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How to pick up and choose the best ‘O’ Level Preparatory Course Singapore?

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‘O’ Level Preparatory exams often become a reason of fear and apprehension amongst the students in Singapore. The exams are the determiners for getting admissions in post-secondary institutions. These ‘O’ Level Preparatory Course are designed so as to equip the students with sufficient knowledge and skills to aspiring them and let them achieve the academic requisites to progress and get admissions in post-secondary centers.

Since it forms the basis of further education and career as well, it is important to make a wise decision at this point in time. Your choice will define and shape your upcoming years and thus, take it for granted is nothing less than a recipe for disaster. How to pick up the best How to pick up and choose the best ‘O’ Level Preparatory Course in Singapore is an often asked question to an expert and the answer to this remains unknown. Here is a compilation of some of the factors that you must check to gauge the effectiveness of the course and know how much it is aligned to your needs:

Know the Subjects being offered:

You have options to choose from plenty of subjects and thus, what interests you should be made a priority. When you choose a preparatory course, it ultimately becomes a default factor to look whether they are teaching the subjects that you want to learn further.

Check the reviews:

Before sticking to a particular center or institution, know about them, not through their websites only but also by their alumni or previous students. If you are able to find some pass out or currently studying students from the center, ask them how they feel like studying? Are they comfortable while learning or it’s just like any other random center?

Know about the Faculty:

The faculty is a great indicator of the quality of education being rendered at the learning center. If the teachers are competent, educated and experienced, it is highly likely that the quality of education and success records will be higher. An experienced teacher always knows the tricks and tips to make students, of all categories, learn.

Know the previous results

A good center and learning course provider will never shy to show their previous records and results. Whether their students got admitted to esteemed schools or they have gained a high number of students year by year, this all shows their hard work and performance over the years.

Location

While study and education have nothing to do with the location of a center yet if you have to make up and down on daily basis then choosing a learning center at a far off location is not a great choice. In fact, a big part of your day will be spent traveling which could otherwise have been used to study or take rest. Do not rush your decision and always seek parent’s help in making a choice.

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Argentina Has a Trafficking Issue — It’s Not Just Drugs, But iPhones

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Buenos Aires is loaded with stores bragging Apple symbols and Steve Jobs images. Stop in any of these unaffiliated stores and the white walls are coated with iPhone gadgets — and iPhones. But the telephones are buried behind the counter and to buy one, discretion in asking is required.

Since 2009 when former-President Cristina Kirchner declared a law supporting local production, Apple’s smartphones are unlawful and prohibited in the country. The government compelled electronic companies to build in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego or be forbidden access to the country’s market.

Samsung and LG cooperated. Apple left.

Kirchner’s administration restrained currency conversion and slapped a 50-percent import tax n electronics and other American goods. The law was primarily designed to prevent iPhones from coming into Argentina.

The current president lifted the exchange restrictions — but the import tax lives. A 64GB iPhone 6S Plus running for $950 in America will see a 50-percent import tax attached and around $100 shipping charges. Total expense for an iPhone in Argentina? About $1500.

Travel from Argentina to Miami to purchase an iPhone is less expensive than to obtain an iPhone in Buenos Aires — or anywhere else in Argentina.

Argentines don’t stand around waiting for policy changes. Most discovered their own route to purchase iPhones. Many Argentines holiday in America where they perform their purchases.

For people who can’t travel, there is a good stock of iPhones already smuggled into the nation. Around 12 million smartphones were purchased in Argentina in 2015. Over 1.8 million of those were bought by way of the black market according to the National Agency of Communications.

Argentine iPhone sellers either know agents in the customs house or pay somebody to run them across the border from Chile or Colombia where iPhones go for about the equivalent price as in America.

The smuggling movement even employs aviators and flight attendants to transport in as many iPhones as they can get in their suitcases and other bags. When in Argentina, unlocked phones are marketed to resellers who put their store’s price tag.

Shop owners purchase from the resellers. IPhones can be obtained on Mercado Libre — South America’s eBay. On Mercado Libre they sell for several hundred dollars higher than the American price, but they’re still lower than market value.

Customs officers try to control and enforce what’s carried into the nation, but when the telephones are in, it’s unlikely the “policia” will chase down unauthorized sellers. Some agents are on the payroll of the iPhone smugglers.

While it can be challenging to size the black market, at least 50 shops selling, iPhones opened since September 2014.

People lacking contacts must resort to being more creative in bringing the contraband iPhones.

Juan D., an unofficial iPhone seller, dons a hand-tailored garment stitched with over twenty-pockets to carry the phones and enters Argentina unspotted. While the iPhones are paid for in full, he hides the iPhones to bypass the import tax which would be over $10,000.

“You must wear layers and then a coat. We can only work in the winter — or we look questionable,” said Juan. “I’ll bring in a brand-new laptop as a diversion and pay the $200 tax which is nothing compared to the taxes on all the iPhones.”

Apple participated in meetings with government agents to try to bring back iPhones, but with the import tax not likely to go away, nor will the black market.