Friday, August 31, 2012

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watches the Republican National Convention with his grandchildren from his hotel room on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watches the Republican National Convention with his grandchildren from his hotel room on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Preston Carter, 100, talks with police officers after his car went onto a sidewalk and plowed into a group of parents and children outside a South Los Angeles elementary school, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Los Angeles. Nine children and two adults were injured in the wreck. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Residents of the Cambridge Neighborhood in LaPlace Louisiana Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012 evacuate their neighborhood. The state sent scores of buses and dozens of high-water vehicles to help evacuate about 3,000 people from St. John the Baptist Parish after Tropical Storm Isaac pushed water from lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas into parts of LaPlace. (AP Photo/Arthur D. Lauck, The Advocate)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Millions will be watching as the nominee addresses the GOP convention Thursday night.


The screams of women and children didn't prompt the elderly driver to stop.


The city's fortified levees appear to have withstood one of their stiffest challenges yet.


Stephen Hawking ? who has shown that physical disabilities do not limit human potential ? leads the opening of the 2012 Paralympics.


It's Isaac's fault: Gas prices jumped Wednesday and will keep rising for several days.


Pay, job security and performance evaluations are among issues in the nation's third-largest district.


AP tech writer Anick Jesdanun tested four systems, with sometimes chaotic results.


Bring your camera, and Fluffy too ? on a leash ? as the well-regarded Walker Art Center showcases 70 kitty flicks Thursday.


A vigil is held outside the pop star's childhood home on the day he would have turned 54.


The 50-year-old will make his second start for the minor-league Sugar Land Skeeters on Sept. 7.

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As Isaac fades, sparring over disaster funding

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The remnants of Hurricane Isaac brought heavy rainfall and the threat of flash flooding to the Mississippi Valley on Friday as Gulf Coast residents cleaned up and energy facilities prepared to grind back into operation.

Major offshore oil drillers returned staff to their platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, although operations were expected to take several days to ramp up. One Louisiana refinery tapped into the U.S. government's emergency crude oil stockpile to speed up its output.

The first hurricane to hit the United States this year will be remembered for striking New Orleans on the anniversary of 2005's deadly Hurricane Katrina - and providing a first, successful test of the city's new $14.5 billion flood controls put together in the wake of Katrina.

"We are now fully in the cleanup and recovery phase of this storm," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

President Barack Obama, who declared a disaster in Mississippi and Louisiana on Wednesday, is scheduled to visit the region on Monday.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, fresh from his party's convention in Tampa, Florida, pre-empted Obama by touring a flooded community in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Friday afternoon, along with Governor Bobby Jindal.

Democrats pounced on Romney, whose running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, this year proposed eliminating disaster relief spending from the federal budget and requiring Congress to pay for emergencies like hurricane relief by making other budget cuts.

In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Romney's visit "the height of hypocrisy."

Isaac left some homes in the state under 12 feet of water. More than 500,000 homes and businesses across Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas were still without electricity Friday.


At least four deaths were attributed to Isaac in the United States and at least 23 people were killed by the storm in Haiti and the Dominican Republic earlier.

The storm caused anywhere from $700 million to $2 billion in insured onshore losses, disaster modeler AIR Worldwide said late Thursday, well outside the 10 most costly U.S. hurricanes.

The National Hurricane Center said Isaac, once a Category 1 hurricane and now a tropical depression, was still likely to trigger tornadoes in the central U.S. Midwest states - among the final acts of a storm that often confounded forecasters and punched above its weight in terms of damage.

Rain from Isaac was a godsend for Midwest farmers suffering from the worst drought in more than 50 years. Even if too late for many of this season's crops, the rain will replenish soil moisture in time for winter wheat planting and boost critically low river levels.

Isaac caused widespread flooding and property damage in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, mostly because of its heavy and persistent rainfall. The system lingered near New Orleans for the better part of two days, sometimes moving as slowly as 5 miles per hour (8 km per hour).

Through it all, New Orleans sustained mostly cosmetic damage including downed trees and street lights.

Life was slowly returning to normal in the city on Friday, although most of it was still without power after what utility Entergy Corp described as the fourth-largest storm it had ever faced.

National Guard troops opened three sites around New Orleans to distribute water, ice and prepackaged meals to residents on a warm, steamy day. Gasoline was still hard to find as well.

New Orleans International Airport reopened early on Friday, and the Port of New Orleans also reopened, in time for the arrival of the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation cruise ship.


In residential areas outside the city center, streets were littered with downed limbs and some trees were uprooted. Residents were out clearing debris.

"I am surprised how much debris there is everywhere," said David Doucet, 55, a member of the Grammy award-winning Cajun band Beau Soleil, as he walked his dog in downtown New Orleans. "The trees have had seven years to grow since Katrina but they didn't grow all that strong."

In New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, famously laid to waste by Hurricane Katrina, Robert Green sat on the porch of his house, one of some 150 built so far by Make It Right, an organization founded and supported by actor Brad Pitt.

"We did good. We lost two people on the 29th of August 2005, my mother and my granddaughter. And this was the first chance we've had to ride out a storm as a family," Green said. "We passed the test."

New Orleans' Audubon Park recorded 18.7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period during Isaac. That exceeded records dating to 1871, said Jeff Masters of Weather Underground. Many other locations in Louisiana and Mississippi logged more than 10 inches of rain.

Surrounding areas, though, without the new protective federal flood barriers, did not fare as well from the relentless rain and huge storm surges.

Some of the worst flooding was in Plaquemines Parish, southwest of New Orleans, where at least one levee was topped, leaving many homes under about 12 feet of water.

Slidell, northeast of New Orleans, took the brunt of a storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain, which left some neighborhoods under about a foot of water - much of which had receded by Friday.


"You'd have never made me believe a Category 1 would dump this much water," said Sam Caruso, 71, a former mayor of Slidell who toured the town in his pickup truck on Thursday.

As the flood waters rose, some residents, including Caruso, wondered whether the new federal levee system had shored up New Orleans at the expense of low-lying neighboring parishes outside the system's protection - a debate that is likely to continue.

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu made a plea on Friday for additional federal funds to build protective levees in the state, while noting that the Army Corps of Engineers has a meager budget for construction projects.

Brent crude oil was up $2.28 to $114.93 a barrel on Friday, although major oil facilities on the Gulf of Mexico made it through Isaac mostly unscathed.

BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell both said they were returning staff to their Gulf offshore oil platforms on Friday. Production could take several days to ramp up to pre-Isaac levels.

Louisiana's coastal oil refineries also began to power back up. Most came through Isaac unscathed.

The Department of Energy will loan 1 million barrels of crude oil from emergency reserves to Marathon Petroleum Corp after the firm's Garyville, Louisiana, refinery cut its run rate ahead of the hurricane. A larger tapping of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is possible.

Storm watchers have turned to Tropical Storm Leslie, currently 715 miles east of the Leeward Islands with wind speeds picking up to 65 miles per hour. Leslie could become a hurricane over the weekend, posing a potential threat to Bermuda next week.

(Additional reporting by Chris Baltimore and Kristen Hays in Houston, Sam Nelson in Chicago, Ben Berkowitz in Boston and Lisa Lambert aboard Air Force One; Writing by Ros Krasny; Editing by David Adams and Todd Eastham)


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Arctic ice shrinks to record low (+video)

Arctic sea ice has shrunk to the lowest levels since record-keeping began in 1979. Scientists say the new measurements indicate a fundamental change in the Arctic's sea ice coverage. ?

By Kim Murphy,?Los Angeles Times (MCT) / August 28, 2012

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea, on July 20, 2011. Sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to the lowest levels ever recorded, report scientists.

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Here at the top of the world, the news that?Arctic?sea ice has reached a new low ? the smallest footprint since satellites began measuring it three decades ago ? is not much of a surprise.

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The?Arctic?seas off the Alaska coast have been increasingly ice-free in recent years. On Monday, the gray, wind-driven surf churned vigorously along the northern coast, with no sign of ice anywhere under the low, fog-shrouded skies.

But it has been a strange summer here. Until a few weeks ago, there was more ice spread across the near-shore waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas than anyone can remember for the last several years ? a curse for the engineers waiting to begin plumbing oil wells into the sea floor, but a blessing for Inupiat hunters, who have had an unusually easy time catching seals from ice floes close to home.

?It really seemed kind of like it was back in the days when the ice was like it used to be,? said Nayuk Leavitt, a Barrow resident who works on one of Shell Alaska?s oil spill response crews.

But the late-lingering near-shore ice in Alaska, now in full retreat, was not representative of what is going on most everywhere else in a gradually melting?Arctic, scientists say. The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado announced that?Arctic?sea ice had shrunk to 1.58 million square miles, the lowest expanse recorded since satellites began taking measurements in 1979.

That breaks a record of 1.61 million square miles set in 2007, and the shrinkage appears to be continuing: Ice is expected to keep melting through September.

Scientists said previous warm years had started a pattern of a melting of the multiyear ice that historically has clung to the poles. The newly thinner ice that remained from last year melted even easier this year ? although temperatures weren?t necessarily warmer. The phenomenon is probably feeding on itself, scientists say.

?In the context of what?s happened in the last several years and throughout the satellite record, it?s an indication that the?Arctic?sea ice cover is fundamentally changing,? Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center told reporters in a conference call.

Although the late-lingering ice was a factor in delaying the start of the first offshore drilling here in more than two decades, Shell officials say the ice now has retreated to more than 20 miles north of the company?s primary drilling target, on the Berger prospect in the Chukchi Sea ? which itself is about 70 miles offshore.

The first of Shell?s drilling rigs, the Discoverer, is scheduled to arrive in the Chukchi Sea later this week. The other, the Kulluk, is halfway on its journey to the Beaufort Sea.

Permanent anchors have already been installed at both drilling locations to allow for the reduced target of drilling two complete wells this season, Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said in an interview here.

Shell has asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to consider extending by 18 days the Sept. 24 deadline under which the company was supposed to have completed drilling in the Chukchi Sea, where the relatively remote location requires an early wind-up to ensure there is time to address any problems that occur before the onset of winter ice.

But Shell?s own ocean ice experts say their latest modeling makes them fairly confident that ice is not likely to close in around the Chukchi drilling site until mid-November.

The company has been spending $4.5 million a year on ice studies, assembling a team of scientists whose expertise rivals or exceeds that of the National Weather Service.

They have documented a pattern of ice movements over the last 10 years that show predictable open ocean conditions in the Chukchi Sea until November every year, Shell?s chief scientist, Michael Macrander, told the Los Angeles Times.

He said 2006 is the year that most resembles the patterns seen this year: a winter of cold temperatures and heavy ice, in which the sea ice extended far south into the Bering Strait, followed by a very late melt-off in the summer. That year, like this one, saw factors such as warm surface temperatures and favorable winds that drove the ice, once it was beginning to clear, relatively far out to sea, he said.

?Once it cleared, it cleared significantly, and stayed clear until early November,? he said. ?And the pattern we?re seeing now is very, very similar.?


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Romney starts campaign visiting storm victims

JEAN LAFITTE, La. (AP) ? Republican Mitt Romney launched the final leg of his quest for the White House by visiting storm-battered Louisiana on Friday. He drove through a town that was flooded by Hurricane Isaac in part because it's still outside the vast flooding protection system built with federal funds after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

Just hours after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Romney swooped into this fishing community, where Isaac brought severe flooding to the area earlier in the week before being downgraded to a tropical storm.

His host was Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is now calling on the federal government to expand the rebuilt flood protection system that prevented serious flooding in New Orleans during this week's storm. That system, built after flooding from Katrina devastated much of New Orleans, cost the Army Corps of Engineers $14.5 billion. It doesn't extend as far as Jean Lafitte, which is situated in Jefferson Parish, and has been affected by a series of hurricanes, including Katrina, Rita, Cindy and now Isaac.

"It is absolutely critical that the Corps, and certainly our delegation working them, but that the Corps and the federal government look at those other levees," Jindal said Thursday. Lafitte is included in a proposed ring levee that the state hopes to build, but there are no concrete plans to build yet.

Romney was silent on whether, as president, he would support paying for such an expansion. Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has proposed eliminating $10 billion a year in disaster spending and requiring Congress to pay for emergencies by cutting from elsewhere in the budget. That proposal was blocked by GOP leaders.

"I'm here to learn and obviously to draw some attention to what's going on here," Romney told Jindal, who he accompanied to the town hall to meet with emergency workers. "So that people around the country know that people down here need help."

Hurricane Isaac is blamed for at least six deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi. It submerged hundreds of homes, forced thousands of others to evacuate and cut power to nearly half of Louisiana's homes and businesses.

Romney didn't speak to reporters as he toured Jean Lafitte on Friday. A Romney spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment on whether Romney would support additional funding for the region's levee system.

Jindal did explain the issue to Romney as they climbed into the Republican nominee's SUV and began their tour.

"It (the levee system) performs well, but the areas here ? the other areas ..." Jindal said, trailing off because Romney jumped in.

"Are outside, outside that levee system," Romney said.

Romney's motorcade, including trucks equipped to drive through high water, edged gingerly down Jean Lafitte Boulevard, a main road.

Accompanied by National Guard vehicles, the caravan inched through water that at some points was a foot or more deep, submerging gas stations, flooding homes and covering front laws. Residents stood in the water and watched the motorcade pass.

Flood protection was clearly on the minds of residents. A man who waved a neon yellow sign reading "Mitt is Our Man" wondered why levees had not been able to protect the low-lying areas of this fishing community.

"It has really destroyed us," the man said to Romney after the motorcade stopped on the side of the road. "I don't know why we can't come up with something that saves all."

Up the street, a giant pink sign hung on the balcony of a flooded house. "Where is our levee protection?" it read.

Romney and Jindal spent close to an hour meeting with first responders and local officials. Romney shook hands with National Guardsmen outside the U.S. Post Office and talked with a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, 42, who lost her home in Isaac's flooding.

"He just told me to, um, there's assistance out there," Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. Asked what she thought of the Republican nominee, she said: "He's good. He'll do the best for us, you know. He speaks to our best interests at heart."

Chiarello also expressed frustration about the town's lack of flood protection.

"We live outside the levee protection that's why we get all this water because they close the floodgates up front and all they're doing is flooding us out down here," she said. "It's very frustrating, very. We go through Katrina and Rita and now we're going through Cindy, Lee and now Isaac. It's just frustrating."

Romney's last-minute visit, announced less than 12 hours after he became the Republican nominee, took him to the disaster area ahead of his Democratic rival, President Barack Obama. The president was following with his own visit to Louisiana on Monday, the White House announced.

Romney went at Jindal's invitation, his campaign said. Jindal, a Republican, told reporters Romney had been in touch several days ago to ask how he could help with storm relief and Jindal suggested Romney come down and see the damage for himself. He said he had extended an invitation to Obama as well.

"We welcome them both," Jindal said.

Jindal insisted that he would stay focused on the storm's aftermath during both men's visits.

"We're not talking politics," he said. "That's not the right time to do that. We're solely focused on the hurricane and the response."

White House spokesman Jay Carney, asked what a private citizen like Romney could accomplish by visiting a disaster area, said he wasn't sure how to answer the question but that drawing attention to the affected area was "important."

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said Romney's visit could focus people on "the needs of the affected region, particularly the need for charitable donations and resources to aid relief efforts."

Back in Washington, Democrats seized on the trip to accuse Republicans of supporting cuts in federal disaster funding that the Gulf Coast will now need to recover from Isaac.

"It is the height of hypocrisy for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to make a pretense of showing sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Isaac when their policies would leave those affected by this disaster stranded and on their own," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a written statement.

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said she welcomed Romney to her home state but pushed him on disaster funding.

"I hope as he witnesses recovery in action, he will reflect upon his party's approach to funding disaster response," she said. "Had the plan advocated by his running mate Congressman Paul Ryan and Congressman Eric Cantor prevailed, there would be no money readily available to provide assistance for this, or any other disaster."


Associated Press writers Steve Peoples in Tampa, Fla., Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, La., and Cain Burdeau in New Orleans contributed to this report.

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Facebook, Twitter enhance ad targeting

Menlo Park, Calif.?Facebook Inc. and Twitter both have introduced enhanced behavioral capabilities to their ad products, enabling advertisers to better target the social sites' users.

Next week Facebook will introduce ad retargeting based on users' email addresses, phone numbers and app user identities. This will enable advertisers to reach Facebook users who are current customers using their own customer data. Businesses won't have access to additional Facebook user data, according to Facebook.

With Twitter, advertisers are now able to target their Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts programs to users based on what they follow and retweet. There are 350 interest categories advertisers can choose from, including education, science, law and personal finance, which can be further broken down into additional topics. Twitter also is reducing the minimum price advertisers can bid for an ad campaign to one cent per Promoted Tweet, down from 50 cents.


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Iran, Egypt leaders discuss Syria conflict, ties

Presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Egypt's Mohamed Morsi on Thursday discussed the Syrian conflict and their states' severed diplomatic ties in their first-ever meeting, an official said.

"They emphasised the need to solve the Syria crisis via diplomacy and to prevent foreign intervention," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told Iran's Arabic-language broadcaster Al-Alam.

"They also discussed ways to boost the level of Tehran-Cairo relations," he said.

The meeting took place in Tehran on the sidelines of a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at which Egypt handed over the organisation's rotating presidency to Iran.

Morsi's attendance was the first time a head of state from Egypt set foot in Iran since the two countries broke off diplomatic ties in the wake of Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

Ahmadinejad issued a statement afterwards saying he and Morsi had agreed each other's country was a "strategic partner" in the region, but there was no word about restoring diplomatic relations.

On Syria, Ahmadinejad said the killing should stop and elections be organised, and that "NATO and the oppressive countries" should be prevented from intervening in Syria.

Morsi was quoted in the statement as saying the "problems" in Syria could only be resolved "with the help of influential countries in the region like Iran."

Earlier on Thursday, in a speech to the NAM summit, the new Egyptian president denounced the "oppressive regime" in Damascus, which he said had lost all legitimacy.

That comment prompted the Syrian delegation at the summit to walk out, and embarrassed Iran, which fully supports Damascus.

Iran has been reaching out to Morsi since June when he became Egypt's first civilian president.

Morsi hails from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and says he is seeking broader relationships in the Middle East, including with Tehran. But he has so far reacted with caution to Iran's overtures.

Iranian media reported that Morsi left Tehran shortly after the meeting. His office had said before the summit that his stay would last a few hours, only long enough to hand over the NAM presidency.


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Sophisticated family - Home Design, Decorating and Remodeling ...

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This space began as a small enclosed kitchen attached to an equally small dining room. Opening up the space was appealing to kitchen designer Grant Gettens of Ellis Creek Kitchens and his wife Riley and two boys Chay, 5 and Jase, 7. Grant tells the story of how and why he transformed his own kitchen.

Rather than have two small spaces, we combined the space with one big island that would serve multiple functions. The idea was to make room for cooking and prepping meals as well as a comfortable place to sit around for mealtime. While entertaining there is plenty of room for everyone to hang out in the kitchen. Meals are often outside in the summer.

Sophisticated familyOn the working side of the island, two wide drawer units on casters roll out to the edge of the counter; when there is a gathering, the cabinets roll back under the top, so the whole 12 foot top can become one big table.

The original bearing wall was replaced with a post and beam for support. To add a little interest to the space the ceiling treatment was designed for enclosed recess lighting. The ceiling treatment also has recess for solar shades.

A mix of materials was used. I wanted a simple palette that would complement our surroundings here in Penticton. We have a great view and are surrounded by huge trees, desert grass and sage and Okanagan Lake. Along the perimeter we used Plyboo dark strand (bamboo plywood) finished with clear lacquer for the doors and drawer fronts. This material is super tough and laminated in an interesting way, so I decided not to apply any edge treatments and to simply expose the edge, which was sanded and finished.

Sophisticated familyThe upper wall cabinets are finished within a frosty white lacquer. I like the idea of mixing materials; the glass door cabinets have anodized aluminum frames with an opaque gazette glass.

The counter tops are Cameo White Corian solid surface; there were a few reasons for this decision. This material is seamed together and the seams become invisible ?this is great for the big island. The solid surface material has a sanded finish which is less reflective, is a little warmer to the touch than solid stone and can be repaired if need be over time; a good thing when you have two destructive young boys.

Sophisticated familyLighting was important in a multi-use space. All of the lighting was installed with dimmable switches so you can set the mood for the evening or entertaining. The under cabinet lights are great task lighting and help show off the glass and travertine mosaic back splash. I also incorporated lighting under the island countertop and behind the stand-off panels at the front of the island. The backside of the island is custom colour, lacquered to match the post, beam and soffits. This is quite a durable kitchen, the stainless steel toe kicks help protect the bottom of the cabinets. The hard material and flat door panels with the long stainless steel pulls are easy to keep clean. The padded high back chairs are quite comfortable so we can hang out for a long time.


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    Author of ?The Unhealthy Truth,? public speaker, strategist and mother of four, Robyn O'Brien shares insights and analysis of the health of the America?s food and beverages joins host Jonathan Hall.

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    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Industry - Coordinates

    New System test algorithms combining GNSS and inertial MEMS

    Spirent Communications has launched new simulation software that combines inertial MEMS sensor with multi-GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, etc.) testing. SimSENSOR includes trajectories that embed representative human motion gestures, such as arm movements. In additon MEMS noise models and errors such as bias and drift are also available under user control. The software can test fusion algorithms that take inputs from a large variety of sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscope, magnetometer, digital compass and barometric height sensors.

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    Leica Geosystems has added the latest offi ce software to its recently launched new Leica iCON portfolio. It is a complete data preparation, editing and reporting software package is the link between the offi ce and the Leica iCON hardware and software solutions for many construction applications.

    Trimble to supply GNSS receivers to Japan

    Trimble has announced that it will supply more than 500 Trimble NetR9 GNSS reference station receivers to the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI), part of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), to modernise its nationwide GeoNet GNSSbased network.

    Leica GeoMoS 5.3 integrated as a secure windows service

    Leica GeoMoS has been updated to version 5.3. In order to enable a permanent monitoring process, the latest version provides the best possible integration into a modern and high secure IT infrastructure as a windows service. For large monitoring installations using GNSS sensors and multiple total stations with hundreds of prisms, new functionalities have been introduced that make the confi guration easier and the monitoring process faster.

    NVS Technologies AG Selected by Panasonic

    Panasonic has announced the launch of a Toughbook? CF-31 model with a built-in GPS/ GLONASS NV08C-CSM receiver by NVS Technologies AG, the fi rst rugged notebook on the Russian and CIS market. ?The Built-in GPS/ GLONASS navigation receiver does not increase the weight and dimensions of the laptop. The model CF-31 with the GLONASS navigation system is primarily intended for government agencies, law enforcement and military services, which carry their operations in the harsh weather conditions, as well as for industries where the use of the protected equipment is essential ? oil and gas, energy, transportation, exploration, forestry and fi sheries sectors.?, as quoted by Panasonic.

    Stamp-sized GPS-INS unit to debut

    The world?s fi rst GPS-aided inertial navigation system on a surface-mount chip the size of a postage stamp is being unveiled by a U.S. company. VectorNav Technologies said its VN-200 combines an advanced GPS module with the latest in MEMS inertial and pressure sensor technology. Its onboard microprocessor runs an aerospace-grade Kalman fi lter algorithm at a rate of as much as 200 Hz and provides accuracies better than 0.25 degrees in pitch and roll and 0.75 degrees in heading, the company said.

    GMV collaboration with South African national space agency

    GMV is leading a major satellite navigation project in collaboration with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). The project, SBAS Awareness and Training for South Africa (SATSA), will increase the technological navigation capacity in the South African region ultimately improving location identifi cation and tracking capabilities for Safety-of-Life Services especially during emergency or disaster situations. SATSA is set to run for 18 months during which GMV will install testing platforms in South Africa for conducting practical tests.

    Carlson Survey 2013 Just Released

    Carlson Survey 2013 provides upgrades to core features like the coordinate database, Field-to-Finish coding and As Built Reports as well as new commands, including one to twist points to a 3D view. Its 2013 version provides support for AutoCAD? 2013 and also works on AutoCAD versions 2004 and newer. All Carlson 2013 office software comes with IntelliCAD? 7.2 built-in, which offers greater performance and stability, plus support for MrSid and JPG 2000 images.

    New GNSS receiver by Altus Positioning Systems

    Altus Positioning Systems has launched its new APS-U GNSS receiver. It is scalable from a single stand-alone GNSS receiver to full options with heading, wireless links, precise point positioning and RTK capability. The unit has an additional processor for on-board confi guration and custom applications separate from the GNSS engine. It has an extensive suite of interfaces for data output, timing, event marks and a second antenna port for GNSS heading.

    Hemisphere GPS awarded new patents

    Hemisphere GPS continues to expand its intellectual property portfolio with newly awarded patents. These patents represent the latest advancements in adaptive machine control and GNSS solutions. The Adaptive Machine Control System and Method patent describes the sophisticated adaptive control methods used to guide vehicles and provide accurate and effi cient coverage. The system is comprised of a machine controller, GNSS guidance system, and software and is most commonly used in precision farming. The patent supports current products and new developments within Hemisphere GPS? precision farming product line including Outback Guidance? branded products.

    New Version of NMEA 0183 Released

    The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has released a signifi cantly updated version of NMEA 0183, its well-known standard that enables the interfacing of marine electronics. Version 4.10 will improve boating safety and navigation through updates and expansions of various electronic communications ?sentences? pertaining to a number of navigation and communications devices, including Galileo satellite receivers and Automatic Identifi cation Systems (AIS).

    New GNSS SBAS receiver by Geneq

    Geneq Inc. has announced the SXBlue II GNSS, a GNSS receiver that uses both GPS and GLONASS with SBAS (WAAS/ EGNOS/MSAS/GAGAN) to attain 30cm/1 ft (RMS) accuracy in real-time using free SBAS corrections. In addition to the built-in long-range Bluetooth transceiver, the SXBlue II GNSS also has a standard DE-9 RS-232 port and a USB Type B port whose outputs are fully programmable up to 10Hz standard, and a 20Hz option. Other optional features are L1 RTK for <2cm real-time accuracy and base station RTCM output. There is no need for postprocessing or other sources of differential corrections as the SXBlue II GNSS uses WAAS (North America), EGNOS (Europe), MSAS (Japan) and GAGAN (India) satellite corrections. Users receive real-time, 30cm/1 foot positioning all day long.

    CHC introduces the X900+ Advanced GNSS Receiver

    CHC has launched X900+ GNSS receiver bringing the future proof GNSS tracking technology to surveyors without the conventional cost associated with GNSS solutions. It combines advanced 120-channel GNSS technology (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Compass) and state-of-the-art RTK reliability and accuracy for either traditional base + rover confi guration and RTK networks thanks to its fl exible GPRS and UHF communication systems.

    Mali Hydro Agriculture Mapping Project Relies on ProMark GNSS Technology

    CIRA, a major West African consulting engineering fi rm, working on behalf of the Offi ce du Niger, a quasi governmental Mali company charged with managing more than 100,000 hectares of irrigated delta land, has completed surveying an additional 25,000 hectares for hydro agriculture development. In the course of two months during the dry season, two CIRA survey teams, each equipped with three Ashtech ProMark 500s, a base station and two rovers connected via UHF, completed the entire survey collecting four points in x,y and z per hectare to produce the digital model.

    Trimble positions software for Mapping and GIS Applications

    Trimble? Positions? Mobile extension is a new streamlined choice for integrating Trimble?s GNSS professional fi eld solutions and data verifi cation into the Esri ArcGIS for Windows Mobile environment. It was fi rst introduced as a development kit to Trimble?s GIS developer community in late 2011. Today, the software suite has expanded to provide a streamlined option for users who wish to work directly with Esri?s ArcGIS for Windows Mobile technology.

    First open source initiative for CARIS

    CARIS has released its fi rst open source API ? CARIS OSCAR-js, a JavaScript Map API, allows you to create and embed custom web maps on your website. The API was created to help shape CARIS Spatial Fusion Enterprise and includes tools for navigation, measurement, and download, as well as providing a means for developers to create their own custom tools and extensions. It extends the very popular OpenLayers library and utilizes jQueryUI and YUI to help create a feature rich mapping experience. The API is designed around the creation of map themes.

    Location-based services gaining traction in South Africa

    Recent TNS research found that there is a growing appetite for LBS among mobile subscribers worldwide, including South Africa. Jacques Swanepoel, MD of Cellfi nd, says that the technology is gaining traction for navigation, personal safety and entertainment applications. LBS are set to break into the mainstream of South Africa?s mobile market, with more than half of consumers expressing interest in using these services in the near future. This refl ects a growing understanding of the benefi ts of LBS in South Africa. www.cellfi


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    Stay at Home Dad and College Educator Tim J. Myers Newly ...

    Writer, educator, story teller and stay at home dad, Tim J. Myers,
    writes about raising his daughter in his new book Glad To Be Dad: A
    Call to Fatherhood which debuts at #5 in Amazon?s Fatherhood
    category. In his honest, direct, and at times hysterical book, Tim
    writes, "Being domestically involved isn't a step-by-step process
    like bicycle repair or learning to type. It's much more about who
    you are as a person and what you truly value, about that kind of
    growth - and it has far more to do with attitude than with skills.'
    NewsGrabberJC.Pro An excellent, 'sweet' piece of powerful thoughts.--Susan DeMaggio, Editor Detroit's Metro Parent

    After staying home with his two sons for a year and his daughter since her infancy, Tim J. Myers knows all about being a stay-at-home parent. He knows the most effective cleaning products, which snacks to buy, and has developed a ?housemaid?s knee.? He has experienced first-hand the profound influence fathers have on their children, along with the challenges of being a committed parent. By recounting personal experiences, offering honest, sincere opinions, and including quizzes for fatherly-preparedness, Tim Myers emphasizes the importance of fatherly contribution and influence in the home. He shows fathers that they are not only vital to home life, but that fatherhood also brings great joy into men?s lives, not to mention a surprising amount of plain old fun. In addition, Myers details the essential role of fathers, and the very real (and sometimes frustrating) transition into taking an active role in home life. Poignant, funny, and inspiring, Glad to be Dad is perfect for both aspiring fathers and seasoned veterans.

    As a top Amazon review stated: "Early on in this book Myers writes, ?The phrase easier said than done applies with particular force to certain activities, things like bungee jumping, sky diving, or Formula-1 racing. Spending time at home with kids, it turns out, falls into the same category, and not all men are fully aware of this. Those who think it's a piece of cake are simply ignorant: unless you have first-hand experience, it's hard to know just how challenging this job can be.' That is a sample of how he approaches the reader. He also offers such hilarious quizzes such as Domestic Vocabulary Quiz (likely you'll score poorly), and sums up the nuances of being the primary household person as the following: `Being domestically involved isn't a step-by-step process like bicycle repair or learning to type. It's much more about who you are as a person and what you truly value, about that kind of growth - and it has far more to do with attitude than with skills.' And that is where this book steps away from the comedic stage and offers some sage philosophy of why so many homes are fractured and how that is affecting the development of our society. Hefty words for thought...and action."

    Tim Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and lecturer at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His ebook "Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood" is out from His children's books have won recognition from the New York Times, NPR, the Smithsonian, Nickelodeon, and others. He has published over 120 poems, won a first prize in a poetry contest judged by John Updike, has a poetry chapbook out, won a major prize in science fiction, was nominated for a Pushcart for an essay, and has published much other fiction and non-fiction for children, adolescents, and adults. He won the2012 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction, and the West Coast Songwriters Saratoga Chapter Song of the Year award.

    Familius is a publishing company focused on helping families be happy through publishing content for marriage, parenting, family fun, wellness, education, and children's.


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    Shareagift for your online retail business | Shareagift

    We know it?s the end of August. We know the Olympics just hit us all hard. We know sales are slow. What?s the great thing about September though? It?s only a few months till Christmas!

    What?s the good thing about Christmas? Besides all the food, friends, family and gifts, online sales are at their annual peak. The had to say this:

    ?British shoppers spent a total of ?7.9bn online in

    December, a 16.5pc increase compared with the 2010

    Christmas period.?

    What percentage of annual sales do the holidays represent for retailers??For some online shops, the holiday season can represent anywhere between 25-40% of annual sales.

    As an online retailer, you?re probably wondering why I?m telling you all this. Well, I?m going to let you know. Shareagift offers a plugin widget that allows you to offer your customers the option to purchase your products, services, experience days, travel arrangements and whatever else you offer, as group purchased gifts.

    Customers simply click ?start group gift? and then can create a gift page through the Shareagift service that allows them to share your products and your brand with their friends and families across their social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) as well as email contacts. When they raise the money for your product, they simply collect it and purchase it from you. Sounds simple right? Well that?s because it is.

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    Thought and Action: Workers to have property tax taken from wages ...

    Opposition continues to a tax on a family home.

    FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan is facing a series of major headaches in his urgent drive to get the new property tax introduced on time.

    Mr Noonan admitted for the first time last night that PAYE workers will have the tax deducted direct from their pay packets.

    But the prospect of wages being targeted at source raised a whole new series of problems, including:

    - Concerns that farmers and the self-employed may be able to work the system to avoid paying the controversial new tax.

    - Questions about how the tax might be collected from pensioners and others who are not earning a wage.

    - Uncertainty about how the Government will measure the value of a person's land or property.

    - Fears that if the tax is not introduced in January, then it will be backdated so taxpayers face higher payments during the second half of 2013.

    - Opposition from city dwellers who may face a higher rate of tax for smaller houses than those in the country.

    Mr Noonan yesterday said the Cabinet had yet to decide on the exact nature of the new tax, but he made it clear that wages would be targeted.

    "All that has been decided is that there will be a property tax on family homes, and that property tax will be collected by the Revenue Commissioners by

    Experts said collecting the tax "by deduction" meant workers would have the new property tax taken straight out of their pay packets.

    It is understood the Government is planning to deduct the tax at source so as to avoid the level of non-payment it is experiencing with the household charge.

    But this is expected to add to the unpopularity of the new measure, with workers likely to see a new line on their pay slips showing a deduction for property tax.

    This will be in addition to deductions for income tax, PRSI (pay related social insurance), and the universal social charge.

    Employers would be told by Revenue how much to deduct each week or month for property tax, while the self-employed and farmers will be required to declare and pay the tax as part of their annual tax return.

    But there were indications last night that people on low incomes are set to be exempted from the new tax.

    This could see some of the self-employed and some farmers avoiding the tax as their income may be below the threshold -- even though they have large homes.

    This is similar to the current system of awarding third-level grants, where only the income of the farmer or self-employed person is assessed and not the value of assets like land.

    Some tax practitioners claim the self-employed and farmers can manipulate their income to make it seem low.

    Experts said that if the Government goes down this route, a retired farmer who no longer farms but has 200 acres could escape the property tax as his income would be very low. Leading property economist Ronan Lyons said this could lead to huge problems.

    If the tax was not carefully designed, it could create a "two-tier" system, he said.

    "Even if there was a perception that some people could play the system, it would make it very difficult to sustain the property tax. People would end up voting for anyone who promised to get rid of the tax."

    Financial adviser Karl Deeter said a two-tier system would be created if salaried workers had no choice but to pay the tax, while others could get out of it through exemptions.

    The property tax will be the successor to the current ?100 household charge, which has some one million properties registered so far.

    But 600,000 properties have yet to be registered by owners. In some counties, nearly half of homeowners still refuse to pay.


    Mr Noonan said the Cabinet had yet to fully discuss exactly how the property tax will work. The details will be announced in December's Budget.

    But this means it could be next summer before all the details are finalised, with a year's worth of tax having to be paid in six months, said Feargal O'Rourke, head of tax at accountancy firmPricewaterhouseCoopers.

    "This will mean that people will find that they are paying the tax in full some time in the second half of 2013," he said.

    Meanwhile, a new report by Mr Lyons warned that imposing a property tax on the value of houses rather than on the value of the site they are built on will delay economic recovery.

    He said such a "value-based" property tax would mean people would have no incentive to renovate or insulate their homes.

    But a site-value tax would aid economic recovery, the Oxford-based economist said. "The fairest form of property tax is a site value tax."

    - Charlie Weston and Fiach Kelly


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    'Runway's' real model: Show was 'adult bullying'


    Terri Herlihy and Ven Budhu during judging on "Project Runway."

    By Anna Chan, TODAY

    Terri Herlihy is still hurting from her experience on the "Fix My Friend" episode of "Project Runway" that aired Aug. 23. During the episode, which featured real women who had been nominated by their friends to appear on the show for a makeover, viewers saw?Herlihy repeatedly insulted by designer Ven Budhu and brought to tears.

    He insinuated she was fat numerous times, telling her that all of the belts were too small for her, said that she had no sense of style, no shape, that her before photo was "a nightmare." He mentioned several times that she was 40 and a size 14.?

    In reality, Herlihy told The Clicker, she was a size 10 during filming, and had turned 36 just two days before. And her experience on the show was worse than what Lifetime aired, she said.

    Herlihy told us that during filming, she was "bullied" into wearing no shoes or accessories. In fact, Herlihy said, she and her friend Theo Thomas (the pal who brought her on the show) had to go rummaging in "Runway's" accessories bins themselves because Budhu, who was supposed to figure out her look from head-to-toe as part of the challenge, was going to send her down the runway for judging without any accessories. "My friend found the shoes. My friend found the belt. My friend did it all," she said. "She laid into him, but they didn't show that."

    "I think (the producers) did a great job of editing it because it was so much worse than what was shown," Herlihy told us. "They edited it to my advantage because I would've kept looking stupider on TV."

    Herlihy said that even though the episode was edited to her advantage, it was still tough to watch.

    "I was horrified watching the show with my three daughters," she said. "I let him bully me, but I didn't know what he was saying behind the scenes when I wasn't around, in the confessional. It was hard to explain to my kids, 'Yeah, he was mean, but it didn't bother Mommy,' even though it did. I have to let them know something. It's how you teach your kids not?to do?this."

    She also said that she didn't react on the show because she wanted to teach her children not to be prejudiced or be bullies.?Had she known just how bad it got behind her back, though, Herlihy said she wouldn't have let her daughters -- ages 14, 11 and 8 -- watch the show.

    But?the controversy?didn't end with the taping. As the episode aired Thursday, Budhu continued to hurl insults at Herlihy via Twitter, saying?she had a bad attitude and blaming editing for making him look like the bad guy. He has since deleted the tweets and offered up an apology. "I feel awful and I sincerely apologize to my client and viewers as (my)?remarks were unintentional," he wrote.

    Herlihy said she was disappointed that Budhu wasn't eliminated for his behavior and after essentially failing the challenge to create makeover-worthy fashions for a real-world client.

    "If he would've gone home, that would've been a different story," Herlihy said. "But because they kept him, that's why I feel like (it's) not only putting me down, but putting down every person who isn't a size 6 or below. How many people has he hurt or affected in some way from all his comments?"

    Sean Herlihy / Courtesy of Terri Herlihy

    Terri Herlihy and her husband, Sean.

    "So it looks like?(the show's producers are)?all for it ... because it was adult bullying at its best about my weight," she added. "I can't imagine all the girls, women, teenagers watching that show who are bigger than me and what they think."

    Herlihy and a friend have since launched a Facebook page called Terri's Redemption to draw attention to the bullying she experienced and to try to prevent other women from feeling discriminated against because of their clothing size.

    Lifetime has not yet replied to requests for comment or responded to an invitation for Budhu to make a remark.

    Herlihy and her friend Theo weren't the only ones who were appalled by Budhu's behavior. The 36-year-old said that designer Gunnar Deatherage, who treated his own model like a prized client, saw how upset she was and tried to make her "Runway" experience a bit better.

    "Gunnar actually stuck up for me, and he spoke to hair and makeup that day and explained to them what was going on," Herlihy revealed. Part of the challenge includes the designers telling the hair and makeup folks how they'd like their models to look. "(I understand that)?they didn't really take Ven's directions of what he wanted my hair and makeup to be. So I'm very thankful for Gunnar. And that wasn't aired on the show, and I wish it was."?

    Deatherage wasn't the only one who wanted to make things right. Michael Costello, who finished fourth in season eight and third in "Project Runway: All Stars," took to Twitter Thursday night and offered to make Herlihy a dress.

    "I just wanted to do something for her that makes her happy, something that she can enjoy," Costello told us. The designer himself was bullied by a fellow contestant during his first run on the show.

    Like Herlihy, he thought Budhu should've been auf'ed. "It would've been right if they would've eliminated him," Costello said. "Nathan's dress wasn't actually that bad compared to what Ven did. (Nathan) achieved the challenge. His client was happy."

    But auf'ed or not, the "Runway" alum thinks Budhu's career might not be able to recover.

    "I think he literally destroyed his fashion career with this episode," Costello said. "I don't think any woman would want to wear anything from him ever again after seeing the way Terri was treated. ... It's sad because he's a great talent, he's very skilled."

    Costello also said he wondered if there was something more the show could've done. "I think a PSA message would've been very powerful at that point," he said. "But also doing something about empowering women and making women feel good, because that's what the episode was about."

    Do you think there was more the show could have done to address Ven's treatment of Terri? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.



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    Thomas Edison artifacts need repair

    When Thomas Edison finally hung up his lab coat, it still had acid burns from chemistry experiments carried out at the U.S. inventor's West Orange laboratory in New Jersey. Repairs helped erased the burn marks, but added wear and tear from decades of display on a wire hanger has compelled the U.S. National Park Service to launch a new conservation project.

    The worn lab coat is just one of three artifacts in need of repair at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. A second object, a faded American flag, represented a 1920 gift commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the "Ediphone" dictating machine. The third artifact hangs behind Edison's desk in his laboratory library ? a projection screen that is likely the world's oldest movie screen by being dated to at least 1893.

    "Probably most significant of the three is Edison's laboratory coat," said Joan Harris-Rico, collections manager at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. "It's made of cotton in the duster style, and has hung in the chemistry lab for decades."

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    The National Park Service has $20,000 in funding approved for cleaning and repairing the artifacts housed at Edison's former West Orange laboratory and Glenmont home. That laboratory complex came after Edison's first lab, built in Menlo Park, N.J.

    Edison remains celebrated for having helped pioneer practical light bulbs, the sound recording industry and for helping commercialize movies. But his artifacts also bear silent testimony to the legacy of laying down the blueprint for modern innovation ? bringing together a diverse group of Ph.D. chemists, machinists and inventors to all work under the same roof. [ Thomas Edison: America's First Modern Innovator ]

    The lab coat carried a particularly poignant note for visitors as a personal reminder of Edison's work. But the national park staff has removed the coat from public display until it can be repaired.

    "It not only has high historical value, but is also a favorite object of returning visitors," Harris-Rico told InnovationNewsDaily. "People will often ask, 'Where is the lab coat?'"

    The U.S. flag remains on display in a wood and glass wall-mounted case, but its fabric colors have faded from 90 years of exposure to ultraviolet light. The fabric has "puckered" due to gravity's inexorable pull, and it also shows signs of both insect activity and water damage.

    Harris-Rico and her colleagues hope to return the repaired flag to a new display case that has UV-filtered Plexiglas protection and without the acidic cardboard backing in the existing case.

    Conservators could remove both the lab coat and flag to do their preservation work, but they probably won't enjoy the same luxury with Edison's ancient projection screen. The huge canvas, stretching 18 feet by 18 feet, hangs from a wood roller attached to the underside of the library's second floor balcony.

    The screen's blemishes include at least one tear and brittleness near its stained bottom edge. But the full extent of the damage remains unknown until the screen gets unrolled ? a process still done manually by a large wooden handle almost 120 years later.

    You can follow InnovationNewsDaily Senior Writer Jeremy Hsu on Twitter @ScienceHsu. Follow InnovationNewsDaily on Twitter @News_Innovation, or on Facebook.

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    Alanis Morissette Rocks To Jams Old And New At Sold-Out Show

    Singer takes to Long Island stage with a radiant smile to perform songs from all chapters of her career.
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    The Platinum Girl Celebrity Blog | Relationship Love Gossip Rumors ...

    A friend of mine recently said that people with divorced parents do better at marriage than those whose parents are still together. She felt people from divorced homes are willing to work harder on their marriages and less likely to become unnerved with bumps in the road. Conversely, if you've grown up in a home where your parents relationship is somewhat idyllic, you expect your relationships and marriage to go as smoothly as theirs.

    After listening to her logic, I thought she had a point. Now, I don't agree that any one group works harder on their marriage than another. Yet, I acknowledge that those from divorced homes accustomed to turmoil can have highly successful marriages.

    I reflected on our conversation when reading an interview with Pink in Billboard magazine. Her parents divorced when she was 9 and she wrote Family Portrait at 21. She said, "I tend to hold onto things. I'm still exorcising some of those demons. I'm in a relationship that I've been in for 10 years and it's never going to be perfect."Her words caught my attention because she's open about how influential her parent's split has been in her life. The way I interpreted her words is that because she accepts it won't be perfect, she doesn't expect it, and thus, isn't disappointed that it isn't. This translates to being steadfast when it comes to weathering marital storms.

    Pink's words are relevant for my readers because those from divorced homes might be concerned about marriage. Several of my clients are "marriage averse" because their parents split and the high divorce rates. They're terrified of having a failed marriage. Because they didn't come from a healthy home environment, they worry about being emotionally fit enough to handle marriage.

    My first response to this is always complimentary. It's great to concern yourself with having a successful marriage. I appreciate that they don't want to rush into anything. What I encourage them to conquer, though, is their self-doubt.?

    Coming from a divorced home isn't proof positive you won't be a suitable spouse. This is simply because of the resources now available for married couples. What you grew up with isn't necessarily who you are as an adult if you choose differently. Your fate is separate from that of your parents.?

    You aren't on your own in marriage unless you want it that way. I'm not suggesting marriage counseling for couples who don't need it. Yet, maybe a wife struggling to keep a lid on her temper can find solace in an online forum. In other words, there are lots of places to go for help, even if it's for venting!

    Those reading this who come from divorced homes, have faith your tenacity will carry you far in a marriage. You'll be surprised at your determination. For those not from a divorced home who worry their relationship isn't as easy as their parent's, have faith, too. Every relationship has different strains. Allow yourself that uncertainty and the answers will come more easily.

    Before ending this post, I want to briefly mention I'm not pushing marriage on those who don't believe in it. I do think relationships are the best when a man wants to marry a woman. However, the purpose of this post is to encourage people to not underestimate themselves. Like Pink, you just might wake up one day with ten married years under your belt and think, "wow, I'm actually doing pretty good!"

    Tell me what you think! Can coming from a divorced home make you better suited for marriage?

    Until next time...

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