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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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Ugly Christmas Sweater From Charlotte Hornets And Tennessee Smokies

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UglyChristmasSweater.com knows that their sweaters are ugly. It is the only description for the sweaters that are festooned with all sorts of decors associated with the holidays. Who on earth will wear an ugly Christmas sweater that looks like a holiday gift complete with Christmas trees, stuffed toys and garlands? But, do you know that the UglyChristmasSweater.com has become a phenomenon because people believe that the ugly sweaters are awesome?

The Hornets want their fans to purchase the hideous ugly Christmas Hornets sweater to celebrate Christmas in July. Charlotte Hornets have in fact taken to Twitter to try to sell the leftover inventory of their ugly sweaters in July. They say that those who will grab the ugly sweaters will be treated to a discount and they will be happy they did 5 months earlier.

The blue sweaters are not actually that ugly and you will not win the first prize if the office hosts a contest for the ugliest Christmas sweater during the annual Christmas party. In fact, you will not look stupid or ridiculous if you wear the Charlotte Hornets’ sweater and it can be a collector’s item in the coming years.

If you are not interested in Charlotte Hornets ugly Christmas sweater, you can give Tennessee Smokies a try. The Smokies will also be celebrating Christmas in July at the ballpark with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving the Smokies Snow Globe that features Homer the Hound. In addition, the Charlotte Hornets will be wearing special ugly Christmas sweater themed jerseys that will be raffled and auctioned off. However, the raffle is for a good cause and the proceeds from the auction will go to Remote Area Medical. Christmas in July will be celebrated with holiday theme music, games, graphics and more at the ballpark. Who know Santa Claus might even be there.

The Tennessee Smokies have set a single game attendance record on Friday evening during their faceoff with Chattanooga Lookouts by welcoming a crowd of 7,866 marking a 3rd time this year alone for the club to set a new top figure. Prior to the 2015 campaign, the largest recorded attendance was only 7,728 in July 04, 2010 in a matchup against Huntsville stars.

Pool Construction In California On The Rise Amidst Continuing Drought

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California may be suffering from a devastating drought condition, but it’s definitely not stopping the swimming pool industry from performing well. From infinity pools to backyard swimming pools, Californians just can’t stop building them all.

Last year, the number of backyard swimming pools built by Californians has broken records upon records. This year, it would seem that the state is on the track to breaking that record and shatter last year’s mark even when California is experiencing one of the most terrible droughts in the state’s history, earning them differing reactions from the local water agencies.

Aaron Gurley of Gurley’s Premier Pools and Spas was supervising his crew as they tap a tool used for leveling into a wet concrete located at the edge of a large hole in the backyard when he stated how most people are unaware of the amount of math needed in building a swimming pool.

His crew is now going to lay natural stone tiles on the edges of the pool after they had just finished sealing the hole to prevent any leakages.

His company is currently building a pool for Victoria Deal who currently resides in Folsom, particularly at the eastern part of Sacramento suburb. Deal has three children and she says that she is actually excited that she can give her kids a pool that they can enjoy.

She said that a lot of people were actually surprised that Deal had decided to build a pool in the midst of a drought but she thought of the act as good for her family and her backyard which will now be very low maintenance.

But Deal is not the only person who had done this. According to a tracking firm, about 11,000 Californians have either built or rebuilt a pool in the past year and this year it is expected that 13,000 people are going to do the same.

But since local water agencies are now tightening their restrictions in order to implement the newly mandated reductions, the pool industry in the state of California would have to fight in order to survive.

Lovethesign Raised $4 Million Series A

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These days there are various e-commerce starting up anywhere in the world and funding are pouring on for those seen to be showing some potential. In Europe, the demand for home wear and furniture is unwavering that a new e-commerce startup called Lovethesign was born. The company is founded in Italy and it focuses on home designs.

Series A funds were gathered by the company and worth more than $4 million. The funding leader was the United Ventures together with various participants from anonymous private investors, all of which are members of the fashion and design sector in Italy.

What is more surprising is that Lovethesign decided to not only use the capital for their launch in Europe but the company wishes to follow up the launch by opening in the U.S. as well. Since there are many startups who are venturing into the design industry, Lovethesign considers a number of them competitors such as monoqi and Madeindesign. Not to mention these competitors span all e-commerce businesses that are into general furniture design such as Wayfare, which is located in Boston and is known more publicly.

Lovethesign was founded by Laura Angius, Vincenzo Cannata and Simone Panfilo in the last quarter of 2012. The founders were also known to working with Privalia, e-commerce giant, before in management positions. The company focuses in designing furniture and home accessories that are Italian inspired. All of their products can be bought through a fixed list of selection and they also hold flash sales every week.

The catalogue for the company has around 15,000 products and there are more than 1,000 partners such as Seletti Wears Toiletpaper, Alessi, MdfItalia, Casamania, Flos, Magis, Artemide and Foscarini. The company is said to have serviced more than 1 million customers and currently, 60,000 of the products were already shipped. The company is proud of their month-on-month growth which is at 20%.
According to Simone Panfilo, the CEO as well as one of the founders, the startup has met challenges and one of them is bridging the gap between what the designers produce and what the clients are looking for when it comes to authentic Italian home designs.

An Insight Into The Real Housewives Of Melbourne

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The Real Housewives Show was launched in 2006. Television viewers were treated to a reality show that focused on the lavish life styles of affluent women. The reality show became successful that it eventually became a franchise with Real Housewives in New York, Beverly Hills etc.

The women in the American editions of Real Housewives were extraordinarily glamorous but the reality behind that is they are living beyond their means. Some have filed for bankruptcy while others have been sued for unpaid taxes and rents. The lives of these women are real drama with all the complications.

Many viewers will likely aspire to experience the opulent life of the Real Housewives but it is far more entertaining to watch the egomaniacs that hate each other and verbally abuse one another using the most inventive profanities that be found on screen. However, there are confessional moments where there is no sense of self delusion. They give the impression that this is a kind of show where women can talk to other women about their problems and lives. Women in the reality show celebrate a certain kind of power through the recognition and validation of the difficulties of living in a world that men still dominate and hold the purse strings.

On the other hand, the women portray themselves as pampered dolls in a spectacular way where even the most mundane events of their life are treated as an accomplishment. A lot of what the housewives say sound odd flat and unnatural which seems that there has been a hasty off-camera scripting even if the conversations have to be spontaneous and adlibbed. However, this is not unusual for reality TV because to seem spontaneous, it must be rigorously produced and tightly edited like a soap opera.

In today’s generation of on-demand streaming and recording boxes people are not longer watching the same shows at the same time. Viewers may still seek the feeling of watching a show in tandem with others because they can make commentaries and reactions and share it with their friends through social media. People love to tweet while watching television and they tweet about the people they are watching.