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.


How Vacation In A Relaxing Environment Affects Physical Wellbeing

When an individual goes on a meditation retreat, it is usually on a relaxing resort-like environment far from the daily grind. An individual certainly needs a vacation from the stress of daily life, from the pressure of meeting deadlines and dealing with angry customers. According to Dr. Eric Schadt, founding director of Icahn Institute of Genomics And Multiscale Biology at Mt. Sinai, New York, a relaxing vacation will allow the body to get out of its defensive posture and to reduce stress which affects the state of the cells involved in the immune system.

In a new study, researchers measured gene activity, blood markers and reported wellbeing of 102 women with ages between 30 to 60 during a vacation in the relaxing environment of La Costa Retreat and Spa in Carlsbad, California. Some of the women were asked to participate in meditation and yoga retreat while the rest simply enjoyed the resort without undertaking yoga and meditation training.

One third of the women participants had past experience in retreats and regular meditation while the rest had no history in meditating. Half of those with zero experience in meditation were randomly assigned to yoga/meditation programs while the other half were randomly assigned to vacation only. Blood samples were taken before and after the retreat and the women were asked to report any symptoms of depression, stress, vitality and mindfulness on day 5, after 1 month and 10 months later.

Scores for psychological wellbeing improved for all the three groups by day 5 and one month later. Gene expression changes and aging biomarkers from the blood samples also showed significant improvements for all the groups at the completion of the retreat. It was also found out that there were benefits gained from simply being on vacation. Those who were regular meditators exhibited higher telomerase, an enzyme that repairs and fortifies chromosome tips.

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Why It Makes Sense For Small Businesses To Adopt Online Marketing Strategies

In the past years, businesses manifested their presence through traditional methods like word of mouth advertising, billboards, newspaper ads, direct mailing and signage. With the arrival of the internet, big companies found a better way to reach potential customers. They hired professional internet marketing services for the promotion of the business. However, small businesses believed they do not require online marketing like the big businesses do. That is not the case because the internet provides opportunities for small businesses to gain online presence.

Nowadays, almost everybody is online and it has become convenient and easy enough to use their Smartphone or laptop to search for products and services. Consumers can search for information on business hours and pricing, read reviews and look for other options without the need to visit the physical store. Consumers expect businesses to have a website with the right information. Without a website, a potential customer may be in doubt of the business’ legitimacy.

Just because a business is reluctant to take advantage of the internet for marketing opportunities does not mean that the competition has the same belief. It is very likely for the competition to apply digital marketing strategies to attract potential customers and to achieve a first impression from the target audience. All kinds of online marketing strategies are employed to be one step ahead of other businesses.

More and more consumers spend their time online particularly due to the breakthroughs in technology that include high speed internet connections and the introduction of mobile devices that work like a laptop. People have become significantly dependent on the internet which requires a consistent and long term online marketing strategy in order not to miss the opportunities of potential customers finding the business easily.

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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.


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


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.