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24 March

Wikinews interviews Diego Grez, Chilean earthquake survivor

Thursday, March 4, 2010

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An 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile on Saturday, causing significant damage throughout parts of the country. Diego Grez (a Wikinews correspondent by the pen name MisterWiki) was in Pichilemu at the time of the quake. Four days after the quake, Peter Coti, also a Wikinews contributor, was able to chat with Mr. Grez about what happened Saturday morning.

24 March

Finding A Dentist In Shelton, Ct

byAlma Abell

When you are looking for a dentist, there are certain things you take for granted that you are looking for. Of course, you want to find a dentist that is going to take your insurance, and you want to find someone who works on a variety of different issues. Outside of this, there are other items you are going to want from your dentist, items that are going to shape your decision on whom you are going to go with. When you are looking for a dentist in Shelton, CT, here are four items you really are looking for.

1. A Professional That You Trust To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

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It’s important you are able to find a dentist that you trust in all aspects of what they do. The last thing that you want is to settle on a dentist that you only kind of like.

2. A Professional You Are Able To Talk To In An Out Of The Chair

If you have an issue with your teeth, you want to be able to talk to the dentist so that you can explain things to them. In addition, when you are in the chair, you want to feel like you can talk with them as well when it comes to shooting the breeze, so to say.

3. A Professional Who Is Not Going To Be A Salesperson

The last thing that you want is for a dentist to act like a salesperson. You want to know what when they suggest something to you, you actually need it.

4. A Professional You Don’t Have To Drive Too Far For

The closer the dentist in Shelton, CT, the more often you are going to go. If you have to drive an hour to get there, you are going to stay away for the dentist quite often.

When you are looking for who can offer you everything that you are looking for, you want to do some research on who is available in the area. One option that you want to consider in your search is going to be Dustin F. Rabine, who is well regarded as one of the best dentists in the area. You can find more info on Dustin F. Rabine by checking out their website.

24 March

India’s flag lands on Moon

Saturday, November 15, 2008

At 8:34 pm Indian time Friday night (1504 UTC), India became the fourth country to land its flag on the Moon.

The unmanned lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 ejected its Moon Impact Probe (MIP), which hurtled across the surface of the Moon at 1.5 kilometres per second (3000 miles per hour), and successfully crash landed near the Moon’s south pole.Besides carrying three important scientific instruments, the lunar probe also carried the image of the Indian national flag, painted on all sides.

Chandrayaan-1 (meaning ‘Moon craft’ in Sanskrit) reached its target lunar orbit on Wednesday. The orbiter will remain in a circular orbit 102 kilometres above the Moon’s surface for two years. Its instruments will be gradually commissioned over the next few days.

With this landing, India became both the fourth country to place a flag on the Moon and the fifth group to send a spacecraft to the Moon. The other countries which have sent spacecraft to the Moon are the United States, the former Soviet Union, Japan, and China, along with the European Space Agency (ESA), a consortium of 17 countries. Japan and China currently each have scientific satellites orbiting the Moon, though China has not yet put a spacecraft on the moon’s surface.

The MIP has a mass of 29 kg, is about the size of a microwave oven, and was designed and assembled in India.After the orbiter ejected it, the probe took about 25 minutes to reach the Moon’s surface. On-board digital cameras made a high resolution movie of the surface during descent, and scientists also conducted measurements with the probe’s mass spectrometer and radar altimeter.Data was beamed back to India via the orbiter, and it is currently being processed and analysed.

Data from the altimeter experiments will be used to refine the instrument in order to control the soft landing of a future probe. Plans are already being prepared for the Chandrayaan-2 to be launched by 2012.

India’s first lunar mission was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the Andhra Pradesh coast on October 22.The launch vehicle was an Indian designed and built rocket that had been previously proven by carrying scientific and commercial payloads to earth orbit, including weather and communications satellites.The cost of this mission is estimated at 340 crore (3.4 billion) rupees (US$78 million). The mission carries five scientific instruments built by India’s technology sector, and six developed cooperatively with foreign nations.

Goals for the orbiter include making a detailed map of the Moon’s chemical make-up and mineral resources, as well as a three-dimensional digital map of the entire surface. The mission will examine the surface for sources of water, and take comparison photos of the light side and dark sides of the surface.

23 March

Researchers find preserving spotted owl habitat may not require a tradeoff with wildfire risk after all

Sunday, October 8, 2017

In a study scheduled for publication in the December 1 issue of Forest Ecology and Management, scientists from the University of California, Davis; USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station; and University of Washington have found a way to resolve the conflict that has sprung up between protecting forests from increasingly frequent wildfires and droughts and preserving sufficient habitat for the endangered spotted owl, Strix occidentalis. The study was performed in two national parks in California, United States.

For the past twenty-five years, spotted owl habitat preservation has focused on keeping 70% or more of the total ground area covered by natural tree canopy, a tree density that leaves forests prone to wildfires and trees more likely to die during droughts. Both wildfires and droughts have become more frequent in the years since the program began.

However, the previous studies upon which the 70% figure was based only measured overall canopy coverage. In this work, researchers used aerial LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) imaging technology to scan areas within Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park in California. The regions were analyzed by distribution of foliage, tree height, and the sizes of the spaces between trees and stands. These data were then cross-referenced with decades of field studies showing the locations of hundreds of owl nests. They found that spotted owls clustered in areas with very tall trees and stands almost exclusively, over 150 feet (48 m), avoiding areas that only had moderate or low canopy, regardless of how dense or wide.

“This could fundamentally resolve the management problem because it would allow for reducing small tree density, through fire and thinning,” said lead author Malcolm North, of UC Davis and the USDA Pacific Southwest Research Station. “We’ve been losing the large trees, particularly in these extreme wildfire and high drought-mortality events. This is a way to protect more large tree habitat, which is what the owls want, in a way that makes the forest more resilient to these increasing stressors that are becoming more intense with climate change.”

The spotted owl gained national prominence in the United States during the 1990s, when environmentalists’ efforts to preserve its habitat resulted in federal measures forbidding logging on large swaths of land, as well as federal limits on the sales of harvested wood. There was a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case which was preceded by lawsuits on the part of timber companies and by years of large protests by timber workers and their communities who feared job losses. For a time, it seemed that the spotted owl was also threatened by competition from the faster-breeding barred owl, which had moved west into its territory.

This is not the only major study of spotted owls to reach the public eye this week. On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the California Spotted Owl Conservation Objectives Report, which analyzes the past several decades of research on the California spotted owl and provides recommendations for ecologically and economically viable conservation.

23 March

Organic Pet Food In Folsom Ca: What Is It And What Do Companies Need To Do To Get The Label?

byAlma Abell

Terms such as “organic” and “natural” are confusing for people. Natural isn’t really anything at all, a term that implies health. Organic means the lack of any preservatives, GMO’s, and production standards to match the high expectations and restrictions of organic farming.

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Both of these terms are vague. While one is a marketing gimmick, the other is a legitimate standard. But, what does it mean for, well, non-people? If organic and natural are a little obtuse and hard to figure out for humans, they certainly take on new levels of confusion with dog food.

Organic means, at its very core, a lack of any additional non-natural chemicals. In terms of vegetables and fruit, it is grown, it is picked, it is cleaned and put into a shipping container: organic. In terms of meat, it is from animals that are not treated with hormones. The animals eat naturally, as they would, and love naturally, as they should. Despite what many believe, organic has little correlation with vegetarian, and so there is plenty of organic meat available.

This leads into Organic pet food in Folsom CA. The Association of American Feed Control Officials is currently the one who sets the standards for what can and cannot be included to earn an organic label for pet food. Unfortunately, there are two main drawbacks. The first is that not all states have adopted their label, and recognize the USDA as the premier source of food labeling (who currently do not regulate dog food). The second problem is that the organization does not have the authority to actually confirm if the product is complying with the standards.

Any pet food in Folsom CA provider can say they are organic, but they % so contact us to find reputable sources for organic dog food.

23 March

Parents arrested after putting baby on Craigslist

Sunday, June 1, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 March

Fire breaks out in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Fire broke out in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, at approximately 5pm on Sunday 21st January 2007. The site of the fire is inaccessible terrain in the Bobbin Head/Apple Tree Bay area.

For a time properties were threatened in Mount Ku-ring-gai, but this danger has now passed. The F3 freeway and northern train line were closed, causing freeway traffic to be banked up. The morning saw delayed traffic on the F3, which was briefly opened, but for the most part traffic was diverted onto the Pacific Highway at the Berowra Exit.

Around midday the F3 Freeway and Pacific Highway were closed until further notice, severing Sydney’s northern vehicular links. During Monday afternoon the railway line was closed. Traffic for the north was being routed inland via Wisemans Ferry Road, though Windsor. The Pacific Highway, F3 and railway line reopened at 6pm. Welfare centres have been opened for commuters who cannot get home. They are located at Berowra Community Centre (north of the fire) and Thornleigh Baptist Community Centre (south of the fire).

Overnight backburning along with a direct attack has seen the main threat dissipate with the southern fire front under control. On Monday morning spot fires continue to move north towards Cowan Creek. The wind has been picking up in the local area during Monday afternoon. The fire is proving difficult to contain due to spot fires and flying embers.

There has continuous helicopter activity over the area during Monday.

The NSW Rural Fire Service will be holding Community briefings at the Berowra Oval and Samuel King Park Bobbin Head Road Turramurra at 5.30pm today (Monday).

Tuesday saw continuing helicopter activity. Steady rain has been falling throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The Rural fire service has stated that it is now confident that the fire will be contained.

23 March

Chopper knocks Austrian gondola off cables, killing nine

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

On Monday, a helicopter accidentally dropped a concrete block weighing nearly 1,500 pounds when it was flying it up to an Austrian mountain for a “ski resort construction project”. The concrete block struck a cable holding a gondola, the one that suffered all of the casualties, although other gondolas reported people suffering injuries from the jolt. The car that was hit fell quite some distance to the ground, up to hundreds of meters. Two more cars started tilting as some people were flung out from these cars.

A least nine people are reported to be killed in the incidents. There are also many injured, some of them seriously. Up to a dozen rescue helicopters immediately rushed to the scene from all over the Swiss alps.

The work was made to make the infrastructure more secure after an incident that happened when a low-flying US marine plane cut through a cable killing 20 people in 1998. This incident will bring into question if those policies saved lives or need to be recast in light of this tragedy.

23 March

Get Help With Wedding Planning In Tucson

byAlma Abell

Whether the idea is to have a small intimate ceremony or opt for something that is lavish and includes everyone the couple has ever met, someone will have to engage in some amount of wedding planning in Tucson. Rather than trying to manage all the details alone, it pays to hire a professional for the job. Doing so provides benefits that would be hard to come by any other way.

Getting Organized

A professional who is well versed in wedding planning in Tucson will meet with the couple and get an idea of what they want. With those ideas in mind, it will be easy to structure definite plans for organizing the wedding and reception. The planner can either secure sites for the event or work with the sites that the couple have already selected and booked. From there, it is a matter of ordering the cakes, taking care of the invitations, and making sure that all the food for the reception is selected and ordered in a timely manner.

The planner will also take care of choosing flowers for the wedding and arrange for the wedding party to rent the right clothing for the event. Since everything is outlined and arranged in a logical order, the chances of anything falling between the cracks is kept to a minimum.

The Day of the Wedding

On the day of the wedding and reception, the couple is likely to be a little nervous. This is true even if one or both have been married in the past. The ability to step away from all the preparations and have some quiet time is extremely important. Knowing that the arrangements are in the hands of someone who is capable and can handle anything that comes along brings a measure of peace to the soul. That makes it all the easier to focus on getting dressed for the ceremony and to looking forward with anticipation to the reception that will follow.

There is no need to deal with all the preparations alone. The right planner at Reflections at the Buttes can take charge, oversee every detail, and ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. Thanks to the support, the couple can enjoy the day like everyone else, and rest assured nothing will be left to chance.

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