Wikinews Shorts: February 3, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas day with hidden explosives is cooperating with investigators and providing fresh intelligence after the U.S. enlisted the help of his family, an administration official said. His family persuaded him to cooperate.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been providing information to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents questioning him, the official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.

The official declined to provide details on what kind of information Abdulmutallab was providing.

Related news

  • “Failed bomb aboard Delta flight” — Wikinews, December 26, 2009


  • Evan Perez. “Abdulmutallab Resumes Talking to Federal Agents” — The Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2010
  • “Bomb plot accused ‘co-operating'” — UKPA, February 2, 2010

Somajiguda on the map of India

One person died and 41 were injured, including three nurses who are critically injured, in a major fire at Park Healthcare Hospital in Somajiguda, a suburb of the Indian city Hyderabad, on Tuesday morning.

The fire engulfed a major portion of the five-storey hospital’s first floor, along with some medical equipment and furniture on the other floors.

City police commissioner A K Khan said that a criminal case had been registered against the hospital management. “It is also being determined whether safety standards were followed by the hospital,” he said.


  • “Major fire at city hospital; one patient dead” — The Hindu, February 2, 2010
  • “Major fire at Hyderabad hospital; one patient dead” — PTI, February 2, 2010

Chinese authorities say they are preparing to launch a crackdown on melamine-laced milk after the scandal over tainted products, which made hundreds of thousands of children ill two years ago and damaged China’s brand reputation overseas, resurfaced.

China has dispatched inspectors to sixteen provinces to urge local governments to thoroughly investigate cases concerning food safety.

The decision comes after milk products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine were removed from sale in Shanghai and the provinces of Shaanxi, Shandong, Liaoning and Hebei, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

Related news

  • “Contaminated baby’s milk induces wave of child illness in China” — Wikinews, September 22, 2008


  • Edward Wong. “China Begins Emergency Check of Dairy Products” — The New York Times, February 2, 2010
  • Cara Anna. “Beijing begins emergency sweep for tainted milk products” — The Boston Globe, February 3, 2010

At least twenty-six people have been killed in Karachi, Pakistan after four days of ethnic killings, according to police officials. The officials said that nine people were killed on Monday in the city’s Orangi western neighbourhood, which has a majority ethnic Pashtun community.

The Sindh government has awarded special powers to the Pakistan Rangers under Section 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and imposed Section 144 in the limits of 26 police stations for a month.

At least forty people were killed as ethnic clashes erupted across the city in early January.Home minister of Sindh province, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has called upon the Army to restore peace and order.


  • Salis bin Perwaiz. “Rangers given control of 26 police stations” — The News International, February 3, 2010
  • “Deadly ethnic violence hits Karachi” — Al Jazeera, February 2, 2010
  • Zamir Sheikh and Nisar Mehdi. “Army asked to take over Karachi” — The Nation, February 3, 2010

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Reputation Changer: Improve Your Reputation By Removing Negative Google Listings

By Kevin T. Scott

When it comes to your online reputation, you cannot afford to take any chances. Today’s market is highly competitive and one stain on your professional appearance could potentially cause you to lose everything. Whether you are an individual looking out for your best interest or the representative of an organization hoping to further increase the success of your company or cause, having a great online reputation is one of the most important steps to victory in the marketing and public relations fields. Unfortunately, online reputations are easily ruined by competitors and others who post negative content about your or your organization on the Internet. Luckily, can help you turn around any reputation to restore a positive appearance in the eyes of the public.

ReputationChanger is the leading company in the public relations industry. In fact, Reputation Changer was awarded the 2010 Best Reputation Management Service Award by Public Relations Magazine, which is considered the premiere authority on all things PR. As a company, Reputation Changer has changed the face of the industry by forging a new path– one that has led straight to the Internet. Because the World Wide Web is basically an open forum, anyone can slander an individual or company and ruin their good standing with the public, whether they are justified in their harmful words or not. Many competitors that cannot fairly compete with other companies in their industry resort to this, but thanks to Reputation Changer their words do not have to be everlasting.

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The purpose of managing your online reputation is to ensure that when people go looking for information about you or your company they find positive content. Google is the most popular search engine on the Internet, so focuses on Google search results and measures its success against them. Google’s search engine, when given a keyword, looks for that keyword all over the Internet. When the search results are relayed to the user the first page of results contains the most reliable information, taken from the biggest and longest-standing websites. Social networking, press release distribution, and article base websites are often the top contenders. When you work with Reputation Changer these top spots are cleared of negative content and replaced with positive information that enhances your internet reputation.

How? It is simple. Reputation Changer’s expert writers and PR strategists draft articles, press releases, and social media profiles. These resources are submitted to the large article bases, press release distributors, and social networking sites that often show up on the first page of a Google search. When these appear, the negative content gets pushed back further and further, until it is so far back on the Google results list that no one pays attention to it.

No one can afford to risk their online reputation. Potential employers, clients, and supporters all look at your online information before deciding whether or not to hire you, invest in your company, or help spread awareness of your cause. Reputation Changer is a great resource for anyone looking to improve the health of their online reputations.

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US Senate panel approves healthcare reform bill

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The United States Senate Committee on Finance approved a proposal to reform health care on Tuesday, clearing it to move forward. The bill passed by a 14-9 vote, gaining support from the committee’s thirteen Democrats, and one Republican.

Senator Olympia Snowe was the only senator from the Republican party to back the bill. However, she said this might change as the bill moves through Congress.

There are many, many miles to go in this legislative journey

“There are many, many miles to go in this legislative journey. My vote today is my vote today. It doesn’t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow,” Snowe said.

President Barack Obama, who supports the bill as part of his effort to overhaul the country’s health care system, welcomed the committee’s vote. “We are closer than ever before to passing healthcare reform but we are not there yet. Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back – now is the time to dig in further and get this done. In this final phase we should engage with each other with civility and seriousness that has brought us this far and that this subject deserves.”

The bill, which contains a ten-year plan with an estimated cost of US$829 billion, is aimed at lowering healthcare costs and increasing the affordability of insurance. Proponents will now seek to merge it with another bill from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus emphasized, “Americans want us to craft a package that will get the 60 votes needed to pass.” He argued that the Finance bill was the best candidate to attract needed the centrist support.

Critics, however, have said that the proposed plan is too costly, and will cause the government to interfere too much into the private healthcare sector.

“We can now see clearly that the bill continues its march leftward,” said the senior Republican on the committee, Senator Charles Grassley. “This bill is already moving on a slippery slope to more government control of healthcare.”

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Angela Eagle drops out of UK labour leadership contest

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yesterday, former UK shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle announced her withdrawal from the Labour Party leadership contest after losing to ex-Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Owen Smith in an informal contest for support of MPs (Members of Parliament) in opposition to current leader Jeremy Corbyn in the contest. She says she will support Smith with all her “enthusiasm and might”.

Ms. Eagle and Mr. Smith agreed whichever got the least nominations from MPs and MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) would drop out of the leadership race.

This comes after MPs’ criticism of Corbyn’s performance in the recent “Brexit” referendum — which passed despite Labour opposition — displayed in a recent vote of no-confidence in Corbyn’s leadership capability, which received a no-confidence majority of over eighty percent.

Owen Smith supports policies such as reintroducing the 50 percent top tax rate, a £200 billion investment plan, and a referendum on any deal on leaving the EU. He has also criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity message as lacking substance. He said “it is not enough to just be anti-austerity, we need a concrete plan for prosperity”.

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Leasing Vs. Buying Landscaping Equipment

Submitted by: Alexander Madison

If you run a landscaping contracting company you most certainly are finding yourself consistently evaluating your equipment needs, trying to balance out your long-term financial golas with the demand for upgrading your fleet of skid loaders and other pieces.

You know all too well that your business s bottom line depends on the decision you make for the long and short term, which includes evaluating your equipment needs and making a choice to either buy or lease new pieces.

The good news is, you have plenty of options. The most complex part about the process is educating yourself about all of the financing options available to you with respect to a lease vs. buy transaction.

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According to Industry Green magazine, economic shifts, changes in tax codes and the flow of government financing have permanently altered the way landscape contractors acquire new equipment. The summation: lower interest rates are making purchasing landscaping equipment more affordable, and new IRS tax codes linked to the 2008 federal stimulus package, makes it possible for businesses to deduct the full purchase price of equipment up to $250,000.

As a consequence, leasing has tapered off somewhat, as more and more business owners take advantage of these tax cuts, as well as bonuses for depreciation.

On the flip side, if you buy your equipment you must also take on the costs of maintenance, storage, insurance and depreciation. You may be able to set aside operating funds for the newest, fanciest piece of equipment today, but you run the risk of also seeing your appreciation value go down if you don t use the equipment as often as you though you would and you end up paying more to sustain it than it brings in.

Recovering the purchase costs of new equipment must play a significant role in your decision to lease vs. buy, otherwise, you could wind up with something fancy to show off to your customers but see you bottom line suffer in the process.

In some cases, it could be advantageous to rent a piece of equipment, test it out and ascertain whether you could regain your investment fast enough to make the purchase worthwhile. If the equipment turns out to be more of a drain on your company s bottom line than you expected, you are only out the rental fees.

In addition, when you rent a piece of equipment you don t have to worry about the costs of maintenance, as these are usually factored right into the rental agreement. Equipment rental and leasing costs on your financials are also an advantage over big ticket purchases, because, should you need a loan down the line for any reason you do not have the added debt load of a major equipment purchase.

Another option, which some landscape contractors find works to their advantage, is to go ahead and purchase a new piece of equipment such as a skid loader. Then, depending on the jobs they need the equipment for, they simply rent the different attachments required.

This makes the big-ticket purchase a little less expensive and provides an opportunity to utilize the equipment in a variety of ways without buying extra parts that you may wind up using once a year.

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Recall of Thomas the Tank Engine toys due to lead-paint fears

Thursday, June 21, 2007

A recall issued last week for Thomas the Tank Engine toys made in China and containing lead-based paint, is the latest scare for consumers, and follows recent scandals involving Chinese-made pet food, pharmaceuticals, toothpaste and other toys, The New York Times has reported in a series of articles.

Last week, RC2, a U.S. toy company based in Oak Brook, Illinois, issued a recall for its popular wooden “Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends” train sets. The recall involved 1.5 million “Thomas Wooden Railway” vehicles and train sets sold at toy stores and various retailers across the U.S. from January 2005 through June 2007.

A subsequent recall has been issued in the United Kingdom, where Thomas the Tank Engine was originated in the 1940s as a character in a children’s story by the Reverend W.V. Awdry. Around 70,000 toys are involved in the U.K. recall, according to The Guardian.

“RC2 has determined that the surface paints on the recalled products contain lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a press release dated June 13. “Consumers should take the recalled toys away from young children immediately and contact RC2 Corp. for a replacement toy,” the commission said.

Those “adverse health effects” could include brain and nerve damage, especially in young children, as well as blood and brain disorders. Severe lead poisoning causes vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, anemia, loss of appetite, headaches and in particularly high doses, coma and death.

In an article on Monday, The New York Times reported that recalls have been issued for 24 different toys in the U.S. in the past year, and every one of them was made in China. According to the Toy Industry Association, toys made in China account for around 70 percent to 80 percent of all the toys sold in the U.S., The Times said.

“These are items that children are supposed to be playing with,” Prescott Carlson was quoted as saying by The Times. Carlson is a co-founder of a child-safety website called Imperfect Parent, which tracks recalls of toys and other baby products. “It should be at a point where companies in the United States that are importing these items are held liable,” Carlson said.

RC2 would not comment to The Times, and a Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman would not say how long ago the problem with the lead paint was discovered.

For a follow-up article on Tuesday, The Times visited a factory in Dongguan, in China’s Guangdong province, where the “Thomas and Friends” toys are made. The paper interviewed workers and took photos on the factory floor.

“You’re intruding,” a factory manager identified only as Zhong was quoted as telling the reporters. “Tell me, why exactly are you here?”

During the visit, a reporter, translator and a photographer were detained by factory officials, and released a day later after local police and government officials intervened.

The factory also produces other toys for RC2, including toy John Deere trucks, NASCAR racing models and M&M’s cars, The Times said. RC2 makes the toys under licenses from various companies. The “Thomas and Friends” toys are made under license from Hit Entertainment, which owns the “Thomas” brand.

According to RC2, items in the “Thomas and Friends” recall are:

  • Red James Engine & Red James’ # 5 Coal Tender
  • Red Lights & Sounds James Engine & Red James’ #5
  • Lights & Sounds Coal Tender
  • James with Team Colors Engine & James with Team Colors *#5 Coal Tender
  • Red Skarloey Engine
  • Brown & Yellow Old Slow Coach
  • Red Hook & Ladder Truck & Red Water Tanker Truck
  • Red Musical Caboose
  • Red Sodor Line Caboose
  • Red Coal Car labeled “2006 Day Out With Thomas” on the Side
  • Red Baggage Car
  • Red Holiday Caboose
  • Red “Sodor Mail” Car
  • Red Fire Brigade Truck
  • Red Fire Brigade Train
  • Deluxe Sodor Fire Station
  • Red Coal Car
  • Yellow Box Car
  • Red Stop Sign
  • Yellow Railroad Crossing Sign
  • Yellow “Sodor Cargo Company” Cargo Piece
  • Smelting Yard
  • Ice Cream Factory

Toys listed that are marked with codes containing “WJ” or “AZ” are not included in the recall.

Earlier, RC2 said that customers would have to cover shipping costs to return the toys to the company. It later agreed to cover postage after angry complaints by parents, The Times said in an article yesterday. Refunds will take about two months.

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Chennai Residential Township

Whether it is commercial property or residential property, recently there has been a huge demand of properties in Chennai. Chennai being one of the metropolitan cities in India, it has experienced lot of improvement in its infrastructure. Because of its drastic developments in recent years, even NRIs are showing interest in Chennai properties. Chennai real estate has seen this development because it is the most favored city for BPOs and call centers. Chennai is also known for its booming film industry. The flourishing industries in Chennai include hand looms, furnishings, fine silks, and traditional and trendy merchandise. Because of Chennai’s traditional values, the real estate is on the rise. The improved lifestyle and easy availability of housing loans in Chennai has encouraged the development of residential townships in Chennai. The townships in Chennai are developed because of high demand of residential properties and scarcity of land in Chennai. The townships can be built in the outskirts of the city as they are integrated with all the facilities like hospital, school, shopping mall, gym etc. So, instead of staying in a crowded city, it is better to stay in a township which is free of pollution and having all the facilities of the city.

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Township Development in Chennai

Many professionals who have migrated to Chennai prefer living in the townships as they are not aware of the city and they get all the facilities just near their residential accommodation. The townships are developed in beautiful surroundings and are away from the crowded city, due to this reason many people prefer to stay in townships. Whereas, you get all the facilities in township which you can get in the city. Chennai townships are ideal for people who prefer to have high quality lifestyle and peaceful living. The townships in Chennai consist of low rise apartments, high rise apartments and independent housing. So, you can also choose the type of residential accommodation you need to stay. Some people prefer a small house whereas some people prefer spacious accommodation. The townships are built in such a way that it can provide you with the kind of accommodation you prefer. If you are planning to buy a residential accommodation in Chennai, whether it is for staying purpose or investment purpose, it is definitely going to give you a luxurious lifestyle because of its modern architecture and amenities like 24 hours running water, round the clock security, intercom facility etc.

Property Developers in Chennai

Due to the growing demand of residential projects in Chennai, Pacifica Companies, the property developers in Chennai, have come up with a township project in Chennai located in the OMR road with AURUM. This township in Chennai has all the amenities required by people expecting high standard of living. Whether it is architecture, amenities, construction or the class, AURUM the residential township project in OMR road claims to be the best amongst all the other township projects in India.

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68% of Dutch consider their government “Lap Dog” of United States

Friday, May 6, 2005

According to an TNS NIPO survey published today, a 68% majority of the Dutch agrees with the position that the Balkenende government is behaving itself as the “lap dog” (“schoothondje“) of the United States.

The survey also stated 79% find that US President Bush overly pressures other countries to become and stay allies to the US. Over 70% agreed Europe should attempt to counterbalance the US, while 56% of the participants in the survey agree that Bush is a danger for world peace.

The survey was released the night before a Bush visit to the Netherlands.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/OH-WY

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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.

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