Man auctions his life on eBay, is disappointed at sale price

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Man auctions his life on eBay, is disappointed at sale price
February 19th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

Monday, June 30, 2008

After auctioning off his entire life on eBay for A$399,300 (244 912.148) Ian Usher says he is “a little bit disappointed” at the final selling price.

The 44-year-old British immigrant living in Perth, Australia, put all of his worldly belongings up for sale on the popular auction website, including his three-bedroom house and all its contents, his car, motorcycle, jetski, skydiving gear, and his job at a rug store, for which he offered a two week trial period. He even offered introductions to his friends living in Perth.

Usher made the decision to sell his life after his five-year marriage suddenly ended. On his website, alife4sale.com, he explains that “despite my life being busy and fulfilled, I still miss my wife so much. Everything in my home is a reminder of the wonderful past we shared. So, after a year in this house I decided that it is time to sell it and move on.”

It was as much about moving on as it was about selling it for as much as I could get.

During the 7 day auction, which ended on Sunday, there were several bogus bids which brought the sale price as high as A$2.2 million, but the final price ended up at A$399,300, which was around A$100,000 less than Usher had hoped for. “I’m a little bit disappointed, but I’m still excited. It’s still enough to move forward and do what I said I was going to do, which is move on to the next part of my life,” Usher said. “It was as much about moving on as it was about selling it for as much as I could get.”

According to Reuters, the winning bidder, whose username is “mslmcc”, also lives in Australia, and has a 100 percent feedback rating. Usher says he hasn’t yet been able to figure out who the buyer is, because of the TV crews lined up in front of his home. “I’m trying to find some time to get on the computer and check it out … I haven’t looked (up) anything about them yet,” he said.

Usher now plans to go off in search of a new life. His initial plan, as he describes on his website, was to just walk out his front door with just his wallet and a passport and board a train, with no idea of where to go. He has since launched 100goals100weeks.com, which will document his attempt to complete 100 of his life goals in a span of 100 weeks. Some of these goals include getting a pilot’s license, climbing the Eiffel Tower, learning to play the didgeridoo, and shaking hands with billionaire Richard Branson.

“I was pretty aimless when I started this, and I had a vague notion of adventure, but I’ve come up with a much more solid plan, which is still very adventurous,” Usher says. He invites anyone who is interested to join him on his adventures.

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate
February 19th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Aluminum Z Channel—Al To Z

February 19th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

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Aluminum channel is widely used in manufacturing, commercial and residential applications where strength and resistance to corrosion are important. Additionally, it can be machined and welded, adding to its versatility and popularity in many industries.

Two aluminum alloys, 6063 and 6061, lend themselves specifically to aluminum channel extrusion. Aluminum channel fabricated with sharp, right-angled corners inside and outside is typically made with the 6063 alloy, and these channels—also known as Aluminum Association channels—are often the choice for architectural applications. Aluminum Association Standard channels, on the other hand, are often supplied in 6061 alloy, do not have distinct right angles, and are preferred for structural use.

Aluminum Alloy 6061 versus Aluminum Alloy 6063

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6061 aluminum is the most commonly used aluminum alloy. The properties of 6061 that distinguish it from 6063 are its superior strength, heat treatability and ability to undergo machining and welding with greater ease than its 6063 counterpart. 6061 may be anodized, which results in an additional layer of protection for finished components.

6063, also called architectural aluminum, has a smooth surface finish already, thereby minimizing production finishing. 6063 is slightly more corrosion resistant than 6061 and is often preferred where strength is not the over-riding specification and where cosmetic appearance is critical.

There are a number of profiles which can be made from the different alloys of aluminum C channels, hat channels, U channels, slide track channels nut channels and slide track channels—to name few. The aluminum Z channel is also commonly used in various applications.

Uses of Aluminum Z Channel

Also known as Z-bar, Zee and Purlin, aluminum Z channel is widely represented in many manufacturing efforts:

* Architectural trim * Displays * Cabinets * Storage bins * Enclosures * Garage doors * Support * Metal furniture * Reinforcements * Fencing * Metal buildings * Stiffeners for PVC window and door frames * Slides and tracks * Framing * Store fixtures

Besides the 6061 and 6063 alloys, which are usually “stock,” aluminum Z channel may also be manufactured from another alloy whose properties may be a better fit for a particular project. Because there are many factors to consider when deciding on the alloy to use, it is best to consult an industry expert to ensure that the alloy from which the Z channel is made will support the project’s engineering requirements and desired aesthetics.

For more help about Z channel selection—or any other aluminum extrusion need—contact Eagle Mouldings at www.eagle-aluminum.com. Recognized as a proven professional in the business for over 25 years, Eagle Mouldings will deliver the quality product and customer care you deserve.

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Salmonella outbreak sickens over one thousand in United States

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Salmonella outbreak sickens over one thousand in United States
February 18th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Over 1000 cases of illness have now been identified in a foodborne salmonellosis outbreak that began in mid-April 2008 in the United States.

As of July 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1013 confirmed infections throughout the United States, along with four cases in Canada. 203 hospitalizations have been linked to the outbreak. It has caused at least one death, and it may have been a contributing factor in another. The pathogen responsible is the rare Saintpaul strain of Salmonella enterica.

Nearly half of the reported illnesses were in Texas and New Mexico. According to unnamed sources close to the investigation, most illness clusters in the outbreak involve Mexican restaurants. Illness clusters in the hard hit state of Illinois were publicly identified by local health departments as involving three Mexican restaurants.

The CDC is in the process of investigating the outbreak and trying to identify the contamination’s point of origin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently suspects that the contaminated food product is an ingredient in fresh salsa, such as fresh jalapeño pepper, fresh serrano pepper, fresh cilantro, or certain types of raw tomato.

Some produce industry insiders doubt that fresh produce is to blame for the outbreak. They point to the absence of Salmonella on all of the tested produce samples to date, as well as divergent results from produce tracebacks. They also say that the extended time frame of new sicknesses makes it unlikely that either raw tomatoes or fresh jalapeños, the government’s two main suspects, could be responsible. Will Steele, President and CEO of Frontera Produce, said that “the outbreak is probably related to processed goods and they’re looking in the wrong closets.”

Steele’s Texas based company has been forced to hold shipments of fresh jalapeño peppers after loads of produce were repeatedly flagged by the FDA for testing. Although independent testing of both loads showed no sign of Salmonella, the peppers are still on hold until the FDA finishes its own testing of the second load flagged on July 1st. “There are still no results,” Steele says. “The salability of that produce in two to three days is gone. We ceased harvesting. There is no sense in bringing in more product and having it rot.”

Steele, like others in the produce industry, believes that the FDA should be focusing on processed produce instead of fresh produce. “Methodology is backward,” he says. “FDA is reaching for answers. You can’t tie jalapeño pepper shipped on June 30 back to April 10.”

Still, the FDA and the CDC consider testing of fresh jalapeños and other fresh produce a high priority. The CDC writes that “the accumulated data from all investigations indicate that jalapeño peppers caused some illnesses.”

The FDA is cautioning that people who would be in the most danger if infected with Salmonella (infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems) should avoid eating the suspected types of produce listed on their website.

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Series of explosions hit hotels in Amman

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Series of explosions hit hotels in Amman
February 18th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

At least three explosions hit US-owned hotels in Amman this evening, killing at least 57 people and wounding at least 245 others.

The first of the apparently coordinated suicide bombings occurred at 8.50 pm (1850 UTC) at the Grand Hyatt hotel in the Jordanian capital. It was followed by explosions at the Radisson SAS and the Days Inn. The hotels are particularly popular with American and Israeli tourists. At least one American was killed, and at least two others were wounded. They were not identified due to the condition on anonymity in the embassy.

The bomb at the Grand Hyatt hotel apparently went off in the lobby; the bomb at the Radisson SAS exploded in a wedding hall packed with around 300 people. Most of the casualties are believed to be Jordanian.

Jordanian King Abdullah II has condemned the bombings and announced that “justice will pursue the criminals”.

Islamic fundamentalist group Al-Qaeda, led by militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is said to have claimed responsibility for the attacks on their website. The news was reported by several news outlets, but the authenticity of the claim has not yet been verified.

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Texas Real Estate Appraisal Courses Offer A Stable Future

February 18th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

Texas Real Estate Appraisal Courses Offer a Stable Future by Ethan LukeRumors are circling that jobs in the real estate market aren’t stable, but the opposite is actually true. Real estate appraisers and assessors will always be needed, because their place in the real estate market makes them irreplaceable. Appraisers estimate the value of property for a variety of purposes: to assess property tax, to confirm adequate collateral for mortgages, to confirm or help set a good sales price, to settle an estate, or to aid in a divorce settlement. This is something even the weakest real estate market cannot do without. Not only is the employment of appraisers secure, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for appraisers and assessors of real estate is expected to grow at an electric rate. Job opportunities will be more than favorable for appraisers who meet licensing qualifications and have the right experience.Employment of appraisers and assessors of real estate is expected to grow by 17 percent over the 2006-16 decade, which is faster than the average for all other occupations. More appraisers will be hired to help with litigation claims, probate cases, foreclosures, business valuations, and divorce settlements. With this additional growth in real estate activity, the employment of appraisers will steadily grow. Employment of assessors will also increase with the amounts of real property to be assessed in coming years. Independent fee appraisers will see the strongest growth because banks and other financial institutions are increasingly contracting work out to make loan appraisals on a case-by-case basis.For more than 60 years Texas has required a license to appraise real property for a fee, or be otherwise exempted by law. The authorized Appraiser Trainee classification is a way to legally appraise real property and gain the necessary appraisal experience to later become certified or licensed. Unlicensed real estate appraising is a Class B Misdemeanor.Appraisers and assessors must possess good analytical skills, mathematical skills, and the ability to pay attention to detail. Homeowners need educated people with working, overall and specific district knowledge of the appraisal process. They need an experienced real estate appraiser with knowledge from an in-depth Texas real estate appraisal course. The requirements to become a fully qualified appraiser or assessor are complex and vary by state. Sometimes it can also vary by the value or type of property. Prospective appraisers and assessors can gain in-depth knowledge about specific requirements from their Texas real estate appraisal course. For information about a Texas real estate appraiser license, you should contact an knowledgeable company with years of understanding every district in the state, like the Austin Institute of Real Estate.The Austin Institute of Real Estate offers the Texas real estate appraisal courses you need to get a Texas real estate appraiser license. The Austin Institute has more than 20 years experience in training real estate professionals. The Austin Institute of Real Estate is more than just a licensing school, it is the Business School for Real Estate Professionals. For two decades the Institute has helped students develop into real estate professionals. For more information about Texas real estate appraisal courses call (512) 453-0900, or visit the institute online at www.austininstitute.com. Brigette Botkin.

Want to take Texas real estate appraisal course ? Then consider The Austin Institute of Real Estate’s online correspondence courses.

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Federally-funded abstinence programs fraught with problems: Report

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Federally-funded abstinence programs fraught with problems: Report
February 17th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

Thursday, December 2, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC – According to a report issued by U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Henry A. Waxman (DCA), the majority of abstinence-only sexual education programs in schools contain incorrect or misleading information.

The report found that over 80% of the curricula used by the recipients of the grants contained incorrect information, including the claim that condoms did not prevent the spread of STDs and that abortions have a high chance of causing sterility.[1]

These programs are funded by the federal government under President George W. Bush’s faith-based initiative. According to the report, these abstinence programs—promoted by the administration of President Bush—are receiving increasing amounts of funding: nearly $170 million will be spent in 2005, which is more than double the spending on these programs in 2001.[2]

Under the faith-based initiative programs, the United States government allocates funds to religious and other community organizations that agree to carry out abstinence education programs which do not include coverage of any other methods of birth control or sexually transmitted disease prevention, as well as other criteria.

The timing of the report is significant in that it comes on the heels of research from Columbia University that found that nearly 9 of 10 teenagers who had pledged abstinence from pre-marital sex had broken their vows in the first six years since the pledges[3].

The Waxman Report and the Columbia University study describe some abstinence programs as factually wrong and/or ineffective. In a rebuttal, Dr. Alma L. Golden, a deputy assistant secretary in the Health and Human Services Department, said in a statement that Mr. Waxman’s report “misses the boat” and that it took information out of context “for purely political reasons.”[4]

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008
February 17th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Also try the 2008 World News Quiz of the year.

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2008 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 years’ time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2008, what would the question be? The year that markets collapsed, or perhaps the year that Obama became US president? Or the year Heath Ledger died?

Let’s take a look at some of the important stories of 2008. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in all the titles.

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Vertigo Exercises To Pr ACT Ice At Home For Curing Vertigo, Epley Maneuver, Brandt Daroff, Semo NT Toup

February 17th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

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VERTIGO EXERCISES TO PRACTICE AT HOME FOR CURING VERTIGO, EPLEY MANEUVER, BRANDT-DAROFF, SEMONT-TOUP by Dr. Anita BhandariVertigo is a feeling of dizziness caused due to the disturbances in the vestibular labyrinth region of the ear. Patients experiencing vertigo episodes may feel everything moving or spinning around them even if they are standing still or lying down. Nausea, imbalance, disoriented vision and vomiting are some other symptoms accompanied with vertigo.The most common cause of vertigo is BPPV, short for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Other causes include Meniere’s disease and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) which are caused by fluid build-up in the inner ear. Some other causes include tumors, multiple sclerosis ora head injuries which subsequently leads to damage in the inner ear causing vertigo eventually.Today, we are taking you through exercises that can be performed at home for treating vertigo effectively. Read about 3do-at-home exercises (chakkar aana remedies) that will cure vertigo-EXERCISESBrandt-Daroff ExerciseBrandt-Daroff, chakkar aana remedy, must not be performed if you’re planning to go on a drive shortly later. This is because driving can provoke dizziness. 1. To begin with, one must sit on a flat surface with their legs hanging similar to when we sit on a chair.2. Next, turn your head as far as you can towards the left side. Then lay your head and torso down on your right side. Your legs should not move. Hold this position for 30 seconds or until vertigo eases off, whichever is longer.3. Sit up and bring your head back to the center position.4. Repeat the exercise on the other side similarly.Brandt-Daroff exercise for vertigo cure, sar ghumne ka upchar,can be performed in a set of 5 repetitions, 3 times a day and twice a week.Semont-Toupet ManeuverThe Semont-Toupet maneuver, sar ghumne ka upchar, is quite similar to the set of its movements to the Epley Maneuver exercises (discussed under) but requires less neck flexibility. 1. Start by sitting upright on a flat surface. Put a pillow behind you and stretch your legs wide. 2. Lie down by turning to your right side and looking towards your left side upwards.3. Sit up and turn to your left side. Keep your head facing towards the left side. You will now be looking down toward the ground.4. Slowly return to your original position, looking forward and sitting straight up.Epley ManeuverEpley Maneuver is yet another effective chakkar aana remedy that can be performed at home by people suffering from vertigo.1. Start by sitting upright on a flat surface. Put a pillow behind you and stretch your legs wide. 2. Turn your head 45 degrees to the right.3. Keeping your head titled, quickly recline on the pillow with your head. Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds.4. Slowly turn your head to the left at full 90 degrees without lifting your neck.5. Turn your whole body to the left to be completely on your left side.6. Slowly return to your original position. Look forward and sit up straight.More Information click this # http://vertigoandearclinic.com/Article Source: eArticlesOnline.com

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Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer

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Edmund White on writing, incest, life and Larry Kramer
February 17th, 2018 by 6FjUhLbu

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.

Contents

  • 1 On literature
  • 2 On work as a gay writer
  • 3 On sex
  • 4 On incest in his family
  • 5 On American politics
  • 6 On his intimate relationships
  • 7 On Edmund White
  • 8 On Larry Kramer
  • 9 Source

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