New York Lawmakers Take Aim At iPhone Black Market
So it is fitting that the region has earned a reputation for producing some of the world’s most unique hand-made artisanal products. In addition to a growing farmstead cheese industry and a micro-brew explosion, the area features a wide variety of wine trails, each with many scenic stops. The region’s 11 lakes, which lay east to west, were formed about two million years ago, when some very large glaciers moved through the area. They left the Finger Lakes with a distinctive soil composition of slate, mineral and limestone that makes for exceptional vineyard sites. In addition, the lakes themselves lend a great advantage to grape-growing. The water mass helps to retain the cold in the spring thus preventing the buds from breaking too early on the vine, which could make them susceptible to late spring frosts. The lakes also help retain the heat of summer into the fall, giving the vineyards extra protection from the cold, and extending the growing season. The lake effect, the area’s soil and the cool climate combine to provide conditions conducive to a wide variety of grapes, creating a diversity of wines. Riesling is a stand-out, but other white European vinifera like Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris are making their mark. You can also find such outstanding French-American Hybrid whites as Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc and Cayuga White, along with the region’s indigenous and popular Labrusca whites Niagara and Diamond. Dry Rose wines are becoming the rage, and red wine lovers find that Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Lemberger (a.k.a. Blaufrankisch) have become signatures of the region. Currently, there are 118 wineries in the Finger Lakes. Although the wineries spread out around the region, the most concentrated population dot the shores of the big three lakes: Cayuga, Seneca and Keuka. For the self-guided wine tourist, the individual wine trails make it easy to set yourself up with a day full of fun visits.
Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images) The New York Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella this offseason and replaced him with Alain Vigneault in an attempt to play a more offensive system and build upon the success of last years second-place finish in the NHLs Atlantic Division. Instead, they got off to a 2-4-0 start while scoring just 1.83 goals per game. To make matters worse, they are dead last in the league in terms of possessing the puck. Ignoring special teams and lead-protecting situations, the Rangers have been outshot 101-60 after a season in which they saw 54 percent of those shots in their favor en route to 26-18-4 record. A win in Washington on Wednesday may have helped put the lights back on on Broadway, but if Henrik Lundqvist continues to post a .902 save percentage it could be over for the Rangers in a New York minute. Here are three other early-season surprises: If you had been asked a few weeks ago to point to a weakness on the Pittsburgh Penguins the answer almost certainly would have been goaltending. Marc-Andre Fleury went 2-2 in the playoffs with an .883 save percentage and 3.52 goals against average. However, the first overall pick of the 2003 draft has come on strong to start this season, winning all six of his games with a .932 save percentage. When the Dallas Stars chose Russian Valeri Nichushkin with the 10th pick in last years draft, many thought they had the next Alex Ovechkin. Instead, Nichushkin has just one shot at even strength through five games and is skating barely more than 13 minutes per night. The Calgary Flames werent expected to do much this season after the departure of their longtime captain Jarome Iginla and retirement of netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, but the Flames are 3-1-2 and have yet to lose in regulation. Neil Greenberg, when he isnt watching the games, analyzes advanced statistics in the NHL and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
New York Rangers’ struggles lead early surprise stories in NHL
The bill introduced by State Sen. Jeffrey Klein and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz is aimed at the underground distribution network that serves the thriving black market for stolen phones in New York City. Owners of laundromats and bodegas buy the devices from street thieves before reselling them for a profit, the lawmakers said. It is already illegal to buy or sell stolen electronics, but the bill takes the extra step of forcing retailers to prove they are the rightful owners of the phones they sell. The legislation requires anyone selling three or more smartphones to provide detailed receipts, including serial numbers, for the devices or face up to $750 in fines or 30 days in jail. The goal of this legislation is to scare black market retailers out of this terrible business, Klein said in a statement. If youre a retailer making a few extra bucks by selling stolen phones, youre now going to think twice before you open up your wallet and pay one of these criminals. The two lawmakers represent parts of the Bronx, where last year Hwangbum Yang, a 26-year-old Korean immigrant, was shot and killed while being robbed for his iPhone, police said. Authorities later found the phone for sale on Craigslist for $400. Its an epidemic across this city and we cannot wait any longer to take meaningful action, Klein said. The crime, known as Apple Picking, has become particularly popular in New York, where the citys overall crime rate increased last year due to a spike in stolen Apple devices . Klein said recently released NYPD statistics show that Apple device thefts are up 10 percent this year. The bill is the latest effort to disrupt the black market for stolen smartphones. Last year, wireless carriers agreed to share a stolen phone database so purloined devices could not be reactivated in the United States. But many officials say the database has done little to stop an underground trade that has become increasingly global, connecting buyers and sellers around the world .
Kumawood movies are destroying the Akan culture – David Dontoh
20) Ron Howard’s Formula 1 drama casts Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as, respectively, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two of the sport’s greatest competitors. The film, which is also due to bow at the Toronto International Film Festival, opens wide on Sept. 27. “Baggage Claim” (Sept. 27) Paula Patton stars in this rom-com about a flight attendant looking for love. Bonus:
Seth Cohen Adam Brody as her outlandish confidant. “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2″ (Sept. 27) Tying up all the loose ends from part one. “Don Jon” (Sept. 27) Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut is a funny and poignant look at relationships in the age of instantaneous gratification. (Also, porn.) Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and a scene-stealing Scarlett Johansson all co-star.
In as much as you are telling a story, don’t forget that there is always two sides of the coin. There is always day and night, you understand? So if you are shooting a movie and wants to show the bad side of the person, compare it to the good side of the society, so that the person watching will now be able to make sensible logic of what you are doing by weighing the two sides. But you don’t show only the bad side and make it look like that is how everybody or everything is, no! That is wrong. That is why I am saying that the Kumawood films, most of them are rather destroying not the film industry, but the Akan culture, the Ghanaian culture and then all those things! Touching on the crew behind Kumawood movies, Mr. Dontoh thinks Kumawood film makers don’t use professionals. Unfortunately, they are not using the right people who know how to make the film well in making those films. That is why in as much as they are destroying our culture, they are also destroying the industry because they are not using the universal film language in making the films. Mr. David Dontoh heaved a deep sigh of relief as he brought his submission to an end. Just 3 weeks ago, Ghana’s promising actor Ekow Smith Asante also said similar things Mr. David Dontoh has said in the voice recording Flex newspaper have in our possession. Ekow said the Kumawood movie makers ignore everything that makes a good movie and only pay attention to the story lines based on themes like witchcraft and others, which people in Asankragua, Sefwi Wiaso, Yaw Wiaso and the rest love to watch. Smith-Asante’s comments, made on Joy FM’s Rhythms A2Z, were originally targeted at the producers of the Kumawood movies; whom he said were only passionate about making money and not developing the creative arts. He definitely bit more than he could chew when he said the target market for those inferior movies are people who do not know jack about lighting, sound, good acting and other things and are also not ready to learn.
UK says its local banking rules eased for all, not just Chinese
He was seen carrying a blond child, who might have been in pajamas and who was estimated to be 3 to 4 years old, around the time Madeleine disappeared, police had said. The sketches are based on descriptions from separate witnesses, investigators said. Since the program aired, British police said they have received more than 300 phoned tips and 170 e-mailed ones. “We will now take the time to follow up these lines of enquiry,” Redwood said. Police target 38 ‘people of interest’ in Madeleine McCann’s ’07 disappearance The latest revelation is critical in reconstructing what exactly happened more than six years ago on the night of May 3, 2007,when McCann disappeared from her family’s villa while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. The girl was just days shy of her fourth birthday. Computer-generated sketch Computer-generated sketch Computer-generated sketch Neither her parents nor the detectives investigating her case have given up on one day finding the little girl from Leicestershire, England. “There may be an entirely innocent explanation of this man, but we need to establish who he is to assist with our inquiries,” Redwood said earlier. Additionally, investigators believe they have a better understanding of when Madeleine may have been abducted, Redwood added. “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.” John Walsh: Madeleine McCann could be alive Police announced in July that they have identified 38 “people of interest” in connection with the case. Twelve of them are UK nationals who police say they think were in Portugal at the time the girl went missing.
UK retail sales rise more than expected in September
Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville LONDON | Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:37pm BST LONDON (Reuters) – British retail sales rose faster than expected in September, supporting hopes that the economy recorded strong third-quarter growth. Retail sales volumes rose 0.6 percent on the month to show growth of 2.2 percent compared with a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said on Thursday. Economists had expected a rise of 0.4 percent on the month and 2.1 percent on the year. Furniture sales provided the biggest boost for the increase in sales in September from August, likely linked to a recovery in the housing market. Rising house prices, record low mortgage rates and hopes of economic recovery have given consumer spending a boost and a hot summer helped prompt heavy spending in July before shoppers tightened their purse-strings in August. Food sales, which surged during July’s heatwave, fell for a second month in September. With inflation continuing to outstrip wage growth, economists have questioned whether the trend of rising consumption will be sustainable. Store price inflation eased to an annual 0.9 percent in September, the slowest pace since April and down from 1.6 percent in August. Retailers are generally still wary about the outlook for their businesses. In recent weeks store groups, including Tesco and Sainsbury’s, have highlighted how consumers’ disposable income is still falling. Data released on Wednesday showed average weekly earnings growth including bonuses slowed to 0.7 percent in the three months to August compared with a year earlier. Inflation in Britain in September stood at 2.7 percent. A survey from the British Retail Consortium showed retail sales recorded their second-weakest performance in September this year.
Africans; Russians; Iraqis; Asians and, even Middle Easterns rather than sending them back with ALL the monies to face justice in those countries. Look how useless Lichtenstein is playing games with Nigerias stolen funds held in their banks! Idiots and evil vampires that are beyond redemptionGod should destroy them real quick.Amin Tuzo Haba London Boy wich one be say na dem sabi. I no understand. Federal government should send British prisoners in Nigeria back to them too. Abi no Britico for Niger prison? Fairnes s & Justice I feel you well. Correct and true talk abiodun johnson Ha ha ha! UK intends to keep the rich prisoners in UK, and unload the petty prisoners on a struggling Nigerian economy to further collapse it. The government of Nigeria better reject this idea, you jail them, you keep them and feed them with your money, not Nigerias money, those crimes were not committed in Nigeria, why burden Nigerias economy with their imprisonment. akara Very well spoken.. But Lolxx.. They commited crimes in the UK and they want to have them jailed in Nigeria because each prisoner costs them 40,000pounds per year, what rubbish.
It marks a significant shift in policy, aimed at promoting free trade, and reverses the fragmentation of supervision seen since the financial crisis. “Earlier this week it was announced that the PRA will be prepared to see Chinese banks open branches here … it should be clear that this is not a special arrangement for China, rather it is part of a broader policy,” Bailey told a British Bankers’ Association conference on Thursday. Bailey said branches would only be allowed if the PRA had clear and credible assurances from the parents of banks and from their home regulator. “This is not a free for all,” he said. “Our stance is sensibly cautious, but not I think restrictive … And let me reiterate that it is a general policy, not a China policy, and it is consistent with promoting the benefits of an open world economy.” In the last five years Britain has required most overseas banks to set up their UK operations as subsidiaries rather than branches, thereby providing greater protection for depositors and taxpayers. Branches are treated as extensions of the overseas bank, leaving the British regulator with limited control over capital and liquidity. According to media reports Chinese banks have complained the rules made it hard to operate in Britain, prompting them to move much of their business to Luxembourg. But in announcing an easing of the rules Osborne was met with accusations that he was being softer on Chinese banks, and going against the trend of requiring tougher rules on capital adequacy and against money laundering. A senior UK lawmaker on Wednesday called on the PRA to show it had not been put under pressure by the government.
Speaking at the Fund’s headquarters in Washington DC, managing director Christine Lagarde told CNN’s Richard Quest that member states cannot afford “fatigue” on their commitments to create jobs and to shore up the region’s banks. Europe out of limelight Europe has been spared some market scrutiny recently, as headlines shifted to the U.S. debt ceiling negotiations and the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program. Europe’s energy challenges Solving Portugal’s economic woes Lagarde said that leaders in the currency union will be eager to remain out of the limelight. Is Serbia ready for EU membership? And last year European finance ministers approved a 39.5 billion euro ($51.6 billion) lifeline for Spain’s banks, struggling after the property bubble went bust. In return for state aid, creditors have imposed strict rules on debtor nations, forcing them to carry out harsh austerity measures. However, that strategy has come under question. Mujtaba Rahman, Europe director at Eurasia Group, said Germany may believe austerity is working but “clearly there’s a strand that believes otherwise.” Some eurozone economies, he noted, believe they have improved after easing off on austerity. Tackling youth unemployment Lagarde, a former French finance minister, also highlighted youth unemployment as the biggest priority on the policy-making agenda. She said: “Countries have to do their job; the IMF will help the process as well so we have to partner goodwill, the money available and political determination to focus on the right issues.” Youth unemployment in Spain and Greece is above 50%, where strict austerity programs are in place, while rates in Portugal, Italy and Ireland are all above 30%. Widespread unemployment has led to anti-austerity protests in the worst-hit nations with many demonstrations turning violent.
Europe Has Tea Parties, Too. They’ve Just Learned to Compromise
Had they stayed within the fold, he says, UKIP-type members of Parliament could have held us hostage just as the Tea Party is doing to the Republicans. Without them, Newmark adds, the Tories still have been able to pass austerity budgets. In the U.S., members of the House and Senate allied with the Tea Party have the support of some percentage of voters for their unyielding stance on fiscal policy. But because they hold power as Republicans, rather than in a coalition alongside the GOP, its hard to tell how many Americans believe they were right to shut down the government and threaten default. America has never done more than flirt with the idea of a third party. Those that gained a modicum of recent support rose up around the appeal of a single person, such as Ross Perot or Ralph Nader. Like new parties in Europe, the Tea Party seized on an issuepublic debtthat both major parties had agreed to ignore. Its shown staying power that eluded other attempts to form lasting third parties. Yet the true test of its strength and legitimacy will come only if it leaves or is ejected from the Republican Party that now uncomfortably hosts it. Running candidates for office under its own banner would reveal the depth of its popularity. And it would force the party to decide whether it wants to make laws or throw rocks.
Europe’s Car Sales Rally, Thanks To Discounts, Dealer Action
Diageo Plc, the world’s biggest spirits group, expects slightly higher profits growth this year driven by developing markets but a cautious outlook hit its shares after meeting forecasts for annual earnings. Credit: Reuters/David Moir By Martinne Geller LONDON | Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:54am BST LONDON (Reuters) – Strong sales of alcohol in the Americas have helped European drinks firms to offset sluggish or non-existent growth in Europe and Asia. Diageo Plc (DGE.L), the world’s biggest spirits company, reported a 3.1 percent rise in sales for its first quarter, ended on September 30. While sales rose 10.9 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, 5.1 percent in North America, they grew only 1.3 percent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey and 0.6 percent in Asia Pacific – markets whose growth drinks firms have been relying on as austerity-hit Western Europe struggles. Sales in Western Europe fell 1.1 percent. Several analysts said Diageo’s results were below consensus expectations for an overall sales rise of 4 percent. Investec analyst Martin Deboo said the results for Diageo, were maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, fitted his sell thesis – “that emerging markets are set to make life difficult for Diageo for a while”. Both Diageo and France’s Remy Cointreau (RCOP.PA) cited a Chinese government crackdown on gift-giving as a drag on sales there. Remy, which generates about 40 percent of its operating profit from cognac sales in China, said wholesalers were reducing inventories after sales fell short of expectations during the Chinese New Year. The maker of Remy Martin cognac, Cointreau liqueur and Mount Gay Rum said revenue declined 5.3 percent on a like-for-like basis to 294.4 million euros (247 million pounds) in the three months to September 30, its second quarter, compared with a 2.3 percent decline in the previous quarter. Sales of Remy Martin cognac fell 8.3 percent like-for-like, compared with a 12.9 percent slump in the first quarter, and the firm said China would continue to weigh on sales in the coming months. A recent weakening of various currencies against the U.S. dollar has also hit results. Diageo, which made a net profit of 2.59 billion pounds in the year to June 30, said that, based on spot rates, foreign exchange factors would reduce 2014 operating profit by 165 million pounds.
SABMiller Restores Volume Growth Amid Improvement in Europe
Peter Fuss, partner at consultants Ernst & Young Ernst & Young s Global Automotive Center in Frankfurt, Germany, said the recovery in car sales was down to the improvement in Europes economic outlook, with the Euro currency zone pulling out of recession during the second half of 2013. But with factory use down to less than 65 per cent by manufacturers, according to Fuss, this underlines the chronic overcapacity in Europe, which remains unresolved because of pressure from unions and governments to resist rationalisation. The European industry is looking for a bailout along the lines of the U.S. intervention on behalf of bankrupt GM and Chrysler, to allow it to finally shut-down uneconomic factories. But given the financial crisis in the euro zone, this is simply unaffordable. Ernst & Young expects an overall decline of three per cent in Western Europe for the whole year, and only modest growth next year. This growth will continue to be artificial one that is driven by discounts and self-registrations. We estimate it will take at least two years for the market to witness the real sales recovery, driven by replacement demand. As a result, profits for automakers are likely to remain challenged at least until 2014 is out, Fuss said. According to ACEA, Volkswagen of Germany remains the market leader with just under 25 per cent of the market. VW is still strongly profitable, and has brands like Audi Audi , SEAT, Skoda, Lamborghini and Bentley in its stable. In second place is PSA Peugeot Peugeot -Citroen of France at just over 11 per cent, followed by GM Europes Opel, Vauxhall and Chevrolet brands, Renault Renault of France, Ford Europe and Fiat of Italy.
Organic volume in Europe slid 4 percent in the first half compared with the median estimate for a 5 percent decline. The performance represented an improvement on the first-quarters 7 percent decline. Sales to wholesalers at the brewers MillerCoors LLC unit in the U.S. slid 1.5 percent in the second quarter, better than the first quarters 5.3 percent drop. Declines in Coors Light and Miller Lite were partially offset by brands including Redds and Leinenkugel shandy, the company said. The brewer said it expects the consumer climates in both Europe and North America to remain under pressure. SABMiller said it achieved a strong performance in Africa, where volume rose 9 percent in the first half, and good progress in Latin America , South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. The brewer gets the largest proportion of sales from emerging markets compared with its main rivals, helping compensate for declining beer sales in Europe and the U.S. Diageo Misses Volume rose 1 percent in Latin America, SABMillers largest region, in line with estimates. Civil unrest weighed on improvements in Colombia , though sales in Peru returned to growth in the second quarter after tax increases. Diageo said today that it saw headwinds in some faster-growing economies and missed analysts estimates for sales in both Asia and the Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey region.
Finland has its True Finns, France its National Front. Germany has a brand-new Alternatives for Germany party. De Vries refers to these as issue entrepreneurs. They seize on questions that have been ignored by major partiessuch as immigration and the pace of European integrationand win enough votes to matter. To get into a coalition, these narrowly focused parties have to accept that there is more to governing than immigrants, or taxes, or global warming. If theyre hostile to compromise, theyre stuck on the outside, left to agitate for their ideas with no power to enact them or even to throw sand in the gears. Brooks Newmark, a Tory member of the British Parliament, says the Tories were lucky in the last election. The extreme right wing of the party broke off to form the U.K. Independence Party. Had they stayed within the fold, he says, UKIP-type members of Parliament could have held us hostage just as the Tea Party is doing to the Republicans. Without them, Newmark adds, the Tories still have been able to pass austerity budgets. In the U.S., members of the House and Senate allied with the Tea Party have the support of some percentage of voters for their unyielding stance on fiscal policy.
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World champions France are through to the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament in England after Poland’s title defence was ended in elite round Group 4. Related Items Draw, ambassadors confirmed Before their decider against Sweden in Dungannon, France whose squad included 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup winner Delphine Cascarino held a two-point lead over their opponents, with Poland and hosts Northern Ireland out of contention. Following their 1-0 triumph, secured by substitute Perle Morroni’s 73rd-minute goal, Guy Ferrier’s team take their place in next Thursday’s draw at Burton Town Hall, which already involves England, Spain, Scotland, Austria and Germany. Poland beat Sweden in Nyon in June to win their first women’s title, but their hopes of defending the crown in England looked slim after an opening 3-0 loss to France, Marine Julian, Anissa Lahmari and substitute Manon Uffren getting the goals. Sweden defeated Northern Ireland 2-0, Rebecka Blomqvist striking on 28 and 56 minutes. Two days later Sweden were two up inside 22 minutes in their final rematch against Poland through Blomqvist and Julia Zigiotti Olme. Substitute Aleksandra Lizon reduced arrears and Dominika Grabowska levelled in added time, but Poland’s reign was over. France beat Northern Ireland 2-0 to go top, Mathilde Jouanno getting both goals. France, after their last-day success, will now aim to finish in the top three in England so they can defend their world title in Costa Rica in March. Poland at least signed off with three points, prevailing 1-0 against Northern Ireland courtesy ofLizon’s second-half effort. UEFA.com 1998-2013. All rights reserved. Last updated: 17/10/13 19.47CET
France through after third successive win
Newser.com. France Scientology: Labeled a “fraud” by France’s high court. Protestors express the same outside the Church of Scientology in France. Though recognized as a formal religion in the United States and elsewhere, the practice of Scientology has just been branded as a scam and a racket in France, despite cries of religious discrimination, reports the AFP via Yahoo! News on Oct. 16. There are approximately 45,000 Scientologists in France. The obtuse religion, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, came under fire in the European country when five former members charged the organization with coercing them into spending thousands of dollars on required reading material, questionable services and Church merchandise. The Church was initially found guilty of commercial harassment, and on appeal the charge has stood. Church officials are not happy that their easily misunderstood religion has been declared fraudulent. Scientology is a worldwide religious movement practiced in 184 nations.
France to keep 2,000 troops in Mali until end of year
View gallery Troops of the French-led Serval Operation in Mali patrol an area on the outskirts of Gao on October 16, 2013 (AFP Photo/Sebastien Rieussec) Paris (AFP) – France will maintain around 2,000 troops in Mali to help secure the December legislative polls before further scaling down its military presence, the defence minister said Thursday. “We’re going keep a little more than 2,000 men until the end of the year,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said. The former colonial power deployed its airforce and sent combat units in January this year to help Mali’s government wrest back the north of the country from Islamist groups linked to Al-Qaeda. It currently has 3,000 troops left on the ground and aims to scale back its presence to only 1,000 by the end of January 2014. Mali’s first parliamentary polls since a coup in March last year are due to begin on November 24 and a second round is scheduled for December 15. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was sworn in as president last month after an August election. French forces have helped the authorities reclaim control of the main cities but Al-Qaeda and its offshoots have remained a threat, launching sporadic attacks from their desert and mountain hideouts. “There no longer is a war, what we’re doing now is counter-terrorism,” Le Drian told reporters in Paris. “We must continue to battle terrorism and remain vigilant.” At the peak of Operation Serval, France had 4,500 troops in Mali. A UN stabilisation force meant to eventually reach 12,640 troops and police is gradually taking over. Politics & Government
United Kingdom : Nats And London Gatwick Airport Launches Airspace Consultation [tendersinfo (india)]
Started on 15 October, the London Airspace Consultation (LAC) will run until January 21, focusing on planned airspace alterations over southern England as well as to help with the upgradation of the UK s airspace structure. LAC seeks at receiving local feedback on Gatwick’s airspace motorway network , and to modernise airspace with new technology. Head of corporate responsibility at Gatwick, Tom Denton, said, Gatwick is committed to leading the way in terms of airspace innovation and operation, which is why we were so keen to be the first major UK airport to work with NATS to fully review and consult on our airspace. This consultation is said to be part of a wider programme of proposed changes to deliver the UK s Future Airspace Strategy developed by the Civil Aviation Authority with the support of the aviation industry. Denton added, This project gives us an opportunity to further reduce the number of people affected by noise, as well as focus on further reducing Co2 emissions and air quality impacts. Therefore this is an important time for local people and those who live within our flight paths, who now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to give their feedback and influence the future of our airspace. Upon completion, outcomes of the consultation will be made available online for stakeholders and the public to view and give their opinions. (c) 2013 Euclid Infotech Pvt. Ltd. Provided by Syndigate.info an Albawaba.com company
Shopping Online: United Kingdom, Denmark And Sweden Have The Most Online Shoppers [Charts]
IBTimes/Lisa Mahapatra Nearly 60 percent of EU Internet users made purchases online in 2012, according to recently released data from Eurostat . Clothes and holiday accomodations are the most common online purchases, followed by books, according to the report. However, online grocery is yet to really catch on among Internet users in the EU. One in three EU Internet users reported buying clothes online, while fewer than one in 10 said that they had ordered food and groceries online. Among member states, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden had the highest proportion of Internet users making purchases online. In Romania and Bulgaria, however, fewer than 20 percent of Internet users had made a single online purchase in the past year. Its important to keep in mind that there are still many EU countries in which a fairly large section of the population doesnt use the Internet. For example, in 2012, 65 percent of Greeks had never used the Internet . Heres the data released by Eurostat in an interactive map. Click on any EU country for more info on their online shopping habits: Here’s the total percentage of Internet users who shop online in each EU member country:
Alcoholic Drinks in the United Kingdom: New Research Report Available at Fast Market Research
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According to The Straits Times, Spuul especially wants to expand its reach in the larger Indian market. “The funds will be used to expand our technical infrastructure and team, provide marketing activities and create content,” said co-founder and chief technical officer S Mohan. Discussions with venture capital firms in the United States, Britain and Singapore are ongoing, he said. Spuul is streaming 2,000 movies daily and adding 30% viewers every month. Spuul has about 1,000 movies in its library. Two thirds of its current one million viewers were from India, watching movies on their PCs, smartphones and tablets. It expects to have six million viewers in the next six to 12 months and 600 million over the next five years, comprising viewers in the Indian subcontinent, Indian professionals and their families in other countries as well as Bollywood fans. The Indian market had 137 million internet users last year, up 26% from 2011. Fifteen million broadband connections were added in India between January and May this year. Spuul chief executive officer and co-founder Subin Subaiah said the company would keep adding new features to make it convenient for its viewers. Today, Spuul has launched Offline Sync, which lets customers view content without being connected to the internet. Going forward, Spuul wants to produce its own movies, capitalising on the 35 years of experience of chairman and co-founder Sudesh Iyer. Iyer has helped produced Indian movies and TV programmes as well as set up the Sony Entertainment TV in India, according to the Singapore Daily report.
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This documentary ventures outside the realm of polemics to examine the dangers doctors endure to provide safe procedures for women coping with unfathomable decisions. Rated PG-13. Note: Filmmaker Martha Shane will appear at select shows at the Roxie ; check website ( www.roxie.com ) for more information. Broadway Idiot It’s one of the weirder career arcs we’ve seen: Green Day making the leap from East Bay punks to savvy stadium band to Broadway. The documentary tracks the band’s role in the Broadway show, the hurdles and learning curve in adapting the music into a show, and the illuminating effect it’s had on front man Billie Joe Armstrong . Not rated. Carrie This reimagining of the classic horror tale makes a couple of distinct points: Don’t mess with a girl and her senior prom, and bullying bounces back. Chloe Grace Moretz kicks butt in a telekinetic way, with Julianne Moore as her devout mama. Rated R. Concussion In this sexual drama, Abby awakens the morning after getting hit in the head and sees her existence with new eyes. Domesticity – a house, kids, a wife, a career – seems so staid. She wants to stretch herself as Eleanor, embracing a double life as a prostitute. Rated R. Escape Plan A mastermind of structural security ( Sylvester Stallone ) ticks off the wrong scumbags, becoming ensnared in one of his deviously designed prisons.
Everything about how Henry Rowengartner ends up with, possesses, and eventually loses his superhuman pitching abilities is ridiculous. Not that it matters because I still love the movie. Plot Hole: Honestly, I can get on board with all of the tomfoolery right up until Rowengartner’s final inning on the mound for the Cubs when his arm suddenly goes back to normal. With an aging Chet “Rocket” Stedman permanently sidelined with some kind of rotator cuff thing, Rowengartner is forced to improve because, apparently, he and Rocket are the only pitchers on the roster. He comes up big with the hidden ball trick, but just when it looks like he’s out of ideas, his mom suggests from the stands that he “float it.” The floater was her go to pitch back in her ball playing days. Obviously, it totally works! Oh waitpitching underhand is not allowed in MLB. Ohand waitexactly how close was the pitcher’s mound to the stands? I’m thinking it’s far enough away to be considered conversation prohibitive. The Waterboy Buena Vista Pictures While in a college science class taught by Colonel Sanders, The Waterboy’s Bobby Boucher answers the professor’s question about alligator aggression by dropping some knowledge passed onto him by his Mama. Mama says alligators are ornery because they’ve got all them teeth and no toothbrush. Plot Hole: Everyone has a good laugh at Bobby’s expense and then a nerd in one of the front rows explains that it’s actually because of an enlarged medulla oblongata, which he claims is the portion of the brain that regulates aggression. Yeahexcept it doesn’t! The medulla oblongata controls basic functions like breathing, digestion blood vessel function and swallowing and sneezing. Nice try, nerd. The Longest Yard Paramount Pictures I realize that pointing out a pothole in an Adam Sandler movie is kind of ridiculous, since everything about his films tends to be based in an alternate reality. The Longest Yard is actually a remake of another movie and, therefore, not another rehash of a story in which a man of questionable intelligence and likability conquers his own world.
Know as the Wharf , its first phase alone once scheduled to begin early this year calls for 225,000-square-feet of office space, 180,000-square-feet of retail, 790 residential units, two hotels and 1,325 parking spaces. The school had planned on taking the lions share of that office space, about 190,000 square feet at the corner of Maine Avenue and Ninth Street SW, raising the prospect of a waterfront swarming with students attending day and evening classes. Jim Huske, a senior vice president at the Graduate School, said the administration informed developer Monty Hoffman, chief executive of PN Hoffman, that it would pull out of the project due to government cutbacks and budget uncertainty. We had to move out of that and we let Monty know that probably a year and a half or two years ago now because the market became unstable, Huske said. Huske that with sequestration and the government shutdown, the school would remain in smaller space in LEnfant Plaza for the time being. When Southeastern University, based in Southwest D.C., folded in 2010, the Graduate School assumed some of Southeasterns students. Right now were sitting back and considering our options, he said. You just dont make an investment when there is such uncertainty. Developers PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette had planned to begin the first phase during the first quarter of this year, with completion expected in 2016. Despite the delay, Hoffman said that he has applied for building permits. The Washington Kastles tennis team, whose stadium is located on the site currently, has been looking for a place to relocate to make way for construction. Overall we feel very good about it, Hoffman said. Our tenancy and our letters of intent for restaurants are going very well and we are in for building permits. Hoffman said he was working with a prospective capital group to invest in the project. The D.C.
STARTING FIVE: Top story lines in 2013-14 Ultimately, Kentucky missed the NCAA tournament field of 68 and bowed out in the NIT first round. Meanwhile, the Wildcats’ in-state nemesis, Louisville, finished as the top team in the country. Heading into the 2013-14 season, with tip-off a mere three weeks away, fans will get a taste of the best teams in the country today at noon ET when the preseason top 25 teams are unveiled in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. How will this preseason’s top 25 shake out? Once again, the spotlight shines brightly over the state of Kentucky. Ushering in perhaps the greatest recruiting class of all-time boasting six McDonald’s All-Americans Calipari’s reloaded Kentucky team is positioned to get back to title form. The heavily-favored Wildcats should again earn a high preseason ranking thanks to an influx of talent, including returning sophomores and de facto veterans Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, to go “40-0″ as Calipari isn’t shy in suggesting . Louisville coach Rick Pitino, right, shakes hands with Kentucky coach John Calipari. (Photo: David J. Phillip, AP) Although there were plenty of surprises in last season’s NCAA tournament Florida Gulf Coast Sweet 16 finish, Wichita State’s Final Four run to name two the college hoops season had an unsurprising ending: With a defensively dominant Louisville team cutting down the nets. The defending champion Cardinals will look to become the first team since Florida (2006 & 2007) to repeat as national champions. That mission is certainly possible as Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino returns a nucleus that’s led by All-American Russ Smith.
Team USA, Brazil meet Nov. 10 in Orlando
10 in Orlando Coach says goalie Hope Solo should be at full strength after wrist surgery The U.S. Women’s National Team announced it will play (Chuck Myers, MCT ) October 15, 2013|By Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel Soccer continues its efforts to become the talk of the town or at least having a say in the conversation. It was the U.S. Women’s National Team’s turn to spread the gospel of futbol on Tuesday in Orlando, formally announcing its match Nov. 10 against rival Brazil at the Florida Citrus Bowl. The game will be carried live on NBC. The match between No. 1-ranked Team USA and No. 4 Brazil is the first meeting between the countries in the United States since 2008. The USA won, 1-0, in San Diego. USA coach Tom Sermanni said he expects the game against Brazil to be “very competitive and dramatic,” and “a fantastic way to finish the year off.” The Americans are led by forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan and goalie Hope Solo.
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His menu also includes clams which have been farmed using environmentally friendly and sustainable methods. The pre-dominant message was overfishing, but the event also highlighted a problem facing Vietnamese consumers often aired in the local media. What Im experiencing as a chef of 18 years is I have no idea where any of the products are coming from. You can say the beef is from the U.S. and has a stamp on it but it might not be,” he said. “Recently in Vietnam we discovered that 80 percent of the noodles were laced with toxic chemicals to keep them white. So its really time for a change. Vietnam is one of the worlds top seafood exporters, with exports of catfish accounting for 90 percent of the global market. While not all exported goods are labeled with information which includes whether that product is certified or not, industry experts recognize that labels with more information are more popular with consumers, said Ngo. Tien Chuong, Aquaculture Coordinator at the World Wide Fund for Natures Vietnam office. He said the general trend is for authorities to make production for export more sustainable while less attention is paid to domestic consumption. Lack of information on food sourcing and ingredients is a big issue for Vietnamese consumers, many of whom worry about the overuse of pesticides in vegetables, and excessive use of antibiotics and formaldehyde in meat. Last month some residents in Lao Cai province were hospitalized after eating dried fish, which was later found to contain high levels of histamines, local media reported. Poisoning cases have been blamed on poor enforcement of hygiene standards but so far there is no certification process in place for consumers at home. Chuong said certified products and high quality products in Vietnam are mainly sold for the export market. But with a population of 90 million people, the countrys domestic market should not be ignored. The lack of information available for consumers is also a big problem for chefs, Chinn said.
Bassist Daniel Tichenor of Cage The Elephant is 34. Actress Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity) is 31. Actress Jennifer Nicole Freeman (My Wife and Kids) is 28. Oct. 21: Actress Joyce Randolph (The Honeymooners) is 89. Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 73. Singer Elvin Bishop is 71. TV judge Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) is 71. Actor Everett McGill (Twin Peaks) is 68. Trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago is 67. Guitarist Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Gos is 60.
The ship made her North American debut on Dec. 1 with a sailing out of Miami. Michael Wessels The outdoor pool on Deck 14 has a pool bar, two pools, and Jacuzzis. Chairs were added to the deck of the Reflection to accommodate more guests. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY An extra 245 loungers were added to the expanded pool deck to accommodate more than 1,000 additional guests than the Reflection’s predecessors in the Solstice line have had. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Pool Bar is located on Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Weather permitting, the Mast Grill on Deck 15 is a casual dining spot where guests can have grilled specialties while overlooking the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests take a Zumba class by the outdoor pool on Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The iLounge has 22 computers that guests can use to surf the Internet. The lounge is also a licensed Apple reseller, one of the first at sea. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The expanded Aqua Spa offers a wide range of services including massages, 24K gold facials, and a full Medi-Spa where guests can get acupuncture and other treatments. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The enhanced AquaSpa by Elemis has a number of specialty areas such as a hammam, infrared sauna, steam rooms, and sensory showers. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A treatment room at the AquaSpa where guests can get a variety of types of massages including a bamboo massage. Therapists experiment with lights and scents to help create different moods. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The AquaSpa has an expanded 883 square-foot Persian Garden with six more curved, heated tiled beds. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The cold room at the AquaSpa is kept at 52 degrees F to tighten pores that were opened and cleansed in the infrared sauna or aromatic steam room. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests can get manicures, pedicures and haircuts in the salon. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A state-of-the art fitness facility features cardio machines, spinning studios, and private workout areas. Classes and bootcamps are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center is equipped with TechnoGym equipment that is available for trial and purchase. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center has been expanded to include four new studios. Personal training sessions are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests who don’t want to swim outdoors have the option of swimming in the indoor pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Deck 14 has whimsical seating such as this cushioned hammock by the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the Reflection. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY By day, the Sky Observation Lounge is a place to relax over a cocktail. At night, the dance floor gets packed. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge offers expansive views from Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe on Deck 14 gives guests the options of a buffet meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe has buffet-style dining in an indoor and outdoor setting for 885 people. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests have a variety of options at the buffet-style Oceanview Cafe, including complimentary pasta, pizza, soups, sandwiches, sushi, salad, and frozen yogurt. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Cafe al Bacio offers pastries and specialty coffees and seats 54. Nancy Trejos Cafe Gelateria offers an assortment of traditional gelatos. Nancy Trejos Live music is played at the low-key Ensemble Lounge on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos The Ensemble Lounge has comfortable seating for pre- or after-dinner drinks. Nancy Trejos Qsine is one of the specialty restaurants and seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has an eclectic menu that includes lobster and escargot fritters and sushi lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has whimsical items such as chocolate-covered strawberry lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Murano, one of five specialty restaurants on the Reflection, offers modern Continental cuisine. Nancy Trejos Murano offers items such as lobster bisque, caviar, lobster and duck breast. Nancy Trejos Murano, a specialty restaurant that seats 76 people, has an extensive wine collection. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five is Celebrity’s creperie, with tableside service for lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a creperie, seats 72. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Blu is Celebrity’s healthy food eatery designed for guests in AquaClass suites. Elizabeth Ashwell Blu, a specialty restaurant designed for AquaClass guests, seats 152. Elizabeth Ashwell Molecular bar is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the ship. It is located on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush has an ice bar. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Nancy Trejos The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell There are eight private cabana-style alcoves on the Lawn Club on Deck 15 that are available for a daily fee. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. Guests can play bocce ball or croquet on the lawn. Elizabeth Ashwell Oversized lawn chairs are located on the Lawn Club. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. It is designed to evoke a country club feel. Elizabeth Ashwell The Porch is a casual dining spot overlooking the lawn that offers breakfast and lunch paninis.