Archive | April, 2013

More Research

30 Apr

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

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As we move closer to landscaping the grounds at Belle Grove Plantation, I have found myself drawn to other gardens to research  plants we might want to use. Sunday, I visited the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. It is one of my favorite gardens here in Virginia and always leaves me inspired.

The plants I was most interested in were the Azaleas and Camellia. I am hoping to dot the long drive to the front gate with a mix of Azaleas in and around the Red Cedar trees. I think it would gave a beautiful splash of color in the spring as well as provide a nice fill in to spaces where they have lost trees.

I am at odds with the Camellias. I fell in love with them when I visited the Elizabethan Botanical Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina. From that point I knew I wanted to have a garden of…

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I AM THAT I AM

28 Apr

Clarabelle

I am that I am

Growing from Within

I am very heavily into my own self development and as I feel myself growing from within I feel it is stripping back built up beliefs that don’t serve me well and returning me back to who I really am.  I am very aware of this change happening within me and I feel the dreams I had as a child, which I let go of for 30 years, finding their way back to me – like an inner calling with drive and purpose.

Here is what I AM becoming more aware of each day in my life:

  • Simple things like listening to music that moves me, music that makes me want to sing and dance;
  • Songwriting and producing music;
  • Being in touch with my inner emotions and open expressions of feelings of love;
  • Holding my face up to the sunlight and breathing in the fresh air;
  • Playing…

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Bangsal Srimanganti

14 Apr

Aan Prihandaya

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Bangsal Srimanganti is located inside the palace of Yogyakarta. It is the hall that used to be a place to receive the important guests of the king. In the middle of the hall, there is a king’s throne where he sat to meet the guests. Some royal heirloom, such as gamelan (musical intruments) are placed here.

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Startup Reykjavik 2013

6 Apr

Startup Iceland

I started on this journey to build a Startup Community in Iceland right after the Financial Collapse of 2008. What is needed when you need to create a lot of startups is an acceleration platform and I searched tirelessly for it and I bumped into TechStars and the first video I saw of TechStars I knew that is what we needed to have right here in Iceland. Here is that video:

StartupReykjavik-logo-portorateAnd then I started viewing all the videos in the Founders – Techstars – Boulder. I was so inspired 3 years back and I went and met with everyone that I could to get Techstars to Iceland. I was extremely pleased to see that dream come true when Arion Bank took the initiative to launch Startup Reykjavik, which is part of the Global Accelerator Network which is the network of accelerators that is part of the Techstars program…

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 14 (1 – 7 April 2013)

6 Apr

Trade News in Brief

 

* USTR – Reports on Barriers to Trade
 
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes various Reports on Barriers to Trade:
 
Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Report)
 
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Barriers to Trade (SPS Report)
 
2013 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers
 
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* UN – Global Arms Trade Treaty Approved
 
The United Nations General Assembly has approved a global arms trade treaty to regulate the international trade in conventional arms.
 
Please find more about the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) following the link.
 
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* OECD – Global Economy Outlook
 
OECD published its latest Interim Economic Assessment.
 
Check here.
 
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* US – West African States to Start TIFA Negotiations
 
The United States is exploring a trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA) with the Economic Community…

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