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With Christmas approaching, we look at why some classic toys like Barbie are still extremely popular with kids

The kids’ toys have changed a lot these days. Now, if you give a teddy bear as a gift to a child, he’ll look at you very angrily because such type of gifts do not entice the kids these days. Today’s kids are interested in having some technological gifts like a hoverboard and a drone. There are many other gifts that kids like to have nowadays but there are some evergreen gifts that haven’t lost their importance yet and they still entice the kids as they used to entice them many years ago.

Yes, we are talking about Babie and several other toys that have maintained their reputation at different times. That’s why these toys are still very famous and kids feel very happy when you give them a Barbie as a gift. So, if you’re worried about giving a gift to a kid on the Christmas, then you must be happy now because you have found a solution to your problem.

You might be thinking that how these classical toys have maintained their reputation for so many years and they are still very popular. Well, the following information will help you find the exact answer to your question.

The Gaming industry

The gaming industry is the most important element that has helped maintain the reputation of these toys. There are plenty of online and offline games that belong to these classical toys. For example, the Barbie Juego is played all around the word and the kids feel very happy when they get to apply several ideas to their favorite character. Some of these games include some colors and magical stuff while other games include some puzzles that are very helpful in keeping the kids engaged in a game.

The popularity of these games has kept these toys popular till now. Pikachu is another most favorite toy that many kids like to receive as a gift on several occasions because the latest game Pokemon Go has played an essential role in increasing the importance of this toy.

Cartoon Channels

The Cartoon channels are also the major reason for the popularity of these classical toys because there are many channels that are playing cartoons of these characters regularly. The kids feel very exciting when you give their favorite cartoon character to them as a gift. The kids live in an imaginary world and they believe that the cartoon characters they are watching in their favorite cartoons are actually real.

That’s why they love to play with those cartoon characters in real life. In this situation, a gift of their favorite cartoon character will be extremely valuable for them. If you’re thinking of giving such a classic toy to a kid on the Christmas, you must make sure that whether that toy is still popular or not.…

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Some thoughts on the health insurance market in Pennsylvania

The health insurance is one of the major concerns of most of the people as it helps them make sure that their future and their family’s future will stay secure after that. The health insurance market is quite different in different countries and different states. The rules and regulations that apply to health insurance in a country and different in other countries.

So, you must conduct proper research before buying a health insurance. You should be concerned about your particular state or country while conducting the research because some rules and regulations can put you into a lot of trouble later on. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the difficulties that you may face in Pennsylvania while purchasing or claiming a health insurance.

We’ll also talk about the rules and regulations of other states and countries in our upcoming posts but here we’ll focus on the health insurance market in Pennsylvania only. There are many Professional Indemnity Insurance expert brokers offering several eye-catching services in Pennsylvania but you must take a look at the offers of different brokers before making a decision. Here are some important things about health insurance market in Pennsylvania that you must keep in mind.

Profit Margin

The profit margin in Pennsylvania is quite lower as compared to the other states and countries. There are many economic problems that have affected the profit margin badly. The health insurance companies are trying to get these issues resolved but there are still many flaws.

Claiming difficulties

There are many people that have faced difficulties while claiming health insurance and that’s why most of the people feel hesitant while purchasing a health insurance in Pennsylvania. But if you conduct some research, you’ll come to know that the people that have faced difficulties in claiming insurance had bought their policy from an unreliable supplier. People usually focus on the profit margin and they forget to check that whether their selected company is reliable or not.

You can easily check the reliability of different companies by checking their standards online. You can even take help from the previous buyers that have successfully claimed their insurance from that particular company. This will help you make an informed decision.

Lesser options

When you take a look at the health insurance market of other states and countries, you come to know that there are many options available in those countries but when you talk about the health insurance market of Pennsylvania, you realize that there are fewer insurance plans. Therefore, you don’t find enough options to choose the best option.…

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No More Surface Parking on Bethlehem Steel Land

You and I both know Bass Pro shops would want a humongous surface parking lot as part of any deal on the No. 2 Machine Shop. I have no idea why anyone thinks that a hunting and fishing store is a good fit for an urban core location, but if they want a surface parking lot that should be a deal-breaker. Either they build structured parking or no go.

I know some people think these parking lots can be redeveloped later, but I don’t see the evidence that the site is developing in a way that will easily facilitate urban infill construction later. It would be a tragedy if this site turned into something like the Promenade Shops. It should just be more Southside street grid, best accessible on foot or transit, with cars a lower priority mode.

The benefit of not having to “blaze a new identity for Bethlehem is that you can be picky about design stuff like that and demand concessions from developers. You don’t have to kiss their asses and sacrifice your site plans.

Now, as he prepares to be sworn in to the city’s top office Monday, Donchez is tasked not with blazing a new identity for Bethlehem, but with finding a way to keep the good things coming while dealing with a more sober fiscal reality that has shrunk city government in recent years.

“We have to maintain the momentum,” Donchez said.

His first-year agenda is packed with flashy economic development projects like courting a Bass Pro sporting goods store for the old Steel plant and, by year’s end, nuts-and-bolts labor negotiations with police and fire unions, both of which took significant retirement cuts for new employees in the current contract.

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The Pro-Market Plan for Zoned Hauling in Bethlehem

A single trash hauler is the cheapest, greenest, and most efficient option for Bethlehem residents and city government without question, but Bob Donchez and Eric Evans think keeping a handful of redundant trash haulers in business is a more important priority than winning residents hundreds of dollars a year in savings from group purchasing, so it’s not on the table.

But every elected official still knows the current Wild West system is a failure, so now a “zoned hauling” plan is under discussion.

This basically means that each neighborhood would have a specific day for trash pick-up, which we really ought to consider the minimum acceptable outcome. It’s weak sauce though and city leaders can do better.

That’s why I’m proposing my own zoned hauling plan. Here’s how it works:

1. Divide Bethlehem into 4 “zones” – North, South, East, and West.

2. Put contracts out for bid on each of these zones, for 2-3 years maximum duration.

3. Allow trash hauling companies to bid on the contracts for up to 2 of the 4 zones.

4. Hold one or two public meetings in the different zones to review the bids, get public input, and get an advisory-only vote from neighbors on the plans they like best.

5. Take a Council vote to award the contracts to the highest value proposals (trading off comprehensiveness of the service package, lowest price, and meeting participant preference).

6. Do it all again in 2-3 years.

The virtues of this plan over the current system where each household chooses their own hauler are many.

For starters you actually get some meaningful competition. The problem with the current market is that there’s no way to know if you’re actually going to get better service for your money by switching haulers.

Under my plan, haulers have to compete on price and service quality with each other in a transparent way. And there’s a clear easy-to-understand process for evaluating haulers’ performance.

They have to participate in public meetings and defend their performance in front of neighbors and elected officials every few years to keep their contracts, so there’s an incentive for good behavior and great service.

You get real (albeit collective) choice in a real market. At the same time, you get the economy of scale of a single hauler, without concentrated service provider power limiting the cost savings captured by residents. There’d be real competition in each bidding period, not just a referendum on the current hauler with no meaningful alternative.

If people want a free market, Bethlehem should create a real market that is capable of doing what highly functional markets do best: shave service provider profits down close to the cost of production, for the benefit of consumers.

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