Category: World

Maps And Global Warming

Global warming and climate changes are big environmental issues in the current setup. This is because there are more and more occurrences of natural disasters that are happening around the world. In the past, there are just some little ways of knowing what might happen. Even maps that guide adventurers across the seas are simple. Now, with the growing world of technology, there are more ways of determining and forecasting what might be in the future.
Such is the case for climate changes and the rising sea levels. Current development in technology has allowed some consultants and companies to be able to forecast and show possible effects of the climate change and rising sea levels. New illustrated maps have graphically shown that Australia has the risk that there will be a lot of major cities and towns that will be underwater in the future.
A climate expert has said that rising sea levels could globally disperse millions of people around the world. These new maps come from Costal Risk Australia run by NGIS, management consultants. These data is from the US’s National and Atmospheric Administration NOAA.
IT is not just in Australia that this is being watched lately. Even in the United States, there are also groups that are monitoring and checking on the effects of these climate changes. Despite the seemingly not so serious response of some Australian delegates to these illustrated maps, there are still climate scientists that warn of possible ill-effects.
Just recently, US researchers have stated that sea levels driven by global warming were on track to increase the flooding worldwide by mid-century in tropical regions. A 10-20 cm jump in the watermark (although still a conservative forecast by far) by 2050 would still double the risk of flooding in high-latitude regions.
Even major centers such as Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Los Angeles will be affected along with the European Atlantic Coast. Even Mumbai, Kochi, and Abidjan may be affected and other cities as well. Scientists have mentioned that given these illustrated maps and graphical representations, they are 95% confident that added 5-10 cm will double the risk of flooding.


Commonwealth Games Baton From London To The Gold Coast

Last week the baton for 2018 Commonwealth Games began its journey from Buckingham Palace across all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth to Gold Coast, Australia, its final destination. During its journey, the baton carries with it a message from the Queen that has been inscribed on paper made from Australia’s spinifex glass. After 388 days and 230,000 kilometres the baton will reach the Gold Coast.

The baton features a strip of reflective stainless steel that evokes the iconic skyscrapers of the coast. It also includes flashing LED lights to symbolize the energy of people that call the region their home. The Gold Coast which is located 40 miles south of Brisbane in Queensland is composed of 35 miles of honey-coloured beaches that are perfect for surfing.

The Gold Coast stretches from Main Beach in the north to the laid back sands of Coolangatta in the South. There is no question about Gold Coast being a surfer’s paradise where stores sell bikini’s and branded board shorts for both the locals and tourists. Every morning, you watch the Pacific Ocean as it pounds the shore. Aside from surfing, there are other ways to enjoy the waters.

South Stradbroke or Straddie is the favourite haunt of surfers. It is also the home of the swamp wallaby, an animal that has lived in isolation for so long that it gained a unique ginger-coloured and white-tipped tail.

The Gold Coast however, is not just a coastline because beyond its shore can be found the “green behind the gold.” This is the region’s hinterland, an area that is surrounded by volcanoes. The Tambourine Mountain, a 1,500 feet high plateau was formed from volcanic eruptions 22 million years ago. The soil in the area is very rich and perfect for growing avocados, macadamia nuts and kiwis.

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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.

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The Parthenon Has Gained A Modern Companion

After hosting the 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens has fallen on hard times and its economy is deteriorating. However, there is one saving grace amidst the ruins of the 3,400-year old city and that is the new 1.8 million square feet glass and grass multiplex that was built by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The Parthenon has a modern companion in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center that houses a theater, library, park and plaza.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center was named after the late billionaire shipping tycoon whose foundation donated the $660 million project to Athens, Greece. The cultural center will be the new home of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. It also includes a public park, a reflection pool and the Agora Plaza where visitors can walk and mingle on the landscaped Deborah Nevis-designed pathways.

Piano who is a Pritzker Prize winner has transformed the colossal space by raising the foundation artificially. The panoramic sloped hill that extends upwards to 105 feet has literally formed the rooftop of the library and the opera house. The building was designed by Piano to gain optimum view from the surrounding districts through the combination of glass, wood and cement.  Floating staircases inside the hall makes a visitor feel like he is ascending to Mt. Olympus. The long soaring stairways are contrasted by the interminable exterior stairs that are adjacent to the reflection pool.

The National Library of Greece will house a vast collection of 5,000 manuscripts, documents, records and engravings that date back to the 9th century. The Greek National Opera will feature two auditoriums – a 450-seat for traditional operas and ballets and a larger 4,500-seat hall for unconventional performances.

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English Classes Does Not Mean Internationalization

English is now taught in more schools all over the globe especially those in higher education levels. This is why it has been misunderstood as a result of the globalization of higher lever education in schools since the language has been seen to be used in almost all research as well as academic materials and learning the English language has also been viewed as a means for institutions to be recognized in an international scale.

This is what happened in Taiwan where in the top colleges as well as universities of the country suffered from the lack of funds for the employees because of the institutions desire to hire foreigner professors and no importance given to the local talent. After lowering the birthrate of the country, its long term effect is now recognized.

In a recent announcement, the National Cheng-chi University which is located in Taipei said that at the start of the next semester, all instructors and professors that are newly hired must be able to teach English with two courses each. This was instantly questioned by angry local educators because they are already underpaid while their workload is too much.

The continued debate whether the English language should be used as the official language for all course instructions is still ongoing and is not a current issue but there has been no known localization in Asia. Meanwhile, in Europe, there is a program called ERASMUS which aims to facilitate exchange with the employment of English and eventually there are courses as well as degrees offered for English. Those who are in favor of this advocacy reason out that the learning the English language will make them more viable in promoting higher education as well as increasing the search for more international students.

Many of those in favor believed that their main oppositions are members of the conservative nationalists who aim to preserve the native language as well as culture of the nation without knowing that many of those opposed are also supportive of international exchange and giving the best education for students but without compromising the quality. For those who are planning to teach English as a foreign language, visit Entrust TEFL.


Budweiser Remains Patriotic In Spite Of Rebranding

Budweiser is one of the bestselling beers of the United States not to mention that the brand is also significantly popular in many countries. Budweiser is packaged as an all-American beer with its red, blue and white can. While Budweiser is technically part of a Belgian company Anheuser-Busch it has been known for its patriotism and sponsorship of most American sports.

However, things do change and although Budweiser is already well known throughout the world, it has to increase its global presence. Budweiser has been consistent with its American patriotism with its new seasonal packaging screaming America. According to AdAge, Budweiser is set to feature the word “America” on its front with different nationalistic phrases that includes “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave.” The new packaging will also include “From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Waters” and “Indivisible since 1776.”

Budweiser packaging has certainly evolved through the years but are consumers prepared to accept the new packaging? Opinions will certainly vary but there will always be loyalists who will stick it out with the brand whether it is packaged in stars and stripes and Lady Liberty or patriotic phrases. The new design may appear classier and more high-end to some audiences while others will remain indifferent to the change. For beer lovers, packaging will not affect purchase preferences particularly since that it is only the packaging that will be changed not the contents.

Budweiser is expected to capitalize on coming seasonal events that will include the Olympics, Fourth of July and Copa America Soccer Tournament that will be taking place in the US this summer. New ads are set to appear this June and it is very likely that some Olympic athletes will endorse the product.

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Introducing The Most Expensive Cars In The World

If you think cars are just for transportation, you are mistaken. Luxury cars and supercars are proof that there is more to cars than just for the sole purpose of driving to work. Luxury sports cars are symbols of prestige and wealth. Cars that fall under this category are normally built for speed, comfort, and visual pleasure. Naturally, they are very expensive, but what about the most expensive cars in the world today? What were they built for? Were they built by manufacturers just to make big money or were they built to grant fulfillment to the wealthy?

Regardless of that, to own such magnificent looking cars is the dream of a lot of people. Unfortunately, unless your dad is Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, it would definitely be hard to fulfill. While you may argue that money can’t buy happiness, apparently, this list begs to differ.

Here are some of the world’s most expensive cars in no particular order.

  1. Ferrari LaFerrari. Ferrari is known as one of the most powerful brands in the world today. In over 70 years, it has produced countless of recognizable models such as the classic Ferrari Enzo and the new Ferrari 488 Dubai. LaFerrari, or “The Ferrari”, is a mild hybrid that is valued at US$1.4 million. It reaches a top speed of 217 mph and its less than 2800 pound weight enables it to accelerate 0-60 mph in 3 seconds.
  2. Ferrari F60 America. This car was built by Ferrari to celebrate its 6o-year tenure in North America. This car wears the standard red white and blue of the American flag and is valued at US$2.5 million. It is similar to the F12 and its 740 hp engine can propel the car to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
  3. MansoryVivere Bugatti Veyron. This beauty features a 1,200 hp engine and it can reach 254 mph which means that it is one of the fastest cars in the world. With a price of $3.4 million, it is also one of the most expensive.
  4. W Motors LykanHypersport. Valued at $3.4 million, this stunner has been featured in Furious 7. It features a jewel encrusted headlights and scissor doors and appears like it was made for a sci-fi movie. The LykanHypersport can reach a top speed of 240 mph and can accelerate 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.