TORONTO – Strong U.S. corporate earnings helped push North American stock indexes higher Thursday, as markets bounced back from modest declines a day earlier.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 56.89 points to 15,935.37, with energy shares one of the few decliners amid a continuing drop in the price of oil.The January crude contract was down 17 cents at US$55.35 per barrel — and down US$2.00 from its previous high of US$57.35 on Nov. 6.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 187.08 points to 23,458.36. The S&P 500 index advanced 21.02 points to 2,585.64 and the Nasdaq composite index added 87.08 points to a record high of 6,793.29.Strong quarterly earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Cisco Systems were the prime drivers of the Dow at the closing of markets Thursday.Shares of Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) jumped 10.90 per cent after the retail giant reported strong third-quarter results and raised its annual profit outlook. The company said online sales continued to surge and food sales were strong as well. Its shares rose US$9.79 to US$99.62.Meanwhile, Cisco Systems (NYSE:CSCO) leapt 5.19 per cent after the internet gear maker reported a bigger profit than analysts expected and said revenue should grow in its next quarter after two years of declines. The stock added US$1.77 to US$35.88.“It’s a good day for investors,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth. “Overall it’s been a broad-based rally out of the U.S. and a little spillage over to the Toronto markets, with the exception of energy.”“Wal-Mart was a pleasant surprise, I don’t think anyone was expecting that good of a quarter. And then you’ve got Cisco, they impressed quite a bit.”U.S. stock indexes likely also got a bump after Republicans rammed a near $1.5 trillion package overhauling corporate and personal taxes through the House on Thursday, Small added. The move edges President Donald Trump and the GOP toward their first big legislative triumph in a year in which they and their voters expected much more.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.46 cents US, up 0.17 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December natural gas contract dropped three cents at US$3.05 per mmBTU. The December gold contract was up 50 cents to US$1,278.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$3.05 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
At least two students attached to the Sabaragamuwa University were hospitalised today after they had launched a fast in protest over some demands yesterday.Several students had staged a protest since Tuesday calling on the authorities to address their issues. Protests intensified this morning after the two students were taken to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) However as there was no solution to their concerns, a group of students began a fast yesterday.As a result of the fast, two students fell very sick and were admitted to hospital today.
Keeping pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally aiding Vignesh to cheat by personation. The 45-year-old Briton had passed an SIA boarding pass for the Sri Lankan to deceive the Sats officer into allowing him to enter the gate hold room. Vignesh and Keeping could each have been jailed for up to five years and/or fined for cheating by personation. The Passports Act offence is punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail term of up to 10 years. (Colombo Gazette) A Sri Lankan national has been jailed in Singapore after he posed as a Briton and produced a forged Indian passport to enter the departure gate-hold room for a departing flight to New Zealand.The man and the Briton he was posing as – both unemployed – were today each jailed 12 months for their respective offences, The Straits Times reported. Vignesh immediately went to the immigration counter, using his Sri Lanka passport and the boarding pass for Colombo. Vigneshwararaja Kajanan, 20, admitted to deceiving a Sats customer service officer into believing that he was Keeping Mark John by producing a forged India passport and a Singapore Airlines (SIA) boarding pass bearing Keeping’s name at the Terminal 3 departure gate-hold room on Sept 8. He also admitted to having the forged India passport. Deputy Public Prosecutor Jordon Li said that Vignesh wanted to migrate to New Zealand and sought the help of a man called Jogarajah. Jogarajah asked him for his particulars and copies of his photographs, and told him to apply for a Sri Lanka passport.On Sept 2, Jogarajah handed Vignesh a forged India passport bearing the name of Keeping Mark John with Vignesh’s photograph on it. He told him to use the passport to enter New Zealand. He later entered the gate-hold room for the Auckland flight after producing the forged India passport. He was then arrested by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers.The court heard that Keeping was in Cambodia in August when he received a call from Raj to fly to Singapore to hand over a boarding pass to a male subject. Keeping agreed and Raj transferred US$200 to him via Western Union.Keeping was arrested at HarbourFront Terminal on Sept 9 when he tried to leave for Batam, Indonesia. Jogarajah also handed him an air ticket to depart for Singapore on Sept 4, and Vignesh flew to Singapore on that day. Three days later, Jogarajah instructed him to check in on Sept 8 for a flight to Colombo, scheduled to leave on Sept 9.Vignesh complied and was issued a boarding pass at the airport. He was instructed to go to the men’s toilet at Crowne Plaza Hotel at Terminal 3 to meet “Mark” to collect a boarding pass for a flight to Auckland, New Zealand.He went to the toilet and met Keeping who had placed a boarding pass in the sink. Vignesh picked up the SIA flight boarding pass and placed US$400 in the sink. Keeping took the money and both left.
The No. 10 Ohio State wrestling team knew they would have to wrestle above their years in order to beat an older and more experienced No. 15 Virginia Tech team. With three matches decided in the final 10 seconds of play, the team did just that in beating the Hokies, 21-12, in front of 2,474 fans in St. John Arena Sunday. “I think they grew up a lot,” coach Tom Ryan said of his team. “It is an exciting group.” The match started in the 174-weight class with No. 4 redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin earning a victory by decision 6-2 to give the Buckeyes an early three point lead. Redshirt junior C.J. Magrum, the most experienced wrestler for OSU, followed that match up at 184 pounds with a 12-6 decision victory. One of the most exciting matchups of the meet was No. 14 freshman Andrew Campolattano against redshirt sophomore Nick Vetterlein. Campolattano held a 3-1 advantage heading into the final period. After a Vetterlein escape, the lead was down to 3-2. “Andrew … is not used to being in matches like that,” Ryan said. “He made a positioning mistake with 10 seconds to go.” With just two seconds remaining in the match, Vetterlein earned a takedown on Campolattano for a 4-3 victory to tighten the meet to 6-3 Ohio State. With the heavyweight matchup, the Buckeyes took a decisive lead in the meet as redshirt sophomore Peter Capone defeated No. 17 redshirt senior David Marone by injury default. Capone was in a position behind Marone and buckled Marone’s right knee in a takedown attempt. Marone fell to the mat crying out in pain and after two injury timeouts, the match was declared over. “It is a legal move, but it’s terribly unfortunate,” Ryan said. “This early in the year, he’s a good heavyweight and it certainly impacted the match. Hopefully it’s not bad.” With a 12-6 lead, the Buckeyes never looked back. Freshmen No. 16 Cam Tessari and No. 15 Hunter Stieber each earned decision victories back-to-back on takedowns with less than 10 seconds left. After both victories, Ryan ran around the bench in excitement pumping his fist. “It felt great,” Tessari said. “I felt like I was kind of being the aggressor the whole match and it wasn’t going my way. I knew if I kept it up the whole match it would happen for me.” Stieber said that despite the win, the team’s performance was “average” and did not wrestle as well as they could have. “We wrestled good period, but we didn’t wrestle good matches,” Stieber said. “And that’s what we got to do to win.” Stieber’s older brother, No. 4 redshirt freshman Logan Stieber, won his highly anticipated match against No. 5 sophomore Devin Carter 6-1 to improve his record to 8-0. No matches were won by more than six points and each match except one, Capone’s injury default victory, was won by decision. “Normally they are up by twelve … they’ve won so much,” Ryan said of his young team. “The matches we won late were because we attacked and the matches that we lost late were because we didn’t attack. You gotta keep attacking.” The Buckeyes (4-0) will be back in action Dec. 2 and 3 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) skies for a shot during a game against Dayton March 20 at First Niagara Center. OSU lost, 60-59.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorAll season long, Ohio State men’s basketball struggled with scoring.In 19 of the Buckeyes’ 35 games this season, they scored less than 70 points, going 11-8 in those matchups en route to finishing the season 25-10.The team has already lost three players for next season — senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., as well as sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, who is heading back to Europe — and now might be without its leading scorer.According to a report Monday by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, junior forward LaQuinton Ross has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.Ross, however, took to Twitter to dispel any rumors that he is in fact leaving Columbus after leading the Buckeyes with 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2013-14.“To all the people tweeting me I haven’t said anything so guys are wasting your time!! I didn’t make a decision!” a tweet posted at 3:24 p.m. from Ross’ personal account, @qross2011, read.An OSU athletic spokesman did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Monday afternoon.The report comes two days after sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle announced via Twitter he was leaving OSU to pursue a professional career in Europe.Ross’ departure would leave the Buckeyes with 10 scholarship players on roster for next season, even with the addition of the four players already signed for the 2014-15 season. Among those are guard D’Angelo Russell, center David Bell and forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate.Without Ross, OSU coach Thad Matta would have three scholarships to work with to try bolstering the roster, as NCAA rules allow college programs to have 13 players on scholarship each season.Following OSU’s 60-59 loss to Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday, Ross said he would decide on his future “in the next couple of weeks.”“Just basically how I feel, get insight of where I could go (in the NBA Draft),” Ross said Thursday after the loss to the Flyers about the factors that would play into his decision. “What we would have next year, sit down with my coaches and my family. Taking that advice in.”After losing to Kentucky 62-60 in the Sweet Sixteen as the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed in 2011, former Buckeye stars Jared Sullinger and William Buford elected to come back to OSU for another year — Sullinger’s sophomore year and Buford’s senior year. But after the loss to Dayton, Ross said he doesn’t know if he’d do the same.“I don’t know man. They knew what they was coming back to. They had a great system, a great system for them,” Ross said. “That year that Will came back they brought in our class and they knew they were going to have players around them.”Ross is projected as the 18th pick of the second round by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com. The draft is set for June 26.On his final call-in show of the season Monday with 97.1 The Fan, Matta said he spoke with Ross that afternoon, and then would do the same in the evening to discuss his future. After seeing his team bow out to Dayton in the second round Thursday, Matta said he “always wants what’s best for our guys.”“If it’s right, I’ll be the first to tell him to go,” Matta said. “He’s got to sit down and look at it. I think he’s capable of coming back here and having a great senior year if he wants to do that.”Ross did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Monday.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Teddy could obviously smell and taste that the milk from my right breast tasted different from the milk from my left breast – and so he rejected it.”My consultant said he’d never seen anything like it before and was baffled and amazed. He told me it was very fortunate I chose to breastfeed – otherwise my illness may not have been discovered.”Mrs Boyle first noticed a lump in her right breast in January 2013.Concerned, she went to her GP who told her it was cyst and nothing to worry about.Over the course of four years, she had the cyst scanned five times as it fluctuated in size but was told it was hormonal and not malignant.Mrs Boyle put her fears to the side and carried on with her life.In May 2015, she fell pregnant with Teddy, her first born.”My pregnancy was perfect,” she recalls, “I couldn’t wait to be a mum.”In February 2016, Teddy arrived weighing 7lb 15 ounces, and was a healthy and happy baby.Mrs Boyle explains how she bonded instantly with Teddy.”We had such a brilliant connection,” she recalls, “he was breastfeeding fantastically well.”But five months on, as she continued to breastfeed, Mrs Boyle noticed her right breast wasn’t ‘working’ as well as the other and it was smaller.Concerned, she contacted her health care assistant but was told it was ‘common’ and nothing to be concerned about.But one month later, when Teddy was six months old, he stopped feeding altogether from her right breast.”If I offered him that booby he would completely freak out,” she recalls, “he’d become extremely distressed and would scream the house down.”She returned to her GP and asked if it was to do with the cyst, but was told it was fine.As the weeks rolled into months, Mrs Boyle tried her best to get Teddy to feed from her right breast but he wouldn’t budge.”He just wasn’t having it,” she recalls, “I had no problems with my left breast but every time I tried with my right he would start screaming and get very upset. He wouldn’t go near it.”He wanted nothing to do with that side, even if I gave him a cuddle on that side he didn’t like it.”When Teddy was eight months old, Mrs Boyle went back to her GP and asked to be referred for a scan.She said: “I explained about Teddy and how I was feeling very tired, I said I wanted to get a scan to check out my right breast. I felt as if Teddy was trying to tell me something. It was, what you might call, a mother’s instinct.”In November 2016, Mrs Boyle underwent an ultrasound scan at Royal Stoke University Hospital.”I’d just finished the scan and a consultant came in and said there was an area within the cyst which looked suspicious and I would need to undergo a biopsy.”Two weeks later, Mrs Boyle was diagnosed with grade 2 triple negative cancer – a non hormonal cancer which is extremely rare in young women.She said: “My mind went into meltdown. One minute I’d been enjoying the new experience of motherhood, the next I was being told that I needed life-saving treatment.”But I felt so proud of Teddy for bringing the problem to my attention. The cancer inside the cyst had been growing for three months – the exact same time Teddy stopped feeding from my breast.”Mrs Boyle tells how her consultant told her that a mother and baby’s bond while breastfeeding is very strong. Just like mammals in the wild, babies know their mother’s scent and milk and that’s how they identify it’s their mother. Sarah Boyle, 26, and her baby son, TeddyCredit:SWNS A young mother has told how her baby son saved her life after he repeatedly rejected her right breast during breastfeeding – persuading her to go to the doctor for a check-up.Sarah Boyle, 26, a call centre worker, explained how Teddy, now one, would ‘scream’ and ‘become distressed’ when she tried to breastfeed him from her right breast.Worried, she went to her GP in November 2016 and was referred to hospital where she underwent a scan and a biopsy.Two weeks later she was diagnosed with grade 2 triple negative breast cancer.The new mum, who lives with her husband Steven Boyle, 28, a recruitment consultant from Staffordshire, is now receiving chemotherapy and is planning a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.She said: “Teddy is my hero – if it hadn’t been for him I would never have suspected I had cancer. My consultant told me that breastfeeding helps a mother and baby bond. “In my case it did more than that – it saved my life.
Likewise, women born in July were 27 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure, and were at 40 per cent increased risk of… Spanish scientists mapped birth month to 27 chronic diseases to see if it made a difference, and were amazed to find it has a significant impact for certain conditions. Horoscopes have long been ridiculed by science, but a new study suggests the month of your birth really can affect long term health. Men who were born in September, for example, were almost three times more likely to suffer thyroid problems compared with those born in January. Male August babies had almost double the risk of asthma in comparison to those born at the beginning of the year.
December sees IM’s annual review of training and simulators – if you wish to contribute to this article, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org; news of successful and/or new programs, new ideas in training and new technologies.VISTA Training is just one of the many important suppliers in the field. A step up from watching a video online – it says its “e-learning training programs are instructionally designed and include tests to verify real learning has taken place.”The company has built a library of about 20 heavy equipment training programs that are ideal for new hire and remedial/refresher operator training. Called the Silver Series, these one to two hour training programs cover components, pre-use inspection, principles of operation and safety issues.These online programs provide a solid foundation of equipment and safety knowledge that you can build upon with your existing hands-on, on-the-job training.Silver Series training programs are delivered via the web so workers can view these programs on the job site, at home or even before they are hired. A printable certificate including trainee name and final test score is stored online.https://www.vista-training.com/training/silver-series
By Adrian Russell Racegoers at Prestbury Park yesterday. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 7:53 AM Mar 13th 2019, 7:53 AM https://the42.ie/4538626 Short URL Share4 Tweet Email 17 Comments Racegoers at Prestbury Park yesterday. Cheltenham gets the go-ahead after early inspection Forecasted high winds had threatened the card. 9,598 Views CHELTENHAM OFFICIALS HAVE given Day Two of the Festival the green light after an early inspection at the course. An 8am check of conditions was scheduled ahead of the second day of racing. High winds were forecast, threatening the action. But officials made the decision to go ahead after an earlier inspection this morning. “We’re delighted the weather conditions have changed from the initial forecasts and the prospects of higher wind speeds and gusts have receded,” said clerk of the course, Simon Claisse. “We’re looking forward to a fantastic day’s racing on the Old Course with the feature race the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Less than in 10 (9%) employer respondents offer emergency adult and eldercare support, according to research by My Family Care and Hydrogen.The Childcare and family-friendly benefits: employer survey and parental leave benchmark report, which surveyed 300 HR professionals, also found that 12% of respondents provide back-up care for childcare emergencies.The research also found:8% of respondents are considering introducing emergency back-up care for children, and 7% are thinking about implementing back-up care for adult or eldercare emergencies.16% of respondents currently offer advice or help with childcare solutions, and 17% provide advice or help with adult dependents or eldercare solutions. This compares to 9% and 8% of respondents, respectively, who are considering implementing these family-friendly measures.16% of respondents are considering taking a more proactive approach to supporting and communicating flexible-working arrangements as part of their family-friendly benefits offering, and 48% already do so.14% of respondents are considering encouraging other types of leave arrangements, for example unpaid parental leave and additional holiday purchase. Currently, 45% of respondents encourage other types of leave arrangements.8% of respondents cite flexible working as the most innovative or successful benefit, initiative or policy they have trialled or introduced in order to be family friendly. Other schemes that respondents consider to be their most successful family-friendly initiative include childcare vouchers (6%), enhanced maternity or shared parental pay (5%), and the provision of back-up care (3%).57% of respondents enhance maternity and adoption pay beyond the statutory minimum, 25% enhance shared parental pay beyond the statutory requirements, and 44% enhance their paternity pay benefit beyond the statutory minimum.61% of respondents who have enhanced their maternity and adoption benefits but have not enhanced shared parental pay are currently reviewing their policies, and may enhance shared parental pay in the future.29% of respondents who have enhanced maternity and adoption benefits but have not enhanced shared parental pay state that this is because the cost of enhancing both maternity and shared parental leave is prohibitive, and 7% of these respondents have not enhanced shared parental pay because they want to focus on retaining and attracting female talent.Ben Black (pictured), chief executive officer at My Family Care, said: “The most enlightening finding [from the report] was the fact that nearly three quarters of employers said the issue of retaining female talent after parental leave was the most important issue, but shockingly just 40% said they provided support for employees going through the parental leave transition. Employers need to understand that if they want to attract and retain the best female staff who would like to have both a career and family they need to make changes to help them. Things are slowly changing, but they need to change much, much faster.”Ian Temple, chief executive officer at Hydrogen, added: “Family-friendly benefits are slowly improving among some forward-thinking employers; enhanced maternity or paternity pay, remote and flexible working arrangements are becoming more commonplace, but for many employers there is still a huge amount of work to be done. The line between life and work is blurring and for many of the highly skilled people that we talk to, family-friendly benefits are now a high impact decision factor when seeking a new role.”
Thomas Beusse—former president of Time4Media, the Time Inc. division sold to Bonnier Corp. in March 2007—has moved over to radio. He has been appointed CEO of Westwood One, a CBS Radio-managed content provider for more than 5,000 radio stations and other media outlets, the company announced yesterday.Before joining Time4 Media, Beusse was president of magazine publishing at Rodale. Earlier in his career, Buesse held several sales positions including New York divisional manager during eight years at Sports Illustrated.
An open house held by the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions, or AMATS, turned out public testimony that was almost unanimously against several large capital projects in the Municipality.As AMATS staff and local officials develop an interim plan to stay within federal compliance standards they took comments from area residents on transportation projects. Members of the public spoke about several road improvement projects and bike lanes, but focused overwhelmingly on criticisms of the proposed Knik Arm Bridge and Bragaw Extension into the U-Med District.Advocacy groups like Citizens for Responsible Development and community council members from the neighborhoods in the areas around proposed projects mobilized in advance of the hearing, holding a short rally ahead of time outside Anchorage City Hall.AMATS is pursuing a short-term update to it’s transportation strategy in advance of a major rewrite in the year ahead, when it drafts a new comprehensive plan with an outlook for 2040.
NASA/ Lynette CookConspiracy theories surrounding Nibiru alias Planet X have been ruling the internet for many years, but until now, neither of these doomsday mongers were successful in putting forward a concrete piece of evidence to substantiate the existence of this space body. However, several apocalypse believers strongly claim that Planet X is a reality, and it will one day hit the earth causing massive destructions everywhere. Now, popular conspiracy theorist Gordon James Gianninoto has also joined the party, and he has outlandishly claimed that the arrival of Nibiru is expected to cause a pole shift on earth.Gordon James Gianninoto made these remarks while talking live to Coast to Coast AM radio. During the talk, he made it clear that Planet X will not have to approach the earth directly to cause havoc, and he believes that the gravitational tug of this huge space body from a gigantic distance is capable enough to shift the earth’s pole. The conspiracy theorist also added that 90 percent of the human race will be wiped out in one hour when Nibiru arrives the earth.”What’s gonna happen at first, is we’re going to have increasing earthquakes, volcanoes, tidal surges, bigger storms. We’re going to have all kinds of things like that and the pace is going to pick up to the point where the governments cannot rescue anybody. You are on your own and you’re going to see that happen. Right before, when finally Planet X moves far enough away from the Sun that everyone on Earth looks up and goes. ‘oh my God how could it have gotten there and they never told us? How? Who’s been lying to us? When that happens, that day – mark it on your calendar – because it’s 49 days to a pole shift,” said Gianninoto during the live talk, Express.co.uk reports. As per Gianninoto, sea levels will rise by almost 700 feet during the arrival of Nibiru, and this is capable enough to engulf many countries.Even though conspiracy theorists are very much confident about the arrival of Nibiru, space agencies like NASA have continuously dismissed these claims by classifying it as an internet hoax. As per NASA, there is nothing like Nibiru or Planet X, and if this space body is a reality, it could have already appeared on the skies.However, a few months back, Michael Brown, a top researcher at the California Institute of Technology had revealed that the alleged Planet Nine could be eventually discovered by the astronomers in the future. Brown believes that the space in which Planet Nine exists is too dark, and this is the reason why astronomers could not locate it. As Michael Brown’s theory went viral online, conspiracy theorists assumed that Planet Nine might be actually Nibiru, that will cause apocalypse on the planet.
Kolkata: A new fast food centre has come up at the Kolkata station of the eastern railway to provide quality food to the passengers.The fast food centre was inaugurated by a women passenger on March 19. Prabhas Dansana, divisional railway manager, Sealdah, Debashis Chandra, group general manager IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), Eastern Zone and AM Singh, additional divisional railway manager, Sealdah, also attended the function. The state-of-the-art fast food unit has all the modern gadgets in the kitchen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe sole purpose of the initiative is to serve quality food to the passengers. The prices of the food items are pocket-friendly so that people from all sections of the society are able to afford food at the centre. The Kolkata station has now become an international rail terminal as it is the terminating station of international trains such Khulna bandhan Express and Kolkata-Dhaka Maitree Express. The fast food centre has met the long-standing demand of the passengers that quality food should be made available at the station itself at affordable prices. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe fast food centre will serve both non vegetarian and vegetarian dishes along with thali. Breakfast and dinner will be available at the centre also. The Indian Railways has taken a move to provide quality food to the passengers at railway stations and on board. Accordingly, such centres are coming up in different railway stations. The fast food centre will serve both non vegetarian and vegetarian dishes along with thali.
Most people around the world use their body to express their cultural, religious, or ethnic identity, or their social status. Troughout history and to this day, some of the practices used on the body may appear violent and weird but in a certain cultural frame, they represent a symbol of beauty, and within some cultures, beauty is everything.In China, for over a millennium, millions of women were willing to go through the excruciating practice of foot-binding, considered by many as one of the most dangerous fashion trends in history.A Chinese Golden Lily Foot.The custom appeared during the 10th century and it is said that it was inspired by a court dancer Yao Niang who bound her feet in the shape of the new moon and danced on her toes inside six-foot golden “lotus shoes” in front of the Emperor Li Yu.The dance fascinated the Emperor and the other concubines who wanted to impress as well, tried to imitate Yao Niang.An X-ray of two bound feet.The fashion trend quickly spread across the Empire and was soon adopted by upper-class women.At first, foot-binding wasn’t practiced among women from rural areas as they needed their feet to work in the fields.A comparison between a woman with normal feet (left) and a woman with bound feet in 1902.But as small feet became the fundamental standard for women’s beauty, everyone started practicing it regardless of their social stature.It meant that women were breaking the bones in their feet and reshaping them to resemble hooves. It was believed that the smaller the feet, the better the marriage prospects.The Manchu “flower bowl” or “horse-hoof” shoes designed to imitate bound feet, mid 1880s.The most ideal foot size was three-inch, known as a “golden lotus”. The four-inch foot was a “silver lotus,” but anything bigger than that was “too big” and known as “iron lotus”.Girls would undergo the painful process starting at age of four or five, and it was completed when they were nine.The first stage of the process was plunging the girl’s feet into a hot water, clipping the toenails short, and oiling and massaging the feet.Bound feet were considered by some to be highly appealing.Next, all the toes, except the big toe were broken and bound flat against the sole into a triangle shape. Then, as the foot was bent double, the girl’s arch was strained.A lotus shoe for bound feet. The ideal length for a bound foot was 3 Chinese inches (寸), which is around 4 inches (10 cm) in western measurement. Photo: Vassil (CCO 1.0)Finally, a silk strip was used to bind the foot in place. These silk wrappings were replaced frequently to prevent blood and pus from infecting the foot.There were numerous complications that occurred during or as a result of the painful procedure such as infection, gangrene, lifelong disabilities, and sometimes death.Small bound feet were once considered beautiful while large unbound feet were judged crude. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 116-127-075 / CC-BY-SA 3.0Laurel Bossen, co-author of the book Bound Feet, Young Hands, which explores and analyses the practice says: “It robbed young girls and then women throughout their lives of their ability to do other things, to move around and play, to have more choices. Of course, it’s oppressive.” Bossen conducted interviews with the last generation of feet-bound women.The custom was banned in China in 1911 but there were many women and girls who willingly went through the procedure, even though there were inspectors who often visited their homes during the 1950s and publicly humiliated any bound woman they found.Read another story from us: Bizarre Fashion Trends Throughout the AgesMany of the women regretted practicing the tradition. However, as one of the last women in China with bound feet, Zhou Guizhen says in an interview: “I can’t dance, I can’t move properly. I regret it a lot. But at the time, if you didn’t bind your feet, no one would marry you.”
Janus Workspace for Chrome: load sites on New Tab Page by Martin Brinkmann on February 26, 2017 in Google Chrome – Last Update: February 26, 2017 – 1 commentJanus Workspace is a new browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser that allows you to load multiple sites on the New Tab Page.There are numerous New Tab Page extensions available for Google Chrome. All have in common that they change what Chrome displays by default when you open a new tab.What the content is changed to differs highly though. From blank and motivational quite pages to elaborate constructs.It is up to the Chrome user to pick one of those options; there is something there for everyone.Janus WorkspaceJanus Workspace is another extension for Google Chrome that replaces the default New Tab Page of the web browser.Please note that you need to confirm the change of the New Tab Page in Chrome before Janus Workspace becomes available.The only content on the page are add and menu icons at the bottom right of the page after installation and confirming the change to Chrome.The plus icon adds a new frame to the new tab page. It is like a little browser window of Chrome that you can load any site in.You may add as many sites this way to the browser’s New Tab Page as you like. Whether that is useful or not depends largely on how you use the browser.You can use the workspace to display a weather report website, a social networking site to stay up to date, the latest sports news, a shopping site, or any other site you can think of.The menu icon provides you with three core options to change the display of sites on the New Tab Page:Change the size of each individual iframe. A slider is provided that increases or decreases the size of websites on the New Tab Page.Change the margin of each iframe. This moves sites closer together if decreased, so that more content is displayed on the screen at the same time (less whitespace).Set a custom background color.Closing WordsJanus Workspace displays sites that you pick on the New Tab Page of the Chrome browser. This gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to the page. While you won’t see top sites, a search, or bookmarks on the page, you may select one or multiple sites that you want displayed on the page.It is theoretically possible to display a single site, and have it displayed so that it takes up most of the space on the New Tab Page. Or, you could ten or more sites instead which take up considerably less space, but may offer more information in return.Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Janus WorkspaceSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/janus-workspace/ibjjadloomfnfbkpdbeiddncgdepdhin Advertisement
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in Data, Government, Secondary Market Share October 10, 2012 415 Views The nation’s economy “”generally expanded modestly”” from mid-August until the end of September, the Federal Reserve said in its periodic “”Beige Book report””:http://federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/beigebook/files/Beigebook_20121010.pdf issued Wednesday. [IMAGE]The report, the last Beige Book to be issued prior to Election Day, painted a mixed regional picture, with a “”leveling off”” of economic activity in New York and a “”slowing in the pace of growth”” in Kansas City. Meanwhile, the remaining 10 federal reserve districts reported that “”growth continued at a modest pace.””The Beige Book is prepared by the Federal Reserve eight times a year, issued about two weeks before each meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. The FOMC is scheduled to meet next on October 23. The Beige Book, which is compiled on the basis of anecdotal rather than statistical evidence, is closely watched on its release, though not usually cited in the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting for which it is prepared.Consumer spending, which represents about 70 percent of the economy, “”was generally reported to be flat to up slightly since the last report,”” according to the book.Residential real estate proved to be a bright spot amid an otherwise pedestrian report. The book noted “”all twelve Districts reported that existing home sales strengthened, in some cases substantially,”” since the last report.””Most districts reported strengthening in existing home sales, while prices were described as steady to increasing, with declining inventories noted in the Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco districts,”” the report went on to say.The report said “”selling prices were steady or rising”” Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco “”noted declining or tight inventories”” putting upward pressure on prices, tracking both the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Case Shiller Home Price Index reports.””Modest price increases were reported in the New York, Richmond, Chicago, and Kansas City Districts. New York and Richmond reported relatively strong demand at the high and low ends of the market,”” according to the Beige Book, “”whereas Philadelphia and Kansas City noted relative strength for mid-range homes.””””New home construction and sales,”” the report said, “”were more mixed but still mostly improved”” with the report noting “”increased construction and/or new home sales”” in the Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dallas and San Francisco Districts. Multi-family construction, in particular, was described as robust in the Boston, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas Districts. Residential rental markets “”continued to be characterized as strong, even in the New York and Atlanta Districts where rents increased somewhat less strongly than in recent months,”” the report said. Commercial real estate markets were described as mixed. “”Office markets, the Beige Book said, “”showed signs of softening in the northeastern Districts-Boston, New York and Philadelphia.”” New York, the report noted, has “”substantial new supply coming on the market in early 2013.”” Atlanta, Minneapolis and San Francisco noted “”some improvement,”” the Beige Book reported, while “”most other Districts reported stable or mixed market conditions.””Overall loan demand increased slightly since the last report, the Beige Book said. “”New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Francisco reported stronger loan demand on balance, while Kansas City and Dallas reported flat demand and Chicago reported somewhat weaker demand.””Most Districts, the book said, “”reported an increase in mortgage lending, especially for refinancing purposes.””Demand for consumer credit, particularly for auto loans, was reported as “”strong in the Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts, while consumer loan demand was more limited in New York, Richmond, Chicago, and Kansas City.””Credit standards, the report said, “”were little changed since the last report. However, New York noted some tightening for consumer loans and residential mortgages, while Richmond and Chicago reported some easing for commercial and industrial loans.””Loans were described as “”difficult to obtain for many small businesses in the Cleveland, Richmond, and Chicago Districts,”” though “”Philadelphia, Cleveland, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts reported stiff competition among lenders.”” Loan quality, the Beige Book said, “”improved in Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Dallas,”” and “”delinquency rates generally held steady or declined in the New York, Cleveland, and Dallas Districts.””The Beige Book was prepared before the Employment Situation report-which showed an improvement in the national unemployment rate in September-and found employment conditions were “”little changed since the last report.”” The New York and Chicago Districts, the report said, “”noted weaker labor market conditions, and conditions were described as mixed in Richmond”” while companies “”in the St. Louis District reported an increase in hiring plans.””””Several Districts, the report said, “”continued to report that employers were having difficulty filling highly skilled positions,”” and “”in response, a few Districts noted that firms were starting to increase training programs to meet their staffing needs.”” Fed,Beige Book: Economy Expanded ‘Modestly’ in September Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Federal Reserve FHFA Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers New York Fed Payrolls Underwriting Standards Unemployment 2012-10-10 Mark Lieberman
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