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What it takes to find the best condo in Toronto

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The number of people interested in buying condos in Toronto is on the rise. This is evidenced in the increase in online searches for properties in this part of the county.  As much as most people are out to acquire these units, buying the right one calls for an informed decision. As such, there are fundamental features and elements to look at before buying a condominium in Toronto. The following tips will certainly lead you to the right condo and help you get value for money.

Factors to consider when buying a condo

Ensure there is adequate living space

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The amount of living space matters a lot. Ideally, you should go for a design that is well designed and at the same time offers sufficient living space. Unfortunately, most condos tend to be somewhat squeezed though some developers appreciate the need to have spacious condos. Besides having space, modern units offer smart and sustainable designs that ensure the room feels spacious and comfortable.

Excellent amenities

Shared amenities are common to all condos. However, there are marked differences in how these amenities are designed. If you are looking for a condo, you should be willing to settle for a property that has well-thought amenities. Some of the main areas of interests when looking at the amenities include fitness centers, pocket gardens, swimming pools, and recreational parks.

Building quality

How does the property look? What about the overall design? These are some questions to ask when examining quality. If you are looking for a place to live with your family, you have every reason to ensure the building is structurally sound and safe. It should also meet the needs of an Australian family.

plan 2Developer’s record of accomplishment

The reputation of the developer says a lot about the quality of their work. Ideally, the best way to analyze the reputation of any developer is to look at the number of completed projects and what the residents have to say in regards to matters quality. In most instances, it is not just about the quantity but the quality they offer.

1 Yonge – Prestige Suites – Our Pick

The 1 Yonge Street condo is holistically designed with a vision that addresses the interests of most families living in Toronto. This amazing condo is holistically designed to ensure future residents are accorded a diverse and rich neighborhood. 1 Younge Street is poised to be the future hub for entertainment, shopping, restaurants, hotel space, and community living. This is indeed a great area for business executives and a city-life enthusiast who wants to enjoy what downtown life has to offer.


Freemake Online Video Converter Review

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Video converter applications provide video customization abilities. However, they are very expensive. Moreover, when you come across a free version of video conversion software for your laptop or PC, it has limited features and not even worth your time. Fortunately, there is one pick that stands out, and that is Freemake online video converter. It can help you convert files into MP4, MKV, AVI & MP3. The good thing about this converter is that it does not need any installation. In fact, it is regarded as the best destination if you want easy video file conversion.

Freemake is a top video converting tool that does not require you to pay anything to convert a video file. As you know, there are several video converters both online and offline. The fact that it is online-based means that there are no OS related issues. However, it is internet data consuming as you will need to upload your file and download it for use.

video converter 252tAccording to the developer, this online video converter can convert more than 500 formats. Also, it has audio support. You can even convert a video to the exact device. Interestingly, you can convert a YouTube link to any video file type you want free of charge. Thus, you can even download YouTube files to any given format you want. It is also possible to convert music video into an MP3 file. This is an important feature that is required by a lot of people. As by the time of writing this review, they have over 90 million users. This gives you a reason to trust them.


Free for life

Unlike the majority of online video converters, you are assured that Freemake is free. In fact, there are no hidden costs. Other than being free, it offers several features such as no video duration limit, no limit for converting your videos, and no trial.

Edit videos

Freemake makes it easy to edit videos as well. In fact, this is a rare feature you will get with online video converters. With this converter, you can easily rotate video clips, join, cut, and even make a new video conversion tool 612

High-quality video

You can easily create quality videos with this online video converter. In fact, it supports 4K, HD, full HD videos and lesser size videos. Moreover, you can easily choose more than 500 video codes and even gadget formats. This is necessary to ensure you get a perfect video for your gadget.…

A shopping guide for studio headphones

These are high-end headphones used for delivering clear sounds. In these days, there are different models and manufactures of headphones. Finding the right headphone can be one of the daunting tasks. Having the right headphones is helpful in increasing the overall productivity and music enjoyment.This article is going to discuss the essential features that every person should consider when buying a world-class studio headphone

Factors to consider when buying a headphone

These are the fundamental factors that every person who is looking for a headphone need to consider. These factors will determine the type and quality of the headphone that you end up purchasing.


Always go for a headphone that you feels comfortable with when wearing. Comfortable headphones have large ear caps, and they do not apply a lot of pressure. Anyone interested in buying a circumaural headphone should select the one that is designed with these features. The weight of a headphone is another important feature that determines its comfort. Lightweight headphones are considered to be more comfortable than heavier ones. Such products are helpful in reducing ear fatigue.


Most of the studio headphones are stationery. With the increasing popularity of mobile recording platforms and laptop computers, most of the industry professionals have turned to on-location recording. Having a portable headphone is a good idea.


Lightweight and portable headphones are known for breaking easily. This problem can be avoided by keeping them in a safe place after use. For instance, they can be kept in protective cases. Headphones having thin cables are also highly susceptible to breakage.

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These products come in different forms. Knowing the different types of headphones will help you in finding the right one that suits your preference.


These headphones have a special padding that encircles the year. They are two types of these products; closed-back and open-backed. The closed-backed models are capable of isolating sounds from the surroundings to produce an excellent quality sound. These headphones are widely used in the studios by DJs who play music in high-noise-environments such as nightclubs.

Supra-Aural studio headphone

Their design is similar to that of circumaural types, but they are designed to rest on the ears of the listeners instead of encircling the listeners’ ears. These devices have a compact design and have a superior comfort. This is the main reason why many listeners prefer these headphones.

Open air

These are special headphones that deliver great sounds making them ideal for individuals who love listening to music. They have an open back that allows sound to escape in both directions. Also, you can them listening music for an extended period.



A buying guide for bathtub

All the traditional bathtubs had a simple rectangular design. Most of the modern tubs have incorporated additional features, styles, and shapes. Buyers have a wide choice to choose from. Some of the bathtubs on the market have other features such as jets and whirlpools. Exploring the different tubs will help you in making the right choice when buying one.

Types of bathtubs

Recessed bathtubs

This is one of the most common types of bathtubs. It is we designed to fit comfortably in your bathroom. It is only one side of this tub that faces outward. This has greatly helped in lowering its cost because finishing is done on one side. The other three sides of this tub are recessed into the bathroom’s wall. However, even if this tub is relatively cheaper, its installation cost is high. A high labour cost is incurred when preparing the bathroom’s walls before the installation process.

Stand-Alone tubs

This tub can fit comfortably and anywhere in the bathroom. They are mainly preferred for the spacious bathrooms. Standalone tubs can be installed easily because there is no fitting that is required for the sections of the wall. You will just need hot and cold water lines pipes. These pipes should come through the floor or the wall. Even if these tubs can be installed easily as compared to the recessed ones, they are a bit expensive because of the materials used. Cast iron is used in making these tubs. This material is more costly than the enamel used in making the recessed tubs.

Walk-In Bathtubs

These tubs are meant for seniors and other individuals having mobility problems. They have a door that opens and closes allowing a person to walk freely instead of stepping over the edge of the tub. They are more expensive than the regular units due to this unique feature.

Drop-In Bathtubs

These tubs are mainly installed on within the floor of the bathroom, but they can still be installed in any part of the bathroom. Some of these units are slightly below the bathroom’s floor level. Such tubs can be accessed easily. Drop-in tubs are large, and they should be installed in roomy bathrooms. Sometimes, a separate shower can be added to these units.


Jetted and Whirlpool Tubs

These are tubs that offer luxury and comfort for homeowners. These tubs are helpful in loosening tight and stiff areas in your body. This has made them an ideal option for individuals suffering from stiff muscles. They are known for consuming more power, and they are more expensive than the other tubs.…

World Magazine Blog

November 26, 2003


Here’s a major development in the campaign for a marriage-protecting constitutional amendment. Leaders of pro-family groups have disagreed on whether to push for a constitutional amendment that states “Marriage shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman,” or a second, more extensive version that would also bar same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships. But the highly-influential Dr. James Dobson today sent this to pro-family leaders:

This note is intended to convey a straight-forward message, based on careful deliberation and prayer. We have talked to members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate about prospects for passing the Federal Marriage Amendment. Every one of these elected officials, most of whom you know, have stated emphatically that there is no chance of passing the more inclusive language which addresses indirectly the issue of civil unions…. We have also been in direct communication with the White House in regard to the same issue, and although the President’s spokesmen are appropriately guarded in what they say, we believe that it is very possible the President will be able to support the original language, but he will have difficulty with the second, more extensive version.
Given these understandings, the issue for us is now settled. We will henceforth be supporting the original language and urge our colleagues to consider doing the same. We know there is sharp disagreement at this point and are respectful of those who see this issue differently. But we are convinced that pro-family leaders should opt for “the politics of the possible,” rather than taking a long-shot on a proposal that seems destined to fail. We are now conveying that position to our friends on the Hill, and to our contacts in the White House.

Dobson’s decision is huge and deserves applause. Before, we had the prospect of social conservatives tearing each other apart. Now, pro-family groups, the White House, the GOP congressional leadership, and some Democrats will work together to send to the states a constitutional amendment — and they have a good shot at success. The decision may also signal a move away from the separatism that still remains among some evangelicals and toward biblical pragmatism: pushing as hard as we can within the circumstances in which God has providentially placed us.

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The Middle East Media Research Institute, which translates and analyzes Middle East publication, reports today this complaint from Prof. Khaled Abou Al-Fadl, the only Muslim member of the Commission on International Religious Freedom: “When Bush came to the presidency, there was a revolution in American policy. He brought in religious Christian people. In the field, Bush permitted missionaries into Iraq…”

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On my University of Texas office door a few years ago sat a cartoon (until someone ripped it away) depicting two Pilgrims sitting across from two Indians. One of the Indians was saying, “Rumor has it you’re from the religious right.” That cartoon was (might as well acknowledge this) an in-your-face reminder to hostile colleagues who think that Christians who gain a place at a state university should be thankful enough to be silent about God. The cartoon, though, also reminded me of mutuality: Friendly natives showed needy settlers how to grow food for the body, and Christians offered fresh food for the soul.

These days, volunteers at Thanksgiving meals for the homeless often pass out food without really talking with the eaters, but true interaction can often help both sets of individuals: Men and women in the gutter can learn to step heavenwards, and the helpers can see with their own eyes how God changes people. After all, affluent people with changed hearts often remain the same in outward appearance, but it’s a pleasure at Christian missions to see men who used to sit in vomit-soaked stupor now dressing cleanly and seeing hymns. And that’s a reason for deep thanksgiving: all of us were in a stupor at one time, and God has changed the hearts of many of us. May He change many more.

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A good note from the Family Research Council: “For 66 days 102 Pilgrims traveled on the Mayflower in a space the size of a volleyball court… they arrived just in time for winter. During that first winter nearly half of the Pilgrims died, 47 of the original 102…. Given that backdrop, why the Thanksgiving celebration? Why not group therapy? Or at least letters of complaint sent back home? Why, because even in the midst of death and privation they saw the hand of God in their situation and they knew that they were a part of His great plan for this New World.”

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A New York Times article yesterday morning asked the question that millions were considering: “Assuming the common ancestor of people and chimps had social behavior that was essentially chimplike, how much of that behavior has been inherited by people?” Here’s what the Times wants us to know: “Within a community, there is a male hierarchy that is subject to what primatologists euphemistically call elections. Alpha males can lose elections when other males form alliances against them. Losing an election is a bad idea. The deposed male sometimes ends up with personal pieces torn off him and is left to die of his wounds.” Also, “Males make females defer to them, with violence whenever necessary, and every female is subordinate to every male.”

Compare with this alternative social universe: “An intriguing variation on the chimpanzee social system is that of bonobos, which split from chimps some 1.8 million years ago. With bonobos, who live in Congo south of the Congo River, the female hierarchy is dominant to that of males, and males do not patrol the borders to kill neighbors. Though bonobos are almost as aggressive as chimps, they have developed a potent reconciliation technique — the use of sex on any and all occasions, between all ages and sexes, to abate tension and make nice.” The Times did quote Dr. Ian Tattersall, a paleoanthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History, saying “We just have to bear in mind that none of this is demonstrable in any highly convincing way.”

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November 25, 2003

Here’s a question to ask those who voted for the new Medicare bill: “Would you pick up Manny Ramirez’s contract?” The Boston Red Sox three years ago, angling for the support of fans disappointed that the Sox had lost to the New York Yankees in the bidding for pitcher Mike Mussina, committed the franchise to paying $160 million for eight years of Ramirez’s batting. Ramirez is an excellent hitter, but Boston overpaid, and is now stuck with the contract; when the Red Sox recently said that anyone who wanted to pay Ramirez’s salary for the next five years could have him, the 29 other major league teams all declined. Republicans, bidding for voter support and not wanting to be bashed about prescription drug costs as they were during the last presidential election, have now given us a program that will become grossly expensive in its subsidies of those who don’t truly need governmental help — and no one at that point will save us from our own overspending.

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The National Right to Life Committee declared the now-passed Medicare bill a prolife measure. But Tim Lamer argues, “Poorer countries have citizens with shorter life spans, and this bill will, over the long run, make the United States poorer. Therefore, this bill is anti-life.”
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The Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at the University of Texas at Austin, where I teach, has been getting lots of national publicity for its watch list of radical professors. The Washington Post quoted fearful statements of listed professors, and you can expect to hear other reports — ABC’s Nightline is on campus today — about the dark night of fascism (or at least “blacklisting”) descending at American universities. The real problem is that alumni, parents, and governmental leaders have had no watch list of any kind, and in the absence of adult supervision leftist professors rule most campuses. Liberal and radical professors have a place on campus, but the problem today is that they dominate academic discourse and “blacklist” all but that handful of conservatives who manage to slip past departmental defenses.

Gutsy students who draw attention to the imbalance should receive thanks from regents and others who have been asleep at the switch — and the number of students willing to speak up seems to be growing. The Post reported, “Since 1999, College …

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