Peaches Geldof Dies At 25; Death Remains Mystery

Peaches Geldof Dies At 25; Death Remains Mystery
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Image by Dell Inc. | Wikimedia

Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25, her father Bob Geldof confirmed in a statement.

Shocking, unexpected death

Geldof was found dead at her home in Kent, and police were investigating the cause of death.

“At this stage, the death is being treated as an unexplained and sudden death,” Kent police claimed. “Officers are working to establish the circumstances around the death.”

An autopsy was inconclusive, police said. But toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine what killed Geldof.

Tributes

The 25-year-old model’s father released a statement saying his family is “beyond pain.”

“What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever,” he said.

A number of celebrities paid tribute and expressed their sadness on the unexpected death of Geldof.

Simon Cowell took to Twitter to voice his condolences: “Much love to her family she has left behind.”

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Holcim And Lafarge Decide To Merge

Holcim And Lafarge Decide To Merge
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Image by Emadrazo | Wikimedia

Holcim and Lafarge, two of the world’s largest construction material companies have decided to merge.

Advanced Discussions

Holcim, which is based in Jona, Switzerland and Lafarge, which is based on Paris, are among the biggest suppliers of cement and other products like gravel, stone, and sand. The companies said that they were in advanced discussions to emerge.

Combined Revenue

The companies have combined worldwide revenue of more than $43 billion. Antitrust lawyers warn that it could take years before any fusion is achieved. This is because there would be likely regulatory demands for asset disposal in some of the areas they operate.

Both of the companies have been hurt by weakness in the European economy. Holcim and Lafarge are seeking to fend off inroads from Asian competitors who offer lower costs.

In 2013, Holcim had revenue of more $22.2 billion. Lafarge, on the other hand, had a full-year revenue $20.9 billion.

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New Holy Grail Claim Draws Crowd To Church In Spain

New Holy Grail Claim Draws Crowd To Church In Spain
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Image by Solbaken | Wikimedia

Staff of the San Isidro basilica in Spain said that curators were forced to remove a precious cup from display in the church when crowd swarmed there after historians claimed it was the Holy Grail.

 A Recent Find

Visitors flocked to the church in the northwestern city of Leon after two historians named Margarita Torres and Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio published “Kings of the Grail,” a book saying the ancient goblet was the mythical chalice from which Christ sipped at the Last Supper.

Raquel Jaen, director of the basilica’s museum, said the cup was removed from display on Friday, March 28, while curators look for an exhibition space large enough to accommodate the visitors.

“It was in a very small room where it was not possible to admire it to the full,” she told AFP.

 Is It Really the Holy Grail?

The cup in Leon is made of agate, gold, and onyx and encrusted with precious stones. It is formed by two goblets joined together, with one turned up, the other down. The Spanish researchers, however, admitted that there are 200 supposed Holy Grails in Spain alone. They attempted to debunk the authenticity of some of the better-known candidates in their book.

The now popular object has been known as the goblet of the Infanta Dona Urraca, daughter of Fernando I, King of Leon from 1037 to 1065.

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Feedback Loops Usage To Monitor Subscription Business

Feedback Loops Usage To Monitor Subscription Business
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Customer lifetime value and attrition can deliver a powerful picture of future revenue before new business is counted, according to an article in E-Commerce Times. When combined, these two measures can provide businesses a more accurate way to establish and achieve sales targets.

Focus groups and surveys are useful, but these are time- and resource-intensive and not automatic in business models that produce and sell things. Subscription vendors are in a better position, as they can now make the most of the customer data earned in the normal course of business.

Measuring Early and Often

Customer feedback doesn’t normally come from long emails or in-depth interviews. It originates from simple decisions by customers about how and when to subscribe. Measurement provides businesses with a clear picture into customer behavior, from initial purchase to follow-up demands. Feedback loops offers businesses the customer knowledge on which to make decisions.

Scaling Businesses

Businesses can cultivate good ideas if they analyze their customers’ use and payments data. This enables them to scale their business with confidence, as they have real customer-generated data to support each decision.

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Flappy Bird To Return To The App Store, Creator Confirms

Flappy Bird To Return  To The App Store, Creator Confirms
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Addictive mobile game Flappy Bird is coming back to Apple’s app store, “but not soon.”

Hope for comeback

The game creator Dong Nguyen took to social media site Twitter to confirm, even though he refused to reveal a specific date.

“Yes. But not soon,” Nguyen confirmed, later adding: “I don’t work by plan. I will release it when it is done.”

Nguyen removed the famous game in February, explaining that its popularity had somehow ruined his “simple life.”

Allegedly ruined users’ lives

Earlier this month, Nguyen said in an interview that he was “considering” bringing the game back to the App Store.

He warned, though, that if he would return the game, it would come with a cautionary message warning against excessive gameplay.

He explained that  some users wrote to him saying how the game destroyed their lives. That prompted Nguyen to remove the game from stores.

Nonetheless, with Nguyen’s latest tweet, it looks like the return of the game is all but official.

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John Stamos Admits Lori Loughlin Is ‘The One Who Got Away’

John Stamos Admits Lori Loughlin Is ‘The One Who Got Away’
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After nearly two decades since Full House bid its goodbye to American television in 1995, John Stamos confirmed what many followers of the sitcom hoped for. In an interview last spring, John  admitted his Full House co-star Lori Loughlin is “the one who got away.”

With their undeniable chemistry seen in 192 episodes of their series, many fans can’t help but wonder why Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse never had a real-life romance offscreen.In a different interview, Lori answers.

Bad Timing

Lori shared that the timing was off for her and John to date by that time. “I was married at the time I was doing the show to my first husband,” she explains.The actress, who is happily married to fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli for almost 17 years, adds, “Right as I was getting divorced, he met Rebecca.”

Lori: John is the Hottest in Full House

When Lori was asked to select some of her cast superlatives, she confessed that John was the hottest among all male in the group. She also mentioned that she never gets tired of reliving her Full House days.

Although the pair of John and Lori didn’t materialize outside the show, they both remained good friends over the years.

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Hunter Catches 500-Pound Wild Boar

Hunter Catches 500-Pound Wild Boar
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Jett Webb, a 34-year-old hunter from Conetoe, N.C., was hunting at the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club in Bertie County last February 28 when he saw the gigantic 500-pound boar.

Is It Real or Not

Webb told WNCT-TV, “It was very surreal. It was a shock. It was very humbling to say the least, when you walk up on a beast that big and you say, ‘Oh my gosh. I had no idea that there could be something that big running around the woods of Eastern North Carolina.’”

“The Mohawk down the back, the tusks really lean, the muscular big front end. This is far from a domesticated docile pig that we’re used to,” he added.

Let the Hunting Begin

Wild boars are usually around 100 to 200 pounds only, so it’s unbelievable for some that it’s really a 500-pound animal.

Webb fired a single shot from a .308-caliber AR-15 rifle from about 50 yards to take the gigantic boar down. It was spotted ontrail camera footage years ago, but nobody was able to shoot him up to date.

This gigantic wild boar, however, wasn’t the biggest ever in history. In 2005, an 800-pound “Hogzilla” was shot and killed by a guide at a hunting club in Alapaha, Ga.

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New York To Regulate Bitcoin Transactions

New York To Regulate Bitcoin Transactions

BitcoinAs MT Gox, a leading Bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, financial regulators in New York urge firms to submit recommendations on regulating transactions for digital currencies, such as Bitcoin. The New York Department of Financial Services explained that it wanted to prevent money laundering and protect consumers better.

The Popularity of Bitcoin

Introduced in 2009, Bitcoin is a digital currency and peer-to-peer payment system developed by Satoshi Nakamoto. While digital currencies are popular across the United States and other parts of the world, no financial institution is regulating them.

Benjamin Lawsky, the superintendent of financial services of New York, explains that as virtual currencies will not likely disappear completely, financial regulators should set up guardrails for digital currency firms.

Concerns on the Digital Currency

One of the concerns on virtual currencies is the difficulty of tracing transactions, which is also one of the reasons for its popularity. Many have linked these currencies to illegal online activities.

Many countries have imposed regulations on digital currencies, with Russia declaring it as illegal and China prohibiting banks from handling Bitcoin exchanges. For Benjamin Lawsky, consumers should understand the risks of using digital currencies. Furthermore, he said consumers should receive appropriate disclosures on any financial product.

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Rousey Says She Could Beat Mayweather

Rousey Says She Could Beat Mayweather
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UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey joined Power 106 FM radio station to help underline the already obvious difference between boxing and mixed martial arts. In the interview, Rousey said she would be able to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. if they ever faced off in an MMA match.

On the Ground

The undefeated female fighter outlined her strategy by just staying on the ground and not even standing up, crawling across the ring “like the guy on Bloodsport,” take Floyd down, and grapple him into submission. Rousey has a valid point as “Money” has little to no experience in fighting people who are trying to grab him and wouldn’t be able to deal with that. Even if that person were at least two weight classes lighter.

Apples and Gloves

All the argument shows, however, is how different the two sports are and how useless it is to compare them. Boxers won’t be able to stay standing in an MMA match, and MMA fighters don’t hit as hard or as fast as boxers do. Even with that, however, the question continues and will continue to persist for whatever reason.

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Dove Pulls Ad That Outraged An Entire State

Dove Pulls Ad That Outraged An Entire State
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Unilever’s Dove has decided to remove a planned ad for its new deodorant line that refers to New Jersey as the “armpit of America.”

New dove campaign

The ad’s message – which was supposed to be “Dear New Jersey, When people call you ‘the Armpit of America,’ take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove” – was revealed last week. But it angered many New Jersey residents.

“We don’t stink,” Secaucus resident Joan Gazzillo said in a statement. ”In fact we’re a great state. Everyone wants to live here.”

‘Too personal’

Dove immediately dropped the ad when New Jersey residents responded in an uproar.

One woman wrote: “I use Dove Soap exclusively because it is a great product. However, your Dove Deodorant armpit commercials are offensive on several levels. Referring to New Jersey as the ‘armpit of America’ is a step too far, not amusing to NJ residents who live in its many beautiful places. The whole armpit theme ‘stinks’. Its a little too personal. It makes me wonder what you will be showing next.”

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