Where you start should not determine where you end up!!!

Now, as a nation,
we don’t promise equal outcomes,
but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed.
No matter who you are,
what you look like,
where you come from,
you can make it.
That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.

Barack Obama

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Here’s Why Vladimir Putin Is The World’s Most Powerful Person, No Matter What America Does!!!

Forbes ranks Putin as the most powerful person alive.

Forbes came out with its list of the most powerful people in the world earlier this week.

US President Barack Obama came in second.

Russian President Vladimir Putin came in first.

While Forbes obviously doesn’t have the final say on world power, it is compelling to investigate why Putin, the ruler of a faltering quasi-republic, is considered the most powerful person alive.

For one, he has a remarkable grip on power. He became prime minister in 1999. That gig lasted until 2000, when he switched to president, which lasted until 2008. Then he became prime minister again — until 2012. He then went back to being the president of Russia, an office he’s held since May 2012.

He’s effectively run the world’s largest country by landmass for 15 years. In roughly the same period, the US has cycled through Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations.

While American presidents struggle with a foot-dragging Congress, Putin seems to do whatever he wants.

You could argue that, this year, Putin has executed the most flagrant displays of power yet.

Forbes editor Caroline Howard lists a few of his 2014 highlights:

• Putin annexed Crimea.

• Putin started a proxy war in Ukraine.

• Putin landed a $70 billion gas pipeline deal with China. 

But wait, there’s more: Putin continues to keep European energy in a chokehold, and he hosted a (mostly) successful winter Olympics. Putin has even figured out the meaning of life, as expressed during the 15th Congress of the Russian Geographical Society.

“In general, love is the whole meaning of life, of being,” Putin said. “[Love for Russia] is exactly that most important task to which we must all strive towards, and I am absolutely convinced that success awaits us.”

In short, Putin went for it in 2014.

And he isn’t backing down from his ambitions, no matter what Obama, David Cameron, and the rest of the gang have to say.

“The bear isn’t asking anyone for permission,” Putin said of Russia in another recent speech. “The bear is considered a strong and a very traditional animal … (and) will not surrender.”

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Which phones are the world leaders using?

As Barack Obama is rumoured to be ditching his beloved BlackBerry, we take a look at the favoured mobiles of world leaders

Angela Merkel: BlackBerry's biggest fan

Angela Merkel: BlackBerry’s biggest fan 
 Long-time advocate of the BlackBerry President Obama is rumoured to be considering switching to an Android-based smartphone, according to new reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported models from Samsung and LG are being tested by the White House as viable alternatives to the BlackBerry.

“We can confirm that the White House Communications Agency, consistent with the rest of the Department of Defence, is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices,” a Defence Department spokesman told the paper.

It may seem trivial, but the mobile phone choice of world leaders is more telling than just revealing their operating system preference.

Addicted: Mr Obama tapping away on his BlackBerry

Both Mr Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron insisted on keeping their BlackBerries when they joined office, despite security concerns surrounding hacking, espionage and data theft. BlackBerry’s network is considered to be the safest and most secure of the smartphones, resulting in the company being the White House’s primary choice for more than a decade.

Fan: Mr Cameron risks a nasty accident by only holding his BlackBerry with thumb and two fingers

Mr Obama’s love affair with the BlackBerry has been long documented. “They’re going to pry it out of my hands,” said Mr Obama in 2009, who fought long and hard to hang onto his handset. When asked if advisers were trying to ween the President off it, Mr Obama’s spokesmanRobert Gibbs said: “Nobody can do that.” He and Mr Cameron eventually agreed to use encrypted devices, lowering the risk of attacks.

Fan: Angela Merkel can barely contain her excitement over the BlackBerry Z10

Mr Obama and Mr Cameron are not the only high-profile, high-powered fans of the BlackBerry. Last October German Chancellor Angela Merkel was pictured endorsing the BlackBerry Z10, following the claim Mr Obama had personally authorised the monitoring of Mrs Merkel’s phone in 2010. The Z10 Mrs Merkel is holding in this picture had been equipped with Secusite encryption to prevent phone tapping. Previously, the German Chancellor had been using a Nokia 6210 Slide from October 2009, before switching to a Z10 in July 2013.

Hillary Clinton is another notable BlackBerry fan. A picture of her tapping away at it while wearing large sunglasses and a pursed expression became an internet sensation, inspiring the Tumblr Texts From Hillary.

French President Francois Hollande is an iPhone 5 fan, which he uses to conduct Presidential business.

Russian President Vladimir Putin long denied owning a mobile phone, saying in 2010 if he did own one, it would “keep ringing incessantly.” However, since 2012 Putin has been pictured using Android-based MTS-Glonass 945, which is claimed to be Russia’s answer to the iPhone.

Across the world North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un favours the HTC Butterfly over his country’s manufactured Android-based Arirang smartphone. The young leader voiced his excitement about the phone, which is produced entirely within North Korea, saying it was “instill national pride”, but has been pictured with an HTC Butterfly handset resting on his desk during a defence meeting last year.

Mysterious: the brand of phone was debated for some time, with Samsung adamant it was not theirs

Taiwanese company HTC was a politically safer bet for the leader than the South-Korean based Samsung and LG, or US Apple and Motorola. HTC declined to comment on the images at the time, but released a statement saying the company “appreciated the support of all users”.

Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is believed to own five smartphones, including an iPhone 5, and was previously the CEO of Thailand’s largest mobile phones operator Advanced Info Service.

Much has been written about how Google’s Android system is catching up with BlackBerry’s levels of security, and how the company may be affected by the loss of government custom. But at least Mr Cameron will always have his trusty friend