China’s consumer prices rise to a three-year high in June as food prices soar 14.4 percent

Monday, July 11, 2011

China’s National Bureau of Statistics released data Saturday showing that the consumer price index (CPI) for June climbed 6.4% from a year ago. That compares with a 5.5% rise in May, which was the largest since a 6.3% increase in July 2008. The major factor contributing to this figure was the steep rise in food prices which climbed 14.4%. Pork is a major food staple in China, and its price rose 65% from last year.

Analysts predicted that China’s inflation would peak in June, but particularly worrisome was the steep rise in the cost of food from the same time last year and up from 11.7% in May, indicating that Beijing may have difficulty in controlling inflation.

We must treat stabilising overall price levels as the top priority … and keep the direction of macro-economic adjustments unchanged.

China is the world’s second largest economy, having grown robustly in the last two years driven by a 2009 governmental stimulus package of $586 billion and low interest rates offered by state-owned banks. These were directed at promoting investments in real estate construction and government infrastructure projects, enabling China to lead the global recovery after the collapse of the U.S. mortgage market led to a worldwide recession.

Now Beijing is attempting to slow its fast pace of growth, fearful of inflation, by restricting bank lending and raising interest rates. High inflation along with high property values could hurt the economy. Since October, China’s Central Bank has raised interest rates five times.

Many factors are contributing to China’s inflation, including higher wages for migrant workers, increases in the prices of food and gasoline, as well as diminished output from crucial agricultural areas cause by droughts and flooding this spring.

Today, China’s Premier Wen Jiabao indicated that the war on inflation was continuing and controlling inflation was a top priority for the government, increasing expectations that interest rates would be further increased.

If they signal any comfort with inflation, and inflation is as high as it is now, they could create an environment in which people would panic, and they can have a real problem on their hands.

“We must treat stabilising overall price levels as the top priority of our macro-economic controls and keep the direction of macro-economic adjustments unchanged,” Wen said today in comments reported on the central government’s website. He had said in March that the ruling Communist Party is worried that a continuing rise in food prices could result in public protests.

Wen said the government would boost the supply of hogs to keep the price of pork stable, the price of pork being the major contributor to China’s food inflation index and the most closely watched item on it.

“If they signal any comfort with inflation, and inflation is as high as it is now, they could create an environment in which people would panic, and they can have a real problem on their hands,” said Tim Condon, Asian researcher at ING.

As markets worried about the news of Chinese inflation as well as concerns about the European debt crisis, oil dropped below US$95 a barrel today.


Lobby groups oppose plans for EU copyright extension

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The European Commission currently has proposals on the table to extend performers’ copyright terms. Described by Professor Martin Kretschmer as the “Beatles Extension Act”, the proposed measure would extend copyright from 50 to 95 years after recording. A vast number of classical tracks are at stake; the copyright on recordings from the fifties and early sixties is nearing its expiration date, after which it would normally enter the public domain or become ‘public property’. E.U. Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy is proposing this extension, and if the other relevant Directorate Generales (Information Society, Consumers, Culture, Trade, Competition, etc.) agree with the proposal, it will be sent to the European Parliament.

Wikinews contacted Erik Josefsson, European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (E.F.F.), who invited us to Brussels, the heart of E.U. policy making, to discuss this new proposal and its implications. Expecting an office interview, we arrived to discover that the event was a party and meetup conveniently coinciding with FOSDEM 2008 (the Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting). The meetup was in a sprawling city centre apartment festooned with E.F.F. flags and looked to be a party that would go on into the early hours of the morning with copious food and drink on tap. As more people showed up for the event it turned out that it was a truly international crowd, with guests from all over Europe.

Eddan Katz, the new International Affairs Director of the E.F.F., had come over from the U.S. to connect to the European E.F.F. network, and he gladly took part in our interview. Eddan Katz explained that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is “A non-profit organisation working to protect civil liberties and freedoms online. The E.F.F. has fought for information privacy rights online, in relation to both the government and companies who, with insufficient transparency, collect, aggregate and make abuse of information about individuals.” Another major focus of their advocacy is intellectual property, said Eddan: “The E.F.F. represents what would be the public interest, those parts of society that don’t have a concentration of power, that the private interests do have in terms of lobbying.”

Becky Hogge, Executive Director of the U.K.’s Open Rights Group (O.R.G.), joined our discussion as well. “The goals of the Open Rights Group are very simple: we speak up whenever we see civil, consumer or human rights being affected by the poor implementation or the poor regulation of new technologies,” Becky summarised. “In that sense, people call us -I mean the E.F.F. has been around, in internet years, since the beginning of time- but the Open Rights Group is often called the British E.F.F.


  • 1 The interview
    • 1.1 Cliff Richard’s pension
    • 1.2 Perpetual patents?
    • 1.3 The fight moves from the U.K. to Europe
    • 1.4 Reclaiming democratic processes in the E.U.
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links

Investigating Metal Roof Issues

By John W. Gordon, PhD

Investigating a metal roof seldom comes up for a home inspector, and doing so has its pluses and minuses. The metal roof is invariably well built, appealing, and a low maintenance component; however, it tends to be perilous to traverse and it challenges the investigator significantly. Standards of Practice indicate that inspectors must traverse the roof if possible and must report the reasons if it isn’t traversed. The danger of traversing steep roofs is reason enough. Another is that the inspector may incur some liability of damage; manufacturers of slate, clay, or metal roofing materials recommend avoiding walking on them lest the roof’s integrity be compromised.

A metal roof is generally considered a high-quality product, perhaps inferior only to clay and slate roofs. It is costly, which alone is reason enough for inspectors to be tentative about traversing it. Yet the inspector’s client has to decide whether his investing in this higher-priced house is worthwhile, and he expects the investigation to be thorough.

There are several advantages to roofs made of metal. They weigh no more than conventional asphalt or wood roofs, freeing the investigator from having to assess the structure to determine if it provides adequate support. (This based on the assumption that some other material was used to construct the original roof.) Metal is rigid, strong, and smooth; hence, snow is more easily shed and less likely to cause damage or leaks.

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Rigidity and strength also imply resistance to deformation, obviating the need to investigate problems characteristic of shingle and shake roofs (immaterial if made of cedar or asphalt), such as splitting, curling, and cupping. Other advantages of metal are that it doesn’t combust and that such roofs do not exhibit many joints. This latter characteristic implies less chance of leaks.

What the investigator needs to key in on are the disadvantages of metal roofs. The biggest drawback is rusting. Care is taken to coat the components with protectants against corrosion, but rusting still happens. Another drawback is denting. Most important, the inspector needs to check for buckling, which metal is susceptible to because it expands and contracts so much in response to temperature changes. Thus, manufacturers usually limit panel widths to twenty inches and installers must allow for these thermal movements.

The two standard configurations for metal roofs are shingles and panels. This doesn’t concern the investigator as much as the material itself and what are used for flashing, fasteners, and joints. Shingles come in a wide range of appearances, frequently emulating wood shingles, shakes, or clay tile. However, unlike conventional shingles, these are hardly overlapped so that exposure is almost 100%. Shingles are usually made from aluminum or treated steel and often coated with stone granules, acrylic, or paint. The fasteners are screws, clips, or nails.

A greater variety of materials are used to make metal panels, including zinc, copper, galvanized or un-galvanized steel, aluminum, and alloys. Joints most often vertically run down the roof surface. Seams might be stood upright, laid flat, or battened. Fasteners are screws or clips.

Other than checking for buckling, dents, and rust, the investigator should estimate the roof’s remaining life. This is one of the assets of metal roofs; they have life spans in the range of twenty-five to fifty years, clearly lasting longer than the more traditionally constructed roofs.

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Conservative Party wins majority in 2019 UK general election

Monday, December 16, 2019

On Thursday, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Conservative Party netted an additional 66 seats, totaling 365 seats, surpassing the 326 seats needed for a majority in Parliament. Results and reaction came in early on Friday. Before this election, the Conservative Party was the largest party, but had just 318 seats, which is not a majority.

Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “humbled” by the results and “…I and we will never take your support for granted. And I will make it my mission to work night and day, flat out, to prove you right in voting for me this time and to earn your support in the future.” Election implications regarding the UK’s efforts on leaving the European Union (EU) were described by Johnson as a “historic mandate”, saying he intends to leave the EU by the end of January.

The conservative party gained 66 seats since Parliament was last in session, while the second largest party, Labour, lost 42. The Scottish National Party (SNP) gained 13 seats and Liberal Democrats lost 10. There were no Change UK candidates elected, which lost all 5 of its seats. The Brexit Party failed to obtain any seats.

The Labour Party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn announced he will not seek the party’s leadership position in the next general election cycle. Liberal Democrats are to find a new leader after Jo Swinson was defeated in Dunbartonshire East by an SNP candidate with a 149 vote margin. The Blyth Valley seat has, since its creation in 1950, always elected a Labour Member of Parliament, but elected a conservative candidate in this election.

Voter turnout was down by about 1.5% of the electorate from the 2017 election cycle, with this time about 67.3%.


Worldwide markets fall precipitously

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stock markets around the world have fallen dramatically today. This is following the ongoing events in the financial world, including the US Government’s $700 billion bail out of the financial sector.

As of 14:48 UTC, the primary UK index, the FTSE 100, dropped in value by 6.50% (323.65 points) to a point even further below the 5000 mark at 4656.60. The Dow Jones, was down 3.76% at 16:08 UTC, a slight increase from earlier today. The Dow Jones currently has a value of 9936.94 points, below the ten thousand mark. The Nasdaq index has fallen by 100.12 points to 1847.27, while the DAX was 6.62% lower than the start of the day as of 16:08 UTC.

The Dow Jones index was one that fared particularly poorly today, as not one of its companies increased its share price. The same is true for the CAC 40 index. The Merval index is another one that fared badly today. It dropped in value by 10.12%, while the affiliated Merval 25 index dropped by nearly as much, 10.03%. One of the worst faring indexes of the day was the Brazilian Bovespa index. It has already fallen by 14.45% today, despite the fact that it is not even half way through the trading day.

20:15, 06 October, 2008 (UTC)
  • DJIA
  • 9.955,50 369,88 3,58%
  • Nasdaq
  • 1.862,96 84,43 4.34%
  • S&P 500
  • 1.056,85 42,38 3,86%
  • S&P TSX
  • 10.298,80 504,50 4.67%
  • IPC
  • 21.669,70 1,319,82 5,74%
  • Merval
  • 1.423,350 89.360 5,91%
  • Bovespa
  • 42.090,94 2,426.36 5,45%
  • FTSE 100
  • 4.589,19 391,06 7,85%
  • DAX
  • 5.387,01 410,02 7,07%
  • CAC 40
  • 3.711,98 368,77 9,04%
  • SMI
  • 6.458,72 421,10 6,12%
  • AEX
  • 312,56 31,46 9,14%
  • BEL20
  • 2.567,59 189,42 6,87%
  • MIBTel
  • 17.976,00 1,615,00 8,24%
  • IBEX 35
  • 10.726,00 692,50 6,06%
  • All Ordinaries
  • 4.544,70 158,10 3,36%
  • Nikkei
  • 10.473,10 465,05 4,25%
  • Hang Seng
  • 16.803,80 878,64 4,97%
  • SSE Composite
  • 2.173,74 120,05 5,23%


    Cut Your Energy Bills Today


    Keeping warm in the winter can be a challenge, especially when you’re faced with high heating bills. Most people use space heaters and other direct contact heating to keep them warm while running their furnaces on low in the background. Whether you’re using propane tanks in Manchester CT, or power from your local energy company, there are ways to save on heating costs. Here are a few of them to get you started.

    Whole Home Insulation

    If you haven’t already done so, make sure that your home is fully insulated for the winter. It’s not enough to just insulate the attic and not the rest of the home, especially if you have an older structure. Your walls need to be insulated to keep the cold air from coming into the cracks and crevices of the outer walls of your home. You can have a company do this for you, or you can do it yourself. It’s one of the best ways to keep the heat in and save on heating costs in the winter.

    Window Coverings

    Your window coverings should have a thermal backing. Thermal coverings can help keep the cold out. You can also cover your windows with plastic to ensure that no cold air seeps in from that area. This is a simple task that can be done within a few hours, depending on the size of your home. When you’re out buying propane tanks in Manchester CT, stop and pick up a roll of plastic. It’s inexpensive and could make a big difference in the amount of cold air that enters your home from the windows.

    Layered Clothing

    When you’re at home in the winter, layer up your clothing to keep from having to turn up the thermostat. Add a layer of long johns to your normal clothing, and this could make a big difference in how you feel. Heavy sweaters that are easy to remove are also ideal in winter. Wool socks and other warm materials can be beneficial when the winter months arrive and you’re not able to pay for the increase in power needed to keep warm. You will need to keep your pipes from freezing, so turning your furnace off entirely to use a space heater or any other source of alternative heating is not recommended.

    Start your search for propane tanks in Manchester CT now, and start seeing a difference in your energy costs.

    Kiribati acquires international funding for solar power

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    Last Tuesday, AusAID Australia and the World Bank’s Global Environment Fund (GEF) reached an agreement to give the government of Kiribati US$5 million (AU$4,779,000, NZ$5,985,000, €3,885,000) to install solar panels around the country capital, located on the Tarawa atoll. According to Business Desk of the Brunei Times, AusAID promised AU$3.2 million in funding, while GEF promised US$1 million. The country was the first in the Pacific to make a deal with the World Bank.

    The funding was part of a US$530 million (NZ$635 million) package announced at yesterday’s Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland involving New Zealand and the European Union, Australia, the Asian Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the World Bank Group, and the United Arab Emirates. Also at the summit yesterday, New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully had announced a national commitment of USD$54,262,000 (AU$51,861,000 NZ$65 million, €42,178,000) to Pacific region energy solutions, of which US$8,348,000 (AU$8 million, NZ$10 million, €6,483,000) would be specifically earmarked for renewable energy and improved energy efficiency in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.

    Kiribati is heavily dependent on diesel fuel for most of the energy available on the national power grid, which supplies power to half Kiribati’s population of 110,000. In addition, a third of the country’s population lacks access to electricity. Once installation of the solar panels is complete, they are estimated to reduce diesel consumption by 230,000 liters (60,760 gallons) a year and give access to the electricity to some parts of the population that currently have no electricity. The European Union already has committed €100 million to sustainable energy in the region, with €10 million of that coming as a result of an announcement made last week.

    In a press release about the news, Kiribati President Anote Tong was quoted as saying, “Kiribati faces big challenges it is remote, it is at risk from the effects of climate change, and it is vulnerable to economic shocks. […] Shifting Kiribati’s focus to reliable solar energy will provide a more secure, more sustainable power source for the country’s people.” Radio New Zealand International quoted Tong as saying, “It’s the first time we are doing this. We’re excited at the prospect of even substituting fossil fuel to a small extent at this stage. What the system being envisaged will only produce around 500 kilowatts, but this is the beginning of what I hope will be a pattern, the trend in the future.”

    The European Union’s Fiji-based head of operations for the Pacific region, Renato Mele, supported alternative energy solutions like solar power for the region, but said that solar power had limitations because climate and environmental conditions sometimes meant batteries required to power the panels had a life of only 12 months, compared to other climates where batteries normally last five years. This created the potential to drive up standard operating costs. Mele has also noted these additional costs though are still lower than the cost of diesel power.

    One News Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver noted, “Governments will be able to put the money they (currently) spend on diesel into things like education and health.”


    How to Stop Hair Loss and Grow Your Hair With Rosemary

    You can fight hair loss. If you are starting to notice that your hair is thinning, then the best solution is to start using natural hair care products. Why?

    Natural hair products are full of herbs, vitamins, and oils that can promote healthy hair growth. Several studies have proven that the foods we eat today lack critical nutrients vital to having stong and healthy hair. In order to combat hair loss, many people have begun eating healthier and taking more vitamins. While this will help your hair grow, unless you start stimulating your scalp by massaging it and infusing your hair follicles with vitamin rich oils, your efforts will only result in merger gains.

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    First, stop buying drugstore shampoos and conditoners. My grandpa always use to tell me you get what you pay for; and in the case of most drugstore hair care products, he was correct. No matter whether you are buying a $1 bottle of shampoo or a $17 bottle of shampoo, you are buying the same shampoo, with a different label. I have worked inside the hair care products industry for over 35 years, with everyone from Revlon to Johnson & Johnson, and now I spend my time as a consumer educator. The ugly truth about sythenic drugstore shampoos is that the $1 bottle of shampoo you buy costs .10 – .30 to manufacturer and the $17 bottle of shampoo costs .10 to .70 cents to manufacturer, not including packaging. On the other hand, if you buy an all natural shampoo that costs you $18, in most cases, it would have cost $10 -$12 to manufacturer, not including packaging. The diference in cost is in the quality of ingredients. Nautural hair care products do not contain chemicals that damage hair to increase the shelf life of a product. Nautral hair care shampoos are full of vitamins and herbs that stimulate hair growth. Natural hair care shampoos are not predominately just water, suds, and bubbles. Now that you know why you should by natural hair care products, let me tell you what to buy to stop hair loss.

    In my opinion, the best natural shampoos for stimulating hair growth will contain Rosemary essential oil, not just rosemary extract. Now don’t go to the store and buy a bottle of rosemary oil and place it directly on your scalp, this can cause severe irritation. I recommend rosemary oil because when massaged into the scalp, it has been proven to promote stronger, healthy hair. The truth is, most people with thinning hair, have weak hair, especially those of us who start to lose their hair, yet have no genetic traits for baldness in our family lines. Rosemary is a woody herb that works wonders for females and males in strengthening weak hair follicles from the shaft. If you do not have money for a hair transplant and are not a fan of Propecia or Rogain, then try Beauty 4 Ashes Christian Co.’s Super Gro System. It is full of not only my favorite Rosemary, but several other ingredients that are great for stopping hair loss and promoting hair regrowth. All of their products contain B Vitamins, so you don’t have to take them by mouth. Their products are also accompanied by faith scriptures, to keep your spirits high. Although they do not offer a money back guarantee, I have personally used their products to grow back my temple areas and to stop my residing hairline. Several of my friends use their products and have experienced great results in 3 and 6 months. You can learn more about their products at wwwdiscoverb4acom

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    1. Switch to All-Natural Hair Care Products

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    3. Change Your Diet & Keep your Faith High!

    4. Drink Plenty of Water

    5. Stay away from people & activities that keep you stressed

    6. Lay off the alcohol and junk food

    7. Lay off chemicals and heat on your hair


    What Do Civil Engineers In New Orleans La Do?

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    If you look around the area where you live, you will probably see some work that has been done by civil engineers in New Orleans LA. The profession of civil engineering is one of the oldest of all engineering disciplines. Civil engineering deals with the construction of structures that are built up in the environment around civilization. The build environment is most of what we consider to define our modern civilization including bridges and buildings, roads, railways, dams, subway systems, airports, water systems and sewer systems.

    Civil engineers in New Orleans LA are responsible for designing the structures that keep the sea at bay. A series of levees and dams help to channel the water away from the land and prevent it from flooding the city, keeping the residents safe and secure. Civil engineers are also involved in the ship building industry and aerospace. Wherever you see a large power facility or industry that needs a large facility, it is a sure bet that civil engineers designed the plant or the building and were instrumental in getting it to the point of being operational.

    Environmental engineering is also known as sanitary engineering. Hazardous waste is managed and remediated by the work done with environmental engineering. Chemical, biological and other types of waste need to be processed and the water and the air needs to be purified in the process. As well, contaminated sites require remediation where soil is tested and treated or removed. Oneal-Bond Engineering deals with a variety of civil engineering disciplines, including environmental engineering, water and waste facility design, subdivision engineering and land development.

    The discipline of environmental engineering deals with the reduction of pollution and industrial ecology as well as green engineering. Engineers deal with the gathering of information on the consequences that will occur after a series of proposed actions. Once the effects of proposed actions are adequately assessed, society and policy makers can make more informed decisions about what will occur if certain structures are built. Civil engineering is an important part of any development process and is generally involved in every aspect of our modern society in some way.

    Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Liberal candidate Brian Jackson, Oxford

    Monday, October 1, 2007

    Brian Jackson is running for the Ontario Liberal Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Oxford riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

    Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.