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Largest mass grave of 230 skeletons discovered in Sri Lanka

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Largest mass grave of 230 skeletons discovered in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: In the largest ever grave discovered in Sri Lanka, over 230 skeletons were found earlier this year in the country’s Mannar town. A court has ordered detailed excavations at the site, which is a former co-operative depot near the bus terminus. Human remains were found by workers digging the foundations for a new building, in August.

Although the identity of the dead people has not been confirmed yet, and how they died.

Raj Somadeva, a forensic archaeologist from the University of Kelaniya near Colombo, told that they have excavated more than 230 skeletons so far, said the report of BBC. He also said that as per his experience this was the largest mass grave ever excavated.

Adding further, he told that apart from human remains, archaeologists also found porcelain, ceramic and metal objects, in addition to some jewellery worn by the victims. And that the bones were scattered and it was very difficult to trace the stature of the bodies. Some bones were missing and it’s chaotic, he said.

During the civil war, Mannar (where the skeletons were found) remained mostly under army control, while Tamil Tiger rebels dominated its surrounding areas and other major parts of the district.

In general, the town of Mannar is dominated by the ethnic minority of Tamils and community leaders. They say that hundreds of people from the region had gone missing during the long conflicts between Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Wars might have been the huge reason behind the deaths of a large number of people in the country. And the case of Mannar hints to this only.

Earlier too, other mass graves have also been discovered and unearthed in Sri Lanka’s former war zone since the conflict ended.

The remains of nearly 96 people were found in 2014 at a place in Mannar only, alongside a Hindu temple.

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The 5 Best Things About Security Plastic Seals

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Security seals are mechanisms for sealing shipping containers to provide disability and some form of protection. These seals may aid in accidental or intentional detection of theft or contamination. Security seals are usually used to protect truck trailers, ship containers, chemical bottles, customs-free airline trolleys, and meters. They are usually considered an affordable way to provide manipulative evidence of intrusion into restricted places.

Best Things About Security Plastic Seals:

1- Used in Medical Emergencies:

Installation of protective seals in the field of medical emergency is often overlooked. Safety seals are not only suitable for first aid kits, but also for all emergency equipment, such as extinguishers, parachutes and other first-aid and rescue support kits, safety seals are a common requirement.

Both screens ensure perfect conditions and availability of the contents of the emergency equipment. Furthermore, they are designed to be easily breakable so that time is not lost in the extreme.

2- Used for Ballot Boxes in Elections:

The legitimacy of any democratic vote depends upon adequate assurances to prevent fraud and intervention in the electoral process. In this context, it is important to use security seals to seal boxes. This safety seal not only guarantees the origin of the boxes but also prevents attempts to alter the contents of the boxes. Polls can also be protected by means of security labels or void tags to prevent unauthorized opening.

3- Transport of Cash and Gold:

Cash in transit is regulated to avoid transportation fraud or traceability losses. This is why the financial sector and specialist transport firms will use safety seals to mark cash operations correctly.

Certain passive protection devices for the carrying of valuables are likewise bags (e.g. for the carriage of sensitive documents) and cash bags.

4- Transport of Hazardous Goods:

Artillery and ammunition transport is another not widely publicized use of safety seals. Nevertheless, the use of safety seals is mandatory, since the contents of containers and products and the packaging of weapons must be protected. In fact, artillery and ammunition movements are included in the transport of dangerous goods, requiring in comparison to all other transport types compliance with strict safety requirements.

5- Transport of Biohazardous Chemicals:

The transport of biological and laboratory samples is subject to strict regulations that always monitor their safety. Security seals are used to correctly identify and prevent tampering with the contents of each package or bag. An error of this kind could be deadly and lead to a biosecurity hazard.

Different Kinds of Security Plastic Seals:

These are the different kinds of plastic seals.

1- Cable Seals:Cable seals are new long-lasting seals used for valve sealing, new locked doors and other components with a tiny opening through which cable wire can be inserted. These cable seals comply with ISO 17712 safety requirements in order to be used in high-security situations such as international cargo transport. Different jobs in different sizes require cable lengths, but excess cable length can be easily adjusted. These are typically between 1.5 mm and 5 mm in different cable diameters.

2- Bolt Seals: Bolt seals are a very high-security screen alternative that has a complicated locking mechanism but is self-locking so that they do not require tools and are easy to set up. These have a steel bolt and an obvious part of the body that is manually attached to form a seal. These can be configured for additional security levels, by color, print and barcode. Such seals are suitable for containers, door locks, and cross-border shipping. Such heavy-duty seals require the removal of a bolt cutter.

3- Fixed-Length Plastic Seals:  include the best kind of plastic seal, with breaking strengths between 80 and 135 lbs. Such seals are particularly well suited for securing cargo for truck shipments. Fixed-length seals are inexpensive so when costs are a problem they are a good option.

4- Plastic Pull  Resistant seals: Pull-tight screws are similar to plastic sticks with a fixed length, except that they have a greater variety of break strengths and are adaptable for specific requirements. For instance, pull-resistant screens can be used to screen hazardous waste, extinguishers, cash bags, vehicle doors, and more. Adjustable plastic displays are a good choice if you have several flexible needs.

5- Wire Seals: Wire stitches also have multiple variants similar to pull-tight plastic stitches, but are less likely to break their metallic wires. These are suitable if the seals have to pass into small openings.

6- Seals with a Metal Collar: Steel strap seals with the exception of the material are identical to fixed-length plastic seals. Your material makes it longer-lasting than plastic brace seals. You may increase the safety level of metal strap seals with customized numeration, printing and bar codification. Metal strap seals, like the plastic alternative, are a good choice for trucking cargo.

7- Padlock Seals: Padlock seals are relatively small and very easy to use. These are commonly used to avoid opening doors. Wire padlock seals are ideal for the securing of meters and containers, while plastic padlock seals are ideal for securing carts for food, drink, and first-aid kits.

 

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Top 10 Features of Egyptian Museum

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All of ancient Egyptian history is here, from the earliest Paranoiac artifact ever discovered to treasures from the era of Cleopatra, the last in a dynastic sequence of divine kings and queens stretching over three millennia. It is said that the museum displays more than 120,000 items, with at least that many again stored away out of sight in the basement. The real crowd-pleasers are the treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb, but there are many hundreds of other precious antiquities here of at least equal significance and beauty.

1- The Museum Building

Egypt’s first national museum of antiquities opened in 1863. It was rehoused in the current pink, purpose-built premises in 1902, which were designed in Neo-Classical style by French architect Marcel Dourgnon.

2- Auguste Mariette

The Egyptologist Mariette, who discovered the Serapeum at Saqqara (see p40), was the founder of the first national museum of antiquities in Egypt. His sarcophagus rests in the garden in front of the Egyptian Museum.

3- Central Hall

The museum is on two floors. On the lower floor galleries are arranged in chronological order clockwise around a central hall dedicated to large statuary; this is also where you will find the Narmer Palette

4- Old Kingdom Galleries

Immediately to the left of the entrance hall, these galleries contain artefacts from the era of the Pyramid builders. Particularly beautiful are three slate triads each depicting Menkaure, builder of the smallest of the Giza pyramids, flanked by two goddesses

5- New Kingdom Galleries

This long gallery is devoted to the mightiest pharaohs, including Tuthmosis III, Amenhotep II and Ramses II, during whose rules Egypt expanded its borders south into what is now Sudan and north to the Euphrates

6- Amarna Room

Room 3 contains pieces from Amarna, the short-lived capital of the “heretic king” Akhenaten. His daughter, Princess Meritaten, is characterized by an elongated face and full lips.

7- Tutankhamun Galleries

Almost half of the upper floor is devoted to some of the vast numbers of items excavated from the tomb of Egypt’s famed boy-king (left), which range from everyday items such as gaming sets and footstools to the giant gilded shrines and sarcophagi that fit one inside the other like Russian dolls.

8- The Royal Mummies

The desiccated bodies of some of Egypt’s mightiest rulers are displayed in two rooms on the upper floor of the museum. Of the eleven royals present, the most famous are Seti I and his son Ramses II, whose colossi adorn a great many monuments in Upper Egypt.

9- Animal Mummies

The ancient Egyptians mummified animals as well as people. This room on the upper floor of the museum is full of animal mummies, from cats, mice, and fish to crocodiles, sacred to the god Sobek.

10- Ancient Egyptian Jewellery Rooms

These two rooms contain dazzling examples of royal jewelry from the New Kingdom period (left). Many of these items were discovered in 1939 at Tanis, an ancient site in the Delta region.

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Planning a Surprise Party Tips and Tricks

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Your best friend’s birthday is coming up, and you still haven’t thought of the perfect present. You know that she doesn’t need anything in particular. But you want to surpass last year’s birthday present, which is hard. Then it hits you. A surprise party is an amazing idea! Having everyone she loves to gather up in one place only for her is a great gift.

However, the tricky part is planning a surprise party. It takes skill, stealth, organisation, and, naturally, a lot of luck. But, seeing the look on your friend’s face is worth it all. Here’s a couple of tips and tricks that will help you plan the big day easily.

1. Picking a date 

Picking the right date is essential if you want to make your surprise party truly a surprise. As you’re trying to astonish her, organising a party on the exact day of her birthday may not be a good idea. She’ll expect a gift, and it probably wouldn’t be as surprising as you hoped. Plan a party before the actual birth date. That way you will surely surprise her and avoid the feeling of being forgotten. 

Once you’ve picked a date, think about the people closest to her. It doesn’t have to be a large party to be a good one. Make birthday invitations and send them out to her friends and family. Don’t forget to state that it is a surprise party so it’s top-secret.  

2. Pick a theme

You don’t have to be a kid to have a themed party. Even adults like to dress up or mask up and have fun. If your friend is into that, consider adding a theme to the party. A good theme can turn a boring, average party into a creative, jaw-dropping one.

Think about the party theme ideas your friend will love. It can be anything, from her favourite film, colour theme, or even a beach party, to Christmas themed ones. Guests can come dressed as her favourite film characters and you can show off your creativity by designing decorations and planning activities. If you opt for a themed party, make sure you have a costume or clothes prepared for your guest of honour. She will want to fit in as well.

 3. Pick a place

Keep in mind that the place of an event may be a key ingredient for a surprise party. Make sure that you pick a place your guest of honour frequently visits. For example, if you tell her you’re taking her to a fancy restaurant in the city centre, she may get suspicious. However, if you tell her you’re going to your place to watch a film, she probably wouldn’t expect there are hidden intentions.

Throwing a party at your place is much more convenient. You get to plan everything without interruptions. Even though white lies are almost necessary to organise a good surprise party, you can still fulfil your promise, and watch a film. Set up a home theatre room in your living room, and play her favourite film to watch with her favourite people.

4. Decorations and Set up 

Once the big part of the planning process is done, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and set up the party. Ask a couple of friends to help you make the decorations and decorate the room. Everything should be done before the guest of honour arrives. As you’ve decided that you’ll be watching a film, you need to transform one of your rooms into a home theatre.

Transforming a room in a home theatre is a simple job. The only thing you need is a television. Keep in mind that there will be more people, so you need to place your TV so everyone can see and hear. Consider buying one of the high-quality mobile TV stands. They can be motorised or non-motorised, and everyone in the room will be satisfied with the view. 

Don’t forget to get the good speakers as the bad sound spoils the mood and leaves everyone irritated. Place the speakers around the room, for example, on your shelves. You can even set them so dialogues, music, and sound effects are coming from the different sides of the room. 

5. Activities

Besides watching a film in your theatre room, you can play various games. For example, play an insert of a film on your TV and have guests guess what film it is. Divide them into two teams, and the winning team gets to choose the next film you’ll watch.  

In addition to that, you can play some music and encourage others to dance. Shake off that couch bottom and turn this into a real party. Darts and board games are always fun, so consider including them in the activity schedule. Don’t forget the cake and sing the birthday song at the top of your lungs.

Conclusion

As you can see, with a good plan, organising a surprise party isn’t that hard. Even though keeping your mouth shut and getting people to participate may be tricky, the expression on your friend’s face is worth the effort. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy it.

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In what part of Paris should you organize a pop up shop?

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Pop-up shops: where exactly in Paris should it be?

In one statement: there are no specific neighborhoods for pop up shops, the idea is rather that each district responds to a universe or a target, and will achieve different objectives. With these beautiful words and as connoisseurs of the City of Light, here is some information on certain Parisian districts:

The 3rd and 4th districts: Le Marais

It’s no secret that most brands are fighting tooth and nail to open their pop up shop in the Marais. Shopping life is indeed going well in the 3rd and 4th districts of Paris: between Parisians and tourists, the pop up shops in the Marais enjoy heavy traffic, both local and international. However, the downside (and yes, there is one) is that, first, places are very expensive in the Marais district, and second, it is more difficult to differentiate in an already populated by trendy pop-up shops and designer boutiques of all kinds. Don’t get me wrong, we love the Marais, but we are also big foodies from other places with great potential. And on the recommendations menu, we have:

The 11th districts: Rue de Charonne, rue de la Roquette

If you hear from a person that s/he has been loitering in shops sipping fresh organic juice and found this little necklace in a designer store, s/he probably went for a walk around the rue de Charonne. Creating a pop up shop in the 11th district is a very good bet (as always, depending on your goals, of course!), because there is a very (very) nice neighborhood life, which is ultimately quite similar to that of Marais, but with a less touristy population and therefore 100% Parisian.

The 2nd districts: Quartier des Halles, Etienne Marcel

This Parisian district has a very strong commercial potential. On the one hand (that of Les Halles) the targeting there being a mass market stretches, passing a few streets, towards the top of the range, traffic in this district is important from one point to another. The pop-up shops for rent in the Halles and Etienne Marcel districts enjoy a chic setting emanating from the big brands, while at the same time enjoying the rather relaxed atmosphere emanating from the Marais, (which is a walk around the block, very near and within everybody’s reach)

The 17th districts: The Batignolles

The 17th is a lot of young parents, less young parents, and young people who are not yet parents. What do they have in common? This little bohemian-bourgeois side. Stroll an hour in the neighborhood, you too will probably end up growing a mustache while drinking a small glass of red from permaculture by tightening your new bow tie ’found in a pop up shop around the corner. The 17th district, like the 11th district, also has a very active neighborhood life, pleasant to live in and where the locals favor neighborhood commerce. Opening a pop up shop in the 17th district can be a very strategic choice depending on your brand! Do not hesitate to take a tour of the village of Batignolles, these are the 4 aligned Nestore stores where brands and creators rub shoulders all year round.

The 7th districts: Saint Germain des Prés

Opening a pop up shop in the Saint Germain Des Prés district, at the crossroads of Avenue Montaigne and Avenue Georges V, is aimed at a luxury target, very touristy and good for many Asians. This choice can be very wise depending on your positioning and marketing strategy.

The 16th districts: a traditional district with strong purchasing power

To create a pop up shop on Rue de Passy is to address a traditional target with strong purchasing power. The commercial life is active there, where generally few new concepts appear, which can be an asset allowing to make the difference when opening your pop up shop in the 16th!

The 18th districts: Abbesses and Montmartre

The Abbesses district offers a lively neighborhood life, between tourists and locals with high purchasing power, opening a pop up shop on the rambling streets of Montmartre allows you to reach several targets in a universe that will make you want to sing great songs all day.

The list could be very long, if you want to find the ideal neighborhood to create your pop up shop, highly consider this list and keep it in mind.

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Are You Moving During Christmas? Make it Stress-Free

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Home moving is a strenuous job at all times and if you are doing it this Christmas, brace up to endure a bit more. With the festive season lurking about in the corner, your thoughts are centered around ‘to enjoy or not to enjoy my Christmas’ right? You don’t know what to do, where to go, whether you should make merry with your friends and family or focus on your home move. If your final home moving day happens to fall on 25th December or a day before, don’t be disparaged. Home move during Christmas can also be fun and more importantly stress-free only if you have a proper plan from beforehand and not leave it for the last moment. 

So, do you want to relocate without upsetting your Christmas plans? Are you aiming for a quick and hassle-free move this Yuletide? This blog is just for you! I am going to provide you some amazing ideas to maximize convenience and minimize delays that will offer you a worry-free and comforting moving experience this Christmas. 

Interested? Perk up and here we go!

6 Ideas to Make Your Move during Christmas Stress-free

1- Declutter:

It is Christmas, the festival of goodness, positivity and hope and during such a time, keeping your home in a cluttered mess won’t look good at all. So dispose of the things that are unnecessary, broken and damaged. Starting from the old magazine, empty glass bottles, irreparable devices, old clothes and furniture, get rid of them and see how clean and clear your house looks! More importantly, decluttering will also give you more space to make the things that you’ll need and will allow the removalists to complete your move faster. 

2- Keep the timeline in mind & have a plan:

Fixing the final moving date is not something that will happen at the last moment out of the blue. You know from months before that your move is scheduled on Christmas and hence, you require a good strategy as per the timeline. So how do you go about it? Start with your packing – be careful not to do all the rooms at once but go one after the other. Prepare a list that has everything that you will be doing week wise. For instance: if there is a month left before your move, you can have something like this:       

  • Week 1

          Updating your change of address at the required places

  • Week 2

          Decluttering your home

  • Week 3

          Packing the essentials

  • Week 4

          Packing the other items and cleaning

3- Book a Toowoomba removalist:

Completing your moving without availing the service of a professional removalist company is unimaginable, let alone doing it in reality. It may take you several months in case you decide to move home all on your own. Since it is Christmas, chances are most of the Toowoomba removalists may be unavailable except for a few. So if you really don’t want to be disappointed and cannot afford to delay your move, book your removalists in advance. Find out the removalists who are available during Christmas and schedule your move with them, even if there are 2 months left for the final day. Remember the old proverb ‘A stitch in time saves nine’? Home moving is exactly what this is!

4- Star packing early:

Even if your home has the least stuff, it is never a good idea to procrastinate. Whether your home is big or small, in the end, you will have numerous things to pack that perhaps you forgot you possessed! From the new bath rugs to those lovely pair of shoes that you wore only once, packing means everything. So the sooner you start, the better will be the final result. Start packing your larger stuff that won’t be required immediately like clothes (except the ones that you’ll require immediately), utensils, books, etc. And don’t keep your Christmas decorations in an easily accessible place so that it is convenient to take them out and decorate your new home conveniently. 

5- Send your children to stay with friends and relatives:

More than the adults, Christmas is more exciting for children. There is a greater possibility of your children (if you have) getting disappointed because your home moving procedure has disturbed all their festive plans. So if you don’t want to cloud their happiness, how about sending them to stay for a few days at your relative’s or friend’s place? While they are having fun over there, you can concentrate on your move without being constantly worried about bothering them. 

6- Keep your pets safe:

Amidst the whirlwind that your move has brought to your family, your pet is going to be the most terrified one. Don’t forget to give your dog/cat some time and make them feel safe. It is very natural for them to be confused and frightened when all their free space is occupied with moving boxes and you are running up and down the house instead of petting them. Until you reach your new home, you can keep them in your relative’s or friend’s home where they can be less troubled. And if you have to keep your pet with you, make sure the doors are properly locked else they might run away. 

Conclusion:

Did anyone say moving home during Christmas is all work and no fun? By remembering these smart ideas, you too can ensure a trouble-free move without dampening your festive mood. And don’t forget to have a Toowoomba removalist as your moving partner; only then will you have a trouble-free experience while accomplishing your Christmas plans successfully. Merry Christmas!

Author Bio

Domenic Young is an experienced removalist himself and also the owner of the professional furniture removalist company in Toowoomba, Domain Removalists. He has conducted several furniture removals and provided his clients with a first-class moving experience. 

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