United Kingdom: Pound Sterling or Euro

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I remember when I went to London a few weeks ago. When I arrived I thought to myself, “If United Kingdom is part of the European Union, why do they use Pound Sterling instead of the Euro?” I did some research and it said that if Britain used the Euro it would benefit the economy. The statistics have shown that more than 50% are against the Euro as Britain’s currency. It’s common sense that if Britain is a part of the EU, they should adopt the Euro. 18/28 countries that are part of the EU, are part of the Eurozone (countries that are part of the EU that use the Euro), with Lithuania joining in January 2015. These ten other countries use their own currency and think the Euro is bad, saying that the economy and their country will be screwed big time! Eventually, these countries out of the Eurozone will have to adopt the Euro.

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Check-In Lines: The Wait

By: Rolf

Many people complain about the line at the check-in’s and they should be. Lines at the airport can be stressful and it WILL take a lot of time. People at the check-in’s are slow and VERY unorganized. Let’s put it this way, you cannot bypass this, there is no way. Just this morning, I was on a flight from Toronto to Calgary to visit Banff National Park, and let me tell you, I was waiting to receive my boarding pass for 1 hour at 7 am. How in the world is there a line for a 9 o’clock flight? Let me tell you the worst part. There are people lining up there for a 8 o’clock flight at 7 in the morning! What in the world are they doing at the airport only am HOUR before their flight? Do they not understand that they need to wait for their passes, get their luggage checked in, and then go through security? Do they not understand that they need to get to the gate 15 minutes before the flight to board the plane for domestic, and 30 minutes before to board for international flights? Why are they getting there at 7 am for an 8 o’clock flight? Are the CARZY? And then they think that they get to cut in line because their flight is about to leave! This morning (I am talking about the 16th if this article comes out late) about 60% of the people in the line to get their tickets had flights at 8:00, 8:25, 8:30 and they were getting there at 7 to get their passes. To make matters worse, the people at the desks were as slow as molasses on a winter’s night. Some people were standing at the desk for 5 minutes while the rest of us watched on. There were hundreds of people and we could see staff members just frolicking around doing nothing. At around 7:45, a good staff member told everyone that had their flight leave at 8:00 to stand back and let people from my flight and other 9 o’clock flights to get their passes. Some passengers were angry, but what the heck? They made their choices not to get to the airport 2-hours beforehand and they waiting for the last minute to get their pass. They were idiots to not get their beforehand and I applaud the staff member who made them stand back to not let the rest of us be late. If you do know, airports are a mess and things are very crazy. There are many things you can do to shorten the time you wait. Firstly, do not make the mistake and think you have a lot of time. You don’t. Get there early (2 hours at least) and make your way fast though the airport. Have all your documents in your hand to shorten your time and help out the people around you.

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Nascar Driver Killed On Track: Why Would He Get Out Of His Car?

Nascar driver Kevin Ward Jr. was killed last weekend when he stepped out of his car onto the track where the race was going on at the time. The question I have is that “Why would he step out of his car by the middle of a race?” Well there was probably an altercation during the race. It’s believed that Tony Stewart (the racer that killed Ward) was involved in a series of cut-offs with Ward.

ISIS vs Iraq: And America?

By: Rolf

Well, it’s happened again. U.S. Air Forces dropped 500-pound bombs on ISIS fighters in support of the Iraqi Government. A day after the bombs, the US government declares that it would be sending arms directly to the Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS. Ok, so you are thinking, “what is going on? Why is the USA fighting a group of militants in the middle east that have little or no intention of attacking America?” That is where many people go wrong. Many people think that this is a waste of resources and that many Americans will be killed, and I agree with the population—to some extent. Let’s start from the beginning. For the past 3 years, ISIS was fighting against Syria and Iraq. They gained an arsenal of weapons from capturing Syrian cities and Syrian strongholds. Now, they have turned their attention to Iraq. So why is the government stepping up now? How could the Government allow for a TERRORIST GROUP to gain weapons and gain ground? I am not saying that the USA and other countries should stop supporting the Kurdish forces and back out of the war against terror (although they are VERY behind in the game), I am saying that they should have taken action years ago. Everyone just stood there and watched as a group of militants took over advanced weapons. WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT SPENDING MORE MONEY NOW? Why is the government putting off fighting against militants when they knew that they would have to fight them sooner or later? Why would we spend twice or three times the money fighting more people and more weapons than a few years ago when they had no power and they could not take over more land and weapons? That is how we have no idea how to fight. The government thinks that by just putting a war aside, a problem will fix itself? Now we have to pick up the war at a higher cost than before. We let civilians die and we put our embassies and our weapons in dangerous countries at risk. We have to pick up our game and stop terror once and for all.

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Northern Ontario: Aside From the Trees And Natural Beauty

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Usually when we think about Northern Ontario we fantasize about the Muskokas, the vast forests, and the beautiful lakes. I do this too. I love going to Northern Ontario. You escape the rush and spend time with nature. Manitoulin Island is a great spot for that. I had a nice time going there this summer. I also went to Sudbury, Ontario where my aunt lives. She lives right on the lake so when going to Sudbury my perception that’s my perception. This time around I was more adventurous so we decided to go downtown. When I originally thought about downtown Sudbury I thought it’d be something like the Harbourfront in Toronto. A place where you could shop right on the lake. It wasn’t really what I expected. When we first went into the downtown part of Sudbury, it looked cool to me. There was a subway station (with an LCBO and Time Hortons right outside of it taking away from the building) which meant signs of moving forward. Then we went more into downtown, and things started falling apart in my mind. There were huge old buildings that were just sitting there, with nothing inside of them. A huge abandoned theatre just lying there. For the most part it just looked like slums. When speaking to my aunt, she said that during the mining rush (about 40-50 years ago) Sudbury HAD streetcars. They HAD them even before Toronto did. After the earth there was mined out, people started moving back to their home cities. The population dropped so the streetcars were no longer needed. The residential area of downtown Sudbury was also not that appealing. You could tell that the market wasn’t there because of the old and beaten homes. It actually kinda looked like Detroit. Most houses were in dire need of renovation something that probably cannot be done because of the homeowners’ lack of income or their lack of interest towards their house. What I’m trying to say might insult some and I don’t mean for that. What I’m simply trying to say is that Sudury has to get itself moving. Most youth are moving out because of the lack of jobs. Young adults in Sudbury are moving to Toronto because of the plentiful opportunity. Sudbury! Get your act together!

 

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Zakopinion first Anniversary: Bossjames’ story

I am happy to celebrate zakopinion’s first anniversary, I returned from London, England just in time for the first anniversary. As of zakopinion’s first anniversary, I am proud member as of today.

My story began in June 2014, when I was really interested in news articles and I wanted to get my opinion out about these stories. I turned to my Zak to see if I could write some articles on his website, he agreed and told me, “You will do some part-time for now. If you’re articles are great enough, I will allow you to work full-time.” So later this one night, I went on zakopinion’s YouTube channel, saw some music videos and I watched them. The videos were good, but zakopinion’s name wasn’t getting out too far. I was listening to some Avenged Sevenfold songs and I came across this very intense song, Critical Acclaim, which had a very strong expression about the American government, and how they were sending troops to Iraq and not winning the war. I gave the song for Zak to listen, he said the song was good, I told him this should be our reaction to how the Liberals won the Ontario provincial election and why it was bad. We changed the idea of the song from our reaction about the Ontario Liberal victory to how bad it would be if the Federal Liberals won the 2015 Canadian Federal election. We found a music store that allowed us to do some recording. We spent four hours recording drums and guitar, but didn’t have enough time to record vocals. Zak made a post the next day about new positions at zakopinion and how I am the music and media department. I would like to thank Zak for everything and things would have never been possible without him!

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Zakopinion Anniversary: My Story

By: Rolf

As you may have heard, Zakopinion has just had its FIRST ANNIVERSARY! This was a very special occasion for us all. I myself, have a very exciting story about my work at Zakopinion and how it impacted my life, and the lives of the people around me.

In May 2014, just after shutting down my old blog, (politicsbuisnessdaily) that is no longer in use today by the way, I was just “chilling out” and not doing anything but continue my studies at my school. I had loved to write in my old blog and I find myself frequently checking out investments and things such as that. During that time, my writing also developed a “slow” period, where I could not write as much as I used to, and I was mad and depressed that I had fallen that low. But then, I heard of this blog called Zakopinion through an author that had just joined Zakopinion. Not knowing what this was, I looked it up online and found an amazing blog that looked like it could be the next BIG THING. I contacted Zakyr immediately and we set up a meeting to discuss my possible employment. On May 23rd, I was hired on a 11-day contract that would have me analyze the website and spot out possible errors and it was a chance for me to get to know the audience. Needless to say, there were not many errors with Zakopinion (I think there were actually none) and I started to write about business and politics. On June 3rd, we renewed my contract and I became a full time author once again. I have to say, the readers were VERY nice and they are VERY SUPPORTIVE. I have never seen such a supportive group of readers. I worked very hard over the next few weeks and by the time July came around, I was vice-president. I have gotten over the hardships that got to me before I joined Zakopinion and I have learned that many good things are to come. Zakopinion is one of the best blogs in the world (in my opinion) and many things are going to come. Thank you everyone for supporting us through thick and thin and through good times and bad times.

We hope to have you onboard for the next few months and years and we will do our best to satisfy all readers who come across this website.

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zakopinion’s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!

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By: Zak

There is a point in time where everything in this world reaches a milestone. Whether it’s a one day milestone, a one hundred year milestone, or a one year milestone, everything grows older. Today I am happy to announce that zakopinion has turned one year old! On August 6, 2013, I was sitting at home trying to find a career. I always had a passion for writing and politics so I thought it’d be great to put my skills to use. When on another blog, a little pop up box or something said that I could start my own blog. I thought “What the heck,” and gave it a shot. In the one year that zakopinion has been running, we have over 700 suscribers, 4 authors, over 180 posts and views from 55 countries. This couldn’t have ever been possible without the help of our suscribers and our authors Rolf, Mark, and Bosco. I cannot believe it has been a year. Remarkable accomplishments have been made and even more are to come. In the next week every zakopinion author will post an article highlighting their time at zakopinion. In coming days I will also be posting articles talking about the early days at zakopinion!

Thanks,

Zak- President, Founder, Chairman, CEO of zakopinion

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Why Do We Treasure Big Wooden Ship Figurines?

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By: Zak

As I sit on a couch at my aunts house in Sudbury whenever I look up, I spot a big wooden ship figurine. At my house I have the same thing. This is perhaps a tradition in my family. Even in many homes I visit, there are big wooden ships. At lots of stores all around town there are big wooden ships. This led my to think “Why do we treasure these big wooden ships?” I’ve come up with my own theory. Perhaps in the olden days after a long voyage, a captain would make or get a figurine of a big wooden ship to remind him/her of the long journey endured on the ship. It could also bring back memories of a good catch which brang lots of money. Or of course it could just be a souvenir or a decoration. The big wooden ship hanging on the wall tells a story of ones vacation or voyage. It brings utter class to the room it is displayed in.

Whatever the case, we still love our big wooden ship figurines.

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Vacation Leave For Zak

Hey guys,

I’ll be taking a vacation leave starting tomorrow. I’m going to Sudbury, Ontario to catch up with family. I will be placing Mark Chen (markharbboy) in charge of daily operations. Rolf Li (rolfli) will be in charge of publishing articles and of posting to zakopinion’s facebook page. Thanks and I hope that zakopinion will be ran to our usual, great standards.

-Zak

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