KARS, Turkey: Emre proposed to his girlfriend Mine Nur in a candlelit wagon on the "Eastern Express", a thousand kilometre train ride across eastern Turkey which he says formed the perfect start to their voyage through life."We love travelling, so this suits us perfectly. This is a short demo of a life-long journey together," said Emre, who popped the question this month after a two-year relationship.Mine Nur said yes.Until a few years ago taking the 24-hour train ride for a 1,365 km (850 mile) trip - instead of a plane journey of little over an hour - would have been considered madness, despite the ridiculously cheap price of 45 lira (US$11).(Click https://reut.rs/2I1fsYw for a picture package of the Eastern Express train journey)Things changed when a group of young Turkish tourists decided to do away with speed and booked sleeping car reservations on the train. Naturally, they shared the experience on social media.From that point onwards, the train became a venue for fun, … [Read more...] about Turkey’s ‘Eastern Express’ puts romance back on tracks
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YEN MAKABENTA First word The 17th Congress is stirring with activity to give birth to a divorce law. The House of Representatives has already passed its version of the divorce bill, on third and final reading, with 134 members voting for it, 57 against, and two abstentions. The Senate has timidly talked about a law that would make annulment more expeditious and less expensive. The Catholic Church appeared to be loosening its stern opposition to divorce, when it allowed the Church-run Radio Veritas to release the results of its survey of Filipino attitudes to the proposed legalization of divorce in the country. Veritas reported that of 200 respondents surveyed nationwide in urban and rural areas, 39 percent strongly agree to the legalization, while 35 percent strongly disagree. By gender, 43 percent of women strongly agree to the legalization of divorce, while 34 percent of men strongly agree. By age group, the younger set were more eager in supporting legalization. Father Anton … [Read more...] about What’s next: Will marriage become a trophy?
caption Business Insider’s fake goods haul from Facebook. source Business Insider Facebook is struggling to keep fake products off Marketplace, its two-year-old listings service that allows anyone over the age of 18 to buy and sell goods. Business Insider bought a fake Rolex watch, Gucci bag, and Tiffany bracelet from illegal UK sellers, who didn’t declare the items as counterfeit. Tiffany alone said it has removed more than 2,000 fake listings from Marketplace since 2017, while Trading Standards said the issue is “significantly under-reported.” We found there are minimal rules and protections in place for users, with unscrupulous sellers attempting to secure our personal information and bank details. A detective at the UK’s intellectual property policing unit said buyers of fake goods on Facebook might be financing serious organised … [Read more...] about Our mission to buy a fake Rolex on Facebook reveals how the company is playing host to countless criminal enterprises
By Eliza Ronalds-Hannon Bloomberg Matt Townsend Lauren Coleman-Lochner Fri., March 16, 2018 You want a trip to Toys “R” Us, head office of Geoffrey the Giraffe, to feel like a visit to a sugar plum Toyland. But the mood is black these days inside One Geoffrey Way in Wayne, N.J., spiritual home of the cartoon mascot who’s been beckoning to kids for generations. Shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dave Brandon, chief executive officer of the iconic toy chain, delivered the news that his more than 30,000 U.S. workers had been dreading: We’re finished. After 70 years, Toys “R” Us would close shop — a casualty of Amazon-era retailing and debt-fueled, private-equity deal-making. Read more: Toys “R” Us in negotiations to sell Canadian business Article Continued Below Toys “R” Us will go down as retail’s cautionary tale Demise of Toys “R” Us will have wide ripple effects … [Read more...] about Marking the last days of the Toys “R” Us era
When inside a time dilation box, one has time to think. Or at least one can do as much thinking as possible while surrounded by, more often than not, busy construction equipment. From inside, the rest of the world virtually ceases to move. Inside, people like Greg fix gigantic potholes until he can say that all is well, sorry for the brief inconvenience, have a pleasant day in Central Manila. Every month, there are, on average, six boxes on the streets of CM. Most of them contain automs doing routine maintenance. Assess the magnetics here, restore the repellants there. About four times a year, due to some major accident (or the rare terrorist attack), there is a box with a living, breathing, food-consuming person inside. Who usually has integrated engineering training. Who hates getting up on Mondays. Who generally hates working in boxes. Like Greg. Last March, it was some reckless trillionnaire’s son on a vintage air hovercraft, which accelerated uncontrollably until it crashed, … [Read more...] about Somewhere in Central Manila, for Under a Minute on Christmas Eve