5 August

US Senate panel approves healthcare reform bill

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The United States Senate Committee on Finance approved a proposal to reform health care on Tuesday, clearing it to move forward. The bill passed by a 14-9 vote, gaining support from the committee’s thirteen Democrats, and one Republican.

Senator Olympia Snowe was the only senator from the Republican party to back the bill. However, she said this might change as the bill moves through Congress.

There are many, many miles to go in this legislative journey

“There are many, many miles to go in this legislative journey. My vote today is my vote today. It doesn’t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow,” Snowe said.

President Barack Obama, who supports the bill as part of his effort to overhaul the country’s health care system, welcomed the committee’s vote. “We are closer than ever before to passing healthcare reform but we are not there yet. Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back – now is the time to dig in further and get this done. In this final phase we should engage with each other with civility and seriousness that has brought us this far and that this subject deserves.”

The bill, which contains a ten-year plan with an estimated cost of US$829 billion, is aimed at lowering healthcare costs and increasing the affordability of insurance. Proponents will now seek to merge it with another bill from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus emphasized, “Americans want us to craft a package that will get the 60 votes needed to pass.” He argued that the Finance bill was the best candidate to attract needed the centrist support.

Critics, however, have said that the proposed plan is too costly, and will cause the government to interfere too much into the private healthcare sector.

“We can now see clearly that the bill continues its march leftward,” said the senior Republican on the committee, Senator Charles Grassley. “This bill is already moving on a slippery slope to more government control of healthcare.”

5 September

Pedal Car Ride On Vs. Battery Powered}

Submitted by: Christopher P Clark

If youre in the market for a ride-on toy for your toddler, how do you choose which one to purchase? The choices seem nearly endless, from a battery-powered Barbie Jeep to a vintage-style pedal car with chrome bumpers and bright red paint. When youre in this predicament, choose the pedal car that is best for your child. This is always the pedal car. Pedals cars provide exercise in a safe manner, and their classic styling will last through generations.

Unlike battery-powered versions of kids ride on toys, a pedal car promotes healthy exercise from a young age. It is much better to teach them to get around using their own foot power than to stick them in a battery-powered car where all they have to do is step on the gas. Even if youre letting them play with their battery powered car outdoors, they still arent getting any healthy exercise. Hours of exercise in their pedal toy will keep your kids fit and tire them out before bedtime.

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Vintage-style all-steel pedal cars are much more durable than their modern plastic, battery-powered equivalent. If you leave the plastic pedal car outside for a season, you may find that the sun has created cracks and the ride-on toy is no longer usable. Steel versions, on the other hand, can be passed from generation to generation because they are so durable. Even if your childs battery powered toy did survive to your grandkids generation, it would look hopelessly outdated, and your grandkids would have no idea who the characters featured on the body were. Pedal cars, on the other hand, have classic styling in bright colors that are sure to please children of any generation.

Plus, pedal toys are built with simple mechanics and no harmful equipment that could harm your child. No heat is produced when a child powers their pedal car, unlike with the battery-driven version. Remember that with young children, everything is a potential hazard. Do you want a toy with a relatively large battery positioned very close to your small child for an extended period of time? A pedal car offers much less in the way of hazards that could hurt your child.

Battery-powered ride on toys must be charged for several hours before each use. If your kids already have battery powered toys, then you know how hard it is to keep full batteries in each one. If your child has the energy to play outside and wants to use their ride-on toy, do you want to have to tell them they cant because the batteries arent charged?

When it comes down to it, wouldnt you want to give your child a simple, classic toy that requires imagination and exercise? Battery-powered toys, like so many toys are today, simply arent as authentic as vintage-style playthings like steel pedal toys. If you believe that there is too much technology in our childrens lives, dont add to the problem by purchasing a battery-powered ride-on toy. Instead, invest in the simplicity of a pedal car. These fun and classic toys are sure to please your kids.

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5 September

Wikimedia Conference Netherlands 2007 held on wikis and education

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Yesterday, a chilly Amsterdam hosted the Wikimedia Conference Netherlands 2007. Held at the Aristo centre in a suburb of the city and run by Wikimedia Netherlands, the conference was a short train ride from Amsterdam Centraal railway station. The topic, Wikis and Education (Wiki’s en Educatie in Dutch). This was an opportunity for Wikimedians and people in education to come together and see how collaboration could help both.

Wikinews freelance reporter Brian McNeil caught a train from Brussels in Belgium and attended, making an impression on the Wikimedia Foundation chair, Florence Devouard, by spilling her coffee over the first two speakers approximately three minutes before they were supposed to officially open the conference.


  • 1 Morning sessions
  • 2 Afternoon
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  • 4 External links
18 August

Parts of internet break as ‘512k day’ reached by routers

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On Tuesday many internet routers, used to find the pathways to different parts of the web, reached their memory limit of 512,000 entries in the tables they use to store the routes, causing problems for many users.

A router is used to direct a user towards the area of the internet where they will find the content they are looking for, e.g. a web page. The recent problem was caused by the arbitrary memory limit built into the design of many aging routers. A limit was needed to prevent the cost of hardware from becoming prohibitively expensive in the days when physical data storage was still comparatively expensive. This small amount of memory in turn limits the number of directions which can be stored on a single router leading to different parts of the internet. When this limit was reached, it caused outages of services among Internet Service Providers. Many routers, including older ones provided by Cisco Systems Inc., are limited to storing a total of 512,000 routes or paths.

This limit was reached on Tuesday, reported to have been triggered by Verizon publishing another 15,000 paths. Those affected included eBay, LastPass, and clients of the web hosting company Liquid Web, who lost much of their services until Verizon withdrew some of these new paths. Problems nevertheless continued throughout the day, even after the withdrawal.

A longer term fix is possible, but it would require manually replacing old routers with newer, more capable ones. It is hard to tell what issues would temporarily cascade though the internet by taking down routers from part of the internet for maintenance. Many experts have warned that problems could continue until these difficult fixes have been implemented, although the recent switch to a newer form of IP Addresses, IPv6, will temporarily help the issue. Wired News reported that Andre Toonk, a network engineer, had stated that the number of network outages on the internet, typically around 1,500, yesterday peaked at 2,587, enough to become clearly noticeable.

18 August

‘Kama Sutra’ worm set to strike

Friday, February 3, 2006

Computer security experts warn that a malicious computer worm, dubbed “Kama Sutra,” is set to wreak havoc this Friday, February 3rd on Microsoft Windows computers worldwide. Kama Sutra is designed to destroy files that end in .doc, .zip and .pdf.

The Kama Sutra worm has been spreading through cyberspace since January 16, packaged in emails with subject headings such as: “give me a kiss” and “crazy illegal sex.”

When users click an email attachment, their PCs become infected with destructive, self-replicating software. The worm affects Microsoft Windows operating systems and is programmed to go to work on the third of every month, overwriting or corrupting Microsoft files and others such as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

“This one can damage your office files, your Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and your PowerPoint presentations,” Tino Klironomos, a computer retailer, said. “(The files will be) all gone, history.”

Computer security company LURHQ reports that there may be hundreds of thousands of machines already infected with the worm, which also goes by the monikers “BlackWorm,” “CME-24,” “Blackmal,” “Mywife.E” and “Nyxem.”

To prevent the worm, Windows users should arm themselves with anti-virus software. People can also protect their PC with up-to-date anti-virus gear and firewall protection. Free anti-virus tools are available from many anti-virus organisations. These tools can detect and remove the Kama Sutra worm from an infected machine.

Experts say: “Make sure your virus definitions are up to date. Besides being careful about opening email messages and attachments, users should back up their most valuable computer files on an external device such as a CD, zip drive or DVD.”

Steve Bass at PC World says: “Stop worrying. If you update your virus program signatures regularly, and do a weekly AV scan, I don’t think you have much to worry about…”

Other advice is not to open any messages with the subject headers “crazy, illegal sex”, “give me a kiss” and “hot movie.”

The worm will not affect machines running on non-Windows operating systems such as Mac OS X or GNU/Linux.

Many security systems reported a very small amount of vandalism, even though the threats were very high.

18 August

Semapedia introduced to Africa: Powered by “Made in Ghana” technology

This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation or one of its projects. Please note that Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. Semapedia is not associated with the Wikimedia Foundation.

Friday, April 7, 2006

Accra — The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT introduced the Semacode technology and the Semapedia application to a segment of the Ghanaian public in a presentation delivered by Guido Sohne, Developer-In-Residence at the Centre and Chief Software Architect of CoreNett Ltd, a Ghanaian electronic transaction processing company.

Introduced for the first time in Africa, Semapedia is a way of associating Internet sites with physical barcodes that can be read by cameraphones, enabling one to look up information about physical objects quickly and easily.


  • 1 The Semacode technology
  • 2 Semapedia, the physical Wikipedia
  • 3 Made in Ghana
  • 4 Bringing Semapedia to Africa
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17 August

Sophistication With Modern Bathroom Vanities}

Submitted by: Laila Armstrong

Have you ever thought about changing your bathroom dcor giving it a more modern look? Start by looking at modern bathroom vanities. This modern look has become so popular that it has become fairly easy to find the right vanity to change your bathroom theme. Finding a vanity will be fairly easy, but finding the perfect one to fit your style and personal needs may be a bit of a challenge!

If you begin by searching in your local hardware stores for modern bathroom vanities, right away you will realize that the styles carried seem pretty consistent. The same basic, traditional looks will be carried which is because this meets the needs of most customers guaranteeing they will have a quick sale. These styles are probably the distinct, typical styles you are used to seeing in any average home. It may even be similar to the one in your home!

The amazing internet offers an uncountable number of modern bathroom vanities. From the comfort of your own home you are able to browse through hundreds of thousands of different styles without even having to change your clothes! With our busy lives, online shopping is not only convenient but will save you lots of time and effort.

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You will probably find yourself pleasantly surprised with the different types of modern bathroom vanities found on the web today. You will find all kinds of different sizes, finishes, and styles. Typically these vanities are separated into two different styles: wall-mounted and the traditional ones that sit on the floor. It is up to you to decide which better works for your bathroom and personal taste.

Its amazing how fast modern bathroom vanities have caught on in just the past few years. Resulting in competitors offering unbelievable deals to make you become their customer. To the consumer this should actually be a plus. Not only are you able to compare, but you have the freedom to choose the best price available on the market.

A major factor in your bathroom dcor is the fixtures finish. While some include the fixtures shown with their modern bathroom vanities, other may be sold separately, and some may not offer the fixtures at all. If the fixtures are not included you will need to decide what finish for the fixtures most compliment your vanity and bathroom dcor. But if they just so happen to be included with your purchase this is a great deal for you not only saving you money but will also save you time!

You may run across some modern bathroom vanities that may seem like they are exactly what you are looking for, but remember that quality counts! The quality of the vanity will determine how long your vanity will last. Solid oak is an excellent wood used for bathroom furniture insuring durability.

The mirror is the focal point of the bathroom. Double check if the mirror featured is included with the modern bathroom vanities. If not you will need to determine which type of mirror best suits your vanity.

If you are forced to purchase the mirror separately keep some things in mind. If your vanity is flashy lour one, try a simpler mirror. If the vanity is a more simple design you might want to consider a more complicated detailed mirror. Modern bathroom vanities are beautiful in and of themselves, the mirror adds that extra touch of elegance to your bathroom dcor.

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15 August

Scoring Scrapbook Paper Tools Scor Pal Gives Birth To A Small Mini Scor Buddy}

Scoring Scrapbook Paper Tools – Scor Pal Gives Birth to a Small Mini Scor-Buddy


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Not long ago Scor-Pal made a trip to the craft delivery room where the Scor-Buddy was delivered. This specific brand new scoring instrument for crafters is a cardmakers dream tool intended for precise paper folding. This kind of mini variation of the Scor-Pal has now helped bring an entirely brand new life into the scrapbook whole world of value, portability, and capability. Accompanied by a ingenious brain, foundation in creating tools, including a enthusiasm for crafts, a woman by the name of Diana Crick has taken another craft little one directly into the market.

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Diana as well as her partner are the owners associated with this supplier and have never looked back. Oddly enough they’re both retired declare to having a blessed life. Taking pleasure in family, a passion for traveling, playing golf, and bridge gamers is what brings them cheer. Prior to Diane’s involvement with paper products, this lady was a tool design professional within the polymer clay industry exactly where almost all her creating began. Currently there is yet another enjoyment of Mrs. Crick’s life which is card helping to make and scrapbook. For a 10 years being a demonstrator, training people to uncover their own creativity, and pure love for crafting is what began the Scor-Pal establishment.

Scor Pal is among the most convenient scoring tool which enables folding as well as scoring uncomplicated for all those paper crafts and cards. Diana Crick is the designer and brains behind this card making and paper crafting tool. The Scor-Pal is specifically designed to fit the grooves to ensure the cardstock are unable to ever be torn when you are scoring. To score a card you simply put the paper on the mat then slide across making folds perfectly aligned, crisp, and clear. This specific tool together with the glitter clean up cloth, Scor-tape, Scor-Bug Embosser, and also the Scor-tote are all incredible card making tools that are available. However what has recently hit the radar is definitely Diana’s little baby, the convenient Scor-Buddy.

This is a tiny transportable scoring tool. It is wonderful for generating folds for home made cards. The Scor Buddy is essentially the mini model of the very well-liked Scor-Pal. This small buddy with its more compact size is a card makers fantasy tool. It offers grooves just about every 1/4″ throughout the board, in addition 1/8″ for the 1st as well as last inch on the board. Its measures are roughly 9 x 7.5″ and is also suitable for invitations, cards, small gift containers, and so on. It comes with a Scor-Tool in a snap-in holder and its very own faux suede storage handbag. Its value, portability, and ability simply leaves Diana at it once more with another success history.

Scor-Pal was Diana’s first foray in the tool design for the paper crafting and card making community and I would probably feel that the majority of scrapbookers wish it is not the woman’s last. As shown in this article the numerous inventions the woman has brought into the paper crafting marketplace have been a tremendous contribution to women worldwide. With the small portable Scor Buddy and Diana’s additional developments today on card makers radar, that enthusiasm and joy she feels can certainly be spread worldwide to other people.

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15 August

Eight dead and two missing after cargo ship fire in Kaliningrad, Russia

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Eight people are dead and two more are missing and presumed dead after an explosion and fire on a cargo ship undergoing repairs at a naval dockyard in Kaliningrad, Russia.

The container ship MV Yenisey was the scene of an explosion while in drydock at about 3:00 p.m. Moscow time (11:00 GMT). Ten people were missing after the explosion. It was confirmed today that the eighth body has been recovered, and the remaining two are thought to be dead as well. Three more were injured.

Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo, acting as a navy spokesperson, said “Each family of the victims of the fire on the Yenisey civilian vessel will be paid more than a million rubles.” This makes their compensation roughly equivalent to US$43,000.

Dygolo said that the dockyard, in the closed military town of Baltiysk, near Kaliningrad, had been leased to the Yenisey’s St Petersburg owner, a private company, who were conducting the work themselves. He said an investigation has been launched by the navy led by top admiral Vladimir Vysotsky.

Vysotski himself has indicated that serious safety legislation breaches concerning welding regulations by both the vessel’s owner and the naval dockyard’s bosses. He did not go into details, but RIA Novosti claimed that a source at the dockyard said a gas burner applied to the roof of a fuel tank to heat and therefore loosen its bolts had triggered the disaster.

Today is an official day of mourning for Kaliningrad Region to mark the deaths.

15 August

Sulpicio Lines pay PHP6.2 million for death of man in 1998 ferry disaster

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sulpicio Lines, a ferry company in the Philippines, have been ordered to pay PH?6.24 million over the death of a man on board MV Princess of the Orient, which sank in stormy weather off Batangas in 1998. Ernesto Unabia was one of seventy confirmed fatalities in the disaster, which left eighty more missing.

Unabia was a 37-year-old seaman who worked on international vessels, and earned a ?120,000 salary. According to widow Verna Unabia, who filed the case with her three children, he was going to work on for thirteen more years and then retire. Unabia’s case is the first to be concluded, although most victims settled with Sulpicio without claims being filed.

Although Sulpicio lost their appeal several weeks ago, reporters have only today received access to documentation concerning the case.

Under Philippines law, employers are responsible for their employees actions. However, in Pestaño vs. Sumayang the Supreme court ruled that if it could be proved an employer had taken appropriate diligence when selecting employers then they could not be held responsible.

It was viewed that Sulpicio was responsible as they failed to remove captain Esrum Mahilum from the vessel despite a number of incidents involving the ferry while he was in command of it. Princess of the Orient had struck the bottom of Manila‘s North Harbour, sideswiped a container ship and suffered a crippling engine fire while berthed at North Harbour, being towed first to Cebu and ultimately Singapore for repairs.

Despite these serious incidents while the ship was under Mahilum’s care, however, he was not removed from captaincy or even disciplined. A Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI) investigation into the ultimate sinking of the Princess of the Orient would later say that Sulpicio did not have enough initiative to take action against him. The court ruled this made them responsible for his actions.

On September 18, 1998, the day of the sinking, Captain Mahilum was warned before starting out that severe weather was approaching. He wrongly calculated that the storm was safely distanced and left port regardless, running into the storm two hours later. Princess of the Orient began listing to the left and a distress call was sent, but she sank before help arrived. The BMI’s report blamed the disaster on the captain making “erroneous maneuvers of the vessel before it sank.” He remains missing to this day.

After the court ruled that this made Sulpicio liable to pay civil damages an appeal was filed, in which Sulpicio said that the captain “valiantly tried to save his ship up to the bitter end. He heroically went down with his ship.” Although he failed to properly supervise the abandon ship order he gave, he was last seen helping passengers to board life rafts. Sulpicio further alleged that careful analysis of the BMI report showed he did not directly cause the disaster.

The court rejected the appeal, with judge Estella Alma Singco saying that while the failure to remove the captain wasn’t the direct cause, “such failure doubtless contributed materially to the loss of life.” Sulpicio were ordered to pay P6.240 million in lost earnings, P100,000 moral damages, P50,000 indemnity – which Sulpicio had already offered to all the families of the deceased – and P50,000 in pursuer’s litigation costs.

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