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 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.
Australia’s bold decision to regulate the cigarette packaging has stirred rumors of UK following suit. The British American Tobacco is already expressing its discontent and planned lawsuit once the UK government impose such regulations upon cigarette companies. Legal actions will be acted upon by the manufacturers of Lucky Strike and Dunhill cigarettes. The new cigarette packaging will be plain and is said to be launched next month.
These legal actions will be asking for compensations since the effectivity of such law may impact the business of either big or small cigarette manufacturers.
The UK parliament will be dissolving soon and matters regarding the plain cigarette packaging are expected to be brought into light this March. The votes will decide whether cigarette manufacturers and big companies get to keep their branding in the cigarette packaging or not. If passed, this new law will be effective as early as the month of May next year, 2016.
Legal actions are already being discussed by tobacco industry after it has lost its battle to Australia which is now the only country with rules for plain cigarette packaging. These rules will also be included in the future plans of Ireland.
There have been rumors after a full year sales report has been revealed by the second largest tobacco company in the world. The report shows how the fluctuations in the currency are responsible for the diminishing profit in the tobacco industry.
Adjusted profits are revealed to have fallen by 7.2% because of the weakening of the pound currency. If the currency rates continues to stay in this track, the tobacco industry is expecting a 10% effect in the profits for the while financial year due to currency.
Volume of cigarettes manufactured has also decreased by 1.4% because of the smoking rate which continues to decrease. In Western Europe, the decline is around 5.9%. The volume decrease is not felt in countries such as Ukraine, Turkey and Iran since smoking rate in the following continues to rise.
BAT is also keen on buying the 24.7% left in Souza Cruz, a Brazilian subsidiary. The conditions are favorable because the Brazilian real is now quite weak.
Following Endo International PLC’s aim to dedicate its resources to its core businesses which is in the pharmaceuticals area, the company decided to sell some of its business. For $1.6 billion, the businesses concerning men’s health and prostate owned by Endo International will be turned over to Boston Scientific Corp.
Premarket trading shows a less than 1 per cent decrease in the shares owned by Endo International, a company based in Dublin. Meanwhile, shares owned by Boston Scientific have increased to 1.2 per cent.
According to a representative from Endo International, the sales between them and Boston Scientific has paved way for the company to focus more on their pharmaceuticals businesses and its core financially. Another $50 million will be paid to Endo as milestone payments based on predicted sales by 2016.
The urology and women’s health department of Boston Scientific will be merged with men’s health and prostate businesses by the American Medical System. The men’s businesses which have delved on finding treatment for erectile dysfunction, inconsistency when urinating and other issues related to urology has generated $400 million last year in sales while the income was revealed to be around $130 million.
Mike Mahoney, Chief Executive of Boston Scientific, shared how after this deal, the annual sales are expected to rise to $1 billion after creating further businesses. Those treatments will be able to complement the existing ones done on the disorders experienced by female gynecology and urology. It also one way for Boston Scientific to gain more diverse product portfolio and be separated from the cardiac devices – products responsible for half the sales made by the company.
Earnings from the deal are expected to be even in the year 2015 while another three cents will be added on every share come 2016. Before 2018 ends, pretax synergies will have risen to $50 million. The deal is expected to be final by the third quarter.
Endo International is reported to be suffering from a decrease of 35 cents per share or $53 million in losses during the fourth quarter. Year prior to that, the company has also experienced a loss of $776 million the entire year, bringing the share to $6.74 each.
One of the keys to a successful diet plan is eating the right type of food. No matter how effective your HCG supplement is if you will not accompany it with the right diet, your weight loss endeavor will still fail. An HCG diet is comprised of low carb of 500 to 550 per day so you need to cut back on sugar, starchy and fatty food especially during high intensity intake of HCG drops or supplement. Here are some of the recommended food and drinks for HCG dieters.
Drinks: green tea and coffee
Fruits: strawberries, apples, grapefruits, lemons, oranges
Vegetables: asparagus, cucumber, lettuce, fresh garlic, cabbage, green onions, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach
Meat: white fish, chicken breast, lean ground beef
Snacks: bread sticks and toast
Spices: sea salt, cumin, basil, rosemary, onion powder, parsley, cayenne, chili and garlic powder, coriander
Tips for an Effective Diet Plan
- When taking HCG supplement, avoid all kinds of oils including vegetable oils. Prepare your food with other cooking methods that do not use oil in the process such as boiling or poaching. You can also go for grilled dishes as they remain to be sumptuous without the use of oil and other unhealthy spices.
- Do not combine different vegetables and fruits in one meal. If you are going to strawberries for lunch, save the apples for dinner. You can find several HCG recipes online to provide variety on your meals.
- Remove bones from the chicken breast before cooking them.
- Although fish is highly nutritious, there are certain fishes that are restricted from your diet. Fatty fishes such as salmon, eel, tuna and herring should not be consumed while you are on an HCG diet.
- The secret to an effective diet is counting calories and measuring your food intake. Make sure that your meat consumption does not exceed to 100g in every meal. Measure the meat while in raw form and not when it is already cooked.
- Make sure that your coffee and other beverages are low in fat content to make your HCG supplement even more effective.