OPEC Signaled Revised Down World Oil Demand 2013

Projected growth in global oil demand in 2013 could be revised downward, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said on Tuesday, in respect of economic uncertainty in the euro zone and the United States.

“There are a number of downside risks to growth … the instability of the euro could lead to a deeper recession in some Mediterranean countries,” the oil producer based in Vienna predicted in a monthly report.

OPEC says there is a lot of downside risks to growth in consumption, including the potential impact of budget cuts in the United States.

OPEC weekly oil basket price continued to fall for three weeks and recorded the lowest level in 10 weeks.


The Pride of Home Ownership

Since the early 20th century, the concept of the American dream was introduced into society in the United States, whereby each and every family was encouraged to purchase and own their own home. That dream still continues with each succeeding generation. When starter homes were first introduced at the era beginning the American dream, they were rather simple structures. Oftentimes, they were two bedroom bungalows with a full basement and one single bathroom. Parents raised families from birth to the empty nest period, and still continued to reside in these homes until their retirement.


Selling Your House In A Down Economy

Challenging economic conditions means that the real estate market is ideal for buyers but a graveyard for sellers hoping for a good deal. The housing market in the United States is at its lowest ebb in almost three decades. The Mortgage Bankers Association states that in 2011, 8 million Americans were at least one month behind with their mortgage payments with 5 million of these homeowners two months behind. With huge numbers of houses up for the sale, prices are falling rapidly and sellers are caught in a trap. Below are some tips for selling your home in a down economy for a reasonable price.

Find A Great Realtor
Although you can try and sell the property yourself, it is asking an awful lot to list your house and do all the ground work without real knowledge of the industry. Despite the fact that a realtor will cost you from 3-6% of the selling price, their expertise could easily make up that difference. Find a local agency that’s familiar with your neighborhood including knowledge of comparable properties in the area, school systems etc. Check the realtor’s sales history over the last few years. You want a successful realtor that is not too busy to give your property his full attention.

Marketing Plan
Your real estate agent is responsible for producing a marketing plan but it is your duty to familiarize yourself with the plan as it’s an essential element of driving traffic and getting more people to view your home. Your property must be visible on top internet sites such as The best realtors have their own website so make sure your property is on display there too.

This is your chance to shine. Walk through the home with your agent and he should be able to point out things that may turn off potential buyers. The good news is that preparation work for your home can be performed on a relatively tight budget. Take care of the property’s exterior first with neatly trimmed hedges and colorful flowers always a plus. Repair any bricks or handrails that are loose and also ensure the roof is in perfect condition.

Ensure all walls are painted and carpets are professionally cleaned. Remove all odors to leave a fresh smell and move around furniture to make the living space look as large as possible. If you can’t make your property look immaculate by the time the first viewers arrive, your home will remain unsold.

Look at the active listings, pending listings and recent sold statistics of homes that can reasonably be compared to yours. However, be wary when looking at selling prices as those sales could have taken place a few months ago. Economic conditions can change very quickly so you may have to adjust prices to suit the existing market. Pay special attention to listed prices as this is your competition.


Ramen noodles, from Korean Drama So the World Eats

MULTIPLE mi Asia began to be known in the world. No doubt, the influence of Asian drama and movie spectacle that often serve Asian cuisine this is the cause, eg Korean Wave with ramen noodles.

The following range of Asian noodles that you often see on the television screen, which is now worldwide because of its simplicity, as reviewed Yumsugar:

Japanese soba noodles have a chewy texture and is often consumed in the cold or at room temperature. Usually made salad or noodles served cold with a dipping sauce.

Buckwheat is sold dried and are usually made from a mixture of buckwheat flour and wheat flour (buckwheat flour ranges from 10-90 percent). The higher the content of buckwheat flour, the gluten content of the noodles a little more difficult that makes the noodles cooked though soba noodles with 100 percent buckwheat flour is also sold.

Oily, soft, and chewy udon noodles are characteristic, a whole-wheat noodles are popular in Japan. Udon noodles are usually served in a variety of dishes, such as noodle soups, stews, and stir-stir.

In Japan, udon noodles are served based on the season. When the summer, the udon noodles served with gravy and cold in the winter, otherwise the hot sauce and with a sauce made from soyu (soy sauce).

For best quality, buy fresh udon noodles which are sold in packs of udon noodles are cooled in the refrigerator. Though, the udon noodles are also sold in a dry state.

Ramen noodles
In Indonesia, ramen noodles started loved K-Pop enthusiasts as part of the outbreak of the Korean Wave. However, these noodles are sometimes considered cheap food and staple food for residents of boarding houses in the United States, Japan, and Korea.

Like the instant noodle in Indonesia, ramen noodles were sold as dried noodles in the package, containing alkali, and wheat-based. Like a soupy ramen noodles are served hot soup.

In Japan and Korea, ramen noodles usually served in a steaming hot conditions as he sips. Dry and crispy texture to be soft and chewy when cooked.