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Jan KantyMenorcais the least crowded of thethree main islands of the Balearic Islands,maintaining the balance between preservation and development of environmentaltourism.This is a small island but it has many attractions.

Numerous conquerors

Menorca was the crossing point of the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Christians.

Furthermore, Menorca was invaded by the Turks in the sixteenth century, later it was occupied by the British and French during the eighteenth century. It is a good traveling destination due to its rich history.It is also an interesting option for those who like small white sand beaches, green fields dotted with cows and prehistoric monuments. Menorca is the second in size among theBalearic Islands; theislanddoes not measure over 50 kilometers long – the distance between the capitalMahon and the city “Venetian” ofCiutadellavaries between 10 and 19 kilometers.

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Biosphere reserveIt was declared by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in 1993. Menorcahas a discrete infrastructure to accommodate visitors. Now nearly 50 percent of its area is a national park, theAlbufera Es Grau and it has more than two dozen areas of special interest.

Menorca has a lot to offer, from thebeaches of the North surrounded by pine trees to the peaceful South. Moreover, there are many interesting sites such as a port of the capital, the cobblestone streets ofCiutadella, prehistoric settlements and the villages of whitewashed houses.The traveler must provide himself with a map and set hisitinerary according to the means of transport available.A combination of a good walk, car and a boat would be ideal for exploring all the corners of this Mediterranean island.

Access to the coast is often on private land, so getting to some beaches can be an adventure.

Son Saura,Talaios,EnTurqueta,Mitjana,MacarellaandMacarelletahave amazing pristine beaches(but no desert), which are integrated into new areas ofnature reserve.Accessing these little havens may include the payment for a vehicle.However,Menorcaalso has manybeachesthat are easily accessible.

Festivals and gastronomy

The most interesting festival of Ciutadella is Los Jaleos in June, where the horse is the principal protagonist.The celebrations, which date back to medieval times, are based on games and the usage of the techniques with a stick at full gallop.

The festivities with horses are typical for the whole island.

In July, the maritime procession of the Virgin del Carmen takes place in Mahon. In addition, the celebration of the Virgin de Grcia is held in September.

Foodis another treat for visitors ofMenorca.The offer is varied and of good quality, so this is a good destination for pilgrims of good food.Lobster caldereta is the island’s best known dish. Other local specialties are aubergines in the oven and rabbit with figs or oliaigo (a stew of onions, sometimes with figs, garlic, green peppers and tomatoes).

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Bolivian president announces legal action over Obama’s ‘crimes against humanity’

 Correction — October 4, 2013 The last paragraph of this article should say “President Maduro” rather than “President Morales”. We apologize for the error. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Thursday he will file legal charges against the United States President Barack Obama for crimes against humanity. President Morales announced he was preparing litigation after Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro’s plane was allegedly denied entry into U.S. airspace over Puerto Rico.

President Morales called Obama a “criminal” violating international law. Morales called an emergency meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), made up of 33 member states including Argentina, Mexico and Chile, and encouraged member states to remove their ambassadors from the U.S. to show their solidarity. He asked Bolivarian Alliance member states to boycott the next United Nations meeting, to be held in New York on September 24. He also said the U.S. had pursued a policy of “intimidation” and have a history of blockading presidential flights.

In July this year, the Bolivian presidential aircraft was prevented from landing in Portugal to refuel, allegedly at the request of the U.S. administration. After Italy, Spain and France each banned the aircraft from entering their airspace, it was ultimately forced to land in Austria. Here, the plane was boarded as part of the search for U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden. Several Latin American heads of state promptly condemned the actions.

President Evo Morales is in his second presidential term after first being elected in 2005. He campaigned on the promise of alleviating Bolivia’s crippling poverty — Bolivia was Latin America’s poorest nation at the time he was elected — and is Bolivia’s first indigenous leader. He became internationally recognisable for the striped jumper he wore while meeting with high level dignitaries, including kings and presidents, around the world. His actions as President have included halving his own salary and those of his ministers, seizing Bolivia’s gas and oil reserves, and redistributing the nation’s unused countryside to the poor.

President Morales had been bound for bilateral talks in China. He maintains he will not be prevented from attending them.

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Saturn moon Enceladus may have salty ocean

Thursday, June 23, 2011

NASA’s Cassini–Huygens spacecraft has discovered evidence for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The data came from the spacecraft’s direct analysis of salt-rich ice grains close to the jets ejected from the moon. The study has been published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature.

Data from Cassini’s cosmic dust analyzer show the grains expelled from fissures, known as tiger stripes, are relatively small and usually low in salt far away from the moon. Closer to the moon’s surface, Cassini found that relatively large grains rich with sodium and potassium dominate the plumes. The salt-rich particles have an “ocean-like” composition and indicate that most, if not all, of the expelled ice and water vapor comes from the evaporation of liquid salt-water. When water freezes, the salt is squeezed out, leaving pure water ice behind.

Cassini’s ultraviolet imaging spectrograph also recently obtained complementary results that support the presence of a subsurface ocean. A team of Cassini researchers led by Candice Hansen of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, measured gas shooting out of distinct jets originating in the moon’s south polar region at five to eight times the speed of sound, several times faster than previously measured. These observations of distinct jets, from a 2010 flyby, are consistent with results showing a difference in composition of ice grains close to the moon’s surface and those that made it out to the E ring, the outermost ring that gets its material primarily from Enceladean jets. If the plumes emanated from ice, they should have very little salt in them.

“There currently is no plausible way to produce a steady outflow of salt-rich grains from solid ice across all the tiger stripes other than salt water under Enceladus’s icy surface,” said Frank Postberg, a Cassini team scientist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

The data suggests a layer of water between the moon’s rocky core and its icy mantle, possibly as deep as about 50 miles (80 kilometers) beneath the surface. As this water washes against the rocks, it dissolves salt compounds and rises through fractures in the overlying ice to form reserves nearer the surface. If the outermost layer cracks open, the decrease in pressure from these reserves to space causes a plume to shoot out. Roughly 400 pounds (200 kilograms) of water vapor is lost every second in the plumes, with smaller amounts being lost as ice grains. The team calculates the water reserves must have large evaporating surfaces, or they would freeze easily and stop the plumes.

“We imagine that between the ice and the ice core there is an ocean of depth and this is somehow connected to the surface reservoir,” added Postberg.

The Cassini mission discovered Enceladus’ water-vapor and ice jets in 2005. In 2009, scientists working with the cosmic dust analyzer examined some sodium salts found in ice grains of Saturn’s E ring but the link to subsurface salt water was not definitive. The new paper analyzes three Enceladus flybys in 2008 and 2009 with the same instrument, focusing on the composition of freshly ejected plume grains. In 2008, Cassini discovered a high “density of volatile gases, water vapor, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, as well as organic materials, some 20 times denser than expected” in geysers erupting from the moon. The icy particles hit the detector target at speeds between 15,000 and 39,000 MPH (23,000 and 63,000 KPH), vaporizing instantly. Electrical fields inside the cosmic dust analyzer separated the various constituents of the impact cloud.

“Enceladus has got warmth, water and organic chemicals, some of the essential building blocks needed for life,” said Dennis Matson in 2008, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“This finding is a crucial new piece of evidence showing that environmental conditions favorable to the emergence of life can be sustained on icy bodies orbiting gas giant planets,” said Nicolas Altobelli, the European Space Agency’s project scientist for Cassini.

“If there is water in such an unexpected place, it leaves possibility for the rest of the universe,” said Postberg.

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U.S. state of Utah begins to accept evacuees from Hurricane Katrina

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Evacuees from New Orleans arrived on Sunday and have continued to come to Utah, utilizing the facilities at Camp Williams, the training facility for the Utah National Guard, to house the incoming people. Flights from New Orleans to Salt Lake City International Airport provided by JetBlue Airways under a contract from FEMA have been shuttling people from New Orleans to many destinations throughout the United States, including Utah.

In addition, Utah Air National Guard relief missions transporting food and other supplies to New Orleans relief efforts have also been returning with people in the cargo areas of the airplanes on return flights. “In keeping with our mission to assist in the security and safety of our homeland, we stand trained, ready, and able to respond to the call to assist our fellow citizens in Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, Utah National Guard Adjutant General.

The people on board the airplanes had no idea where they were going. In one case the airplane was headed to San Antonio and at the last minute while still airborne the destination was changed to Utah. Peter Coroon, Salt Lake County Mayor: “Some of the people look dazed. Some of them are just happy to be out of where they were. Some of them are eager to find their loves ones they’ve been separated. Some of them weren’t sure where they were going when they left New Orleans.”

Governor John Huntsman, Jr. utilized surplus state funds by declaring a state of emergency to begin efforts housing and clothing people coming to Utah, however some of this will likely be reimbursed by the Federal Government at a later date. He announced that Utah was willing to take up to 1,000 people at shelters in Utah, and that amount was later increased to over 2,000. On Monday, President Bush signed an executive order granting the emergency declaration in Utah to provide Federal assistance for the evacuees in Utah.

After arriving in Utah, one evacuee said “I want to thank the people of Utah for their hospitality and for restoring my faith in America.” Another evacuee said “it seems like heaven, looking at the mountains and getting a breath of fresh air and saying, ‘Thank God we made it.'”

Not all evacuees were pleased with the move to Utah. “I knew where Utah was, but nobody told me that’s where we were going. Nothing personal. It’s nice. But I don’t know anybody here,” said Bergeron, among the first batch of 152 evacuees to arrive at the Camp Williams Utah Army National Guard training site.

The Utah chapter of the American Red Cross has been training volunteers over the Labor Day weekend, and according to one official they have been overwhelmed with community support to help the evacuees. The line of volunteers to receive the training helping those at Camp Williams was litterally out of the door at the Red Cross offices today. One volunteer, Kayelynn Wright said, “The last couple of days we’d talked about it and said, ‘What can we do?’ So when I saw it (a call for volunteers) last night, I called (my neighbor) this morning and said, ‘We gotta go!'” The Red Cross has asked that you contact the local office if you plan on volunteering or donating any new clothing and other items to help the evacuees.

Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday gathered at the LDS Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake to assemble more than 50,000 hygiene kits for hurricane victims. Plastic bags were stuffed with toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs, soap, washcloths and hand towels. The supplies will be shipped to a church-owned storehouse Georgia for distribution.

Transportation requests are also being honored by the Utah state government, and evacuees are having transportation to anywhere in the United States paid for at state expense. In addition, a small amount of extra money is being donated directly to each family to help with immediate expenses. The Utah Transit Authority has already established a regular municipal bus service between Camp William and downtown Salt Lake City, which will begin formal service starting tomorrow morning.

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Reasons To Having Your Heating Unit Inspected In Lake Oswego In The Summer Months

byAlma Abell

Winter has hit hard this year, all around the globe, and many people who didn’t have the Heating in Lake Oswego professionals come out and inspect, and repair, their heating units early are doing without heat. The contractors are super busy this winter season and people are having to wait to get their heat fixed in the middle of snow storms and freezing conditions.

All of that could be avoided however, if you call in the Heating in Lake Oswego professionals during the summer months to take care of the Heating in Lake Oswego that you use during the winter. Below you will find some reasons why you should have your heating unit repaired in the summer, instead of waiting for the first snowfall.

Heating contractors are pretty much dead during the winter months, so you will have no problem getting a heating professional to come out to your home to inspect your unit for you. Once the winter starts they become extremely busy and you are apt to have to wait days for them to get to you on their list. If you have the unit inspected in the summertime, you will be comfortable in thinking that you will have heat when the temperature plummets.

Another great reason to have your unit inspected during the summer is contractors often offer discounts to customers during that time. They are slow during that time of year anyway, and you are apt to get a huge discount on inspection, and even any repairs that are needed.

If you are thinking about waiting to have your unit inspected until the beginning of winter, think about it carefully. You will, of course, turn on your unit on those nippy mornings, and doing so without it being inspected first can be dangerous for you and your family. Many fires have been started during the winter, because people failed to get their heating units inspected. Err on the side of caution and get the unit taken care of when the weather is still warm. Having your furnace needs taken care of in the summer just makes good common and good financial sense. Contact Oregon Heating & A/C for more information.

U.S. House rejects Senate version of payroll tax cut

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives voted to effectively reject the Senate version of a bill, passed with bipartisan support, to extend a payroll tax cut two months past its year-end expiration date. The House voted instead to create a conference committee to settle differences between members of both bodies.

Although the tax cut extension itself has support among Republicans and Democrats, lawmakers disagree on how Congress should go about compensating for the cost of extending the cut and the policy changes it would entail.

During an appearance yesterday, President Obama condemned opposition to the Senate-passed version of the bill, accusing Republicans in the House of trying to negotiate on matters unrelated to the bill. Republicans, in response, say there is still time to negotiate the bill, insisting that lawmakers ought to concentrate on a year-long plan rather than a two-month extension. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, however, says he will not agree to negotiate the tax cut extension until the Senate-approved bill is passed by the House.

If the tax cut is not extended and instead expires on December 31, approximately 160 million Americans will be affected by the tax increase; President Obama insists the only way to prevent the tax hike beginning January 1 is for the House to pass the Senate bill. In response, House Speaker and Republican John Boehner wants Obama to “call on the Senate to return” to negotiate. The Senate, shortly after passing the bill, adjourned for the Holiday break.

Also included in the bill is a provision that would require President Obama to make a decision regarding the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to Texas.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi blamed the congressional year-end impasse on “Tea Party Republicans.” In a letter to President Obama, Speaker Boehner requested he galvanize the Senate to negotiate on the bill’s provisions, writing “The differences between the two different bills can be quickly reconciled to provide the American people the certainty of a full-year bill. There are still 11 days before the end of the year, and with so many Americans struggling, there is no reason they should be wasted. You have said many times that Congress must do its work before taking vacation”.

 This story has updates See U.S. Congress reaches deal on payroll tax cut extension, December 23, 2011 
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US adds 173,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate drops to seven year low

Monday, September 7, 2015

The US economy added 173,000 jobs in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The unemployment rate fell from 5.3 to 5.1 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

Although August job gains were lower than most economists forecast, job growth numbers for June and July were revised upwards by a combined 44,000. Average job gains over the past three months stand at 221,000, compared to March-May’s 189,000 monthly average. Over the past twelve months, job growth has averaged 247,000 per month.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent, or 8 cents, marking the largest increase in earnings in seven months. Hourly earnings had risen by 6 cents in July. Wages have risen by 2.2 percent over the past year.

Job growth in August was primarily concentrated in the health care and social assistance, financial activities, and professional and business services sectors. Those three areas of the economy added a combined 108,000 jobs. Food service and drinking places employment increased by 26,000 over the month, and other economic sectors saw employment hold steady. Manufacturing, on the other hand, saw employment decline by 17,000 in August. A stronger dollar and worldwide economic weakness make US exports less desirable, leading to a flattening in manufacturing employment so far this year after steadily rising in the early years of the US economic recovery.

The solid overall job gains led analysts to slightly raise expectations for a decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month. Investors raised the likelihood of a September rate increase from 26 percent before the jobs report to 30 percent, and stocks dropped by over one percent on Friday. “The payrolls data is certainly good enough to allow for a Fed rate hike in September,” said Deutsche Bank’s head of currency strategy, Alan Ruskin. “The big question is still whether financial market volatility will scupper the plans.”

“This is the first time the market has looked at a Fed meeting and really has no idea what the Fed is going to do,” said Mark Kepner, a New Jersey equity trader with Themis Trading. “Right now you’re looking at the overall uncertainty and that’s what’s hanging on the market. I don’t think this number in and of itself changes how somebody’s going to vote.”

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New Home. New Look.

Submitted by: Pranee Sullivan

It s Easy When You Add Thai Home D cor To the Mix

The idea of home undergoes a major change when you move. You might have a growing family and need more space, or you might be like millions who ve decided to simplify their lifestyles and minimize their living space. Whichever category you fall into, you know that you don t want to compromise on either comfort or style. That s why we strongly urge you to investigate the beauty, craftsmanship and superior design in authentic Thai home furnishings. It is our privilege to offer you an exclusive assortment of unique artworks, crafts, home furnishings and even furniture, made in Thailand. We are Exclusive Thai D cor and we can help you add some exotic spice and authentic beauty into that new home d cor.

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Imagine a home where everything is brand new but it still manages to give the impression of having been lived in and loved for generations. That s what you can do with layered interior d cor. By starting with very simple basics, wood or tile floors, soft, earth-hued paints and wall coverings and basic appliances and fixtures, you can build your new d cor one layer at a time. You can use your basic sofa and chair, but liven them up with some authentic, handcrafted teak end tables or maybe a teak coffee table. Teak is the most durable of woods, being both highly weather resistant and with the tendency to age beautifully. It s tough enough to handle a houseful of kids and gracious enough to hold your grandmother s Limoges tea set.

Liven up the floors with woven rugs and mats, all hand crafted with time-honored care and pride by the fine artisans of Thailand. Use the woven wall hangings, all adorned with silk needlework, elaborate beadwork and even mirrors to dress up your new walls. Each one of this is a work of art, and while many carry themes common to the Thai culture, or that are highly desirable by other markets, each of these kalagas (wall hangings) is a distinct and individual work of art. That means no two of them are exactly the same and it s that kind of unique style that adds depth and drama to the layers of your new house s beautiful interior.

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Oil for food scandal: UN releases third report

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

The UN-appointed panel investigating the oil for food scandal has released its third report.

The report says that Benon Sevan took nearly US$150,000 in cash bribes. Chef de Cabinet for Kofi Annan, Mark Malloch Brown, said that the UN would lift Sevan’s immunity should an approach come from a law enforcement authority and that the UN had been in ‘active collaboration’ with the Southern District of New York.

At the press conference responding to the report, Malloch Brown also said that there was will “a real need for serious, deep-rooted management reform of our organization, and that does not seem to be yet fully accepted by all member states.”

Benon Sevan, who worked for the UN for nearly 40 years before resigning on Sunday, has denied the accusation. In his resignation letter to Kofi Annan, he wrote: “The charges are false and you, who have known me all these years, should know they are false… I fully understand the pressure you are under…, but sacrificing me for political expediency will never appease our critics or help you or the organisation.”

A former UN procurement officer Alexander Yakovlev has pleaded guilty to accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from UN contractors.

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