Our society has been around for years and it is our relationship with one another that has helped us build great cities, modern developments, and mind-blowing technologies. We have established certain rules and norms that defined our culture throughout history and is the reason why humanity exists the way it is today. But over the years, we have witnessed a drastic change in human behavior. These changes continue until now where you can see people being more concerned about their virtual lives than their real ones.
Sleep is only one of the biggest things we keep on losing because of our preoccupation with smart technology. Our intense fear of missing out or #FOMO urges us to push our bedtimes further and continue tinkering with our devices until the wee hours of the morning. The thing is, the world won’t come to an end if you can't respond to a comment or like and share the status or tweet of a person or star you are following. We are living and breathing individuals that have needs far more important than our affinity to tech devices yet we now thrive in a culture where it is acceptable to lose sleep or lose that important “me time” because you are always reachable on your phone or social media.
Back then, you are free to rest and relax or bond with your family and friends outside of work or school. Your obligations won’t usually follow you at home. And you also make an effort in talking to or seeing people since we don’t yet have smart technology that allows us to talk to people or video call them in real-time remotely regardless of what part of the world they are in. Sometimes, there are individuals who prioritize their online persona than their real self and lose connections with family and friends as a result of it. Health issues are quite common too as tech gadgets emit harmful blue light that impacts our sleep and health as a whole.
The fear of being separated from your smartphone is even a medical condition now known as nomophobia. Yes, there are individuals who really freak out in the absence of their handy tech gadgets that probably hold all their life secrets. When these technologies were developed, the innovators were probably thinking about how they will improve the lives of everyone. It turned out that the public became slaves to their gadgets – just like what is happening right now.
It is a common sight if you go out in public. People are busy fiddling with their phones rather than interacting with others or even simply caring as to what is happening around them. They are lost in their little virtual bubble where everything is possible at their fingertips. And at the rate things are going now, it is highly likely that a new digital culture has been born and will definitely dominate the world in the years to come.
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We may have seen just how disastrous natural calamities are over the years but it does not make us immune to its effects and impact on the people, especially to society at large. It is even worse if it is your hometown that is affected and your family is displaced after being evacuated. Well, safety first, after all. Once the storm has passed, it is time to do a quick reality check and assess just how much damage was done and how to move on from such a tragedy.
The local economy is sure to go down during and soon after any disaster strikes. For example, a hurricane with such power and magnitude as Harvey destroyed many homes/properties, businesses, and infrastructures that will require a lot of money in order to rebuild. And because almost everything was destroyed, the price of staple commodities shoots up until enough supply is replenished to meet the people’s demands. Transportation is challenging as most main roads and highways are either flooded or destroyed and therefore not accessible making food deliveries difficult. As a result, prices will likely go up too.
Despite the US being a rich nation, it does not necessarily mean recovery will also be swift and that many won’t suffer in the aftermath of a calamity. We’ve experienced it before with Katrina. Losing a home is no joke and people who aren’t used to severe flooding wouldn’t likely have anticipated the dangers brought by the hurricane, thereby made less planning and preparation before its landfall. You can’t simply point fingers after even if there was enough information disseminated by the government and corresponding agencies about what to brace for.
Again, experience is the best teacher. The country wasn’t given enough time to process everything and analyze where we have gone wrong because Hurricane Irma came soon after Harvey left. As if the damage brought about by Hurricane Harvey isn’t extensive enough after hitting Texas that is the heart of the oil and gas industry in all of the US, people down in Florida also have to brace for the worst.
Texas is not the only state affected by Harvey but every other state that gets their energy from the different Texas-based oil refineries and suppliers. That alone is a major blow, not only to the local economy in Texas but in other US states because we can expect oil prices to go up in the week and months that follow. And we use oil in running just about any industry there is in the world today. Ordinary citizens will struggle the most because while help is given, they also suffer from the trauma such a disaster has caused them that perhaps only time can heal.
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We all dread the onslaught of natural disasters. We are forced out of our comfort zones especially if there is a need to evacuate in the case of flash floods and severe flooding. Everyone is focused on saving as many people as possible out of harm’s way and many often forget that there are also other species that needs saving – our animal friends. Devoted pet owners don’t just leave their homes without their pets in tow. However, there are some that completely forget about the animals they leave behind as they make their way to safety.
If you’ve seen the news lately, you’ll not only see people in evacuation centers or homes/properties submerged in flood but of poor and helpless animals left to fend for themselves in the face of the harsh elements. Fortunately, some are saved by animal shelters before it is too late. However, because the recent hurricanes proved to be really powerful ones, even the shelters themselves weren’t safe and animals in their care had to endure for a while as they and their carers battered the storm and the painful recovery that follows.
While it is understandable that pet owners are terrified for their lives that they leave home in a hurry to save themselves from whatever a hurricane like Harvey or Irma may bring, it is absolutely unacceptable for them to leave behind their furry friends. They signed up as pet owners and should likewise be responsible and held accountable for the safety and well-being of the animals in their care. They can’t just leave them behind without knowing what the elements have in store for all of us and for how long before they can come back home.
The shelters are also damaged as is the rest of the community, where the authorities estimate the damage left behind by both disasters to be over several billions of dollars. In the aftermath of the storms, it’s the flooding that makes recovery more challenging than it already is. With limited funds, most animal shelters struggle in securing the safety of all the animals in their care. More animals are even added into their custody as they rescued displaced animals abandoned by their owners that were out in the flooded streets.
Even wild animals were caught and rescued during the storm, not only those pets with owners. Animals can sense when danger is coming and many of them flee before disaster strikes but fortunately, most of them bounce back pretty well soon after while a handful is rescued and picked up by most local shelters.
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The entire world is aware of how two recent hurricanes left certain US states in a bad shape today. Texas and Florida residents were once again reminded of the power of Mother Nature’s wrath and many are quick to surmise that climate change may have a hand in this. It is not often that Americans experience natural calamities like these two, so it is a major eye opener for many especially the ones who had to go through the ordeal of the storm. The fear caused by the heavy rain and flooding forced people out of their homes with only the most important items in their possession without really knowing when they’ll be able to go home and bounce back.
The government is always ready to help its citizens but one can’t expect to receive everything they will ever need to recover from the state. After all, major public properties and infrastructures were also destroyed during the storm that the government has to fund and rebuild. Non-profit organizations pitch in to help and they have been of great help to each and every community for the longest time. They not only hand out relief goods but even aid in the relief and rescue operations.
Charities help disaster survivors in every possible way you can ever imagine. Big charities like the Red Cross are all over the place while smaller ones also do their part and make a difference to people’s lives. During times of disasters, others who are unaffected by the tragedy do not hesitate in giving back to these charities in order to help them mobilize help where help is needed.
The survivors need your help now more than ever. You may not be able to extend help physically in aid of the recovery efforts but whatever amount you share can go a long way in uplifting the lives of these people who do how to move on from this tragedy. Giving financial donations to these charities or humanitarian organizations is perhaps the best thing you can do in helping another person in need. You may also donate in kind, although, some advised that monetary donations are better because of the challenge posed in transporting goods and clothing in the affected areas where most infrastructures have also been damaged by the hurricane.
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The world we live in now is highly digital. It is inevitable for you to deal with tech gadgets in the course of your day because it is all over the place. And as such, we have also started to embrace more of these modern contraptions into our personal lives. Can you imagine going about your day without your handy and ever reliable smartphone that can do just about everything you’ll ever need for the day? The answer is probably no, right? But let us not forget what started it all – computers. Their presence enables mankind to shift from manual labor and consequently automated most of our tasks, so we have a lot to be thankful for their existence.
But just like any material object (especially a tech one) you have at home, school, work, or everywhere else, they are subject to normal wear and tear especially when misused or abused. Over time, your computer would need fixing or worse, a replacement. Other time, you simply just want to upgrade and buy that shiny new laptop or Mac you saw at the mall the other day. Sooner or later, you’ll have to say goodbye to your desktop or laptop but it’s not as simple as you think. There are data to be transferred and saved but do you know where to start?
The number of digital data/files you have saved on your device depends on how long you’ve been using it and how often you use it. You may save photos, songs, videos, movies, and most importantly, documents that mean the world to you. You also use your PC when browsing the web, accessing social media accounts, or when doing online banking, which means there is a big possibility you have saved sensitive login details and passwords on the device.
Cleaning up may be a hassle for many but it is a crucial step you should not miss out on when selling your old PC or laptop because there is the risk of you leaving behind important data that you don’t want others to see or gain access to. But before doing anything like a factory reset, make sure you back up all your data first before they are gone for good. If not, you may have to undergo the costly and painful process of data recovery that is dreaded by most computer users. You can either transfer these files to an external hard drive or up in the cloud for safe keeping. The cleanup process may vary, though, depending on operating system version, so also bear that in mind.
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We live in a digital age where information is passed around even faster than the speed of lightning. With social media dominating the web, you can very well read stories and see photos and videos of events happening in various parts of the world in real time without knowing how credible its sources are. Politics is often targeted by fake news that usually leaves the public confused because they can no longer tell what is real and what is not. Technology is a big factor why fake news is able to spread like wildfire. Anybody can post anything they want on social media or on certain sites that people can easily see and quickly shared with others.
Politicians have also benefited from these false stories especially when it discredits the credibility of their rivals. Perhaps it also explains the unprecedented win of President Donald Trump in last year’s election. Other times, it can help dictate the direction a certain nation is going. Take Brexit, for instance. The people’s opinion was greatly influenced by the intentional spreading of fake news before and during the time of voting. So you see, we can’t just turn a blind eye to this public nuisance anymore because of its large-scale implications that can make or break nations, actually.
Many people use social media today and in the course of our use, we share personal information through the details we disclose on our accounts, posts we like, share and comment on, surveys we take, etc. We are practically the products being sold by SNS platforms to third-party advertisers. This information, when it goes into the wrong hands, allows the perpetrators of fake news to publish targeted posts to a specific niche or group of people for them to realize their goals whatever they may be. Hence, it’s also the reason why we can’t just easily put an end to fake news because it thrives in social media, a platform the majority of us can’t live without right now.
Even public officials are fooled by fake news. This is especially common during natural calamities and disasters when news is flooding in and everyone is glued to the latest updates that many gullibly share or retweet posts without verifying their legitimacy or credibility first. Since we are undeniably in the midst of the fake news era, what we can do to somehow lessen its damage, prevent them from trending, or protect you and your family from any problems arising from such posts is to refrain from sharing whatever you see on your newsfeed. Sometimes, you just have to bite back your (virtual) tongue and stop flaming the fire that is fake news – the new favorite of cyber criminals aside from the spreading ransomware attacks.
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Most global businesses today are online businesses. It's a no brainer considering how digital the world has become. For example, Amazon, Facebook (and most social networking sites), Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Sony, etc are online brands that have been widely accepted by almost everyone on the planet and their popularity just keeps on growing. The demand for their products and services is so big that they have managed to wipe out most competitions without a sweat at all. While most of these brands are success stories, it is not always the case.
Take for instance eBay’s attempt to penetrate the Chinese market. We all know how big of a company eBay is in the Western Hemisphere and just how big and powerful a country China is. Unfortunately, this US-based multinational e-commerce corporation failed to establish their business in “The Land of the Red Dragon” as early as 2002 because they have little understanding of how the Chinese deals with business. It’s also worth pointing out that the government is pretty much involved in all the affairs of its people even if it is a private company or corporation and perhaps was also a factor to the company's failure. Jobs weren't an issue.
What entrepreneurs need to remember when crossing borders and bringing their brands to foreign markets is to have someone oversee everything that is familiar with the market and has a good grasp of the culture and practices in that place so that their efforts do not go to waste. At times, entrepreneurs must learn to adapt and be flexible, something that eBay wasn’t able to do when the opportunity to expand there presented itself.
However, it seems that more than a decade is enough time for eBay to innovate and rethink their strategy because they’re once again considering a China expansion. They sure have learned from their mistakes and the Chinese market is pretty big and profitable for them to keep ignoring it any longer. This time, they are partnering with Ningbo to help them realize their dream of enjoying a slice of China’s pie. It may actually work this time as Chinese consumers are constantly anxious about the dangers of many fake local products and there is a growing middle and upper class that can afford more expensive (even luxury) Western brands.
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We all look forward to a good night’s sleep after a long day at work or school. Our body craves the comfort of our bed where we can just lie down and simply not do anything until we eventually fall asleep. For many, this is the definition of pure bliss. However, not everyone gets to enjoy sleep the way some people do. There are actually two people that come to mind: those who snore and then there’s their partners/spouses. The loud snoring in itself is so annoying that it even triggers a break-up or for couples to even for them to consider having separate sleeping arrangements.
While we may laugh at someone who snores loudly, we fail to realize just how dangerous it truly is. Although not all snorers are diagnosed with sleep apnea, everyone who has sleep apnea actually snores. People with this condition stop breathing many times in their sleep aside from just snoring and that it itself is a very dangerous symptom. Your brain is basically choosing between sleep and breathing and that should not be the case as breathing is essential to life.
If you are a habitual snorer, you probably know it by now because it is not something that just pops up out of the blue. So what are you waiting for? Isn’t your partner nagging you enough for you to go get yourself checked? Do not just turn a blind eye to your condition simply because you are deep in slumber when it manifests. The danger is still there. There are numerous sleep clinics you can visit for a consultation and many people do it now. It is just proof that snoring is a common predicament experienced by the majority of the world’s population today.
The experts have spoken. Sleep apnea requires medical attention. Before trying any treatments or solutions, get yourself diagnosed first to receive the best treatment for whatever you are suffering from, which is most likely sleep apnea if you are a heavy snorer. You can even ask your doctor if an anti-snoring mouthpiece is good for you just so you don’t lose more sleep than you already did.
It was probably alright to just laugh about issues like snoring if we were back in the 80s or 90s but not today. We all know by now the many dangers posed by sleep apnea and we just can’t afford to be negligent with our health when there are many health risk factors around us waiting for our immunity levels to go down. And that is bound to happen when you can't sleep soundly at night Get that much-deserved sleep because that is all that your body needs and wants after toiling hard for the day. Give it some rest and you might even be able to live until you are 100.
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No man is an island. How many times have we heard that before? Nobody can exist alone. It’s the same thing to our society. Nations work with other nations in making the world go round. From sharing the world’s resources (at a cost, though) to trading with one another, we all make allies to help the country provide everything it needs for all the citizens of the land and it is actually a never-ending process. Some nations will cease to work alongside a certain country for various reasons, though, and it may unnecessarily cause a strain that can impact the lives of those affected and affect the overall economy as well.
Many changes are happening today in America under the leadership of President Trump. We know he has created one of the biggest empires in the U.S. but he has a lot to learn when it comes to politics and running the country for he is absolutely a total newbie. He can’t always just post his sentiments on Twitter and not give a care as to what its impact to the public will be given his position in the government. It’s even more important that he reflects on his actions and the policies he is supporting right now since he’s the one in command of the country and everyone else counts on him to do what’s right to make America great again.
And President Trump’s potential pullout from the NAFTA will be a major blow to American businesses as many things will suffer if relationships with Canada and Mexico will be put to an end once the president decides to put an end to this agreement. While like any other agreement there is, the North American Free Trade Agreement is not perfect but it does not mean the president should totally abolish it for it can also mean a certain disaster. Perhaps a little tweaking can help but not necessarily put an end to it like what the president is suggesting right now because many businesses are not yet ready for it.
Of course, President Trump is only thinking about the country’s welfare and is perhaps the likely justification why he is making all those demands but he fails to realize that this is an agreement between three countries. Hence, it must somehow be beneficial for all and not to just one party. As a businessman, it should have been clear to him how these things work since you negotiate with others and strike up a deal. It is true that America is still one of the most powerful and influential nations in the world but it still needs to work side by side other nations especially when it comes to trade.
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Nobody is too old to learn. It’s a fact even if many people feel that age is a hindrance to going back to school and getting an education or pursuing post-grad courses. But the truth is, some could not even put their children to school in high school or community colleges because of financial constraints. Of course, it is a given that their basic needs must be met first before they can pursue their intellectual endeavors or join important think tanks. Meanwhile, there are those who can afford to study abroad because they believe that it boosts their credential and helps them land better and higher-paying jobs someday. All these factors are constants in our modern education system. There are much more actually and the government should look into them in order to create policies that address most of these problems and help lighten the burden poorer families experience day in and day out.
The educational sector needs to consider that practical application is what is most important now and that employers look at that first from job applicants although we do no discredit the value of their academic achievements too. Looking for work is especially harder now as many industries already automate most of their processes and applicants are expected to miss out on even more job opportunities as roughly 7 million more jobs will be automated in the coming years. It is also perhaps the reason why those who can afford to study abroad don’t hesitate in doing so because they know they’ll learn more from prestigious institutions in other countries in terms of knowledge, skills, and experiences local students miss out on and be the first to get hired when job vacancies open up.
Not everyone enjoys the same opportunities and in a way, it affects whether they become successful later in life. While some students are actually deserving of landing certain jobs or even getting promoted, they miss out on these chances because others have a finer resume than theirs, attended better schools, or have a longer list of skills and trainings/seminars making them more competitive and qualified for the job since they have the money to burn unlike those who have no choice but to attend public schools.
It is imperative for educators to integrate as much technology as needed into the curriculum and day-to-day lessons of students because we already live in a highly digital world. It’s no longer a luxury since we are only making sure students are equipped with everything they will ever need for the future that awaits them. They must be able to navigate their way through all these digital mazes that are quickly gaining traction in the world. It’s also all the more reason for the government to increase federal funding on education because the future of our nation is a stake here. Whatever the personal opinions of the leaders in power right now are on the case are irrelevant and they should think first about the welfare of the country and the people who will soon run it in the years to come.
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