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.

A Simple Flat In Hong Kong Converted To Become A Hi-Tech Abode

A Simple Flat In Hong Kong Converted To Become A Hi-Tech Abode

While walking along Hollywood Road and looking up at the building surrounding it, one may not expect that the area will be able to house a flat that does not only have the latest technology but is also eco-friendly. Contrary to what others might expect what with the surrounding and the traffic, there is a walk-up flat located at the top floor of a building that has been developed by Liquid Interiors, a local studio that desires to make a new space for a simple and healthy living.

According to the founder of Liquid Interiors, Rowena Gonzales, it has been the wish of the client to have a space that is modern and high tech but also presents a sustainable and healthy option. What makes the task a bit difficult is the space of the flat which is only 400 square feet. It contains one large room that has the Hollywood Road as the view and a narrow corridor that leads to a bathroom located at the back.

Gonzales shared how they puzzled on transforming a small flat according to the wish of the client but they focused on what can be transformed. The easiest decision was made for the kitchen where it was decided that they will adapt a sleek as well as minimalist design. The walls will be metallic and there will be an island equipped with a gas range with four burner stoves. Due to the small space, an extendable counter will be installed along with an extractor fan that pops up. The walls will feature a folding type that hides all the shelves, the counters and the oven.

There is now wall that divides the kitchen from the bedroom but there is a storage unit that is installed from the floor to the ceiling as well as cupboard doors that lead into the bedroom. There is also a blackboard where chalk messages can be written and placed in the kitchen. Gonzales revealed that most of their designs are centered in innovation and encouraging clients to have their own personalized space. For homes with extra rooms, add in your modern cloakroom vanity units.

Finding And Working With A Good Mortgage Broker

Finding And Working With A Good Mortgage Broker

When people plan to buy a house, they’ll most likely be going for mortgage to finance their purchase. Almost everyone that applies for mortgage does so with the help of mortgage brokers. If you don’t know what a mortgage broker is, they are professionals that act as middlemen or liaisons between borrowers and lenders and effectively working with both sides in order to make sure that a good deal is struck.

A mortgage broker will act as your agent and will represent you in front of lenders so that you may be able to get the best possible loan terms as enabled by your financial capabilities and goals. Most states regulate mortgage brokers and they need to be licensed. Sometimes, a mortgage broker could be certified by the NAMB or the National Association of Mortgage Brokers.

Know that a mortgage broker can help you in many ways. They can help you define your financial situation and goals, find the best financing options for you and once you’ve decided which loan to go for, they’ll help you in the process of getting pre-approved. They will help you complete your loan application and all the necessary documents required.

With mortgage brokers, don’t just settle for the first broker you can find. It is important that you find one who is not only knowledgeable but competent as well. Make sure he has a license to back him up. You can start your search by getting recommendations from friends and colleagues. Not only that, you can also ask your real estate agent for a good mortgage broker because most professionals work within a network and your real estate agent is bound to know a competent one. Aside from licenses, always consider the experience of a mortgage broker because you don’t want your broker to be learning from you. Ask potential candidates how many mortgages they have brokered in the past. Lastly, you should ask them at least three references that you can contact in order to prove the broker’s capabilities and competence.

Don’t be in a hurry when looking for a mortgage broker because if you find the right one, then the process for a Louisville home loan would definitely be much easier.

The Significance Of Learning A Foreign Language For Economic Prosperity

The Significance Of Learning A Foreign Language For Economic Prosperity

The European referendum is hot topic nowadays but there is something important being overlooked in the political debates. One very crucial issue is language learning that will always be present no matter the outcome of the referendum. As long as English is the common language in the European Union, there does not seem to be any necessity or desire for some quarters to learn a new language of communication.

In more than 20 countries across Europe, children are required to learn at least 2 foreign languages for at least a year. English remains to be a popular choice. In England, the same rule applies but the reality is rather woeful because the number of students who are learning foreign languages is on the decline. Based on the results of Language Trends Survey 2016, the decline continues to be unabated. Foreign language is very important for economic prosperity meaning people will have more opportunities in the European job market. Learning a foreign language will be crucial when the nation remains to be a member of the European Union but more so if it decides to stand alone.

One of the critical skills being sought for in the global job market is the ability to speak a foreign language other than the mother tongue. The job market seeks people who can speak English as well as French, Spanish or German because it allows participation in society on an international level. The benefits of learning a foreign language extend beyond career opportunities; it delivers health gains and cognitive abilities.

According to researches, being bilingual improves abilities on areas like math, reading and vocabulary. People who are multi-lingual or bi-lingual usually have better memory and recall. Learning a new language later in life protects a person from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The mere act of attempting to learn a new language slows down cognitive decline in old age.

Learning a foreign language is gaining popularity because people have realized that the skills open doors for job opportunities. If you desire to teach English as a foreign language, work for your TEFL certification to obtain a high paying job.

Here’s How You Can Find The Perfect Gift For Your Girlfriend

Here’s How You Can Find The Perfect Gift For Your Girlfriend

Finding the right gift give can already be a daunting task but if you’re a man who is eager to please your girlfriend with the perfect gift, then good luck with that. Women have always been mysterious creatures and oftentimes, it can get quite difficult reading them. In fact, when it comes to women, most men are as confused as a kid on his first day of school. But like any good boyfriend, your woman comes first.

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift to give your girlfriend, don’t you worry because you probably aren’t the only one. Just remember that when looking giving gifts to the woman who holds your heart, it is important that you show her that you know her. Here are some helpful tips that you can use to find the perfect gift for your special girl.

  1. Plan early. Most men make the mistake of buying gifts at the last minute but if you truly want to impress your girl, you should plan early for something romantic that you can come up with.
  2. Consider everything about her. Take note of her lifestyle and try to find a gift that would complement it. Consider her hobbies and the things that you two have in common. All you need to do is be creative.
  3. Be practical. Don’t get her something she wouldn’t use or appreciate. IT would be better if you stay practical. Go for the things that you know she needs. Consider her profession or the activities that she likes doing.
  4. Pay extra attention to your conversations. Sometimes, all you need to do is be attentive. Take note of your conversations because women like to leave hints from time to time.
  5. Ask her directly. Sure it may destroy the element of surprise but at least you know you’re getting her something she truly wants.
  6. There are many different kinds of personalized gifts from personalized baby shower gifts to engraved jewellery. Know that you can personalize just about anything. Personalization would allow you to add your own personal touch to the gift which would make the gift even more special.
The Waning Demand For Paper-Based Maps

The Waning Demand For Paper-Based Maps

Most individuals with smartphones can easily download satellite-based navigation maps to assist them with directions when travelling particularly in a strange place. This technological innovation has affected the demand for paper maps that used to be a traditional tool for travellers. In Arkansas, the state’s Highway and Transportation Department has recently announced that it is cutting its annual production of paper maps by a half or 500,000 that will be updated every 2 years instead of yearly.

Arkansas has bowed down to the reality that people now prefer digital maps instead of the usual paper maps particularly since out of the 1 million maps that were printed last 2014, about 300,000 pieces were still left. The state’s geographic information system and mapping section is sad about the developments but technology has certainly overtaken the art of looking at a paper-generated map.

Printed versions of the Arkansas’s paper-based maps include detailed country maps, city maps, route maps and maps that give people an indication of traffic volumes. These maps are computer-generated and can be accessed through the department’s website or through state tourism centers around Arkansas. Paper maps are often part of a tourist’s vacation travel kit to help motorists.

A decade ago, demand for paper-based maps was so great that out of 1.4 million printed copies, only about 30,000 were left. There were an unusual number of requests from schools. Motorists were also given their individual copy to aid a survey done by contractors. In 2011, which was the banner year of the paper-based maps, only 50,000 copies were left from the 1 million that was printed because residents of the state scrambled to get their hands on information on detours around high waters. GPS certainly will not tell if there is flooding in a certain area.

Maps have certainly played a big role in motorist’s lives throughout the years. Another type of map that has gained favorable attention is Illustrated Maps that was quite popular for cities, campuses, parks and resorts. Unlike traditional paper-based maps that provided directions, Illustrated Maps gave people a more interesting and exciting option because of its detailed topographic information.


Pre-Orders For New TMNT Game For The Xbox One Still Ongoing

Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be delighted to know that pre-orders for the new TMNT game for the Xbox One is now and still ongoing. It was in December last 2015 that news about a new TMNT game had first surfaced. Fans have immediately anticipated the announcement of the new game when rumours started circulating after a leak in Australia’s Classification Board rating systems gave the game an “M” rating. This could be referred to as the equivalent of the “T” in North America, specifically the United States’ Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).

Activision was immediately tied to the new TMNT game but along with the known game publisher, it was also noted that PlatinumGames also had a listing on the ratings page as an author. While Activision didn’t make an immediate announcement following that leak, it was soon revealed that both Activision and PlatinumGames have been working on a new TMNT game which is now titled TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan.

Platinum and Activision had previously worked together in two other games that were well received namely The Legend of Korra and Transformers: Devastation. Now, TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan is set to be released on May 24, 2016. The game costs about $49.99 and will feature a bundle only edition containing a Mutants in Manhattan Rock ‘n Roll Pack and a Samurai Pack.

TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan will be a slash and hack game and the site for the battle will be in the streets, subways and the sewers. This new game is perfect for all ages and even kids may be able to play it.

TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan will be released for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and 4 and even on Windows PC. Larry Hryb of Xbox Live announced that gamers would be able to pre-order the game early for the Xbox One so that means that TMNT fans can now begin to pre-order the game.

If you have grown up watching and knowing about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then this is definitely the perfect game for you to play.

Find A Great Printing Company With These Helpful Tips

Find A Great Printing Company With These Helpful Tips

With so many printing companies out there today, both traditional and digital, finding the right printing company can be quite a task. But nonetheless, you shouldn’t stop searching for the right printing company you can work with because outsourcing printing jobs can be an integral part of your business especially when it comes to your marketing endeavours. You have many options available to you from your local computer, online printing companies and even large traditional printing companies. But it is important that regardless of what you choose, you are ensured that the end-products you receive are of great quality because otherwise it can hurt your reputation a lot. Go for a professional company because when potential clients see that your marketing printed materials are of bad quality, they would assume that you provide bad quality services as well.

If you want to find the best printing company for you, follow these tips below.

  1. Visit them in their working place. After you have conducted a good research and have found promising companies, make sure to visit them in their workplace. Take a tour of their working environment and check their facilities. Take a look at their printers and check whether they are using the proper technologies for printing. Remember, you want to make sure that you get high quality products and to produce that, the company would need to have the proper equipment.
  2. Ask for samples. To further determine the quality of their work, ask for samples of their recent work and compare it with your own set of standards.
  3. Ask for references. You would need to know about their customer service and the only ones who you can trust are the people who have worked with them before and had experienced what it was like working with the company.
  4. Check their reputation. When you visit the company’s website, do not ignore the reviews and the ratings. Make sure that they have positive reviews and that they have been in the business for a couple of years. It is important that you find a reputable printing company like Data Documents so that you don’t have to worry about getting less than what you are hoping for.