Playing With Bean Bags

Bean bags are popular for their versatility. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, textures, and sizes. Because of this, they are now widely used as helpful tools in activities that promote movement and socialization among children.

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Bean bags are loved for their versatility. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, textures, and sizes. Because of this, they are now widely used as helpful tools in activities that promote movement and socialization among children. A couple of fun games and activities are listed below:

Crab Crawl

1. Set up a rectangular playing field by drawing a line over the boundaries.

2. Throw at least 20 beanbags at random locations.

3. Gather 20 children and split them into two teams.

4. Mark a particular area on the rectangle as the starting point. Let the first members from each team stay in this point and get them into a crab walk position.

5. Walking like crabs means being on all fours with their stomachs pointed toward the sky.

6. Once you say “go,” ask them to crab walk towards the center, grab one beanbag, and put it on their stomachs. They have to return to the starting point while crab walking backwards without dropping the bean bag.

7. As soon as they come back, the next player takes their place. The first team to finish wins.

Hit the Target

1. Find a nearby gym, court, or an empty garage space. Use chalk to draw a large square to serve as the playing field.

2. Gather at least eight kids and divide them into two groups.

3. Perform a coin toss to find out which group stays in the middle and which one should stay on the perimeter of the square.

4. A medium-sized beanbag is given to the group situated outside. The objective of this activity is to throw the object to hit the persons inside so they can be out of the game.

5. Have a non-player present to act as the timer and referee. Once the referee says “go”, the hitting begins.

6. The teams switch places during the next round.

7. The team that is able to hit all players at the least amount of time wins.

Musical Pass

1. Just like musical chairs, ask players to position themselves while standing in a circle facing each other.

2. Hand the beanbag to one person in the circle.

3. When the music startsBusiness Management Articles, let them pass the item around in a clockwise or counter-clockwise manner.

4. The person holding the beanbag as soon as the music stops is out of the game.

5. The passing continues until only one person is left.

There are many other fun and exciting things to do with beanbags. These are great tools for letting kids bond with friends and develop their interaction skills. They also promote movement and keep the little ones away from gadgets and video games that make a lot of them addicted today.

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Save on Energy Costs with Weatherstripping

Weatherizing is important as this prevents leakage of air from your homes. Every homeowner should do this as air leakage can lead to soaring energy bills. Certainly you wouldn’t want this to happen as some of your usual expenses may end up being sacrificed just to make your home a comfortable place to stay in.

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One of the best ways to weatherize a home is through weatherstripping. This is the process of sealing windows and doors with the use of various materials like vinyl, metal, felt, rubber or silicone. Every homeowner should be able to pick out the right material for weatherstripping as these materials have different wear and tear process that could be highly affected by the location. And of course, sustainability is an issue. Depending on the coldness or warmth of the area, one should find the right material so that it could sustain whatever factors affecting its functions.

A weatherstripping material should be installed properly to create a good seal. Only when there is complete blockage of air from passing through door gaps and windows, will you be able to experience great savings from your energy bills (also made possible by practicing other energy saving techniques).

Some of the weartherstripping materials commonly used are the following:

1. Tension seal: Otherwise known as the v-strip. It is made of vinyl, copper, aluminum, stainless steel. It is best used to fill in the gaps of double-hung windows, as well as the sliding ones. It is known to be durable and it can be greatly concealed when installed.

2. Felt: This is another type of weatherstrpping material that is made of metal. It is known to be flexible and installation involves nail-pounding or use of adhesives. It is recommended to use around the door jamb. It can also be used in windows. People use them because they are easy to install and economical.

3. Non-porous tape: It can be closed or open cell foam. It is recommended to be used on window sashes, hatches of attics and other forms of windows. It is best used when installed in places, where it can be compressed.

4 Vinyl: It can be rolled or reinforced. It is best used on door or window stops, sashes or bottom part of the door. It is self-adhesive and visible when installed.

5. Reinforced silicone: Otherwise known as the tubular gasket. It can be used on door jambs or window stops. It does a very good sealing job.

There are types of weatherstripping materials that have not been mentioned in here. As mentioned above, where you are located must be factored in choosing the material to use. Aside from that, the part of the window or door must also be taken into consideration in the selection process.

There will always be the right weatherstripping material that suits your needs. Always follow manufacturer’s guidelines if you opt to do a DIY installation. On the other hand, if you are not comfortable doing it on your own, it is best you hire a pro to do it for you.

New York Property Management Requirements

Property managers in New York that are going to collect rent, rent a property, or list a property for sale will have to obtain a broker’s license. However, not everyone has to get a license. A salesman or secretary working for the licensed owner can do the same things as the property manager without having to obtain a brokers’ license. Only the owner really needs the license and everyone else in the office can just work as an employee.

Another instance where a license is not necessary is when the property manager only does the maintenance and repairs of the property. So being that rent is usually collected by the property management company, in most cases a license would be necessary.

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This is only applicable to regular rental properties. A community association does not have the same requirements and no license is needed the manage them.

To get a brokers license is a two step program. First you have to get a salespersons license. In order to obtain a salesperson’s license in New York, you have to pass the Department of State (D.O.S.) exam. You would have to sign up for a forty or forty five hour course from a real estate school. You would then find a broker to sponsor you. After having a full year’s time experience as a real estate salesperson, you will still need to take a real estate brokers course. You would still have to pass another exam.

Most professional property management companies in Manhattan have licenses. There are still plenty of those who don’t, and chances are they probably won’t ever get caught. But if you ever want to grow your business, you would be much better off taking the effort to get one. Any property owner who owns a decent size apartment building will not just pass of the responsibility to a company that doesn’t have a license. They want to see what other buildings you have managed, and they will certainly look at your credentials. It’s not only prestige, its common sense.

Truthfully, it’s worth taking the courses so that you can service your clients in the best way. A lot of information you will pick up on the way of getting your license will help you out as a property manager. This includes legal aspects of the real estate industry in New York.

Eventually, they might require a license specifically for property managers in New York, but that is still under debate. Even if they do, having a broker’s license will still be a major asset to your company.

Israeli President chooses Likud leader to form the 18th Knesset government

Israeli President chooses Likud leader to form the 18th Knesset government

Friday, February 20, 2009

Today, Israel President Shimon Peres has selected Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu to form the government of the 18th Knesset. 65 Members of Knesset informed the President of their preference of Netanyahu to head the government.

President Peres was persuaded by two factors to choose Likud over Kadima. The Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) supports Likud in its attempt to form a government. Kadima Leader Tzipi Livni would not join in a unity government with Likud that the Israel President was attempting to broker between the three largest parties.

It appears that the coalition which has been formed in recent days lacks diplomatic vision. (A) broad coalition is worthless if it is not governed by values.

Kadima had won a plurality of the seats (28) in Knesset, the Israel parliament, in the February 10th election beating out the right-wing Likud Party by one seat. Livini met with Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman in an attempt to form the core of an new coalition government. Kadima was expecting to be able to form a government with Labor (13 seats), Meretz and New Movement (3 seats) and Beiteinu (15 seats). This coalition would have 59 seats, but now without Beiteinu only 44 seats making either combination 2 seats or 17 seats short of a majority.

Beiteinu won 15 seats in the election — the third most seats — making it key to the make up of the government. It ran on a plank of loyalty oaths to Israel from Israel’s Arab citizens or have their citizens lost. The initial government coalition of Likud and Beiteinu combined has 44 seats just 19 seats short of a majority.

After official results are published (on February 18, in this election), the President of Israel delegates the task of forming a government to the member of Knesset with the best chance of assembling a majority coalition (usually the leader of the largest party.) That designee has up to 42 days to negotiate with the different parties, and then present his government to the Knesset for a vote of confidence. Once the government is approved (by a vote of at least 61 members), the coalition leader becomes Prime Minister.

I am willing to go to great lengths in the negotiations needed to establish such a government.

Netanyahu will reach out to Kadima first after the announcement of his selection as possible Prime Minister. He will extend several key cabinet position to Kadima. Also, he will be contacting the Labor Party as a possible coalition partner. During the election campaign, Netanyahu stated that not forming a national-unity government when we was previously Prime Minister was a mistake.

According to Netanyahu’s associates, they expect that it is likely that neither Kadima nor Labor will join a Lukid led coalition government. A right-wing government of 65 seats with Shas (11 seats) as the third party is expected.

Peres consulted with 10 of 12 parties with seats in Knesset. Parties with the total of 65 seats recommend Netanyahu to lead the next government. Besides Likud and Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, National Union and United Torah Judaism indicated a preference for Netanyahu. Other parties (Meretz, Balad, Labor, Hadash and the United Arab List-Ta’al) made no suggestion.

Labor chairman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak indicated Thursday that the Labor is preparing to operating as part of the opposition to the government. He also indicated that Tzipi Livni was not recommended to the President due to the deal that she offered to Our Home.

The choice of Netanyahu has not encouraged Palestinian officials. Netanyahu has been on the record as saying that he supports settlement expansion and believes that negotiations with Palestine are a waste of time. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has said that there will be no negotiation as long as settlement expansion continues. Furthermore the coalition between Likud and Avigdor Lieberman’s party would be a huge blow to the Palestinian’s mainly because of Lieberman’s refusal to negotiate the question of whether or not to divide the city of Jerusalem, a city which Palestinians have hoped to make their capital for a Palestinian state.

Indonesian anti-corruption chief convicted of murder

Indonesian anti-corruption chief convicted of murder

Friday, February 12, 2010

An Indonesian court has convicted the former head of the country’s anti-corruption agency of murder. The prosecution of Antasari Azhar and three others has been controversial, with some fearing the so-called “Judicial Mafia” played a role.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) already saw a proven plot to discredit it and frame its senior members. Shortly after Azhar’s arrest in May last year police came to take away Bibit Rianto and Chandra Hamzah, two deputy commissioners, to face trial for corruption. The trial, instead, unveiled a plot to convict the men of offences they had not committed. Protests in the street ensued, and locals gave corrupt officials the joint nickname of the “Judicial Mafia”.

The scandal resulted in the resignations of a chief detective and a deputy attorney general; the KPK had begun probing the attorney general’s office and that of the national police. During Azhar’s time as chair the KPK has exposed bribery at the former and prosecuted an in-law relative of the president during the country’s election preparations, with a jail sentence being the result.

The defendants had claimed political elements orchestrated a conspiracy to see the quartet convicted. The judges disagreed, with judge Herri Swantoro telling the court, “Defendant Antasari Azhar has been legitimately proven guilty of participating in persuading the carrying out of a premeditated murder.” The court’s judgement ran to 179 pages.

The case saw the four accused of plotting the March 2009 murder of tycoon Nasruddin Zulkarnaen, shot dead in his car by a motorbike assassin in Jakarta. Zulkarnaen was Azhar’s golfing partner and the businessman was alleged by the prosecution to have been blackmailing the KPK leader, who is a former prosecutor.

Azhar is alleged to have had an affair with one of Zulkarnaen’s wives, a golf caddie. With Zulkarnaen threatening to inform the press and parliament, Azhar is alleged to have plotted murder with several other officials. Police commissioner Wiliardi Wizar was accused of locating the assassins used; he claimed his senior had ordered him to testify he had been told by Azhar to kill Zulkarnaen.

Media mogul Sigid Haryo Wibisono stood accused of financing the contract killing, and businessman Jerry Hermawan Lo of arranging a meeting with the gunmen. All three were convicted alongside Azhar, who received an eighteen-year prison sentence. Wizar was jailed for twelve years, Wibisono for fifteen and Lo for five. All intend to appeal the verdicts.

One person who feels the court got it wrong is a human rights lawyer who defended Bibit and Chandra. “I think that this is all still a mystery,” said Taufik Basari. “I don’t think the judge had all the necessary facts to warrant a verdict of eighteen years.”

Despite the conviction of his relative, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono retained the presidency last June by a landslide majority. Originally elected in 2004, Yudhoyono has used an anti-corruption stance in his campaigns, heaping praise upon the KPK which Azhar was head of from December 2007 until his arrest.

The four new convicts join five men convicted of the murder in December. Alleged to have comprised the gang behind the shooting, they received sentences varying from seventeen to eighteen years imprisonment.

Media round-up: April Fools’ Day 2008

Media round-up: April Fools’ Day 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Many media outlets traditionally deliberately spread hoaxes on April Fools’ Day, including notable quality sources such as National Geographic and Science.

The popular British tabloid The Sun wrote that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to undergo stretch surgery to make him taller than his wife, Italian artist and model Carla Bruni. The report claimed the 5 foot 5 inch leader would be made 5 inches taller in one year using a method by Israeli professor Ura Schmuck. The Sun noted that during his visit to Britain last week, Sarkozy had high-heel shoes while his wife wore a pair of flat pumps.

The Guardian on the other hand ran an article that suggested that Carla would head an initiative by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to bring more glamour, good taste and sophistication to the U.K. general population. This would involve collaboration with Marks & Spencer for high-street fashion and Jamie Oliver for meals and wine.

BBC News had real-looking footage of flying penguins fronted by documentary host Terry Jones, which were actually an advertisement for its new iPlayer.

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/OH-WY

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/OH-WY

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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


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Sumerian Culture

Sumerian Culture


Christopher Schwebius

Sumerians were people who inhabited southern Mesopotamia from around 3500 BC to 1800 BC. They had formed twelve city states, the most famous being Ur and Sumer. A common language called Sumerian was followed throughout these cities. Though there are no modern day descendants of Sumerians, Sumerian culture lives on mainly due to their inventions. No other ancient culture has contributed so much to today s world as the Sumerian culture. We know so much about the Sumerian culture due to tone of their inventions too writing.

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The Sumerians formed the first human settlement bringing to an end the nomadic ways of ancient man. They were an agricultural culture and raised crops in three areas. Inside the cities they kept highly cultivated gardens, while the cultivation of crops and other food sources came from agricultural fields outside the city. The third region was away from water resources mainly for grazing of the domesticated animals, hunting and for collection of fuel. The salty and stagnant water from the canals were used for growing the highly nutritious date-palms. In order for agriculture, the Sumerians needed irrigation. This paved way to the development of canals and embankments to control flood waters from the Euphrates River. Large scale cooperation was needed to keep the irrigational canal building continuing, repairing them and finally to address concerns and allot water shares. This gave rise to monarchy, government and laws. The Sumerian culture continuously invented and reinvented to perfection.

Sumerian villages were built on mounds with houses clustered together on narrow lanes. Some houses were two to three stories high and the Sumerians had learnt very early how to make bricks and dry them in the sun or a kiln. The cities were protected by a wall all around it and the poor people s settlements were outside these walls with houses made of reeds plastered in clay. Like every other ancient society, the Sumerian culture was centered on gods. The cities were built around the shrine of a local god. Any city s wealth was reflected in the elaborate structures of its temples. Ramps and staircases led to the temples which stood on raised platforms. Temples were not only religious shrines but the entire Sumerian culture and its people depended on them for daily life. The temple complex had quarters for the priest, officials, accountants, singers and musicians. It also served as a treasure house for the city and a storehouse for grains, tools and weapons. Workshops for professions which were the mainstream of Sumerian culture were in the temple complex as well. These included bakers, pottery makers, jewelers, leatherworkers and spinners and weavers. Sheep and goat meant for sacrifice to the temple gods were also kept within the complex.

Sheep, goat, oxen, donkeys and dogs had been domesticated though horses and camels were still unknown. The Sumerian culture has been responsible for several inventions as they progressed as a race. The plow for agriculture, the wheel for trading carts, sail boats for moving bulky goods up the river and above all writing was invented to make easier the job of remembering details of trade.

Christopher Schwebius is an entrepreneur who seeks out sharply defined, specifically focused topics to research. Upon finishing his research he provides relevant, un-biased information to his readers based on his discoveries and/or personal experiences. One of his latest ongoing projects can be viewed at

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On the campaign trail in the USA, June 2016

On the campaign trail in the USA, June 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The following is the second edition of a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2016 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: the effect of the Brexit vote on the US presidential election is examined; a well known businessman and sports team owner pitches his candidacy for vice president; and Wikinews interviews the winner of the American Independent Party California primary.


  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Brexit’s impact on the US presidential election
  • 3 Cuban makes vice presidential pitch
  • 4 California American Independent Party primary winner speaks to Wikinews
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources

Diebold “whistleblower” faces criminal charges in California

Diebold “whistleblower” faces criminal charges in California

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Los Angeles County prosecutors have brought three felony charges against Stephen Heller for stealing documents from his employer, the law firm Jones Day.

The legal documents discussed the legal ramifications of activist allegations that Diebold Election Systems had used uncertified voting systems in Alameda County elections beginning in 2002. Jones Day represented the controversial electronic voting machine manufacturer at the time. The firm’s lawyers concluded that if such uncertified systems were used, then Diebold could be sued by Alameda County for millions of dollars. The memos also discussed whether the California’s secretary of state had the authority to investigate Diebold.

Mr. Heller has been charged with felony access to computer data, commercial burglary and receiving stolen property. He has pled not guilty.

Blair Berk, Heller’s attorney said, “It’s a devastating allegation for a whistle-blower. Certainly, someone who saw those documents could have reasonably believed that thousands of voters were going to be potentially disenfranchised in upcoming elections.”

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