September sees 103,000 new jobs in US; 9.1% unemployment rate remains as ever

Nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 in September, and the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent as ever, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday. The report for July was revised from +85,000 to +127,000, and the change for August was revised from 0 to +57,000. The increase in employment partially reflected the return to payrolls of ...

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Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 goes to 3 women – Sirleaf, Gbowee and Karman

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa’s first democratically elected female president.  Since ...

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Will Taj Mahal collapse?

The Taj Mahal will collapse within five years unless its foundation is re-worked, say local leaders and green activists. The 358-year-old marble mausoleum attracts four million visitors a year and was an architectural wonder constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the city of Agra. It was also a symbol of love as the emperor built it in memory ...

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Forest ranger murdered by poaching gang in Cameroon

Another incident involving poachers in Cameroon in West Central Africa who are turning violent came forth and a forest ranger has been killed, another seriously injured outside a national park in Cameroon on Sept. 27 about 10 kilometres from Cameroon’s border with Central African Republic. The two rangers were on patrol near Lobéké National Park, where WWF provides critical support ...

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Nobel 2011 Literature Prize goes homeward, to poet Tomas Transtromer

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011 was awarded to Poet Tomas Tranströmer and the citation said, “through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”. Tomas Tranströmer was born in Stockholm on 15 April 1931. His mother Helmy was a schoolteacher and his father Gösta Tranströmer a journalist. After graduating in 1950 from Södra Latin grammar school ...

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Retracing the spirit in Steve Jobs’ last mail

Here is a copy of the last e-mail sent by Steve Jobs to the  Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community on August 24: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day ...

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Tim Cook’s e-mail on Steve Jobs death

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent the following e-mail to Apple employees notifying the death of Steve Jobs. “Team,I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today. Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough ...

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Steve Jobs dead: Remembering his India connection

It’s finally curtains down for legendary CEO Steve Jobs who co-founded technology giant firm Apple that is better known for its latest iPhones and iPads than its early Macintosh computers. Steve Jobs, who had undergone a liver transplant after suffering from pancreatic cancer and opted out of the CEO position in August this year, may remain as the company’s unforgotten ...

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