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Theodoor Rombouts (Antwerp 1597–1637 Antwerp), Card Players in an InteriorOil on canvas (Signed lower right: T. ROMBOVTS), 147 x 186 cm© 2017 London Art Week

ProvenanceBaron Corneille Osy de Zegwart (1757–1831); and by descent to Jean Osy de Zegwart (1792– 1866). And by descent to Baron Edouard Osy de Zegwart (1832–1900), governor of Antwerp. And by descent to Baroness Osy de Zegwart and by descent in her family until 2014.

NoteTheodoor Rombouts was the primary exponent of Flemish Caravaggism, a brief but important artistic phenomenon that peaked in the 1620s. Born in Antwerp in 1597, the history and genre painter is best known for his large-scale secular works depicting merry companies, music scenes and card-playing characters in compact compositions. His half-length figures, firmly modelled and always lively, wear theatrical costumes and are set in chiaroscuro lighting typical of the Flemish Caravaggisti, also known as the Antwerp Tenebrosi. The artist began as a pupil of François van Lanckvelt in 1608 and then studied under Abraham Janssens (c.1575–1632), whose influence is evident throughout his career. Sometime after drafting his last will and testament in 1616 Rombouts left for Rome where he quickly embraced the style of Caravaggio (1571–1610) and Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582–1622). There is little known about his time in Italy but the documentation that does exist places the artist in the Roman parish of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte in 1620, which means that Dirck van Baburen (c.1592/93–1624), David de Haen (1585–1622) and Manfredi were living nearby. Enticed by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Rombouts also probably worked in Florence. Rombouts returned to his native city in 1625; he became a master in the painters' guild and a dean of the guild from 1629 to 1630. In 1627 he married Anna van Thielen, the sister of one of his pupils, flower painter Jan Philip van Thielen (1618–1667). The couple welcomed the birth of their daughter, Anna Maria, the following year. The successful artist painted mostly for private clients and for the open market but he also executed some altarpieces, with most commissions coming from Ghent. Though best known for his work in the Caravaggesque idiom, Rombouts's artistic development after returning to Antwerp followed popular taste. As the fashionable interest in Caravaggism began to wane after 1630, the savvy artist moved in the direction of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) and Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), towards greater refinement in his palette and surfaces. According to Leonard J. Slatkes, Rombouts's works were always only superficially Caravaggesque and were more profoundly shaped by the influences of his many Flemish baroque contemporaries.1 Little is known of his Antwerp workshop but his pupils included Nicolaas van Eyck (1617–1679), Jan Philip van Thielen and Paulus Robyns. Near the end of his life he attempted to replicate a house and studio in imitation of Rubens. The costly endeavour apparently incurred heavy debts, which he never had the opportunity to resolve due to his untimely death in 1637. The present work, Card Players in an Interior, belongs among the finest and most representative works of Rombouts's Caravaggesque genre scenes. Recalling Manfredi's merry company pictures, there is a marked sense of monumentality to the five figures that are arranged around a carpeted table, engaged in a game of cards. The individuals are realistic and expressive; the scene appears convincingly spontaneous and natural. Rombouts introduces repoussoir figures that confront the viewer and direct attention to the central bearded figure who stares down at his hand of cards, presumably a self-portrait. Rombouts also included a portrait of his wife, Anna, in the hatted figure seated beside him. The inclusion of self-portraits and portraits of family members was not unusual in Dutch and Flemish genre painting, despite the potentially negative associations of moralising subjects. Card playing was perceived as a time-waster at best and, at worst, was associated with any number of disreputable behaviours. Though no alcohol is depicted, coins are strewn about the table: a reference to the ‘unwholesome' activity of gambling. Portraits of Rombouts, his wife and even his young daughter can be seen in another of his works, The Backgammon Players, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (fig. 1), in which the lavishly dressed soldier bears the artist's likeness. This comparison not only confirms the identities of the Theodoor and Anna in our picture but also helps to date it. The Backgammon Players, painted in 1634, demonstrates Rombouts's move away from Caravaggism towards the prevailing baroque style as it evolved in Antwerp. Unlike our picture, the Raleigh composition is set in a deeper space with vaguely classicising figures. The palette is brighter, the lighting more diffuse and the costumes more sophisticated. The luxurious shimmering fabrics speak of the direct influence of Rubens and Van Dyck. Our Card Players was certainly produced earlier when Rombouts was still painting under the influence of Roman Caravaggism, adeptly applying chiaroscuro and local colour to his rustically expressive scenes.

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Matthias Stomer (c.1600–after 1652), The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomewcirca 1630-5. Oil on canvas, 44 x 62 in. (111.8 x 157.5 cm.) © 2017 London Art Week

Note: Matthias Stomer ranks among the most important and prolific Netherlandish masters of the seventeenth century who were active in Italy. This talented painter was among the last of the famed Dutch Caravaggisti. Although Stomer's birthplace cannot be documented with any certainty, the name Stom is of Southern Netherlandish (Flemish) derivation and it is possible that he emigrated from this region, like so many of his countrymen, to the Dutch Republic. Here he might have received his artistic training in Utrecht or possibly Amersfoort. The influence of Dutch painters from both those towns in terms of style and subject matter is readily detectable in his earliest work, in particular the influence of the prominent Utrecht painter, Gerrit van Honthorst, as well as that of Hendrick ter Brugghen, Joachim Wtewael or the venerable Abraham Bloemaert. In 1630 Stomer travelled to Rome and stayed there until around 1635. Our picture, The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, was painted during this Roman period and is an important picture within his overall oeuvre. Saint Bartholomew is traditionally identified as one of Christ's original twelve apostles. After the Resurrection, Bartholomew is believed to have preached the gospel in India and Armenia. In the latter region, he was flayed alive and then hung upside down for refusing to worship idols. In Stomer's dramatic canvas, the doomed saint is posed frontally in half-length. He is stripped to his loincloth and one of the executioners has already begun his grisly task. Stomer has added the remarkable motif of a figure in a striking terracotta-coloured robe at the far left, perhaps a pagan priest, who holds a golden statuette of Minerva before the elderly saint, thereby contextualising the immediate cause of his martyrdom. Stomer was probably familiar with a picture of the saint's martyrdom painted in Rome by the French Caravaggist Valentin de Boulogne, datable to c.1616.

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Address of Exhibition: 6 St.James's Place, London, SW1A 1NP

London Art Week, 30 June – 7 July 2017


          View of the skyline of Hollywood Beach, Broward County, Florida, USA   

Jorge Marco Molina posted a photo:

View of the skyline of Hollywood Beach, Broward County, Florida, USA

Hollywood is a city in Broward County, Florida, located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The average temperature is between 68 and 83 degrees. As of July 1, 2015 Hollywood has a population of 149,728. Founded in 1925, the city grew rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s, and is now the twelfth largest city in Florida. Hollywood is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.


Joseph W. Young founded the city in 1925. He dreamed of building a motion picture colony on the East Coast of the United States and named the town after Hollywood, California. Young bought up thousands of acres of land around 1920, and named his new town "Hollywood by the Sea" to distinguish it from his other real estate venture, "Hollywood in the Hills", in New York


Young had a vision of having lakes, golf courses, a luxury beach hotel, country clubs, and a main street, Hollywood Boulevard. After the 1926 Miami hurricane, Hollywood was severely damaged; local newspapers reported that Hollywood was second only to Miami in losses from the storm. Following upon Young's death in 1934, the city encountered more terrific hurricanes and not only that, but the stock market crashed with personal financial misfortunes. It felt as though the city was tumbling slowly piece by piece with all of those tragic events taking place.


Hollywood is a planned city. On Hollywood Boulevard is the Mediterranean-style Joseph Young Mansion, built around 1921, making it one of the oldest houses in Hollywood.


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          Palace of Holyroodhouse   

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

View of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and ruins of Augustinian Holyrood Abbey from Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.

Queen Elizabeth spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies. The 16th century Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots and the State Apartments, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public throughout the year, except when members of the Royal Family are in residence.

Holyrood Abbey is a ruined abbey of the Canons Regular in Edinburgh, Scotland. The abbey was founded in 1128 by King David I. During the 15th century, the abbey guesthouse was developed into a royal residence, and after the Scottish Reformation the Palace of Holyroodhouse was expanded further. The abbey church was used as a parish church until the 17th century, and has been ruined since the 18th century. The remaining walls of the abbey lie adjacent to the palace, at the eastern end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.


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          Moonstone Necklace, Rainbow Moonstone, Oxidized Sterling Silver - "Moonspear" by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

39.50 USD

"Moonspear." A magical rainbow moonstone necklace featuring a lovely, AAAA grade rainbow moonstone marquise on an oxidized sterling silver chain and a twisted oxidized sterling silver ring.

The flash on this rainbow moonstone is a beautiful blue/purple against an icy white base, and the dark silver provides a perfect complement. Rainbow moonstone is the stone of love and wish fulfillment, and is said to guide and protect us through all of life’s journeys. This would be a lovely and thoughtful gift for anyone you care about, including you!

The pendant is just over 1 and 1/8 inches long, including the ring. The chain is about 17 inches long, including an oxidized sterling silver lobster claw clasp. We can easily adjust the length if you like, though—just let us know in the ‘message to seller’ box when you order.

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          RESERVED Bird's Nest Earrings, Freshwater Pearl, Oxidized Sterling Silver - "Wood Nests" by Circe's House on Etsy by CircesHouse   

38.50 USD

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"Wood Nests." These beautiful earrings feature ivory-colored freshwater pearls hand-wrapped with oxidized sterling silver wire to make a lovely nest shape. Beautiful! These would go wonderfully with any of our bird's nest necklaces.

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          Moonstone Necklace, Rainbow Moonstone, Butterfly Necklace - "Chrysalis" by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

42.50 USD

"Chrysalis." This magical necklace features an exquisitely detailed butterfly pendant accented with a beautiful, AAAA grade rainbow moonstone marquise. This gorgeous pendant hangs from an oxidized sterling chain accented with icy moonstone rondelles. The rainbow moonstone is such a stunner, with lovely blue fire. The dark patina on the metal is a gorgeous contrast.

The butterfly is about 5/8 of an inch long. The moonstone teardrop is just over half an inch long. The necklace itself is about 17 inches long), with a lobster claw clasp. We can easily adjust the length if you like; just let us know in the 'message to seller' box when you order. Chain, clasp and wire are oxidized sterling silver. Butterfly is natural brass with a permanent black patina.


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          Moonstone Necklace, Rainbow Moonstone, Green Aventurine, Oxidized Sterling Silver - "Moonleaf" by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

37.50 USD

"Moonleaf." This exquisite necklace features a stunning, AAAA grade rainbow moonstone teardrop, accented with a pretty green aventurine round on an oxidized sterling silver chain. This rainbow moonstone is absolutely gorgeous, with pale blue and aqua fire. The dark patina on the sterling silver brings out the wonder of this top quality stone, and the leafy green of the aventurine is a beautiful complement.

The pendant is just over an inch long. The necklace is about 17 inches long, but we can easily adjust the length if you like; just put your request in the 'message to seller' box when you order. All metal is oxidized silver, including a lobster claw clasp.

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          Amber Necklace, Baltic Amber on Sterling Silver - "Firestar" by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

49.50 USD

"Firestar." This GORGEOUS!! necklace features a spectacular pendant of Baltic amber and sterling silver. This pendant adorns a sterling silver chain accented with amber and hessonite garnet rondelles.

This amber is absolutely magnificent, a delicious deep orange with scintillant flecks within. This necklace blazes with color, and exudes a warm, joyful energy that will make you happy whenever you look at it. This is a one-of-a-kind necklace with symbolism as lovely as its looks--amber is known as a stone of protection and optimism. This would be a beautiful and thoughtful gift for anyone you care about, including yourself.

The amber pendant is about an inch and a half long. The necklace is about 17 inches long, but we're happy to change that if you like: just let us know via the "message to seller" box during checkout. All metal is sterling silver.

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          Aqua Chalcedony Necklace on Sterling Silver - "Sargasso" by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

34.50 USD

"Sargasso." This lovely necklace features a gorgeous aqua chalcedony teardrop accented with an aqua chalcedony rondelle and hanging on a sterling silver chain.

The color of this chalcedony is so luscious; a delicious aqua that reminds us of warm tropical lagoons. The bright sterling silver complement the color of the chalcedony perfectly. The simple, feminine design of this piece makes it as versatile as it is lovely. Chalcedony is a stone of protection, and is said to ward off negative emotions.

The chalcedony pendant is about an inch long, including the wire wrapping and bail. See picture #4 for a size reference (the necklace in my hand with a dime to show scale). The necklace itself is about 17 inches long, but we can adjust that if you like; just let us know in the 'message to seller' box when you order. All metal is sterling silver, including the lobster claw clasp.

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          Garnet Necklace, Oxidized Sterling Silver Necklace - "Scarlet Cascade" by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

49.50 USD

"Scarlet Cascade." This exquisite necklace features a cascade of scrumptious faceted garnets, on a simple oxidized sterling silver chain. These are superb stones, with wonderful color and clarity, and the dark oxidized silver complements them perfectly. This is a darkly beautiful piece, something that any mysterious beauty would be proud to wear. Garnet is the stone of truth, romantic love, and passion, so this would make a lovely and meaningful gift for anyone you care about.

The pendant is about two and a quarter inches long, including the wire bail. The largest (lowest) garnet is about half an inch long. The necklace itself is about 17 inches long, but we can easily adjust the length if you like; just put your request in the 'message to seller' box when you order. All metal is oxidized sterling silver.

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          Emerald Green Quartz Necklace on Sterling Silver - Deep Forest by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

34.50 USD

"Deep Forest." In this simple yet lovely necklace a beautiful emerald green quartz briolette hangs from a twisted sterling silver ring and a sterling silver chain. A cluster of green onyx rondelles hangs from the ring.

The emerald quartz briolette is about 3/4 of an inch long--see picture #4 for scale. The necklace itself is about 17 inches long; however, we'd be happy to adjust the length if you like. Just let us know in the 'message to seller' box when you order. All metal is sterling silver, including a lobster claw clasp.

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          Labradorite Necklace with Green Quartz on Oxidized Sterling Silver - Woodleaf by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

37.50 USD

"Woodleaf." This lovely necklace features a beautiful green-gold flash labradorite accented with luscious green quartz rondelles and hanging on a delicate oxidized sterling silver chain. The flash of this labradorite is great, green with a hint of gold. The dark patina on the sterling silver brings out the flash of this top quality stone. For those interested in gemstone lore, labradorite is a stone of creativity, protection and healing. Green aventurine is a stone that aids creativity and mental clarity. This would be a lovely and thoughtful gift for anyone you care about--including yourself!

The pendant is about an inch and a half long, including the wire bail. The necklace is about 17 inches long, but we can easily adjust the length if you like; just put your request in the 'message to seller' box when you order. The clasp is an oxidized silver lobster claw. All metal is oxidized sterling silver.

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          Turquoise Bracelet, Leather Wrap Bracelet with Turquoise - House of Blues by CircesHouse on Etsy by CircesHouse   

38.50 USD

"House of Blues." This gorgeous handmade wrap bracelet features beautiful turquoise rounds with dark espresso-hued leather and an exquisitely detailed button for a clasp. The robin's egg blue-green of the turquoise (veined with copper), the shiny brown-black of the leather, and the luster of the silvery button go together beautifully. This is a perfect bracelet for everyday wear, and it looks great layered with other bracelets as well. It's beautiful enough to wear with your favorite little black dress, but also casual enough for a tank and jeans.

This bracelet will go beautifully with any of our gorgeous blue gemstone necklaces. Love one of the necklaces (or a pair of earrings) too? We'd be happy to give you 15% off on the set--just contact us. :)

The bracelet is about 7 and 1/2 inches long.

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          Species List for 29/06/2017   
The first Delicate of the year was a welcome migrant. In total 316 moths of about 71 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
718 Ethmia dodecea 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 7
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 2
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1001 Lozotaeniodes formosanus 1
1010 Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix 2
1063 Celypha striana 17
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 3
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 43
1294 Crambus pascuella 1
1302 Crambus perlella 5
1304 Agriphila straminella 4
1333 Scoparia pyralella 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 4
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1   
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 4
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1699 Idaea rusticata atrosignaria Least Carpet 7
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 3
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 2
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 6
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 21
1758 Eulithis pyraliata Barred Straw 5
1771a Thera cupressata Cypress Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 2
1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave 1
1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1976 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 1
1980 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 2
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 13
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 7
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 10
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 9
2098 Axylia putris Flame 17
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2110a Noctua janthina Langmaid's Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 10
2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 3
2155 Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 2
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 24
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 2
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 1
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          Morning Joe Hosts Claim White House Tried to Blackmail Them With National Enquirer Story   
The MSNBC hosts say the White House told them a damaging story about their relationship would "go away" if they apologized to the president
          FDR3729 17 Intelligence Agencies Did Not Say Russia Hacked Election    
After the New York Times issued a retraction to the often repeated claim that 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies claim that the Russian government "Hacked The Election" - the Russia narrative is dead. New York Times Retraction: "A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump's deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year's presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community."Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/politics/trumps-deflections-and-denials-on-russia-frustrate-even-his-allies.htmlYour support is essential to Freedomain Radio, which is 100% funded by viewers like you. Please support the show by making a one time donation or signing up for a monthly recurring donation at: http://www.freedomainradio.com/donate
          Haflong meet expresses concern over bandh culture   
HAFLONG, June 30 - In a bid to maintain peace, tranquillity and brotherhood among the various tribals and non-tribals in the tiny but the most beautiful district of Assam, the Dima Hasao district administration organised a peace meeting involving the representatives of apex bodies of different communities, the NC Hills Autonomous Council, NGO's etc., at the Circuit house conference hall on Wednesday.
          Blair Bryant resigns as director of Powerhouse;   
Article – BusinessDesk June 30 (BusinessDesk) – Blair Bryant has resigned from the board of Powerhouse Ventures and as a result the ASX-listed, Christchurch-based technology incubator has cancelled a special meeting of shareholders it had called on July 21 in Sydney to vote him …Blair Bryant resigns as director of Powerhouse; ouster meeting cancelled By […]
          Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County   

Date: August 12, 2017

Come view original artwork celebrating nature and the natural environment of Staten Island. Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County is sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization.

Exhibition hours: Monday – Friday by appointment only, Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m

Organized & curated by Gail Middleton / Creative Photographers Guild

Opening reception: Saturday, May 6, 2017 / 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


          Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park   

Date: August 12, 2017

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the park has to offer. Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the lake, and Strawberry Fields.

The tour route involves a few stairs. The tour starts in front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue), and ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West.

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review the Central Park Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review these Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park)


          753798 - Duplex Penthouse for sale in Atalaya Golf, Estepona, Málaga, Spain, 435,000 EUR   

Duplex penthouse with panoramic mountain and sea views, inside the 24h security luxury urbanization El Campanario. Located close to all amenities and furniture
          753790 - Villa for sale in Marbesa, Marbella, Málaga, Spain, 1,290,000 EUR   

A very special villa with indenpendent guest house, beautiful sea views and close to the beach, shops, medical care and restaurants. The tasteful architecture
          753788 - Townhouse for sale in El Paraiso, Estepona, Málaga, Spain, 295,000 EUR   

26 AMAZING VALUE 2/3 BEDROOMS TOWNHOUSES CLOSE TO ALL AMENITIES, GOLF AND SEA! TOWNHOUSE PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN THE DESIRABLE GOLDEN TRIANGLE IN EL PARAISO
          753786 - Townhouse for sale in El Paraiso, Estepona, Málaga, Spain, 275,000 EUR   

26 AMAZING VALUE 2/3 BEDROOMS TOWNHOUSES CLOSE TO ALL AMENITIES, GOLF AND SEA! TOWNHOUSE PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN THE DESIRABLE GOLDEN TRIANGLE IN EL PARAISO
          753782 - House for sale in Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain, 315,000 EUR   

Modern townhouses for sale located in new development in Tarifa. Only the last 2 units remain in this fabulous row of townhouses available to buy off
          753781 - Townhouse for sale in El Paraiso, Estepona, Málaga, Spain, 250,000 EUR   

26 AMAZING VALUE 2/3 BEDROOMS TOWNHOUSES CLOSE TO ALL AMENITIES, GOLF AND SEA! TOWNHOUSE PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN THE DESIRABLE GOLDEN TRIANGLE IN EL PARAISO
          753776 - Apartment for sale in Calanova Golf, Mijas, Málaga, Spain, 195,000 EUR   

Beautifully presented two bedroom apartment in the popular Mijas Golf Valley, within walking distance to the Calanova Golf Club House and just 5 minutes
          753765 - Penthouse for sale in El Faro, Mijas, Málaga, Spain, 145,000 EUR   

This penthouse is located in a lovely urbanization in El Faro only 10 minutes away from Fuengirola and from La Cala de Mijas with all their amenities and
          Revalidate in an evening – join us in Oxford or online!   

Do you hold CILIP Professional Registration (ACLIP, MCLIP or FCLIP)?


Do you need to revalidate but don't know where to start?


Then come along to this session and complete your revalidation in an evening alongside other CILIP members in the Thames Valley.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry, you can join us virtually! We will also be running the session via Twitter at the same time, so follow @CILIPTV and keep an eye out for #CILIPReval

 

The workshop will begin with a very short presentation on Revalidation and a demonstration of the CILIP VLE by South East Candidate Support Officer Nicola Beer.

The rest of the time will be self-paced, so you can log your CPD (20 hours over the last twelve months), ask questions and get writing your statements (it’s only 250 words!).

Free Wi-Fi is available but you’ll need to bring your own laptop or other portable devices.

We’ll be tweeting all the key info and if you’re following along online you can ask us questions and most importantly, let us know how you’re getting on and keep each other motivated using the #CILIPReval hashtag.

 

To ensure the session runs smoothly please do the following prior to the session:

  • Make sure you’re registered for the CILIP website and can access the VLE. Once you’ve accessed the VLE you can register for the Revalidation module. Remember to bring your login with you. Guidance on accessing the VLE is available on the CILIP website.
  • Bring details of the CPD activities that you have completed in the previous 12 months and you would like to log for your Revalidation (the minimum is 20 hours)

 

 

Thu, 13th Jul 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Nicola Beer

OCVA Training Suite, The Old Courthouse

Floyds’ Row
OX1 1SS Oxford

United Kingdom

Cost

  • The session is free - and there is also no charge to submit your revalidation - you just have to be a CILIP member and up to date with your membership fees.
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          Deutsche Bank refuses Democrats' demand to give up Trump’s financial details   
Preview Germany's biggest bank has rejected a request by US House Democrats to provide details of President Donald Trump's finances. Deutsche Bank is citing privacy laws.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          White House attacks media obsession with Russia, defends Trump’s tweets   
Preview The White House has once again gone on the offensive, condemning the media for constant coverage of the Russia probe, while defending President Donald Trump’s recent tweets against MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          House may stall Senate’s Russia sanctions even after technical issue resolved   
Preview New sanctions drawn up against Russia in the US Senate are no longer snagged by a technical matter, but the bill may still be in limbo, as it faces opposition in the House of Representatives.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          House passes ‘Kate’s Law’ and ‘No Sanctuary for Criminals Act’ targeting illegal immigration    
Preview Two immigration bills have passed the House, mostly along party lines. Two dozen Democrats voted with the GOP on “Kate’s Law” to impose tougher sentences on illegal re-entry into the US, while another vote on “sanctuary cities” was even more partisan.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Trump approves new oil pipeline to Mexico, will go ‘right under the wall’   
Preview President Donald Trump has announced six new energy initiatives as part of the White House’s “Energy Week,” including approving the construction of a new petroleum pipeline to Mexico. The pipeline will go “right under the wall,” he said.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          LANDING GEAR TECHNICIAN - AVIATION PRECISION TECHNOLOGY, INC. - Hialeah Gardens, FL   
LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED LANDING GEAR TECHS, WE HAVE B737 GEARS IN-HOUSE UNDER CONTRACT AND ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO START IMMEDIATELY....
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          Obituary for Mary Ciavarini, 95, Newport   
Obituary for Mary Ciavarini, 95, Newport
Mary Ciavarini, age 95, of Newport, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Village House Nursing Home in Newport. Ms. Ciavarini was born on May 17, 1922, in Newport, RI, the daughter of the late August and the late Elvira (Briscoli) Ciavarini. Mary was a Rogers High School graduate who went on to work as a
          “I’ve got an internal design thinking capability in place – now what?”   

In my travels in the last few months I have had a very similar conversation with half a dozen different people from large organisations, all heads of in-house customer experience or innovation teams. The conversation begins with them proudly telling me about how they have been able to put in place an internal team with […]

The post “I’ve got an internal design thinking capability in place – now what?” appeared first on Second Road.


          Trump & Putin to meet on sidelines of G20 summit, White House confirms   
Preview US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, national security adviser H.R. McMaster has confirmed. It will be the two leaders' first meeting since Trump's inauguration.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          By: Problem Child Bride aka wirepeach   
Hello you three. To be honest, I'm talking our actual danger up a bit, for drama's sake. Upper Ojai had to be evacuated but we down in the lower valley were never really in serious danger. They had 4000 firefighters who really know their stuff on the case and property damage is their primary concern so a number of houses and a school in the East end of town had already been sprayed with retardant. We all have to comply with brush clearing ordinances around our houses way before fire-season starts too. The ash falling everywhere and the air being thick with smoke was the main thing for us, which isn't really so bad when you think of the Arizona fires of a couple years ago. Hold up, I'll see if I can find a picture... Ran', I think they may have guessed. ;)
          Tri-story food and entertainment development planned near Alamo Brewery (slideshow)   
A trio of entrepreneurs has begun work on a new development that will replace a vacant lot immediately east of downtown San Antonio with a new entertainment destination that will blend the city’s growing culinary scene with live music and other events. The planned Brooklyn StrEat Food Park project will house multiple food trucks anchored by a multi-level structure featuring a roof-top terrace built to accommodate live music acts, as well as other entertainment and community events. “We want…

          Jeepers (It's Christmas) in July Giveaway Hop   


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          Hannah Whittenly posted a blog post   
Hannah Whittenly posted a blog post

Can't Sell Your Car? What to Do with the Old Clunker Parked Outside Your House

It doesn’t take long for an old parked car to turn into an embarrassing problem. Within a short period of time, nasty critters that no one wants on their property often make these vehicles their homes. If you haven’t been able to sell your old car to a dealership or private party, then here is a look at some unique ways you can take care of the eyesore.Part It OutOne of the best ways to make money off of a car that is no longer in driving condition is to sell individual parts. Even relatively insignificant pieces can be worth quite a bit if you know where to look. Before selling any pieces, you should first spend some time researching the vehicle to better understand its value. Many older cars have interchangeable components, and some of your car’s parts might be worth a lot of money to someone who is restoring another classic vehicle.Recycle the MetalMany drivers don’t realize that nearly 100 percent of all automobiles in the United States eventually get recycled. While that statistic is quite impressive, a vehicle that sits for a long period of time can still do quite a bit of damage to the environment. Many metal recycling companies will come pick up old cars at little or no cost to their owners. After your vehicle is towed away, you can rest assured that almost every single piece will be put to good use.Donate the CarAnother great way to make the most out of your old clunker is to donate it to charity through an organization, like Action Donation Services. Not only is it going to a good cause, but you will most likely also receive a tax break. Some intermediary companies even fix up old vehicles so that the old owners can write off as much as possible. Just like metal recycling companies, most charities and intermediary organizations will come pick up your vehicle for free.Restore It YourselfThose who have the right tools and some spare time can generally make at least a little bit of money off of their old clunkers. A small percentage of classic car enthusiasts try to completely restore their vehicles, but that isn’t always necessary. If all of the major mechanical components work, then you will most likely be able to sell your old car. Cosmetic updates such as a new paint job or rims aren’t always worth the investment.No matter what you end up doing with your clunker, it is generally a good idea to take care of these types of problems sooner rather than later. In addition to being the perfect home for pest infestations, parked vehicles often end up leaking oil, coolant, and other harsh chemicals. What started off as a minor issue could end up being a serious hazard to your family and neighbors.See More

          Garry House posted a discussion   
Garry House posted a discussion

And then the GM said, “We used to do that!”

It was in late 1987, and I was conducting an in-dealership workshop focused on Financial and Operational Planning and Controls. I was describing an F&I process that I had recommended to increase service contract penetration, when the general manager said, “We used to do that.” In response to his statement, I asked, “Did it work?” “Absolutely,” he answered. I was tempted to say, “Then why did you stop doing it?”, but I was new to the consulting business and didn’t want to risk offending one of my few clients. As it turns out, it was probably just as well that I refrained from asking that question. Because in my 30 years of training and consulting, if I’ve heard a client-dealer or manager say, “We used to do that” once, I’ve heard it five hundred times. And in the numerous times that I’ve asked, “Why did you stop?”, I’ve never gotten a good answer (but rather mostly blank stares).Well, the two real reasons for why they stopped aren’t all that hard to identify:Either new people (managers, producers, or both) have joined the organization and brought with them their own way of doing things, orThe activity or process that was discontinued was never well-anchored in the organization to begin with.I’ve written previously about dealership cultural needs and deficiencies. One of the tenets of any strong business culture is Accountability Management. And one of the primary elements of effective accountability management in an automotive dealership is to:Develop and implement a systemic structure. (Because we know that dissimilar people operating within a systemic structure will produce similar results.)The “systemic structure” refers to clearly defined processes. So when we have a proven process that consistently produces measurable and predictable results, that process must become embedded within the culture of our dealership. It needs to be continually savored, enhanced, honored, and talked about.Would you like to improve your dealership culture so you’ll never get caught saying, “We used to do that?” Review my web site at www.ghaGPS.com and learn how Garry House & Associates provides Value First, and then call me at 561-744-2627. I’ll listen and recommend a solution that’s right for you and your team.Warmest regards,Garry House                                See More

          Chasing The Dream...   
Bali...The Island of Gods..Is it true?

We shall find out...

As beautiful as it looks, the padi fields are way too high for me to just jump and bath in all the glory. Nope, I took this picture on my morning walk on the last day, needed that high-intensity exercise and kept going back and forth the quiet road. All around our villa is padi fields and some halfly done villas and local houses of the villagers. Canggu is serene, and is the perfect location to get away from the Seminyak buzz....and the view is calming...

As my short trip unravels with a few souvenirs of aching sore throat and dry coughs, I realized that Bali was quite enjoyable as I arrived the previous days a true pessimist crying in my heart please let it be as painless as possible. Why the negative thoughts, well for a start I didn't want to go as my main responsibility still resides at Potato Head Jakarta but dream awaits and I needed to chase it.

My bestie, Revka is there with Minami whose a local girl - half jap half indo, sweet and very down to earth. Never spend holidays with Revka in Bali so we sort of treasure our little time we had downing fruit juices at Cocoon Bar which has a very nice view to the beach but I kinda felt out of place, too posh for me but hey for goodtime's sake!

It has been my full time "dream" to have my own shop, where I can take care of it and do stuff in it like my little polly pocket land. I know it kinda sounds scary but isn't every fashion designer's dream to have a long lasting legacy, a brand or a concept that they can share to the rest of the world? and hard work does pay off at the end of the day right? or are we purely now living in the age of "at the right time and at the right place?"

Potato Head Beach Club on its way to the opening on the 25th of November. Still a lot of work to be done but nothing is impossible and it will be open sooner or later so just keep at it! Big-Colosseum in the making, will be three times bigger than our next next door neighbor and no it's not the W Resort. It'll dam* well kick a** and yes I can swear on my blog.

As much as I am now in Jakarta, I kept thinking about Bali, not of Potato Head Beach Club, but of Eleven, the newly named concept shop. I guess everyone would be shouting to my ears now, of course I should be panicking and thinking about it as it would be open in less than a week! and we hardly have anything in it! hahaha we do work better when we're under pressure don't we?

Blessing Potato Head Beach Club by the local Balinese people, a traditional blessing ceremony. It was very peaceful and I think we need as much blessings as we could grab! Although we better get a priest asap as my mom would say...Hey mom since you're reading this maybe we should? Everyone was in the traditional get up too, nice to see....

But I have two lovely bosses and they are helping us all, how dearly nice of my brother to lend us his antique furniture to fill the shop and how nice of his partner to not go ballistic that the shop is still empty as of NOW! But I am losing sleep over this and my right eye is still twitching since the past two weeks and I'm getting worried....

The way to the fine dining, guess how many window panes we used...or here's a better question, is it almost 500 or 1000? It's amazing that now you can see how it all complements each other, the ceramics on the ceiling, the color of the wood, the washed green flooring, the retro railings and everything seem to be falling in love with each other.
I think my brother and his partner are both true romantics...

Every angle is photogenic.

Finally the grand entrance is on display!

Find Potato Head Beach Club at Jln Petitenget, next to W Resort, Seminyak Bali.
And find ELEVEN at the same address :)






          Cylinder Loader - Warehouse Associate - Praxair - Morrisville, PA   
Praxair Distribution, Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company that supplies atmospheric, process, specialty gases, high-performance coatings
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          Wallis Ranch Named "Master Planned Community Of The Year" At PCBC 2017 Gold Nugget Awards   

Kindred House at Wallis Ranch; Courtesy of Christopher Mayer PhotographySAN DIEGO, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Trumark Communities announced today that Wallis Ranch, the 184-acre master planned community in Dublin, CA, was named "Master Planned Community of the Year" at the 54th Annual Gold Nugget Awards presented by PCBC, the largest annual homebuilding tra...



          Household saving drops to fresh low as UK suffers longest stretch of falling real incomes in 40 years   
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          Donald Trump Mocks MSNBC TV host Mika Brzezinski "Bleeding Facelift"   

The US president, Donald Trump will fight "fire with fire", those were the words of Deputy White house press secretary, Sarah Huckabee, after the president went on a Twitter tirade against MSNBC TV host Mika Brzezinski.

Trump tweeted the attack to the Tv host, and said she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when she visited his Mar-la-go resort in Florida. Trump also attacked Brzezinski's co-host, Joe Scarborough, who he said is developing a "dictatorship."

             

The tweet have generated different backlash from house members, who believes that what Trump had done is beneath the office he holds. Some backlash Trump's tweet got are from;

         

         

Clap Back From Mika Brzezinski

The TV host, Mika Brzezinski clapped back at President Trump later this morning with the picture below;

          

The little hand is referring to the alleged "small hands" used by Marco Rubio to insult Trump during the Republican primary.

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          Fully furnished one-room in Deokpo area (near by Silla Univ.)   

Hello everyone. There is bright and clean oneroom availiable for rent. The room is on the 3rd floor, neighbors are good and friendly. There are Emart and Homeplus in 20 minutes by walk, a lot of marts and convinient stores. The room is not big, but is situated on the sunny side. It is clean and has all that you need for life: fridge, cooker, wordrobe, a bed, a desk and shelves, washing machine. The owner is quite flexible, so the key money is only 300,000 Won, and every month payment is also 300,000 Won + all house expenses (gas, elextricity, etc). 

We need it ASAP, because we are moving to the other place. For additional information or pictures please email me on kristina.lomaka@mail.ru


          Comment on A postcard from the past: Shaw House and Lido by N Narayanan   
Apologies that the link to the clip 'Singapore in 1956' was inadvertently omitted in my earlier message. It is and runs for 3 1/2 minutes.
           St. David Street / Drawing Room Architecture    

The clients, a young family, were after a modest addition to their Victorian townhouse to house a new kitchen, dining room, bathroom, laundry & a large storage shed for their many bikes.


          Comment on A postcard from the past: Shaw House and Lido by N Narayanan   
Thanks again Mr Jerome Lim, for this latest post on Orchard Road. Like the proverbial bad penny, here I turn up again (please feel free not to put up my comments if for any reason they are unwelcome, but believe me they are made purely as incidental to your commentary) 'A nation of shopkeepers' is reportedly a not-too-complimentary phrase referring to England going back to 1794 (Wikipedia). Much in the same vein, one could say we Singaporeans could be dubbed 'a nation of shoppers'. 'Orchard Road' is apparently the 'flavour of the moment' with pleas being made 'to restore the vibrancy of the area', mainly by those whose memories &/or experiences go back to more recent times. True, their attitudes may be reflected in the phrase 'Orchard Road, Singapore: Asia's Most Famous Shopping Street ..." as one description goes. But time was when it was less 'glitzy' and a more sedate and respectable upper-middle-class residential area, as would be fitting for its proximity to the 'Governor's House' - in colonial times - and 'The Istana - President's Residence' since Independence. In sharp contrast, Orchard Road has today earned the distinction of being 'Every Shopper's Paradise', with much of the credit being accorded to those who have developed the area. While giving them their due, I personally find it sad that in this context, all-forgotten now is my then-boss the late Mr Moshe J Nassim, founder of the Auctioneers & Estate Agents firm 'Nassim & Co Ltd'. Circa 1950 he persuaded the Hongkong Bank to buy the land where MacDonald House now stands, confidently assuring them 'Orchard Road will be the place of future Singapore'.He was eminently qualified in his observations, as he had been resident in the area from pre-WWII years. Surely Mr Nassim needs to be remembered for his foresight. In property matters, he was largely responsble in opening up the then undeveloped ulu areas of Frankel Estate, Loyang and Sarimbun. Returning to 'Orchard Road, quite by accident, I just stumbled upon a video blog titled 'Singapore in 1956' - MichaelRogge. 'Published on Jun 19, 2013 -- Singapore as a world port more than half a century ago. I see bankers walking around in white tropical suits as I did myself at the time in Hong Kong...' (Source/Link: ) The clear views of the Orchard Road/Dhoby Ghaut corner are stunning, as too Union Building (now Tung Centre) at Collyer Quay, and these, along with others in the clip, will surely evoke nostalgic memories in those who were here in Singapore more than six decades back. For a more recent appreciative view, this post (http://www.visitsingapore.com/see-do-singapore/places-to-see/orchard.html) sums up:- ''Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned shopper, Orchard Road, a 2.2km shopping belt, is the place for retail therapy. 'Who'd have thought that over 150 years ago, Orchard Road was just a small lane lined with fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms. A look back By the 1850s, these humble origins had changed. People moved in, along with outdoor hawker centres, wet markets, cemeteries, temples, and even an open-air laundry basin. It was only in 1903 that Orchard Road’s shops sprung up, with Singapore's first supermarket, where The Centrepoint now stands. The first department store was opened by local merchant C.K Tang in 1958 on a plot of land facing a cemetery. When it was demolished in 1982, it was replaced by the landmark Tang Plaza, which houses a local department store and hotel. In the 1970s, cinemas, a bowling alley and ever larger malls followed, and Orchard Road’s reputation as an entertainment hub grew. Spoilt for choice Today, Orchard Road is flanked by iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels, choc-a-bloc with retail, dining and entertainment choice for every taste and budget. Designer threads, fast fashion, upscale restaurants, ethnic wares, art galleries and relaxed hangouts – you name it, Orchard Road has it. Here’s a tip: while the almond and jambu trees are no more, huge angsana trees lining the large pedestrian mall give ample shade from the blazing sun – making this still a nice place to stroll'''' Thanks for the memories!
          Comment on A postcard from the past: Shaw House and Lido by rhonda deering   
Of course - many times - I never wanted to leave and 2 more sons born in Singapore are very proud of their heritage. I loved the OLD Singapore. We saw it at its best ! Older 2 sons went to Yio Chu Kang School, then St Stephens and St Patricks
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           Apartment House Koněvova / A.LT Architekti    

The new designed residential house at Koněvova Street is subtlely trying to fit in beside its neighbors and the environs. The visual character of the building speaks to the past spirit and atmosphere of Žižkov, with it’s relaxed bohemian mood, among the genius loci of a shabby, post-industrial periphery. Though the building looks a bit retro, it desires to be contemporary.


           House MP / SALWORKS    

Built in an area of uncertainty between a fast track and a densely wooded area the MP House it is located on the border between the urban and the rural.


           The Screen / DMOA architects    

A beautiful plot with endless views... but unfortunately next to a truckers company. How to make the most of these two contradictory influences?Our concept: we placed a narrow, long and tall house on the far right of the parcel. The property itself acts as a screen to cover up the unsightly, noisy neighbour on the right.


           T09 / BAST    

A barbers shop needs more space to develop its online commercial activities. The kitchen of an historic mansion is available across the street. To fill the new space that is too large for his sole occupation, the barber offers to house photographers in exchange of publicity shots of his online products. The space must therefore accommodate these activities. The vaulted kitchen space remains untouched. A technical floor made of concrete slabs and a sliding glazed portal allow for dual use of the space, adaptable to accomodate the needs of both the barber and photographer.


           Plain House / Wutopia Lab    

Yu Ting, the Principal Architect at Wutopia Lab, explains: "I insist on the establishment of a dual relationship in the design, me and the artist, Isozaki and me, my old project and new one, the surrounding buildings and artist's house, artists’ paintings and residence, all these information leads to Plain house.


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This post is sponsored by Overstock.com. Celebrate big savings on a huge assortment of items for your home during Overstock.com’s Independence Day Sale, now through July 10th! I’ve been working on a few rooms lately (yay!), one of them being the former sleeping porch behind the kitchen. We’ve never made good use of the room. I initially thought it would be my office, but when that didn’t work out it served as a catchall, taking the overflow from the rest of the house. Maybe a year or so ago we added a little TV and rearranged things a bit, but we didn’t put much effort into making it look good. As I took over the former playroom for my office, I thought I would relocate all of the toys downstairs, but aside from the play kitchen (which is in the library right now), everything just ended up in the kids’ rooms. The room is small and has its quirks/annoyances. (If we’re ever able to do a massive renovation of the kitchen, this room would become part of that project, but we can’t do it right now so I’m working with what we’ve got.) Rather than make another playroom my kids […]
              
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          Ценные советы ароматерапии на все случаи жизни!!! На заметку!   

Недавние исследования немецких ученых доказали, что наши сны зависят от запахов, которые мы вдыхаем с течение дня или на ночь. Оказалось, что неприятные запахи, например, тухлых яиц вызывают у людей кошмары, а аромат роз способствуют приятным сновидениям. Это происходит оттого, что участок мозга, отвечающий за сюжеты снов, заведует и обонянием.

Ученые из университетской клиники в Мангейме наблюдали за сном 15 молодых здоровых женщин в течение месяца. Во время фазы сновидений участницам эксперимента сообщали либо приятный, либо неприятный запах, а потом будили. После пробуждения оценивалось эмоциональное состояние участниц.

В результате исследователи обнаружили, что во время сна мозг реагирует на запахи и в зависимости от характера обонятельного воздействия выдает различные "сюжеты" сна.

Ученые ожидают, что их открытие даст импульс возникновению нового вида психологической терапии.

Уже сейчас специалисты советуют создавать благоприятную обстановку для сна самостоятельно, используя различные эфирные масла или букеты тех цветов, чей запах благотворно влияет на качество сновидений.

Известно, что ароматерапия помогает приобрести душевную гармонию, избавиться от негативных эмоций и даже от отрицательных сторон характера. Эфирные масла, которые содержаться в растениях, благотворно влияют на нервную систему, укрепляя дух и тело. Человеку известно несколько сотен ароматических масел, однако в лечебной практике применяется всего несколько десятков. На их основе можно делать различные смеси.

1. Ароматерапия от ночных кошмаров

Если преследуют ночные кошмары, помогут запахи герани, ромашки, пачули, сандалового дерева и иланг-иланг. Эти масла используют для расслабляющего массажа. Также несколько капель масел можно добавить в аромалампу.

2. Ароматерапия от страха

От беспокойства перед экзаменом или поездкой можно избавиться, если капнуть на носовой платок 2-3 капли масла лаванды, базилика, дягиля или мяты. Также можно комбинировать ароматы дягиля, меда, розы и кедра.

В ароматерапии следует полагаться на собственный вкус. Классическим коктейлем от страха явялется смешанные в равных долях масла мелиссы и базилика.

3. Ароматерапия от раздражения

Успокаивающим действием обладают масла герани, мелиссы, розы и кедра. Можно смешать их с несколькими каплями масел пачули или иланг-иланга. Это дополнительно создаст интимную атмосферу.

4. Ароматерапия от депрессии

Запах даже может помочь вернуть уверенность в себе и побороть депрессию, однако для этого вдыхать полезные ароматы надо регулярно и довольно продолжительное время. При депрессии следует самому решить, какой запах подходит больше - бергамот, герань, жасмин, лаванда, мелисса, роза, тысячелистник, фиалка, иланг-иланг, лимон или кедр.

Лучший совет при депрессии - масло нероли. Правда, оно довольно дорогое, однако производит потрясающий эффект: отгоняет мрачные мысли и успокаивает психику. В аромалампе можно смешать это масло с маслом жожоба или бергамота.

5. Ароматерапия от нерешительности

Если долгие раздумья портят жизнь или, как минимум, ни к чему не приводят, то помочь избавиться от нерешительности могут масла эвкалипта, мускатного шалфея, розмарина или лимона.

Помочь укрепить характер также могут ароматы дягиля, душицы, розмарина, шалфея и кипариса. Для восстанавливающего массажа можно использовать такую смесь: 15 капель масла имбиря, по 2 капель масла розмарина и лимонной травы смешать с 50 мл миндального масла и хорошо взболтать.

6. Ароматерапия от нервного и физического истощения

Конечно, в решении этого вопроса нельзя полностью полагаться на ароматерапию, однако расслабиться и отдохнуть помогут запахи дягиля, камфары, перечной мяты, розмарина и лимона. При этом вдыхать масло надо прямо из флакона.

Физическое истощение врачуют ароматы имбиря, гвоздики, тимьяна, корицы, базилика, розмарина и мускатного ореха. Чтобы восстановить силы, лучше совместить ароматерапию с ванной или массажем.

7. Ароматерапия от рассеянности

Если трудно сосредоточиться перед ответственным заданием, следует использовать масла розмарина, базилика, мирты и лимона. Интеллектуальные способности также повышает аромат перечной мяты: он способствует улучшению памяти, возвращает ясность мыслей.

8. Ароматерапия от апатии

При апатии помогают регулярные ванны, массаж и ароматизация воздуха в помещении запахами имбиря, лимонной травы, тимьяна и лимона. От равнодушия, связанного с неуверенностью в собственных силах, помогут ароматы герани, жасмина, розы или иланг-иланга.

9. Ароматерапия от усталости

Лучшее средство от усталости – ванна с несколькими каплями масла розмарина. Его запах стимулирует нервную систему и улучшает кровообращение. Если же нет возможности отдохнуть, быстро восстановить силы помогут ароматы базилика, майорана, гвоздики и тимьяна.

10. Ароматерапия от нервозности

Нервную систему укрепят ароматы валерианы, бергамота, ромашки, лаванды, майорана и сандалового дерева. Эти запахи достаточно сильные и свежие, чтобы создать вокруг спокойную атмосферу. Если нервы сильно расшатаны, следует регулярно добавлять в ванну или косметические средсва несколько капель масел валерианы, бергамота, ромашки, лаванды, майорана или сандалового дерева. Их можно смешивать или использовать в чистом виде.

11. Ароматерапия от подавленности

Если вами вдруг овладело подавленное настроение, и весь мир кажется серым и мрачным, попробуйте вернуть бодрость, накапав в аромалампу несколько капель жасмина, лаванды или иланг-иланга. От длительного уныния поможет коктейль: смешайте 8 капель масла лаванды, 2 капли – жасмина и 4 – иланг-иланга. Для усиления эффекта примите с этим ароматическим миксом ванну.

12. Ароматерапия для самостоятельности

Укрепить собственное "я", преодолеть психологическую зависимость, безволие и подавленность поможет аромат можжевельника. Уверенность в себе вернут запахи бергамота, жасмина, розы и сандалового дерева. Они же способствуют повышению самооценки. Такими же свойствами обладают масла лавра и туи, однако они довольно токсичны и лечиться ими можно только под наблюдением врача.

13. Ароматерапия от стресса

Современного человека стрессы подстерегают на каждом шагу. Накопленный, не преодоленный стресс ослабляет иммунную систему. Поэтому ежедневно напряжение нужно снимать. Например, с помощью маслел дягиля, ромашки, лаванды, мелиссы, нероли, розы или розмарина. Если вы попали в стрессовую ситуацию, вдыхайте самый приятный для вас запах прямо из флакона.

14. Ароматерапия от равнодушия

От равнодушия и безучастности помогут избавиться возбуждающие запахи. Но главное в этом деле знать меру. Идеальным будет использовать масло перца, однако массаж с ним может вызвать раздражение кожи. Также можно вдыхать ароматы цитронеллы, лиметты, тимьяна, корицы и лимона. В ароматической лампе можно смешать масла лиметта, грейпфрута и розмарина в равных долях.

15. Ароматерапия от раздражительности

Справиться с раздражительностью помогает запах аниса, иланг-иланга, кипариса, лаванды, ладана, лимона, майорана, мандарина, мелиссы, мирра, мускатного ореха. При излишней раздражительности стоит попробовать бензой или стиракс. Поможет и сладкий запах меда. Эти же запахи снимают нервное напряжение.


          Sony to start pressing vinyl records again for first time in three decades   

Originally published by The Vinyl Factory. New pressing plant set to open in Japan. Sony Music will resume pressing vinyl records for the first time in almost thirty years, when it opens a new plant in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture in March 2018. Picking up where it left off in 1989, when Sony ceased in-house domestic vinyl […]

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          Congress so far silent on civilian federal employee 2018 pay raise   

The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee stayed quiet on federal pay in its 2018 bill. Without action from Congress, federal civilian employees would receive a 1.9 percent raise next fiscal year. The appropriations bill also includes significant spending cuts to key priorities at the General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management.

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          $700 billion Senate NDAA has fewer troops than House, focuses on cyber war   

The Senate defense authorization bill increases the Army's active duty end strength by 5,000. It also creates a policy for responding to cyber attacks.

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          5 personnel issues affecting military families in the House NDAA   

The House defense authorization bill brought up some important issues for those in the military and their loved ones. Find out what could affect you in the coming year.

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          Graças ao Bom Amigo Inibié (entrevista com Gustavo Martins do Ecos Falsos)   
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Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: é q meu ponto era Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: a juventude do rock está só 50% vinculada à músicaa --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: un...tem razão Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: só o jeito q os Monkeys apareceram e fizeram sucesso, pra mim, já os coloca como revolucionários Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: mas na verdade eu queria ter lembrado do Radiohead Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: é q tv ao vivo é mei difícil --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: entendi...então vc chamou ele não musicalmente e sim "impactamente" Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: hahah, é, por aí Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: tb pq não me ocorreu muitos outros nomes q a audiência conhecesse --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ai que tu mostrava pro povo o quanto se sabe --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: porque vcs botaram o thiago como ator? porque o daniel, ele é JAPONES! quer exemplos de japones famosos? 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Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: Fez, LLH Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: hahah, fez nada Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: mas ele é Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: vc vê pelos vídeos das promoções --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: a... --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: que pedaleira se usa --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ?? --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ... Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: eu? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: tô trabalhando, né nego --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: desculpa Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: não fica cobrando resposta rápida --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ok Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: eu uso mais de um pedal --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: certo... Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: eu tinha pedaleira antes Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: mas acho meio ruim Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: o som não é bom Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: daí eu troquei por um Tube Screamer da Ibanez, q é o q eu mais uso. Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: Tenho um RAT tb pra fazer barulho Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: um tremolo meio merda Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: e um wah --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: legal, eu uso uma da Jekyll & Hyde... --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: pronto Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: q marca é essa? --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: é a mesma que o doidinho dos strokes usam Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: hummm Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: preibói Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: hahaha --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: auhauhhuauhauhauhahu --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: aqui é assim: "ai prei, para de cao que a gente vai toca o terror na parada" é assim que os garotos de rua (sem nenhum preconceito falam aqui) Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: sinishtro --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: olhe duas musicas: Reveillon e Issumi Kansa a primeira vc ta com uma voz mais grave e SEXY, na outra sua voz parece de um moleque que ouve Charlie "Brownie" (Sandy e) Jr querendo montar uma banda de hardcore o que aconteceu?, e qual (obvio) vc prefere? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: eu não canto Issumikansa Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: hahah --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: a por isso! Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: mas eu gosto dessa música --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: quem seria o Speedy Porco? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: eu q canto Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: vc tá me entrevistando Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: ? --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ahan olha que interessante! mas a pergunta é: quem vc esta se referindo em Speedy Porco? Tia, avó, papagaio, papai noel, amigo, japones, jack chan... QUEM? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: cara, essa música surgiu tão rápido, foi tipo um arroto musical Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: acho q ela serve pra designar um monte de gente Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: extremistas, em geral --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: por isso que tem o sambinho no meio? por ser um "arroto musical"? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: o sambinha veio depois Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: ou não? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: não lembro direito Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: acho q era um toque de nonsense, de mike patton --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: a... --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: eu ja falei que vcs parecem Art Brut? as guitarras são parecidas, são ditos "rockeiros alternativos", o conteudo das letras tambem são parecidas, os 2 cantam mal (vc disse isso na comunidade do orkut!) e na teoria é a mesma coisa : "Queriam um rock sinceramente barulhento, bem-humorado sem ser patético, com letras decentes e refrões inflamáveis". Você acha certo essa comparação? --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: (não venha com a historia de rotulos) Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: acho, cara! Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: mas não escuto muito art brut, pra ser sincero Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: hahaha Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: não q eu não goste, eu nem conheço --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: a tem em todo lugar: vc incomodaria se eu enviasse o disco? --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: aé vc ta no trabalho Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: o seu disco ou do art brut? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: é q eu não tô no meu comp agora --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: art brut Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: depois vc me passa --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ok --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ultima pergunta: e o treco em New Jersey, vai ou não vai ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rolavam boatos que o Ecos Falsos taria acertando com uma banda para fazer shows juntos em Nova Jérsei, o nome da banda é The Grazz Daz ( www.myspace.com/thegrazzdaz ) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: não vai, acho q é golpe Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: o cara falou no msn q agora eles querem vir pro brasil --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: eu não aceitava nem por um milhão ( ta eu aceitaria) mas... PORRA GRAZZ DAZ, ESSA BANDA É UMA MERDA Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: escrevendo em inglês tudo errado --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: é? ai é golpe mesmo Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: ah, eu achei genérico Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: ele disse q o empresário dele tá vendo de tocar na Melt, aí no rio Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: hahah --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: se eles tivessem... --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: porra e pense bem, seria um grande négocio vim pro Brasil só pra toca num bar? --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: mentira, mentira --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: eles tem que ouvir george belasco --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ai eles iam gostar --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: posso botar no meu blog essa "entrevista" --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ? Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: haha, vc conhece o Belasco? --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: muito bom Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: pode, uai Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: nossa, eu conheci o Belasco em 2003 ----------------------------------------------------------------- George Belasco & O Cão Andaluz, uma banda muito boa que usa muito guitarras fuzz...ouça eu te aconselho! www.myspace.com/georgebelasco eocaoandaluz ------------------------------------------------------------------ --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: insonia e mondo negativo são as melhores da semana Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: como jornalista --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: é --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: sortudo Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: a gente foi cobrir o Goiânia Noise 2003 Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: hahah --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ta nesse ramo da mtv desde quando? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gustavo Martins trabalha no site da MTV ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ecos Falsos - 12/07 lançamento do clipe na Funhouse! diz: no site? desde 2003 --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: a... --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: ouviu o novo do muse? --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: não gostei --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: sinceramente --Guerra-- www.guerras.tk(novas criticas!) diz: e vc? 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          The Resurgence of Matt Kemp: How He Went from $160M Bust to Potential All-Star   

ATLANTA — On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts.

The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.

His swings, like his demeanor, are relaxed.

He looks comfortable. Happy. Free to be himself and free of distraction.

At 32, Kemp is having his best season since 2011, when he was 26 and playing for the Dodgers. He's hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He's reminding baseball fans of the player who nearly won the National League triple crown in '11, when he led the league with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, finished third with a .324 average and also stole 40 bases.

Back then, it seemed like he would be a Dodger and a superstar for life.

But life beyond baseball was swirling around him.

There was the tabloid fodder—like dating Rihanna in 2010. There was the expectations-setting eight-year, $160 million contract extension. There were the injuries. And then there was the trade to San Diego. The weight gain. Then a second trade, this time to the Braves, and chatter about his San Diego mansion not selling at auction. He admitted in a post on the Players' Tribune that he had "let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships" get to him, which earned him a "reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate."

He was trending dangerously toward another label: bust.

But not so fast. Kemp's story wasn't finished. Not yet.

His resurgence in Atlanta—and his jaw-dropping transformation in the offseason—is eliminating any inkling of those perceptions. He's hitting. He's healthy. By all appearances, he's having fun.

And the Braves organization loves him.

"He is one of our leaders," manager Brian Snitker says. "He is a guy in the clubhouse that people respect. … He's just a great guy to have around."

The difference?

It's simple, Kemp says. He was hurt then. He's not now.

"It was just very frustrating," Kemp says. "It wasn't fun because sometimes I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. I was working hard and doing what I needed to do.

"It's hard to overcome injuries. It takes time, and once you get past those injuries, then you start to become more successful again, and the confidence level comes up, and you get that swag that you once had.

"It'd be tough to hear some of the things that might have been said, like, 'He lost it.' I didn't lose it. With injuries and things like that, it's not easy."


Kemp is in the Braves clubhouse, comfortably settled in a soft black leather chair as some teammates nearby shoot pool. Conversations surrounding him provide a pleasant hum.

He looks laid-back, wearing a black T-shirt that reads "EQUALITY" on the front and "42" on the back, in homage to Jackie Robinson.

The topic of conversation is recent incidents of racism in sports. Seventy years after Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, it remains one of the game's constants. The hate comes in various forms. Trolling on social media. Screaming obscenities from the stands. A fan in May uttered the N-word and threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Racism isn't exclusive to MLB in the realm of sports. Someone painted the N-word on a gate at LeBron James' Los Angeles home before the 2017 NBA Finals started, according to the L.A. police.

Kemp acknowledges fans have spewed hate toward him dating back to his days in the minor leagues. He declines to name the cities where it occurred, "but it definitely happens, for sure," he says.

"That's not new to me or to LeBron or to Adam," Kemp says. "It's something that you've got to deal with all the time. Like LeBron said, it doesn't matter how much people admire you, how much money you have, how famous you are. Racism is still alive. It's sad. It's disappointing. I guess it's something that I guess we have to deal with. It's tough to deal with, but it's sad."

He didn't pay attention to things like that when he was younger. Maybe it didn't exist because all he was doing was playing ball and wasn't yet famous. Maybe he just didn't recognize it. He's not sure.

"But when you get older you start to realize, like, 'Dang. They just really said that,'" Kemp says. "It's kind of crazy."

Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Kemp and his cousins were "pretty much" the only African-Americans on his teams, he says. A two-sport athlete, his basketball teammates teased him for playing baseball—"What are you doing? Why do you have the cleats and a glove? You play basketball," he recalls them saying—as football and hoops were more popular where he lived.

"[My friends] never came to games," Kemp says. "They didn't know how good I was. They didn't know that the scouts were coming to see me play."

He's shown a photo of himself from his childhood.

He says he's not sure how old he was, but the picture depicts him holding a bat and taking a mighty cut—"I don't know if I was swatting flies. Hopefully I don't swing at pitches like that now," he wisecracks—with a look of determination on his young face, long before the glitz and the glamour ever entered his life.

"You look at a picture like that, and that's like—that's me as a kid dreaming about playing baseball, and now I'm living that dream," Kemp says. "Not a lot of people can say they're living their dream."

Kemp grew up in a single-parent household, with his mom, Judy Henderson, a nurse. Even though Atlanta is more than 800 miles away, it was easy for him and a cousin to get hooked on the Braves, whose games were broadcast on TBS.

"We, like, lived for the Braves," Kemp says. "We'd come home after school, turn on the TV and watch the Braves play baseball games. It was the best thing in the world."

The dream became tangible in 2003, when the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round out of high school. Three years later, he was playing at Dodger Stadium. The lights seem to shine brighter in Hollywood, and he showed signs of becoming a budding superstar in 2009, when he hit .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

His marquee season was in 2011. He finished second to Ryan Braun in the MVP race, but after Braun's subsequent PED admission, many think Kemp should have received the award. As a consolation prize, he did win his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards that year.

Life was fast-paced. He ascended the fashion ladder, seen as one of the best-dressed players in baseball. Paparazzi surrounded him when he dated Rihanna in 2010. His average dipped to .249 that season, but he still hit 28 home runs.

Fast forward to seven years later in Atlanta, with a reporter trying to tiptoe around the Rihanna question with Kemp. It elicits a laugh from him.

"I think that life. That's just part of L.A.," Kemp says. "You're in an industry where you meet famous people. You have famous friends. That's just part of being in L.A. I mean, that took a little getting used to, but the injuries were something I was never used to. That was harder on me that anything."


The injuries. There were many of them. A snapshot:

Kemp had two stints on the disabled list for hamstring injuries in 2012. The first one ended his streak of 399 consecutive games, which at the time was the longest streak by an active player. In late August, he injured his left shoulder after crashing into a wall at Coors Field, but he continued to play. In the offseason, Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff. Doctors told him not to swing a bat until January.

Kemp made trips to the DL in 2013 for a right hamstring strain and joint inflammation in the surgically repaired shoulder. His return to the lineup that July lasted for one game, as he suffered a left ankle injury when sliding into home plate, a play in which Kemp later said he wasn't running hard. He headed back to the DL.

Kemp returned in mid-September, but it was a short stay. He missed a game later in the month because of soreness in his left ankle and was ruled was out for the playoffs. Kemp had a minor surgical procedure to clean up his left shoulder and also underwent microfracture surgery on the ankle. He ultimately played just 73 games in 2013, and he would start the 2014 season on the disabled list.

Through it all, the low point was suffering the ankle injury and eventually needing surgery, Kemp says.

"My shoulder was tough, but I think the ankle was the toughest because I was used to being a speed guy, stealing bases," he says. "Now it's not as easy to do that because my ankle doesn't allow me to be as fast as I once was. But I've just got to deal with it."

In 2014, his last season with Los Angeles, then-manager Don Mattingly moved Kemp out of center field, first putting him at left and then later in right. After the season, the Dodgers traded him to San Diego. While he put up solid numbers (.265 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI in 2015, and .268 with 35 HRs and 108 RBI in 2016), he was a guy with a lengthy injury history and a huge paycheck playing for a bad team.

His mammoth 2011 campaign continued to get further away in the rearview mirror.


2011 was also the year when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was a rookie, first met Kemp.

"He was on another level," Freeman recalls. "Every time he got up to the plate, I was like, 'Oh no, here it comes.'"

Through a mutual friend, Melvin Upton Jr., who played for both the Braves (2013-14) and the Padres (2015 through part of 2016), Freeman and Kemp hung out a couple of times. Since Kemp arrived in Atlanta, he and Freeman have grown close. Freeman calls Kemp's personality "infectious."

"It's a great personality," Freeman says. "He draws people to him, and you just want to be around him. Every day, obviously when I'm healthy, we would go get our Starbucks together, we go out to the field together, we do pretty much everything together. ...

"He wants to win. He works hard every single day, and that rubs off on other people."

Kemp's intensity is visible. But so is the joy, which he credits to his teammate and friend.

"Honestly, you know who has a lot to do with that is Freddie," Kemp says. "I've played with a lot of guys that like to have fun and joke around, but he's just one guy that—I honestly never see him, like, mad."

The chemistry worked in the lineup, too. In the 56 games he played with the Braves in 2016, Kemp hit .280 with 12 home runs and had an OPS of .855.

"It was great," Snitker says. "You get a guy, a middle-of-the-order lineup guy like that, he was a welcome addition. It lengthened our lineup, kind of broke up all the left-handers we had going."

With Kemp on the team, opponents could no longer "pick and choose" who they pitched to. "He legitimized what we had going on," Snitker says.

But not all was perfect. At the end of the 2016 season, Kemp wasn't always finishing games, playing seven innings before being replaced for defensive reasons in left field.

"Every time that happened to him, he'd come up to me in the dugout and say, 'This is embarrassing. I don't want this to happen anymore,'" Freeman says.

Heading into the offseason, Kemp was healthy, which hadn't happened often in the last few years. He took advantage of it and got to work, saying there were "no limits."

When asked what was the catalyst for change, Kemp all but shrugged it off.

"I haven't really had too many offseasons where I didn't have to rehab anything," Kemp says. "That's a big difference. You know, if you go into an offseason hurt and you have to rehab the whole offseason, that's just very frustrating. I was pretty much able to work out and do whatever it is I wanted to do."

Snitker says Kemp told the team at the end of the 2016 season, "You're going to see a new me when I get here."

"And he did," Snitker says. "Obviously, he was very dedicated to that and worked his tail off. It was real refreshing when you came in and saw the guy's dedication to what we're trying to do, so it was really good to see, and it told you a lot about the person."

Freeman got updates from Kemp during the offseason—sometimes in mid-workout.

"I got FaceTimed every week...usually when he was on the elliptical," Freeman says. "He was doing two-a-days. He would do lifting in the morning, and he would come back and do conditioning later in the day."

When Freeman was with his wife in Bal Harbour, Florida, celebrating their anniversary, he ran into Kemp. The change was already noticeable.

"You could tell after a month-and-a-half, he was already looking different," Freeman says. "People were asking me what was he looking like, and I wouldn't tell them. I said, 'You guys can just find out for yourself,' and he came to spring training obviously so much better. I think he had lost like 25 pounds."


Kemp's work continued through spring training and into the season, and the results are evident in his numbers. He started the season 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs in his first four games. He made a brief trip to the 10-day DL for a tight right hamstring in April, and he missed one game in June with left hamstring tightness. Aside from that, he has picked up where he left off. On April 29 at Milwaukee, he became the first Brave to hit three home runs in a game since Mark Teixeira did it in 2008. He hit his 250th career home run on May 31.

Kemp says there's been no change in approach. It's just a byproduct of being healthy and putting in the effort.

"He was first there, last to leave, was very consistent in all his workouts, and he was always out there doing his drills, in the weight room, workout room, practices, everything," Snitker says of Kemp's spring training work. "It was really good to see—and even now. I mean, the guy shows up to play every day. That's the thing. He's signed on to play the games, so he is a guy you can depend on every day. You know he's going to be there for you."

The house in San Diego hasn't sold yet, and Kemp doesn't know if there will be another auction. These days, his home base is in Prosper, Texas, about three hours away from Midwest City.

How long he stays in Atlanta remains to be seen. Despite his production, the Braves are under .500 and are struggling to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East. Could Kemp get dealt for a third time? Speculation is slowly heating up, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today mentioning him as one of the top 25 players who could switch teams this summer.

But even as the team rebuilds, Kemp is a good fit in Atlanta. He helped protect the Braves' cornerstone, Freeman, in the lineup—before Freeman fractured his wrist in May—and his teammates are thankful he's there.

"It's nice to be able to have a guy like him—and Freddie and some of the other guys—but he's kind of my big brother," shortstop Dansby Swanson says. "I feel like he's always got my back. He kind of, like, protects me. ... He'll take me out to dinner when we're on the road and kind of just gives you that family thing. We've been able to hit it off really well, and I feel like I can go to him and trust him with a lot of things. So he's special to have around, and I am definitely very, very grateful to have him."

Will this get rid of the critics? Even if it doesn't, Freeman doesn't think that factors into Kemp's mindset.

"We play in a game of what-have-you-done-for-me-now, and the thing is last year people said he wasn't very good, but he had 35 home runs and [close to] 110 RBI," Freeman says. "That doesn't happen. He's a superstar. He's been a superstar his whole career.

"After his 2011 year, he had shoulder surgery and he dealt with hamstring problems. It's hard to compete at a high level when you're not feeling good every day. ... I don't think he's trying to put away what people are saying; he was just doing him. And if it comes along the way that it shuts people up in the process…"

Freeman pauses, and then says, "But that's not his ultimate goal.

"He's here trying to win and get back to the playoffs because he hasn't been there in a few years either, just like I haven't. That's his main goal. It's not about shutting people up, and people can say whatever they want about him, me...that just comes with the territory.  If we go 0-for-4, then they say we should be benched and stuff like that, but if we get two hits the next day, we're the greatest people ever. That just comes with it.

"But he's not trying to do that. He's just trying to do his job and help win games."

There's another element as well, and it's visible when Kemp's megawatt smile is caught on TV broadcasts. He's having fun, reminiscent to children who are playing simply for the love of the game.

"I've been playing baseball since I was four years old," Kemp says. "It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be super-duper serious. I mean, you get serious at times, and of course you get competitive and you want to win, but I think a lot of people forget about having fun."

 

Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. Follow her on Twitter: @ByJillMartin.

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          Neverland - 10/3 to 3/1   
Win Only - R6 The Pump House Caloundra Cup - SUNSHINE COAST (AUS)
          Look at this cutie!   

So Mamma morning happiness just wake up !(Pa modou Morris Fatty Jr is awake )!
Guess what ? i told him i was bloggning about the house before he woke up and the look he give me Was like ->>mamma why you did'nt tell them about me too, i can sit down by Myself and is trying to crawl is'nt that a good news ?
Hahaha ofcouse it is My Love ! And i am so proud of you and proud to be a mother to a strong and healthy Son! You rock My world sweatheart!
It just that you doing everything so fast and i Dont want to miss Anything ! I want to watch everything you do thats why when you wake i gran you right in My arm and get My phone ready to take a picture or video ! As your father Call me paparazzi Hahahahaha ! I want to be paparazzi for My Love thats why i Dont want to be blogging when you Are awake !

But you Are a genius and the world knows that baby !

Sons Are blessing and this cutie here is My bundle of blessing . You stolen My heart and fill it with happiness . Words Are not enough to tell you how Much you means to me Min lilla värld ! But i Know you How Much you means to me because you Know me more than Anyone else ! You grew up in Me For 9months, you share everything within me,you felt My heart and stole My face !You Know me best baby!
You Are the reason i am stronger than ever before,you Are the reason i am Mama Martu,you Are My miracles!

In a week My baby Will be 4months , God How time flies ! I am so blessed and Thank God for everything !


          Fresh and New !   

Hard work pays !
Hey hope all is well cause for me i am kicking it strong blessed God for Life!

So Paps and i had been working Our ass off recently to make life easy for us and Our little Prince !
And becus of the hard work we Dont have to Much time to chill out there during the sunny whether ! I work from in the morning to 3 and once i return home Paps is off and when he leave i take shower ,play with My baby for a while ,feed him and put him to bed then i take a power nap to get My energy back .So we spent most of Our days home and besides Paps jr Will soon start moving around which mean he need space thats why we decided to update Our house with feed New stuff .

Stay healthy ,eat healthy and live healthy !
This is Actually the third time we have changed furnitures! And we have waste a lot of cash but not to worry because once there is life there is possiblity for everything !
Thanks to those of you who Love My design ! I cant wait to bild My massion in africa and design it like a palace(wildest dream) Anyway that is Actually a bedsoffa so you turn it into a bed and sleep on it !

I Know few of you Are like she back after ages Hahaha yall miss me right !! (Wahala diva)
I have too Much geeess oooh My thoat itching but not today lol and the true is i am not sure whether i am back to start bloggin as alway, i am free from work today and i am up early this morning doing nothing and that is why i find Myself here !

I Will try to gees yall before the day end Dont think i can hold it longer now i have to paid attention to My Fine baby .
Stayblessed /ladydiva .


          Father Goals !   

My babies Are looking Classic and shit haha!

Paps be like Kanye West is getting out of his Car with his son and paparazzi is taking pics Hahaha yall see My trouble lol this nigga is making him self to feel special he wish he was Kanye west !lol


Anyways yesterday Paps got us a car because the struggle is about to start ! As i stated in My last video i got a job which means i have to stop My Mama ledighet and started working !! Yessss ! I Found it a bit boring sleeping My ass off till 14:00 most days why i can be out there counting hours!


So i made up My mind and decided to work ! I Know it wont be easy beening a Young mother and working at the same but Will try My best , all and everything for My baby (Pamodou Morris Fatty Jr)i need to build mansions for him(Inshalla)


Paps is working in the evening so i had to work in the morning ! The car was needed for them (Mina boys!Papss) to drop me off and pick me up from work !
Yall may probably be thinking that i could take to bus , i would have but i am very bad at catching busses lol i live like 10 second to the bus station but i always missed the buses and perphars that is because i am a African !(we Are noted for not Knowing time! 2. I have to take selfies before i step out Hahah beside Our working place is a bit far from where we live , I finsh at 15:00 and Paps starts at 15:30 ! So getting a Car is one of the easiest way to Lessing Our bruden!!!!

THe is not brand New because it it just for us to get around but it is up to standard and Pretty Much cool for My little family and guess what i choosed it ! I did not had time to take a proper picture of it because i was busy tryin to get Myself a computer yesterday too but i might use My camera to snap some pictures later!

Right now we are at Paps 's mother house cause Paps little sister was straving to see Pap jr so we had to bring him to her ! The good thing about coming here is ....... i do not have to wake  up at night to take care of Paps jr because His Grandma  usually takes Over but the sad part is i Do not hold or play with My baby alot cause his anuty ,uncles and grandma Dont allow me to !

Poor me !! I Am here laying down and My babyboo pap jr is not close to me ! I missed his small feet that his use to kick Mama face i missed his morning smile and i missed him telling me his dreams Hahah he always wake up with a smile and start Talking so concluded that he be telling me his dreams !Yessss

So amma let yalll be for now see ya soon

am about to Go and grab My baby

Staybless/

Lady diva


          No Shelter From the Woj Bombs   

On Wednesday, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out some cataclysmic NBA news.

This was a blockbuster move—the Los Angeles Clippers’ stellar point guard signing up to play with recent MVP runner-up James Harden—a transaction huge enough that it may affect which team loses to the Golden State Warriors in next year’s conference finals.

If you read the replies to Wojnarowski’s tweet, though, one of the biggest NBA trades in years seems secondary—overshadowed by the man who broke the story.

In the parlance of NBA Twitter, Wojnarowski dropped a “Woj bomb,” hence the deployment of mushroom cloud GIFs.

In his 10 years at Yahoo—the company gave Wojnarowski his own website, the Vertical, in 2016—the NBA reporter built a reputation as the basketball world’s Eye of Providence, a mysterious, all-seeing entity who breaks news with terrifying speed and accuracy.

Judging by the reaction to his tweets, one might get the sense that he is actually the one setting these deals into motion—that teams make moves because Wojnarowski reports them rather than the other way around. It’s all part of the mythos of Woj, a cult of personality devoted to a man who doesn’t seem to have much of a discernible personality beyond “reporter who is always on Twitter.”

On Saturday, Wojnarowski will be joining ESPN, a move that coincides with (and in certain exceedingly nerdy circles perhaps overshadows) the start of the NBA’s free agency period. For years, his identity has been wrapped up in the fact that he doesn’t work for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He’s been known to pick at ESPN in his columns, sometimes referring to them as an unnamed “cable sports company.” His defection to the world’s most powerful sports media company at once feels surprising and inevitable. It’s a marriage of questionable harmony but undoubtable impact, the equivalent of hiring a T. rex to hem your pants.

In his tenure at Yahoo, Wojnarowski has been a one-man wrecking crew, often out-scooping the world’s sports media hydra on the strength of his connections and unparalleled ability to type with his thumbs. Earlier this week, in his last days at the Vertical, he broke the news that Jeff Van Gundy—who works for ESPN—will be coaching USA Basketball’s World Cup qualifying team.

Wojnarowski’s unique ability to delight his fans and bedevil his rivals has been most evident during the NBA draft, when he managed to report, via Twitter, the upcoming selections well before they’re announced on ESPN’s live broadcast. The fact that one guy could ruin the drama and pageantry of a manicured television event infuriated ESPN execs and undoubtedly contributed to the company’s decision to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

In tandem with Wojnarowski’s hiring, ESPN laid off a number of talented NBA reporters, many of whom covered individual teams and contributed postgame recaps and analysis. They also terminated Marc Stein, who has long been Wojnarowski’s biggest competitor. Stein is a prodigious reporter in his own right, and many within the company have expressed dismay at his departure. Given that it seems like the network is shifting toward breaking news and scoops, there’s only one logical explanation for laying off Stein: ESPN’s suits feel it’s important to have Wojnarowski be the unquestioned leader of their NBA scoop machine. If you’re looking for an explanation for why that might be, you should ask someone who has better sources than I do.

ESPN, which pays $1.4 billion annually for the rights to televise NBA games, wants to claim total ownership of almost every NBA storyline. The network’s coverage of the NFL provides an instructive example. In 2013, Deadspin did a nice play-by-play of a story the network created out of thin air and subsequently covered to death. It began on SportsCenter, when one of ESPN's NFL pundits said, “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” ESPN got Kaepernick’s response to the statement, and that response was then covered at length on the network’s myriad shouting-head programs. The pundit who made the comment eventually became a featured guest across its various platforms, and the issue was debated for days until a natural endpoint was reached. (It somehow became about Tim Tebow.)

ESPN has been built to trim every last edible bit from a story, and with basketball’s greatest rumormonger and scoop-getter at its disposal, there’s no telling what the Worldwide Leader will now be capable of. My best guess is it will look a lot like what Gustavus Swift did to cows back in the 19th century.

Swift owned and operated one of the largest slaughterhouses in Chicago, but selling salted pork scraps wasn’t enough for him. In the late 1800s, the market demanded fresh beef, which meant cattle were shipped live to Eastern population centers where they would be butchered and sold after transit. Swift had a nose for inefficiency, and he got a great whiff of it with each and every steer-filled boxcar that passed through Chicago on its way east. If his company could somehow slaughter and butcher the beef in Chicago, he’d be able to expand his operation while more efficiently meeting demand.

To facilitate this, Swift hired an engineer to design a refrigerated train car that could ship dressed meat over long distances without sacrificing freshness. The Swift-owned cars were loaded with ice in Wisconsin, packed with beef at Swift’s Chicago slaughterhouse, and then sent east and sold for maximum profit. The supply process was so efficient and direct, a side of beef in the freezer of a New York wholesaler would hang off the same hook as the cow from which it was cut back in Chicago weeks prior.

It is perhaps a bit on the nose that the process Swift pioneered is known as “vertical integration.” The man ESPN lured from the Vertical will provide the grist for a never-ending mill of debate shows, news programs, and interview segments. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the NBA receives as much attention on Twitter during summer free agency as it does during the regular season. ESPN is counting on its ability to grab that attention by harnessing the multikiloton power of the Woj bomb.

Consider, though, that the two biggest NBA stories of the past five years—LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State—got broken via personal essays published in Sports Illustrated and the Players’ Tribune respectively, not via reporters on Twitter. If a player is savvy enough, he can circumvent the scoop machine and take ownership of his own breaking news, Adrian Wojnarowski be damned.

If history is any indicator, the establishment won’t give up the means of production without a fight. In the words of Karl Marx, “Tune into First Take for more reaction.”


          Beech Test Kitchen now serving poke and acai bowls at Workshop   


As of today, no matter where you are on the peninsula, you're likely within a 5 minute drive of a poke bowl. King Street's Beech opened its new Workshop 'Test Kitchen' outpost today. more…


          7th Pay Commission allowances finally get government nod: Key highlights   

Here are the details of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations as approved by the Union Cabinet   Following are highlights of the approval given by theCabinet to the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on allowances with some modifications. * House Rent Allowance will be paid at 24, 16 and eight per cent […]

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          केंद्र चाहता है कि सरकारी मकान छोड़कर खुद के घरों में रहें केंद्रीय कर्मचारी   

नई दिल्ली. 7th पे कमीशन से जुड़ीं सिफारिशों में सबसे अहम है हाउस रेंट अलाउंस (एचआरए)। पहली नजर में लगता है कि एचआरए कम किया गया है। लेकिन ऐसा नहीं है, क्योंकि 7th पे कमीशन में सैलरी काफी बढ़ चुकी है। दरअसल, सरकार चाहती है कि इम्प्लॉइज सरकारी घर छोड़कर खुद के घरों में रहें। […]

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          6/30/2017: BUSINESS THIS WEEK: House prices rise more in first six months of this year than whole of 2016   
House prices in Ireland have risen more in the first six months of 2017 than in the whole of last year. In June the average list price of a house was 8.8 per cent higher than in December while compared to the first quarter of this year, house prices...
          Everyone With A Name Match Will Be A Vote Fraudster   
Kobach knows this game with databases. You program them to make soft matches - similar names, party affiliation - and then accuse everyone of having a match of having voted twice. Of course this almost never ever ever ever happens and certainly doesn't happen enough to swing elections, but gotta lock up potential Dem voters any way you can.

A letter from Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of a White House commission looking into voter fraud and other irregularities, is drawing fire from some state election officials. The letter, sent Wednesday to all 50 states, requests that all publicly available voter roll data be sent to the White House by July 14, five days before the panel's first meeting.

Voter suppression has been his career for years. What a calling. He should be in jail.
          Exclusive: India presses Microsoft for Windows discount in wake of cyber attacks   

By Euan Rocha

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India is pressing Microsoft Corp to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks.

Microsoft officials in India have "in principle agreed" to the request, Gulshan Rai, India's cyber security coordinator, told Reuters over the phone on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft in India declined to comment on the matter. Officials at the company's headquarters in the United States and regional headquarters in Asia also declined to comment.

If Microsoft agreed to such a discount, it could open up the global software giant to similar requests from around the world. Rai said the government was in talks with Microsoft management in India. It is not immediately clear whether any other countries were seeking similar deals.

Rai said India began talks with Microsoft after the WannaCry ransomware attack last month, noting that both WannaCry and this week's attack, dubbed by some cyberexperts "NotPetya", exploited vulnerabilities in older iterations of the Windows OS.

"The quantum of the price cut, we expect some detail on in a couple of days," Rai said, adding the Indian government expected the company to offer the software at "throw-away prices."

"It will be a one-time upgrade offer to Windows 10 and it will be a discounted price for the entire country," said Rai, who was hand-picked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the country's first cyber security chief.

Rai declined to be more specific, but said he was confident that it would be "less than a quarter of the current price."

Rai, who has over two decades of experience in different IT areas including cyber security, said his team began coordinating with government agencies and regulators to push for OS upgrades soon after the WannaCry attack began on May 12.

The government's quick action helped minimize the impact of the NotPetya attack, which affected two of India's container port terminals, he said.

The government has also worked with banks to ensure that some 200,000 of the more than 240,000 ATMs in the country, most of which run on older Windows XP systems, have been upgraded with security patches released by Microsoft following the WannaCry attack, Rai said.

This is just an interim solution, however, said Rai, because although the patches fix vulnerabilities in older OS versions, they retain the limitations of those versions.

"New OS versions have different architecture, much improved architecture and much more resiliency," said Rai.

PRICE-SENSITIVE

Windows 10 Home currently retails for 7,999 rupees ($124) in India, while the Pro version of the software typically used by large companies and institutions costs 14,999 rupees ($232).

Roughly 96 percent of an estimated 57 million computers in India currently run on Windows, according to Counterpoint Research. Apple- and Linux-based systems account for the rest.

Given that only a small minority of Windows users in India already have Windows 10, Microsoft could be forgoing several billion dollars of potential revenue if they agreed to sell just the more widely used Home version of Windows 10 at a quarter of its current Indian retail price.

In the price-sensitive Indian market, people using computers in households or small businesses often do not upgrade their OS given the steep costs. The wide use of pirated Windows OS versions, which would not automatically receive security patches, exacerbate the vulnerabilities.

In light of the attacks, Rai said, the government "wants to incentivise the common man to upgrade their systems".

The WannaCry attack in May affected a state-run power firm in western India, while the NotPetya attack this week crippled operations at two port terminals in India operated by shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, which was affected globally.

($1 = 64.5175 Indian rupees)

(Additional reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal in Mumbai, Salvador Rodriguez in San Francisco and Jeremy Wagstaff in Singapore; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)


          6/30/2017: BUSINESS NEWS: Ex-CHC directors liable for €214,457   
Three former directors of the collapsed Custom House Capital (CHC) are jointly and severally liable to pay €214,457 to the firm’s liquidator, the High Court has ruled. The funds are for the cost of his investigation into the collapsed investment firm...
          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."

BACK TO BASICS

The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.

VULNERABLE

Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."

SECRETIVE INDUSTRY

Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)


          Black Lives Should Matter Long Before They're Lost   
Black Lives Should Matter Long Before They're Lost It's easier to rally people with an injustice and a clear and appealing villain to point to than with prescriptive measures that are likely to help others avoid similar terrible outcomes. This is especially true when prescriptive measures involve advising people to take responsibility and to take a hard look at problems in a community that could be changed, in part, with more responsible behaviors. I've blogged previously about the problem of out-of-wedlock births and single motherhood in the black community. Jason L. Riley at the WSJ takes a different tack, but is still looking at the framework of society for a lot of black people with the question in the subhead of his piece -- "why not focus on bad schools and job-killing regulations?"
On a certain level, the decision by BLM activists to single out policing as a major obstacle to black advancement has always defied comprehension. Police shootings have fallen dramatically in recent decades. In New York City, for example, cops shot 314 people in 1971, 93 of them fatally. In 2015, New York police shot 23 people, killing eight. Which means that police shootings and fatalities in the nation's most populous city have declined by more than 90% over the past 4½ decades. A 2016 paper released by Harvard economist Roland Fryer examined the use of force by police since 2000 in some of the country's largest urban areas and found that "blacks are 23.8 percent less likely to be shot at by police relative to whites." In theory, there is no reason these activists couldn't play a more useful role in helping blacks overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities that were unavailable to previous generations. But that would mean abandoning nonsensical narratives that scapegoat law enforcement for high black crime rates and instead picking more substantive fights with fellow progressives. Why not side with the hundreds of thousands of black children nationwide who linger on waiting lists for charter schools that have a proven record of narrowing the achievement gap? Why side with progressive politicians who stunt the growth of charters out of deference to powerful teachers unions that oppose school choice? ...Of course, improving educational and employment prospects for the black underclass would lower black crime rates and thus go a long way toward reducing encounters with police, the goal that is so near and dear to the Black Lives Matter movement. It's a win-win, but first the activists have to decide whether the real goal is to help black people or to help themselves.
Important point there at the end -- one I think few people consider (thanks to how race issues are now the third rail of discussion and debate today). I sometimes get hundreds of retweets and shares of a blog post, but never those about race. At least a few of those must be at least a little interesting to people, but again, major no-go area. Oh, and on the job-killing regulations, consider how the government is trying to put moms who earn money caring for others' children in their homes out of business. As I blogged previously:
Mothers have taken care of other mothers' children throughout human history, usually without death or horrible things happening. There should be no reason why a mother cannot be the judge of whether the person she wishes to leave her child with is a safe bet, rather than having the state intervene. This regulation also keeps poor women who are mothers from having an income by taking in children and caring for them. Again, women have done this throughout human history. Yes, there's always a chance a child will be injured -- maybe in the parent's own home. But a child can still be injured in that *perfectly regulated* hothouse of government regulation. Regulation is mostly keeping the childcare "industry" safe from those who'd like to enter without going to college and jumping through 26 hoops.

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          'Imprint' Exhibition Presents Collage by Ingrid Bittar and David Woodward at SomoS Berlin   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2015/09/24 Berlin, Germany - A new collage exhibition series at SomoS Art House in Berlin Neukölln starts October 2015 with the "Imprint" collage exhibition by current SomoS "Artist in Residence" Ingrid Bittar (Brazil) and David Woodward (Canada)
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          Presentation House Gallery Announces Major Funding for New Gallery on Vancouver Waterfront   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2014/11/27 North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - A major gift from Polygon Homes Ltd and the Audain Foundation enables Presentation House Gallery to move forward with plans for a new building on Vancouver’s waterfront. Presentation House Gallery will become The Polygon Gallery when it moves
          York Fine Arts Presents York's Newest Art Exhibition   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2014/09/19 York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom - From in situ farmhouses to snowy village scenes, 'Town and Country' brings together a selection of paintings and limited edition prints by Gordon Lees and Edward Hersey that invoke a sense of British pride and nostalgia - YorkFineArtsOnline.co.uk
          Re: Big Bucks, Bad Optics for Frank Jackson at "Fat Cat" Fundraiser in Gates Mills   
Thanks for this coverage, Sam. It was good to see this:

"It was a reference to an action in 1982, when 600 local activists descended in buses upon the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club (also in Gates Mills) to confront SOHIO President Alton Whitehouse."
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          Hanna Barbara Illuminated Scooby Doo Limited Ed. Patented by Buzzy Trusiani Acrylic Light Sculpture by vintagesouthwest   

125.00 USD

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          Re: Fitzgerald family of Adams Co.,Pa.   
Hi Don, I was in York on Saturday. I think the Joseph you mention is the son of John Fitzcharles(Fitzgerald) that you mention. He fits in the 1840 census for the Huntington Twp. John Fitzcharles that we talked about in previous messages. Also the original John of Tyrone Twp. Adams County was a Carpenter who turned to cabinet making. His son John was also a cabinet maker and Joseph was a cabinet maker and later in Indianapolis he worked in in a chair factory. Your Joseph married Lydia Simpson. No doubt she is the daughter of Enoch Simpson and his second wife Elizabeth who are in Tyrone Twp. In the 1850 census.

Additional info: John Fitzgerald died 1873 age 67 years and Mary died 1881 age 83 years. They are at the Trostle Meetinghouse Cemetery in Tyrone Twp.

          Re: Fitzgerald family of Adams Co.,Pa.   
Hi Don, I Went to Adams county on Friday. Looked at the 1850-1860 Huntington Twp. taxes. John Fitzcharles had a house and 3 Acres from 1850 to 1853. From 1854 to 1858 he had a house and a lot. Then in 1859 John Fitzgerald had a house and a lot valued at $150 in 1860 John Fitzgerald had one acre valued at $150. No doubt it had a house on it. So that confirms my thoughts on Fitzcharles and Fitzgerald. Then I got the Tyrone Twp. taxes from 1800 to 1815 to see when Fitzcharles first showed up in the taxes. In 1811 and 12 there is a John Fitzgerald! with a cow and in 1812 he has a horse too. In 1813 he is John Fitzcharles and in 1814 he is John Fitzcharold with 1 cow and 1 horse. The in 1815 he is John Fitzgerald with a cow. In 1813 he is a carpenter and in 1815 he is a joiner.
So if you ever want to go back any farther I suggest looking for Fitzgerald first and keep and eye out for Fitzcharles
Other info Mrs. Sarah Ann Fitzgerald died 30 September 1909 at age 87 yr and 2 mo. At her son-in law’s house in Gettysburg. . The above was from the Newspaper according to her death certificate she was single and her Father was John Fitzgerald born in Germantown, PA and her mother was Ann Deter. As you know the D was often pronounced as a T and vice Versa so her mother was Ann Teter.
John Fitcharol m. Aug 10, 1817 Ann Teter(Teeter) by Rev. L. Hinch(Hench). Both of Heidlersburg. ( in Adams Co.)

          Re: Fitzgerald family of Adams Co.,Pa.   
I’m not related to any member of this family.

NOTE -
There is a 20 yr. gap in the census records [1880 - 1900] as the 1890 census was burned in the 1920's. Add 20 yrs to everyone's 1880 age for the 1900 census.

Census records do not record the “specific locality” of a person’s birth.
Census records only record where a person was born – state or country.
Census records record where a person was living when the census taker came by.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

Facts you should know about the early census records –

All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]

1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
Immigration date is not recorded

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members with their birthplaces

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++


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          Los creadores de Cuphead tuvieron que rehipotecar su casa para ampliar el juego   
El estudio pasó de tener 3 trabajadores a 20.

Cuphead ha sido uno de los títulos destacados de este E3 2017. Con sus gráficos que recuerdan a la animación de los años 20 y 30, no parece que su equipo de desarrollo, StudioMDHR, las tuviera todas consigo para poner en marcha la creación de este título.

"Dejamos nuestros trabajos, rehipotecamos nuestras casas y empezamos a ampliar el equipo"

Durante una entrevista con GamesRadar, los creadores de Cuphead, Chad y Jared Moldenhauer, revelaron que tuvieron que rehipotecar sus casas después del E3 2015 - año en el que el título fue jugable por primera vez - para obtener los fondos que necesitaban para ampliar el juego.

"Mi hermano y yo dejamos nuestros trabajos, rehipotecamos nuestras casas y empezamos a ampliar el equipo", explicaban. "Esta fue nuestra oportunidad para orientar el juego hacia donde queríamos".

En busca del juego que querían desarrollar


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Cuphead no tuvo un buen recibimiento en el E3 2015. En ese momento, el título se componía por batallas contra diversos jefes. Durante la EB Expo de ese mismo año, donde Cuphead también volvió a ser jugable, la recepción volvió a ser negativa. Esto fue lo que empujó a los hermanos Moldenhauer a tomar las duras decisiones descritas.

Ahora, StudioMDHR ha pasado de tener 3 personas a 20. Esto incluye un artista y pintores digitales, dos puestos de trabajo indispensables para dar vida al estilo de Cuphead.

Para leer la entrevista íntegra, os invitamos a visitar el siguiente enlace.

Como un clásico


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Cuphead se espera que esté disponible el 29 de septiembre tanto en PC como en Xbox One. Los jugadores se moverán por un mapa lleno de secretos y misiones secundarias. En total, el juego ofrecerá 30 jefes finales a los que tendrán que enfrentarse.

Para saber más de este título, os invitamos a leer nuestras impresiones en el siguiente enlace.

Los creadores de Cuphead tuvieron que rehipotecar su casa para ampliar el juego
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          Sick and Afraid, Some Immigrants Forgo Medical Care (The New York Times)   

By Jan Hoffman

June 26, 2017

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Dr. Luke Smith drove slowly through the unlit streets of a neighborhood

filled with immigrants, searching for an address among small houses with

windows ribbed by iron bars. Pharmacy bags lay at his feet.

 

 

His mission: to deliver medication...

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          9th Cir.: Group Home Housing “Severely Emotionally Disturbed” Children Not An “Institution Primarily Engaged in the Care of the Sick, the Aged, Mentally Ill”   
Probert v. Family Centered Services of Alaska, Inc. This case was before the Ninth Circuit on the defendant’s appeal of an order granting plaintiffs- house parents at their various group homes of emotionally disturbed children- summary judgment, holding that each of defendant’s homes were subject to FLSA coverage as an “institution primarily engaged in the … Continue reading
          Dollhouse – Ellements, photography by Ilona D. Veresk   

Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It DOLLHOUSE EDITORIAL Photographer ILONA D. VERESK @ilonaveresk ilonaveresk.com Stylist ALENA DODONOVA @a1ena_ru MUAH KSENIA STARIKOVA @starikova_muah Model MARIA GOLOD @mariagolod (Modus Vivendis) Published by @Ellementsmagazine “My process in photography is not just a clicking on button. I work as art director and producer of my own surreal fairy tales, I work by myself with light, pre- and post production. Sometimes I do clothes and accessories for my art shoots (it called @Xaumae). Currently, I do advertising photography for different brands, lookbooks and campaigns, fashion and beauty editorials for magazines.” Ilona D. Veresk: website / instagram

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          Expanding book-based IP for multi-season TV   

Into the Sun

House of Anansi's Barbara Howson on how the optioning game has shifted toward TV in the age of Netflix and what that means when expanding IP for the small screen.

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          Make The Right Changes Around Your House With Aid From The Right Tips   
Your home's structure is oftentimes altered by your home improvement jobs. It also includes outdoor structures and landscaping as well. The following article will give you advice to help make your home one you are proud to live in.Always comparison shop for contractors when you n …
          Seismic Blasting Would Deafen Marine Mammals   

Seismic Blasting Would Deafen Marine Mammals

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is just one of the marine animals that seismic testing off the East Coast would harm.

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is just one of the marine animals that seismic testing off the East Coast would harm.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Imagine an underwater blast so loud that it can be heard by marine mammals that are 2,500 miles away. That’s the level of noise generated when companies fire airguns to blast the ocean floor with sound in order to find oil and gas deposits.

Such seismic testing could begin soon off the U.S. East Coast after Trump ordered federal agencies to reconsider the Obama administration’s five-year ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. On June 6, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed five authorizations for companies on the hunt for oil and gas. These companies want to conduct seismic surveys of the Atlantic seabed.

The noise would have serious impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, which rely heavily on sound to communicate, navigate and find prey. Flooding the ocean with noise from seismic surveys could inflict permanent hearing damage on these creatures, leaving them deaf and stranded. At the very least, seismic blasts would disrupt the animals’ behavior hundreds of thousands of times and could drive them away from vital habitats.

By granting these five proposed authorizations, the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow marine mammals to become casualties of oil and gas exploration. But it’s not too late—the service is taking public comments on these proposed authorizations until July 6. Below, you can tell the service to deny these dangerous permits, and protect whales and dolphins from seismic airgun blasting.

Take Action! Send your comment to the National Marine Fisheries Service today, and tell the agency that marine mammals deserve a fighting chance.


The following numbers demonstrate how devastating these seismic surveys would be:

240 decibels

Approximate volume of seismic airgun blasting underwater. For a little perspective, one of the loudest animals, the blue whale, makes calls louder than 180 decibels. When you go up by 10 decibels, it means a sound gets 10 times more intense. So a seismic airgun blast is 1 million times more intense than a blue whale call—powerful enough to deafen one of these massive creatures.


2,500 miles

How far seismic blasts can travel underwater—approximately the distance from New York City to Los Angeles. That means it’s possible for a whale near Florida to hear seismic surveys operating off the coast of South Carolina.


200,000 square miles

Area of the Atlantic Ocean that the proposed seismic airgun surveys would blast. The airguns discharge resounding booms at 12 to 16 second intervals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months on end.


350,000

Approximate number of times in one year that whales and dolphins will be harassed by seismic blasting, according to permits drafted by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The service estimates that nearly 2,000 of the exposures will be loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss, which would severely impede the marine mammals’ ability to communicate and find food.


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Species of marine mammals that the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow companies to harm, if the agency’s proposed authorizations are finalized. Six of these species are endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, including the North Atlantic Right Whale—a critically endangered species with a population of less than 500.


          Welcome Sign, Arts and Crafts vertical tile, Oak leaves and acorns, Wall decor by FayJonesDayTile   

75.00 USD

IT IS- a Oak leaf & acorn Welcome Sign fits in a narrow space, Wedding or Housewarming Gift , they will love this!

Style- Craftsman/Bungalow/Arts and Crafts/Mission

SIZE-It measures 11 1/16" high, 6" wide and 1/2" thick. It weighs just under 2 pounds.

WHAT IT'S FOR- You can hang this on your front door, the front of your house or in the entry way. I suggest a sheltered spot, but so far I haven't gotten any reports of the Welcome sign breaking from the cold. Ours has been on the front of the house for over ten years.

WHAT IT 'S MADE OF- It is made with white earthenware clay made locally and USA glaze.

HOW IT'S MADE- This tile is made from my original sculpted design. I hand press it and then hand glaze ( with a brush) it and fire it in an electric kiln.

WHERE IT'S MADE- I make this tile in my rural studio in Oregon. I ship it everywhere USPS priority mail

THE GLAZE- The background has a divot texture like hammered metal and is glazed with gloss cream glaze. The leaves are glazed a shiny olive green flecked with rust glaze. The outside frame is a soft brown satin glaze.

CARE OF TILE- Ceramic tile can be washed with dish soap or window cleaner because glaze is actually glass.

TILE IS GREEN- Tile is the natural choice for home surfaces because it is durable, non toxic, and pure. The process uses very little electricity. I ship the tile with recycled material.

HANGING- There are holes on the upper corners for mounting. It can be hung on a wire or chain or mounted with screws. I suggest copper wire so that it doesn't rust. I


          Michelin Guide 2017 Includes Imperial Treasure, Garibaldi, And Cheek By Jowl   
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Michelin Guide 2017 includes 11 newly awarded restaurants Odette received two stars in this year’s Michelin Guide. The bulk of this year’s list of Bib Gourmand restaurants is made up of the same spots as last year’s inaugural list, so we were expecting the Michelin Guide 2017 to be same same but different compared to the Michelin Guide 2016 too. Well, in the list that just came out, 11 new names were awarded one Michelin star, and two restaurants – Forest 森 and Terra – dropped out of this year’s guide. The rest are pretty much the same as last year’s, with Waku Ghin getting two stars instead of one this time.  Here are all the restaurants that were awarded tonight, with the newcomers in bold. Restaurants with one Michelin star Alma by Juan Amador, modern European Beni, modern French Braci, Italian Candlenut, Peranakan Cheek By Jowl, modern Australian Chef Kang’s Kitchen, Chinese (Cantonese) Corner House, contemporary Crystal Jade Golden Palace, Chinese Cut, Steakhouse Garibaldi, Italian Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, street food Iggy’s, modern European Jaan, modern French Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine, Chinese (Teochew) Labyrinth, modern Singaporean Lei Garden, Chinese Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & […]

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          DOJO Review: Japanese Inspired Burgers And Rice Bowls Under $10 In Town   

Affordable burgers and rice bowls in town at DOJO Finding good, inexpensive food in town can be a struggle, especially if your group doesn’t want to settle for the same ol’ fast food (again). Thankfully, DOJO dishes out pork burgers and hearty rice bowls in Somerset for under $10. If you’re looking for a satisfying bite in town that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, DOJO will be your answer to an affordable, meaty meal. Food at DOJO DOJO specialises in pork burgers, with the juicy pork patties all made with house special seasoning – sans fillers, MSG, or added preservatives. Kaiju ($8) was the first burger that caught my eye on the menu, especially because I believe you can never go wrong with the familiar mushroom-cheese combination. To make it a more complete meal, we topped up another $3.90 for a Standard Upgrade, which includes fries and a canned drink.   This burger came with a substantial pork patty slathered with a cheesy sauce made with chopped shiitake, champignon and paddy straw mushrooms, all sandwiched between two toasted buns. The patty itself was juicy and slightly pink in the middle. Though it wasn’t tough, the meat had varying […]

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          New CD Release: Terry Gibbs 92 Years Young, Jammin’ at the Gibbs House   
by Don Heckman Everyone knows Terry Gibbs, knows of him, or has heard him play his swinging vibraphone. He has played with and outlived most of the jazz greats of the past 50 or more years. The swinging music that comes from those mallets is a groove that defies category Gibbs’ continuing preservation of the… Read More New CD Release: Terry Gibbs 92 Years Young, Jammin’ at the Gibbs House
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          Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour   
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Cost 
Free
point bonita lighthouse hi marin headlands hostel

The Point Bonita Lighthouse is one of the Bay Area’s best kept secrets sitting pretty on a scenic overlook near Battery Wallace in the Marin Headlands. Every Saturday, Sunday and Monday, visitors can meet docents along the lighthouse trail for a guided tour of the beautiful and historic setting, used as a point to guide ships into the Golden Gate through the perilous waters of the Pacific. The half-mile trail goes through a tunnel and over a bridge to get to the lighthouse, and along the way, docents will share stories of what life was like manning this important station. 

If You Go 

Stay at HI Marin Headlands hostel! Be sure to book your stay directly on hiusa.org to support HI USA's mission to build a more tolerant world. 

Please Note 

The trail to Point Bonita Lighthouse is half a mile long, and the trail is steep in places.  


          House panel votes to end war authorization   
Blindsiding leaders in both parties, a House committee on Thursday approved a repeal of the war authorization that the US military relies on to fight the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and around the globe.

          QuickChek, Muscle Milk Partner to Help Military Families   

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. -- QuickChek convenience stores and Muscle Milk have teamed up to raise funds to help post-9/11 service members and their families through an in-store promotion and sale of specialty Muscle Milk bottles.

QuickChek is the only nonmilitary retail outlet that is selling Muscle Milk “Hope for the Warriors” chocolate 14-oz. bottles in its 140 stores while supplies last. Muscle Milk will donate $1.20 to the Hope for the Warriors for every case of the specialty protein nutrition bottles sold. Individual bottles will retail for $3.69 each or two for $6.00.

The Muscle Milk campaign follows a recent in-store QuickChek promotion in which it invited customers to purchase paper dog-tags for $1 at any of the company’s locations throughout New Jersey, New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island. The promotion ran from June 6 through July 18, 2015, to support Hope for the Warriors, which is dedicated to restoring hope for service members and military families.

QuickChek also held a charity golf outing in June to raise additional funds for Hope for the Warriors.

“We’re pleased to continue to honor and support our service members and their families who give so much of themselves,” said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling, whose family-owned-company has raised millions of dollars to support a variety of causes benefiting children, families, and veterans.

All of the funds raised will stay in local areas to help support local veterans.

Hope for the Warriors is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

“We strive to be the neighborhood shopping destination close to where our customers live and work,” said Durling, who said his company’s commitment to “total customer dedication” enables it to be part of the fabric of the communities in which it has stores. “As a good neighbor, we believe in helping those in need by giving back where we can and lending our support.”

QuickChek Corp., based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., currently operates 140 convenience stores in New York and New Jersey.


          Personalized, 3rd Anniversary - Some roads are not meant to be traveled alone - Leather luggage tag with privacy flap on the reverse side by leathermadenice   

22.50 USD

What a wonderful keepsake as the happy couple embark on their journey in life together. Each one is hand-cut, hand-stamped and dyed on premium tooling leather.

*** This listing is for one luggage tag*** For those who prefer to purchase 1 or more tags.

Dimensions:
Width - 2.5 inches (6.3cm)
Length - 4.5 inches (11.4cm)
Dye colour - see drop down option
Brass OR nickel grommets
16 inch lacing.
** Ours have a privacy flap at the back that can house a removeable address card as seen in pic #3.

WHEN ORDERING:
Order of initials
Date to be on tag
Tag dye colour -
Hardware choice - brass or nickel

**We can add another "l" to the word travelled as per your request.

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          Food4Patriots 1-Year Kit   

  Get the ultimate in survival food security. With Food4Patriots 1-Year supply, you get a whopping 1800 servings of the most delicious, nutritious long-term emergency food on the market. You’ll enjoy an amazing variety of easy to prepare favorites like: Maple Grove Oatmeal, Traveler’s Stew, and Traditional Fettuccine Alfredo. One of these kits for every member of your household will give you true disaster-proof peace of mind. With your Food4Patriots

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          His and Hers - Personalized Leather Luggage Tags - set of two - Home is where my wife (husband) is by leathermadenice   

45.00 USD

It is nice to know where your heart belongs. Created for couples that adore each other and can express it openly while travelling.

Each one is hand-cut, hand-stamped and dyed on premium tooling leather.

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Width - 2.5 inches (6.3cm)
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          Reform Roundup: June 30th, 2017   

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote reform vision. This week, Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Fair Representation Act (FRA), H.R. 3057.

  • Congressman Don Beyer wrote for The Washington Post about needing to change how we elect the House of Representatives. “Applied nationally, we would have more moderate Democrats from districts leaning Republican, and vice versa, creating a type of politician — now nearly extinct — known as a ‘bridge builder.’ Many members would share constituents with members of the other major party, creating incentives to work together on legislation affecting the district.”

  • Anita Earls wrote for The Nation about how the Fair Representation Act would put an end to gerrymandering and improve representation for communities of color. “There is a way forward. If we want to stop gerrymandering, and move beyond constant litigation over how lines are drawn, we must rethink the way we do districting itself. That’s why the Fair Representation Act creates such an exciting path forward. In states like Texas, for example, where black and Latino populations live close together, those communities are often pitted against each other for the one majority-minority seat. A multi-winner district, and a genuine multi-racial slate, would decrease tension between racial minorities, while increasing their voice.”

  • FairVote Executive Director Rob Richie and Board Chair Krist Novoselic spoke to Pedro Echevarria of the Washington Journal C-SPAN about FairVote’s 25th Anniversary year and the introduction of the Fair Representation Act. “With multi-member districts, you don’t need to receive 50% of the vote, which is what you do when you’re just electing one person like president. You can lower that share to whatever is proportionate to the number of seats, so if you have 5 seats it will take about a 5th of the vote. And by doing that, it opens up every single corner of every single state to meaningful engagement and participation and representation. One party would not sweep all of the seats anywhere.” 

  • The American Prospect reported on the Fair Representation Act and its potential to end Congressional Dysfunction. "The bill would not only institute nonpartisan redistricting commissions and a new voting system designed to create a proportionally representational Congress, but also aims to dramatically reduce the number of safe seats for each party and eliminate the unopposed re-election of representatives. In 2014, 31 congressional representatives were re-elected unopposed."

  • Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and David De la Fuente of ThirdWay wrote in U.S. News & World Report about why voters need the Fair Representation Act. “If policymakers don’t offer solutions to fix our electoral system and restore faith that our representative democracy is working the way it should, voters will continue to react with anger and deliver wave elections where they “throw the bums out” every other year. As we’ve seen over the past few election cycles, these reactive waves make it even harder to govern, further contributing to the cycle of frustration that led to them in the first place.”

  • The Alexandria News reports on the introduction of the Fair Representation Act, introduced by Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia’s 8th district. “The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to improving congressional elections in American history,” said Rob Richie, the executive director of FairVote. “It creates an impartial, national standard that gets at the core of FairVote’s mission: Giving voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.”

 

 


          The Fair Representation Act has been introduced to Congress   

I’m sponsoring the Fair Representation Act because Congress is broken. It is hyper-partisan. It is far too polarized. The FRA creates a structure where members of Congress are incentivized to work together. This is the right thing to do to give voters the strong voice that they deserve in our elections.

--Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08)

On June 26, 2017, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced H.R. 3057: The Fair Representation Act. He was joined by co-sponsors Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Ro Khanna (D-CA). This is a historic moment. The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to reforming congressional elections in United States history. It would truly realize the vision of the House of Representatives as “The People’s House.”

The Fair Representation Act

FairVote has called for expanding the use of multi-winner ranked choice voting in United States elections since its founding 25 years ago. Ranked choice voting can replace the broken, zero-sum, winner-take-all system - in which the biggest group of voters in a district are the only ones earning representation - with fair representation for all. In this era of fierce partisan divisions, nowhere needs this change more than the House of Representatives.

RCV-ballot-09.pngUnder the Fair Representation Act, every state would use ranked choice voting to elect its Representatives. Voters would be free to rank their choices without fear of “spoilers.” Instead of only one candidate winning with the most votes, several candidates would win based on how many votes they earn. For example, in a state like Oklahoma or Connecticut that elects 5 winners, 17% of voters can elect 1 of the 5 winners; 34% of voters can elect 2 of the 5 winners; and so on. A majority of voters can always elect a majority of seats, and everyone earns their fair share.

States that elect up to 5 winners will not need any districts at all. Larger states will use districts, but the districts will elect 3, 4, or 5 winners each. That means that a state like Massachusetts that elects 9 Representatives will divide into equal thirds, with each of the three districts electing 3 winners with ranked choice voting. To adopt a district map, these states will form independent redistricting commissions composed of ordinary state citizens (not politicians or lobbyists) who will operate transparently and hold hearings around the state to find the district map that makes the most sense for their state.

The use of ranked choice voting in multi-winner elections will transform the House of Representatives. The current system only allows the biggest group of voters in each district to win representation, all other voices are silenced. As a result, there are millions of voters who prefer Democrats stuck in safe Republican districts and millions of voters who prefer Republicans stuck in safe Democratic districts, women and people of color are under-represented, and everyone has too few choices. The Fair Representation Act can elevate those voices, giving them more power to elect candidates they support and who will go to Congress to work for them.

A Historic Moment

Under the Constitution, Congress has the responsibility to act when our federal elections are not working. It has acted on that responsibility many times in the past, passing laws changing how we elect Congress in 1842 (requiring single-winner districts), 1872 (equal populations per representative), 1901 (requiring that districts be “compact”), 1929 (repealing the requirement to use districts), and 1967 (re-imposing the requirement to use districts). It has been 50 years since Congress has acted in this arena, even as the current system fails to deliver on the promise of a representative House.

Representative Beyer has shown tremendous leadership in holding Congress to its constitutional responsibilities. The attention it attracted from the public demonstrates the hunger that voters have for a more empowering system. FairVote livestreamed Rep. Beyer’s press conference, which was viewed over 44,000 times and ultimately reached over 554,000 people.

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The day after the bill’s introduction, Rep. Beyer published an opinion piece in the Washington Post explaining why he introduced the Act. It begins “Democracy is in crisis. Even as the country is deeply divided along class and ideological lines, it seems to be unified in its frustration with our current brand of politics.” Other voices have also weighed in on the need for the Fair Representation Act, including:

As more media coverage happens in the coming days and weeks, we'll add it to the list on our website.

You Can Help the Fair Representation Act Gain Momentum

Now that the vehicle for transforming elections to the U.S. House of Representatives is a bill in Congress, you can help to move the conversation forward. Contact your Representative today to ask them to support the Fair Representation Act. You can find your Representative here, and email them a letter supporting the Fair Representation Act. A sample letter is provided here. You also could consider calling your Member, which increases their likelihood of responding. Better still would be to form a group to have a meeting with your Member and their district office staff. 

Finally, we want to keep adding names to our petition in support of the Act. We currently have over 1500 signatures. Please consider sharing the petition online and drawing people’s attention to our new video and our public resources, at FairRepresentation.com


          Traditional Japanese-style Starbucks opens in Kyoto   

A Starbucks like no other is opening tomorrow in Kyoto. Unlike the other nearly 24,000 Starbucks cafes in the world, this one requires customers to take off their shoes before entering. It has tatami rooms with low tables and cushions on the floor for seating.

The usual Starbucks sign outside is replaced with a simple dark sea green banner that displays the logo. And most fascinating of all, no lines are allowed. In other words, they will only allow a certain amount of customers in at a time and everyone else must scram in order to keep the cafe peaceful for those jacking up on caffeine.

According to Japan Times:

Starbucks Coffee Japan said a two-story Japanese home built more than 100 years ago will be used for the shop, and it will be located near the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiyomizu temple, a popular tourist destination...

The shop will face Ninenzaka, one of the popular streets leading from Kiyomizu temple to Kodaiji temple, which is lined with traditional shops.

The house was used until 2005 and previously hosted traditional entertainers such as geisha.

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          JO&JOE un nouveau concept d'hébergement   
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          Edward Kline, ‘Silent Partner’ in Aiding Soviet Dissidents, Dies at 85   
Mr. Kline helped to shepherd Andrei D. Sakharov’s memoirs into worldwide distribution and set up a publishing house in New York to print books that were banned by the Soviet authorities.
          Tomatoes For Zone 8: Learn About Zone 8 Tomato Varieties   
By Amy Grant Tomatoes are probably the most commonly grown garden crop. They have a myriad of uses and take relatively little garden space to yield 10-15 pounds (4.5-7 kilos) or even more. They can also be grown in a number of different USDA zones. Take zone 8, for instance. There are plenty of zone 8 suitable tomato varieties. Read on to find out about growing tomatoes in zone 8 and suitable tomatoes for zone 8. Growing Zone 8 Tomato Plants USDA zone 8 really runs the gamut on the USDA hardiness zone map. It runs from the southeast corner of North Carolina down through the lower portions of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. It then continues to include most of Louisiana, parts of Arkansas and Florida and a big chunk of mid-Texas. Standard zone 8 gardening advice is targeted to these areas of zone 8, but it also

          Get Rid of Cellulite, Once and For All!   

Get Fit At Home With Ailsa : Get Rid of Cellulite

Had it up to here with Cellulite? Want to get rid of it forever, and make your body all lovely and sleek? Yeah, me too, so I when one of my old 'Gym Boys' showed me this Exercise years ago, I started doing it al the time, and changed it up a bit to make it work more effectively for me. This is a great Exercise for Women, but I know for a fact that 'manly men' do it, too! ha,ha! (Oh, and in case you are thinking something 'innaccurate' about the 'Gym Boy' thing, that's just what I used to call all the guys at the gym where I used to work out a lot -- it's a term of endearment, but in no way a reference to anyone I went out with -- I either call those guys "that crazy old jerk" or "one of my great old friends"...usually one or the other -- sometimes both! ha,ha!)

Get rid of Cellulite once and for all with this very easy and incredibly inexpensive Exercise. It takes about 20 minutes, or so, depending on how many Reps you do (repetitions -- 'Reps' in Weight Lifting Language...). Pop into www.buildyourownhouse.ca to see pictures of me doing these 'Anti-Cellulite' Exercises!

Here's what you need -- something you can lay down on that will allow you to have good Leg Extension when you are laying on your Stomach. I used to use my Giant Exercise Ball, then it dawned on me that I could easily use the fancy wee Bench at the end of my Bed as an Exercise Bench. Softer and nicer, and not nearly as expensive and hard to find. I've seen these wee Benches for under $50.00 at WalMart -- one of my favorite Stores! You can pick up a Set of Free Weights while you're there, too.

I use a 10 Pound Weight to Start, but if this is brand new for you, start with a 5 Pound Weight. As you get used to the Weight, you can increase it up to about 35 Pounds. You probably don't want to go much higher than that...

Oh, and you will notice when you are doing these Exercises that your legs will seem Longer and Leaner, too. That's because these Exercises can straighten out any 'Bow Legs' that you might have, and you will build some nice Lean Muscle in your Legs. Sounds good, huh??

Step One: Pull the Bench into the Middle of the room, so you have lots of space. Put on some great Music -- I love The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani and 'Drop it Like It's Hot' by Snoop Dogg, but put on whatever makes you want to move...

Step Two: Set the Weight on it's End, so you can grasp it between your feet. If you are lucky enough to have someone help you with this, have them 'Place the Weight' in the Arch bit of your feet. Then tell them to get their hands off yer legs, you're trying to exercise ovah' here...! ha,ha! It's pretty easy to maneuver the Weight if it's 10 Pounds or less, but you really do need someone to help you when the Weight is over 25 pounds.

Step Three: You should be nice and comfortable laying on your stomach, by now, and up on your elbows. I'm only looking up for the picture, but normally you just look down or at your Dog (or other cute Pet), if they have found you while you're exercising! If you click to Enlarge the lower picture on the Right -- you'll see Tia coming over for a wee cuddle while I'm exercising!

Step Four: Slowly Raise and Lower the Weight, using a Full Extension. Let your feet go toward your Behind, then right back down almost to the floor. It's a good stretch, and great for developing nice Lean Muscles. I would Start with 3 Sets of 10 Repetitions. When you are finding that too easy, increase it to 3 Sets of 20 Reps. I like to do 2 Sets of 50 Reps, but that's because I've been doing these Exercises for a long time.

To add extra weight, I wear the 'wrap around' Ankle Weights to make the Weight a little Heavier. As you increase the amount of Weight you use, you might want to wrap your Ankles with an extra Sock -- men's socks work well because they are bigger and will tuck in around your ankle.

I'm wearing Running Shoes in the pictures on my Site, but generally I like to just wear Socks -- I find it easier to feel the weight between my feet. When you are using Weights that are 25 pounds or more, though, you have to wear Running Shoes or you could get hurt.

Oh, and very slowly lower the Weight to the floor when you are done, so you don't drop the Weight on the floor. That won't work out well! You can set it down on it's End, then it will lightly go on the floor from there. You might want to put a Towel under the weight if you are afraid of anything happening to the floor!

In between Sets, pick up a couple of 3 or 5 Pound Weights, and do a 'Butterfly Move' to work on your Arms in the same work-out. Put the Weights in front of your waist, raise them up in a big sweeping motion over your head, then slowly back down. Just do 10 reps in between each Set of the Anti-Cellulite Exercises, and you'll be in great shape in no time at all!

See ya', stooopid cellulite! Be gone, and don't be back!!

By Ailsa Forshaw



          Four Powerful Tricks for Successful Lucid Dreaming   

By definition, Lucid Dreaming means "conscious awareness during the dream state." But how can this be? Every book I've ever read on dreaming has described the dream state as being an entry into the unconscious, so how can you possibly be conscious during dreaming, and be able to enter your dreams. It's an interesting theory, and I've discovered some very positive information that will help you in your Lucid dreaming attempts.

Can you be Conscious while Accessing the Subconscious?

According to Charles McPhee in his book "Stop Sleeping Through your Dreams," the answer to the question on consciousness during sleep is a resounding NO! "Our ability for consciousness-our ability to achieve reflectivity in our minds-is specifically denied us during dream sleep. Single-mindedness is a quality that defines dream experience." If you had the ability to reflect in a dream, you would recognize instantly that you were dreaming, and wake-up, and this is why it becomes difficult to judge and evaluate our dream experience.

An important event occurs with our muscle system with the onset of dream sleep. The main motor neurons of the body are inhibited, which prevents us from "physically" acting out dreams - you wouldn't want to actually leap out of bed and start flying around the house; this would create chaos everywhere at night and you would wake up exhausted. Unfortunately, after the motor neurons are shut down, so is the ability for consciousness during dream sleep.

100 Minutes a Night for Lucid Dreaming

When we first awaken from dream sleep, we will have a good chance of recalling our dreams, whereas if awakened from any other stage, we will not even remember dreaming. We enter various stages of sleep during 90-minute cycles all through the night (you can test this by checking the clock before you go to sleep at night, and again when you awaken during the middle of the night.) This means that if you sleep for six hours a night, you will have four "dream cycles" which you can access for information or fun (most people dream an average of 100 minutes a night). In the book "Directed Dreaming," you discover how to ask the proper questions of your dreams in order to receive problem solving information and direction for your life; now you can go one step further and discover how to step into random dreams to find out what clues they are trying to give you.

Trick # 1 - The First Step

The first step to becoming lucid during dreaming is to start trying to recall the previous nights dreams. This takes practice, but it can be accomplished. You will soon find out that if you work backward from the dream, it is easier to piece it together. This is easiest to do, of course, right after you wake up. If a dream is not written down, or recalled quickly, it will be lost forever. When you achieve the ability for lucid dreaming, you will find out that these dreams are recalled easier and do not vanish as quickly; that's where the fun in lucid dreaming comes from! What good is it if you are able to jump into your dreams and "play," then not remember anything about the experience. Remembering your lucid dreams can give you a calming feeling and something to smile about during the day. Soon, you will become aware of what you want to find out in your dreams, and you can tell yourself that the next time you have the dream where you are flying, you will remember that you are dreaming and want to participate in that adventure.

Trick #2 - The Best Time to Become Lucid

One important thing to remember about our dream cycles is that during the night, the time spent dreaming grows progressively longer with each cycle. This means that the longest stretch of dreamtime occurs just before awakening. This is the time you should concentrate on trying to become lucid. You should have tracked your dream cycles (as explained above), and determined approximately when you will reach the 4th cycle, then, when you awaken after the 3rd cycle, you can consciously tell yourself that next time you see or hear something, you will be dreaming, and you would like to be aware of this dream and enter into it.

Trick #3 - Not Sleeping!

It has been found that if you do not get enough sleep, and haven't had time to dream, your body will compensate by dreaming more! It is almost as if it's essential for us to have dream experiences. Therefore, if you are having a hard time becoming lucid in your dreams, you might want to try staying up later for a few nights, and then you will have more dream cycles as you try to "catch-up." When you have these extra dream cycles in the catch-up phase, it's a great opportunity to practice your lucid dreaming, as your cycles will be long, intense, and deep. It is more difficult to wake yourself out of sleep when the body is very tired, making this an excellent opportunity for lucidity!

Trick #4 - Associations

After you have become accustomed to writing down your dreams, it's time to pick out a few common things in the dream that will remind you that you are dreaming. For example, if you commonly dream that you are driving various kinds of sports cars, the thing to tell yourself when you are awake is that the next time you are driving a fancy car you will be dreaming. That way, you create the association in your mind to trigger the unconscious to recognize that as a dream, and help you participate. If you commonly dream of flying, that's also a good clue that you are dreaming, and if you consciously make a note of it, the next time you find yourself flying, you will wonder what you were supposed to remember about flying. If luck is on your side, this association will trigger your thinking that if you're flying, you must be dreaming, and with that instant thought, you will be able to start your adventure into that dream.

The first few times you attempt to do this, the awareness that you are dreaming may wake you up! This is because your consciousness has been activated, and in order to keep dreaming you need to stay in the subconscious. It takes practice to make the acceptance that you are dreaming into a passing thought, and just go with the flow. If you think about it too much, you will wake up (and, of course, will need to try it all over again). Again, according to McPhee, "Whatever you choose as a clue to identify your dreams, the association will carry over to your dreams. As you keep a dream journal and familiarize yourself with the content of your dreams, you can experiment with clues. Before long, the next time you take off in flight or are pursued by some familiar tormentor, there is an exceptionally good chance that you will have the associated thought, "Oh! I must be dreaming." And with this awareness, you will have successfully identified the dreamscape.

What do You Want to Find Out

After you have successfully entered your dreams, the next step is to find out what you want to accomplish by being there. Do you want to make your lucid dream into a fantasy where you physically fight off attackers, or do you want to be the fastest runner in the world and successfully outrun anything that comes after you, or would you rather have fantasies of a sexual nature? This fantasy type of lucid dreaming is fine, but what purpose does it serve? It does not help us resolve anything in real life; but it can be a good stress-reliever. A better way to work with lucid dreaming is to try to get some insight into why the conflict is occurring. If you were to stop those people who are chasing you in your dreams and talk to them, what would they say? Could they reveal to you why you are running and open up the opportunity to explore unconscious fears in real life? Since the unconscious is probably trying to tell you something, it would be best to find out what it is, so you can act on it when you wake up, and resolve these difficult situations. The more you practice, the closer you will get to resolving your issues -- and then you can go back to fantasy dreaming (my guess is that that's probably what you want to do anyway), but since you are taking your time to practice becoming lucid, you might as well make it work to your advantage every now and then.

Technology Can Help As technology advances, so does the opportunity to get help with your Lucidity. There are now high-tech devices that you can use to induce lucid dreams. Most of them can be found in New Age bookstores, or you can go to the library and find mail order catalogs that carry these devices. You can now find popular devices such as eyeshades that detect rapid eye movement and blink a red diode when you start to sleep. This red light is incorporated into the dream, and reminds the dreamer to clue in that he or she is dreaming. If you want to see more Hi-Tech devices, visit: www.reawakener.com/Lucid_Dreaming.htm

Lucid Dreaming - a Gift for Certain People?

It was once thought that lucid dreaming was a gift given only to certain people, much like true Psychics have; but this is not the case. Anyone can learn lucid dreaming; it just takes practice and time. According to Charles McPhee, you must spend the time to identify when your sleep cycles are, and when your dream cycles come. Then, as you become more aware of your sleep cycles, you can prepare mentally for those times. "When you awaken early in the morning, before you roll over and close your eyes for another cycle, be confident that your dreams are on their way. In the early morning hours, you stand on the brink of thirty to forty-minute blocks of nonstop dreamscape action. The trick, of course, is to recognize the dreamscape." (103).


By Evelyn Grazini



          Dog walks out on stage and settles in during live orchestra performance   

This dog got the best seat in the house. Even the musicians couldn't keep it together.

          What's the new financial year bringing for WA?   

A new financial has begun, but what can West Australians expect it to bring, aside from recently announced increases to household fees and charges?


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          TV hosts accuse Trump's White House of smear threat over bad coverage   

The breakfast television hosts ridiculed by Donald Trump on Twitter hit back with claims he sought to plant negative stories about them in the media and question the US President's mental health and fitness for office.


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کتاب خانه ای در شیراز اثری است از خانم آگاتا کریستی خالق رمان های پلیسی و جنایی که در این کتاب ۱۲ داستان را که در فهرست عنوان آن ها به ترتیب آمده است بیان می کند. ترجمه این کتاب هم توسط دوست عزیز و ارجمند جناب آقای بهزاد بشارت انجام شده است. هم اکنون […]

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رمان خانه کج به عنوان یکی از بهترین های رأی مردمی و هم نظر خود نویسنده آگاتا کریستی می باشد. این کتاب چاپ سوم سال ۱۳۷۸ می باشد که توسط سرکار خانم صدیقه ابراهیمی به فارسی روان ترجمه شده است. هم اکنون می توانید این اثر ارزشمند را به صورت رایگان دریافت و مطالعه نمائید.

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          Tripp - Male Australian Shepherd Mix (Advertigo)   
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          Adopt Levon a Australian Shepherd, Smooth Collie (Levon (Petfinder.com))   
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          Adelaide Thunderbirds lose captain to powerhouse Collingwood   

The Adelaide Thunderbirds have lost their captain Erin Bell, who has announced she's moving to the Collingwood Magpies in Melbourne.


          QUIZ: Which ‘Game of Thrones’ House Do You Belong To?   

Winter is coming! Well, it’s basically here. More accurately, Season 7 of Game of Thrones is almost here. Finally, the long wait is almost over and we’re getting hyped for our return to Westeros. Stark. Lannister. Targaryen. These are the Houses that will decide the fate of the Seven Kingdoms. But which House do you belong […]

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          CN BC: Editorial: Time To Take Action On Marijuana Industry   
Prince George Citizen, 23 Jun 2017 - Thanks, Neil Godbout, for bringing it up (Citizen editorial, June 15). Marijuana is about to become a legal, government-regulated agricultural commodity all across Canada. Mostly, the plant will be cultivated in large greenhouses. Last week, a large greenhouse in the Lower Mainland announced it would no longer cultivate peppers but would switch to growing marijuana. Businesses across every jurisdiction are maneuvering to take advantage of a rare opportunity. This business is coming fast. Last fall, city council heard a bid from two entrepreneurs ready to set up shop and sell the stuff buy mail. They offered strong security and carefully laid plans for distribution, but the location was not approved.
          Mad Mats Presents – Diggin Beyond The Crates   
Image: 1610637 Mad Mats presents his new comp Digging Beyond the Crates out on BBE.

Tracklistings:
2LP
A1 Johnny Moore - Big Big Boss
A2 Gappy Ranks - Sherriff (Murlo Remix)
A3 Ensemble Entendu - Jah I See You
A4 Cuthead – Badly
B1 Intimate Disco – Animations
B2 Psalms - Take A Stand
B3 Yvonne Gray - Keep The Music Alive
B4 Bobby Hebb - Evil Woman
C1 U-N-I (You And I) - Don’t Hold Back The Feeling (Key Trip Dub)
C2 BSTC - Jazz In Outer Space
D1 Deft - The Traveller
D2 Mode-M - Space Based

DJ, record label impresario and former Swedish champion b-boy, Mad Mats knows a thing or two about finding good music. As well as iconic underground imprints Raw Fusion and GAMM, Mad Mats is a partner in the highly regarded Local Talk label, making it highly probable that most of the world’s influential DJs have at least one of his discoveries in their record bags.
For his first compilation on BBE, Mats has put together a diverse selection of cuts, from reggae, hip hop and soul to boogie, electronica and house, reflecting his open-minded approach to DJing. “The compilation is very mixed, just like how I like to DJ...all freestyle. Yes, I play a lot of house clubs nowadays because of Local Talk, but at heart I've always been a so called "eclectic" selector. Most of these tracks are tunes I’ve played all over the years, sprinkled with some brand new discoveries.” Coming from a strictly vinyl background, when Mats embraced Serato around 2005, he carried his crate digger’s mentality with him. Believing firmly that digging should always about the discovery of great music regardless of the format, the concept of ‘Digging Beyond The Crates’ was born. Ranging far and wide in terms of genre and tempo, the album is tied together by one common factor, this is feel-good music made for dancing. “I'm just as hungry (probably even more so) to find my personal gems as I was back in the day, I just look for them with more variation. This album is dedicated to those select few individuals, just like myself: highly driven music lovers, collectors and DJs that truly are DIGGING BEYOND THE CRATES!”

For Fans of:
Mr Thing, Southport Weekender, Gilles Peterson

Key Selling Points:
- Full press, radio campaign targeting France, Germany, UK with online campaign to include facebook ads.
- Mad Mats loves to DJ he continues to travel the world spreading his message Available from 11.08.2017
          McDonald’s trying to get back licences, says no job losses   
Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd (CPRL), McDonald’s licensee in North and East India, suspended operations of the restaurants that lost ‘eating house licences’.
          Cuomo is no MTA hero just yet   
Midtown’s Hammerstein Ballroom used to be an opera house. Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed up there to act out his favorite part, the hero. He declared New York’s subway system to be in “a state of emergency.” Cuomo promised to rescue New Yorkers from the MTA’s “deplorable,” “tortured” system. It’s still too early to tell...
          UPS Package Handler - Part-Time - Entry Level Warehouse Support   
MD-Silver Spring, Package Handlers will earn $10.75 per hour.Earn $25,000 towards your college education! Shift: Day (11:00 AM - 4:30 PM) Twilight (5:00 PM - 10:30 PM) Night (10:00 PM - 3:00 AM) UPS is hiring individuals to work as part-time Package Handlers. This is a physical, fast-paced position that involves continual lifting, lowering and sliding packages that typically weigh 25 - 35 lbs. and may weigh up to 7
          MSNBC hosts accuse White House of trying to pressure them over coverage   
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two television hosts assailed by Donald Trump questioned his mental health on Friday and charged that the White House had tried unsuccessfully to get them to apologize to the president for unfavorable coverage in exchange for his getting a negative tabloid story about them killed.

          Letters: How does that L.A. basketball scene look now?   

At last, our long national nightmare is over! In the span of barely a week, the houses of Buss and Sterling are as they should be.

Once again the Lakers are poised to be contenders and the pretenders are packing for Inglewood. Magic sheds one of the worst contracts in Laker history and the Clippers...


          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   

Two House Democrats want Congress to look into possible conflicts of interest in the Trump administration’s handling of investigations into Pasadena’s OneWest Bank — a bank formerly headed by now-Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and Al Green (D-Texas) said...


          General Manager - The Lodge at Port Arrowhead - Lake of the Ozarks, MO   
Must possess advanced leadership and business skills and at least basic understanding of hotel accounting, housekeeping, sales, revenue management, food &... $50,000 - $55,000 a year
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          Australia appears to have already forgotten the pain of dealing with FIFA   

The FFA is desperate to convince us that it has cleaned house and also that FIFA will play fair with the 2023 Women's World Cup bid. But the stench remains from the 2022 men's debacle, Richard Hinds writes.


          Communities losing ground in war against liquor giants: experts   

Large liquor stores are being built in many communities despite strong local opposition, experts say, with new research showing the courts are finding in favour of the alcohol industry in more than 75 per cent of cases opposing the construction of new warehouses.


          Pa. Senate reveals budget spending bill, but no revenue plan in sight   
Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf appear to have come to an agreement on a $32 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts at midnight Friday. That doesn’t mean the budget is done. A revenue package to balance it still isn’t ready, and there are significant disagreements standing in the way of passing it. Still, politicians on both sides of the aisle lauded the spending plan, which passed a late-night Senate appropriations committee meeting with three dissenting votes. The House and Senate…

          Neshaminy Creek & food truckers team up for Montco brewhouse   
Philadelphia food trucks owners have added another brick and mortar restaurant under their belts by teaming up with Bucks County's Neshaminy Brewing Co. for its new brewpub in Montgomery County. Executive chefs Mike Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen of 33rd Street Hospitality have teamed up with Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. and will take over the kitchen at the brewer's new Borough Brewhouse at 208 York Road in Jenkintown, Montgomery County. It will be called 33rd Street Hospitality Kitchen at Neshaminy…

          Operator of Illegal Bitcoin Exchange Coin.mx Sentenced to Prison   
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Anthony Murgio, 33, of Tampa, Florida, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for running a Bitcoin exchange connected to hackers. The exchange was used to launder more than $10 million worth of funds, authorities reported.

Both Murgio and Yuri Lebedev, 39, of St. John’s, Florida, operated Coin.mx through a fraudulent company called “Collectables Club.” According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the illegal Bitcoin exchange used the firm’s misleading name to open financial accounts at banks pretending to be a “members-only association of individuals who discussed, bought, and sold collectible items and memorabilia.” Murgio and Lebedev, along with other co-conspirators, violated bank and credit card company rules and regulations by “deliberately misidentifying and miscoding Coin.mx customers’ credit and debit card transactions.”

“Lies conceived and deployed by Murgio permeated every aspect of Coin.mx’s operation, including its use of front companies, like Collectables Club and Currency Enthusiasts, to try to conceal the illicit nature of the operation,” the Department of Justice stated in its sentencing submission.

On January 9, Murgio pled guilty to three counts regarding operating Coin.mx, which processed over $10 million worth of illegal Bitcoin transactions. Murgio ran the Bitcoin exchange between October 2013 and July 2015 for Gery Shalon, 33, an Israeli citizen who was responsible for hacking at least nine companies, including JPMorgan Chase, E-Trade Financial Corporation and Dow Jones. Coin.mx sold bitcoins that came from illegal online transactions, such as victim payments to ransomware attackers who sought to launder the cryptocurrencies clean.

“I screwed up badly and made serious mistakes and misjudgments,” Murgio said, showing remorse, to U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan at his sentencing.

Shalon, along with Ziv Orenstein, 42, compromised data on approximately 76 million household customers and 7 million businesses by hacking the nine companies. U.S. officials described their operation as a “diversified criminal conglomerate” responsible for the largest theft of valuable information from a U.S. bank. The compromised data included the names of customers, along with email addresses and phone numbers. Authorities collected evidence stating that Murgio exchanged cash for the bitcoins of Shalon’s criminal gang. Israeli police arrested Shalon and Orenstein in July 2015, and they were extradited to the United States in June 2016. Both are facing serious charges, including aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and money laundering.

“Mr. Murgio led an effort based on ambition and greed,” and constructed on a “pyramid of lies,” Judge Nathan said during the sentencing hearing at the Manhattan federal court.

On March 17, a Manhattan jury found Lebedev and his co-conspirator Trevon Gross, 52, of New Jersey, guilty of charges connected to a bribery scheme in an attempt to hide the illegal activities of Coin.mx from financial institutes and regulators. Both of the defendants are facing a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Judge Nathan scheduled the sentencing hearing of Lebedev and Gross for July 20, 2017.

Murgio’s father, Michael Murgio, 66, was also involved in the Coin.mx case. In October, the father plead guilty to “making a false statement to the National Credit Union Administration on behalf of his son.” By making a plea deal, Michael Murgio managed to avoid additional charges in the case, including “conspiracy to make corrupt payments with intent to influence an officer of a financial institution and making corrupt payments.” Judge Nathan sentenced the elder Murgio to one year of probation along with a $12,000 fine.

The FBI arrested both Lebedev and Murgio on July 23, 2015, for “running an unlicensed bitcoin exchange with the goal of helping individuals launder money.”

Despite the prosecution’s request for 10 to 12 years and seven months behind bars, the Manhattan federal court sentenced Murgio to five and a half years in prison. According to Reuters, Judge Nathan considered Murgio’s “generosity to friends and support to his family” and imposed a prison sentence half as long as the prosecutor recommended.

Judge Nathan has scheduled a hearing on September 1 to decide on the amount of fines, forfeiture and restitution Murgio has to pay to the state. The operator of the illegal Bitcoin exchange remains free on bail.

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          How a Bitcoin Whitehat Hacker Helped the FBI Catch a Murderer   
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An ethical hacker breached the database of a phony darknet website offering hitman services and leaked the data. The information from the data dump helped the FBI in their investigation of a man who murdered his wife.

In November 2016, Stephen Carl Allwine, 47, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, killed his wife in “one of the most bizarre cases ever seen,” police officers reported. The husband tried to mask the murder as a suicide, including putting a 9 mm pistol next to Amy Allwine’s elbow. However, detectives arriving on the scene identified the case as murder and collected evidence — mostly electronic devices, such as computers — belonging to Mr. Allwine. Later on, in January, investigators arrested and charged Mr. Allwine with second-degree murder based on the forensic evaluation of the confiscated electronic equipment.

In May 2016, a hacker called “bRpsd” breached the database of a controversial hitman service offered on a darknet website. The service, “Besa Mafia,” offered a link between customers and hitmen, who could register on the site anonymously. The price for a murder ranged between $5,000 and $200,000, but clients seeking to avoid fatalities could also hire a contractor to beat up a victim for $500 or set somebody’s car on fire for $1,000.

The hacker uploaded the data dump to a public internet website. The leaked files contained user accounts, email addresses, personal messages between the Besa Mafia admin and its customers, “hit” orders and a folder named “victims,” providing additional information on the targets.

The breach highlighted the fake nature of the website, which operated only to collect money from the customers. Chris Monteiro, an independent researcher who also hacked into the site, stated the owner or owners of Besa Mafia had made at least 50 bitcoins ($127,500 based on the current value of the cryptocurrency) from the scam operation.

According to a message posted by a Besa Mafia administrator and uncovered in the dump, “[T]his website is to scam criminals of their money. We report them for 2 reasons: to stop murder, this is moral and right; to avoid being charged with conspiracy to murder or association to murder, if we get caught.”

The leak of the Besa Mafia database helped the police investigating the murder of Mrs. Allwine. As the officers analyzed her husband’s devices, they discovered the suspect had accessed the dark web as early as 2014. Furthermore, investigators identified the pseudonym Mr. Allwine used on the darknet, “dogdaygod,” which was also linked to his email, “dogdaygod@hmamail.com,” in some cases. Detectives found bitcoin addresses in the conversations between Besa Mafia and Mr. Allwine, which linked the husband directly to the “dogdaygod” pseudonym, providing authorities with necessary evidence for the case.

Eventually, law enforcement agents analyzed the data dump bRpsd leaked and discovered Mr. Allwine’s email in the list. In addition, investigators found messages between the suspect and the Besa Mafia admin. According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Allwine paid between $10,000 to $15,000 to the supposed hitman service to kill his wife. The complaint detailed how Mr. Allwine had decided to have the hitman shoot Mrs. Allwine at close range and burn down the house afterward.

However, once the funds were transferred, the Besa Mafia communicator told Mr. Allwine that “local police [have] stopped the hitman [from] driving a stolen vehicle and taken [him] to jail prior to the hit,” thus rendering him unable to complete his “service.” The complaint cited Sergeant McAlister who reported that during that time, “no one was apprehended in Minnesota and western Wisconsin in a stolen vehicle and possession of a gun.”

It is likely that the ethical hacker’s data breach had an impact on Mr. Allwine’s case; on March 24, 2017, the Washington County District Court charged him with first-degree murder. In addition, officers have gathered more evidence in the case — a drug called scopolamine was discovered at 45 times higher than the recommended level in Mrs. Allwine’s body. Investigators subsequently discovered that her husband had also ordered the substance on the dark web.

The post How a Bitcoin Whitehat Hacker Helped the FBI Catch a Murderer appeared first on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Housekeeping Room Attendant - Holiday Inn West Kelowna - Okanagan, BC   
Basic reading, writing, and math skills. Basic reading, writing, and math abilities are utilized often when reading room. _*$800.00 Summer Bonus Program*_....
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          LOTE en COMPLEJO NORDELTA - LAS TIPAS   
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Lote interno en barrio las tipas de 472m2 Lago propio, deportes y fãil acceso Tipas cuenta con lotes de 500m2 promedio y lago propio para disfrutar el contacto con la naturaleza También tiene club house con canchas de tenis, pileta y parrilla...
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          LOTE en COMPLEJO NORDELTA - LAS TIPAS   
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          LOTE en COMPLEJO NORDELTA - LAS TIPAS   
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          Místo domu mají umělý kopec. Po zelené fasádě se mohou procházet   
Na předměstí Melbourne stojí unikátní rodinný dům od slavného australského architekta Andrewa Maynarda. Hill House má moderní interiér, velkou kuchyň, krásné točité schodiště a soukromý uzavřený dvůr. Stavbu tvoří zelený kopec, po kterém se lze procházet.
          LOTE en COMPLEJO NORDELTA - LAS TIPAS   
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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:51:03 +0200
          Comment on Grand Canyon with Kids ~ What You Need to Know Before You Go by Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama   
I think preschoolers would love the Grand Canyon Railway ~ they offer a Polar Express experience at Christmastime where little ones can see Santa at the Grand Canyon. Little ones would also enjoy visiting Williams, especially if they're "Cars" movie fans since there's lots of neon and landscape similar to Radiator Springs. The traditional Native American dances near the Hopi House would also be a big hit with young kids. Of course, if you can include side trips, Bearizona is not to be missed! Best wishes with the book. Let me know when it's available so I can add it to the Travel Mamas Amazon store!
          Coming soon! Save BIG during our Perfect & Imperfect Clearance Sale!   

Keep your eyes open and check out our home page at https://reallovesexdolls.com/ very soon for our upcoming In-Stock Clearance Sale of dolls! We have many dolls in our Texas warehouse that are already made and ready to ship! This clearance sale is called our Perfect & Imperfect Sale because some dolls may have been slightly damaged in shipping, have compression marks or other surface blemishes. Other dolls are well, just perfect! Whichever you choose, she will ship to your address in 5-7 days in the US, and a little bit longer elsewhere. If you happen to see a doll you like, she can be in your home and looking beautiful, in a fraction of the time it would take to order from scratch!

Keep your new doll smelling sweet with our new line of scented powders, made from all natural ingredients. They smell and feel awesome, and are good for your skin as well as your doll. These also ship from our Texas location, so they can arrive in a week! https://reallovesexdolls.com/powder-perfume-make-up/

Don’t forget to check back soon – you might find just the doll you’ve had your eye on, or maybe a totally new doll may seduce you. Lucky for you, she’ll be ready and at your door in record time. Our Bi-Annual In-Stock Clearance Sale is just the thing to wash away those summer blahs! There’s still plenty of time to buy that perfect summer bikini!


          WJZ’s “Evening Magazine”   
During the summer of 1976, a San Francisco CBS affiliate station (KPIX) owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting (AKA Group W), premiered a local weeknight television news and entertainment series titled “Evening: The MTWTF Show”, eventually christened “Evening Magazine”. The show was designed to add a local focus to news.  This show was created in reaction to … Continue reading
          RECENZE: Nex Machina chutná porce je pro milovníky arkádových řežeb   
Když se stará škola setká s novou, nemusí to být vždy tragédie. Novinka od finských Housemarque ukazuje, že i v roce 2017 má čistokrevná arkáda mezi aktuálními videohrami své místo.
          Chicago Cubs Visit the White House   
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           Household structure and infectious disease transmission    
House, Thomas A. and Keeling, Matthew James. (2009) Household structure and infectious disease transmission. Epidemiology and Infection, Vol.137 (No.5). pp. 654-661. ISSN 0950-2688
          TS289: Melania Trump, Betsy DeVos, Club Kids, Student Loans   
This week Bryan shares stories from his sister Caroline's visit, while Erin ventured into some casual Veganism. Also, according to a recent study women hold 2/3 of all student loan debt and because of the gender pay gap and Betsy DeVos it’s going to become even harder to pay them off. Plus, at the 43rd G7 summit the world leaders spouses took a group photo and Luxembourg's First Gentleman was failed to be acknowledged in the White Houses Facebook page. The Throwing Shade Live tour documentary is coming to Vimeo next Thursday, June 8th! Pre-order here!  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/throwingshade 
          Bone Glues Market in Europe Will Grow at a CAGR of 1.39 Percent over the Period 2013-2018   

Bone Glues Market in Europe 2014-2018, report published by Reports and Intelligence

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/16/2014 -- Bone glues are a form of collagen. They are obtained from animal sources such as bovine and piscine bones. The most commonly used production process for making bone glues involves the procurement of animal bones from slaughterhouses, tanneries, and meat packing companies and their subjection to washing, boiling under pressure, de-mineralization and extraction of collagen, and drying. Bone glues are largely used in applications such as woodworking, book publishing, and match head production.

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Bone Glues market in Europe will grow at a CAGR of 1.39 percent over the period 2013-2018.

Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Bone Glues market in Europe for the period 2014-2018. To arrive at a ranking for the leading vendors of the market, and to calculate the market size, the report considers the production capacity of vendors of bone glues. It also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the top five vendors in the Bone Glues market in Europe. The report also provides data on the different segments of the Bone Glues market in Europe based on the following segmentation criteria: key leading country and application.

See similar report: Spirit Markets in the Top 5 European Countries to 2018 - Market Size, Trends, and Forecasts
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03. Scope of the Report
04. Market Research Methodology
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06. Market Landscape
07. Key Leading Countries
08. Market Segmentation by Application
09. Buying Criteria
10. Market Growth Drivers
11. Drivers and their Impact
12. Market Challenges
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14. Market Trends

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          GUARDIAS TIENDA EN LA FLORIDA    
Se requiere guardia para tienda DHouse ubicada en la comuna de La Florida, Requisitos: Curso OS10 vigente Varón nacionalidad Chilena Disponibilidad Inmediata Turnos de lunes a sábado de 10:30 a 19:30 hrs, de lunes a sábado, sueldo líquido $400.000, i......
          GUARDIAS EN TIENDA MAIPU   
Se requiere guardia para tienda DHouse en camino Melipilla, comuna de Maipu, Requisitos: Curso OS10 Vigente Varón de nacionalidad chilena Disponibilidad inmediata Turnos de lunes de sábado de 11:30 a 20:00, sueldo líquido $380.000, interesados presenta......
          TS271: Post Election Polls, House Bill 133, Guests Caitlin Barlow & Katie O'Brien   
This week Bryan and Erin share about their time at the Women’s March and the disaster of a human that is Kellyanne Conway. Also, a post election poll shows that Republican men believe women have it better in America right now, and House Bill 133 in Wyoming would allow discrimination under religious freedom against LGBTQ people. Plus, guests Caitlin Barlow and Katie O'Brien from the TV Land show “Teachers” are here to discuss Kris Jenners influence, their improve group “the Katydids”, and writing polar opposite characters from themselves. Catch “Teachers” on TV Land Tuesdays at 9PM before Throwing Shade. Follow them on Twitter! @katiecobrien and @Caitlin__Barlow
          TS269: Planned Parenthood, Stefano Gabanna, Guest Alessandro Minoli   
This week Bryan learns the meaning of DSLs while Erin finally shares her new obsession with Judge Judy. Also, Paul Ryan's at it again as the mother of the House of Representatives trying to defund Planned Parenthood, and Stefano Gabanna made some controversial statements after receiving hate on a recent Instagram post. Plus Erin's fiancé, guest Alessandro Minoli is here to serenade us with Olivers toy song, meeting Erin, and discuss his new show Jeff & Some Aliens. Tune into Throwing Shade on TV Land this Tuesday 1/17 honeybunz!
          Michigan will not have an anti-abortion license plate, thanks to Gov. Snyder   
Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have created a state-issued “Choose Life” fundraising license plate, with proceeds going to the Choose Life Fund.

Snyder said in a statement that he was concerned that “The ‘Choose Life’ license plate is a political message that has the potential to bitterly divide millions of Michiganders." In his view, it is "not appropriate for a state-issued license plate.”

House Republicans approved the bill in May on a near party-line vote, according to the Free Press. Reps. Robert Kosowski of Westland and Brian Elder of Bay City were the only Democrats who supported the legislation.…
          Comment on The Wallpapered Back Room by Kelly   
I've learned from the show, Escape to the Country, that the British would call this room a 'snug' - a sort of cozy, small room for reading or watching TV. If you haven't watched the show, I recommend! It's about people from the city escaping to the countryside. This room looks like one you might find in one of the country houses.
          TS252: Emirates, Hillary Clinton, Gay Marriage in AUS, Guests Danielle Schneider & Casey Wilson   
This week Bryan is sick of your Emirates travels being thrown in his face, while Erin is coming clean about squatting at her friends apartment. In other news, Hillary Clinton has pneumonia and ignorant fools across the nation have consequently branded her unfit for president. Have you seen the other guy? Also, marriage equality in Australia, though favored by the people, has parliament in a tizzy and subjecting the country to a useless plebiscite. Plus comedians Danielle Schneider and Casey Wilson are here and we dive deep into our Real Housewives obsession, their podcast Bitch Sesh, and their growing army of passionate listeners.
          Join Frederick Douglass Reading 2017 At Renaissance House In Martha’s Vineyard   

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          Comment on PLP Acknowledges Paula Cox’s Resignation by vida S   
Mrs Cox if your running as an independent,you must be doing it out of spite,because you know you are taking votes from the PLP,there is no room for independents in the house,its party one way or the other,the OBA is laughing at you,its funny how we forget.
          10 Classic New Jersey Attractions You Should Revisit   
What comes to mind when you think of classic New Jersey attractions? Chances are, the places in your memory are still in existence today. New Jersey is filled with classic attractions that families and visitors have enjoyed for decades. Why not make some plans to revisit them this year?


1. Land of Make Believe - Hope, NJ

I asked a few friends on Facebook if I could borrow their photos from Land of Make Believe (lovingly referred to as LoMB) and so many people came forward with pictures of their fun times that I had trouble choosing which shots to use! This classic New Jersey attraction, located in Hope, New Jersey, has been in business for over 60 years. Featuring rides, roller coasters, a water park, picnic area and more. Families have loved this place for generations. Cleanliness, location, family-friendly activities and good value are just some of the reasons why LoMB has been a classic staple in New Jersey family travels for so many years!

Photo cred thanks to L. Soos, S. Ho-Tai, S. Wright, H. Sherwin and J. Augustine

2. Space Farms Zoo & Museum - Sussex, NJ

Ask most New Jersey residents if they have been to Space Farms Zoo and Museum, and they usually answer with a smile. Space Farms had its humble beginnings in 1927, and the Space family has maintained it ever since. I can still vividly remember our first class field trip there in the mid-1980's, when Goliath the bear was still alive. Visitors will find it largely unchanged since the past, featuring acres of animals, picnic areas, a museum, classic cars and so much more. Check out their website or read my blog post review about this unforgettable New Jersey location.


3. Turtle Back Zoo - West Orange, NJ

Turtle Back Zoo opened in 1963, and it was also a favorite field trip location for many children back in the 1970's and 80's (and still, today!). The zoo has come a long way since its early days, with expansions, aquariums, additions and play areas included for children. You can still find giant turtles in their midst, as well as their famous wandering peacocks (but leave them alone, please!). You also can't forget family favorites like the train ride, pony rides, and the beautiful carousel. Turtle Back Zoo is open year round, and in my opinion, is one of the best classic New Jersey attractions out there. Read my blog post all about the zoo, or visit their website to find out more information.


4. Wild West City - Stanhope, NJ

What I remember most about Wild West City is the TV commercial (or radio commercial) that played over and over again during the late 1970's and early 80's. It featured the voice and piano playing of New Jersey's own Uncle Floyd, if you remember him. They still use this song on Wild West City's website, if you feel the need for a flashback! Like most New Jersey classic attractions, it hasn't changed much since you last visited! It has been family owned and operated on and off since 1956, and features live-action shows, stagecoach rides, pony rides, train rides, panning for gold, mini golf, and a whole lot more. Guests should know that they still reenact legendary western gunfights in a safe manner (you can read all about their gun policy here). One of the best things about Wild West City is that there really isn't anything else like it in New Jersey, so catch it while you can.

photo cred J. Caramucci

5. Lucy the Elephant, Margate, NJ

There are classic lighthouses and monuments in New Jersey, but Lucy the Elephant takes the cake. Built in the 1800's, you can purchase a guided tour to see what's inside this cheeky elephant. If you prefer to walk around outside of her and take photos, you can do that for free (there is also a gift shop, which I hear has some adorable memorabilia), but I recommend the tour as you get to see some great views from Lucy's height! It's right by the ocean and there is a little snack shop and outdoor seating, too. Check their website for operating hours and ticket info.

Photo cred S. Wright

Photo cred S. Wright

6. Storybook Land - Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Storybook Land has been operational since 1955. That's over 60 years of entertainment in The Garden State! Visitors fondly recall its whimsical statues of fairytale friends, and get a kick out of posing their children next to familiar sites from their own childhood. Everything at Storybook Land seems to have a cute, retro feel to it, from snack shops shaped like a watering can to colorful trains picking up passengers. They are open Fall and Winter, too, with wonderful displays at Christmastime. At Storybook Land, you pay one admission price for unlimited rides, and their location nestled in the trees keeps you cool in the summertime, too.

photo cred R. Levitan

7. Christmas Ice Caverns - Fairfield, NJ

The Christmas Ice Caverns in Fairfield are near and dear to my heart. This adorable, animated Christmas display has been entertaining visitors since 1972. Generations of families return every season to see the new additions and to throw their pennies into its magical wishing waters. Guests walk through an indoor 'cavern' (a path, basically) to view all of the displays, and can even meet Santa at the end of the journey. Admission cost is ridiculously low, and kids of all ages seem to enjoy what it offers. Read all about this classic Christmas display in my blog post, or visit the Ice Caverns website for more information about their operating hours.


8. Sterling Hill Mining Museum - Ogdensburg

Let's face it, rocks are cool. Mines are even cooler. Rocks, minerals, and mines in our own state with a rich history are the coolest of all. The history of Sterling Hill Mining Museum is so long and complex that I would fail to do it justice here. So I urge you to read all about its history on their website and then plan your own visit here. There's so much to do and see, including a tour of the mine, a museum, an observatory, memorials, fossils, collections and more. There's a snack bar and panning, as well as a cool museum store and fluorescent rocks.

photo cred. L. Schwartz

9. Waterloo Village - Stanhope, NJ 

Waterloo Village in Stanhope is open to the public for walking, hiking and exploring. If you've visited before, you might remember this little restored village, featuring a 400-year old Lenape establishment and a little port along the Morris Canal. There's a blacksmith shop, general store, sawmills, gristmills and even historic houses. It's still a popular site for field trips, and they hold many educational workshops and events throughout the year. Check their Facebook page for more information!

photo by Chuck Walsh, Wikimedia Commons

10. Bowcraft Amusement Park - Scotch Plains

Bowcraft Amusement Park may be small, but it's a fun place to spend your day. The history of the park dates back to 1946, and even included a miniature golf course in the 1980's (that was later removed to add more parking). Classic, fun rides and a convenient location to the highway make this a favorite spot for kids and families. Bowcraft is a great location for birthday parties and events, and they even hold special seasonal activities like Easter egg hunts and a Sukkos spectacular for Jewish guests.

photo cred M. Augustine

One last thing to note is that the New Jersey shore is filled with classic attractions. When I asked friends and family about their favorite vintage New Jersey sites, many of them mentioned shore arcades, rides, piers and boardwalks. There were so many, I figured they deserve a post of their own. So stay tuned for classic New Jersey Shore attractions, coming soon!
          Indian-Americans and Spelling Bees: Adding some nuance   
It's that time of the year again. The only night of the year when desi people dominate ESPN primetime in the United States. The Scripps National Spelling Bee. Yet again, the winner...or rather co-winners..came from the families of Indian immigrants.

This has been happening for over a decade now, and every year, the aftermath of the Bee in Indian media and Indian and Indian-origin social media follows a similar pattern. There are a few think pieces about why Indian-Americans are so good at spelling bees. Some folks go all uber-patriotic extolling the superior virtues of our intellectual tradition and what not (cue...Bhaaaaarrrraat maaata kiiii.......). And some folks sneer, indulging in a mild form of communal self-loathing. I don't have kids but my close Indian-American friends who do are very emphatic about how they will not make...or even let their kids participate in something as nerdy and inherently uncool as a spelling bee.

Through Twitter I came across this post that quotes Varun Grover's interview in the excellent excellent documentary I Am Offended (do watch if you haven't) which references spelling bees. That blog, and Varun in that documentary, are making a larger point about how the Indian education system is centered around rote learning, stifling creativity and basically preparing "middle managers". And that the success in spelling bees is a symptom of that.

While I agree with Varun and Auctorly on the larger problem, I don't think it is correct to link spelling bees to that problem. I see where they are coming from, and the reason for that is a couple of myths about spelling bees in general which merit some attention.

Myth #1 Spelling Bees are all about memorizing thousands and thousands and thousands of words, and regurgitating them on stage.

I used to think the same way, but it's not really that way. A few years ago, I had a long chat with a student of mine (I am a college professor) who in her school days had participated in the spelling bee. She didn't win, but talked to me about how much fun it was, and ended up giving me a different perspective on this activity that I too once sneered at. Then I read some more about it, watched the documentary Spellbound, talked to some more students over the years, and I think it is necessary to add some nuance to how we view the "sport".

Spelling bee as a contest is more about pattern recognition than just rote memorization. Don't get me wrong. Of course it is important to know and remember many many words to participate in a spelling bee. But the same is true of scrabble. Or crosswords. Or trivia quizzing. Heck, memorization is key even in chess. A serious chess player will have thousands of moves and games memorized.

Just like all those activities/sports, spelling bee is about, yes, having a memory bank of relevant information, but at the top level, it is often about recognizing patterns, working out clues, and then formulating an answer by accessing the relevant information from your brain.

You know how the kids ask for meaning, language of origin, use it in a sentence etc etc? It is not for theater. It has important information, and many times, can even help you make an educated guess at the spelling of a word you've never heard of by using what is basically pattern recognition.

Let me give you an example about how I, without memorizing any words, was able to correctly guess one of the words in the final this year. The word was chremslach. When it was first uttered, I thought it would start with "Kr" and maybe end with "che" or "kh". Then I heard that the word was Yiddish. And the meaning was a kind of passover pastry. Instantly I thought of a pastry that a Jewish deli near my house excels at - rugelach. The end sounded the same. So it had to end in -lach. And the different pronunciations of the starting syllable suggested chr not Kr. The repeated usage by the moderator further confirmed what I had in my mind. A pattern emerged and voila. There the spelling was.

I felt thrilled at having worked it out before the contestant answered. It was a thrill similar to the one I get as a trivia quizzer when I crack a cleverly framed Final Jeopardy style "workout-able" question. Or the thrill I get when I crack a particularly cryptic clue in crosswords.

The aforementioned student kept stressing about how much fun the whole thing was for her. She said it was a form of solving puzzles. And I saw what she meant. I asked her, isn't it boring to memorize thousands and thousands of words. She said no, she LOVES words (sidenote - she always wrote the most well-crafted and thoughtful term papers in my class). And again, I see her point.

When you enjoy any activity built on pattern recognition so much that you want to seriously compete in it, you don't think of the underlying memorization as a drab chore. I like to play scrabble semi-competitively, and it is fun for me to have those cruel 2 letter words memorized so I can gain advantage on the board despite not having great tiles. And I'm sure poker players don't think of probability calculations as mundane.

Myth #2 These desi spelling be winners will most likely end up as middle managers, code coolies, cogs in the corporate machine....just total drones.

Although it seems like Indian-Americans have been winning the bee for ages, in reality, it's been less than two decades that it has been happening consistently. So the sample of winners is not statistically significant, but from whatever I read in "where are they now" type stories, I saw very few, if any, ending up in those drone type jobs.

A lot of them were in some form of research, which to me, as an academic researcher, makes sense. Research is like the rigorous grown-up impactful form of pattern recognition that is built upon a deep memory bank of knowledge about a subject. A bunch of them were doctors and lawyers. One was a professional poker player (again, pattern recognition and memory). And so on. I even googled a few names of winners and always found that the person was doing something really cool.

Maybe a systematic study will throw up more details.

Myth #3 We Indians are just awesome at English and we are such brainiacs and we have the bestest education-centric culture so we are awesome at Spelling Bees

While the first two myths were in the self-loathing category, this one is in the uber-patriotic category. I have no problem with Indians or Indian-origin feeling proud or elated or whatever at this dominance, although I am personally from the Bill Hicks school of thought when it comes to patriotism.

But let us dispel with this notion that there is something really inherently culturally genetically special about Indians that our kids just go to America, show up at spelling bees, and start winning them left and right. There is actually a pretty strong and well-organized training infrastructure that is making all this possible. Remember that these contestants train with the rigor and discipline of athletes. It is not done in isolation, but requires broader support like with any sport or activity.

What you see on ESPN is the culmination of a year of smaller contests, local spelling bees, practice bees, and other such events on the local circuits. And there's a kind of feedback loop that forms. Successive generations build on the success of previous generations. Legacies and even "dynasties" are created and inspire some to adhere to it. I could keep going, but I came across this article that explains the quasi-institutional reasons behind the dominance in more detail.

If some other community starts taking such a deep interest in the sport and organizes in such a serious grassroots way, other communities could start dominating too.

One thing to note is that the winners have all been kids of Indians who migrated to the United States. Recent Indian immigrants, much like recent immigrants of other communities, tend to socialize more with their compatriots and do so in a very community-based way, with associations and groups and mandals and so on. But second generation Indian-Americans are more assimilated in the American mainstream. So when they grow up and have kids of their own, they are not as plugged into the Indian-American groups and associations as their parents were.

So you don't see many (or even any?) third generation Indian-American children winning the spelling bee or even making it to the national finals, because they don't have automatic access to that community-based infrastructure.

The best way to end this post is to quote a now-grown-up Nupur Lala, the star of the Oscar winning documentary who arguably started this Indian-American phenomenon.

“Having watched Spellbound, I realized that several of my competitors weren’t any worse than me ability-wise, but they didn’t have the same advantages—economic privilege, educational background, family dynamics,” she says. “I know that played a big, big role in my success. As a 14-year-old, I really thought I was one of the best spellers out there. In hindsight, I think, yeah, I was a very good speller, but I also had some of the best preparation and resources out there. I had a mom who had a graduate degree in linguistics. Parents who have literally hundreds of books in the house, and who were very motivated to help me succeed.”


          "The Flight" Chapter 2 of Apurvai, a travelogue by P.L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Many years ago, I translated chapter 1 from the 1960 book. You don't HAVE TO read it to follow this chapter, but it is recommended. Unlike my other translations which were done from audio files of PuLa narrating his work, this one has been done from the actual book. So even Marathis who've never read the book will find something new here. 

To set the stage a little, in this chapter, PuLa describes the experience of his first ever international flight. Based on the references to the Suez Crisis, I'm guessing it happened in 1956 or 1957. So almost 60 years ago! I was surprised to learn of the sheer number of stopovers flights had to make in those days. It is indeed a different era. But so much of what he writes resonated with me in terms of my experiences with international flights. Which is why I chose to translate this although it isn't as ROFLMAO funny as the previous chapter.

Usual caveats - Much of PuLa's humor comes from how he played with the Marathi language, and it can get lost in translation. But his observations and descriptions stay relevant even 55 years later.

Our flight to London from Santa Cruz airport was scheduled for 11 PM on August 20th. It wasn't my first time flying, but it was the first time I was flying to another country, that too on a huge airplane. I had been told to reach the airport about an hour before the flight. Even if I hadn't been told this, I would've gone there two hours before. Because even when I am taking an M.S.M. train (or as you kids today call it, Southern Railway), I go to the station an hour early. Even if I have a reserved seat. 

I find it convenient to allow that buffer for unforeseen but predictable events like getting on the wrong train, not being able to find my compartment, taxi to the station breaking down, heavy rain causing waterlogging, forgetting some important stuff at home and realizing it halfway to the station, forgetting to fill the water bottle, and of course, panicking every few minutes thinking that I have either forgotten the ticket at home or lost it. 

And of course, Indian Railways regularly contributes with unforeseen but predictable events of its own. Just as you've spread out a sheet on your berth and laid down, a railways employee comes and says the compartment has some problems, so we need to shift to another one. It takes about 45 minutes to find a porter, find the replacement compartment, and move all the luggage. It turns out that if you turn the lights on, the fan stops working, and if you turn the fan on, the lights stop working. Finally both are fixed, and when you go to the bathroom, there is no water in the compartment. So you have to stay awake till Lonand to find a guard and complain about it. If you're lucky, it'll get fixed by the time the train reaches Nira. Or then wait till Miraj at 5 AM so you can use the bathroom on the station. 

So even if you go very early to the station, there's no guarantee that your rail journey will be pleasant. I wonder if we are destined to ever get railways that take the responsibility of passenger comfort seriously. Until then, there are only two ways to travel without any problems - on foot like Vinoba Bhave or by air.

Or so I thought.

When I bought my tickets at the Air India office, the lady behind the counter had told me to reach the airport at 9 PM. And then, flashing me a disarming smile, suggested that I call the airline before leaving to make sure the plane wasn't delayed. So just as we were about to leave, I remembered that smile and mentioned this to the huge contingent of friends, family, and neighbors gathered at our house to bid us farewell.

"Haha, don't be an idiot! It's a plane, not an ST bus to be delayed. Airlines operate with second-by-second precision!"

A friend, who had never traveled an inch north of Malad or south of Kala Ghoda, said making me feel like an idiot in front of everyone. This guy has always had this publicly dismissive attitude towards me. I don't know why I am still friends with him. When I told him I was being sent to England by Doordarshan, his first reaction was,

"You??? Why??? Looks like the government has too much money to waste!"

When I first wore the suit mentioned in the previous chapter, he laughed and said I looked like a trumpeter from one of the Dhobi Talao wedding bands. Totally unnecessary snark. But he can't help it. So even though he had no first hand experience on the matter, he stayed true to his nature and ridiculed me for wondering if I should call the airline to check the flight status.

My wife called the airline office anyway. And we came to know that because the incoming plane from Tokyo hadn't reached yet, our flight was delayed by two hours. 

I winced. The idea of sitting in Mumbai's humidity for two more hours wearing a three piece suit, that noose-like tie, those damned expensive Chinese shoes, the nylon socks bought after the Middle East cooled down, and a thick coat meant for England's cold weather, was unbearable. I was tempted to take off all my clothes (except for one) and cal the whole thing off. 

"So....will the plane depart exactly two hours later than scheduled?"

Someone from the annoyingly large farewell contingent asked, and that question suddenly made our house explode into a pointless deliberation that made it resemble a legislative body debating a useless resolution.

"Will the plane leave two hours later or do you go to the airport two hours later?"

"But does two hours really mean two hours?"

"But what does a plane coming from Tokyo have to do with an Air India flight going to London?"

"Let's say the plane reaches earlier than estimated......will it still leave two hours late or earlier than that?"

"Let's say that Tokyo flight is delayed by four hours instead, will your flight leave two hours late or four hours late?"

"Someone told me that last week a flight scheduled for midnight eventually departed after dawn. Is that true?"

"Are you sure it's a plane from Tokyo? Maybe it's Kyoto."

"I just called a friend of mine who works in a restaurant at the airport. He says there is some mechanical problem in this plane, and the Tokyo plane thing is just an excuse."

"So the flight might get cancelled?"

"Do they have a replacement plane? How many planes does All India Radio have anyway?"

"It's Air India, not All India Radio."

"Yeah, same difference."

"Mechanical problems......that's scary!"

"You both have life insurance, right?"

"Remember the plane that crashed at Cairo five years ago? My boss' nephew was on it. His wife got two million as compensation!"

"I've heard you can buy life insurance at the airport."

All this nonsense from people who had nothing to do with our travel whatsoever. I prayed to god to rescue me from this plane chaos by sending the plane he sent for Sant Tukaram. 

"I'm telling you guys. Instead of spending the two hours sitting at home, spend them sitting at the airport. Let's say they repair the plane early and it leaves before time. What are you going to do? It's not like you can catch it on the way. It's not the Barshi-Pandharpur passenger train. Hehehehe!"

So finally, following the over-cautious traditions of my train journeys, we reached the airport at 9:30 PM for a plane that was scheduled to depart at 1:30 AM. Some of my other friends and colleagues were at the airport already to see me off. They either didn't know that the plane was delayed, or even if they knew, they were aware of my over-cautious traditions. 

All my friends at the airport made me feel very awkward and also emotional by showering me with so many garlands and bouquets, that the airport officials thought I was a politician. And I had an epiphany at that moment - the greatest wealth in my life is my friends. If wealth were to be measured in friendships, I am probably richer than Tata-Birla combined. I have so many dear friends in so many walks of life! And so many of them had come late at night and out of the way to the airport to see me off. 

I felt touched but also embarrassed. Firstly, I still wasn't sure I could pull off the suit-boot look. Having such a huge audience for it felt weird. And then there were these garlands and bouquets. I was overwhelmed. I have gotten used to getting such attention at functions and award shows and suchlike. But on this occasion, I was feeling like I had an emotional debt to pay off. Just popping by to say goodbye is one thing, but these guys had come all the way to the airport!

My embarrassment was compounded by the fact that I hadn't really done or achieved anything to deserve all the attention that night. When I get such attention after a successful theater performance, it's okay. At least I gave them some happiness, and they are appreciating it. But that night, my wife and I were just flying to England like thousands of people do everyday. And yet my mob of friends at the airport had made me feel like I was doing something special. With a luggage full of such love and good wishes, I started feeling confident that even if all the engines of the plane failed, I could fly anywhere I wanted. 

The crowd of friends and all the flowers being heaped on me made the press photographers hanging around think that I was some big deal. They suddenly started snapping our pictures like paparazzi. In all this chaos, one of my friends went to the airport officials and convinced them to open a "VIP Lounge" for me. A sturdy fellow in a crisp uniform politely asked us to follow him to the VIP lounge. 

At that moment, my wife looked at me happily with an expression that said - "all these years that I have put up with you are finally paying off!"

As we were led into the imposingly plush VIP lounge, I started feeling even more awkward. Given our colonial history, I know that "England returned" has a certain halo attached to it. But I had no idea that the halo starts appearing even before you leave India. I started feeling worried about the possibility of a real VIP showing up and frowning at how our raucous farewell contingent had made the VIP lounge resemble Khandke's chawl. 

Even in all that chaos, I overheard one of the uniformed guys whispering to the other,

"Nowadays, any random person can become a VIP."

His colleague responded,

"Hoga koi Minister ka baccha nahi toh jamai!"

and walked away.

So I tried to appear and act as VIP-ish as possible. I went around folding my hands and solemnly thanking all the people who had come to see me off. Then I started giving away the garlands and bouquets to kids and being unnecessarily nice to them. Basically, emulating every aspect of VIP behavior that I could remember. 

A few of the professional photographers kept taking pictures of all this, and then offered to send them to me. They helpfully quoted a "professional" rate for it that was ten times what it would cost to get a photo taken in my neighborhood studio. But I was pretending to be a VIP and had to play the part. Once I parted with all the advance payments for the photos, the expression on my face finally came to resemble something that actually deserved to be photographs. I have no idea where those expensive photos are now, by the way.

Eventually there was an announcement that the customs check process had started, and we finally prepared to leave that VIP cell....I mean lounge. While leaving, I handed a generous tip to the uniformed guys standing at the door. The astounded expressions on their faces made me realize that real VIPs probably never hand out any tips. They hand out only two things - promises or threats.

We left the lounge and walked straight to the weighing scales near the customs area. I put our bags on it one by one and felt relieved when each of them were a pound or so less than the 44 pound limit. My wife on the other hand seemed a little disappointed and said,

"Hmpf, I guess we could have taken a few more papads then."

I ignored her and walked to the customs booth, standing in front of the officer with an appropriately guilty expression on my face.

This was the second time in my life that I had faced a customs officer. A few years ago, when returning from Goa (then a Portuguese territory) I stood in front of a customs officer for the first time. Everyone in front of me had been questioned extensively and had their bags checked thoroughly. So I was already terrified. Even though there was no reason to be terrified. In the entire crowd there, we were probably the only ones returning from Goa without as much as a tiny piece of chocolate. But customs booths are one of those weirdly imposing places where I feel nervous by default.

Some people are scared of a dentist's chair. Not me. I have been to dentists many times. One dentist actually turned my simple complaint of an aching tooth into an imperative to extract it with the glee of a professional sadist. It hurt so much, I think I actually saw a few angels waiting to welcome me into heaven. But even then, the next time I went to a (different, obviously) dentist, I went with the ease with which I go to Kulkarni's restaurant to eat bhajiyas. No fear or worries. But put me in front of a custom's officer and my heart starts racing.

There are many random entries in my list of "people I am irrationally scared of". For some reason, I am terrified of every liftman. Not afraid of the actual lift, mind you. It's not like I am scared that the lift will plummet to the basement or anything. I am just scared of the liftmen, at least in Mumbai, where almost all of them seem to have a cold blank expression on their face. I am also terrified of waiters in fancy restaurants. If one is standing next to me, I feel so nervous that I invariably spill something. I was never scared of male teachers, but female teachers always petrified me. And I can slap a doctor on his back and sing songs with him even when he is in the middle of surgery, but when it comes to nurses, my hands start trembling even if I am handing them a note. I have no idea why I carry these bizarre fears in my heart.

That customs officer I encountered when returning from Goa had insulted me rather painfully! I still shudder and shed a tear when I think about it.

When it was my turn, he asked me my name, address, and profession. Those days, I earned my living in a college fostering deep hatred for literature among the students. As soon as I told the officer that I was a Professor, and that too of Marathi, he just looked straight into my eyes, and with an expression conveying immense pity, said,

"You can go."

He didn't ask to search my luggage, didn't ask me if I was carrying any contraband, didn't even ask me if I had anything to declare. With utter conviction that I lacked the ability or the means to smuggle in alcohol, gold, cigarettes, or anything like that, he sent me on my way. I have never felt more humiliated. I would've preferred it if he had instead put me through a two hour long interrogation under a bright lamp.

So that day in Mumbai airport, I was wondering if the customs officer in charge of examining departing passengers would be more respectful. He looked at my bags, then glanced at my face, and then wordlessly made some chalk markings on the bags and waved me through. Rude, isn't it?

Next my wife and I went to Passport Control. Our passports had been issued two years ago and were valid for three more years. But one of my friends in the farewell party had authoritatively said, 

"Ohhhh.....just three years validity left? That might create problems. Good luck!"

I nervously handed over the passports to the officer. He glanced at them for a nanosecond and returned them to me. I was less worried about the validity and more worried about the passport photo. But the officer had evidently discovered some similarity between my passport photo and the way I actually look. Once we were done with that, a health officer quickly made sure we had taken the necessary vaccinations and we were done.

Once we got the "worthy of traveling abroad" certification from Pandit Nehru's people, all we could do was wait for the plane to leave. It was past midnight. The departure area at Santa Cruz is decorated and furnished in a very modern way. There are lots of comfortable couches and chairs for passengers to relax in. But my wife and I were sitting there uncomfortably, feeling out of place.

There was a European couple sitting in front of us. They seemed confused by Indian currency. These were the days when paisa coins co-existed with anna coins and the poor visitors had no idea if the many coins they had were worth five rupees or five annas. Hoping to give them a happy memory of Indian hospitality, I jumped in to offer unsolicited advice and ended up compounding their confusion even more. Finally my better half stepped in, sorted the whole thing out, and informed them that Indian women have a much better understanding of money than Indian men. 

The European couple left for their flight and I started looking around at other fellow-passengers. With a parochial mindset, I went around to see if there were other Marathi folk there, and soon met a man named Patil and a student named Joshi. I was there representing the Deshpande name. All we were missing was a Kulkarni. If we had found one, we would have had Patil-Joshi-Deshpande-Kulkarni, the four pillars of the ancient Marathi administrative set-up. Sadly there was no Kulkarni on that flight, but it did end up having a pilot named Nadkarni. Nadkarni is essentially the South Kannada version of Kulkarni, so I guess we ended up with the full set eventually.

 Around 1 AM, the plane's wings must have fluttered because suddenly, there was a lot of activity around us. The crowd started walking in one direction, and we went along. I looked at the glass barrier at the customs desk and saw our contingent was still patiently waiting. The elders had tears in their eyes and the younger lot looked like they were cracking stale jokes at our expense and passing them off as new. 

When we eventually reached the gate, I confirmed three times that it was the right plane. Or else we'd wake up the next morning in Cochin instead of Cairo. I still carried emotional scars from the night at Pune station that I got on a train to go to Kolhapur and woke up the next morning to find I was in a compartment parked in the Pune railway yard. I have always had the kind of luck where I take a girlfriend to watch a movie on the sly and run into a nosy old relative who decided to come watch the same movie. And I couldn't afford to let that luck mess up international travel. 

There was an air hostess standing at the door, welcoming us with an unnaturally wide smile. The rest of the crew, dressed in crisp dark trousers and skirts and blindingly white shirts, sporting wing shaped lapel pins and painstakingly groomed mustaches, was darting about doing their work. We reached our seats and stared out the tiny oblong window at the terminal, wondering if our friends and family were still there. 

Once I was in the seat, I assured myself that despite all apparent obstacles, it now seemed like I would definitely go to England, and fastened the seat belt around my stomach. The engines started humming and the fans started rotating one by one.   The plane got going. After zooming along the ground for a mile or so, it slowed down and stopped at the other end of the runway. 

As soon as it stopped, I started fearing the worst. The plane had already been delayed by mechanical problems. I wasn't sure if they had fixed the problems completely or had postponed some repairs. Maybe now they'd discover more problems. I also carried emotional scars from bus drivers who'd make passengers board on a scorching hot day, bake them in that tin box for an hour while they waited, and then open the bonnet of the bus to examine what's wrong with the engine. 

Luckily, nothing like that happened. In a couple of minutes, the plane started moving again, then sped up, and eventually left terra firma in a graceful glide. I watched the airport rapidly disappear from my view and before I knew it, Mumbai started resembling a gem-laden ornament below us. In that ornament, four million people were probably dreaming as they slept, while I sat with wide open eyes, realizing my childhood dream of foreign travel. 

And next to me was my soul mate and my life partner accompanying me on this adventure. Over the previous twelve years, we had built many castles in the air together, while never feeling tempted to build a house on the ground. We never stayed in one place for more than 2-3 years anyway. We had in common a huge appetite for new challenges and new experiences. And the latest one was to be living in England for 5-6 months.

Our flight had been in the air for a while, and the plane was completely dark as was the sky outside, but I still couldn't sleep. The plane was completely packed and experienced travelers were already snoring. Our air-hostess was Japanese. She was promptly and efficiently offering candy and nuts to travelers with a studied smile straight out of the training syllabus. Her walk was brisk and her voice had the crispness of springtime. 

I was feeling really hot. That damned suit on my body started feeling like clunky armor and I again cursed myself for wearing it on the plane. I looked around and was taken aback when I noticed at an Englishman sitting in front of me. Here I was, wearing a brand new three piece suit because I was going to his snooty country. And this dude was sitting there looking very relaxed in khaki shorts, a flannel shirt with some twenty five pockets, and a flimsy felt hat that did not match.

So I discreetly looked around at the other white people on the flight. Not a single one of them was dressed even as remotely formally as I was. Sitting there overdressed in that damned suit in the middle of the night, I started feeling like even more of a neophyte than I already was. 

Suddenly the Japanese air-hostess appeared with a small wet towel on a plate. I eyed the towel suspiciously for a second. I had no idea what purpose a wet towel was supposed to serve at two in the morning. But I was brought up never to turn a plate away, so I picked up the towel and thanked her. I looked at my wife to see if she had any suggestions, but she was fast asleep. I slowly glanced across the aisle and saw that the guy there was gently rubbing the towel on his face. I did the same, and the cool cologne scented fabric gave me some relief from the intense heat I was experiencing. 

Our massive jumbo jet was slicing through the darkness leaving cities and mountains behind. I was finally feeling a little drowsy. Almost everyone around me, including my wife, was already asleep. That Englishman with the khaki shorts was in fact trying to drown out the noise of the engine with his own booming multi-octave snores with his mouth open. The ex-subject of Her Majesty's realm inside me felt relieved to observe first-hand that even the English can snore with their mouths open. Because once our travel plans were made, I was a bit worried about that. 

You see, I am one of "those" too. But over the course of my life, I have come across some impressively loud snorers. My grandma says that people with big hearts and minds snore the most. I don't know if there is any correlation between big bodies and big hearts and minds - I won't mind if there is. I started thinking a lot about snoring and hearts and minds. I do remember that I spent a lot of time thinking about it. But I don't know for how long, because the next thing I knew, I was waking up to the dawn's early light.

Our plane was flying over a huge desert. I noted how different this dawn was from any other dawn I had experienced in my life, thousands of miles over a limitless desert. This experience, coming right after I had experienced a darkness so different from any other darkness I had experienced in my life, spurred some philosophical and metaphorical thoughts. It felt like I was witness to the dawn of a new phase of my life. I thought about my recent years and realized that I hadn't really experienced real dawn in years. In Mumbai's fast-paced hectic life, by the time my day ended, it was usually well past midnight. So by the time I usually woke up, dawn would have given up on waiting for me and slid away, making way for harsh sunlight. 

Our Japanese air-hostess, still looking as fresh as a dew-kissed flower, was making the rounds with hot fortifying beverages for the morning. I have never found those beverages particularly fortifying immediately after waking up, so I politely declined her offer of tea or coffee. Instead, I got up and headed to the bathroom. Taking care not to wake up or bump into any of the other passengers, I tiptoed my way to the front, and slowly opened the door to what I thought was the bathroom. Instead I found myself face-to-face with the fine gentlemen flying the plane. It was the cockpit door! I guess the expression on my face gave away what my need was because the co-pilot, without saying anything, pointed me to the correct door. 

I finished my morning ablutions and returned to the seat to find the "fasten seatbelts" sign flashing. By the time I was able to find the belt and buckle it up, the plane had started its rapid descent. I looked out the window and saw that we were headed to a desert island surrounded by more desert. I assumed it was Cairo, our first stopover. I started looking around the landscape in the hopes of spotting some pyramids. By the time I spotted a bump that I thought was a pyramid and was about to point it out to my wife, the plane was touching down, and before I knew it, it was standing stationary in a foreign land.

I looked at the dinky terminal outside the window and was a little disappointed that a city as renowned as Cairo should have an airport that looks more like an ST bus stand. But once we got off the plane, I learned that we were not in Cairo, but in some place called "Bahrain" instead. I felt a bit like Columbus who reached land confident that he was in India but then discovered that he was instead in some strange land he did not know anything about. And I felt relieved that I had not pointed out those supposed pyramids to my wife.

I had never heard of Bahrain before and had no idea where the hell it exactly was or why we were there instead of Cairo. But we walked into the terminal and headed for the restaurant. I learned that there were oilfields nearby and that Bahrain is a small island nation that is known for its oilfields. That was pretty much all we learned about the place. 

We sat in the restaurant, ordered tea, and waited while the plane was refueled. The tea arrived after a long time. One sip of that concoction and I was convinced that in Bahrain, they used dried date palm leaves in lieu of tea leaves and the milk probably came from a camel instead of a cow. Over the course of my life, I have tasted many different kinds of tea......except of course the spilled tea from Mongini's mentioned in the previous chapter. Tea served in small glass tumblers in Mumbai, tea served in mud bowls on the banks of the Narmada, tea served in metallic cups in Madras, masala milk tea, railway station tea flavored with charcoal, tea without milk, tea without sugar, and even Chinese tea made from jasmine flowers. But I will never EVER forget that horrible tea from Bahrain airport. I will happily drink the bitterest castor potion than drink that tea again.

Well, at least the tea was free, because it was paid for by the airline.

Pretty soon, the plane was ready and we all climbed back into its belly. The plane took off soon and headed for Cairo. The flight from Bahrain to Cairo was essentially just desert after desert after desert. Once in a while, just as a change of scenery, there would be a small strip of water. But otherwise, totally barren. Not a single glimpse of green. 

And that's when I really understood why the green flag of Islam came was hoisted in these deserts first. The prophet was very clever in choosing the color green for his flag. It is obvious why millions of Arabs enthusiastically followed that rare pleasant colored flag. I'm sure that the green flag was as instrumental in the spread of Islam as the Koran was. Add to it the moon that the desert dwellers probably equated with the relief provided by night, and I felt I had to applaud the prophet for his grasp of semiotics. 

It was about 8:30 in the morning. I was staring at the desert out the window hoping to spot a camel train. But in vain. I did spot a lot of dry river beds though. Soon the sun got really bright and the glare made it difficult to keep looking outside. Soon our plane moved from the sea of sand to a sea of water. Being geographically challenged, I first decided it was the Red Sea, then the Caspian Sea, then the Black Sea, and then the Dead Sea. I still have no idea which one it was.

A while later, there were murmurs all around that we were flying over the Suez Canal. All passengers looked out the windows, identified the first strip of water they could find, and assured themselves that it was the Suez Canal. Again, no idea if any of those were actually the Suez Canal. From the height we were flying at, every strip of water looked as tiny as the Fergusson College canal in Pune. But in one strip, I spied some dots that seemed like boats and I silently convinced myself that it was indeed the Suez Canal. It was hard to believe that this tiny strip of water was responsible for almost starting World War 3 and almost sinking my travel plans.  

When your plane is flying so high that you can only see the sky and clouds above you as well as below you, you can't help but get philosophical. You forget any fears you have about the plane crashing. Looking at creation from a height that makes even seas look like saucers of water makes you realize how insignificant you are in the whole scheme of things. As our plane flew towards Cairo, I couldn't help but realize that I was looking at the cradle of civilization. These deserts were where the Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian civilizations had once bloomed. Where the library of Alexandria was once home to millions of of books that were burned. I'm assuming some Big Four or Big Five must have had a summit even then and decided that burning books was in the best interests of the world.

As impressive as the sights of great oceans, great skies, and great lands is while flying, one look at the great space when flying above clouds make them all pale in comparison. And you start wondering what the whole point of creation is, and whether you make any difference to it whatsoever. 

Our plane was about to reach Cairo soon and I started thinking about it. Egypt is an ancient civilization, much like India. Historians have discovered that trade and cultural links between Egypt and India date back millenia. This is the land that saw rich culture flourish for millenia even before Christ was born. And when Christ was born, the bright star that shone was above these lands too. This is the land where Jews, Christians, and Muslims found their faiths and then unfurled the blood-soaked flags of those faiths.

I was in the middle of these thoughts and didn't even realize when I dozed off. The next thing I knew, someone was yelling "KAHIRO!!!!", waking me up.

The first sight I saw at Cairo airport was of battle-ready fighter jets. Next to them were imposing anti-aircraft guns with their barrels pointed to the sky. The stage seemed to be set for the next big war. The only question seemed to be which actors would enter the stage first and who the director would be. Actors from dozens of countries seemed to be ready, with war-paint on, or make-up on. Who knew when the final act would start and when it would end.

When I read a big sign that said, "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT", I felt like someone had sprayed a stream of cold water on my face on an oppressively hot day. Why shouldn't all human beings be welcomed heartily all over this little planet of ours? Although as long as there exist things like passports and visas, built on an assumption of distrust of fellow human beings, can we really expect true expressions of such humanity? The sign that said "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT"....to any "you" who reached there, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed.....why shouldn't such signs and more importantly sentiments, be displayed everywhere?

The funny thing is, this "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" sign was right next to the massive anti-aircraft guns and the irony endemic to human existence tickled me and troubled me in equal amounts.

We headed to the restaurant inside the terminal. The waiters there were very friendly and polite, and served us some divine Egyptian coffee. Compared to Mumbai airport, I thought Cairo airport was small. There was a lot of new construction happening around us though. Egypt is currently in the midst of writing a new chapter in its history. Everybody is watching carefully to see which way their new statesman (Nasser) takes them.

It was in Cairo airport that I first encountered Egyptian people. And as I examined their appearance carefully, I wondered how many Egyptians there might be in Mumbai too. Because in terms of appearance, I didn't really see any major differences between Egyptians and Indians. Beyond the facts I had memorized in my childhood to score 2 marks in the history exam, such as pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, and the Nile river, my knowledge about Egypt was as barren as their desert. I had never even thought about anyone living in Egypt other than Cleopatra, General Najeeb, and now this Nasser fellow.

Suddenly, I was overcome by a profound sense of ignorance and curiosity as a foreigner in a foreign land. And sitting there in the Cairo airport, I started thinking about how day-to-day life in Egypt must be and how I knew nothing about it. How do school teachers, lawyers, and bureaucrats here dress? Is it similar to how those folks dress in India? What is the most popular item in a typical restaurant in Egypt? Do wives here refer to their husbands by name or is there some tactful pronoun that has been coined for the purpose like in India? With each passing second, the expanse of my ignorance about this fascinating culture seemed to exceed the expanse of the desert.

Then I started thinking about the people who worked at that airport. For them, a typical day consisted of interacting with travelers from dozens of different countries, for maybe an hour or two at a time, before they went on their way and were replaced by a different set of foreigners. Do they feel the same sense of curiosity and note their ignorance about other cultures? Or has it become just a mundane feature of their lives by now? Do they actively notice the multi-colored lattice of different races and nationalities or does it just pass by in the blink of an eye like a frame from a cinema reel?

I spent the rest of the time in Cairo thinking about all this before we were called back to the plane. The next stopover was Geneva in Switzerland. As our plane surged through the clouds, we gradually left the desert behind and were soon traveling over Europe. Specifically, Italy, as the pilot informed us.

While I was almost entirely ignorant about Egypt except for its ancient history and contemporary politics, I at least knew more about Italy thanks to all the books I had read. Names like Rome, Venice, and Naples started swimming around in my head. I decided that if the plane had to crash right now, I would want it to do so near Naples. I had read that Naples was home to some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures in the world. So if my plane crashed in Naples, I could drag myself to those sculptures, see them first hand, and then die happy.

Yes, I know it is morbid to keep pondering the possibility of the plane crashing but that's how I am and be honest, aren't you too?

But the plane kept going. I kept looking at the Italian landscape underneath and we didn't see Naples or Venice. But we did fly over Rome. It was hard to miss. As I looked at the distant but clear images of various buildings and cathedrals in Rome, I first felt a great sense of satisfaction at seeing them first hand. Then I compensated for the unfamiliar bliss by berating myself for still not having read Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" even after buying it years ago. I made a mental note to read it as soon as I returned home.

When you're flying over different countries of the world, you think more about what you haven't read about those lands than what you have read. In another hour or so, our plane was flying over the gorgeous alps and I realized we were in Europe's Eden.

Soon the plane touched down in Geneva. I had heard a lot of cautionary tales about how the cold in Europe is way worse than anything I might have experienced in India. I experienced it first hand as I walked into the Geneva airport and felt like I had walked into a massive refrigerator. And this was just August! So I shivered a little and prepared for six more months of this inhumanly cold weather. No wonder these white folks ran away and captured our warmer lands.

As soon as I stepped into the chilly Geneva airport, my brain initiated a flashback from 20 years ago from my college days in Pune. I had grown up in Mumbai, where it never gets even remotely chilly. Then in Pune in the winters, every so often, I would wake up to such a chilly morning. It felt more bracing than oppressive, making me feel like running all the way across the world. I had always thought cold weather would make me feel like a shriveled old man, but instead, it made me feel like a daring young man, ready to achieve anything!

Anyway, we walked into the restaurant at the Geneva airport and it looked more like a flower shop than a restaurant. The faces of all the staff members were fresh and enthusiastic like recently bloomed lilies. There was a spring in their step. It didn't look like anyone could ever age, and everyone looked like they were in their 20s even though they probably weren't. We were served coffee in a very elegantly crafted glass cup. And it tasted divine and almost intoxicating. I wondered that if even the coffee here gets my pulse racing so much, what will stronger beverages do? I had heard that Switzerland is a place where extreme beauty and extreme pleasure is the default and my experiences at their airport confirmed it.

I didn't even realize when that stopover at Geneva ended. It was cold, but I was surrounded by beauty, human and non-human, and I felt more alive than I ever had. Before I got back on the plane, I turned around and took a 360 degree mental picture of all I could see of Switzerland from that terminal. The tall trees sheltering cute little houses, the snow-covered peaks of the Alps kissing the deep blue sky. I promised myself to return for a more leisurely visit. When the plane took off, I was looking at a meandering little river as it flowed through the verdant Swiss countryside, when suddenly, our plane ascended above the clouds. And those fluffy white things that a few hours earlier had seemed gorgeous, now seemed like villains for blocking my view of the Swiss landscape. Our journey continued.

The next stop was to be at Dusseldorf in Germany, It had been over 20 hours since we took off from Mumbai. The hands of my watch had already been rotated many times by then. Every hour, the pilot made announcements about how high we were flying, what the temperature outside was, what the local time was, and so on. Passengers around us were saying random things in response to those announcements like, "Oh! 18,000 feet? That's nice! Very high!"

We were flying through clouds at that moment, so I personally couldn't tell the difference between 18,000 feet and 18 million feet. Honestly, this whole thing of estimating distances has been a challenge for me, whether I am in the air or on the ground. Whenever I read about some witness in court say stuff like "the accused was 19 feet away from me", I feel jealous of his ability to express distance so precisely. Because I absolutely suck at it. I can't even remember the inches in my own measurements for shoes, hats, collars, socks, and so on. When a shoe salesman asks what size I want, I just give him the chappals I am wearing then and ask him to figure it out. I have immense respect for people who go shoe shopping and say stuff like "Bring me Number 8 pairs".

And when someone remembers the precise date on which something happened, I feel overcome enough with admiration to go hug them. When I hear someone say stuff like, "I remember it was July 17th...", I am amazed. I suck at dates too. Which is why I always sucked at history in school. Even now, I remember only three dates - Shivaji Maharaj died in 1680, the 1857 uprising happened in 1857, and using multiple reminder mnemonics, my wife's birthday. Other than these three, I have no idea of any other dates. You can ask me when India gained independence and I will try to hedge between 1947 and 1950.

Anyway, the point is, I am horrible with anything that is expressed numerically. So even before I could figure out how high 18,000 feet exactly is, our plane was touching down in Dusseldorf. Before I knew it, we were surrounded by cries of "Achtung! Achtung!" and "Gut! Gut!". My wife and I walked to the terminal, now sick of this sequence of stopovers. Yes. I was in Germany with its rich history and culture and intriguing contemporary split between East and West, but I didn't give a damn. The aforementioned Joshi and Patil left us here and we sat there hoping that we'd reach London before we died of boredom.

Why does the final stretch of the journey always seem to last the longest? Even when I am traveling from Pune to Mumbai by train, it is the same. The time from Pune to Thane or Kalyan seems to breeze by in a happy procession of vada, omelets, chikki, etc. But from there, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikroli, Dadar, etc seem to take an eternity to pass by. Very annoying! It's the same with other trips too. When you're taking a train from Mumbai to Delhi, everything seems great until you reach Mathura, and then after that, things seem to slow down. If you're going from Mumbai to Nagpur. it is Wardha that is the tipping point after which it is all yawns and polite curses.

The flight from Dusseldorf to London seemed similarly annoying and yawn-inducing. Finally, after about the hundredth yawn, the plane started barreling downwards. All the passengers around us seemed to have perked up as the plane continued descending. Finally there was a bump and the plane started slowing down. And a few passengers around me echoed my thoughts,

"Ah! London!"



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          Antu Barva by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Fourteen years ago today, Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, arguably the most influential and beloved person from Maharashtra, died at the age of 81. He left behind a gargantuan legacy in the form of his books, plays, songs, movies, essays, social work, but more than that, the lasting impact he has had on Maharashtra. Every couple of years, I translate one of his essays or short stories on this blog. This time, I have chosen Antu Barva, a fictionalized life sketch that he created as an amalgam of several people he knew in Konkan. It is not exactly LOL funny, but is light-hearted while still tugging at your heart-strings. It is meant as a depiction of the tough life in Konkan in the middle of the 20th century, and the sort of complex and poignant characters such a life spawns.

But as somber as the basic subject matter is, PuLa manages to inject humor into it, even if the humor is dark. When I first read Antu Barva, I just read it as a slightly humorous life sketch. As I have re-read it and re-heard its narration over the years, I have come to recognize it as something beyond just that. It is one of PuLa's best allegorical social commentaries in my opinion. He was duly recognized for Vyakti Aani Valli, the book that this sketch appears in, with a Sahitya Akademi Puraskaar. In that book, I think this is THE most impressive and multi-layered sketch.

For years, I considered translating Antu Barva here but was too intimidated given how nuanced it is. PuLa gave Antu a specific Konkani "voice" (in text form as well as when he narrated the sketch for TV) that is impossible to translate. No matter how well I tried, I thought I would end up doing injustice to the original work. This is in addition to the usual difficulties in translating PuLa's wordplay and nuanced observations. So it is with a great sense of trepidation that I am even attempting this today. A LOT will get lost in translation. But I hope PuLa's fans will forgive me any errors. Because I think this particular piece is one of the greatest literary achievements from an Indian and it deserves a wider audience.

Miss you, PuLa. Bhool-chook maaf kara.

Ratnagiri's middle lane has been home to some towering personalities over the years. God used a unique formula when creating these people. These people tend to be a metaphorical amalgam of Ratnagiri's most famous products - sweet mango, rough jackfruit, hard coconut, irritating colocasia leaves, and intense betel nuts whose one bite will make your heart jump up your throat.    

It is in this unique Ratnagiri soil that Antu Barva grew and ripened. Actually, Antu's age doesn't really justify people casually calling him just "Antu". When I first met him 12-14 years ago, not just his stubble, but even the hair on his ears and chest had turned white. His teeth had mostly gone "Annu Gogtya".

Going Annu Gogtya = falling.

This is an idomatic phrase that Antu Barva coined. A lawyer from Ratnagiri named Annu Gogte has been standing in the local elections for many years. Standing and then falling. Repeatedly, without even coming close to winning. So even if a bucket falls in a well, Antu asks "has the bucket gone Annu?"

When someone is talking about old Antu, they just refer to him in the singular casual "Antu". As it is, characters from Konkan are quite singular. But no one calls Antu just "Antu" to his face.  They call him Antu sheth!

True blue Brahmin Antu got this trader caste suffix "sheth" decades ago. After all Antu himself had committed a sin justifying this demotion. During the first world war, Antu started a shop near the docks. It failed spectacularly even before the Treaty of Versailles. But that short-lived stint as a shopkeeper was enough to turn Antu into Antu sheth.

After that, no one remembers Antu doing anything specific to make a living. He manages to somehow score at least two square meals a day from somewhere. He has a little plot of land with a garden that has a couple of dozen coconut and Alphonso mango trees, sprinkled with the odd jackfruit and tamarind tree. He has a little single-room shack on that land. He has the right to draw water from the nearby well. Antu sheth manages to get by on all this.

I first met Antu at Bapu Hegishte's store. I had gone there to buy some cigarettes when Antu's face peered out from behind a newspaper. He slid his reading glasses up his forehead and said,

"You're Lawyer saheb's son-in-law, right?"

"Yes" I replied.

"Ahha! I recognized you right away! Please, have a seat, please. Bapu, some tea for our jawaibapu (a respectful term for son-in-law)!"

I had no idea who this guy was, suddenly acting so familiar. Antu sheth himself explained,

"Your father-in-law is a good friend of mine. Tell him Antu Barva said hello."

"Sure."

"Hmmm....when did you come from Pune?"

"Two days ago."

"Of course....the first Diwali after you got married....haha...ask him for a Ford car!"

"He is your friend. Why don't you tell him?"

"Haha, you're from Pune after all. Can't get the last word with you." he laughed. "So...staying long or just a flying visit?"

"Just a short trip. I'm leaving in a couple of days."

"Excellent! It's always good to keep such visits short. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Don't end up like that Kasopkar's son-in-law. He set up camp for six months. Finally Kasopkar lost his patience and made him plow his land! When a son-in-law stays with you for too long, he starts feeling like a pain in the neck, right?"

"You're right." I nodded.

"Bapusheth, I hope you recognized our lawyer's son-in-law. We are both your father-in-law's clients, jawaibapu."

Bapu Hegishte smiled and folded his hands in greeting.

"Welcome. Would you like to have some tea?" he asked.

"No, it's okay. It's really hot right now."

"Of course, it's always going to be hot in Ratnagiri!" Antu jumped in. "You can't sleep in a cowshed and then complain about the stink of cow piss! If Ratnagiri had cool weather, they'd have called it Shimla, not Ratnagiri!"

Before I could say anything, Antu continued,

"But the heat is way worse in your neighborhood with all those houses next to each other. Come to my garden near the beach. My garden is...how do you say...."aircondition"!"

Antu sheth said the last words in English and laughed, and then added,

"That's our country joke, jawaibapu!"

Then he addressed Hegishte again.

"Bapusheth, did you know our jawaibapu here is a writer? Writes plays and movies and what not. Behave properly when he is around or he'll write a hilarious farce about you."

The pride I felt on my fame having spread even to someone like Antu Barva was dashed by Bapu Hegishte's next question. Bapusheth looked me up and down carefully for a few seconds and said,

"What do you do?"

"What the hell do you mean what does he do?" Antu thundered. "Are you insane, Hegishte? Take out that pile of raddi old newspapers and open them. You'll see his name and picture in dozens of places! He makes movies!"

"Movies!!?? Really??" Hegishte's expression changed to one of wonderment and he looked at me as if I was God.

"Jawaibapu, speaking of movies, can I ask you a question if you don't mind?"

I could see the naughty expression on Antusheth's face as he asked me this.

"Sure, go ahead."

"How much money do you make from one movie?"

This wasn't my first trip to Konkan. So by now, I had gotten used to dealing with such intensely personal questions.

"That really varies from movie to movie." I deflected.

"But still....I mean I have read that you get like a million or a million and a half."

"No way! There isn't nearly that kind of money in Marathi films."

"Yeah, but still. Even if you don't get fistfuls, you must be getting at least 2-3 pinchfulls?"

"You get it sometimes, and also lose it sometimes." I stuck to being vague.

"Well of course, it's a business after all. When it comes to business, you win some, you lose some. It's all part of the game."

Antu sheth got philosophical. But only for a moment.

"Can I ask you one more question? Only if you don't get angry."

"What's there to get angry about? Go ahead."

"Well..you know....whatever we read about these film actresses in magazines and all....is that real or is it fake like Gangadhar Basthe's "real" Belgaum butter?"

"What do you mean all this about film actresses?" I kept a straight face and pretended to not get what he was saying.

"Quite a skillful guy you are, jawaibapu. Skillful! You'll make a great witness in court!" Antu sheth was having none of it. "All this about film actresses as in...the whole index finger nostril thing."

I didn't immediately get what he meant by the whole index finger nostril thing. So Antu sheth gently tapped his index finger against his nostril and winked. Fortunately, before I had to say anything, a waiter arrived with the tea Hegishte had ordered.

"Looks like all the cows in Ratnagiri are still pregnant, Jhampya!" Antu made a sarcastic remark to the waiter on the color of the tea. And then he poured the tea in the saucer and started slurping it.

Actually, Antu sheth could have just said to the waiter in plain words that the tea was low on milk. But he preferred the "all the cows are still pregnant" phrasing. Why just Antu sheth? Almost everyone from that middle lane in Ratnagiri spoke in that sarcastic obtuse way.

By now, Antu sheth and I have become good friends. In the last decade or so, whenever I have gone to Ratnagiri, I have spent time with him. He always included me in his group of friends, taught me the ganjifa card games they played. And over the years, I heard a lot monologues on the odd philosophy of life that those men in their 60s had developed.

I even learned all the idiomatic phrases the group had come up with. They all dressed similar. A cotton loincloth from the waist below, a small cotton scarf on the shoulder, worn-out sandals, one hand holding a walking stick, and the other holding a jackfruit. Dressed like that, Antu sheth would roam around in the neighborhood calling his friends to join him every afternoon.

"Govindbhat! Wanna play a couple of hands?"

"Paranjape? Are you awake or have you turned into a python?"

I too became a part of their card game gang. If once in a while, the card game wasn't really panning out well, Antu would put the cards down and say to me,

"Jawaibapu, why don't you sing a Malkauns or something? Godbolya, bash a little tabla with our guest. Khaju sheth, open your decrepit harmonium."

And then we'd have an impromptu jam session for a bit at Antu sheth's orders.

"Jawaibapu, your pipes are kick-ass!" he'd compliment my singing in his unique way.

Every other year or so, I'd visit Ratnagiri and attend Antu sheth's court. But with each visit, the court seemed to be getting smaller.

"Antu sheth, haven't seen Damu kaka around." I asked once.

"Who? Damu Nene? He is living it up! I am told Rambha is rubbing oil on his bald head, and Urvashi is airing him with a fan!"

"What????"

"What do you mean what? Damu Nene got transferred from Ratnagiri!" and Antu Sheth pointed to the sky.

"Oh!" I finally understood what he meant. "I am so sorry. I had no idea."

"Why would you have any idea about it? Do you think that they're going to announce on the radio that Damu Nene has croaked? His family did pay for an obituary in the newspaper though. Heh, they wrote he was loving, caring, friendly, pious, and what not. What do the newspaper folks care? As long as you are paying, they will publish any nonsense."

Antu continued in his characteristic manner.

"Damu Nene and loving? Hmpf! Even when he was lying dead on the pyre, the furrow on his brow was intact! One day he decided to sleep outdoors because it was too hot. They found him dead the next morning. Lucky bugger. Died on Ashadhi Ekadashi too! So there were two processions from Ratnagiri that day. One for Lord Vithoba and another for Damu Nene. Damu died on Ashadhi. And then on Dussehra, Dattu Paranjape crossed the border and did seemolanghan. The first guy croaked, the second guy croaked.....now waiting for the third. They say things happen in three."

Antu looked at me mischievously and shrugged.

And that's the essence of Antu Barva for you. Standing at less than 5 feet, bronze-fair complexion, small pockmarks on his face, small gray eyes, creased skin belying his advanced age, half his teeth fallen....or "gone Annu"...leading to a new habit of poking his tongue through the gaps while talking.... and with all this, weighing in at barely 100 lbs.

Every aspect of Antu Barva's earthly existence was getting worn out with each passing year except for two - the nasal booming voice and the slick intelligence fed by decades of rubbing coconut oil on his head.

It wasn't just Antu sheth. Almost all the men his age from that part of Ratnagiri were of a similar bent....which was a crooked bent. Their language was unnecessarily complex and their attitude exceedingly cynical. They didn't feel happy if someone did well, and didn't feel sad if a tragedy befell someone. There was no joy for births, no mourning for deaths. Most of them apart from Antu didn't really like music, but didn't dislike it either. And when it came to food, the taste and flavors didn't matter, as long as their belly got filled. The engine of their life never really faltered when it ran out of steam, nor did it go fast when it did have some steam. But the road their lives took was like every road in Konkan- serpentine.

That's the hand life had dealt them. Even though their lives were full of the wholesome coconut tree, their fates and thus their tastes leaned less towards the sweet creamy inside of the coconut, and more towards its tough shell.


One summer, a second-rate theater company from Mumbai was touring Ratnagiri staging Ram Ganesh Gadkari's famous play Ekach Pyala. I went to watch it. The production was barely competent in the first act. At intermission, I walked outside to the hissing clinks of soda bottles being opened. Under a Kitson lamp, I saw Antu sheth's diminutive form. He was talking to the fur-cap clad manager of the theater company.

"So....how's the attendance?" Antu sheth asked.

"Not bad." the manager gruffly replied.

"Not bad? Most of the chairs seem empty. Why don't you let me in for half price?"

"No way!" the manager shook his head rudely.

"Why are you brushing me away like a lizard? I heard the first act from out here anyway. The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good."

[aside - in the early-to-mid 20th century in orthodox Maharashtra, it was taboo for women to perform on stage. So much like in Shakespeare's days, female parts were usually played by men. The legendary Bal Gandharva excelled at this and one of his most famous roles was playing Sindhu in the first staging of Ekach Pyala.]

"The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good." Antu sheth said. "He sang 'lage hridayi hurhur' like a squeaking mouse. Did you ever hear how Bal Gandharva sang it?"

The manager got pissed off.

"I'm not begging you to come watch it!" he thundered.

"But the town is full of your advertising boards begging us to come watch it." Antu sheth instantly replied. "And yesterday your people were going door to door with fliers. As it is, it's mainly empty chairs you are showing this play to. How about four annas?"

"Four annas? What is this? A monkey performing on the street?"

"That's better than this! They perform first and then circulate a plate for money. Why don't you try that? If the next act is better than the first one, I'll pay you an extra four annas!"

The people standing around them started laughing and the manager got even more upset. That's when Antu sheth noticed me.

"Namaskar, jawaibapu! How's it going? How's Ekach Pyala?"

"It's okay." I said.

"I'm sure you got a complimentary pass. You're from the same community. I have heard that barbers don't charge each other for shaves."

"No, nothing like that. See, I bought a ticket."

"Then why a wishy-washy response like "it's okay"? You've paid hard-earned money for this, haven't you? Assert your rights as a paying customer. Call it what it is. Utter crap. Especially that guy playing Sindhu is totally useless!"

"What do you mean the guy playing Sindhu? It's a woman playing the role." I told him.

"WHAT??" Antu sheth looked genuinely shocked. "You're kidding me! That voice and that built! If she decides, she can lift Sudhakar up like a baby! Sindhu indeed.......more like Sindhudurg!"

"So you watched the play after all?"

"For a few minutes. Moved the curtains from the window and had a peek. Hmpf! Even gypsy performers are better than these idiots."

Antu sheth spat out another unsolicited opinion and walked away.

But that's pretty much what his life was - spitting out unsolicited opinions. I knew Antu for so many years, but I never found out much about his family situation. Once Anna Sane from Antu's court had let slip a mention of his son.

"What? Antu sheth has a son?" I asked.

"Of course he has a son. Not only that, his son is a Collector!" Anna Sane nonchalantly said.

"Collector???"

"Yup. He's in charge of collecting tickets on Byculla station." he deadpanned without letting a single muscle move.

"Doesn't look like he helps out his father financially."

"He does sometimes. When he can. He has his own family. Besides, a Western Railway compartment has been attached to a Central Railway train."

A PhD student could do a dissertation on those guys' peculiar idioms and phrases. I was well-versed in the language by now but it took me a few moments to realize that this was code for an inter-religion marriage.

"So you see, Antu sheth has trouble with his post-bath rituals at his son's place. Plus apparently his son is also into some other Anglicized habits if you know what I mean. So how can Antu sheth spend too much time there? Still, once Antu sheth swallowed all the insults and went to Mumbai to see his grandson. Came back looking like he had messed up a math problem."

"Every Dussehra and Diwali, Antu gets his son's love in the form of a money order. Not much, maybe 5-10 rupees. For a few days after that, Antu acts like he's won the lottery and splurges as much as he can. Which isn't much."

"Understandable." I said. "After all, how much can a ticket collector's pay be?"

"Yeah, the pay is pretty meager. But one hears that a ticket collector can also make a little more on the side, especially in holiday season if you know what I mean." Anna said. "Nothing wrong with it of course. If he has an opportunity to make some money, why shouldn't he? You know how it is in this country. If you get caught taking a ten rupee bribe, they put a striped cap on your head and send you to prison. But if you get caught taking a million rupee bribe, they put a Gandhi cap on your head and send you to Parliament! Democraticaly elected people's representative!"

Politics was the most favorite topic for Antu sheth and his buddies to express their unique opinions on. They had profound thoughts on every politician and party. One year, there was a famine in Konkan. Konkan is always facing a famine as it is. But this particular one was so bad that in Antu sheth's words it had "been approved under the Famine Act".

Nehru was touring the famine-hit parts of Konkan. He visited Ratnagiri for a speech and the whole town was caught up in Nehru-mania. One evening, someone asked Antu sheth,

"Antu sheth, I didn't see you at the speech?"

"Whose speech? Nehru's? Hmpf!" Antu sheth's disdain was obvious. "What nonsense. There's a famine here. Stop giving speeches. Give us food! This is like seeing a man drowning and instead of saving him, reading from the Quran to ensure that he doesn't end up in hell. Utterly useless. But everyone else is stupid. Oh, Nehru is here? He is giving a speech? He gives great speeches! Let's go! Bloody lemmings!"

"And now that Nehru is in Ratnagiri, what did they do? Idiots took him to show the house, room, and bed where Lokmanya Tilak was born! Morons. Tell me, did god appear in Gangadhar Tilak's dreams and tell him that your wife is going to give birth to a great leader? How would anyone even remember what bed Tilak was born on? But who cares? They just showed Nehru some random room and bed and bluffed - this is where Tilak first went WAAAAAAAAAA."

"Morons! Where's the proof? Where's the proof? Did they get the midwife from Tilak's birth to certify the bed? Hmpf! Forget Tilak. It's been a 100 years since he was born. You tell me. Can your own mother confidently identify the room and the bed where she gave birth to you? Go ask her and then tell me about Nehru and Tilak."

And so ended the rant.

I always wondered if there was anything or anyone in the world that Antu sheth and his friends had respect for. If they ever had a polite dignified response for anything at all.      

Somebody's son became a Professor. And Antu's response,

"Professor? In a circus?There used to be this Professor Chhatre in circuses performing magic tricks."

Someone opened a new store. And Antu's response,

"Tell him to have a bankruptcy form ready. It'll save time when the inevitable happens."

Who knows what school of philosophy these guys followed. More than half of them survived on money orders from children and relatives. They saved money from that and file lawsuits for the strangest reasons. Every lawsuit is stuck in delayed hearing dates. These guys have a big beautiful sea coast, coconut trees, gardens, everything you could reasonably hope for to be happy. But that apparent prosperity gets punctured by an occasional bout of misfortune and all that remains is an impenetrable shield of gallows humor.

Somehow the topic of Gandhi came up. And Antu sheth got on his soap box.

"Gandhi? What Gandhi? Traveled all over the world, but never came to Ratnagiri! Because he was smart. He knew that here, no one gives a damn about his loincloth or his walking stick. We are all just as naked and just as skinny. And his obsession with spinning khadi. It's all useless. Our own Shambhu sheth. All his life, he followed Gandhi's teachings and spun khadi for his clothes. Forget the British government, even Ratnagiri's Collector Gilligan didn't fear his "civil disobedience". And you're talking about Gandhi."

"Then there are all his hunger strikes and fasts. Half of Konkan is hungry and fasting, and not by choice. Someone who is well-fed will find something remarkable about hunger strikes. What do we care? Don't get me wrong. I am not saying Gandhi wasn't a great man. He was. But in our books, under what column should we make an entry for his greatness? And if you are talking about independence, then that had nothing to do with Gandhi, or Tilak or Savarkar."

"So did independence just fall out of the sky?" I asked him.

"It's up to you to find out where it fell out of." Antu replied. "One thing I am sure of is that the Brits left because they got bored. What more was left for them to loot? Their Raj business started making a loss, so they effectively declared bankruptcy and went home. The potter left with his pottery, and we sit here cradling his leftover broken pieces. This is all just a cycle of life and bigger than anything we can comprehend. It's not British rule, nor is it Nehru's rule, nor people's rule, nor anyone's rule. It's the creator's rule."  

"So how did your creator end up siding with the British?" I asked.

"Don't be silly. The creator is sitting pretty on his throne. He just played a small game."

"A game that translated into 150 years of slavery?"

"It's 150 years for you and me." Antu sheth was steadfast. "The almighty's wrist watch doesn't move forward by even one second unless a thousand years go by for us. In his eyes and on his scale, all this is just a minor game that lasted barely a millisecond."

When these emaciated old men started spouting this philosophy on the front yards of that impoverished middle lane in Ratnagiri, with dark shadows formed by the dim light of their age-worn oil lamps dancing on their wrinkled faces, my heart couldn't help but shudder.

"Socialism? What socialism? All nonsense, I tell you. Not even two mango leaves are alike. And these guys want to pretend all men are equal. In the creator's eyes, each individual is unique. How are they going to have equal opportunities or equal outcomes? But everyone is just blabbering....socialism is coming. Just like that Ratnagiri's legislator is saying...Konkan Railway is coming, Konkan Railway is coming. Sure, Konkan Railway is coming. And it's tracks are going through where one-armed Pandu Gurav's toilet used to be. Even if it does, is it going to make Pandu's shoulder stump sprout an arm? What difference will it make?"

"And without an arm to plow his field or pick his crops, no matter what you do with that damn railway, what good is it going to do him? He is still the same. Just because India became independent, does not mean that Hari Sathe's lazy eye got fixed. Nor did Mahadev Godbole's paunch disappear.  Nothing really changed. Even in the fabled Ram Rajya, Ram didn't uproot Hanuman's tail and attach it to his own ass. No. Ram stayed a man, and Hanuman stayed a monkey."

At such times, it almost seem like the Goddess of Wisdom Saraswati is sitting on Antu sheth's tongue.

"You're right." I said.

"Don't just say I am right for the heck of it to be polite. If I am wrong, say that and correct me. You might be younger than me when it comes to age, but when it comes to education, you are my elder, jawaibapu!"

Once in a while, Antu sheth will say something genuinely from his heart, without any sarcasm. But there is always some burning issue close to his heart underlying what he says.

The last few years, I could not go to Ratnagiri as often as I used to. In the meanwhile, Ratnagiri finally got electricity, its own college, tar roads, and all other features of 20th century life. When I met him after that, I said,

"Antu sheth, your Ratnagiri has now become posh! Electric lights and everything. Did your house get an electric connection?"

"No, not yet. But it's good that it's dark. Tomorrow even if I do get electricity, what is there to look at in that bright light? A penniless life? Who needs electricity to look at chipped walls and leaking shingles? It's better that my poverty stays hidden in darkness."

And then he laughed loudly for a full minute like it was a joke.

This time I saw that his teeth had gone almost completely Annu Gogte. I also learned that a couple of more friends of his had passed on and that the card game court was emptier than ever. For a change, I spotted a sense of love, longing, and kindness in the way Antu sheth spoke. I guess the empty seats at his card games were starting to make a place in his heart.

"Joglekar's son got a big promotion and moved to Delhi!" Antu sheth voluntarily shared some pleasant news without his customary sarcastic rejoinder. "Took his old man to Kashi, Haridwar, Vishweshwar, Hrishikesh and all. Fed a 100 brahmins there. Old man Joglekar was thoughtful enough to get me a small sealed pot with water from the Ganga. When you come visit next time, jawaibapu, you'll probably see that the seal has been broken and the water was poured down my throat if you know what I mean."

The next time I visited Ratnagiri, fortunately Antu sheth's Ganga water pot was still sealed.

"Wow, jawaibapu, wow! Congratulations! I heard you're going to England! Congratulations! Have a great trip. Just one "request" for you. Now I have to speak with you in English. So a "request"."

"What request?"

"Go see the Kohinoor diamond once. For some reason, it's an obsession I have always had, the Kohinoor diamond. I can't go see it, but you do it on my behalf. And then come back and tell me how it looks. See all the sights in London and Paris and everything!"

For some reason, I was overcome with a desire to touch his feet, something I had never done before. Right there on the street, I bent down and touched his feet.

"Live a long life!" Antu sheth touched my head gently. "You are a good person, which is why you are so successful."

I said goodbye and started to leave. I had barely gone four steps when I suddenly heard the familiar

"Jawaibapu!!!"

"Yes, Antu sheth?" I turned around.
  
"Forgot to ask you one thing. Are you going alone or with your wife?"

"Both of us are going."

"That's good. Don't mind me, I just had a nagging doubt, so I asked. You are going far away to learn something new. So I was reminded of Devayani's tale from mythology. Hahaha. Convey my blessings to your wife too. I am telling you, your good fortune is all because of her. That's all life is eventually about - the right woman."

Antu sheth paused and continued.

"Let me tell you something. Just between us. My wife passed away 40 years ago. Since then, the alphonso mango tree near my door has stopped flowering. When she was around, the tree yielded hundreds of mangoes every year. But since she left.....you know....fate can take really strange turns. Sorry, I am rambling. Anyway, safe travels. So when are you leaving from Ratnagiri?"

"Tomorrow morning by bus."

"Direct Ratnagiri to Mumbai?"

"Yes."

"Good call. Once someone completes that journey, then even traveling around the world seems easy in comparison. The other day Tatya Jog made the trip. He is still trying to locate all his bones.  Told me some 7-8 bones are missing!"

And he started laughing hard with his mouth wide open. I noticed that there was only one tooth remaining that hadn't gone Annu Gogte.

The next morning at 5 AM at the bus stand, I again heard the familiar cry,

"JAWAIBAPU!"

Antu sheth approached me and gave me a small paper pouch.

"I know you don't believe in god, jawaibapu, but do me a favor and keep this in your pocket. It is holy ash. It will keep you safe. You are going to London by air, so this small pouch shouldn't add too much weight to your luggage."

I put the pouch in my pocket. As the bus got going, I saw Antu sheth lift his shirt and gently wipe tears from his small blinking gray eyes. In that dim dawn light, seeing his bony chest and his concave stomach which had all but touched his back suddenly tugged at my heart.

Just like Konkan's jackfruit, it's people taste sweet only when they ripen for a long time.

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          Halloween and Uncle Leo   
Seven years ago this day was my first Halloween in America. I was a fresh PhD student still struggling with how much tougher the coursework was than I had expected. I had been in the country for a little over two months. That evening, after I finished my Stats homework at school and got on the bus to go home, I saw people in costumes all around me.

Ah, it's Halloween, I realized. Until then, most of what I knew of this country came from TV shows, movies, and books. So I knew that this was the night when kids accompanied by their parents roam their neighborhoods, knock on doors, and demand candy by yelling "Trick or Treat!!!". Oh great! So I will be expected to buy candy and hand it out? What a scam! But when in Rome, right?

Not wanting to be seen as a rude or clueless foreigner, I decided to take the necessary steps. I got off the bus at the stop in front of the grocery store. Bought lots of candy. Took another bus home. When I say "home", I mean a 3 bedroom row house I shared with two other Indian grad students who were both out of town that night.

At home, I put the candy in a bowl, turned the TV on and waited. The hours ticked by. Not a single knock on my door! I looked out the window. There were groups of kids and their parents dressed up in costumes knocking on doors around my building complex. So I guessed it was just a matter of time before they came to my door. But another hour passed by and there was no knock on my door. Before I knew it, it was 11 PM, the streets were deserted, and not a single person had come to my door trick-or-treating! All the candy was sitting there in the bowl. Except for the dozen or so that I had polished of watching TV.

The next day, I felt a little hurt. The neighborhood trick or treaters had ignored me! And as is the instinctive reaction for many of us, my first thoughts went to racism. It was because I was brown, I decided. These racist white folks didn't want to take their kids to an Indian guy's house. How shallow they are. And how bad I have it! I spent several hours indulging myself in the victim routine when everything that does not fit your expectations is due to racism. I became the Indian version of Jerry's Uncle Leo!

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Cardinal George Pell is the third-most powerful official in the Catholic Church as head of the Vatican’s finances. And he’s just been charged multiple sexual assaults in his native Australia. I think it’s time to play this song again.

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky signs into law a bill allowing Bible classes in public schools. I’m sure that not far behind are classes on the Qu’ran, the Bhagvat Gita, Dianetics, and the Books of Bokonon. Any day now.

ProPublica reveals “a trove” of Facebook’s internal documents showing its secret guidelines for determining what is and is not hate speech, and thus able to be censored. And some of it is frankly disturbing:

One document trains content reviewers on how to apply the company’s global hate speech algorithm. The slide identifies three groups: female drivers, black children and white men. It asks: Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men. ... White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected. 

Adi Robertson at The Verge notes that Facebook’s task is more or less impossible:

If the company decides to promote a positive social environment without taking clear political sides, it will trend toward a faux neutrality where “hate” is any negative opinion, punishing people who criticize the status quo. But if it admits to an ideological bent, it will have to start formulating political stances on which groups worldwide deserve the most protection from hate. The more social responsibility it accepts, the more liable it is for failing to police its users, and the more power it has to control speech — not just comments to other users, but personal timeline posts or photographs. 

Oh, hey hey hey, make sure you dig the latest Cause & Effect newsletter. It’s got international news, SCOTUS news, and not all of the news is bad!

CFI’s Benjamin Radford is on the panel for a discussion about psychics (along with a bunch of alleged psychics) on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show.

Another “psychic,” Michelle Marks of Dixon, Illinois, is arrested for “exploitation of an elderly person and multiple weapons charges.” Wow she was busy!

Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain wanted to see if atheists in Western Europe were more or less closed-minded than the religious. And that’s what they found, more or less:

Atheists tended to show greater intolerance of contradiction, meaning when they were presented with two seemingly contradictory statements they rated one as very true and the other as very false. They also showed less propensity to be able to imagine arguments contrary to their own position and find them somewhat convincing.

A group of scientists and other figures sign on to an initiative called Mission 2020, intended to get greenhouse gas emissions to “curve downward” by 2020, because failing that, the goals of Paris become unattainable. While it’s noble, I am skeptical. Especially after my Point of Inquiry interview with Elizabeth Kolbert earlier this month.

Undaunted by my kind of despair, a “global covenant of mayors” pledging to meet the goals of the Paris accord has brought on board more than 7400 cities.

Cleve Wootson at WaPo introduces us to Michael Tate Reed, the guy who keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments monuments, as he did in Arkansas yesterday:

[In 2014] He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and released under an agreement that required him to continue treatment. He sent a rambling letter to the newspaper apologizing and describing the voices in his head and his attempts to recover from mental health issues. 

Speaking of which, Joseph Frankel at The Atlantic looks at how the phenomenon of “hearing voices” in one’s head—which is sometimes what makes people think they’re psychic, and others say they’re psychotic—may be more common than once thought, and also may be more controllable:

These experiments suggest that auditory hallucinations are the result of the mind failing to brand its actions as its own. Watching what the brain does during these hallucinations may clarify how that works, and what differences in the brain create these experiences. ... Drawing a parallel with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the [researchers] are interested in the extent to which the psychics they saw “might occupy the extreme end of a continuum” of people who hear voices. 

The Mormon Church is taking bold strides into the latter half of the 20th century, offering paid maternity or parental leave to church employees and (hold on to your butts) allowing women to wear pants.

A California health department report says that 111 people have chosen to take their own lives in the first six months of the state’s right-to-die law. 

Uranus isn’t just odd because its name makes you chuckle (which is why I must pronounce it “YURen-uss,” not, you know, the other way). It’s on a crazy 98-degree axis, and its magnetic shield is all wobbly.

When there’s somethin’ strange…in the neighborhood…who you gonna call? The Royal Thai Police Force! They ain’t afraid o’no phi pob. 

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is a fun, scientific, educational museum experience for the whole family! Oh wait, the city wants them to pay a “safety assessment fee”? I meant to say, it’s a ministry. So, sorry. Exempt. Phew! I mean, “amen.”

My home state of Maine gets its first case of measles in 20 years. Oh god I hope it’s not me! 

Quote of the Day:

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          Investigation into Uganda “land grab” must be genuinely independent and transparent   

Oxfam concern that company continues to dismiss people’s allegations of abuse

Oxfam welcomes the World Bank’s1 call that UK-based New Forests Company (NFC) must open up to a full investigation into claims of bad practice in its Uganda forestry projects.

This follows a report by Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance on September 22 that said more than 20,000 people had been evicted without compensation or consent to make way for NFC plantations, in breach of international guidelines. Many of these people are now living in destitution. Some claim the evictions were violent.

NFC has stated it will investigate. However, Oxfam is concerned about the nature of the investigation because NFC continues to discredit people’s allegations. It most recently described the claims as “fictitious” and “irresponsible and one-sided propaganda.”

“The company’s remarks are ill-judged and unprofessional”, said Oxfam GROW campaign coordinator Katia Maia. “NFC continues to refer to ‘peaceful and non-violent voluntary vacations’ as fact. This makes us sceptical about the investigation that it intends to set up,” she said.

Oxfam has since asked NFC to ensure that the investigation is genuinely independent, transparent and takes into account the experiences of affected communities.

“Oxfam rigorously defends its research. We spoke with hundreds of individuals from affected communities and with government authorities. We presented NFC’s position accurately in our report. NFC can’t simply dismiss our research because it disagrees with it,” Maia said.

“Many of those evicted can no longer feed their families or send their children to school. They are living in destitution. The World Bank and NFC must ensure that any investigation will be credible and meaningful.”

Oxfam says that:

  • No-one was compensated for their loss of land, crops and belongings. Oxfam says that NFC operates under international guidelines designed to protect people’s right to adequate compensation. NFC cannot dodge its responsibilities and blame solely the government.
  • Many evictees describe violence during the evictions, of houses burnt and crops destroyed. A recent New York Times article quoted a woman who said her son died in a fire during the evictions.
  • There are still two legal suits active today that describe the evictions as violent and that outline people’s own legal claims to the land. The suits also seek compensation and damages.

NFC also claims that the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the commercial lending arm of the World Bank) and the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC, the gold standard of forestry certification) had both passed its projects as ‘clean’. However Oxfam believes that neither organization has provided sufficient evidence to support NFC’s claims that the evictions were ‘legal, voluntary and peaceful’2.

Oxfam engaged with NFC for a number of months before publishing its report. In March, April and July Oxfam made several attempts to get the company's reaction but it refused to respond. Since August, Oxfam has engaged extensively with the company's management.

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The New Forests Company and its Uganda plantations: Oxfam Case Study

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We presented NFC’s position accurately in our report. NFC can’t simply dismiss our research because it disagrees with it.
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  1. The World Bank has a financial interest in NFC via an equity investor. The World Bank insists that its investees must operate in a responsible manner and meet certain social standards.
  2. Oxfam says that the IFC report was not an “audit” but was instead a field appraisal that only took place after the evictions. The IFC officer who undertook the appraisal did not talk to affected communities and only reviewed one of the two districts. Similarly, the FSC certification audit only reviewed one plantation, Mubende not Kiboga. And despite the legal suits and media coverage saying that there had been violence, the FSC said that disputes over tenure had been ‘resolved’ and that there were ‘no reported incidents of violence’.
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Matt Grainger on +44 (0)1865 339128 / +44 (0)7730 680837 / matt.grainger@oxfaminternational.org, or

Lucy Brinicombe on +44 (0)01865 472192 / +44 (0)7786 110054 / lbrinicombe@oxfam.org.uk

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          Oxfam warns that modern day land rush is forcing thousands into greater poverty   

Oxfam calls for British company to investigate the forced eviction of more than 20,000 Ugandans to make way for its plantations

Oxfam today launches a major new report highlighting the growing pace of land deals brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods – sometimes violently – with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal.

In the report Land and Power, the international agency reveals preliminary research indicating as many as 227 million hectares have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale land deals since 2001, mostly by international investors. Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures but to date up to 1,100 of these deals amounting to 67 million hectares have been cross checked. Half of these deals are in Africa, and cover an area nearly the size of Germany. (1)

Oxfam warns this modern day land rush follows a drive to produce enough food for people overseas, meet damaging biofuels targets or speculate on land to make an easy profit. However, many of the deals are in fact ‘land grabs’ where the rights and needs of the people living on the land are ignored, leaving them homeless and without land to grow enough food to eat and make a living.

This is likely to get worse as the increasing demand for food, the gathering pace of climate change, water scarcity and non-food crops like biofuels compete for land. Already, nearly three billion people live in areas where demand for water outstrips supply.

Land grabs: devastating vulnerable communities

Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs said: “The unprecedented pace of land deals and the increased competition for land is leaving many of the world’s poorest people worse off. In the scramble for more land, investors are ignoring the people who currently live on the land and depend on it to survive.”

Oxfam’s report profiles the devastating effect land grabs in Uganda, South Sudan, Indonesia, Honduras and Guatemala are having on vulnerable communities. The report is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which aims to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat. Women, who produce up to 80 per cent of food in some poor countries, are usually most vulnerable as they have weaker land rights.

In Uganda, Oxfam’s research indicates that at least 22,500 people have lost their homes and land to make way for a British timber company, the New Forests Company. Many evictees told Oxfam how they were forcibly removed and have been left destitute, without enough food or money to send their children to school. There were court orders in force which named the company but eye-witnesses say that company workers took part in some of the evictions anyway. NFC denies that it was involved in any evictions. (2)

Evicted without consultation or compensation

Christine, a farmer in her mid 40s, who lived in Kiboga district before the Uganda land grab said: “All our plantations were cut down – we lost the banana and cassava. We lost everything we had. The company’s casual laborers would attack us – they beat and threatened people. Even now they won’t let us back in to look for the things we left behind. I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.”

Hobbs said: “The Uganda case clearly shows how land grabs are slipping through the net of existing safeguards which are intended to ensure the protection of vulnerable people. Thousands of people are suffering because they have been evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation.

“The New Forests Company describes itself as an ethical company, adhering to international standards. It needs to investigate these claims urgently. It’s not acceptable for companies to blame governments. They must respect the needs and rights of poor communities affected by their investment.”

Prioritize existing land use rights

Oxfam is calling for investors, governments and international organizations to prioritize putting a stop to land grabbing by fixing the current policies and regulations which all too often fail to ensure that, when investors negotiate deals, local people are consulted, treated fairly, and that all relevant international standards are respected. These include the World Bank's International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.

Governments should avoid pandering to investors’ wishes, and prioritize existing land use rights – not just where legal land title or formal ownership rights are held. Governments should recognize that women have equal rights over land and ensure that all agricultural investments benefit local communities who rely on the land to survive. While governments and companies get their house in order to stop future land grabbing, there is an urgent need to remedy the damage done by existing land grabs, including in the case of the Uganda international investment.

Flawed biofuels policies

Perverse incentives such as the flawed biofuels targets, like the EU’s target of obtaining 10 per cent of transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020, should be scrapped to curb the rush on land to meet biofuel demand.

Meanwhile, the UN’s Committee on Food Security in Rome could take an important first step when it meets in Rome next month, by adopting credible pro-poor, pro-women guidelines on land tenure.

Hobbs said: “Land investment should be good news for people in poverty but the frenetic scramble for land risks putting development in reverse. We need urgent global action so that local people with relatively little do not lose everything for the benefit of a few, and to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat.”

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I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.
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Farmer from Kiboga district, Uganda
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  1. This data is compiled by the Land Matrix Partnership, a coalition of academic, research and non-governmental organisations. The 227 million figure is based on information on land deals over 200 hectares from a whole range of different sources including government reports, academic research, company websites, media reports and the few contracts that are available. The coalition is currently cross checking the records of land deals it has identified.  It is calling for increased transparency among companies and governments so that the true scale of the problem can be accurately understood.
    The Land Matrix Partnership includes the International Land Coalition, the universities of Bern and Hamburg, the French research institute CIRAD, the German agency for technical cooperation, GIZ and Oxfam.
  2. The evictions took place between 2006 and 2010. One High Court order was granted on 24 August 2009 and remained valid until 18 March 2010. The other was granted on 19 June 2009 and remained in force until 2 October 2009. Both were to restrain evictions by the company.
    The New Forests Company stated that the majority of local residents had no legal right to the land, that they had left peacefully and that the process was the sole responsibility of the Ugandan National Forestry Authority.  It told Oxfam that it had brought jobs and amenities to local communities and that its activities had been approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council and International Finance Corporation.

Useful figures:

  • The global economy, which is expected to triple in size by 2050, will demand ever more scarce natural and agricultural resources
  • Palm oil has become the world’s most consumed edible oil and can be found in up to half of all packaged food and hygiene products. Production is expected to double by 2050, increasing the land area under cultivation worldwide by 24 million hectares – six times the size of the Netherlands
  • In Guatemala, eight per cent of farmers account for 78 per cent of the land in production. Of the smallholders who control the remaining land, just eight per cent are women.

Oxfam’s GROW campaign is calling for global action to fix a broken food system where 925 million people already go hungry every day. This could get worse in the face of dwindling natural resources, like land, the gathering pace of climate change and increasing food price volatility. Find out how we can help prevent this from getting worse at www.oxfam.org/grow

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Tricia O'Rourke, tricia.orourke@oxfaminternational.org, +44 1865 339157 or +44 7876 397915

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          More employers promoting financial wellness among employees   

Surveys show employees' money angst hurts productivity

By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs
June 29, 2017

PhotoAfter several high-profile and well-paid professional athletes retired from their sport in near-bankruptcy, leagues began providing rookies with some financial coaching in addition to athletic coaching.

It's made a difference, as more players now have diversified portfolios to fall back on when their playing days are over.

When you boil it down, it's an example of a financial wellness program -- learning good habits to build wealth and avoiding financial mistakes. These days, businesses are adopting a similar approach, with financial wellness programs becoming a popular employee benefit.

SunTrust has just rolled out a financial wellness program and reports Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Equifax, McKee Foods, Waffle House, Haverty's, and 1-800 Contacts are among the early adopters.

Financial fitness programs

"More than 40% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and 75% report experiencing financial stress," said Bill Rogers, CEO of SunTrust. "Progressive companies can improve overall wellness in America by offering a financial fitness program for their employees."

Participating employees take part in workshops and online sessions to learn how to establish financial goals. The program stresses the importance of having an emergency savings fund and managing spending habits.

SunTrust says a follow-up survey found employees who had a household budget rose from 43% before the start of the program to 87% when it was completed. By the time the program ended, nearly all participants had set up an emergency funds and increased their contributions to retirement savings accounts by 35 percent.

No sales pitches

SunTrust stresses that its program is non-profit and there are no advertisements or sales pitches for financial products anywhere in the curriculum.

"We've had terrific feedback from our associates about this program," said Scott Smith, vice president of Human Resources at Home Depot. "It's a great way for us to put more power behind the great financial benefits we already offer."

You're likely to hear more about these programs in the months ahead, and maybe even have access to one at your place of employment.

PWC's 2017 Employee Financial Wellness Survey found that employees' financial stress takes a toll on company productivity. Nearly a third of employees said they are distracted by personal financial issues while at work. Nearly half admit to spending three hours or more each week dealing with personal finances at work.

What's behind this growing financial stress? Not surprisingly, for many it is student loan debt.

Forty percent of Millennials and 31% of Gen X employees with student loans reported these debts are having a significant impact on their ability to set and meet other financial goals.

Companies interested in adding a financial wellness program can learn more by reading this report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


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"Hydropower (Large, Small and Pumped Storage) in Sweden, Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2017 - Capacity, Generation, Regulations and Company Profiles" is the latest report from GlobalData, the industry analysis specialists that offer comprehensive information and understanding of the hydropower market in Sweden.

The report provides in depth analysis on global renewable power market and global hydropower market with forecasts up to 2030. The report analyzes the power market scenario in Sweden (includes conventional thermal, nuclear, large hydro and renewable energy sources) and provides future outlook with forecasts up to 2030. The research details renewable power market outlook in the country (includes hydro, small hydro, biopower and solar PV) and provides forecasts up to 2030. The report highlights installed capacity and power generation trends from 2006 to 2030 in Sweden hydropower market. A detailed coverage of renewable energy policy framework governing the market with specific policies pertaining to hydropower is provided in the report. The research also provides company snapshots of some of the major market participants.

The report is built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, secondary research and in-house analysis by GlobalDatas team of industry experts.
Scope
The report analyses global renewable power market, global hydropower market, Sweden power market, Sweden renewable power market and Sweden hydropower market. The scope of the research includes -
- A brief introduction on global carbon emissions and global primary energy consumption.
- An overview on global renewable power market, highlighting installed capacity trends, generation trends and installed capacity split by various renewable power sources. The information is covered for the historical period 2006-2016 (unless specified) and forecast period 2017-2030.
- Renewable power sources include wind (both onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP), small hydropower (SHP), biomass, biogas and geothermal.
- Detailed overview of the global hydropower market with installed capacity and generation trends, installed capacity split by major hydropower countries in 2016 and key owners information of various regions.
- Power market scenario in Sweden and provides detailed market overview, installed capacity and power generation trends by various fuel types (includes thermal conventional, nuclear, large hydro and renewable energy sources) with forecasts up to 2030.
- An overview on Sweden renewable power market, highlighting installed capacity trends (2006-2030), generation trends(2006-2030) and installed capacity split by various renewable power sources in 2016.
- Detailed overview of Sweden hydropower market with installed capacity and generation trends and major active and upcoming hydro projects.
- Deal analysis of Sweden hydropower market. Deals are analyzed on the basis of mergers, acquisitions, partnership, asset finance, debt offering, equity offering, private equity (PE) and venture capitalists (VC).
- Key policies and regulatory framework supporting the development of renewable power sources in general and hydropower in particular.
- Company snapshots of some of the major market participants in the country.
Reasons to buy
- The report will enhance your decision making capability in a more rapid and time sensitive manner.
- Identify key growth and investment opportunities in Sweden hydropower market.
- Facilitate decision-making based on strong historic and forecast data for hydropower market.
- Position yourself to gain the maximum advantage of the industrys growth potential.
- Develop strategies based on the latest regulatory events.
- Identify key partners and business development avenues.
- Understand and respond to your competitors business structure, strategy and prospects.

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Table of Contents:

1 Table of Contents 2
1.1 List of Tables 5
1.2 List of Figures 6
2 Executive Summary 7
2.1 Fall in OECD Countries Carbon Emission despite a Global Rise during 2010-2015 7
2.2 Technological Advancements and Government Support Driving Global Renewable Power Installations 7
2.3 Top 10 Countries Account for Over 70% of Hydropower Capacity 7
2.4 Renewable to Stock Up Maximum Installed Capacity by 2030 8
2.5 Hydropower Capacity Dominates Electricity Generation in Sweden 9
3 Introduction 10
3.1 Carbon Emissions, Global, 2001-2016 10
3.2 Primary Energy Consumption, Global, 2001-2025 12
3.3 Hydropower, Global, Technology Definition and Classification 14
3.4 Report Guidance 16
4 Renewable Power Market, Global, 2006-2030 17
4.1 Renewable Power Market, Global, Overview 17
4.2 Renewable Power Market, Global, Installed Capacity, 2006-2030 18
4.2.1 Renewable Power Market, Global, Cumulative Installed Capacity by Source Type, 2006-2030 18
4.2.2 Renewable Power Market, Global, Cumulative Installed Capacity Split by Source Type, 2016 and 2030 20
4.2.3 Renewable Power Market, Global, Net Capacity Additions by Source Type, 2016-2030 22

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          We need more money in health care. Here's one way to get it   
If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family, this bill will do you harm.” – Former U.S. president Barack Obama Even President Donald Trump called the initial House of Representatives bill “mean.” Senate Republicans recently delayed discussion and voting on their own health care bill until at least after […]
          NAMCO MUSEUM™ on NINTENDO SWITCH™ with PAC-MAN™ VS. Available on July 28TH   
NAMCO MUSEUM™ on NINTENDO SWITCH™ with PAC-MAN™ VS. Available on July 28TH With NAMCO MUSEUM, players will be transported back to the days when coin-operated arcades reigned supreme, for a truly nostalgic experience Today, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe announces that PAC-MAN™ VS. will be included as part of the classic games collection in the upcoming title, NAMCO MUSEUM™, which is coming to the Nintendo Switch™ on July 28th, 2017. PAC-MAN VS. is a four-player game based on the PAC-MAN series, originally created by Toru Iwatani. It was developed by Nintendo in 2003 under supervision by legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto.  In PAC-MAN VS., three players work together as the iconic ghosts and hunt down the fourth player, who has taken on the role of PAC-MAN, as they evade the ghosts and clear the maze of Pac Dots. Two Switch units are required to play as up to three ghosts play on one console and the PAC-MAN character plays on the other. With NAMCO MUSEUM, players will be transported back to the days when coin-operated arcades reigned supreme, for a truly nostalgic experience. Through the Nintendo Switch, retro arcade classics can be played anytime, anywhere, and against anyone through the game’s online ranking system (PAC-MAN VS. will not be supporting online ranking system). Players nostalgic for the classic coin-op era can transform their Nintendo Switch into a miniature arcade cabinet by turning the handheld console vertically for a taller, slimmer screen that replicates the original arcade experience. The NAMCO MUSEUM classic catalog includes favorites from Namco’s classic arcade collection, including PAC-MAN VS., PAC-MAN, Dig Dug™, Galaga™, Galaga™ ‘88, The Tower of Druaga™, Rolling Thunder™, Rolling Thunder™ 2, Sky Kid™, Splatterhouse™, and Tank Force™. NAMCO MUSEUM will be digitally available on Nintendo Switch on July 28th, 2017.
          Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution Coming First to PlayStation 4 on July 7   
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution Coming First to PlayStation 4 on July 7 New DLC Pack Features Four Diverse, New Multiplayer Maps Actress Cassandra Peterson Reprises Her Iconic Role of Elvira in New Zombies Experience “Attack of the Radioactive Thing!” set in a 1950s Creature Feature June 30, 2017 – Activision and Infinity Ward have unveiled the first official details of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution, the third DLC Map Pack for 2016’s No. 1 top-selling console video game in the United States (excluding hardware bundle sales), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The map pack features four new, diverse multiplayer maps, and a new zombies co-op experience called Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, set in a ‘50s era beach town where a government science experiment has gone horribly wrong. Absolution is scheduled to release July 7, first on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, with other platforms to follow. “Our team couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce another wild, twisted zombies experience in Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, which continues the story and adds some awesome new gameplay,” said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “For our multiplayer fans, we’re delivering four diverse maps that reward the different gameplay styles our community has embraced since the game launched last year. We can’t wait.” Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, the next action-packed chapter of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare zombies experience, once again features the return of Willard Wyler, the enigmatic movie director villain portrayed with voice and likeness by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Gotham). Wyler has trapped the four protagonists inside an all-new horror film, set in the 1950s and in the style of the Creature Feature films of the era. Players will fight a new array of zombie enemies across a ravaged beach town where a government science experiment has transformed the residents into flesh-devouring zombies and introduced a new biological menace into the city. Additionally, horror movie icon Elvira, played with voice and likeness by Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Elvira’s Movie Macabre), will help players survive and give them gameplay tips and side quests with her unique Elvira style. New weapons, traps and more will augment the hallmark Call of Duty action, with Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers) as “the Scientist;” Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) as “the Rebel;” Jay Pharoah (White Famous, Saturday Night Live) as “the Soldier;” and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer) as “the School Girl,” all making a return from the ongoing story in this all-new experience. In addition to Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, Absolution will also include four new multiplayer maps: Bermuda – A shantytown created around the remnants of a crashed ship, Bermuda allows players to duck, dive, and wall ride from the fish market to the lighthouse in this small to medium sized map that’s been water-wasted and sandblasted. Permafrost – Set within the chill of a frozen city skyline, Permafrost lets players stick to the ground and pick their plan of attack in one of three main lanes. They will traverse the map, moving from street side to train station, and hobo village to wrecked theatre house in this small, tight-quarters map. Fore – In Fore, the only thing miniature about this large map is the golf courses players will be fighting in. Fore features great visual variety as players swing around the sights and sounds of areas that brandish magical forests, giant creamsicles, and elevated castle walls. Ember – Located near an old town castle, Ember is a remake of the Modern Warfare 3 classic map Resistance, featuring old world aesthetics retrofitted with modern technology. The surroundings include lava, gallows and a torture room, where players will want to stick close to their teammates. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution releases on July 7, 2017 first for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow. The game is rated MA15+ for Mature (Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language). For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com. Fans can also follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
          Big Moves on Outer Space   
Flanked by legendary astronauts including Buzz Aldrin, President Trump announced the reformation of the National Space Council. It is tasked with the pursuit of "grand ambitions," a mission very much in the Trump mindset.

Meanwhile, in Congress, a motion to split the Air Force in order to establish a Space Corps survived its first hearing.

Early stages, but these moves represent an attempt to restore a part of what "Made America Great" in the eyes of the earlier generation. Buzz Aldrin's father's generation dreamed up Buck Rogers: Aldrin himself went to the moon. The greatness of that has never been equaled, and so far, it has never been surpassed.

I don't know if I believe that Federal bureaucracies still have the capacity to do things that are Great in that capital-letter sense. Maybe not. But at least they're aiming in the right direction.
          VA - Jazzy Romance: Lounge Smooth Instrumental (2017)   

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Artist: VA
Title: Jazzy Romance: Lounge Smooth Instrumental
Year Of Release: 2017
Label: Rehegoo Music Edition
Genre: Chillout, Instrumental
Quality: MP3 CBR 320 kbps Stereo
Total Time: 01:19:44
Total Size: 184,72 MB
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Tracklist:
01. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Jazzy Romance
02. Background Music Masters - Evening Jazz Grooves
03. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Charming Lounge Music
04. Jazz Guitar Club - Unforgettable Moments
05. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Lazy Blue Bossa
06. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Sexy Soothing: Love Me
07. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Soothing Buddha Lounge Music
08. Jazz Guitar Club - Crying Over You
09. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Summer Nights
10. Background Music Masters - Beach House Party
11. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Tantric Practise: Red Big Pumps
12. Jazz Guitar Club - Relaxing Jazz in Paris
13. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Royal Garden Jazz
14. Background Music Masters - Tantric Sex Background Music
15. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Pleasure: Erotic Games
16. Jazz Guitar Club - Passion & Sensuality
17. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Life Enjoyment
18. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Burning Desire
19. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Good Morning Jazz Academy
20. Jazz Guitar Club - Happy Valentines Gift
21. Good Morning Jazz Academy - Love in Paris
22. Background Music Masters - Balearic Dinner Party
23. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Music to Make Love
24. Jazz Guitar Club - Erotic Massage Background
25. Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient - Just Friends
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          VA - Kiss Kiss Play Summer (2016)   

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Artist: Various artists
Title: Kiss Kiss Play Summer
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Universal
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Euro House
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 1:16:41
Total Size: 546 MB
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Quale sarà la canzone dell'estate? "Sofia" di Alvaro Sole oppure Il tormentone "Andiamo a comandare" della web star Fabio Rovazzi?
L'accoppiata Fedez & J Ax con "Vorrei ma non POSTO"?
Farà ballare di più "Cake by The Ocean" by DNCE oppure l'irresistibile "Cheap Thrills"di Sia feat. Sean Paul?
Riempirà più piste l'electro dance di Bob Sinclar o il nuovo funk dell'astro nascente Aston Merrygold? Oppure ancora ci conquisterà la folk-ballad "Lost on you" della cantautrice italo-americana LP?
Il punto in comune di tutte queste summer hits è solo uno: la KISS KISS PLAY SUMMER 2016!
Una compilation tutta da ballare da avere sempre con sé! In auto con gli amici o in spiaggia a tutto volume, la Kiss Kiss Play Summer sarà la colonna sonora della TUA estate!
Non cercare altrove perché Alvaro Soler, LP, Fabio Rovazzi, i Ciuffi Rossi e Giulia Luzi sono in ESCLUSIVA solo nella nostra compilation!
Dopo lo strepitoso successo della Kiss Kiss Play Summer 2015 che ha visto, per la prima volta, la compilation di una radio al n.1 della classifica di vendita degli album (fonte FIMI), esce venerdì 15 luglio la KISS KISS PLAY SUMMER 2016, disponibile in tutti gli store e nei negozi digitali su etichetta Universal Music.
Abbiamo deciso di puntare a due nuovi progetti artistici: quello dei giovanissimi gemelli Ciuffi Rossi con la loro hit "L'amore non ha limiti" (Summer Version) e quello della bravissima Giulia Luzi con la sua canzone electro pop "Un abbraccio al sole".
E se sei curioso di conoscere la track list completa.leggi qui:
01. FABIO ROVAZZI - ANDIAMO A COMANDARE
02. ALVARO SOLER - SOFIA
03. DNCE - CAKE BY THE OCEAN
04. J AX & FEDEZ - VORREI MA NON POSTO
05. JOEY MONTANA - PICKY
06. SIA feat. SEAN PAUL - CHEAP THRILLS
07. LP - LOST ON YOU
08. ALESSANDRA AMOROSO - COMUNQUE ANDARE
09. ALESSO feat. NICO & VINZ - I WANNA KNOW
10. KUNGS vs. COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS - THIS GIRL
11. GIULIA LUZI - UN ABBRACCIO AL SOLE
12. ALAN WALKER - FADED
13. THE STRUMBELLAS - SPIRITS
14. JAIN - COME
15. MAJOR LAZER feat. BABY K - LIGHT IT UP ( ORA CHE NON C'E' NESSUNO)
16. MIKE POSNER - I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA ( SEEB REMIX )
17. FRANS - IF I WERE SORRY
18. IMANY - DON'T BE SO SHY ( FILATOV KARAS REMIX )
19. MAX GAZZE' - TI SEMBRA NORMALE
20. JANIECK - FEEL THE LOVE ( SAM FELDT REMIX )
21. BOB SINCLAR - SOMEONE WHO NEEDS ME
22. ASTON MERRYGOLD - GET STUPID
23. BONUS TRACK: CIUFFI ROSSI - L'AMORE NON HA LIMITE Summer Version
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          Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey - Buoyancy (2016)   

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Artist: Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey
Title: Buoyancy
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Relative Pitch Records
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 43:10 min
Total Size: 190 MB
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Tracklist:
1. Buoyancy
2. Twenty Lanes
3. The Museum Of Human Achievement
4. Thunderbird

In baseball it's called "small ball." That might be the best way to describe the improvising duo of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey. Small ball baseball teams win, not by home run blasts, but by putting runners in scoring position, bunting, and stealing bases. Flamboyant rarely wins the series. Confident, often understated play, is what connoisseurs of both baseball and improvised music seek.
The partners in music here are also partners in life. Maybe that explains their agreeable interplay. Rainey, a longtime fixture in the jazz world, has been the foundation of diverse bands led by Tim Berne and Fred Hersch. Since he began collaborating with Laubrock, he can be found in her bands Sleeptheif, Anti-House, Ubatuba, and the Ingrid Laubrock Octet. The saxophonist joins Rainey in his trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson, and have released three stellar discs.
This live recording follows the partners initial studio session And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch, 2014). It continues to build upon a solid infrastructure where simple gestures carry the day. The title track doesn't so much announce itself as back onto the stage. Rainey's whispered cymbal work begets the hushed tones of Laubrock's tenor. The pair build, not so much tension, as an edge. Rainey mixing his complex rhythms against the ultra-supple agility of the saxophonist's tone. As the piece hits it's zenith, you understand they will deliver your ears back, safe and sound. The longest piece, "Twenty Lanes," begins with brushes and, is that crinkled paper? The momentum inches toward sticks, then the drum, and Laubrock juxtaposes some Evan Parker-sounding lines against Rainey's off-centered sounds. Let's call this music, the capture and release of beautiful creatures.

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          What's Cool in Java 8, and New in Java 9    

Which features in Java 8 and 9 should you look at first? Aurelio Garcia-Ribeyro, director of product management on the Java platform explains the most popular features of Java 8 and 9 

The proposed schedule for the Java 9 general availability is July 27, 2017. Java 9 has over 90 Java enhancement proposals (JEPs) that are available in the JDK 9 early access. To help you navigate those JEPs, Aurelio classified the JEPs in 5 categories, which are: behind the scenes, new functionality, new standards, housekeeping and gone. In this presentation, he describes some of the most important JEPs in each category.  

 

Behind the scenes: functionalities that you get as default in JDK 9. They will be compatible with your current code and tools and you will get better performance 

250: Store Interned Strings in CDS Archives
254: Compact Strings 
225: Javadoc Search
 
New functionality: new capabilities that you have to change your code or use new tools to get. 

Project Jigsaw: Module system for the Java platform 
282: jlink, the Java Linker 
277: Enhanced deprecation 
269: Convenience Factory Methods for Collections 
222: Shell, a read-eval-print loop (REPL) 
238: Multi-release JAR Files 

New standards: JDK 9 will take advantage of new standards in the industry. 

267: Unicode 8.0 
226: UTF-8 Property resource bundles 
249: OCSP Stapling for TLS 
287: SHA-3 Hash algorithms 
110: HTTP 2/Client 

Housekeeping: improvements to existing libraries, changes in internal code,  work for future improvements.

260: Encapsulate most internal APIs
275: Modular Java application packaging 
223: New version-string scheme 
295: Ahead of time compilation 
280: Indify string concatenation 
271: Unified GC Logging 
248: Make G1 the default Garbage Collector 
213: Milling Project Coin 
290: Filter incoming serialization data 
214: Remove GC combinations  

You can test any of those functionalities by trying the JDK 9 early access The full list of JEPs is available as part of the OpenJDK JDK 9 

For JDK 8, Aurelio gives an example demonstrating how to use lambdas in Java 8 and pass not just data but behavior. He also explains the default and reference methods. For example, when you define a collection interface you can pass a default method. This will ensure compatibility with code written for older versions of your interfaces and add new functionality to your interfaces. 

Chapters for Java 8 features 
Lambda Expressions - 2m29s 
Default Methods and Method References - 10m04s 
Date and Time API - JSR 310 


          Congratulations New Java Champion Bob Paulin   

Welcome New Java Champion Bob Paulin 

Bob Paulin is an independent consultant working for different IT firms. He has 15 years of experience as a developer and has contributed to open source software for the past 10 years.

Bob is currently an ASF member and actively contributes to Apache Tikka, Apache Felix, and Apache Sling. He was nominated as JCP Outstanding Adopt-a-JSR participant for his involvement with Java EE 8. He has run numerous JDK 9 workshops in the Chicago area. 

Bob is the co-host the JavaPubHouse.com, a podcast on a range of Java topics, standards, tools, and techniques. He also participates regularly in the Java Off-Heap, a podcast about Java technology news. 

Bob has run the Devoxx4Kids and GotoJr conferences in Chicago allowing kids to hack in Minecraft, play with Lego robots, and use conductive play-doh. These efforts have enriched the lives of students and are helping inspire students to pursue technical careers. Follow him on Twitter @bobpaulin

Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Learn more about Java Champions


          Morning Joe hosts: Trump team blackmailed us with a National Enquirer story   

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough described President Donald Trump’s “unmoored behavior” in a Washington Post column where they alleged that “this year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked.” Brzezinski and Scarborough wrote they ignored the “desperate pleas” from the White House.

The Enquirer, which endorsed Trump during the presidential election, frequently smeared his opponents during the presidential campaign with anonymously sourced stories and disreputable claims from Trump confidant Roger Stone.  

The Washington Post column came in response to personal attacks made against the duo by Trump, who wrote yesterday on Twitter: “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..” “...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

Scarborough discussed the Enquirer incident on the June 30 broadcast of Morning Joe, describing a bizarre blackmail scheme orchestrated by Trump and senior White House officials: “They said if you call the president up and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story. I had, I will just say, three people at the very top of the administration calling me, and the response was like, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” Brzezinski said the calls occurred during the same time period when the Enquirer was harassing her teenage children.

Trump reacted to the Enquirer allegation on Twitter, calling it “FAKE NEWS” and claiming Scarborough called him in an attempt to stop a story from running. Scarborough responded by writing, “Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven't spoken with you in many months.”

In March 2016, the Post reported that Trump has a “very cozy relationship” with the Enquirer and quoted the New York Daily News’ comment that he is “very close” to the tabloid’s chief executive, David Pecker. A business associate of Pecker’s told The New Yorker that Pecker told him “very bluntly that he had killed all sorts of stories for Trump,” and Pecker himself acknowledged that he views potential stories "bashing Trump" as "bashing American Media" -- the Enquirer's parent company -- because Trump is "a personal friend." The profile also reported that Trump has personally provided Pecker with stories.   

Scarborough referenced the friendship between Trump and Pecker on Morning Joe, saying, “What makes it even worse for them is Donald Trump called me during the campaign and bragged about his friend who ran the National Enquirer. He would always say, ‘Have you seen the Ben Carson story? Have you seen the Ben Carson story? Have you seen that story in the Enquirer?’ And then he would talk about it.”

Scarborough added, “There were all these stories that were planted in the National Enquirer for people that Donald Trump wanted to attack and then he would talk about on the campaign trail.”

In one infamous case, the Enquirer published a baseless cover story alleging that the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Trump subsequently promoted the bogus story about his then-primary opponent during a Fox News appearance where he said, “I mean, what was he doing -- what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” He also complained that not enough people were reporting on the conspiracy theory.

Under fire for advancing the baseless claim, Trump responded by defending the Enquirer’s reputation, saying, “This was a magazine that frankly, in many respects, should be very respected.”

Pecker is reportedly considering a bid to take over Time Inc., which owns Time magazine, Fortune, and other media properties. The move would surely please Trump, who in 2013 repeatedly used social media to boost the idea that Pecker should run the company.

Update:

New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports that according to "three sources familiar with the private conversations," Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was in contact with Scarborough about a then-upcoming Enquirer story about Scarborough's not-yet-public relationship with Brzezinski. Kushner reportedly "told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story":

According to three sources familiar with the private conversations, what happened was this: After the inauguration, Morning Joe’s coverage of Trump turned sharply negative. “This presidency is fake and failed,” Brzezinski said on March 6, for example. Around this time, Scarborough and Brzezinski found out the Enquirer was preparing a story about their affair. While Scarborough and Brzezinski’s relationship had been gossiped about in media circles for some time, it was not yet public, and the tabloid was going to report that they had left their spouses to be together.

In mid-April, Scarborough texted with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner about the pending Enquirer story. Kushner told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story. (A spokesperson for Kushner declined to comment). Scarborough says he refused, and the Enquirer published the story in print on June 5, headlined “Morning Joe Sleazy Cheating Scandal!”


          Vice highlights one hate group’s assault on LGBTQ youth   


Sarah Wasko/Media Matters

A recent Vice report detailed Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) stealth years-long effort to chip away at the separation of church and state in public schools and take away the rights of LGBTQ students. Most recently, as Vice reported, ADF was a “major force” behind the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Missouri violated the church’s First Amendment rights by denying it access to government grants meant for secular use. Trinity v. Comer was viewed as a “major First Amendment decision” in terms of the separation of church and state.

Media Matters identified ADF as the anti-LGBTQ hate group leading the national campaign against transgender students in November 2015. Since then, ADF has kept up its assault on the rights of transgender students to access a fair and equal education: It has drafted a model policy to deny transgender students equal protection in school, repeatedly sent representatives to testify at school board meetings to advocate against protecting transgender students, and even sued school districts for implementing transgender-inclusive policies.

Vice reported that ADF has “an army of over 2,600 private attorneys and assets of around $40 million” to work on clawing back the rights of LGBTQ youth in schools:

Why has the organization dedicated so much attention to schools in recent years? According to [Angelo] Carusone at Media Matters, maintaining control of the country's education system is part of ADF's long view of the fight to control public policy.

“They see this as a generational fight, and you target kids when you're fighting a generational war,” he said. “They think they can turn the tides of culture, and they're willing to fight this for decades... They're not fighting individual skirmishes over individual policies. They see this as a battle in a decades-long, multi-generational effort to make sure every member of the LGBT community is not just pushed back into the closet, but put in jail.”

The report also highlighted efforts by LBGTQ organizations and coalitions, such as the Eliminate Hate campaign, to push back against ADF’s actions:

That the ADF has taken such an active role in manipulating educational policy has not gone unnoticed by LGBTQ organizations. Recently, a coalition of LGBTQ advocacy groups launched a campaign called “Eliminate Hate,” dedicated to exposing ADF interference in school districts and bringing attention to other anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

“It's bad enough when you're not accepted at home,” said Sara Grossman, communications manager at the Matthew Shepard Foundation (MSF), which advocates for an end to violence against LGBTQ people. “Sometimes school is your safe space. To take that away is atrocious. They're just kids.”

Besides media outreach, coalition partners are also placing op-eds in major news outlets, and working to connect supportive parents with school officials so that their voices can't be ignored.

But it’s going to be difficult to counter the ADF’s vast legal and financial resources, particularly now that they've been successful in the Trinity case. With a sympathetic administration in the White House, it’ll be easier than ever for states to reduce funding for public schools and increase funding for discriminatory private schools.


          Kanpur’s Leather Industry Is In Distress But The UP Government Seems More Interested In Cow Protection   

The Leather hub of India, Kanpur is in distress. The economy of Kanpur which contributes 4% to UP’s GDP has fallen apart due to a slew of factors which has resulted in the decimation of the leather industry. The Yogi Adityanath Factor The arrival of the new CM has spelled doom for the slaughter houses. […]

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          The 14 Types Of Friends Every Girl Has In Her 20s   

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          Behold the Covers for Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust   

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          An Overview of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic   
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Professor Dan Ortiz, director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, talks to admitted students about the clinic. This session was part of UVA Law’s 2017 admitted students open house.


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          Michael Livermore Explains UVA Law's Environmental Law Program   
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UVA Law professor Michael Livermore tells admitted students about the Law School’s environmental law offerings. This talk was part of the 2017 Admitted Students Open House.


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          A Beginners Guide to a Clean and Healthy Aquarium   
A clean aquarium is the best habitat for all kinds of fish or other living organisms like crabs for example. A clean aquarium means your fish and plants will live for a longer time saving you time and allowing you to enjoy watching them grow. The best way to keep an aquarium clean is to have all the proper equipment and use it often to clean with. It is also a mater of know how. There are a few things that every aquarium owner must know to clean an aquarium and maintain it in the best possible way.




People who don't know much about aquariums might use harsh household cleaners to clean their aquariums. This would have detrimental for the small ecosystem you ought to be striving to create. Good tips for keeping your aquarium clean is to keep the water supply clean by cleaning the water pump. To do so one should always keep the filtration system in mind. A good clean filter is what the life of your aquariums ecosystem depend on. Cleaning the filter too often might also have a negative impact on your aquariums life.




It is therefore important to maintain a balance, and to clean your aquariums filter only when needed or specified by the filters manufacturer. Many aquariums experts recommend that the ornaments as well as the glass ought to be cleaned at least once every two weeks. Cleaning the aquarium ornaments and glass prevents algae from building up inside. If the aquarium is made from plastic materials then cleaning should be performed on smaller time intervals, perhaps once a week.




When performing maintenance operations to your aquarium, you should always keep in mind a few things to ensure that things are going smoothly inside your aquarium. Check the air pump and see if it is running ok. It is imperative that there is enough oxygen for the fish but also to allow for proper flow of the water.


Another thing that will ensure longer life for your aquarium is ensuring that the water is changed often. This way your fish and plants will live longer and your aquarium will definitely look better. One more thing that you should do to maintain a clean aquarium is to clean, or at least rinse the gravel that sit on the bottom of your aquarium.




This process entails that you remove all contents of the aquarium including the fish. Therefore, its viability depends highly on how many as well as what kind of fish you have. Keeping a clean aquarium does not only entail cleaning it every week or two weeks. You should also consider acquiring a water purifier. There are many kinds of purifiers out there for different types of aquariums as well as sizes. When you use a water purifier to clean the water contents of your fish tank you should always let it sit and mix with the water to allow it to dissolve.




If you are new to aquariums, always remember to read the instructions of every product used. Be careful; keep a schedule for maintenance operations and treat your aquarium with love and it will eventually flourish.


Tristan Andrews is a freelance author who writes articles about pet health and pet supplies.

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          Karl Racine '89, First Elected Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Discusses His Career Path   
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District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine discusses his path into public office as a first-generation Haitian immigrant whose legal career spans work as a public defender and White House attorney to managing partner of a large D.C. firm.