Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Russ Aegard, Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Russ Aegard, Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Monday, September 24, 2007

Russ Aegard is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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US government reopens following bi-partisan debt deal

US government reopens following bi-partisan debt deal

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Both the United States House of Representatives and Senate agreed to a bill yesterday to end the government shutdown and to raise the debt limit of the federal government. President Barack Obama has signed the bill into law.

Workers employed by agencies of the US federal government who had previously been furloughed have returned to work. The law has funded the government until January 15 and has extended the debt ceiling until February 7. The law also establishes a bipartisan committee to look into drafting a long-term budget agreement. This committee is due to report back to Congress in December.

Republicans did not manage to extract any significant changes to Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. They had hoped to get the implementation of the law delayed by a year, but have instead provided that those wishing to sign up for healthcare benefits must provide proof of their income.

In a statement, the House Speaker, John Boehner, said the Republicans would continue to fight Obama’s healthcare law: “Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president’s health care law will continue. We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law’s massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.”

The Democratic Leader in the House, Nancy Pelosi, said on Twitter: “The unnecessary shutdown America endured for 16 days has come to an end. Speaker finally did the right thing and allowed the House to vote.”

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Egyptian archaeologists announce discovery of marble statue and 132 new sites

Egyptian archaeologists announce discovery of marble statue and 132 new sites
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s pre-eminent archaeologist, and Secretary General of the The Supreme Council of Antiquities, has announced that a rare statue constructed of white marble whose features resemble Alexander the Great has been discovered in Egypt. Hawass also stated that there are satellite photographs identifying many archeological sites which may also reveal buried monuments.

Calliope Papacosta was leading the Greek archaeological excavation in Alexandria when the white marble statue was found.

“A ribbon around the head of the statue proves that it belongs to an important person for such ribbon was used only be[sic] rulers,” said Hawass, “The 80 cm long, 23 cm wide statue has been discovered eight meters deep under the earth surface.”

Farouk Hosni, Egypt’s Culture Minister, is supporting archaeological dig sites and has set into place laws restricting illegal digging in confirmed archaeological sites which may contain historical monuments. The monument photography project, National Authority for Remote Sensing, Space Sciences (NARRS) and Mubarak City for Scientific Research (MuCSAT) combined Satellites technology, aerial photography and ground laser to locate 132 sites which have not yet been excavated.

One of these sites is north of Lake Qarun in the Faiyum area, and another at Habu city. Archaeologists are presently being sent out by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism to areas before construction and building excavations to preserve invaluable archaeological treasures. At the Faiyum site near Cairo artifacts dating to diverse time periods have been found amongst these, an awl for stitching leather, fishing tackle, weapons, jewellery, pottery, coins, sawfish, whale fossils, and a 3150 BC block portraying one of the two leaders named King Scorpion.

Meanwhile, in other archaeological news, Iran’s three salt mummies found in the Chehrabad Salt Mine in 1993 will be moved to a technologically advanced vacuum chamber display case in Zanjan for better preservation. These mummies or Salt Men have been dated as being from the Parthian 237 BCE – 224 CE and Sassanid era, 224 – 651 CE.

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Global economy could lose up to 51 million jobs this year, says UN agency

Global economy could lose up to 51 million jobs this year, says UN agency
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The International Labor Organization (ILO), a branch of the United Nations concerned with labor and workers’ rights issues, issued a report Wednesday explaining how the global economic crisis could create a global employment crisis by the end of the year.

“By the end of 2008 working poverty, vulnerable employment and unemployment were beginning to rise as the effects of the slowdown spread,” the report states. “If the recession deepens in 2009, as many forecasters expect, the global jobs crisis will worsen sharply.” Even for those who keep their jobs, the report predicts that “earnings and other conditions of employment will deteriorate.”

In a worst-case scenario, the ILO says 51 million jobs could be lost in 2009, meaning that 7.1% of the world’s working population would be out of a job. In a more realistic scenario, the report foresees a loss of 30 million jobs, with a global unemployment rate of 6.5%. The unemployment rate has increased in recent years, from 5.7% in 2007 to an estimated 6% in 2008.

Even the report’s most optimistic scenario for this year, a loss of 18 million jobs at an unemployment rate of 6.1%, is not much different than the ILO’s October 2008 prediction of 20 million jobs lost this year due to the financial crisis.

The report warns that developing countries in South Asia and Subsaharan Africa will be harshly affected by the economic crisis. Although working poverty – defined as having daily wages of US$2 or less – is on an overall decline, these regions are still characterized by poor working conditions, low salaries, and an insecure job market. This will only worsen in 2009, according to the ILO.

“Taking into account that a wage and salary job in poor regions may still not ensure all the components of a decent job, it becomes understandable that only a minority of working people have a job that is well paid, respects their fundamental rights and ensures some security in case of job loss, personal or family illnesses, or other difficulties.” The report says that by the end of 2008, nearly 53% of workers around the world could be in “vulnerable employment”.

In terms of actual unemployment, however, developed countries are the ones most likely to be affected by the downturn, as they are more tied to the global financial system. The unemployment rate in the European Union and other developed economies increased by 0.7 percentage points in 2008, the largest increase of all regions. “Globalization combined with rapid technological advances is another challenge for labour markets in the region,” the ILO says. “It is important for workers and employers to be ready and able to adjust quickly to change and to stiffer competition.”

A wage and salary job in poor regions may still not ensure all the components of a decent job…

Still, the unemployment rate of 6.4% in these developed countries is far less than in North Africa and the Middle East, which had unemployment rates of 10.3% and 9.4% respectively. East Asia had the lowest unemployment rate of the regions at 3.8%.

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The report urged global economies to take cooperative measures, including working with the United Nations, in order to stem the economic crisis. It also asks governments to address the “negative social consequences of globalization” by placing on emphasis an social justice-based programs targeted toward women, youth, and other “vulnerable groups”.

In particular, the ILO says governments should establish public infrastructure projects such as road construction, expand health insurance and unemployment benefits, and focus on the creation of green jobs when devising their stimulus plans. “When governments design fiscal stimulus packages, it is important that they consider employment-related goals, including explicit employment growth targets,” the report concluded.

“In the world, there remains a huge untapped labour potential, and economic growth and development could be much higher if everyone was given the chance of a decent job.”

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Cypriot plane with 121 on board crashes in Greece

Cypriot plane with 121 on board crashes in Greece
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Sunday, August 14, 2005

A Helios airliner (Boeing 737, flight HCY 522) with 115 passengers and 6 crew onboard has crashed into a mountain at 09:04 UTC (12:04 p.m. EEST) near Grammatiko, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Athens, while approaching the capital’s airport. All on board perished. The plane was travelling from Larnaca, in the southeast of Cyprus (Greek:Kypros, ??????) and scheduled to arrive in Prague after a stop in Athens.

Immediately after take-off, the pilots reported a problem with the air conditioning system of the aircraft and requested to stay at a low altitude. A few minutes later, the pilots alerted the station that the problem had been fixed and requested permission to ascend. This information however has been denied by the Director of Helios Airways. As the plane approached Athens, all communication abruptly ceased, and the plane never issued a mayday distress signal. Two Greek F-16 military aircraft were assigned to observe the plane. The pilots of the F-16s noted that one airliner pilot appeared to be unconscious and the other was not in the cockpit.

CBC reported the following:

On Wednesday [August 17, 2005], state-run and private media, quoting anonymous defense ministry officials, said the two fighter pilots saw someone in the cockpit take control of the plane, which was flying in a gradually descending holding pattern apparently on autopilot. That person, probably a man who experts say must have had flight training, then banked the plane away from Athens, lowering it to 2,000 feet and then climbing back up to 7,000 feet before the plane apparently ran out of fuel and crashed.

The F-16s accompanied the airliner until it crashed.

The Greek F-16 pilots saw at least one of the aircraft’s pilots may have become unconscious before the crash, causing control of the plane to be lost. The emergency oxygen masks were also reported to have dropped.

There had been speculation that an electrical fire or some other cause could have flooded the cabin with carbon monoxide or another gas that would render the passengers unconscious. However, the chief coroner of Athens, Greece, said that tests showed none of the passengers or crew had carbon monoxide in their blood. It was also speculated that the air-supply system of the aircraft may have failed, causing a loss of air pressure within the cockpit. This malfunction can cause a steep drop in air temperature. On December 16, 2004 the same aircraft made an emergency landing after failure of the ventilation system at 35,000 feet and 3 passengers were hospitalized. However, an airline spokesman insisted that the plane was airworthy when it took off.

Tests showed that at least 26 people on the flight were still alive when it crashed.

After a cabin decompression occurred onboard a Learjet carrying golf pro Payne Stewart in 1999, all the travelers lost consciousness and the plane eventually crashed with no survivors.

Helios Airlines was unable to supply a complete passenger list, having only first initials and surnames available for investigators.

The official passenger list released by Cyprus Police, as reported by CNA, indicates that there were 22 young persons onboard aged 4-16. Most of the passengers were Cypriot, a small number were Greek and one of the pilots was German. There were 4 Armenian passengers who lived in Cyprus.

The complete list, in Greek, has been published by the Cyprus News Agency.

After the crash, a fire started around the airliner. It was extinguished by firefighters after 2 hours. The fire burned most of the bodies that are now being collected by special firefighter units and transferred to the city of Shisto, near Athens. Meanwhile, the two F-16 pilots were transferred to Ministry of Defense to give their report.

The flight data recorder has been recovered. The cockpit voice recorder was found the following morning in bad condition. The two devices will be sent to Paris for examination.

Nektarios-Sotirios Voutas [1][2] reported that a passenger (his cousin) sent a text message that read: “The pilot has turned blue [in the face]. [F]arewell we’re freezing”. He was arrested the following day as it appeared to be a hoax [3].

Helios has informed the relatives of the victims; however, the company has been met with criticism for failing to release the passenger list quickly.

Helios Airways released a statement on their website today, stating, “Our thoughts are with the families of those on board at this difficult time.”

An emergency telephone number in Nicosia, Cyprus can be contacted at +357/70003737, 22 – 446146.

The Cypriot government has declared three days of national mourning and ordered flags to be lowered on half-mast.

Upon allegations brought by the Communications and Works Minister and the chief of police, warrants were issued by the attorney general to search Helios Airways offices [4]

Cyprus and Greece are UTC+3, Czech Republic is UTC+2.

Helios Airways was founded in 1999 as Cyprus’ first private airline. It is now a subsidiary of Libra Holidays Group of Limassol, Cyprus and is registered in Cyprus. Helios’ remaining fleet consists of 2 Boeing 737-800 jets and an Airbus A319. Helios offers flights between Cyprus and London, Athens, Sofia, Warsaw, Dublin and Strasbourg.

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Home Generator Tips: Powering Your Home In Times Of Crisis

June 17, 2018 - Posted by Gvmawv3B - 0 Comments

By George Clark

These days, we increasingly experience natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, which is occurring more often and are also getting increasingly powerful.

This is why we always need to be prepared in case we get affected by natural disasters. With a home generator, you will be able to enjoy having electricity in your home in case of power outages in your area caused by natural and man-made disasters and other emergency situations.

Home generators are very popular among a lot of people today because it will allow backup power in case power outages occur.

With a generator, you can power your appliances as well as your lights, which is very important for us today. This will not only give you convenience but it will be able to lessen the dangers of using candles.

There are several types of home electric generators. For starters, there are two types of home generators available today. One is the standby generator and the other is the portable generator.

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The main difference between these two is that standby generators are fixed in a particular area in the house while the portable generator can be moved around. If you want the maximum amount of power that your generator should produce, standby generators would be your likely choice as it offers high power output.

You also need to choose the fuel source that your generator should run in. You can choose from diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and propane generators. When choosing a residential generator, one of the most important factors that you need to take a look at in the generator you plan on buying is the noise level it produces.

Keep in mind that you will be using the generator on residential areas. This means that you have to choose a generator that is silent. Besides, you would not want your neighbors to complain about the noise that your generator makes especially during the night, would you? Having a noisy generator will also mean getting a visit from the local authorities to warn you of the noise or you can even get a ticket.

For home generators, choose one that produces less than 65 decibels of noise. This is the ideal generator for residential areas.

Another factor that you should consider when choosing a generator for your home is the brand. When you are shopping for generator sets, you will usually see different kinds of generators with different brands and manufacturers. It is important that you should always go for a well-known brand in order to be sure about the quality of the generator.

You also have to remember that you need to take a look at the wattage output that the generator can provide. The wattage is basically the power that your generator produces. If you plan to power your entire home including your appliances, you should always go for generators with high wattage rating or high wattage output.

However, this can be quite expensive and if you are only going to use the generator to power your home lights, you really won’t need a huge generator with high wattage output.

Gasoline and diesel generators are quite cheap but the problem is your source of fuel for these generators. It is dangerous to store gasoline and diesel in your home and you really wouldn’t want to go out at night during emergencies and buy gasoline or diesel from your nearest filling station.

The best types of generators that you can purchase are natural gas and propane electric generators. You can safely store propane tanks in your basement, which you can easily hook up on your generator when power outages occur. For natural gas generators, you can easily connect it to the gas pipe in your home.

Always keep in mind that when it comes to choosing generators, safety should always be your first priority. This is why it is important that you purchase only the best generators available from a well-known brand or manufacturer.

The prices for these generators may be more expensive, but you will be able to enjoy safety when operating the generator and also be sure that the generator is of good quality in construction and very durable.

Remember these tips and you can be sure that you will be able to have power in your home in times of emergencies caused by natural or man-made disasters. With an electric generator in your home, you will never have to worry about the dangers of power outages ever again.

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China to run low-cost maglevs by next year

China to run low-cost maglevs by next year
June 17, 2018 - Posted by Gvmawv3B - 0 Comments

Sunday, January 22, 2012

China has finished production of the first of its Chinese-built magnetically levitated (maglev) trains in Zhuzhou, Hunan. Described as low-cost and eco-friendly, the trains are to begin operating next year on the Daitai line between Haidian District and Beijing. The three-coached trains are able to carry up to 600 passengers and run at a top speed of 100 km/h.

“It’s ideal for mass transportation, as it is quiet and environmentally friendly”, says Xu Zongxiang, general manager of Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Company. “Its manufacturing cost is about 75 percent of a conventional light-rail train”.

The train claims zero emissions as opposed to conventional trains which run on coal or diesel. It has a minimum turning radius of 50 meters and the production company has stated that it has reduced the risks of derailment and overturning. The company is exploring possible future operations in certain cities. Meanwhile, the Daitai line between Haidian District and Beijing is scheduled to operate by next year.

Liu Youmei, a railway transport specialist, said, “It can be used for public transport in populous areas and at scenic spots with fragile environment.”

China operates the first commercial maglev in the world, in Shanghai between a metro station and Pudong International Airport. The train takes less than 8 minutes to cover the 30 km route with a top speed of 430 km/h. Maglev trains can accelerate to high speeds as they run suspended in the air by magnetism, avoiding friction between the train and the tracks.

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Che Guevara’s ”Motorcycle Diaries” companion dies

Che Guevara’s ”Motorcycle Diaries” companion dies
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Alberto Granado Jiménez, the Argentinian biochemist who was Che Guevara’s companion on his transformative motorcycle trip through South America, died in Havana on Saturday, reported Cuban state television. He was 88 and died of natural causes.

The politically active Jiménez met Ernesto “Che” Guevara, then a medical student, in Hernando, Argentina where Guevara had gone to play rugby. Both were intellectually curious and interested in exploration. In 1951 they set out on an eight-month motorcycle trip through South American that exposed them to the poverty in which most South Americans lived. The pair worked in a leprosy colony and met wtih destitute miners and indigenous people. Both men kept diaries which served as the basis for the 2004 film, The Motorcycle Diaries, produced by Robert Redford and directed by Walter Salles.

According to the Guardian, “Their road trip awoke in Guevara a social consciousness and political convictions that would turn him into one of the iconic revolutionaries of the 20th century.” The trip is widely believed to have inspired Guevara to go to Cuba and join Fidel Castro in his 1959 revolt against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

By the time the two men met again eight years later, Guevara was a revolutionary hero and chief of Cuba’s central bank. Jiménez, who had remained in Argentina working in a clinic, accepted Guevara’s invitation to move to Cuba in 1961 and founded a medical facility in Santiago. Later he moved to Havana where he continued his medical work. The two remained friends although they did not always agree. Jiménez rejected Guevara’s belief that social reform in Latin America had to be accomplished through guerrilla warfare.

The book The Motorcycle Diaries was published in the 1990’s. Jiménez said of the book that it inspired the image of the young Che as a romantic figure.

Jiménez authored the book Traveling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary, published in 2003.

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FEMA accused of misusing trained disaster workers as public-relations workers

FEMA accused of misusing trained disaster workers as public-relations workers
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Monday, September 12, 2005

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being criticized for misallocation of personnel in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. FEMA representatives said they requested volunteers from fire departments around the U.S., to handle its community relations campaign. However, a document FEMA sent to local fire departments asked for firefighters with very specific skills and who were capable of working in “austere conditions”. Fire departments around the nation responded by sending crews to the FEMA staging ground in Atlanta. Some of these crews were unaware that they were only going to be used for public relations work. Others, however, merely hoped that FEMA would allocate them to rescue and damage control operations once it saw their qualifications.

The firefighter’s objections are particularly poignant as one of FEMA public relations training seminars coincided with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin plea for firefighters on national television, to relieve his own exhausted crews. It is unclear if FEMA’s request for firefighters prevented any municipalities from responding to Mayor Nagin’s request.

Some firefighters have objected to their use as FEMA public relations officers because their municipalities must bear the cost of their salaries, as well as endure reduced firefighting capacity. FEMA has stated that it sought to use firefighters to avoid background checks required of federal employees.

Firefighters began receiving their assignments Monday, September 5th. Among these was a crew of 50 assigned to tour the devastated areas with President Bush and the press.

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Arthur Court Is No More Just King Arthur’s Court

June 16, 2018 - Posted by Gvmawv3B - 0 Comments

Arthur Court Is No More Just King Arthur’s Court


Daniel Cheng

When you hear the word Arthur Court, you are likely to think of King Arthur of ancient England and his famous court of heroic (and not so heroic) knights. In the modern age, however, Arthur Court has become a recognized brand for an elegant range of products.

The brand is now most closely associated with the products offered by Arthur Court Designs of USA. You would find their products in Department and Specialty Gift Stores all over USA, and also at reputed international outlets and online stores.

The product range includes hundreds of “design” products that include American Traditional serve ware, traditional accessories like carving knives and wine cooler, and many decorative products. The company reports that over 500 designs are available.

Traditionally, products of this category were made of silver, and silver ware has come to be associated with elegance and prestige. Arthur Court was a pioneer in the use of alternative metal, aluminum, to create similar looking, sculpted products with a brilliant polished luster typically associated with silver.

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These aluminum products do not need regular polishing as required by silver products. The company advises against using dishwasher to wash the ware, as heat would dull the brilliant luster of the products. Instead, hand washing using mild dishwashing soap is recommended.

Intriguing Series

The products are offered under different “series”, with interesting or intriguing names, and catering to the varied tastes of consumers.

There is an American Wilderness series that includes a wine cooler shaped like a fox while an autumn series offer products for the Halloween season, such as a Halloween Tea Light Holder, pumpkin bowl and ghost-shaped salt and pepper set.

Natural objects have inspired other products. There is a bamboo series made of wood, decorated with attached patterns in the alternative metal. A bunny series featuring bunnies include stocking holders and other decorative products, an African Safari series include monkeys, elephants and alligators, and a Frog series prominently feature the frog shape.

Then there is a Collegiate series with licensed collegiate products for specific schools, featuring the insignia of the school teams.

The Cross series offer intricately patterned crosses for use as wall, standing or wedding crosses.

There are several other series such as Dragonfly, Fleur De Lis, Grape, Longhorn, Pineapple and Palm Leaf, Rooster, Tuscan and Western.

Yet other series like Dinnerware, Arthur Court Kitchen and Large Animal Coolers clearly bring out the functions of products they include.

Handmade Products

Each piece is individually crafted by hand according to the company. Such hand crafting makes each piece a unique piece, a little different from other similar pieces.

The Arthur Court Brand

The range of elegant, hand crafted products, catering to different themes and interests, and made of a material that resembles the traditional silver of prestigious silver ware, has apparently caught the fancy of consumers. Arthur Court has become a brand recognized internationally, and is no more confined to the court of the ancient King of English legends.

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