2 February

Benefits Of Woodstoves

Submitted by: Alexis Gibrault

With oil prices soaring daily, and no price-gouging rest in sight; many homeowners are looking for alternatives to home heating to stave off the blustery winter this year. Oil, electric, propane Who can afford it? Enter the time-honored ingenuity of woodstoves. Wood stoves have been efficiently heating homes since-seemingly-the beginning of time, with one of the most base natural elements there is, wood. Though many of the wood stoves you ll find out there still retain the same traditional look, smell, and basic scientific principles; much has been done to improve and modernize the efficiency, capacity, and design to accommodate the needs of today. Below, are the most basic benefits of choosing to invest in a wood stove this fall/winter, to help you make your own home energy decision.


Number one reason for choosing a soapstone or cast iron wood burning stove, is just that: that it burns wood, instead of oil or propane. Oil is at record prices due to over-consumption and price-gouging; whereas wood is an all-natural resource that is in much less demand, and certainly doesn t require so many politics and malfeasance. Less dependency on foreign and private national interests, offers a more solid ground for the nation as a whole.


Less demand allows for much lower prices. Due to the fact that wood is not in a third of the demand as oil or propane, it is still very reasonable price-wise. Moreover, it burns much slower and is then able to give off more heat for a longer period of time; whereas oil or propane burns through at an alarming rate.

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Ease of Use

A wood stove can be used anywhere where there is a proper chimney ventilation and there is enough space. This way, you can use it in the kitchen or any other room that has a chimney or draft alternative. Oil/propane heaters are typically set up in one place-usually in the basement and-unless you are looking to invest a lot in outside labor-cannot be moved easily.

Unit cost

The woodstove or wood burning unit itself, is priced at anywhere from $500 to over $2000. New furnaces or boilers typically start at $1500 and move upwards from that, and usually need replacement once every 10-15 years.

Clean burn

Whereas a furnace or boiler burns fossil fuels at an indiscriminate rate, a new woodstove will burn wood much cleaner, and with much less harmful residue.

Localized heating

The typical furnace is located in your home s basement, and will heat indiscriminately throughout the whole house, or one on each floor (typically). Wood stoves, however, can be regulated by how much wood you burn, and your ability to monitor through the front glass panel the status of your home s heating source.


Due to the fact that you can easily monitor and regulate your heating source at all times with a wood stove, you are therefore more aware of any issues that might arise; whereas you won t know there is something wrong with your furnace until it shuts off or makes a dramatic noise, etc that you can hear from upstairs.

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2 February

Tamil Nadu Elections: DMK, AIADMK promise freebies

Thursday, March 24, 2011 

Both the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) parties have announce “freebies” as part of their election manifestos in the lead-up to the vote in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Freebies have been a success from the 2006 Tamil Nadu elections when DMK lured voters by announcing free colour televisions to households. That triumph led the major opposition AIADMK to announce similar freebies in their manifesto published Thursday.

DMK has announced free laptops to college students, kitchen appliances and modern networks to rural regions. The AIADMK, publishing their manifesto later, expanded on each of the promises of the DMK, plus offering 4g gold mangalsutra for the poor, monetary help for rural households and fishermen, free rice, and more.

AIADMK manifesto addresses larger issues, such as taking on the near-monopoly of the cable industry television industry, starting new Power generation plants to address power shortages in recent years.

2 February

Blender Foundation launches open movie, open game projects

Monday, June 11, 2007 

The Blender Foundation, which maintains the open source 3D tool Blender, has announced two new projects, codenamed Peach and Apricot. Project Peach will be a new open source movie, following in the footsteps of last year’s Elephants Dream project (which was initially codenamed Orange). Apricot, on the other hand, will use Blender in conjunction with open source 3D framework Crystal Space to create an open game, thereby showcasing both technologies.

The Blender Foundation published the plans on its website on Sunday. In order to support these and future projects, it will also set up a permanent studio called the “Blender Institute”, where software developers and artists can work together in a single location.

The Peach movie project will be headed by Sacha “Sago” Goedegebure from the Netherlands and Lyubomir Kovachev from Bulgaria. Goedegebure is well known in the Blender community for the “Man in Man” animation, which won the 2006 Suzanne Award for Character Animation. Where the theme of Elephants Dream was dark and industrial, Peach will be “funny and furry”, according to the project announcement. The project is to be completed within 6 months, beginning October 1.

Blender’s open game project is still at an earlier planning stage, and details will be announced at the Crystal Space Conference in July. According to the published plans, the project will also be completed within 6-8 months, and it will have a budget of more than 50,000 Euros.

31 January

Frenchman climbs skyscraper in 20 minutes without any equipment

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48-year old Alain Robert, affectionately known as the ‘French Spiderman’, has climbed a 57-storey {[w|Sydney}} skyscraper without any equipment in 20 minutes. The purpose of Alain Robert’s actions was to raise awareness of global warming. Following the previous like events in other cities, he was arrested and will possibly be fined.

When Robert was 12, he climbed eight storeys to get into his flat instead of waiting for his parents to return. Since then, he has climbed over eighty buildings around the world, including the Eiffel Tower, The New York Times building, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. His hobby has, however, led to him being arrested and fined on multiple occasions—he was fined USD 750 after climbing the 41-storey Royal Bank of Scotland building in central Sydney.

His most recent climb, which he completed in twenty minutes, began at the bottom of the Lumiere building in Bathurst Street at 10:30am AEST on Monday morning. About 100 passers-by gathered to watch Robert, dressed in red trousers, a grey top, and a baseball cap, climb the building. Eleven-year-old Rachel Pepper was surprised when he saw Robert, who suffers from permanent vertigo after two accidents in 1982. “I think it’s amazing to climb that high without falling. He’s got superhuman strength.” His mother Wendy Pepper agreed, “It was a nice surprise when we turned the corner and got to see him.”

Upon reaching the top of the building, the Frenchman unfurled a banner advertising the website of The One Hundred Months campaign, which argues that 100 months after August 2008, climate change will reach an irreversible point, as onlookers applauded his feat. Robert was subsequently taken into custody at the top of the skyscraper, and charged with trespassing. Robert was granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday. Robert’s agent, Max Markson, described the climb as a “wonderful achievement. He’s the best at what he does. I’m sad he’s been arrested, but hopefully he’ll get out soon.”

6 July

How To Find Bjs Wholesale Coupons

By Mindy Claribel

BJs Wholesale Club was founded in the year 1984 in Westborough, Massachusetts, U.S. It was initiated by Zayre and was later sold to TJX Companies. BJ stands for Beverly Jean, a daughter of one of the pioneers or founders. As of the year 2009, BJs Wholesale Club already has 187 locations over the east coast of the United States and in Ohio. Revenue is more than 10 billion U.S. dollars and bet income is almost 150 million U.S. dollars as of the year 2009 and currently has 23, 500 employees.

BJs Wholesale Club specializes in merchandise in a broad range from home essentials to toys and baby stuffs. To get discounts when shopping in BJs Wholesale Club, here are a few general tips to be considered:

#1 Go to BJs Wholesale Club official website. Look for the In-Club Coupons link found at the bottom of the page. It will show off different coupons for discounts and more on selected items BJs has to offer to its customers. Follow the instructions given on how to get them.

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#2 Sign up for its email club. Members will get instant updates and specials of BJs. They will also receive notifications and newsletters regarding promos and best deals happening in its store.

#3 Search for websites. There are other websites containing coupons and discount codes for BJs Wholesale Club. With most wholesale clubs such as BJs, youre going to find that you can get some specials / sales. Most of them will even include rebates and more that you can take advantage of.

#4 Claim the coupons. The printable coupons are used when purchasing stuffs from BJs Wholesale Club outlet. For the coupon codes, they will be used for transactions online. The coupon links when navigated will redirect the user to the official page of BJs Wholesale Club. All discounts will be deducted upon pay out. Be sure to read the details as they will only be valid for a certain amount of time. This is where you will want to make sure you use it during the right time.

#5 Get to know more of the deals. Updates and announcements are always posted on the page of BJs Wholesale Club. Also, when entering one of its stores, ask if there are coupons given out or if the store has a coupon booth. Discount can be applied when purchasing by two or in bundles or on selected items only depending on the running promo of the store. Check for restrictions and other instances. Do bother to ask anybody inside the store to attend your needs and queries.

BJs Wholesale Club is one the best known one stop-shop in the United of States nowadays. With the rising need to save on purchases, coupons for BJs Wholesale Club are a great help to many especially for those who have big families. Follow these tips, and youre going to find that you can get a rather good deal. As long as you keep your eyes peeled, there are many coupons to be found.

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5 July

Muslim hair stylist sues hairdresser over alleged discrimination

Friday, November 9, 2007 

British-born Muslim hair stylist Bushra Noah is currently undertaking legal action against the owner of a hair salon for alleged religious discrimination. Noah is suing London hair salon owner Sarah Desroiser. Desroiser who runs a salon in King’s Cross, has said that she would not accept Noah as a stylist if Noah’s hair was covered. Noah, like many devout Muslims keeps her hair covered in public places, believing it to be immodest otherwise.

Noah claims that her headscarf is a fundamental part of her religious beliefs and that wearing the scarf would not interfere in her carrying out the job at all. Desrosiers said that it is not discrimination but rather that “the essence of my line of work is the display of hair. To me, it’s absolutely basic that people should be able to see the stylist’s hair. It has nothing to do with religion. It is just unfortunate that for her covering her hair symbolises religion.” Desosiers added that she had worked with Muslims in the past and employs a Muslim accountant.

Noah claims that the state of her own hair is irrelevant to her ability to style others hair.

The last few years have seen a string of similar cases in Britain. Last year, there was a case over whether a British Airways employee could wear a prominent cross, and another case in which a teacher argued that she had a right to wear a Jilb?b (a traditional Islamic dress that covers almost the entire body) in the classroom. In that case, the teacher lost in the High Court.

6 June

Work At Home Beginners Marketing Online

Submitted by: Robert Hemken Jr

One of the online marketing schools I belong to has seen a marked increase in enrollment. With the state of the worldwide economy we are likely to see even more beginners marketing online. If you are reading this you might be considering joining the ranks of beginners marketing online. The good news is there isn’t going to be saturation in this anytime soon so there is plenty of room for you.

The reason I can say that is because more and more people are using the Internet and it’s purchasing power to shop in the convenience of their own homes. You could be selling something online and your neighbor next door is your referral! Since you are reading this I would assume you are also interested in joining the many beginners marketing online.

The first place to try your skills or to at least practice is with affiliate marketing, selling products for a commission. This can be very profitable but it can also be very time consuming and expensive if you have no direction. A little research in advance can go a long way to insuring your success.

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I like to recommend to all beginners marketing online to enroll in some kind of affiliate class or university. I mean an actual instructional course for a monthly fee. There are a lot of free ones out there but their goal is to get you on their mailing list and offer you products. The instruction they give is limited at best. A real school will provide you with all the instruction, resources and tools necessary not only to get started to advance your skills to reach full success. One I belong to gives all instruction with HD Video. Not going to get that in your mailbox!

Once you belong to an affiliate university or club you will be able to settle down and focus on the learning and earning aspect of your work at home quest and no longer have to be hunting the Internet for the next get rich system from some self proclaimed Guru wanting to bleed you to death.

Smart beginners marketing online that enroll in an online course will begin by promoting the actual membership of the club they belong to. This is because they will get 50% commissions for every referral and can have their monthly membership covered my the third sale. This is a very good idea. Once you membership is covered you will be learning for free.

If you are like most beginners marketing on a tight budget I would suggest starting out with article marketing. This is a free method to promote what ever product you are involved in. You write articles about your product based on keywords people are using to search for the solution your product offers. Many beginners marketing use this approach to start out with because of it being cost effective.

Other free methods include classified advertising, forum posting, blogging and even some time proven offline methods such as fliers and business cards. Once you get were you are making a little money you can leverage your results by investing in paid advertising, your own website or even pay per click. And this and much more will be taught to you inside your affiliate class or club. As another one of the many beginners marketing online I wish you success in all your affiliate marketing endeavorers.

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6 June

Man’s romantic e-mail goes worldwide

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 

A man has said he has “no regrets” after a romantic e-mail he sent to a woman ended up circulating around the world.

Joseph Dobbie, who is in his late 30s and lives in Berkshire, told Kate Winsall in the e-mail: “If I am twice as lucky as I dare to hope, you will find this note charming.”

After reading the letter, Ms Winsall forwarded the email to her sister, who then sent it on to her friends.

In the message, which contained five hundred and sixteen words, Mr Dobbie commented on how Ms Winsall’s smile made “time stand still”, going on to say this is the “freshest of my memories”. He also said sorry for being drunk at the party the pair met, and he asked Ms Winsall out for a coffee at London’s Tate Modern.

Due to the email, Mr Dobbie has received hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from people as far away as Australia, America, and South Africa. He has also revealed that he has changed his phone numbers as a result of the situation: “It got to the point where if I hung up either phone they would just ring again,” he said.

Mr Dobbie, who runs a web-design company, has said he wrote the note in the hope of meeting someone who would be thankful for such an effort. “My mother uses an expression ‘it’s cool to be cruel these days’ and I just don’t want that in my life,” he said.

He said Ms Winsall had been touched by the email, and she also apologised for its universal circulation. “I stood a chance with Kate. Now there’s no way she will say yes,” Mr Dobbie said.

5 June

‘Criminal in uniform’: Senior London policeman jailed for attempting to frame Iraqi

Monday, February 8, 2010 

Commander Ali Dizaei of London’s Metropolitan Police Service today became the most senior officer anywhere in the United Kingdom to be convicted of offences by a court. Dizaei, who was branded a “criminal in uniform” by Independent Police Complaints Commission chair Nick Hardwick, has been jailed for four years after he attempted to frame an Iraqi businessman.

It took a Southwark Crown Court jury under three hours to find Dizaei guilty of misconduct in a public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice. The charges carried a maximum of life imprisonment.

Dizaei, 47, who is head of the National Black Police Association, had gone to the Yas Persian restaurant, run by one of his friends, and taken his wife Shy with him. They then went to their car and struck up a conversation through its open window with the restaurant’s manager. During this conversation they were approached by Waad al-Baghdadi, an Iraqi website designer in his twenties. He requested that Dizaei pay £600 that he owed Baghdadi, who had constructed his website.

According to the Crown, this dispute had been ongoing for months and Dizaei had been attempting to intimidate Baghdadi. He told the Iraqi to depart when he entered the restaurant; although the businessman did, he stayed nearby and rang the 999 emergency number.

The exact content of the argument that led up to this is unclear. Dizaei and his wife testified that Baghdadi was abusive and threatening, telling the officer he would “extract the money out of your throat” while the owner of the Yas said he was “a crook basically… His history … everybody knows he’s not a good gentleman,” said owner Sohrab Eshragi. Eshragi said that the request Baghdadi leave the premises was due to concerns of trouble, claiming Baghdadi had been in a previous fight. Baghdadi denied the allegations and the court rejected Dizaei’s version of events.

While Baghdadi was making his emergency call, Dizaei arrested him and made a 999 call of his own. He requested assistence from other officers, and said that Baghdadi had assaulted him by stabbing his stomach with a shisha pipe. He maintained this account when police arrived and kept it up in written statements, but although Baghdadi was found to be carrying such a pipe examination of Dizaei’s wounds by a police doctor concluded he had inflicted them upon himself.

A Home Office pathologist questioned this finding for the defence. Dr. Nat Cary said it was based on a “fundamentally flawed approach,” and that the injuries were consistent with Dizaei’s version of events. He has helped investigate the assassination of former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto, and the death newspaper seller Ian Thomlinson, the latter of whom died during a G20 protest.

The Crown further alleged that Dizaei told Baghdadi “I’ll fuck your life… You think I don’t know what you do in London… I’ll find every single detail of your life in London.” The prosecution case was presented by Peter Wright QC, who has prosecuted in trials over serial murders of Suffolk sex workers and a plot to bomb transatlantic airliners. He said that Dizaei’s actions were a “wholesale abuse of power by a senior police officer for entirely personal and oblique motives.”

Judge Justice Simon said that Dizaei had committed a “grave breach of public trust” and told him “This sentence needs to send a clear message that police officers of whatever rank are not above the law.” A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said outside the court that “He abused his power and ignored his responsibility,” and that while corruption was unacceptable in any police officer it was particularly so in a senior member of the forces. “The public should have confidence that we will prosecute anyone, regardless of their position, if they commit serious offences. We believe justice has been served for the victim and the public.”

“[I]f he [Dizaei] had been successful, Mr al-Baghdadi may have been sent to prison,” noted Hardwick. “Mr al-Baghdadi has shown tremendous strength of character throughout this case ? from the moment he was confronted by Ali Dizaei, throughout our investigation, and finally when giving evidence at court. We are grateful for the confidence he placed in the IPCC and, as a result of that, justice has been done today.”

Dizaei has been a policeman for 24 years, and at one stage was rumoured to be destined to take control of the Metropolitan Police, although the Metropolitan Police Authority may now choose to end this career. His trial, which began this month, is his second this decade. He was prosecuted in 2003 but cleared of any wrongdoing. The incident with Baghdadi was in June 2008 and Dizaei has been suspended on full pay since September of that year. Hardwick said that “The greatest threat to the reputation of the police service is criminals in uniform like Dizaei.”

19 March

Explore The Historical And Heritage Caves Of Maharashtra

Explore the Historical and Heritage Caves of Maharashtra



Maharashtra is home to majority of the caves within India. The caves served as halls or virahas and chaityas for Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks. All these caves are approximately 2000 years old. They not only make for great attractions, yet are important element of India’s tradition, heritage and natural beauty.

Ajanta Caves

Virtually 100 kms from Aurangabad district in Maharashtra are the Ajanta caves. The caves are said to have shaped within a time period of eight hundred yrs, from 200 BC to 600 AD. The Ajanta caves feature the Buddhist design. You may witness the history of Buddha as well as some animal stone figures created in early sculptures. The Ajanta wall depicts numerous figures. You will discover the images of nobles, slaves, wildlife as well as normal men and women of ancient times.

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Elephanta Caves

Within the Elephanta Island there’s the system of caves named after the island. It is an 11 kilometer drive from the metropolis of Mumbai and is regarded as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Records of Buddhist lifestyle and aged Shiva temples can be found in these caves. The caves in Elephanta Island are said to have been created between the 9th and 12th century, but it was during the 3rd century when the caves evolved into a place to worship Lord Shiva as instructed by the Gupta dynasty. Pulkesin 11, the wonderful royal prince, is said to have built the shrine as a memorial of his glory. Other accounts declare that it was in the sixth century AD that King Krishnaraja of Kalchuri created the Elephanta caves.

Kanheri Caves

Forty two kilometers from the city of Mumbai are the Kanheri caves, a place surrounded by vibrant mountains and valleys. This place is lauded for its unparalleled architecture. Most historians recognize that the Kanheri caves sprung during the times between 200 BC and 600 AD. You can find a total of one hundred and nine caves with bed-like constructions made out of stone plinth. Dagoba, a kind of Buddhist shrine is additionally an interesting feature of this area. This shrine is made to stand by gigantic support beams crafted from rock. Because of all these amazing things, the Kanheri caves are recognized as among the world’s greatest religious settlements.

Karla Cave

In the vicinity of Lonavala in Maharashtra is the Karla Cave. It was built during the rule of Satavahana and is known for the greatest Hinayana Buddhist temple in India. The cave is directly sculpted from a living rock and manifest rock-cut structure. Amazingly, some of its wood supports are still strong although they are two thousand yrs old. Climbing up to Karla cave would take no less than 20 mins. As soon as you get there, you will observe the Chaitya that measures eighteen ft long. A brand new temple is also added within this region, which uses the older pillars from Buddhist time period.

Mahakali Caves

Once called the Kondivita Caves, the Mahakali Caves are cut from black basalt solid hard rocks. They are located within Udayagari hills, which is right in the middle of the Aaery Milk community and Borivali National park in Mumbai. These 1000 year old caves are reported to be homes to Buddhist priests before. This area also houses sculptures of Buddha and stupas.

The Caves of Maharashtra give you a prospect to glance at the unique early background of the nation and this particular area. If you love ancient history and design, then you have to visit the various caves of Maharashtra.

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