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Relief efforts continue
Over 116,000 are reported dead in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and other regions. As international aid begins to flow to the region, casualties caused by outbreaks of cholera, typhoid and related diseases, as well as by increasingly unsanitary conditions, threatens to push the death toll even higher.
‘Fockers’ set to meet another weekend title
With no new wide releases, last weekend’s films are set to rule U.S. and Canadian box office receipts once again.
Yushchenko claims victory in re-run
In Ukraine, the opposition candidate wins, and the Ukraine Elections commission rejects Prime Minister Yanukovych’s claims over election.
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Thursday, March 30, 2006
Australian Federal Police officers reportedly raided the home in Argenton, West of Newcastle, New South Wales of a man suspected of distibuting software to enable unauthorised access to pay TV services Foxtel and Austar.
A spokesperson for the Australian Federal Police said that officers seized computer equipment, including an “external hardware drive”. The spokesperson said police were assisted by Foxtel’s fraud invesigators and computer forensic experts from Ferrier Hodgson.
Debra Richards, Executive Director of the Australian Subscription Television Association, the organisation which represents the interests of Australian pay TV service providers, said, “Industry members are working cooperatively through ASTRA to address a problem that results in lost revenue and resources that would otherwise be used to grow the Australian television and production industries.”
“The real victims here are the consumers who are being hoodwinked into being involved in a criminal activity, often paying more than they would otherwise for a legitimate service,” she said.
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Mapping an approach to your destination keeps getting easier. Gone are the days where you pulled out the dreaded fold out paper map and a red pencil to draw your chosen path. The concept of online mapping has been around for a while now. However with a truck sat nav you can map and easily store your routes while in your vehicle and have up to date information.
Handy little electronic navigation systems continue to improve more every year. These little devices are great for simple route tracking, such as finding a restaurant or potential traffic issues you have a lot of power in your hands. The majority of sat nav models can vary upon options that you may need, but for a long haul driver you might want as much as you can get to make driving easier.
Being a professional truck driver means having access to the information on how to quickly get to the new destination as quickly as possible, as the area may be unknown and it could be a long distance away. With a system in place like this you can have lodging, restaurants, stores, best paths to suit your vehicle and more quickly in hand.
Knowing what tools will help you best in your travels and knowing what is available to you will help you make a good choice. Lorry and truck drivers want the fastest, most direct path to their destination with the least amount of problems so they can do their job.
Your time is valuable and being able to get there sooner than later makes all the difference. Knowing where traffic jams, roadwork are being done, weather issues and more that can hinder your driving will assist you on your travels. Checking information before you decide on the route can be useful. You will already have maps and the pre loaded software on your device as well as the ability to access more updates to keep you on track. Information can change quickly and this device helps you by doing that job for you.
By being able to add in the information requested about your vehicle, the load, size, and more you can assist the navigation process. The device is mainly used for larger transport but it can also be utilized by cars.
Dangerous areas are easily mapped out as well as weather conditions or paths that might prove problematic. If you don’t have the full address to your final stop you can easily plug in the postal code and it can map out the route for you.
If you are on the road a lot, you know that all too often territory will not be familiar, or new roads can be added, as well new poi’s and potential hazards. By having a truck sat nav on hand it will help keep you out of trouble on your path by giving you handy guidance. This is readily becoming one of the most powerful tools available to all drivers, and for truck drivers it can make your job a lot easier.
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Friday, June 27, 2008
Newspaper The Guardian reports today that the sale of the BBC subsidiary BBC Resources Ltd., has cost £3.4m in consultancy fees — over £1m more than the £2.3m trading profit the commercial division is estimated to have made for the last financial year. Details of the failed privatisation were released by the BBC following a freedom of information request, and prior to publication of its annual report on July 8.
Fourteen months after advisers were appointed to try to sell BBC Resources Ltd., only one of the three main business units has been sold — its Outside Broadcast division to Satellite Information Services Limited (SIS), for an estimated £20m. On March 7, 2008 it was also announced that the studios operation would remain in BBC ownership and in early June, the fate of the third business was put on hold with the BBC stating that “like Studios, Post Production will remain within BBC Resources, which will continue to operate as a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC.”
BBC Resources Ltd. made an operating profit of £6.1m for 2005-06, down from £7.4m the year before, with the BBC accounting for 83.3% of its turnover, down from 87.4% for 2004-05. Last year’s published figure for 2006-07 was £5.2 million — with BBC business at 80% of turnover.
BECTU Assistant General Secretary Luke Crawley is quoted as saying: “It’s fairly outrageous that around half the profit of the company [announced last year] has been spent trying to sell it. It’s an inordinate amount of money. The BBC was promised big returns if it sold BBC Resources but it’s only managed to sell outside broadcasts and we do not know how much it made out of that. We think the £3.4m is a poor investment.”
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Saturday, January 30, 2010
According to local police chief Craig Van Breugel there were no injuries or loss of life to animals or local residents in the recent fire in the rural Australian town of Toongabbie. “There was no injury to persons or animals. That is all I have for you,” Detective Acting Sergent Van Breugel said in response to queries from Wikinews.
The fire began about 2:20 pm local time (UTC+11) between Humphrey and Eagle Hawk roads, north of the township proper. The local Country Fire Authority brigade managed to contain the blaze to approximately three to five hectares.
Victoria Police have recently indicated that the area around where the fire was started is only accessible by four wheel drives (4WD) or off-road motorcycles; it is popular with dirt bike riders and 4WD enthusiasts.
The local Country Fire Authority brigade managed to contain the blaze to approximately three to five hectares between Humphrey and Eagle Hawk roads.
Det.Act.Sgt Van Breugel confrimed that there wer some off road motor cyclists in the are that day. “[Police] know there was a number of off road motorcyclists in the area on the day. Some of [them] have already been spoken to by the Police” Det.Act.Sgt Van Breugel said.
The fire is being treated as suspicious and people with infomation that may help the investigation are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers or the local police.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
This Sunday, the International Animated Film Association (Association International du Film d’Animation) or ASIFA will hand out the Annie Awards in Glendale, California. As animation’s highest honor, the crowd is always a who’s who of direction, art design, character design, layout, visual effects, and voice artists.
There are 23 award categories in the Annies, sorted into Individual Achievement and Production categories.
Perhaps the most competitive category is “Best Animated Feature”, which will be a fight between Cars (Pixar Animation Studios), Happy Feet (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures/Kennedy Miller Production/Animal Logic Film), Monster House (Columbia Pictures/ImageMovers/Amblin), Open Season (Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures) and Over The Hedge (DreamWorks Animation).
Cars, Happy Feet, and Monster House are all nominated in the Academy Awards for the same category, perhaps signifying an edge up in the competition.
Direct-to-DVD releases are eligible for the “Best Home Entertainment Production”. Included are Bambi II (DisneyToon Studios), The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (Universal Animation Studios), and Winnie the Pooh: Shapes & Sizes (DisneyToon Studios).
Charlie and Lola, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, King of the Hill, The Fairly OddParents, and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! are all up for “Best Animated Television Production”.
“Best Animated Video Game” will be awarded to either Flushed Away The Game (D3 Publisher of America, Inc.), Monster House (THQ, Inc.), and SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab (THQ, Inc.); the category was just created last year.
Adventure Time (Nickelodeon), Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot (Thunderbean Animation), No Time For Nuts (Blue Sky Studios), and Weird Al Yankovic Don’t Download This Song (Acme Filmworks) are all up for “Best Animated Short Subject”. Only No Time for Nuts is up for an Oscar, which has significantly different rules. “Best Animated Television Commercial” will go to either an advertisement for Candy Factory, ESPN, Hilton, St. Louis Zoo, and United Airlines.
Notably, no non-US films or productions have been nominated for any of the awards.
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ASIFA is a non-profit worldwide organization dedicated to preserving and promoting animation, which maintains national branches in 55 countries, as far away as UlanBaatar, Mongolia and Tehran. The Annies are awarded by its California chapter ASIFA-Hollywood.
The awards were started in 1972, after voice actress June Foray noticed the industry lacked a formal way to acknowledge its achievements. Performing in over 202 productions, Foray’s most known characters are Rocket J. Squirrel (Rocky and Bullwinkle) and Granny (Looney Tunes).
ASIFA also hands out “Juried Awards” to various notable figures in animation. Bill Plympton, Genndy Tartakovsky, and Andreas Deja will each win the Winsor McCay Award, in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation. Bill Matthews, Michael Fallik, Marc Deckter, and Eric Graf will each win a Certificate of Merit. The June Foray Award will go to Stephen Worth, for his “significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.” The Ub Iwerks Award and Special Achievement award will not be handed out.
Professional photographer John Mueller will attend the ceremony on behalf of Wikinews, taking photos of nominees and the rest of America’s animation elite. Mueller was selected from a wide pool of professionals offering their services. The photos from the event will be released under the Creative Commons By Attribution license, which allows them to be used by anyone for any purpose.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Richard Hammond, a British television presenter known for presenting shows such as Top Gear and Brainiac, is in a “stable” condition in hospital following a car accident during filming for Top Gear. He was injured when the jet-powered car he was driving crashed during filming for the former. The car, similar to the “Vampire” which holds the British land speed record, overturned whilst being driven at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour at Elvington airfield near York, in what was suggested to be an attempt at bettering the previous record. It has been suggested that he succeeded in a previous attempt. Emergency services were called to the scene at 5.45pm local time (16.45 UTC).
He was airlifted to the specialist neurological unit at Leeds General Infirmary. A former firefighter who was providing fire safety at the site and witnessed the accident said that Hammond was initially unconscious but able to speak when removed from the wreckage. At the time he indicated some pain in his lower back. Numerous eyewitnesses from the Top Gear crew claimed he was ‘helped into’ an air ambulance, suggesting he was conscious at the time. The ambulance service is reported to have said that Hammond was unconscious when they arrived at the scene, but began to regain consciousness upon arrival at the hospital.
The car was “very very badly damaged and in many pieces on the runway”, according to BBC News 24, reporting comments made by his colleagues.
A web sitehas been set up for well-wishers enabling them to donate to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This site will accept donations until January 21, 2007. As of 23.09 (UTC) 21st September 2006 (day 2) £52,239.90 had been raised, surpassing the original target of £340.00 and well past their target of £51,000 (150 flights) that was set in the past few days.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
A powerful blast has razed a fireworks factory 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the Philippines capital Manila shortly before noon on Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 70 others, Cavite Governor Ayong Maliksi said.
Four of the eight fatalities have already been identified by factory officials. They are: Clodelio Iso, Rodelio Iso, Marlon Rodrin, Angelo Francisco and Gerardo Amparo. The fire was declared to be out at around 2:33 p.m. local time (UTC+8).
Most of the explosion victims were employees of the Starmaker Fireworks Factory (SFF) located in Barangay Conchu, Trece Martires City. They were rushed to the General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital, Korean-Philippines Friendship Hospital, Treceno Medical Pavillion and Mark Jem Hospital, and are still being treated for third-degree burns and cuts from glass shards, said Ryan Lucero, acting area manager of SFF factory and the Office of the Civil Defense-Regional Disaster Coordinating Center.
Richard Rivera, SFF spokesman, said the firm meets “global security standards.” Founded in 1995, the firm pioneered synchronized music and pyrotechnics, which it also exported to other countries. SFF has promised to extend aid to the blast victims. “The company is saddened over what happened,” he said. The accidental fire sparked by the fireworks blast has spread to the nearby Yoshita corporation.
Several houses and a church near the fireworks factory were also damaged by the powerful blast which created several craters inside the factory’s compound. One crater measured at least 200 meters wide. “It was really frightening. We scampered for safety because the ground was shaking and on fire. Then, body parts started flying around together with metal and wooden debris,” said Juanito Salvatos, a gardener who was near the factory.
According to Cavite police Superintendent Reynaldo Galam, the mutilated bodies of two men and a woman were recovered outside the SFF compound near a residential area in Trece Martires city. Jonathan Seramillo, Cavite NBI medico legal officer, said a commercial area, including the Cavite Provincial Capitol, suffered damages even both are one kilometer away from the explosion site, while 2 vehicles were also damaged.
“The 10:45 a.m. explosion inside the half hectare SFF pyrotechnics compound was so loud that it was heard as far as 500 meters away from the scene of the blast,” said Galam. “The explosion was so powerful that it broke window panes even at the municipal hall more than a kilometer away,” said Mayor Melencio de Sagun Jr. The explosion has also caused part of the factory roof to land more than 1.5km (1 mile) away, and toppled concrete walls.
Sagun Jr. has cited reports that “the incident stemmed from a test of fireworks that went awry,” adding that the fireworks were to be delivered to the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. “The one who tested it violated a rule barring testing inside the compound,” he added, and explained that the factory is inside an industrial zone. The blast has also shattered the glass of two adjacent semi-conductor plants, injuring some of the employees.
“Shockwaves shattered windows and toppled concrete fences of nearby homes, knocking out electricity and raining down unexploded fireworks in the area,” said Army Col. Romeo Ucag, who assisted in putting out the blaze, adding, “he heard the explosion and saw a thick column of smoke from his post in Tanza, Cavite, six miles (10 kilometers) north of Trece Martires.”
Amid thick black smoke enveloping the fireworks factory three hours after the explosion, human body parts have scattered meters away from the fireworks factory. “There are body parts scattered outside,” said Galam, adding that “police and health officials were trying to account for the estimated 100 staff.” According to Senior Superintendent Hernando Zafra, director of the Cavite provincial police, “they could not yet determine the cause of the explosion, which was heard by people three kilometers away from the site.”
Authorities have also continued to sift through the rubble of the explosion. Zafra has said most of the victims could not be identified because their bodies have been dismembered and charred beyond recognition. Earlier, he has counted 43 people inside the factory being treated for injuries. Zafra has further noted that police arson investigators and National Bureau of Investigation officials are on the site to probe the cause of the explosion. Frederick Bragas of the OCD-RDCC 4-A said “forensic experts are now determining the identities of the fatalities.”
How to Trim Or Shave Pubic Hair – 7 Tips for Men
When we speak of unwanted hair, I guess both men and women share the same sentiments, if they are not needed, it is best to get rid of them! Nevertheless men and women have different body parts that need to be devoid of body hair, for instance the underarms where women should not have hair, while it is ok to have hair there for men. Male pubic hair is another sensitive area, and it is generally believed that men with no pubic hair are becoming more desirable amongst women. Thus today’s men are serious about wanting to remove their hair in that area to emerge more desirable to the opposite sex, and also for hygiene purposes. If you are one of those that wants to get rid of hair at your pubic area but are unsure of how to shave that area for men safely and successfully, the following tips might just help you achieve what you want to:
1) If you want to completely shave your pubic hair off, you should first trim it to a level as short as possible. This would allow your activity of shaving hair at your pubic area to be easier and without much hassle. Trimming could be accomplished with scissors, or if you have them, special electrical razors could be utilized as well. To trim, catch hold of a handful of the hair, and trim inch by inch for better control over the trimming process
2) Patience is needed when trimming or shaving your pubic hair, as it could prove to be frustrating at times especially when you are trimming and the trim becomes uneven. This is an area that you usually do not see or touch, thus it could prove to be tricky. If you want to trim your pubic hair, ensure that you set aside time for the activity, and do it with patience
3) Ensure that you have the right items and materials with you, for instance you need a pair of small scissors if you want to trim your hair, as well as clean, sharp razors plus shaving cream, some soap, lotion and baby oil if you want to shave the hair at your pubic area. Always ensure that you use high-quality items from brands that you can trust, as you are dealing with a very delicate area
4) You need to have the correct position to be able to trim or shave easily, thus the best position would be to sit upright on a large chair with your feet raised up above the waistline
5) A hot bath before trimming or shaving should also help you process of getting rid of unwanted pubic hair, as it would assist in making your pubic hair softer and easier to remove. It also helps to make the process more hygienic
6) If you are shaving, apply generous amounts of shaving cream on the intended area, or you could also utilize shaving gel if you want to. Shaving lotion or petroleum jelly would also work well. Always make sure that you use trusted brands when we speak of these lotions and creams, and ensure that you are not allergic to any of these shaving creams/ lotions/ gels.
7) Rather than shaving off the whole lot of hair, you could also choose to shave or trim your pubic hair in accordance to the style or design that you like, thus feel free to explore, but ensure that you keep it hygienic.
Follow the above-mentioned tips, and realize that proper pubic hair removal is an easy process. All the best!
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