Ashton Kutcher – A Male Celebrity Icon

Ashton Kutcher was born Christopher Ashton Kutcher on February 7, 1978, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to parents Diane Kutcher, a Procter and Gamble employee, and to Larry Kutcher, who once worked for General Mills. Kutcher is best known for his role as Michael Kelso in the hit television series That 70’s show, and his role as Jesse Montgomery in his big screen debut Dude, Where’s my Car? He is also a well known producer of reality TV shows such as Beauty and the Geek, and the most popular, Punk’d. He has also starred in other movies such as The Butterfly Effect, Just Married, and What Happens in Vegas. He is currently married to actress Demi Moore.

Ashton Kutcher was born only minutes before his fraternal twin, Michael. At the young age of 13, Michael had to undergo a heart transplant. It was also at this age that his parents decided to get a divorce. Ashton and Michael along with their older sister Tausha, lived with their mother.  east-riffa   Their family then moved to Homestead, which is a very small farming community, after their mother got remarried. It was here that Ashton pursued his interest in acting by starring in school productions. Ashton was very much of a party boy during his high school days. He eventually went on to graduate in 1996, and studies biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa. During his college days, Kutcher was approached by a talent scout to get him into the world of male modeling, something that he knew nothing about. Kutcher entered the Fresh Faces of Iowa contest, and being a natural, won the competition in 1997. He then went on to New York to sign with a modeling agency which provided him with his biggest gigs such as ads for Calvin Klein, and Abercrombie and Fitch.

In 1998, Ashton Kutcher broke through to television, starring in the hit comedy series That 70’s Show. He starred as the adorable but incredibly dense Michael Kelso. During filming of the series, he developed very strong bonds with some of the cast members, namely Wilmer Valderrama and Danny Masterson. During filming, he landed smaller roles in films such as Coming Soon and Down to You, as well as in a more serious crime drama Reindeer Games. He had his first box office hit when he starred alongside his friend Sean William Scott in the comedy Dude, Where’s My Car in 2000. It was also during this year that Kutcher was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Kutcher went on to star in other films such as Texas Rangers and Just Married where he starred with then-girlfriend Brittany Murphy. After their short lived relationship, Kutcher started to be romantically linked to Demi Moore, which initially caused quite a stir because of their age difference of 15 years.

Aside from acting and modeling, Ashton Kutcher has also made a name for himself as a producer, coming up with such successful TV shows such as Punk’d and Beauty and the Geek in 2003. He then went on to star in more critically acclaimed films such as The Butterfly Effect, Guess Who, and A Lot Like Love. In 2005, Kutcher wed Demi Moore in a private ceremony in Beverly Hills. He has since then appeared in more films such as The Guardian, What Happens in Vegas, and Personal Effects as well as producing the television show Miss/Guided.


Fine Ashton Cigars

Fine Ashton cigars are one of the most well-known and respected names in the cigar world. Since 1985, Ashton has been creating fine cigars for aficionados worldwide. The result of the vision of Robert Levin, a second generation tobacconist from Philadelphia, Ashton has evolved in the last twenty years to become one of the premier cigar companies in the world. Most well known for the Ashton Classic, the Ashton Aged Maduro, the Ashton Vintage Cabinet Selection, Ashton VSG (Ashton Virgin Sun Grown) and Ashton Heritage Puro Sol, fine Ashton cigars are a pleasure to enjoy.

Fine Ashton cigars are offered in five very different and distinct blends. The broadest Ashton offering is the hand rolled premium cigar selection with thirteen sizes,  ashton-kutcher  delivering medium body and consistent long lasting taste. The Cabinet Selection, a Vintage Limited Edition as the name suggests, entails a tobacco “aging process” for the tobacco that is three to four years old and then aged for an additional year. It includes no less than six different tobaccos resulting in a rich, medium bodied complex tasting cigar available in eight sizes. The Ashton Aged Maduro is a naturally dark, sweet cigar which comes from proper fermenting and a never hurried aging of the wrapper giving this cigar its flavor and smoothness. Seven sizes of this superior maduro wrapped cigar are available.

The Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) was unveiled in November 1999 and was the most successful product introduction in Ashton’s history. As the most successful of the fine Ashton cigars, the Ashton VSG was crafted with an unforgettable richness and potency. Its full-bodied flavor provides balance to the entire Ashton line of premium cigars. The VSG was an instant success and the Cigar Insider, a leading industry newsletter published by Cigar Aficionado, stated “…connoisseurs are seeking out the new Ashton Virgin Sun Grown with a fervor not seen in the industry for years…” It further reported a demand for the VSG “unequalled since the end of the cigar boom” several years ago and, after it conducted a taste test, the publication awarded the VSG with a 93 rating making it one of the highest ratings ever for a non-Cuban brand.

To create this great cigar, Ashton called on Carlos Fuente, Jr. of Tabacalera A. Fuente who worked for over two years to develop the VSG’s incredible strength while keeping within the Ashton standards of excellence in taste, flavor and construction. When introducing the VSG, the Company knew it would be a success but never anticipated the demand and recognition it would give fine Ashton cigars.

In November 2003, the new Ashton Heritage Puro Sol was introduced and immediately received a 90 rating from Cigar Insider and numerous accolades from industry insiders and consumers alike. The Ashton Heritage Puro Sol, one of the newest fine Ashton cigars, will be a cigar steeped in the tradition and honor of two legendary cigar families, the Fuentes and Meerapfels. This exquisite cigar marks the first time a Cameroon wrapper has surrounded an Ashton blend and the results are stunning. With the marriage of Carlos Fuente Sr’s blending and the African cameroon wrapper selected by the late Rick Meerapfel, the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol is destined for a place in cigar history.

No matter which Ashton cigar is chosen, one can expect unsurpassed quality, consistency and pleasure beyond expectation in all fine Ashton cigars.

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Should Real Estate Wholesalers Accept Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is hot. So should investors wholesaling properties be scrambling to accept bitcoins or is it another major pitfall to avoid?

The buzz about bitcoins seems to only be growing, just as the virtual currency is rocketing in value. So what are the real pros and cons of dealing in this digital currency for those wholesaling houses? Is it a must have or must avoid?

There are actually many benefits of incorporating bitcoins into business for those wholesaling properties.

This includes:

· Making it easier for more individuals to buy from and invest with you

· Cashing in on the dramatic increase in bitcoin price

· Increased press, brand visibility and viral spread

· Attention from tech savvy investors and buyers

Of course many wholesaling CEOs are current bitcoin news  just discovering what bitcoin is all about. Unfortunately, much of this is in the form of negative media surrounding the recent shut down of Silk Road, arrest of Charlie Shrem and mega-million dollar bitcoin seizure.

On the bright side, those that have followed this news will be aware that this all had little to do with using bitcoins, and everything to do with the illegal activities being bought and sold. In fact, the fact that the government is reportedly selling the digital coins it swiped makes bitcoin legitimate.

It’s becoming very easy to accept bitcoin, and more and more businesses in various industries are adopting it. Right now there is an amazing window of opportunity for riding on the coattails of the currency and press by taking it. For many, it could be their best marketing move of the year, and really help to launch their businesses to the next level. Of course this won’t be a door or opportunity open for long. We are talking weeks and months before the novelty wears off and everyone is doing it.

There are some critical considerations to keep in mind though. Many may prefer spending and accepting bitcoins for privacy. However, while Bitcoin Magazine reports 90% of those in existence are being hoarded, there is the potential for big fluctuations.

Over the last year this has worked in the favor of bitcoin owners and miners. Coins that were worth just a few, or few hundred dollars a year ago are currently trading for hundreds and tens of thousands of dollars. Due to the limited number of people holding them there is a lot of control in a few hands.

So recognize the value of using them in wholesaling properties, but think about the consequences of holding too much in virtual money.

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Lessons on Feng-Shui, Astrology and Death

Last night as I was reading the Xin Min Daily Chinese newspapers in Singapore, it reported that May Phua had decided to revert back to her previous Chinese name, citing reason as fearing for her own life. This is because she was one of the many Singapore Media Corps TV station artistes who had her Chinese name advised to be changed by 1 particular Feng shui Master in Singapore. Unfortunately while their acting career seems to have all been resurrected somewhat by their name changed to the one advised by this master, 2 of them had suffer other mishaps after the name change.

The first one, Christopher Lee , got involved was charged with drink driving and leaving the scene of accident. The result was that he went to jail for that.  github   He reverted back to his original name after being released from jail. In fact, there were 2 other Feng shui masters that appeared on Chinese newspapers thereafter, criticizing the name change. In my humble opinion, I see this 2 Feng shui masters as hitting below the belt. It is a fact that Christopher’s popularity improved after his name change by this master. But to blame drunken driving on a name change is too lame and too irresponsible. An individual need to be accountable for his own action no matter what effects of Feng-shui name change he was under influence of.

The second one, Jimmy Nah, better known as MC King, mysteriously died of heart failure in his sleep. After his demise, I checked on his birth date and realized he had a special Bazi chart. I analyzed his Chinese name thereafter and found that the configuration is indeed unorthodox. Without the information on the hour pillar I dare not conclude that the Feng-shui Master caused Jimmy Nah his life. But I will still advocate any name change and Feng-shui done to be implemented after only fully considering the Birth Chart of the client. That is the reason why I do not agree with Feng-shui Masters who do Feng shui audits without analyzing the birth charts.

Feng-shui customers that baulk at the cost of audit, should re-think again. Efforts like reading the birth chart is transparent to the customer but yet can make a difference of Life and Death. So you should not begrudge Feng-shui masters who take the effort to read your birth charts because they are responsible and see the link between destiny and Feng-shui. But do ask your Feng-shui Master if they read your birth chart and plan their Feng-shui to sync in with your birth chart so that you will get your money’s worth.

Since the demise of MC King, most of the rest of the artistes (including May and Edmund Chen) who had their name change done by this Feng-shui Master reverted back to their original names. Now while I am not defending this Feng-shui master, I would say there is no need for them to blindly revert back to their original Chinese names especially most of them have seen in improvement in their popularity as artistes after the name change. One of them, Zheng Ge Ping , in fact, enjoyed huge successes after his name change. This is because each person’s destiny as espoused by their birth chart is different. Hence any name change will still have differing effects on each individual.

The morale behind the story is that find a responsible master and do not begrudge what is due to him. Feng-shui can do a lot, but do not use it as an excuse for atrocities or misdeeds that individuals commit.

I am a Feng-shui Practitioner in private practice and I specialize in Ba Zi, ZWDS, Flying Star Feng-shui, I-Ching and other Chinese



The Four Growth Stars

It has been awhile since I had posted about the Four Graveyards. As the name implies, the Four Graveyards represent the ending of a cycle.

The Four Growth Stars are the opposite of Graveyards. It represents the beginning of a cycle. A starting point!

It represents youthfulness, happy-go-lucky and childlike behaviour – naïve, trusting, gullible and innocent. Thus, the Four Growths are energetic, exciting, innovative and creative.

These are how the Four Growth Stars radiate their energy.  bazinga  Due to its energetic and active nature, they represented the Sky Horse Stars, also known as the Travelling Stars. They are always on the move, doing and creating. These stars are represented by the Earthly Branches of Yin Tiger, Si Snake, Shen Monkey and Hai Pig.

While the Graveyards keep and hoard, the Four Growths give birth and multiply. One is yin and the other is yang. Whilst the Graveyards are motionless and tranquil, the Growths are active and alive.

Each of these Four Growth Stars is growing an element except the Si Snake which has two. The Yin Tiger grows the fire. The Si Snake grows the metal and earth. The Shen Monkey grows the water. Lastly, the Hai Pig grows the wood.

Now how does these Four Growth Stars affect a person life?

In the old days, people who were the explorers, nomads and merchants were heavily influenced by the Four Growths. The Scandinavian Viking explored Europe via its oceans and rivers through trade and warfare spanning the late 8th to 11th centuries. The Age of Discovery was filled with movement and expansion during the early 17th century. I believed that the Period of Vikings and the Age of Discovery or Exploration are closely linked to and influenced by the Four Growth Stars. The Age of Exploration also led to European colonization which gave rise to Colonial empires.

While it will be hard to track down the birth data of a Viking, two persons do comes my mind. Are you thinking of what I’m thinking? If yes, then you will know who I’m researching for my next post.

Whilst the world is now scaled and marked at every corner and printed on a map, thus leaving nothing more to be discovered, the Growth Star people are still wanderers and adventurers at heart.

You will see them working in some exotic country, or becoming a scientist that travels deep into the sea or set foot on the moon to see what human has not set eye on before.

Or you may see them sell you a bungee jump or two. At it worst, you may see another Jack Sparrow drifting along the ocean.

Or they are the businessman who has created an innovative product and actively promoting it all around the world. A business who wants to grow and expand around the world needs the Growth Star too. A big conglomerate cannot become one without the Growth Star.

People who have strong Growth Star in their BaZi never matured. They are also the people who like to throw nonsensical tantrum. Sometime they are too idealistic and naïve for their own good. They will never stop growing. They are the fun people. They are forever young at heart.

Josephine Phang is the Founder of BaZiChic Chinese Metaphysics Consultancy. She specialist in BaZi consultation, FengShui audit and Date Selection. She and her team dedicated to help you achieve a desirable life of happiness, pleasure, wealth and honour. For more information


Zi Wei Astrology – Zi Wei Dou Shu (Aka Purple Star or Emperor Astrology)

Since time immemorial, human has been dreaming of reaching the Sky but to be more specific, Astrologers and Meta-physicians have been amazed by the distance of ever reaching it and to be able to decipher the significance of the stars appearing in the night sky. According to ancient records, the Ancient Chinese believed that there was a one-to-one correspondence between people on Earth and the Stars in Heaven.

The oldest systems of using stars to read the life of a human being in Ancient China was founded during the Qin Dynasty. It was known then as the Five-Star Astrology where its approach had close resemblance to their Western counterparts. However, there were discrepancies and its accuracy had thrown up more questions than answers. The conclusion then was at best superficial, and at worst, tongue in cheek piece of work.

This led to further research and unveiled two different  ホームページ制作 福岡  lines of thought on this subject of Destiny.

Both school of thoughts generally agreed that the Qi ( loosely translated as “Vital Force of Life” ) present at the moment of birth that determines the life of a person. The Bazi or Four Pillars of Destiny introduced to the world by Xu Zi Ping explained that Qi in terms of Five Elements aspects and everything in our livelihood revolve around it and subjected to its continual balancing influence at decade, annually, monthly, daily and double-hourly levels as governed by their respective Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches in the respective person’s pre-determined DNA at birth.

The other school of thought is called Zi Wei Dou Shou. In modern days interpretation, it can be loosely called Purple Star or Emperor Astrology. In Short, it is also popularly called Zi Wei Astrology.” Zi Wei”, also a Emperor Star, is a constellation of Stars in the sky or Heaven. “Dou” is another manner of calling it Star in the Chinese context. “Shu” means Calculation, Interpretation or simply Divination of Numbers. The Ancient Chinese professed that every happening corresponds to a number. If one can find the number by calculation, then it is believed that we will have control in our hands. Thus, the whole descriptive name of ” Zi Wei Dou Shu” advocates a way to understand the stars and led by Zi Wei to find the Divination number which reveals all that we want to know about our past, present and future.

It is difficult to trace to who is the original founder of Zi Wei Dou Shu. Historical records and thesis was traced to Taoist Master Chen Xi Yi during the early Sung dynasty ( AD 960 – 1127). Subsequently, there were two versions discovered. Briefly, they were: the comprehensive handbook of Zi Wei Dou Shu and the comprehensive collections of Zi Wei Dou Shu. Hence, there were variations in interpretation techniques though it still arrive at the same outcome.

Some Chinese metaphysics scholars or practitioners believe that the Stars used in Zi Wei Dou Shu are real stars in the Universe with different degree of intensity and hence its influence on humans. While others believe that they are simply special galaxy of energies that exist in the Universe. As there are unlimited amount of stars in the Universe, the stars used in Zi Wei Dou Shu can range from 26 to more than hundred over according to different schools and their respective teaching methodologies.

The fact that the stars has been personified by the practitioners and scholars alike with their own reasoning and research findings enlightened them over a long period of time, to challenge it otherwise would be a futile attempt by modern practitioners and scholars as it has been proven to be effective in deciphering our own “da vinci codes” of our livelihood.

Whether these Stars are real or just virtual energies, it is immaterial as long as we are able to translate it into something meaningful and use this knowledge to understand how it can affect human mind, human action and reaction, moral standards, prosperous state of affairs, happiness and melancholy, good and not-so-good.

The principles and theoretical foundations may appear rudimentary if you already had prior metaphysical basics built up from other subjects like Feng Shui or Geomancy, Bazi or Four Pillars, Qi Men Dun Jia, Liu Ren. During that precise moment of birth, these stars are believed to simultaneously enter into the human body and become the implanted nature of the person. This may appear to be over-the-top for most people to accept such fairy tales description of how life is created. Following on this “new life”, these implanted stars will influence different aspects of life in different manner in different times over the course of their life journey.

Interestingly, this explanation matches real life in that how well do we resemble our parents in personality, characters, habits, achievement and how we live our daily life. It is very unlikely that one will have a DNA or Zi Wei Dou Shu Chart similar to either of our parents. In this illustration, one will agree that do not necessarily inherit our characters, nature, personality to the “T” from our parents, though there are some degree of semblance in behaviour but the norms are likely to be remote in higher percentages of the most cases of familial relationships.

In the beginning, a Zi Wei Chart was popularly constructed in a circular form. Later, it has evolved into a square or rectangle format which is very much a personal preference rather than a standard to be adopted. Essentially, the twelve palaces therein describes twelve aspects of a person’s life. The relative positions of the palaces are important and useful in interpretation especially as to determine whether a particular life event will materialize be in good or not-so-good terms.

There is a body palace which is not one of the twelve palaces and it can reside in one of the following palaces: Life/Fate, Spouse/Marriage, Wealth/Feeding, Travel/Outdoors, Career/Activity, Virtue/Happiness/Karmic. The Body Palace cannot reside in the other remaining six palaces.

The Body Palace has special dimension. Most Ancient Chinese people believe in reincarnation. What is means in layman terms is: ” The soul of a living being does not die after the body dies. The energy has to undergo another life and another life with no ends. In each life, this soul gained added wisdom. For some they gained more, while others may gain less. Some souls could deteriorate while others achieved higher echelons in wisdom progression. Ultimately, it is how one lives their life. Hence, the current soul of a living person is affected by the way how one lives their previous life.

In this case, the location of the body palaces in either one of six palaces mentioned above has a certain degree of significance and also explain why in our current life, we have a strong tendency to pay a close attention to certain aspects of our life more in certain areas while naturally neglected certain areas which in turn affect our general well-being and our chosen path in our current destiny.

Just a simple example to illustrate. If one’s body palace is located in the career/activity palace, this person considers career his/her most important and he/she is likely to spend a lot of time on it like his/her life mission and he/she is a 100% Organisation/Corporate person. His/Her life revolves around it no less. However, if the stars inherent therein are not favourably aspected, then he/she is likely to experience upheavals and challenges in his/her relationship matters. The intensity will be triggered by the movement of time over his/her life time.

This begs the question – “What Can I Do about it after knowing my pre-determined destiny?”. There will be many questions after questions. Though one may know the answers already, but a high 90 plus percentage will choose to either ignore it as if it wont’ happen to them and simply wanting to continue in dream-state mode till hard reality sets in and then desperately looking for help like a final stage cancer patient.

At the end of the day, the choice is still in our hands. Miracle can only happen if we know in advance about the likely situation and do something about it now than too late to alter the course of future events or to avert potential future pitfalls in life especially it can be altered through one’s positive actions and thought processes to mimick behaviours and habits that will bring you closer to your desired outcome. Be Forewarned is to Be Prepared in advance.


Metal Roofing: A Wise Choice

Renovation refers to reformation. When it comes to renovating a home, it is very easy to guess that the roof replacement takes away the entire efforts and time. There is so much to do, right from collecting quotations, comparing prices, hiring a contractor, arranging materials, regular monitoring and so on.

The most challenging part is to finalize the roofing type. Though metal roofing would be a common choice, a certain bargain exists regarding its price. Without any second thoughts you could go for the metal shingles given its resilient feature.

Metal is such an element which possesses a variety rewarding features. Apart from its durability, metal is resistant towards fire and water. Moreover, it can also stand severe climatic conditions. Thus, it provides an array of benefits for a little high price. One cannot deny the fact that choosing metal roofing is a long-term investment and not expenditure.

The chief drawback of sticking to traditional roofs is that they have to be repaired or reinstated in every twenty to twenty-five years. Further, traditional roofs tend to lose their color and luster in a very short span of time. Comparatively, metal roofing structures promises a life span of about fifty years and more. For a little extra money at the time of installation, metal roof gives back double benefits. All the more, it even retains its authentic color and sheen under any extreme climatic conditions.

As any other kind of roofing material, metal roofing too comes in various colors and designs. The ultimate expenditure for metal roofing is calculated taking into account its installation charges as well. The costs may vary for different projects since every project might involve different metal materials.

Taking into consideration the installation costs involved, some owners choose to fix it up themselves. But, you need not pay more for fastening up a metal roof as normal installation charge is applicable. However, it is good to remember that professional hands work best.

You would definitely want to look out for some esteemed and experienced companies that deliver impeccable service for installation of metal roofs. Instead of finalizing yourself, it is always advisable to seek a few other homeowners who have carried out such work in the past from any particular roofing company. Their positive feedback will help you decide for your home. Besides, you also get an opportunity to run your eyes through the performance of any particular group.



Finding Plus Size Dresses – An Uphill Climb

As we have all experienced in the past, there is a mountain to climb sometimes when we’re looking for plus size dresses. However, this climb is getting much easier in today’s market and you will find a lot more of a variety in plus size dresses in the range of styles, colors and fabrics to make you look and feel like that woman you are.

From the elegant formal to the simple house dress, it is all offered there for you. The plus size styles tuck in the bumps that you want tucked and show Plusisolatie zoldervloer Timberframe isolatie off the bumps that you want shown. The variety in plus size dresses is unlimited regardless of age.

You will find a much wider selection of plus size dresses when you shop online because these retailers do not have to carry an inventory. Therefore you will find something truly unique and made just for you.

Maybe your need is that perfect plus size evening dress to make that special night a one to remember or a wedding dress for the day that you’ve dreamed of all your life. With the advent of online shopping, finding the evening gown in your plus size is no longer a problem. You can enter that grad reception with a gown that will make you look like the queen you are or glide down the aisle in a elegant wedding dress that will wow the guests at your wedding.

There are so many choices out there in formal plus size dresses, that you will have a very hard time deciding on the evening dress that’s best for you. Each one is designed to make you look the way you deserve to look and show you off for the woman that you are.

If you’re ordering your plus size dresses online there are some things that you should do to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for. Don’t guess what size you are. Measure to make sure and this includes the bust, waist, in seam and hips. If you’re measuring for a plus size evening dress, make sure that the tape is left loose to ensure your purchase will not be too tight.

If it turns out that you’re an in between size, just order the next plus size evening dress – never order the smaller one because this type of clothing tends to be smaller that even the regular plus size clothes.

When you measure around your bust, make sure you put the tape around the fullest part of your breast. For your waist, measure around the smallest part and follow your waist line and to ensure a comfortable fit place your finger between your body and the tape.

For your hips, make sure your feet are together and again measure around the fullest part of your hips. You also have to measure from the waist down for the length of the dress you need. Plus size dresses can be easy to shop for if you do it properly. You should end up with a evening dress that will pleasing to look at and most of all will be pleasing to you.

The choice in plus size dresses is huge now, so indulge yourself.

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Sainte Maxime Properties – For Glamorous Holidays and Great Investments

The French Riviera offers many interesting delights of different varieties that appeal to all sorts of tourists who visit it. Or rather, the Riviera tempts the different sides hidden in each tourist, with its many cities, towns and villages. With some tourists, it brings out their ‘homely’ side and that’s when they decide they don’t want to remain tourists anymore. And the Riviera offers something here as well – quiet towns and villages with charming luxury properties that are perfect for summer homes for those who value the good life.

If this is something you are interested in, you can actually consider some of the quieter towns of the Riviera, for instance, Ste. Maxime. Located at a convenient  Steigercentrum transportblokken verkoop distance from the city of St. Tropez and the town of Frejus, Ste. Maxime effortlessly combines the excitement and glamour and pristine natural beauty that the Riviera is so famous for. Sainte Maxime properties, too, are combination of luxury, elegance and sophistication, located strategically to help you enjoy the 11 km coastline, the year-round summer and the majestic Maures mountains. In short, Sainte Maxime real estate comes very close to being the best bet.

When it comes to property, Ste. Maxime offers many options to suit the tastes of different people. You could opt for luxurious Sainte Maxime villas, replete with private swimming pools, gardens, tennis courts and such other comforts as you may desire; or if you’d like your pad to be minimalist, Ste. offers very chic, no-nonsense and low maintenance studios and apartment, fully furnished and up-to-date with every modern facility. If, however, you’ve truly been smitten by the Riviera, you might be interested in original Sainte Maxime properties. Ste. offers a beautiful portfolio of Provencal period property in the form of townhouses. These are original properties, restored and maintained to reflect their original form and design, but with modern facilities and features – an absolute delight to see and live in.

If any of these options interest you, looking for a Ste. Maxime immobilier that specializes in luxury Sainte Maxime property should be your first step. Finding the right agency is of utmost importance, considering the kind of investment you’re about to make. You want to ensure that the property you buy not only provides you with aesthetic and qualitative value, but also appreciates financially over the years. A professional and experienced immobilier on the French Riviera will ensure that along with comfort and luxury, your property in Sainte Maxime will bring you great financial returns.

A professional immobilier in Ste. Maxime will have a large portfolio of luxury properties for you choose from, and will also help you make a choice based on your priorities. And of course, an experienced immobilier is well-equipped to handle all the financial and legal hassles of property transactions, leaving you to do little but enjoy your stay on the French Riviera. Thus, to ensure that your stay in Sainte Maxime remains wonderful and starts soon, start by looking for the best immobilier.

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Publishing And Digital And Electronic Rights

The following publishing industry article addresses some of the legal issues arising for publishing lawyers, entertainment attorneys, authors, and others as a result of the prevalence of e-mail, the Internet, and so-called “digital” and “electronic publishing”. As usual, publishing law generally and the law of the digital right and electronic right specifically, governing these commercial activities, has been slow to catch up to the activity itself. techglidingYet most of the publishing industry “gray areas” can be resolved by imposing old common-sense interpretations upon new publishing lawyer and entertainment lawyer industry constructs, including the digital right and electronic right, and others. And if after reviewing this article you believe you have a non-jargonized handle on the distinction between “digital right” and “electronic right” in the publishing context, then I look forward to hearing from you and reading your article, too.

1. “Electronic Right[s]” And “Digital Right[s]” Are Not Self-Defining.

All publishing lawyers, entertainment attorneys, authors, and others must be very careful about the use of jargon – publishing industry jargon, or otherwise. Electronic and digital publishing is a recent phenomenon. Although as a publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney and unlike some others, I tend to use the phrase “electronic right” or even “digital right” in the singular number, there probably tends to be no single consensus as to what constitutes and collectively comprises the singular “electronic right” or “digital right”. There has not been sufficient time for the publishing, media, or entertainment industries to fully crystallize accurate and complete definitions of phrases like “electronic publishing”, “web publishing”, “electronic right[s]”, “e-rights”, “digital rights”, or “first electronic rights”.

These phrases are therefore usually just assumed or, worse yet, just plain fudged. Anyone who suggests that these phrases alone are already self-defining, would be wrong.

Accordingly, anyone, including a publishing lawyer or paralegal representing a book publisher or entertainment lawyer representing a studio or producer, who says that an author should do – or not do – something in the realm of the “electronic right” or “digital right” because it is “industry-standard”, should automatically be treated with suspicion and skepticism.

The fact of the matter is, this is a great era for authors as well as author-side publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys, and they should seize the moment. The fact that “industry-standard” definitions of the electronic right and digital right have yet to fully crystallize, (if indeed they ever do), means that authors and author-side publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys can take advantage of this moment in history.

Of course, authors can also be taken advantage of, too – particularly those not represented by a publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney. There is a long and unfortunate history of that happening, well prior to the advent of the electronic right and digital right. It has probably happened since the days of the Gutenberg Press.

Every author should be represented by a publishing lawyer, entertainment attorney, or other counsel before signing any publishing or other agreement, provided that their own economic resources will allow it. (But I am admittedly biased in that regard). Part of the publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney’s function in representing the author, is to tease apart the different strands that collectively comprise the electronic right or digital right. This must be done with updated reference to current technology. If your advisor on this point is instead a family member with a Smith-Corona cartridge typewriter or a Commodore PET, rather than an entertainment attorney or publishing lawyer, then it may be time to seek a new advisor.

Even authors who cannot afford publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney counsel, however, should avoid agreeing in writing to give broad contractual grants to publishers of “electronic publishing” – or the “electronic right”, or “electronic rights” or “digital rights”, or the “digital right”. Rather, in the words of “Tears For Fears”, the author and author counsel had “better break it down again”. Before agreeing to grant anyone the author’s “digital right: or “electronic right”, or any elements thereof, the author and his or her publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney need to make a list of all the possible and manifold electronic ways that the written work could be disseminated, exploited, or digitally or electronically otherwise used. Notice that the author’s list will likely vary, month to month, given the fast pace of technological advancements. For example, these kinds of questions can be considered by the author and publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney alike:

Electronic Digital Right Question #1, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: Can the work be published in whole or in part on the Internet? In the context of an “e-zine”? Otherwise? If so, how? For what purpose? Free to the reader? For a charge to the reader?

Electronic Digital Right Question #2, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: Can the work be disseminated through private e-mail lists or “listservs”? Free to the reader? For a charge to the reader?

Electronic Digital Right Question #3, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: Can the work be distributed on CD-Rom? By whom? In what manner and context?

Electronic Digital Right Question #4, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: To what extent does the author, himself or herself, wish to self-publish this work, either before or after granting any electronic right or any individual “electronic publishing” rights therein to someone else? Will such self-publication occur on or through the author’s website? Otherwise?

Electronic Digital Right Question #5, Asked By The Publishing Lawyer/Entertainment Attorney To The Author: Even if the author does not self-publish, to what extent does the author wish to be able to use and disseminate this writing for his or her own portfolio, publicity, or self-marketing purposes, and perhaps disseminate that same writing (or excerpts thereof) electronically? Should that be deemed invasive of, or competitive with, the electronic right as otherwise contractually and collectively constituted?

The above list is illustrative but not exhaustive. Any author and any publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney will likely think of other elements of the electronic and digital right and other uses as well. The number of possible uses and complexities of the electronic right[s] and digital right[s] definitions will increase as technology advances. In addition, different authors will have different responses to the publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney, to each of the carefully-itemized questions. Moreover, the same author may be concerned with the electronic right in the context of one of his/her works, but may not care so much in the context of a second and different work not as susceptible to digital right exploitation. Therefore, the author must self-examine on these types of electronic and digital right questions before responding to the author’s publishing lawyer or entertainment attorney and then entering into each individual deal. Only by doing so can the author avoid the pitfalls and perils of relying upon lingo, and relying upon someone else to dictate to them what is the electronic right or digital right “industry standard”. As the publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney should opine, “There is no such thing as ‘industry standard’ in the context of a bilaterally-negotiated contract. The only standard that you the author should be worried about is the motivational ‘standard’ known as: ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get'”.