King Size Mattress

As the name suggests, a King Size Mattress is large enough to accommodate more than just a single individual and is ideal for homes where space is a strict restriction. It is also ideal for recently married couples. King Size Mattresses come in three distinct varieties, namely, the memory foam, latex and the most commonly used, spring mattress.

Although there are many more varieties available in the market today, the above three are the most common of all. If we take into consideration the quality, then we needn't worry, for, in a King Sized Mattress, the durability is well taken care of and the purchase is often considered a one time investment. So, it isn't wrong in saying that you are actually investing in a product of a lifetime.

Similarly, if you are out to see whether you can have a King Sized Mattress and also be one with the latest in fashion, then this is very much possible, for over here, care is taken to manufacture a mattress in sync with the latest market trends. Although the shapes and sizes remain more or less the same, care is taken to do necessary changes in order to fine tune them in accordance to the fashion expectations. The color combinations in a King Sized Mattress are always executed after taking the consumer vote into consideration.

In simple words, if a consumer wishes to see a pink in their mattress, then it would be appropriate to give him a pink and not a purple. Besides the combinations are rich and vibrant and they seldom fail to attract the likes of all prospective buyers. The end result is an exclusive range of lovely mattresses which are not only an epitome of comfort but also in sync with the latest designs and shapes.

A must have for all who never compromise on the phrase-'quality, at par with comfort'. Just remember that when buying a mattress of that size, you need to understand that sizes here vary in accordance to the country. For example, the King Size Mattress in Europe is smaller when compared to the same available in the United States of America.

So keep your open and enjoy a good night's sleep.

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Accommodating Blind and Partially Sighted Clients
Abstract Veterinary surgeons provide an important service to blind and partially sighted guide dog owners. By adopting basic disability awareness and visual impairment training, practices can ensure that the assistance needs of those clients are met, facilitating access to veterinary care. THERE are approximately 5000 guide dogs in the UK that provide mobility, independence and improved wellbeing to blind and partially sighted adults and children. Approximately 60 per cent of guide dog owners are completely blind or have severe visual impairment; the remainder have varying degrees of residual vision. With the increase in the number of working dogs and their routine veterinary consultations occurring every six months, it is increasingly likely that many veterinary practices will have blind and partially sighted owners among their clients. More than two thirds of people that are blind and partially sighted feel that their personal GP practice is not fully aware of their needs, specifically around physical assistance and staff awareness; nearly all blind and partially sighted people receive no information from their GP in a format that is acceptable to them (such as large print or e-mail) (Nzegwu 2005). In 2012, the European Guide Dog Federation's mobility research report (based on owner questionnaires of Guide Dog Owners across 19 EU member states) documented problems with accessing facilities for people with visual impairment across Europe: Extremely worrying is the lack of access to medical facilities such as doctors surgeries, with 33 per cent reporting difficulty in access occasionally, frequently or always! 36 per cent report that they leave occasionally, frequently or always without achieving the objectives of their visit' (Brooks 2012). Frequent problems are a lack of training for staff to understand the blind person's needs as well as substantial challenges in accessing the physical space. It is doubtful that veterinary practices perform any better than our medical counterparts. The Equalities Act (2010) (which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act) places legal responsibilities on practice owners to ensure that they make reasonable adjustments to how services are provided to accommodate people with disabilities. The aim of this article is not to detail those adjustments but rather to consider how a little extra time, effort and communication can enhance the visit of a blind or partially sighted owner to veterinary practices. Meeting and greeting at reception There are approximately 360,000 blind and partially sighted people in the UK. Those with residual vision might have limited visual acuity and/or a limited field of view. These conditions will impact upon their mobility, ability to make some observations or undertake detailed tasks, and will change the way in which they access material for reading. An owner's perspectiveI want to have a fulfilled life enjoy my life. I know there are going to be issues as there would be if I were a sighted person, but I want people to be aware of me as a person and not just a blind person. I want people to see me as an ordinary person who just doesn't see the world as they do And to accommodate me, help me if they can and if I ask for it, without either of us being ashamed or embarrassed Anonymous guide dog owner (Nzegwu 2005) Some sighted people might feel awkward when dealing with a blind and partially sighted person because they are unsure how to behave (Shyne and others 2012) but there are three key aspects that should be considered: Communication Staff should speak always directly to the owner of the guide dog as the primary carer of the dog and not by default to any sighted person present or to the dog. Sometimes, the guide dog owner can take time to recognise a voice, so even if you are familiar with the client, ensure that you always introduce yourself by name from the start of the conversation. Other staff members or students present should also be introduced so the client is aware of who else is there, and to avoid later embarrassment when a colleague who has been silent then speaks. Orientation and assistance Staff should proactively ask what assistance the guide dog owner might require during the visit. This could include asking whether they would like orienting in the room, which would include a short description of the size of the room, what predominant furniture is present and who else is present; for example, the number of clients and other animals in the waiting room. It is also good practice to inform the guide dog owner of the number of people ahead of them in the consultation list and the length of time they are likely to have to wait. The guide dog owner should be offered assistance to a seat in the waiting room; this is important even if they have visited the practice previously as they will not know which seats are occupied, what other animals are present and where there could be an unwanted interaction. Guide dog owners will be unable to read other animals' body language and, therefore, will not be aware of nervous or aggressive animals within the waiting room. There is also a potentially increased risk of dog-on-dog attacks for dogs working in harness (Brooks and others 2010). Upon reaching the seats it is helpful to provide additional information about their specific location (eg, the seat is immediately in front of you, facing you and the two adjacent seats are empty). Of course the owner might decline assistance and could, for example, just require verbal directions to the seating area, which could include the approximate number of steps and in which direction the seats are located. Greeting a client in receptionEnsure reception staff are trained in how to offer assistance to visually impaired clients.Ensure staff have good communications skills and introduce all staff that are present.Train all staff how to act as a sighted guide a DVD and leaflet are available at not distract the dog when it is working in harness. Interacting with the guide dog In many cases the owner might be relying upon the dog for guiding and so the dog should not be distracted or fussed without asking the owner for permission to do so. This is particularly important while the dog is working (indicated by wearing of the harness and the owner holding the harness handle). Communication Staff should speak always directly to the owner of the guide dog as the primary carer of the dog and not by default to any sighted person present or to the dog. Sometimes, the guide dog owner can take time to recognise a voice, so even if you are familiar with the client, ensure that you always introduce yourself by name from the start of the conversation. Other staff members or students present should also be introduced so the client is aware of who else is there, and to avoid later embarrassment when a colleague who has been silent then speaks. Orientation and assistance Staff should proactively ask what assistance the guide dog owner might require during the visit. This could include asking whether they would like orienting in the room, which would include a short description of the size of the room, what predominant furniture is present and who else is present; for example, the number of clients and other animals in the waiting room. It is also good practice to inform the guide dog owner of the number of people ahead of them in the consultation list and the length of time they are likely to have to wait. The guide dog owner should be offered assistance to a seat in the waiting room; this is important even if they have visited the practice previously as they will not know which seats are occupied, what other animals are present and where there could be an unwanted interaction. Guide dog owners will be unable to read other animals' body language and, therefore, will not be aware of nervous or aggressive animals within the waiting room. There is also a potentially increased risk of dog-on-dog attacks for dogs working in harness (Brooks and others 2010). Upon reaching the seats it is helpful to provide additional information about their specific location (eg, the seat is immediately in front of you, facing you and the two adjacent seats are empty). Of course the owner might decline assistance and could, for example, just require verbal directions to the seating area, which could include the approximate number of steps and in which direction the seats are located. Greeting a client in receptionEnsure reception staff are trained in how to offer assistance to visually impaired clients.Ensure staff have good communications skills and introduce all staff that are present.Train all staff how to act as a sighted guide a DVD and leaflet are available at not distract the dog when it is working in harness. Interacting with the guide dog In many cases the owner might be relying upon the dog for guiding and so the dog should not be distracted or fussed without asking the owner for permission to do so. This is particularly important while the dog is working (indicated by wearing of the harness and the owner holding the harness handle). Moving around the practice Guide dog owners should be approached when it is their turn for the consultation; it can be unhelpful to call a name from a distance when the route to the consulting room is unclear or might be partially obstructed, for example, by display stands. Download figure Open in new tab Download powerpoint In the consulting room, don't be embarrassed to ask your usual full range of clinical history questions and don't have a low expectation of what information the owner can provide When moving around a practice, the guide dog owner might rely on the dog for guiding, but it could be preferable for a member of staff to provide sighted guiding. Asking whether the owner would like to be guided will not cause offence and neither will a suggestion that guiding them might be easier in a particular environment. There could be many potential obstacles within a waiting room, including fixed and temporary furniture or stands, other clients and animals, all of which might require different levels of avoidance. In these cases it is preferable to stand on the owner's right side and allow them to take hold of the assistant's left arm/elbow with their right hand (Guide Dogs 2009). In this manner, the owner can be guided and there is no attempt to direct them by pushing. There is no need to take hold of the dog's harness or lead. When guiding, it is appropriate to describe where you are going, what hazards are coming up or the direction in which you will be turning, often using the approximate number of steps ahead that this will occur (eg, We will be turning right in a few steps). When approaching a closed door, inform the owner and describe whether the door opens towards or away from you. When the dog is guiding the owner, but they are both following a sighted guide, it is also helpful to provide verbal directions or a commentary on the journey. In the consulting room On entrance into a new room, briefly describe its function, size, the number of people present and the general layout of the room. In the consultation room, it might be particularly important to describe where the consultation table is in order to prevent owner injury from bending down to handle their dog or remove equipment the dog is wearing. Guide dog owners will have the same range of engagement with the health status of their dog as any other client. Some will be extremely vigilant, they might live with sighted people or walk with sighted friends and, therefore, be able to provide significant clinical history. Do not have a low expectation of what information the owner can provide. Most will groom and examine the dog daily and perform regular body condition scoring and pick up faeces after their dog, so can be aware of some health changes earlier than many sighted clients. Some owners will also have a degree of useful sight. Do not be embarrassed to ask the full range of clinical history questions and to use the same phrasing as for any other consultation. The owner will not be concerned by the use of the word see (eg, Have you seen him limping?). Nor will they be upset if they are asked to describe the appearance of something (eg, faecal quality) or something that has happened. Blind and partially sighted owners want to be treated like any other owner, although many have a very special bond with their dog because of the mobility support it provides them. It is often helpful to provide a commentary during the clinical examination so the owner is aware of where the veterinary staff are in the room, and when they are approaching the dog. This avoids the awkward silences and also makes sure the owner is able to anticipate actions and help to calm and restrain the dog. Continual narration also helps ensure that the owner is aware of the progression of the consultation, as they will not recognise any non-verbal communications, such as gesturing, that are often inadvertently used. Guide dog owners will not be embarrassed by an offer to show them something and this can be facilitated by asking how they would like it done. It is perfectly acceptable to offer to demonstrate concepts using plastic models, again asking the owner if they would like to feel the model to allow them to conceptualise it, or to palpate things on their own dog. It is often helpful at the end of the consultation to summarise the findings and the diagnostic/treatment plan in separate blocks of material that can then be checked off against the owner's understanding. Dispensing Dispensing drugs for guide dog owners to administer can sometimes be problematic; however, spending a few moments discussing what is easiest for the owner to manage can avoid any potential non-compliance issues. It is extremely difficult for a blind or partially sighted person to measure the volume of a liquid or to accurately administer a given number of drops of liquid, or to administer tablets that have to be broken into smaller parts and these are all best avoided if possible. It can also be difficult to ensure that tablets given in food are fully consumed and, therefore, direct oral administration is usually preferred (clients should be asked if they are comfortable to do this and might like the opportunity to practice). Some tasks are particularly difficult, especially treating conditions of the eye, and, for some treatments or circumstances, the client may need to organise regular repeated administration at the practice by a practice nurse. Download figure Open in new tab Download powerpoint Because guide dogs can be so transformative for the mobility of many blind and partially sighted people, having to hospitalise a dog may mean an owner will be unable to get to work or enjoy a normal social life In the consulting roomHave normal expectations of the clinical history that the client can provide.Be aware of non-verbal communication that might be second nature; speak more than normal and describe procedures that are being undertaken.Offer to demonstrate on the dog or use models that the client can feel.Make sure the consultation environment is sufficiently empowering to enable the client to ask the questions they would like to ask; recognise that their disability is solely an inability to see. Dispensing medicationsAvoid prescribing liquids that have to be measured before administration.Ask the client if they would prefer a nurse consultation for repeated or difficult drug administration.Differentiate similar products by choice of external packaging.Ensure that administration instructions are clear and readily understood and consider providing information in an alternate format such as e-mailing a summary. The size and shape of any tablets that are to be administered should be described and the owner should be asked if they would like to feel the packaging or products to ensure that they are familiar with them and to mitigate confusion later on. Owners are often familiar with managing their own medications but problems can arise when several medications are dispensed at the same time, especially if these are in similar packaging (eg, loose tablets dispensed into similar sized bottles). Providing different packaging for different products (eg, placing one set of tablets into oversized packaging) is a very simple way of identifying products. There is also often a need to provide instructions that can be reviewed at a later time (anyone can confuse instructions such as two tablets from the large pot three times a day and three tablets from the small pot twice per day). Many guide dog owners live with sighted people and, in these situations, printed labels are sufficient. Others will be able to recognise the shapes of words and interpret from that or use low vision aids to read. Guide dog owners with significant sight loss, who live alone, might wish instructions to be provided via an alternate method. Many will use a voice recorder or the dictation application on their mobile phone, but it could also be helpful to offer to text or e-mail instructions as a back-up (which can be converted through software to audio formats). Guide dog owners are realistic and won't expect information to be provided in Braille. Many are partially sighted and, therefore, using large print text might be suitable. Hospitalisation of the guide dog For many blind and partially sighted people the guide dog is transformative for their mobility. Hospitalisation of the dog can therefore mean that they are not able to get to work or have a normal social life, and this might be an extremely sensitive issue for a guide dog owner. Possible hospitalisation and the owners' mobility needs are best discussed in the privacy of the consulting room, rather than at the reception desk. When unexpected immediate hospitalisation is necessary, a plan should be put in place to enable the guide dog owner to return home safely. Owners might not have a long cane with them or be trained to use a long cane and so, although taxi transport can be provided, access to their home can still be difficult. Sometimes it is possible to avoid hospitalisation, for example by offering a special appointment to allow minor sample collection or diagnostic investigations while the guide dog owner waits, and this could be used to minimise the impact on the partnership. A guide dog should not be allowed to work for 24 hours after administration of a sedative or anaesthetic and, if this has occurred, the owner should be notified (in advance, if possible) and alternative transportation home should be organised. Invoicing and provision of information For working guide dogs, invoices will generally be settled directly by the Guide Dogs charity; however, for non-Guide Dog purchases, most blind and partially sighted people will use cash, debit or credit cards with no particular issues. At the time of a consultation, it is perfectly acceptable to ask guide dog owners if they would like clinical information leaflets or practice hand-outs in a printed form. Some guide dog owners have residual vision or a sighted person at home that can read documentation to them. Offering these options is preferable to not providing this information at all. Alternatively, guide dog owners can be directed to sources of information available on a website. Sadly, many websites are poorly organised and difficult to navigate for visually impaired people. Frequently, websites use confusing graphics, rely on the ability to differentiate colours, do not allow for increasing font size and are formatted in such a way that makes it is difficult to use text-to-speech software (eg, JAWS, WindowEyes, Thunder, NVDA and Narrator) to read. Ideally, when setting up or redesigning a practice website, website designers could ensure that sites are accessible for these screen readers but, as a minimum, accessibility can be improved by avoiding multiple columns and tables, providing short descriptions of all images and avoiding the use of images as hypertext links. Webpage designers should also be aware that blind and partially sighted people might wish to use additional equipment to translate materials such as a refreshable Braille display. While most guide dog owners are resolute about website accessibility problems, many could be easily overcome by specifying accessibility criteria when practices are planning website upgrades. Download figure Open in new tab Download powerpoint Due to the possible risks, guide dogs should not be allowed to work for 24 hours after being administered a sedative or anaesthetic and, if this has occurred, alternative transportation home should be organised Reader challengeAfter reading this article, try to find your own way, blindfolded, from the practice entrance to the toilet in a journey that includes washing and drying your hands. Reflect on how you found the walk and what you might want to change or do differently around the practice to make the trip easier. While guide dog owners might not have high expectations of society in general for providing written information in an accessible format, information can often be made accessible relatively easily. For example, communication with clients can be achieved using a telephone call, text or e-mail rather than via posted vaccination cards or letters. Noting a client's needs and preferred accessible format on the dog's clinical record can help both parties for future contacts and communications. Accessibility Practice owners might never have considered the accessibility of their practice for blind and partially sighted people and, while there is little that can be done to ensure accessibility outside of the practice property (eg, tactile paving on drop kerbs), accessibility within the practice can be easily improved with some thought and planning (Dalke and Corso 2013). Within the practice grounds, accessibility can be improved by good signage at the practice entrance/gate, and a safe and smooth pedestrian route through the car park. Key issues for blind and partially sighted owners are obstructed routes or ones with restricted widths that prevent the passage of the dog and the owner side-by-side. Dogs are particularly good at avoiding obstructions; however, partially sighted owners might not rely on the dog to guide them at all times, particularly if the dog is fearful of veterinary treatment. Therefore, glass doors and panels provide a significant challenge and should be carefully marked at an appropriate height. General guidance for visually impaired clients is to ensure that signage preferably uses symbols with large lettering (first letter capitalised and the others lower cased - as many visually impaired clients with residual vision will recognise the shape of words), and with high-colour contrast. Access can be improved by ensuring that there are good levels of lighting and preferably that the choice of decor provides an enhanced colour contrast between the floor and walls, or possibly that there is colour and/or textural contrast between walkways and waiting areas for example. (This could be kept in mind when facilities are being refurbished). Stairs should have a handrail, be well lit and should ideally have good contrast between risers and treads. Accessibility of the physical spaceEnsure good standards of signage with good contrast and clear directions.Ensure routes are clear of obstructions.Consider improving lighting levels and contrast between floors and walls and on staircases.Ensure suitable handrails in appropriate locations. Braille labelling for rooms is not particularly important, as it is often haphazardly placed (on the door or to the right or left of the door at variable heights) and, currently, only a minority of blind and partially sighted people can read Braille. Conclusion Guide dog services are provided by Guide Dogs, a charity that receives no funding from government and provides transformative mobility and well-being support for thousands of blind and partially sighted adults and children in the UK. The Guide Dogs' vision statement is that blind and partially sighted people can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. Adoption of basic disability awareness concepts, open communication and dialogue about needs and assistance, visual impairment training for staff and provision of written information in an accessible format by veterinary professionals can go a considerable way to supporting Guide Dogs' mission and will improve access for blind and partially sighted clients to veterinary practices. ReferencesBrooks A. (2012) European Guide Dogs Federation Mobility Research Report. Accessed July 28, 2014Brooks A., Moxon R., England G. C. W. (2010) Incidence and impact of dog attacks on guide dogs in the UK. Veterinary Record doi:10.1136/vr.b4855Dalke H., Corso A. (2013) Making an entrance: colour, contrast and the design of entrances to homes of people with sight loss. Thomas Pocklington Trust. Accessed September 29, 2014GUIDE DOGS (2009) Sighted guiding - how to help blind and partially-sighted people part 1. Accessed September 29, 2014Nzegwu F. (2005) Enhancing care provision for blind and partially sighted people in GP surgeries. Guidelines for best practice. Accessed September 29, 2014Shyne A., Masciulli L., Faustino J., O'connell C. (2012) Do service dogs encourage more social interactions between individuals with physical disabilities and nondisabled individuals than pet dogs? Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior 5, 1624OpenUrl Further readingBSI (2009) Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people. Code of practice. BS 8300. British Standard Institution.HMSO (2010) The Equalities Act. Accessed September 29, 2014
Holston House: a Downtown Nashville Hotel Brings Modern Style to Historic Building
Nashville residents are quick to point out that a hundred people are moving to their city every day and with a slew of new hotels opening and under construction, it looks like their friends are coming to visit. One of the citys newest openings, Holston House, part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, combines the best of old and new Nashville, hosting a modern, luxurious interior inside a renovated Art Deco building in the heart of downtown Nashville. Originally a hotel from the 1920s, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the interiors of Holston House has been updated byNew York deign firm Stonehill Taylor, with modern accents that maintain the Art Deco charm as well as play with the citys musical foundation. The lobby is a welcoming lounge with deep red and blue chairs and couches, under a display of vintage speaker cabinets a nod to Phil Spectors Wall of Sound that offer split level views to the downstairs bar and upstairs restaurant. An arch of stage lights leads to the reception desk, and a classical lions head water fountain has been updated by a background drawing which turns the beast into a modern rocker with electric guitar. The hotels 191 rooms and suites are more subtlety designed, with neutral colors and blue accents. Behind the leather headboards are wall coverings representing sound waves. The two Penthouse suites are the most luxurious, with in-room bars and patio spaces overlooking the Nashville skyline. Combine both of them and you also get an extra bungalow space for entertaining, with an additional patio. But the true highlight of the hotel is the rooftop pool and bar long and sleek, and designed more for lounging with a cocktail than swimming, with a fabulous view of the city. TENN is the in-house restaurant at Holston House, located off the lobby, and under the direction of chef Andrew Rodriguez features twists on classic American and Southern specialities, such as Butter Bean Hummus, Shrimp and Grits serves with Andouille sausage along with riffs on Short Ribs and Trout. The atmosphere is casual but at a recent dinner there, the food went well beyond expectations a restaurant worth visiting whether or not staying at the hotel. Downstairs from the lobby, Bar Tenn is a comfortable place to grab coffee during the day and cocktails or wine in the evening. Holston House is within walking distance of some of Nashvilles best attractions, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman auditorium and the live music venues of Broadway, known as the Honky Tonk Highway. The area is also filled with stores for cowboy boots, though locals will tell you no one from Nashville actually wears them must be all the visiting friends. And a short drive from HolstonHouse is Third Man Records, founded by Jack White of the White Stripes, with records and books for sale, a working 1947 recording booth, and a tour of the studio on Fridays and Saturdays.
Of Cabbages and Condoms
Bangkok restaurant Condoms & Cabbages was started with the hope that it would popularise family planning. When Rashmi Das and her husband Suresh visited Bangkok last year, Suresh, a self-confessed foodie, decided to track down some of Bangkoks more unusual restaurants. I asked the man at our hotels reception desk to recommend a restaurant that is really unique. He blurted out, Condoms and Cabbages, laughed Suresh. I looked at him strangely because I thought he was either joking or hinting at something.The duo hired a taxi to take them to the restaurant (I just about managed to tell the name of the restaurant to the taxi driver without squealing, remembers Suresh) and they were convinced that the whole thing was a prank. But Cabbages and Condoms, or C & C as many call it, does exist. As they entered the restaurant, statues and trees decked in colourful condoms greeted Rashmi and Suresh. Outside there was a sign which said Sorry we have no mints. Please take a condom instead, said Suresh. There was a Santa Claus made out of condoms, a bride whose gown was made out of condoms, Christmas trees made out of condoms even a boy dressed in a Manchester United uniform made out of condoms! Even our bill was accompanied by a condom. It all felt so surreal.The restaurants website greets visitors with the tag line, Our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy. But the loud hints to safe sex and pregnancy at C & C are much more than a gimmick. The restaurant was founded by the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), a private, non-profit organisation. PDA was formed in 1974 to curb Thailands population growth which, at the time, was spiralling out of control. The restaurant was started with the hope that it would popularise family planning.Although the menu is similar to that of menu Bangkok restaurants, C & C restaurant manager Khun Noppadol Sriruwat pointed out that the restaurant serves something called a Condom Salad. The Condom Salad is clear noodle, which looks like clear rubber, vegetables, chillies and onions, said Sriruwat.Surprisingly, the place is frequented by many families. Most of our guests are Western people. We get very few Asians. Children from two months old to teenagers also visit our restaurant with parents, explains Sriruwat.
Answers to Some Key Questions on Quebec's Face-covering Law
Quebec's Bill 62, requiring people to show their faces when they give or receive public services, became law this week. The new law applies to a wide array of public institutions from hospitals to libraries and has eliciteda groundswell of criticism.Trudeau says federal government will 'look carefully' at implications of Bill 62There are also a lot of questions about how the law will work.Here are some answers:Can municipalities or transit agencies get an exemption?The decision to include municipalities and transit agencies in Bill 62 was a deliberate one on the part of the Liberal government. Those bodies wereadded to the proposed legislationlastAugust.However, several municipalities, including Montreal and Quebec City, are adamantly opposed to being included in the law. The Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ) said in a news release Friday it thinks municipalities should be exempted.The government has made no move to do so.Could some organizations simply not enforce the law?The law states the highest authority in every organization is responsible for making sure that it is enforced.However, the law doesn't set out any consequences for organizations or employees who do not follow it. 'Problematic' and a 'dog's breakfast': Quebec face-covering ban panned by authors of landmark reportThis is expected to change. The province plans to include penalties for failure to comply when it adopts regulations as to how the law will be applied by July.Several transit agencies, including those in Montreal and Gatineau, have said they will not enforce the ban until the guidelines for how the law is to be implemented are ready.Montreal protesters don surgical masks, scarves over new face-covering lawWhat will happen to people who wear a balaclava or a winter scarf when they get on the bus?Quebecers may have to getthrough a winter before the guidelines on how to deal with situations such as this are ready. The government has given itself until next July to adopt those guidelines.Meanwhile, Justice Minister Stphanie Valle has refused to speak about specific scenarios. However, the law as it is worded appears to allow transit users to cover their face while waiting at a bus stop, but require them to remove their face covering after they board.What happens when a woman wearing a niqab goes to the hospital?A woman who wears a niqab, burka or other face covering will be expected to reveal her face when she undergoes a medical examination. Requests made by men or women to be treated by a doctor of their own gender are already being systematically refused, Health Minister Gatan Barrette explained earlier this week.'I should see your face, and you should see mine,' Quebec premier says of new religious neutrality lawHowever, Barrette said the situation is "fuzzy" when it comes to how hospital staff at the reception desk should handlepatients with a covered face when theywalkinto an establishment. "We are all waiting for those directions," the health minister said.What happens if a person refuses to take off their face covering?That's not yet clear.Instructions on how an employee is supposed to react will depend on the circumstances, says the justice minister's spokesperson, Isabelle Marier St-Onge.EXPLAINER|What you need to know about Quebec's religious neutrality legislationThe provincial guidelines coming out by next July are supposed to outline how public service workers should deal with various specific situations.Will doctors be allowed to wear surgical masks?Will police officers in riot gear be allowed to wear face shields?Quebec's workplace safety standards will still apply, despite the religious neutrality legislation, the justice minister's spokesperson said. Workers will still be required to wear the necessary equipment to protect themselves and others, said Marier St-Onge.
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SEATTLECalling his rsum exceptional and like nothing weve ever seen, the human resources department at local public relations firm Brink & Tiller called 22-year-old job applicant Corey Wilhelm immediately after noticing he had a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, sources confirmed Wednesday. Wilhelms rsum, which was e-mailed to the firm in regards to an entry-level job opening, was reportedly forwarded to the highest levels of the company, after which executives scrambled to contact the 2012 University of Washington graduate and offer him the position. A Bachelor of Arts? In communications? I mean, where did this kid come from? said HR director Robert Bradshaw, who, after seeing Wilhelms impressive 3.20 cumulative GPA, walked the rsum directly into the company presidents office and said, We must hire this person immediately. I mean, not only did Corey manage to get into the University of Washington School of Communication right out of high school, butget thishe then graduated with a degree in that very field. A Bachelor of Arts, no less. Rare and gifted is all I have to say. Jesus Christ, Bradshaw continued, his rsum says he minored in History, too. We really have to move fast if we want to snag this guy. According to Bradshaw, Wilhelms thorough education in varied subjects such as public speaking and radio broadcasting, compounded with his relatively consistent position on the UW Deans List, makes him one of the bestif not the bestjob applicant the company has ever had. In addition, Wilhelms formidable career experience, which includes two summers working the reception desk at his fathers realty company, a semester-long editorial internship at the luxury magazine Seattle Metropolitan , and two years of involvement with his student newspaper The Daily reportedly blew Bradshaw out of the water. Impressed and admittedly intimidated company sources went on to confirm that Wilhelm had also completed four years of high school Spanish. I dont know how this is possible, but it says he has experience in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on both PC and Mac, said sales developer Brenda Juarez, explaining that she had to do a double take after reading the line in Wilhelms cover letter explaining that he had both professional and personal experience on multiple social media platforms. And on top of it all, hes taken the classes Introduction to Communication, Writing for Mass Media, and Interpersonal Communication. I mean, this guys on a different plane altogether. Honestly, he might even be overqualified to work here, Juarez continued. According to the firms co-founder Vince Tiller, the company is not only willing to offer Wilhelm the entry-level position for which he applied, but literally any job he wants, just so long as he brings his expertise in singing for his college a capella group and doing his bi-monthly radio show Wilhelm Wednesdays to the company. When youre dealing with somebody like Coreysomebody with a B.A. in Communicationsyou have to remember that this is the type of guy who goes out there and takes what he wants, said Tiller, adding that hell never know what its like to have the world on its knees like Corey Wilhelm. Keep in mind, on top of everything he accomplished in school, he somehow found time to perform in the campus theater group. With his skills, itll only be a matter of time before hes coming for my job, Tiller added. Sources later confirmed that Brink & Tiller had already presented Wilhelm with an initial offer of $275,000 per year. However, the recent college graduate reportedly made a counter offer of $350,000 plus a $50,000 signing bonus, which company management has said it will excitedly accept.
China Sex Trade Infiltrates International Hotels
Prostitution is illegal in China, but the BBC has uncovered evidence of organised prostitution at independently run spas located inside a number of well known, Western-brand hotels, as John Sudworth reports for Newsnight.The Kempinski Hotel chain calls itself Europe's oldest luxury hotel group. Founded in Germany, now based in Switzerland, it operates more than 70 five-star hotels around the world, including one in the city of Qingdao on China's east coast.But following the signs to the spa in the basement, along a gloomy corridor, we found little luxury, just a small room from which more than 10 women are bought and sold for sex."Do you need them just once, or do you want them to stay overnight?" we were asked by the man on duty.He made it clear that the business was independently run as he could not, he said, offer us an official hotel receipt. But there appeared to be little secrecy about what was on offer.One of the prostitutes told me that she was 20 years old, had sex with up to three clients a day, and was allowed to keep just 40% of the fee charged. It is a stark illustration of just how easily reputable foreign businesses in China can become tangled up in vice and criminality.China's communists once claimed to have eradicated prostitution. Whether they ever succeeded is debatable, although for a period, it was driven from public view.Today, it is safe to say, the battle has truly been lost.On paper at least, the ideological sanctimony is undiminished and prostitution remains illegal, but in practice the party rules over a country in which sex is bought and sold on an industrial scale.There are an estimated four to six million sex workers in China, hiding in plain sight in the barbers' shops, massage parlours and karaoke bars that can be found pretty much everywhere.So the allegation that prostitution is thriving inside some hotels in China will not be surprising to anyone with even a passing acquaintance of the travel and tourism industry here.But our investigation shows for the first time just how far pimps and prostitutes have moved into the international hotel industry, apparently without its knowledge.With very little effort, we have found the sex trade operating from inside hotels that are household names in Europe and America, seemingly with little fear of detection.We called dozens of international hotels in China and asked to be put through to their spas. A BBC colleague, posing as a personal assistant, told the spa receptionists that she was setting up a business meeting for potential clients who expected sex to be available in the chosen venue.In around 7% of those she spoke to, in cities as far afield as Nanjing and Qingdao on China's east coast and the inland cities of Xian and Zhengzhou, we discovered that prostitution is very easy to arrange. Using the results of that telephone survey, we then visited some of those hotels and, using the same cover story, filmed what we found on hidden camera.In Qingdao, as well as what we found in the Kempinski Hotel we found sex on sale in the Intercontinental, part of the British-based hotel chain.The signs in the spa on the second floor make it very clear that it is not run by the hotel, but is under independent management, and here legitimate massage is clearly the mainstay of the business. But the spa staff showed little hesitation in telling us that sex could be supplied to those who ask for it. The prostitute herself told us that the bill for her services could be settled at checkout through the hotel main-desk.Both the Intercontinental and the Kempinski deny any knowledge of the prostitution we have found. In a statement, the Intercontinental Hotels Group told us: "Prostitution is strictly prohibited" in all of its hotels, and that third-party run businesses, like the spa, have a "contractual obligation" to abide by that policy. "Hotel staff have not knowingly been involved in processing bills for prostitution," it said. The Intercontinental Hotel has now closed the spa. The Kempinski Hotel issued a statement saying: "While a spa was originally planned for the hotel, hence the signage in the elevators, the actual facility was never approved nor opened or operated by Kempinski Hotels." The hotel, it said, is connected to a third-party business through a basement passageway that "cannot be closed off for safety reasons".We asked the Kempinski why it was that when we called the hotel main desk, asking to be transferred to the massage centre, staff put us straight through to the pimp in the basement."Regarding the phone calls I'm afraid that there is no way for us to verify the calls and/or if indeed they were redirected," was the written reply.The Kempinski group had already decided to pull out of the hotel in Qingdao before our investigation. They will cease to manage it from 15 November, a sign that just a year after it opened something has gone badly wrong.The third hotel we visited was the Ramada Plaza in the city of Zhengzhou.Once again, we followed the signs to the third-party-run spa, which was on the sixth floor. Passing a somewhat suggestive poster of a woman at the entrance, we found a massage centre that we were told was available for the use of male customers only. The man on the reception desk told us that sex could be provided and that more than 20 women worked there. And he handed us a small leaflet on the top of which, handwritten in English, were the words, "Prostitutes 800Rmb" - about 85.In response to our findings the Wyndham Hotel Group, which owns the Ramada brand, said it was looking into the matter and issued a statement which said: "Please know that we are a family-oriented company." The company told us that while most hotels are run as franchises, "independently owned and operated", they are required to comply with the law and that Wyndham is providing training to help employees "identify and report human exploitation and abuse activities". But it added, "As long as there are people profiting from tragic practices, we believe no member of the travel and tourism industry can ever guarantee these events will not occur in the future."Few customers who visit the spa in the Ramada Zhengzhou would be left in much doubt about what is on offer there.Indeed, a group of female travellers who stayed at the hotel earlier this year raised their suspicions in a review posted on the TripAdvisor website. "If you are a woman, don't come and stay in this hotel," it urges readers.While prostitution might be easy to find in China, prostitutes continue to face danger not just from clients but the police too.Sophie Richardson is the China Director of Human Rights Watch, which recently called for the Chinese government to remove the criminal sanctions in force against sex workers."We've documented torture and other kinds of physical abuses of sex workers, including rape, both by clients and by police," she told the BBC. "Anybody who understands what's at stake here and how vulnerable sex workers can be to these kinds of abuses would want to step up."Three years ago, one foreign-run hotel was raided and closed by the Chinese police because a karaoke bar in the basement was linked to prostitution.But now our investigation shows that the widespread use of third-party-run spas means that the sex trade has gained a much firmer foothold than the industry itself appears to realise.Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group, advises foreign companies operating in China. He said that there is more that some hotels could be doing to keep the sex trade away from their doors."The companies should be negotiating with the landlords or the owners of the properties from day one," he said. "They should say that if we're going to run a spa, it can be owned by a third party, but it needs to be managed by our own employees, and we also have to be in charge of the hours, so it closes at nine pm, rather than later."Mr Rein said that now more than ever, foreign companies in China should be striving to stay clean. "There's a definite reputational risk for the brands to have hookers in the hotels, especially from the government side because they're going to crack down and go after foreign brands to show the country that they are adhering to the laws," he said. "It's much easier to crack down on a foreign brand than a local one."A few months ago the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) found itself on the receiving end of just such a crackdown, accused of paying bribes to boost sales. It was forced to admit that some of its employees did appear to have broken the law. But many observers wondered why GSK was being singled out when corruption is widely alleged to be endemic in China's domestic pharmaceutical industry.Now our investigation suggests that the international hotel trade is at least running the risk of handing the government another political opportunity to look tough on foreign business.
Reception Desks for Visitors Set Up at Five Police ...
GUWAHATI: Come to Panbazar police station any day now, and you will find a reception desk to welcome you. From now on, five police stations in the city will have 'reception rooms' to address any queries of complainants or visitors and guide them accordingly. The concept of reception counters or rooms in police stations was initiated by Assam Police to bridge the police-public network, to ease functioning of the police stations as well as to facilitate the visitors with a conducive ambience. Inaugurating the first-of-its-kind reception room at the Panbazar police station, a major police station in the city, Assam Police director general Kuladhar Saikia said these reception rooms will play a vital role in coming days. Saikia said, "The reception rooms will guide the visitors as per their need. Anyone coming to these police stations will have a very unique experience. These reception rooms will work as a vital point to improve police and public coordination." These reception rooms are expected to ease the process of not only filing a complaint manually but are also likely to help people know their case status. "Around 47 receptionists, who happen to be women constables, have undergone special trainings on how to handle visitors and will be directly reporting to their respective officers-in-charge. These women police constables were trained in soft skills as well as in public relations," sources added. Setting up of reception rooms in police stations have been intended to make police stations more people-friendly and treat visitors in a disciplined and polite manner. More police stations are likely to be covered under the initiative in future. Besides Panbazar, Bharalumukh, Dispur, Fatasil Ambari and Jalukbari police stations have also set up reception rooms. These reception rooms are going to start functioning shortly. In February, the state government had launched the Mission for Overall Improvement of Thana for Responsive Image (MOITRI) scheme, focusing on making police stations in the state citizen-friendly. It has envisaged refurbishing police stations with facilities such as reception and waiting lounge, video-conference system, separate women and children cell, separate entry for them, toilets, adequate drinking water facility and boundary wall. Earlier, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had announced that all 346 police stations in the state will be covered under the scheme, for which Rs 125 crore has been already earmarked. Download The Times of India News App for Latest City .
Climate Crisis: Bleak Tour of the Future | City Press
World Environment Day was this week, so it is a good time to reflect on how the climate crisis could affect our tourism industry and what it will mean for you. Mandi Smallhorne investigates.The temperature gauge registered 40C as I left Skukuza on a hot February day a few years ago. I was heading to another camp in the Kruger National Park in an air-conditioned rental car. When I arrived at about 3pm and opened the car door, it was like plunging into a warm bath.At most, it took me five minutes to walk to the reception desk. The receptionist puzzled me by asking: Had a bit too much sun?In my room, I discovered why shed said that the bathroom mirror showed my face had turned bright red. I pushed the bed under the blast of cold air from the air-con and slept in a sopping wet T-shirt.Many overseas tourists squeal with joy over temperatures that were not so enamoured of. Isnt the weather just glorious! theyll say, slapping sunscreen on to their usually pale skin thats already the colour of rare roast beef from the unaccustomed sun. But there are limits. If the climate changes just a little bit as it has been doing (a heatwave here, a drought there, a wildfire lapa side) it can put tourists off. And tourism is one of South Africas gems as its been growing pretty steadily and reliably for more than two decades.JOBS, JOBS, JOBSBetween 2014 and 2017, tourism created just over 64 000 net new jobs, outperforming larger industries such as transport and communication, mining, utilities [electricity, gas and water] and manufacturing, reports Stats SA. The tourism sector made up 2.8% of South Africas gross domestic product in 2017 that sounds low, but picture this: its higher than agriculture, forestry and fishing put together. In 2017, one in every 22 employed people in South Africa were working in the tourism sector, totalling 722 013 individuals. This represents 4.5% of the 16.2 million people in South Africas workforce. One in 22 employed people? Thats a lot! Tourism has grown more than tenfold since the birth of the new South Africa in 1990, we welcomed about 1 million tourists; last year, the numbers were close to 13 million. The bulk come from greater Africa; the rest are overseas visitors. Professor Gijsbert Hoogendoorn, the head of the geography, environmental management and energy studies department at the University of Johannesburg, says: Tourism is seen by a lot of politicians and policymakers as the goose that will lay the golden egg.People desperately need jobs and tourism is one industry that could oblige. Having seen how the industry can transform places, from inner-city Cape Town to Clarens in the Free State and Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, every single local municipality has a plan for tourism, Hoogendoorn says.But then the impact of the climate crisis starts to be felt and the whole picture changes. The prospect of losing some of those precious jobs and valuable income looms large.CHANGE IN THE WEATHERDr Jennifer Fitchett, a climate researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, like Hoogendoorn, has focused on the climate crisis and tourism. Theyve looked at the tourism climatic index to model the ideal climate for tourism, which is a function of temperature and humidity . rainfall, sunshine hours and wind speed, Fitchett explains. At the moment, South Africa has what is classified as an ideal climate, but temperature is one of the factors that is most likely to reduce the suitability.Drought, of course, is another big factor. As Hoogendoorn points out, overseas visitors often pay big money for a luxurious experience, and they dont want to be bothered by pernickety little notices asking them to limit their showers to five minutes and hang up their towels instead of chucking them on the floor to be washed after being used once. Changes in our rainfall patterns could also affect tourists decisions. While much of southern Africa is getting drier, some parts are going to experience more rain often in the form of extreme weather events.This would prevent tourists from engaging in popular outdoor activities, from hiking and skydiving to whitewater rafting, says Fitchett.An increase in tropical cyclones hitherto a phenomenon largely affecting countries north of us along the east coast of Africa is on the cards.Few have affected us thus far; but remember Domoina in 1984, which hit us with floods not seen in 100 years and caused massive damage in KwaZulu-Natal? Recently, weve had more of these events now imagine what they could do to our tourism industry (never mind everyone else).In one paper, Fitchett notes that cyclones roaring across the Indian Ocean have been showing a tendency to move poleward south. Although the South African coastline is currently protected from tropical cyclones by Madagascar, this southward trajectory has the potential to heighten the proportion of storms tracking south of this island nation.South Africans have tended to leave anxiety about rising oceans to Florida in Miami, Venice, London and Bangladesh, but sea level rise is threatening our sandy shoreline beaches and poses a flood risk to shorefront guesthouses and second homes, says Fitchett. With Hoogendoorn and another scientist, she looked at the possible impact on St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape, and assessed the risks as significant in terms of things like storm surges into low-lying areas (St Francis Bay saw considerable damage from such surges in 1996 and 2007).Researchers from the universities of Salford and Hull in the UK believe flooding of this kind could impoverish natural landscapes, one of the great drawcards for South African tourism. They looked at two great cyclone-driven flooding events in the Kruger National Park in 2000 and 2012. The flooding stripped plants and sediment from rivers, damaging wildlife habitats and turning them into barren moonscapes. Continued progressive loss of habitat diversity will fundamentally, and for all intents and purposes irreversibly, alter our riverine landscapes, and this will be accompanied by a catastrophic loss of species that will be unable to adapt to the new environments, they warned.BYE BYE, BOKKIEPerhaps most heart-wrenching of all to bush lovers is the impact on wildlife. The climate crisis, says Fitchett, influences the timing of annual events such as plant flowering, animal hibernation and hatching, the range of animal migration and plant distribution, and eventually animal and plant mortality. As we are so reliant on nature-based tourism, this is a significant threat to our tourism income. The Big Five, already threatened by poaching, are not the only animals at risk. The Kruger National Parks website says: In the Kruger National Park, a temperature increase of between 2.5C and 3C could lead to the extinction of 24% to 59% of mammals, 28% to 40% of birds, 13% to 70% of butterflies, and between 21% and 45% of reptiles. Two-thirds of all animal species in the park could disappear. The north is likely to become much too dry to support large animals like elephants.WHAT CAN YOU DO?The industry has, to some extent, already engaged in efforts to influence policy in terms of mitigation and adaptation, says Fitchett, but far more work needs to be done, particularly in South Africa, where a large number of accommodation operators are small to medium-sized enterprises that independently lack the capital to invest in long-term adaptation.TOURISM OPERATORS NEED TO:. Read up on the effects of the climate crisis, and appreciate how fast change is already happening and how it is affecting their businesses now;. Be proactive about adapting (anything from water harvesting and controlling interior temperatures to shifts in seasonality);. Engage with tourists to understand what they need and want; and. Become effective lobbyists (band together for this purpose if necessary) for assistance from government as well as policy action.ALL OF US NEED TO:. Vote! Vote for the party that has detailed, practical and workable policies on climate change mitigation and adaptation on water, land regeneration and energy.Depending on how proactive we are, Fitchett says that we could potentially do very well if we adapt effectively and market ourselves proactively for both the current and changing climate, and in relation to other regions that would also necessarily be experiencing climate change. TALK TO US Are we all doing enough to safeguard our environment? Do you think those around you care enough? 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