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Ktaka logjam Speaker turns down HDK request

first_imgNEW DELHI/BENGALURU: The Karnataka assembly was thrown into disarray as the Speaker turned down Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s request for more time before the trust vote and asked the MPs to keep their speeches short. Amid huge slogan shouting, the house was adjourned temporarily and both the Chief Minister and Congress’s Siddaramaiah left. The slogan-shouting continued even after it reconvened and the exasperated Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was heard saying that they could continue till “10 pm, 11 pm”. The BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa said he was ready to “wait till midnight if need be”. The coalition has been asked to prove majority after its 16 MPs resigned and two independents withdrew support. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe BJP has accused the government of using lengthy speeches in the assembly to delay a floor test it is certain to lose after 18 exits. The coalition has accused the BJP of trying to wean away MPs to unseat the government. There were reports that the Speaker had asked the rebel MPs of the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular alliance to be present in the assembly by 6 pm. The lawmakers, who have stationed themselves at a Mumbai hotel, say they will not attend the assembly under any circumstances. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAmid the chaos in the assembly, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy went around distributing copies of what he claimed was a fake letter of resignation that was being circulated by his political rivals. On Friday, no trust vote took place despite two deadlines from Governor Vajubhai Vala. The house was adjourned after marathon speeches by Kumaraswamy and a few other coalition leaders. Two Independent legislators who have withdrawn support to the Congress-JDS government urged the Supreme Court to order a floor test. The court may take up their petition Tuesday. Senior minister and Karnataka Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar claimed HD Kumaraswamy has told the Congress that it can appoint any leader of its choice as Chief Minister to save the coalition. There was, however, no confirmation from the JDS that it has made such a proposal though there were reports earlier that such a suggestion by HD Kumaraswamy was shot down by his father and JDS chief HD Deve Gowda. HD Kumaraswamy and the Congress had moved the Supreme Court on Friday, accusing the governor of interfering with the assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was underway and sought clarification on its July 17 order, which they said, stopped them from issuing a whip to the legislators.last_img read more

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Press Trade Union Presents Annual Report on Press Freedom in Morocco

Rabat – Moroccan press trade union (SNPM) presented its annual report on press freedom, on Friday in Rabat, at a press conference on the eve of the World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3rd.The report surveys the press situation in Morocco, whether at the legislative level, the obstacles facing journalists while practicing their job or concerning the situation in the different public and private press institutions.During this conference, the SNPM president Younes Moujahid criticized the legislative measures meant to guarantee press freedom, saying that they are negative. He added that neither the press law, nor the professional journalist statutes, or the law on access to information have been promulgated yet.

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Amazon says 10 million items now qualify for 1-day delivery

NEW YORK — Amazon, which has been working to deliver orders faster, says that more than 10 million items now qualify for next-day delivery.The online shopping giant is in the process of upgrading its Prime membership, which costs $119 a year, to one-day delivery from two-day. Amazon declined to say when the switch will be completed. Currently, more than 100 million items qualify for two-day delivery through Prime.Hoping to catch up to Amazon, Walmart rolled out next-day delivery last month. But it’s for much fewer items: Walmart offers next-day delivery on 220,000 products in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California. It plans to expand it to most of the U.S. by the end of the year.Amazon said its one-day shipping for the 10 million items is available nationwide.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

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Researchers learn grantwriting tips in latest ORS workshop

Robert Porter shares with researchers strategies on how to create winning research proposals.The research grant system is competitive, and always has been, but you actually have more control and chance for success than you think, according to grant-writing expert Robert Porter.Porter explained to researchers attending a recent grant-writing workshop that, overall, funding proposals have roughly a 20 to 30 per cent chance of being funded.But when you look closely at the numbers, he says, some 60 per cent of applications are rejected on first reading because the proposal did not match the program’s goals and objectives or the person applying did not follow application instructions.“It’s easy to be discouraged, but when you think about this particular data set, are you less discouraged?” he asked the crowd. “These things are easy to avoid.”Porter, who is director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee, conducted a workshop at Brock last month focusing on strategies on how to create winning research proposals.He began by contrasting academic writing – the “world of ideas” – with grant writing, which places a high emphasis on language that is easily understood by non-experts, talks about future actions, and uses persuasive, personal prose to “sell” ideas and convey excitement.“The writing style and habits that make you successful as an academic are not quite the same set of writing skills that will make you successful as a grant writer,” he told workshop participants. “We have to break our writing habits and adopt a new set of writing skills.”Using examples of comments made by actual reviewers and samples of past grant applications, Porter outlined a “12-step program” for researchers to follow when apply for grants.Highlights of Porter’s presentation include:• Before starting the process, flesh out the “problem” – an important need or issue that should be addressed, a gap between where we are now and where we could be, a limitation of current knowledge – and why the problem is important• Make sure your proposal matches the funding agency’s priorities. “You want the reviewer to see right away that what you want to do is exactly what that sponsor wants to pay for.”• Use clear, direct language in an “active” voice, avoiding jargon and acronyms. “If reviewers don’t understand what you’ve written, they don’t blame themselves – they get annoyed at you.”• Allocate more time than you think you need to put your application together, so that you can consult with Brock’s research officers and get others to proofread your work.Throughout the workshop, Porter stressed the need for a can-do attitude.“Even the best grant writers are turned down more often than they’re successful,” he said. “When you’re turned down, you will be disappointed. But you can choose not to be discouraged.“You have to develop a tough, competitive attitude. You have to say to yourself, ‘I’m going to stay in this game until I’m successful’.”June’s workshop is part of a series of events that the Office of Research Services (ORS) hosts to support researchers with funding applications and other tasks.In May, ORS held “Research Leadership Day” that opened with an overview of TriCouncil and other external grant application support. Following that, a panel – representing each agency and consisting of Jeffrey Atkinson (NSERC), Wendy Ward (CIHR) and Diane Dupont (SSHRC) – addressed the question “What happens to applications in the committee room?”Break-out groups then discussed such issues as: how to diplomatically respond to feedback; how to write a winning Impact section; how to write a winning Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) section; how to write a winning summary; how to write a winning budget and questions and answers about the Common CV (CCV) and Brock Peer Support.“We have an incredibly talented pool of researchers and faculty,” Associate Vice-President Research Kevin Kee says. “The Office of Research Services and the Office of the Vice-President, Research are committed to easing the administrative burden placed on our faculty so that they can have the time to concentrate on what they do best: pursue cutting-edge research that makes a difference to the world around us.”ORS also holds a yearly Research Celebration in February that includes posters and presentations highlighting the broad array of Brock University research. read more

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Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid to be subject of

Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid to be subject of TV series ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Italian-born nun who once challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs, opened hospitals and schools in the American Southwest and is now on a path toward possible Sainthood soon will be the subject of a TV series.Saint Hood Productions based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is scheduled Wednesday to announce a new project around Sister Blandina Segale — a 19th-Century nun whose clashes with Old West outlaws and work with immigrants has been the stuff of legend.“At the End of the Santa Fe Trail” aims to be a fictional account based on Segale’s life and largely will use material from her 1932 book with the same name. That book consisted of Segale’s letters she wrote to her sister about the lawlessness in Trinidad, Colorado, and in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also discussed working with immigrants and prisoners.Her encounters with Old West outlaws later became the subject of an episode of the CBS series “Death Valley Days,” titled “The Fastest Nun in the West.”According to one story, she received a tip that Billy the Kid was coming to her town to scalp four doctors who refused to treat his friend’s gunshot wound. Segale nursed the friend to health, and when Billy went to Trinidad to thank her, she convinced him to abandon his violent plan.Allen Sanchez, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph’s Children — an Albuquerque community health organization born of Segale’s work — said the nun is a perfect subject for a television series since many of the same issues she faced still resonate.“She saw a divided country. She fought violence with nonviolence. She worked to stop discrimination against immigrants,” Sanchez said. “These are all things we are seeing today.”The new production comes as Albuquerque has become a popular filming location for television series, ranging for AMC-TV’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” and NBC’s “The Night Shift.”It also comes just as the Roman Catholic Church is examining Segale for Sainthood.In October, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe formally closed its inquiry on why the legendary nun should become a saint and sent its findings to the Vatican.The public inquiry, headed by former Archbishop Michael Sheehan, was aimed at determining if there was enough evidence to move her case through the largely secret process at the Vatican.Witnesses said Segale fought against the cruel treatment of American Indians and sought to stop the trafficking of women as sex slaves. They also testified that in death, Segale has helped cancer patients and poor immigrants who have prayed to her for help.It’s the first time in New Mexico’s 400-year history with the Roman Catholic Church that an inquiry was completed in the state on the cause of beatification and canonization.Officials say determining whether Segale qualifies for sainthood could take up to a century. The Vatican has to investigate her work and monitor for any related “miracles.”Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and an advocate for Hispanics and Native Americans, founded schools in New Mexico and St. Joseph Hospital, a predecessor of the Albuquerque health organization. She worked as an educator and social worker in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.Tomas Sanchez, executive producer and director of the Segale production, said 98 per cent of the cast and crew will be from New Mexico.“I am honoured to tell Sister Blandina’s story,” he said. “This task requires lots of attention to history and demands that we hire the best New Mexican cast and crew to execute some very technically challenging film sequences.”Officials said the production is working on finding a network to air the series.___Follow Russell Contreras on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/russell-contreras by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Jul 13, 2016 1:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2016 at 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Macys plans to close 100 stores boost online investment

FILE – In this July 10, 2015, file photo, shoppers walk into a Macy’s department store at the Hanover Mall in Hanover, Mass. Macy’s reports financial results Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Macy’s plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments, the nation’s largest department store chain said Thursday, as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 per cent of its stores under the Macy’s brand.The company, which operates Bloomingdale’s stores as well, said it would increase its exclusive products and would prioritize its investments in the stores that offer the highest growth potential.That follows Macy’s move to shutter 40 stores this spring, and comes as Macy’s reported another quarter of falling profits and sales. But the results were better than analysts feared. Summer weather helped drive sales of clothing, and Macy’s says it’s seeing results from efforts to add sales staff and revamping its fine jewelry area. Its shares rose 17 per cent, or $5.80 to $39.80 in midday trading.“The announcements we are making today represent an advancement in our thinking on the role of the stores, the quality of the shopping experience we will deliver, and how and where we reinvest in our business for growth,” said Macy’s President Jeff Gennette, who will succeed Terry J. Lundgren as CEO early next year.Macy’s had been a stellar performer since the Great Recession, but in the past year and a half has seen slowing sales as it battles competition on all fronts and changing shopping patterns. People are spending more on home improvement as well as experiences like travel or spas. And when they do buy clothing, they’re going to T.J. Maxx or fast-fashion chains like H&M. They’re also increasingly researching and buying online, and gravitating toward Amazon.com, which is bolstering its store private label fashion brands. Amazon.com is by some forecasts expected to surpass Macy’s as the largest online seller of clothing next year.Under Lundgren, Macy’s has been looking for opportunities to boost sales, from buying upscale beauty brand Bluemercury to launching its own off-price stores called Macy’s Backstage. But since this past May, it announced it has to accelerate its efforts to get shoppers excited.With the store closures, Macy’s will have 666 stores including 38 Bloomingdale’s locations. That’s down about 23 per cent from a peak in January 2007 of 868 stores including Bloomingdale’s. Annual net sales at the stores Macy’s plans to shutter were estimated at about $1 billion. Many of the stores will close in early 2017, with the balance closing as leases or other agreements expire or are amended. The company has not specified which locations but said it will still have a presence in virtually all major markets.Macy’s has been under pressure from investors to sell some of its valuable real estate. Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet told analysts the company is in talks with potential buyers of its San Francisco men’s store. The plans are for the men’s store to be recombined into its main Union Square store. It’s also looking at Herald Square in New York, State Street in Chicago and downtown Minneapolis, Hoguet told analysts.The company said it earned $11 million, or 3 cents per share, in the quarter ended July 30. That compares with $217 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding charges related to store closings, the company earned 51 cents, which is above the 48 cent estimate from FactSet.Revenue fell 3.9 per cent to $5.87 billion. That topped the $5.77 billion estimate from FactSet. Revenue at stores open at least a year, including licensed businesses like beauty, were down 2 per cent in the second quarter. Excluding licensed departments, sales were down 2.6 per cent. That’s the sixth straight decline for that measure.The number of transactions was down 5 per cent compared to last year but that was an improvement from the prior quarter.The company said it was sticking to its outlook. Macy’s had said in May that it expects revenue at stores, including business from licensed departments, open at least a year to be down 3 per cent to 4 per cent. Macy’s also said it still expects earnings to be in the range of $3.15 to $3.40 for the year._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/adinnocenzio Macy’s plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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CFIA destroying herd linked to TB cow in Alberta brings in more

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 12:10 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CFIA destroying herd linked to TB cow in Alberta, brings in more inspectors MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – Canada’s food safety watchdog is warning that more ranches may be quarantined as part of the investigation into a case of bovine tuberculosis found in cow that came from southeastern Alberta.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said only one case of the contagious bacterial disease has been discovered, but 30 ranches in the region remain under quarantine and rules that restrict the movement of cattle.Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, Canada’s chief veterinary officer, said that number could change as the agency brings in more investigators to trace the movement of potentially exposed animals over the past five years, and do more on-farm tests.The investigation involves a significant number of herds and is expected to take months, he said.“As the disease investigation proceeds, additional premises may need to be quarantined while cattle are tested for bovine TB,” Kochhar said Thursday in a statement.“Testing, humane destruction and disposal are carried out as required.”The agency said it has already started to destroy a herd in the area linked to the cow that came from a ranch near Jenner, about 250 kilometres east of Calgary.Kochhar said the CFIA recognizes the quarantines and investigation are having a significant impact on producers, especially on those who were planning to sell cattle this fall.“The CFIA will pay compensation to producers as quickly as possible for any animals ordered destroyed,” he said.Alberta Beef Producers, an association that represents 20,000 producers, has said the CFIA needs to be more transparent with ranchers about the bovine tuberculosis case.Bovine TB can be transmitted from affected animals to people, causing a condition similar to human tuberculosis, but the CFIA website says the risk to the general population is very low.The United States Department of Agriculture reported the case of bovine TB to Canada in September after the disease was found in a slaughtered cow from Alberta.Bovine TB is a reportable disease in Canada and has been subject to a mandatory national eradication program since 1923.The CFIA said Canada is considered to be officially free of the disease, although isolated cases may occur. The agency said this finding does not affect Canada’s current status.— By John Cotter in Edmonton read more

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Should Jets Stick With Mark Sanchez Over Tim Tebow

Changes might be coming for the New York Jets.Mark Sanchez losing his starting job won’t be among them.Rex Ryan again stood by his quarterback Monday despite Sanchez’s struggles in an ugly mistake-filled 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday that left the Jets coach searching for answers and fans chanting for Tim Tebow to take over.“I think Mark’s our guy,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark.”There’s no question, though, that the Jets (3-5) need to figure things out, and quick. They have games at Seattle and St. Louis after their bye-week break, followed by a home game on Thanksgiving night against New England.Ryan originally planned to have the players report to the facility on Monday and Tuesday, but decided to give them the full week off to be with their families and prepare for Hurricane Sandy.“I want them to get away and when they come back, we have to be all in,” Ryan said during a conference call. “The only chance we have is if we are 100 percent all in. We have no wiggle room. We need to start playing a ton better.”Ryan will brainstorm with his coaches this week before they take a few days off, and he expects suggestions on how to fix “everything” from everyone on his staff.“Is it a little change? Is it a radical change?” Ryan said. “I’m up for anything.”While Tebow won’t be the solution as the full-time quarterback, Ryan acknowledged that he’ll explore how the versatile backup can be used more on offense after seeing minimal playing time during the season’s first half. Tebow has played in just 54 offensive plays, averaging less than seven per game.“I think we’ll take a hard look at how we’re using him, what we’re asking him to do,” Ryan said. “Are there other things we can do with him? I think you’re absolutely right. We will definitely look at that.” Read more:  WSJ read more

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Major jobs boost for Dublin as 700 new jobs announced in IT

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3106966 20,068 Views Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 7:56 AM Image: Chris Radburn Short URL LinkedIn file picture. Source: ShutterstockLinkedInEstablished in Ireland in 2010 with just three employees, LinkedIn now has 1,000 employees across product lines and supports over 50 markets, from the UK to South Africa.Under the announcement, 200 additional roles will be created in the regions of sales and sales support, customer operations, and engineering.Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, said the jobs highlight Ireland’s importance to the company.“At LinkedIn, we’re continuing to invest in the people and infrastructure required to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce,” he said.Ireland has proven to be a very strategic location for us to headquarter our EMEA operations, and we look forward to growing our footprint in Ireland by expanding our already 1000-person team with another 200 employees.The announcement comes ahead of the completion of LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ at Wilton Place, with construction set to finish in 2017.The new office space includes an in-house gym, 300 bicycle parking spots, barista stations and a music room.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the jobs were good news for the government’s jobs plan.He said:Today’s announcement is further demonstration that our skilled people are highly attractive to the world’s leading technology firms.“We have worked hard to create a positive business environment for companies like LinkedIn who are investing here because of our open economy, skilled people, and our strong relationship with Europe and progressive society which makes Ireland an attractive place for people to work and live.”With reporting from Paul Hosford.Read: Irish jobs: Unemployment is down again but we shouldn’t be complacentRead: “I felt like I had a mountain to climb”: How these young Dubliners got back to work Share163 Tweet Email3 center_img Major jobs boost for Dublin as 700 new jobs announced in IT and manufacturing Cork firm Voxpro, LinkedIn and West Pharmaceuticals have announced the roles. Image: Chris Radburn Nov 29th 2016, 7:56 AM By Darragh Peter Murphy 44 Comments Updated 7.54amTHREE FIRMS HAVE announced 700 jobs for Dublin, including 600 in the city’s IT hub.Voxpro, a Cork-headquartered company is recruiting 400 people at a new office in the Point Village in the city’s docklands. It will bring its total number of employees in Ireland to 2,000 – with plans to expand to 3,000.The firm, which was founded by husband and wife team Dan and Linda Kiely, provides customer, sales and technical support services to technology firms.“After an exceptional year of growth for Voxpro, we are very pleased to open this new, state of the art base in Dublin,” Dan Kiely said in a statement.We work closely with some of the best known tech companies in the world to deliver exceptional and beautiful customer experiences.Recruitment website LinekedIn will create a further 200 jobs in its Dublin headquarters, it has announced. The announcement of the roles came after a meeting between its CEO Jeff Weiner and Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night.Separately, West Pharmaceutical Services is to create 100 jobs at its Mulhuddart facility.The Pennsylvania firm is expanding its contract manufacturing plant in west Dublin, and will add the jobs over the next five years.The company makes packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. It said its expansion is in response to customer demand for medical devices – particularly to combat diabetes.West is also growing its proprietary product business in Waterford, where it previously announced the construction of a centre of excellence for its elastomeric sheeting and injectable component product lines.That plant is expected to begin commercial operations in 2018.last_img read more

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BAT to open transit hub at Piraeus port

first_imgBritish American Tobacco (BAT) is almost ready to open a transit hub in the port of Piraeus, while its subsidiary BAT Greece is planning investments of €100 million over the next three years.The multinational has already chosen a location to lease in the broader port district and is looking to close a deal with an international logistics firm within the next few days so the transit centre can be up and running by March, BAT Greece CEO Gianpiero Pazzanese told a recent press conference.Other than the Greek market, the aim of the Piraeus hub is to also serve Malta and Cyprus, eventually expanding to 10 markets in total. It is estimated that the hub will be able to distribute 3.1 billion cigarettes a year, or €1.1 billion worth of merchandise.Regarding the impact of the capital controls, Pazzanese said that BAT Greece spent an additional €500,000 on promotional activities in the August-October 2015 period in a bid to boost retail sales, while it already buys 15 per cent of the country’s tobacco crop.In 2015, BAT’s turnover in Greece came to €477 million, 85 per cent of which went toward taxes. Overall, said Pazzanese, the company has paid €3.2 billion in taxes in the past five years, in a market that has seen annual legal sales drop at an average rate of six per cent. The rise in cigarette prices and taxes has sent many smokers into the arms of the illegal tobacco trade, which currently accounts for 29 per cent of the market.Nevertheless, Pazzanese said that in terms of consumption, Greece is BAT’s biggest market in Europe and the company is committed to strengthening its presence there.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Mysterious Man Caught Dead Wearing ThighHigh Leather Boots

first_imgStay on target 7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France3,300-Year-Old Chamber Tombs Filled With Bones Discovered in Greece Archaeologists working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel in London discovered a male skeleton buried face-down in the mud—with a pair of in-situ thigh-high leather boots.Currently under construction, the 16-mile passageway will capture, store, and transport combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges currently overflowing into the River Thames.“The Tideway archaeology program has allowed us to gather really interesting new evidence for how Londoners have used the river throughout history,” Jack Russell, lead for Tidway, said in a statement.Marks of human activity along the river—i.e. bridges, watermills, prehistoric burial mounds—date back to pre-Roman Britain. These days, rowing and sailing clubs, kayakers, and canoers can be seen on the Thames, which also hosts the annual Boat Race and Henley Royal Regatta.But, as MOLA Headland Infrastructure pointed out, the river is a dangerous place, and our mysterious man—perhaps a fisherman or mudlark—could have fallen to his death. Or, in a more nefarious turn of events, may have been pushed.“The discovery has sparked an investigation by a team of our archaeological and osteological experts who are unravelling the mystery of the booted man in the mud,” the consortium said.Specialists have already dated the shoes to the late 15th or early 16th century, when leather was expensive and often re-used. Which rules out the idea that someone would have been buried in such a highly prized item.A mysterious male skeleton was discovered lying face-down deep in the Thames mud, with a pair of in-situ thigh-high leather boots (via MOLA Headland)On the other hand, the boots’ height would have made them ideal for wading through the river and sticky mud.They were built to last, according to MOLA, which revealed that the footwear was reinforced with extra soles and stuffed with an “unidentified material” for added warmth or improved fit.“By studying the boots we’ve been able to gain a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a man who lived as many as 500 years ago,” MOLA Headland Finds Specialist Beth Richardson said. “They have helped us to better understand how he may have made his living in hazardous and difficult conditions, but also how he may have died.“It has been a privilege to be able to study something so rare and so personal,” she added.There is no evidence (yet) of injuries or a cause of death.Scientists, however, have determined the man was no older than 35 when he died, lived an active life, and suffered from osteoarthritis. Plus, deep grooves in his teeth suggest a repetitive action—like passing rope between his chompers, as a fisherman might.“Studying a human skeleton provides incredible insights that allow us to create osteo-biographies of a person’s life,” Niamh Carty, human osteologist at MOLA Headland, said.“With the booted man, examining his teeth has given clues about his childhood,” she explained. “And marks on his skeleton have allowed us to proffer ideas about the aches and pains he may have suffered from on a daily basis, the toll his job took on his body, and even a little about what he might have looked like.”If I learned anything from Kinky Boots, it’s to never doubt a man in fabulous shoes.“As we work toward our goal of cleaning up the Thames and reconnecting London with it,” Russell said, “it’s really important to acknowledge the lessons we can learn from significant discoveries like this.”More on Geek.com:3D Model of Neanderthal Rib Cage Sheds Light on Ancient Human AnatomyAncient Toddlers Also Loved Climbing Trees7 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would Wearlast_img read more

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Houston Mayor Announces Preliminary Pension Reform Not All Parties Fully On Board

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:17 Share Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) announced the preliminary reform to the City’s pension system during a press conference held at City Hall.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Wednesday a preliminary plan to reform the city’s pension system.Turner says it would immediately decrease the city’s unfunded liability by $2.5 billion.At a press conference held at City Hall, the mayor noted that if the city implemented the reform he proposes its liability would progressively decrease during 30 years and, after that period, it would be paid off.Among other measures, the reform calls for lowering the assumed rate of return on pension investments to seven percent, which is currently the national trend for pension systems, according to Turner.“Based on our study and review, and talking with others, over the last seven months there is no other solution that provides the relief and the certainty of the plan I am announcing today,” the Mayor said.If the plan went ahead, Houston police officers, firefighters and municipal workers would experience changes in benefits that would mostly impact cost of living adjustments.Bill King, a local businessman and former opponent to Turner in the race for mayor, reacted saying he doesn’t think the proposal is sustainable and noted that “until we move to a defined contribution plan, like the private sector did two or three decades ago, we’re not going to solve this problem.”Turner acknowledges the police officers and the municipal workers fully agree on the initial proposal, but the firefighters are not completely committed yet. Xlast_img read more

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Enjoy the 11 THALI experience

first_imgSingh Sahib restaurant has organised an exclusive 1+1 offer on Thali during the Lunch hours. Get a choice of veg/non-veg thali which includes dishes such as Khushk Aloo Jeera, Singh Sahib Di Daal, Chholey Wadiyan (Vegetarian); Dhaba Meat, Chicken Tikka Masala (Non- veg); Mattha and Gulab Jamun (Desserts) – at INR 1699 all taxes included. This is not it, you can even select unlimited soft beverages as part of the package to complete the culinary experience. When: Until July 31 Where: Singh Sahib Restaurant, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place Price: Rs 1699/– (inclusive of taxes) Timings: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pmlast_img

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David Beckham leaves totally thirsty comment on Ryan Reynolds Insta

first_imgRyan Reynolds and David Beckham | Photo: Instagram/vancityreynolds Among the thousands responding to the pic was former Manchester United player David’s, who said of Blake Lively’s husband: ‘God you are handsome.’Ryan and Victoria Beckham’s husband David are known to be friends, after David was photographed on the set of Deadpool 2 with the star earlier this year.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . David Beckham has revealed he has a man crush on Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds. The football icon disclosed his liking for the Deadpool actor by commenting on one of his Instagram posts.David was responding to a video Ryan shared Wednesday of himself ‘boiling alive’ in a sweltering car on the set of the upcoming movie 6 Underground. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ryan Reynolds wants Deadpool to explore his sexuality in future moviesWATCH: Ryan Reynolds appears on a Korean singing show dressed as a unicornFans are very excited about Neighbours’ first gay sex sceneRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/david-beckham-ryan-reynolds-instagram/ ‘God you are handsome’In his caption, a smouldering Ryan said: ‘[Cameraman] Roberto and I are boiling alive. At this point, it’s not even a car. It’s a giant coat made of leather, glass and armpits.’ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Starbucks to open two more coffee shops in Costa Rica

first_imgU.S. coffee giant Starbucks will open two more coffee shops in Costa Rica by the end of the year, one east and one west of the Greater Metropolitan Area. The total number of Starbucks stores in Costa Rica by the end of 2013 will be four.Monica Bianchini, Starbucks local brand manager, told the weekly El Financiero that one of the shops will open in early October, but company policy forbids her from disclosing the location. A second store is still under negotiation, but it likely will open by the end of this year, too.Bianchini said expansion plans will continue in 2014, and the main factor for a new location is high customer traffic.Starbucks began operations in Costa Rica on June 20 last year and currently employs 40 people in its two cafes in Escazú, southwest of San José, and Moravia, north of the capital. Each store serves an average of 300-400 customers daily, according to Bianchini.The Seattle-based company expanded its presence in Costa Rica in March these year with the purchase of a 240-hectare farm in the foothills of the Poás Volcano in Alajuela, which will be converted into a coffee research center. Facebook Comments Related posts:Starbucks to sell Tico brand in Costa Rica store Starbucks opens second Costa Rica location on Thursday Residents split on Starbucks announcement Starbucks buys coffee farm in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Travellers checking TripAdvisor content offsite

first_img53 percent of travellers won’t book without a TripAdvisor review. Image: TripAdvisor TripAdvisor has announced that over 300 million people per month view TripAdvisor content on sites other than TripAdvisor itself, which is double the amount of viewers registered in 2011. This growth can be attributed to more companies using TripAdvisor widgets on their own sites, as well as taking advantage of other TripAdvisor services.More than 500 companies, including hotel chains such as the Wyndham Hotel Group and airlines like AirAsiaGo.com, are featuring user-generated, TripAdvisor, content on their websites. 50 of those organisations, including Langham Hospitality Group, use TripAdvisor’s Review Collection Services, which power their review collection process.TripAdvisor president for business Christine Peterson stated, “according to a recent study, 53 percent of travellers won’t book a hotel if it doesn’t have TripAdvisor reviews”, which is perhaps why so many companies are choosing to display TripAdvisor content openly on their websites. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.Nlast_img read more

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Investment Manager Talks Housing Upturn Securities Issues

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Values Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Residential Construction RMBS Service Providers 2013-01-10 Tory Barringer All the fundamentals are in place for a housing upturn–if pent-up demand can actually translate into buyer presence, says one investment expert.[IMAGE]Daniel Dektar, chief investment officer at asset management and advisory firm “”Smith Breeden Associates””:http://www.smithbreeden.com/, spoke at length on the housing and securities markets in an interview at “”The Investment Fund for Foundations'””:http://www.tiff.org/Default.aspx most recent Investment Forum.Dektar notes there are a number of big factors pointing to an upswing in the housing market, including a drop in excess supply (currently estimated at 1.5-2.0 million and falling), the affordability of purchasing versus renting, and the slow loosening of credit standards to workable levels. However, demand hasn’t been felt as heavily as one might expect at this point, he says.””Of course we haven’t had a lot of new construction, and household formation has been much lower than would be suggested by employment,”” Dektar says. “”I suppose this means kids are moving back in with their parents and just not setting out on their own as fast and maybe parents are moving in with their kids as well. But either way this suggests pent-up demand.””One upside is the steady rise in prices witnessed over the last year and anticipated for the next few years. Smith Breeden predicts a 10 percent increase in prices within the next three years–though Dektar admits the timeline for that increase is going to depend largely on supply issues from market to market.While a price increase is welcome news for a nation still getting back up to normal levels, the results are harder to predict, Dektar says.[COLUMN_BREAK]On one hand, higher prices drive down the “”subjective cost”” of owning a home–that is, the expectation of appreciation makes a home more attractive for buyers-to-be.””So, if house prices are going up 10 percent a year, it doesn’t feel like it costs anything to live there and your speculative bubble can grow,”” Dektar explains. “”When house prices are going down 10 percent a year, it makes the cost of the house look like 15 percent a year instead of 5 percent … Now we’re climbing back out of that hole where people though housing prices were going down to where more and more think they’re going up.””While perceived appreciation doesn’t factor into affordability statistics, it’s sure to play a part in driving up demand, Dektar says.On the other hand, rising prices give today’s underwater homeowners incentive to ride out their mortgages until they can make a profit–good for them, but bad for future supply.””People aren’t selling houses when they’re underwater because they don’t want to write a check to sell their house. As people get out from underwater, their houses come on the market,”” Dektar notes.In addition, there are homeowners who may want to relocate and are simply waiting for prices to improve before putting their homes on the market, further adding to the excess supply and potentially throwing off price gains. Then, of course, there is the looming shadow supply of seriously delinquent loans and foreclosed homes.Turning his focus away from the state of housing itself, Dektar also offered some insight on housing-related securitized credit. While commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) issuance seems to be bouncing back from the crash–which he attributes to “”cheap credit”” and “”cheap money pushing prices up””–the residential market is still working things out.””Residential securitized credit hasn’t really been revived yet. They haven’t figured out the regulatory or securities structures to make new residential securitized issuance work,”” Dektar comments. “”That’s coming and I think it’ll be an important element housing finance in the U.S. as the GSEs, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae, shrink in the future. So, overall the market is mostly working right now except for residential.”” January 10, 2013 397 Views in Data, Secondary Marketcenter_img Investment Manager Talks Housing Upturn, Securities Issues Sharelast_img read more

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ContikiContiki Soundsfestivalsyouth travel

first_imgContikiContiki Soundsfestivalsyouth travel Contiki Sounds is back for 2019 with two Contiki Sounds trips for 2019, heading to some of the UK’s most loved destinations and culminating at Reading Festival!This year, the new & improved product again sees Contiki partner with one of the UK’s biggest summer parties, Reading Festival, offering Contiki travellers a VIP festival experience. The two trips (7 or 10 days) include additional music focussed experiences and the chance to see some of the UK’s top destinations.The Reading Festival line-up for 2019 includes legendary rockers the Foo Fighters and The 1975, touted as the hottest band of the year with a must see live stage production. The combination of plunging into England’s iconic music culture and partying at one of the world’s biggest musical festivals makes these two of Contiki’s most sought-after trips.Choosing Reading Festival with Contiki not only means travellers have a ready-made festival crew, it also eliminates the hassle and stress which can come with trying to purchase the hottest festival tickets around. The trip gives Contiki festival goers;In addition to festival access and a VIP experience, Contiki travellers will also be treated to visiting some of the UK’s most loved destinations, fulfilling travellers’ desires for culture rich experiences.last_img read more

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Tepak professor resigned over being harassed for lack of Greek

first_imgCyprus University of Technology (Tepak) fine arts professor Dr Elizabeth Hoak-Doering has tendered her resignation over ‘the unprofessional behaviour and discrimination of certain colleagues’ shown towards her because of her lack of Greek.Hoak-Doering, who had only been hired by Tepak at the end of last year, submitted her resignation to the university on August 24, just before the start of the new academic year.In her letter of resignation, the professor said that “from the beginning of my employment at Tepak (certain colleagues) have subjected me continually to unprofessional behaviour, discrimination, and verbal assault that is intended to humiliate me.”She explained that because of her “alleged inadequacy in Greek language,” basic information integral to her position as a professor in the department was withheld from her.“Thus,” she continued, “I am being rendered ineffective and I have been purposefully prevented from doing my job.”In her letter, the American professor said native fluency was not a required qualification for the position.She added that her language skills were unreasonably deemed unfit, since she already spoke Greek at an acceptable level, and had, by her own volition, “enrolled in and attended an intensive night course in Greek” at an advanced level, from which she graduated with honours.In addition to her concerns regarding systematic discrimination and verbal assault, the professor expressed her concern about the university’s “inappropriate hiring practices” by which “family members, friends and students” are hired “in disregard of the formal hiring procedures of the public sector.”She added that despite her multiple efforts to contact and meet with the rector of the university, these attempts were ignored, while her attempts to inform the rector about the cases of discrimination and assault were admonished by the dean.On Tuesday the rector said that claims regarding his indifference towards the matter are untrue, since he had replied to the professor’s email, and had addressed the issue together with the dean in a way that the professor had found to be satisfactory.According to daily Haravgi, the internal auditor of Tepak is expected to issue a verdict on the case in two months, while the university will submit their position on the matter to the auditor-general’s office which has intervened.Meanwhile, attempts are already being made to fill the professor’s position.You May LikeBacalaoCheck out the 30 most beautiful women in the worldBacalaoUndoTymOut10 Cholesterol Reducing Foods You Should Include in Your Diet!TymOutUndoMoney BuddyAmazon Won’t Be Happy If Everybody Knows These Money-saving HacksMoney BuddyUndo ‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Trumps bimonthly reports on Cyprus sent to Congress

first_imgUS President Donald Trump has sent identical letters to the Chairpersons of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate, informing the Congress on progress towards a negotiated solution of the Cyprus question for the periods August-September and October-November in 2018.The US President is bound by law to submit reports on Cyprus every two months. The letters give a rundown on meetings and contacts related to Cyprus for the months cited.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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