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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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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.

East Coast Real Estate is one of your best options if you want to stay permanently in Thailand. The East Coasts boasts of the best beaches, dramatic sceneries and the best of authentic Thai cuisine. There are islands that are relatively untouched by mass tourism where you can have a holiday in peace and quiet.

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.

New Maps With High Resolution To Be Used By Uber

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If you are a frequent Uber rider then you must have experienced at least once, if not often, that the driver have to drive around a certain location before arriving to the exact one where the blue dot is located.

The ride-sharing company is now happy to announce that they have partnered with DigitalGlobe, developer of space imagery as well as geospatial content, in order to improve the process of identifying, picking up and dropping off of the passengers.

The latest technology will be utilizing the constellation sensors and will be able to access the imagery as well as location intelligence in order to produce high resolution maps of the given area. This will give the driver the capacity to see their exact location as well as where they are going.

According to the Director of Business Development under DigitalGlobe, Kevin Bullock, the company is happy with the new global partnership which will last for years in order for Uber to utilize high resolution images via satellite in their rides. He also added that the imagery will help to further better the experience of not just the riders but also the Uber drivers all over the globe.

DIgitalGlobe has already produced scan of the Earth in cutting edge resolutions and with the highest possible accuracy that can be achieved with today’s technology. The scans were performed on both the visible and nonvisible wavelengths on the planet.

The company is helping customers to understand and have a look at the entire world they are living in and at the same time it was able to make the US government agree the restrictions on image resolutions gathered by private satellites should be lifted. This proposal was granted in 2014 according to a report published by Engadget.

After their proposal was victorious, the firm introduced their fourth generation satellite called WorldView-3 which has the capacity to capture images with very small dimensions. The smallest reported image they could get of the Earth measured 12 inches across. With the revolution in mapping and image capturing, it is still a wonder that map illustrations still play a very important role in many sectors such as a business area, school campus or a town.

All You Need To Know About Vietnam

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It might not be the top of the list when it comes to tourist destinations in Asia but it surely has created a name for itself. It is now considered one of the most satisfying tourist attractions in Asia. Travels to the country are not only affordable but also boasts with beautiful beaches and friendly locals. The city life is also bustling and there are unending surprises. Whether you are a backpacker or travelling with your family in style, Vietnam has a lot to offer. The country is compact in size which means it can be explored in just a few weeks or one can spend a month relishing every pleasure the country has.

If you are planning to go somewhere with the bustling of the city life then the best option is to visit Ho Chi Minh City. The largest in the country and also the hottest tourist spot. Saigon is the version of Vietnam of a city that never sleeps. If you are a night explorer then you might be able to enjoy the nightlife that Saigon has to offer. Not only that, the city is also rich in history as it has the War Remnants Museum. If you love the open market then you will surely enjoy the Ben Thanh Market and will be able to put your bargaining tongue to test. Massages are also pretty popular in Vietnam and Saigon has one of the best to offer.

If you want a busy town not as overwhelming as the pulsating city of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi is the best option for you. It has an Old Quarter where all the classy hotels are located and lots of places to eat and shop. Nightlife is also present in this part of the country, not to mention that everything is affordable too. If you are planning to explore the beauty of Hanoi then it is recommended for tourists to take a motorcycle ride all over the streets.

From Hanoi you will be able to travel to Sapa by train in order to experience the beauty it has to offer. Sapa is located in the northern part of the country and it has a rich ethnic culture because of the still existing hill tribes. One can easily glimpse the hills and the rice terraces with a simple journey through the Hanoi to Sapa train.

How To Travel Even With Student Loan

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Some may have graduated and wanted to travel but stopped themselves because of their existing student loan. For some, it does not stop them from seeing the beauty the world has to offer. Here are some tips to help you travel despite a huge amount of student loan.

  • Choose the places with cheaper lifestyle and everyday expenses. Remember to pick out cheap destinations. The ones that you know you will be able to supplement with your current income. Looking for cheap places is now easier to do with proper research and with the help of the internet. There are websites that offer insights on the cheapest places you could stay in whether in Asia, Europe or South America. It compares the value of dollar with the local currency of the place then gives out an estimate on how much one could spend on meals, hostel, attractions and transportations on a daily basis.
  • You may be able to travel despite your student loans but be prepared to stay in budget hostels and not four-star rated accommodations. There are many online portals wherein you can look for budget places to stay without compromising comfort, cleanliness and amenities.
  • As much as it is convenient to charge your expenses on your credit card, it is not recommended. Remember that you are travelling with student loans hanging over your head, it will not help to get more debt without assurance of being able to pay at the designated due date. Unless you can make sure that you will pay the credit card’s balance before the interest sets in, then it is best not to use credit cards.

If you do not have enough money to travel abroad just for a holiday then try to mix in a little work into the adventure. If you have a certificate from TEFL then you might be able to teach English while you are in Thailand or China. If you have skills and you can land a contract job to be an online freelancer then you will be able to work anywhere in the world just as long as you have internet connection.

A Guide To Finding A Good Attorney

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Thailand – When you are in a certain predicament that would require legal aid, it is important that you don’t just hire any lawyer but a good one. This is because a good lawyer is the only thing that you need to win a legal case. If you are searching for a good lawyer, make sure not to rush in hiring. Here is a step-by-step guide to finding a good attorney.

STEP #1: FINDING

  • The first step to finding a good attorney is to determine what type of attorney you need. This of course would have to depend on your need for a lawyer. If you need one who specializes in international law, then you would have to find an international lawyer in Thailand. If you need one that specializes in real estate, or family law, or even criminal law, then you would have to find a lawyer that fits your need.
  • Your local bar association would have records of attorneys practicing in your area and it would do you good to contact them and ask for referrals.
  • There are also many listings online and the best thing about them is that they have reviews from previous clients which can help you in many ways.
  • Lastly, you can ask for referrals from family or friends who had recently worked with a lawyer.
  • Remember to make a list of the attorneys that you find in your area and review each of their websites if they have any.

STEP #2: CHOOSING

  • Once you have made a list and had sorted out which lawyers you think can help you the most, the next step would have to be scheduling a consultation appointment. It is recommended that you start with the lawyers that offer free consultations first.
  • Write important questions regarding pricing, success rate, availability and misconduct. Also, it would be better to have a lawyer that is from your state or area.
  • Bring documents that you think is important and necessary.
  • Once you have finished with the consultations, you should remember to choose an attorney that you feel comfortable the most.

STEP #3: COSTS

  • Once you have made your choice, you should be able to fully understand how the lawyer charges for his services.
  • Never hesitate to negotiate a fee especially if you are on a budget.