Slovakia on track to adopt euro in 2009

Monday, March 14, 2005

Slovakia is on track to meet its target of adopting the euro currency in 2009, claims Joaquín Almunia, the European Union’s Monetary Affairs Commissioner.

The main monetary figures and the fiscal situation “are going in a good direction,” Almunia said. “If things continue as they are today, I’m sure the Slovak authorities will meet the target of being a member of the eurozone in 2009.”File:1euro 2007.jpg

Slovakia joined the European Union last year along with other Central European, Baltic, and Mediterranean states. The growth rate of its GDP has been one of the highest in the European Union, recording 5.5% growth in 2004. Almunia said that authorities should use this growth to curb the country’s relatively high budget deficit, a necessary prerequisite for joining the euro zone.

Before a country adopts the euro currency, it must dwell in the European Exchange Rate Mechanism II for two years, where its exchange rate relative to the euro, as well as its budget deficit and inflation, are closely monitored. For Slovakia to adopt the euro in 2009, it must join ERM II in 2007. Three new members, Slovenia, Estonia, and Lithuania, have already joined ERM II and are on track to adopt the euro in 2006–2007.

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Major snowstorm sweeps across Eastern US

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A major winter storm, which has been nicknamed by some as “Snowmageddon“, has pummeled parts of the U.S. Middle Atlantic region, dumping up to 19 inches (50 centimeters) of snow in some parts of the Washington area.

The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 24 to 30 inches (60 to 75 cm) of snow for the Washington, D.C. region by late Saturday. The storm brought high winds and low visibility, with winds gusting at 56 miles per hour (93 kilometers per hour) along the coast.

Life in the nation’s capital ground to a halt with the federal government and most businesses closing early on Friday and residents warned to stay off the snow-clogged roads. Hundreds of thousands of homes were without power as the wet snow weighed heavily on trees and power lines. Power lines in some areas have been brought down by the heavy snow.

The Weather Service issued blizzard and winter storm warnings for states reaching from Virginia and West Virginia up to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Forecasters say this could be the largest recorded snowfall in Washington, rivaling a storm, known as the Knickerbocker Storm, that hit the city nearly 90 years ago, in January 1922. The largest amount of snowfall recorded so far has been in Elkridge, Maryland, reporting 32 inches (81 cm). The 1922 storm was named the Knickerbocker Storm for a theater where 98 people were killed when the building’s roof collapsed due to heavy snow. Snowfall in that storm measured 28 inches (71 cm).

Airlines and airports across the region have canceled flights and train service has been disrupted. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport suspended flight operations for the day while nearby Washington Dulles International Airport reported only a few international flights would be departing. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reported most flights were canceled. Flights at Philadelphia International Airport are also canceled.

Amtrak announced that it was canceling a number of trains between Washington and New York City, along with service from Washington to cities in the south. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, known as the Metro locally, has suspended bus service and above ground train service. Underground subway service is running at 30 minute intervals.

As the storm approached, residents emptied supermarket shelves, stocking up on food and other supplies, especially due to Super Bowl XLIV which will be held on Sunday. Local area sports teams in Washington, D.C. will still play games as scheduled. People are urged to take the Metro to see the games and not use the roads. Impromptu snowball fights have also broken with some people going as far as to organize them over Facebook and Twitter.

The winter weather has already been blamed for hundreds of road accidents. So far two fatalities have been reported, a father and son who were rendering aid to a stranded motorist on Interstate 81 in Virginia, when an approaching tractor-trailer jackknifed and killed the pair.

This is the second major snowstorm to hit the region in less than two months.

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Revealing 3 Sure Shot Workplace Trends For The Decade

Clearly, the way organisations work has changed in the past decade to a shockingly great extent. This drastic change came across as a result of a series of changes. Realising the true value of employees, automating the business functions to save time are the most apparent ones.

To say the least, it was easy earlier to manage the workforce as the employees’ say was overlooked and the policies were rigid. As time passed and the needs of the employees started drawing more and more attention, policies started becoming more and more flexible and employees happier. Hence, as we have now entered a new decade, the future of work starts to look a lot more different in terms of culture and trends. And so, we thought of predicting a few of the workplace trends that we might witness round the year.

Employee wellness-The health of your employees directly impacts the health of your business. If you want to mushroom your business rapidly, you must take care of the health of your workforce. The definition of health is now not just limited to physical health but mental and emotional health as well. Various professional and personal factors influence the health of individuals. This is why it is necessary for you to expand the idea of health benefits to mental health checkups, and therapists.

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2020 will be the year for companies to begin their actions in this direction. They will start factoring this as well in thepayroll software in India while configuring the CTC.

Employee experience-The percentage of millennials and Gen Z is increasing in most of the industries. And they want the policies, culture and space to be more and more flexible and comforting. Not only do they prefer to work from home on the days they feel lazy but also want the work desk to be flexible. Nothing should make them feel restricted. Hence, this decade and not just 2020 will become more and more about the employees, their demands, expectations, likings, dislikings and more. All of this would be done with the aim to keep the retention rate high, the attrition rate low and the hiring costs minimal. We can also expect a feature in the HR and payroll software that allows the employees to leave suggestions, and rate company anonymously.

More diversity and inclusion-Upholding values, becoming more and more socially responsible is the key to attracting great employees, making them proud of working with you and making them stick to you. So, the companies in this decade will try to keep the gender ration in check, be more welcoming towards the LGBTQ community and not differentiate amongst people on the basis of age, caste, disability or status.

Another workplace trend that we cannot miss is the rising culture of the gig economy. This economy is inclined more and more towards hiring people as freelancers. This progressively rising economic culture is going to be on the rise in this decade as it will cut a lot of costs for the company and thus help them save a lot of money. For instance, sometimes you may have a requirement for more designers but not always. So, to cope up with times like these, companies will increasingly start leveraging the gig economy. This means that when there is more work, they can avail the services of the freelancer, pay him for the time he has worked. A lot of money and office space of the company is saved this way.

Apart from the aforementioned ones, automation, especially in theHR Software in India and Payroll management software, will continue to make its mark in the decades to come. Moreover, employees will demand more and more work-life balance. So, these were the workplace trends that we see coming in and progressing with time by the end of the decade- Brace yourselves!

Konami Cup Asia Series 2007 Day 1: Uni-Lions reverses China, SK Wyverns ends Japan’s winning streak

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Konami Cup Asia Series 2007 battled in Tokyo Dome today, with 2007 BWC in Taiwan and upcoming 2007 Asian Baseball Championship chained on the qualification of 2008 Summer Olympics, this series may varied Asian’s teams recently.

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Scientists report correlation between locations of Easter Island statues and water resources

Saturday, January 12, 2019

A United-States-based team of scientists released findings on Thursday about the large statues that dot the island of Rapa Nui, also called Easter Island. The study, published on Thursday in PLOS One, employed quantitative spatial analysis to establish that the platforms, or ahu, built to support the Easter Island statues, or moai, are usually located near sources of drinkable water. This feeds into the scholarly discussion of whether the purpose of the statues was exclusively ritualistic, practical or some combination of these.

The study examined 93 statues on the western side of the island, all of which were built before contact with Europeans. They compared the sites of the statues to sites associated with the specific resources: the kind of rock the statues are made of, the kind of rock used for tools, fishing, vegetable and potato cultivation, and water sources. The archaeologists say that this study is the first attempt to formally examine the idea that the locations of the moai are correlated to locations of resources important to the people who built them, such as fresh water.

Easter Island does not have streams that run nonstop but it does have an aquifer that produces freshwater seeps of brackish but drinkable water during low tide. Most of these water harvesting sites are along the coast but a few are inland—and so are the ahu.

“What is important about it is that it demonstrates the statue locations themselves are not a weird ritual place – [the ahu and moai] represent ritual in a sense of there is symbolic meaning to them, but they are integrated into the lives of the community,” said study co-author Professor Carl Lipo of Binghamton University. He went on to add “The exceptions to the rule about being at the coast where water comes out actually are met by the fact there is also water there – it is found through cave locations,” referring to caves with fresh water, and that some historical evidence suggests there may have been wells dug near the ahu that are not near caves.

The researchers plan to gather information on more freshwater resources so they can evaluate statue sites on the rest of Easter Island.

Jo Anne Val Tilburg of the University of California, Los Angeles disagreed with these findings: “The existence of fresh water seeps near coastal ahu is well-known and was certainly important at European contact. However, such seeps are today, and probably always were, minor resources. It is highly unlikely, in my view, that these resources were of major importance in locating ahu during prehistory.”

The earliest moai date to the 13th century. They vary in size but are about fourteen feet (four meters) tall and can weigh about fourteen tons. Scholars have long wondered about the role they played for the people who built them.

Easter Island is today a relatively barren place with scanty resources. Easter Island is located 2300 miles (3700 km) off the west coast of South America and 1,100 miles (1770 km) from its nearest neighbor island. It today has a grass-dominated landscape but it was once mostly covered by palm forests and it was home to a significant human population for a few hundred years. Scientists debate whether its environmental degradation, in the form of the loss of its palm forests and soil to erosion, was caused by human activity, natural climate change, or by rats and other introduced species that stowed away on the colonists’ boats, but there is consensus that the island’s environment changed considerably over time.

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Authentic Sports Memorabilia Form Uacc And Aftal Approved Autograph Dealers

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My most treasured football autograph was collected in my home town many years ago, it was a George Best autographed photo, which is also my favourite framed autograph to date.

Signed sports memorabilia is my passion and I have many famous autographs in my collection other than George Best autographs I have several autographed albums with a Bobby Charlton autograph and autographed photos of virtually every Premiership team in my collection. It has taken years of collecting sports autographs and memorabilia to arrive at where I am now with over five thousand authentic autographs and items of autographed sports memorabilia. I have also traded in authentic sports memorabilia for over 7 years now and have had many sports autographs sold on my website and traded with other autograph dealers items of sport memorabilia, I can still remember my first autographed football it was back in 1971 when Aberdeen beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final. I managed to get several players to sign a plastic football at the start of the 1972 season after one of their training sessions.

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It s hard to believe I have been collecting sport memorabilia for nearly forty years, no wonder 8 years ago I decided to be an autograph dealer who primarily deals in sport autographs, signed sports memorabilia and hand signed autographs.

With this in mind I formed Memorabilia 4U in November 2003 since then we have sold thousands of autographs and unique pieces of memorabilia. Our main aim is to supply genuine autographs and memorabilia to the general public worldwide at a reasonable cost and provide a service to our client which is second to none. I am very proud of the fact that from humble beginnings Memorabilia 4U is one of the leading suppliers of genuine memorabilia worldwide.

All of the autographs on this website have been collected by Memorabilia 4U or collectors acting on behalf of Memorabilia 4U. Items that are not collected in person, ie. Deceased Celebrities or items which have been purchased by the company, go under a strict examination process to identify that they are genuine and suitable to be displayed for sale. With this in mind we offer a Lifetime Guarantee that each item has been signed in person by the Celebrity. If you are not satisfied with your item, provided it is returned undamaged within 7 days we will refund all of your monies including the postage.

Every item sold from this website has a unique randomly generated item number and photograph of your item to ensure that there can be no doubt as to the source or item that is guaranteed in the certificate.

In the last eight years I have joined several autograph organisations namely the UACC and AFTAL and have risen to the prestigious ranks of UACC Registered Dealer and AFTAL Approved Dealer in the last few years. Even though I deal in memorabilia I must confess that I am a collector at heart and hate putting autographs for sale when I could hold on to them but I only have so much storage room in my house !!!!!

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Advocacy groups complain about sex-ed website

Tuesday, April 5, 2005The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) has written a March 31 letter to Michael Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The letter presents a number of complaints about the new HHS website for parents, called

An additional 145 advocacy groups have signed on to the letter, including notable liberal groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Among the concerns expressed in the letter about the website:

  • It contains factual errors and outdated terminology.
  • It is politically biased, and only credits one non-governmental organization, the National Physicians Center for Family Resources (NPC), which the letter claims has “strong ties to right wing religious organizations like the California Family Council, Alabama Family Alliance, and Focus on the Family.”
  • It introduces anti-abortion language, such as referring to the developing fetus as an “unborn child” and defining that pregnancy begins at fertilization, rather than at implantation, the definition previously accepted by the HHS.
  • It also “does not address the needs of many youth, including sexually active youth, youth who have been or are being sexually abused, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.”

SIECUS further requested that the site be “immediately taken down and that a formal review of its content and techniques for communication and behavioral learning be launched,” in which SIECUS and its related associations would be assisting.

According to the website, ” is part of a new national public education campaign to provide parents with the information, tools and skills they need to help their teens make the healthiest choices.” Whether this implies that other websites or educational materials will be released in the near future was not made clear.

The site appeared to particularly focus on parent-child communication and the delivery of sex-ed information to parents in order to support that cause. The stated goal of this campaign is improvement of public health through the reduction of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and other health-related issues that affect teens.

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Bush’s Iraq ‘Strategy’ seen as public relations exercise

Sunday, December 4, 2005

The US commander of the Multinational Security Transition Command in Iraq said that he had no knowledge of the National Strategy for Victory in Iraq document released by the US President. This, along with speculation that the document was chiefly authored by a public opinion analyst recruited by the White House have led to some critics claiming that the drafted ‘strategy’ is targeting US public opinion, not the Iraqi insurgency.

The military, political and economic strategy for Iraq, outlined last week by President Bush in a speech at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, was based by a 35-page document titled the National Strategy for Victory in Iraq. A metadata tag on the document posted on the White House website identified its author as a computer user ‘feaver_p’. It is believed to refer to Dr. Peter D. Feaver, a special advisor to the National Security Council staff.

A political scientist at Duke University, Dr. Feaver analyzed public opinion polls about the Iraq war and attitudes towards war casualties. Dr. Feaver found that US public opinion will support military engagement abroad, despite growing casualties, provided that the public believed that the war was being fought for a worthy cause and that victory was achievable.

Dr. Feaver was one of the people who helped “conceive and draft” the document, according to a White House staffer, who said that Meghan L. O’Sullivan, the deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, and her staff played a larger role. White House officials confirmed to the New York Times that the document’s “creation and presentation strongly reflected the public opinion research”.

The document “reflects the broad interagency effort under way in Iraq” according to an NSC spokesman Frederick Jones and had received major contributions from the Departments of Defense, State, Treasury and Homeland Security, as well as the director of National Intelligence.

On Friday, Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, whose Multinational Security Transition Command is responsible for building Iraq’s security forces, told reporters that he had seen the strategy document for the first time when it was released to the public. The White House had said that not all senior officers in Iraq had necessarily seen the document and Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that he had read and critiqued the document on several occasions.

Earlier, replying to questions about the President’s strategy, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said that the document was an “inter-agency document” and an “unclassified version” of the administrations “strategy for victory in Iraq” published for the public to view.

Christopher F. Gelpi, of Duke University, who co-authored Dr. Feaver’s work titled Casualty Sensitivity and the War in Iraq, stated, “The Pentagon doesn’t need the president to give a speech and post a document on the White House Web site to know how to fight the insurgents. The document is clearly targeted at American public opinion.” In their work together, Gelpi, Feaver and Reifler found that the most important factor which determines the US public’s tolerance for US military deaths in a war is the public’s beliefs about the likelihood of success, and a secondary, but still important, factor, was found to be the public’s belief in the rightness of a war.

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In Pain? Seek Pain Management In Moore, Oklahoma

byAlma Abell

No one wants to live a life of pain. To some, it is a constant, never ending source of unhappiness and agony. It’s time to call Dr. Darryl D. Robinson who offers the Pain Management Moore, Oklahoma residents need. Testimonials of patients who can now live a life free of pain and who are able to get out and walk with loved ones, swim or do gardening in the back yard, are pouring in. Dr. Robinson uses methods such as Integrative Medicine, which deals with inflammation in the body contributing to chronic pain.

Through Integrative Medicine, he offers supervision of nutritional supplements that actually help cut down on stress, build up the immune system and lessen the amount of inflammation in the body. Metabolic and micronutrient testing is also completed when evaluating his patients, along with a medically supervised weight loss program. The highest quality advancements in medicine are utilized by Dr. Robinson’s clinic and staff. He will go over your health issues with you at the time of your first appointment.

When you call the number on the screen for your first appointment, you’ll be able to download new patient forms to fill out before reaching the office. This will save a lot of time if they’re completed beforehand. You can also read about the types of treatments available for specific areas of pain in the body, including fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, migraine headaches and whiplash. All of these ailments are treated by Dr. Robinson who will go over the type of treatment he feels you need to alleviate your pain.

The pain management service Moore residents are choosing uses measures to treat the spine, neck, back and hips other treatment centers do not. The doctor utilizes non-invasive methods of treatments such as injections to specific areas of the spine that, many times, lessen pain in patients in just one treatment. Many conventional treatments actually increase pain by causing more inflammation, sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis, and even depression. Patients are tired of swallowing pills to deaden the pain they feel each day and are searching for a natural method of getting rid of pain.

Call the Pain Management Moore residents are also choosing for your appointment today, and be on the way to a pain free life in the very near future. For more information contact Darryl D Robinson.

Brazilian Medicine Council against Cuban privileges

Monday, February 14, 2005

The Brazilian Regional Council of Medicine has protested against a Ministry of Education decision to accept the diplomas of Cuban medical school graduates without subjecting them to a more rigorous evaluation process.

Under the Brazilian 44045 Edict of July 19, 1958, all students of Medicine, Brazilian or non-Brazilian, who studied in a foreign institution must undergo a strict evaluation before their professional registration is granted. The law aims to ensure that the physicians who graduated at foreign universities are properly prepared for and familiarized with the particular medical conditions of Brazil. Some diseases like malaria and dengue for example are very rare in some countries but are more common in Brazilian territory.

However the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) has come to an agreement with the Cuban government to allow medical students who studied in Cuba to go through a less rigorous examination. Furthermore the MEC wants to exempt the students from the Cuban Escola Latino Americana de Medicina (Latin American Medicine School) or ELAM located in Havana from the examination. Under the agreement, the diplomas of ELAM students would be automatically recognized as valid in Brazil. The Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed the endorsement of this agreement last year during his visit to Cuba.

The Brazilian Regional Council of Medicine from São Paulo is opposed to the idea of accepting the Cuban diplomas and is to dispute the deal in Court. The council says the government decision is unfair and disadvantages Brazilian students. It also says that the decision puts the Brazilian community at risk because of differences between Cuban and Brazilian medical education. Cuban physicians are prepared for Cuban conditions and necessities in health which differ from Brazilian ones. Additionally the council argues that the decision is against the law because the Brazilian 44045 Edict demands that all medical students from foreign schools have to pass a careful examination.

The Cuban First Secretary of Technical and Scientific Collaboration in Health, Filisberto Perez, recognizes that both Brazil and Cuba have different models of apprenticeship in medicine. However he believes that Cuba and Brazil can recognize each other’s diplomas without difficulty.

Early this year, a team of Brazilian inspectors visited the leading medical schools in Cuba to evaluate them so the degrees can be formalized.

The MEC’s decision has angered some Brazilian students. “Why would I study for two years so I could get admitted to a Brazilian school if it would be easier to “buy” my diploma in Cuba?” asks Artur Oliveira Mendes in a email sent to a academic organization. He added: “…our schools of medicine are demoralized before the president’s declaration.”

The Brazilian students who are in Cuba were selected by the PT, PCdoB, and MST.

Senator José Agripino Maia (PFL) asked the Minister of Education Tarso Genro to explain before the Senate Education Commission why the students from Cuba are being favoured by the Brazilian government.

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