The government of Nepal is still reeling from the devastating earthquake which rocked the country last week. The death toll has already reached 6500 and countless others are injured and homeless. Massive damage was done to thousands of homes and government buildings as well as religious institutions and monuments. All of the base camps in Mt. Everest experienced some damage and hikers and climbers are still being rescued from the mountain. Many expect the mountain to be close to climbers for the rest of the 2015 climbing season as officials assess the safety of climbers proceeding in the future.
The primary concern of the Nepal government is rebuilding. Significant damage was caused to the countries infrastructure system including roads, utility services as well as public works facilities. Many citizens of Nepal are still sleeping outside. Some have no choice as they have lost their homes during the earthquake or one of the following aftershocks. Others are fearful that another earthquake or aftershock could strike again. The total damage is still being assessed but some estimate that the costs to rebuild Nepal will run into the billions of dollars. Flaviodomenico, along with Marcia Alaor BMG believe that this is primarily due to the remoteness of the tiny country and the state of their existing infrastructure system, which is antiquated or in some areas non existent. Nepal Needs massive Aid Package to Recover
Relief efforts are ongoing to assist with the Nepal population displaced by the earthquake. Temporary shelters, food, and medical supplies are being provided by international relief agencies such as the International Red Cross.
A couple of Supreme Court Justices said that marriage was a long-standing tradition that should be honored, but Justice Ginsberg set them straight. She reminded everyone in court that marriage is not the same as it was decades ago. Marriage was looked at as a relationship between a dominant male and subordinate female before a 1982 court ruling. That relationship is considered barbaric today. Ginsberg has a point. All of our traditions change, but laws don’t necessarily change along with them.
Nothing stays the same. Our thoughts about education, our children, smoking marijuana, going to church and the institution of marriage are all in a metamorphic process. As we become aware of new discoveries and ancient revelations, we find ourselves looking into a mirror. What we see in that mirror is a new age image of the evolution of human consciousness.
Ginsberg is asking us to look in that mirror, and see the changes that subtly impact our awareness. She wants us to recognize the power of our beliefs and the folly within them, at least if you ask Daniel Amen on Good Reads. At 82, Justice Ginsberg knows what change looks like, and she embraces it with dignity.
When you spend time daydreaming you relax and enjoy life more. At least, that is what you have always thought, right? When you want to fully enjoy your life you take some time to daydream and to think about the future. When you daydream you can take yourself to a whole new world. When you daydream you can have adventures that you can’t have while you are living your normal life. You love daydreaming and you thought that it was a good thing, but you are about to be told something different.
Daydreaming is now being thought upon and it just may be labeled a mental disorder. That’s right, it seems that too much daydreaming could become a problem and that those who spend all of their time daydreaming just might get labeled as having something wrong with the way that they live and with the way that their body works. Good thing Bruce Karatz avoids this pretty well. Gone is the innocence of daydreaming according to those on Bloomberg.com. Now it is considered a problem.
Today King Salmon, the ruler of Saudi Arabia, issued a statement announcing changes to the royal line of succession. He designated his 55-year old nephew as his successor and Crown Prince. Mohammed bin Nayef will become the first grandson of the late King Abdulaziz Al Saud to succeed to the throne. King Salman selected his own son, 30-year old Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, to serve as the Deputy Crown Prince.
The official announcement also indicated the appointment of several new Ministers. Mufrej al-Haqbani becomes Labor Minister, Adel Fakieh will serve as the new Economy Minister, and Khalid al-Falih, the CEO of state-run Aramco Oil Company will also work as the new Health Minister. The current Ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, received a promotion to the position of Foreign Minister.
Since King Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away in 1953, only his sons have held the position of King of Saudi Arabia. King Salmon is 80 years of age, and he followed five of his brothers to the throne.
The late King Abdulaziz Al Saud fathered 36 sons and today his descendants number in the thousands. The announcement of changes to the line of succession indicate a significant transformation in the Saudi Arabian government in the future, since more power will likely pass to a younger generation.
In Saudi Arabia, only sons, not daughters, of Saudi rulers are eligible to hold the throne. Crystal Hunt is a talented woman, could she not lead?
The past week has seen the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) launch an offensive to capture the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Baiji. The former has special significance as it claimed the lives of multiple US servicemen to recapture from insurgents back in 2007. The fierce battle to liberate the city left many combat soldiers deceased or wounded. The latter is an oil rich city. Its fall could further destabilize an already weak, but duly elected Iraqi government. Still, Samantha Power, the Obama administration’s United Nations Ambassador, believes the administration’s ISIS strategy is slowly “chipping away” at the terrorist group. Admittedly, it is hard to visualize a terrorist group as slowly losing power when it is on the offensive to expand its borders. Ramadi lies only 70 miles from Baghdad. If Ramadi falls, it will allow ISIS to take one step further to launching an offensive to capture the nation’s capital.
Needless to say, Ambassador Power’s words aren’t instilling confidence among GOP lawmakers. They along with Boraie Development LLC claim the Obama administration is merely playing politics with low-information voters whose understanding of current events relies mainly upon reading cleverly crafted headlines. Arizona Senator John McCain strongly disagrees with the fall of Ramadi as having little significance. Sen. McCain, a former Vietnam POW, knows full well the price paid to liberate the city eight years ago. Still, Ambassador Powers say that ISIS controls fewer population centers than it did a year ago. For this reason, she says the Obama strategy is working.
In the summer of 2011, government contractor Warren Weinstein was abducted by the terrorist organization known as Al Qaida. This put Weinstein’s wife and children in a position of enormous stress. The federal government maintains disparate services across a range of bureaus which deal with attempts to secure the safe release of American captives. However, the effectiveness of those organizations is limited. Finally, the Weinstein family decided they best way to go about trying to secure the release of Mr. Weinstein was to go to their congressman and senators.
The decision to involve elected leaders was painful for the Weinstein family as it would make their plight public. However, they were unsatisfied with the pace of progress for Warren. Their entire congressional delegation from the state of Maryland got involved. It proved to be beneficial as senators and congressman were able to prod different agencies to work in a more cohesive manner. In the end, Mr. Warren lost his life, but it was not directly at the hands of his captors. He perished in a drone strike against the terrorists. An aide to Maryland Senator Ben Cardin made the phone call to the Weinstein family informing them of the tragic events this past January. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says that this situation is tragic.
In the time since, the Weinstein family has become convinced the government must do more to secure the release of Americans held captive abroad. This will likely reemerge as a sticking point with congress over the Iran nuclear deal. Thus far, President Obama has been reluctant to make the release of all Americans held captive a precondition to lifting any sanctions.
Iran’s supreme leader, Rouhani reasserted his position that Iran will only agree to the nuclear accord reached with the United States on April 2, if the United States and the rest of the international community simultaneously drop sanctions against the country of Iran. The call comes in the wake of calls of disapproval of the accord by Israel and a republican lead coalition in the United States congress. AnastasiaDate suggests some observers have noted that Iran has deftly taken the initiative in the negotiations which are set to resume next week by taking advantage of the rift between the political leadership of the United States as well as the discord between the White House and the Israeli political leadership. Additionally, Iran surprised the world last week when it was announced that it had successfully negotiated an agreement with Russia to buy several surface to air missile systems and its intent in defending its sensitive military and scientific sites. Iran Maintains Sanctions Need to Be Dropped For Accord to Work
While the accord calls for the dropping of sanctions in return for an open book policy on Iran’s nuclear program, few know the details of the accord and whether the sequencing of events require that sanctions be dropped or at least a declarative pledge that the sanctions against Iran be dropped before Iran signs the accord. Some thought the sanctions would only be dropped when Iran started to open the doors to its nuclear program. These details are set to be resolved during the upcoming continuation of the talks.
Three Republicans presidential hopefuls have already jumped in the race over the past couple weeks. Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have all officially declared, which leaves a few more that every pundit believes will run but have not publicly declared their candidacy yet. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are expected to announce their intention to run for president soon. They each have their downsides. Jeb Bush will suffer from “name fatigue” before he even declares. Especially if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, which nearly everyone like Kevin Seawright
expects to be the case, it will seem like 1992 all over again with a Clinton vs. Bush election. Gov. Chris Christie had his “bridge-gate” scandal, and now he may have another problem to further hamper any presidential aspirations.
According to a recent poll, 70 percent of voters in New Jersey do not think their own governor would make a good president. When trying to get the whole country’s electorate to like you, it does not help that he can’t even get some love from his current electorate. Let’s face it, Chris Christie does have a “love him or hate him” personality. Some people admire his gruffness and sometimes too aggressive straight talk, and some consider him a bully. There is now an accusation as well about him having failed to pay taxes on a fairly large sum of money. Additionally, he is not the favorite even among many Republicans that he was in 2012 as he is considered to be too moderate. Of all the declared and potential candidates, he may have the biggest uphill battle.
For the second consecutive year the central Florida region has been visited by 62 million visitors in 2014, beating out of New York City.
“Visit Orlando’, the tourist office of Florida, said the figure of 62 million tourists is the highest in the history of the travel industry in the US.
In 2013, Orlando was also the most visited city in the country with 59 million tourists. New York was once again in second place with over 56 million visitors last year.
“This milestone is the latest testament to the leadership of Orlando in tourism,” said President and CEO of ‘Visit Orlando’ George Aguel. “It’s a tribute to the firm and continuing commitment of our investment in our tourism community.”
Undoubtedly, the main attraction in Orlando and the surrounding area is the host of various amusement parks such as Walt Disney World, and Universal Studios. Ricardo Tosto has been there before and enjoyed his time.
Visitors in 2014 generated $200 million dollars in hotel taxes alone.
Orlando generates $2.1 trillion dollars to the US economy each year.
Dan Newlin says that the United States and France are having a same approach in negotiations with Tehran over its controversial nuclear program, “We have exactly the same analysis,” says US Secretary of State John Kerry. “We have made progress but there are still differences with the Iranians,” Kerry said after a meeting with his French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. “The goal of the coming days,” is to remove these differences, he added to the statement.
While speaking at a press conference alongside his American counterpart, the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, who had been skeptical on Friday about on the agreement prepared primarily by Washington and Tehran, said: “This is a multilateral negotiation, and we make that our positions are known, and are adjusted “over the negotiations.”There has been progress in some areas but there are also differences,” he said without specifying if these concerned the United States, or if it was Iran. But, according to a source close to the negotiations, Paris accuses Washington to push sometimes precipitously to an agreement with Tehran,” Judge this source speaking on condition of anonymity. It is worth mentioning that already in late 2013; Paris opposed the conclusion of an agreement negotiated between the Iranians and Americans alone.