Devin Fitzpatrick Interiors provides thoughtful and curated interior design and art consulting that is centered on each client’s style, goals and budget. Finding inspiration in the rich details of the past along with modern simplicity, DFI works to achieve timeless and inspired interiors that are tailored to each client.
Whether it is recommending new paint colors, suggesting new furniture or detailing a complete interior, DFI can help with residential and commercial projects large and small. With a thoughtful and gentle approach, Devin enjoys collaborating with a team and working with clients individually, especially clients who are hiring a designer for the first time.
DFI’s ranges of services include:
· Space planning and furniture placement (incorporating existing and new pieces together)
· Selection of furniture, fabric, lighting, window treatment and accessories
· Curating, placing and sizing artwork (see Art Consulting)
· Custom casework and furniture design
· Selection of interior finishes
· Paint color selection
· Specifying appliances, hardware and plumbing fixtures
· Drawings for contractor pricing and construction
· Project management and owner representation
Not too surprisingly, the cruise industry has been a boon to the Port of Galveston.
Between Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Galveston offers people from all over the region numerous opportunities to explore a slate of tropical ports on three to 14-day tours.
In its first quarter of 2017, Carnival is showing strong growth.
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"We are off to a good start delivering another quarter of operational improvement on top of a very strong first quarter last year," Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald said in a statement. "Our performance was driven by increased demand, particularly for our core Caribbean itineraries, leading to higher year-over-year ticket prices which enabled us to overcome the significant negative impact of both fuel and currency to exceed the high end of our guidance range."
That might be why the company expanded its destinations to include the Panama Canal. It's part of a 14-day voyage on the line's "Carnival Freedom," and it only launches once a year.
"We get quite a few inquiries each month about Panama Canal cruises from Galveston," Dru Walters, Cruise Agent at GalvestonCruises.com said. "When Carnival announced new itineraries with the canal, we held a small block of cabins because we knew they would go fast."
The historic waterway was built from 1903 through 1914 as a way of traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts without having to circumnavigate South America.
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This year's trip to the Panama Canal in Colon, Panama will embark Oct. 28 and will include stops in Aruba and Bonaire. Seating is very limited, and reservations can be made at 409-763-8678.
As for Royal Caribbean, it's now offering four and six-night cruises to Havana, Cuba. Although these only depart from Miami. Here's hoping they add a route from Galveston sometime soon.
Positive living requires the ability to separate the positive from the negative. In many cases, you will not have to work too hard to eliminate the negativity from your life. When you focus on positive living, you attempt to fix your focus on the positive aspects of your life. When you manage to focus on the positive, many of the negative aspects of your life will just disappear, without requiring any specific attention from you. However, there are always some instances where it can be quite difficult to stop yourself from running to the negative. This is simple human nature. It is something which we have been programmed to do over the years (e.g. by negative news and experiences).
However, just because you have been programmed to focus on negativity; it does not mean that you have to stay that way. With raised awareness, you can make a concerted effort to redress the balance and live a life based on positive living. Rather than feel bad about the excessive negativity in your life, you can choose to do something about it.
8 Steps to experience more positive living
Positive living is a conscious choice. You have to commit yourself to a new way of life. Here are some tips for adding some positive influence to your life:
1. Find a happy place
Create a place in your mind that is your ideal paradise. It can be a vision of a future life, a memory of a great holiday or, any thought/image which quickly floods your mind and body with positivity. When you feel stressed or down just go to your happy place, relax there and enjoy it.
It may require a little trial and error to identify your happy place but once you have identified it, you can use it any time that you need to increase your positivity rapidly.
2. Indulge yourself in a hobby
The simplest way to experience more positive living is to spend more time doing the things that you love. When life gets hectic, many people make the major mistake of cutting back on the things which they enjoy. However, if you want more positivity in your life, you have to think more positive thoughts and do more positive things. Positivity does not creep into your life by accident and, if it does, it rarely lasts for long. Doing something you enjoy will raise your spirits and allow you to maintain a positive attitude; all while eliminating some of the negativity from your life.
Most people think of exercise solely as a physical activity. This is far from the truth. Exercise is just as important for your mental health as it is for your physical wellbeing. A regular exercise regime helps you to release stress from your body while filling your body and mind with positive feelings, confidence and a sense of achievement.
While many people look at exercise in a negative way, it really can bring positive influences to your life. The body’s reaction to exercise is a good one. Adopting an exercise regimen is an essential aspect of positive living as you will feel better and act better.
your own positivity and you make your own happiness. So, let yourself be guided by the things that make you happy, implement these steps and start your journey to positive living.
Southbourne Positive Living Group (SPLG) meets on the last Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays).
Join a group of like-minded people and rediscover the purpose and meaning of your life.
Owning a car requires a complete operating, maintenance and repair knowhow to keep it in tiptop condition. Keeping a car in perfect running condition and within safety standards is vital for its user as well as to other people concerned.
Many of us experienced drivers probably remember the first primary rule in driving a car: Learn how to brake a car before you even learn how to make it move forward or backward. It emphasized the necessity of assuring yourself and others that you are not just a good driver but that your car is also in good running condition.
Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group is a family-operated company that has ten years of track-record in trading car parts and accessories and providing servicing for automobile owners in the South Coast of Hampshire. Whatever the need is, Tyre&Auto can provide it: tyres, car servicing, brake checks, MOT’s, free seasonal tune-ups and check-ups, and many others. And with online transactions available, they can provide fast tyre quotation to make fitting faster and with less hassle. They also provide local collect and delivery of your car for absolutely care-free and dependable car maintenance and repair at your convenience.
Tyre&Auto Southbourne also provides the same convenient service for an MOT test. This examination will check the safety of your car as well as the amount of exhaust emission. They can assist in your yearly MOT certificate requirement by providing regular reminders when you are due for the test, making sure you can renew your road tax and your car insurance at the right time.
A car is, by and large, a necessary modern convenience as much as it is a tool for pursuing one’s daily business and personal functions. Public transportation may be available; but for those who choose the convenience of owning a car, the ease, mobility and personal comfort of having an automobile at one’s beck and call can be an advantage that deserves an equal amount of investment in terms of proper care and upkeep of a vehicle.
In the end, a car pays for itself not just in terms of comfort and the financial returns it brings to the owner but also in the psychological or emotional benefits it brings for an individual or a family. That, in short, justifies the meticulous concern that conscientious car owners put into keeping their car as good as new and as fit as the day it came out of the showroom.
Tyre&Auto believes in this same principle and strives to keep up to the standards required by their customers in all aspects of automobile maintenance and repair.
State oversight weakened, consumers vulnerable
I grew up in the Northeast, and now live in a Mid-Atlantic state. I understand Fall. The weather is crisp and the leaves turn colors. Happens every year.
Just like the leaves turning colors in the Fall, someone predictably come up with a supposedly great idea: let consumers buy health coverage from insurers across state lines.
The argument is always the same: Interstate sales increases competition and reduces costs for consumers. This sounds workable on paper. The latest go-around was raised in this past week’s presidential debate as the fall leaves tumbled — just like consumer protections.
Problem is, interstate sales open the door wide for fraud, and water down consumer protection. And, most people advocating this system usually don’t include important and necessary protections when pushing their interstate plans.
Yes, neighboring states can legally create partnerships that allow insurers to cover consumers in any state within the partnership. Yet partnerships have strict, built-in legal protections when states agree to work together. Insurance regulators know who’s doing business. Networks also offer consumers choices of doctors and facilities.
These protections and coverages may not exist under a blanket permit for consumers to buy coverage in any state.
Consumers don’t know what insurance regulator to reach for help. And would the regulator in the state where the consumer lives have much incentive to help if the health insurer is domiciled another state? Would the regulator where the insurer is domiciled help a consumer living in a different state?
We already see crooks peddling bogus health insurance to unsuspecting consumers and small businesses. This problem would be magnified if interstate sale of health insurance was allowed without strict and well-defined oversight.
Insurers must be state-licensed to do business in a given state. How can state oversight properly protect consumers if anyone can offer insurance to any consumer in any other state?
Who makes certain the insurer is solvent and can do business in another state? And, would an insurer in one state have an adequate network of doctors, hospitals and pharmacies to cover the health needs of consumers in another state?
These questions are raised every time interstate health-insurance sale is broached. Yet we never hear answers — just the simplistic nostrum that interstate sales will help reduce healthcare costs.
Don’t just spoon out more words like falling autumn leaves — prove that consumers would be better protected.
About the author: Howard Goldblatt is director of government affairs for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.
Meir Ezra - The biggest barrier to a successful career is not a lack of opportunities, the job market or your city. The greatest problem in business is not marketing, other companies or the economy. The greatest source of stress in life is not money or the weather or any physical thing.
The biggest source of business problems, career difficulties and personal stress is other people. Specifically, antisocial people—people who are devious, mean-spirited, cruel, hostile or negative. People who oppose you, treat you with disrespect and cause you trouble.
For example, one of the most famous antisocial personalities was Adolf Hitler. Hitler loved children and pets. He was a vegetarian who neither smoked nor drank. He was kind and considerate to the ladies, secretaries and chauffeurs. Most people thought he was a nice guy. You would never suspect he organized the deaths of millions of people.
Antisocial personalities can be doctors, lawyers, politicians, business leaders, police officers, newspaper reporters, employees, men, women, old, young . . . anyone. They can be family members, spouses and colleagues of any type. You probably know more than one antisocial person.
When the antisocial is openly nasty or critical of you, it is easy to see how they can ruin your life. What is worse are antisocial persons who hide their true intentions. These types are the most destructive as it’s hard to see who is stabbing you in the back.
When you handle an antisocial so he or she can no longer affect you, you feel great! You feel stable, more confident and in better control. Becoming a success is much, much easier.
The Neto Group, founded in 1940 by Mr. Meir Ezra, is one of the five leading food conglomerates in Israel. The group’s main goals are: to contribute from its extensive knowledge in product adaptation, saving time for its customers, staying on-trend with new market developments, providing value for money, keeping up with health and fitness trends, and most important satisfying its customer’s needs.
Neto activity originated as a meat importer, authorized by the British Mandate of Palestine. Over the years, the company has been busy developing new products, acquiring new companies and penetrating new areas of activity in order to adapt its products for the Israeli palate.
Today, Neto imports, produces, markets and distributes a wide variety of high quality kosher and tasty edible products. Neto does this mainly because of its great love for cooking, food, innovation, taste and style. The Group's main brands include:
Neto – The group’s primary brand.
Tibon Veal – The company’s meat brand, which includes import, local purchase processing, distribution and marketing of frozen, refrigerated, fresh and processed meat.
Delidag – Neto’s fish brand, which includes the import, local purchase, processing, distribution and marketing of frozen, fresh, live and smoked fish.
Williger – The canned food and grocery product brand, which includes canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, and groceries such as rice and pasta.
Three Bakers – Deals in frozen baked goods and the production, distribution and marketing of pizzas, and local products like bourekas, malawach, jachnun, pastries and more.
Magic – Manufacturing, importing, marketing and distribution of readymade meals.
Rich’s – Neto’s brand of whip creams and dairy products.
Bikorey Hasade Darom – Neto’s brand for the distribution and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Neto Group’s headquarters, logistics center and a some of its plants are situated in the industrial area of Kiryat Malachi. The company has several other plants situated across the country, all of which operate under strict quality standards, ensuring the best products and highest quality