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iPhone 7 – The Choicest Phone from Apple

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iPhone 7 is one of the most elite and expensive phones to have graced the smart-phone mobile market in recent times. It has generated a lot of interest and excitement amongst the consumers. Gadget gurus feel that the new model is quicker, smoother and packed with hi-fi graphical features. iPhone 7 users can enjoy faster app loading, smooth video processing, and superior visual performance.

Overall Specifications of iPhone 7:

  • 7-inch crystal clear HD display, 16M colors with smooth 3D touch
  • Solid water-resistant metallic Unibody
  • 2 GB RAM + huge storage space up to 128 GB
  • Newly introduced Taptic Engine with highly sensitive button known as Home Key
  • Apple Fusion Quad 10 CPU
  • Camera features OIS, 12 MP with f/1.8 and 128mm, auto focus, LED dual tone with flash
  • Enhanced sound quality with stereo speakers and no headphone jack
  • Good battery life, equipped with non-removable mAh battery (Li-Ion 1960)
  • Available in inky black, normal black, gold, silver and rose gold colors.

The Advantageous Features of iPhone 7

If you ask what’s new in the handset, many things have been changed for the better. Apple has been applauded for its unconventional removal of the audio jack, providing great storage options, designing stylish stereo speakers and creating a water proof shield. The powerful new camera equipped with OIS and the brand new Face Time cam definitely speaks volumes about the up-gradation qualities of iPhone 7. It is loaded with the best technical prowess. iPhone 7 has an above average battery life.


Other features are under conventional barriers. It looks very similar to the previous model iPhone 6/6s. There are two handsets available, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The smaller version is priced around $650 for 32 GB storage capacity and $850 for 256 GB storage capacity. The iPhone 7 Plus is priced around $769 (32 GB storage) and $969 (256 GB storage). You will require additional headphone adapters and Bluetooth headphones to fill in the void left by the Jack.

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Halloween, or Hallowe’en a contraction of all Hallows’ Evening

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Halloween, or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. Some academics, however, support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carvingpumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration.  Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes

The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin.  The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day).  In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)enevolved into Hallowe’en. Although the phrase “All Hallows'” is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, all saints mass-day), “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556.


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Rogers Place Arena

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Rogers Place Arena

Edmontonions have waited for years to be rewarded for their patience by the completion of Rogers Place Arena.  Rogers Place Arena is the home of Edmonton Oilers hockey franchise of the national hockey league.  Open to the public earlier this month, it has held a few events .

Many of its significant features include a seating capacity of over 18,000 fans for sporting evens, with a larger sitting capacity of 20,000 for concerts.  Wide concourses, leading food and beverages offerings and the latest in technology are further amenities.  The building is served by LRT and there are hundreds of parking specs within a five minute walk.   The winter Garden, recently renamed Ford Hall, provides easy pedway access to transit as well as surrounding towers, restaurants, hotels accommodations and the rest of downtown.

Executive director of the downtown business association Jim Taylor remembers the beginning of the plans for the new Rogers Place Arena.  He says 2007 was when then-mayor Stephen Mandel arranged for Lyle Best, director of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, to chair a task force to get planning underway.  Jim Taylor has served five years on city council and then 16 years in his current position, he has been involved  for a long time with Edmonton’s development.  Looking back to 1995 the city was in a rock-bottom position as far as the downtown was concerned.  Since then we have come to an historical high as far as dollars being invested in downtown development and in square footage being built.

Various incentives helped to slowly build up the downtown from those lows, but it wasn’t until need for a centrally-located arena for the Edmonton Oilers was put forth by visionaries as a way to ensure the team remained in the city that a dream begun that finally resulted in Rogers Place being built.  After many delays over several years the shovels finally dug the ceremonial first dirt and work began in 2013.

“There were believers in the project, individuals like myself and councillors, but also developers who went ahead with five residential high-rises, the Icon I and II for example, which came on-stream in 2009 and 2010.”  He adds.  “ And that was before the Rogers Place Arena was even started.”  The purchase and renovation of the century-old Mercer building on 104 street not only saved a piece of Edmonton’s history, but also provided an excellent location for several start-up businesses, coffee shops and taverns, studios and other services, opening in 2012.  “It was people who believed in revitalizing Edmonton’s core and were willing to take a chance, even before the arena was done, who have contributed hugely.”  States Taylor.



In the immediate area around Rogers Place is the Stantec Building, Edmonton’s tallest building at 250 meters and Canada’s seventh tallest.

The 104th avenue area between 111 street and 123 street is being further developed along the new valley LRT line, currently in its early construction phase.  “ Adding to the vibrancy is the construction of the new MacEwan and Norquest campuses, which brings students to live and study in the area,” adds Taylor.

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The benefits of a pre-listing home inspection

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The benefits of a pre-listing home inspection

Home sellers may not consider a pre-listing inspection to be a worthy expense, since buyers will want their own inspections anyway and it could cost time and money if an expensive issue crops up.  However, in today’s market, the reality is that a pre-listing inspection from a qualified home inspector is quickly becoming the norm.

Here are some tips for determining whether a pre-listing inspection is in your best intrest and how it can help lead to a quick sale.

Some sellers have an inflated view of what their home is worth even when presented with comparable homes.  By having the inspection report on hand, sellers will feel confident that they’ re asking for the best price based on the condition of the home, and buyers will feel that what they see is what they’ll get.  A pre-listing inspection often prompts buyers to make an offer on a home without a home inspection condition, especially when multiple offers come in.  It also shows buyers that the seller’s are serious about selling and helps them list the home’s assets and updates, all of which strengthen the home’s selling power.

If the sellers are concerned about buyers shying away from defects, remember that although no home is perfect, a pre-listing inspection report puts many issues into per-spective. Providing estimates on how long a home’s components will last helps buyers rationalize long-term repairs versus focusing on costs.  Knowing a repair might not have to be made for several years could reduce a buyer’s need to ask for a price concession.  The seller also have the opportunity to correct any defects or come up with an action plane before the house is on the market.  They can then choose to repair the items themselves, hire a contractor, or drop the price of the home to more accurately reflect its condition.  Hiring a professional inspector gives the seller’s the ability to be present during the inspection.  Home inspectors can help the sellers understand any issues that might surface during a buyer’s inspection.

Eliminating last-minute surprises and ensuring the home is properly priced can considerably reduce the negotiation phase by taking many of the home’s defects off the table.  Because the seller had time to correct issues or reduce the price of your home, there won’t be much left for buyers to negotiate on. While buyers will still request their own inspections as a condition of sale in most cases, you can be confident a secondary report will strengthen the information in your pre-listing inspection, paving the way for buyers to remove this condition without the haggle. With all the cards on the table in the form of pre-listing inspection, buyers are less likely to walk away due to an unpleasant surprise discovered at the eleventh hour, and it will help combat any suspicions they may have.  By removing these roadblocks, you can find your way to a smooth sale quickly and for the best price possible.

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Considering Bankruptcy

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Considering Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a legal process that can provide a relief to honest unfortunate individuals who are unable to pay their debts.

If you are considering bankruptcy, your first step should be to meet with a licensed insolvency Trustee(LIT).  LIT’s are individuals licensed by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) to administer the bankruptcy process.

To find a Licensed Insolvency Trustee click on this link.

The job of a LIT is to evaluate your financial situation and discuss various alternatives that could help you solve your current financial situation.

What Happens if you file for bankruptcy?

If bankruptcy is the option you choose, you will work with the LIT to complete the required forms.  The LIT will then file these documents with the OSB and you will be formally declared bankrupt.

From that point on, the LIT will deal directly with your creditors on your behalf Once you have been declared Bankrupt.

  • You will stop making payments directly to your unsecured creditors.
  • Any garnishments against your salary will stop; and
  • Any lawsuits against you by your creditors will also be stopped.

Your assets will be sold by the licensed insolvency Trustee

Once you have been declared bankrupt, the LIT sells your assets, including any acquired during your bankruptcy.  Assets that are exempted by provincial and federal laws are excluded from this sale.  The LIT will hold the money raised by the sale in trust for distribution to your creditors.

Your creditors will be notified

After you declare bankruptcy, the LIT will notify all your creditors about your bankruptcy.

Your creditors may hold a meeting

Sometimes, a meeting of creditors is required or requested.  At the meeting, creditors can obtain information about the bankruptcy and give direction to the LIT.  If a meeting is called, you will be required to attend.

You may be examined by the OSB

After you file for bankruptcy, a representative of the OSB may examine you under oath.  The purpose of these examination is to ask you about your conduct, the causes of the bankruptcy and the disposition of your property.

What will you be responsible for.

You will have to attend two financial counselling sessions

In addition to paying the LIT’s fees, you may be required to make additional payments to your LIT for distribution to your creditors.  These are called surplus income payments.

Surplus income is the part of your earnings that exceeds the amount of income a family needs to maintain a reasonable standard of living.  The amount is set by the OSB annually.  The larger your family, the more you are allowed to keep, the more you earn, the more you are required to contribute.

If your surplus income is more than $200 per month, you will be required to contribute 50 percent of that amount.

When will you be discharged from bankruptcy

A discharge releases you from legal obligation to repay the debts you had as of the date you filed for bankruptcy, except for specific types of debts that are excluded by law.  These include alimony and child support payments, court order fines or penalties and debts arising from fraud.

The timing of your discharge depends on a number of factors, including whether this is your first bankruptcy, and whether you are required to make surplus income payments.


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The 100 Year Old Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton

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The 100 Year Old Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton.

The famed Walterdale Bridge is a cross-bar steel structure, constructed by the Dominion Bridge Company spanning the Saskatchewan River in the Edmonton region of Alberta province in Canada. The bridge was named in honor of an early colonizer known as John Walter.
The Walterdale Bridge is going to be replaced soon by a new bridge that connects the north side of the Saskatchewan River to its South side. The construction of the new bridge was started in the year 2013 and it was planned to be fully completed at second half of 2015. However, there was considerable delay and the bridge was finally completed in early 2016.
Highlighting Features of the Old Walterdale Bridge
o Having two lanes for supervising traffic that is northbound towards downtown area
o It has served as a solid link spanning the Saskatchewan River for almost 100 years
o There are sidewalks on both the sides of the structure for pedestrian walking and cyclists
o Serves and supports almost 35,000 vehicles plying to and fro on a daily basis.
Why the Walterdale Bridge Has To Be Replaced?
It is vital that the old bridge be replaced with a new one, as the steel construction is slowly getting corroded and the overall structural capacity does not support the weight of heavy trucks with significant loads. The new bridge plan involves three traffic lanes to ease the congested traffic of the Walterdale Road and the Queen Park, especially during the morning office hours. Moreover, the local people can have better access to the market streets
The Walterdale Bridge is most likely to be demolished and eradicated in the year 2017. Major plans are underway for the construction of the new bridge, which will have improved walker and cyclist crossings with its three way traffic lanes. The new bridge is touted to be one of the best bridges to be built in Edmonton, enhanced with twin 56 mt. towering arches covering the east side of the river. Unlike Walterdale Bridge, the new bridge arches won’t be resting on in-river piers and is to be supported by mega blocks to be thrust on both sides of the river banks.

Walterdale Bridge

Walterdale Bridge








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Development Permit Notification Signs Edmonton

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Development Permit Notification Signs Edmonton

As of April 1, 2016 Development Permit Notification Signs will be mandatory in Edmonton.

Edmonton residents in established areas will now have a better idea of what to expect from infill projects in their neighborhoods, thanks to the new rules by city of Edmonton.  As of April-1-2016 development notification signs, like the one shown below will be mandatory on all residential infill constructions in mature and established neighborhoods.  All projects approved after April 1-2016 will be required to have these signs.

Online Blueprint printing Development Permit Notification Signs Edmonton

The easy to understand sign will help residents and passerby’s stay informed as to what’s being built on the site.  The signs will also encourage a better dialogue between neighbors affected by an infill development and the builder or contractor working on the project.

The mandatory signs must be posted near the sidewalk of the development within 14 days after they have been issued and must stay clean and posted until final occupancy is granted by the city.

The Signs will include:

-Contact information of the builder, contractor, development permit holder and or landowner.

– The site address will be posted on the sign.

– City file number

– A picture of what the infill will look like after completion will also be included in the sign.

– And finely the building type.

Following development permit approval, elevation drawings of the approved structure without mark ups must be submitted to administration in PDF format at a resolution of 300 DPI.  City of Edmonton Development officers will use the approved elevation drawings to create a print-ready PDF for a Development Permit Notification Sign.

Two Size options are available for Development Permit Notification signs to suit the needs of different Projects:

  • Basic- 24” x 18”- Used when only front elevation drawings will be displayed
  • Custom 4’ x 4’- Used when multiple elevation drawings, renderings, or company logo will be displayed, sales information is not permitted.

Sign Print Specification

When sending the print-ready PDF to print, the following information must be communicated to the printer:

  • Final Size: ether 4’ x 4’ or 24’ x 18’
  • Stock: E-panel
  • Color process 4/0
  • Quantity: 1 ( uncles otherwise directed)


For more information, call City of Edmonton at 311 or


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What are Engineering Sketches and who uses them?

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What are Engineering Sketches and who uses them?

Engineering Sketches also known as technical drawings are diagrams created to covey graphically the ideas and information necessary for the construction or analysis of structures, systems, machines etc.

The basis of most engineering Sketches is orthographic representation (projection).  Objects are depicted by top, front, side, auxiliary, or oblique views, or combination of some or all of these views.

To make the drawings easier to understand, people use standard symbols, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layout to communicate ideas. Together these ideas create a visual technical language that is easy to understand for people in the industry.

Engineering Sketches often include lines symbols, brief notes, sectional views etc. They may be in the form of carefully planned and engineered drawings or free hand pencil sketches.

When drawings have complicated, details which cannot be communicated from a single view, additional or several different sectional drawings are created to communicate the idea.  Sometimes imaginary cut views are produced to visualize what the inner material or joint would look like.  This process is also know as crosshatch.

Besides communicating the shape of an object all drawings will have to list the true dimension or scaled dimensions of the object.  This is to help fabricators or assemblers to assemble to the project.  Angled lines also called leaders are used to highlight object(s) dimension for quick reference. More detailed information is normally delivered in Spec (specification) books.

Engineering sketches of different types are used in different manufacturing fields for various purposes.  One is the layout drawing, in which the outline of building, structure, machine etc. is outlined as to how many parts are comprised together to create the project.  Project estimators will spend hours reading these drawings from different angles to estimate cost, create a building plan and also create the safest procedure to tackle the project.  A second type of drawing is assembly (also know as preliminary drawing) which would explain the way parts are supposed to be positioned for assembly.  They would also clarify the clearance and fastening method used to secure the parts together.  The third type of drawing is a working drawing.  This drawing would include detailed drawings of all parts and general assembly drawings.  The fourth type of drawing is the schematic drawings which would use standard symbols to indicate the direction of flow in pipes and electrical wiring.

Engineering sketches








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What are Architectural Plans and who uses them for what?

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What are Architectural Plans?

Architectural plans also know as Architect’s drawings are technical drawings of building, projects or land that falls within the definition of Architecture.  architectural plans are used by architects, builders, estimators, engineers for purpose such as building construction, estimating for project cost, estimating the kinds of natural and men made disasters a building can with stand.

Architectural plans in the past were designed on a blue light-sensitive sheets.  Introduced in the early 19th century, the process allowed rapid and accurate reproduction of documents used in construction industry.  The process was called blue-print.  Blue-prints were unable to reproduce color or shaded of grey.

Magaziner, Eberhard & Harris, Second Floor Plan, YWCA Building, Sesquicentennial, Philadelphia, 1926. Drawing dated March 10, 1926. Sheet 2. MEH.548.006, Athenaeum of Philadelphia Archives, Philadelphia.

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Later blueprints were replaced by wide format paper drawings.  The modern blueprints are printed on 20 lbs bond paper with black ink and also color drawings are starting to get more popular and printed on 24lbs bond paper.

After a building is designed on paper it is sent to the local development office for approval.  The local development officer goes threw the entire set of drawings checking for flows in design or details missed by the Architect or group of Architects.  Once the plans are finalized a development permit is issued and the project is handed over to a building contractor or project management company for the construction of building project.  The Architect or group of Architects work hand in hand with the construction company on the construction of the building until the building is completed and inspected by the local building inspections department.

In some smaller towns a copy of the final set of blueprints is stored in storage for future reference, but since the invent of large format scanners most blueprints are scanned and archived onto hard drives or DVD’s.

Original blueprints are requested from the city or architect that originally constructed a building when renovations are required on a building, or when a fire breaks into a building. Sometimes a building does not serve the purpose over time as some business expanded beyond the walls of the original building and when land is available on which the original building exist an addition is designed and constructed to join the original building.

As long as a building exists sets off blueprints about the building have to exists with Land titles department, Architect(s), owner of the building and people who have interest in the building.

Architectural Plans






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What is Online Blueprint Printing

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What is Online Blueprint Printing?

Online blueprint printing is a way to get blueprints printed in large quantity  and shipped back to you.  Simply upload files online and your blueprints are printed.  This convenient upload process allows you to upload files anytime (24/7) from anywhere.  This process also eliminates a person having to physically go to a printing shop or reprography shop hand in their designs on DVD or Flash drive for printing.

With online blueprint printing service a person can simply go online, upload their files (mostly PDF) pay for them by credit card and then wait for the printed blueprints to be delivered to their office or house.

Online blueprint printing in many instances is also much cheaper than using conventional print shops, copy shops or reprography shops as they print blueprints in large quantity hence purchasing products in bulk then transferring the savings of material costs back to their clients.   It is almost safe to say that for every four sets of drawings ordered the fifth set is FREE!

Most blueprint files are too large to be emailed so the challenge lies in how do I transfer my files from my computer to the print shop or reprography shop’s computer for printing?  The only way this problem can be solved it to have a straight FTP upload folder or a modern website with a form and a file upload button that’s linked to a back end FTP.

Online blueprint printers clients that use a form system also eliminate the process of missing fine details that clients forget when ordering blueprints.  When the fine details are missed the finishing department or blueprint machine operator has to guess, do I have to staple these drawings, do I have to bind them, what color binding tape am I putting on them.  Am I printing color pages from the provided PDF file in color or to save cost, my client want’s me to print color pages with black and white ink.

Since online blueprint printers ship bulk their shipping cost are minimal this also open’s a new window of opportunity for their client to distribute blueprints to different offices or affiliates in different towns provinces or across the country.

Most online print shops are much larger than the average husband wife print shop or the less than 5 staff business.  This not only give the client cheaper product cost but also a better product and faster turn around time due to the large clientele.  Some even promise same day shipment or next business day shipment.

Online Blueprint Printing







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