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Australian cabinet discounted potential security risks with nuclear energy

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Wikinews Australia has in-depth coverage of this issue: Australian nuclear debate

Australia’s justice minister, Chris Ellison has said that the Australian federal cabinet did not consider security issues when it decided to setup an inquiry into nuclear power.

Speaking to the Nine Network, Senator Ellison said when considering energy, security concerns are not an issue. “When you look at sources of energy you don’t look at any potential terrorist threat,” he said.

The justice minister said that cabinet discussed measures for protecting crucial infrastructure but denies that a nuclear power station is any more of a target than the electricity grid or rail system.

Senator Ellison said that restricting the country’s use on nuclear power because of the threat of terrorism was giving in to terrorists. “Energy sources are very important for the future of any community and I think we’re not about to be stymied or restricted in that approach because of any threat of terrorism,”

“I mean, we’re going to continue living in the way we do. Once we change that, the terrorists win,” he said.

Leader of the Australian Greens Bob Brown says that the failure to consider security implications associated with nuclear power generation is “daft”.

Senator Brown accused the government of failing to consider the possibility of nuclear material becoming available to terrorists. “It’s daft to say the least and it’s really pig-ignorant of the dangers of nuclear material coming into the hands of terrorists,” he said.

Senator Brown said he is concerned that the move encourages Indonesia, a country that he claims to have a terrorist problem to build nuclear reactors. “The Government doesn’t understand that their paving the way for nuclear enrichment or reactors in Australia encourages Indonesia, which has plans for up to 12 nuclear reactors and which the Government knows has real problems with terrorism.”

The Greens leader said that there is a possibility a nuclear reactor could become a terrorist target. “It does make the threat of terrorists getting nuclear materials or targeting a reactor real, and it must be a consideration for any inquiry,” he said.

The opposition has also raised concerns about security risks associated with nuclear energy. Stephen Smith said, “We don’t think that the economics are there for nuclear power stations in Australia, let alone the national security risks that go with that and the waste disposal risks that go with that.”

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Teen broadcasts suicide online

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Pembroke Pines, Florida teenager killed himself Wednesday, November 19, while broadcasting on the live video site Justin.tv. After making suicide threats and being encouraged by Justin.tv viewers and Bodybuilding.com forum members, Abraham K. Biggs, 19, committed suicide by taking an overdose of opiates and benzodiazepine, which had been prescribed for his bipolar disorder.

Biggs first began blogging about his planned suicide 12 hours before the actual event. He died after taking pills and lying on the bed in front of the webcam. After the broadcast, viewers who apparently thought it was a hoax posted messages such as “OMG”, “LOL”, and “hahahah”.

Hours later, after being alerted by viewers who had noticed that Biggs had stopped breathing, law enforcement and paramedics arrived, discovered his body, and covered the camera. The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office has reportedly confirmed Biggs’ death.

According to Montana Miller of the Bowling Green State University, the circumstances of this case were not shocking: “If it’s not recorded or documented, then it doesn’t even seem worthwhile. For today’s generation it might seem, ‘What’s the point of doing it if everyone isn’t going to see it?'”

Biggs’ sister Rosalind was angry that neither the website nor its viewers reacted soon enough to save him. “They got hits, they got viewers, nothing happened for hours,” she said. She described him as “very happy” and “friendly and outgoing.” “On a normal day, you couldn’t really tell that he got as low as he did.” However, he did have relationship problems with his girlfriend, according to a friend.

Mental health professionals have warned about the possibility that other mentally troubled people would copy his actions. According to Dr. David Shaffer of Columbia University, “Any video showing it as heroic or romantic or glamorous could reduce the anxiety people might feel about suicide. It becomes a respectable behavior and lowers the threshold of suicide.” He and other psychiatrists recommend that potentially suicidal teens talk to others and “tell what’s going on.”

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Salon Software 5 Reasons To Use It

Salon Software – 5 Reasons To Use It

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Andrew Stratton

If you run day spas or beauty salons, chances are that you’ve considered purchasing salon software to help run your business. Being a small business owner means wearing a multitude of hats and computerized programs that help streamline some of the processes. Keeping one’s finger on the pulse of a bustling business is much simpler with a bit of help. Here are some ways that a high quality salon software program can come in handy:

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1) Bookkeeping: Keeping up the financial books of a day spa or beauty shop isn’t easy. There’s money coming in and out of the operation almost hourly. Customers pay for their services such as haircuts, manicures, pedicures, hair color as well as for purchasing products such as conditioners, shampoos, styling aids and more. These incoming streams of cash must be tracked, taxed and recorded for the Internal Revenue Service. Paying employees including stylists, cleaning staff and handymen, paying rent, utilities, stocking products, equipment and tools such as scissors, chairs and more will all need to be documented, too. Doing all the payroll tax paperwork is another level of this task. Having a good computer program will make keeping up with the bookkeeping much easier. 2) Licenses: Salons must be licensed in order to operate and each individual that is performing cosmetology services much have a license, too. Keeping track of all the expiration dates can be a pain unless there is a computerized program monitoring it. 3) Inventory: No one wants to run out of shampoo, conditioner, nail polish or lotion when they’re running a business. Tracking the inventory with software will mean the cupboards will never be bare. Customers will always be able to purchase what they need and stylists, aestheticians and others will have the supplies to do their jobs. 4) Hiring employees: Not only must you pay the employees of your shop, you must also obtain and keep track of all of their paperwork such as W-2s, 1099s, social security cards, I-9s, citizenship documents, personnel reviews and more. Having a computer system to input all the info will spare the file boxes an overflow of paper stacks. 5) Advertising information: Every business needs to have brochures, logos, business cards and more to advertise their services and products. If ads are placed online, in magazines, newspapers or other sources, keeping copies of all the files on a computer will mean that it’s ready to roll when it’s time to run another ad, print up more brochures, business cards or signage. A successful small business of any kind requires that the owner wear a variety of hats. Many salons’ owners also have their own clients to tend to, as well. Unless a person is a superhero, it’s tough to juggle such a diverse load of tasks without some help. Luckily, technological advances have given everyone helpers via a keyboard and computer screen. With salon software, an owner can accomplish bookkeeping, licensing, stocking inventory, hiring and maintaining employees, and advertising in an organized manner. With all that taken care of, focusing on the customers will be much easier. Salon software

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Iraqi deputy health minister kidnapped

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Deputy to the Iraq Health Minister, Ammar al-Saffar, who lives with his sister in Baghdad’s Sunni neighbourhood of Adhamiya, was kidnapped today.

It is reported that six uniformed men and others wearing suits, arrived at Mr Saffer’s home in police cars and pickup trucks and took him off.

As one of the deputies to the Health Minister, Mr Saffer called earlier this year for as much as $8 Billion to restore Iraq’s health services.

On August 9, 2006, Mr Saffar discussed the health situation in Iraq with the BBC. He said that the insurgents were killing doctors and trying to create a brain drain. 100 doctors had been killed “because they were trying to help people and because they were Shia”. He said that there are about 18,000 doctors in Iraq but many have left, while others practice at home rather than at hospitals where they could be better protected. Under Saddam they were not permitted to leave, now there is no restriction. But now there are cash incentives: under Saddam they earned $2-3 a month, now they can earn up to $500 a month. On security, he said that the people blamed the US for the violence because, although they were responsible for security, they left the borders poorly guarded.

Mr Saffer survived an assassination attempt in June, 2004 when he was fired upon as he left his home. He was uninjured.

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Florida frog skull survey shows spikes, say scientists

Thursday, March 26, 2020

In a new study released by the Florida Museum of Natural History on Monday, scientists report spiky skulls evolved at least 25 separate times in different kinds of frogs. The survey was reportedly to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Lead author Daniel Paluh, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida, said, “Superficially, frogs may look similar, but when you look at their skulls, you see drastic differences […] Some of the weirdest skulls are found in frogs that eat birds and mammals, use their heads as a shield, or in a few rare cases, are venomous. Their skulls show how strange and diverse frogs can be.”

Some scientists had previously suggested smaller frogs would tend to develop spiky skulls, but that is not what this study reports. Here, researchers evaluated CT scans on 158 different species. They found frogs that had similar ecological niches — meaning they either acquired food in the same way or defended themselves from predators in the same way — tended to develop skulls with similar grooves, spikes, or specialized jaw joints regardless of whether they were ancestrally related to each other.

According to the study, skulls with spikes, grooves or ridges — called hyperossification — often accompanied frogs eating very large prey relative to their own body size. The strong, spacious skulls would allow the frogs to have very big mouths with which to catch birds, rodents, reptiles and other frogs. Spikes sometimes coincided with venomous frogs. The researchers speculated the spikes make it dangerous for predators to hit the frog’s head, as the spikes would break venom sacs under the frog’s skin.

Other bone formations included projections resembling fangs or lower teeth that different species of frogs use for catching prey and fighting. Very few frogs have true lower teeth.

One of the study’s authors, herpetologist David Blackburn, told Discover Magazine the frequency of spiky skulls evolving in otherwise unrelated frogs suggested some deep pattern frogs fell into as circumstances arose: “Somehow, these frogs are turning on some ancient developmental machinery in their DNA.”

Since 1973, when frogs skulls were last comprehensively surveyed, scientists have documented enough new species to double the number known to humans. Also, modern techniques exploit CT scans, of which Paluh and his team made liberal use. The research was part of the oVert project, funded by the National Science Foundation, meant to comprehensively CT-scan over 20,000 vertebrate specimens from United States museums.

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Oil spill hits Australia’s Sunshine coastline

Sunday, March 15, 2009

200,000 litres of oil leaked into waters off the coast of Brisbane from the Pacific Adventurer when their fuel tanks were damaged in rough seas on Wednesday. The figure is about ten times higher than the original estimate of twenty thousand litres of oil. The devastating diesel oil spill has spread along 60 kilometres (37 miles) of the Queensland coast. In addition, 31 containers with 620 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser flew overboard during the violent storm.

Questions are being asked why the Hong Kong cargo ship was out in seas with nine meter waves caused by Cyclone Hamish, a Category 5 tropical cyclone, as well as why the fertiliser containers were not properly secured. One of the overboard containers ruptured the hull of the Pacific Adventurer, causing between 30 to 100 tonnes of oil to spew from the severely damaged ship.

If the ammonium nitrate mixes with the heavy oil, an explosion could occur. None of the containers have been recovered. Some of these may float, but it is believed that they may have sunk which then may cause algal blooms.

Disaster zones have been declared at Bribie and Moreton Islands, and along the Sunshine coast.

The vessel’s owner, Swire Shipping, reported that a second leak began on Friday, when the ship began listing after docking at Hamilton for repairs. “As full soundings of the vessel’s tanks were being taken at the port to determine how much oil had leaked from the vessel, a small quantity of fuel oil escaped from the Pacific Adventurer,” it stated. The ship was brought upright, and a recovery vessel was used to suck up the oil from the water. The leak produced a 500m-long oil slick down the Brisbane River. Booms were placed around this oil spill so that a skimmer could clean up the second spill.

Swire Shipping could face clean up costs of AU$100,000 a day as well as fines up to AU$1.5million (US$977,000; £703,000) if found guilty of environmental breaches or negligence.

Sunshine Coast beaches are slowly starting to be reopened. The beach of Mooloolaba was still closed following reports of burning sensations from swimmers. 12 beaches remain closed; however, 13 have been reopened.

Over 300 state government and council workers are using buckets, rakes and spades in the clean up effort. Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbott says the majority will be gone by Sunday afternoon. The full environmental impact on wildlife is not yet known. One turtle and seven pelicans have been found covered in oil.

There are concerns that the drinking water of Moreton Island is at risk, as the island uses water from the underground water table near the oil spill site.

“Every bucketload of contaminated sand has to be removed from the island by barge, and each bucketload from a front-end loader weighs about one tonne. It’s just an impossible task,” said Mr Trevor Hassard of the Tangalooma Dolphin Education Centre.

The commercial fishing industry has suffered from the incident. Trawlers won’t resume operations until Sunday evening, and any catches will be tested for human consumption.

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Ron Van Peursem Expands Mea Solutions In Asia And Develops Blog For Expats

Submitted by: Ron VanPeursem

Mea Solutions is a company dedicated to helping their clients expand their online visibility and increase traffic to their websites, products and services. Bill Webster, the CEO of Mea Solutions, says, “We’re here to serve our client companies. Whether it’s Search Engine Optimization, web design, content creation and management, or any other service that they’re looking for, we tailor our services to meet the needs of our clients. We work hard in the background, in order to move them into the forefront.”

Ron VanPeursem, the Director of New Business Development in Asia, has helped Mea Solutions broaden their pool of resources by opening the Content Development Center in North India. Mr. VanPeursem’s team of excellent Content Writers is doing a fantastic job in serving the marketing needs of Mea Solutions’ client companies. VanPeursem says, “We have completed a successful period of Content Development Training, and are now positioned well for our expansion into Mobile Marketing, and the unique Content Writing tasks associated with that important area of business. Adding this area of service to our already strong array of marketing services keeps us in a good place for offering excellent solutions to our clients.” Learn more by visiting http://www.MeaSolutions.com.

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Ron VanPeursem has also launched a useful and practical blogsite for expats called “Culture Happens”. This is a website designed for expats who are living and working away from home. Culture Happens deals with cross cultural communication, expat adjustment, diversity training, family challenges in expat contexts, doing business abroad, developing cross-cultural friendships locally, and other topics that readers send in to the site. The blog has only been public since April of 2011, but it is already generating some good traffic and receiving positive feedback. Ron VanPeursem was recently interviewed by the website “Pocket Cultures” about the challenge of becoming “Cultural Insiders”, providing practical insights and advice to readers about the important quality of a “Learner’s Attitude” as the key ingredient in making a successful transition into a new cultural context.

Here’s a short section from VanPeursem’s Culture Happens About page, “If you’re not interested in becoming a real part of your new community – your new world – then you’ll want to stay away from this blog. It will only irritate you. But for the rest of you – the ones who would like to become cultural insiders – we’re offering you a resource here. You need some help, some encouragement, some instruction… and you KNOW it! Visit http://www.CultureHappens.com to read articles posted there.

VanPeursem’s international business involvement with Mea Solutions, and especially his current role as Director of New Business Development in Asia, have equipped him in a unique way to offer the Culture Happens website to the global, expat community. His 20 years of experience working and living in multicultural contexts, and his current position in Asia continue to provide fresh stories for readers.

For more about Ron VanPeursem, you can visit Culture Happens (www.CultureHappens.com) or go to his Twitter page at http://www.Twitter.com/CultureHappens. And for more information about Mea Solutions, just visit http://www.MeaSolutions.com

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2008 COMPUTEX Taipei: Three awards, One target

Monday, June 23, 2008

2008 COMPUTEX Taipei, the largest trade fair since its inception in 1982, featured several seminars and forums, expansions on show spaces to TWTC Nangang, great transformations for theme pavilions, and WiMAX Taipei Expo, mainly promoted by Taipei Computer Association (TCA). Besides of ICT industry, “design” progressively became the critical factor for the future of the other industries. To promote innovative “Made In Taiwan” products, pavilions from “Best Choice of COMPUTEX”, “Taiwan Excellence Awards”, and newly-set “Design and Innovation (d & i) Award of COMPUTEX”, demonstrated the power of Taiwan’s designs in 2008 COMPUTEX Taipei.

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Lineup coming together for Manchester United charity match

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Manchester United will be taking on eleven of the top players in Europe in a celebration match next Tuesday at Old Trafford, and the lineup for the European XI is coming together nicely. The game is a UEFA-Manchester United collaboration created to commemorate not only the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, but also the 50th anniversary of Manchester United entering into European club competitions. Funds raised in the match will go to support the Manchester United Foundation, which works with local charities as well as UNICEF to aid children in need. Italian Marcello Lippi will be in charge of coaching the European XI side, and his assistant will be Andy Roxburgh. Confirmed players have slowly been filing into the team, but with current Manchester United on-loan striker Henrik Larsson confirmed, the XI is now complete.

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Mistakes You Cannot Afford To Make When Choosing Flats For Sale In Kolkata

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Home is where the heart is. When choosing a home, most people tend to use the heart instead of the brain. It is true that a home that appeals to the heart, stays there for a long time but there are several factors to bear in mind as well. This applies all the more to those who are buying residences in metro cities like Kolkata. This article will describe a few mistakes that you should not make under any circumstances when you are on the lookout for flats for sale in Kolkata.

You need to thoroughly study and understand the pros and cons associated with every property that you are shown by your real estate agent. A big house with an equally big home loan will not do you any good, unless you are a billionaire. Otherwise it will just snatch a chunk of your salary every month. Huge condos and villas often come with a hefty maintenance cost as well which are often equal to a commercial property rent. Think it over before signing the agreement with the seller.

However, just because you cannot settle for something so majestic, it doesn t mean that you should settle for something tiny. Choose wisely. Here are the mistakes you should avoid making:

Not contacting a professional broker.

Not having sufficient cash to make the down payment.

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Not conducting a thorough examination of the property.

Not studying the neighborhood thoroughly.

Refraining from the pre-qualification and the pre-approval process.

Not paying enough attention to the home loan procedure.

Now, we will illustrate these points one by one.

By not getting in touch with a professional broker, you miss a lot more than you think. Brokers are useful sources of information. They are in the industry for a long time and can assist you with tips, suggestions and ideas. They also know the market trends better than you.

By not having sufficient money to make the down payment, you miss the opportunity of securing the deal. Now, the seller has no obligations and can sell the property to someone else.

By not conducting a thorough examination of flats for sale in Kolkata, you present the seller with the opportunity to conceal any problem that may be associated with the property. Hire an experienced house examiner and get the examination done as soon as possible.

By not studying the neighborhood thoroughly, you put yourself and your family at risk. Not only the surroundings and nearby means of transport, you also have to know the neighbors. A lot depends on the kind of people who live around you.

Refraining from the pre-qualification and the pre-approval process will create problems in the future. These procedures show the true state of your finances and tell you if you are fit to buy a house.

By not paying enough attention to the home loan procedure, you may risk to pay a lot more money than you should. Shop around for the most suitable loan, this will help you immensely.

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