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Interior Styles,

Interior Design Advice for Ceilings

For nearly all of the 20th century, the ceiling has been ignored when it comes to interior design. Most people default to white ceilings done in flat paint. The most attention ceilings have received, as of late is texture, which many people have come to regret. However, ceilings are once again being noticed and even referred to as the fifth wall in a room.

Here are some ideas for integrating your ceiling into room design:

1: Give the ceiling some color. Add the same color you are adding to your walls to your ceiling. This makes the room feel more cozy and warm. If you want to room to have a more spacious feel, then paint it a lighter color than the walls. Choosing the lightest shade of your wall color will give you the desired effect. In the same way, if you want to make an oversized room feel more cozy, and then paint the ceiling a darker color than the walls.

  1. Embellish your ceiling. If you look at older homes, built in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s you will notice a great deal of detail in the ceiling and ceiling molding. While you will be hard pressed to find an artist to add the same kind of detail into your ceiling, you can purchase molded embellishments reminiscent of times past at the hardware store. Embellishments can be anything from ceiling roses to cornices to entire tin ceilings and faux tin ceilings.
  2. Consider decorative painting for your ceiling. If you want to details of a highly embellished ceiling, but do not have the budget for it, you can consider decorative painting. You can commission a detailed mural to be painted on your ceiling, or stencil simple designs on the ceiling yourself.
  3. Add fabric to your ceiling: You can decorate the ceiling of your room with fabric. This works best in bedrooms for adults and children as fabric ads a luxurious and relaxing feel to the room. Your options with fabric are unlimited. You can use sheer fabric to give a room an ethereal feel, or any combination of bright silky fabrics to the ceiling. Your fabric can be installed to resemble the inside of a circus tent or in gently swags across the room.

Disclaimer: One of the reasons ceilings have been painted white and with flat paint, or textured is because color and satin paints show flaws. As the art of building became simply a trade to be done quickly, less care has been taken the surface of the ceiling. You have to take possible imperfections in the ceiling into account when painting it.

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Interior Styles,

Mercedes Benz B Class Unveils Its Interior

The first images of the interior of the upcoming Mercedes Benz B Class broke loose on the Internet almost two months before the car’s official debut, scheduled for the Frankfurt Motor Show. The model will go on sale on the European market by the end of next year.

First of all, the general impression this interior leaves is that it looks very attractive, successfully combining modern and retro elements. The first thing we notice is the disappearance of the gearbox knob, which has been moved from the traditional position on the central dashboard to a brand new location on the steering wheel column. However, this only applies to the models equipped with an automatic transmission; manual gearbox versions will get the regular knob between the front seats, like most cars out there.

The dashboard features a touchscreen display on the upper part of the central console, while the sporty three-spoke steering wheel reminds us of the one from the CLS flagship. The air vents also feature sporty accents and are pretty similar to the ones from the German carmaker’s sports car range, like the SLS AMG or the new SLK.

The new Mercedes Benz B Class promises to make a revolutionary leap in the compact class and has a total length of 4,359 mm (14.3 feet), a total width of 1,785 mm (5.8 feet) and is 1,557 mm (5.1 feet) tall. Thanks to several special optimizations, the car’s drag coefficient is only 0.26 and was the result of more than 1,100 hours spent by the German engineers testing the car in the wind tunnel.

Besides these, customers will also be able to choose an optional package, called ECO Technology, which further improves the car’s drag, lowering it to 0.24. The package features a lowered ride height, several new parts mounted under the car to improve air flow and better frames for the lateral windows.

Regarding the engine range, the new B Class will be offered with several four-cylinder engines. The entry level unit has a 1.6-liter displacement and delivers 122 hp and 200 Nm of peak torque, while the top of the range powerplant is a turbocharged version of the same engine and produces 156 hp and 250 Nm of torque.

As for the diesel engines, Mercedes Benz will offer a 1.8-liter delivering 109 hp and 250 Nm and an optional version of the same engine that produces 136 hp and 300 Nm. These will be the engines the new B Class will debut with, but Mercedes also considers a top of the line 2.0-liter engine, which will be the most powerful unit in the range. All powertrains will come with Start/Stop technology as standard and customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed 7G Tronic automatic transmission. Mercedes also plans hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered versions, but we’ll probably only going to see these in a few years.


Interview for the Post of Senior Engineer – Product Development Engineering

These are some of my experiences which i experienced in one of my interview in an known MNC in automotive parts manufacturer. I was earlier placed in Bangalore and thought of career change. I was an NPD executive in Bangalore and henceforth decided to continue in the same stream.
The basic option was to stay in Product Development Domain and in this i am sharing some of my experiences i faced in an interview with you readers.

1) Firstly i am not so physically well built and i made a mistake of wearing a dark coloured dress which created a bad impression in mind of the HR personnel who was about to introduce me for the interview committee (They had a committee of senior staffs to take up interviews in each levels)

2) Secondly i was not so comfortable to the climate as i was not much exposed to other climates other than Mysore and Bangalore and was feeling something uncomfortable.

3) It was time to face my first SME (Subject Matter Expert) in PDe domain. He greeted me well and made me feel comfortable. He was more conscious towards my work exposure in handling plastic moulding designs. As it was new to me and i was the one dealing with pressed parts design i was bit hesitating and was not feeling so comfortable in that concern. But the basic concerns and concepts in design remains same and the flow of handling projects were questioned which were well answerable through my past experiences.

4) The oral session of interview was good and then came the part of practical demonstration of part design. They gave me a part drawing hard copy and asked me to derive its processing sequence and once they were convinced with my answers they asked me to develop the part models for each stage which i was capable of. Then at the given timeframe i completed my task and presented in front of them which made them feel happy about my performance.

5) Then at last i had cleared 3 levels of my interview and now it was time to face VP of PDe section. He can be called as ocean of PDE knowledge which really made me think twice of meeting his expectations. It was a detailed session and at last he made it clear that i am capable of being a part of PDE family.

6) Last but not the least i had to face a tough guy that’s HR Vp. He was so dynamic that he made me stand till i made him the point clear that i made a wrong choice in selection the clothings for this interview. His next questions were about my physique which i knew i was poor. Then he graded me in terms of personality, punctuality, and disciplines and arrived at an SWOT analysis and gave a brief description about my overall personality. At last all the things were cleared and i walked out of interview room with an offer letter in my hand.

Telling you readers this was one of my toughest interview i have faced in a few and i was really happy to emerge out as part of the organisations. It was 8:30Am in the morning i walked in and came out at 4:30PM. Then i was surprised to check out that i was burning out of fever and took a taxi to reach my home. At last i made it out and the experience is unforgettable and i have narrated my experience to all my close friends.

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Gain Awesome Mobile Gaming Experience with These Tricks!

As the usage of mobile phones is increasing a lot, people hardly use the PC and gaming console to play the games. Actually, many modern console games and PC are now rendering the customized version for the mobile phone. The mobile phone becomes a major gaming device due to its convenience and comfort of playing. Are you taking mobile Gaming seriously? Are you spending more of your time playing your favoruite games? Well, it is necessary to follow these tips and tricks. It helps you to enjoy the awesome mobile betting experience.

  • Play games with 100% battery

Whether you use smartphones or iPhone, everything is now getting smarter than ever before. For instance, whenever your battery drops below a specific percentage, the mobile automatically switches to the power saving mode to conserve battery. When you play the game on a low battery, you will see a significant drop in the game performance because it is a resource-intensive activity. This is the major reason for recommending to start playing with the full battery. It helps you to enjoy the peak performance and win the gameplay.

  • Keep the device cool

When you play continuously, your device starts to generate more heat. As soon as your mobile gets too hot, it will begin throttling the CPU automatically to cool down. It protects the internal component from any damage. On the other hand, it is extremely hard to hold the hot device. One of the best ways to counteract this action is playing the game in a cool environment. It is better to play in a room that is equipped with an air conditioner. Never use the phone case when you are playing because it helps the phone cool down much faster.

  • Access the developer options

In your mobile settings, you often find the developer options, which provide several settings to play around with. Accessing the specific settings helps you obtain the best gaming experience. You will find the options to enhance the visual quality, sound, and performance of the game. If you really wish to take your Gaming experience to the newest height, then you need to pay something. It is nothing but charging the mobile several times because the higher performance game maximizes the battery drain. Before you consider the developer option, you need to consider these things.

  • Wi-Fi is not a big deal all the time

Even though Wi-Fi is the best way to play the multiplayer games, it is not a perfect option all the time. When you have a bad internet service provider, you tend to notice frequent drops and lags in the connection. It eventually affects your gameplay and its performance. If anyone uses the same network, then your connection will suffer a lot. Using the mobile interest gives you enough stability and renders the fast internet speed. It means you will play without experiencing any lag.
Whenever you think about mobile Gaming especially high-intensity games, you need to keep these tricks in mind.

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A one-stop shop for LafargeHolcim products in Latin America

Just over a decade since its launch in Ecuador, our retail construction franchise network, Disensa, has built a network of 1,000 stores that spans the Latin America region. Disensa offers easy access to LafargeHolcim products and solutions to self-builders and small-scale contractors.

Disensa, our one-stop-shop

In 2005 we established a retail construction franchise network, called Disensa, in Ecuador. The network laid the foundation for a worldwide expansion that now accounts for 1,000 Disensa stores across Latin America (including Mexico) and more than 600 similar stores in the Middle East and Africa, where they are called Binastore.

Our vision for retail is to offer self-builders and smaller contractors a one-stop shop. Within our stores these customers enjoy easy access to LafargeHolcim’s own building solutions as well as a wide range of other construction materials and services.

The stores support customers with microcredit and technical help as well as complete kits for different phases of home building. They also offer solutions to facilitate construction including financing plans, access to architects and standard building designs.

Laying the foundations of success

To strengthen the foundation we give our franchisees the tools to succeed, for example with training on products, store management, marketing and finance.

With individual customers accounting for around 60% of Group net sales, having direct access to the retail market is a strategic priority. In 2018 we aim to continue broadening our reach, focusing particularly on India and Southeast Asia. This global initiative demonstrates how we are bringing our commitment to commercial excellence to life for our retail customers while developing a strong network of trained franchisees.

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Business, Construction,

DURABRIC Homes builds your dream house in Malawi

A beautiful and comfortable house built and delivered to you in 12 to 16 weeks with local, affordable materials. Does this sound like your dream home? Such is the promise of DURABRIC Homes, a turnkey solution launched in Malawi by 14Trees, LafargeHolcim’s joint-venture with CDC. Find out more!

Your dream home in a matter of weeks

Do you remember DURABRIC, our soil-stabilized earth-cement brick for affordable housing? It is now part of a brand new concept launched in Malawi in February 2018. 14Trees, LafargeHolcim’s joint-venture with CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has developed DURABRIC Homes, a turnkey solution for more beautiful, more affordable houses that are faster to build.

The promise? With DURABRIC Homes, 14Trees delivers your dream home on time (12 to 16 weeks), on budget and in high quality! All that customers have to do is provide their own plot of land, and choose from five free house designs which include kitchens, bathrooms, and even verandas. 14Trees takes care of the rest with its partner contractors to ensure a hassle-free construction process.

What does DURABRIC offer?

DURABRIC Homes will be built from top quality, climate-friendly and innovative materials including products from the DURABRIC range:

  • DURABRIC soil-stabilized brick, which doesn’t require firing and help fight deforestation,
  • DURABRIC Concrete Blocks, which promotes circular economy by incorporating fly ash from local industry,
  • Other integrated products such as doors, windows, sanitation and a solar water heater specifically sourced for the best quality and price from our partner suppliers,
  • A solar kit can also be provided on demand which will protect against grid blackouts.

The DURABRIC Homes concept is being considered for expansion beyond Lilongwe, Malawi. 14Trees is currently looking at other African countries such as Kenya.

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LafargeHolcim discontinues its share buyback program with CHF 581 million completed

On March 2, 2018 LafargeHolcim announced the discontinuation of its share buyback program.

The program was conducted using a second trading line on the SIX Swiss Exchange (Valor: 35.568.679; ISIN: CH0355686798) and was completed on March 2, 2018. LafargeHolcim has repurchased 10,283,654 of its shares for a total value of CHF 581,395,290.09 at an average price per share of CHF 56.54.

About LafargeHolcim

LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. The Group is organized in four business segments – Cement, Aggregates, Ready-mix Concrete and Solutions & Products – and is a partner for clients ranging from affordable housing and small, local projects to the biggest, most technically and architecturally challenging infrastructure projects. As urbanization increasingly impacts people and the planet, the Group provides innovative products and building solutions with a clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With leading positions in all regions, LafargeHolcim employs around 80,000 employees in more than 80 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.

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Tailored solutions for major construction projects

Every infrastructure sector has its own specific challenges when it comes to construction and operations. LafargeHolcim’s expert infrastructure teams work from the design stage to deliver sector-specific solutions so that infrastructure projects are more efficient and sustainable, anywhere in the world.

Built to last

Mexico City’s new international airport will be the most sustainable in the world — and we are proud to support it. Our teams designed special concretes able to withstand aggressive sulfate and chloride conditions for 75 years, with a minimal environmental footprint. This project adds to the list of major airports we helped build, a list which already includes Jeddah International and Kuala Lumpur International.

Specific solutions

We also have expertise in mining. In Canada’s Timmins mining camp, we are on-site at one of the worlds deepest underground mines where we’ve developed and continue to supply specialty backfill products to help increase mine output. LafargeHolcim has deployed such mine-specific solutions in more than forty mines across North America, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. In Algeria LafargeHolcim worked with contractors and local authorities to develop a range of solutions for road foundations and pavement. As a result we helped lower the cost and construction time of road projects and at the same time made them far more durable (enabling a typical lifespan of 15–20 years, as compared to 2–5 years for conventional road projects). These specific road solutions are now available in more than twenty countries.