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Prada shortens temporary layoffs as orders rise

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30/10/2009

prada Italian fashion house Prada is shortening temporary suspensions for some workers by three weeks after orders for its spring/summer 2010 clothes exceeded expectations by 10 percent.

The Milan fashion group, whose designer Miuccia Prada is seen as a trailblazer worldwide for fashion, had signed an agreement with union workers a few weeks ago to put 250 from a plant of 3,000 into “cassa integrazione,” according to newspaper reports.
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Madagascar the destination for nature lovers

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29/10/2009

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“It’s just like Lord of the Rings”, whispers my guide, Jean-Jacques, as we stand looking up at the tamarind trees towering above our heads. Branches snap in the dark humid air and the black, angular vines and ancient roots are, indeed, straight out of Tolkien. A menacing groan echoes unnervingly around as two trunks grind together.
A strange squeaking brings me to my senses: it’s Jean-Jacques, doing his best impression of a lemur. This is not Middle Earth but the dry,
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Forget recession, let’s throw a “Mad Men” party

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27/10/2009

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With the country in the midst of the worst recession in decades, some Americans are finding comfort in clothing, martinis and parties inspired by the award-winning retro TV series “Mad Men.”
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Sex, alcohol, fat among world’s big killers

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27/10/2009

wine3Tackling just five health factors could prevent millions of premature deaths and increase global life expectancy by almost 5 years, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

Poor childhood nutrition, unsafe sex, alcohol, bad sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure are to blame for around a quarter of the 60 million premature deaths around the world each year, the WHO said in a report.

But while not having enough nutritious food is a big health risk for those in poorer countries,
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Giorgio Armani organizing staff as successors

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27/10/2009

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Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani, still frail after a bout of hepatitis, hinted on Tuesday of succession plans for his vast clothes empire after his retirement and joked about his appearance.

“I’m already organizing staff who will continue my work,” 75-year-old “King Giorgio,” as he is known in Italy, told reporters in the Russian capital, where he had jetted in to support its crisis-hit fashion industry.

“Of course I am not eternal, there comes a time when you must hand it over.”

Known for his shrewd business sense, Armani has been more vague about his plans than other designers of his generation and has not publicly designated
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48 Hours in Reykjavik, Iceland

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23/10/2009

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Reykjavik, with its endless summer daylight, long winter nights, glaciers, waterfalls and geysers, is a photographer’s paradise and a great holiday destination.
Reuters correspondents help you make the most of Europe’s northern-most capital, which sits on the Faxafloi fjord and offers bargains since the Icelandic kronor is worth up to 30 percent less against the U.S. dollar and the euro, than before the economic downturn a year ago.
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London’s Heathrow tops list of worst airports, again

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23/10/2009

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London’s Heathrow Airport has been voted the worst airport in the world for the second year running in a poll of 14,500 frequent fliers while Singapore’s Changi was again ranked as the best.

The survey participants, all member of airport lounge program Priority Pass, rated Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport
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Cheating husbands should be whipped?

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22/10/2009

cheatingMost Bruneians want husbands who cheat on their wives to be whipped, according to a recent survey in the Muslim-majority country.
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Top 25 stressful cities

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21/10/2009

chicago Striving to attain that perfect life, work balance? You’re not alone, but if you live in Chicago you’re more unlikely to find it with residents of the Windy City the most stressed in the United states.
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Time-strapped women huge growth market

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21/10/2009

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Tackling the eternal question of what do women want, the authors of a new book have an answer — “Women Want More.” More time and control over their lives, that is.

A “revolution of dissatisfaction” is brewing among women, and businesses that understand that women want more time and can market to them will find rich opportunities, say authors Michael Silverstein and Kate Sayre.

The book, based on a survey of more than 12,000 women in 22 countries, says women want products and services that free up their time, and conversely they dislike those that require time.

“Women do not have enough time for themselves
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www.diafthora.com,our site soon:to Fight against Corruption in Greece-E.U

Ever since antiquity, corruption has been one of the most widespread and insidious of social evils. When it involves public officials and elected representatives, it is inimical to the administration of public affairs. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been seen as a major threat in the private sphere, undermining the trust and confidence which are necessary for the maintenance and development of sustainable economic and social relations. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of Euros are paid in bribes every year.

Pentagon’s ‘lost’ trillions went to people connected to US military-industrial complex

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said that “the Pentagon’s lost trillions have nothing to do with defense, adding that the “money propping up the high lifestyles of those connected to the military-industrial complex.” Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate and the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, made the remarks in an article published by his website on Monday. Deputy US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has recently acknowledged that the Pentagon has failed its first-ever comprehensive audit, saying, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial,” Shanahan claimed. The first-ever audit of the of the $2.7 trillion enterprise that is the Pentagon identified widespread problems in cybersecurity, but found little in the way of savings that could offset potential budget cuts next year, according to officials. Pentagon’s comptroller David Norquist, who has played a key role in the audit, said after the report release that although no glaring instances of fraud were detected in the US military establishment, its Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations and the Transportation Command all received failing grades.

“The Outlook For The Global Economy Has Deteriorated”: Oil, Copper And Lumber

Oil, copper and lumber are all telling us the exact same thing, and it isn’t good news for the global economy. When economic activity is booming, demand for commodities such as oil, copper and lumber goes up and that generally causes prices to rise. But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for such commodities falls and that generally causes prices to decline. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a decline in commodity prices unlike anything that we have witnessed in years, and many are concerned that this is a very clear indication that hard times are ahead for the global economy. Let’s talk about oil first. The price of oil peaked in early October, but since that time it has fallen more than 25 percent, and the IEA is warning of “relatively weak” demand out of Asia and Europe…

Amazon Rolling Out ‘Amazon Pay’ Digital Wallet In Physical Stores

As FAANG stocks lead the market lower during what has become a relentless Q4 selloff, Amazon is hoping to reassure anxious investors that the company's relentless expansion and revenue growth will continue. To wit, the company is taking another big step toward establishing itself as the American WeChat or Alipay as it seeks to become the dominant player in electronic consumer payments in the US and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant is hoping to undercut Apple's Apple Pay by persuading more brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet. As it tries to build a foothold in payments outside of its Amazon Go stores, the company is reportedly focusing on building partnerships with restaurants and gas stations (businesses that have yet to be scalped by the Bezos revenue-absorption machine). To entice owners to give Amazon Pay a try, the company is dangling what appears to be a pretty enticing carrot: Amazon is promising to lower processing costs at a time when so-called "interchange" fees charged by Visa and MasterCard have been rising.

YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild

The Camp Fire in California has killed at least 79 people, left 699 people unaccounted for, and created more than a thousand migrants in Butte County, California. In these circumstances, reliable information can literally be a matter of life death. But on YouTube, conspiracy theories are thriving. Currently, when a user starts typing “California fire” into YouTube, the top autocomplete search suggestions are “conspiracy 2018,” “agenda 21,” and “laser beam,” all of which refer to conspiracy theories related to California’s wildfires. Similarly, typing in “California wildfire” leads YouTube to suggest “lasers,” “directed energy weapon,” and “dew,” which is an acronym for “directed energy weapon.” Simply typing “California fire” and searching it does return straightforward news coverage, which is an improvement over, say, the false flag and crisis actor conspiracies YouTube was surfacing about the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting earlier this year. Believers of this false California wildfire conspiracy theory think that the US government shoots directed energy weapons, or lasers, from a plane in order to to start fires at predetermined targets. The goal of this attack, which is not actually happening, is to support a bastardized interpretation of “Agenda 21,” a sustainable development plan developed by the United Nations in 1992. This conspiracy theory also gained a little bit of traction on Twitter. The conspiracy theorists use doctored or out-of-context images in order to falsely argue that directed energy weapons, or laser beams, caused the wildfires in California—not climate change. By incorrectly claiming that the houses were consciously struck, these theorists ignore ecological science which explains that the arrangement of homes and topography of the land