Military Ceremony in Gaza

Hamas Designated As A Terrorist Group By Egyptian Court

Cairo, Egypt- A court in Egypt has recently ruled that Hamas is to be considered a terrorist organization. Hamas is an Islamic group that resides mostly in the Gaza strip. The group was already at a bad relationship with the Egyptian government when the former president of the country, Mohammed Morsy, was ousted from office in a coup last 2013. The change in leadership angered the group which made them launch several attacks and protests in Egypt.
The Egyptian former president was a devout member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist political organization and it has a deep bond with the Hamas organization. When Morsy was kicked out of office in the summer of 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood was labeled as a terrorist group several months later.

Egypt as a mediator between Israel and Pakistan

Hamas leaders and members condemned the decision made by the Egyptian court. The spokesperson for the terror organization said that the decision was not foreseen and one that is dangerous targeting the people of Palestine. He further stated that Egypt’s judgment will deeply hurt the reputation of Egypt.

Egypt has been a neutral nation to the bickering between Israel and Palestine. For years it has played a very important role in the peace negotiations between the warring parties. Egypt’s reputation was that one that is impartial. With the new high court ruling, this will surely create a new turn for the mediator role of Egypt.
The Egyptian court that made the ruling is the Urgent Matters Court. The court decision was based on evidences that Hamas supported insurgents and have series of attacks in the Sinai Peninsula. This region has been under hostility for recently.

On another note, the armed wing of the terror group, al Qassam Brigades, was also ruled as a terrorist group by Egypt’s Urgent Matters Court last month.


Hamas is an organization founded in Palestine. It is a Palestinian Islamic group but has been designated by several countries to be a terrorist group. Among the countries that expressed blatant comments that the group is terroristic as evidenced by their activities are the United States, Australia, Japan, Israel, United Kingdom and Canada. In Jordan, the government prohibits the entry of Hamas members. In other countries such as China, Iran, Qatar and Turkey, the organization is not perceived as a terrorist organization.

Your Home’s Resale Value Can Be Enhanced By Proper Maintenance

Your Home’s Resale Value Can Be Enhanced By Proper Maintenance

For most individuals, purchasing a home is their most significant financial investment. Prices of properties in the market are rising fast and it needs a lot of calculations whether you can afford to buy a home. Besides determining affordability, it is important to figure out insurance costs, property taxes and home maintenance. You have to face the reality of home maintenance from how much lawn service will cost to the price of water softener filters.

According to Glasshouse, a California-based home maintenance company, houses are assets and homeowners must make ongoing investments so that they will continue appreciating the home. If you neglect maintenance, the home will not be worth what you expect it to be. In fact, according to an article in the Realtor, a membership magazine of National Association of Realtors, delayed home maintenance is one of the reasons why some homes in the property market take too long to sell.

The amount of maintenance required by a home is dependent on its type. There are homes that are maintenance-heavy and you might be looking at replacements sooner that you think. On the other hand, a custom smart home with the latest gadgets certainly requires proper maintenance to ensure that the systems will have a longer life. If the systems break down, you are looking at a hefty bill.

According to the data that was compiled by Glasshouse, the most common items in a home that will require repairs and replacements include the air conditioner, furnace, water heater, gutters and roof. You also have to look forward to miscellaneous expenses like the repair of a leaking faucet or replacement of a broken window. Maintenance is certainly not fun particularly if you lack the DIY skills for the task. It is inevitable that you will require a handyman or a maintenance company to do the job for you.

Gutter replacement Perth by Cool Spec takes their task very seriously. No matter the problem with the gutter, there is always a fix. If the gutters are not maintained property, it can fall into a state of disrepair which will result into more serious problems and expenses.


Ethnic Feminist Helping Child Vendors Become Tour Guides In Vietnam

Ethnic Feminist Helping Child Vendors Become Tour Guides In Vietnam

Tan Thi Su, a 28 year old H’Mong woman, built a tourism company in Sapa with the goal of training poor children to become proper tour guides thus freeing women from just being illiterate home helpers.

Sapa district is located in Lao Cai province in the northwest Vietnam. It is a lovely hill town with a cool weather. Tourists usually travel from Hanoi to sapa enduring the arduous journey.

Who is Tan Thi Su?

Just last year, Su finished the 9th grade by attending weekend classes. However, she is able to eloquently speak English and communicate with tourists after learning the language.

She dropped out in 3rd grade public school to help sell souvenirs and food to tourists. She and her mother had a spot near a rock church’s facade that lures many tourists especially during the snowy winters of Sapa.

She was already alone in the streets at age 13, and she said that she loved her independence.

Su said that she decided to learn English since she was only able to speak little Vietnamese and was aware that tourists couldn’t comprehend her ethnic language. Her first English words were from tourists.

Her main goal was to make money as much as possible, so her self studies were difficult. She spent her earnings to learn English at internet cafes.

As she got knowledgeable with the English language, she started to act as a tour guide.

She began a training project with help from Australia tourists.

She has since achieved a dream of having an own company.

“Thank you Sa Pa”

Su wanted the scenario for the future generations to change. This was her goal when she started on the project in the year 2007. This was 6 years before she officially launched Sa Pa O’Chau meaning “Thank you Sa Pa” in Su’s ethnic language according to a report by Tuoi Tre.

Volunteers are welcome in the company to train these poor children in the English language as well as in being tourist guides. Since there is a belief among the ethnic groups in Vietnam that a woman’s work is to be able to serve her family, the company focuses on getting girls educated.

There are already many children that became tour guides thanks to her help.


Luxury Now More Affordable Thanks To Premium Packaging

For brand owners, they follow two major principles in order to follow their quest to have a more premium appeal to the consumers. The first principle is that changes in packaging are something that cannot be avoided, will happen constantly and must be expected to be a success upon introduction. The second principle is that premium packaging will go a long way. When a product is presented in such as way that exceeded the expectations of the customer, the luxury aspect that comes with it will ensure that the consumers will be loyal to the brand.

The challenge is that premium has been viewed in different ways over the years since the tastes of the customers and their preference are also evolving. In that aspect, premium packaging does not only refer to packaging made with heavy duty materials but it also entails convenience as well as sustainability. The main goal of the brand owners is to attract the customers with a luxury they can indulge with daily with the help of premium packaging. In order to do this, businesses must also take note of the latest trends in consumer preference to make their market stronger. This can be accomplished by investing in the proper materials as well as using the right formats.

Companies must work closely with their respective suppliers in order for them to reap the rewards that comes the use of technology in many aspects of packaging such as containers, printers, materials and the equipment that will be used to handle all the processes mentioned.

The Great Recession was not the beginning of the luxury packaging but because of that specific economic downfall that happened in the last decade, the industry is looking for other approach to grow. During those times, the customers’ mindset is focused on saving and not spending thus the business have to do something by innovating their products. This way, the customers will be attracted to by products that are not only affordable but also high quality. For high quality and luxurious looking packaging materials, visit the website

The Importance Of Proper Aeration To Prevent Fish Kill

The Importance Of Proper Aeration To Prevent Fish Kill

If you have been sitting inside a car under the summer heat, it is very likely that you will feel a momentary loss of oxygen. The same holds true for fishes when there is lack of dissolved oxygen in the pond. Most of the fish kills that have been associated with low oxygen levels usually occur in small ponds during later summer. Fish kill can also occur on any body of water or a section thereof but it more common is small fish ponds in private properties.

According to Erick Brinkman of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in Hope, fishes are known as cold blooded creatures so that their metabolism rises with temperature. Higher metabolism means more activity and higher demand for oxygen. Summer also means an abundance of vegetation, phytoplankton and zooplankton that use up oxygen in the ponds. Plants are sources of oxygen when they create sugar during photosynthesis but when they burn the sugars to survive; they tend to use whatever oxygen is available.

When there is an overabundance of fishes, insects and plankton, a lot of oxygen can be consumed particularly at night or during prolonged periods of cloudy weather when there is no sunlight that will aid photosynthesis. You will notice that fish kills occurs in the early morning or just before sunup when the supply of oxygen is at it’s lowest. However, no matter the reason for the low oxygen supply, the solution to prevent fish kill is aeration.

Hatcheries and fish farms have the right equipment in the form of a paddle-wheel aerator that can efficiently return oxygen to the system. However, small ponds without proper aeration equipment can make do with an aeration fountain that can cause disturbance. The fountain aerator can minimize the loss of oxygen and prevent water from stratifying. When water stratifies, it forms two distinct layers; an upper layer that is warmer and contains oxygen and a lower layer that is cold and contains little to no oxygen.

Solair Group in Western Australia is a leading expert in pond and lake management to ensure the health and well being of aquatic life. High efficiency aerators allow a more thorough oxygenation to develop ideal habitats for fishes.


An Exhibit Consists of Furniture Made Out Of Damaged Trees Due To Storms

Harold Greene, now a well known furniture designer in Los Angeles, recounted the story of how he used to create toys using only scrap of woods he can find around his childhood house at Southern California.

It was in November 30 of 2011 that a windstorm came to the Los Angeles County and destroyed thousands of trees in the process. Greene together with nine other members of the Box Collective, a group based in Los Angeles and made up of furniture designers as well as makers that are devoted to the environmental, decided to do what comes naturally for all of them. They started collecting all the wood that are part of the fallen trees and then started to turn them into furniture and works of art.

All the finished products as well as the Chaise Lounge that was created by Greene, the 63 year old designer, has been gathered to be shown off to the latest exhibit called Windfall at the Craft and Folk Are Museum. The show launched two months ago in May and they are set to operate until the 4th of September.

Included in the exhibit are varieties of work including end tables, bowls and benches.

According to Greene, the exhibit is vital because it shows how sustainable materials can be used and it is also telling he public that there are endless possibilities when they plant trees in their surroundings. Greene used to be a firefighter and he has been designing furniture from the year 1979.

When the West was visited by the windstorm in 2011, the total damage it left in its wake amounts to $34 million and the northeastern part of Los Angeles County took the hardest hit. Trees as well as tangled branches caused damages to properties including houses and vehicles. In Arcadia alone, the damaged was inflicted on around 2,000 trees while hundreds of them are from the Botanic Garden and the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

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Bitcoin Value To Surpass $800 After Brexit

Bitcoin Value To Surpass $800 After Brexit

There has been a considerable amount of increase in the bitcoin price after the result of the brexit voting was announced compared to the value it has before the voting begun. The bitcoin is a known digital currency and there have been slight decrease to its value the few weeks leading to the Brexit voting and a considerable drop in the price was even recorded the weekend before the Brexit vote. Once the result of the Brexit has been announced, it has bounced back to its feet with a higher amount than before.

Many of the members of the bitcoin community and those interested in the digital currency view it as one of the safest asset to have which is considered to be as valuable as gold. Gold as well as bitcoin are instruments in the world of financing. The only difference they have with the other financial instruments is that these two assets depend greatly on the current state of the global market but both affected in different ways. As soon as Brexit came into the picture after the majority of the people in Britain chose to abandon the European Union, the market is experiencing a great decline. Though many currencies are affected by the Brexit decision, the most affected once are euro and the pound sterling. While the market experiences decline and suffers greatly, the same cannot be said with gold and bitcoin since both of this financial instruments have their values higher than before the Brexit result was out. In fact, bitcoin has a higher percentage of increase compared to gold after the result of the Brexit was announced to the public.

The value of the digital currency is expected to continue to rise as the aftereffect of the Brexit vote which is good news for bitcoin miners. On the other hand, there will be higher demand for the bitcoin as the market opens its door once more. It is expected that majority of the investors will have their eyes on safe assets such as gold and bitcoin rather than lose their money with the current market fail.

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