Thailand To Experience Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

Thailand To Experience Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

While Indonesia is embattled with heavy rains thereby repairing reservoirs and cleaning blocked drains in their metropolis, Thailand on the other hand will experience this year the worst drought in the country in more than a decade.

The irrigation department in Thailand announced earlier this February that it will experience the worst drought in over 15 years. Thailand is known to be one of the world’s leading rice exporter and with the news of the drought, the country is expected to hurt its exporting economy.

Drought in Thailand

Currently, the Asian nation has been experiencing drought in 8 of its 76 provinces. However the number of provinces that are at risk of heavy drought will increase soon. As reported by Thailand’s Interior Minister, there are 31 provinces in the country that are at high risk and officials are constantly monitoring the environmental activities in the provinces.

The government of Thailand increased their allocation for these drought stricken provinces from 430 million baht last year to this year’s approximately 6.8 billion baht. Such scale of increase is provided by the government in order to alleviate the economic conditions of these regions.

The government money will be used to install water pumping stations and provide truckloads of water tanks in these populated and affected areas.

The director general of Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Deparment, Lertwiroj Kowattana, said in an interview that the water level this year in the country is the worst in 15 years. He further stated that the government has been doing the necessary measures to ensure that water supply will not be depleted. He advised the public not to panic since there will be no water shortage in the country.

Economic blow

The Office of Agricultural Economics released a statement that the effect of the drought will cut Thailand’s rice exporting by about 30 percent.

With the economy deeply wounded by this catastrophic natural phenomenon, the government of Thailand has been firm in its decision that it will not provide water supply for second crop rice farming. In total, approximately 160,000 hectares of rice farm land in Thailand will suffer the adverse effects of the drought.

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Delaware Basket Maker It Doesnt Stop Even At 88

Delaware Basket Maker: It Doesn’t Stop, Even At 88

Bea Whitehead has been making fine baskets for 20 years. Now, even at 88 years of age, it doesn’t seem like she has any plans of stopping.

Bea started as a 4th grade school teacher in Pennsylvania. She has been on that line of work for 27 years. But 20 years ago, she moved to Delaware along with her husband to a farm that their family has owned since the 1730s.

Her interest in basketry came after she had moved to the farm. Bea said that the farm had no neighbors and that there was basically no one to talk to. That is why she turned her attention to the art of basket making. She spent a week in Tennessee learning how to create baskets and has been hooked on it ever since.

Bea can always be seen walking around the woods and the farm to look for suitable materials that can be used to create baskets. She says that all her materials come from and are borrowed from nature. In winters, you can see her roaming around the woods, looking for honeysuckle vines and bringing them home.

Bea does not only make baskets, she also makes use of gourds in her works.

The idea was brought to her 5 years ago when she saw a gourd made by another person and the idea stuck to her. She thought that integrating gourds in her line of work would be fun. Another factor that urged her to use gourds was the declining phase of baskets. She said that baskets were a huge trend 10 years ago, but that phased passed and she needed something new.

But it would also seem that baskets are making a huge comeback especially now that more people are paying attention to the value of using eco-friendly materials to help care for the environment. Plus it is reusable unlike plastic bags that are not only disposable, but also pose a lot of threats to the environment.

When asked to why Bea Whitehead still continues to make fine baskets even at the fruitful age of 88, she would reply that basket making keeps her busy, and that she needed to be busy.

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Reality TV Show Will Continue To Air Even After Imprisonment Of Main Cast Member

Reality TV Show Will Continue To Air Even After Imprisonment Of Main Cast Member

Questions have been raised as to what Bravo plans to do with The Real Housewives of New Jersey now that a central cast is behind bars. The show had greatly focused on the legal problems of Teresa Guidice and her husband, Joe, for a considerable amount of time now. It made for good TV and good ratings especially when the producers decided to include some family members in the past seasons. But now that Teresa is in jail and her family members gone, Bravo is left struggling with the decision on what road should the show be taking.

The main cause of this struggle is probably the fact that due to Bravo giving too much exposure on Teresa Guidice and her family; the other cast members had little time to develop their own story and relevance.

There are many rumors circulating around the media about the show but most of them revolve around RHNJ going on without Teresa.

According to a source that is connected to The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the show would continue on without Teresa and that Bravo is only delaying the announcement until February.

There is no certainty as to whether Teresa would return to the show after she is released next winter or if she would even to return since she would only have little time to spend with his husband who is also scheduled to be detained for 3 years once she is released.

The source had also said that Bravo is looking for potential cast members and that they are also planning to terminate Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea since their storylines did not sell well enough. Dina Manzo is having second thoughts about returning since Teresa is no longer a part of the show and if Real Housewives bad boy breakout, Jim Marchese, plans to return.

The Real Housewives franchise started with The Real Housewives of Orange County and has since taken the country by storm. Due to its popularity, it had spun many different installments including The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Other installments include those that are set in Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., Beverly Hills and Miami.

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Euro Leaders To Discuss Russian Sanctions

Euro Leaders To Discuss Russian Sanctions

Pro Russian separatists in Ukraine and Russian militants have not slowed down in their series of attacks in Ukrainian soil. Last week, at least 30 people were killed at the port in Mariupol, Ukraine and were under attacked by pro Russian rebels.

The bloodshed of innocent people alarmed the foreign ministers in Europe. They have scheduled a conference to discuss the further sanctions that they will perpetuate upon Russia for not adhering to the peace negotiations.

The sanctions in Russia

It can be recalled that last year that some European nations and the United States have heavily imposed banning the travels of several Russian individuals. The US tightened their debt financing restrictions for Russian banks. Maturity date of debts was reduced from 90 to 30 days. Furthermore, Russia’s importing and exporting were also restricted to certain levels and were constantly monitored by interested and concerned nations of the country’s bullying to its neighbor.

Convention of Euro leaders

NATO reported that there are several hundreds of Russian tanks deployed in east Ukraine. Several armored vehicles were also spotted in different regions. The government of Russia still denies its direct link to the insurgents’ activities. The spokesperson of Moscow stated though that there are Russian volunteers that are joining the fight in Ukraine.

The European ministers will meet on February 12 to discuss the new sanctions that they will be imposing in Russia as well as tightening the existing sanctions. According to a source, the group will also tackle up fresh financial sanctions for Russia and will be coordinating these with the US and other nations.

How people’s lives and businesses are affected

People in east Ukraine are vulnerable to any modes of attack from rebels and Russian militia sympathizers. Hundreds of innocent lives are wasted because of the greed for more territory. Linas Linkevicius, Prime Minister of Lithuania, expressed how he and his nation are greatly disturbed by this turmoil in Ukraine. The values upheld by people in Europe were maliciously attacked.

Not only Ukraine had suffered but so has Russia. Its economy has dipped over the last few months. Business industries not only in Russia but also those who cater to the Russian market are affected. Online retailers will also suffer and websites like Brony.com, with an international market, will be among the many businesses that will be affected if Russia will be given stricter economic sanctions.

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2015 A Great Year For Movies

2015: A Great Year For Movies

2015 is a great year for movie fans. There are several films anticipated by audiences worldwide to be released this year. The wait is finally over. Here is a list of some of the more popular films that will be shown in the big screen this 2015.

• Fifty Shades of Grey

This movie has always been talked about from the selection of its casts to the creation of the film. Critics expect that the movie Fifty Shades of Grey will be a blockbuster and would cash in profits like the book where this was based from. The story revolves around the life of Anastasia Steele, a literature student, and her acquaintance and unlikely relationship with the billionaire and handsome yet disturbed Christian Grey.

• Avengers: Age of Ultron

The pack of superheroes joins forces to fight Ultron, the villain of the movie. This is a good treat for youngsters and adults alike. The movie is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr as Ironman, Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. The movie is set to bring in surprises for the moviegoers.

• Jupiter Ascending

An ordinary girl from Earth is the heir of another planet. However a son of a powerful family of Jupiter sees her as a threat and wants the girl annihilated. The earthling travels to Jupiter to help liberate her people from the tyranny of those in power.

• Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

The Star Wars saga has continued to leave fans worldwide wanting for more. Finally this year, the wait is finally over. This movie is set thirty years fast forward from Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi.

• Pan

This 2015, Peter Pan returns to the big screen. He is the orphan who went to the magical land where no one ages, Neverland. There he begins his exhilarating adventure with pirates and fairies. This comedy fantasy is great for family bonding.

The movies to be released in international cinemas could get only better. Several movie costumes are also set to hit the market when the movies open in theaters soon.

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Credit Card Company First Premier Drops Lawsuit Against Review Site CardHub

Credit Card Company First Premier Drops Lawsuit Against Review Site CardHub

South Dakota, USA — Credit card company, First Premier had reportedly filed a lawsuit against comparison site CardHub.com, known for its reviews on different credit cards, accusing the website for violating the company’s trademark. The lawsuit was filed last April but now it seems that First Premier is abandoning the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was caused by CardHub.com’s listing of details about First Premier, including links to their personal website and First Premier’s logo. The lawsuit had also asked the court to have CardHub pay $5 million in damages.

As evidenced by court documents, First Premier and CardHub’s parent company, Evolution Finance, had entered into a business relationship and internet marketing agreement. The partnership will allow CardHub to receive banner ads, credit card images, and specialized links that leads to First Premier’s website as provided by the credit card company itself.

CardHub would automatically receive $8.50 as commission for every card signed. In 2011, however, their partnership agreement was terminated and the specialized hyperlink was replaced by a standard link in CardHub.com

When CardHub had updated their site in early 2014 so that it will be easier to view on mobile devices, their engineers had unknowingly removed the code that hides the specialized links to First Premier.

Consumer reviews sites were made to help consumers choose the most suitable product for them. This lawsuit highlights both the speech protection rights that consumer review sites like Babandoo enjoys and the rights concerning the business relationship of credit card review sites and credit card issuers.

The lawyers of CardHub had argued that First Premier is only trying to take down the skeptical reviews it had given to the company. First Premier reportedly has only two and a half stars out of five in CardHub’s ratings.

This is not exactly news since most credit card comparison sites have been avoiding making reviews for First Premier because most of them think that the lending company’s products are not applicable for people to build credit.

In fact, First Premier had faced various criticisms due to the high fees that are attached to their credit cards. One credit card comparison site had even said that there is no point to First Premier’s products.

The lawsuit was dropped after a ruling last Wednesday with the judge rejecting CardHub’s request for case dismissal and First Premier’s request to take down the listings in CardHub. Premier Banks’ Vice President, Darrin Graham said that their only stance is that consumers might get confused.

Evolution Finance’s CEO and founder, Odysseas Papadimitriou said that they are gratified by the victory. He also said that the company is glad that the court saw through First Premier’s attempt to use the trademark law against them.

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Greece: The New Breeding Ground For Jihadists?

Greece had just elected its new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras. The new government is immediately posed with several challenges. Among these is its debt problem, high unemployment rate, unstable relationships with the rest of Europe and an emerging crisis on its security system.

Taking advantage of Greece’s condition and location

To unsuspecting minds, Greece is just another country that has suffered gravely from the Europe’s economic fallout. However to the world of terrorism, Greece is a strategic crossroads for both the jihadists that will be traveling from Europe to Syria and Iraq. It is also a place where an extremist could trudge unnoticed from exploits in the Middle East.

According to intelligence reports, the terrorists have exploited the land for its strategic location and its nearness to Turkey. Greece’s number of illegal entries from Syria has also escalated. Many jihadists pose as refugees from Syria to travel into Greece and then to Europe or the Middle East. The terrorists also took advantage of the financial crisis in the country.

A reliable source said that at least 200 people in Greece have actively participated in jihadist groups. People mostly join either the al Nusra Front or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

To prove that Greece is at risk of its national security, here are instances that link Greece to terrorism activities:

• According to Belgian intelligence, a renowned Belgian jihadist may have crossed from Syria to Greece and then contacted a terrorist via phone.

• Early this year, three Belgians were reportedly set to fly to Greece. They were sympathizers of the ISIS movement.
• Last year two jihadists from France were arrested. Both used Greece as an entry point to Europe.

Combating the problem

An informant of Greece said that the nation was not the target of the jihadists, it was only a gateway used by the terrorists.

The government of Greece has their security heightened. It was reported that in 2011, the Greek government detained 50,000 illegal migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan. It will continue to conduct rigid measures of those who are trying to enter the country. Given, the rising number of daily refugees from Syria, this is a challenge for the government. Nonetheless, it will perform tight measures to secure the struggling nation.

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Israeli’s Chief Intelligence Officer Denies Issues Of Opposing Sanctions On Iran

Mossad leader Tamir Pardo issued a statement that he did not oppose to the sanctions imposed on Iran. The press release was to clarify the reports that have been circulated in which he was against the sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programs.

The news regarding the Mossad leader opposing the sanctions came out after meeting with his meeting with the senators.

Supportive of the Prime Minister

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhanyu is known for his good leadership, wisdom and fierce decisions. He was among those who first condemned the Republic of Iran for their aggressive nuclear program. He supports the sanctions imposed by the international community to Iran in response to their nuclear agenda.

The chief of Mossad pointed out that he is in full support to the Prime Minister’s decision. He also emphasized that the major factor that brought Iran into negotiation was the effective sanction placed upon the country. He further added that for Iran to come into terms with the international government allies, they will have to be placed upon tremendous pressure.

The Mossad

The Mossad is one of the elite intelligence agencies in Israel. It was formed in December of 1949. The Mossad served as a coordinating team for other intelligence units in Israel which includes the Foreign Offices department, the army intelligence department and the internal security service. It was later reorganized in 1951 and became a part of the Prime Minister’s team. The head of this elite force reports directly to the Prime Minister of Israel.

Its activities include intelligence gathering, counter terrorist movement and deep covert operations. The Mossad is mainly responsible for bringing back to Israel the Jews that were dispersed during the Second World War. It is also their creed to protect the Jewish people at any cost.

Mossad has a wide of range of operations for the years that it has been in existence. It is often linked with the assassinations of terrorist leaders and political leaders as well.

Mossad’s motto is taken from a passage in the Bible found in the book of Proverbs chapter 11, verse 14. It says that “Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

History Channel: Spyweb Mossad – Documentary

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