Archive for February, 2018

28
Feb

Thai prime minister dismisses offer by anti-government protesters

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thailand’s prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, has ruled out a compromise offer by anti-government protest leaders for parliament to be dissolved in thirty days, with elections to be held in 90 days.

In a televised address on Sunday, with army chief General Anupong Paochinda at his side, the prime minister dismissed the offer made by the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), saying such issues could not be resolved in such a short period of time, and “because they use violence and intimidation. I cannot accept this.”

Abhisit said the government stood by an offer made during earlier talks with the UDD for the house to be dissolved within the next nine months.

In reaction, the UDD, also called the Red Shirts, maintained an earlier call for parliament to be dissolved immediately. The UDD also withdrew from any further negotiations with the government. UDD leaders have repeatedly warned supporters rallying in central Bangkok’s retail and business areas of the threat of a new government crackdown.

There have been two large incidents of street violence in the past month or so, resulting in 26 deaths and injuries to hundreds of people. The Red Shirts primarily consist of supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in a 2006 coup. He was later given a two-year prison term on charges of corruption, although Shinawatra left the country in self-exile to avoid being jailed.

28
Feb

4 Ways To Reduce The Size Of Your Pores

byAlma Abell

Better skincare habits can help you to go from large pores to smaller ones. Here are a few handy tips to help you prevent the excess production of oil in your face and get smoother skin:

Look for the right cleanser

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Stabilizing the sebum production in your skin can start by using the right cleanser. Cleansers ensure your pores aren’t clogged so that makes them less noticeable. That’s one way to reduce the size of your pores.

Go for gentle options

Try out mild options first to see if they work for you before you jump to the more advanced products. Sometimes a deep but gentle cleanser is all you need. If your skin is too young, advanced options, especially those with anti-aging properties, can dry out your skin much faster.

Exfoliate

Do this regularly. This will also help reduce the size of your pores. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that could otherwise clog up your pores and stretch them out. You can easily prevent that from happening by investing in exfoliation solutions. That’s one of the best pore minimizing products you’ll want to add to your list of beauty must-haves.

Hydrate

One of the best ways to manage sebum production in your skin is to stay hydrated. Your skin only produces sebum to make up for a lack of oil in your cells. By using the best pore minimizing products to get well-hydrated and supple skin, you can stop excessive sebum production that clogs up your pores.

Lastly, don’t pick your pores, no matter how tempting it might seem. You could do serious damage to your pores or leave them permanently enlarged if you do. This also increases the risk of infection and breakouts if you’re transferring dirt and oil from your hands to your pores, says LiveAbout. Browse site for more information.

27
Feb

England: Multi-storey carpark in Liverpool gutted by fire, 1,300 vehicles destroyed

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A fire on Sunday night in the seven-storey carpark for the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England destroyed almost all the vehicles parked inside and led to cancellation of the final evening of the Liverpool International Horse Show and evacuation of nearby blocks of flats. The blaze reportedly started with a parked Range Rover Discovery.

Investigators with the fire brigade stated that they believe the fire began with an accidental engine fire in the Range Rover at about 4.30 pm. The first call was made at 4.42 and firefighters arrived eight minutes after that. Ultimately twelve engines and 85 firefighters were involved in combatting the blaze. Aerial appliances were used and also three high-volume pumps. Fed by the fuel in vehicles parked inside, the temperature of the fire in the carpark is believed to have reached as high as 1,000°C. It was too hot to be extinguished with water from hydrants, so a high-volume pump was used to draw water from the River Mersey, and two more were brought from other fire brigades in the region.

The carpark has seven storeys and a capacity of 1,600 vehicles, and approximately 1,300 were parked in it when the fire broke out. According to Dan Stephens, chief fire officer for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, almost all of them were destroyed, with the exception of a few parked on the top level and at corners. “With these very high temperatures, you were never going to put the fire out without the whole building taking hold. The speed at which the fire spreads means you simply aren’t going to put it out,” said Stephens.

The carpark itself was severely damaged; according to Joe Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool. It is not in danger of collapsing but will have to be demolished, which will be difficult with the many burned-out cars still inside it, Anderson told the BBC.

According to Stephens, there were no serious injuries: one woman injured her hand, and two people were treated for smoke inhalation. A spokesman for the Echo Arena also stated that all animals were safe. All horses were successfully evacuated from the carpark and then removed from the stables after smoke spread to them. Six dogs were also rescued unharmed, two on a lower level in the early stages of the fire and four that had been left in a car on the top level, freed by firefighters on Monday after the fire was put out.

The final evening of the four-day Liverpool International Horse Show had been scheduled to begin at 7.30, and had to be cancelled. Many attendees were stranded in the city on New Year’s Eve night. Merseyside police directed people to the Pullman Hotel, where Red Cross assistance was available, and the Liverpool City Council set up an assistance centre at the Lifestyles Gym. A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers has said that insurance companies will “move very quickly” to reimburse owners whose vehicles were destroyed.

Nearby blocks of flats were evacuated because of the smoke. Eyewitnesses reported hearing what they at first thought were firecrackers, then “multiple explosions”, “bangs and popping”, “the bangs of car windows exploding”. People reported leaving everything in their cars, including their cellphones, and running for their lives.

Mayor Anderson tweeted that cuts to fire services over the last two years made it significantly harder to fight the fire and might have caused it not to be controllable. He also suggested that fire safety in multi-storey carparks had not been sufficiently considered and that installing sprinklers in them might help stop future fires before they become unmanageable, in a letter to Nick Hurd, a member of Parliament.

27
Feb

Controversy over Liverpool fan jailed in Bulgaria

Friday, July 29, 2005

Michael Shields, an 18-year old Liverpool Football Club supporter, has been jailed for the attempted murder of a Bulgarian barman, despite another man from Liverpool admitting full responsibility.

Shields, 18 from Wavertree was charged with the attempted murder of Martin Georgiev, 25, after being accused of throwing a brick at the barman’s head in the city of Varna, where he was celebrating Liverpool football club’s win over AC Milan in the final of the Champions League in Istanbul in May.

Before being charged, a 20 year old man from Anfield came forward and claimed responsibility for the attack – Graham Sankey, made a statement through his lawyer David Kirwan.

Mr Kirwan said: “Graham believed the case against Michael would either be thrown or adjourned after he came forward to make his confession.” Despite the confession, Shields was convicted of attempted murder.

Shields’ uncle, Joey Graney, was in court when the sentence was passed and said: “Michael was sobbing. He’s an 18-year-old lad, quiet as a mouse, on his own, going back to a Bulgarian jail. What’s he going to do? As far as the Bulgarians were concerned, a local lad had been attacked and they wanted their scapegoat. They did not care that Graham Sankey has confessed to carrying out the attack. They just tossed that aside.”

The family have said they will do everything in their power to clear Michael’s name. Meanwhile, Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman, has backed the family’s campaign calling the incident a “travesty of justice”.

“Graham Sankey has admitted he was guilty of the crime that Michael Shields is now convicted of, but he did so in a way that was inadmissible to the Bulgarian court,” added Mrs Ellman, who is planning to speak to his defence team.

A British Foreign Office spokesman said it could not comment on the verdict but said it would continue offering consular help to Michael Shields.

Bulgarian government officials have since agreed to begin the process of releasing Michael Shields, in exchange for the arrest of Graham Sankey.

The development came after long-time justice campaigner Stephen Jakobi held closed talks with Bulgarian ambassador Lachezar Matev at the Bulgarian Embassy in London.

Mr. Jakobi announced that Michael could be free in the next “few months”.

“It’s been a good day and we have achieved an important breakthrough.

“We have got an agreement with the Bulgarian government that they are going to take up our proposed course of action – that is issuing an arrest warrant for Graham Sankey.

“The government is independent of the judiciary in that country but they can hold talks with them to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.

“The arrest warrant will means the extradition process will begin.”

Home Secretary Jack Straw has also agreed to meet with Shield’s family to discuss the situation with them.

27
Feb

Tax Return Online Can Ease Your Tax Calculation Work

By Michelle Barkley

Paying taxes has always been a bothersome and time consuming work, and many people in fact dread doing this calculation in the tax paying season. Filing taxes have become so easier these days that you simply do not have to worry about anything. Meeting deadlines is one of the vital aspects of paying your taxes and tax return online is the best means that you can implement for paying your taxes on time. Anyone who has an income must pay taxes to the government. The amount of tax varies depending on the amount of income that a particular person has. To avoid any kind of hassles, you must make sure that you pay your taxes properly and in time.

There are several ways through which you can pay your taxes. One source for you is to hire the services of a CPA to help you out. There are various accounting and CPA firms that have the experience of calculating taxes. All professionals working in the accounting firms are professionally qualified to calculate taxes and you can give them your tax return computation work and they will do the work efficiently for you. But there are certain drawbacks in this also.

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All people rush to their accountants and CPAs office to get their taxes calculated during the peak tax paying season in the US. However you may not be able to do this all the time, the reason for this is very simple. Everyone rushes to the accountant’s office during this time and this can cause delay in your work. So what you need to do is search for an alternative means to calculate your taxes accurately and pay it in time.

Tax return online can be your source for meeting all your tax paying deadlines. The best part about doing tax return online is that you will be able to do the work at your own convenience. In fact, there is several software that can be used to make the entire process very easy for you to handle. This software are available everywhere on the web and you just need to choose and find out the software that you think is perfect in helping you do your work. With this software, all you need to do is enter the details of the expenses, income and investment that you have undertaken through out the year. After you have done this, the software automatically calculates the amount that you will have to pay as tax to the concerned authorities.

Make sure that you keep a record of all the expenditure that you have undertaken. This is very important for you to calculate exactly what amount you will need to pay as taxes. Also if you have any doubts regarding any aspect of tax return online, you will just have to refer to all the documented records that you have accumulated throughout the year.

About the Author: Michelle Barkley is a CPA working for Ifrworld.She specializes in Bookkeeping outsourcing, Finance accounting outsourcing and Tax Returns Online.To know more visit

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27
Feb

Minnesota oil pipeline explosion and fire kills two

Friday, November 30, 2007

A major oil pipeline in Minnesota exploded and caught fire, killing two workers. The pipeline carries oil from Saskatchewan, Canada to close to Chicago, United States, representing 16% of America’s total oil imports.

The section of the pipe that exploded was undergoing maintenance at the time to address a pinhole leak first identified three weeks earlier, and patched at the time with a metal sleeve. On Wednesday, the entire section was removed and replaced with a new one. When oil was reintroduced on Thursday morning, oil leaked where the new section joined the pre-existing pipe, triggering the fatal explosion.

The fire was extinguished later the same day.

The line is split between four separate pipes. After the explosion, all four pipes were shut down, resulting in the global price surge, but this subsided for the most part after it became clear that the three undamaged pipelines had returned to normal operation, restoring 80% of the line’s capacity, and that the accident pipe is expected to be back in use in a matter of days.

“There were no problems found in that area where the leak occurred,” reporters were told by Larry Springer, spokesman for Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the line. High-tech equipment had been through the line in 2006 to check for any signs of problems.

Enbridge identified the deceased as Dave Mussati Jr. and Steve Arnovich, both of whom were contract workers based in Superior, Wisconsin. The damaged section of pipe is in Clearbrook, which is approximately 350 miles Northwest of Minneapolis.

Enbridge metallurgists have been sent to examine the failed section in an effort to determin the cause of the accident. Other Enbridge workers are working to clear spilled oil from the site. It is expected that once this is complete, the pipe will return to service.

Global crude oil prices temporarily spiked by over US$4 per barrel but closed yesterday slightly above original prices.

27
Feb

World AIDS Day events held around the globe

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The 20th annual World AIDS Day was December 1, 2007. The theme selected by the World AIDS Campaign is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise” as it will be through 2010. The day was marked by thousands of events around the world.

“It is now time for bold leadership at all levels in order to turn the tide of HIV,” said Felicita Hikuam, Global Programmes Manager, World AIDS Campaign. An estimated 33.2 million people around the world—one in every 200—are living with HIV, and approximately 6,800 people are infected with HIV and 5,700 people die of AIDS-related illnesses every day.

“The trend is encouraging but still for every person receiving treatment four others are newly infected,” said Nelson Mandela, speaking at a concert in Johannesburg, South Africa. “If we are to stop the Aids epidemic from expanding, we need to break the cycle of new HIV infections. All of us working together with government, communities and civil society can make the difference that is needed,” he continued.

As many as 50,000 people attended the concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was telecast around the world. It was organized by Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS campaign and featured performances by artists such as Peter Gabriel, Ludacris, Razorlight, the Goo Goo Dolls and Annie Lennox.

At a fundraiser in the town of Midrand, in the province Gauteng, near Johannesburg on Friday, singer Annie Lennox had strong words for the South African government’s AIDS policies.

“AIDS, as Madiba [Mandela] has said, is a human rights issue and should be treated as such in order to avoid this genocide that is affecting millions and millions of people around the world,” said Lennox in a speech. Lennox has previously been critical of the South African government’s position on suggesting some AIDS medications were toxic. “It is unacceptable that treatment has not been made available to those who need it most,” said Lennox.

The rock band Queen, which lost its lead singer Freddie Mercury to AIDS, released a new song entitled, Say It’s Not True, to coincide with World Aids Day. It has been made available as a free download from the band’s website. “By making the song available for free, we hope to help Nelson Mandela with his campaign to get across the message that no-one is safe from infection,” said Queen drummer Roger Taylor. “We have to be aware, we have to protect ourselves and those we love.”

In China, people distributed AIDS prevention brochures in the streets and promoted safe sex in cities like Beijing and Shanghai. In Changsha, official warning signs were put on hotel bedstands. The government announced on Friday an allocation of CNY860 million for AIDS prevention and control. According to official reports, there are estimated to be 700,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in China.

Also in China, the Miss World 2007 was in Sanya on World AIDS Day. The pageant presented a special tribute to the fight against AIDS, with a televised speech from former South African President Nelson Mandela, along with traditional dancers from South Africa who joined the contestants in a special song.

Friday, United States President George W. Bush urged the United States Congress to double the 2003 Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to US$30 billion over the next five years. “Above all, we rededicate ourselves to a great purpose: We will turn the tide against HIV/AIDS—once and for all,” he said.

“I’m pleased to announce that Laura and I will travel to sub-Sahara Africa early next year,” Bush said. Sub-Saharan Africa suffered nearly three-quarters of AIDS-related deaths during 2006 and is home to two-thirds of those living with HIV/AIDS.

27
Feb

The Importance Of Health Insurance In Oklahoma City, Ok

byAlma Abell

In the United States these days, health insurance is on everyone’s minds. There have been ongoing political fights all over the country about the nature of insurance, and how it is going to function heading into the future. There are those who prefer a purely private plan and others who prefer more public availability. If you are a single person, a small business owner, or a larger business owner, you need to know about your specific insurance options.

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The Way it Works

Health insurance in Oklahoma City, OK works best when many people are engaged in the process. If you are a small business owner, you might be required by law to provide insurance for your employees. For other people, they might not be required to obtain insurance, but they might choose to for the sake of their employees.

Keeping Prices Low

For some small business owners, health insurance might seem like an extra expense that they cannot afford. That, however, is not the case. When you invest in insurance for your employees, you improve the quality of their work, their workplace satisfaction, and their resulting loyalty. Research has shown that when employees are provided with benefits, they are more loyal to their place of business. Those same avenues of research have also shown that people who have been at their jobs for at least a few years perform more quality work; they’re more productive, which means that you want to keep them around for as long as possible. Increased productivity expands your profit margins and boosts the level of work you are able to accomplish.

Reducing employee turnover is a great way to increase your profits. So, it might seem like insurance for your employees is something you can’t afford but that’s not necessarily the case. If you view it as an investment in your employees, it makes perfect sense to spend a little extra money on insurance. Your customers will thank you and so will your employees.

26
Feb

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Feb

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