Mar 26

UEFA Champions League 2007–08: Werder Bremen vs. Lazio

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

October 24, 200720:45 (UTC+1)
Werder Bremen 2–1 Lazio Weserstadion, Bremen Attendance: 36,587 Referee: Olegário Benquerença
Sonogo 28′ (2)Pasanen 30’Pasanen 46’Toši? 46’Almeida 54′ (2)Sanogo 64’Rosenberg 64’Borowski 73’Andreasen 73′ Match Report 21′ Pandev 51′ Meghni 51′ Del Nero 51′ Mutarelli 55′ Zauri 69′ Pandev 69′ Makinwa 82′ Rocchi 82′ Tare 82′ (1) Manfredini 90’+1′ Mudingayi

Werder Bremen beat Lazio at home to claim their 1st 3 points of this season’s UEFA Champions League. The win allows Werder Bremen to move ahead of Lazio in the standings with Werder Bremen now 3rd. The win also brings them 1 point behind Olympiacos.

Werder Bremen, who held the majority of the possession throughout the game, broke through in the 28th minute through Sonago. Almeida gave the Germans a two-goal cushion nine minutes into the second half. Clemens Fritz sent a long low cross to the Hugo Almeida, who then doubled the lead. Lazio managed to pull 1 back before the final whistle.

The 2 clubs match up again in 13 days from now with both teams needing to pick up points to have a shot for 2nd place in Group C.

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Mar 26

Case Study Of Building A Skateboard Park Located In A 120 Mhp Typhoon Wind Zone

By Kimberly Quang

A skate park in Guam needed a new light system. They initially contacted RLLD through our international phone number. To help save them money on international calls, we were able to immediately begin protecting their budget by working out most of the details on this project through email correspondence.

The client faced a number of challenges due to both the geography of their location and the design of the skate park itself. Lighting was severely limited due to the skating areas basic bowl-like design. Lighting levels varied extremely in different elevations, and some areas toward the bottom were even covered in shadow.

Additionally, the skate park faced another challenge as a result of their location in a typhoon zone. Guam lies in a 120 MHP wind zone, which limits the height of lighting pole options they could choose from. A new system had to be developed that could evenly distribute light throughout the skate park without using poles that would become unstable in the high winds of a Pacific typhoon.

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Our work consisted of determining a number of key factors relative to equipment recommendations that would ultimately address each of these concerns. We had to use fixtures with superior forward throw capability which could be tilted in a manner so as to deliver luminance at all elevations in the skate park. Light fixtures had to chosen that had the proper wattage and reflector types to deliver a 30 FT candle distribution throughout the facility. We had to determine the wattage of the luminaires we would ultimately recommend to the client, and then factor in pole height versus the limitation of wind zone safety requirements. Determining these factors, and the actual number of skate park light fixtures we would need to ship to the client, required the use of our photometric design software.

Photometric Analysis Software Helped Us Develop A Custom Skate Park Lighting System Unique To This Challenging Environment

We were fortunate to be working with a client that had already taken photometric readings and itemized the dimensions of the park. We then entered this data into our design program and generated a series of drawings and schematics that helped us select new skate park lights with a remarkable degree of precision. The first thing we created was a 3D CAD file that allowed us to render an exact model of the park, specify the desired lighting levels at varying elevations within the bowl, and manipulate foot candles and luminance angles accordingly. This data was then interpreted into scientific/numeric formulas which told us exactly how many fixtures to use, what wattage to select, and what angles of incidence to direct the light into the skate park.

Final System Proposed

The system RLLD finally proposed to the client was Spartan in both size and delivery power. The new system rested on six 25 round tapered poles that we galvanized to protect them against salt air. Since we needed a bit more height than 25 to place the luminaires at just the right position, we worked around the limitations of the wind zone by installing the skate park light poles on rugged 3 concrete bases which elevated the fixtures to exactly the right height.

We chose shoebox, sharp cutoff fixtures because of their remarkably streamlined design which minimizes wind drag. These fixtures were then tilted at 20 degrees and arranged in a 90 degree pattern from one another. The luminaires themselves contained 1000W lamps and were fitted with reflectors to throw as much light into the skate park as possible.

Expeditious Shipping Was Provided To The Client

Because this was an offshore job that required reliable and expeditious shipping, we actually arranged for a two-part process to make certain the skate park received its new lighting system with the least amount of wait-time. The products were all made in Texas, and then shipped by ground freight to California, where they were then loaded onto a ship and taken to Guam. We coordinated the ground and ocean freight all on behalf of the client and completed everything from order to delivery in only 1 months time.

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Mar 26

Time Warner/Comcast bid to snap up Adelphia cable service

April 9, 2005

A bid topping $17.7 billion was jointly proffered by Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corporation on Thursday to buy beleaguered Adelphia Communications Corporation in an industry consolidation move. Adelphia is the fifth largest cable service provider in the United States with nearly 5 million subscribers.

The market-share grabbing bid trumps the previous Cablevision offer of $16.5 billion. The bid is under scrutiny by the presiding judge over the Adelphia’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and must also be approved by the company’s creditors owed in the range of $20 million.

The acquisition race to gain dominance in the cable service provider market is driven by the high cost of installation and maintenance of cable lines. Fiber optic networks deliver traditional entertainment programming over a cable wire and is becoming increasingly popular for broadband internet content. The growing trust and recognition of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) suggests phone service subscribers will eventually migrate to cable voice communication as opposed to keeping with traditional copper land lines. Telephone company operators are scrambling to keep up.

The largest percentage of the bid would be put up by Time Warner (TW), who could gain by getting subscribers from the valuable Los Angeles market currently owned by Comcast and Adelphia. TW can also simultaneously divest itself of a stake owned by Comcast in TW by making a tax-free swap using some of the newly garnered Adelphia subscribers.

While the consolidation would likely get a look by the government with an eye towards a growing monopoly in the market, it would doubtfully be blocked considering the existence of competing technologies. Competition exists in the form of still numerous television by airwaves usage, satellite providers, radio content companies, and telecom providers.

Adelphia suffered a corporate scandal in 1992 with similarities to the WorldCom fall. Members of the Rigas family, founders of the company, were alleged to have siphoned off millions of dollars and hidden $2.3 billion leading to the bankruptcy filing. John Rigas and son Timothy were convicted July of 2004 and await sentencing.

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Mar 25

China-EU financial relations are growing

Friday, December 4, 2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao met with the European Union’s leaders Jose Manuel Barroso and Fredrik Reinfeldt in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. The EU leaders were in China to attend Monday’s twelfth China-European Union (EU) summit. Barroso said China-EU relations are “more mature, deeper” then before.

China-EU trading relations have grown over the last 35 years. The volume of trade between the pair reached US$425.58 billion in 2008, an increase of 19.5% over the prior year. Bilateral relations are far closer now than in previous years.

Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, said the Lisbon Treaty would help strengthen EU-China relations. Summit attendees also talked about nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament, human rights, climate change, combating financial crisis and financial investments.

Before the twelfth China-EU summit, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with EU delegates in Nanjing, and the trading partners celebrated the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

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Mar 25

New Zealander on oxygen machine dies after power disconnection

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

New Zealander Folole Muliaga died Tuesday morning after Mercury Energy cut off the power in her household due to $168.40 of unpaid bills. Mrs Folole Muliaga was seriously ill and dependent on an oxygen life support machine that required electricity to run.

The 44-year-old died two and a half hours after the power was cut by a contractor, working for State Owned Enterprise, Mercury Energy. A spokesperson for Mercury Energy has said that they are devastated and deeply sympathetic by the news, but state they did not know that the power was needed to run the oxygen machine. They have stated that discretion is exercised in cases of extreme hardship or when medical conditions make it appropriate and that the same contractor had done so the previous day. However, relatives claim that the contractor was told that the power was needed by family members present, was invited into the house and talked to Mrs Folole Muliaga, but showed no discretion or compassion under the circumstances.

The power was cut at about 11am. Brendan Sheehan, spokesperson for the family, said that after the power was cut, Mrs Muliaga suffered from breathing difficulties. During this time Mrs Mulianga declined an offer for an ambulance from family members. At about 1pm she informed her sons that she was feeling dizzy and asked for hymns to be sung. Her condition quickly deteriorated until she couldn’t speak. When she passed out at 1:32pm, an ambulance was called but Mrs Mulianga could not be revived when it arrived 12 minutes later.

That same evening remaining family members claim they had to grieve in the dark, power was only reconnected after the outstanding amount of $168.40 was paid to Mercury Energy. Mercury Energy claim that the were initially only made aware that a funeral was going to take place and attempted to reconnect the supply at midnight once the full circumstances were made clear but were unable to contact the family. They state the supply was eventually reconnected before 8am the next day. Evidence has been provided by family members to show that they had made two payments to Mercury Energy in the same month trying to clear their outstanding bill, $61.90 on 1 May 2007, and $45 on 17 May 2007.

Trevor Mallard, minister of State Owned Enterprises, said, “I do think it is important that the facts are established before people rush to judgement.”

Both the New Zealand Police and Mercury Energy, the retail operating division of Mighty River Power, are conducting investigations into the events.

The mother-of-four school teacher lived in Mangere, South Auckland and had been suffering from a heart and lung condition, according to relatives of Mrs Muliaga, since February.

Hospital doctors have expressed surprise at the short length of time between when the supply was cut and the death occurred. They have also explained that relatives are trained what to do if the supply is lost, including to call for an ambulance if severe symptoms develop.

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Mar 25

Parents arrested after putting baby on Craigslist

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A couple from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has been arrested on charges of public mischief after listing their seven day old baby girl on the popular Internet classified ads website Craigslist.

The listing claimed that the baby was unexpected, “healthy and very cute”. It asked CAN 10 000 for the baby. It also listed a phone number belonging to a stolen cellphone, which was used to find the couple.

It was first noticed by a 62-year old grandmother browsing the website for furniture, who said “I was shaking, and I thought, ‘Come on, how did this even get through?'” The couple claimed that the listing, which has since been removed, was a hoax.

The father, Jeremy Pete, had a history of car thefts and evasion of police, while the mother, 23-year-old Bethany Granholm, had convictions of property theft, fraud and impersonation. The parents have now been released, but charges are still being considered. The baby has been placed in provincial care.

A suspected copycat incident occurred just four days later, also offering a seven-day-old baby girl for CAN 10 000 on Craigslist. This incident turned out to be a hoax, and no child was in danger.

Last week saw a similar incident in Germany, where a couple listed a seven month old baby on eBay. In this case the police have launched a child trafficking investigation, despite the parents’ assertion that the listing was a joke.

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Mar 25

Disposal of fracking wastewater poses potential environmental problems

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A recent study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the oil and gas industry are creating earthquakes. New information from the Midwest region of the United States points out that these man-made earthquakes are happening more frequently than expected. While more frequent earthquakes are less of a problem for regions like the Midwest, a geology professor from the University of Southern Indiana, Dr. Paul K. Doss, believes the disposal of wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) process used in extracting oil and gas has the possibility to pose potential problems for groundwater.

“We are taking this fluid that has a whole host of chemicals in it that are useful for fracking and putting it back into the Earth,” Doss said. “From a purely seismic perspective these are not big earthquakes that are going to cause damage or initiate, as far as we know, any larger kinds of earthquakes activity for Midwest. [The issue] is a water quality issue in terms of the ground water resources that we use.”

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique used by the oil and gas industries which inject highly pressurized water down into the Earth’s crust to break rock and extract natural gas. Most of the fluids used for fracking are proprietary, so information about what chemicals are used in the various fluids are unknown to the public and to create a competitive edge.

Last Monday four researchers from the University of New Brunswick released an editorial that sheds light on the potential risks that the current wastewater disposal system could have on the province’s water resources. The researchers share the concern that Dr. Doss has and have come out to say that they believe fracking should be stopped in the province until there is an environ­mentally safe way to dispose the waste wastewater.

“If groundwater becomes contamin­ated, it takes years to decades to try to clean up an aquifer system,” University of New Brunswick professor Tom Al said.

While the USGS group which conducted the study says it is unclear how the earthquake rates may be related to oil and gas production, they’ve made the correlation between the disposal of wastewater used in fracking and the recent upsurge in earthquakes. Because of the recent information surfacing that shows this connection between the disposal process and earthquakes, individual states in the United States are now passing laws regarding disposal wells.

The problem is that we have never, as a human society, engineered a hole to go four miles down in the Earth’s crust that we have complete confidence that it won’t leak.

“The problem is that we have never, as a human society, engineered a hole to go four miles down in the Earth’s crust that we have complete confidence that it won’t leak,” Doss said. “A perfect case-in-point is the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, that oil was being drilled at 18,000 feet but leaked at the surface. And that’s the concern because there’s no assurance that some of these unknown chemical cocktails won’t escape before it gets down to where they are trying to get rid of them.”

It was said in the study released by the New Brunswick University professors that if fracking wastewater would contaminate groundwater, that current conventional water treatment would not be sufficient enough to remove the high concentration of chemicals used in fracking. The researchers did find that the wastewater could be recycled, can also be disposed of at proper sites or even pumped further underground into saline aquifers.

The New Brunswick professors have come to the conclusion that current fracking methods used by companies, which use the water, should be replaced with carbon diox­ide or liquefied propane gas.

“You eliminate all the water-related issues that we’re raising, and that peo­ple have raised in general across North America,” Al said.

In New Brunswick liquefied propane gas has been used successfully in fracking some wells, but according to water specialist with the province’s Natural Resources De­partment Annie Daigle, it may not be the go-to solution for New Brunswick due its geological makeup.

“It has been used successfully by Corridor Resources here in New Bruns­wick for lower volume hydraulic frac­turing operations, but it is still a fairly new technology,” Daigle said.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with U.S. states to come up with guidelines to manage seismic risks due to wastewater. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is the organization that also deals with the policies for wells.

Oil wells, which are under regulation, pump out salt water known as brine, and after brine is pumped out of the ground it’s disposed of by being pumped back into the ground. The difference between pumping brine and the high pressurized fracking fluid back in the ground is the volume that it is disposed of.

“Brine has never caused this kind of earthquake activity,” Doss said. “[The whole oil and gas industry] has developed around the removal of natural gas by fracking techniques and has outpaced regulatory development. The regulation is tied to the ‘the run-of-the-mill’ disposal of waste, in other words the rush to produce this gas has occurred before regulatory agencies have had the opportunity to respond.”

According to the USGS study, the increase in injecting wastewater into the ground may explain the sixfold increase of earthquakes in the central part of the United States from 2000 – 2011. USGS researchers also found that in decades prior to 2000 seismic events that happened in the midsection of the U.S. averaged 21 annually, in 2009 it spiked to 50 and in 2011 seismic events hit 134.

“The incredible volumes and intense disposal of fracking fluids in concentrated areas is what’s new,” Doss said. “There is not a body of regulation in place to manage the how these fluids are disposed of.”

The study by the USGS was presented at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America on April 18, 2012.

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Mar 24

Economist reports Saudi oil production can continue unabated

Monday, August 14, 2006

In its August 10 edition, The Economist magazine asserts that Saudi Arabia can continue producing oil at its current production levels for 70 years, without having to look for another drop. Further, the magazine claims that the nation could find “plenty more if they look”, calling for privatisation of national oil companies to help increase oil production.

The language is provocative – the world has plenty of oil, and only requires sufficient investment and exploration to find it. This is a line that The Economist has held for some time, certainly since before its now infamous March 1999 issue proclaiming that we were “drowning in oil” and featuring a prediction of US$5 per barrel. That issue was followed by an embarrassing retraction in December of that year, as oil started its steady climb. It now sits above US$70 per barrel.

However, petroleum geologists and energy investment specialists maintain a different view of oil reserves. They say that there is a limit to what is in the ground, and further to that, a limit to how much of it we can retrieve even with advancing technology. Just how much is down there can’t be said with any certainty, for a variety of reasons. A big one is the suspicious reserves figures given by producers in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia. Since OPEC starting using a quota system based on reserves, the estimated reserves for member nations has magically risen, and even continued rising in the face of increased extraction from those reserves.

Amongst those who deal with the physical realities of oil fields, forecasts of a peak in production vary between 30 years, as the USA’s Energy Information Administration suggest, and now, as suggested by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas and other more pessimistic forecasters. A peak in production would then be followed by decline. Certainly, in the petroleum world, there is no serious suggestion of sustaining the current level of oil production for 70 years.

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Mar 24

Canada’s Parkdale—High Park (Ward 13) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Monday, October 30, 2006

On November 13, Torontoians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Parkdale—High Park (Ward 13). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Linda Coltman, David Garrick, Greg Hamara, Aleksander Oniszczak, Bill Saundercook (incumbent), and Frances Wdowczyk.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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Mar 23

Feather Weight Giant Mountain Bikes

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Giant mountain bikes are the pioneers of true quality in the industry of mountain bikes. These massive bikes are more than efficient, and are perfect road companions. When you are planning to ride through the rough territories of the mountains, then these giant bikes are there to provide you with solid support. This gives you less of a chance of stumbling and falling.

The massiveness of the bike does not mean that the bike has weight. While constructing the bike, the prime purpose is to assist you in maintaining a low center of gravity along with lower paddle feedback. These mountain bikes make you move with confidence and ease with full suspension and great technology. There is a lengthy list of advantages of giant mountain bikes. They have no power loss, no breaking influence, no paddle kickback along with a linear rising rate and exceptional traction. The bikes manufactured in Australia are gigantic maestros with the ability to fight the clash of hazardous mountainous expedition.

These giant bikes will cost you a little more than a regular bike would. However, what they offer is worth the price. These bikes offer both strength and ease. They top the motorcycle market with awe-inspiring qualities. They have received numerous awards for their greater quality and performance.

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These mountain bikes are more favored for their durability rather than for their style. This is because the materials used to make this group of road rulers are simply the best. Giant bikes are meant for both leisure and rivalry. The company follows a quality control process and the sort of customer service they provide sets a high standard for other companies to meet. The giant with its matte black finish and usual characteristic features astonishes passersby with its splendor in style and physique. Balance of power is what matters the most in the case of all mountain bikes. When giant bikes are on the mountains, the strength is well dispersed throughout this machine on wheels.

The giant bikes have the lightest mid-range frames, which you would hardly notice in the case of other bikes. The fork, brakes and the wheels add to the total weight of the bike and the rest is all light and easy to control. Usually anything gigantic gives you a feeling of extra weight and you feel uncertain in managing the machinery. Only these world-class mountain bikes make you feel light and at ease.

These bikes have wider and rougher tires for extra grip and shock absorption. These rides are ideal for hostile and unsafe terrains. Suspension in both wheels has now become common in modern bikes. Before, bikes normally had a diameter of 26 inches or a 549 mm wheel, but after 2002 manufacturers began to improve mountain bikes and pushed them to a higher level of complexity. Bikes began to have wheels with a diameter of 29 inches and 622mm became available on the market. The giant mountain bikes are totally huge and gigantic, but they have lighter weight than ever before.

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