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Iraq, Syria, Iran form friendly relations

  • Posted on November 28, 2017 at 4:21 am

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

24 years ago Iraq and Syria severed diplomatic relations because Syria accused Iraq of giving support to the Muslim Brotherhood who were causing disorder in Syria. Now, as an outcome of meetings between Walid Moallem the Syrian Foreign Minister, the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, relations will be restored.

Both countries are agreed that the borders between them should be sealed more tightly to prevent the flow of fighters, arms and ammunition to Iraq, Syria saying that Iraq should do more to secure the border than it has been doing lately.

The two countries are agreed that US troops are needed in Iraq at present but that they should leave as soon as they are no longer needed. Syria wants a timetable for the progressive withdrawal of US forces.

The steps needed to establish full diplomatic relations and to open embassies in Baghdad and Damascus are set out in an agreement signed today in Baghdad. Zebari proclaimed “We will hoist the Iraqi flag in Syria and the Syrian flag in Iraq”.

Meanwhile, President Talabani has agreed to meet Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Saturday to discuss security matters.

Although the British Prime Minister has been encouraging more positive relations between Iraq and its neighbors, Syria and Iran, the United States has been critical of both of them. Last week, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she was opposed to including Syria and Iran in talks about security in Iraq. She accused Syria of having aligned itself with “the forces of extremism” and expressed frustration that despite repeated talks with Syria, nothing seems to have influenced their behavior. Regarding Iran, she said she could see nothing in its behavior that suggested it could contribute to stability in the area. She expressed the view that Iraq must take more responsibility for its own security.

Today, the White House welcomed the news of the rapprochement between Syria and Iraq. The spokesman for the US National Security Council saying “We’ve always encouraged Iraq’s neighbors to take a role in supporting and assisting the unity government in Iraq”.

President Bush met the Iraq Study Group, headed by former secretary of state James Baker on Monday. The Democrats in the Group said that, in order to encourage the Iraqi government to face its responsibilities, there should be a phased withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, starting now. The President rejected this suggestion, remarking that this was a military matter and depended upon the situation on the ground.

Recommendations from the bi-partisan study Group are expected to be delivered to the President and Congress sometime in December this year. The group is composed of five Democrats and five Republicans.

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Centrifugal Fans Of Canada Blower

  • Posted on November 28, 2017 at 3:47 am

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Over the years Canada Blower supplied centrifugal fans to a wide range of industries and applications including: combustion air supply, material handling, process ventilation, ovens and dryers, iron and steel industry, mine and tunnel ventilation, petro-chemical, power generation, marine and off-shore structures, pulp and paper, HVAC, paint / spray booths, fertilizer and various emission control applications. For the commercial HVAC market, Buffalo Blower offers general ventilation fans for institutional and retail buildings, schools, restaurants and hospitals. Special materials, construction, explosion-proof and spark-resistant design, variety of coatings and accessories are available to meet practically any application needs.

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Canada Blower fans and blowers are sold and serviced by air moving experts that can evaluate your needs and provide best recommendations for your application. Canada Blower is a leading supplier of industrial and commercial fans, ventilators, blowers and accessories for various air-moving applications.

Canada Blower pre-engineered centrifugal fans are selected aerodynamically from a range of standard sizes and configured mechanically to meet the customer s requirements. This allows to provide a cost-effective solution to moving air or gas where the additional cost of a custom engineered fan is not justified either by higher efficiency or mechanical strength. Centrifugal fans store significant amounts of energy when running, and if the fan is not correctly matched with the operating conditions the consequences for the plant operator can include excessive power consumption, noise generation or mechanical failure, resulting in a significant loss of revenue.

Each of Canada blower designs has been exhaustively tested, aerodynamically and acoustically. The mechanical design is supported by modern analysis techniques, such as finite element analysis. Many options are available in terms of drive arrangement, output control, layout and auxilliary equipment, to give flexibility to the plant designer. All major impeller configurations are supplied including aerofoil, backward curved, backward inclined and radial tipped blade designs.

Canada Blower custom engineered centrifugal fans are designed specifically for each contract which allows us to apply a combination of experience, advanced design techniques and a knowledge of the operating conditions to select the optimum fan in terms of capital cost, running cost, maintainability and reliability. Large centrifugal fan rotors store significant amounts of energy when running. If the fan is not designed and manufactured correctly, and matched with the operating conditions, the consequences for the plant operator can include excessive power consumption, noise generation, vibration and mechanical failure, resulting in a significant loss of revenue.

Additional information can be found at the Canada Blower company web site http://www.canadablower.com/hvac/index.htmlSusan TerlitskiIndustrial AHU Application EngineerCanada Blowercanadablower@canadablower.comhttp://www.canadablower.com/oem/index.htmlhttp://www.canadablower.com/news/index.html

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Wikinews interviews Mario J. Lucero and Isabel Ruiz of Heaven Sent Gaming

  • Posted on November 28, 2017 at 3:27 am

Friday, November 7, 2014 Albuquerque, New Mexico — Online entertainment is a booming market, and plenty of players are making their play; back in March of this year The Walt Disney Company bought the multi-channel network Maker Studios. What is web entertainment, and the arts therein? And, who are the people venturing into this field? Wikinews interviewed Mario Lucero and Isabel Ruiz, the founders of Heaven Sent Gaming, a small entertainment team. This group has been responsible for several publications, within several different media formats; one successful example was aywv, a gaming news website, which was #1 in Gaming on YouTube in 2009, from September to November; Heaven Sent Gaming was also the subject of a referential book, released in 2014, entitled Internet Legends – Heaven Sent Gaming.

Contents

  • 1 General questions
    • 1.1 Influences
    • 1.2 Religion
  • 2 Media-related questions
    • 2.1 Comics
    • 2.2 Games
    • 2.3 Music
    • 2.4 Novels
    • 2.5 Video
    • 2.6 Web
  • 3 Closing questions
  • 4 Sources
  • 5 External links
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International Tennis Federation bans Sharapova for two years after positive drug test

  • Posted on November 28, 2017 at 2:41 am

Friday, June 10, 2016

On Wednesday, the International Tennis Federation banned 29-year-old Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova for two years after she tested positive on January 26 for the drug meldonium. The drug was banned on January 1 this year.

The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance

Sharapova said she was not aware of the ban and continued to take it after January 1 under a trade name, mildronate. Mildronate or meldonium is a heart disease drug, and Sharapova said she was consuming it for a decade, due to heart concerns and as some of her family members have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova lost to Serena Williams in this year’s Australian Open quarter-finals. The ban runs until January 26, 2018; she said she would appeal against it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

She posted on her Facebook account, “Today with their decision of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional. The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance.”

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Celebrity Plastic Surgery Helps Set Fashion Trends…}

  • Posted on November 26, 2017 at 5:16 am

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Perhaps, its been the celebrities to help set the fashion trend for nose surgery and the general public that maintained the trend for nose surgery. One thing is for certain. Nose surgery is here to stay. The common denominator among celebrities is the fact that the most apparent request is for the individual receiving treatment to undergo nose surgery to achieve a more narrow bridge. Yet, the desire for a narrow bridge may not be the only type of nose surgical treatment that is requested by women today. In fact, if you are interested in nose surgery dont be intimidated to request the appearance of the celebrity nose that is most appealing to you.

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Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai discharged from hospital

  • Posted on November 26, 2017 at 5:15 am

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, was discharged yesterday from the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, England after success in the first stage of her medical treatment.

In October, Yousafzai was shot by Taliban forces on a school bus in Mingora, Swat District, Pakistan. She was given emergency treatment in Pakistan and then flown to Britain for treatment at a specialist unit which deals with injured soldiers.

Dave Rosser, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust medical director, gave a statement about Yousafzai’s release from hospital: “Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery. Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers. She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care.”

She is due to return to hospital in a few weeks for cranial reconstructive surgery.

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What Is Optical Modulation?}

  • Posted on November 26, 2017 at 4:40 am

What is Optical Modulation?

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Simply put, optical modulation is the process of impressing information on a light carrier; it involves varying one or more of the features that define the optical wave, such as its power level, frequency, or phase.nnOur current fiber optic communication systems almost exclusively use semiconductor laser as the light source, and by far the easiest way to modulate the light is to modulate its power level. The amount of light power the emerges from the device depends on the electric current that is injected into it. The greater the current, the more light power.nnBut, the relationship between the input electric current and the output light power is not directly proportional: doubling the current does not produce double light power.nnOptical fiber supports the following modulation schemes, known as optical modulation.nn1. Continuous: in optics, we usually call this intensity modulation, similar to analog modulation, with the only difference being in the nature of the optical carrier signal.nn2. Discrete: Here, it is known as optical on-off keying similar to shift keying with a sinusoidal carrier. The modulated signal is comprised of pulses (on/off) of constant amplitude.nnThese techniques are based on the variation of optical power according to electric signals applied to the electro-optical transducers. It is recommended to use frequency pulse modulation for analog transmission of a television channel by optical fiber.nnThe use of optical fiber as a transmission medium in a network for data communication offers very high data rates in the range of gigabits per second. All the high speed LANs and integrated networks use a fiber transmission medium for data transfer.nnThe optical transmission medium offers very low attenuation and very high bandwidth. Two of the high data rate user-networks interfaces of 155.720 Mbps and 622.080 Mbps for ATM-based B-ISDN have been defined.Technology Advisory Board

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

  • Posted on November 26, 2017 at 4:21 am

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

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Jokela High School reopens after deadly multiple shooting

  • Posted on November 26, 2017 at 4:19 am

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Jokela High School in Tuusula, Finland, scene of the Jokela school shooting, has recommenced classes. Earlier this month, student Pekka-Eric Auvinen, 18, fatally wounded eight people with his handgun before turning the weapon on himself in the country’s worst ever school shooting. He died later in hospital, having never regained consciousness.

All last week repair teams have been working to eradicate all traces of the event, with large numbers of bullet holes in walls and doors being filled in, broken windows and torn blinds being replaced, and total renovation of one corridor which Auvinen had attempted to set fire to.

Students had previously been permitted into the school last week, in order to collect belongings left behind as they rushed to evacuate the school. On Monday, the school’s 450 pupils began to attend temporary facilities set up at nearby Tuusula Primary School as well as the local church.

Tuusula spokeswoman Heidi Hagman told reporters yesterday that at first school days would be considerably shortened, adding “Today the students will spend time getting used to the renovated and repaired school area.

“Students and teachers are getting support from Red Cross crisis workers and psychologists during the first days of school.”

Esa Ukkola, head of education in Tuusula, spoke to reporters about the fact that students had been shown around the renovated school. “We need to show there is nobody lurking in the cupboards any more. We’re trying to have as normal a school day as possible. There are dozens of extra people to ensure we can do everything in small enough groups.”

The shooting has prompted public anger in Finland at the media attention directed to it, with a feeling that it undermines the placid reputation of the country. People have questioned the decision of a survey last month to designate Finland as the world’s “most livable country”. Psycho-social service manager Anna Cantell-Forsbom from nearby Vantaa has spoken out about her view that the shooting was mainly caused by a lack of psychiatric care available to the Finnish youth and therefore did not reflect on Finnish society. The shooting has also prompted a move by the Finnish government to raise the legal age for gun ownership from 15 years to 18 years.

Finland is expected to set up a commission of inquiry this week to investigate the murders. The government will set aside resources for the ministry of social affairs, health and education as well as the local municipality for the investigation. Meanwhile, local authorities have shown a four-year response plan to the government, asking for five million Euro to fund it. Half will go towards therapy and occupational guidance for affected residents, while the other half would go to school guidance counsellors, psychologists, school healthcare personnel and other experts. The ultimate goal of the plan is the complete recovery of those adversely affected by the shooting.

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Australia: Victorian government to trial driverless vehicles on public roads

  • Posted on November 26, 2017 at 2:41 am

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Yesterday, the state government of Victoria, Australia announced their decision to trial self-driving vehicles on two of the state’s major connecting motorways, the CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway. The trial is to use autonomous vehicles from automobile companies including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Tesla. The two-year trial is to have three phases.

The cars are to drive alongside commuters, but in public testing a driver is always to be present, as Victorian law requires drivers always keep a hand on the steering wheel. However, in occasional closures of the Burnley Tunnel, with no other drivers to endanger, the cars are to be tested with nobody in the vehicle.

Lane assist, cruise control, and recognition of traffic signs are in the trial’s first phase, expected to complete before the end of the year. This includes monitoring how the driver-less cars respond to road conditions, including lane markings and electronic speed signs.

“Victoria is at the forefront of automated vehicle technology — we’re investing in this trial to explore ways that this technology can be used to reduce crashes and keep people safe on our roads”, said Luke Donnellan, the Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety. He noted, “Ninety per cent of the fault of accidents is human error […] so we know that if we can take out human error we will have less accidents”.

Tim Hansen, Victoria Police’s Acting Assistant Commissioner, said that police had founded a project team to investigate how self-driving vehicles would change policing on roads. “Can we intercept vehicles more safely to avoid pursuits and ramming?”, he asked.

The trial is a partnership between the state government, Victoria’s road management authority VicRoads, owner of the CityLink toll road Transurban, and insurance company RACV.

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