We may be in a golden age of marriage, when elites at least are more likely to report that their marriages are very happy than ever before. But the tight, companionable, totally merged nature of the modern marriage is one of the factors pushing people in happy marriages to have affairs, according to therapist Esther Perel. In a recent New York Times profile, Perel is described as the nations sexual healer, an updated Dr. Ruth. She is the author of Mating in Captivity, which argues that in seeking total comfort, the modern marriage might be squashing novelty and adventure, which are so critical for a sexual charge. She is now working on a new book, provisionally called Affairs in the Age of Transparency,...

SOME of the marriages conducted by 14 pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN), whose status as marriage officers was revoked last November, will be annulled.

Their status was revoked after the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration was requested by the church following allegations that the pastors were no longer active in church affairs and that they were solomnising marriages of convenience between foreigners and Namibians.

Home affairs permanent secretary Patrick Nandago said they are investigating the marriages and corrective measures will be taken.

The Namibian last week reported that pastors Paul /Goagoseb, Gotthard Gurirab,...

LISBON -So many projects, so little money.

That is the annual task before Columbiana County commissioners when deciding how to spend the countys allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant money.

The countys 2015 CDBG allocation is $247,200, and on Wednesday commissioners met with representatives from the 13 cities, villages and townships that submitted applications seeking a combined $1.06 million to help fund their projects.

A minimum of $63,500 will be taken off the top for East Liverpool, although the city is requesting slightly more. Until last year, East Liverpool and Salem received CDBG allocations separate from the county, but the state changed the program...

The geographic position of each providers location is also included, making it possible to map the flow of dollars from Medicare to Alabama doctors.

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The map below shows payments to Alabama health care providers byZIP code. You can choose to map either dollar amount or procedure volume, and you can filter by specialty of service provided. Larger circles for each ZIP represent larger totals relative to other places in the state. Hover over each ZIP for details.

Do you see interesting trends in the data? Let us know in the comments. And to see how much your doctor was paid through Medicare in 2012,...

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The Australian and New Zealand Dollars underperformed in overnight trade, sliding as much as 0.4 and 0.6 percent respectively against their major currency counterparts. The sentiment-linked currencies tracked a selloff across Asian stock exchanges downward. The MSCI Asia Pacific regional benchmark equity index slid 1 percent in a move that...

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Atomic Learning was recently nominated and deemed a finalist for the 2014 IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) Learning Impact Award. Their award nomination was made by Polk State College, and brought on by the development of their LTI tool that is IMS Global certified. This new tool enables customers to seamlessly search the Atomic Learning training library from within their LTI-compliant learning management system, and embed links to videos within their courses. This allows faculty, staff, and students to have direct access to the content they need in the systems they already use every day.

“Atomic Learning offers instructors–via...

The number of siri, or unregistered Islamic marriages in Solok regency, West Sumatra, is still high as many couples have yet to obtain their marriage documents as regulated by Law No. 24/2013 on Population Administration.

Siri marriages refer to those held according to Islamic law, which are religiously valid but not registered with the state and thus not officially recognized.

Marriage documents are the basis for the issuance of other population documents including for their children, the Solok Civil Registry and Demography Agency (Disdukcapil) head, Musfian said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Marriage documents are needed to issue birth certificates otherwise...

NEW YORK — Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing.

Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industrys eighth straight quarter of declines, they also show a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Analysts for both firms pointed to a bump in demand, especially in Japan, stemming from Microsofts retirement of its Windows XP operating system this week. Although users can still run the 12-year-old operating system, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and has urged existing...

Horry County government is looking to save money by saving energy.

The countys new energy savings program could save more than a half million dollars a year.

The county worked out a deal with Pepco Energy Services that guarantees Horry County will save $571,000 yearly on utility and water expenses.

If the savings fall short of that amount, Pepcos contract says they make up the difference directly to us, said the countys construction and maintenance director, Gary Watson.

At a budget retreat Thursday in Little River, county council got an update on the deal.

It calls for Pepco to install more efficient systems for things like lighting, air conditioning...