Christmas Shopping In August

When do you start shopping for Christmas ornaments and gifts? In less than 5 months, Santa Claus will be coming to town and well known retailers are starting to prepare their holiday merchandise. For many retailers, Labor Day is the unofficial starting date to sell items for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas but Hobby Lobby has made it their tradition to offer Christmas merchandise as early as summer. According to a survey made by National Retail Federation, about 40% consumers start their holiday shopping before Halloween.

Some retailers consider it taboo to display Christmas merchandise when the weather is very favorable; however, many stores are already preparing the Christmas items to meet the demand of consumers. For example, Hobby Lobby begun offering winter holiday items last July 1 and it is nothing new to their loyal customers. For 2016, the store will display 8,000 unique holiday products which translate into tens of thousands of individual items. If they bring the merchandise early, it will help the store accommodate the influx of new merchandise. Before Christmas ends, the shelves will be full of spring merchandise.

Hallmark is closely associated with holidays and the store has been selling Christmas ornaments as early as July because they have customers who want to first priority on the limited items. Consumers want to plan early so that they will have adequate time for Christmas celebrations. Home Depot has already launched the Halloween and Christmas sections on its websites for consumers who want to plan their holiday décor in advance.

The US Postal Service has announced the designs of its 2016 Christmas stamps which will be offered for sale starting October 6. Stamp collectors can have their pick from the Holiday Windows featuring a candle, wreath, star and a lighted Christmas tree. They try to work in advance as much as possible to avoid the holiday rush.

Women’s Christmas sweaters are popular gifts you can give to your family and friends. Ever since the craze for ugly Christmas sweaters, people have started to wear the ugliest sweaters they can buy from online and physical stores. Start choosing the ugly sweater now so that you can still sew on additional décor.

Lao Cai Getting Ready For Tourism Year

Ha Van Thang who is Lao Cai Culture, Sports and Tourism Department’s Director said that the province of Lao Cai is set to create a number of tourism products with competitive and sustainable features to attract international tourists from the United States, Europe and the Southeast Asian countries.

The Lao Cai province’s tourist community centers

The Lao Cai province is known by tourists traveling from Hanoi to Sapa, where Sapa is part of this province. It is located in the Northwest region of Vietnam.

There are 12 tourist community centers in Lao Cai currently. For every household in the center, they can have incomes starting from any amount within VND 10 million to 20 million which is around $450 – $900 each year.

The villages which are involved in these tourism community centers have a richer population in comparison to other villages. These villages are able to eliminate poverty 3 to 4 times faster in comparison to other villages.

There are recently established tourism community centers at Cat in the Sapa district, Ta Van Chu in Bac Ha district and Cao Son in Muong Khuong district.

The challenges of the tourism projects

According to the provincial Department for Planning and Developing Tourism Resources’ head, Hoang Thi Vuong, there has been several obstacles while in the process of improving and developing tourist attractions in the province.

Vuong mentioned that there were difficulties in getting local communities convinced of these tourism projects. He added that not all households are open for change. Visits were organized by them in order to have these families successfully join the projects. They did this to have them exchange and understand the details needed to be done.

Promoting tourist attractions

This will improve connectivity between provinces according to Thang. He further adds that the province wants to promote 2 of the tourist attractions in Lao Cai. These are the Mountain Colours where tours include going to markets in mountains and beautiful places at Muong Khuong, Si Ma Cai, Bac Ha and Ha Giang.

Another group of tourist attractions are Sapa and Bat Xat districts in the western part of the province. Most customers involved in this route mountain trekkers or exploring tourists.

New Packaging Launched BY Mocktails Beverages

Mocktail Beverages are known to be all-natural and is offered in a ready to drink state. Add the fact that these are just non-alcoholic cocktails then you have the beverage that is sought for by many millennial. In an attempt to further suit the changing trend of this generation when it comes to alcohol, they have launched their beverages in bottles that are good only for a single individual. According to the president of the company, Bill Gamelli, it is a step in improving their service to the millennial generation.

According to a statement from Gamelli, millennials are now changing the trend when it comes to drinking as they are more focused on consuming less alcohol and more awareness. They wanted to be in control. This is mainly due to the influence of the social media and an increase in awareness that everything that are doing can possibly be documented in many ways and then be posted online for the world to see.

Despite the fact that they are now more careful and want to be in control, millennials are still excited by the idea of celebrating and joining parties wherein they can enjoy a beverage that offers more fun than water and in a way different from the regular soda or the mainstream drinks that are mixed and poured over ice.
For this reason, Gamelli said, Mocktails Brand was developed. It offers a line of premium type of drinks that can be enjoyed while they are having alone time. It can be taken with ice or combined with other alcoholic beverages.

The bottles are now available in sizes suitable for individual serving and can be bought in a pack of fur. This will give consumers other options rather than taking a six pack of beer in their way to a celebration or a party. It can be shared with other people as well which is a better packaging compared to the previous original one. The original packaging is a working glass in larger size that resembles a martini shaker.

Packaging of different products evolves over the years to accommodate the demand of the consumers. In the same way, also offers the most recent choices when it comes to packaging solutions.

Google Denied Deleting Palestine From Its Maps

Many supporters of the Palestinian cause have already denounce the giant company Google in an online post this week because of the accusation that it removed the word Palestine and it can no longer be searched on Google Maps. There is one issue with this accusation; Google said that there is no such word in the first place.

As a result of the anger through rants in social media, the tale has been able to reach a wider audience. Advocacy groups from Palestine have some strong statements regarding the matter. Other things cropped up such as news stories and videos that became viral. Amidst all this, there is no comment coming from Google.

An online petition was created last March and it is meant to condemn Google. The same petition claimed that the two Jewish founders of the company are responsible in removing the word Palestine from the maps because they are suspected of having ties with Israel. The online petition has now gathered 280,000 signatures. Tweets were also posted regarding the matter and they are mostly angry while calling the people to boycott the said company.

It was then that the hashtag #PalestineIsHere trended. This is in contradiction according to Google Maps since it was never there to begin with.

According to a statement from the company, ever since the creation of Google Maps there has been no Palestine label. They have recently discovered though that a bug was able to delete the labels they have put in for Gaza Strip and West Bank. They are now working to resolve the issue and bring the deleted labels back on the map. It is yet to be determined whether the bug started the online outrage regarding Palestine.

A statement from the spokeswoman, Elizabeth Davidoff, also said through her email that the company has not utilized the label Palestinian territory that is why it is not on the map. Before the bug, Gaza Strip and West Bank are labeled properly along with a dotted line that separates the area from Israel. Illustrated maps, on the other hand, are created through the artists’ perspective and creativity and therefore not as accurate as the digital maps.

It Is Now More Difficult To Mine Bitcoins

Despite the fact that bitcoin has its value increased by a lot, the fact remains that the cryptocurrency is now almost down to its remaining few supply in circulation. Bitcoin is the leading digital currency in the world but it has proven to be more difficult to mine than before. The fact of the matter is that the current situation has already been written in the digital currency’s code. It is a protocol that once every four years, the incentives those miners are receiving must be cut in half. It is designed in order to make sure that the bitcoin will not suffer from inflation and to keep the currency in check. This is the reason why last Saturday, the usual 25 bitcoins that were awarded to miners for every 10 minutes of mining has been reduced to 12.5 bitcoins only.

Since the bitcoin is a currency with no physical pieces to be circulated around and exchanged just like the conventional ones, this is made to circulate with the help of the users called miners. These users are the ones operating thousands upon thousands of computers at all times for 24 hours of every day. Their operation includes processing the blocks of the most recent transactions that are conducted using bitcoins. In order to understand more clearly, the miners record every transaction made and they are recording around 225,000 transactions involving bitcoins every day. This continued operation made sure that the amount of bitcoin in circulation continues to increase in number. The current amount that is in circulation is said to be around $10 billion.

As of the current state, there are less bitcoins available to be mined making the process harder and the competition tougher among the miners. According to the co-founder of the Genesis Mining which is based in Germany, Marco Streng, the most essential thing to keep in mind is to make mining an efficient process. The firm is currently running farms all over the globe including mining farms from Iceland, the United States, Canada and Eastern Europe. Firms have greater chance than those mining bitcoin for individuals alone.

3 Tips On Finding Baby Shower Gifts

So you have a friend or a relative who is expecting a baby soon and have been invited to a baby shower to celebrate this new life. Unfortunately, you have no idea what to give the expecting couple. Don’t worry though because you are not alone. Most people don’t really know what to give during a baby shower which is really understandable since this kind of occasion is not as usual as birthdays or even weddings.

Getting gifts for babies can be quite complicated because you’d be plagued with questions like ‘how fast does a baby grow?’ or ‘what will the baby’s gender be?’ and how one would be able to standout.

If you still don’t know what gift to get for a baby shower, then follow these helpful tips.

  1. Find out if there is a registry. In your invitation, check to see if there is any mention or wording regarding a registry account that the couple had set up. If there is, then you can just choose among the list of items that the baby and the couple would need. A baby registry is definitely a helpful way of giving gifts as you would be able to aid the couple with their needs. If you’re planning to buy a single gift, it would be better to stick with the registry. But if you plan on buying multiple presents then you should also expand your choices and shop around, not limiting yourself to what the registry offers.
  2. Be careful when buying clothes. If you decide that clothes would be the perfect gift to give, just remember that babies grow seriously fast and it is highly likely that they would overgrow your gift in a span of months. When buying clothes, don’t forget to choose bigger sizes because 6 month old babies are also able to wear 9-month old baby clothes and so on.
  3. Personalize! If you want to make your gift truly special, then you should definitely go for personalized baby shower gifts. Remember, when you personalize your gift, you are also adding your own personal touch which makes the gift a lot more special and meaningful.