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European rate cut hopes fuel market rally

LONDON (AP) ? Hopes that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates next month to support a fading economy fueled a rally in stock markets on Tuesday.

Investors, particularly in Europe, rushed to buy stocks and bonds on expectations that the ECB will opt to cut its main interest rate to a record low of 0.50 percent at its meeting next Thursday from the current 0.75 percent.

The speculation was triggered by a survey into manufacturing activity among the 17 European Union countries that use the euro. The PMI survey from Markit fell another 0.3 points in April to 46.5 ? anything below 50 indicates a contraction.

In particular, the survey showed that it wasn't just the weaker, indebted countries that are struggling. Germany, Europe's biggest economy and its export powerhouse, weakened too.

"This is now going to prompt talk again of an ECB rate cut, given that Bundesbank head, Jens Weidmann, conceded recently that a rate cut would be considered if we see further worsening in the economic data," said Craig Erlam, market analyst at Alpari. The Bundesbank is Germany's central bank.

In Europe, Germany's DAX rallied 2.4 percent to close at 7,658.21 while the CAC-40 in France rose 3.6 percent to 3,783.05. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares rose 2 percent to 6,406.12.

The market optimism helped lower interest rates on government bonds for financially weak countries like Italy and Spain. The yield on Italy's benchmark 10-year bond fell a further 0.12 percentage points to 3.91 percent while Spain's fell 0.24 percentage points to 4.26 percent. Neither country's borrowing rates have been this low since late 2010.

Wall Street was solid too, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 1 percent at 14,716, while the broader S&P 500 index rose 1.1 percent to 1,579.18.

A raft of earnings helped shore up the U.S. open. DuPont, the chemical maker, reported first-quarter profits that more than doubled as its agricultural unit did brisk business. Travelers insurance and Coach soared after strong reports.

The main point of interest on the earnings front will be when Apple reports after the markets close. The company has seen its share price take a battering over the past few months amid mounting concerns over its product line and tough competition.

"With the stock nearly 50 percent off all-time highs, the question is how much more scope is there on the downside," said Fawad Razaqzada, market strategist at GFT Markets.

Earlier, Chinese shares underperformed after a downbeat manufacturing survey renewed concerns over the world's second-largest economy.

A preliminary survey by HSBC Corp. found that China's manufacturing growth slowed in April, in a further sign that the economy is slowing.

HSBC's monthly purchasing managers' index ? a gauge of business activity ? fell to a worse-than-expected 50.5 from March's 51.6 on a 100-point scale. That means it's growing but only just ? anything below 50 would have signaled a contraction in activity.

"Just as in 2012, Chinese growth is failing to live up to the market's high expectations," said Rebecca O'Keeffe, head of investment at Interactive Investor.

The survey hit Chinese shares particularly hard, with the country's Shanghai Composite Index tumbling 2.6 percent to 2,184.54 and the Shenzhen Composite Index falling 2.7 percent to 923.42. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 1.1 percent to 21,806.61.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei index slipped as the yen gained ground against the dollar. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo fell 0.3 percent to close at 13,529.65.

In currency markets, the dollar recovered to rise 0.2 percent against the Japanese yen, to 99.40 yen. The euro fell 0.4 percent against the dollar, to $1.3011.

Oil prices were also depressed following the disappointing economic data, with the benchmark New York rate down 3 cents at $89.16 a barrel.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/european-rate-cut-hopes-fuel-market-rally-145634472--finance.html

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Dot Earth Blog: Study Charts 2,000 Years of Continental Climate Changes

A comprehensive new analysis of temperature changes over the continents through 2,000 years has found that a long slide in temperatures in most regions preceded the unusual global warming of recent decades, but with a lot of regional variability and other fascinating details. A National Science Foundation news release has ample background.

The 78-author paper, published Sunday in Nature Geoscience, used a variety of indirect indicators of temperature, from tree rings to pollen grains, to build on other work charting temperature shifts since the end of the last ice age ? including the recent Marcott et al paper, explored here, which used seabed sediments to chart 11,000 years of temperatures.

The new paper drew no conclusions about Africa (you?ll see it?s missing from the chart above) because there are too few spots where long climate records accumulate in lakes or caves. (In most other populated regions, instrumental records have covered the last 100 years, but much of Africa remains a data-free zone even now.)

But along with supporting the general picture of a long temperature slide until the modern era?s warming, the analysis reveals fascinating regional variations, including these:

The Arctic was also warmest during the twentieth century, although warmer during 1941?1970 than 1971?2000 according to our reconstruction?.

In Europe, slightly higher reconstructed temperatures were registered in A.D. 741?770, and the interval from A.D. 21?80 was substantially warmer than 1971?2000. Antarctica was probably warmer than 1971?2000 for a time period as recent as A.D. 1671?1700, and the entire period from 141?1250 was warmer than 1971?2000.

I was in touch with Darrell S. Kaufman of Northern Arizona University, one of two lead authors, just before he headed to Alaska?s Brooks range for three weeks of fieldwork. He sent a note for Dot Earth introducing the study, along with a long, helpful ?frequently asked questions? sheet. Here?s Kaufman?s guest post:

Dot Earth readers will be interested in a new study published online today in the journal Nature Geoscience. The article, ?Continental-scale temperature variability during the last two millennia,? is the most comprehensive evaluation to date of temperature change on Earth?s continents over the past one to two thousand years. The study was authored by the Past Global Changes (PAGES) 2k Consortium, a group of 78 experts from 24 countries.

By investigating the regional-scale patterns of past climate variability, the study helps to understand and quantify the processes that cause climate to change. This is important as we prepare for the full range of future climate changes, whether they are due to anthropogenic or to natural factors.

Previous studies have focused on hemispheric or global-scale temperature reconstructions, which are useful for understanding overall average conditions, but can overlook important differences at regional scales. In particular, the new synthesis clarifies the temperature history for the Southern Hemisphere continents by including temperature reconstructions from Antarctica, Australasia and South America.

The synthesis highlights the most prominent features of seven new and recently published continental-scale temperature reconstructions. Most of proxy temperature records are from tree-ring measurements, but additional evidence comes from glacier ice, speleothems [stalagmites, stalactites and related mineral formations], corals and lake sediments.

My co-authors and I found that, prior to the late 19th century, temperatures had been cooling in nearly all of the continental-scale regions. The long-term cooling in the Arctic can be attributed to the effect of orbital cycles and is known from previous studies. [I covered one, by a team including Kaufman, in 2009.]

Finding a similar trend in the Southern Hemisphere was somewhat unexpected because the effects of the orbital changes should be opposite there.

The long-term, pre-20th-century cooling trend is among the most prominent features of the regional temperature reconstructions. We probed the data using several statistical approaches and came up with the same result. When averaged across the regions, the long-term cooling trend in the PAGES 2k reconstructions agrees with the global cooling trend determined recently by Marcott and coauthors (Science 339: 1198) in their study of temperature changes over the past 11,000 years, which was based primarily on marine sedimentary records.

The long-term cooling trend was only slight, between about 0.1 and 0.3?C per 1000 years, depending on the region. It was caused by natural factors that likely continued through the 20thcentury, making the recent warming more difficult to explain without the impact of increased greenhouse gases.

We also found that temperatures in some regions were higher in the past then they were during the late 20th century and that, the longer the individual site record, the more likely it was to show prior warm intervals, which is consistent with the long-term cooling trend. In Europe, for example, the average temperature between AD 21 and 80 was warmer than during AD 1971-2000. But temperatures did not fluctuate uniformly among all regions at multi-decadal to centennial scales. For example, the transition to colder regional climates between AD 1200 and 1500 is evident earlier in the Arctic, Europe and Asia than in North America or the Southern Hemisphere.

The study focused on the most prominent features of the continental-scale temperature reconstructions. The data assembled for this synthesis, and the temperature reconstructions derived from them will no doubt be analyzed using alternative approaches to reveal other patterns and address further research questions. For example, all reconstructions, except for North America, are resolved at annual scale, but our analysis only considered averages over 30-year periods.

The PAGES 2k Consortium, in coordination with NOAA Paleoclimatology, has tabulated all of the data used for the continental-scale reconstructions in a uniform and user-friendly format. This data product will be useful in future studies, including as a benchmark for comparisons with climate-model simulations that attempt to account for both anthropogenic and natural factors in projections of future climate.

Additional information about the study will be available at the PAGES website.

A similar note is posted on Real Climate. There?s a piece in the Financial Times Swiss coverage here (the other lead author is from the University of Bern).

Source: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/study-charts-2000-years-of-continental-climate-changes/?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Black HTC One peeks out of AT&T and Sprint web stores, promises to be available soon

Stealth black HTC One peeks out of AT&T and Sprint web stores, promises to be available 'soon'

Torn between getting an HTC One right now and waiting for that sleek black variant? We know the feeling, and the folks at Sprint and AT&T aren't making it easier: both providers have tossed up a product page for the color. Unfortunately, a solid street date is nowhere to be seen -- Sprint only promises that it'll be available "soon." The tease won't make the wait any more bearable, but if you want to ogle that press image a bit more, check out the product pages at source.

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Rape of five-year-old sparks protest in India's capital

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The alleged rape of 5-year-old girl by a male neighbor in the Indian capital New Delhi triggered a protest march on Friday to a city hospital by her relatives and political activists, reawakening concerns about safety for women and girls.

Despite a public holiday, several hundred people gathered outside a municipal hospital in eastern Delhi, where the girl was admitted for treatment on Thursday.

They demanded better law enforcement and chanted slogans on gender rights, television reports showed.

The girl's rape, which left her in a critical condition, revived memories of the brutal gang rape by five adult men and a teenaged boy of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus on December 16 in New Delhi. That woman died of her injuries.

B.N. Bansal, a doctor from the Swami Dayanand Hospital, told reporters, that the young victims had undergone an operation.

"The next 48 hours will be crucial for her."

The girl, whose parents work as laborers and live in a slum in the outskirts of Delhi, went missing from home on April 15, according to Manish Sisodia, an official of the Aam Aadmi Party which organized Friday's protest.

She was found with bruise marks on her body in the suspect's house in a semi-conscious condition on Thursday by police after her parents had registered a complaint, media reports said.

The suspect, who fled, allegedly held the girl hostage for three days during which he raped and tortured her.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was deeply disturbed by the incident, a statement from his office said.

The unprecedented protests by thousands of people across India after the December assault had forced Singh's government to pass tougher laws to fight gender crimes in March.

But activists on Friday said the laws were not enough to deter sex offenders in India's largely patriarchal societies.

"If you thought just bringing in a new law will stop crimes, your are wrong. They will reduce, but won't stop. You need community policing to stop these crimes," activist Kiran Bedi told an Indian TV channel.

(Reporting By Satarupa Bhattacharjya and Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Michael Roddy)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/rape-five-old-sparks-protest-indias-capital-174701044.html

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Boy Scouts set to end ban on gay members: spokesperson

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America on Friday moved to partially lift its long-standing ban on gays, with a decision that would allow openly gay youth members but continue to bar gay adults in one of the largest youth serving organizations in America.

If the resolution is approved in a nationwide vote in May, "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," Deron Smith, the organization's spokesman, told Reuters.

The report found religious groups linked to the Scouts were concerned with homosexual adult leaders not with youth and concluded "a change in the membership policy specific to youth only would be consistent with the religious beliefs of the BSA's major chartered organizations."

Gay rights groups want the ban lifted for youth and adults and the proposal immediately drew criticism.

"By refusing to consider an end to its ban on gay and lesbian parents, the Boy Scouts have missed an opportunity to exercise leadership and usher the organization back to relevancy," said Rich Ferraro, Vice President of Communications at GLAAD, which promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

The resolution is the result of a study Smith called "the most comprehensive listening exercise in the history of Scouting" that found parents in three of four U.S. regions opposed the current membership policy.

While the issue remains divisive, "parents, adults in the Scouting community, and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting," concluded the study, which surveyed members, parents, religious groups and local councils.

"The Boy Scouts did not have an easy task and they decided that it does not make business sense to go forward with a policy that's being left in the dustbin of history," said Patrick Boyle, whose 1994 book "Scout's Honor" examined sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America.

"It wasn't very long ago that these guys stood before the Supreme Court and said that denying gays membership was a fundamental cornerstone belief of their organization," Boyle added, citing a 2000 Supreme Court ruling that granted the Boy Scouts the right to uphold their membership policy.

The BSA's decision comes amidst larger shifts in gay rights legislation in the United States. In the coming months, the Supreme Court will rule on whether to strike down parts of a federal law that defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman, and in 2011, a law that barred openly gay individuals from serving in the military was repealed.

Though it is unlikely to put the debate to rest, the BSA's vote in May will conclude months of public and internal debates that divided the youth group's organizers, polarized its corporate and religious sponsors, and placed the organization at the center of a nationwide debate over gay rights.

Chuck Small, a BSA adult leader and the parent of 10- and 12-year-old scouts in South Carolina, welcomed the latest change.

"It's a hard and divisive issue, but what it comes down to is that we learn more from people who are different from us than people who are like us," Small said.

"I want my boys to have that opportunity to learn from as many people as possible."

(Reporting By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian; Additional reporting by Chris Francescani; Editing by Vicki Allen and Andrew Hay)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/u-boy-scouts-set-end-ban-gay-members-150711650.html

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WHO talks with China on sending bird flu team

A worker cleans empty cages used for transporting chickens, to prevent an outbreak of H7N9 infections at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong Monday, April 8, 2013. The World Health Organization is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has sickened at least 21 people, killing six of them. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

A worker cleans empty cages used for transporting chickens, to prevent an outbreak of H7N9 infections at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong Monday, April 8, 2013. The World Health Organization is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has sickened at least 21 people, killing six of them. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

A photographer takes a photo of a joint press conference by Chinese health officials and World Health Organization representatives, from left, Deng Haihua, spokesman for China's Commission of Health and Family Planning, Feng Zhijian, head of the emergency office of China's Disease Control and Prevention Center or CDC, Liang Wannian head of a Chinese government office in charge of H7N9 bird flu prevention control, Michael O'Leary, head of the WHO's office in China, and Sirenda Vong, the WHO's Emerging Infectious Diseases expert, in Beijing, China, Monday, April 8, 2013. The World Health Organization is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has killed six. Most of the 21 people stricken so far got severely ill. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Liang Wannian, head of a Chinese government office in charge of H7N9 bird flu prevention control, left, and Michael O'Leary, head of the World Health Organization's office in China, attend a joint press conference in Beijing, China, Monday, April 8, 2013. The World Health Organization is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has killed six. Most of the 21 people stricken so far got severely ill. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Shu Yuelong, a virologist with China's Disease Control and Prevention Center or CDC, right, answers a question from a journalist during a joint press conference between Chinese health officials and World Health Organization representatives, in Beijing, China, Monday, April 8, 2013. The World Health Organization is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has killed six. Most of the 21 people stricken so far got severely ill. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese health workers, wearing masks, walk past a group of security guards blocking a petitioner outside China's Health Ministry where a joint press conference between Chinese health officials and World Health Organization representatives was held in Beijing, China, Monday, April 8, 2013. The World Health Organization is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has killed six. Most of the 21 people stricken so far got severely ill. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

(AP) ? The World Health Organization is talking with the Chinese government about sending international experts to China to help investigate a new bird flu strain that has sickened at least 24 people, killing seven of them.

A 64-year-old retired man in Shanghai became the latest victim of the H7N9 bird flu virus that had previously not been known to infect humans, the city government said Monday.

The Shanghai government said the man died Sunday night, a week after first experiencing chills. He sought medical treatment last Wednesday for pneumonia-like conditions. By Sunday morning, his condition worsened, he was out of breath and was admitted to a ward for in-patient treatment. He died hours later.

Michael O'Leary, head of WHO's office in China, told reporters in Beijing on Monday that the international health organization had confidence in China's efforts to track and control the outbreak of H7N9 infections, but that growing interest in the virus globally has prompted WHO to consider sending a team.

The cases are of "great interest not only in the scientific community but in the world at large," O'Leary said at a joint press conference with China's national health agency. "WHO's responsibility in part is to make sure that we serve as liaison and linkage between China and the rest of the world."

The team would likely include epidemiological, laboratory and communications experts, but the matter was still being discussed by the two sides and it remained unclear if and when such a group would arrive, O'Leary said.

Aside from the latest fatality in Shanghai, China reported two more cases of human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus on Monday, raising the total number of cases to 24 ? all in the eastern part of the country. Most of the patients have become severely ill, and seven of them have died, however milder infections may be going undetected.

There could be additional infections, both among animals and humans, in other regions and authorities have stepped up measures to monitor cases of pneumonia with unexplained causes, said Liang Wannian, director of the Chinese health agency's H7N9 flu prevention and control office.

Liang said Chinese experts also were in the early stages of researching a possible vaccine for the virus, though it might not be needed if the virus remains only sporadically reported and if it does not spread easily among people.

The H7N9 strain previously was known only to infect birds, and officials say they do not know why the virus is infecting humans now. The virus has been detected in live poultry in several food markets where human cases have been found, leading officials to think people are most likely contracting the virus through direct contact with infected fowl.

Authorities have halted live poultry trade in cities where cases have been reported, and slaughtered fowl in markets where the virus has been detected.

Further investigations are underway and, for now, there's no evidence the virus is spreading easily between people. However, scientists are watching closely to see if the flu poses a substantial risk to public health or could potentially spark a global pandemic.

In 2003, China allowed WHO to send a five-member team to help investigate an outbreak of the fatal flu-like illness, SARS, after its own experts could not trace the source of the disease.

China's response at the time was slow. The government stayed silent for months after the first cases of an unidentified disease were reported, a cover-up that contributed to the spread of the virus to many parts of China and to two dozen other countries, killing hundreds of people.

International observers say that over the past decade, China's public health agencies have become increasingly forthcoming with information.

Associated Press

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Chinese mantises hatching!

After five weeks of protecting these egg cases from certain disaster, I was incredibly to see that my egg cases have finally sprung for spring! Before these hatched, I was raising three live mantises. A lot of people stay away from mantises due to their short life spans, but they are among my favorite animals to take care of. Easy to handle, interesting to watch, and very entertaining to feed. A lot of people I've shown these two hate insects and arachnids, but they think these guys are pretty darn cute...

I've been breeding them for natural pest control, they have protected my succulent plants from certain doom. Once infested with aphids, I've watched them make a meal out of nearly all of them.

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New Google Play Store app sighted on Google+

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A visual refresh could be coming soon to Google's content portal

The last time the Google Play Store app got a major redesign, it was still called the Android Market. So we're about due a visual refresh, and it looks like a new version could be headed our way sooner rather than later.

YouTube's Eileen Rivera posted the screenshot above on Google+, showing a lighter, more colorful design with more prominence given to the main store areas, and larger app icons below. "Games" also gets its own entry, whereas before it was found under "Apps."

Right now it looks like Google's just "dogfooding" this new version of the Play Store among its employees -- check out the little dog bowl icon on the top right -- but if Googlers are posting pictures of the new app publicly, chances are we won't have too long to wait for the public roll-out.

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Felice Shapiro: Imagine: No Empty Nest

Imagine a World Without an Empty Nest?

There's a big change brewing that could really wreak havoc on our empty nesting cycle.?We're talking about a move toward online learning -- imagine: your kid does not GO to college -- He does college from the comfort of your home!

Google away -- you can find plenty of stats supporting the trend away from brick and mortar schools and movement toward online learning.?And this is not the future -- this is now.?2013 is predicted to be the year that online learning becomes the preferred method of getting a higher education degree.

"The public's interest in taking online classes has skyrocketed... With an apparent shift towards online education away from traditional classroom instruction predicted to shape the educational environment of 2013, the demise of "brick and mortar" schools will inevitably be a decisive factor shaping the future of online schools and the students who attend them."

Ok, so given the rise in online education (an increase of 100% in the past year), it is in fact possible that very soon kids will not be leaving the nest for college.

You weren't ready to let them go anyway, right??You were sad, and fantasized about keeping them around forever. Want to think that through again? With kids able to do college from their bedroom computers, parents may be looking at a very, very, very long four more years.

What would the new nest look like?

I can only imagine:

  1. Social Life: Hang on parents, partying is coming back into your home. Better increase your liability insurance. Don't plan on leaving the house EVER -- it's a few years until they hit 21, and even after they do, if they are living with you, you might be fully responsible if there are accidents in your home or if their friends bounce off trees when they leave drunk.

  2. Food: If you liked your family cooking routine before, that is good news -- because you'll be doing a whole lot more of it!?Adult children are hungry critters and their feeding cycle can be 24/7. Unless you get your kid to start watching the Food Network and signing on for dinner duty -- embrace your inner cook.

  3. Cleaning House. How about a chore chart -- NOT! Just because your kids are going online at home doesn't mean they will readily adapt to your vacuuming, garbage removal and yard work routines. More likely, they won't have a clue that there's routine cleaning involved unless you put on your "outside voice" and read them the riot act.

  4. Privacy: Your child will demand theirs (of course) but you'll have none -- need I say more? Romance for you and your partner is last on the list.

  5. Re-connecting with your spouse: Get a room!?You may have a tough time finding your spot on the couch between your kids, the dog and your beloved.

  6. What time is breakfast? 2pm? It doesn't really matter for the kids -- they make their own hours online so forget any structure. Have you ever experienced kids sleeping in late on a gorgeous day??Can you say "TORTURE"?

  7. Xtreme Sleep Overs??Date night has no time limits; it can go on for days... or months. Just because their "natural cycle" of leaving the nest has been tampered with -- A kid's gotta do what a kid's gotta -- You may not want a long-term guest, but you can be sure that your offspring will be asking.

You get the picture... and it ain't pretty! In this new age of learning, I say that parents should be careful what they wish for.

Read more from Better After 50:
Touring For Colleges With An Autistic Young Adult
Helping or Helicopter Parenting?
How to Avoid Empty Nest Syndrome
College Tripper

Earlier on Huff/Post50:

  • Your House Is Clean

    Gone is the detritus of your children's lives scattered here and there, carelessly flung about and forgotten. Your bathroom towels will stay hung neatly on their bars, the dishes are placed in the dishwasher instead of left to sit next to the sink. Beds remain made, floors remain clean, clothes are neatly put away. Mystery spills vanish, and you never wake up to a mess. Who knew it could be like this?

  • You Discover You Still Like Your Partner...Or Make A Big Change

    Some couples decide that it's time to separate and move on, others remember why it was they fell in love in the first place -- or find new reasons and ways to connect to each other. Without your kids, you become each other's only companion when you're at home. <em>It can't be overstated how much of a distraction our kids are while they are growing up.</em> This is probably the most jolting part of the empty nest -- when you look at each other and think, "Oh wow, it's just us now." For better or worse, it will happen.

  • You Can Sleep Through The Night

    No longer are you waiting for the sound of a key in the door, or the porch light to be turned off upon your children's safe return from another night out. No longer are you part of the day-to-day ups and downs of your children's lives ... no matter how often they may text/call/email/facebook message/tweet you. Their mental and physical well-being, though still hugely important to you, are their responsibilities now, and you no longer have the minutiae of their daily lives to think about like you did when they lived at home.

  • You Food Bill Drops Significantly

    If your kids are in college, or even if they're not, you may still be paying for them to eat. But it's nice to go to the grocery store and come home with the things you want, and not have to buy all the things they want, things that you really don't want in your house.

  • You Have A Lot More Free Time

    Initially, this may be disturbing or difficult for you to deal with. You may want to do things you've missed -- museums, movies, theater, travel or you may not want to do much of anything at all. Whatever your thing is, there's now time to do it ... a lot of time.

  • You Can Spend Time With People You Like

    No longer do you have to socialize with other parents because of your children's connections. No more booster club barbecues or committee meetings, making small talk with people you most likely never would have crossed paths with if it weren't for the fact that your children were on the same team/in the same class/part of the same group of friends.

  • You Begin To Experience Your Children As Young Adults

    Your children leave home and, for better or worse, they have to grow up, no matter how much help you may be giving them financially OR emotionally. There are just too many daily things to manage, too many random people to deal with, too many bumps and blips that they have to encounter on their own that leads to them, inevitably and sometimes painfully, growing up. It can be liberating when kids take over, driving or planning or explaining -- giving up some authority is in many ways a big relief.

  • Your Kids Come To Visit...

    There's nothing quite as wonderful as seeing your kids after weeks or months apart, especially when they first go away to college. Their faces are familiar and beautiful, their smiles just for you, their laundry ready to be washed...it's such a thrill to have them home for holidays, or summers, or a weekend visit. Within minutes of their return, it's as though they never left. You love having them home for a while, but then...

  • ...Then They Go Back Where They Came From

    Enough said.

  • Your Future Is Yours

    Remember before kids, when you would dream and plan for the rest of your life? Remember when it was wide open, and you had no idea what would happen next? Well, you can do that again, now that you're an empty-nester. No longer do you have to worry about childcare, or kids missing school, or whether they'll like the place you pick to go on vacation -- your time, your future, and your life is yours to create. Always wanted to travel? Now you can. Go back to school? Now's the time. Write a book? Get cracking. You have your life to live, just as they have theirs. Go do it!


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Gang Assault Victim Compensated ?11,450.00 with the ... - PHC Law

Lancashire based law firm PHC Law has successfully settled a case for a client who suffered significant injuries following a vicious attack that occurred in April 2012.

The 29 year old man turned to PHC Law for legal advice and guidance following a vicious attack which took place in his hometown in Doncaster, following a night out.

The man was assaulted by a group of men who left him with significant injuries that have left him permanently scarred for life.

A local taxi driver who witnessed the attack found the man unconscious and phoned the Police and local hospital for help.

The client sustained fractures to the face and had to undergo surgery. Metal plates were inserted into his face to help aid his recovery. However, his injuries have left him with numbness and loss of sensation to the face and he will remain permanently scarred as result of the injuries he sustained.

Louise Kenny, a criminal injuries legal expert who handled the case commented: ?The circumstances of this incident are shocking.

I am pleased that justice has now been served. My client has now received compensation he is entitled to which will help him recover and recoup the financial losses he has incurred over the past 12 months having required time off work to recover.

?Both my client and I are extremely pleased with the outcome of his claim and he can now move on from this?.

?All matters that we handle here at PHC Law are dealt with professionally, sensitively and in the strictest of confidence. We would urge anyone who has fallen victim to an act of violence or crime to speak to us with the assurance that we will help you to receive the justice and the maximum amount of compensation you are legally entitled to?.

How can PHC Law help?

PHC Law has a ?specialist department of experienced personal injury solicitors handling claim for victims of crime, helping people to receive the maximum amount of criminal injuries compensation they are legally entitled to.

The team at PHC Law has grown into one of the most respected personal injury firms in the UK, helping non-fault accident victims to receive compensation for accidents at work, road traffic accidents and slip, trips and fall accidents.

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Egyptian court drops lawsuit to ban comedy show

CAIRO (AP) ? A Cairo court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist's TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo.

Judge Hassouna Tawfiq said the court dropped the complaint against Bassem Youssef's "ElBernameg," or "The Program," because the plaintiff did not have an interest in the case. Youssef still faces other investigations related to the show but the ruling may set a precedent.

The comedian has been in the international spotlight since Egyptian authorities brought him in for questioning this week in a separate case over the same accusations, a move that prompted criticism from as far away as Washington. On his Jon Stewart-inspired show, Youssef frequently satirizes everything from President Mohammed Morsi's policies to his mannerisms, as well as hardline Islamic clerics, while highlighting contradictions in their comments.

His criticism of Morsi and the president's backers in the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most organized political force, has angered some within the Islamist fundamentalist group.

Plaintiff Mahmoud Abul-Enein, a Brotherhood lawyer, filed the suit demanding the suspension of the license of the private satellite TV channel, the Capital Broadcasting Center, which airs Youssef's show. He claimed the comedian's program "corrupted morals" and violated "religious principles."

A chief Brotherhood lawyer said that Abul-Enein's lawsuit was filed independent of the group.

The president's office said earlier this week that it was not involved in the legal action against Youssef, and that it recognizes the "importance of freedom of expression."

In his written opinion, the judge explained that "it is clear from the statement released by the president's office ... that the presidency is not going to file a complaint against media personality Bassem Youssef or anyone else out of respect for freedom of expression."

"It is the right of citizens to express themselves freely far from restrictions and the presidency urges respect for the law," the judge added.

Islamist lawyers have filed multiple legal complaints against Youssef and other public figures for their political or religious opinions. Opposition groups and activists say such lawsuits against public figures are part of a wider campaign to intimidate critics in deeply polarized Egypt.

The country is reeling from seemingly endless waves of protests and political turmoil pitting a largely secular and liberal opposition against Morsi, his Brotherhood backers and fellow Islamists.

Thousands of activists took to the streets Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of a leading opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement, and to push a long list of demands, including the formation of a more inclusive government amid a worsening economy.

A recent diesel crisis has crippled life for millions in Egypt who rely on subsidized fuel, while the value of the country's currency has slid sharply and the central bank's foreign reserves are shrinking.

April 6, which played a key role in the revolt that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011, initially backed Morsi in the presidential run-offs in June against a former regime-era official. But the group has grown disillusioned with the president, and accuses him of trying to monopolize power.

It is demanding changes to parts of the new constitution, which was passed in a contentious referendum last year. Some in the group are angry that Morsi's government is engaged in reconciliation talks with former regime officials, and demand sweeping reforms in the country's police and judiciary.

Among the most contentious issues is that Morsi appointed his own attorney general, a move the opposition says blurs the separation of powers and throws into question the prosecutor's ability to independently investigate the presidency.

Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters outside the chief prosecutor's office Saturday in central Cairo who were pushing on the building's doors demanding he resign.

April 6 founder Ahmed Maher has accused Morsi of acting like his autocratic predecessor and of not having an inclusive political process. The political party of the Brotherhood says that groups should challenge the president at the ballot box, not in street protests.

The head of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, Saad al-Katatny, acknowledged in a statement on his Facebook account that groups such as April 6 played a pivotal role in the country's revolution.

"We battled against tyranny together for many years," he wrote. "I hope we can repeat that experience and overcome our differences in order to build a modern, democratic state."

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Why Do We Keep Making Ebooks Like Paper Books?

Comparing books to ebooks is like comparing mechanical watches to digital watches, or manual cars to automatic cars. No one doubts the convenience, reach, and flexibility of the ebook format, but it will never convincingly replicate the experience of a paper book—nor does it need to. Ebooks are a fundamentally new medium, stuck in an awkward growing stage. More »

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Rutgers alumni call for probe on coach's firing

Former Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice leaves his home Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Little Silver, N.J. Rice was fired Wednesday after a videotape aired showing Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice. Athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the tape by a former employee in November and, after an independent investigator was hired to review it, Rice was suspended for three games, fined $75,000 and ordered to attend anger management classes. University president Robert Barchi signed off on the penalty. But on Wednesday, Rutgers referred to new information and "a review of previously discovered issues" as the reasons for Rice's termination. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Former Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice leaves his home Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Little Silver, N.J. Rice was fired Wednesday after a videotape aired showing Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice. Athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the tape by a former employee in November and, after an independent investigator was hired to review it, Rice was suspended for three games, fined $75,000 and ordered to attend anger management classes. University president Robert Barchi signed off on the penalty. But on Wednesday, Rutgers referred to new information and "a review of previously discovered issues" as the reasons for Rice's termination. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice is driven from his home, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Little Silver, N.J. With political and social pressure mounting after video showed Rice screaming gay slurs and shoving, kicking and throwing balls at his NCAA college basketball players, the university fired Rice on Wednesday, and then did their best to avoid the blame for not getting it right four months ago. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

In this four-image combo taken from an ESPN video, Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice kicks, shoves, and throws balls at his players during NCAA college basketball practices in Piscataway, N.J. Fueled by outrage from even the governor when the video went public, Rutgers fired Rice on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, after deciding it didn't go far enough by suspending and fining him for shoving, kicking and throwing balls at players along with spewing gay slurs. (AP Photo/ESPN)

FILE - In this May 6, 2010 file photo, Mike Rice, left, former coach of Robert Morris, is introduced as the new men's basketball coach of Rutgers by athletic director Tim Pernetti, during a news conference at Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers has fired Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice. With mounting criticism on a state and national level, the school decided to take action on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. relieving Rice of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)

(AP) ? Mike Rice may have been fired as the Rutgers men's basketball coach after a video surfaced showing him shoving players and berating them with gay slurs, but critics said New Jersey's flagship public university still has more explaining ? and maybe some more firing ? to do.

A group of 13 faculty members Wednesday demanded that university President Robert Barchi resign for his "inexcusable handling" of the situation.

Alumni, lawmakers and a gay-rights group are among those calling for an investigation into why university officials took months to fire Rice after getting the video from a former basketball program employee in a scandal that touches on two long-standing issues on campus: the role of sports and the treatment of gays.

"If the roles were reversed and this was a professor and not a coach and this was a student in the classroom as opposed to a collegiate player this would be completely different. You wouldn't say, 'This was a first offense,'" said Glenn Articolo, a radiologist who lives in Marlton and a 1991 Rutgers graduate. "There's not a single employee at Rutgers University from the President to the janitor who wouldn't be dismissed immediately. It seems there's a double standard when it comes to the basketball coach or the football coach."

Some alumni say athletic director Tim Pernetti should also be dismissed and some are questioning what Barchi knew, and when.

In a statement Wednesday, Barchi, who took office in September, said he was told of the video in November and agreed that it would be appropriate to suspend Rice, fine him and send him to anger management counseling. But he said it was after he saw the video this week that he decided Rice should be fired.

Pernetti also issued a statement Wednesday but he and Barchi were not made available to answer reporters' questions.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, a Democrat who spoke about the topic on several radio and television shows Wednesday, is calling for legislative hearings on the details.

The gay-rights group Garden State Equality also called for an investigation.

Much of the anger over the university's handling of the situation came because Rice was not fired until after the public saw the video.

"Why did they fire him? Just because the tape came out?" asked Jim Walton, a 1980 Rutgers graduate who is now a compliance and ethics manager in Philadelphia. "They already knew the truth. If he should have been fired today, he should have been fired a long time ago."

For years, some at Rutgers, a long-time also-ran in major sports, have been debating whether it's been worth it to spend more money and put more focus on trying to elevate the university's football and men's basketball programs.

The university has also dealt with how gay students are treated since Tyler Clementi, a freshman there, killed himself in 2010 days after learning his roommate had used a webcam to see him kissing another man. The roommate spent 20 days in jail last year after a jury convicted him of bias intimidation and other crimes in a case that sparked policy changes to try to make Rutgers friendlier to gay students.

"After the suicide of Tyler Clementi, I thought my alma mater would take the use of gay slurs by any member of the Rutgers community ? students, faculty, administrators, or coaches ? seriously," said Debbie Hadley, a 1991 Rutgers graduate who is a naturalist in Jackson. "Clearly, Tim Pernetti did not. And yes, I believe he should be fired, too."

Some students agreed that the coach needed to be ousted.

Alison Coopersmith, an 18-year-old first-year student majoring in political science said that if gay slurs are not tolerated by students, they shouldn't be tolerated by professionals, either. "It's worse when they're in a position of power," she said.

But on campus, not everyone was up in arms Wednesday.

Taylor Akers, a 19-year-old sophomore pre-med major, said Rice should not have been fired. "That happens all the time," he said.


Mulvihill reported from Haddonfield. Also contributing to this report were AP reporters Katie Zezima in Newark and Angela Delli Santi in Trenton and sportswriter Tom Canavan in Piscataway.

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DLF Vibhuti Khand Lucknow - Real Estate India

Project & Location: - DLF Vibhuti Khand is a luxurious residential project being developed by the prestigious group DLF. The project is being developed in Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh which is also known as the city of Nawabs. The project offers residential studio apartments which are also commonly known as bachelor pads. Studio apartments are normally 1 BHK apartments in which bedroom, living room, toilet, and kitchen are all integrated in a single room which is ideal for saving space and fully utilizing the given space to accommodate a single person or a couple with no children. As for the location, the Gomti Nagar of the Lucknow city in Uttar Pradesh is a fast growing area in which there are all kinds of modern large city facilities and amenities are available and there are going to be a numerous new business opportunities in the area which will give rise to the property rates in the area hence the properties in the project are also very good for investment purposes besides the residential comforts it will provide to the end user who is meant to live in the apartments. The project is very near to many good hospitals, shopping malls and software parks of the area. Also the DLF Company which is developing the project is among the top real estate developers of India and provides utmost quality in its projects which are spread over all across the India. Entities: - The Vibhuti Khand offers commercial properties of shopping arenas on the ground and first floors and 2nd floor onwards there are studio apartments to be offered in the project. The studio apartments are tentatively in a built up area of 600 to 650 sq feet and the commercial properties will start with area of 500 sq feet onwards. The basic sale price for the studio apartments in the project is around Rs 6790 per sq feet which is tentative and the basic sale price for the commercial properties on the ground floor is tentatively Rs 11,000 per sq feet and the tentative basic sale price for the commercial properties on the 1st floor is going to be around Rs 11,000 per sq feet.? Facilities: - The DLF group which is always known for its quality and the facilities it provides in its projects and this project is no different and provides utmost luxury features to the residents of the project. It will come laden with facilities like fully furnished flats, 24 hour power back up, 24 hour water supply, close to shopping district and major commercial centers of the area, eco-friendly campus and plush clean surroundings, waste management system, convenient location, rain water harvesting, gated community, 24 hour security with guards on gates and CCTV surveillance of the area, medical facilities in the vicinity, on 45 meters wide road, vaastu friendly architecture, near many other major real estate projects of the area, futuristic homes, VVIP addresses, earthquake resistant building, ultra modern hi tech fire fighting facilities, play area for children and many more.?

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Stocks struggle to hold gains in choppy trading

Stocks finished higher in light, tight tug-of-war trading Thursday as Wall Street cheered Bank of Japan's aggressive new stimulus measures, but a disappointing weekly jobless claims report kept a lid on gains.

"The market is nervous for good reason; The Korean situation, confusing Fed Speak and from the technical side, the rotational correction is spreading as yesterday we had a clear break of trend line support on the NYSE cumulative advance-decline line," wrote Elliot Spar, market strategist at Stifel Nicolaus.

(Read More: Central Bank Efforts May 'End in Tears': El-Erian)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished higher, led by Hewlett-Packard and AT&T.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq also closed in positive territory. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, ended near 14.

Among key S&P sectors, utilities and telecoms logged gains, while techs finished in the red.

"A lot of inter-market relationships are starting to breakdown," noted Keith Bliss, senior vice president at Cuttone & Co., pointing specifically to the divergence between the small caps and Dow Transportation index versus the major averages. "The broader market is starting to rollover?the S&P's intermediate bullish trendline is 1,538 ? if we break below that, then we could start to see a mini correction. I think we're going to touch that trendline in the next few sessions."

(Read More: Dow Transports Drop?A Sign Rally May Be Cracking)

Earlier, the Bank of Japan surprised the market with an overhaul of its monetary policy, adopting a new balance sheet target and pledging to double its government bond holdings in two years. The Nikkei soared more than 2 percent to close at its best level in more than four years.

"The BoJ?along with the Fed?has now joined 'Hotel California'monetary policy: you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave," said Bliss. "The rumors now are that the ECB is going to do the same thing."

(Read More: Kuroda to Ben: My Bazooka's Bigger)

U.S.-listed shares of Japanese companies including Toyota, Honda, Sony and Panasonic climbed as a weaker yen would make Japanese goods less expensive and more competitive.

But other Asian markets remained cautious amid the building tensions over North Korea. Most recently, North Korea warned that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons.

On the economic front, weekly jobless claims popped 28,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 385,000, hitting its highest level in four months, according to the Labor Department. It was the third straight week of gains in claims. Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications last week to fall to 350,000.

Earlier, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said layoffs surged 30 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, even though March furlough activity declined. It was more bad news for the job market, which appears to be slowing after gaining some momentum in late 2012.

The data came ahead of the widely-followed government non-farm payrolls report, due Friday. Economists expect to see a gain of 200,000, with the unemployment rate steady at 7.7 percent, according to a Reuters poll.

(Read More: Job Insecurity High as Layoffs Show Surge)

In company news, Best Buy soared to lead the S&P 500 leaders after the consumer electronics retailer said it is offering a 30 percent discount on its current stock of Apple iPad 3 tablets, raising speculation that there could be a major launch of a new iPad in the near term. In addition, retailer said it would collaborate with Samsung to open kiosks in its Best Buy stores.

Facebook climbed as the social-networking giant unveiled its "Home" software that will integrate the website with Android users' smartphones, a move that may divert users from Google's services. (Read More: Mobile Move: Facebook Introduces Phone)

Meanwhile, Google dipped below its 50-day moving average. The last time the Internet giant closed below the level was October 18.

Microsoft edged lower after Bank of America/Merrill Lynch downgraded the tech giant to "neutral" from "buy," saying the Windows product cycle and stock buyback programs haven't given the company the expected boost.

"If you are looking to buy names that have pulled back 8 to 10 percent from their highs, you have to be very selective. Many of them have broken trend line support and their 50 day moving averages," wrote Spar. "We prefer names where the technicals have held and where earnings estimates are moving higher."

In Europe, the European Central Bank (ECB) left its benchmark unchanged at 0.75 percent for the ninth month in a row.

In a press conference, ECB President Draghi said the central bank could not replace a lack of capital in the banking system and that it could not compensate for a lack of reforms by euro zone governments. He also said economic weakness was spreading to countries where fragmentation was not an issue.

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Facebook Home to hit select phones on April 12th in the US

Facebook Home to hit select phones on April 12th in the US

Facebook hasn't made Home official just yet, but we can tell you one thing for certain -- it'll be arriving on April 12th in the US. It won't be available on all Android devices that day, broader availability should be coming in the future. On day one it will show up as a download for select devices, which will include the rumored HTC First that we anticipate will make its grand debut shortly. As expected there will be no "Facebook Phone" or even a Facebook OS. Home is an app that will "transform your Android phone into a great social phone" according to the company. The roll out is starting with "just a few phones," (the Galaxy S III, S 4, the HTC One, One X+ and the Note II) but those lucky device owners will be able to enjoy Facebook's mobile vision starting next week.

Update: Zuckerberg and Co. also confirmed that Home for tablets is coming too, but it won't arrive until later this year.

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Building quantum states with individual silicon atoms

Apr. 3, 2013 ? By introducing individual silicon atom 'defects' using a scanning tunnelling microscope, scientists at the London Centre for Nanotechnology have coupled single atoms to form quantum states.

Published April 3 in Nature Communications, the study demonstrates the viability of engineering atomic-scale quantum states on the surface of silicon -- an important step toward the fabrication of devices at the single-atom limit.

Advances in atomic physics now allow single ions to be brought together to form quantum coherent states. However, to build coupled atomic systems in large numbers, as required for applications such as quantum computing, it is highly desirable to develop the ability to construct coupled atomic systems in the solid state.

Semiconductors, such as silicon, routinely display atomic defects that have clear analogies with trapped ions. However, introducing such defects deterministically to observe the coupling between extended systems of individual defects has so far remained elusive.

Now, LCN scientists have shown that quantum states can be engineered on silicon by creating interacting single-atom defects. Each individual defect consisted of a silicon atom with a broken, or "dangling," bond. During this study, these single-atom defects were created in pairs and extended chains, with each defect separated by just under one nanometer.

Importantly, when coupled together, these individual atomic defects produce extended quantum states resembling artificial molecular orbitals. Just as for a molecule, each structure exhibited multiple quantum states with distinct energy levels.

We have created precise arrays of atomic defects on a silicon surface and demonstrated that they couple to form unique and interesting quantum states.

The visibility of these states to the scanning tunneling microscope could be tuned through the variation of two independent parameters -- the voltage applied to the imaging probe and its height above the surface.

The study was led by Dr Steven Schofield, who said: "We have created precise arrays of atomic defects on a silicon surface and demonstrated that they couple to form unique and interesting quantum states."

He added: "The next step is to replicate these results in other material systems, for example using substitutional phosphorus atoms in silicon, which holds particular interest for quantum computer fabrication."

Ongoing research at the LCN is exploring even more complex arrangements of these defects, including the incorporation of impurity atoms within the defect structures, which is expected to alter the symmetry of the defects (similar to the role of the nitrogen atom in the nitrogen-vacancy center defect in diamond).

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