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Greeks March for A No Vote

Greeks March and Protest for No Vote on Austerity

Those who pay attention to world events know that not all is right with the world. Greece is just another chapter of that and it has its own share of unique problems as well.

The Greek government has come together to hold a referendum and decide whether or not to enact any austerity measures demanded by international organizations. In response to this, thousands of Greek citizens have come out to hold protests and march against the austerity vote, hoping for a No Vote result.

The referendum was called together by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, though at the same time he is campaigning for the No Vote that so many are protesting. The No Vote would be a rejection of the austerity proposal and this move could mean Greece is removed from the European Union as a member country, according to other European countries. Still, The Aspire New Brunswick says many protesters have said that rejecting the deal may be the break the country needs even though it would come at the cost of leaving the EU and force them to stop using euros as currency.

In fact many protesters said that they are more against the austerity deal rather than the use of currency and have suggested that enact this austerity measure would doom the country that has already suffered through a declining economy for the past five years.

Realizing Real Savings with FreedomPop

In the midst of the cell phone carrier warriors there is a company that stands out as one of the best providers among the giants. This is FreedomPop. It is not known worldwide because it is not available everywhere yet. This company is growing, however, and it has a lot of the competitors nervous.

Competing companies have a right to be nervous. It is quite difficult to compete with an organization that provides free service. Where FreedomPop makes money is through the selling of hardware. There are also premium services that will help the company gain money, but the core of the money comes from the sale of cell phones.

Customers have not had a problem with this because the average customer keeps their phone for more than a year. This means that the customer can make one purchase for a phone and not have to worry about any cell phone related bills for any entire year. With FreedomPop the only time that the mobile device is an expense is when a customer wants another phone. This has become the reason that a lot of people are leaving their major providers and coming over to the smaller, but much more cost-effective, FreedomPop provider. This company is even giving customers free hot spot access. This essentially equates to free Internet. People that do not use a lot of bandwidth can cut off their home Internet services. This is another bill that FreedomPop cuts down for consumers. People that have a LAN line phone may also consider getting rid of this bill as well after they start utilizing the FreedomPop service.

Customers that start using this free Internet service may notice that this is one of the most innovative ways to save a lot more money. On average people that have pay cell phone services may find themselves paying as much as $800 to $900 a year for a rather basic plan. People that have family plans may pay almost as much as $2,000 or more a year. The growing expense of these plans has made FreedomPop one of the most popular companies on the west coast.

At the moment this organization is still working on perfecting this concept of getting free service to more people. There is certainly a demand for throughout the United States. The buzz is spreading about it, and lots of frustrated cell phone owners want this.

When the Sense of Smell and Taste Goes

Most of us go through life without a thought about losing one of our senses. But could you cope with losing your sense of smell and taste? Bloomberg says that no longer smelling the aroma of cinnamon buns, that first whiff of your favorite shower gel, or cologne, or tasting different flavors?

Sure, when you compare it to losing sight or hearing, then smell is no where as serious.

Those with Anosmia lose their sense of smell and taste. Initially, you tend to believe food is bland, and can’t distinguish among various flavors, until the smell is completely gone. About 1 in 20 people will lose the sense of smell and taste.

The most common type of Anosmia is congenital, and sufferers are unable to perceive odors from birth.

There are also external factors that inhibit smell and taste like nasal congestion, allergic rhinitis and viral diseases. Also, with age, you can gradually lose the sense of smell.

But imagine for a moment how dangerous Anosmia can become. You couldn’t smell a gas leak, hazardous chemical smells, or ill-prepared food.

Scientist are actually working on a cure by infecting the cells with a virus. This approach was tested in mice and after three days, their sense of smell was restored.

When you don’t suffer from an abnormality you can’t appreciate what someone else is experiencing.

Yoshi’s Woolly World’ Underwhelms

Nintendo Wii U users are very disappointed with Nintendo’s latest game according to Facebook.com. At E3, Nintendo showcased ‘Yoshi’s Woolly world,’ and gamers were very excited for the new project. ‘Yoshi’s Woolly World’ looked amazing, and the game features some incredible graphics. However gamers were a bit worried about the childish feeling of the game. ‘Yoshi’s Woolly World’ is marketed for younger gamers, but old school players purchased the game as well.

‘Yoshi’s Woolly World’ was recently released, and it seems that the game is mediocre at best. IGN and Gamerant rated the game as a 7, and that score surprised me. It’s not often that you see a first party Nintendo game receive such a low rating. But people around the world agree that the latest Yoshi game is truly underwhelming.

Some gamers may find ‘Yoshi’s Woolly World’ to be entertaining, and it’s not hard to see why. Although the game isn’t perfect, ‘Yoshi’s Woolly World’ does offer some exciting gameplay, and Yoshi’s adorable appearance is enough for some people to purchase the game. Nonetheless, it seems that the Nintendo Wii U is in danger of going extinct. Nintendo has never made such an unsuccessful console in the history of their company. Thankfully, Nintendo is currently creating a new system that will supposedly be better than the PS4 and Xbox one.

CA Uber Ruling Could Shake Things up in On-Demand Platform

The California Labor Commission has ruled that a former Uber driver was an employee rather than an independent contractor, ordering the ride sharing service to reimburse her $4,000 for eight weeks of work. It is the second such ruling made against Uber. Analysts will now try to decide whether or not the non-binding ruling will force Uber and other on-demand platforms to rethink their business models.

The good news for Uber is that decisions made by state labor boards are not applied across the entire industry; rulings are made on a case-by-case basis. Indeed, the California ruling cannot even be used by the state’s Labor Commission as the basis for making future decisions in similar cases. Keith Mann suggests that the bad news is that civil courts often rely on labor commission rulings to reach their own decisions.

If on-demand service providers like Uber are eventually found to be employers they would no longer be able to effectively compete in the marketplace. The reason they can offer services at lower prices and with more efficiency is because of the independent contractor model. They don’t have to pay benefits, they don’t pay overtime, their insurance costs less, and they don’t have the administrative costs of an HR department.

Uber hopes things stay that way. They should for now, but they may not remain unchanged forever.

The Punisher is Headed to Daredevil

Amen Clinics tells that the Netflix Daredevil series is going to become very interesting during season two. In addition to the debut of Bullseye and, possibly, Elektra, another gritty Marvel character is going to appear. Marvel now has a new Punisher. The violent vigilante is going to shake things up for Daredevil quite a bit.

What makes The Punisher and intriguing character is he isn’t a villain. Well, Frank “The Punisher” Castle may have started out as a villain when he debuted in Spider-Man comics in 1974, but he ended up getting his own books and three movies as a hero. Over time, major changes occurred in how superheroes are presented. The notion that heroes never kill was wiped away thanks to Wolverine, The Punisher, and other characters. The Punisher also remained a top seller for Marvel in the 1990’s, although Punisher books had their ups and downs in the 2000’s.

The Punisher is not an A-list Marvel character in the sense he can carry a film. We’ve seen three attempts to give him a solo film and, well, only the second one did marginally well. Hardcore Marvel fans who buy the books do love the films and, if a new Punisher can continue to bring them aboard for Marvel Netflix programming, trying again with the character makes perfect sense.

Jon Bernthal is the actor who is going to don the Punisher’s ominous attire. How well he is received remains to be seen. Will he get a solo Netflix feature? More than likely, we will see a lot of the Punisher via streaming in the future.