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World Leaders Expressed Grief On Germanwings Flight 9252 Crash

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Europe was greatly shocked at what had befallen Germanwings Flight 9252 when it crashed last Tuesday in France. Many world leaders have expressed their grief and their shock at the unfortunate incident that killed all 150 passengers. 72 passengers were Germans, 35 were Spaniards, 2 Americans, 2 Australians and 2 Britons.

French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have all visited the crash site in France and expressed their sorrow for the families of the unfortunate victims.
In a statement made by the German Chancellor, she had shared her thoughts and condolences as well as the entire German government to those who have lost their lives in the crash. She described the suffering of the families of the victims as ‘immense.’

Spain, on the other hand, expressed their grief by announcing a three days of national mourning which begins this Wednesday. Prime Minister Rajoy said in a press conference that they are lamenting the incident like everyone else is doing. President Hollande turned to Twitter to show his support for the family of the victims and addressed the incident as a tragedy on France’s soil.

Due to the incident, King Felipe of Spain had to cut his state visit to France.

The leaders of the countries involved were not the only ones who expressed their sadness and grief following the air crash. U.S. President Barack Obama had even called both Rajoy and Merkel to give his condolences on behalf of the United States of America.

Germany and Spain are considered as one the U.S.’ biggest allies and Obama wanted them to know that they stand in solidarity even during this unfortunate event.

Obama added that it was heartbreaking because most of the victims were also children and some were even infants.
About sixteen high school students from Germany were killed in the crash. A Swedish football team was also scheduled to be on board on Flight 9252. Luckily, all 29 team members were divided into three separate flights, sparing them from the same fate that killed 150 passengers.

British President David Cameron also pledged their support.

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Companies That Have Learned The Secret To Content Marketing

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In terms of business to business industry, content marketing may seem very boring. The online world is already full of newsletter offers and blogs that offer contents that are geared towards promotion in an attempt to increase sales rather than offer advices to the audience. If this is the way you have gone with your business, this is the very reason why your conversions will not meet your current expectations. You are not the only one facing this challenge because there are many others who are finding it hard to publish contents that will be useful and will encourage the audience to engage.

Around 88 per cent of companies in the B2B sector are utilizing content marketing because they have already proven its efficacy. Here are some of the companies that are reaping successful rewards through the use of content marketing.

– Kissmetrics. Many might assume that because Google is already offering a free analytics tool that no one would patronize to pay premium software used for analytic. Competing with Google is not an easy task because the company has to have high creativity as well as exert needed effort. Kissmetrics was able to succeed in this are because their content’s purpose is not only for selling but also provide customers valuable information when it comes to various topics as well as business models.
– Moz. If you are not aware of the content marketing strategy that this company uses then you should know that they are using a diversified approach in the contents they are publishing and the way they market it to the public. Its best contents can be seen on the videos they produce, making the company a known brand in the B2B world and top company for selling SEO tools.
– Shopify. This is an e-commerce platform and its goal is to make sure that the online retailers that are utilizing the platforms will have positive gains. Aside from the profits they are to gain, the company is dedicated in making sure their clients will be successful. To help them in content marketing, the company has developed many contents and guides that are not only helpful but very in-depth.

When Trees Are Threatened By New Housing Developments

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When there are new housing developments, trees are usually threatened and residents have to fight to save them. Barratt Homes West has formally presented a planning application with the Glasgow City Council to transform the former Scottish Power site in Newlands. Based on the initial plans, 98 trees that are bordering the White Cart Water will be kept but the most recent designs show them being cut in spite of surveys showing that majority of the trees are in the highest category (A) for quality.

According to a local resident, John Paul Tonner who is leading the crusade against the removal of trees, Barratt Homes is removing the trees to make space for more houses regardless of the benefits provided by the trees to the community. Instead of looking like a Scandinavian green development, the housing project has turned into a space without trees.

The now empty space is now being dealt with in two parts. In the first part, Barratt Homes has submitted its plans for 158 houses that will be built on the car park. The second part deals with the planning permission that is expected to be submitted for the B-listed Cathcart House.

About 85 of 98 trees lining Invergordon Avenue end of the site are in Good or Fair condition with 13 listed as Fair-Poor or Poor. Majority of the trees are healthy and expected to last for the next 40 years. The other trees may have a shorter life span of 20 years.

An objection was submitted by Tonner and his neighbors to the Glasgow city council. They believe that the council will be looking at the in-depth plans for the wider areas considering that it will soon see 700 new homes and about 1,200 residents. A public consultation will be held because it is inevitable that a small portion of the trees will have to be removed.

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Making Use Of Escape Room Games For Team Building

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Escape room games not only are entertaining and fun, these are also used by several businesses for team building in order to break the communication barriers that may occur in the work place.

A team building’s objective is to help employees and get them ready to find solutions to business issues effectively and collectively.

 

Communication

Communication is needed when finding some well-kept or hidden clues fast. The participants should work in groups to find clues. They need to constantly inform the team so that the information and hidden clues are used to unlock where the hidden key is.

Escape room games promote communication between all the participants involved. It also encourages them to work together to escape the room and win the game.

In addition, the activity teaches cooperation and its importance. Without which, the team is bound to fail.

 

Thinking out of the box

Escape room games need participants to think unconventionally since these are something unique in a sense. The participants should release their creativity to look for clues to help solve the riddles and puzzles.

Since these escape room games are setup differently, they take routine away from the usual office work. These games put participants in situations that get them to utilize information present, to find suggestions, to listen to ideas from team mates and to see what works.

 

Taking lead or being a follower

An escape room game is a level playing field for all participants. Company managers or leaders will just be normal players like the employees. These games unleash anyone’s leadership potential since leadership is required in some situations to get the team out of the room.

During these games, there are likely situations when more than one leader step up. The members need to decide together who gets to lead the team without creating any form of conflict.

Indoor team building activities like these escape room games teach participants to cooperate with each other and work together minus leadership issues.

These games also build a team spirit where an individual is not limited to just individual performance.

When escape room games are used intelligently by companies for team building, these help build a cohesive team that solves business issues rationally.

 

British Homeowners Prefer To Procrastinate Maintenance Tasks

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Based on a research made by residential property manager FirstPort, at least 82% of Brits interviewed procrastinate for at least 4 weeks the essential jobs that have to be undertaken in their homes. One in ten, the task is postponed for more than three months. At least 32% claim they are too busy to perform DIY jobs while 25% do not know what to do. 9% are afraid they might do more damage and devalue the home while 6% are afraid of injuring themselves.

If the amount of time that the Brits do jobs inside the home is calculated, it would total to about 114 hours or seven weekends a year. The amount spent for home maintenance on plumbing, painting, carpet cleaning, windows and gutter cleaning, decorating, repairs and gardening is estimated at £700 a year. If you add the amount of time spent working at home maintenance, the full cost required by an average home will reach £1,840 annually.

Yes indeed, it really takes time and money to ensure that a home is in good condition. This was found out from the research that covered 115,000 properties across more than 2,000 developments. Homeowners who are uncomfortable doing maintenance tasks can hire professionals for the job because what is important here is to ensure that any issues are dealt with properly and quickly so that a small problem will not grow worse with time. Homeowners who have DIY skills must determine whether they can do quality maintenance or if it is better left to the experts.

Simple jobs like gardening and a bit of painting can be done by any homeowners. However, there are maintenance that seems easy that are best left to professionals who have the right equipment and skills. These maintenance tasks include cleaning and repair of gutters, removal of molds and replacing sealants.

A team from Cool Spec gutter repair and replacement in Perth can fix different issues with the gutter from leaking joints, loose downpipes, damaged and missing brackets for reasonable costs. If the gutter is beyond repair, the condition of the system will be identified to check the root cause of the problem so that replacement can be done if absolutely necessary.

 

Forget About The Bombings; Play Pokemon Go In Thailand

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The Thai Junta has plans of using Pokemon Go in a desperate attempt to boost tourism after the deadly bombings that targeted popular tourist destinations. Tourism is a large contributor to the Thailand economy that is why the government is making all efforts to present the Southeast Asian nation as a safe destination for holidaymakers.

According to the Bangkok Post, the junta will collaborate with the developers of Pokemon Go, the global game phenomenon to plant Pokemon Gyms and Pokemon Stops at popular tourist destinations in order to encourage visitors. If the number of rare Pokemons is increased in several tourist destinations in Thailand, it will boost tourism since everybody wants their chance to catch the elusive characters. There is no word yet whether the locations that were hit by the bombings will be used for the promotions of Pokemon Go. Some of the popular spots in Thailand that were hit by the blasts are Hua Hin and Phuket.

If you are not convinced that Pokemon Go can boost the tourism of a country, consider McDonald’s Japan as an example. Since 2014, the fast food giant has been posting losses until it struck a deal with the developer of the game app, Niantic to turn the 3,000 restaurants into Pokemon Gyms. People can eat their Happy Meals during hard-fought Pokemon battles on their smartphones.

According to the Bangkok Post, local communications firm True Corporation has completed a deal with Niantic to select the locations for the Pokemon Stops and Gyms to provide an additional incentive to tourists to visit the area.

The bombing attacks in Thailand have killed 4 people and injured 20, most of them foreigners. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the bombing but it certainly hurt the nation’s tourism. Hopefully, with Pokemon Go, foreign tourists will be more confident to visit Thailand.

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Citizenship Offered By Cyprus To Investors From Thailand

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Cyprus is courting investors in Thailand by giving them a lifetime citizenship in the European Union as long as they invest 100 million baht. The country of Cyprus aims to have more capital and they are focusing on Thailand. They are enticing investors by offering an easy access to migrant permission which will make them an instant citizen of the European Union just by investing.

According to a statement from the High Commissioner in Cypriot, Demetrios Theophylactou, the country is aiming to have more capital coming from the investors in Thailand for improving specific sectors such as tourism, property, infrastructure, gas, oil and energy.

There are various incentives which will be given by the Cypriot government to investor who will be willing to accept the deal.

It features competitive deals that are better than other countries in the European Union such as a lower tax for capital gains and a lower minimum for the capital investment which makes it easier for the migration process when coming to the Europe. For those who will invest 300,000 euros, they will be able to acquire permanent residence status while those who will invest 2.5 million euros will be able to get citizenship from the Cypriot government.

Theophylactou also added that now is the best time to improve the investment opportunities as well as give incentives to investors coming from Thailand since the economy of Cyprus is already diverse and it has started to prosper. The country is now adapting a modern economy that is free market as well as based in service.

There are many competitive advantage when choosing Cyprus such as its strategic location when it comes to the EU as well as euro zone, the framework is strongly legal and being regulated, easier to conduct business, there are incentives, the infrastructure is good as well as the quality of life that awaits there.

Theophylactou is also the high commissioner representing Cyprus in India but also accredited when it comes to Thailand. He has already met with Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand. Cyprus interest in Thailand investors may have stemmed from the fact that Thai real estate is booming.

Introducing Yale University’s Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

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The gender-neutral bathrooms in over 23 buildings at Yale University were introduced during its 315th commencement. The university advertised these bathrooms in their website. It included a map of where these bathrooms can be found. School officials mentioned that it is one of the steps to make the school open to its transgender students and staff with their visitors also in mind. Yale also changed a long established rule that now allows its transgender graduates to use their preferred names on their diplomas instead of those in their birth certificates.

According to the dean of Arts and Sciences, Tamar Gendler, the gender-neutral bathroom is about public signaling with Yale wanting to be the leader in this front. Yale’s Equal Opportunity Statement covering all students and employees prohibits discrimination of any kind. A senior who is transitioning as a male mentioned how the transgender community felt a change after Caitlyn Jenner’s transition showed a spotlight for transgender issues. He regards this year as a monumental year in Yale with the amount of changes happening regarding transgender rights.

Professors now address students using preferred pronouns. Yale is also allowing transgender students to modify their identification card names with no charge. Yale’s health plan also covers medical procedures, reassignment surgeries and hormone suppression therapies.

Yale is one of the schools which is changing their rules and policies in relation to transgender rights. The University of Vermont started to address their transgender students with their preferred names and pronouns just last year. In addition, Smith College started accepting students who identify themselves as females even though they were born as males. They made headlines given that they are an all-women’s school. On the other hand, Harvard allows students to use which bathroom they feel comfortable in.

Yale’s gender-neutral bathrooms were once tagged as men’s or women’s rooms. They now say “All Gender Restroom” with figures of a man and a woman next to a figure wearing pants and dress. While these campus bathrooms may not be like home bathrooms with Vanity Units and luxurious furniture but the thought that one can be himself or herself in these bathrooms is just as good as being home.