Things that London escorts fear most

Like every other business,London  escort service has its own insecurities. Escorts have their own fears and so does their London escorts agencies. This article covers a few things that give escorts sleepless nights. Whether you are an escort or intend to become one this is useful. Like any other business, the escort service has its ups and downs. Here is a list of a few downs as experienced by older escort in the industry. Since we learn from experience, this fears are valid and they are facts. After all, as said earlier every business has it disadvantages and the escort service is no exception.

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Change.
All over the world this is a common word. It’s not just a word but a process many people go through. It’s even said that if you do not change, change will change you. This leaves the escorts with no choice but to change. The reason high class escorts are afraid of change is that it brings with it a lot of uncertainties. Some of the changes identified by London’s top escorts agency gblondonescorts.com  include: change of character, change of style as well moving with the latest fashion trends. Just like gambling, London escorts change expecting a positive outcome. On the other hand, the outcome may end up disappointing. All the same, the escorts have to go with times to keep up relevance. As a result, they have no choice but to change before change changes them.

Comparison.
In a competitive escort agency London market, there has to be comparisons. Just like different brands sold in shops, clients compare escorts. As a result escorts do their best to get noticed. This is a great fear among the escorts. Every time an escort is left wondering, will I be chosen? This is a question whose answer lies squarely on the client`s hands. All the elite London escorts can do is enhance their looks and hope and pray that they get chosen.

Waiting for fun

This is not a battle of the escorts only, the agencies are dragged in too. They too face a lot of comparison based on the clientage and bank accounts. Though this is a common fear among escorts it is positive to some extent. It keeps the escorts restless hence they strive to improve their looks. As a result they keep up high levels of competition. With such trends this fear is not going anywhere in the near future. Escorts and their employing London escort agencies site www.londonsleadingladies.com have to face it.

Asking for help:
This is one fear based on the two uncertainties discussed above. For you to overcome the two, you might need some help. The reason escorts fear asking for help is pride. London escort train on being capable and fully independent. Simply this means that they learn how to survive all by themselves with as minimal help as possible. This therefore means that they attempt independence as much as possible. Asking for help only makes them look cheap and it’s not an option for them.

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On the other hand, some escorts may have valid reasons. For instance, they are afraid of the deceit that comes with help from others. For instance, if an escort asks for help from a fellow escort she might be misled. This is a competitive industry for a fact and no one wants to give out her success secret. Escorts might therefore mislead one another where help is needed. The situation only gets worse since there are no professional services offered to the escorts. If any they are few and insufficient. This therefore means that the advice an escort can get is minimal. Bearing in mind this is not a socially accepted idea, escorts also find it hard to visit public counselling facilities. Their situation is unique and there is an eminent fear of rejection.

Eating Popcorn At The Movies Could Make Advertisements Less Effective

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And here’s the biggest thing for people like deGrasse Tyson to keep in mind: it’s science fiction, for God’s sake! You would think the “fiction” part of “science fiction” is something that an astrophysicist could comprehend. And then there’s “The Butler,” the Lee Daniels film about a man who served for decades as a butler for various presidents at the White house. This film was attacked by the left and the right for being historically inaccurate. Some have cited errors with the film’s account of specific instances of the civil rights movement while others expressed outrage over the way President Ronald Reagan was depicted — apparently some view Reagan as a deity. Here’s a spoiler alert (and by “spoiler alert,” I mean a spoiler to people who have never googled or read anything about the film): It was fiction — that means it was made up. There was no “Cecil Gaines,” the butler character played by Forest Whitaker in the film. The film does not even purport to be a bio pic. Sure, it was loosely inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, a man who served as a butler in the White House for 34 years for eight presidents, but the film was a fictionalized account . And we saw similar obsessive fact-checking last year with movies such as “Argo” and “Lincoln.” I guess we should be thankful that Twitter wasn’t around when “Forrest Gump” was released because people would have gone crazy with tweets over that one. Can we agree on something? A director who is making a documentary should be required to present an accurate recitation of facts and history. But for all other movies, filmmakers should be afforded creative license to make the movie that fulfills their vision of the story they want to tell, even ones based on real events. Filmmakers are not historians, nor should they be held to such a standard.

Many of the most-pirated movies aren’t available for legitimate online purchase

Last week’s results were not an anomaly. The PiracyData team has been collecting data for three weeks, and during that period, not a single highly pirated film has been available to stream. And many highly-pirated movies have not been available for rental or download. Piracydata.org was created by two tech policy researchers at the Mercatus Center, a libertarian think tank, and by Matt Sherman, a software engineer based in New York. The team’s leader, Jerry Brito, says he got the idea for the site after a hearing in which major content holders criticized Google for failing to do enough to combat piracy. That criticism came despite the fact that Google has taken a number of steps to prevent illegal sharing of copyrighted works. A year ago, Google began automatically demoting search results that are the target of numerous takedown requests by copyright holders. Yet despite that proactive approach, searches for Hollywood blockbusters frequently turn up links to pirate websites. “The MPAA is complaining that Google leads people to infringing links,” Brito argues. “But what’s the alternative?” The movies that are available on file-sharing sites, he says, are “very rarely available for legal acquisition.” Unsurprisingly, MPAA spokesperson Kate Bedingfield disagrees. “Today there are more ways than ever to watch movies and TV shows legally online, and more are constantly being added,” she said in an e-mailed statement. “If a particular film isn’t available for stream or purchase at a given moment, however, it does not justify stealing it from the creators and makers who worked hard to make it.” Brito insists he’s not trying to excuse piracy. But, he argues, “I don’t understand how the industry is making a big show about Google not taking voluntary measures to help with piracy.” Hollywood, he says, could “change its business model to take their own voluntary measures to deal with piracy,” by making movies more readily available through legal online channels.

Dillon Smith gets popcorn for customers in the concession stand at the TK/Starlite Drive-In Theater on Sept. 28, 2013 in Neligh, Nebraska.

Research published online in late September in the Journal of Consumer Psychology claims that film ads are less effective when viewers are eating the movie snack staple. “The mundane activity of eating popcorn made participants immune to the pervasive effects of advertising,” researcher Sascha Topolinski, from the department of psychology at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany, said to the BBC . Researchers asked 96 Germans to watch a movie, which kicked off with a variety of advertisements. Half of the audience was given popcorn, which was constantly filled throughout the screening. The others received a small sugar cube. The ads were all real commercials of products that would typically not be known to a German audience, including a spot for the Scandinavian butter brand Lurpak. A few weeks later, the subjects were asked to rate a list of different products, some of which had been advertised. The sugar cube-eating group rated the products they had seen ads for higher, but those in the popcorn group were not influenced by the ads. The researchers conducted a second experiment with 188 people, except that in addition to their snacks the subjects were given money they could donate to charity. Again, the sugar cube group was more likely to give money to charity organizations that had been advertised, but people in the popcorn group were not swayed by what they had seen. “This finding suggests that selling candy in movie theaters actually undermines advertising effects, which contradicts present marketing strategies,” Topolinksi said.

Sky Movies comes to BT TV, hell braces itself for cold snap

Sky Movies comes to BT TV, hell braces itself for cold snap

Despite this, both recognize the growing threat of Virgin Media’s Netflix offering, which is why the pair have teamed up to offer Sky Movies via BT’s subscription TV packages. From October 26th, customers can subscribe to 11 Sky Movies channels in SD as well as on-demand content for an additional fee. It’ll all be done via existing Vision+ and YouView hardware, so there’s no need to buy any more gear, although HD-enthusiasts might just have to bite the bullet and sign up with Rupert directly. Show full PR text BT and Sky reach agreement to add Sky Movies to BT TV BT and Sky have signed a multi-year contract which will see Sky Movies made available through BT TV. BT will offer Sky Movies for a monthly subscription that customers can add to their existing BT TV package from October 26. The agreement means that BT will be able to offer its TV customers the option to bolt-on Sky Movies whether they are customers with the YouView box or the latest Vision + box. For Sky, the deal supports Sky’s growing wholesale content business. BT TV customers will be able to enjoy the latest movies across 11 Sky Movies channels, in standard definition, both as streamed live channels and on-demand for those with BT Infinity fibre broadband. For customers with regular BT broadband Sky Movies is only available on-demand. Sky Movies is the UK’s most popular subscription movies service giving access to over 700 different movies on demand including brand new exclusive premieres every week from major Hollywood studios such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., and Universal. Sky Movies subscribers can choose from more of the latest and biggest movies first, at least 12 months before any online subscription service. Premieres in October include Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Gangster-Squad. Zero Dark Thirty and Life Of Pi will premiere in November. The agreement includes Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky Movies Greats, Sky Movies Disney, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Action & Adventure, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller, Sky Movies Drama & Romance, Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror and Sky Movies Select.

Canada Beats Usa In Olympic Warmup

Canada monitors CN Rail labor dispute ahead of Oct. 21 talks

Take a look back at the best fights from the 2012-13 season . In the first of six exhibition meetings between the two rivals ahead of Februarys Sochi Olympics on Saturday, a hit on Canada goalie Shannon Szabados late in the third period sparked a full-on line brawl Saturday in Burlington, Vt. University of North Dakota product Jocelyne Lamoureux delivered the blow, prompting ex-University of New Hampshire Wildcat Courtney Birchard to accost her in the corner. Fighting in hockey is a rare sight on the international stage (especially in the womens game), but according to Team Canada captain Hayley Wickenheiser, this isnt the first dustup the two world powers have been involved in. We had a similar scrap in 2010, so I guess we have one every Olympic cycle to get it out of our system, Wickenheiser told reporters after the game, via Canoe.ca . It was kind of fun to see, and it brought a lot of intensity to another dog fight with these guys. There are few, if any, blowouts in this series. Canada, the defending Olympic champion, took home a 3-2 win in Game 1. Check out the brawl in the video below, with a stick tap to The Big Lead : Some of the highlights: 0:09 One of the announcers repeatedly says “Oh yeah!” as the brawl begins. 0:35 A true logistical challenge of brawling with cages over your face becomes all too apparent. 0:44 US goalie Brianne McLaughlin is not impressed. 0:55 The camera operator loses focus. 1:03 Everyone is pretty well spent.

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“We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go,” Stone said after Canada built a 3-0 lead and absorbed the USA’s late two-goal counterattack. “We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected. Ouellette sent Canada into a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second, converting Jayna Hefford’s cross-slot power play pass. Only 1:21 later, Bailey Bram knocked in Canada’s second goal during a goal-mouth scrum. MORE: Men’s Olympic hockey tracker Meanwhile, the Canadian team defense ramped up its play, effectively blunting any USA attack by hindering breakouts, smothering rushes and blocking shots. Until a late power play, the U.S. put one shot on goal during an earlier player-advantage.

Canada natives facing ‘crisis’: UN envoy

View gallery United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya, speaks at a press conference on June 18, 2010, in Guatemala City (AFP Photo/Johan Ordonez) Ottawa (AFP) – Canada faces “a crisis” when it comes to the plight of aboriginals, despite strides made recently in trying to improve their lot, a UN envoy said Tuesday. United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya, at the end of a nine-day tour of Canadian aboriginal communities, said steps taken to right historical wrongs, and help lift aboriginals out of severe poverty have been “insufficient.” “Despite positive steps, daunting challenges remain,” he told a press conference in Ottawa. “From all I have learned, I can only conclude that Canada faces a crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country.” He noted that the “wellbeing gap” between Canadian aboriginals and non-aboriginals has not narrowed over the last several years. He pointed, for example, to overcrowded, mouldy homes “in need of serious repair,” high suicide rates, and lack of educational and work opportunities in many aboriginal communities. “Overall there appear to be high levels of distrust among aboriginal peoples toward government(s),” he added. Anaya visited several aboriginal communities, and spoke with government officials over the past nine days. In his preliminary observations, he urged Ottawa to consult more with aboriginals on proposed education legislation, hold a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, and prolong an ongoing Truth and Reconciliation Commission probing abuses at government-funded, church-run residential schools. “If that doesn’t happen, the path forward will be a rocky one,” he warned. The government has recently said no to all three. Anaya will soon present a more detailed report on the plight of Canadian natives, with recommendations, to the United Nations Human Rights Council. In it he is expected to also praise Canada for its process of settling land claims, remedying gender disparities in laws specific to natives, and “adopting the goal of reconciliation, to repair the legacy of past injustices” since Anaya’s predecessor last visited Canada in 2003. Conflicts with aboriginals arising over Canada’s burgeoning resource industry may also be featured in the report. Several tribes are protesting against new mines, pipelines and other resource projects in their traditional territories, either over environmental concerns or demands for a slice of royalties.

US, Canada in women’s hockey brawl

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Paul Mccartney Plays Surprise Concert In N.y.’s Times Square

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:34pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed a surprise mini-concert in New York’s Times Square on Thursday to the delight of throngs of workers, tourists and fans. McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, “New,” which is due to be released in the United States on October 15. “Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 p.m. this afternoon!” McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert. “Come on down to Times Square. It’s all going to be happening there!” he added. Security guards at the site said the 15-minute, lunch-time concert was kept a secret until shortly before its start. “I loved it. It is hard not to like this band. They have been playing together for so long; they just make perfect music every time they hit a stage,” Said Hamdan, 51, a teacher in New York who learned about the concert through Twitter, said.

Pharrell Williams marries Helen Lasichanh in Florida; Usher, Busta Rhymes perform mini concert at ceremony

PHOTOS: SHHH! SECRET CELEBRITY WEDDINGS Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage Pharrell Williams (L) and Helen Lasichanh tied the knot in Miami. The wedding included a mini-concert by Usher and Busta Rhymes. Lasichanh, who is also the mother of the couple’s son Rocket, 4, and Pharrell were seen posing for wedding photos aboard a yacht named “Never Say Never.” The bride and groom stuck to their signature eclectic fashion sense, wearing plaid ensembles for the Terry Richardson shoot. They later tied the knot at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, according to Just Jared. INFphoto.com The Grammy award-winning producer and his new bride matched in plaid outfits for a wedding photo shoot. “Usher and Busta Rhymes did a mini concert at the wedding,” a source told Us Weekly. “It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to.” The “Get Lucky” singer previously gushed about his relationship with Lasichanh, and their family in an interview with the “Today” show. “It’s awesome,” he said.

Your Worst Concert Experience: The Phantom Grabber

He moved like a dancer, darting in and out of the pressing bodies faster than the constricted space should have allowed. It was fluid and fast, and you could tell he was a true pro. He had clearly been perfecting his craft for years, and if I had to bet, Id say he was still attending shows in the greater North Carolina regionmaybe the entire mid-Atlanticgrabbing away. Hes probably the White Whale for concert security forces all across the state. No one has ever caught the Phantom Grabber. Nate and I probably should have tracked him down and meted out that vigilante justice. That would have been the manly thing. Nate was tough and I could pretend well enough, and the Grabber didnt seem like the type who could hold his own without the cover of a crowd. But we didnt, because people hate conflict and we decided we could tolerate the violation. Maybe it would even be a funny story? And so we rationalized, like a bunch of people were doing all over the venue. Its why the Grabber could operate with such immunity. Instead, we moved out of his range, pressing forward to the stage. He didnt grab us again, and eventually we got to the front row. That was the story Id tell people about that showwe were front row!in order to disguise the trauma and make it seem like I had the awesome time youd expect from a legitimately cool college freshman.

Wynton Marsalis Featured In Benefit Concert

Your Worst Concert Experience: The Phantom Grabber

22 to benefit Christian Community Action. The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is a major sponsor of the event, which also will feature Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed. The performance, titled Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration! takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets. The concert supports the work of Christian Community Action in providing assistance, support, and housing to those who are poor in New Haven. A New Orleans native, Marsalis became the youngest musician ever to be admitted at age 17 to Tanglewoods Berkshire Music Center, which awarded him its prestigious Harvey Shapiro Award for outstanding brass student. He assembled his own band in 1981, performing over 120 concerts every year for 15 consecutive years, along the way rekindling an interest in jazz throughout the world and attracting young talent. Also a classical music performer, he has appeared with leading orchestras around the world and won a Grammy Award for his debut recording. He has produced over 70 records, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1997 for his epic oratorio Blood On the Fields. Marsalis has also been a prolific composer, creating new music for dance performances, big band, gospel choirs and symphony orchestras. In 1987 he co-founded a jazz program at Lincoln Center; due to its success, Jazz at Lincoln Center was installed as a new constituent at the venue. Throughout his career, Marsalis has helped to educate youth about music and has been engaged in philanthropic ventures. Following Hurricane Katrina, he organized the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert and raised over $3 million for musicians and cultural organizations impacted by the hurricane. He has also donated his time and talent to organizations ranging from My Sisters Place (a shelter for battered women) to Food for All Seasons (a food bank for the elderly and disadvantaged), as well as to the Childrens Defense Fund, Amnesty International, and the Newark Boys Chorus School.

He was gone. We watched him work his way down the line, grabbing the asses of everyone he passed without regard to gender, race or age. The Phantom Grabber was an equal opportunity criminal, and to be honest, it was impressive to watch. He moved like a dancer, darting in and out of the pressing bodies faster than the constricted space should have allowed. It was fluid and fast, and you could tell he was a true pro. He had clearly been perfecting his craft for years, and if I had to bet, Id say he was still attending shows in the greater North Carolina regionmaybe the entire mid-Atlanticgrabbing away. Hes probably the White Whale for concert security forces all across the state. No one has ever caught the Phantom Grabber. Nate and I probably should have tracked him down and meted out that vigilante justice. That would have been the manly thing. Nate was tough and I could pretend well enough, and the Grabber didnt seem like the type who could hold his own without the cover of a crowd.

Uk Police: 2 Callers Offer Same Name For Man In Madeleine Mccann Case

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Computer-generated sketch

The man was seen carrying a child matching McCann’s description on the night she vanished in 2007 around the resort town of Praia da Luz in Portugal. Police hope for new leads in McCann case New evidence in McCann case The man is described as white, between 20 and 40 years old, with short brown hair and a medium build. He was seen carrying a blond child, who might have been in pajamas and who was estimated to be 3 to 4 years old, around the time Madeleine disappeared, police had said. The sketches are based on descriptions from separate witnesses, investigators said. Since the program aired, British police said they have received more than 300 phoned tips and 170 e-mailed ones. “We will now take the time to follow up these lines of enquiry,” Redwood said. Police target 38 ‘people of interest’ in Madeleine McCann’s ’07 disappearance The latest revelation is critical in reconstructing what exactly happened more than six years ago on the night of May 3, 2007,when McCann disappeared from her family’s villa while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. The girl was just days shy of her fourth birthday. Computer-generated sketch Computer-generated sketch Computer-generated sketch Neither her parents nor the detectives investigating her case have given up on one day finding the little girl from Leicestershire, England. “There may be an entirely innocent explanation of this man, but we need to establish who he is to assist with our inquiries,” Redwood said earlier. Additionally, investigators believe they have a better understanding of when Madeleine may have been abducted, Redwood added. “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.” John Walsh: Madeleine McCann could be alive Police announced in July that they have identified 38 “people of interest” in connection with the case.

UK Public Sector Market for BYOD and Tablets 2013 Report

Markets closed UK Public Sector Market for BYOD and Tablets 2013 Report ReportsnReprots.com offers “BYOD: Their own devices – UK Public Sector Market for BYOD and Tablets” research report in its store. The research summarizes the status of the UK public sector ICT BYOD market. Press Release: ReportsnReports 7 hours ago Print DALLAS, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — BYOD: Their own devices – UK Public Sector Market for BYOD and Tablets 2013 report is intended both for those currently working with public sector clients, and those considering this market for the first time. This research investigates the usage stories for tablets in public service contexts and finds many areas in which mobile working and smarter processes have been enhanced through these devices. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131015/MN97576 ) The report ( http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/268938-byod-their-own-devices-uk-public-sector-market-for-byod-and-tablets.html ) covers the use of ICT in the public sector across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and helps gain insight into the public sector ICT BYOD market in the UK. Key Highlights of this UK public sector Market for BYOD and tablets report include: – The UK public sector market for bring your own device (BYOD) is still in its early stages. Early adopters are getting positive feedback and growing demand from employees wanting to use personal devices for work purposes. – BYOD is not delivering significant cost savings but is being implemented to cater to employee demand, as well as demand from students in the education sector. – Public sector organisations will need to embrace BYOD or risk a security breach because employees are increasingly using their own devices at work whether BYOD is supported or not. – Organisations that have implemented BYOD have not experienced any security breaches over and above what they would normally expect. – Higher and further education are at the forefront of BYOD adoption in the UK public sector, while early adopters in local authorities are beginning to move from pilots to full deployments and others are starting to consider the issue. – BYOD is not a priority for central government, the police force or other services/employees that deal with highly sensitive data. – The use of tablets in the UK public sector is still in its infancy but growing, although primarily at the organisation-owned level. We expect BYOD will gradually move to encompass tablets.

What Would Jesus Say About Republican Attack On Food Stamps?

Choosing between heating and eating: British demand for emergency food aid spikes

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There are a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. She planned to reach out to local officials. “You don’t want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity,” she said. Colman said the store manager promised her that he would honor the day’s store flyer discounts next week. Wasmer said the states affected by the temporary outage also included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Ohio’s cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Johnson said Xerox asked retailers to revert to a manual system, meaning customers could spend up to $50 until the system was restored. Illinois residents began reporting problems with their cards known as LINK in that state on Saturday morning, said Januari Smith, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services. Smith said that typically when the cards aren’t working retailers can call a backup phone number to find out how much money customers have available in their account. But that information also was unavailable because of the outage, so customers weren’t able to use their cards. “It really is a bad situation but they are working to get it fixed as soon as possible,” Smith said. In Clarksdale, Miss. one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest states in the nation cashier Eliza Shook said dozens of customers at Corner Grocery had to put back groceries when the cards failed Saturday because they couldn’t afford to pay for the food. After several hours, she put a sign on the front door to tell people about the problem. “It’s been terrible,” Shook said in a phone interview.

Food Stamp Debit Cards Failing To Work In 17 States

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the food stamp program has kept about 4 million above the poverty line and has been a lifeline to millions of others already in poverty. If the Republican cuts were to go into effect, 4 million people would be kicked off the food stamp program next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and another 3 million would be dropped annually in subsequent years. In other words, instead of achieving Stutzmans goal of lifting families out of poverty, the reductions would drive millions more into poverty. As usual, the problem is that tea party conservatives are setting fire to a straw man. The real world they think they know so much about is a fact-free bubble floating above reality. The imagined problem is that there are millions of freeloading bums living large with the daily $4.50 they get for food, but here is the truth about who receives food stamps: Almost half of them are children. The elderly make up 8%, and about 20% are disabled. The 24% who are able-bodied adults without children cannot receive more than three months of benefits in a three-year period unless they work at least 20 hours per week. Immigrants in the country illegally a.k.a. illegal aliens cannot receive food stamps. Contrary to a common perception, about 50% of recipients are white. A key fact: The cost of the food stamp program has ballooned over the last five years because of the sharp jump in unemployment due to the Great Recession. Many of those people are still living on food stamps, not because they have been made lazy by feasting on the meager meals the program allows them to buy, but because people on the low end of the economic ladder are always the last to be rehired.Making it even harder for them to put food on the table is not going to miraculously open up the job market. Only Jesus could perform that kind of miracle.

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Disposable incomes have fallen, when adjusted for inflation, since the global financial crisis erupted in 2007-2008. But the cost of necessities has risen gas and electricity costs are up 30 percent in real terms since 2007. The trust says many people this winter will choose between eating and heating. People at food banks have started giving back food items that need cooking because they cant afford to turn on the electricity, the trust said in a statement. The British Red Cross announced last week it would have 30,000 volunteers help in a massive food drive at the end of November. The Red Cross hasnt been involved in food distribution on a wide scale in Britain since World War II. IMPACT OF AUSTERITY The stress on the poor has increased since Britains coalition government, elected in 2010, imposed tough spending cuts and tax increases intended to reduce the budget deficit. That government has cut welfare payments, forced many low-income residents to pay local government tax for the first time, and imposed a new fee for public housing tenants with spare bedrooms. Treasury chief George Osborne has acknowledged that the austerity has proven to be hard on the country and that recovery is taking longer than anyone hoped. But the government insists the pain is a short-term necessity for the countrys long-term economic well-being. Among those struggling is Tim Day, 30, who lives off odd jobs and visited one of the trusts distribution centers at the United Reformed Church in Bromley on Tuesday. Between temporary work contracts, Day was grateful for a three-day supply of food including orange juice, vegetables, and porridge. But hes always worried about making ends meet. Its stressful, he said, describing the constant ups and downs that come without the certainty of a full-time job. UPWARD TREND The numbers show a steady increase in the numbers of people needing help to eat. When the trusts network started in 2000, it served 600 people at one site.

Usa Picks Up Three New Drama Series

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26 – Its obvious that the USA arent super-motivated for this match. Thats understandable; the job is done. And they have major commitments to their club teams, who sign their paychecks. Lets remember that these players are playing basically for free tonight. Lets just hope that the air traffic controllers who are working for free during the government shutdown are doing a better job. 32 – Maybe that laid-back Jamaican attitude is rubbing off on the US players. Or maybe they listened to Bob Marley and partook in some mood-enhancement medicine (were only one state over from Colorado!) before the match. Because our guys are moving pretty slowly. 37 – A terrible call gives Jamaica a dangerous free kick. The USA players are going to want to defend this well, because if Jamaica score then well have to start trying. 45 – Evans is down possibly from boredom? Half time: 0-0. Well, we wanted this match to be meaningless, and it is. This is still better than needing a result; Im sure Mexico would rather have a leisurely run-out than their nail-biting, sphincter-clenching match with Panama. 46 – Zusi comes in for Donovan.

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USA Network may be the No. 1 basic-cable network for the seventh year running, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t want to up it’s game when it comes to original programming. On Wednesday USA announced that it had given the green light to three new drama pilots, including one from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix. “These pilots illustrate our continued commitment to creating the next evolution of powerful original dramas for which USA is well known,” said Chris McCumber, the network’s president, in a news release. “This particular mix of dramas comes from some of the top writers and producers in the industry, each of whom brings a distinct point of view and unique talent for developing high-stakes story lines and compelling characters.” The announcement that Nix has a new show in the works comes hot on the heels of the September series finale of “Burn Notice.”In its seven years on air, Burn Notice was a huge hit for USA. In 2009 it became the most-watched scripted series ever on basic cable in the coveted 18-49 demographic. It was nominated for multiple Emmys over the years. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers In September Nix told The Times , “I have another show at USA — a pilot — hopefully it’ll go to series but you never know, and I’m acutely conscious of how lucky I was to have something like ‘Burn Notice’ my first time out. I know firsthand not everything is successful and you really have to savor the things that are.” Nix’s new project is titled “Complications” and it’s about a jaded suburban ER doctor who saves a child’s life during a drive-by shooting, killing one of the assailants in the process. It turns out, however, that the boy’s life has been marked and the doctor makes it his mission to protect him. The second pilot to get the go is “The Novice,” about a recent college grad who, thanks to the sour economy, turns to a life of crime to support himself and his family. It was created by Joe and Tony Gayton ( “Hell on Wheels” ). The final contender is “Rush.” It was created by Jonathan Levine ( “Warm Bodies” ) and is about a Hollywood doctor who makes discreet house calls to the rich and famous while also partying with the best of them. That’s until a former lover reappears and challenges the way he views his life.

Musical From Cancelled Show ‘smash’ Gets A Concert Performance In New York With Jeremy Jordan

Pharrell Williams marries Helen Lasichanh in Florida; Usher, Busta Rhymes perform mini concert at ceremony

The nightclub 54 Below said Tuesday it will present two world-premiere concert performances of Hit List on Dec. 9 featuring some of the stars from the series, including Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Later Tuesday, the 150-seat nightclub said both shows had sold out in an hour. Tickets were $55 plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. On the second season of Smash, the musical Hit List was a gritty, low-tech off-Broadway show that became a theater community darling and later competed with the glitzy Broadway-bound musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe called Bombshell. Hit List songs were written by Drew Gasparini, Joe Iconis, Andrew McMahon, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Lucie Silvas. Smash was cancelled this summer after two seasons. ___ Online: http://54below.com Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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SECRET CELEBRITY WEDDINGS Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage Pharrell Williams (L) and Helen Lasichanh tied the knot in Miami. The wedding included a mini-concert by Usher and Busta Rhymes. Lasichanh, who is also the mother of the couple’s son Rocket, 4, and Pharrell were seen posing for wedding photos aboard a yacht named “Never Say Never.” The bride and groom stuck to their signature eclectic fashion sense, wearing plaid ensembles for the Terry Richardson shoot. They later tied the knot at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coconut Grove, according to Just Jared. INFphoto.com The Grammy award-winning producer and his new bride matched in plaid outfits for a wedding photo shoot. “Usher and Busta Rhymes did a mini concert at the wedding,” a source told Us Weekly. “It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to.” The “Get Lucky” singer previously gushed about his relationship with Lasichanh, and their family in an interview with the “Today” show. “It’s awesome,” he said. “I can’t tell anyone what to do. I can’t give anyone relationship advice.

World Cup Qualifying: England, Spain, Russia Punch Tickets To Brazil

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Spain (6-0-2) won Group I with a 2-0 victory over visiting Georgia on goals by Alvaro Negredo in the 26th minute and Juan Mata in the 61st. Iker Casillas returned to starting lineup for Spain after being replaced by Victor Valdes against Belarus last week. The Spanish, who have won three straight major tournaments, including the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, qualified for their 10th straight World Cup. It may look practically routine, but its important to remember how successful weve been at qualifying, coach Vicente Del Bosque said. This is not an easy competition. France (5-1-2) was second and will be in the playoffs despite defeating visiting Finland 3-0 on goals by Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema around Joona Toivios own goal. Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Romania and Iceland also finished second in their groups, winding up in Mondays draw for the eight-team European playoffs next month along with Sweden and Croatia. The four playoff winners also will earn berths. With a population of just over 300,000, Iceland would be the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, at about 1.3 million, was at the 2006 tournament in Germany. The seedings for the playoffs will be determined by Thursdays FIFA rankings. Denmark (4-2-4) had the poorest record among the nine second-place teams and missed out on a playoff berth. Bosnia (8-1-1) won 1-0 at Lithuania on Vedad Ibisevics 68th-minute goal to win Group G on goal difference over Greece. Bosnia-Herzegovina gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1992.

England, Spain, Bosnia, Russia qualify for World Cup; Greece, Portugal in playoffs

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A court in the northern port city of Murmansk has already denied bail to two Britons and four Russians held over the September 18 protest in which activists tried to scale the Prirazlomnaya oil rig and security forces later boarded the Greenpeace ship. The piracy charges, punishable by up to 15 years’ jail, appear aimed at sending a message that Moscow will not tolerate attempts to disrupt its development of the resource-rich Arctic. Other countries and firms seeking to exploit Arctic energy resources face similar concerns from environmentalists, who fear they will destroy a pristine ecosystem. Willcox, 60, a veteran campaigner who was at the helm of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior when it was bombed and sunk by the French secret service in 1985, denied the charges against him in court. “I have been doing this for 40 years and never faced a charge like this,” the state-run Russian news agency RIA quoted him as saying. “If I could start everything over, I would stay in New York.” Greenpeace says the protest at the rig owned by state-controlled Russian energy company Gazprom was peaceful and calls the piracy charges absurd and unfounded. “He is a hero not a pirate,” Willcox’s wife, Maggie, said in a statement. “I appeal to the common sense and conscience of the Russian authorities to let my husband and the rest of the people from the Arctic Sunrise come home.” President Vladimir Putin has said the activists were not pirates but that they had violated international law. The head of the Kremlin’s human rights advisory body has said he would ask prosecutors to withdraw the piracy charges. Investigators have said more charges will be pressed against some protesters as drugs and other suspect items had been found on the ship. Greenpeace denies there were illegal items aboard.

Azerbaijan vs. Russia: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

A solid performance is needed to overpower Azerbaijan. Portugal’s fixture against Luxembourg is as close to a given as international football ever produces, especially when you consider the minnows have just one win in nine qualifying matches this campaign. Group F Standings 6 FIFA.com. The trip to Baku isn’t a gruelling one for the Russians. With Baku sitting just south of Russia’s east border, Capello’s team will be well-rested and ready to outplay their opponents. The teams met almost a year to the day on Oct. 16, 2012, but as the Moscow crowd found out, Azerbaijan are capable of making a nuisance of themselves. A late Roman Shirokov penalty notched a 1-0 victory in a match that saw the visitors fall just short of an excellent draw. Azerbaijan’s recent 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland produced their only three points of the qualifying campaign, as Berti Vogts’ team continue to stutter with draws. Russia haven’t been quite as accommodating. Capello’s team have 19 goals to their name, including four against Luxembourg last time out.

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Spain (6-0-2) won Group I with a 2-0 victory over visiting Georgia on goals by Alvaro Negredo in the 26th minute and Juan Mata in the 61st. Iker Casillas returned to starting lineup for Spain after being replaced by Victor Valdes against Belarus last week. The Spanish, who have won three straight major tournaments, including the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, qualified for their 10th straight World Cup. It may look practically routine, but its important to remember how successful weve been at qualifying, coach Vicente Del Bosque said. This is not an easy competition. France (5-1-2) was second and will be in the playoffs despite defeating visiting Finland 3-0 on goals by Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema around Joona Toivios own goal. Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Romania and Iceland also finished second in their groups, winding up in Mondays draw for the eight-team European playoffs next month along with Sweden and Croatia. The four playoff winners also will earn berths. With a population of just over 300,000, Iceland would be the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, at about 1.3 million, was at the 2006 tournament in Germany. The seedings for the playoffs will be determined by Thursdays FIFA rankings. Denmark (4-2-4) had the poorest record among the nine second-place teams and missed out on a playoff berth. Bosnia (8-1-1) won 1-0 at Lithuania on Vedad Ibisevics 68th-minute goal to win Group G on goal difference over Greece. Bosnia-Herzegovina gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1992. Almost 10,000 fans jumped, cried and screamed Vamos Bosnia or Go Bosnia when Ibisevic scored in Kaunas.