Syria’s President: Western Leaders Are To Blame for Crisis in Refugee

With the increasing problem of the refugees in Europe which are mostly from Syria, the president of the country expressed his sentiments and blamed the Western nations. He told media that the countries in the West supported opposition groups in Syria’s civil war.

In an interview with the news organizations of Russia, President Bashar al-Assad said that if the western nations are worried about the people in his country, they should stop supporting the terrorists. This is what the Syrian government thinks of the whole crisis. The president pressed on that this is the core issue of the crisis with refugees.

Refugee crisis in Europe

Europe is currently struggling to deal with the increasing number of migrants arriving illegally at the borders of European countries. Many of these refugees have been fleeing the conflict in Syria with militant groups which have claimed the lives of at least 220,000 people.

The leaders of the western nations have criticized the government of al-Assad for being incompetent in presiding over the violence in his country. The violence in his country helped spawn the influx of ISIS militant group in the country which drove at least four million of Syrian civilians to seek refuge to other lands. But instead of thanking the European nations for taking in the refugees, he also blamed the European countries.

The president of Syria said that Europe should also take the blame since they supported terrorism.

Double standards among European nations

In the press conference held, it was not explicitly stated by the president what he was referring to when he said that Europe took part in terroristic acts. Two years ago, the European Union ended the arms embargo with rebel groups that were fighting the government of Syria. The United States on the other hand has offered support to some Syrian rebels who were willing to fight against ISIS.

The president of Syria said in the interview that how can people from across the globe feel sad for the death of a child in the sea and not feel any remorse for the deaths of thousands of children who have been killed by rebel groups in Syria.

What A Pharmacist Wants Parents To Know About Lice

Head lice are definitely every parent’s nightmare, especially when the children are in primary school.

In aid of the National Bug Bustling Day last October 31, Stuart Gale, owner of and chief pharmacist, wanted to educate all parents regarding head lice for them to be fully equipped at getting the pests at bay.

The 11 things about head lice

These are the 11 things that Gale wanted to impart to parents.

  1. It only takes about thirty seconds for lice to move from a person’s head to another.
  2. Head lice can’t jump, swim or fly. The only way to transport them is through head-to-head contact.
  3. They are not likely going to spread from combs, hats and pillows.
  4. They only affect people. They are not caught from animals.
  5. Their eggs hatch after 10 days. Once laid, there is still a window to treat them before they bed in.
  6. There are studies that show that they’re becoming resistant to chemical treatments.
  7. Regular brushing using a metal nit comb is enough to keep them at bay.
  8. They appear to get repelled by tough smells like peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus.
  9. People will suffer from telltale itch, if they’re allergic to saliva from head lice.
  10. Head lice don’t prefer short or long, clean or dirty hair.
  11. Effective treatment involves a process. A special shampoo with a metal nit comb should be used. Regular combing using this specific comb eradicates all eggs and any bugs.

A great way on how to kill lice includes treating everyone in the household, according to NHS. This also means that everyone should be treated in a similar day.


There are a few products which can be applied to the hair and scalp. This includes a dimeticone (4%) lotion or a lotion spray that is left overnight, or a dimeticone (4%) gel that is left on for only fifteen minutes.

Wet Combing

This involves eradicating lice using a special comb with fine teeth. Combs that have flat teeth with 0.2 – 0.3 mm spaces apart are suitable for removing head lice.

Why Do People Destroy And Vandalize Trees?

According to Parks and Reserve manager Derek Thompson, a large number of trees are being destroyed or removed on a regular basis at the Thames-Coromandel District. The most recent incident saw two trees damaged at Moore Crescent Reserve at Opito Bay. One of the trees is very significant to the area because of the shade it provides. In fact, contractors are in the process of completing crown-lifting and pruning work on the tree.

Instead of blocking the view, a nice shape is created so that it can provide a frame for property view. There are stages of development that a tree has to go through to achieve a desired outcome. The tree was almost at this stage when someone decided to cut back the trees. Improper cutting will increase secondary growth and it will take years for the tree to grow to a stage where it can be developed.

If people want to remove trees that are blocking their view, it important to be knowledgeable of the necessary steps that have to be undertaken as well as options that are available. It is very disappointing to see trees that have gained prominence to be intentionally destroyed. A recent case of tree poisoning involved one of the Norfolk Pines on Buffalo Beach, Whitianga. It has been confirmed by a local tree expert that the tree has been poisoned and there is a threat of falling branches and pine cones.

Other areas where a whole course of trees has been killed include Pauanui and Tairua. Incidents of tree destruction have resulted into complaints and court action. Destruction of trees is vandalism. Trees provide people with some form of enjoyment. If there are issues about trees, it should be discussed with the local area office so that it can be professionally managed.

If a tree a dead or it has become a threat to life and property, removal can be option. For example, if you want to get palm trees removed from your property because of their nearness to a building or structure, your best option is to consult the experts for the best approach.

Thailand Education For Expats –Discussion On International Schools And How To Distinguish One

There was a point in time that schools in Thailand advertise themselves to be International schools, but lack the qualifications of being one. It was used as a marketing tool to get more enrollments. That is why in 1994, the International Schools Association of Thailand was formed. This is mainly to set standards and validate institutions who claim to be International Schools. To be admitted a member of this association, the school must teach International Curriculum, either American or British among many others. Secondly, there must be a high percentage of non-Thai students attending the said institution. And lastly, there must also be a high percentage of non-Thai instructors and educators teaching in the institution. To be standardized as an international school, Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, has followed these simple guidelines to make sure they do not mislead foreign nationals seeking international studies.

For people looking for an international school, Bangkok standards in the present surely do not disappoint. As more Thai parents aspire to get their children taught with international approach and style, they condense international schools lessening the general percentage of Non-Thai students. To counter this, secondary schools called ‘bilingual schools’ were put up. Not to confused with international schools, bilingual schools do not necessarily follow international standards but adopt some of its systems and still have international style taught.

What makes a school international, in detail, varies, and even arguable at times. Many institutions expressed disagreement with the criteria. They said that it is still possible to produce global citizens even without meeting the technical guidelines. Even though many institutions echo the same sentiments, the criteria are still in place to produce a strong distinction between International Schools and other schools. And the more criteria is met, the higher the tier is. After the technicalities have been met, the approach varies. There are a handful of different curricula that can be adopted. However, the International Schools Association of Thailand has one different approach. Though different languages are taught to comply with international standards, they still aim to establish a good command of the Thai Language. This is to maintain a strong representation of Thailand in the international community.


How to Do a Daily and Weekly Quick Assessment on Commercial Cleanliness

Commercial cleaners are entrusted the vital task of keeping the workplace thoroughly cleaned for a healthy and comfortable working environment. Most Melbourne commercial cleaning companies are reputable and a master in their fields, just one glimpse at the outcome and you will immediately satisfied. But commercial cleaning is not only keeping things in order or the place smelling good, the service you are paying for are elaborate and specific, so you need to take the time to evaluate if all services agreed upon in the contract were delivered. Also, make sure that proper protocols were followed in the procedure.

Prepping the workplace

This industry pride themselves to be trained and professional, following a system methodically in service delivery. In an urban metropolis setting, Melbourne commercial cleaning services do not only take care of the property but also the welfare of the people working in their area of assignment. When doing extensive cleaning, the cleaners must put up a sign to avoid accidents, like the risk of fall or accidental contact with toxic chemicals. This is so that passers-by can take an alternate route, and save both parties from any inconvenience. Imagine just finishing mopping a corridor, and then somebody casually walks over the wet floor. It may be hazardous since the floor is wet plus you will have to redo the work.

Daily cleaning routines

Visually check the area for any types of debris or trash that are scattered. Check for any stains or spots on the walls, carpets, floors, or furniture. Check desktop surfaces for accumulated dust, or knobs and handles for any grease marks. Check if the garbage bins are emptied. Restrooms should also be spot clean with paper towels and tissue rolls refilled. These should be covered in the daily routine cleaning. Call the attention of your commercial cleaners to get these issues straightened out.

Weekly cleaning routines

Check for dust accumulated on filing cabinets, cubicle divisions, shelves, photocopier machine, and other common areas. Ask if desks, telephones and keyboards were already disinfected as well. Check the state of the door jams, heating vents, ledges and window sills if they need dusting. These should be taken cared of on a weekly basis.

Lutz-Manrique Family Funeral – Mourned In Sydney After ‘Tragic Gas Death’

Relatives and friends farewelled the Lutz-Manrique family in their funeral at Sydney upper north shores in Wahroonga, two weeks after Police discovered their bodies inside their home in Davidson. Maria Lutz, 43, husband Fernando Manrique, 44 and their children Martin and Elisa, were suspected to be victims of deliberate gas poisoning as a gas set-up was also found in the ceiling.

Shocked members of the St. Lucy’s School community also joined the mourners. Both children of the Lutz-Manrique family had autism and attended the said school at Wahroonga. The family’s funeral directors in Sydney arranged a solemn requiem mass at the Holy Name Catholic Church despite the streaming of grieving friends and relatives, emotionally remembering the much-adored Lutz-Manrique family. Relatives of Maria Lutz, mostly arriving in Sydney from Colombia, remembered her as a woman of tenacity and resilience, and a very loving mother to Martin and Elisa.

Suspected gas murder-suicide

Their home in Davidson was forced entered by the police after the school alerted the authorities when Mrs. Lutz did not show up for Canteen duty. Reports have earlier suggested that house pipes which carried Carbon Monoxide lead to the tragic incident. Witnesses also said they saw Mr. Manrique building a pipe network into their roof which points the investigation to be possibly a murder-suicide. Friends of Mrs. Lutz also testified that she pleaded her husband that they return to her family in Colombia to get help from them in caring for their autistic children, but Mr. Manrique refused.

Disability did not cause deaths

Warren Hopley, Principal of St. Lucy’s School, commended Mr. Manrique who have, in no doubt, loved his children. He added that the matter on why he snapped should not be blamed on the children’s disability. Josie Gigliotti, the parent of Elisa’s classmate, said Maria Lutz also did not show any hints of difficulty in coping.

Tragedy exposure may help spread awareness

The family expressed they make no judgments and do not blame anyone for the circumstances which lead to the Lutz-Manrique family’s death. Though further exposure could only add to their pain, they hoped that this will bring awareness on the psychological, economic and social stresses that parents of children with autism bears.

Relatives requested the funeral directors in Sydney for a private cremation before they take the remains back to Colombia.


When Moving House Becomes A Nightmare

Rosemary Alfredo assumed that moving house is relatively easy because she is only heading one block away at a corner in Boston’s North End. She hired Father and Son Moving and Storage out of Billerica because they gave Alfredo a quote that was cheaper than other estimates. The quote was provided after Alfredo gave every detail of the items that have to be moved.

Moving day was in late June but the moving company did not show up. Alfredo had to take another day-off from work to get done with the move. A young and inexperienced crew arrived and it was apparent that they did not know what to do. According to Alfredo, every piece of furniture ended up with scratches, cracks and dents. However, this was not yet the worst of the ordeal.

When a half of the furniture was finally moved to the one-room apartment, one of the movers told Alfredo that they cannot unload the remaining stuff if they were not given an additional $3,600. This was clearly a case of extortion.

Kenn Pike of Lowell had a similar experience. Pike was living on disability benefits and he felt threatened when the movers doubled the quote. For Pike, the additional charges were financially devastating and he felt like he was being robbed at gunpoint.

Alfredo and Pike did not know that Father and Son Movers had a chequered past. In 2012, the moving company was required to pay $75,000 to disgruntled customers and more than $50,000 in state fines. In spite of the punishment, complaints did not stop and the Attorney General continued to receive calls from angry customers.

Customers are particularly vulnerable when the moving company is in possession of their belongings. It is very important to shop around and ask questions about additional charges. Always get a written estimate and do not rely on over the phone quotes because they are non-binding estimates.

Reliable and trustworthy furniture removal in Sydney strives to make moving a happy experience for its customers. An accurate estimate will be provided immediately and all details discussed properly to help you reach an informed decision.

Is It Right To Use Baits To Lure Sharks To Come Closer?

An underwater photographer experienced a horrifying close encounter with his subject when the great white shark broke into his cage. Shocking incidents have been reported from the Gulf of Mexico over the past years. The waters are certainly filled with sharks which makes diving in the Gulf of Mexico an adventure for the fearless.

According to underwater photographer, Brian Skerry, the bait might have lured the great white shark to come closer to the diving cage. Usually, boat crews throw a rope with tuna tied to it to encourage the shark to swim closer. As the shark gets closer to the bait, it opens its mouth, closes its eyes and ends up running into the cage.

Divers in the cage are in no danger of being bitten but they can be smashed to death by the 2,000-pound shark if it remains in the cage. According to videographer, Brian Ernst, he together with the crew was terrified that the diver might be slammed by the great shark when it was trying to get away.  Divers must be knowledgeable on how to leave the cage safely without letting the weights tied to the waist to pull them to the ocean floor.

Shark cage incidents are becoming common because they are easily enticed by the scent of tuna. On the other hand, the incidents have not diminished the enthusiasm of divers to experience shark cage diving. The fact is, sharks are actually awesome and won’t try to break into a cage. It is the bait that lures them to try and enter a diving cage.

Shark cage diving allows divers to experience a great white shark firsthand. It also raises awareness of the shark’s dwindling numbers that require some efforts to help in their preservation. Incidents in shark cage diving means that sharks have to be given the respect they deserve.

Similan islands is one of the top rated diving destinations of the world. If you go diving in Similan islands, you will experience an amazing variety of marine life and hard and soft coral species that you will not find anywhere else in the world.