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Making The World Safer And More Secure Through The Iran Nuclear Deal

In his four and a half minute speech, President Barack Obama said: “We have before us a historic opportunity to pursue a safer, more secure world for our children. It may not come around again in our lifetime.” The President is referring to the Iran Nuclear Deal.

After extensive talks in Vienna, a 159-page agreement has been finalized between 6 world powers and Iran that closes Iran’s pathway to nuclear weapons; allows for an unprecedented 24/7 monitoring of key nuclear facilities; and provides international inspectors with access to Iran’s nuclear supply chain. Once Iran violates the deal, sanctions will immediately be in place.

However, before the deal can be implemented, it has to pass through Congress and Obama expects a lot of overheated and dishonest arguments in the weeks ahead. Last Saturday, during his weekly address Obama seized on the opportunity to seek support from voters. This is prior to the congressional vote on the deal and against the backdrop of a Republican-led opposition.

The deal is unlikely to be defeated in Congress but it is already expected that many Republicans will attempt to do so. Joe Boehner, the speaker of the House thinks that it is a bad deal and plans to do everything to stop the deal from pushing through. On the other hand, Bob Corker who is the Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee said that he will hold hearings so that everyone in Congress will understand what they are voting for.

Bob Corker has told reporters that those who believe that the deal is going to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon will vote for it. Those who think that the world will not be a safer place and the deal can pave a way for a nuclear weapon will surely vote against it.

Republican candidates for the presidential elections in 2016 say that the deal will be remembered as America’s worst diplomatic failure; however, Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton supports the deal to help prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Obama does not shy away from criticism and believes in tough, honest and serious debates. He wants the whole world to see a leadership that welcomes scrutiny.

Vietnam And Thailand To Boost Tourism Cooperation

Vietnam And Thailand To Boost Tourism Cooperation

People’s Committee of Thue Thien Hue Province in Vietnam and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in Thailand held talks recently in efforts for both countries to increase cooperation in matters concerning tourism.

Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, minister of Tourism and Sports in Thailand, presided the talks which had Nguyen Van Cao, chairman of People’s Committee of Thue Thien Hue Province, in attendance. Nguyen headed the delegation to Thailand in celebration of 40 years in diplomatic relations. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) representatives were also present.

The talk and its agreements

Agreements were formulated during the talks to improve cooperation in tourism as well as to foster cultural understanding in efforts to develop the friendship between Vietnam and Thailand. There was also a motivation for enhancing tourists’ experiences in visiting these two nations through information sharing regarding visitor preferences. TAT offered help in training human resource while building connections with Thai hotels, airlines and travel agents to encourage joint efforts in promoting attractions and destinations in both countries.

Kobkarn expressed how pleased she was that Vietnamese tourism players wanted to foster collaboration with Thailand in order to boost visitor numbers and improve the tourists’ experience. She also said that the improved cooperation benefits travel, trade and investment as well as create stronger bonds for the two nations.

“Two Countries, One Destination” campaign

She further added that the talks were a venue to link Vietnam and Thailand according to the “Two Countries, One Destination” campaign started in 2015. The initiative was started to promote the cross border travel to create links between towns and cities while offering holiday packages for long term tourists who can explore multiple destinations.

Nguyen said he was aiming for cooperation with Thailand so as to link Hue with Thailand’s tourist attractions. From the talks, an example was a link between Hue and Chiang Mai. These two cities could be included in the “Two Countries, One Destination” campaign with same agreements to be started in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar in the future.

What this means for travels in Vietnam and Thailand

Travel across these two countries may become convenient due to improved sea links and roads or due to increased air travel connections. An increase in a number of tourists due to this link means more inland travels for these two countries too with examples such tourists from Thailand aboard a Hanoi to Sapa train or tourists from Vietnam going to Phuket on buses that results in greater economic income. Enhancing the cross border tourism for these two countries can benefit both Vietnam and Thailand.

Singapore's Road To Cashless And Cardless Transactions

Singapore’s Road To Cashless And Cardless Transactions

In the future, Singaporeans will be able to pay in the counter through voice recognition software according to EZ-Link CEO Nicholas Lee.

The voice initiates the payment in place of a credit card swipe or a contact-free card wave. The voice trigger is seen with the launch of Android Pay and Apple Pay. It can also be a thumbprint or an iris scan.

EZ-Link payment method

EZ-Link is already transitioning to becoming an account based and payment solutions provider after just being a stored value card for Singaporeans. This account based system means that these EZ-Link cards will be linked to bank accounts as well as getting topped up while on the go.

Lee said that they are already behind the game and that they need to accelerate themselves. They have already been collaborating with Mastercard and Visa.

Last month, Mastercard and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that an account based ticketing system will be launch before the end of the year. This will allow those already registered Mastercard holders to use their debit or credit cards on buses and trains. Thus, this eliminates the need for transit cards and top-ups.

Changing with the modern times

EZ-Link’s evolution is head to head with the company NETS which is owned by 3 of Singapore’s local banks.

It was also from LTA’s actions that pushed NETS to future proof its company’s business. LTA announced earlier this year that a new Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system will be launched in 2020.

Ang Sok Hong who is the head of Sales and Marketing said that they don’t want to wait to change until then. He added that they are building towards the payment system for 2020. They are looking to accept virtual wallets at car parks islandwide.

Ang adds that the banks are always asking to have them put out more of their NETS payment terminals. This is because banks want a decrease in ATM queues and ATMs in the market.

Conclusion

Companies definitely need to accelerate their app development Singapore since people want convenience aside from the need increasing with the times.

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Coffee Giant Relaxes Dress Code

A coffee conglomerate’s dress code is loosened up for its employees in North America according to a statement released by the company. This was implemented to allow their baristas to stand out as individuals.

The changes mean Starbucks employees of over 150,000 in 8,771 stores can now dress beyond the standard black and white shirts which were the background to their famous green aprons. The changes rolled out included a new style guideline. This also included new color combinations plus new rules on accessories and accents.

The company said that it wants to increase their employee satisfaction and at the same time, they want to make their stores seem cool. A manager in a Manhattan store said their customers are happy to see the baristas’ individuality unique expressed through their style.

These are some of the changes the company implemented including which are allowed and prohibited.

The company allows hair coloring either semi-permanent or permanent but hair should be tied back. For reasons regarding food safety, temporary hair color, glitters, sprays and chalks are not allowed. Hair can be covered in allowed hats like newsboy caps, beanies and fedoras. Cowboy hats are prohibited, though.

Employees are now invited to wear subdued colors that include brown, gray, dark denim and navy. They are also advised to wear solids and small, low contrast patterns.

Tops can also be of different styles like pullovers, turtlenecks and sweaters (Men’s or Women’s Sweaters), among others. Tank tops, T-shirts, hoodies and those clothing with plunging necklines are a no-no. They are also warned about wearing logos not related to the company.

Regulations in terms of the pants are relaxed too. They can wear shorts, skirts, dresses, dark jeans, slacks and khakis.

Shoes should cover the top foot and heel as much as possible. Colors of brown, gray and black are allowed with little accent colors.

Tattoos and other accessories should not be the main accent of the outfit. Piercings should also kept to just 2 per ear. Watches, wristbands and other hand jewelry are prohibited too.

The guidelines also include a warning about being prevented from work if they come dressed inappropriately.

Famous Photographer In Scotland Is A Nine Year Old Girl

Regina Wyllie is from Scotland and she is just nine years of age but she had already developed a passion for photography which is the very reason why she is in the profession now at a very early age. She had debuted as a photographer and had already conducted her first official wedding photography shoot and thereafter, more and more couples are booking her to cover them as they do their wedding vows. Regina may be young in number but her works shows none of her age. Many more people now want her to be their photographer in order for their special day to be documented.

According to Mr. Kevin Wyllie, who is the father of Regina, Regina has had photography experience of about 6 years already. He recounted how she discovered that she loves being behind the lens when she was only three years old. The first time her father took her to a photo shoot was of mountain bike racing. During that time, all she had was a plastic toy camera.

During that time, Mr. Wyllie was busy taking photographs of the event and Regina is also taking her own shots using her small camera. After that time, she has been bugging her father questions on how to handle a camera which piqued her interest in photography.

Looking at the work of Regina, one will be able to see that she is one of the best photographers there is considering her age. There is passion in what she does behind the lens and it reflected on her work. During her first photo shoot for a wedding, her father was the one who took the formal photographs while the candid shots are taken care of Regina. Her work comes out as natural and adorable which made the newly-wed very happy as long as their families. After this, a great team has developed between Regina and her dad.

Regina was asked if she is scared when doing wedding photography and she answered no. She admitted that the only thing that she can complain about what she is doing is that she has to stand a long time to get a proper shot and it could be tiring at some point.

How Digital Printing Enhances Business Productivity And Efficiency

How Digital Printing Enhances Business Productivity And Efficiency

Over the last 10 to 15 years, innovations in technology have changed traditional workplace attitudes and processes. Mobile devices, customer relationship management (CRM) software, cloud computing and big data have enhanced productivity, automated manual tasks, improved decision making and innovated products and services. More recently, advances in digital printing have improved the way businesses work and how they are run.

Digital printing has changed traditional mass offset printing that used to be carried out in small targeted on-demand print runs. As an industry, digital printing is expected to grow to about $300 billion by 2024. Statistics can be surprising but the print industry is actually larger than the music industry. Because of the marketing industry, digital printing is growing rapidly to evolve alongside a plethora of established and emerging digital channels.

Print continues to play a key role in the marketing mix because it actually works in speeding up communication. For example, about 79% of consumers will act on direct mail immediately while only 45% deals with emails straightaway. Targeted direct mail has a response rate of 4.4% while email rate is only 0.12%. Online brands with print magazines and catalogues are on the rise with 10 billion business cards printed each year. In 2013, advertising print reached a total of $45.2 billion with an expected growth average of 4.5% annually that will continue until 2024.

However, even if many business processes have been digitalized for increased efficiency, ordering prints have remained to be a manual process. Businesses handle prints differently using different vendors for each department, office or brand. Sometimes, the business has no exact estimation of print cost because they are not considered a priority for process optimization and digitalization. Today, new technology as well as global platform structures is making printing more significant not only in a highly efficient way but in an environmentally friendly process.

Carbonless Invoice Books have eliminated the need for carbon paper between forms to create multiple and similar copies. Advances in printing technology have enabled businesses to print multiple copies of invoices, contracts, purchase orders, receipts, application forms and work orders with speed and efficiency.

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The Reason Behind Digital Nomads Flocking To Asia Making It Their Base

With the availability of many online jobs, physical location is becoming irrelevant. Alongside this rise follows the rise of digital nomads. They are the location independent workers who are free to choose where they work from.

Digital nomading is often thought as working while traveling. However, this is more about working remotely than traveling continuously according to some 500,00 people worldwide. For most people, it is a result of the many economic realities.

Many digital nomads look at a few of their favorite places so as to travel while working and living there. Others travel permanently, randomly or stopping years when they find the reason to. Digital nomadism expands to diverse kinds of people but they all need something in common: freedom and technology through the internet. They need communication or collaboration applications and cloud devices.

There are misconceptions to digital nomads like they are those sitting near beaches with laptops in their laps which is resulting to getting employers unsure of their work commitments. Phrases like “perpetual travel” or “travel while getting paid to do it” are misleading too.

For digital nomads, being in a city is a win because of its guaranteed high speed connection to the internet being able to work faster and more efficiently. Thailand is currently maintaining its top spot for cities to work remotely as it is fairly cheap, safe and with a reliable internet infrastructure. This is according to Pieter Levels from Nomad List, a site that rates cities great for digital nomads. This is based on criteria of places to work, internet connection speed in relation to racial and living tolerance. Vietnam is close by but has a poorer score in terms of internet infrastructure, safety and hospitality.

According to Nomad List, Jeju Island in South Korea, Daegu in South Korea, Bangkok in Thailand, Busan in South Korea and Tokyo in Japan are the top 5 places for digital nomads. Whether a nomad is working part time for a company based through Serviced Offices in Asoke, Bangkok or is working in a coworking space in Tokyo, digital nomading in Asia is generally cheap, modern and safe.

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Shift Customer Service To Online

Getting the proper customer service done online is critical. Online markets are increasing exponentially. There are numerous businesses done online anywhere from Clothing, Technology, Entertainment, TV Store Online and much more. This is becoming a trend to market online for retailers or stores to gain profit and revenue. A 57 percent of online growth is expected in the next years two years. There is a possible 414 billion dollar growth in 2018 from its actual figure of $294 billion in 2014. This means a sales shift from physical stores to online or e-retail stores.

The shift is due to convenience. Most people rather choose to go online than physically driving to go to a store which offers the same products and services. Online transactions are faster too. These are done anywhere and any time. Whether at home or on the go, online purchasing changes how shopping is done. All the hassle is avoided in doing things online.

Although physical stores are still existing, it is expected to have fewer stores in the long run as online sales get continually increasing taking a huge percent of the overall stores’ sales. According to Forrester Research, 60 percent of all retail sales in the US will one way or another include the internet in 2017. It is either through transactions done in desktop computers or laptops or from mobile or smartphone devices. The research also indicates that 10 percent of these sales will be online purchases in the next 5 years.

It is smart to shift to online and mobile sales, and to focus on these methods. This is by doing excellent customer service. Customer service solutions like the use of co-browsing or screen sharing. These offer an engaging manner for doing businesses online. As an example, customer service agents are able to share their screens to highlight information. They are able to do walkthroughs for difficult processes. They are able to assist with online orders and purchases.

The online retail experience becomes more personal, hassle free and fast. This is a different kind of experience and one that results to loyal and repeat customers.