Who We Are: Goals / Objectives / Vision / Mission

KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a non-profit 501©3 community based organization founded by Diane Latiker in 2003. She started the program in her home.

AT-RISK YOUTH ARE THE TARGET POPULATION OF KOB. Services are focused on “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area, a low-to-moderate income community located on the far south side of Chicago. The Community Area includes part of three political wards, Roseland, West Pullman, and Pullman. • 94.8% of the population is African-American; • 12.5% have a college degree; • 20.2% have not completed high school; • 43.1% are unemployed; • 37.5% of the population lives below the poverty level; • Women head 26.3% of the families.

Behind these bulleted demographic statistics lurks a minefield of factors that militate towards the development of “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area. For a youth living in a home below the poverty level, in a family headed by a woman, and with no employed or minimally employed adult almost guarantees the youngster’s designation as “at-risk.

The home and family life of “at-risk” youth are often disrupted by the harsh realities of hard poverty. Often there are issues of “serial fathers” who are resented by older male youth or a possible threat to young girls. Domestic violence becomes a constant in the experiences of these families. Drug use is often the resort of depressed and overwhelmed parents. Family events and celebrations exist only by imperiling the household budget for the balance of the month.

To offset these budget crunches mothers may attempt employment. Decent paying jobs are few and far between. If they do exist they are located in distant neighborhoods at an hour and a half or more from the home. If an extended family is not available, the youth are pressed into taking care of younger children. Especially for the young men in these homes there exists no teacher, no mentor, and no reliable role model. The youth rebels against his mother and sets out to find his own source of income and a coterie of friends that will provide him with a sort of safety on the streets.

Un-doctored statistics suggest that upwards of 76% of these youth drop out of high school or are “no-shows” for high school after grade school graduation. The streets are a “finishing school” for them. To fulfill the need for some sort of safety and structure, and to feel a sense of belonging “at-risk” youth often turn to gangs. Gangs lead to the drug trade and often to drug use and other crime. At the same time, gang rivalry leads to the dangers of being shot on the streets. Shootings occur on a regular if not daily basis. Robbery is a daily occurrence. Burglary is rampant.

The systems such as Grammar Schools, Park Districts, and High Schools in the immediate neighborhoods of Pullman Community Area offer a rather bare menu of services for youngsters. Most of the “at-risk” youth have rarely if ever left the environment of their community. They would be lost in the hustle and bustle of the Loop. Cultural events that happen in many of the Wards of the city are none-existent in their community. If events do occur safe transportation to and from the events becomes an issue. The school system cannot afford the effort to maintain youth in school. Many of the teenage youth cannot read at a sixth grade level. The High Schools consider expulsion as the best solution to many problematic behaviors. Gang rivalry and “clicks” (groups of youth from various gangs who work together to intimidate non-committed youngsters) are an additional challenge to any youth with an interest in education.

FAITHFUL TO ITS MISSION, THIS YOUNG AGENCY HAS COBBLED TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF SERVICES WITHIN A SAFE PLACE WHERE ADOLESCENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. The goal of KOB is social change – Our mission is to involve these youth in alternatives to gang violence, drugs sales/usage, school truancy and the juvenile justice system. KOB’s work with youth emphasizes self-development that leads to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits are encouraged to assess their current situation and identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Young people are actively involved in all operations of KOB from program planning and design to actual implementation.

The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation. The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.

THE ORGANIZATION’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:

 To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;  To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;  To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;  To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;  To celebrate their accomplishments.

The organization reaches out to the most “at-risk” youth in the area to provide them with access to a path that leads away from self-destruction and economic impoverishment. In order to achieve its Mission, KOB provides a multi-service youth program which focuses on those aspects of young people’s lives, which promote good health, educational achievement, and personal and social growth. The organization describes itself as a “holistic care center for prevention, personal growth and empowerment.” KOB provides a safe place “off the block” especially for those young people who do not feel welcomed by traditional youth programs.

Activities / Recognitions

2007

o Partnered with the City of Chicago in the After School Matters Program o Participated in MLK Day with Service for Peace o KOB hosted new program “Hip Hop Light Plates” o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts “Clean & Green Day” in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day o KOB receives new and used computers, printers to start a computer lab for youth o Curtis Elementary School offers space to KOB to house it’s Tutoring/Mentoring programs o Music studio is upgraded from donations of new equipment o KOB hosts it’s 4th Annual Basketball Championship at Curtis School o KOB “Village Leaders” hosts Speak up, Speak out rally in honor of Blair Holt o KOB “Teens against Violence” March with CAPS, Ceasefire, and block clubs. o Six KOB youth are featured in CLTV special “Deadly Lessons” with News Anchor Tonya Francisco o 25 KOB teens graduate from across the city, 4 from high school that went on to college o CEO of KIDS OFF THE BLOCK is Honored by Ebony Magazine o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Marches with The Black Star Project in downtown Chicago o Columbia College Partners with KIDS OFF THE BLOCK and Youth Communications for the Promise Program (teaching youth about journalism) o KOB hosts “A Community for Unity Tribute”, honoring all youth killed by violence in Chicago o World Federation of Peace honors KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Executive Director with Ambassador for Peace Award o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured in ABC-7 Special “Keeping Kids Busy, Keeps Then Off The Streets. o KOB CEO & Youth Members Participate in ABC-7 Special “Stopping The Violence”. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts it’s 1st Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB Christmas Party was held at Curtis Elementary School 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK became a coalition member of The Roseland Safety Network / Department of Human Services o KOB held it’s 1st March Against Youth Violence / along with a video shoot to launch our new campaign “Save A Teen / Do Something” o KOB created it’s 1st music video Save A Teen / Do Something o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day in April

2008

o Featured on Fox News in April o Featured in Citizen’s Newspapers in May o Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine in June 2008 o CEO featured in Chicago Sun-Times in August as 1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place o CEO of KOB was a panelist on Chicago Center’s forum about Youth Violence o CEO of KOB was a guest on “Eight Forty Eight” radio show with Host Richard Steele o KOB, along with community partners, hosted The Roseland Youth Festival in September o KOB, along with community partners hosted The Peace Fest in Harvey, IL o CEO of KOB was featured on WYCC Channel 20 TV about Youth Violence o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the Voorkant newspapers in the Netherlands (Holland) o KOB is featured in The Gospel Tribune in October o KOB receives award from the State’s Attorney Office for Victim Service o KOB receives award from The Pastor’s Network of Illinois o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was honored with a fundraiser at Percy L. Julian High School by the Honors Society and was featured in their school newspaper o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the fall issue of The Residents Journal 2008 Fall Issue o Founder/President Diane Latiker received the Roseland Business Council Community Service Award in November 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosted it’s 2nd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB was featured on Fox News (Feed A Teen) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the BET Special “Heart of the City” Chicago’s War on Violence / December 7, 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Partnered with Curtis Elementary School to offer Tutoring Program for grades 3rd thru 8th o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Party in 2008 o KOB was featured on WGN-Channel 9, and CLTV News

2009

o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK travels to Washington for the Inauguration o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Magazine in January 2009 (twice) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder has been chosen for the Lewis Hines Award o St. John Baptist Church Hosts KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Day in February 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Online Magazine in February 2009 o KOB Partners with Public Allies to offer 25 youth community organizing workshops o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder Diane Latiker receives Parent Hall of Fame Award o Organization featured on NBC-5 regarding Youth Violence in March 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Memorial Tribute to youth killed by violence featured on front page of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. o KOB became a coalition partner in the Roseland Community Collaborative (RCC) to combat recidivism among youth returning from the juvenile justice system. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK CEO and family traveled to New York to receive the Lewis Hine Award in March 2009. o KOB received it’s certificate to become a “Promise Place” through America’s Promise Alliance (Founders: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts Candle Lighting Ceremony for families of Youth Killed at KOB Memorial Tribute site in April 2009 o KOB featured in Sun-Times Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, and on ABC-7 News, CLTV, WGN, and NBC-5. o KOB featured on CNN “Children Killed in Chicago” in May 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured on Anderson Cooper 360 in May 2009 o Diane Latiker featured on CNN’s Don Lemon in May 2009 o KOB Teens Create Safe Sex Ringtone “Strapless” for Aids Foundation of Chicago’s New Campaign “With Me Comes A Cure” o KOB interviewed by AL-Jazeera TV in May 2009 o KOB featured in Guardian News Magazine/TV special in June 2009 o KOB starts it’s summer jobs program for 53 youth in June 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gets approved for Summer Nutrition Program in June 2009. o KOB attends rally at Thompson Center to protest cuts to human service programs in June 2009 o KOB is part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield, IL to rally against cuts to service programs in June 2009 o KOB youth attend three day camp at O’Hare Airport with CAPS and Tuskegee Airman to learn about careers in Aviation o KOB girls/young women (15) attended workshop at UIC about Women in Corporate Leadership sponsored by the McDonalds and the WNBA Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Team, they also got to attend the game. o KOB youth attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place in July 2009 o KOB participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s (9th Ward) 10th Back to School Parade 8-22-09 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK attended the HBCU and Nation of Islam “Anti-Violence Rally on 8-29-09 o KOB was featured on Fox News and CBS concerning youth violence in September 2009 o KOB along with Safety Networks presented a Youth Town Hall Meeting to address the violence in Roseland in October 2009 o KOB won the Nike Back Your Block Grant in October 2009 o Diane Latiker was a panelist for Hip Hop Detox on Youth Violence in November 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 100 Pastors “Stop the Violence” Forum in November 2009 o KOB participated in the American Bar Association Panel Discussion “Time to Deliver” at Chicago State University in November 2009 o KOB youth participated in Youth Voices Against Violence Friday Night HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum in November 2009 o KOB hosted it’s 3rd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner in November 2009 o KOB was featured on CBS 2 for “Feed A Teen” 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gave Christmas gifts to six needy families (coats, hats, shoes, games and monetary donation) December 2009 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK started it’s program at Fenger High School to serve 160 students at Fenger and 40 students at the Feeder Schools in January

2010

o KOB was awarded a 2010 CDBG grant for it’s Summer Basketball and Cultural Arts Program in January o KOB participated in the CAPS “Stop the Violence” Rally with Mayor Daley in January 2010 o KOB launched its No Snitching “Keeping it 100 / Enough is Enough” Billboard Campaign. 2-6-2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK partnered with Moody Bible Institute in February for the Family Food Give-A-Way. We gave 50 bags of groceries to 50 families. o Founder Diane Latiker was 1 of 3 people honored on Anderson Cooper (CNN) for Black History Month. o Founder Diane Latiker featured in CNN story on the Gun Ban in Illinois. February 2010 o KOB honored with banner in Nike Factory store on 84th Cottage Grove. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured on Chicago Tonight / Channel 11 o KOB hosted it’s 2nd Leaders In Training ( L.I.T.) workshop in March 2010 o KOB took 10 youth from Fenger High School and Curtis Elementary to Atlanta to visit the King Center. o KOB was honored at the Fox News Celebration of the “Peabody Award” by Darlene Hill o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” with the Youth Peace Center of Roseland o KOB hosted it’s 1st Annual “Safe Summer Bar-B-Que on June 12th at Palmer Park o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK moved into it’s new center in July of 2010 o KOB held a 2 Day Celebration for it’s 7th Year Anniversary in July 2010 o The 3rd Community for Unity Event was held in honor of slain youth. KOB released butterflies and balloons. o Diane Latiker received the Ephraim Bahar Community Service Award in July 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosted the “Legacy” Management training series in partnership with GSA for young adults in KOB. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured on PBS Broadcasting for their “Need to Know” TV series in August 2010. o KOB was a partner in the 3rd Annual “Peace Fest” at Olive Harvey College in August of 2010. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s “Back to School Parade with Roseland Safety Networks. o KOB participated in the “All I Do Is Win” Back to School Festival at South Side Help Center in August 2010 o KOB was featured in the documentary “On the Frontlines” at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2010 o Diane and Aisha Latiker were featured on WVON 1390 radio show in August 2010 o Diane Latiker was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a panel discussion on Youth Violence with Congressman Bobby Rush. o Kids Off The Block participated in the Walk for Peace with ICARE and St. Sabina Church. o Kids Off The Block featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block honored by The Chicago Community Trust at their 95th Anniversary Celebration o Kids Off The Block was featured in the Chicago Defender in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 4th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o Kids Off The Block and Wal-mart partnered together and fed over 900 people in December 2010 • 2011 • o KOB hosted MLK Day with Mellenium High School teachers and students on 1-17-2011 o KOB hosted two Lunchroom Takeovers at Fenger High School (Outreach Events) 2-2011 o KOB began Health/Nutrition and Fitness Classes at Fenger High School o KOB began Entertainment class at Fenger High School o KOB began Basketball / Mentoring Program at Songhai Elementary o KOB was featured on WCIU Channel 26 (The U) o KOB Youth were honored by The Hinsdale Unitarian Church in Downer’s Grove, IL o Kids Off The Block Founder Diane Latiker was honored with the Black Heritage Award (Marion N’Zinga Stamps) o KOB began Line Dancing Classes for Youth

2011

o KOB hosted 25 youth for Movie/Dinner Night o KOB was featured on the Michael Baisden Show 4-2011 o KOB Founder was CNN Hero of the week 4-2011 o KOB attended tour of Ace Tech Alternative School o KOB youth participated in the Marcus Hendricks Foundation Event o Kids Off The Block took over 30 youth to Washington, DC to march in the rally for jobs and education with Congressman Bobby Rush in May 2011 o KOB and SEIU partnered for two months on outreach activities in Roseland o KOB was a part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield to meet with Senator Emil Jones 111 and Governor Pat Quinn o Kids Off The Block hosted New CPS Chief Claude Brizzard with Community Leaders of Roseland 6-2011 o CEO Diane Latiker was honored with a Special Youth Activist Award by Fenger High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier in June 2011 o Kids Off The Block hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Summer Bar-B-Q at Palmer Park o KOB participated in The 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” o KOB Youth Advisor Aisha Latiker was featured on You and Me in the Morning Channel 26/The U in July 2007 o KOB participated a Mock Townhall Meeting with SEIU for jobs, and education o Chicago Youth Centers visited KOB with over 30 young people from all over the country o Kids Off The Block hosted a meeting with New Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission Jodie Weis in July 2011 o Kids Off The Block was awarded a grant for 20 jobs for local youth by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 7-2011 o The Dwayne Wade Foundation with the “Keepers of the Village” Award honors founder of KOB Diane Latiker. 8-2011 o Founder/President Diane Latiker named CNN Top 10 Hero 2011 9-22-2011 o Donor builds KOB Basketball Court on Memorial Lot o Diane Latiker featured in the Chicago Crusader Newspaper o Diane Latiker featured in Tom Joyner’s Black American Web Newspaper 10-2011 o KOB Founder received the Civic Advocacy Award from the Illinois Against Handgun Violence organization October 2011 o Diane Latiker was invited to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Festival of Thinkers 2011 Conference. November 2011 o KOB Founder receives award from Dubai Minister of Justice November 2011 o Diane Latiker receives recognition from the 97th Senate of Illinois November 2011 o KOB Youth Leaders travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with the City Council November 2011 o Diane Latiker and family went to LA to receive her CNN Top 10 Award 12-11-2011 o Diane Latiker received the Community Leader Award from the Roseland Hospital Foundation Board 12-16-2011 o Diane Latiker was featured in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper “Remarkable Woman” in December 2011 o Kids Off The Block receives a donation (1 2010 Van, 10 HP Computers, and a printer) 12-30-2011 •

2012

o Kids Off The Block hosted its 2nd Annual “Speak Up, Peace Out” event with 32 students from Gwendolyn Brooks High School on MLK Day. 1-16-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke at CICS Prairie Charter school to over 200 students, grades 6th through 8th on 1-25-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke to 120 Sophomores at Carver Military Academy on 2-1-2012 o Kids Off The Block hosted 20 youth for a Night of Fun (bowling and skating) on 2-1-2012 o Diane Latiker was nominated for the DVF Award on 2-2-2012. o Diane Latiker was interviewed by DreamBig Magazine in Seoul, South Korea on 2-3-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak to over 250 incarcerated women in Atlanta on 2-23-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak at Harvard University to the Black Lawyers Student Association 3-3-2012 o Diane Latiker was guest panelist on “Taking Back Our Streets” at Apostolic Faith Church on 210-12 o Diane Latiker was guest speaker at Development School for Youth in February 2012. o KOB “Tha Movement” and Diane Latiker went to Toronto, Canada to complete their album. March 2012 o Kids Off The Block was featured in Hometown Heroes with Ty Pennington in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was featured on 2nd Chance Radio with Kenny Anderson in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a guest speaker at Harvard University for the Black Law Students Spring Event. May 2012 o KOB “Tha Movement” featured in What’s Da Bizniz magazine in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at the ETA Theatre in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to over 400 students in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was on CNN speaking about the violence on June 11, 2012 o On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Kids Off The Block will be one of the featured organizations on ABC’s Secret Millionaire. o Diane Latiker spoke at ELCA Convention in New Orleans, LA at the Superdome to 35,000 students from across the country o Kids Off The Block hosts “Labor Day Tournament / Peace in the Hood” 9-3-2012 o Kids Off The Block partners with Chicago Excel 9-4-12 o Kids Off The Block joins H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Endure) a initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CARE Project 9-8-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at All Star Project’s conversation about afterschool event. 1-26-12 o US Customs and Border Protection Team lays wreath at foot of Memorial Tribute to honor fallen youth. 11-9-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted “HIV & AIDS Awareness for Youth event with Center for Community Health and Vitality. 12-1-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at Columbia Links Town Hall meeting “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up”. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a News One article about “Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner”. 11-16-12 o Kids Off The Block participated in an Anti-Youth Violence video with Mid C Media to bring attention to the violence in Chicago. 12-5-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a CNN video to update its viewers about the work of the organization. 12-3-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5rd Annual “Toy Giveaway” at Fenger High School. 12-15-12 •

2013

o Diane Latiker was featured in Black America Web. 1-5-13 o Diane Latiker was featured in “The WIP” online newspaper. 1-7-13 o Diane Latiker placed a full-page ad and wrote a letter to President Obama. 1-7-13 o Met Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels / 2012 CNN Hero 1-8-13 o Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit

Things You Should Consider When Signing Up For Mobile Subscription

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The Type of Users You Are

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How Much Can You Spend

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How Not to Fail

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How to Choose The Best Headlamp?

When you start shopping you would be surprised at how cheap you could find a headlamp, starting for as low as 8 dollar to 20 dollars. You might get intrigued by the price; however it is not always the best option to go for the cheapest product in the shelf.

Remember that it’s not always worth to buy something extremely cheap as this would mean you are compromising on longevity, performance and overall build quality of the headlamp.  Such products break easily and often times require to be replaced multiple times. So if you are searching for the best camping headlamps, avoid the cheapest options.

These super cheap lamps are usually purchased from China by big retailers for a fraction of the cost and than sold in the U.S marketplace under a different brand name at a much higher price. So other than the reasons stated above, here are some more reasons to stay clear from these cheaper models.

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Overall Durability And Build Quality

We’ve all heard it a million times, ‘You get what you pay for!”, and it cannot be more true when it comes to these cheap headlamps. The overall quality of the product and the look and feel is not impressive and therefore does not last long when getting bumped around in the wilderness.

Why Hire an Accident Attorney?

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For each type of case, you can find an attorney that specializes in it. This way, when you hire them, they will use their experience as a weapon in court, so that you can get the outcome you desire. These lawyers do not take a very heavy fee unless the case is complicated, so anyone can hire them.

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How to Find a High Quality BiPAP Machine

There is nothing more important in this world than maintaining one’s health, and the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of ways in which your health could end up not being quite as robust as you would have liked it to be. Sleep apnea in particular is something that a lot of people have started to suffer from quite a bit, and in order to tackle sleep apnea you need a BiPAP machine.

Since your health is a real priority for you, it’s important to try and find the best BiPAP machine on the market, but since you probably don’t know all that much about BiPAP machines you might not know what to look for when you are out buying one. Hence, the first step would be to ascertain the qualities that you are searching for in your BiPAP machine, and you also need to try and figure out where to find these machines in the first place.

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Why It is Better to Use a Template For a High School Diploma

Contrary to what people might tell you, the high school diplomas are actually a lot more important than you might know in the first place. The thing about these diplomas is that they can make your job a whole lot simpler and easier and you really do not have to worry about any issue that might come in the way.

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Below, we are going to mention some of the reasons why it is better to go with a template for a high school diploma. Let’s have a look.

They Are Convenient

When we are looking at the templates, they are made to make things simpler and easier for us. The reason why I suggest everyone use a template. Simply because you are looking to save time. Designing a diploma on your own can take some time, especially if you do not have the experience and in such situations, you can easily do so.

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This kind of connects to the previous point that we were making. But when you are trusting in something like a template, it actually ends up saving you some time, in the process. You do not have to worry about going the extra mile in designing and making sure that everything is in order when you can just use the template.

What to Avoid When Building a PC

Building a PC sounds like a very daunting task, but it actually isn’t. In fact, it is not going to be the hardest thing you will ever have to do, in fact, you can find teenagers as young as 14 building their own PCs. So, it is safe to say that it is not rocket science and actually doable. What you can do to make things a little easier is to read about potential mistakes to avoid so that you do not end up making the same unfortunate mistakes most beginners end up making.

  • The most common mistake people make when building their PC is trying to make incompatible parts work. You want everything to be working in harmony in your PC, and this includes your motherboard, your storage drives, the size of your processing units and their compatibility with your PC’s actual ability to run them, and other likes buying parts that cannot fit in your PC’s physical component and so on. So, you will need to do your homework before buying PC parts, and if you are looking to buy them, then you can check this infographic from Bitrebels in order to learn more.
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Actual Benefits of Attending a Concert

Okay. Before we get into this, what do you think is the man benefit of going to a concert? Suppose you have to tell your friend why concerts are all that. If you’re listing reason after reason, then you’ve attending concerts before and you know the feeling and want to share it with your friends. If you can’t think of any reason other than the obvious ‘It’s for fun, I guess’, then you haven’t really attended a real concert – but don’t worry, we’ll tell you why you should.

Seeing your favourite artist perform live can be a truly exhilarating experience-the kind that you’ll always remember. A lot of people who attend concerts as often as they can even go as far as to tell you that concerts are life-changing experiences. After we walk you through some of these compelling benefits of attending concerts, you’ll think of them as way more than just a fun activity as well and look up 2019 Cleveland concert schedule.

Concerts Kill Stress

Unless what stresses you is a large gathering of good folk who like the same music as you, you’ll have an absolute bomb of a time at any concert. An experience as vivid and memorable as a live show from your favourite artist can leave such an impact on you that you feel much happier to be alive for a long time afterwards.

Find Inspiration

If you’re an artist yourself and are feeling low in inspiration to make any music by yourself, then you can count on a concert to reignite the creative spark in you. Being part of an energetic crowd that loves music and watching your favourite artist play their music on stage will fill you to the brim with motivation for a long time.

The Advantages of Hiring an Interior Decorator

I always thought that the process of decorating your interior is going to be super easy and simple. How hard would it be to rearrange a few things and simply change the coat of paint? You would be surprised just how technical it can become. I have made the mistake of handling this on my own, and I would advise you to go against it.

Simply go to Marshall Erb Design and you will have a much seamless and smoother experience and you will not have to worry about anything either. That is why we have decided to discuss some of the advantages of hiring an interior designer. This is important because you really do not want to miss on this, and if you do, you might end up regretting it later down the road.

You Get a Professional Touch

Simply put, when you are hiring professionals, you will get to have the professional help and professional touch that can make the whole difference. It is not that difficult to understand, really. When you are relying on the professionals, you are also relying on the years of experience they have. They have been in their field, working on different designs. Meaning they know what they have to face.

No Mistakes

Another thing is that when you are relying on the professionals, you really do not have to worry about the fact that they might make mistakes. Because that does not happen. This ties into the fact that they have experience. So, in shorter words, they are fully aware of what they are doing.

They will not rush into the project either as they know that it takes time and once they have handled everything, you would have the best possible experience.

Power Washing

In areas with dust storms and other weather conditions, there is a lot of dirt, which makes the exteriors of your residential and commercial properties unpresentable.

To solve this common problem, many cleaning businesses have opened up who use power washing to clean the exteriors of your houses. This process is very reliable and fast, moreover, really less water is used in it, making it environment friendly as well.

You may be wondering why you should spend money on cleaning your garage or walls when you can do this yourself. Let’s discuss the reason you should be hiring experts instead of going through the hassle yourself. First of all, it saves your time and effort.

Second, if you wash the area yourself, you will be using a lot of resources, but experts will only use their high quality tools. Third, this power washing method is not that costly and will give you incredible results. Seminole County pressure washing is one of Florida’s best businesses that deal with power washing from all types of clients.

These companies are aware of the type of challenges they might face in the field and train their employees accordingly. They know exactly where they need to clean and how. Some places, like corners, require delicate cleaning, which you yourself might not be able to do. This job also requires physical fitness and the insurance of all employees on field.

The soft wash procedure can remove and clean every type of dirt or grease from every inch of your building. They have packages and deals you can take advantage of. For example; if our garage and walls get dirty quite often due to the intense weather, you can get the weekly package in which the experts will come over every week for cleaning. This way, you will be saving your money, while getting the job done in a satisfying way.

Learning Excel For Your Business

If you happen to be affiliated in the world of business and finance, then you have probably seen the word Excel being tossed around in at least one conversation every few hours. This is because Excel has now become the standard of running any sort of business, and if you happen to be a business owner yourself, then there is a lot you can get done for your business by learning and incorporating Excel into your workplace.

Many of us tend to make the mistake of assuming that Excel is just a means for creating spreadsheets, and that is not the entire truth. Yes, making spreadsheets on Excel is one of its functions, but it is capable of so much more. You can use and run different mathematical formulas on it and have the software do the calculation for you, you can organize your data better, make predictions and estimations based on results from previous spreadsheets and so on. Being able to organize your data and find anomalies is another great advantage of using Excel, and this can be done through different formulas like the VLOOKUP, and if you are interested in learning more about it, you can check out different websites that can serve as a big resource on VLOOKUP, helping you learn a little more about this very important function in Excel. Another advantage of using Excel for your business is that you can use the same spreadsheet and then turn it into charts or some other kind of graphical representation, or have the entire data sheet collected and compiled into a PowerPoint presentation with a few clicks on your keyboard or mouse. So, there is a lot for you to take advantage of as a business owner by learning Excel, and you are losing absolutely nothing by giving it a go.

All The Many Reasons to Rely on Network-Attached Storage

There are many storage options available in the market and one of them is network-attached storage. Even though this storage alternative may feature additional expenses, there are still many reasons to opt for it.

Greater The Storage, The Better

With the advancement in technology, it is not only the devices that are shrinking but the same goes for the storage space they offer. This is partially because our never-ending increasing data that frequently needs to be backed up on different storage space. While a USB or a hard drive may be a great alternative, they do not offer the freedom to access from anywhere in the world and while cloud storage features the particular advantage, there’s always a risk of data being under the supervilance of third parties.

What NAS offers is an instant increment in storage space that allows the access to the file even if away from the device. Furthermore, a person can continue to expand the storage size by adding more hard drives to the original equipment rather than buying new once again.

Accessing Data; From Anywhere And Everywhere

NAS server acts like a personal cloud. With the facility of setting up a remote access offered by many but if not all NAS servers, it is possible for a person to open or edit or basically access their files from anywhere around the world as long as there’s sufficient internet connection and bandwidth. What’s more important is that all the data no matter how confidential is secured from third party interference. A review about different NAS devices is put up at https://monserveurnas.com for people to understand what each one offers.

Backing up Data Automatically

Those NAS devices that feature built-in RAID option which allows the user to copy the data and store on multiple devices in case the original device breaks down. Even though this puts the cost of buying more devices on the front, it is a feasible alternative for small home-based business where backing up data is very crucial.

Why Choose a Moving Service?

The main aim of companies that provide moving services is that they want comfort and ease for their clients. They take on all the hard work of packing boxes and moving them, while the client can relax. These moving services have very reasonable prices, so anyone can hire them.

Some types of moving include; office shifting, residential moving, city to city moving and floor moving. You can find different packages and deals which will suit your needs, making it easier for you to decide just how helpful the service will be.

By hiring movers, you get to save your time and effort, which can be spent on something else. If you are shifting your office, then a main concern would be the safety of all documents. The service providing companies make an effort to train their employees so that they do not make any mistakes and do a proper job.

This way, they are able to guarantee that nothing will be damaged or misplaced. For further details, you can look up this page. https://www.yelp.com/biz/simply-moving-anne-arundel-pasadena. You can also find their special moving services, which are made to move expensive, heavy items that are hard to carry yourself. This includes; piano moving, tub moving and furniture moves. For these types of items, the company’s best employees are sent so that no mistakes are made.

You have to inform the company about how much load needs to be moved so that they can send men and equipment accordingly. By hiring these experienced helpers, you can get a long process of moving done very quickly. Objects are transported from house to house in a reliable and fast manner, with the best care. All you have to do is pre-book the movers before time and then overlook the process as they work.

Changing Air Filter Regularly; Why is It Important?

One way to ensure consistent air conditioned efficiency is to keep an eye on the air filter and change it frequently especially in the spring and winter. Factors that render it important to look out at the filter include the indoor air condition, pets, the kind of air filter, the number of family members and most importantly the level of pollutants and contaminants of the outdoor environment. However, there are several other advantages of changing the air filter regularly and some of them are discussed here.

Preserves The Environment

It is important to remember that when not changed frequently, the air conditioner filter can be blocked by inadequate HVAC efficiency. This clogging can lead to release of carbon dioxide and other hazardous greenhouse gases that can have a severe impact on human health.

Conserve Both Money And Energy

A dirty, clogged air filter alters the temperature of the air negligibly and therefore consumes more energy. Therefore, regardless of the rate of air flow and whether HVAC system is functional or not, a clean, changed air filter and this allows you to save money on the electricity bill because of sufficiently less consumption.. According to a study, a proper, efficient air conditioned system facilitated by clean air filter can lead to an overall saving of 15% on bills.

Increases The Longevity of HVAC system

A clogged air filter that you think is not worthy of your attention can cause irreversible and unwanted damage to your HVAC system. However, you can always revert this damage by checking the air filters regularly and let aircon buddy maintain your aircon today as regular maintenance can bring great benefits to the air conditioner’s efficiency.

Do Not Compromise on Your Health

A clean air filter apart from increasing the working capacity of the air conditioner also allows a better flow of clean, hygienic air to the house and its inhabitants. This ensures a healthy lifestyle and decreased risk of asthma and other respiratory disorders.

Dealing With Plumbing Issues

A lot of people like to talk about how kitchens happen to be the most important room in the house since everyone seems to visit it, but that actually is not the case. Yes, kitchens are very important, but the most important room in any house, in my opinion, is the bathroom. It happens to be the most frequently used rooms in any house, and it is a room that requires a lot of care and upkeep or else it can become a possible safety hazard due to the growth of mold and so on.

Our bathrooms will often run into issues that will require the assistance of a plumber, and when those kind of issues arise, it is strongly advised that you have a reliable plumber that you can call from the list of numerous, already available number of plumbers in Perth.

Sure, dealing with issues like a clogged toilet or a simple leaking pipe is something you can manage on your own with a plunger and a wrench respectively, however, with more complex issues like drainage problems, water actually boiling out whenever you try to drain something, or the sounds of constant running water and so on, it is strongly advised that you call in a plumber for immediate assistance. Our plumbing network is actually a very complex network, and if these kinds of issues are arising and we are neglecting them, then it can end up turning into a very serious problem that can potentially end up costing us a lot of money to repair. So, if you run into a plumbing issue and you are struggling to figure out what might be causing the problem, it is better to just throw in the towel and call in an expert and let them handle it.

Difference Between Accounting And Bookkeeping

The two terms, bookkeeping and accounting are commonly used as business functions. Although they are used interchangeably, they are actually very different from each other. On one hand, bookkeeping involves the recording of all transactions in a business, and on the other, accounting is the inspection of the accounts in their final form.

Bookkeepers are to record any transactions in an orderly form, therefore their work is most desk work. Whereas, accounting focuses on the interpretation of any financial transactions that are recorded in the account. These days, bookkeeping is all moving onto cloud accounting. This is why some small company’s bookkeepers also do accounting tasks like summarizing financial data. These multi-skilled people are known as full charge bookkeepers and even receive a higher salary. A good example of this service is Shmunky bookkeeping services.

Bookkeeping revolves around identifying, measuring and recording transactions of financial statements. Other than recording transactions in an orderly fashion, bookkeepers are also involved in the reconciliation of the bank’s statements. Some skilled bookkeepers also provide the service of financial analysis. In this, your company’s account will be thoroughly gone through to find trends that might help your company is cash flow decisions.

Bookkeepers prepare journals along with financial statements like; income statements, balance sheets and cash flows. This is all thanks to the cloud accounting.

The accountant checks all the files when the year ends; their main job is the make an analysis that will give the client an overall performance check for the year. But bookkeepers are able to give live information as the work is done. This helps you improve yourself accordingly.

Now that you know what makes these two terms different, it will become easier for you to decide which one you think is more important for your business’s performance.

Repairs For Hot Water Systems

Not being able to use your hot water system is like having fish without any water in their tank, in simple words, there is no point to it. Why bother investing money into something when it is not maintained?

Whether you have a gas hot water system or an electric one, it can easily be fixed by an expert who is just a call away. These plumber services provide effective and reliable experts who know everything regarding repairs any type of hot water systems. Their qualified teams provide emergency repairs of hot water systems across their regions.

Plumbdog is one of the most popular plumber service providers in Perth you can find in the market. They also provide hot water system repairs, no matter what the problem is.

These services arrive within the day on their service vans, with all the necessary equipment needed. With the help of their latest technology, they can fix your water system to the extent that it is guaranteed to not break down again for a long time. Emergency hot water fixing is also an option given by some companies. With on-call solutions and advice, you can understand what the problem is and can then wait for their arrival.

Some of the common water system problems include the following. The most common cause of the failure of the hot water system is because of blocked pilot tubes. These can be blocked due to spider webs or rusting. The thermocouples that makes sure that gas is turned on only when needed need to be replaced after every few months, so that the system does not break down.

Thanks to the development of plumbing services and the experts themselves, you can get any type of hot water system fixed within a day’s notice.

Importance of Home Maintenance

If you are a home owner, you already know all of the things that can go wrong if you get lazy with your maintenance. When there’s something wrong with your house, it will eventually let you know as the signs and symptoms start to show up. When that happens, understand that covering up the evidence will do you no good. Getting a new paint job over a water damaged wall or filling up the spot that’s sinking will be in vain. Because even though you cannot see it any more, the problem still very much exists and will continue to damage your home and over time, will not only get bigger but start a cascade of other problems putting you in a rather sticky situation. What you need to understand is that if your house is trying to tell you something, you listen.

When something shows up, try to get to the root of it before you start to cover it up. Getting the root cause fixed is our only way to make sure that it doesn’t come back or you’ll be stuck in a constant game of trying to patch things up. Instead, do yourself a favor and get rid of the problem once and for all. Tasks such as fixing the roof or gutter cleaning can seem tedious but are essential for a healthy, comfortable home, and if you have the resources, you don’t even have to do them yourself, there are various companies which you can hire to do it for you. The take away from this is that things need to be done one way or the other, and you need to be the one that makes sure that that happens, after all, it is your home and hence your responsibility.

Benefits of Using Coupons While Shopping For Gadgets

The idea that coupons are only popular among the suburban moms is a myth now, in this day and age every single person wants to save cash in any way that they can get and everyone loves coupons. So you’d be lying if you say that the idea of shopping for gadgets while also saving money is not tempting. If you haven’t gotten into couponing as of yet, then you are seriously missing out on some of the best offers.

These coupons work really well for people who are into collecting gadgets since most of them cost a ton of money and are bound of blow a hole in your pocket. If you are still debating whether you want to get into couponing, we would like to tell you of some of the benefits that are associated with them, check them out below.

But before you get into that, if you ever want to try your luck with coupons, banggood discount code should be your go to. With that aside, let us get back on the topic of benefits of couponing, read on.

Increases Your Purchasing Power

One of the best benefits of having coupons for gadgets is that it will definitely increase your purchasing power and help you in getting the best deals possible. There are a lot of people who will tell you that coupons do not make any difference but most of these people are the ones who had one bad experience and formed such a strong aversion to couponing when in fact there are some great websites for this.

You Get Gadgets For Cheaper

Another more obvious one is that most people can get the gadgets they only dreamed of collecting for a much cheaper price. Not only that, but you also can get freebies as some of the websites offer variety of coupons for one product or type of gadgets. Based on your preference you can select the one that suits you the best.

Basics of Window Cleaning

Windows are possible one of the most frequently dirties part of the house, and because they are made up of glass, it is impossible to get away with a dirty window. If there is a mark, it will be seen. Which is why you need to be prepared at all times to make sure your windows are spot less with the least amount of effort required because it will be frequently required and you do not want to hassle yourself over and over again. When it comes to window cleaning Sunshine Coast has a lot of options of companies willing to do the dirty work, the there’s only so many times a day you can call an agency because you go bankrupt or the agency blacklists you. So your best option is to use your own indispensable labor and get to work.

The first thing you will need is a microfiber cloth or a newspaper. Both of these can be easily found around the house or at a supermarket. You then need a window cleaning solution which you can either get off the shelf or make you own. If you choose the latter, the process is relatively simple, take part vinegar, part dish washing fluid and part water and mix them together in a homogeneous mixture and store it in a spray bottle.

Now that we have our weapons ready, get to work. Spray the liquid on to the surface of the window and wipe it with the cloth or newspaper, moving in a circular motion. This will remove all the stains what have buildup on your windows, including the ones made by the accumulation of water droplet which is the most common type of window stain.

That’s all you need to know to get you started on your journey to ever clean windows.

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Going With a Plumber

Although the process of hiring a plumber is fairly straightforward and simple, the one thing that you should know is that there is always room for mistakes, and people end up making them in a lot more hurry than you might think, in the first place.

Keeping that in mind, if you do want to hire a good plumbing service, look no further than www.aceplumbersworcester.co.uk as they are among the top plumbers available in the UK, and they have some amazing services, too.

For now, we want to focus on the mistakes that you should avoid. The reason behind this is simple, we want to be able to look at how to minimize financial loss in the process.

Hiring an Unlicensed Plumber

One of the biggest mistakes that most people end up making is that they hire plumbers who are not licensed. On surface, it might sound like an okay thing to do but in reality, it can cause you a lot of trouble, something that you should avoid at all costs, and this is something that is a must do because if you don’t, then you might end up regretting it later down the road.

Delaying The Process

Another mistake that most people commonly make is that they delay the process of hiring. This is not something that is uncommon, but if you delay the process, the issue that you are facing might magnify in the process. Something that will never yield good results.

So, it is best that as soon as you spot a problem, you hire the professionals so you do not have to go through additional trouble down the road. Once you have avoided these mistakes, you will not have any issue coming your way.