Aug 15

House approves Senate amended economic stimulus package

Friday, February 8, 2008

The United States House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan US$152 billion economic stimulus package that gives one-time rebates to United States citizens, US$600 for individuals or US$1,200 for couples plus US$300 for each child. US$300 checks would be sent to people on low-income including retirees on Social Security which was not included in the original bill backed by President George W. Bush. The plan would begin to decrease rebates for citizens with taxable incomes of US$75,000 for individuals and US$150,000 for couples. The checks would go out to more than a 130 million Americans according to Treasury secretary Henry Paulson.

The House overwhelmingly approved the more broad Senate amended bill which included the low-income portion mentioned above along with provisions that would keep illegal aliens from receiving a rebate check. Despite some opposition from some Congressmen, such as John B. T. Campbell III of California’s 48th congressional district, the plan passed overwhelmingly 380–34.

Campbell called the plan “wealth redistribution” and noted it did not have safeguards to prevent illegals from receiving these rebates and also claimed that stimulus plan would increase the deficit more and noted the cause of the looming recession was because of “credit problems.”

The United States Senate voted hours earlier on the bill which passed in the Senate, 81–16. after having to shed some incentives included by Senate Democrats which caused the bill to fail. Some of the incentives that were left out of the plan in a compromise to gain Republican support were demands for benefits for long-term unemployed workers and stipulation that would allow low-income citizens to pay off heating bills and let home builders pay off losses off the current year against previous tax years.

President Bush approved of the package, noting in a statement, “This plan is robust, broad-based, timely, and it will be effective, this bill will help to stimulate consumer spending and accelerate needed business investment.”

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Aug 15

Skeletons found under home in Hertfordshire

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Catherine McGuigan, a resident in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, UK, found skeletons from over a century ago buried under her dining room.

She had hired builders for an extension for her cottage, where she has lived for eleven years, and at the beginning of April they found human bones in the ground.

Her cottage was built over a burial ground; from 1697 to 1820 the land was owned by the Religious Society of Friends. In the 1600s, members of the society, better known as Quakers, were persecuted for their beliefs and so were not allowed to be buried in consecrated church grounds. Instead burials, which were also sometimes for others not recognised as parishioners – such as homeless people, often took place in the countryside.

The Daily Mail states in its April article that the Religious Society of Friends have advised McGuigan that she “must cremate” the bodies, however Quakers have written an open letter to the Daily Mail, informing that for Quakers, there is “no specific advice on the disposal of bodies”, and that they had never expressed an opinion on how the discovered skeletons should be buried.

The cremation was rumoured to cost up to £32,000 – an £800 quote for cremation of a single body multiplied by 40, however as yet only ten bodies have been discovered.

The builders originally thought the bones were pieces of pipe, and McGuigan has now ordered coffins and is looking to holding a mass cremation or a burial in a nearby field.

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Aug 15

Northern Ireland’s Ian Paisley to resign and retire

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Ian Paisley, 81, has announced he is resigning the positions of First Minister and DUP leader after what some believe is internal pressure from within the party. He originally announced he would govern for his full term till 2011.

Paisley plans to step down after an investment conference in May organized by the power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive.

Paisley told reporters, “I could go on and on but I’ve decided to go, I came to this decision a few weeks ago when I was thinking very much about the conference and what was going to come after the conference, I thought that it is a marker, a very big marker, and it would be a very appropriate time for me to bow out.” Paisley noted he is not fully retiring as he will remain on the back benches at Stormont, the location of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Paisley has been a controversial, divisive figure in Northern Ireland politics throughout his five decades of involvement. Until his acceptance of the First Minister position with political rival and enemy and Sinn Fein‘s Martin McGuinness, a former IRA commander, Paisley was nicknamed Dr. No for his refusal to grant any concessions to the Irish nationalists or republicans and his working with McGuinness would have been unheard of ten years ago.

I could go on and on but I’ve decided to go.

His announcement is believed to be in part because of this relationship with McGuinness, the two political rivals were photographed together enjoying a laugh, earning them the nickname, the “Chuckle Brothers.”

Hard-line factions within the DUP are not happy with Paisley sharing power with Sinn Fein, which they see as inextricably linked to the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Paisley used to refer to the party in political discourse as “Sinn Fein/IRA.”

Paisley is known for fundamentalist anti-Catholic views and stances and helped to form the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster in 1951 as part of a disagreement between a local church in Crossgar, County Down and the elders of the county church governance. Paisley was forced to retire in January due to his political role as First Minister and possibly, his power-sharing with Sinn Fein.

The announcement comes one month before the tenth anniversary of Good Friday Agreement which ended the thirty year-long period of conflict know as the “The Troubles” in which violence occurred between the nationalist and republican and the unionist and loyalist communities of Northern Ireland in the form of bombings, assassinations and gang violence.

It also comes a month after Ian Paisley’s son, Ian Paisley Jr resigned after accusations and criticism over links with property developer, Seymour Sweeney and controversy over lobbying. Paisley Junior noted today that he was transferring of the ownership of the firm which runs his constituency office in Ballymena to a representative of a north Antrim DUP branch.

Peter Robinson, the deputy leader and Northern Ireland Finance Minister is the likely choice to succeed Paisley, but some sources with in the party would not discount Northern Ireland Finance Minister Nigel Dodds either.

Paisley’s reaction to choosing his succesor was, “This is not the Church of Rome. This is not Apostolic succession and I have no right to say who will succeed me.”

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Jul 19

Weight Loss Advice

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Dr.Shikha Sharma



Weight loss is something which most people have tried or wish to do in order to achieve a slim figure and as a result there are as many unscientific methods and suggestions as there are people who love to advise each other. There is no problem in trying a particular weight loss method and sharing the experience with family and friends , but there is a fine line between sharing personal experiences and trying to advise others like a- know it all , as little knowledge can get dangerous .

Dr.Shikha\’s Nutri-Health Healthy weight loss

Unscientific advise number 1

Eat everything and hit the gym, it will burn everything away!

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Most people think the body metabolism is like a fireplace where we can burn away all the foods, but in reality it is not so , body metabolism is not a furnace but a complex series of biological interactions which systematically break the food into food chains and components with biological enzymes and reactions and ultimately get the protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals etc.s to be separated and moved for their individual roles , so you can not eat junk and expect the body to burn it off the way we people burn junk in their backyard . exercise has its own specific role and effects and while it definitely improves metabolism , lung capacity , body tone and heart pumping , it can not act as a destruction method for irresponsible eating .

Unscientific advise number 2

Eat everything, but in moderation!

This advise definitely comes from know it alls who have no clue about food science or human biology.

This advise is so ambiguous that anybody can make anything out of it , to begin with eat everything sounds like music to everyone and therefore people love such advises, but it is very painful if you try to follow it because there are simply no results after trying this for several months also. This unscientific advise does not work for several reasons because nowhere it guides about what does moderation mean, how much of the foods which are considered fattening, at what interval and in what quantities ? It leaves everything to the imagination and trust me people can get really imaginative without a clear guidance I know people who consider 6 drinks as moderation while consuming alcohol, eating burgers thrice a week is also moderation, the same goes for pizzas, chips, chocolates ice creams .

Unscientific advise number 3

To lose weight eat less

This is a very amusing and completely unscientific way of losing weight. It simply means keep eating less till you get results and often ends in starvation diets. Anybody advising this has to be alien to human biology .

Low calorie diets were in the ear when no knowledge about food science in connection with human metabolic process was known and it lead to funny conjectures and advisories. low calorie diets have failed worldwide due to side effects and associated problems. The side effects due to low calorie diets include acidity, gas, low blood pressure, severe hair fall, skin problems etc.

Unscientific advise number 4

Children can eat everything as they are active

This is the age to eat everything, because when they grow up they anyway have to curtail due to health problems.

This advise comes from people who consider breakdown and repair on the same lines as preventive maintenance and who think that till the time the body does not give up or collapse it can be treated as we feel like.

Children are the most vulnerable to junk food, and junk food is not to be consumed with children s foods. Just because advertisements show kids it does not make that food as a special food for brain and organs are rapidly growing and at this stage it is most vital that that kids the right kind of food which does not damage their brain or bodies.

This advise needs modification to say that kids need to eat a wide variety and kind of healthy foods in order to get nutritional benefits from a range of good foods which should include the correct amount of essential oils and fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals.

The diet mentality is not the correct mindset as it is purely cosmetic in nature and does nothing to improve health or manage weight in the long term, it is a short term flirtation without any long term intentions.

Dr. Shikha Sharma completed medicine from Maulana Azad Medical College in 1992. Thereafter she worked in the Department of Cardiology as a Junior Resident in G.B. Pant Hospital. It was there that the desire to work in preventive Medicine emerged.In this regard, she started a health based organization named Clinique De Rejuvenation in the year 1999, which primarily aimed as a weight management clinic. Since then, the clinic has been recognized as a pioneer in research based solutions for weig

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Jul 19

Wikipedia plans to introduce new editing restrictions on articles

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The English version of Wikipedia, the self-described free, online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, has planned to install new restrictions on its editing system on articles regarding biographies of living people.

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Under the new plan, anyone can edit the affected articles, but the changes would have to be approved by a more experienced user before they could be registered. The move is part of an effort to prevent vandalism and unconstructive edits being made to high-profile pages and increase content quality. The system is called “flagged revisions”.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said that there would be a “very, very low threshold to entry” for those who desired editorial rights. “We’re looking at anybody who has been around a very short period of time and hasn’t been blocked [banned],” he said.

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Jul 18

BMW announces 7.6% sales rise as US, China demand grows

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Automobile manufacturing company BMW has announced that its sales increased by 7.6 per cent during the month of July. BMW reported that 129,094 units were sold during the month, consisting of the motor vehicle brands of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

In a statement, Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW, told of the company reporting “the most successful July sales ever”, claiming that it is “well on [the] way to achieving our recently announced target of over 1.6 million vehicles in 2011, the best ever sales result for the BMW group”.

Demand increases were notable in the United States and China in particular. 21,409 vehicles were delivered by BMW in the United States in July, an increase of 11.7 per cent from July 2010. In China, 18,858 units were sold in the month, meaning a sales rise of 36.1 per cent on the same month last year, with the increased popularity being attributed to “substantial gains in many markets”, BMW said. Sales increases were also reported in South Korea, Russia, India and Brazil. BMW did admit to a decrease of sales by 0.8% in Germany, the country in which the company is based.

[BMW has had] the most successful July sales ever

As a brand, BMW sales stood at 108,721 for July, 7.1% more than July 2010. In the year to date, BMW delivered 962,468 vehicles, a 17.9 per cent rise. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), developing markets have become the cause of the substantial popularity of high quality automobile manufacturers. However, growth in this area may decline later on in the year, due to the difficulties facing the global economy, AFP claims.

Meanwhile, General Motors stated on Friday that its China sales decreased by 1.8 per cent in July this year compared to the same month in 2010. This was due to a lowered demand for commercial vehicles, AFP reported.

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Jul 10

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Jul 09

Untold Archives Of Silk Sarees}

Submitted by: Sam Antwon

Revelation about Uppada, Kanchipuram & Handloom Silk Sarees

A passage through the famed Uppada Silk Sarees!!!

The drapery grips its roots towards south of India from the village called Uppada situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The village is well-known in the weaving of cotton sarees in unique and beautiful designs & pattern. The rural beauty of this village is still maintained and modernization has not reached to them yet. The villagers are poor but still they enjoy their simple lifestyle.

The production of Uppada Silk Sarees has made this small village renowned with the intricate and unique patterns created with the warp & weft weaving techniques. The softness & hardness of Uppada Sarees is achieved according to the weaving count. The usual calculation of the warp & weft yarns in weaving the saree is 100 in length & 120 in breadth as per one square inch and the quality of the saree is as per the thread count. The artisans use only the traditional hand weaving method without the use of any mechanical support. Refined product is created with two weavers working intricately on a single loom with the use of gold & silver zari threads enriching the charm of the saree.

The duration for the production of one single saree may take about two thorough months and with its quality of being light weight and radiant it is regarded as the most expensive range of silk sarees.

Checkout the gorgeous ranges of Uppada Silk sarees online within your comfort as you place your order for the Uppada Sarees online at your very own Samyakk web store.

The rusty route towards the sovereign Kanchipuram Silk Sarees!!!

The fiber has its edge attached to south of India in a town called Kanchipuram situated in the state of Tamil Nadu. The town is famous for its weavers who were settled here 400 years back and marked themselves as the finest producers of silk sarees in the country. Thats how the city got its recognition as the Silk City as its economy is mainly based on the people weaving silk sarees.

Kanchipuram Silk Sarees is widely known as the Queen of all the silk sarees with respect to its refinement, texture and radiance. The quality of the saree is classified according to the heaviness of the saree. The yarn count in weaving of the saree is 240 warps & 300 wefts which gives strength to the saree. The vivacious & delicate patterns on the saree enhances its beauty making it look royal & magnificent. The Saree gives a dignified and authentic look to the wearer and it has become an integral part in the wardrobe for the wedding diaries and auspicious occasions.

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The Crafty nostalgia of Handloom Silk Sarees!!!

The carpet is rolled back when the golden fragments towards the technique of handloom weaving was found in the zones of Egypt, Mohenjo Daro (Indus Valley Civilization), Central Asia, Mughal Era and even the Indian Vedic Literature mentions the evidence of traditional handloom textile weaving and speaks out that the technique was the oldest art form existing till today.

Handloom weaving process is one of Indias cottage industries and customarily is a family venture. The sarees are made out of cotton or silk yarns. There are numerous varieties of handloom silk sarees such as Banarasi Silk Sarees, Chanderi Silk Sarees, Bandhani Sarees, Patola Silk Sarees, and Tussar Silks.

Purchase your very own regal yard of Handloom Silk Saree at Samyakk online store.

About the Author: Sam Antwon is a B.Tech graduate in Fashion Technology, a fashion lover and provides information on latest trends in fashion. He has contributed several articles on handloom silk sarees, kanchipuram silk sarees, uppada sarees, uppada silk sarees, kora silk sarees, banarasi sarees, banarasi silk sarees, pure cotton silk sarees, cotton silk sarees etc


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Jul 09

Google launches Google Spreadsheets

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Google has launched an online spreadsheet site, in a private beta.

The site will allow spreadsheets to be shared between up to 10 users, which is aimed to be useful to teams and small businesses. “Many people already organise information into spreadsheets. Where they are struggling is to share it” said the product manager, Jonathan Rochelle.

Google recently bought the online word-processor Writely, launched a calendar product, as well as a desktop search tool. Many see this as them straying into Microsoft‘s markets.

Google Spreadsheets uses very advanced AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript And Xml) and Client Side Scripting to mimic very effectively it’s desktop counterparts’ functions.

It is surprisingly fast, has very good formatting and advanced formula support, but best of all it has complete support for Microsoft Excel .xls files, and very good collaboration: just enter the e-mail address and you can share easily.

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Jul 09

2012 Olympics clash with Ramadan

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Muslim groups from across the world are criticising the organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London after it was revealed that the games will take place over Ramadan. The most holy month in the Muslim calendar, which will take place from the 21 July to 20 August in 2012, involves fasting during daylight hours and will affect an estimated 3,000 athletes.

Joanna Manning Cooper, spokesman for the games said: “We did know about it when we submitted our bid and we have always believed that we could find ways to accommodate it.” Nevertheless, this will come as a huge embarrassment for the organisers who have tried to ensure the event involve all of Britain’s ethnic communities. A quarter of the athletes who took part in the 2004 Athens Olympics were from predominantly Muslim countries and the fast will put any athletes involved at a clear disadvantage.

The chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Massoud Shadjared said: “This is going to disadvantage the athletes and alienate the Asian communities by saying they don’t matter. It’s not only going to affect the participants, it’s going to affect all the people who want to watch the games.”

The president of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, Togay Bayalti, said: “This will be difficult for Muslim athletes. They don’t have to observe Ramadan if they are doing sport and travelling but they will have to decide whether it is important to them. “It would be nice for the friendship of the Games if they had chosen a different date.”

The games will run from the 27 July to 12 August to coincide with the British Summer holidays. The summer holidays are a six week period running from mid July to early September. During this time, public transportation is generally less crowded and it will be easier to find the 70,000 volunteers needed to keep the games running. The International Olympics Committee has specified that the games must take place between July 15 to August 31. Giselle Davies, IOC spokesperson said, “We give a window to the five bid cities. The host city selects the dates within that window.”

The organisers are working with the Muslim Council of Great Britain to find ways around the problem.

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