14 August

Obama succeeds Bush as 44th president of the United States

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today, the official ceremony ushering in Barack H. Obama II as the new president of the United States took place at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. A 21-gun salute, as well as the playing of four ruffles and flourishes and “Hail to the Chief“, marked the moment he assumed power from his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Bush’s second term as President of the United States, which began on January 20, 2005, expired with the swearing-in of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, at noon EST (UTC-5), under the provisions of the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Bush performed his final official act this morning, welcoming Barack Obama and Michelle to the White House for coffee before the swearing-in, shortly before 10am EST, and then accompanied them there by motorcade to attend the ceremony. Last week, Bush had made his farewells to the nation in a televised address, saying that the inauguration turns a page in race relations. “Obama’s story — his black father was from Kenya, his white mother from Kansas — represents “the enduring promise of our land,” said Bush.

Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday called on Obama to seek “understanding, co-operation and peace” among nations. “I offer cordial good wishes, together with the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you unfailing wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high responsibilities,” the Pontiff said.

The National Mall gates at the inaugural ceremony opened early, with official introductions beginning around 11:30am EST. On the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Senator Dianne Feinstein provided the call to order and welcoming remarks, shortly after followed by invocation by the Rev. Rick Warren and a musical performance by Aretha Franklin.

Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr., a Democrat, who was elected Vice President in the 2008 presidential election, took his oath of office, succeeding Dick Cheney. Biden took his oath at 11:57am EST from Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Glover Roberts, Jr. then administered the oath of office to Obama, under Article II, Section 1, Clause 8. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God,” Obama swore, using the 1861 President Lincoln Inaugural Bible.

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama and daughters Malia Ann and Sasha, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi were among the record-setting crowd of over 2 million people, including more than a million people that filled the National Mall. Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in a wheelchair, having pulled a muscle in his back while moving, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Obama has decided to follow tradition and use his full name, including his middle name Hussein, regardless of its past and present use by detractors as an effort to slander his image. The advanced scheduled program stated that the inaugural address was to be delivered by “the President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama.”

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The President delivered his inaugural address in front of Capitol Hill with the theme “A New Birth of Freedom,” commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, said Feinstein.

Obama focused on the restoration of public confidence and personal “responsibility,” reassuring recession-weary Americans they can rebound from hard times. He conveyed to the world his desire to fix a battered U.S. image overseas. He asked the nation to reject the “culture of anything goes” and to restore a national value system that honors responsibility and accountability. Elizabeth Alexander recited a poem, followed by the benediction by Rev. Joseph E. Lowery. The National Anthem was thereafter played by The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters.”

Over 200 million viewers worldwide had watched inauguration videos and live streams provided online by a number of news organizations and online video broadcasting companies over the internet. The event was also available live to select iPhone users.

Following his speech, President Obama escorted former President George W. Bush at 12:53pm EST as they left for a departure ceremony. Bush lifted off, ending his 8 years as president, with Obama waving goodbye from the courtyard of the US Capitol.

At 2:35pm EST in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, at the inaugural luncheon attended by Obama, it is reported that Ted Kennedy had a stroke. Paramedics arrived and took the senator to a hospital.

A parade extended for over two hours in the afternoon. It included 15,000 people, 240 horses, dozens of marching bands, two drum and bugle corps, and one mariachi band from Espanola, New Mexico.

Just after 4pm EST, Obama and his wife joined the celebrating crowds on Pennsylvania Avenue. After a short time waving to the masses, they returned to the Presidential Limousine, a 2009 Cadillac, which transported them to the White House. The First Limo has replaced President Bush’s Cadillac DTS Presidential Limousine that rolled out in 2004.

Mr and Mrs Obama plan to attend a total of ten official inaugural balls, including the Neighbourhood Ball, the Obama Home States (Illinois and Hawaii) Ball, the Biden Home States (Pennsylvania and Delaware) Ball and the Youth Ball. American R&B singer-songwriter Beyoncé has been planned to perform the first dance song. The Obamas will return to the White House, their new home, following the last ball.

14 August

Payday Advance Loans Best Option To Lower Your Cost

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14 August

Woman killed in house fire in South Yorkshire, England

Monday, January 25, 2010

An elderly woman has died in a house fire in South Yorkshire, England. The woman, who is currently remaining unidentified, was blind and 93-years-old when her bungalow in Sheffield caught fire as a result of an accident in her kitchen yesterday afternoon.

An internal investigation into the fire has suggested that while the woman was cooking, she dropped a towel onto one of the stovetops while attempting to move a pan on the cooker. The towel then set alight. When she attempted to put out the fire, the towel dropped to the side of the cooker, alongside some plastic bags.

A smoke alarm sounded; a nearby resident heard the alarm and went to assist. The neighbour managed to break into the bedroom window of the bungalow in order to be able to get inside the building. The person made it to the hallway but had to double back upon seeing the fire and the smoke. It is believed that the woman was overwhelmed by the fumes given out from the plastic which was burning.

At around 1350 GMT, fire service workers entered the elderly lady’s residence to find her collapsed inside the kitchen. People investigating the incident have come to the conclusion that this particular fire was an accidental one. A spokesperson for the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service noted: “Neighbours who tried to enter the property were fought back by smoke and flames.”

13 August

Yahoo! snaps up Flickr

Monday, March 21, 2005

Portal and search company Yahoo! has purchased Ludicorp Research and Development Ltd., the private corporation which owns the photo sharing site Flickr.The news was officially disclosed in a Sunday posting to the corporation’s staff blog and is credited to Caterina Fake, Flickr’s vice president of marketing and community. The posting announced the sale, but did not disclose details of the deal. In a report by Silicon.Com, Yahoo! spokeswoman Joanna Stevens confirmed the deal on Sunday but also did not disclose the terms.

Both Fake and Stevens said Flickr will remain independent. Stevens added that Flickr’s employees will relocate to the Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California later this year.

Rumors of the sale have been circulating amongst bloggers for some time, though neither company would confirm or deny the rumored sale. Other rumors had Google or AOL as Flickr’s probable suitor.

Flickr allows users to upload pictures from their computers, digital cameras, or camera phones to a personal website where they can display them, engage in photo blogging and create photo albums. The graphics may be licensed under a variety copyright license schemes including public domain, and photo owners can be easily contacted through the website.

Yahoo! had earlier announced Yahoo! 360°, a blogging service with sharing privileges and integration with other Yahoo! services such as internet broadcasting and instant messaging.

13 August

German Holocaust memorial dedicated

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

A new $35m Holocaust memorial in Germany officially called the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was dedicated during a ceremony Tuesday. The memorial commemorates the suffering the millions of European Jews who were held in concentration camps by the Nazi regime. The dedication comes just a day after the 60th anniversary of the Allied Victory in World War II.

U.S. architect Peter Eisenman designed the new memorial, which is contained in one block square very close to the parliament and the new US embassy in the heart of Berlin, Germany. The memorial consists of over 2,700 gray concrete blocks representing the helplessness of the Holocaust victims. The blocks are covered with an anti-graffiti substance which was made by the same company that produced the Zyklon B poison used in the genocide. They are all of different shapes and sizes, and are set on a sloping hillside, designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere.

The memorial has met with criticism. Many have pointed out that the memorial is only for the Jews who died, and does not represent the millions of gypsies, homosexuals and mentally-handicapped people who were also murdered. It has also been said that while the memorial commerates those who died, it does not ask any questions about why the atrocity happened. However, there are plans for memorials commemorating other victims of the Nazi regime. Under the abstract memorial there is a place which informs visitors about Holocaust.

The ceremony, which Chancellor Gerhard Schröder attended, included prayer led by a Jewish rabbi and speeches reflecting on the Holocaust given by a survivor and leaders of the Jewish community in Germany.

12 August

Domestic Construction Steel Price Trend

By Frbiz Tian

February’s Lunar New Year holidays, the traditional, pre-market prices remained stable in the New Year fell slightly, to stabilize the market price before the holiday week, mainly. As the steel mills during the Spring Festival have the resources to arrive one after another, after the holiday market, a greater increase in common stock.

Postganglionic business one after another work by the expected impact of higher negotiated iron ore, Baosteel will raise the market prices, as well as external disk during the Spring Festival, and gold futures prices of the impact of a strong post-holiday business mentality, drawing up tentative, subject to demand is not difficult to support higher prices.

As of Feb. 22, 25mm rebar national average price in 3769 yuan / ton, last month dropped 32 yuan / ton; which Beijing 25mm price of 3730 yuan / ton, over the same period last month, up 70 yuan / ton; Shanghai 18-25mm price of 3810 yuan / ton, up 140 yuan over the same period the previous month / ton; Guangzhou 18-25mm price of 3980 yuan / ton, last month dropped 10 yuan / ton; domestic 6.5mm high speed wire average price in 3879 yuan / ton, up 185 yuan over the same period the previous month / ton, Beijing 6.5mm high cable prices in 3750 yuan / ton, last month over the same period rose 20 yuan / ton, Shanghai price for 6.5mm high wire 3,720 yuan / ton, compared with the previous months earlier to 70 yuan / ton to 3,830 yuan in Guangzhou price / ton, down 150 yuan over the same period the previous month / ton.

By the end of February happens to be the first month 15, the basic construction sites from the fifteenth day after the start. With the construction site started gradually began to demand, market demand will pick up gradually, but by the high levels of inventory as well as macro-policy has raised the bank reserve rate loans to builders and distributors to tighten, it will affect the continuity of the market rose sharply is expected in March next year, the domestic construction steel market prices will show a gradual upward trend.

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1, construction steel output:

In February to overhaul more steel, blast furnace steel mills cut production in February the National average of 11.7%, significantly up from last month. At the same time as energy shortages, so there is a downward trend in steel production. Steel production from the current situation, in February the total production of 6,352,900 tons Rebar program, 297,600 tons less than in January, in which East is still the largest proportion of production. This month the previous month significantly increased the proportion of steel exports, steel direct supply to reduce the number of the previous month, amount of rebar in the domestic running flat the previous month.

February Wire plans to produce the total 3.703 million tons, 400,500 tons less than the previous month. Wire exports decreased from the previous month, while the steel mills in January this month, slightly higher than the number of direct supply to enhance, put on the market, the ratio increased slightly from last month. Overall, in February the high wire and rebar market decline in resource allocation, which is less than the high pressure line inventory stock rebar pressure.

2, the social construction of steel inventory.

According to statistics, the main city of steel, wire marked increase in the trend continued. As of February 22, the number of major cities as 678.73493.42 tons Rebar Stock, Zhou 19.040% sequential growth, up 37.56 percent on year. One stock to 68.72 in Shanghai 535,900 tons Rebar, Zhou ring rose 17.06%, up 28.23 percent on the Beijing rebar inventories 548,600 tons, up 22.58% of chain week, month, year 35.31%, Guangzhou rebar stock 675 000 tons, up 28.79% of chain week, month, year on year growth of 38.83 percent. The national total of 1,924,300 tons wire stock, rose 20.81 percent pericyclic, up 80.09% month.

Among them, 119,400 tons in Shanghai stock wire, chain growth of 41.3% week, month, year on year growth of 19.16%; Beijing Wire stock at 89,900 tons, up 12.97% of chain week, month, year on year growth of 78.81 percent, Guangzhou wire stock at 25.5 million tons, Cycles of growth of 8.5% compared with a monthly increase of 66.78%.

Analysis of domestic construction steel inventory position at the community, because nearly a month before the Spring Festival domestic construction steel market, not only enter, so that rebar and wire rod of the social stock, compared with before the holiday, there are increased substantially, and after the Spring Festival stock reached its highest level ever, after the Spring Festival market pressures greater resources, will affect the market trend.

3, the original fuel prices continue to rise.

Iron ore prices in 2010 is expected to do very strong, there is news that five major metallurgical enterprises in China and BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and CVRD to raise iron ore price agreement, under the agreement, arrived in Chinese ports iron ore price from 62 dollars per ton in 2009 increased to 84 U.S. dollars, or 40%. This price is much higher than the original ceiling of 20% set, but Rio Tinto and the Japanese and Korean steel mills after the first round of talks, made the demand of 40% price increase.

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10 August

Bomb blast kills at least eleven in Pakistan, over twenty wounded

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pakistani police said today that a suicide car bombing has killed at least eleven people and wounded more than twenty others, in the latest attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Officials reported that the bomber set off the explosives at a police checkpoint, and added that two police officers are among the dead.

“At least eleven people have been killed and 26 others wounded,” said Sahibzada Anis, the Peshawar district administration chief, to the Agence France-Presse news agency.

According to the man in charge of the checkpoint, Malik Jehangir, he noticed a black car across the barrier and asked security officers to check it. “I saw that there was some argument between the driver and the policeman and suddenly a blast downed me with shrapnel piercing my shoulder,” he said, as quoted by Al Jazeera.

The bombing came a day after a suicide bomber struck the Peshawar office of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, killing ten people. That blast caused a large portion of the three-story ISI building to collapse.

10 August

CanadaVOTES: Animal Alliance (AAEVPC) candidate Marie Crawford running in Toronto—Danforth

Thursday, October 2, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada candidate Marie Crawford is standing for election in the riding of Toronto—Centre.

Marie is a Director of Animal Alliance of Canada, a separate but related organization. She volunteers her time for Animal Alliance, but unlike party leader Liz White, does not work out of their office.

Wikinews contacted Marie, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

The incumbent in this riding is National Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton. Other than Crawford, trying for the riding are Liberal Andrew Lang, Sharon Howarth (Green), and Christina Perreault (Conservative), Marcell Rodden (Marxist-Leninist), and Bahman Yazdanfar (Canadian Action Party), and independent John Richardson. The riding has existed federally since 1979, and has the seat has been occupied by Bob Rae (NDP, 1979–1982), Lynn McDonald (NDP, 1982–1988), Dennis Mills (Liberal, 1988–2004), and Layton (NDP, 2004 to present).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

10 August

Chia Seeds Meringue For Health

Chia Seeds Meringue for health


Mark Dean

A seasonal twist on the fruit meringue, given a helping hand with Rainforest Foods Chia seeds

One of the earliest fruits available in the UK is rhubarb, known to science as the genus Rheum in the family Polygonaceae. It is a welcome arrival in the kitchen, because it heralds the arrival of fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. The fibrous stems of the plant are delicious when stewed and sweetened, usually with a small addition of bicarbonate of soda. The alkaline influence of this counters the rather acidic nature of rhubarb.

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The classic British rhubarb dessert is rhubarb crumble, but after a winter of heavy crumbles we decided to turn our first crop to lighter use, in a meringue pie. This is a fantastic dessert as it combines a crisp, weighty pastry with a fantastically light topping, and a dash of rhubarb makes a great filling.

The only downside to rhubarb is its high water content. If the liquid is not strained off to leave as dry a pulp as possible it makes for a soggy pastry and a meringue that rapidly loses its crispness. We did our best to reduce the moisture of our filling, but it was still rather wet. Something to soak the excess up was required. We could have used a cornflour paste to create the rhubarb version of a lemon meringe filling, but this is the Rainforest Foods kitchen. There had to be a Superfood solution, which would hopefully increase the nutritional content of our dessert into the bargain. Rhubarb, by the way, is a good Magnesium source, and also gives us dietary fibre, vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium and manganese.

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are pretty helpful on the nutrition front. It offers large quantities of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, in a healthy ratio. It also provides protein, vitamins A, B1, 2, 3, 6, and 8, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. From the standpoint of our pie filling requirement though, the property we hoped to employ here was Chia s tendency towards mucilage. The outer part of the seed absorbs moisture readily, turning what is a tiny, crisp seed into a large, gelatinous one. Our rhubarb would get along nicely with it.

This experiment worked well. Stewed rhubarb, with much of its water drained out, mixes well with Chia seeds to create a tasty, slightly gelatinous pie filling that is much more nutritious and interesting than a cornflour-thickened mixture. This is an excellent Rainforest Foods update of a fine spring dessert.

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Rainforest Foods rhubarb and Chia seed meringue

For the pastry

110g plain flour, or half and half plain and wholemeal flour, 50g unsalted butter, 1 egg, grated rind of an orange

For the topping

4 egg whites, 175 caster sugar

For the filling

6 rhubarb stems, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 dessert spoon honey, 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2cm cube of root ginger, finely chopped, 1 tbsp Rainforest Foods Chia seeds

Cut the rhubarb stems into 2cm lengths and stew slowly in a covered pan, with the sugar, honey and chopped ginger.

Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees C (gas mark 3).

Grease a pie dish. Sift the flour into a large bowl. With your fingertips, rub in the butter until it disappears. Add the grated orange rind. Break the egg into the middle and beat lightly. Combine the egg and flour/butter mixture to make a pastry dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a circle. Lift it on the rolling pin and drape it over the dish. Work it into the base and sides, then run the rolling pin over the rim to remove any excess. Place some baking parchment weighed down with dried beans in the base, then bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Drain the stewed rhubarb through a sieve to remove as much of the water as possible. Put the pulp into a bowl and stir in the Chia seeds. Remove the base from the oven, remove the beans and parchment.

Whisk the egg whites. This is easier done in a food mixer as it takes a few minutes. Gradually add the sugar. When the whites are stiff, they are ready.

Pour the filling into the pastry base. Spoon the egg white mixture on top. Bake slowly for 20-25 minutes, until the top is fairly crisp. Turn off the oven and leave the pie to cool slowly inside. Serve when fairly cool, or cold.

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7 August

FEMA accused of misusing trained disaster workers as public-relations workers

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being criticized for misallocation of personnel in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. FEMA representatives said they requested volunteers from fire departments around the U.S., to handle its community relations campaign. However, a document FEMA sent to local fire departments asked for firefighters with very specific skills and who were capable of working in “austere conditions”. Fire departments around the nation responded by sending crews to the FEMA staging ground in Atlanta. Some of these crews were unaware that they were only going to be used for public relations work. Others, however, merely hoped that FEMA would allocate them to rescue and damage control operations once it saw their qualifications.

The firefighter’s objections are particularly poignant as one of FEMA public relations training seminars coincided with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin plea for firefighters on national television, to relieve his own exhausted crews. It is unclear if FEMA’s request for firefighters prevented any municipalities from responding to Mayor Nagin’s request.

Some firefighters have objected to their use as FEMA public relations officers because their municipalities must bear the cost of their salaries, as well as endure reduced firefighting capacity. FEMA has stated that it sought to use firefighters to avoid background checks required of federal employees.

Firefighters began receiving their assignments Monday, September 5th. Among these was a crew of 50 assigned to tour the devastated areas with President Bush and the press.

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