Singapore A World-class Education Hub With Sky-high Tuition Costs

Singapores education system has been described as “world-leading” and was among those picked out for commendation by British education minister, Michael Gove, last year. Perhaps, the governments efforts in providing each child with schooling opportunities are indeed laudable, but still, parents complain of the rigid and competitive nature of this very system. So maybe, the most nerve-wrecking, mind-boggling issue on every Singaporean parents mind is how can my child be one of the best? Surely, the recent implementation of Teach Less, Learn More does nothing to ease this tension, and to study independently seems not to be the nature of our law-abiding kids, whom our Western counterparts tend to dismiss as lacking the inquisitive spirit and/or innovation. But it seems our parents have found an alternative to induce this spirit through intensive tuition.

H2 Mathematics Tuition and H2 Physics Tuition are two of the most common subjects being sort after by Singapores high school students to be tutored. A Sunday Times poll conducted by the Straits Times found that out of 100 students, 97 students are attending tuition. Singaporean parents are enrolling their children in multiple tuition centers, many willing to pay up to S$3000 a month engaging multiple Top Tutors especially for higher level education, e.g., Junior College and/or higher. With the aim of establishing a robust Science Hub, Singaporean parents see the need for their child to be equipped with the necessary, and hence are willing to pay, regardless the price, for crucial science stream subjects, investing in H2 Mathematics Tuition and H2 Physics Tuition.

There are parents who prefer to engage Top Tutors for private home tuition, which are especially common for high school students dealing with more complex and difficult subjects. The rates for Top Tutors can range from S$35/hr to S$80/hr depending on the popularity and level of the tutor. Group or class tuition is also increasingly available in Singapore. Not only is it a cheaper alternative, they also feel that their child will benefit and learn more from interacting with others while asking questions during tuition a form of inducing an inquisitive spirit. The class size of a typical H2 Physics Tuition or H2 Mathematics Tuition classes are often small for effective teaching and learning.

It may be true that many successful people come from well-off family background, and indeed, their parents may have the capital to equip them with the necessary, but how many outlier cases have we heard, where children from working class families still made their way to the top, for instance, 42nd US President Bill Clinton. Perhaps, who makes it out successful and who does not, depends again largely on the individual.

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Sports Medicine Helping Athletes to Recover From Injuries

Sports physiotherapy is important for any athlete because it addresses the root of the problem and hastens the recovery process. After the athlete is diagnosed and treated by a sports doctor, physiotherapy is usually the next step to help the player get back into the game. This rehabilitative programme is customised for individuals based on their injuries.

The most common sports injuries that are seen among athletes are joint and ankle sprains, hamstring pulls and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears. Most people who play contacts sports that involve running and turning with one foot are likely to get sprains and ligament problems.

Often, ice therapy and Interferential Current (IFC) therapy are administered by the sports physiotherapists to help reduce swelling and treat sprains. The physiotherapy sessions also involve soft tissue massages to relieve pain; joint manipulation or mobilisation for realignment; exercises to strengthen muscles; and programmes to rebuild core stamina endurance.

However, although the possibility of reconditioning the body back to the pre-injury level of fitness with regular and disciplined physiotherapy is about 90 per cent, it is dependent on several other factors – level of injury, the player’s fitness level, weight and nutrition.

Many people have the misconception that you should not exercise after sustaining an injury but this is not true. Not doing an appropriate amount of exercise will slow down the process of muscle recovery.

Though it is important to stay active despite the injury, this is a process which cannot be rushed. You have to be disciplined and patient during the physiotherapy process. Being over eager will just make things worse and this is also the greatest challenge for sports physiotherapists working with enthusiastic and dedicated players.

Athletes are no strangers to sports-related injuries but even weekend ‘sports warriors’ need to careful to avoid hurting themselves. Non competitive players are often eager to play and they forget all about strength, flexibility and their fitness level. However, not having proper training will also mean you’re more likely to get injured if you don’t exercise with caution.

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Education Partnerships Award Grants Totaling Over $225,000

January 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston, TX January 3, 2012 The National Education Alliance has partnered with corporations nationwide. By partnering with these companies the National Education Alliance is able to provide employees with very beneficial educational grants. By working together with these groups, the National Education Alliance seeks to establish programs that meet the diverse needs of adult learners of all levels. The National Education Alliance works with each corporation to create a custom educational benefit program that best fits the needs of their employees. In 2010 and 2011, the National Education Alliance has awarded 243 grants to employees of corporate partners totaling $226,914.
Numerous corporations and businesses have chosen to take part in the opportunity to provide their employees with the benefits negotiated by the National Education Alliance. By partnering with the National Education Alliance, employees are eligible to receive:
Tuition discounts from prominent universities, colleges, and education service providers.
Grants and scholarships sponsored by the National Education Alliance and its affiliates.
Access to innovative educational programs that meet the needs of working adults.
Opportunity to participate in approved workforce development programs.
This initiative is part of a broader effort to support the career ladder of employees and elevate the employees voice and contribution in their industry. Online distance learning classes will give the flexibility employees need to complete programs while working full-time, allowing them to advance their careers while earning full-time wages.
“The National Education Alliance is a growing network providing robust learning experiences through multiple venues that allows the student to benefit from a multi-faceted learning experience. We are honored to collaborate with corporations that put focus on the future of their employees,” says Shara Wright, President of the National Education Alliance.

About The National Education Alliance
The National Education Alliance is an advocacy group for adult learners that is committed to providing individuals with the opportunity to pursue their education in the most affordable fashion. By collaborating with institutions of higher learning, employers, professional associations and sponsors, the Alliance seeks to establish programs and negotiate discounts on college tuition to meet the diverse needs of adult learners.

Contact:
National Education Alliance
Shara Wright, President
800.230.7565 x1400

www.NationalEducationAlliance.com

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Fashion On A Tight Budget

Fashion trends and styles are always changing in today’s world. It’s hard just to keep up with this constantly evolving world, keeping track of what’s in and what’s out. And if you can keep up, it’s almost impossible on an average salary to afford to incorporate all these new styles into your closet. If you’re looking to incorporate more of today’s trends and styles into your wardrobe without spending a ton of money, here are three tips to stay fashion-relevant on a tight budget.

1. Accessories are Key

An easy and inexpensive way to incorporate fashion trends into your daily wardrobe is to try out trends with accessories first. If snakeskin is super popular this season, buy a snakeskin purse or scarf, instead of a more expensive top or dress. If the runway is full of edgy punk-rock pieces, try out the trend with a punk-rock inspired bracelet or necklace, instead of investing in an expensive pair of boots. Accessories let you try out a trend without spending too much money.

2. Invest in Skirts

Cheap skirts are another way to try out trends without spending too much. Buy several inexpensive skirts that can be worn with a myriad of outfits and pieces. When you have a closet full of basic skirts, it’s easy and affordable to add trendy tops, shoes, and accessories to complete your look and try out a new style or look.

3. Thrift Shop & Bargain Hunt

One of the best kept secrets of the fashion and budget savvy is the genius of shopping at thrift stores. Cheap clothing pieces in all shapes, styles, sizes, and trends can be found at thrift shops for a fraction of the price you’d pay at a department store.
Keeping up in today’s fashion world can be difficult and expensive! Stay stylish and keep your wallet full by making use of accessories,cheap skirts, and thrift stores.

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Career In Fashion Marketing

A career in fashion marketing is a highly challenging and fast-paced job that requires the professional to remain on the alert to the changes happening in the industry. There are many creative schools that cater to meeting the needs of the market by producing professionals in marketing through offering the disciples with excellent training in all the essential elements.

Most fashion schools keep a close vigil for natural creative instincts in the people before agreeing to undertake the training. The natural artistic inkling ensures better prospects to produce concrete results with a better understanding of the market demands and the latest trends. A designer must not only be an expert in fashion designing and marketing, but also has to be business savvy and understand customer psychology in successfully surmounting the challenges set by the career.

These fashion marketers are quite innovative. Basically, the profession is all about getting united with the different demands of the consumers. For instance, in the fashion industry, style, color, symmetry, usability, comfort, style, and material are some of the elements which the designers have to keep in mind while designing a line of clothing. The fashion marketers go one step ahead by deciding the finest methods to promote the features of the clothing to the consumers and to which set of consumer to promote it to. It is very important that the fashion marketers are aware of the latest fashion trends and they should know what style will suit a particular occasion, area, or age group.

Career in fashion designing is very bright and has a brilliant scope. All the famous fashion designers are earning huge remuneration and are recognized and appreciated widely for their work and designs. There are other fields in designing such as jewelry designing, interior designing, Garment and footwear designing. All these fields of designing are very popular among students due to good income and bright prospects.

The role of fashion marketers is very important in the fashion industry as they are the link between the common man and the designers. The success of line of clothing is not only dependent on its design. The reason is that marketing is just a tool through which the designer recognizes the public and the public recognizes the designer. Without this, it is impossible to build a consumer base which is needed to make the line of clothing a major success.

Easier way for upcoming fashion designers, the government as well as privately funded institutions have introduced comprehensive courses. In past five years India has seen lot of institutes popular and huge amount of students joined, course of fashion as a serious degree.

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The Availability of Sports Supplements in Thailand

For many years, access to sports supplements in Thailand has been very limited and expensive. The cost alone has been prohibitive for the average Thai to gain access to quality supplements. Fortunately today, there is a wide variety of imported sports supplements such as whey protein available in Thailand at prices similar to that in Europe and Australia.

The registration process for food products in Thailand is notoriously complicated and expensive. For example, a whey protein product needs a separate registration for every size and flavor of essentially the same product. The entire process to register one product can end up costing several thousand dollars and there is no guarantee that the product will even be accepted. Another issue lies with supplement ingredients. The English ingredient needs to be checked against an approved ingredient list which is in Thai. Even though the ingredient exists, if its not in the Thai approved ingredient list chances are the product will be rejected. Fortunately today, the Thai FDA appears to be relaxing their registration process for sports supplements.

Companies such as Dymatize Nutrition and Optimum Nutrition now have official distributors in Thailand and their products are officially registered with the Thai FDA. Prior to this, sports supplements were often smuggled into the country and sold illegally usually at very high prices.

Musashi, an Australian supplement company, has been trading in Thailand for several years and had essentially cornered the market for supplements such as whey protein. Because of this, the company was able to charge extortionate prices giving them a bad reputation in Thailand.

Many new sports supplement retailers have emerged in the past year in Thailand making the market competitive. One such retailer, Phuket Health Shop, now has over 300 imported sports supplements in stock making them one of largest retailers of supplements in Thailand. Phuket Health Shop carries the worlds most popular brands of whey protein and sports supplements such as Dymatize, Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Gaspari, USP Labs, AST, and CytoSport. As a high volume retailer, Phuket Health Shop offers extremely low prices and provides nationwide delivery of its products.

The sports supplement market in Thailand is set to explode. Thais are showing an increased interest in bodybuilding and sports such as mixed martial arts where events are often sponsored by supplement companies. Top quality whey protein can now be purchased at an average serving cost similar to that of a regular meal. Professional bodybuilders have become celebrities in Thailand and many young Thais idolize them. These are just a few of the many reasons this emerging industry is set for amazing growth.

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For A Seasoned Traveler – Qinghai Lake In China

Qinghai is the most scarcely populated province of China. The city covers a huge size of 72,000 square kilometers, which is approximately the area of France. Bordered by Tibet and Xinjiang, this land is the home of many mysterious Chinese civilizations. A China visa holder should definitely use the opportunity of visiting this mysterious land and know more about its culture. However, those who do not own a Chinese visa can easily apply and get one!

The most popular touristic destination of the place is the Qinghai Lake. This lake covers an area of approximately 6000 sq km and lies in the west of the Xining city. Therefore, if a Chinese visa holder visits the province, he must definitely visit the lake for a peaceful and breathtaking experience. This water body is the most visited place of the city and the surrounding mountains, adds to the beauty of the place. It is a salty lake that is one of the most treasured sites in the world.

The meaning of the word Qinghai is blue sea and the abundance of fish in the region makes it appropriate. One such popular fish species found here is Huangyu, which is abundantly found in the Qinghai Lake. The primary quality of the fish is that it does not have scales and is delicious to eat. Although, species of this fish is on the verge of extinction but still many farms grow it on their own. A Chinese visa tourist can grab this delicacy of the place at any restaurant of the place. However, you will not derive any fishing pleasure out of it. If a China visa holder has special love for fish, then visiting the place becomes must for him!

The Lake is not only rich in its outer beauty but also has some scientific importance. The depth of the lake is approximately 20 m, which contains an abundance of various minerals like sodium etc. If a China visa traveler has inclination towards science then he should definitely visit the place to know more!

Qinghai is also a major breeding ground as it falls in the way of many birds that are migrating to Asia in summer. Thus, a Chinese visa holder can find a lot of bird’s nest and eggs throughout the place. During peak season, a China visa holder can easily see these eggs lying on the ground and thousands of adult birds in the skyline above the lake. Some of the major species that come to the place are Albatross and swans. However, a China visa holder can also come across many other species of world. This it is a unique opportunity for all the Chinese visa holders to view this scenic beauty.

Rapid Visas is located in London, and highly experienced in obtaining China visa, be it for short term or long term visits to China.

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Be a VIP at home. Use your best stuff every day

My grandmother bought me a set of 6 china cups and saucers for my 21st birthday. Now I’m 50 but those cups and saucers have been used almost daily. Sure, I lost two cups at some point but it doesn’t really matter. Those objects were given for me to love and enjoy them and I’ve had nearly thirty years worth of enjoyment out of them. Of course I could have kept them safe in bubble-wrap at the back of the cupboard but what would be the point of that? Most of us will happily use supermarket glassware and keep the cut-glass in the cupboard. Why? If you have precious items that you want to use but are worried about them being lost or destroyed consider the following: -Take a really great photograph of the object. If you lose the object you’ll have the photograph forever. -Make sure items are properly insured. -Display them somewhere safe (in a lit cabinet? In a jewellery box?). -Be sensible about their use – don’t give your best cut glasses to the children (although I used to … and my children never broke any). -Don’t put your favourite items in the dishwasher or the washing machine (wash by hand) … I’ll admit I stick most things in the dishwasher but that’s just me! However, once you have decided which precious items to keep, clean them carefully and look after them. -Make sure your antique jewellery has a safety chain fitted (a good jeweller will do this for you). Don’t wear that precious necklace until you get the clasp fixed etc (be sensible about it). Then, once you’ve taken precautions, use and enjoy the items that you love. Granddad would have wanted you to have worn his gold pocket watch occasionally or at least have it placed in a beautiful display box where you can enjoy it every day. For more ideas like this: -How to be a Clutter Clearing Angel: Easy ideas to Organise your Home’ (E-Book by Jacky Newcomb) Jacky is the author of the E-Book: -HOW TO BE A CLUTTER CLEARING ANGEL: Easy ideas to Organise your Home’. She is also a multi-award winning, Sunday Times Best-Selling Author and columnist for Take-a-Break’s Fate & Fortune magazine. She is regularly featured in the national press (Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Mirror etc) and Television including ITV’s This Morning and Channel 5 Live. www.JackyNewcomb.com

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How to Sell Your Denver House

When selling a home in Denver there are a lot of choices. In 2013 Denver is one of the strongest markets in the nation when it comes to home sales. This can be a good situation for sellers as you’ll have a lot of options to sell. With that stated let us look at some of the choices you have for selling your home.

The most simple and fastest method to sell any home is to sell it to a real estate investment company. In order to discover a real estate investment company simply go to your favorite search engine and query “we buy houses Denver” and you will discover a bunch of companies that buy homes within the Denver, Colorado area. Investors will give you money, can close when you want, and can not request a home inspection so they will buy you denver, colorado house exactly how it’s these days.

The following option you’ve got would be to sell the house by owner. To be able to sell your home by owner you are able to list it on sites like craigslist which are online classifieds that will assist you to promote you denver, colorado house to other individuals needing to purchase houses without utilizing a licensed real estate agent. This might work however the downfall is that you have restricted exposure.

The last way to sell a home that is easy would be to do a land contract. In this case you would find somebody that generally (not always) has had some issues financially and cannot qualify to get a fha loan at this point. You’ll in essence be the bank and rent the house to the person with an ability to purchase once they repair their credit. This could be a great way to sell because you do not have to pay any commissions.

Regardless of the technique you choose to attempt and sell your Littleton house you need to understand that you are in potentially the very best housing markets markets in the nation and you ought to be in a position to sell your denver, colorado home fairly easily because of it. It’s always suggested that prior to you make a decision on how to sell your denver, colorado home you do analysis to create sure that it’s the very best fit for the requirements. There are lots of methods to do your research, particularly utilizing the web. 1 way you may also find useful is by talking to nearby real estate professionals that say they buy houses denver.

Hope the above tips helped you and great luck selling your denver home.

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Save Money with Small Business Management Software

Small businesses owners often find that there are certain times of the year when cash flow is not as healthy as it could be. This could be due to the fact that the business has seasonal customers, money being spent wastefully or through outmoded business practices. Regardless of the reason as to why money is being lost one thing is for certain good business owners and managers are all looking for a way to save the business money.

One way to save money in a small business is to implement small business management software. Software such as this enables a business with less than 50 employees to be operated via one software application. By being able to switch to one application a small business owner can save thousands every year as all other applications that require a monthly or annual fee to be discontinued.

As soon as they see just what small business management software can do many business owners and managers are keen to start using it. Not only can small business management software save a business money in terms of slashing the number of applications a business has to pay for it also saves money in other ways such as:

Increasing the number of leads that are converted into sales with ease. When using small business management software an employee can create a quote and save this to a customers file. This will contain their contact details and other relevant information. If this quote is not accepted within a certain period of time, this lead can then be chased up by the sales department.

By ensuring that projects are always completed on time a business will not lose customers. With small business management software projects can be assigned and tracked in real time. Managers and owners can quickly and easily check on projects that are nearing their due date in order to ensure that they are progressing as they should be. By utilizing this feature projects should never be behind schedule ever again, which means that money will be saved in the long run through customer retention.

Small business management software also allows employee calendars to be seen by owners and managers at a glance. This means that projects and so on can be planned with regard to staffing numbers. Money is therefore saved by ensuring that all employees are working to capacity and not being diverted to projects which are already fully subscribed.

As small business management software is web based it means that it can be accessed from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. So if a manager or owner is away from the office on business they can access the application and get any information that they need. This saves business money as laptops and mobile internet is not required when an owner or manager visits potential customers.

These are just a few of the ways in which small business management software can save a business money each month.

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