Paw-some Party of The Year: Celebrating 15 Years of Mouse-terful Storytelling at the Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0

Press Release:

MANILA, MAY 15 : Holey cheese — the worldwide bestselling children series Geronimo Stilton by Scholastic is celebrating its grand 15th anniversary! Marking the historic occasion, the Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0 is coming to town on May 25, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm at Atrium 1, Level 2, The Podium. So put those party hats on and get ready to have a “mice” time, because everyone is invited!

Exclusive for one day only, the Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0 offers families all around a wholesome experience with plenty whisker-licking-good activities. Kids can bring their inner Picasso in the On-the-Spot Art Contest or stand a chance to win the Cosplay Contest when they come as their favourite Geronimo Stilton character. For a jumping-good-time, kids can spend the afternoon in the Bouncy “Cheeseball” Pit, an inflatable castle ready to be conquered!

Also not to be missed is the Book Discussion of “My Favorite Geronimo Stilton Adventure” for kids to share their own unforgettable Geronimo moments with other fans of the series. Packing a paw-erful punch, the fun continues with Face-Painting, Photo Booth, Parlor Games and a yummy Snack Bar. The party of the year will also feature a Celebrity Appearance of Geronimo and Thea Stilton in a special musical number, shaking and grooving with their “cheesy” dance moves. As a memento, fans can also get their book copies stamped by Geronimo and The Stilton themselves!

An award-winning Ratitzer Prize author, Geronimo Stilton runs The Rodent’s Gazette, Mouse Island’s most famouse newspaper. Geronimo can be a scaredy mouse at times, but that does not stop his daring escapades across the globe (and other realms too)!  Geronimo writes the Geronimo Stilton series to share his funny adventures with young readers around the world.

Each book is fast-paced, filled with lively art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love. Commenting on his book, Geronimo said, “They are whisker-licking good stories, and that’s a promise!”; his eyes gleaming with excitement. Plus, it sure makes learning English as enjoyable as chewing off a large chunk of cheese!

The series was first published in 2000 in Italian with the English version being published in 2004 by Scholastic Corporation, and since then has been entertaining children the world over with his amazing adventures. Together with his sister Thea, cousin Trap and nephew Benjamin, Geronimo Stilton exposes kids to different cultures in his quest for the latest scoop. To date, Geronimo Stilton has written seventy-two (72) internationally bestselling books and 7 spin-off series titles all based on his most exciting escapades. His sister Thea also has her own popular books based on her life as a photojournalist!Don’t miss the paw-some party of the year! To join the Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0, simply present any Geronimo Stilton book purchased from National Book Store, Powerbooks, NBS Express and online at www.nationalbookstore.com; upon registration at the venue. The Geronimo Stilton Convention 2.0 is co-organized by Scholastic Asia, National Book Store, Powerbooks and The Podium.

Increased Patient Comfort With Open MRI Scanners

When a doctor needs a better look inside the body, they may rely on an MRI scanner. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a radiation-free technique that produces quality diagnostic images using only radio waves and a magnetic field. While MRI scanners come in both closed and open varieties, the open variety has become more popular in recent years. Both closed and open MRI scanners diagnose a variety of diseases, but there are benefits for the patient when having an MRI performed in an open scanner.

Minimizes Patient Claustrophobia

The original design of the MRI scanner is a narrow tube-like structure that the patient is placed inside for the exam. The enclosed walls can increase anxiety in a claustrophobic patient. The open MRI does not enclose the patient, allowing a more relaxed exam and faster access for the medical personnel if there are any complications.

Increases the Exam Area

The open MRI allows a patient of any size to be imaged, allowing for better diagnostics across a community. The larger area also allows for body parts to be better positioned inside the machine, allowing for better quality images.

Minimizes Noise

An MRI scanner produces loud sounds for the majority of the process and most patients are given earplugs to protect their hearing. With the open MRI, the level of noise directly on the patient is decreased, minimizing the risk of hearing damage.

Decreases Metal Interference

Due to the strong magnetic field, there are restrictions on the type of patient that can have an MRI inside a closed scanner. The magnetic force within the scanner will pull on metal objects on or within the body. Compared to closed, open MRI scanners use less magnetic strength for imaging, creating fewer risks for patients who may have metal implants.

While doctors want the best diagnostic image possible, patient comfort is also important. Open MRIs allow a patient to have a more pleasant experience and allow the doctor to perform accurate diagnostic medicine.

4 Essential Driving Safety Tips Every Young Driver Needs to Be Aware Of

When it comes to driving, one can never be too safe. That is why it is always advisable to take the necessary precautions while on the road, especially when you are still a young driver. Here are four essential driving safety tips to have in mind when you are still new at driving.

1. Know Your Vehicle

Before driving any vehicle, you need to familiarize yourself with it and this includes learning about its controls. Learn about the signal lights and where they are located and make sure the lights in the car are all function as intended. If the police pull you over, they may request to see whether all our lights are functioning, so you need to confirm these issues ahead of time.

Not knowing how your vehicle functions can result in unforeseeable events such as accidents. As a result, you will also need to know what steps to take when an accident occurs. You can follow this link to learn more about car accidents and what to do when they occur.

2. Have Maps in Your Car

If you will be driving out of town, you need to have road maps with you. You may think you know the routes to your destination, but it is not difficult to get lost when driving, particularly if you have always been the passenger. As a driver, you will definitely see things a little different from how you have been seeing them as a passenger. With a map, you’ll be in a position to know where you are when you get lost. As a result, you will be able to a familiar road or location.

3. Safety Kit

As a young inexperienced driver, it is imperative to have a safety kit with you at all times. This kit should include items such as batteries, flashlights, road flares, spare tire, jumper cables, among other essential tools. You also need to carry a couple of water bottles, a blanket, and some snacks so you may be stuck on the road for a long time when incidents take place. Moreover, do not forget to take your cellphone with you everywhere you go as this could come in handy when you get stuck in the middle of nowhere.

4. Avoid Using Cellphones While Driving

When driving, do not use your cellphone. This is quite dangerous and could result in a serious accident. Even when you are confident you can multitask, it is impossible to concentrate on different things at the same time. You need to ensure that you concentrate on your driving and avoid talking on your mobile phone. Also, you should avoid sending or reading texts when driving. A lot of young people get killed every year because their eyes were diverted from the road.

Final Word

As soon as you get your driver’s license, you can enjoy your new found freedom on the road as long as you ensure you are careful. Follow the pointers above to avoid unnecessary incidents on the road. In case of an accident, do not forget to contact a car accident attorney to get all the assistance you need.

What is Premises Liability and Why Should You Care?

Property owners often have a legal responsibility for people who are on their property. They could potentially be held liable for any injuries or mishaps which occur to people whilst on that property. This is known as premises liability.

What is a Premises Liability?

Premises liability covers people being injured on a property. If this injury is caused by the conduct (or misconduct) of the owner, they are always liable. Conduct refers to how the property is managed and maintained. Basically, any potential hazards should have clear warning signs and other safety features in place. For example, if a dangerous area can be readily accessed by the public and somebody is injured in there, this is owner misconduct and the owner is liable.

The line between what does or doesn’t construe misconduct can be a little vague and open to interpretation. When deciding on a case, the court would take a number of factors into account, including the reason the person was there. If misconduct on the owner’s side is clear or easy to prove, then they can be held liable regardless of who the person is.

However, there are cases where it matters who the person is and why they are on the property. It’s difficult to figure exactly what duty of care extends to each circumstance but an attorney can help you work out the specifics of this law within your jurisdiction. Injury attorney Ken Wilhelm is one I’ve had contact with before though there are other options too.

Invitee’s

There are times when a person may be hurt on your property and you aren’t liable. We’ve already covered misconduct but you can be held liable for injuries caused to people on your property even if you are cleared of misconduct. This usually happens when you have invited somebody into the property. The reason why that happens doesn’t matter – it can be for personal or professional reasons, either way, the owner has a duty to warn you of any hazards and keep you as safe as reasonably possible.

Protection for an ‘invitee’ extends to anybody who accompanies them, including children. Always be aware that children can pose an extra hazard as they are less aware of the danger and more likely to wander.

Uninvited Licensee

Beyond this category, there is the ‘uninvited licensee’, which is a person who has access to the property with the knowledge and permission of the owner. The owner has a duty to disclose any dangers to this person as well and also to maintain the property to a minimum standard.

Trespassers

In the event of an uninvited visitor, or in other words a trespasser, there is less responsibility on the property owner. In fact, the only responsibility generally considered is that to avoid causing wanton harm to the trespasser.

One note – this situation is for undiscovered trespassers. If you happen to discover a trespasser in your property, you must immediately warn them of any hazards or dangers and the same level of care is expected as for an ‘uninvited licensee’.

How to Choose the Right Single Sink for Your Bathroom

If you’ve never chosen a sink before you’re unlikely to understand the amount of work that goes into the process of making this decision. With the average bathroom renovation costing 5 figures, you don’t want to get it wrong either. Today we’re going to look at the biggest considerations for sink choices. We’ll be working off the assumption that you’re using a single sink, as this is most common. The advice is easily adaptable to multi-basin setups as well though.

Types of Sink

The first big choice is what type of sink you want. Here’s a quick rundown of the main ones.

Drop in sinks are those which sit inside a countertop with the top part visible just above it. The sink is literally placed in the top of the counter, giving it the ‘drop in’ name. These are the most common types of sink.

Undermount sinks are fitted in the same kind of location as a drop in – the top of a cabinet. This time though, they’re fitted entirely from underneath the counter surface, being mounted beneath it. The finished look leaves a flat countertop which can be easily wiped, with any bits falling into the sink.

Wall Mounted sinks ignore the cabinet entirely and are directly attached to the wall. This can be great if targeting a specific style in your bathroom, or if floor space is an issue for you.

Pedestal sinks are those which don’t have a cabinet, but which stand on a ‘column’. This column usually hides the pipework, making this type of sink less work than something like a wall mounted one. It gives you more floor space than a cabinet too, so it can be a good middle ground.

Vessel sinks are custom designed creations which come with their own specially designed faucets. These can be almost any shape, size or design so they’re perfect for anybody wanting to build a perfect, stylish bathroom and who has the budget to afford one.

Vanity sinks are like a mid-point between a drop in and an undermount sink. It uses the top of the cabinet as the top of the sink, so the sink is usually built in as part of the cabinet top. This gives the best of both worlds but can cost a little extra too. Places like Unique Vanities give a good range of sinks like this and other styles.

Material

The material of your sink has a big effect on how it looks in your bathroom too. The look is usually the biggest factor but budget plays a part too. Different materials do have different characteristics too. Cast iron tends to be heavy and very hard-wearing, capable of standing up to a lot of damage without showing any marks or deformation. Porcelain is a lot easier to clean, but at the price of being more fragile than iron – although it usually won’t be an issue if you’re sensible.

Stone or granite sinks are also very durable and have a more unique appearance, while there are other specialist materials for different appearances as well, including fireclay and tempered glass designs. Of course, the old stainless steel sink works just fine for many bathrooms too.

Faucet Setup

Depending on your choice in a sink, you may need to modify your faucet setup as well. An under-mounted sink usually needs separate faucets for example, whilst a wall mounted one will need a wall mounted faucet to go with it.

Once you have the location decided, you still need to pick the faucets. Again, the material is important as is the choice of having separate faucets or mixer tap. The design of faucet should also be compatible with the sink you’ve chosen – remember that some special designs, like the vanity styles, might need a certain faucet to work properly.