Ukrainian Christmas festivities begin on Christmas Eve ([G]Dec.24; [J]Jan.6.) and end on the Feast of the Epiphany. The Christmas Eve Supper or Sviata Vecheria (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in special foods and begin the holiday with many customs and traditions, which reach back to antiquity. The rituals of the Christmas Eve are dedicated to God, to the welfare of the family, and to the remembrance of the ancestors..
With clear blue skies and calmer conditions, the county’s classic landscapes looked even more appealing with a covering of the white stuff.Families also made made the most of the ideal sledging conditions while they lasted with more snow forecast.A Met Office yellow warning of “frequent snow showers” is still in place until Wednesday night, with conditions finally set to improve on Thursday.The forecast for Thursday to Sunday states: “Drier and brighter during Thursday with light winds, strong southeasterly winds developing for Friday and Saturday with a chance of snow mainly near coasts, Staying very cold.”Hadrian’s Wall covered in snow at Steel Rigg.1 of 20Snowy scenes at Steel Rigg on Hadrians’s Wall, at Henshaw.2 of 20Snowy scenes at Walltown Crags, Hadrian’s Wall.3 of 20Hadrian’s Wall looking south towards Twice Brewed.4 of 20Snowy scenes at Steel Rigg on Hadrians’s Wall, at Henshaw.5 of 20A tiny figure in the distance just north of the Roman Wall walks towards the Whin Sill.6 of 20Hadrian’s Wall looking east from Steel Rigg.7 of 20Snowy scenes in west Northumberland. The decorated cross at the ancient battle site of Heavenfield.8 of 20Snowy scenes in west Northumberland. Sledgers and snowboarders make the most of the bright weather at the Sele in Hexham.9 of 20Snowy scenes in west Northumberland.
Active shutter glasses require batteries and use an IR beam from the TV to synchronize LCD shutters in the glasses to create one 3D image from two alternating frames. Passive glasses don’t need batteries. The ones from RealD, commonly used in movie theaters, use circular polarizing filters to send different images to each eye..
Brito said businesses exchanging Bitcoins were coming to terms with the fact that they would now need to get licensed as money transmitters in 48 US states, a process requiring in person interviews in each state, thanks to FinCEN’s guidance.”Everything I’m telling you, I’ve learned over the past couple of months as I’m racing to learn,” said Brito, who attended the Bitcoin Conference in San Jose.”You have to know your customer,” he told the audience, according to a video posted on the Internet. “Whether or not you agree with the laws or not, you’ve got to follow them.”The FinCEN statement means companies that exchange Bitcoins for hard currency must now hire full time compliance officers to verify the identities of users, especially those looking to transfer Bitcoins out of the digital world and back into dollars or other hard currencies. Estimates vary on how much it costs to get compliant, but licensing and registration fees alone can total in the tens of thousands of dollars, an added heavy cost for small startup businesses.Brito said the Bitcoin community is also trying to increase its contact with law enforcement and regulators.