Bonsai making – RG Bonsai http://rgbonsai.com/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 10:15:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://rgbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Bonsai making – RG Bonsai http://rgbonsai.com/ 32 32 10 tips for making the most of trends in the small business community https://rgbonsai.com/10-tips-for-making-the-most-of-trends-in-the-small-business-community/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 14:00:16 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/10-tips-for-making-the-most-of-trends-in-the-small-business-community/ Monitoring trends is an important part of running a small business. Each year brings changes in your industry and the tools and platforms you use. Thus, your ability to adapt can have a major impact on your success. Find out about current trends and ideas from members of the online small business community here. Learn […]]]>

Monitoring trends is an important part of running a small business. Each year brings changes in your industry and the tools and platforms you use. Thus, your ability to adapt can have a major impact on your success. Find out about current trends and ideas from members of the online small business community here.



Learn some hooks from viral TikToks

TikTok is definitely one of the hottest social platforms of 2021, so it can bring tons of value to marketers. Even if you aren’t actually using TikTok to reach your audience, there may be lessons to be learned from content that goes viral. To verify this post from SEMRush for more on the subject.

Get the most out of video storytelling

Video is one of the most important online marketing strategies of 2021. If you aren’t already using it to market your business, now is the time to start. Read this post from Jodi Harris’s Content Marketing Institute for advice.

Stay up to date with LinkedIn trends

LinkedIn has long been one of the most powerful networks for businesses and professionals. But the exact benefits and uses of the platform may change from year to year. In this article on Startup Bonsai, Christopher Benitez go over some facts and statistics related to LinkedIn trends. And BizSugar members commented on the post here.

Measure the ROI of influencer marketing

Influencer marketing is a huge trend in business in 2021. But like any strategy, you need to measure its impact if you want it to be successful. Nina Petrov actions how you can do that in this article from Pixel Productions.

Learn from the best female affiliate marketers

If you want to earn an income through affiliate marketing, it helps to learn from the best. Fortunately, there are a lot of people who are building entire businesses around this concept. And others use it as a solid source of income. Bill Acholla lists the best female affiliate marketers in this blog post.

Prepare your podcast for a multilingual audience

Today’s consumers are increasingly multilingual. This can affect the communication strategies of many companies. But it is especially essential for podcasts. Find out about this trend and how to adjust your podcasting strategy in this GMR transcript post by Beth Worthy. Then see what members of the BizSugar community are saying here.

Increase Sales Using Psychology in Web Design

The design and layout of your website can have a major impact on conversions and sales. It has always been true. But more and more people are aware of the impact of psychology on web design. Learn more in this Crowdspring post by Katie Lundin.

Improve 3D digital experiences

Three-dimensional experiences are increasingly popular with online consumers. This technology is still evolving. Companies are therefore finding new ways to improve it on a daily basis. Discover the concept and get advice for implementing it in this MarTech article by Chris Wood.

Learn more about the Google business profile.

Google My Business has long been a powerful platform for businesses looking to be found online. But the site was recently renamed to Google Business Profile. This change can have a major impact on local businesses. So find out about the updates in this Bright Local post by Alix Coe.

Get paid to buy for others

The concert economy is a major trend for businesses today. Even if you just want to earn some extra cash, there are plenty of opportunities. You can use this income to support your business or just to supplement your income. Find opportunities where you get paid to buy for others in this post on The Work at Home Woman blog by Holly Reisem Hanna.

If you would like to suggest your favorite small business content to consider for a future community roundup, please send your topical tips to: sbtips@gmail.com.

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Like small manicured lands, making terrariums at home is beautiful and good for the mind https://rgbonsai.com/like-small-manicured-lands-making-terrariums-at-home-is-beautiful-and-good-for-the-mind/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 16:18:02 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/like-small-manicured-lands-making-terrariums-at-home-is-beautiful-and-good-for-the-mind/ Gardeners “tend” to be happier than most because, among other reasons, like having more vitamin D or being out in the wild, they always have something to look forward to. But undoubtedly one of the most fascinating gardening trends is the popular advent of building and maintaining terrariums – small slices of tropical climate enclosed […]]]>

Gardeners “tend” to be happier than most because, among other reasons, like having more vitamin D or being out in the wild, they always have something to look forward to.

But undoubtedly one of the most fascinating gardening trends is the popular advent of building and maintaining terrariums – small slices of tropical climate enclosed in glass jars, bottles or aquariums that, if properly prepared, can last for decades.

NASA describes a terrarium as a “forest locked in its own little world,” but there is no specific rulebook for the size of a terrarium or what should be kept inside. The “Let’s talk terrariums” Subreddit testifies to this.

This Redditor managed to compress this forest locked in its own little world by the pendant on a necklace, while this one 3D printed special case with beautiful lighting.

Far from being a simple feast for the eyes, tending to a terrarium can actually improve your mood, even just having a plant or two around. will decrease anxiety, and can help refresh the mind after a period of concentration on work.

It was particularly poignant, a terrarium business owner told the BBC, during confinements.

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“I’ve seen a real influx of people wanting to get into horticulture and grow their green thumbs,” says Emma Terrell, of Ottawa, Canada. The Grand Nord Blanc has also experienced a boom in home mushroom cultivation.

Terrell short Urban Botanist where she sells DIY supplies to make terrariums of all kinds.

“People saw it as a way to relax, unwind, be creative, and engage with this innate need within us to engage with nature.”

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There is also a natural geometry, or at least it is believed, plants that make them attractive to look at. All humans tend to prefer things in symmetry or in cohesive patterns like a spiral, and so plant leaves or fern stems may be pleasing to the eye for reasons involving fractals and math rather than just “simple” beauty.

Make a terrarium at home

Making a terrarium is first of all deciding whether you want an open-air terrarium, for succulents, or a closed version.

For an enclosed terrarium, choose a soil substrate that will not grow mold. James Wong, a botanist and the author told the BBC to use kurodama soil, which is typical of bonsai, a species that can also be comfortable in a terrarium. This Redditor used a bonsai tea Fukien / carmona.

Next, pick plants that would be comfortable on the forest floor in the tropics. Simple species like moss and ferns work well.

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“I researched all the different species [of moss], there is only one that is easily accessible and very reliable. It is called Leucobryum glaucum, sold by florists as “bun mousse,” Wong said.

There is a limit in a closed ecosystem to the number of plants that can be nurtured, so fill in the gaps using decorative items like stones, driftwood, or maybe a garden gnome.

NASA for kids suggests using a layer of activated charcoal on top of a rock layer at the bottom of the terrarium, under the ground, to help filter water and prevent mold growth. They say to put the terrarium in indirect light, but Wong says you can use growing light to help if the room is too dark.

BRING this good green news to these newsfeeds …

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Inside Corona’s epic football game 70 years in the making https://rgbonsai.com/inside-coronas-epic-football-game-70-years-in-the-making/ Mon, 01 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/inside-coronas-epic-football-game-70-years-in-the-making/ Muse: What was the genesis of this really huge idea? Alejandro Gershberg: We knew how important live football was for Mexico, as well as how much we as a brewing company depend on times of consumption [like big-event game days]. It started with a call. Gustavo Lauria from We Believers called and told me about […]]]>
Muse: What was the genesis of this really huge idea?

Alejandro Gershberg: We knew how important live football was for Mexico, as well as how much we as a brewing company depend on times of consumption [like big-event game days]. It started with a call. Gustavo Lauria from We Believers called and told me about this idea. Without knowing how difficult or impossible it was, we approved it and struck up a 24/7 conversation to make this project a reality.

Can you describe the creative process?

Using images from the past 70 years and over 100 games … [we edited] day and night, seven days a week, for 45 days. The team did a very careful job of selecting the material, collecting and synchronizing the shots. We were also guided by former footballers and historians to create the “Match of Ages”.

What has been your biggest challenge? The scope, the timing, all of that?

The number of people it took to get the images to work with so many images was very difficult. But the biggest challenge was to react quickly because we couldn’t afford to waste time. In the end, either we would succeed or we risk disappointing people.

As a game, did it work any better than expected?

América vs Chivas is the most anticipated match in Mexican football. But what no one had ever imagined was a game made up of all these classics put together, in which the greatest figures of football coexisted … the best goals, the iconic games and the most representative goalkeepers of each era. . What fans might have imagined as a perfect match has come true.

Can you talk about the broadcasting?

On match day, June 7, the game was broadcast in prime time on the nation’s most watched channel and streamed live on the brand’s social media and TV network. It exploded: the game received 97% more mentions than the last game played between the two teams. The “Match of Ages” has become the most watched “classico” in the history of Mexican football, with more than 109 million impressions won, more than 180,000 mentions on social networks. [On the business side] Corona increased its sales by 54%, managing to retain 30,000 employees.

Were you surprised by this performance?

We were surprised and no. We knew we had something good, but we didn’t expect that kind of response. We connected with people. In times of containment, we have brought entertainment with the most popular teams in the country, and the most iconic players in history. We brought a piece of normal life back to a time when football was really lacking in Mexico.

How did the fundraising go?

Thanks to donations from brands such as Aeroméxico, Carl’s Jr., Jumex and Nescafé, the “Match of Ages” broke the barriers of confinement and time. We were able to edit the original sideboards and sell the space to the brands. We offered billboard space during the match, and in return the businesses needed to support the fight against Covid with the resources they could provide, such as meals for doctors or flights for the medical care equipment. At halftime, Televisa sold space, and that was also used to fight Covid. The final tally of donated funds and services exceeded $ 2 million.

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We tried making natto the old fashioned way, and the result was unexpected but delicious 【SoraKitchen】 https://rgbonsai.com/we-tried-making-natto-the-old-fashioned-way-and-the-result-was-unexpected-but-delicious-%e3%80%90sorakitchen%e3%80%91/ Sun, 31 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/we-tried-making-natto-the-old-fashioned-way-and-the-result-was-unexpected-but-delicious-%e3%80%90sorakitchen%e3%80%91/ Who knew that soybean fermentation was such a delicate process? While most people see natto (fermented soybeans) as little packets of styrofoam – or even on ice cream, on the rare occasions – do you know how it’s actually made or did you want it? do it yourself? Our Japanese-speaking reporter Saya Togashi decided to […]]]>

Who knew that soybean fermentation was such a delicate process?

While most people see natto (fermented soybeans) as little packets of styrofoam – or even on ice cream, on the rare occasions – do you know how it’s actually made or did you want it? do it yourself? Our Japanese-speaking reporter Saya Togashi decided to try natto buy natto making kit by the natural Japanese farmers of Fuudo Farm.

The kit, priced at 1,296 yen (US $ 11.41), contained two bags of dried soybeans and two packs of straw. And that’s all!

Natto is traditionally made by wrapping cooked soybeans in straw and maintaining enough heat for the natto bacteria to thrive, thereby fermenting the soybeans and creating that gooey, gooey dish that has captured so many hearts.

Saya started by soaking the beans overnight in water and then bringing them to a boil the next morning. The instructions said to boil the beans until they were soft enough to be mashed between your fingers, which meant one to two hours of boiling. If you have a pressure cooker, however, you can significantly reduce this time!

She also boiled the straw, but since it was so long, part of it came out of the pot and she had to push it in gradually like spaghetti.

When all the items had been sufficiently boiled, Saya nestled the soybeans in the straw cocoon. She was concerned that the beans would be so hot that they would kill the natto bacteria, but this particular bacteria is quite hardy and can survive up to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit) of heat.

Once the natto cocoon was finished, the actual preparation was over! Now came the task of keep beans warm for at least 24 hours. Yes, 24 full hours. Otherwise, the beans and straw would become too cold to aid the fermentation process.

There are many methods you can use to keep them warm, including the use of hot water bottles, a heater, kairo adhesive pads, etc. Saya had a heat saver bag and some kairo handy, so she tried this method.

Unfortunately, the beans got cold in the process. Maybe it was because they were old, but she kairo did not stay warm for more than a few hours. She tried to save the lot by adding heat as soon as she noticed it, but it was already too late. She eventually decided to let it sit for another 12 hours, per the kit instructions.

In the meantime, she started the second batch of the kit to see if it would get better. She repeated the same process as the first batch, but this time, she used a huge 24 hours kairo it was guaranteed to last long enough.

24 hours passed. She peeked inside the cocoon to see how her beans were doing. It managed to stay warm for 24 hours, but she waited another 12 hours to make sure they had fermented well.

Another look. This time she could see a slimy texture on the beans, which was a good sign!

They looked beautiful! They weren’t as stringy and slimy as the natto you can find in the supermarket, but there was definitely something going on.

The next step was to let them refrigerate for another two days to achieve natto perfection. And then came the long-awaited day to try out its fermented creation. She made some rice and garnished it with her homemade natto.

And when she took a bite …

… They just tasted like soy.

There wasn’t enough bacteria growth to give her that slimy natto flavor she was hoping for. You can see the most naked glow of fermentation, but it’s not enough. She didn’t feel too bad, however, as it was a fairly straightforward creation.

And honestly it was a great bowl of soy rice! She thought it paired perfectly with the dash of soy sauce she had put on it. It was like a premium version of regular soybeans.

By the way, if you’re wondering what happened to the first batch, they started to develop black spots after another 12 hours of fermentation. Saya decided it was best not to open the cocoon.

So even though Saya’s experiment with making homemade natto hasn’t really been a success, she knows what to do next time! Boil them almost until she thinks they are too boiled, then keep that heat toasty for the next 24 hours. If you want to try and get the same results as Saya, you can always add natto flavor by adding natto!

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What TikToks does about vaginal health have taught me about Gen Z https://rgbonsai.com/what-tiktoks-does-about-vaginal-health-have-taught-me-about-gen-z/ Fri, 29 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/what-tiktoks-does-about-vaginal-health-have-taught-me-about-gen-z/ Are you wiping your vulva the right way? If you’ve ever thought about asking yourself this question, you probably would on Google. But for Gen Z, learning about sexual health comes more naturally on TikTok. This is why my company, Naughty bonsai, has had huge success making fun videos about everyday sexual health issues on […]]]>

Are you wiping your vulva the right way?

If you’ve ever thought about asking yourself this question, you probably would on Google. But for Gen Z, learning about sexual health comes more naturally on TikTok.

This is why my company, Naughty bonsai, has had huge success making fun videos about everyday sexual health issues on Gen Z’s Choice Video App, demonstrating proper vulva wiping technique a watermelon (front to back, no double wiping), what is your the period color means, and how to recognize Symptoms of UTI. The Gen-Zers want their burning questions about sexual and vaginal health answered, with on-trend songs and dances included. Our videos, which provide accurate information and offer hands-on sex education, now have over 120 million views.

Theoretically, Gen Z shouldn’t run out of sexual health information or anything. They grew up digitally with all the information at their fingertips. But our content clearly filled a lack of education and connection on taboo health topics. The reason? Gen Z is looking for more than dry medical facts. They want the crude, the real and the relatable.

Born between 1996 and 2010, Gen-Zers now make up about 40% of U.S. consumers. By 2026, their demographic will overtake millennials as the largest customer base and social arbitrator. Their penchant for “reality” is here to stay, and they are already reshaping consumer trends.

Whether you’re creating content and products for the Gen-Zers or just looking to understand them better, you can benefit from what we’ve learned about what works and what doesn’t.

Adopt TikTok, it’s not too late

Five years ago, the Millennial Brands Playbook was due to launch on Instagram. Brands like Glossier have used organic engagement and community to drive phenomenal growth. But over time, Instagram has become incredibly saturated and expensive, dominated by paid ads.

With over a billion monthly active users, TikTok is the new platform of choice. TikTok took just five years to reach one billion users, compared to eight years for Facebook. But brands haven’t adapted as quickly to the new platform where Gen Z spends most of their time. (TikTok’s largest demographic is 16-24.) Forward-thinking Gen Z brands are just starting to experiment with what it means to be a TikTok brand first.

Be real

Being low key isn’t very Gen Z. Growing up digitally, they’re comfortable talking about their struggles and insecurities online. They attach great importance to authenticity. Consumer research has found that 82% of Gen Z customers trust a business more if he uses images of real customers in advertisements.

Getting connected with Gen Z doesn’t require a huge budget, but you should feel comfortable stepping out of your comfort zone. It might sound awkward or difficult, but you just have to agree to be more real than with other audiences.

For us, that means we avoid euphemisms like “intimate health” and “out there”. We speak directly about the vagina and the health of women on a daily basis.

Don’t worry too much about a particular image

Watch the quintessential Gen Z Billie Eilish and her “it’s all about what makes you feel good” approach. At this year’s Met Gala, she replaced her baggy clothes and green hair with a Marilyn Monroe-inspired ball gown and platinum blonde headdress. Before meeting Prince William at the James Bond movie premiere, she said: “This is going to be crazy. . . . I’m going to pee. She combines the awkward, the hyperfeminine, the weird and everything in between. Gen Z takes the gamut because they accept people for who they are, with no excuses.

Act rather than talk

Sixty-two percent of Gen Z surveyed believe they can change their world by their actions. They take strong positions and expect others to do the same. In addition, 90% of Generation Z believe companies should help alleviate environmental and social problems. They are looking for brands to give back in a meaningful way, beyond just posting causes on social media. And they hold brands accountable.

Some 69% of Gen Z are more likely to buy from a company that contributes to social causes, while 33% have stopped buying from companies that contribute to a cause they disagree with. They don’t necessarily choose the lowest price because they very intentionally consider the issues and the mission of the business before buying.

Generation Z, more than any previous generation, wants to be part of your brand, your product journey and your history. The reassuring piece is that perfectionism is not necessary or desired. If you can connect with Gen Z members and bring them in, you’ll see a ripple effect. They will become your most powerful amplifiers, helping you develop your ideas and your impact.


Elise Johnson is a graduate of Stanford University and co-founder of Cheeky Bonsai. At Cheeky Bonsai, 1% of all profits are spent supporting sex education and women’s health initiatives.

]]> Do It Big, But Still Feel Small: Top Charts Rapper Lute Speaks About Mental Health | DFA 90.7 https://rgbonsai.com/do-it-big-but-still-feel-small-top-charts-rapper-lute-speaks-about-mental-health-dfa-90-7/ Thu, 21 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/do-it-big-but-still-feel-small-top-charts-rapper-lute-speaks-about-mental-health-dfa-90-7/ This is an extra-special episode of the WFAE amplifier. It’s special in that it was recorded at GrindHaus Studios in Charlotte, owned by former student of the Amplifier podcast Jason Jet. And it’s also special in that it’s Amplifier’s 100th episode. For this milestone achievement, Amplifier welcomes the aspiring rapper Lute, which embodies “Charlotte’s musical […]]]>

This is an extra-special episode of the WFAE amplifier.

It’s special in that it was recorded at GrindHaus Studios in Charlotte, owned by former student of the Amplifier podcast Jason Jet. And it’s also special in that it’s Amplifier’s 100th episode.

For this milestone achievement, Amplifier welcomes the aspiring rapper Lute, which embodies “Charlotte’s musical dream”. Lamar.

More than praise, Lute worked through personal grief and self-doubt to bring his verses to life, never forgetting his Charlotte roots and the people who supported him along the way – from his mixtape. self-released from 2012 until her full 2021 -long debut studio album.

“When I first started I thought success meant meeting J. Cole. Now I see my success differently. I didn’t graduate from high school, so I never graduated. the Sun “(with J. Cole, DaBaby and Kendrick Lamar), I finally had something with my name on it so I could hang it on the wall.”

– Grammy-nominated rapper Charlotte Lute signed to Dreamville Records

Interview highlights:

On his first musical memories:

Charlotte’s West Side was full of culture when I was growing up. I remember when Jay Z came over to the neighborhood record store called Willie’s, and everyone was jumping in their cars and running over to Willie’s to see him.

I remember when Tupac was killed. One of my neighbors had a model large screen TV on the floor. He pushed her over to the window, and everyone was standing outside on their porch watching the news. I will never forget him.

Back then, in the 90s and early 2000s, my brothers put me on all types of music. I have a brother where genres are not a thing. He has no barriers, so he listens to everything, including country. He really showed me a lot of different music. My other brother was more into hip-hop, and he put me on Goodie Mob, OutKast, and A Tribe Called Quest. And my other brother made me play the piano. Music has played a very important role in my life. The more music I heard, the more I became interested and wanted to make my own music. I started doing nursery rhymes when I was 10 years old. It was garbage, but it was a start.

On his first mixtape “West 1996:

It was basically me trying to show the world what life was like on Charlotte’s West Side. The reason I chose a rendition of the NAS album cover art for my mixtape cover was to show everyone that this was my neighborhood ‘Illmatic’ powered by music from 1996 style.

I don’t have the most orthodox way of writing music. I know a lot of people go into the cabin and freestyle and let it go, but I’m not that type of guy. I can freestyle here and there, and I like to do it for Instagram every now and then, but writing is therapeutic for me. It helps with my anxiety. Writing songs is like a journal for me, and my verses are journal entries. Sometimes I go back to the songs to see where I was in that place and in that space.

After being signed to J. Cole Dreamville Records label:

To this day, I still don’t know how it happened. I used to work at Walmart, and J. Cole contacted a friend of ours, and this friend contacted me. I thought my friend was joking, because I’m at work, and I almost got fired the day before. So I ended up following J. Cole on Twitter, and he followed me right away and told me he was at the Fillmore in Charlotte for the CIAA tournament, and he invited me. This is how we bonded for the first time. And that blew me away at the time.

Fast forward years later with J. Cole’s compilation album “Revenge of the Dreamers II”, and he put my song “Still Slummin ‘” on the record. I went to Best Buy to buy three copies of the album. I gave one to my mom, kept one in the plastic for myself, and opened the other and listened to the other all day as I walked around town. I went downtown, looked at Charlotte’s skyline and thought to myself, “Dude, my song is here! My name is on the back of a CD! It was a turning point for me.

On the meaning of his first studio release in 2021 “Mouf d’or:

Have you ever seen “The Nutty Professor?” Gold Mouf is to me what Buddy Love is to Professor Klump. So, me facing my anxiety, Gold Mouf is my confidence. I have this joke going on on Instagram where I post pictures of myself and I call it “Big Ugly” which is my low self esteem. But Gold Mouf, it’s the opposite, when I’m at the highest level of confidence. Gold Mouf debuted in Atlanta for the Dreamville sessions. I did six songs one night, and a manager gave me the nickname Gold Mouf because I broke my social barrier and my introverted nature. We all have these masks and affirmations that we use for our sanity and our self-confidence.

On managing anxiety and depression:

It’s hard to make music. I created “Gold Mouf” while dealing with all types of mental health issues. I didn’t know how I was going to finish this album. If you ask any of my friends they will tell you that at some point I thought this would be my last album. I fell in love with music. So it was hard for me to log in and go to the studio every day when I just wanted to come home and lay down and do nothing. It was hard to get through, but I had to come to terms with myself and realize that I had to be open and vulnerable about what I was going through. And once I became more open and more vulnerable about what I was writing, it all started to fall into place.

I had been working on their album for two and a half years, and my forties ruined me. There came a time when I had to see a therapist, and she made me realize that I am not only dealing with anxiety but also depression. And the way I dealt with anxiety didn’t work with depression. This project has therefore literally been my diary for two and a half years.

On the definition of success:

When I first started I thought success meant meeting J. Cole. Now I look at my success differently. I didn’t graduate from high school or anything so I never graduated or had anything with my official name on it except bills. So when I got the platinum plate for “Under the sun” (with J. Cole, DaBaby and Kendrick Lamar) I finally had something with my name on it so I could hang it on the wall.

Being from Charlotte:

Being from here, Charlotte’s music means a lot to me. I don’t grow plants, but when you see people tending a bonsai, that’s how Charlotte grew me. It’s me. I am, and it is me. For any other Charlotte artist, where we come from is what we embody in our music. Without Charlotte, there wouldn’t be me. We watched each other grow up.

Charlotte is a melting point, and we don’t have a definitive sound. We can tell you about our side of town and so many different genres. It’s not like a private school where everyone wears the same thing. We don’t need to sound the same and hold hands; I think it’s weird. I love that we can be individuals and not look like someone else to be on a big platform. It’s about amplifying yourself by being yourself.

Music presented in this chat #WFAEAmplifier:

Lute – “Carolina Folks”
Lute – “Flossin” feat. Boogie
Lute – “This is how it goes”
Lute – “Queen City Slummin ‘”
Lute – “Always Slummin ‘”
Lute – “Myself” with DEVN
J. Cole and Lute – feat “Under the Sun”. DaBaby and Kendrick Lamar
Lute – “Eye to Eye” with Cozz
Lute – “Agree”
Lute – “Ghetto Love” feat. Blakk Soul and Ari Lennox
Lute – “Crash”

Stay connected:

Click on here to subscribe to the Amplifier podcast (and to rate / review the podcast in your favorite podcast app).

Click on here to discover your next favorite Charlotte musician on our Amplifier Spotify playlist. Do you like what you hear ? Let us know on social media!

Talk with Joni Deutsch and tag WFAE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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MPs pass bill making NHIF mandatory for all Kenyans https://rgbonsai.com/mps-pass-bill-making-nhif-mandatory-for-all-kenyans/ Wed, 29 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/mps-pass-bill-making-nhif-mandatory-for-all-kenyans/ Economy MPs pass bill making NHIF mandatory for all Kenyans Wednesday, September 29, 2021 NHIF building in Upper Hill, Nairobi. PHOTO FILE | NMG By EDWIN MUTAIMore from this author Summary All Kenyans will be required to be members of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), with employers supplementing contributions from those who pay less […]]]>

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MPs pass bill making NHIF mandatory for all Kenyans


NHIF building in Upper Hill, Nairobi. PHOTO FILE | NMG

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Summary

  • All Kenyans will be required to be members of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), with employers supplementing contributions from those who pay less than 500 shillings per month.
  • MPs last night approved changes to the NHIF law, which now requires any Kenyan over 18 to contribute to the fund.

All Kenyans will be required to be members of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), with employers supplementing contributions from those who pay less than 500 shillings per month.

MPs last night approved changes to the NHIF law, which now requires any Kenyan over 18 to contribute to the fund.

Government-backed National Hospital Insurance Fund (Amendment) Bill will require all adults to pay 500 shillings per month or 6,000 shillings per year under a universal health coverage (UHC) scheme refurbished for outpatient and inpatient services including maternity, dialysis, cancer treatment and operation.

MPs rejected amendments by the National Assembly’s Committee on Health, which sought to charge national and county governments the bills for 5.1 million poor households.

“A person who has reached the age of 18 and is not a beneficiary must register as a member of the fund,” indicates a new clause, introduced last night in the bill.

The NHIF Board of Directors will determine the rate that unemployed youth will pay to the Fund.

Employers whose workers earn less than 12,000 shillings will now be required to supplement their employees’ contributions to the NHIF.

Currently, workers earning between 8,000 and 11,999 shillings pay 400 shillings per month, according to NHIF rates.

Formal sector workers contribute to the NHIF on the basis of their wages, with the highest contribution being 1,700 Sh

Employers faced additional monthly statutory withholdings of up to 1,700 shillings per worker under the bill, but majority leader Amos Kimunya pressured MPs to make changes so that employers top up employee contributions instead of matching them.

“The basis of the contribution will be Sh500. But there are employees in the private sector who contribute Sh150 or Sh300. The importance of this amendment is to ensure that private sector employers just make up the difference to ensure that the employee base is Sh500, ”Kimunya said.

Formal workers paid 24.89 billion shillings to the NHIF in the fiscal year ended June 2017, meaning employers had to spend more than that on state health coverage as formal contributors were rose to 4.452 million at the end of June of last year.

“The national government and the county government will be responsible as a contributor to the Fund to all public officials, state officials and employees working in the national government and national government entities,” says the new change. .

“Any other employer is responsible as a contributor to the Fund towards its employees. “

In June, President Uhuru Kenyatta called on lawmakers to pass the bill, which gives his administration the best chance of providing affordable health care to all Kenyans.

The employers had asked parliament to reject the proposed bill requiring them to match their workers’ contributions to the NHIF, saying it would be an additional burden as they struggle to recover from the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

MPs also created three categories and rates payable to the NHIF by people whose income is derived from self-employment.

“The main thing is to make sure that a contributor without a family pays a different rate than with a family. Unemployed people whether young or old and who are not destitute will have a different rate, ”said Kimunya. The council will determine the rates by regulation.

Official data shows that more than 25.36 million Kenyans are aged 18 and over, meaning that mandatory contributions would have added at least 16.36 million contributors, nearly tripling the number of NHIF members.

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Future-proof Healthcare – Health Records by Vivek Tiwari https://rgbonsai.com/future-proof-healthcare-health-records-by-vivek-tiwari/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/future-proof-healthcare-health-records-by-vivek-tiwari/ The past two decades have seen the delivery of healthcare undergo a transformation with the advent of medical technologies, especially those based on AI (artificial intelligence), ML (machine learning), Big Data, AR and VR (augmented and virtual reality). The pandemic has given a boost to the adoption of medical technology, with digital healthcare on the […]]]>

The past two decades have seen the delivery of healthcare undergo a transformation with the advent of medical technologies, especially those based on AI (artificial intelligence), ML (machine learning), Big Data, AR and VR (augmented and virtual reality). The pandemic has given a boost to the adoption of medical technology, with digital healthcare on the fast track. As the COVID risk decreases with the progress of the vaccination program, healthcare institutions will need to make MedTech an integral part of their DNA to be sustainable and ensure they continue to provide patient care.

Collaboration breeds speed

A key aspect of the pandemic was the speed that was injected into the development process. We have seen vaccines that would require a 5-7 year development period, clinical trials and approvals before they are available for use, hit the market in less than a year. What has contributed to this speed are organizations around the world that have come together to collaborate and innovate. And this collaboration is expected to continue not only with vaccines and drugs, but also in the field of medical technology as it develops by leaps and bounds.

Increase accessibility and affordability through medical technology

Medical technology can help address the challenges facing healthcare today, the most critical of which India faces are accessibility and affordability. During the pandemic, the rapid acceptance of telemedicine with virtual video consultations has helped many patients across the country stay in touch with their doctors and continue to receive medical advice during lockdowns. In the future, this will continue to promote accessibility, as patients in small towns and rural areas can access specialist medical advice through telemedicine. The integration of medical devices with the Internet of Things (IoT) will also help reduce the cost of delivering healthcare anywhere and anytime and make the concept of remote care a reality.

Another aspect of medical technology that will help reduce healthcare costs is allowing physicians to focus on important aspects of their work and automating repetitive and administrative tasks. This will increase clinical efficiency and help reduce costs. Using big data through smart devices and wearable apps will also help preventative healthcare by promoting positive lifestyle changes.

Use of blockchain

Blockchain refers to a series of blocks of data linked by cryptographic signatures and stored in shared ledgers supported by a network of nodes. While the use of blockchain in healthcare is still in its infancy, some applications such as electronic medical record management (EMR) have shown the potential to streamline processes, reduce costs of health care and improve access to information. Some areas where blockchain can be used in healthcare include EMRs, personal health records, health data protection, and genomic management.

Medical devices and Big Data

There is a growing integration of medical devices with the Internet of Things (IoT) helping to improve patient outcomes at lower cost. Wearable medical devices with AI-powered virtual technologies are also overcoming the limitations of distance to bring physicians and patients closer together. Smart wearable devices, health apps, and health trackers help maintain overall health and wellness through lifestyle changes to prevent disease. The mining of data through devices and the analysis of big data data results in data points and indicators that are used to develop preventive health care and wellness strategies.

Providing health care that stands the test of time

Hospitals and healthcare facilities will undoubtedly need to continuously invest in new technology, but they will also need to ensure that they have a data management policy in place with an IT infrastructure to support it. COVID has shown us how important data and technology are to tackling healthcare challenges. It will allow hospitals to operate safely during a crisis. Smart devices relaying information about the body and its interaction with the environment can help us prepare for and respond to events. Along with the power of AI, healthcare can be prepared for a digital future encompassing the delivery of preventive and curative healthcare, medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, and digital health solutions. These are smart technologies that complement human processes that will help make healthcare future-proof!

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are solely those of the author and ETHealthworld.com does not necessarily endorse them. ETHealthworld.com will not be responsible for damages caused to any person / organization directly or indirectly.

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Make the beauty of bonsai permanent https://rgbonsai.com/make-the-beauty-of-bonsai-permanent/ Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/make-the-beauty-of-bonsai-permanent/ COLTS NECK – Rich Taylor grew up seeing his father’s interest in bonsai. They also piqued his interest. It won’t be long before Taylor incorporates his own adaptation, called Agapi Trees. “I’ve always had this fascination with them,” Taylor said, referring to bonsai, a Japanese art form that actually creates miniature trees. “My father was […]]]>

COLTS NECK – Rich Taylor grew up seeing his father’s interest in bonsai. They also piqued his interest. It won’t be long before Taylor incorporates his own adaptation, called Agapi Trees.

“I’ve always had this fascination with them,” Taylor said, referring to bonsai, a Japanese art form that actually creates miniature trees. “My father was passionate about bonsai and I watched him buy and handle them. As they grew and evolved he would work with them and go through the whole process, always bringing it to fruition. It has always been a daily regimen and it takes a lot of time and effort.

Taylor honed his artistic side at a young age in school.

“In high school, I won with a lot of art lessons,” Taylor said. “I then went on to study architecture at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas, where I grew up and lived most of my life. I quickly learned that I was not the best student in school, but I always had an affinity for art and I loved doing it.

Richard Taylor, artist and owner of Agapi Tree, a Colts Neck-based company that creates and sells bonsai-style tree sculptures, talks about his craft and business in his studio on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

“The most amazing part for me was the design and concept aspect of it,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately, I quickly realized that finishing it just wasn’t in my cards and gave up after a short time there.”

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Moving to the East Coast

While studying there, Taylor worked for a time in the mailroom of an accounting firm, where he ended up meeting his future wife.

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Make Vivid Memories in Columbus https://rgbonsai.com/make-vivid-memories-in-columbus/ Thu, 26 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/make-vivid-memories-in-columbus/ The Franklin Park Conservatory’s main glass greenhouse was first opened to the public in 1895 and was built on the original site of the Ohio State Fair. (photo by Julie Geiss) We celebrated a milestone anniversary this summer. In the blink of an eye, my oldest daughter turned 18. She wanted to meet her cousin, […]]]>
The Franklin Park Conservatory’s main glass greenhouse was first opened to the public in 1895 and was built on the original site of the Ohio State Fair. (photo by Julie Geiss)

We celebrated a milestone anniversary this summer. In the blink of an eye, my oldest daughter turned 18. She wanted to meet her cousin, who had also just turned 18, for an overnight trip somewhere in Ohio.

After considering several options, we decided to meet in Columbus. Botany and books were the themes of the trip.

Our first stop was at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens located on Broad Street, less than two miles from downtown.

Franklin Park Conservatory is like stepping back in time to the Victorian era. The main glass greenhouse was first opened to the public in 1895 and was built on the original site of the Ohio State Fair.

In addition to the greenhouse, a lake with a boathouse and motorable trails made the 88-acre park a popular landmark for many around the turn of the century.

Kindergarten

We couldn’t resist walking around the kindergarten at first, even though technically we didn’t have any children with us. Teenage cousins ​​can still enjoy the enchantment of a kindergarten. We watched the smaller visitors enter the garden through a willow tunnel.

The 2-acre garden featured many other interactive exhibits, including a bird’s eye view of the canopy walkway located 10 feet above the garden. Native Ohio plants and animals are on display, and visitors can even enter an enlarged Cardinals’ Nest. Jump rope bridges bring adults and children alike closer to the giant multi-person hammock that is the height of excitement at 13 feet tall.

After our passage in the kindergarten, we continued outside to the Grand Mallway of the Conservatory. We had to stop several times on the way to admire the perennials that lined the sidewalk. We inspected many of the over 230 seasonal display containers featuring colorful foliage.

Paul Bussé

Our destination was the Paul Busse Garden Railroad, exhibited for the second time at the Conservatory. Paul Busse is originally from Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1972 with a degree in landscape architecture.

He started his own business that focused on building exceptional outdoor living spaces. He then moved on to building garden railroads using LGB’s g-scale model trains.

He then founded the company Applied Imagination, which brings whimsical masterpieces to life by combining landscaping with railroads. Applied Imagination’s signature look uses plant material to create “botanical architecture”.

Entire displays are made with natural materials like sticks, birch bark and lotus pods. Smaller details are added with materials like pine cones, acorns, and seeds.

We were mesmerized as soon as we walked by the Paul Busse Garden Railroad exhibit: 1,122 feet of track wrapped around four smaller themed areas like FairyTale Land and Wild West Town. Several different G-scale model trains made their way along the track around miniature waterfalls, a water tower, and even the Three Little Pigs houses.

Three biomes

Once we hit the heat of the day, we decided to head inside the conservatory building. The conservatory is divided into three different biomes.

We walked through the conifers and deciduous trees of the Himalayan mountain biome. Next, we walked across the canopy bridge into the rainforest wetland biome.

Finally, we admired the cacti and succulents inside the desert biome. Loved watching all the small trees in the bonsai yard up close. A tree was 365 years old. We were greeted by a flock of brightly feathered flamingos, created by adding annual flowers to the metal structures.

Throughout the veranda, colorful glass art pieces created by Dale Chihuly were prominently displayed. The shiny glass breathtakingly accented the natural plants and flowers.

After admiring all the different exhibits on display, we headed to The Book Loft of German Village, which is best described as a maze of books. Several stairs and small corridors later, we got lost in the 32 book rooms.

Our destination for dinner was the newly renovated Budd Dairy Co. Food Hall located in the Italian village of Fourth Street. The Budd Dairy Company boasted of having the country’s only sanitary refrigerated milk wagon in 1914 and was later the first company in the United States to use electric vehicles for milk delivery.

The building, first constructed in 1914 as a modern milk bottling plant, now houses 10 different kitchens that are part of the Cameron Mitchell restaurants. I generally feel more comfortable in the countryside or on nature trails, but I certainly cherished our time in Columbus.

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