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Ukraine: media riddles around the phosphorous cloud

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The available information about the phosphorous cloud following the railway accident in the Ukraine last Monday is becoming more and more cryptic.

The political involvement of most media and other factors are causing contradictions among official sources that are making press work extremely hard. Moreover, no one is permitted to enter the accident location. The site of the accident was closed to visitors following the injury of three TV journalists who got too close.

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Researchers discover high temperature enables more efficient hydrogen generation

Sunday, November 28, 2004

A more efficient way to produce useable hydrogen has been demonstrated by researchers. It uses very high-temperature electrolysis to separate hydrogen from water, so that hydrogen may be used for energy production.

Electrolysis is one method by which laboratories and factories produce hydrogen. An electrical current is passed through water, breaking it down into hydrogen and oxygen gas, which are then collected above the water reservoir.

Researchers in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Ceramtech Incorporated, in collaboration with workers at The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory report that when water is superheated to 800 degrees Celsius, far less electricity is required to produce the same volume of hydrogen. The researchers envision that future nuclear fission plants could be used both to heat the water as part of their cooling system, and generate the needed electricity.

Concerns have been raised regarding the safety of such arrangements, however. Jeremy Desterhoft, an independent consultant on nuclear energy safety, warns the “elevated levels of radiation required to sufficiently lower the atomic separation point is beyond the current capabilities of any recent cooler.” He does not believe that economically viable cooling technology will be available for at least four to six more years.

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Will Wikimedia “run on Sun”?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

An internal Wikimedia communiqué was leaked over the weekend. Like many e-mails, the document is a chain of forwards, replies, and attachments. The attached Portable Document Format (PDF) file was from a PowerPoint presentation, entitled “Wikimedia Foundation: Past, Present, and Future”. The presentation is watermarked confidential, do not distribute, and details the Foundation’s recent financial, technical, and traffic history, outlines near-term forecasts for all three, and makes suggestions for slightly longer horizons as well. By itself the document led to several inter-connected news stories.

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Keep Your Home Dry And Your Property Well Maintained With Leak Detection In Seattle, Wa

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Plumbing leaks come in a variety types. Some are more noticeable such as those that affect the outside sewer. In many instances these leaks will destroy your landscaping and ruin your yard. Sometimes you can easily locate these problems by the damage they do, but other times the leaks may be slow and difficult to find. Fresh water leaks can be even larger problems. Small leaks can dribble down the pipes without a loss of pressure while still causing extreme damage in your home. Leaking faucets and drains can cause wood rot in cabinets and floors resulting in thousands of dollars worth of repair costs.

The key to Leak Detection in Seattle, WA is the tools the plumber uses. For smaller ground based leaks and hard to find sewer problems the plumber can use Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). This may be a somewhat expensive tool for detection purposes, but it does allow the homeowner a little peace of mind when it comes time to dig up the broke pipes. In some instances the GPR is also useful for detecting fresh water leaks around foundation slabs and basement walls.

More useful tools for Leak Detection in Seattle, WA include an acoustic instrument designed to locate the leak by sound variance. Higher pressure water leaks in walls make definitive noises that plumbers can easily recognize. By pinpointing where these leaks occur they can reduce the amount of demolition required to make a repair. For harder to find leaks they can use an ultra-sensitive ground mic system to pick up the sounds and computerized equipment to filter out background noises. By removing any extraneous sounds they can easily locate the source of your leak.

Perhaps the most important tools that plumbers such as those at West Coast Plumbing, Pump and Filtration LLC can use are their eyes, ears and mind. By relying on years of experience and looking in the places where they would expect to find a leak they can often spot a problem with little trouble. One of the indicators they search for are water stains. Others include rotting wood, saturated drywall and seepage around any plumbing.

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British white paper on public health

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

ENGLAND — UK Health Secretary John Reid has proposed widespread legislative and health care changes in a new white paper on public health released Tuesday. Titled “Choosing Health”, the paper details government plans to restrict smoking in public places, limit ‘junk food‘ advertisements to children, make available “lifestyle trainers”, campaign against sexually transmitted diseases and tobacco, and improve food labelling.

The white paper comes after extensive public comment that involved 150,000 people.

Smoking would be restricted in enclosed public spaces, restaurants, workplaces, and some pubs. The ban would be enacted gradually, affecting government and NHS buildings in 2006, enclosed public places in 2007, and private property in 2008. Permanent exemption would be granted to pubs that do not serve prepared food — though not at the bar — as well as private clubs, a decision that has provoked some to call the measure incomplete. Up to 90% of pubs are expected to be affected. The Scottish executive proposed a complete ban on smoking in enclosed public places last week, and Ireland has already banned smoking in pubs and restaurants.

Food advertisements targeted to children would be banned until 9pm, under the White Paper’s proposals. The restriction is a measure to tackle rising rates of childhood obesity. The government also intends to develop voluntary standards on food and drink advertisements to children with industry, only threatening legislation if an acceptable standard is not reached by 2007. Additionally, low income families would receive vouchers for fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, and infant formula. School lunches would also be held to stricter nutritional standards. Reid has warned that unless childhood obesity is tackled, “we face the prospect of children having shorter life expectancy than their parents”.

Food labelling would also be improved, with a “traffic light” system implemented. Packaged food would be evaluated based on its fat, sugar, and salt content.

The paper is unusual for suggesting a more holistic approach to health care, offering for the first time “lifestyle trainers.” The National Health Service would be funding with an additional £1bn to make people’s overall lives healthier, which is expected to save £30bn in preventable illness.

The paper additionally makes mention of reducing accidents, which affected 2.7m people last year and is a leading cause of child death, curb binge drinking, and reduce substance abuse among youths.

The paper has been criticized by many parties. The Tory Shadow Health Secretary has criticized the Labour government’s comprehensiveness and creation of a “new nanny state approach”. He has additionally described it as “gimmicks”. The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of not being comprehensive enough. It has also been criticized by the British Medical Association as being implemented too slowly, saying “When lives need saving, doctors act immediately”.

Mr. Reid has argued against the nanny state label, saying “In a free society, men and women ultimately have the right within the law to choose their own lifestyle, even when it may damage their own health. But people do not have the right to damage the health of others, or to impose an intolerable degree of inconvenience or nuisance on others … This is a sensible solution which balances the protection of the majority with the personal freedom of the minority in England”.

The full white paper “Choosing Health” can be read here.

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U.S. warns of al Qaeda threat to stock trading and banking websites

Friday, December 1, 2006

The U.S. government warned private financial services that al Qaeda is planning a cyber attack on the U.S. stock and bank accounts, officials said on Thursday.

Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke says: “There is no information to corroborate this aspirational threat. As a routine matter and out of an abundance of caution, US-CERT issued the situational awareness report to industry stakeholders.”

The officials said that the attacks are aimed at destroying the databases of U.S. banking and stock market web sites. The Homeland Security group claims that the threat was for all of December.

A U.S. official said that the threat was posted on an website and called for the attack to avenge the imprisonment of Muslims in the Guantanamo detention camp.

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Reasons That Make Air Tickets To Hong Kong Disappear Fast

Submitted by: Sam Walker

Cosmopolitan yet traditional, satiating yet leaving everyone craving for more of it Hong Kong is a place for weaving the memories of lifetime holidays. Gleaming with towering skyscrapers and laden with spellbinding shopping hubs and mesmerizing night clubs, the dazzling city-state of Hong Kong casts a spell on hedonists. With infinite entertainment options, stunning choice of dining, gratifying culinary and arresting attractions, Hong Kong bestows an ample scope to relish its eternal glory.

Every year, there is a virtual stampede for cheap airline tickets to Hong Kong. After all, very few places on earth offer such a wonderful blend of cosmopolitan delights.

Enthralling Attractions

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Boasting the rich history and utterly diverse culture, Hong Kong is brimming with assortment of enchanting attractions for all sorts of holidaymakers. The city-state is home to Disneyland, the legendary amusement park that lures millions of holidaymakers to lay hands on air tickets to Hong Kong. A visit to this spectacular theme park is like a roller coaster ride that will remain etched in your mind. The breathtaking views from the Peak take the breath away while the spectacular synchronisation of awe-inspiring music and multihued lights and laser beams of Symphony of Light leads one and all into a state of mental bliss.

Hong Kong treats its guests with unparalleled attractions. Giant Buddha, Stanley Market and Murray House, Bank of China (BOC) Tower, Che Kung Temple, Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Wetland Park are some of the stunning attractions that show on the itinerary of travellers grabbing airline tickets to Hong Kong.

Intoxicating Shopping Scene

Apart from the treating the guests with implausible attractions, Hong Kong bewitches the visitors with its intoxicating shopping scene. Strewn with humungous malls and flaunting the countless, vivacious markets, the city-state has become a top-notch shopping destination in the world. Shoppers travelling on tickets to Hong Kong can try street-shopping at Wan Chai and grab exclusive stuff and spend some exotic wine and dine moments at Central offer incredible variety for holidaymakers.

Mind-boggling Nightlife

Hong Kong knows how to party! As the sun goes down, the city-state quivers with enticing music and entertainment and transforms into a haven for party animals. Spending money on cheap flight tickets to Hong Kong decidedly ensures unforgettable nights of revelry. From getting magnetised by the moves of the Hong Kong Ballet to tripping the light fantastic at uber-cool nightclubs; one can indulge in non-stop carousing and endless activities. Agave, Boca Tapas and Wine Bar, Bulldog’s Bar and Grill, Drop and Dublin Jack’s are some of the popular nightspots in Hong Kong Island to hit at dark.

Scrumptious Food

The experience of eating out in Hong Kong is all about feasting the taste bud with extra-luscious food and getting pampered with unparalleled hospitality. Epicureans booking cheap airline tickets can devour the countless delicacies available all around the continent. For that perfect sea-food, make way to Cheung Chau while Hong Kong Island is apt for sampling the yummy street-food.

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New Jersey real estate investor charged with $2 million theft

Friday, March 20, 2009

The owner of a New Jersey real estate investment firm has been charged with using $2 million of his company’s money for construction at his home and other projects not related to work.

Gary Klein, owner of the Asbury Park-based REI Group Inc., surrendered himself to police after a Monmouth County grand jury indicted him on one count of theft by deception charges.

The charges were the result of a three-year investigation into his practices. Klein, 45, of Colts Neck Township, faces up to 10 years in state prison if convicted. Klein was released Friday after posting $75,000 bail.

Klein attracted clients by telling them he would invest their money in projects that would result in returns of 12 and 85 percent. Prosecutors said the actions mirrored those of a Ponzi scheme.

Robert Weir, Klein’s attorney, said the operation was not a Ponzi scheme, but legitimate business investments that went bad as the economy declined. Weir also said Klein hired a receiver to try and return the investors’ money once the investments started to go sour.

“It’s a shame that a business that experienced a turn in the real estate market is now being treated as a criminal problem. That was not Mr. Klein’s intent,” Weir said to The Star-Ledger.

Weir said the investments were used for building rehabilitation projects in Asbury Park and the construction of Florida condominium complexes, but authorities said Klein used the money to repay earlier investors who were cashing out, as well to help build his own home.

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World AIDS Day events held around the globe

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The 20th annual World AIDS Day was December 1, 2007. The theme selected by the World AIDS Campaign is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise” as it will be through 2010. The day was marked by thousands of events around the world.

“It is now time for bold leadership at all levels in order to turn the tide of HIV,” said Felicita Hikuam, Global Programmes Manager, World AIDS Campaign. An estimated 33.2 million people around the world—one in every 200—are living with HIV, and approximately 6,800 people are infected with HIV and 5,700 people die of AIDS-related illnesses every day.

“The trend is encouraging but still for every person receiving treatment four others are newly infected,” said Nelson Mandela, speaking at a concert in Johannesburg, South Africa. “If we are to stop the Aids epidemic from expanding, we need to break the cycle of new HIV infections. All of us working together with government, communities and civil society can make the difference that is needed,” he continued.

As many as 50,000 people attended the concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was telecast around the world. It was organized by Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS campaign and featured performances by artists such as Peter Gabriel, Ludacris, Razorlight, the Goo Goo Dolls and Annie Lennox.File:20050702-Nelson Mandela Live8 Edinburgh.jpg

At a fundraiser in the town of Midrand, in the province Gauteng, near Johannesburg on Friday, singer Annie Lennox had strong words for the South African government’s AIDS policies.

“AIDS, as Madiba [Mandela] has said, is a human rights issue and should be treated as such in order to avoid this genocide that is affecting millions and millions of people around the world,” said Lennox in a speech. Lennox has previously been critical of the South African government’s position on suggesting some AIDS medications were toxic. “It is unacceptable that treatment has not been made available to those who need it most,” said Lennox.

The rock band Queen, which lost its lead singer Freddie Mercury to AIDS, released a new song entitled, Say It’s Not True, to coincide with World Aids Day. It has been made available as a free download from the band’s website. “By making the song available for free, we hope to help Nelson Mandela with his campaign to get across the message that no-one is safe from infection,” said Queen drummer Roger Taylor. “We have to be aware, we have to protect ourselves and those we love.”

In China, people distributed AIDS prevention brochures in the streets and promoted safe sex in cities like Beijing and Shanghai. In Changsha, official warning signs were put on hotel bedstands. The government announced on Friday an allocation of CNY860 million for AIDS prevention and control. According to official reports, there are estimated to be 700,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in China.

Also in China, the Miss World 2007 was in Sanya on World AIDS Day. The pageant presented a special tribute to the fight against AIDS, with a televised speech from former South African President Nelson Mandela, along with traditional dancers from South Africa who joined the contestants in a special song.

Friday, United States President George W. Bush urged the United States Congress to double the 2003 Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to US$30 billion over the next five years. “Above all, we rededicate ourselves to a great purpose: We will turn the tide against HIV/AIDS—once and for all,” he said.

“I’m pleased to announce that Laura and I will travel to sub-Sahara Africa early next year,” Bush said. Sub-Saharan Africa suffered nearly three-quarters of AIDS-related deaths during 2006 and is home to two-thirds of those living with HIV/AIDS.

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