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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Why Vitamin D Is Important For Your Kids

If you have little ones and have been shopping for wellements organic baby products and researching nutrients, you may be wondering which vitamins are essential for your kids to get enough of every day. As you read through Wellements multivitamin reviews, you might encounter some information about vitamin D.

While it can be easy to overlook this particular vitamin, it’s actually essential to kids’ development in terms of creating strong bones, maintaining a healthy immune system and building good heart health. If you’re debating whether you should invest in vitamin D supplements in consultation with your pediatrician or start adding more vitamin-D rich foods to your child’s diet, here are some of the facts you should remember about this crucial vitamin.

It Helps With Calcium Absorption

You may already be giving your kids Wellements baby tooth oil to help them build strong teeth, but might not have given much thought to whether the calcium in their diet is actually getting used for their teeth and bones or not. In fact, adequate vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption and use, so without enough of it, dietary calcium might not be as helpful as it could be.

Enough Vitamin D Prevents Dangerous Deficiencies

Inadequate vitamin D intake, whether due to not enough vitamin D in the diet, not enough time outside or some other reason, can lead to dangerous deficiencies and resulting side effects. For example, risks of a deficiency can include:

        Ricketts and skeletal deformity

        Pain in the bones

        In some children, asthma

        Weak muscles

        Higher risk of heart health issues like cardiovascular disease

It’s important to keep in mind, too, that certain health conditions can increase your child’s risk of running a vitamin D deficiency. For example, some chronic diseases, including cystic fibrosis, or some prescription medications can have this effect. In these cases, remain vigilant and consider supplementing as needed.

It Helps Reduce Bone Fracture Risk

You may already have heard about vitamin D’s role in bone health, but you might not have been aware that being deficient in vitamin D can actually increase kids’ risk of getting bone fractures later on in life. Simply by ensuring kids get the recommended amount of vitamin D, you can help provide them with bone health benefits that can last a lifetime. Keep in mind, however, that it may be tough to get enough vitamin D just through a diet, even a well balanced one, so supplementation may be necessary. Discuss specifics with your doctor and you can decide on the right option for your child.

Getting enough nutrients is vital for children’s well being, development and long-term health, and vitamin D is no exception. From helping kids build up strong bones for the future and help them heal quicker to improving their overall immune systems, vitamin D has countless benefits and preventing a deficiency is essential to maintaining optimal health. Now that you understand the many reasons why vitamin D is important for kids to get enough of on a regular basis, you can consult with your pediatrician and find the right way to ensure your children are getting their daily value of this vital nutrient.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Love Plus Foundation Gives Back by Helping Filipinos In Need During the Pandemic

Our lives have been disrupted and impacted by the pandemic in unprecedented ways. The corona virus has affected our day to day lives and is slowing down the economy for almost six months – and people still cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. During these hard times, an organization who works under the radar are helping Filipinos to cope up on the effects of the pandemic.

Love Plus Charity Foundation, an organization founded by Chinese national, Hu Sun, started to provide aid in their own little ways by means of food delivery for front liners on different checkpoints, across several cities back in March when the government imposed city lockdowns in the country. The organization wanted to reach remote areas that were not focused on by mainstream media – which draw attention from several individuals and organizations, that lead to the growth of donation to the foundation.

 “We are not brothers by blood, but we think of Filipinos as a part of our family because they welcomed us with open arms. I think it’s time for us to return the favor and provide assistance in any way we can because that’s what a family does. They help each other get through the rough times.”, said Hu Sun.

When the Chinese Medical Team first arrived in the country to provide their expertise in combatting the deadly virus, Love Plus Charity Foundation spearheaded the translation between them and local health care officials to make sure no message is lost during translation. With over 50 individuals going hand in hand to donate food, medical equipment, and other necessary items to combat the corona virus, Love Plus Charity Foundation doubled their efforts especially on the months of April and May when they visited major hospitals in NCR, including Lung Center of the Philippines, RITM, Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, Bulacan Medical Center and so much more. Love Plus Charity Foundation was also one of the first organizations to provide aid in terms of basic necessities such as food and water when the Pandacan Church caught fire back in July.

As of August 1, 2020, a combination of 487 Chinese organizations and individuals have donated to Love Plus Charity Foundation, garnering a total of Php 6,000,000 in cash, 3,144 boxes of surgical masks, 1,340 sets of PPE, 2,000 sets of rapid test kits, baby essentials like formula milk and diaper, in addition to food donations such as rice, bread, instant noodles, canned goods, fruits and vegetables, enough to feed an entire community. 

When the government implemented another lockdown on August 4, Love Plus Charity Foundation did not waste any time to lend another helping hand to Filipinos, despite of challenges such as distance and heavy rains.

 “We believe that in times like these, there is no nationality, but only unity. The Philippines has been our home and we felt like it was our responsibility to help anyone in need – no matter the distance and race, as we need to rise up in the middle of this pandemic.”, said Hu Sun.

Love Plus Charity Foundation will continue its mission to provide aid for Filipinos across the country. The organization hopes that despite the effects of the pandemic, humanity will still find the strength to recover. Contact Love Plus Charity Foundation on Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/LovePlusFoundation/ or contact InfinitUs Marketing Solutions at https://www.facebook.com/infinitusph/ for more information.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Recover the Damages You Deserve with the Help of Car Accident Lawyer

More than 200,000 people are hurt in Southern California crashes every year. Sadly - yes, Car accidents can happen — even to the safest, most careful drivers on the road. If you’ve been seriously injured in a major car accident in California at the fault of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

When another driver's negligence caused the wreck, that driver's insurance company will compensate you for any losses such as medical expenses, car repairs, and lost wages, even pain and suffering. The hassle of car accident insurance claims comes in if you are offered the lowest acceptable amount for a settlement.

Legal representation is needed when it comes to major and minor car accidents, including (but not limited to) the following common cases:

  • Rear-end
  • Side-impact
  • Head-on collision
  • Multi-vehicle collision

It's quite challenging to put a fair price on pain and suffering. The insurance company might offer  much lower than you expect. So getting a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to advocate for you and protect your interests during extremely difficult time is deemed necessary to know what legal rights you have to ensure receiving a reasonable compensation.

It is recommended to contact an attorney as soon as possible following the accident. And it is advised NOT to give any statement to at-fault party's insurance provider without consulting a lawyer to avoid statements that can be misconstrued and can later use against you.

In some cases, one doesn't always end up filing a lawsuit to get a settlement payout. The lawyer and the insurance company may reach a suitable agreement to receive justly compensation. If not, you will need to sue and take the matter to Court.

When do you need an Attorney?

  • If it involves minor to major fatalities or any serious type of injury that required a trip to a doctor.
  • If it puts you at-fault and you believe otherwise.
  • If you are injured due to another person's negligence to determine if you have the right for Personal Injury claim.
  • If you are struggling to come to an agreement with the insurance company.
If no agreement is reached through negotiation, then the case should go to trial.

Once I have made the decision to sue, what should I expect?

  1. File a complaint. The complaint will lay out the allegations against the defendant.
  2. The defendant will file an answer.
  3. The discovery process will occur.
  4. The trial will begin.
  5. The last phase is when the jury determines whether to award you any damages.

"Remember that your suit could settle at any point and the process described above is only a general overview. Also keep in mind that the process could take up to two years. An experienced personal injury attorney should be able to describe the process in more detail."

As always, your lawyer is your ally to fight for justice. They will work to get the compensation you deserve. With the right legal representation, you could receive a large settlement as compensation for your pain and suffering. The sooner your act, the stronger your case will be.

Kids' Screen time: Tablet vs. TV

According to experts, kids aged 2-5 years old should only have an hour of screen time per day and two hours for kids aged 6 years and older. The suggested hours of screen time promotes healthy usage with moderation.

The rise of technology and convenience has magically turned screens into instant pacifier especially for young children. But as we all know, screen offers limited sensory activities and face to face interaction that prevents them from experiencing real-world activities.

Today's generation is truly different. Tablets becomes parents' modern pacifier as it effectively makes a crying child stop and keep them entertained. Some experts combine watching TV and tablet play as screen time. But watching TV is different, as it is considered as much more passive activity.

Photo by McKaela Lee on Unsplash

When asked what is better for kids, Tablets vs. watching television? Well, each has its own pros and cons. Too  much of anything is harmful. Kids can easily get addicted to the screen that can linked to attention and behavioral problems. However, screen time can also do good if done with parents' supervision to monitor what kind of media they consume.

The answer is still up to us, parents! It all depends on how we can manage what's beneficial; making sure that we can effectively avoid all those health and emotional problems associated with device overuse.

Also, setting screen time guidelines that includes the following General Rules can be a big help:

1. Avoid fast-paced programs, apps with lots of distracting and violent content.

2. No screens during meals and 1 hour before bedtime.

3. Try not to use screen media to bribe or calm your child.

4. Monitor the kind of media they consume, including apps. Test apps before your child uses them and play together.  

5. Make it interactive by asking your child what they think and what they are learning from the media they consume.

A good example is to "make it a shared three-dimensional experience. The brain development and language development happens when you talk about what is happening on screen, similar to reading a book to your child. Make it a dialog, discuss important concepts, exchange ideas, and relate what your child is learning to real life. 

When parents manages kids' screen time, it can surely minimize all the harmful effects.

For sure, kids find playing games on tablets more entertaining and engaging, but as a parent, I personally prefer them to watch TV.

Bigger screens means more distance watching that won't easily damage their eyes. Also, they get to play with other toys like Lego blocks while watching their favorite shows and not stuck with just sitting or in one position.

I'm sure, Sam Haskell, the person named as one of the 25 Most Innovative and Influential People in Television over the last quarter century; couldn't agree more.😀

There are tons of educational shows on Youtube that I watched with the kids on bigger screen. It is a good teaching tool or a way to connect as it provides a good opportunity to talk and start a discussion of their insights and choices.

Positive TV, improves kids' behavior; same as positive use of Tablet. Whatever the choice is, it all sums up to using with  moderation and guidelines to maximize its benefits.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Basic Building Principle for Earthquake Safety

Seismic activity is defined as the types, frequency and size of earthquakes that happen over a period of time in a certain area. Private commercial building owners and investors need to understand how they can update their properties or build new ones to ensure that they are as safe as possible during seismic events.

In case of earthquakes, seismic codes or building codes are designed to protect property and lifeThe need for such codes is reflected in the saying, "Earthquakes don't kill people—buildings do." Or in expanded version, “Earthquakes do not injure or kill people. Poorly built man-made structures injure and kill people.”

Seismic codes were created and developed as a response to major earthquakes which have caused devastation in highly populated regions. Often these are revised based on knowledge gained from recent earthquakes and research findings, and as such they are constantly evolving. 

Over the years, engineers and scientists have devised techniques to create some effective earthquake-proof buildingsToday, even if we have the most  innovative materials, it is not yet possible to withstand a powerful earthquake leaving an unscathed building.


It's success lies on allowing the occupants to escape without the building collapsing. 

Engineering consultant and scientific researcher like Pedram Zohrevand, shares ways in which builders and investors can make sure their properties are safe and secure under severe seismic conditions following basic principle for earthquake safety.

Buildings are mostly designed to support vertical loads, such as a dead load from materials and fixed equipment and live loads from furniture, partitions, and people using the building.

Also, factors like addressing local geologic conditions, common construction types, historic issues, etc., are to be considered as fundamental approaches in designing an Earth-quake proof building. Engineers and scientific researchers came up with  prescriptive rules and technical requirements. 

"The requirements included a design lateral base shear V = 0.08 W for regular use buildings, 0.10 W for school buildings and 0.04 W for the portion of a building above a flexible story. Building weight (seismic mass) was defined as W = Dead load + 0.5 Live load (except 1.0 Live for warehouses). Building frames were required to be designed to withstand at least 0.25V independent of any walls."

This is a good understanding of what loads are considered when designing a structure.

In earthquake-prone areas, the buildings must also be protected against lateral or sideways movements. To make a structure safe against the lateral movement, a proper lateral/seismic load resisting system, such as a shear wall, moment frame, braced frame, etc. should be designed for the building.

So, what makes a building Earth-quake proof?

  • Flexible foundation
  • Counteract forces with dumping through Pendulum Power
  • Vibration control devices
  • Use building shields from vibrations
  • Reinforce the building's structure
  • Earthquake-resistant materials like steel / metal architecture
In designing earthquake resistant buildings, materials is the key! Innovative solutions based on advanced materials are created such as the impressive feature made in Taipei 101 that has 730-ton active mass damper at the top of the building. The huge sphere act as a pendulum that counteracts the building's movements. It reduces uncomfortable vibrations that could cause stress on the structure if the building begins to sway.

Great projects like this, requires a deep foundation system with  practical details and approaches to constructing unusual building features that can withstand seismic activities.

5 Basic Real Estate Investment Strategies

Real estate investing involves the purchase, ownership, management, rental and/or sale of real estate for profit. Improvement of realty property as part of a real estate investment strategy is generally considered to be a sub-specialty of real estate investing called real estate development. Real estate is an asset form with limited liquidity relative to other investments, it is also capital intensive (although capital may be gained through mortgage leverage) and is highly cash flow dependent. If these factors are not well understood and managed by the investor, real estate becomes a risky investment.

Investing in a property has high returns but is considered a high risk investment. Educating yourself about the process will determine your success. Real estate values rise and decline, and can only work to your advantage if you can make wise investments. 

Taking time to study and evaluate will lead to finding the right property to invest. The best way to  identify the suitability of a property is thru Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). Comparing from sold data  plus the general market movement will  determine the current market value of the property and its profit potential.

Real Estate and Private Equity investor like David Ebrahimzadeh have the vision to find a property and expertise to maximize its potential thru investment analysis that leads to financial success.

Education is always the key in building knowledge and expertise in any field. Having the necessary diligence will help you get pass through those 'portfolio of uncertainties'.

"Real Estate remains one of the most exciting investments out there.

You just need to know where to look, be prepared to do some extra work, and take into account changing needs. The need for great spaces and great locations is ever present, but ever changing."

If you want to get started, Here's the list of Real Estate Investment Strategies to consider:

1. Buy to Rent - Single Tenant Properties

Single rentals are a good investment because they’re very simple to understand, easy to set up, and, generally, straightforward to run. However, they’re unlikely to deliver very impressive rental yields, certainly not market-beating returns.

2. Flipping Houses

In very simple terms it means buying it and quickly selling it for a profit.

You may do some minor cosmetic work to the property to achieve profit. But, generally, this strategy relies more on a rising market (or buying at a great discount) as opposed to adding any real value. The idea is to get in and get out as quickly as possible, so you don’t want to be doing any expensive, time-consuming development work on the property.

3. Become a real estate agent, rental agent, or property manager

This is the best way to learn the industry where you can develop contacts, earn income, and build a successful business for yourself.

4. Invest in real estate investment trusts

Real estate investment Trusts are investment products where property is the underlying asset. A REIT is a company or trust that owns and operates properties, such as office blocks, apartment blocks, retail properties, and other kinds of buildings that people or businesses rent.

REITs can be private or public, with public REITs being traded on the major stock exchanges, just like regular shares. 

5. Commercial property

The success of commercial real estate investments hinges on having good, stable business tenants in place. Without a tenant, it’s just an empty building costing you money.

If you can find a good tenant, that gives you some stability and potentially lowers your risk. The longer the lease, the more value this adds to the property.

Overall, these are some of good long term investments to add up for cash flow diversification. The goal  to have other stream to rely on to create financial security with this type of investment is always a big opportunity.


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach interviews “candidates” seeking to join online ESL platform 51Talk

Manila, Philippines – 51Talk, together with their new Philippine brand ambassador, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, held its first-ever live stream interview via Facebook after hundreds of aspiring online English teachers signed-up to get a chance to be part of the show. The live stream is part of 51Talk’s campaign to invite qualified Filipinos who are interested to take advantage of the 30,000 home-based online teaching opportunities offered by 51Talk where people can teach, learn and most importantly – earn.
Listed in the New York Stock Exchange, 51Talk is the leading online English education platform that connects thousands of Filipino teachers to foreign English language learners via an interactive virtual classroom.
More than 70,000 viewers tuned in and joined the fun and inspiring live stream which allowed them to learn more about the teach at home opportunity and acquainted them with the application process that can be completed in as fast as three days. Pia interviewed nine pre-selected candidates from different backgrounds who shared their heartwarming stories on how they found hope in 51Talk after losing their jobs or livelihood.
Pia Wurtzbach interviews candidates who wish to be part of online English platform 51Talk. The live stream, with hints of a reality and talent show, aims to attract 30,000 new online English teachers to join the platform. 

Several of the candidates expressed how the pandemic has affected their current livelihood, especially those who belong to the travel and events industries.


Paula, a professional dancer and instructor who has been performing and teaching for 14 years, had a lot of her events and classes cancelled due to COVID-19. She came across the 51Talk online teaching opportunity and decided to give it a shot since she has teaching experience.
“I want to be able to translate my teaching skills from dance and performance arts into teaching English. I just love sharing what I know and see my students grow into the best versions of themselves,” shared Paula.
Trina, a professional events host, found herself in the same boat as a lot of her hosting gigs were cancelled or postponed indefinitely.
“While the situation we are in can be very disheartening, I decided to try out as a 51Talk teacher and I’m happy that I made it to this fun interview with no less than Miss Universe  Pia Wurtzbach!” exclaimed Trina. Trina gave the viewers a taste of her fun, entertaining energy as she sang songs both in English and Chinese
Pearl, another one of the candidates, candidly shared how the past few months have been very tough for those in the travel industry. She was about to return as a flight attendant after her maternity leave but her retraining was put on hold as travel restrictions are still in place. Having no income, Pearl said she had to find a stable and sustainable livelihood that would allow her to help her husband, especially now that they have their first child.
“When I learned about the opportunity in 51Talk, it gave me hope and made me revisit my childhood dream of becoming an educator,” shared Pearl. “Even if I don’t have any teaching experience, I didn’t hesitate to sign-up. I borrowed my sister’s laptop just so I could apply. I’m very excited to start teaching in 51Talk.”
According to 51Talk teacher Angelo Lex who co-hosted the show, being an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher is very profitable as he gets to earn at the comfort and safety of his own home in his preferred schedule. He also shared his excitement when he learned of the platform’s recent announcement about the 20 million pesos incentive program exclusively for 51Talk teachers this month.
Pia felt ecstatic and inspired since this is her first stint in interviewing candidates online. “It’s a humbling experience to interview such incredible candidates from all walks of life, to hear their unique stories and to witness how talented and passionate they all are,” shared Pia.
Towards the end of the show, Pia said she was moved after hearing the story of one of the candidates, Pearl, the flight attendant who borrowed her sister’s laptop just so she could sign-up to be a teacher at 51Talk. Pia surprised everyone as she decided to personally give Pearl a laptop to help her get started in her online teaching career.
Aspiring online English teacher Pearl became emotional when Pia Wurtzbach surprisingly announced she would give Pearl a laptop so she can start earning from home to support her family. Pearl was a flight attendant who lost her job but found hope in 51Talk. 
“We see your hard work and we’re very sorry for what you’re going through as a young mom. I find you very engaging and who has so much potential,” said Pia.
“It’s such an honor to represent 51Talk as their brand ambassador and to be able to connect to thousands of Filipinos through this live stream. I hope it inspired them and gave them joy.”
Pia considers empowering Filipinos as her top advocacy, now more than ever when thousands of Filipinos have lost their livelihood due to the pandemic.
“I am encouraging all qualified individuals to sign-up and to seize this wonderful livelihood opportunity. See you in our next live stream!” exclaimed Pia.
Next month, 51Talk will be doing another round of interviews with a new set of candidates via their official Facebook page. To get a chance to be interviewed, showcase your talent, and have a #DateWithPiaAt51Talk, sign-up via 51Talk’s website at www.51Talk.ph.

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