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H&M Finally, Officially Launches Ecommerce in the United States

By Justin Fenner

Late Wednesday night, H&M made an announcement that’s been a long time coming: customers in the US can now shop online – which means shopping the brand’s upcoming Isabel Marant collaboration is going to be that much easier. The much anticipated collection will officially be the first of H&M’s collaborations to be sold online in the US.

“It’s finally here!” the Swedish retailer wrote in a Facebook post. “Our US online store is officially open in all 50 states. Great fashion is now just a click away!” Around the same time, the brand’s US Twitter account asked its followers, “Who’s ready to shop online?”

H&M said just a few weeks ago that it would be launching ecommerce Stateside in August, but that announcement came after a years-long cycle of repeated promises and delays. After its much-lauded collaboration with Lanvin, H&M said it would launch ecommerce at the end of 2011. Then, in 2012, the brand said in a financial statement that it would have to push the launch back to Summer 2013.

There were rumors that the ecommerce would launch this June, but those turned out to be false.

But none of that matters now: The “Choose Region” page that greets the site’s users now features a little shopping bag next to the link for the US site. The United States joins Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden (of course), and the United Kingdom on the list of countries that can shop H&M’s website.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at fashionologie

Mass Murderer Breivik's Next Step: College Student?

By John Johnson

Those who thought Anders Behring Breivik got a ridiculously light sentence of 21 years for murdering 77 people in Norway will be just thrilled to hear the latest development about him: The unrepentant anti-Islamic extremist has applied to Oslo University, and the school is considering, reports the Local . Breivik’s prison… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Home

Today in History for 29th July 2013

Historical Events

1874 – Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court
1907 – 1st helicopter ascent in Douai, France
1957 – Jack Paar’s Tonight show premieres
1972 – France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
1974 – St Louis Card Lou Brock steals his 700th base
1990 – South Africa Communist Party begins 1st legal conference

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Famous Birthdays

1872 – Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
1883 – Benito Mussolini, [Il Duce], Forli Kingdom of Italy, Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), (d. 1945)
1909 – Georgy Mushel, composer
1911 – Foster Furcolo, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)
1957 – Nellie Kim, Shurab, Tajik SSR, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
1968 – Kristen Babb-Sprague, California, US synchronized swimmer (Olympic-gold-92)

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Famous Deaths

1030 – Olaf Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad
1825 – Micah Hawkins, composer, dies at 48
1922 – Edward Gailliard, Flemish language/archaeologist, dies at 81
1934 – Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883)
2003 – Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (b. 1937)
2007 – Tom Snyder, American television personality (b. 1936)

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at HistoryOrb.Com – This Day in History

Norwegian Town Uses Giant Mirrors to Escape the Darkness

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Remember that scene in the movie Legend, where Tom Cruise uses mirrors to blast sunlight at Tim Curry? Yeah, well, there’s a town in Norway doing something similar to escape the five months of darkness enveloping the town every year. As reported by Popular Mechanics, the village of Rjukan has installed giant mirrors on a mountain which can illuminate one portion of the town square.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Tech

Sunless Town's Plan: Hang Mirrors on Mountains

By Evann Gastaldo

The 3,500 residents of Rjukan, Norway, live in shadow for five months every winter, thanks to surrounding mountains that block the sun —but this year, they’ll have at least one cheery spot when the shadows start to descend in September. The town square will be lighted via huge mirrors,… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Great Finds

France frees Norwegian neo-Nazi: judicial source

The French authorities on Thursday released from custody a Norwegian extremist who was detained on suspicion of plotting a “major terrorist act”, a judicial source told AFP.

Kristian Vikernes, 40, was detained together with his French wife on Tuesday but investigators found no evidence of a terror plot, the source said.

His wife Marie Cachet was freed on Wednesday.

The pair were brought in from their home in the central French region of Correze over fears Vikernes, who served 16 years in prison in Norway for stabbing a fellow musician to death, was planning an attack.

On Wednesday, Vikernes’s lawyer Julien Freyssinet said that the Norwegian was far from preparing a terror act, describing him as a “survivalist”.

Survivalism is a movement of people who actively prepare for emergencies — by for instance stockpiling food, water and medicine or building protective structures — and sometimes believe a social, political or natural catastrophe is imminent.

He said weapons seized by officers at the couple’s home had been acquired “completely legally and without hiding a thing, as part of a philosophy followed by the couple — that of survivalism.”

The interior ministry said at the time of the arrest that Vikernes was “close to the neo-Nazi movement” and could have been preparing a “major terrorist act”.

However Interior Minister Manuel Valls later conceded no specific target or project had been identified, but authorities had decided to “act before and not afterwards.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News

Japan, South Korea continue to lead in fiber Internet

The number of fiber Internet subscriptions rose 12.7 percent in the countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Paris-based group said Thursday.

Just under 49 million fiber Internet connections existed across the 34 countries, according to the data. That represented about 15 percent of all fixed Internet lines, but in several nations the percentage of fiber connections is much higher.

Japan and South Korea lead the pack with fiber penetration of over 60 percent. Sweden, Estonia and Slovakia rounded out the top five with penetration in the 30 percent range. The other nations with above average fiber penetration were Norway, Iceland, Slovenia, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Portugal. Hungary was ranked just slightly below the average.

Penetration rates in the remaining countries, which included the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, were all under 10 percent.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

French arrest Norwegian suspected of terror plot

French police have arrested a Norwegian sympathizer of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik on suspicion of planning “a large terrorist act.”

The Paris prosecutor’s office identified the suspect as Varg Vikernes. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the suspect was arrested at his house in rural central France on Tuesday.

Vikernes’ French wife, Marie Cachet, was also arrested, the prosecutor’s office said.

Vikernes was previously convicted of murder in Norway and is close to the neo-Nazi movement, the interior ministry said.

His wife had recently acquired four rifles, the interior ministry said. Investigators are looking into how the firearms were acquired and what they were for, it added.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News

Offshore Tax-Dodging Law To Be Delayed By 6 Months: Treasury

By The Huffington Post News Editors

* Delay will give foreign banks more time to comply -Treasury
* FATCA law has drawn complaints from many foreign banks
* Agreements reached with UK, Switzerland, Germany other countries (Adds details of postponement, background)
By Patrick Temple-West
July 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday it will postpone enforcement of a new law that cracks down on offshore tax avoidance by Americans by six months until July 1, 2014, giving foreign banks more time to determine how to comply.
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, requires foreign banks and other institutions to supply information to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service about Americans’ offshore accounts worth more than $50,000.
The law, approved by Congress in 2010, stipulates that foreign financial institutions that fail to comply can effectively by frozen out of U.S. capital markets.
Since the law was passed, foreign banks and other businesses have complained about the costs of FATCA and its scope, saying in some cases that it conflicts with home-country banking laws that shield account holder information.
To help banks in countries with legal issues, Treasury and the IRS have been working on agreements that will let the home-country governments of foreign banks act as information-disclosing intermediaries to deal with the IRS.
“We are providing an additional six months to complete agreements with countries and jurisdictions across the globe,” said Robert Stack, Treasury deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs, in a statement.
The United States has finalized intergovernmental agreements for FATCA compliance with Germany, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, Mexico, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Dozens more of these pacts are in negotiation.
A new registration website for banks to sign up with the IRS and ensure they are complying with FATCA is now set to open on Aug. 19, Treasury said in its statement. The portal …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Iron Man 3 Surpasses The Avengers at International Box Office

Iron Man 3 opened in 42 territories around the world over the weekend – that’s about 79% of the international market, so not small by any stretch. And the latest outing for Tony Stark has so far taken a staggering $195.3 million. That’s more than the $185.1 million taken by The Avengers grossed over its opening weekend.

It’s worth noting, however, that in some territories Iron Man 3 had a slight advantage over The Avengers, opening on a Thursday, not a Friday like The Avengers. But saying that, the film has yet to open in Russia, China or Germany – so it’s still a pretty impressive feat.

It had the highest grossing weekend ever in Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. And was the biggest opening ever for a Marvel movie in Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, Romania, New Zealand, Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and Malaysia.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Movies

Looming Dangers Arise in Secret Underground Cigarette Trade

By Jacob Roche, The Motley Fool

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Between 2006 and 2012, illegal smuggling of this product grew by more than 15%. The trade is largely run by organized crime. Government policy can be blamed for at least part of the problem.

Am I talking about cocaine? Marijuana? No, just the humble cigarette.

A recent report from research group KPMG, and commissioned by Philip Morris , revealed that while total consumption of cigarettes in Europe has fallen in recent years, the illegal contraband and counterfeit trade has grown from 8.3% of total consumption to 11.1%. The report suggests that the high profitability and low risk of penalties attracts organized crime, which can use the trade as a cash cow to fund far more objectionable activities. An ad from British American Tobacco goes as far as to suggest that the trade could even be indirectly funding terrorism.

There’s a black market for everything
But why are people buying illegal cigarettes? Restrictions differ from country to country, but on the whole, cigarettes are legal and can easily be purchased. The trouble is that, because taxes and regulations vary so widely between countries, the price for consumers varies as well. A pack of Marlboros costs 6.69 euros in Sweden, and 13.18 euros in next-door Norway. In Ukraine, they sell for just 1.31 euros.

The differential makes it easy for smugglers to buy large quantities in cheap countries, bring them into more expensive countries, and sell them at some in-between price to profit. These large quantities are available in part because the large cigarette companies overproduce in cheaper countries. Ukrainian authorities estimate that the world’s four leading tobacco companies — Philip Morris, Japan Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, and British American Tobacco — produced about 130 billion cigarettes in the country in 2008, 30% more than the local market consumed or legally exported. The rest simply disappeared into the black market, making Ukraine one of the top sources of non-counterfeit black market cigarettes.

What’s the impact?
Apart from the whole “funding organized crime” thing, the trade has a negative impact on both countries and cigarette manufacturers. It is estimated that governments around the world lost $40 billion to $50 billion in tax revenue in 2006, and that’s just from lost cigarette taxes — the losses are higher if you factor in things like unpaid income taxes from the money smugglers make.

As for manufacturers, there are two problems they face. The first should be obvious: If any of them are knowingly involved in undeclared overproduction, they may be criminally liable. Even if they aren’t knowingly involved, government authorities are likely to decide that manufactures are at least partially responsible for cleaning up the mess. The report by KPMG, for example, was only commissioned by Philip Morris as part of a 2004 legal settlement with European regulators.

The other problem is that not all illegal cigarettes are legitimate ones being smuggled. Many are simply counterfeits, dressed up to look like a real pack of Marlboros or

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Security raised at Norway party convention

Norway‘s governing Labor Party has tightened security at its first convention since a far-right extremist who railed against the party’s immigration policies killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting massacre.

Labor officials cited an “overall assessment” of the situation in Norway, but wouldn’t say whether the raised security level was linked to Anders Behring Breivik‘s attacks on July 22, 2011, or the explosions at the Boston Marathon this week.

The four-day convention starts Thursday with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg leading a memorial service for the victims of Breivik’s violence.

The anti-Muslim fanatic detonated a bomb that killed eight in Oslo before killing 69 people, mostly teenagers, at the Labor Party‘s youth summer camp. He’s serving a 21-year sentence that can be extended for as long as he’s considered dangerous.

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New Zealand becomes thirteenth country in world to legalize same-sex marriage

Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand‘s Parliament as the country become the thirteenth in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 Wednesday night in favor of the gay-marriage bill.

People watching from the public gallery immediately broke into song after the result was announced, singing a New Zealand anthem in the indigenous Maori language.

Leaders of most political parties encouraged lawmakers to vote as their consciences dictated rather than along party lines.

Same-sex marriage is currently recognized in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and Denmark. Lawmakers in Uruguay approved a law last week that President Jose Mujica is expected to sign.

From: http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/world/~3/rshH108vP20/

Norway leaders threaten Ryanair boycott

Several Norwegian leaders are threatening to boycott Ryanair because of a labor dispute between the Ireland-based budget airline and a former employee who lives in Norway.

The ex-employee, an Italian, is threatening to sue the airline over allegedly poor working conditions she says fail to meet Norway‘s standards.

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary denies any wrongdoing, saying its working conditions conform to the applicable Irish and European Union labor laws.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Bart Eide was quoted by the Klassekampen leftist daily Friday as saying that he won’t fly on Ryanair again until the labor issues are resolved.

Other politicians, including the prime minister, have recently made similar comments.

Ryanair has a reputation as one of Europe‘s most litigation-prone companies, pursuing several cases and facing lawsuits from customers and employees.

From: http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/world/~3/AVP54O5YYlY/

Where Should We Eat and Drink in Norway?

By Michael Y. Park I’ll be tagging along with an old college buddy as he visits family in Norway in a few weeks, and I’m excited — it’s my first time in Norway, and I shamefacedly confess to a little thrill whenever I get to see the entry stamp from a brand-new country in my passport. But along with that tiny bit of ego-stroking pleasure is the concomitant downside: If you’re going somewhere for the first time, you by definition don’t have firsthand knowledge of the place. So, though my of the great pleasures of my life is exploring, I have also always felt reassured knowing that you guys, the Epicurious readers, have never let me down when I’ve asked for advice on where to eat around the world. Therefore I put it to you: Where should we eat and drink in Norway, specifically Oslo and Stavanger? (Budget-friendly options are always appreciated, of course.) What are the culinary wonders that are not to be missed? What Norwegian dishes are not to be missed? And even more importantly, where’s the place to go to have a great time meeting locals over aquavit or beer? Any other suggestions, warnings, commands or prophesies? Photo from VisitNorway.com.

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Lemaitre: The Business Of A Band Today

By Liv Buli, Contributor

An abandoned three-story brick building in the middle of a former brewery is a pretty sweet spot to make music. In a sprawling, though somewhat disheveled studio, the two young gentleman that have adopted the moniker Lemaitre, play and produce until the wee hours of the night, creating the funk-inspired electronica that is catapulting them from the small town of Oslo, Norway, to worldwide renown. But beneath it all – lays a keen sense of business savvy.

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Study says beavers use scent to detect when trespassers could be a threat

For territorial animals, such as beavers, “owning” a territory ensures access to food, mates and nest sites. Defending that territory can involve fights which cause injury or death. How does an animal decide whether to take on an opponent or not? A new study by Helga Tinnesand and her colleagues from the Telemark University College in Norway has found that the anal gland secretions of beavers contain information about age and social status which helps other beavers gauge their level of response to the perceived threat. The study is published online today in Springer’s journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org