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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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To Buy Or To Hire Marquees

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Duncan Moore goes to investigate the best time to invest in a marquee for a venue.

Marquees for any venue

For venues that need to offer covered spaces, marquees are a great choice. Marquees, known also as soft tops or pole tents, and referred as temporary demountable structures (TDS) in the marquee industry, can be erected and taken down quickly. With its modular nature, size is very variable to fit any occasion, too.

The decision to use a marquee for host functions also proves as cost effective in comparison to having a permanent structure. However, at what certain point will it make sense to buy a marquee than continue using services of a hire business, such as a Marquee Hire in Sydney?

A financial decision

This decision is mainly a financial one. So, which option offers the best value? When a marquee is needed only once or twice in a year, then hiring is the best decision. The fees for hiring a marquee for only several events are going to be relatively lesser than costs of purchasing outright.

According to Daniel Hill, who is the founder of catering and event management firm Dine that has a portfolio of private events, as well as marquee sites all over the United Kingdom, for smaller events having six events each year, he recommended collaborating with any local marquee company, since this is more cost effective, and they can offer expert knowledge in terms of what may be done in a land.

However, he said that when a marquee is needed regularly for a similar venue, then it is better to do a purchase. Gill said that for longer term business plans, purchasing a marquee can become more beneficial. For him, the utmost thing to consider is having a planning permission and not buying without this. However, he added, that when a marquee is purchased, it allows lower hire fees to be charged to a client in comparison to a price they are going to pay on hiring one independently.

He advised to research when either renting or buying, since there are many things to consider for these marquee events, such as how a structure is going to be placed while taking advantage of a location, and where the services are going to go, which includes parking, water and waste drainage and more.

Video Content – A Marketing Trend To Watch Out For This 2017

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Based on the results of a recent study, it was estimated that an average internet user spends at least one-third of this time watching videos. From these statistics, it is clear that consumption of video content is on an upward trend. In 2016, online video ads were the trend with online users exposed to at least 32.2 videos per month. 2017 looks to be another promising year for video content and marketers should take notice of this form of innovative marketing.

Video content that will trend in 2017

Videos on multiple platforms – the number of internet connected devices have increased over the past years. This has led to an environment where consumers have multiple devices that can be used to watch video content. According to a report from Think with Google, at least 85% of adults between 18 and 49 years old own multiple devices which they use simultaneously. Marketers must ensure that video content is easily accessible on different kinds of devices for 2017.

Video content on Facebook – it cannot be denied that Facebook remains to be the most popular social media platform. In the last couple of years, Facebook has invested heavily on video so that views increased from 1 billion to about 8 billion. When Facebook Live was launched, it cemented the platform’s status as a global online influencer. In 2017 it is expected that more Facebook users will be sharing and posting Facebook Live videos.

360 degree videos – is a new innovation that has been well received by online users. According to Magnifyre 28.8% and more watches 360 video compared to those who viewed the traditional version. 360 degree videos provide viewers with a more realistic experience particularly for the real estate industry. Businesses should take advantage of the opportunities of reaching their audience through 360 degree video marketing this 2017.

Changes occur frequently in online marketing that it has become somewhat daunting to cope up. Stay up to date with marketing innovation by outsourcing marketing campaigns to skilled and experienced teams. Your online marketing campaign will be properly managed to accommodate any changes in customer behavior and preferences.

A Lot Of Room For Growth

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Despite the uncertain economic status of the country, Thailand is still welcoming a lot of new establishments for the year 2017 such cultural landmarks, shopping complexes as well as luxurious hotels. For shopping destinations, here are some projects to look forward to.

  • Scheduled to be open to the public before the year ends. The project is worth 50 billion baht located in Charoen Nakhon Road. Once the project is finished, it will have two shopping complexes, lifestyle attractions as well as two condo buildings for residential purposes. It will have a total area of 525,000 square meters which will feature both the Iconsiam and Iconluxe.
  • CentralPlaza Mahachai. This project will be finished by the fourth quarter of this year. It will have around 300 stores and it has a total land area of 170,000 square The store can be found at Rama II and consumers will have a lot of options in terms of food destination.
  • CentralPlaza Nakhon Ratchasima. Set to open in September. This project is designed for mixed use which will feature convention hall, park, shopping centre, outdoor lifestyle market and hotel. It covers a total land area of 355,000 square meters and it will be the 31st branch of the Central Empire. The project can be found on Mitrapap Road.
  • Central Phuket. This is another branch of Central which will open in December. It will be dominating the main road of the island and will offer around 700 shops in two different buildings that are connected only by a sky-link that features an automatic walkway.

Aside from shopping centers, there are also a lot of luxury hotels opening in Thailand this year. Here are some of the most awaited ones.

  • Marriot Marquis Bangkok Queen’s Park. This is the very first hotel in Thailand that is designed by Marquis. It is located in Sukhumvit 22 and had its soft opening last December. The project boasted 1,360 rooms and suites, 3 ballrooms and 30 meeting chambers.
  • The Edition Hotel. The New York branch of this hotel is known as a design hotel and has over 270 rooms and suites. The Thailand branch will have now have its own version of design hotel in Bangkok with 155 rooms as well as a lot of space meant for public spaces. This project is termed as the Bangkok Edition.

Former Gang Member Given A New Identity Through The Help Of Photoshop

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If you have always been in the loop with the latest news, then you might be aware of a group called Homeboy Industries based in downtown Los Angeles. The aim of the group is to help youth who are at risk as well as ex-gang members. Homeboy are offering them different training and programs including a mental health counselling, tattoo removal as well as training to get them ready for work.

There is a book project called Skin Deep that dived deeper into how tattoos can impact the self-image of a person. It contains photographs of ex-gang members with heavy tattoos. There it can be seen what they look like before they got their tattoos with the help of Photoshop.

As soon as the subjects on the book saw their photos with clean skin and no tattoos, they convey a powerful emotion.

The project is the brainchild of Steven Burton who is a photographer. The book contains images of 27 different homeboys and homegirls. Among them is Francisco Flores.

Flores shared how he lived his life before getting tattoos. He recounted that his childhood memories were all in South Central and his life was rough then. His parents are both addicts and he was forced to take care of himself. This is the reason why at a very young age he got into a trouble which landed him in prison. After getting out of prison, the parole officer assigned to him insisted that he should go to Homeboy Industries to get his tattoos removed and this is where his new life begins.

Before the removal, Flores estimated that he had more than a thousand tattoos in his face and body. Ink was all over his cheeks, eyebrows, jawline, lips and eyelids. He admitted that just by looking at him, people get scared or shocked.

After meeting Steven Burton, actual photographs of the homeboys and homegirls were taken. It was quick to take a photo, what took longer hours are to Photoshop them in order to clear out all the tattoos. His tattoo-less face was also seen by Francisco’s kids and it has the biggest impact which made him decide to finally undergo tattoo removal.

If you want to help other people with your Photoshop skills, enrol at a Photoshop training course to learn more.

Brighter Future For Thai Tourism Regardless Of Political Turmoil

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Based from a November report of the Siam Commercial Bank’s Economic Intelligence Centre, the tourists have spent THB 1.46 trillion last 2015, and the sector held 11% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Thailand.

The Thai tourism industry

According to the report, tourism is now competing with manufacturing in terms of economic importance in the country.

It said that even though the manufactured exports fell, the ‘export’ of tourism services assisted in pushing the 2.8% GDP growth.

Even after there was a declaration of a year’s mourning for King Bhumibol’s death and the adjustments done, Thailand still got its 30 millionth visitor last December 5, 2015. Coincidentally, she is from China, the largest source of tourists for Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s deputy governor for marketing communications Mr Chattan Kunjara na Ayudhya, mentioned that their tourism industry generates jobs for millions of locals. For him, whatever happened, there is a bad impact but they have to move on.

The Thai tourism industry continually exhibits resilience even with political disturbance during the past decade.

Tourist magnet

For a lot of tourists such as Ms Shao Hua from Dalian in China, Thailand is the best place for that South-east Asian maiden foray. She said that it has the cities and the beaches.

For Mariusz Kwiatkowski from Poland, he decided to bring his family to the Kingdom after he heard from fellow European travellers that it is safe for families.

The tourism sector’s resilience attracted Singaporean investors, too. Last March 2015, Clover, a Singapore hotel chain, opened a branch in the Asoke district. Currently, it is in the process of renovating a Pattaya property to turn it to a hotel.

Summing up

With Thailand attracting a lot of holidaymakers, according to experts, the authorities need to focus its goals on accommodating tourists sustainably while also tempting them to remain longer in the country.

It is a great thing that individuals and families see Thailand as a safe place for them even with the things that it experienced in the past. This is also good news for the tourism and hospitality businesses, whether that be a family hotel in Sukhumvit or a luxury hotel in its resort town of Phuket.

Enjoying A Mind-Blowing Holiday Without Spending A Fortune

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Daniel Gillaspia is an American lawyer and travel blogger who was able to secure a unique bargain on a mind-blowing holiday. He travelled all over the world with his partner and visited luxurious destinations that include Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai and New York.

Gillaspia did not travel on a shoestring budget; he lived a life of opulence and enjoyed it for a fraction of the cost. To be more specific, the cost of his travel was less than 1%. If you were to estimate the actual cost of Gillapia’s journey, it amount s to $52,294 (£41,967). He only paid $408 (£327). How so?

Before Gillaspia set off on the journey, he planned and prepared to live the life of a savvy tourist without spending a fortune. He was inspired by stories of other travellers who were able to travel the world cheaply by accruing points and rewards on their credit cards.

Using a detailed spreadsheet, Gillaspia and his partner gradually collected bonuses and point boosts for the past 2 years before embarking on an adventure. They started the holiday in September and the first leg took them to Los Angeles and Tokyo.

Singapore Airlines Business Class tickets normally cost $4,444 (£3,582) but Gillaspia and his partner only paid $68 (£55) because they have accumulated more than 100,000 KrisFlyer miles. The pair of travellers used IHG points to enjoy 2 nights at Intercontinental Tokyo Bay. The hotel upgraded them upon arrival.

The next stop was Singapore where the pair flew first class through Singapore Airlines. The actual cost of the first class air tickets was $11,660 (£9398) but they only paid $108 (£87) by using KrisFlyer miles again. Perks included free-flowing Krug and Dom Perignon champagne including Salvatore Ferragammo amenity bags. Capital One Venture credit allowed them to stay at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.

It only takes some proper planning and preparation to travel the world without breaking the bank. However, even without rewards and points, you will able to enjoy an affordable holiday through best value hotel in Sukhumvit in the heart of Bangkok. You can avail of more reasonable prices if your book early.

3 Advantages Of Having Bunk Beds

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There are several advantages of having bunk beds at home. If you would take a look at home magazines and the internet, you would realize that bunk beds are the in thing for modern families and young individuals living in rented spaces. Nowadays when there is scarcity of space and renting spacious rooms can be real expensive, bunk beds would be a good solution.

Space savers

Bunk beds are ideal for big families with limited living space. With a bunk bed, you can already put in two kids in one room or two bunk beds to accommodate four children if the space is big. This way you won’t have to worry about having kids in your room or kids not having their own bed space in a room.

More affordable

Because the makers of bunk beds save in materials, bunk beds are offered at a more affordable price compared to single beds with head boards. Depending on the design, the lower bunk can also be converted into a sofa and other pieces of furniture so you get to save money for buying additional furniture in the house. Some bunk beds can be assembled at home so you won’t have to worry about taking home huge furniture when you can get them in a box and have the family help you in assembling the bed.

Multi-functional

One of the reasons why bunk beds are in demand among modern families and individuals is because these types of beds can be utilized for different purposes. With a limited space, bunk beds can be used converted as a reading nook and comfy sofa where friends can get seated while watching movies. If you are taking care of somebody who’s sick, you can sleep on the upper bunk while having the other person underneath your bed. For young individuals who work at home, you can remove the lower bunk and have the space as your work station. The point is, there are just so many things you can do with bunk beds without you spending so much on it. Look for reliable suppliers to get one of those beds now.