Jun 02

Bull kills New Zealand man

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Peter William Raeburn Hunter, a 61-year-old stock agent from Hastings, New Zealand, died early yesterday morning from a rampaging friesian bull. The bull first flung recently married Hunter in the air and then gored him at Stortford Lodge saleyards in Hastings.

Hunter had tried to escape into another yard but the bull rammed him against the yard rails. He then fell to the ground but the bull didn’t stop attacking him until another agent came to his aid and hit the animal on the nose with a stick.

Bruce Campbell, yards manager, said: “The agent was behind an alleyway gate which the bull lifted off its hinges. It was awful and has given us all a real shake-up.”

Hunter was then transported to Hawke’s Bay hospital but died before he got to the hospital.

The bull has now been shipped to Palmerston North on a truck to be slaughtered after the police declined the request to shoot the bull dead at the lodge. Acting Sergeant Andy Clinton said: “It calmed down and they had no problems loading it on the truck.”

It was the first death at the lodge in the 103 years that it has been operating.

Friesian bulls are not normally dangerous.

“Peter was very much a valued member of the local team,” Elders Livestock, managing director, Stuart Chapman said. “It’s a freak accident, an absolute tragedy.”

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Jun 02

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launches for the first time

Friday, December 10, 2010

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), a commercial spaceflight company, has successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft on its maiden voyage to orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Wednesday. The launch was followed by a successful landing of the unmanned capsule in the Pacific Ocean hours later.

During its maiden flight, the Dragon capsule completed about two orbits around the Earth and executed successful de-orbiting operations, followed by successful reentry, parachute deployment, and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico.

The Dragon spacecraft is the first commercial space transport certified to reach orbit and return to Earth. The successful flight of the Dragon spacecraft makes SpaceX the first private firm to launch its own craft to orbit and return it to Earth.

The Dragon spacecraft is part of a contract between the California-based commercial spaceflight company and the United States’ space agency, NASA, to provide transport for crews and supplies to and from the International Space Station.

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Jun 02

2009 was worst year for airlines, says International Air Transport Association

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday that 2009 was the “worst year” that the airline industry has ever seen since 1945.

“In terms of demand, 2009 goes into the history books as the worst year the industry has ever seen,” said IATA boss Giovanni Bisignani. “We have permanently lost 2.5 years of growth in passenger markets and 3.5 years of growth in the freight business.”

According to the group, passenger traffic was down by 3.5% compared to a year earlier, and freight by 10.1%. The group estimated that the airline industry lost a total of US$11 billion in 2009 last year, and will lose another $5.6 billion in 2010.

Airlines in Africa had the biggest passenger demand drop, at 6.8%; North American airlines and Asian carriers had demand go down 5.8%. European airlines saw a drop of 5%. Middle Eastern and Latin American carriers, however, had rises in demand, with gains of 11.3% and 0.3%, respectively. According to the Agence France-Presse news agency, part of the reason Middle Eastern carriers performed better is because of their position between Asia, Africa, and Europe, resulting in more connecting flights through hubs.

“While both North American and European carriers saw demand improvements in the first half of the year, the second half was basically flat,” said IATA.

IATA represents 230 airlines, accounting for 90% of scheduled air traffic, although some budget carriers are not included.

The IATA boss said that, although the worst appeared to be over due to the global economic recovery airlines would have to keep their costs low. “Revenue improvements will be at a much slower pace than the demand growth that we are starting to see,” he noted.

“Profitability will be even slower to recover and airlines will lose an expected 5.6 billion dollars in 2010. The industry starts 2010 with some enormous challenges. The worst is behind us, but it’s not time to celebrate. Adjusting to 2.5 to 3.5 years of lost growth means that airlines face another spartan year, focused on matching capacity carefully to demand and controlling costs,” Bisignani continued.

Costs for security were also an issue. Bisignani said: “Governments and industry are aligned in the priority that we place on security. But the cost of security is also an issue. Globally, airlines spend US$5.9 billion a year on what are essentially measures concerned with national security. This is the responsibility of governments, and they should be picking up the bill.”

Analysts, however, say that cost cutting measures, intended to attract more customers, would also harm airline profits. Saj Ahmad, an independent airline analyst, commented: “Continued fare wars between airlines mean that yields and profitability will be low. Airlines are struggling to fill their airplanes and discounted ticketing has done little to alleviate the pressures on their costs,” as quoted by the BBC.

“Capacity has come out of the global airline system, but until a few airlines perhaps exit the industry through bankruptcy or mergers, there is still a very long road until we see serious stability, let alone growth,” Ahmad added.

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May 31

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May 31

Wikinews interviews Mario J. Lucero and Isabel Ruiz of Heaven Sent Gaming

Friday, November 7, 2014 Albuquerque, New Mexico — Online entertainment is a booming market, and plenty of players are making their play; back in March of this year The Walt Disney Company bought the multi-channel network Maker Studios. What is web entertainment, and the arts therein? And, who are the people venturing into this field? Wikinews interviewed Mario Lucero and Isabel Ruiz, the founders of Heaven Sent Gaming, a small entertainment team. This group has been responsible for several publications, within several different media formats; one successful example was aywv, a gaming news website, which was #1 in Gaming on YouTube in 2009, from September to November; Heaven Sent Gaming was also the subject of a referential book, released in 2014, entitled Internet Legends – Heaven Sent Gaming.

Contents

  • 1 General questions
    • 1.1 Influences
    • 1.2 Religion
  • 2 Media-related questions
    • 2.1 Comics
    • 2.2 Games
    • 2.3 Music
    • 2.4 Novels
    • 2.5 Video
    • 2.6 Web
  • 3 Closing questions
  • 4 Sources
  • 5 External links
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May 30

John Reed on Orwell, God, self-destruction and the future of writing

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It can be difficult to be John Reed.

Christopher Hitchens called him a “Bin Ladenist” and Cathy Young editorialized in The Boston Globe that he “blames the victims of terrorism” when he puts out a novel like Snowball’s Chance, a biting send-up of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm which he was inspired to write after the terrorist attacks on September 11. “The clear references to 9/11 in the apocalyptic ending can only bring Orwell’s name into disrepute in the U.S.,” wrote William Hamilton, the British literary executor of the Orwell estate. That process had already begun: it was revealed Orwell gave the British Foreign Office a list of people he suspected of being “crypto-Communists and fellow travelers,” labeling some of them as Jews and homosexuals. “I really wanted to explode that book,” Reed told The New York Times. “I wanted to completely undermine it.”

Is this man who wants to blow up the classic literary canon taught to children in schools a menace, or a messiah? David Shankbone went to interview him for Wikinews and found that, as often is the case, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

Reed is electrified by the changes that surround him that channel through a lens of inspiration wrought by his children. “The kids have made me a better writer,” Reed said. In his new untitled work, which he calls a “new play by William Shakespeare,” he takes lines from The Bard‘s classics to form an original tragedy. He began it in 2003, but only with the birth of his children could he finish it. “I didn’t understand the characters who had children. I didn’t really understand them. And once I had had kids, I could approach them differently.”

Taking the old to make it new is a theme in his work and in his world view. Reed foresees new narrative forms being born, Biblical epics that will be played out across print and electronic mediums. He is pulled forward by revolutions of the past, a search for a spiritual sensibility, and a desire to locate himself in the process.

Below is David Shankbone’s conversation with novelist John Reed.

Contents

  • 1 On the alternative media and independent publishing
  • 2 On Christopher Hitchens, Orwell and 9/11 as inspiration
  • 3 On the future of the narrative
  • 4 On changing the literary canon
  • 5 On belief in a higher power
  • 6 On politics
  • 7 On self-destruction and survival
  • 8 On raising children
  • 9 On paedophilia and the death penalty
  • 10 On personal relationships
  • 11 Sources
  • 12 External links
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May 25

Scientists discover 300 new species on island of Luzon in the Philippines

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Scientists have identified more than 300 previously unknown species of land and sea creatures, according to a news release from the California Academy of Sciences. They were discovered on a six-week-long expedition that ended in early June, and focused on the Philippine island of Luzon.

The California Academy of Sciences, together with over two dozen Philippine colleagues, conducted the expedition that recorded the new terrestrial and marine life forms. Academy scientists who work in exotic places frequently discover new species, commonly only a few at one time. Finding 300 species that may be unknown on a single expedition is considered to be extraordinary, according to SF Gate.

The findings will be confirmed using microscopes and DNA sequencing. The identification, scientific description and classification of each specimen as new or old, could take many months or even years.

[W]e found new species during nearly every dive and hike as we surveyed the country’s reefs, rainforests, and the ocean floor.

The expedition leader, Terry Gosliner, an invertebrate zoologist who is also Dean of Science at the California academy, said, “The Philippines is one of the hottest of the hot spots for diverse and threatened life on Earth. Despite this designation, however, the biodiversity here is still relatively unknown, and we found new species during nearly every dive and hike as we surveyed the country’s reefs, rainforests, and the ocean floor. The species lists and distribution maps that we created during this expedition will help to inform future conservation decisions and ensure that this remarkable biodiversity is afforded the best possible chance of survival.” He emphasized the need for scientists to gather in-depth information about the rare life forms there so they can be given a chance to survive.

On the 42-day expedition, academy officials said in the news release that the creatures found include “dozens of new insects and spiders, deep-sea armored corals, ornate sea pens, bizarre new sea urchins and sea stars, a shrimp-eating swell shark, and over 50 colorful new sea slugs.”

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May 25

Hawaii governor Lingle lobbies GOP for Akaka Bill passage

Friday, May 19, 2006

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle wrote a letter to Republicans in the U.S. Senate urging passage of the controversial Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (S. 147), commonly known as the Akaka Bill after Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), its main proponent.

In a letter dated May 15, 2006 addressed to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Lingle cited a recent report by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that urged defeat of the measure on the grounds that it is racially based, calling it a “misguided action” and saying that it was based on a “grossly flawed understanding of the history of Hawaii and of the law itself.”

Lingle cited the fact that Native Hawaiians were governed by their own leaders prior to Western contact, and that the U.S. itself recognized Hawaii as a sovereign nation and entered into treaties with it as far back as 1826. After the overthrow of the monarchy and Hawaii’s subsequent annexation in 1900, the government of the former kingdom was “subordinated to the federal government,” Lingle said, asserting that Native Hawaiians’ relationship to the U.S. has been political in nature rather than purely racial. She claims that this relationship was not adequately reflected in the Civil Rights Commission’s report.

Opponents of the Akaka Bill have disputed the accuracy of Lingle’s claims, as well as those of her Attorney General, Mark J. Bennett. They point out that throughout the Hawaiian Kingdom period, through the annexation of Hawaii and into statehood, no racial group in Hawaii ever had an exclusive government for their race alone, and that the Akaka Bill specifically creates a new government based on race, not on politics.

Attached to her letter was a three-page summary written by Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett, outlining the state government’s criticisms of the CRC’s report. Bennett said that the report reflected “a complete lack of understanding of this country’s longstanding practice of dealing specially with its native peoples.” Bennett also cited congressional precedent in legislation that compares the situation of Native Hawaiians to that of Native Americans. Bennett sums up the criticism by saying that there is “simply no legal or moral distinction between Native Hawaiians and American Indians or Alaska Natives, that would justify denying Native Hawaiians the same treatment other Native American groups in this country currently enjoy.”

According to the Civil Rights Commission’s report, a panel of experts briefed the commission on January 20, 2006; and public comment was solicited until March 21, 2006. The Commission noted that most of the comments received were in opposition to the legislation, and that while the supporters “took great pains to analogize the situation of Native Hawaiians with those of Native Americans,” many of the opponents argued, “in very personal terms, that the proposed legislation would be inconsistent with basic American principles of equality, traditional Hawaiian values, and their own personal ethics.”

In the end, the Commission recommended against passage of S. 147 as reported out of committee or any similar bill that “would discriminate on the basis of race or national origin and further subdivide the American people into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege.”

Two of the seven commission members reportedly rejected the conclusion and are expected to file formal dissents.

Frist had pledged to file a cloture motion before the Senate to bring the measure to a vote when the body returns from May recess. Should 60 of the 100 senators approve the cloture motion, a vote would occur after a maximum of 30 hours of debate. The bill, if approved by the Senate, would still need to pass the House by the end of the year.

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May 25

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How to Choose a Greenhouse

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Unlike our previous piece about choosing the appropriate compost bin, the decision to invest in a greenhouse is an altogether larger investment and the greenhouse you choose will be dictated largely by the parameters of space and budget. You also need to think about what you will be using the greenhouse for, as there are other factors that will also take priority in the design of your greenhouse, such as temperature control and stability.

Hot Greenhouse

Generally a hot greenhouse will maintain a minimum temperature of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, while this temperature can be increased to suit your needs, this greenhouse is generally favoured by gardeners in a cold climate or with a desire to raise really tropical species. However, in moderate climes this temperature can be regulated by careful ventilation to make best use of the local sunlight.

Warm Greenhouse

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A warm greenhouse, as its named would suggest, caters for a much larger variety of plants and can be used to house more tender species brought in from the garden over winter, or for raising half-hardy plants. You should be careful to plant with an eye for space though, as it can become a temptation to house many cultivars that may not require the extra attention and will thrive just as easily outdoors!

Cool Greenhouse

The cool greenhouse is the artificial answer to frost damage, ideally suited for the incubation of hardy seeds and saplings until they have a chance to germinate or form a solid root foundation. This is really a form of training wheels before its charges are ready for exterior planting.

Once youve decided what youll be growing you can look at the other deciding factors. Where size is concerned, the cost is relative so there are a variety of designs for the shape and dimensions of a greenhouse.

Types of Greenhouses

The detached Quonset type is the most common design in commercial horticulture and agriculture, however their size and shape is perhaps not very suitable for the domestic garden. More commonly seen is the basic rectangular model with pitched roof although they can come in both very decorative, and very basic styles.

While the simple lean-to design isnt perhaps commercially viable, and therefore not a common sight at gardening warehouses, it is very practical for the hobbyist, particularly one seeking a heated space. It can be attach to the walls of any structure or even a freestanding wall on your boundary, and the replacement of glass on one side with sturdier materials will make it far more heat efficient. Similar to the lean-to, a furrow roofed greenhouse attaches to a permanent structure whilst sacrificing an interior wall. These designs are particularly suited to areas with heavy rainfall as their furrows can attach directly to the guttering of a house and with a little ingenuity can feed an irrigation system below.

Greenhouses are available as either permanent or collapsible structures that can be stored when not in use. Personally I would recommend the collapsible variety, as the materials required for detached greenhouse of any longevity make the whole project rather costly, not to mention the convenience of having a greenhouse you can erect at whatever time and location you deem fit.

Of the permanent varieties, the customizable, do-it-yourself nature of greenhouses is one of their greatest attractions, it feeds the constructive instinct inherent to any gardener and all of these designs can be tailored by way of structural materials such as timber or aluminium, glass or plastic, to make them more personal to you. Each of these materials has their own characteristics which should be considered based on the garden they will inhabit – while wood framed is traditional, it is, of course, prone to rot and is a much heavier material to erect. Aluminium tends to be more expensive, but will not rot and is much more lightweight. Glass can easily get broken, but plastic will degrade over time. So, the choice is yours!

Of course, if a full size greenhouse seems too great a commitment to you, then there is always the option of cold frame storage. Typically providing anywhere between 5 and 10 square feet and sheltered growing space these low-level boxes are favoured due to the fact that they are easily and simply constructed and many of the building materials can even be salvaged – if you know of a neighbour or friend who is having windows replace or double glazing fitted, for example, then you can offer your gratitude and perhaps some cash to the builders to ensure that the old windows leave their frames in one piece, these glass sheets can then be used for your cold frames lights.

So, as you can see, greenhouses can be your doorway to growing cultivars otherwise unsuitable for your environment or, failing that, it can just provide a shelter for more delicate plants over the winter period. But do bear in mind the added costs of a heated greenhouse as many temperate climates are still too frigid to support a warm greenhouse on their own and also, obviously, the smaller the space, the easier it is to keep warm.

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