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Posted on 7:29pm Monday 28th Nov 2011
A British company has created a new video game system. This seems like an unoriginal and standard occurrence in our highly technological 21st Century society. The only difference here is that the controller is a urinal.
It is a snowboarding game, where the character is controlled with the gamer’s urine (Let’s hope for no backflips). There is a LED screen attached to the top of the urinal, with a motion sensor looking down and acknowledging the movements.
The company has also created two other games to accompany the snowboarding adventure. One is the classic Breakout arcade game, whilst the other is a quiz aptly named Clever Dick.
The modern video game scene is extremely competitive, with global leaderboards for games such as Call of Duty and FIFA 12. One has to consider to what lengths people will go in attaining the high scores in these new games, storing up their urine to unleash down the pub on a Friday night. At least the owners won’t be complaining, assuming no backflips will be attempted.
Posted on 7:00pm Monday 28th Nov 2011
Recent X Factor reject Janet Devlin has lashed out at the show, claiming that it turned her into a karaoke singer, as she covered songs every week. Devlin was voted off of the ITV show Sunday evening, with Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa all preferring Misha B to the Irish teenager. Their Mentor Kelly Rowland exclaimed that the decision was too hard as she “loves both these girls”, and therefore refused to vote.
Devlin claims that had she been a puppet and done exactly what the show had asked of her, she would have gone further in the competition. The Irish singer certainly had a unique voice, although has been criticized for not being diverse enough and predictable.
Portrayed as a shy, quiet girl on the show, this certainly seems to contradict that opinion. It makes one wonder whether or not she was acting on camera in an attempt to gain more votes and whether or not she’s watched the X Factor before, as it has always involved contestants covering famous songs.
Posted on 3:43pm Saturday 26th Nov 2011
NBA Lockout Ends
The National Basketball Association’s players and owners have come to an agreement early this morning to end the 149 day lockout. There are still some legal issues to be sorted out before the deal is finalized. The NBA state that they are confident these issues will be resolved before Christmas Day. There are now plans for a marquee triple header on December 25th to commence the delayed 2011/12 season. The three games being played are: the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas, and then MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago will visit Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The League has planned a 66-day season with Free Agency and Training Camps opening on December 9th. They have also commented that they aim to create increased equality in the league, rivaling that of the NFL, where the Green Bay Packers are current champions despite having one of the smallest markets.
Posted on 8:05pm Wednesday 16th Nov 2011
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Documents certified by notaries are sealed with the notary's seal and are recorded by the notary in a register maintained by him/her. These are known as "notarial acts".
In countries subscribing to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents only one further act of certification is required, known as an apostille) and is issued by a government department (usually the Foreign Affairs Department or similar).
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The Notaries Profession in England is the oldest branch of the legal profession. Notaries Public Lawyers in England and Wales form the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom. Their origin can be traced back to the times of the occupation of Britain by the Romans.
Just like Notaries in countries with Civil Law Jurisdictions, Notary Public Lawyers carry out all kinds of non-contentious legal work. They are effectively Civil Law Lawyers or Notaries practising in a Common Law Jurisdiction and are a bridge between the Civil Law Jurisdictions and the Common Law Jurisdictions of England and Wales. Our firm have Ecclesiastical Lawyers who are members of the Ecclesiastical Law Society of England.
A Notary Public Lawyer prepares Notarial Acts including Authentic Acts mainly being documents executed in England and Wales for use elsewhere in the world.
This will include drafting, review and explanation of documents for use outside the UK.
There are two basic types of Notarial Act; those in private form and those in Public form for which are Authentic Acts/Instruments.
The private form is when a Notary Public Lawyer annexes a Notarial Certificate by way of authentification of a document thus converting it into a Notarial Act.
The Public Form is an Authentic Act / Instrument drafted by the Notary Public Lawyer which will include verification of identity, legal capacity and understanding of the documents and awareness of the contents , and confirming authority to enter into the transaction e.g., in the case of a corporate body.
The role of the English Notaries in helping business and citizens is well recognised.
English Notary Public Lawyers have had their Notarial Acts recognised worldwide for centuries and this indeed has permitted citizens and businesses to circulate freely.
In this way Notaries facilitate commerce and life for the ordinary citizen as Notarial Acts enable them to go about their daily lives and business freely with reasonable cost and without undue delay.
Should you require your documentation to be submitted to a particular London based Embassy, this service is also provided by our firm to both private and corporate clients. Because the fees of London based embassies vary so much, the fees per document are available upon application.
Our documents are translated into many languages by our translation services division. Our fees are charged by the number of words in the document requiring legal translation.
In accordance with Rule 15.1 of the Notaries Practice Rules 2009, a Notary may charge a professional fee for all notarial work undertaken by him and the basis upon which that fee will be calculated or the fee to be charged for the work done, shall be made known in advance to any new client.
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Posted on 8:13pm Monday 14th Nov 2011
Insurance sales people pay a premium for racy night on the town
Insurance agents, it is said, are premium lovers. This was certainly put to the test when a hundred intrepid German sales reps were offered 20 Hungarian prostitutes at a steamy evening in Budapest’s Gellert Baths as a reward for a successful year of selling policies.
Attache cases and mobile phones were surrendered by the high – performing insurance experts at the entrance to the orgy. But even after they had stripped off their suits, the men could not quite shed their office habits. As soon as they had made use of the services of one of the women, she would have her wrist rubber – stamped.
That was how the insurance reps established how popular each woman was. Some had ended the evening with more than a dozen stamps on their arms.
As befits reps from Germany, it was a rather orderly orgy.
They queued for up to an hour in front of four-poster beds. Those who did not have the patience to stand in line were allowed to make love in the baths, providing that showers were taken before and afterwards.
Women were also made available back at the hotel.
After the return to Germany the company’s in – house magazine had made sly references at the time to “a night not easily forgotten in Budapest”.
Unusually the reps failed to read the small print. Most of all, they ended up having to pay an extra Euro 3,000.00 (Pounds 2,600.00 to the German inland revenue for taking advantage of taxable pecuniary benefits!!
Posted on 7:26pm Monday 14th Nov 2011
Man used shotgun in Wales due too trauma over ex – wife
A man who walked into a hair salon and shot his ex – wife was suffering after the “ traumatic “ break-up of the marriage and needed medical attention, his family said.
The man fled after the shooting and was found dead in woodland five hours earlier. The man used a double – barreled shotgun in the attack on his estranged wife in the hair salon where she worked.
His family said he had been suffering for the last few weeks and “desperately” needed professional help.
His unnamed ex-wife suffered an injury to her knee and her condition has been described as stable by the hospital. Two other women who were also injured in the attack have since been released from hospital.
The man had gone to the hair salon to confront his ex – wife about their separation.
He did not have a shotgun licence but was said to enjoy hunting.
Posted on 4:18pm Monday 14th Nov 2011
Chinese Tax Revenues – July 2011
China’s tax revenues in the first half of the year surged 29.6 per cent from a year earlier to five trillion yuan (£470bn), underscoring the government’s ability to deal with any fallout from local government debt.
Tax revenue growth slowed from a 32.4 per cent rise in the first quarter of this year.
Revenue from corporate income surged 38.3 per cent in the first half while personal income tax climbed 35.4 per cent, the Ministry of Finance said.
Receipts from customs duties rose 32.1 per cent and those from property tax rose 24.4 per cent.
The Ministry of Finance attributed the strong tax revenues to solid economic growth, rising corporate earnings as well as higher prices that boosted receipts.