The Six Biggest Tech Trends of 2014

The Six Biggest Tech Trends of 2014
This week Samsung began taking orders for the Rolls Royce of televisions, a 110-inch behemoth with a price tag higher than some Philly row homes ($ 152,000) that sports ultra-high definition 4K resolution (four times the pixels of regular hi-def TVs …
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A Senior Moment: It's welcome to 2014 and now we're back to earth with a bang
“I'm in Italy, I've been robbed, lost all my money, passport etc., please help.” As it happened my better half had seen her the day before and we knew for sure she wasn't in Italy. But it caused her a lot of aggro and could have cost someone a lot of …
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Newsmaker of 2013: BC Ferries' future unclear
As Powell River Chamber of Commerce ramped up its fiscal fairness campaign, it called upon all other BC chambers of commerce to join by asking the provincial government to bring immediate changes to the cost and structure of BC Ferries. Numerous …
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Latest Post Office Passport News

St Albans Vermont Post Office Mural
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New Deal mural entitled "Haying" painted by Philip von Saltza in 1939. The post office shared space with a Federal courthouse and when the post office moved to new quarters around 2008, the mural became off limits to the public until 2011 when a new Passport Agency opened in the old post office quarters.

Neighbors, court documents suggest strained past between murder victim, suspect
Suzanne Parsons was found dead Monday inside the RE/MAX Heritage office in the 4200 block of Heritage Trace Parkway. The 49-year-old was a real estate agent for the company. St. Angelo's Facebook page has pictures of Parsons on it, along with …
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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar – Jan. 1-7, 2014
Children receive a free F.U.N. Passport that is stamped on each Sunday visit. Free with RiverQuarium membership or with regular admission. Farmers' Market: 1402 S. Slappey Blvd. (across from main post office); open 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 2 p …
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Bamboozled: Despite MVC improvements, some drivers still can't get real names

Bamboozled: Despite MVC improvements, some drivers still can't get real names
That means New Jerseyans with two-word first names (Mary Ann) or last names (Price Mueller), or those who use an apostrophe (D'Egidio) or a hyphen (Smith-Jones), can't have driver's licenses that match their other legal documentation, such as passports …
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STAR ID deadline looming
There is less than a year left for most Alabama residents to obtain a new form of identification that will allow people to take domestic flights without a passport. Starting Dec. 1, 2014, regulations will go into effect that will require everyone born …
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What the teachers say
“My passport lapsed in September and I didn't bother renewing it, thinking that I wasn't going out of the country anyway. Then when I went to class, one of them came up to me and said, “Teacher isn't that our name in the papers (upon being shortlisted)?”.
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Lucky Strike .. Better – Faster – Stronger …item 5.. Death ultimately awaits us, we just don’t know when. (June 10, 2012 / 20 Sivan 5772) …
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How do we forget that truth about our existence? It is the universal reality of life, yet something most of us choose to ignore. We assume we will live forever. We expunge the possibility of death from our minds as if by denying its inevitability we can prevent its certainty. As Woody Allen said, we claim we’re not afraid of death but "We just don’t want to be there when it happens."
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…..item 1a)… youtube video … Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man … 4:38 minutes

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…..item 1b)… Sing365.com … SAVE YOUR TIME … Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
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He had white Horses
And ladies by the score
All dressed in satin
And waiting by the door

Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was

White lace and feathers
They made up his bed
A gold covered mattress
On which he was led

Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was

He went to fight wars
For his country and his king
Of his honor and his glory
The people would sing

Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was

A bullet had found him
His blood ran as he cried
No money could save him
So he laid down and he died

Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
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Tarkus is the second album by British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1971. 1 "Tarkus" — 20:35 "Eruption" (Emerson) — "Stones of Years" (Emerson, Lake) — "Iconoclast" (Emerson) — "Mass" (Emerson, Lake) — "Manticore" (Emerson) — "Battlefield" (Lake) — "Aquatarkus" (Emerson) — Recorded January 1971, Advision Studios, London, England Producer Greg Lake

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Mrs. Lori Palatnik

April 30, 2012 / 8 Iyar 5772

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Lori Palatnik is an author and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio and has lectured on five continents, illuminating traditional practices and life-styles for our contemporary world. She and her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik, live in Washington, DC, where she is Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. Lori is the author of "Friday Night and Beyond—The Shabbat Experience Step-by-Step"; "Remember My Soul", which explains the Jewish concepts of soul and the afterlife and a guide to anyone who has ever lost a loved one; and "Gossip—Ten Pathways to Eliminate It From Your Life and Transform Your Soul", featured on "Dr. Laura" and FoxNews.com.
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Safe to be a Jew?
A Jew can never have too many passports.

by Mrs. Lori Palatnik
April 30, 2012 / 8 Iyar 5772

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How to Die … The doctor wasn’t smiling. “There’s no way I can sugarcoat it. You have a rare, fatal disease and there is no known cure.”
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“How to Die” – the three words on last week’s cover of Time magazine – made my heart race. I rushed to read what has assumed such powerful personal relevance ever since my unforgettable moment in the doctor’s office.

I had no previous warning.

It was just my annual physical exam. No health problems. No complaints. Both my mother and father lived into healthy old age. I figured I’d receive my usual reassuring words that all was well, coupled with the suggestion that I return in six months to a year.

It seemed strange that the doctor wasn’t smiling when he called me to his office to provide me with the results of his examinations. It was then I began to suspect something might be wrong.

"It is hard for me to have to tell you this," he began. “There’s no way I can sugarcoat it. You are a Rabbi, a man of faith, and I know you’ll find a way to cope with the news I’m about to tell you. You have a fatal disease that is extremely rare, and there is no known cure."

I hardly heard the rest of what he was saying.

My head began to spin. I had been the Rabbi of a congregation for almost four decades. In my pastoral duties, I counseled the sick and I gave strength to the dying. Most often I seemed to know what to say to those confronted by the gravest challenges. I helped people face death.

For the first time in my life, even though I am 78 years old, I realized I’m actually going to die.

But this time it was so totally different. It wasn’t happening to someone else. This was happening to me!

For the first time in my life, even though I am 78 years old, I realized I’m actually going to die.

How do we forget that truth about our existence? It is the universal reality of life, yet something most of us choose to ignore. We assume we will live forever. We expunge the possibility of death from our minds as if by denying its inevitability we can prevent its certainty. As Woody Allen said, we claim we’re not afraid of death but "We just don’t want to be there when it happens."

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Death ultimately awaits us, we just don’t know when. And hearing it as a medical diagnosis makes its certainty unavoidable. That’s why I’m now obsessed with the subject and had to speedily devour the Time article.

Subtitled "What I Learned From The Last Days Of My Mom And Dad,” Joe Klein, the famous political journalist and columnist, movingly wrote the story of his parents’ tragic descent into dementia and eventual death as he valiantly struggled with the difficult decisions of finding the ethical balance between fighting to prolong their lives and yet permitting them to die with dignity.

It is a tragic and heartrending story that has countless counterparts in contemporary society. Pulling the plug seems immoral, even for those not constrained by religious dictates. Yet how much effort must we expend to keep the terminally ill alive, even at the price of unbearable pain and suffering? Where do we draw the line between not doing anything to hasten death as opposed to merely prolonging the dying process? How do we reconcile the opposing demands of reverence for life and concern for the insufferable torment and anguish of a patient?

—–The preservation of life is indeed of paramount importance.

These are all issues that need to be fully explored. For religious Jews they are thankfully resolved by Halachah (Jewish Law) – the magnificent insights of Torah and Talmud as brought to bear on almost every conceivable situation. It is not for an article of this necessarily limited space to delineate anything more than basic parameters. The preservation of life is indeed of paramount importance. Quality and duration of life is irrelevant – to declare otherwise is to ascend the slippery slope of judging who has the right to live and of condemning those who don’t comply with our necessarily biased standards to death.

Judaism rejects the notion of unlimited personal autonomy. As we daily recite in our prayers, "You preserve the soul within me and You will in the future take it from me.” Our bodies and our lives are not our own to do with as we will. They are temporary bailments given to us by God for a specific purpose and duration which only God can terminate. And just as we don’t have the moral right to kill or harm others, we don’t have the moral right to kill, maim, or injure ourselves or to authorize other persons to do those things to us. Severe pain, however, may at times – with the consultation of rabbinic authorities – legitimize refusal of treatment, provided that what is rejected is not in the category of basic needs for life such as air, food and drink.

The above list is hardly exhaustive. It is meant merely to reflect Jewish law’s concern for the preservation of both life and personal dignity, the commandment to treasure the gift of our years on earth as well as our eventual right to a peaceful passing to another world of eternal rest and reward.
But what speaks to me most about the issue of the terminally ill is the remarkable conclusion of my personal story.

I was told I was going to die. A quick Google search advised me that my condition usually allowed for six months survival after diagnosis. That happened almost two and a half years ago!

Today I continue, thank God, to feel perfectly fine. My team of doctors is still wondering how that happened. I tried to explain to them that I am on a medication that has proven successful for thousands of years, although it’s healing properties haven’t yet been scientifically identified. Having successfully prescribed it to others many times, I put myself on the "Recitation of Psalms" program. I asked friends and family to join because I have oft times witnessed the miracle of the power of prayer. And although I continue to be aware of the fact that some day I will die, I continue to go about my life’s tasks of studying and teaching Torah, of lecturing and writing in the hope of bringing people closer to God and to Judaism – because I’m convinced that it is in the merit of mitzvahs that I can best hope for continued miracles.

My primary focus isn’t on “How to Die;” thank God it’s on how to live.
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Newslinks for New Year's Day 2014
… aside for the entire Home Office. … But the revelations about corruption will fuel concern that much of the aid never reaches those it is intended for.” – Daily Mail. UK gives £12.5 million aid for South Sudan refugees – The Guardian … Romania …
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Identity, passport theft skyrockets
Meanwhile, more than 30,000 Norwegian passports have been reported lost or stolen so far in 2013, twice as many as 10 years ago, and experts warn many of the missing identity papers are used for criminal activity. Passport and identity theft has …
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Passport rush forces Bangladesh embassy in UAE to expand
“According to the ICAO, by mid-2015, all handwritten passports will be banned and will not be accepted at any airports across the world, so we want to replace them before that,” Mr Husain said. The wellbeing of expatriates also prompted the new …
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Warning over copycat websites

Warning over copycat websites
ADVERTISING watchdogs have warned people to be on their guard when filling in official forms online following a sharp rise in the number of copycat websites that mimic those from agencies such as the Passport Office and the land Registry. ADVERTISING …
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10-year passports under Labour
In November 2005, the Government introduced passports that were valid for five years instead of 10. The move prompted online social media lobbying against the change, which has so far failed to persuade Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain. Labour …
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Latest Renew Us Passport News

Consumer champions – 2013 in review
The sheer number of handsets and contracts out there is a factor, but the phone companies are also light years away from providing what most of us would call a reasonable customer service. Everything Everywhere Launch Party at …. It happens when …
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Always be mindful of how long you stay in the US
If you do choose to take long trips, come to your visa renewal appointment prepared to explain in great detail how you spent your time in the United States and how you could afford your long stay. For additional information regarding all types of non …
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Latest Passport Photos News

Photos now define who we really are
The U.S. State Department uses facial recognition software to link passport photos and names, stopping fraud and fleeing criminals. The FBI runs the world's largest biometric database, housing not just fingerprints but also mug shots, tattoos and other …
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Can photographed eyes of victim help reveal criminal?
Jenkins, who studies facial recognition, described the portrait photographs used as passport-type photos. The authors noted also that there were limits to the forensic use of such photographs. Namely, they must be shot in high resolution and the …
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US, Libya disagree about incident
Passport photos and embassy ID cards said to belong to the four were posted on Twitter. Neither the identity of the Americans nor the authenticity of those photos could be confirmed. A Libyan security source said one of the Americans was of Libyan …
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