This Town Will Pay You To Relocate

Here is one way to encourage people to come to your town – pay them to move there. The mayor of Candela, Nicola Gatta, is paying people who are willing to resettle. This little medieval town used to have more than 8000 people living in it. Today there are only 2700 residents.

As an incentive, Mayor Gatta is offering up to 200 euros to encourage people to come.

Stefano Bascianelli, the mayor’s right-hand man said,

“This is how it works: 800 euros for singles, 1,200 euros for couples, 1,500 to 1,800 euros for three-member families, and over 2,000 euros for families of four to five people.”

What do you have to do to get the money? You’ll need to become a resident of Candela, rent a house and have a job with a salary of at least 7500 euros a year.

As Bascianelli said, “We don’t want people flocking here thinking they get to live off the town hall’s revenues, all new residents must work and have an income.”

A Glorious Design for our Futures

The Jikka is worth knowing about as a beautiful way to appreciate our population as it ages. These five hilltop teepees in Japan’s eastern Shizuoka prefecture is a private retirement home. The parents’ home belongs to Nobuko Suma and Sachiko Fujioka who were worried about how their futures would look.

They had one of their sons who is an architect build the home which started in 2014. There are no stairs and the spiral-shaped bath has a ramp for wheelchair access. There is a central dining room and they hope, in the future, to open the facility to others.

Take a look. Maybe this is what we should all be doing?

 

Banish the Blues by Eating Right

Depression is much more prevalent than some people might think. While professional help is certainly important in many situations, diet can also be a factor in creating feelings of sluggishness and lack of interest.

What are some of the foods that can boost your mood? These suggestions come from Christine Bailey’ s new book The Brain Boost Diet.

  1. Processed foods and sugar are always the first thing to get rid of when you want to be more health conscious and adjust your mood. Get rid of white starch, fruit juices and sugars.
  2. Don’t shy away from fats found in oil. Essential omega-3 fats, for instance, that you’ll find in oily fish, walnuts, flaxseed and chia seeds can boost mood and help with depression.
  3. Green tea is an easy way to boost your mood. Green tea has L theanine in it which can help you to focus and lower your stress levels.

Learn more from Bailey’s book and from the summary provided at the Daily Mail.

Warning: Sliding With a Child on Your Lap Is Dangerous

This is a fascinating and important point that most parents probably don’t know. When you go down a slide with a child on your lap, you are actually putting them at risk. A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that children are more likely to injure their lower leg or shinbone if they are seating on a parent’s lap when they go down a slide.

A child sliding by himself is unlikely to break a bone if his foot catches on the edge or bottom of the equipment, but on a parent’s lap he will be sliding faster and the force is more likely to snap the bone if a foot gets caught.

The study’s lead author from the University of Iowa, Dr Charles Jennissen, said: “Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought.”

The study explained that, “The majority of injuries sustained on slides by infants and young toddlers are lower extremity fractures and sliding down on a parent’s lap is the primary cause of these injuries.”

 

Lego Set to Cut Jobs: Are Kids Still Creative?

When Lego needs to cut jobs, we all need to pay attention. Does it signal a lack of creativity across the world? Does it signal a financial crisis and parents can’t afford those little extras?

Whatever the source, Lego is cutting 1400 jobs which actually accounts for 8% of its toymaker’s workforce. They also announced a drop in their profits and sales for the first six months of 2017. This is the first time in 13 years that they have had a decline in their revenue.

As  Lego chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said, “We have added complexity into the organization which now in turn makes it harder for us to grow further. As a result, we have now pressed the reset button.”

The new Lego CEO will start in October and they are certainly hoping to return to profit.

 

Coffee Art Like You’ve Never Seen Before

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If you are looking for a barista who is going to work fast and churn out that coffee, then this guy isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for art? This is your guy.

South Korean barista Lee Gang-bin is the co-owner of Cafe C.THROUGH in Seoul, Korea. And his coffees are a sight to behold. He uses colored icing (which he calls “cream art”) to transform that regular cup a joe into something else.
As he told CNN, “Coffee is a fairytale to me. It helps me express exactly what I want and brings my dreams to life. People who specialize in latte art usually only use two colors: black and white. But I wanted to break that color limit.”
The only downfall to his creations is that his coffees take close to an hour to create and he only makes three a day! And they are made by reservation only. But you can request just about any picture including storybook characters, Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Vogue Korea magazine covers.
Don’t worry that you won’t get anything, however, if you come to the Cafe C.THROUGH. He has other items on the menu as well for walk-in customers. As he says, “We are baristas making coffee, not just artists drawing pictures on coffee,” he says.