Thursday, 25 May 2017

Rapper Vanilla Ice in plea deal over Florida theft charge: lawyer| Reuters

By Barbara Liston


ORLANDO, Fla. Rapper Vanilla Ice avoided prosecution in Florida on Thursday after agreeing to a plea deal over a grand theft charge, his attorney said.

"He's pretty thrilled. He's never really been in trouble like this before so obviously he was nervous," said defense lawyer Bradford Cohen of Fort Lauderdale.

The rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, appeared in Palm Beach County Court on Thursday where he agreed to perform 100 hours of community service and pay $1,333 to the estate of a neighbor in Lantana for allegedly stealing furniture and pool equipment, according to the pre-trial intervention deal.

Van Winkle also must acknowledge that he is guilty of the crime, but the charge will be dismissed and he will have no criminal record upon completing terms of the agreement, Cohen said.

The grand theft charge was a third-degree felony which carried a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The 47-year-old musician turned reality television star, who famously rapped that "anything less than the best is a felony" in his 1990s hit song "Ice Ice Baby," said at the time of his arrest in February that the situation had been "overblown."

The rapper's home currently is under construction and also is the site of his latest venture, a reality TV show for the DIY Network called "The Vanilla Ice Project."

Cohen said Van Winkle is happy to have the charge resolved before the kickoff of season five of his television series.

Van Winkle, who is also a general contractor, regularly performs community service, his lawyer Sprinkler System Rockwall said, including a project two weeks ago to build a swimming pool for a quadriplegic firefighter.

His community service under the plea deal must take place at a Habitat for Humanity project in Palm Beach County.

At Sprinkler System Installation the time of his arrest, Van Winkle also was accused of burglary although prosecutors never formally filed that charge.

Van Winkle all along said the incident was a misunderstanding. Cohen said most of the items he was accused of stealing had been left outside the home by squatters who had been vandalizing the unoccupied property.

(Reporting by David Adams; Editing by Leslie Adler and Sandra Maler)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Analysis of the Demand for Kitchen Furniture in the Italian Market

DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2006--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of The Italian Market for Kitchen Furniture 2006 to their offering

This report offers a comprehensive picture of the kitchen furniture sector in Italy, providing trends and forecasts in kitchen furniture production and consumption, kitchen furniture imports and exports, kitchens' prices, marketing policies and distribution. It also considers the share of built-in appliances on kitchens' supply.

The report provides a breakdown of kitchen furniture consumption in Italy by cabinet door finishing (laminated, solid wood, veneer, lacquered, aluminum), by cabinet door color and style (classic, rustic, modern), and by worktop material (laminated, stone, steel, synthetic materials, wood, tiles).

Trends of kitchens' prices and data on productive concentration and employment are also provided. Kitchen furniture sales by Ital ian region and province, price range.

The analysis of distribution channels for kitchen furniture covers: furniture stores, kitchens stores, direct sales/craftsmen, large scale furniture distribution.

A breakdown of Italian kitchen furniture exports is provided by country and geographical area.

Addresses of 87 kitchen furniture companies are also included.

Among the considered products: kitchen furniture (kitchens), kitchen cabinets, kitchen furniture with built-in appliances, kitchen furniture without built-in appliances (free standing kitchens), laminated kitchens, solid wood kitchens, veneer kitchens, lacquered kitchens, aluminum kitchens, classic kitchens, rustic kitchens, modern kitchens, upper range kitchens, middle range kitchens, economic range kitchens, kitchen cabinet doors, laminated worktops, stone worktops, steel worktops, worktops in syn thetic materials, wood worktops, tiles worktops, built-in appliances, electrical appliances, ovens, hobs (cookers), hoods, refrigerators, dishwashers.

Sources of Information:

This report is based on original research, undertaken by the author's team of in-house researchers. Sources include: personal and telephone interviews, trade magazines, trade associations, company annual reports, product brochures, directories, author's databases, official statistical sources.

Topics Covered

The Italian kitchen furniture sector: basic data and performance

Production, consumption, imports and exports of kitchen furniture, 1999-2005 and 2006 forecast

Production, consumption, imports and exports of kitchen furniture, by price range

Share of built-in appliances on kitchens' supply, by price range, 2003-2005

Italy: demand for kitchen furniture

Kitchen furniture consumption, 1994-2005 and 2006 forecasts

Kitchen furniture prices, 1990-2005

Breakdown of kitchen furniture consumption in Italy by:

- Price range (upper-end, upper to middle, middle, economic)

- Geographical area (North West, North East, Center, South and islands)

Breakdown of kitchen furniture sales by:

- Province

- Cabinet door finishing (laminated, solid wood, veneer, lacquered, aluminium)

- Cabinet door style (classic, design, modern, rus tic)

- Cabinet door color (white, neutral color, vivid color)

- Cabinet door lacquering (opaque, bright, metallized)

- Worktop material (laminated, stone, steel, synthetic materials, wood, tiles)

Italy: the built-in appliances

Share of built-in appliances on kitchens' sales 1996-2005, by:

- Price range (upper-end, upper to middle, middle, economic)

- Product type (ovens and hobs, hoods, refrigerators, dishwashers)

Italy: international trade of kitchen furniture

Italian exports of kitchen furniture by country and geographical area

Market shares of kitchen furniture exports for the top 10 countries of destination

Italian imports of kitchen furniture by country and geographical area

The Italian kitchen furniture sector: companies, investments, distribution

Companies, employees, productivity, productive concentration

Investments in promotion, machinery and prod uct design

Breakdown of kitchen furniture sales by distribution channel:

- Furniture stores, kitchens stores, direct sales/craftsmen, large scale furniture distribution

The Italian kitchen furniture sector: competitive system

Short company profiles of major kitchen furniture manufacturers

50 major Italian kitchen furniture manufacturers: turnover, market share

Major Italian exporters of kitchen furniture: turnover, export share

40 major Italian kitchen furniture manufacturers: breakdown of turnover by price range

Major Italian kitchen furniture manufacturer by price range: turnover, market share

40 major Italian kitchen furniture manufacturers, breakdown of turnover by door finishing:

- Laminated, solid wood, veneer, lacquered, aluminum

Major Italian kitchen furniture manufacturers by door finish ing: turnover, market share

Major Italian kitchen furniture manufacturers by geographical area: turnover, market share


Addresses of 87 Italian kitchen furniture companies

The Companies Mentioned Include:

A&G Bontempi Cucine, Archeos, Biefbi Cucine, Bravo, Cesar Arr.ti, Concorde, Desi Mobili, Di Iorio, Elmar, Eurosole, Fiamberti Cucine Componibili, Futura Cucine, Gemal Cucine, Global, Home, Kitchen, Laca, Linea Quattro, Mia Cucine, Mobilcucina, Nova Cucina, Nuova Vitali Cucine, Oikos Cucine, Polaris, Profim-Florida Cucine, Record Cucine, Rinaldi, Sabato, Stedilman, Stil Cucine, Toncelli Cucine, Torchetti Cucine Componibili, Valcucine, Veneta Cucine, Zappalorto, Zecchinon.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

The Many Functions of a Garden

A Garden on its Own

If you grew up in a house with a garden, then you would appreciate the peace and solace that a garden can give; the fun and enjoyment that a garden plays hosts to in events and parties, there are many, many ways to use a garden. You just have to learn to sit back and appreciate what you have in order to see how much of a difference having a garden could give. By itself, a garden is where you can rest, relax and appreciate nature for itself; take a fresh breath of air, and by taking care of it, give back some of that nurturing that nature bestows upon us.

The Garden and You

You do no need some elaborate plan or expensive equipment just so you can appreciate your garden. Just pull out a nice comfortable chair unto your garden, grab a book and experience the feel of reading in such a beautiful atmosphere. You do not even need a book, you can just go there and rest, the fresh clean air is always good for the lungs and is very relaxing too. If you have a large enough space, you can do some of your hobbies in the garden too. If you have pets, then a clean garden is a good place to play with them. You can even train Spinkler Installation them tricks in a peaceful garden since they will not be distracted.

If you like to draw or write, being in the presence of nature could be quite the inspiring feeling. You will not even need special lighting since sunlight is bright and easy on the eyes. Roll out a blanket and whip out some snacks to give yourself a private picnic. One way or the other, you can turn your garden to your personal vacation spot. This is how you can truly appreciate the garden on your own.


Bringing More to Your Garden

Taking your friends and your family to a garden is quite a refreshing experience. You all Sprinkler System Installation Dallas get to enjoy nature and its beauty together. You can hold a grill or a small party in the outdoor settings. The open air is perfect for grills and barbecues since the smoke will not stay in the confines of the house. Just lay out a few tables and chairs and you are ready to go. The added bonus of having a party in the garden is that cleanup is not as complicated and there are less chances of your things in the house getting ruined.

Gardens can host many events; you can go star gazing on clear nights just by preparing a telescope. Weddings are very romantic when held at a garden setting, and the green and white plays beautiful effects on the eyes. You can also have get-togethers, soirees, and other social functions in the garden. Just make sure that you prepare your garden with the right materials and proper maintenance to help it enhance the party instead of being a negative factor. This is why you sh ould take care of your garden, because it can do so much for you. GP