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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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Scott Fahlman And His Humanoid Robot Scone

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Creativity and fun have found its way in the online world through various means such as designing and developing a website, one that is offered by a web design company Perth-based. The knowledge of technicalities in computers like codes results to the creation of many other things that are definitely not limited to designing and developing websites for an improved advertisement. Applications, games, drivers, and operating systems, which are widely used by the modern world, are also results of the play of codes done by computer geniuses that have extensively done their research.

Scott Fahlman, the computer scientist nicknamed as the Emoji King – emoji being the terminology for the smiley faces showcasing different moods in the different social media sites, aims to share to the whole world a far greater, significant, and complex project called Scone. Scone stands for Scalable Ontology Engine, Fahlman’s attempt of creating a humanoid, similar to models like Wall-E or R2D2. His plan is to make the project an open-source software which means that the source code will be made available to the public for possible enhancements. However, the entire humanoid project is said to be met with extreme pressure as the computer scientist’s research funding is coming to an end this year on the month of December. Apart from his project Scone, one of his plans for this year is to write a tutorial about Al in the hopes that this may contribute in building bigger and smarter robots in the future.

When asked about the capabilities of Scone, he said that he is hoping that the humanoid creature he is making may fit in the traditional criteria of a robot – one that speaks and understands the English language and quite knowledgeable to share his ideas about the world he belongs in.

The computer geek giving out smiley face cookies every month of September to celebrate the conception of the idea of emojis may be regarded by many as a man of modern vision for technology and a modern world in general, but he is also described to be traditional by heart, as he posts in his website a Smiley Lore that reminisces the story of how the concept of emoji paved its way to success many years ago.

What You Shouldn’t Do With Vacation Rentals

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When you plan on renting vacation villas in Hua Hin, there are a few things you should be wary of. Sometimes people make the mistake of doing the things listed below due to carelessness, ignorance or because of high expectations. But before you skip to the details below, you should first know more about vacation rentals. When you hire rooms, cottages, villas, RV’s, boathouses and any other living space for rent, they are collectively known as vacation rentals. Vacation rentals are easy and are perfect for vacations but before you book a rental, here are the things that you shouldn’t be doing.

Ignore the listing
Most people often make the mistake of ignoring the listing. This is definitely a bad habit because the listings contain all the things you can expect from the rental package. If you ignore most of the details from the listings, then you might be surprised, or even disappointed by the things you see on the rental.

Expect what wasn’t mentioned
If the listing doesn’t contain hot water, then you shouldn’t expect to be provided with hot water. Do not expect things that are not listed.

Use an unknown site to book a rental
Use only what is certified and trusted. Unknown sites are unreliable and they may cost you a good amount of money if you are not careful.

Forget about taxes and cleaning fees
You may think that staying in a rental would exclude you from paying taxes but it actually doesn’t. You should know that taxes are mostly not included in the daily rates along with the cleaning expenses and the damages that you might cause while renting. You may be fined before you leave.

Arrive early
Whereas in hotels, the early bird style is great for catching great rooms, but in the case with vacation rentals, your early arrival may cause a few disturbances like the disruption of the normal system and a rushed unit cleaning.

Expect to fall in love with the place upon arrival
This would definitely not happen immediately. It would probably take a few days before the place grows on you. There are also probably some things that you expected to see but didn’t. Lastly, you should not expect them to be like hotels because they fall short of hotel standards.

The Evolution Of Smart Desks

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Executive desks are now given a makeover because of the latest innovation in this piece of office furniture. The now popular design is desks that have adjustable heights and is being adapted by many businesses around the world.

After this new design comes a more advanced variation from Netherlands – a smart desk that lights up and is constructed with charging outlets for smartphones, sensors for magic hand, a prompter for the room temperature as well as comments on the number of calories burned by the employee for standing at a period of time.
Marcel Demper, the founder of MisterBrightLight, expressed how his company wanted to design furniture that is not only health but more fun. The adjustable height desks made by their company is not only meant to be an eye candy but it offers a lot of functionality especially when it comes to technical side.

Marcel shared how he came to design such desks and it is in his aim to improve the wellness of employees especially those who are in the office from 9 to 5. Aside from that, he also wants workers to have the practice of moving around the office and it should be a routine and not just something they are obliged to do.

Marcel expressed his vision which is to help individuals gradually change their perspective towards office works and that they have to stand up more often not because someone tells them it is the healthy thing to do but they have experienced it first hand and how good it felt. Although he recognizes that there are already many options when it comes to adjustable height desks, there is something missing which they have integrated into the furniture which is the fun part. The added features that were equipped in the MisterBrightLight sets it aparat from other desks.

The fun part includes customization so it can follow the company brand or colors. The magic hand sensor included in the desk works by waving your hand and the desk will automatically change height. The lighting of the desk can also be adjusted, as well as the brightness and the color. Charger for smartphones are also included as well as a function that gives user the ability to know the room temperature, humidity and level of oxygen in the air.

Local Residents Offended As Park Gets New Fence

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We have learned many things from Marvin of Health Landscapes Fence Fitters during our recent meet-up with him. According to him, before any improvement projects can be launched, it is always important that they first undergo effective planning. Carefully laying out all the structural plans, ideas and considering all the things that need to be considered can go a long way especially when the improvement project involves a public property.

If improvement projects are not effectively planned, then it could spawn grave results and such was the case in the City of Oxford after an eight-foot fence was erected at the Risinghurst Recreation Ground located at the Ridgeway Road.
The local residents were not happy about the fence, mostly because it had cut off a large portion of the park.

One of these residents, Steven Newman, father of two children, had even complained to the Oxford City Council after he had discovered the fence set up on the small park. According to Steven, it was still unbelievable to see the unfamiliar fence standing on the already small park.

He expressed his disappointment at the city council when he saw the erected fence. Steven also said that the next time they build a fence; they should make sure it is on the boundary.

Most of the local residents now believe that the park is not being managed properly by the city council and that the contractors have not conducted a proper job.

The city council had already announced last month that they will be replacing the old fences of the park. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Instead, they had built new fences on the boundary and had kept the old ones.
There is also an issue on how the public was not consulted about the fencing plans.

Marvin commented on the issue and said that whenever people plan to build fences, they should consult all of the people involved as they are also more likely to be directly and indirectly affected by the fences. Through effective consultation, they would be able to discuss issues regarding the fencing and think of ideas that would benefit every party.

How Much Does It Take To Keep Your House Safe?

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The world has increasingly become a dangerous place to live. Every day there are numerous reports of killings, bombings and homes ransacked by thieves. The evil in this world has continued to stalk people and one could only hope that they be spared from this wickedness. Manufacturers, businesses and inventors have teamed up to work with security systems that detect irregularities happening inside residential and commercial structures. The iHome Alarm Systems is just one of the hundreds of companies that specialize in creating security products. As a leading industry player, the iHome Home Alarm Systems has bested other companies when it comes to creating best quality products for the market.

A look in the past

Even several hundreds of years ago, people were already worried about how to keep their homes and belongings safe. Over the last few decades thought, the way people protect their houses has upgraded drastically.

Getting a home security system

If you think that you are the only one who is thinking about getting an alarm system for your house, you are not alone. One CEO of a leading alarm systems company based in Massachusetts, selling wireless home securities, says that after a disturbing shooting in a school in Newtown, Connecticut, the sales and demand of security systems have significantly increased to at least 60 percent.

In the year 2011, it was reported that the Americans spent almost $20.64 billion in buying home security alarm systems. This was according to the research conducted by the firm MarketsandMarkets. The said industry is projected by experts to grow to as much as $34.46 billion by the year 2017.

How much is the upfront payment for home alarm security services? Most companies offer their clients with special installation of the product that could go as low as $99. However, the start-up cost for all of the necessary equipments needed for the system to be functional is around $600 to $1,200. This data is according to a reliable home security review. If you already have the security equipment, you are now bound to pay the monthly monitoring fee which can is usually in the range of $15 to $100 and the average price is $30.

Tutoring Helps Students In And Out Of The Classroom

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Over the years, there is always a constant change of the things that people deem valuable. But with all these changes that are occurring, it can be said that one particular ideology seemed to be at a halt. Ever since the world had first learned of the concept of education, it has become an important part of human life. People would always seem to value education and deem it as a necessity, something that people need. In this time and age, where knowledge means power, education has never been more important than it ever was. For some people, education and the constant learning process, is the key to success, a key to a better life and a brighter future. This is probably why people invest a lot on education, particularly the parents. They would always want what’s best for their children.

Unfortunately, not every child can be given a proper education, and not every school can give the same amount of knowledge to every student it has. Because of this, parents would often opt to seek out tutoring companies like Bee Academic Tutoring to further their child’s education.

But the problem is that not everyone can afford a tutor. Luckily, there are ways in which underprivileged students can be given free tutoring, like what is happening in one particular school.

Mrs. Barkley has been conducting an after-school tutoring session with the help of the seniors who wish to better themselves by helping out other students who are struggling with certain subjects. Mrs. Barkley deems the program as an academic learning center wherein people who struggle with certain subjects come in around 3 to 4 to seek out tutoring aid.

For Hailey Murphy, one of the students who are helping out, the tutoring program is a great opportunity for the students to get extra help after school. According to her, the program is definitely working because the connections being made by the students with their older tutors improves their confidence and they come out of the study hall as more confident as they know they could always turn to someone in case they needed help.

Tutors would come in to earn their hours, but they would also ultimately open themselves up to the other students they are helping.
Mrs. Barkley said that they all leave the school knowing that they have done something good for other people.