August 15, 2016

Romantic city, Paris

Ah, beautiful paris. for centuries this city has attracted the admiration of the world. the allure and charm of paris captivate all who visit there.

  Where can you discover the charm of paris for yourself? is it in the legacy of all the french rulers who worked to beautify their beloved city? is it in the famous castles, palaces, statues and monuments, such as the eiffel tower? can you find it in the world-class museums, such as the louvre? perhaps paris' allure lies in the zest and style of the parisians.

  When you visit paris, you don't have to spend all of your time visiting museums and monuments. they are certainly worthy of your time, but ignore them for a day. first take some time to look around and experience life in paris. you'll find it charming.

  Take a stroll along the seine river. browse through the art vendors, colorful paintings. peek through delicate iron gates at the well-kept gardens. watch closely for the french attention to detail that has made france synonymous with good taste. you will see it in the design of a doorway or arch and in the little fountains and quaint balconies. no matter where you look, you will find everyday objects transformed into works by art.

  Spend some time in a quiet park relaxing on an old bench. lie on your back on the green grass. when you need refreshment, try coffee and pastries at a sidewalk cafe. strike up a conversation with a parisian. this isn't always easy, though. with such a large international population living in paris, true natives are hard to find these days.

  As evening comes to paris, enchantment rises with the mist over the riverfront. you may hear music from an outdoor concert nearby: classical, jazz, opera or chansons, those french folk songs. parisians love their music. the starry sky is their auditorium. you can also hear concerts in the chateaux and cathedrals. in paris the music never ends.

  Don't miss the highlight of paris evening: eating out. parisians are proud of their cuisine. and rightly so; it's world famous. gourmet dining is one of the indispensable joys of living. you need a special guidebook to help you choose one of the hundreds of excellent restaurants. the capital of france boasts every regional specialty, cheese and wine the country has to offer. if you don't know what to order, ask for the suggested menu. the chef likes to showcase his best dishes there. remember, you haven't tasted the true flavor of france until you've dined at a french restaurant in paris.

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June 23, 2016

Hit the trail

A hike was the perfect order of the day. The boys were excited about the idea. It would be a good workout and it would be good to be together.

We planned to leave immediately after lunch aspire atlantis. I noticed Daniel, who will be ten in November, and Wes, who will be seven in December, scramble for their gear. They had spent the morning pouring over outdoor outfitter catalogs looking at sophisticated equipment that would be sufficient to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

I thought back over the years to the hours I spent with my official Boy Scout handbook. I was disgusted to remember that I spent more time reading about nature than I spent experiencing it. That's when I said, "Guys, let's just use the daypacks we have and take a nice hike this afternoon." They say the smallest deed is better than the grandest intention. The boys heartily agreed.

Immediately after lunch we made for the trailhead. Chuck joined us and led the expedition. The little guys fell in on the trail ahead of me with their full daypacks, slouch hats, and bottles filled with water. They soon found walking sticks. I laughed as I watched Wes lurching along the trail ahead of me struggling with all his gear. He shuffled along behind his brothers careful not to drop behind. Not a syllable of complaint escaped his lips.

We climbed to the crest of a hill up earthen stairs built into the hillside. Finally, I asked Wes if I could carry the pack for a while. He smiled quietly and handed the thing to me.

The guys hiked quietly trying to "leave no trace Unique Beauty." The air was sweet with the scent of autumn. Goldenrod nodded yellow along the trial. We crossed a footbridge over a stream that ran among small boulders. At one point, we came to the edge of the wood overlooking acres of corn ripening in an undulating field.

I kept Wes's pack and finally asked him, "What's in the pack, Wes?" "A calculator," he said. I thought I misunderstood him. I thought maybe trail mix, some apples, or maybe even some jerky would be good things to put in the pack. Maybe he packed a field guide, field glasses, or the writings of Thoreau. Any of these would have made sense, but Wes said, "A calculator."

"What else did you put in here, Wes?"

"That's all."

"It's kinda heavy, Buddy. Did you put some books in here, too?" "No, just the calculator."

He insisted the only thing the pack contained was a calculator. Then it hit me what he meant by a calculator. He was talking about the huge desktop adding machine that had been underfoot at home for the last few weeks! It was complete with a power cord and a roll of paper. I was trekking the wide outdoors with an adding machine in my backpack.

"Why did you put an adding machine in your pack?"

"I just wanted something in my pack," he said.

Kids are fun and full of surprises. I chuckle within every time I think of it and I am reminded what a priceless thing it is to have a little boy to hike with alinamin.

It's better to live than waste your precious life watching other people pretend to live on television.


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April 01, 2016

10 Definitions Of Success – How To Be Successful

We often hear the word success ageLOC Me, at which point we immediately think of the things we’d like to do and the money we’d love to have. We objectify "success” as a resounding proclamation of human achievement – a triumphant peak in the dynamics of personal fulfillment.

However, if your reading this article, then chances are you probably know it as an ideal reality hovering beyond reach. So how, then, do we reach it?

The bottom line is this: there are a lot of "successful” people in the world, but there are far more unsuccessful people. If you want to become one of the few who achieves success, then you must first understand the true scope of the definition.

So what exactly is success?

1. Success is Creating the Life You Want to Live
"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – Lolly Daskal

No one’s life is predetermined, nor is their ability to succeed. You forge the pathway to your own success. We habitually make the mistake of identifying ourselves according to our given circumstances, making the assumption that these circumstances will determine where we end up in life. They do not. They merely determine where we start. While some may appear to have an easier run than others, we are all fundamentally the creators of our own destiny. Thus, that for which we are prepared to settle as opposed to that which we are willing to cultivate, will dictate who we are and what we are capable of achieving. The choice is yours.

2. Success is Getting Stuff Done
"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Roosevelt summed it up in a nutshell. If your not kicking goals on a regular basis, then you’re not on the road to success. You’re just standing on the side of the road, hitchhiking. Bad news: you have to walk. There is nothing more gratifying than the sense of accomplishment that comes from being at the peak of one’s professional existence, for that is true satisfaction. So make it happen.

3. Success is Dedication to One’s Work
"Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” – Collin Powell.

"Success” as you know it, will not come without your adamant and uncompromising persistence. It is the product of many sleepless nights and the consequential outcome of the hours in which we push ourselves to the edge of intellectual fatigue, sometimes with the assistance of coffee, but always with the power of an unbreakable will.

4. Success Is Doing What You Love And Being Your Own Person
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Everyone has a passion…don’t be afraid to fight for it. Find out what it is you love. Discover your instinctual expertise and understand your natural strengths and inclinations. Learn what you have that makes you unique, and then it’s just a matter of packaging and communicating that uniqueness to the unsuspecting world. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you love.

5. Success is Publicity
"All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.” – Brendan Behan

There is a saying: "no publicity is bad publicity.” In my books that saying reads true Freight Forwarder. When you invest in publicity, you invest in the opportunity to share your personal expertise with the world around you and effectively open up the lines of communication. If you can bring your own unique potential to the forefront of your life, then public recognition will only do you good.

6. Success is Action
"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

If you spend too much time thinking about something, you will never get it done. The power of imaginative speculation and desire is a great starting point, but only action will allow you to fulfill your idealized potential. Don’t wait for things to happen. If good things come to those who wait, then better things come to those who take the initiative and go out and make it happen.

7. Success is Financial Freedom
"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.” – Oscar Wilde

Happiness can’t be purchased … but a comfortable lifestyle can, and that’s pretty close. No one likes being a slave to debt and financial obligation, yet many find that to be case. In the words of Kim Garst: "Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know, and start charging for it.” The moment you start making a profit doing what you love, is the moment you know you have achieved success.

8. Success is Reaching the Highest Step
"The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” – Ayn Rand

Life is a staircase. You have to move from one tedious step to the next, over and over again, in order to eventually reach to the top. You’ll encounter a few stumbles along the way. You’ll also find that the steps at the bottom are very steep and difficult to climb, but as you near the top, they become smaller and closer together. As you’re climbing, it’s important to remember that each new step will take you closer to the point of self actualization, so don’t give up.

9. Success is Looking Beyond Failure
”Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Don’t give up. It’s an epic cliche, but perhaps one that resonates with the most importance. If your willing to pursue your passions then sometimes you have to be prepared to take criticism with a smile on your face. You must be ready to accept the fact that not everything you do will result in triumph, and not everything you contribute will necessarily be valued by others. People will tell you to stop, and others will simply laugh.

Redirect the negative energy of your frustration and turn it into a positive, effective and unstoppable determination and then see who’s laughing in a few years time.

10. Success is Living In The Now
"The future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”

As you read these words, someone half your age with twice your energy and determination is working their backside off, so that they can live the life you dream of. So stop dreaming and start living. Turn your dreams into a tangible reality by taking action. We are all creatures of habit best university, and procrastination is by far the hardest habit to break.
So get up off your butt, right now, and do some work.

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December 31, 2015

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During the winter mating season, competition is fierce for access to female Japanese macaques. But it's not for the reason you might think tr90 ageloc. Males don't just have to compete with other males for access to females: they have to compete with females too.

That's because in some populations, homosexual behaviour among females is not only common, it's the norm. One female will mount another, then stimulate her genitals by rubbing them against the other female. Some hold onto each other with their limbs using a "double foot clasp mount", while others sit on top of their mates in a sort of jockey-style position Hong Kong Macau Tour, says Paul Vasey of the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, who has been studying these macaques for over 20 years.

To our eyes these encounters look startlingly intimate. The females stare into each other's eyes while mating, which macaques hardly ever do outside of sexual contexts. The pairings can even last a whole week, mounting hundreds of times. When they're not mating, the females stay close together to sleep and groom, and defend each other from possible rivals.

That many humans are homosexual is well known but we also know the behaviour is extremely common across the animal kingdom, from insects to mammals. So what's really going on? Can these animals actually be called homosexual?

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December 28, 2015

dangers of hereditary autocracy

These stories all come - like the South Korean reports - from hostile sources.

Modern historians are sceptical about many of them, and in some ways they show how some Romans felt about the potential dangers of hereditary autocracy rather than reliably retelling the details of history.

Just like North Korea, Rome could be presented by interested parties as presided over by a youthful ruler who had been brought up without normal moral boundaries, who felt acute suspicions of those close to him, and who could exercise absolute power of life and death, backed by the might of a highly militarised state reenex.

In both cases, there are clear motivations for bias: Suetonius and Tacitus were in some ways in conflict with the imperial system, just as South Korea and North Korea are still in some sense at war with each other.

In such an environment, traditional stereotypes about tyrannical rule are likely to emerge, especially where one side maintains rigorous restrictions on information, creating a vacuum which the other is keen to fill for the benefit of a more "liberal" global audience reenex.

As with ancient Rome, we need to be aware of the potential unreliability of biased reporting, and the natural tendency to demonise political opponents reenex.

Melodramatic colouring of events is just as manipulative as controlling and limiting what is disseminated to the world.

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their views of emperors in general.

In particular, both had lived through and endured the reign of the Emperor Domitian, whose erratic and tyrannical behaviour plainly coloured their views of emperors in general.

For Suetonius, this comes out in his Lives of the Caesars, gossipy and occasionally muck-making biographies that show the emperors as weak human beings.

For Tacitus, his Annals and Histories show how the imperial system put too much power into the hands of one individual or dynasty, with catastrophic effects on the state such as familial infighting, civil war and unsuitable leaders.

The reported fates of the North Korean ministers evoke these pessimistic and sometimes melodramatic accounts of some of the more colourful emperors.
'Trusted' advisers

One of the key issues for Roman emperors was their tendency to be dependent on particular individuals as advisers.

As with similar modern autocrats, one problem for the suspicious and capricious supreme rulers of Rome was how long such advisers could be trusted, and how to get rid of them once the emperor's trust was lost, or once he became tired of them.

A spectacular public end made it clear who was really in charge, and encouraged obedience and servility through vivid intimidation (it could be the spectator next).
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Image caption Tiberius turned against his trusted ally Sejanus

One example is the Emperor Tiberius, successor of Augustus and the emperor under whom Jesus was executed, who for some years depended on the services of his commander of the guard, Sejanus.

Sejanus was so trusted by Tiberius that the ageing emperor felt able to retire to a life of pleasure on the Italian island of Capri, leaving Sejanus to run things for him in Rome.

But eventually (we are told) the emperor's suspicions won out, and Sejanus was cunningly brought down by being lured to the Roman Senate to hear a letter from Tiberius read aloud before the assembly.

The letter was supposed to bring him promotion and marriage into the imperial family, but in fact contained a complete denunciation and a death sentence.

He was taken to prison, strangled and his body hacked to pieces in the streets by the Roman mob.

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June 30, 2015

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As well as Mr Gabriel, the leaders of the eurozone's other two largest economies said Greek voters would effectively be deciding next Sunday whether or not they wanted to stay in the eurozone reenex .
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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the choice would be between the euro and the drachma, while French President Francois Hollande said "what's at stake is... knowing whether the Greeks want to stay within the eurozone".

Speaking to Greek television on Monday evening, Mr Tsipras urged as many Greeks to vote "no" as possible on Sunday to give his government a stronger position to restart negotiations reenex.

He said his government had a mandate "to be within the European framework but with more justice".

"They will not kick us out of the eurozone because the cost is immense," he said.

Mr Tsipras hinted strongly that he would resign if the result of the referendum was a "yes" vote

"If the Greek people want to proceed with austerity plans in perpetuity, which will leave us unable to lift our head... we will respect it, but we will not be the ones to carry it out," he said.

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said a Greek exit would be "traumatic" and Britain should not underestimate the knock-on effects, even though it was outside the single currencyreenex

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May 13, 2015

The Philippines and Ecuado

A strong El Nino five years ago was linked with poor monsoons in Southeast Asia, droughts in southern Australia, the Philippines and Ecuador, blizzards in the US, heatwaves in Brazil and extreme flooding in Mexico.

Another strong El Nino event was expected during last year's record-breaking temperatures, but failed to materialise reenex.

Prof Eric Guilyardi of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading said it would become clear in the summer whether this year might be different.

"The likelihood of El Nino is high but its eventual strength in the winter when it has its major impacts worldwide is still unknown," he said.

"We will know in the summer how strong it is going to be reenex."
Weather patterns

The El Nino is a warming of the Pacific Ocean as part of a complex cycle linking atmosphere and ocean.

The phenomenon is known to disrupt weather patterns around the world, and can bring wetter winters to the southwest US and droughts to northern Australia.

The consequences of El Nino are much less clear for Europe and the UK reenex.

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April 24, 2015

A voice synthesiser

The firm says it can "literally put plausible words" into a person's mouth.

But for now, the examples it has produced are of limited usereenex cps.

A video posted to YouTube shows an actor saying the short phrase "salary and tenure".

The software identifies thousands of alternative phrases that could replace the utterance based on factors such as when the lips open to enunciate a vowel or close to express certain types of consonantsreenex cps.
The software analysed changes in direction of the actor's jaw and mouth to identify substitute words

The program then ranks the strings of words according to the likelihood they would appear in that order in normal speech. This prevents it using ungrammatical phrases.

A voice synthesiser subsequently creates some of the highly ranked phrases, ensuring each bit of sound - known as a phoneme - is timed to coincide with the appropriate lip movements. This is then used to replace the original sound Reenex 好唔好.

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November 28, 2014

Police say streets around Nathan Road

Authorities began demolishing one of the largest camps, in the Mong Kok commercial district, on Tuesday.

The operation began peacefully but scuffles broke out overnight and in the morning, during which Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were held for contempt.

Police say streets around Nathan Road are clear for the first time in weeks.

Some activists have said they will regroup elsewhere, vowing to continue their demands for a free choice of leader for Hong Kong's chief executive elections in 2017.

Other protest camps remain in the government district and the Causeway Bay shopping area.

Analysis: John Sudworth, BBC News, Shanghai

There have been attempts to clear Hong Kong's streets before, notably of course, right at the beginning of the protests. Video footage of the protesters defending themselves with umbrellas from the pepper spray became the defining image and only served to give the movement massive momentum.

Now though, the authorities are taking a more careful approach. Recent clearance efforts, including those over the past two days in the Mong Kok district, have been to enforce the court injunctions, won by businesses including the city's taxi drivers, angered over the effect on their businesses.

They also come at a time when the protesters are weary after two solid months of sit-ins, their numbers dwindling, and not long after the world spotlight has left China following the Apec Summit. Scenes of Hong Kong chaos might not have played well with the world leaders meeting in Beijing.

But with Mong Kok cleared, two other sites remain, including the main protest site in the heart of the financial district. Further court injunctions or not, that remains a much tougher proposition.
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November 19, 2014

Wales government to check the nets.

The 2.5 metre (8ft) great white shark was found during routine inspections by contractors hired by the New South Wales government to check the netsreenex cps .

The department of primary industries staff would carry out an autopsy on the shark, a spokesperson for the agency told local media.

Many of Sydney's beaches have nets to protect the public from sharks but they do not stretch across the entire beach.

Shark meshing of Sydney beaches began in 1937, with areas outside the city included in later years.
Meshing programme

Currently, 49 beaches in NSW are netted, covering about 200km (124 miles) of coastline. But they are only set for eight months of the year - business center from September to April.

The nets are not designed to create a total barrier between swimmers and sharks but they have proved effective in reducing the number of attacks, according to the department.

The meshing programme has caught and killed thousands of sharks since they were introduced - but many of them are species that are not believed to be responsible for attacking humans.

Officials say the programme protects about two million swimmers every year.

There have been several shark attacks off Australia's beaches in recent years.

In September, a British man was killed off a beach in Byron Bay, NSW, the most easterly point on the Australian mainland.

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September 26, 2014

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Wednesday's picture arrived with a rather anodyne caption saying "staff from the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) celebrate after the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft (Mom) successfully entered the Mars orbit".

But in reality, the picture was about much more than that - a bunch of smiling Indian women resplendent in gorgeous saris greeting each other as their male colleagues look on admiringly at mission control in Bangalore.

"The women were leading the applause when the good news arrived. They were celebrating more than men. Who said men are from Mars and women are from Venus?" says senior science journalist Pallava Bagla, who was present in the control room.

The picture - which brightened up my manic morning writing up the Mars mission story - went viral and became the event's image of the day.

People in their thousands tweeted that they loved it. One said "when was the last time you saw women scientists celebrate a space mission?"; another that the women showed "we don't need to wear labcoats". Others said the scientists in saris had "redefined mission control" and called them "true role models".

The chatter even veered into the contentious Indian debate about tradition and modernity.

Look at our rocket scientists, said one tweet, when women working in call centres think that wearing jeans "makes them modern and scientific". Somebody wondered why "no matter how much women succeed/achieve, the focus ultimately is on what they are wearing?" That, another respondent tweeted, is "because we have newspapers telling us that smart career women don't wear saris only western business suits!".

Although we do not know for sure whether all the women in this picture are engineers or scientists, they all probably work with India's space agency. Some 20% of Isro's 14,246 employees are women and their numbers are growing.

Nandini Harinath, 44, a physicist and a mother of two, was the deputy operations director of the Mars mission - in other words, she was the person "operating" the spacecraft between Earth and Mars. "It's easier to bring up children than to control the Mars orbiter," she told the NDTV news channel. Minal Sampath and her team built three instruments for the spacecraft and she wants to become "the first woman director of a space centre".cocogirl的個人博客foamspacemy life experiencelittle princesssickmomi的博客

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July 18, 2014

The TRS’s cabin has been stripped of pretty

It’s called the F12 TRS and, as the name suggests, it takes its cue from the late-1950s 250 Testa Rossa, one of Ferrari’s most revered endurance racing cars and a winner at Sebring, the Nürburgring, the Targa Florio, and most famously at Le Mans in 1958, 1960 and 1961Code 9 韓國.

By our reckoning, this is the 21st Special Project car since Ferrari started making these one-offs for its most valued – and deep-pocketed – clients, most of which have managed to stay under the radar. Though often the work of Pininfarina, the TRS was handled in-house, under the direction of Flavio Manzoni in Ferrari’s centro stile.

The chopped roof, windscreen and side glass are the obvious visual highlights, along with the fairings on the rear deck that offer the clearest connection to those ridiculously sexy Fifties endurance racers. The SP division is bound by strict rules on homologation, so the car’s hard points and the height of the lights, for example, are fixed. Nor does Ferrari sanction any performance improvements, not that the F12 (pictured below) is lacking in that department.

But other areas are up for grabs, most significantly in the car’s aero treatment, where Ferrari is happy to let its clients experiment. So the F12’s clever front wing ‘aero bridge’ has been re-profiled, and there’s a new rear spoiler, diffuser and Venturi. The V12’s red cylinder heads are visible through a window in the bonnet, a piece of theatre previously reserved for mid-engined Ferraris. bb手推車

The TRS’s cabin has been stripped of pretty much everything, and the matte black carbon trim, Alcantara and leather all have a highly technical feel. The central tunnel and door panels are painted the same red as the exterior, which has a special multi-layer finish that uses a lacquer to deliver an almost transparent effect.

We think it’s pretty cool, which hasn’t always been the case with these special project cars. What would your $5m one-off Ferrari look like?郵輪旅遊

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July 14, 2014

Among them was former domestic intelligence agency director Yuval Diskin

In fact, an Israeli investigative programme said in 2010 an order was issued by Mr Netanyahu to the Israeli military to prepare for a strike on Iran within hours if required, but that the order was cancelled due to strong opposition from Israel's military and intelligence chiefs.
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I think Israel will not attack Iran for many reasons, above all because the United States doesn't want Israel to attack Iran - it's as simple as that”

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A flurry of reports in August 2012 also suggested Israel was preparing a strike before that November's US presidential elections.

At that time though, previous heads of Israel's intelligence establishment publicly declared their opposition, saying an attack on Iran would be unsuccessful and counter-productive.

Among them was former domestic intelligence agency director Yuval Diskin, who expressed the view that bombing Iran's nuclear facilities would only lead it to accelerate its programme.

However, counter-opinion is grounded in precedent, with Israel's bombing of Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981.

"When we were planning Osirak, we believed the operation would put back [Iraq's nuclear programme] by three or four years," says Dr Shmuel Bar, Director of Studies at the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Herzliya.

"Actually it put it back by 10 years - so you never really know when you shuffle cards what the results are going to be. So from the point of view of criticism that Israel won't do it because Israel can only do so much damage, I think that's a misconception."

Such a result might only be achieved, though, if Mr Netanyahu acts sooner rather than later. Former Defence Minister Ehud Barak has said Iran could reach a "zone of immunity" - the point at which fortification of its nuclear sites would render a military strike ineffective - as soon as spring.
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July 12, 2014

Heads of state, including German leader

More than 25,000 security personnel will be deployed in the city for the tournament's final match between Germany and Argentina, officials say.

Heads of state, including German leader Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, will attend the match.

About 75,000 fans are expected to watch the final at Rio's Maracana stadium.

Police, soldiers and firefighters will be involved in security operations, and 25 ships are expected to monitor the city's coast.

"This will be the biggest security operation that the city or country has ever seen," senior local government official Jose Mariano Beltrane said.

"We need to ensure that this event goes off like all the other games in the World Cup... I prefer to have a large number of men ready than to be taken by surprise."
Argentina soccer fans on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 July 2014 Officials estimate up to 70,000 fans from Argentina will be in Rio de Janeiro for the final

The number of security agents is equivalent to a third of all the football fans who will be watching the final inside the stadium, the BBC's Julia Carneiro in Rio de Janeiro reports.

Security will also be stronger in areas where thousands of Argentinians are gathering and camping out - city authorities expect up to 70,000 fans from the neighbouring country for the final, our correspondent adds.

"There is extra work as some heads of state and the president will be at the final game," army general Jamil Megid said in quotes carried by AP news agency.

Ms Merkel and Mr Putin are expected to have lunch with Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff before heading to the match.

Russia will host the next tournament, in 2018.

The tournament's third-place playoff - between hosts Brazil and the Netherlands - takes place on Saturday evening in the capital Brasilia.

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June 30, 2014

Setting up a caliphate ruled by the strict Islamic

It also proclaimed the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as caliph and "leader for Muslims everywhere".wedding dress

Setting up a caliphate ruled by the strict Islamic law has long been a goal of many jihadists.

Meanwhile, Iraq's army continued an offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit from the Isis-led rebels.

The city was seized by the insurgents on 11 June as they swept across large parts of northern-western Iraq.

In a separate development, Israel called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state in response to the gain made by the Sunni rebels in Iraq.
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Isis (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) announced the establishment of the caliphate in an audio recording posted on the internet.
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It said the Islamic state would extend from Aleppo in northern Syria to Diyala province in eastern Iraq. valentino sale

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group said, would become the leader of the state and would be known as "Caliph Ibrahim".

In the recording, the rebels also demanded that all Muslims "pledge allegiance" to the new ruler and "reject democracy and other garbage from the West".

Isis also said that from now on it would be known simply as "the Islamic State"..
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On Sunday, Iraqi government jets struck at rebel positions and clashes broke out in various parts of Tikrit, witnesses and officials said

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June 24, 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has excommunicated a prominent backer of ordination of women priests, her advocacy group has said.Hong Kong Tour Guides

Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, was notified of the ruling on Monday, a day after a trial by judges in the Mormon Church, Ordain Women said.

The group said the Mormon Church hierarchy deemed her an apostate for her contravention of Church doctrine.

The Utah-based Mormon religion boasts more than 15 million members worldwide.

According to a letter informing her of her excommunication obtained by the Deseret News, a leading Utah newspaper, Ms Kelly will be barred from some acts of church worship for at least a year.

"You are entitled to your views, but you are not entitled to promote them and proselyte others to them while remaining in full fellowship in the Church," wrote Bishop Mark Harrison of Virginia.

She can be readmitted to the fold if she shows "true repentance", including ceasing "teachings and actions that undermine the Church, its leaders, and the doctrine of the priesthood", he wrote.
'Tragic day'

Ms Kelly said the church's decision, taken by an all-male panel of judges, was "exceptionally painful".

"Today is a tragic day for my family and me as we process the many ways this will impact us, both in this life and in the eternities," she said.

The Mormon religion was founded in the US in the early 19th Century and claims more about 188,000 adherents in the UK Dream beauty pro hard sell.

The religion is centred on Jesus Christ but departs significantly from the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christianity.

It holds its founder Joseph Smith as a prophet. Its members revere its central text the Book of Mormon, first published in 1830 in New York state, as holy scripture that complements the Bible.

Church doctrine holds that only men can be ordained into the priesthood.史雲遜 有效

Ordain Women, however, argue that the religion's tenets "support gender equality, including the ordination of women".

Excommunication is the most serious punishment that can be handed down by a Church court, Ordain Women said.

Matt Martinich, a Mormon who studies membership numbers for research group Cumorah Foundation, told the Associated Press that excommunication is rare in the Church, with only 10,000-20,000 people being ejected from the Church every year.

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June 18, 2014

These spiders achieve the best of both worlds

The research team also studied how well each personality type carried out the tasks and again found strong differences.
When the spiders were made to live outside of a colony, aggressive females were more effective at capturing prey, constructed better webs and were more likely to attack and repel intruders than docile individuals.
However aggressive types were less successful at rearing large numbers of offspring than docile ones.

Mr Wright said: "We were surprised at how poor parents aggressive spiders were. It turns out that they are so aggressive that they will even act aggressively towards their own offspring, killing many in the act." useik

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"These spiders achieve the best of both worlds by evolving two behavioural types with specialised tasks. Aggressive spiders perform all the tasks where aggression is important, and docile spiders are allowed to focus on being good parents. It's a win-win situation," Mr Wright added.

Having provided the clearest evidence for division of labour organised around behavioural rather than physical differences, the authors say personality may play a similar role in many other animal societies. ふえういえい

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April 01, 2014

It may strike us as a particularly modern malaise

What depressed the cavemen? It may strike us as a particularly modern malaise for a time-poor, fast-paced society but a new reappraisal of depression suggests it has always been around.

A leading psychiatrist says that depression is not a human defect at all, but a defence mechanism that in its mild and moderate forms can force a healthy reassessment of personal circumstances.

Dr Paul Keedwell, an expert on mood disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, argues all people are vulnerable to depression in the face of stress to varying degrees, and always have been.

The fact it has survived so long - and not been eradicated by evolution - indicates it has helped the human race become stronger.

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"There are benefits and that's why it has persisted. It's a tough message to hear while you are in depression but I think that there's a life afterwards," he says.

"I have received e-mails from ex-sufferers saying in retrospect it probably did help them because they changed direction, a new career for example, and as a result they're more content day-to-day than before the depression." geijlsngi15

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February 20, 2014

Arnold Toynbee has said that all progress

Arnold Toynbee has said that all progress, all development come from challenge and a consequent response. Without challenge there is no response, no development, no freedom. So first we owe to our children the most demanding, challenging curriculum that is within their capabilities. Michelangelo did not learn to paint by spending his time doodling. Mozart was not an accomplished pianist at the age of eight as the result or spending his days in front of a television set. Like Eve Curie, like Helen Keller, they responded to the challenge of their lives by a disciplined training: and they gained a new freedom.Cellmax 科妍美肌再生中心
The second opportunity we can give our boys and girls is the right to failure. "Freedom is not only a privilege, it is a test," writes De Nouy. What kind of a test is it, what kind of freedom where no one can fail? The day is past when the United States can afford to give high school diplomas to all who sit through four years of instruction, regardless of whether any visible results can be discerned. We live in a narrowed world where we must be alert, awake to realism; and realism demands a standard which either must be met or result in failure. These are hard words, but they are brutally true. If we deprive our children of the right to fail we deprive them of their knowledge of the world as it is.Cellmax 科妍美肌再生中心
Finally, we can expose our children to the best values we have found. By relating our lives to the evidences of the ages, by judging our philosophy in the light of values that history has proven truest, perhaps we shall be able to produce that "ringing message, full of content and truth, satisfying the mind, appealing to the heart, firing the will, a message on which one can stake his whole life." This is the message that could mean joy and strength and leadership -- freedom as opposed to serfdom.Cellmax 科妍美肌再生中心

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