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14Dec/140

Discovering the Mystique of Alaska

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Alaska is an incredibly beautiful destination which is just waiting to be explored. One of the largest states in the United States of America, Alaska is much closer to Russia than it is to the mainland United States. Alaska was bought by the United States for $7.2 million in 1867. Though a princely sum at that time, it was a cheap bargain for the United States government.

Comprising magnificent glaciers, national parks, fast paced cities, stories of the gold rush, the memories of Alaska would linger in your mind for a long time even after you have left the state. Alaska is a mysterious and enigmatic destination and even for the most avid traveler it would take more than a lifetime to truly explore the entire state.

Anchorage

Most of Alaska is steeped in wilderness but south central Alaska, where a majority of the population is located, is a hub of activity. Anchorage, one of the largest cities in Alaska, is a refreshing break from the wilderness. Here travelers would be greeted by a number of experiences and sights that they would have rarely experienced in any other part of the world. Visitors planning to catch a glimpse of the much talked about Northern Lights should plan a trip to Anchorage in winter. Known as Aurora Borealis this spectacular display of blue, pink, yellow and green can be witnessed as early as 8:00 p.m. Apart from this amazing feat, Anchorage is also a perfect destination for travelers who are visiting the state with the idea of indulging in some adventure sports. During winters, travelers can play sports such as skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and ice fishing.

Denali National Park

A visit to Denali National Park is a must as it offers numerous breath-taking sites such as the towering Mount McKinley, the highest peak in the whole of North America. Head out to the interiors and you will come across various species of mammals, which include some rare species that are a treat to the eyes. Visitors to the park can easily spot exotic animals such as foxes, snowshoe hares, Lynx, Dall sheep, moose, and the grizzly bear roaming around in the park. It is home to around 130 varieties of birds, which include the golden eagle.  Know about National Parks in Alaska

Juneau

The capital of Alaska, Juneau provides a number of reasons for you to spend your vacations here. One of these is the Mendenhall Glacier. The mighty glacier is spectacularly huge. The glacier is spread over an area of more than 1,500 square miles. Other attractions one can indulge in Juneau include whale watching, fishing and kayaking. You can also enrich your knowledge about the history and culture of Juneau by visiting the museums, art galleries and historical sites that throw light on the rich past of the state.  View Juneau City Map

Tracy Arm Fjord

Named after Benjamin Franklin Tracy, secretary of navy, Tracy Arm Fjord is worth visiting, especially if you are planning to take a cruise ship or a boat tour. As your boat meanders its way through the waterfalls, steep rocks, glaciers, and floating icebergs, you will witness some breath taking scenery. As your boat passes the lush green forest, you will come across the magnificent snow-clad glaciers. The Fjord, which is located within the Tongass National Forest, sports exotic wildlife, including the mountain goat. View Alaska Map

A visit to Alaska is a must for those planning to take a trip to North America. It would rejuvenate your senses and prepare you for the grueling city life, which would greet you once you leave Alaska and head back home.

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9Dec/140

Threats for the world in 2014

The year 2014 has been a tough one for the people of this planet. The two biggest threats Ebola, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, have already claimed thousands of life. If that was not enough, the world has been rocked by many natural disasters such as typhoons, hurricanes, volcanoes and earthquakes. Let us take a close look at some of the major threats that the world has faced in the year 2014.

Ebola : What, where, when and how?

The world has been plagued by many diseases, but if compared to Ebola perhaps many of these would seem insignificant. Ever since the news of people falling sick began to trickle in the month of December 2014, people across the world realized that Africa was heading towards trouble.

However, even after the death of a two year old in the village of Méliandou in Guéckédou prefecture in southern Guinea, and a few other people due to the deadly virus, it was beyond imagination what 2014 would have in store for the people of West Africa in particular and the whole world in general. By the beginning of 2014 Ebola has become one of the most feared diseases on this planet affecting more than 13,000 people. Around 5,000 people have died till now.

Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were the countries worst affected. Its impact was such that by August 8 WHO Director-General Margaret Chan had to pronounce the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. By September it had become certain that the disease had crossed the borders of Africa when the US confirmed the first Ebola case on its soil. The patient Thomas Eric Duncan later died due to the disease. Know What is Ebola

In fear that Ebola will engulf the US, the government was quick to impose stringent measures, which included a 21-day quarantine period for Ebola patients. African countries such as Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Ivory Coast in a bid to prevent Ebola from entering their country closed their borders with Ebola affected countries.

However, the world seems to be winning the war against Ebola. One of the worst affected countries, Liberia is seeing a slowdown in Ebola cases. In October WHO declared Senegal and Nigeria to be free of Ebola, while the US state of Texas would also be declared free of Ebola by Friday night, 7 November. Though these measures suggest that the end of Ebola may be near but the governments are on a high alert till the disease becomes a thing of the past.  Ebola Affected Countries Map

ISIS : Why they want islamization over the world?

So, in 2014, if the people of Africa were being ravaged by the deadly Ebola virus, the people of Middle East countries were facing the wrath of one of the deadliest terrorist organization that the world had ever seen. In fact ISIS has even overshadowed Al Qaeda. Aiming to form a caliphate, ISIS has captured large areas of eastern Syria, and northern and western Iraq. The violent terrorist group has instilled fear in the hearts of the people and its opponents by employing brutal tactics such as beheadings of journalists and hostages, mass killings and abductions. The ISIS has grown so powerful that it has overrun Iraqi military bases and killed many soldiers.

The violent methods and extreme brutality employed by ISIS fighters against Iraqi soldiers, journalists and hostages has been criticized by the world community. In a bid to wipe out the ISIS and provide clean and effective governance to the people living in these areas, the US United States and five Arab states launched strikes in Syria beginning in September 2014. View Islamic State Map to know the ISIS captured areas.

The ISIS members are jihadists. They believe in an extreme interpretation of Sunni Islam. The organization’s members consider themselves the only true believers. But, many Muslims have criticized ISIS for their violent methods. In 2014 Al Qaeda too distanced itself from ISIS.

Natural hazards

While Ebola and ISIS have reigned supreme during the current year, natural hazards like typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanoes too have played their part in making life miserable for the common people. The citizens of Hawaii were in for a shock when they witnessed lava moving towards their homes. The lava destroyed Buddhist cemetery in Pahoa and some homes were also ravaged. Taking precautionary measures, the authorities evacuated many people.

The year has also witnessed many hurricanes. Some of the major hurricanes that have occurred during the year include Bertha, Cristobal, Edouard, Fay, Arthur, and Gonzalo. Some of these hurricanes have not only caused damages worth millions of dollars but have also claimed many lives.

The year 2014 has been a tough one with not only man made, but natural disasters also making life difficult for the people. WBPB07112014

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3Dec/140

How is Christmas celebrated around the world?

Christmas is just a few weeks away and the festive spirit is already in the air. One of the most significant festivals celebrated by Christians, Christmas has attained global stature and is today celebrated not only by Christians but by people of other faiths as well. Perhaps it is the only festival which is celebrated around the world by people of so many nationalities. Though there are certain similarities such as Christmas tree and Santa Claus, but every country has its own way of celebrating the festival.

Christmas is a grand festival in the United States and Canada and celebrations begin in November itself. The Thanksgiving Day signifies the advent of the festive season, which lasts up to Christmas and the New Year’s Day. This is one of the most exciting days of the year. Many schools and offices around the country close down so that their students and employees can have a really good time. Many people take the opportunity to meet their family and friends. People decorate their homes and also buy the Christmas tree, which forms the central part of the festival. The tree is embellished with unique ornaments, elegant lights and a star at the top of the tree. The star signifies the Star of Bethlehem. Another central part of the festival is Santa Claus, who is thought to visit people’s homes at night and bring gifts for children.  Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas is celebrated in many different ways in Europe. In Western Europe a religious service is held on Christmas Eve. In the evenings families gather for a large meal, though the ingredients and style of cooking may vary from country to country. The Christmas Eve is the main day on which celebrations are held in Central Europe. Many people fast on the day and share a large sumptuous feast with their family and friends in the evening. The Christian Orthodox in Eastern Europe celebrate Christmas Day on 7 January rather than 25 December. Similarly the Coptic Christians in Egypt and Ethiopia also celebrate Christmas on 7 January.

Even though many countries in Asia do not have Christianity as their main religion, the people in Asia celebrate the festival with the same enthusiasm and zeal with which it is celebrated in Europe and America. In India, where Christians constitute a little over two percent of the population, Christmas is celebrated with great pomp and show by people of all faiths. The day is a state holiday in India and the streets and the markets wear a festive look. Shoppers usually throng to the markets to buy clothes and other accessories which are available at attractive discounts. Christmas Wallpapers Free Download

Similarly in Hong Kong the streets are decorated with lights, while the shopping malls, which witness huge crowds, offer jaw-dropping discounts. In Philippines the Christmas season starts in October and extends for a fairly long period till December. Many people do the evening mass, which is also known as the Simbang Gabi in the local language. This nine-day mass celebration is held at four in the morning. Misa de Gallo is the last day of this evening, which ends of Christmas Eve. Christmas celebrations are a gala affair in Japan, which is predominantly Buddhist. Here people celebrate the day by giving gifts to their family and friends and relishing on delectable cuisine.

The months from December to February are summers in Australia, so the country celebrates Christmas during summers. Christmas in the country occurs during school vacations, thus Australians take time off to visit family and friends, make a trip to holiday parks or visits unique places that offer exquisite camping sites and facilities.  Top Ten Christmas Vacations, WBPB03122014

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30Nov/140

What would happen if all the terror leaders are killed?

On 1 May 2011 when US President Barack Obama announced the news of the death of Osama bin Laden, it was greeted with joy by Americans as well as people of other countries. The news of Osama’s death, the leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda, and one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, sparked debates on what the future holds in store for the feared terrorist organization. Many were of the opinion that Al Qaeda would witness a dramatic decline or may also vanish into dust.

It has been more than three years, since Osama has been killed but neither has Al Qaeda crumbled, nor has its acts of terrorism abated. In fact the organization is going strong under the leadership of Ayman al-Zawahiri who took over reins of the deadly group after the death of Osama.

In the month of November 2014, newspapers and TV channels were once again abuzz with the news of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (now called Islamic State) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being seriously wounded or even killed in lethal air strikes carried out by the US forces near the city of Falluja in Iraq. IS, a splinter group of Al Qaeda, is considered to be even more deadly and has virtually overshadowed Al Qaeda. The extent of its brutality can be gauged by the fact that even a ruthless terror organization such as Al Qaeda had snapped ties with it on the grounds that it was too brutal. The organization has executed a number of Iraqi soldiers, foreign hostages, journalists and other people who do not subscribe to its views or whom it considers an impediment in its journey to establish a caliphate.  Timeline of Iraq History

So, if rumors of Baghdadi’s death are considered to be true they would be greeted with the same jubilation as that of Osama. In fact there are opinions that with Baghdadi gone; the deadly organization may soon slip away into obscurity. However, the idea of the IS disappearing seems to be a bit far-fetched. With the US desperately wanting him dead, Baghdadi would be anticipating that sooner or later he would meet a violent end. With this though in mind, Baghdadi himself, or the Shura, which handles religious and military affairs, would have already selected a successor who would take over the reins of the organization after Baghdadi is gone.

There are speculations that Abu Muslim al-Turkmani may become the leader of the organization, in case ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is declared dead in the air strikes. Turkmani, who oversees IS’s missions in Iraq, had earlier served in Saddam Hussein’s regime and is considered to be extremely brutal. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani is also a contender for the top IS post. He is the chief spokesman of the group and had in the month of September asked the supporters of IS to launch lone-wolf attacks.

Apart from these two, other people tipped to take over include, Abu Ali al-Anbari, who is a former officer of the Iraqi army. Abdullah al-Ani and Younis al-Mashhadani can also take over. Both of them have considerable experience and the ruthlessness which make them an ideal choice for the top post. Ani is known to have written the ISIS doctrine, while Mashhadani is currently the head of the Shura council.

As per the latest reports, it is not known whether Baghdadi is alive or dead as his body has not been found. Just days after the rumors of his death, a video has emerged in which the feared leader has asked his supporters to step up attacks. However, even if the rumors of his death turn out to be true it will in no way lead to the decline of the IS. With many contenders in line for the top post, there are indications that instead of witnessing its decline we would see IS becoming more brutal.  Also view Islamic State Map and ISIS Map

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28Nov/140

How to plan a holiday in USA

When you think of the United States, the images of the sizzling New York nightlife, Statue of Liberty, Florida beaches or the sandy California deserts flash before your mind’s eye. But there is so much to America that it would take much more than a lifetime to explore all the facets of the country.

The environment gets all the more exciting on Christmas and New Year’s Day when cities around the country are soaked in festivity. It is during this time of the year that many travelers’ plan a trip to the country just to be a part of the celebrations and obviously to explore the fabulous destinations.  View US Map

New York [View New York Map]

If you are planning to visit US this winter and have not included New York in your itinerary then you have definitely missed out on something. Known as the Big Apple, New York is a truly cosmopolitan city and offers visitors endless opportunities to explore. If the dazzle of the Times Square would leave you spell bound, the enormous height of the Empire state building would definitely amaze you. Other places worth visiting include Flushing Meadows, Downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 memorial and do make it a point to catch the sizzling nightlife of the city.

Las Vegas [View Las Vegas Map]

Las Vegas is another awesome destination to visit. Millions of tourists every year visit the city, which is known for its gambling, shopping and obviously a fantastic nightlife.
There are wonderful places to visit in the city such as the Atomic Testing Museum. Here you will get an insight into the Nevada Test Site. You can explore the Steve Wynn’s man-made wonder or take a thrill ride on top of the stratosphere tower. The Caesars Palace is perfect for those out on shopping and if you are hungry you can gorge on the delicious American dishes being served at various restaurants around the city. In short, Las Vegas has something for everyone.

Yosemite National Park [View Yosemite National Park Map]

There are a number of places in the United States that would leave you amazed and Yosemite National Park is definitely one of them. An ultimate destination for those who want to escape the fast paced city life, the park offers such amazing sights that one would not find anywhere else in the world. The park is home to some of the tallest trees in the world. Known as giant sequoia, these trees have a lifespan of more than 3,000 years. Amazing sights such as the beautiful waterfalls, the magnificent valleys and exotic wildlife species, would truly make your visit a memorable one.

Los Angeles  [View Los Angeles Map]

The city would surely appeal to movie buffs as it is home to one of the most dominant film industries in the world. If you are lucky you may get a glimpse of your favorite star. Apart from Hollywood, there are many other attractions in the city. Beverly Hills is a great place for the fashion conscious as it boasts of leading designer labels such as Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Cartier, Christian Dior, among others. You can catch the fun at the amusement parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios, or can enjoy the pleasant climate and beautiful surroundings of Santa Monica.

Grand Canyon

Every year thousands of tourists visit the Grand Canyon, which provides a stunning view. Its splendid gorges, rock formations and ridges would simply leave you awestruck. It is a perfect destination for travelers who would like to explore the wild side of America. There are also a lot of paces to explore nearby the Grand Canyon such as the Painted Desert. Take time out to explore the Tusayan Museum where you will come across exhibits of Pueblo Indian life at Grand Canyon. Other must see attractions include the Yavapai Geology Museum and Trail of Time.

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26Nov/140

How is Thanksgiving Day celebrated in USA?

One of the most significant festivals in the United States, Thanksgiving Day is observed every year on the fourth Thursday of November. It was first observed in 1621, and has been declared a national holiday since 1863. On this day people tend to catch up with family and friends, take part in parades, help the less fortunate, and of course relish the famous Thanksgiving turkey.

Thanks giving Day is the American way of thanking God for the harvest and the blessings of the year gone by. Schools and offices around the country are closed and many of them give their students or employees a four-day holiday so that they can enjoy the festivities.  Download Free Thanksgiving Wallpapers

The fun-filled day sees excitement and hectic activity as most of the people head home to be with their loved ones. The Thanksgiving Day weekend is considered to be one of the busiest days as flights and trains are flooded with people who work in other states and take the opportunity to spend the days with their family members.

Homes around the country witness frantic activity as elaborate get-togethers are organized. The tables are laid out with mouthwatering delicacies such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, various kinds of vegetables, pumpkin pie and of course the sumptuous stuffed turkey, which, on this day, occupies an exalted status on every dining table around the country.

But for many Americans it is also a time to associate themselves with charity work. The homeless and poor people are treated to elaborate free lunch and dinners which are organized by communities as well as individuals. Many corporations also do their bit for the poor and needy by distributing staple foods as well as organizing Thanksgiving dinners.   Recipes for your Thanksgiving Dinner

The streets wear a festive look as a number of parades are organized on this day. The Macy’s parade that is held in New York City is one of the most famous. Scenes from Broadway plays and balloons of cartoon figures provide a lively touch to the parade. Here you will also come across your favorite TV personalities and witness smart high school bands. Other popular parades held in the country include - 6abc Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in the city of Philadelphia, McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, and America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, among others.

Many Americans also indulge in sports activity on this day. Football is one of the most important games to be played on Thanksgiving Day. On this day professional football games are held in many prestigious stadiums around the country. The regular season for many college football teams also comes to an end on this day.

So forget the cold snap, put aside all your worries and make most of the day by indulging in the festivities along with your family and friends.  US Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day WBPB27112014

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25Nov/140

Why is Texas known as the Lone Star State?

Situated on the south central part of USA, Texas is the second largest of the 50 US states. A prosperous state of the United States, Texas is also known by another name - the Lone Star State.

But how did Texas get this nickname? In fact the star on the 1836 flag of the Republic of Texas gave birth to its nickname – The Lone Star State.

In the early 19th century Texas was a part of Mexico. But in the year 1836 Texas achieved independence from Mexico and for the next nine years was an independent republic. However, the independence of the state meant a new flag for the country. In 1836 the flag of the Republic of Texas was adopted, which comprised the Lone Star. Three years later the legislature adopted the Texas flag that is today recognized as the state flag of Texas. Around 1/3 of the flag is blue and contains a single centered white star. The rest of the flag is divided horizontally into white and red bars.

The lone star signifies Texas as a former independent republic. It is also a reminder of the struggles and pains that the people of Texas went through in order to gain independence from Mexico.

Today the star on the flag is seen as a symbol of the feisty independent spirit of Texas. The red color of the flag signifies bravery. The blue stands for loyalty while the white signifies purity.

There are different interpretations regarding the lone star. According to some people, the lone star was a proclamation of independence. But some consider it as the desire of the people of Texas to emulate and join the United States. However, this wish was fulfilled on 29 December 1845. On that day the Independent Republic of Texas was absorbed into the United States as its 28th state.

Today people on vacation or business trip to Texas can see the red, white and blue Texas flag with its lone star fluttering proudly over schools, government buildings, shopping malls and other structures in the Texas state.

Apart from the Texas flag, the world-famous "Lone Star" is also found on the great seal and the state commemorative quarter. It is also recognized as the official state gemstone cut of Texas. WBPB10112014

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24Nov/140

The agenda of President Barack Obama

Barack Obama and his democrats got a severe drubbing at the hands of the Republicans in the recently held US Midterm elections. With the Republicans firmly in the saddle, Obama will have a tough time in getting many of his initiatives passed. One of this leading initiatives, Obamacare has been passed with noble intentions of providing affordable and effective healthcare to the people of the county but the Republicans have stated that they would leave no stone unturned in getting it repealed.

Campaign against the ISIS

Obama had launched the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria with the intention to degrade and destroy the ruthless terrorist organization. The people of the United States have supported the campaign and want to see the end of ISIS. The terrorist group has been responsible for killing thousands of people, which include soldiers, journalists, hostages and the common man.

Though the Republicans have supported the campaign, they have criticized the Obama administration for not doing enough to finish off the Islamic State. They have been particularly critical of the president’s “no boots on the ground” policy and believe that more boots are required on the ground, more special forces are needed and air strikes also need to be expanded. However, Obama has said that ground troops will not be sent rather Iraqi and Syrian forces will be trained to fight ISIS. Know what is Islamic State

Ebola

However, unlike the ISIS, the threat of Ebola seems to be much closer to home. Here too the Republicans seem to be at loggerheads with the Obama administration. When the news of Ebola having entered the United States began to flash on news channels, the governments of American states such as New York State and New Jersey initiated strong steps to contain the spread of the virus in their respective states. Strict 21-day quarantine period was imposed on people who had arrived from Ebola affected countries or had been in contact with Ebola-affected patients.

The Obama administration has been highly critical of the policy and has asked states to tone down their quarantine procedures. In a statement the US president had said that the US policies on Ebola should be driven by science. He maintained that the US healthcare workers going to West Africa to treat Ebola-affected victims should not be discouraged from performing their duties. His contention is that it is important to root out the disease and if American healthcare workers are discouraged from going the Ebola-affected countries the war against Ebola would never be won.

Despite the fact that Ebola-affected countries like Liberia are witnessing less Ebola cases as compared to a few months ago, the Republicans are pushing the government to impose travel restrictions on people entering the United States from countries hardest hit from the disease. Know Ebola Affected Countries

Immigration policy

The Republicans are also highly critical of Obama’s plans to relax the immigration policy. There are an estimated 4 million or more undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The president’s immigration reforms would help these immigrants from getting deported. However, this has not gone down well with the Republicans who believe that the president’s actions are tantamount to amnesty for the immigrants. However, the president has urged them to pass the immigration reforms.

The road ahead will become tougher for the President. The Republicans will take charge of the Congress in January and the president will have to deal with a republican Congress for the remaining two years of his tenure. List of US Presidents

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21Nov/140

Natural Travel destinations in California

California is a diverse state comprising deserts, mountains, exotic flora and fauna, magnificent beaches, and above all a favorable climate. By all means California is truly a traveler’s delight. Whether you are looking for some adventure, fun and excitement, or even solitude then California is the right place for you. It would also appeal to nature lovers, as here one would come across numerous national parks, beaches, wildlife, and deserts.

Yosemite National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Yosemite National Park is frequented by tourists from all over the world.  It is known for its clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, majestic waterfalls and spectacular granite cliffs. A main attraction of the park is the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Here you will catch a glimpse of the endangered Peregrine falcons. Other places at the park, worth visiting are El Capitan and El Cap Meadow. The Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and the Mariposa Grove at Wawona are also incredible destinations.

Home to giant trees

Wondering where are the world’s tallest trees located? California is home to some of the biggest trees found on this planet.  Here you will come across unique specimens such as Giant Sequoias and Coastal Redwoods, which measure up to a height of 350 feet. To have a look at these enormous trees you will have to visit the Redwood National and State Parks and Yosemite National Park.

Marine Life

The state is also home to a diverse marine life. Visit the Channel Islands National Park and you will witness exotic specimens such as whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. You need to take a boat trip to catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures. In winters you can sight the elegant gray whales, while in summers you may get a clear view of the blue whales. You may also be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the sperm whale, minke or the occasional orca.

Lake Tahoe

Located along the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the sixth largest lake by volume in the United States. It is also deepest lake in the country after Crater Lake.  A major tourist attraction in California, the destination is famous for its ski resorts, outdoor recreations and tourist attractions.  Snow and skiing are also very popular and do brisk trade. Here you will also come across a number of casinos.

Joshua Tree National Park

The park owes its name to the Joshua trees. The park is popular among rock climbers, as it comprises hills of bare rock. These are usually broken up into loose boulders. The flatlands are forested with Joshua trees. Joshua Tree National Park is also a perfect destination for campers.  Here you would have the privilege of sleeping under a fantastic night sky and would be surrounded by magnificent rock formations and elegant Joshua trees.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, would surely appeal to movie buffs. But it is also a remarkable destination for nature lovers. Take a trip down to the suburbs and you would come across diverse and rugged natural landscapes. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, beaches of Malibu, Griffith Park are some of the places worth visiting in Los Angeles.  View LA Map WBPB0811201

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14Nov/140

What is Obamacare and is it required in USA 

Everyone has heard of the term Obamacare but quite a lot would be eager to know as to what exactly is Obamacare and how would it help the people of America. Signed into law by President Barack Obama on 23 March 2010, Obamacare is the unofficial name for The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Barack Obama administration has introduced the Obamacare with the right intentions. Obamacare aims to reform the American healthcare system. At times when the cost of essential services is rising, and healthcare is definitely one of them, Obama’s aim was to bring in an Act that would largely improve the quality of healthcare and health insurance. As affordable health insurance is now a dream for a large section of the people, Obamacare is turning this dream into reality as a large percentage of people would get easy access to affordable health insurance. Apart from this, Obamacare would also regulate the health insurance industry and save the government millions of dollars by reducing healthcare spending in the country.

The Act would prove beneficial for the people of the country in a number of ways. Obamacare will help Americans save huge sums of money. It will provide billions of dollars in tax relief. Further it will also help in reducing costs of premiums to millions of families. It has also been estimated that millions of Americans will receive tax credits to help pay for healthcare.

Some of the benefits that the Act is providing to the people include setting up a Health Insurance Marketplace. Here the people would be able to purchase federally regulated and subsidized health insurance during open enrollment.

The Act has made life simpler for people. Prior to 2010, people who would have fallen ill in the past would be denied treatment or coverage. Moreover women had to pay more. But all that is a thing of the past. Obamacare provides a lot of benefits to the ordinary people. Further here you would also have many rights which would offer people protection.

It has been estimated that approximately 44 million US citizens did not have any health insurance coverage in 2013. Many of the uninsured included working families or people who could not bear the cost of health insurance. However, Obamacare takes care of such individuals and helps them to get access to health insurance through the increased Medicaid eligibility. Cost assistance is also offered through health insurance marketplaces. Obamacare has witnessed success. In 2013 around 16 percent of the American population was uninsured but in 2014, this figure dropped to 13 percent.

Another advantage that people would get with Obamacare is that by the year 2016 full time employees working with large employers would be entitled to health coverage. This will be greatly beneficial to workers who are not covered by private insurance.

Though Obamacare has witnessed opposition, the aim of the Obama administration was to provide the people of the country with affordable health insurance which would protect them from sickness and other diseases thereby making their lives easier.

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