a more modern approach. The exhibit was made by Mark Cook, owns a landscaping business in Doylestown, and it features a treasure-chest bigger than life with overflowing cannons and gigantic palm trees. Cook’s business has been joining the Flower show since 2009.

The Philadelphia Flower Show may be checked out at the Convention Center from March 1 to 8, 2015.

Gene London will also be gracing the Flower Show with his presence and is expected to bring around 50 costumes to the Show which will all be displayed at Room 203. The admission fee to view all the outfits is $5.00. London is known for his passion in collecting movie memorabilia since he was in the early 20s. He is now 83 years old and residing at Hallandale Beach, Fla. London’s collection includes 60,000 dresses, gowns and accessories which are prized at $3 million.

Another sponsor of the Flower Show is the Bank of America which has been a generous financer for some of the most well-known films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, West Side Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Hunger Games and many more.