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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Scottish Parliament has narrowly rejected the Scottish government‘s proposed £33 billion budget.

The devolved parliament was tied 64-64 on the motion to approve the budget after two Green Party MSPs switched away from backing the minority Scottish National Party (SNP) administration. The Presiding Officer (speaker) of the parliament, Alex Fergusson, used his casting vote to reject the budget. Finance Secretary John Swinney of the SNP announced that he would immediately reintroduce it. The budget had the backing of the Scottish Conservatives.

Green MSPs had sought a £100 million, 10-year home insulation scheme, whilst the Scottish government had offered a smaller pilot scheme. This offer was increased as the vote approached but failed to convince the Greens to back the budget.

If a new budget is not in place by the start of the financial year in April, the current budget will rollover. However, Scottish ministers say this will cause a £1.8 billion cut in spending.

Scotland’s GDP fell by 0.8% in the last quarter.

Posted on May 26th 2018 in Uncategorized

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Choosing The Right Bed Pillows

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Submitted by: Ryan Pauline

Sleepless night makes you grouchy and irritable the whole day, whether at home, in school and even at work. We need to have a good night sleep in order to wake up in the morning feeling fresh and energized. Study show that we spend almost one third of our life in bed asleep. So, it is important to have a relaxing, comforting and restful environment when we go to sleep. The thing that we lay our head upon when we sleep should be comfortable enough to have an uninterrupted sleep. We need to choose the right bed pillows. What are the things that we should know in choosing the right bed pillows?

* The size of your bed pillows will depend on the size of your bed. If you sleep on a king sized bed then naturally you would have a king sized pillows. But now days you can mix match pillow sizes like for a twin bed instead of using two standard size bed pillows you can use one king size pillow and one body bed pillow. On the other hand, for a king size be you can have six standard size bed pillows plus two lumbar style bed pillows. Whatever will suit your taste and style is acceptable.

* Your sleeping position will tell you the kind of bed pillow that is appropriate for you. If you are the type of person who sleeps on your back then you are lucky since you have a wider range of choices to pick. You could go for feather bed pillows, it s the softest, most durable and most luxurious bed pillow available. Although it is quite expensive but then it last for a long long time. Foam bed pillows is also good for people who sleep on their back, some styles are expensive like the Memory foam pillows. This kind of pillow molds to your own shape that it relaxes you and relieves those stress points. It is also hypoallergenic. Pregnant women sleep on their sides due to their condition. Sleeping on your side could make your arms compress to the chest causing chest pains. To relieve yourself of the pains you can use a body pillow, it supports your arms as you lie on your side preventing compression. A buckwheat hull bed pillow is ideal for people who sleep on their back, sides and stomach. It can adjust to your preferred fit and shape.

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* The kind of fill use for your bed pillows should also be considered in your choices. Foam bed pillows gives firm support to your head, spine and neck, yet it is still soft enough to alleviate the tensions on your head and neck. Feather and down bed pillows are made of feathers from goose or ducks. It is soft and easy to shape. It is also easy to wash whether at home or have it dry cleaned.

* Another factor to consider in choosing your bed pillow is its loftiness. Would you want a firm or softer pillow? The volume of the fill inside the bed pillow will determine its loftiness. For firm pillows the fill is tighter while for soft pillows the fill is lighter.

Now you know what features you need to consider in choosing the right bed pillow for you. Keep in mind that we need to be able to sleep peacefully and continuously at night to be able to move and to work effectively the next day.

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Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.

Contents

  • 1 Costly expansion
  • 2 Programming and entertainment
  • 3 Audience
  • 4 Art show and dealers
  • 5 Charity and volunteers
  • 6 Local impact
  • 7 Related news
  • 8 Sources
Posted on May 26th 2018 in Uncategorized

Time Warner, Sprint close to mobile pact

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

New YorkTime Warner Cable is close to a deal with Sprint Corp. to offer mobile telephone service under the TimeWarner brand to the cabler’s 11 million subscribers, according to a report in Wednesday’s The Wall Street Journal.

If such a deal is struck, Time Warner will be the first cable company to offer the so-called “quadruple threat” in telecommunications, by offering voice, video, internet and mobile services in a single package.

The Journal reported that Time Warner would test market the new mobile service in Kansas City before the end of March.

Any such deal could strengthen Time Warner’s plans to expand its entry into the telephony market. The company said it expects to have 200 thousand voice customers when it closes its 2004 books Friday. As of mid-December, the company said it was adding about 10 thousand new wired voice customers per week.

For voice customers Time Warner is competing with regional telephone monopolies Verizon, SBC and BellSouth, which among them control the two largest mobile networks in the United States: Verizon and Cingular.

Posted on May 26th 2018 in Uncategorized

How Does The Dentist In Massapequa Put A Crown On Your Tooth?

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The stability and strength of your teeth is extremely important in how well they function. If your tooth becomes unstable, because of injury, cavities or infection, you could face losing your tooth. To help prevent tooth loss, the dentist may make the decision to place a crown over your tooth. A crown completely covers all of the visible areas of your tooth, protecting and strengthening it, so you do not experience further damage or loss. Through the Dentist in Massapequa, your tooth can be fully protected and more structurally sound.

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What Happens During Your Dental Appointment to Get a Crown?

When it comes times for you to receive your crown, the dentist will simply numb the area with a local anesthetic, so you do not feel any pain. Once numb, your tooth will need to have an impression made of it. This impression will allow for a perfect crown to be created in the dental lab. In most dental offices, an outside lab creates the crowns, but you may have the benefit of an on-site lab at your Dentist in Massapequa. If your crown is created in an outside lab, you can expect to be sent home with a temporary plastic crown, until you receive your permanent crown.

The shaping process will prepare your tooth to be able to receive the new crown. If you are having a metal alloy crown, you will not need to have as much tooth removed. If you will receive a porcelain crown, the tooth may need to be peg-shaped and made much smaller, so it can receive the crown over it. Your dentist will make the decision on how your tooth will need to be shaped and what you can expect.

To make sure your crown stays in place for many years, the dentist will use a special dental cement. This permanently bonds your tooth to the crown, so there is no room for food to get into the spaces between the tooth and crown. Once in place, your tooth will be protected and much more stable.

For more information on crowns and other dental treatments, visit and allow them to schedule you an appointment, so you can learn about the benefits of all of the services they offer.

Posted on May 25th 2018 in Dentist

Late-night vote sets Obamacare up for filibuster-free repeal

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

At 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning the United States Senate voted to include the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, as part of a budget blueprint. This procedural measure allows most of Obamacare to be repealed by a simple majority rather than the usual requirement of 60 out of the senate’s 100 votes and effectively prevents the use of filibuster.

“We’re working with legislative leaders at this very moment to begin to craft legislation that will repeal the most corrosive elements of Obamacare — the individual mandate, the taxes, the penalties — but at the same time, moving separate legislation that will allow us to introduce the kind of reforms in American health care that’ll lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government,” said Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington had a different view, going so far as to call this “stealing health care from Americans.”

The filibuster is a last-ditch tactic in which parties opposed to a certain motion refuse to relinquish the floor until their opponents give in or compromise.

Although the 51-48 vote was mostly along party lines, some Republicans have expressed uncertainty about repealing Obamacare before a replacement system is worked out. Although president-elect Donald Trump has called for a “repeal and replace” plan, saying that a new health care system would be enacted “almost simultaneously,” many in government and the press have expressed doubts about whether this would actually happen.

Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she would like to at least see a well-constructed plan before voting and Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia said repealing Obamacare without replacing it was “unacceptable.” These concerns were shared by members of the House of Representatives. “We need to be voting for a replacement plan at the same time that we vote for repeal,” added Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina. Representative Tom MacArthur of New Jersey agreed, saying, “We’re loading a gun here. I want to know where it’s pointed before we start the process.”

Anna Merlan of Jezebel and Anthony Taylor of the Associated Press dismiss Trump’s timeline as “impossible” given the complicated nature of U.S. congressional workings. Senator Collins agreed, saying “I don’t see any possibility of our being able to come up with a comprehensive reform bill that would replace Obamacare by the end of this month. I just don’t see that as being feasible.”

The Affordable Care Act, which is often cited as a key accomplishment of the Obama administration, has had a mixed reputation, and many conservatives believe a market-based health care system would be more flexible and efficient and less costly, and many believe that the Affordable Care Act only passed because of Obama’s later discredited pledge that no one who liked their current health plan would have to switch. Matt O’Brien of The Washington Post claims a large tax cut that would result for the wealthiest 1% of citizens if Obamacare funds were not converted to other purposes, estimated at about $32,820 annually per person by the Tax Policy Center, is also a significant motive.

Republican Senators set a date of January 27 to repeal Obamacare, according to NBC News. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California says legislation repealing Obamacare and replacing it could ready by late February. According to Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, as many as 30 million people could lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed.

Posted on May 25th 2018 in Uncategorized

BBC apologises to Queen Elizabeth II for misrepresentation in documentary

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Friday, July 13, 2007

The BBC would like to apologise to both the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has apologised to Queen Elizabeth II and photographer, Annie Leibovitz, after a trailer for a documentary suggested she had walked out of a portrait sitting when the photographer asked her to remove her crown.

The trailer shows a clip of the photographer telling the Queen, “I think it will look better without the crown because the garter robe is so…” The Queen responded with “Less dressy! What do you think this is?” The following clip shows the Queen walking down a corridor saying, “I’m not changing anything. I’ve had enough dressing like this, thank you very much.”

It has since been clarified that this second clip shows the Queen arriving at the sitting, not departing.

In a statement the BBC said, “In this trailer there is a sequence that implies that the Queen left a sitting prematurely. This was not the case and the actual sequence of events was mis-represented. The BBC would like to apologise to both the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused.”

The BBC blamed a production error for the mistake, saying, “This assembly was never intended to be seen by the public or the press. Unfortunately, this assembly was given in error to the BBC personnel who were preparing the BBC One autumn launch tape.”

The company responsible for the editing of the documentary, RDF Media, also apologized to the Queen. Michael Grade, previous controller of BBC One, blamed the mistake on “young, untrained” workers who “don’t understand that the basic ethic of broadcasting in this country is trust.”

Photographer, Leibowitz, commenting about the session in Vanity Fair even before the release of the trailer, said, “She doesn’t really want to get dressed up any more. She just couldn’t be bothered and I admired her for that.”

Posted on May 25th 2018 in Uncategorized

Two astronauts blast off to their new home–International Space Station

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Friday, April 15, 2005

The 11th crew of the International Space Station rocketed into space Thursday at 8:46 EDT. The Expedition 11 crew rode aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and two of them will remain in their new home-away-from-home for six months.

They were given a heartfelt send-off by Russian Mission Control chief Vladimir Solovyov:

“The people who are doing the job are real romantics who are involved in fascinating work for a miserable salary,” he told reporters after the launch, which he called a “remarkable event.”

Cosmonauts typically earn $144 to $179 a month.

The launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, came as ISS was on a north east heading approximately 230 miles above the southern Atlantic Ocean.

At the controls were Commander Sergei Krikalev, NASA Station Science Officer and Flight Engineer John Phillips, and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori. Vittori will return April 24 with the prior crew, Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, after conducting some experiments.

Soyuz will dock with ISS at 10:19 p.m. EDT on Saturday. Live NASA coverage of the docking and hatch opening will be shown on NASA TV beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday and can be viewed on Internet TV at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv (Free Real Player or Windows Media Player required).

Posted on May 25th 2018 in Uncategorized

Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend

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Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.

Contents

  • 1 Costly expansion
  • 2 Programming and entertainment
  • 3 Audience
  • 4 Art show and dealers
  • 5 Charity and volunteers
  • 6 Local impact
  • 7 Related news
  • 8 Sources
Posted on May 24th 2018 in Uncategorized