Tax Raise For The Rich

President of the United States, Barrack Obama, will give his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The speech is said to discuss tax raise on the wealthy in order to aid those on the middle class spectrum.

Officials say that the increase will result to $320 billion in one decade. The said amount will be used as funding for benefits like tax credits.

The State of the Union speech will be the center of political talks and is expected to reveal the legacy which will be left behind by President Obama. The speech is also expected to shape the coming 2016 election.

The only problem the President’s proposal is the resistance by the Houses of Congress which is both controlled by Republicans. As the economy of the United States grows, it is only right that ordinary families living in the US be able to receive certain benefits.

The tax raise is said to be given much thought and the proposal covers the following:

– Making sure that the richest in America will not be able to pass some of their assets as tax-free
– The earnings of the richest will receive an increase of 4.2% in capital gains tax from the previous 23.8%
– US financial firms, estimated to have total assets of around $50 billion, will get new fees

The proposal will be able to raise fund in order to provide for benefits designed for those citizens who belong in the middle class. Some of these benefits include tripled child tax credits, providing assistance for families whose spouses are both working and giving extra incentives for citizens to be able to save for their retirement.

White House has gained more confidence from the people since the increase in America’s economic growth. Despite the recovery, there is still the issue regarding wages for Americans who are in the middle class. It is the aim that the economic growth will benefit all Americans and provide them with outlet for success.

President Obama is not running for another term in the 2016 election despite the positive outcome on the state of the economy.


Queen Elizabeth’s Favorite Jewelry

The Queen is obviously known to have a lot of jewelry in her own possession but she confesses that one pair of pearl earrings are her favorite. These pearl earrings are giver to the Queen by her beloved grandmother. It was in the year 1947 when her grandmother gifted her pearl earrings and she has been wearing them ever since. As they reach a certain age in life, it is a common sight to spot Englishwomen that are wearing pearls because this is the one jewelry they are at ease with. Her Majesty is also sure that the jewelry she is wearing will make her outfit standout rather than dominate it.

The said pearl earrings have diamond for studs and the pearls are as round as a button. The piece of jewelry remains to be glorious when she last wore them at the Cardiff University along with a pretty mint green coat and hat. It seems like the jewelry hasn’t aged a day judging by the photos of her wearing them more than 5 decades ago. It was when she went to pay a visit to the Isle of Wight wearing her coral coat during the year 1965.

The pearl earrings where given to Her Majesty by her grandmother, Queen Mary, to serve as a wedding gift in 1947. The button pearls are revealed to be included in the center of the personal jewelry collection of the Queen. It has been with her in her many travels from the country of New Zealand to Seychelles, as well as Nairobi up to Mexico.

It is considered to be the most versatile among the entire jewelry collection of the Queen since he pearls can go along with just any surroundings. She has worn them while sporting a turban during an introduction to the foreign monarchs in other remote parts of the world. She has also sported them together with a hard hat during her site visits. Though she is known to have other earrings, brooches and elegant monogram gifts in her possession, it has always been evident that she loves her pearls.

Emphasis In Quality Plumbing Products Highlighted By The PMI Delegation

Emphasis In Quality Plumbing Products Highlighted By The PMI Delegation

There is emphasis given by the member executives of the PMI or Plumbing Manufacturers International regarding the importance of plumbing products that are water efficient. Another topic discussed was the diligent work done by all member companies of PMI in order to make sure that they are supplying plumbing products that conforms to the new state codes. These are all discussed during meetings along with the state leaders that were held in Sacramento. The delegation put emphasis as well on the importance of managing possible risks by ensuring that the drinking water is safe and sustainable. This is due to the known controversies that water issues are now facing such as Michigan, Flint and many other places.

The PMI also met with the CEC or California Energy Commission’s executive staff and their state senators, assembly members as well as legislative staff. Here is a list of the executives who were with PMI:

  • Jay Burnett is Delta Faucet Co.’s Vice President.
  • Lee Clifton is the Director of PMG Resources. He is also in charge in ICC or International Code Council as well as Government Relations.
  • Fernando Fernandez is the Director of Codes and Standards and TOTO USA. He is the Immediate President of the 2016 PMI Board of Directors.
  • Ray Fisher is the head of the Fisher Manufacturing Company.
  • Scott McDonald is FluidMaster Inc.’s Vice President.
  • Jacqueline Moore is involved in ICC as the legal counsel.
  • Paul Patton is the Senior Manager in R&D and Regulatory Research and Development of Delta Faucet Co. and is also the Board President of 2016 PMI.
  • Joel Smith is the director of the New Product Engineering, Kohler Co. and the Advocacy or Government Affairs Committee Co-chair of 2016 PMI.

Aside from those on the list, they were also joined by the CEO or Executive Director of PMI, Barbara C. Higgerns and the Consultant of the California Government Affairs, Jerry Desmond, who is also involbed in Desmond & Desmond LLC. In order to have safe and sustainable plumbing products, contact

kids yoga

What Your Kids Can Get In A Yoga Class

Parents always want what’s best for their kids. They go to great lengths just to make sure that their kids receive quality education, quality health care, a good and nourishing environment as well as enrolling them in all sorts of lessons just so that they could foster the talents they are blessed with.

Now if you have a kid of your own, you probably understand how it can be quite hard to protect and nourish them when there are so many temptations, distractions and overstimulation which could definitely affect a child. Add peer pressure to that and your kid is definitely in for a lot of challenges. But there is a way for you to help your child overcome those challenges.

Yoga can give so many benefits to kids. It is low cost and could have a positive impact on your child. If you want to learn more about how yoga can help your kids, then here are some of the things that your kids can get from yoga.

  1. First of all, through breath awareness and exercise, your child would become more energized and could also help encourage relaxation when needed. Through breath awareness, your kid will become more focused, relaxed, and is less likely to get stressed.
  2. Yoga also builds your kids’ strength. But most kids don’t realize this and only think that yoga is only about stretching. But when you take your child to a reputable studio like Freedom Yoga, then the instructors there would help you explain to your child how yoga can also build strength. Your child’s body will become much better as digestion is enhanced along with coordination and focus. Muscles will become stronger and the body more flexible. Your child would be able to support weight and with flexibility, will move quicker.
  3. Through yoga, your child will learn all about meditation and doing so would ultimately increase his/her focus and awareness. Yoga will teach your child how to be patient and would ultimately improve his character.

Yoga offers numerous benefits not only to your child but to you as well. You’d be able to breathe easier knowing that your kid is being productive and doing something positive.

7 Reasons Why- Teaching English Abroad

7 Reasons Why: Teaching English Abroad

TEFL teaching isn’t just a golden ticket to find employment abroad or to fund travels. No, TEFL, or teaching English as a foreign language, is definitely more than that. For some people, TEFL is a road to self-discovery and for others it is their way of giving back and making an impact on someone’s life. Either way, TEFL presents numerous opportunities and benefits that you may not want to miss out on. Here are 7 reasons why you should definitely teach English abroad.

  1. Employment Opportunities. Yes, if you had taken a 4-week training on TEFL, the certification would provide you numerous employment opportunities all around the globe. Right now, there is so much hunger for the English language in many parts of the world. TEFL teachers are highly in demand and with a TEFL certification you’re bound to find work even in the most difficult of economic situations.
  2. A Matter of Choice. You should know that if you’re an English teacher, you can basically work in any part of the world you like for as much as your certification allows you. You are given the freedom of choice to choose where you want to spend your days indulging and teaching. In fact, becoming an English teacher is one of the easiest ways to live abroad.
  3. Constant Learning. When you become a TEFL teacher, every day brings in new lessons not only for your students but for yourself as well. You would be able to learn their culture, their experiences and even their language which could prove advantageous in the long run.
  4. New Language. When you go teaching English in Thailand or any other country abroad, you will also be able to learn their language which adds considerable appeal to your CV.
  5. Making a Difference. Through TEFL, you would be able to make a difference when you teach English to non-speakers. What’s great about this is that you’d also be seeing their improvement and the impact you are making as you progress.
  6. New Friendships. Part of the TEFL experience is meeting new people, making new friends and building lasting relationships.
  7. With TEFL, you can use your own unique approach to teaching the English language. You get enough freedom to create your own lessons or remodel a new one from their textbook or curriculum.

Illustrated Map As The Clue To An Area’s Culture And History

Similar to great works in literature, an adventure can start from Illustrated Maps that include clues to the area’s natural beauty and cultural resources. In order to create an illustrated map, there must be a unique individual who has the talent for creativity but also a gifted cartographer and proficient researcher. Kenneth Czarnomski from Haywood County is an architect by profession but his passion for the outdoors was translated into careers as an educator, naturalist, artist and now a map illustrator.

Czarnomski and his wife Donna travelled recently to Ireland and discovered the unique way through which the locals introduce their culture to visitors. The Irish have invested on producing beautiful illustrated maps that goes beyond providing directions; it introduces visitors to sites with cultural and historical significance. Czarnomski was surprised why such maps were not used in the United States particularly since they can be efficiently used for exploring. An idea came to him; he can do an illustrated map for Haywood County.

Czarnomski took his idea to Lynn Collins, the executive director of Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. He was surprised because the director was interested in collaborating for the project. Lynn agreed to sponsor the map as long as it meets the requirements of nationalist certification final project. An agreement was made for the first run of 200 maps.

The first illustrated map was a beautiful detailed piece of Purchase Knob that showed its trees, flowers, log cabins and other things that can be seen on the trail. The original run of 200 maps quickly run out and required additional printing because it became quite popular among the locals and tourists. People buy the illustrated map to use for the day hike after which it is framed as souvenir.

The reaction to the Illustrated Maps was really amazing particularly since the locals started to discover new things that would not be possible without the maps. In addition to the Illustrated Maps of Purchase Knob, a similar map was made for Sam Knob in the Pisgah Forest. The third map for Plott-Balsam area is currently in progress. The maps can take years to produce because it requires a lot of research and hiking into the area.

Parade Of Ferraris In Horsham

Parade Of Ferraris In Horsham

The United Kingdom is a nation that has been consistently producing cars since the 1890’s which makes it only fitting for it to be the venue of many world events that celebrate the life and successes of automobiles. The Festival of Speed and Revival meetings at Goodwood are testament to the fact that the Brits have a serious love affair with cars. It is also worth mentioning CarFest gatherings run by TopGear’s Chris Evans.

Another event that is worth more than attention and admiration is the annual Ferrari rally in the southern town of Horsham. This is the largest Ferrari rally of its kind anywhere in the UK. Are you wondering why a quintessentially British town located in the middle of an English countryside will have an Italian-themed festival like the Ferrari rally? Horsham is one of the finest places to live in West Sussex with many events going on. A gathering of Maranello’s finest in Horsham is an impressive achievement particularly with the parade of Ferraris.

There was a record breaking Ferrari parade that was held in Silverstone last 2012 but it was only a onetime event with no plans of being repeated. On the other hand, Piazza Italia celebrations are annual events that look people look forward too because it regularly features 100 Ferrari models in the town center. All the proceeds generated from the event goes to charitable institutions.

A car aficionado certainly expects impressive cars to be displayed considering that the event is partly organized by Ferrari Owners Club UK. At least 2 Ferrari 488 GTB’s made their way to the Horsham town center including 512 BBs, 599 GTBs and 458 Speciales. The overflowing crowd was also delighted with hordes of 430s, 360s and 355s on display as well as the incredibly special F40s, 250 LussoGTO and 250 GT SWB. The 250 GTSWB was recently sold at auction for more than $10 million.

The event was certainly organized to showcase Ferrari 488 Italia and its extremely sculptural flanks that bring it a lot of character. Next year, another parade of Ferraris will thrill the crowd in Horsham.

Songkran Festival – Boosting Tourism In Thailand

Songkran Festival – Boosting Tourism In Thailand

Thailand remains to be a favorite tourist destination in spite of the government campaign to conserve water due to the record draught. Songkran is the biggest water festival in Thailand that will be observed from April 13 to 15 of this year. According to data gathered from an online travel search engine, there is a 48% year-on-year increase for overall searches for Thailand including some of its cities like Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Krabi.

A 63% increase in the searches for Phuket followed by Krabi at 55% was particularly noticeable including the 47% increase of searches for Samui and 46% for Bangkok because Chiang Mai used to be the most popular destination for Songkran. Surprisingly, Chiang Mai has the lowest year-on-year increase in searches at 32% for this year.

Most tourists who travel to Thailand come from countries that include Singapore, Australia, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany. Singaporeans made the most searches at 89% followed by Australians at 36% and Russians at 26%.  The rise in searches is definitely in keeping with Thailnd’s efforts to boost tourism especially during the annual New Year’s festival.

Even the locals are interested to join the festivities because of budget air travel. At least 16 hotels in Bangkok and seven provinces are offering four hour “flash sales” so as to stimulate tourism during Songkran. Features include special deals and steep discounts on accommodation packages, theme park tickets and related travel products and services. The features make it more encouraging for both locals and tourists to celebrate water splashing during Songkran Festival.

Participating hotels and resorts include Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket and InterContinental Hua Hin. Flash sales are open to expatriates and tourists. These special privileges are aimed at stimulating the Thais to enjoy their own country by travelling within Thailand during the Thai New Year festivities.

You can also rent a condo in Hua Hin to enjoy the nationwide Songkran Festival. There are condo units inside luxurious beachfront properties that are easily accessible from downtown Hua Hin. There are also condos with a great sea view as well as swimming pools and exclusive fitness gyms.