Leaked cables cause Australian concern

Friday, December 10, 2010

Leaked diplomatic cables between Australia and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have raised controversy in the Australian community. The documents were released by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. The cables between the then prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, revealed that China may need to be forced to integrate into the international community. The secret documents also contained information of a conversation between Clinton and Rudd in Washington. In the interview, Rudd stated that China was “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet.

The sensitive documents may place a strain on diplomatic relations between Australia and China. Despite this, Kevin Rudd reassured the public that the “robust” relationship between Australia and China wouldn’t sustain any substantial damage to the relations between the two countries. At this stage, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has provided no further comment on the matter, other than to ensure that the relationship between China and Australia would allow opinions to be expressed without any threat to either side.

At the heart of the leaks is Australian founder, Julian Assange. Wikileaks have now released 821 of their promised 251,287 US diplomatic cables. The cables are being released on a stage-by-stage basis. Earlier this week, Assange was arrested on suspicion of rape in London under a Swedish arrest warrant placed on him from a court in Stockholm on November 18.

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Campaigners angry at new British police tracking system

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Civil liberties campaigners have reacted angrily to the announcement that the largest police force in Britain has purchased a revolutionary computer system which will allow them to track everything a person does online in a three-dimensional graphic. The Metropolitan Police service, responsible for policing London, announced the purchase of Geotime, a computer program which can correlate information from satellites, mobile phones, social networking websites, IP logs and financial transactions. The software is already used by the U.S. military.

This latest tool could also be used in a wholly invasive way and could fly in the face of the role of the police to facilitate rather than impede the activities of democratic protesters.

Lawyers and campaigners have questioned whether innocent individuals may be tracked by the software, likened to a computer program in the science fiction film Minority Report. Sarah McSherry, a lawyer representing a number of protesters, raised fears officers could breach data protection laws by tracking innocent protesters, endangering the democratic rights of demonstrators. “We have already seen the utilisation of a number of tactics which infringe the right to peaceful protest, privacy and freedom of expression, assembly and movement. All of these have a chilling effect on participation in peaceful protest,” she said. “This latest tool could also be used in a wholly invasive way and could fly in the face of the role of the police to facilitate rather than impede the activities of democratic protesters.”

Geotime correlates information from numerous sources allowing intelligence officers to view effectively every online move made by individuals, and its website says it can link one suspect to others. The computer software can reportedly create links between people and reveal relationships and private communications, disclosing “temporal patterns and behaviours.” A product director at the parent company, Oculus, said the program is available to purchase commercially.

A number of academics and intelligence experts have said the program could lead to more convictions in terrorism and organised crime investigations, with one professor describing its use as “absolutely right.” In contrast, an official at Privacy International called on police to explain how the software would be used. “Once millions and millions of pieces of microdata are aggregated, you end up with this very high-resolution picture of somebody, and this is effectively what they are doing here,” he said. “We shouldn’t be tracked and traced and have pictures built by our own government and police for the benefit of commercial gain.”

Data protection in Britain has become a major issue among public debate in recent years. The most recent controversy to emerge came last week after an elderly man with no criminal record was given permission to take senior officers who systematically recorded details of his attendance at peaceful protests to the High Court. The Metropolitan Police have not yet confirmed how the computer system will be used, but they are researching numerous possibilities; a spokesperson said they were still assessing whether they would permanently use the technology but declined to confirm how much it cost.

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

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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Baking Potatoes Using A Convection Oven

By Roger Mitch

It is always best to have quality kitchen equipment. It is important, for example, to have the best convection toaster ovens in your kitchen to have the best cooking experience. Among the convection toaster ovens in the market only a small number products belong to the high quality ones. Get these if you are serious in your cooking.

Convection ovens are kitchen cooking appliances that are famous for facilitating the even-heating and cooking of different types of food. Whether your roasting, beef, pork, veal or chicken, or baking cookies, pies, pizzas and more, this type of oven can outwit and outpace your conventional oven. Here’s how to cook mashed potatoes with broth using the reliable convection oven.

The Convection Current – Moving Heat Into Food Faster

A convection oven’s secret to evenly-cooking food may be due to its unique convection current. While it uses heat in the same way as a regular oven, its convection current transfers heat much faster to food. Te machine actually uses microwave radiation that moves the food’s polar molecules, which essentially steams the food from the inside out.

Baked Potato Recipe: How To Bake Potatoes in A Convection Oven

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In creating crisp, melt-in-your mouth baked potatoes, a convection oven can actually deliver a more mouth-watering baked potato variant as compared to conventional ovens or burners. So get your butter, and other condiments ready, because we’re now ready to whip up freshly-baked potatoes using the convection roasting machine.

– Select your potatoes for baking, although any potato variant will do. The potatoes should be blemish-free, and of the same size.

– Wash the potatoes under cool, running water, and use a vegetable scrubber brush. Pat or shake the potatoes dry before baking..

– Perform a number of incisions on the potatoes, using a sharp knife. If you fail to create incisions, the potatoes may build up steam inside, which will cause them to explode.

– Lightly rub or dab butter or oil over the surface of each potato. Roll the potatoes over a little salt, to add extra flavor.

– Place the potatoes directly on the rack of the convection oven, and bake at 375F for 45 minutes until the potatoes turn golden brown. Also turn the potatoes halfway over during the baking period, to ensure balanced crispiness and avoid uneven darkening of the sides.

– Remove the potatoes from the oven once the baking time ends, and cut the top of the potatoes. Sprinkle or garnish the potatoes with your favorite condiments, sauces, butter or cream.

In baking or cooking potatoes and other vegetables, regardless of where you place the items to be baked, these food items will surely baked evenly and uniformly in a convection oven.

The best thing is that you can actually bake or roast two or three items in the fan oven at the same time, and you can cook both vegetable and meat dishes, without mixing the flavors, or dampening the visual appearance of each food type. With using this type oven, you’ll be able to handle cooking multiple party dishes in one easy, hassle-free manner.

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10 Place around you and 10 Tips to keep it clean


vivek suthar

Cleaning a home is a big task and hectic schedules can prevent you from managing it along with the other duties. Moreover, if you have a baby or have some health issue or elderly enough to not perform the cleaning services on your own then its better to take help from professional cleaning service providers. It will keep your home neat, tidy, germ-free and healthy.

1. Office cleaning

A clean office is important for the health of the employees as well as creates a fresh environment and displays a good professional image.

Combine 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water, and use it with a sponge to wipe the dirt away from office.

2. Living room cleaning

Living room cleaning is important for the health and wellbeing of the family.

Use this simple technique to clean room – make a combination of 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water to clean your surface.

Use microfiber cloths as they are best for sanitizing the floor.

You can properly arrange items and furniture in your living room.

3. Bedroom cleaning

Try to arrange the clothes in your wardrobe rather than leaving them hanging around on or the floor.

Remove sheets from the bed and wash at least every other week.

Vacuum high-traffic areas frequently and clean floor as per our home cleaning tips.

4. Kitchen Cleaning

Every kitchen tends to get dirty very easily. Splash of oil or food can spoil the floor and make it dirty.

Simple step to clean your kitchen Just mix baking soda into two gallons of water to make a homemade cleaner.

Pour half a cup of baking soda into two gallons of water then pour the required amount of this solution on the floor and scrub with a string mop or sponge.

5. Glass cleaning

Glass cleaning is very important as clean glasses and window panes can change the entire look of the place.

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar to make a solution.

Sprinkle this one the glass and wipe it with an old rag or newspaper to give a sparkling touch to the glass. Avoid using paper towels, as they leave a lot of residue.

6. Terrace cleaning

Homes and apartments with terraces and balconies provide a welcome retreat for fresh air and barbecue cooking.

Sweep or vacuum the area to pick up cobwebs, dead insects and other debris.

A handheld wet/dry vacuum just for outdoors is a helpful tool then hose or power washer, which is a great temptation because it is convenient.

7. Bathroom cleaning

Here are some amazing tips that will make bathroom cleaning a breeze.

Remove film and light soil by using an all-purpose bathroom cleaner.

You can use soft-scrub or abrasive cleaners for deposits that are a bit more stubborn, as they are easy to rinse from ceramic surfaces.

8. Carpet cleaning

Here, dish liquid comes to the rescue. Dissolve one tablespoon of dish liquid into two cups of warm water, and blot the stain with a clean white cloth dipped into the solution.

Repeat until the stain gets absorbed into the cloth and disappears from the carpet.

Then sponge with cold water, and blot dry with a clean cloth.

9. Sofa cleaning

The sight of your not-so-good-looking sofa may be breaking your heart to pieces.

The terror rained down by your kids or pets, or the accidental spills. For sofa cleaning, firstly vacuum it to remove dust and dirt.

For further cleaning, you should take professional help where trained staff can shampoo, disinfect and dry all types of sofas.

10. Toilet cleaning

Toilet cleaning is important because it is used quite frequently and also houses a lot of germs and bacteria.

Add a liquid (Harpic) cleaner into the pot and allow it to stand for a couple of minutes so that germs are terminated and deposits are dissolved.

Your weapon of choice is a good quality brush, which allows for proper manoeuvrability.

Fix91 services which is one of the best household service provider in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Fix91 offers professional services like Cleaning services, Appliances repair and service, Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry, IT networking, pest control services and painting services. They ensure about time and accurate cleaning with customer’s highest satisfaction. Visit www.fix91.in

Vivek Suthar is a passionate blogger of Fix91. I have written on pest control services, termite control and many other. i would like to write on real life problem and his solution which more helpful for people

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US stock markets reach 12-year lows

Thursday, March 5, 2009

US stock markets dropped to twelve-year lows on Thursday, amidst falling confidence in the financial sector and worries over whether the US automobile manufacturer General Motors will be able to keep operating.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 4.08%, or 280.52 points, at the closing bell, reaching a level of 6595.32, a new 12-year low. The Nasdaq Composite lost 54.15 points, or 4%, to 1299.59, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 plunged by 30.27 points, or 4.25%, closing at 682.60.

Every stock in the Dow Jones, other than Wal-Mart, either lost ground or remained even, and all stocks in the S&P 500 index lost ground.

General Motors’ shares lost 15.5% after the auto firm announced that its auditors had “substantial doubt” over whether it would be able to keep operating.

Shares of financial companies were lower by nine percent, with Bank of America losing 11.7% and Citigroup falling by 9.7%.

“What’s most worrisome is that we haven’t hit the crescendo yet,” said Bill Groeneveld, the head trader for vFinance Investments. “Asset-management divisions are getting calls to just liquidate everything, and we haven’t seen the big players come back in at all.”

“This is one of the worst bear markets in the last 100 years; it started out with the credit crisis and the subprime [loans], but it is like a forest fire that has raced across the clearing and ignited other parts: Autos, auto parts, the insurance companies have been hit very hard. The credit crisis is causing an unraveling of industry after industry because the banks don’t lend,” said David Dreman, the chief investment officer of Dreman Value Management.

European markets were also lower today, with the London’s FTSE index losing 3.2% and the DAX index of Germany falling by five percent.

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Polish mine explosion kills 8

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Methane gas was blamed for the explosion deaths of 8 miners in southern Polish‘s Halemba coal mine Tuesday, November 21. Officials say at least 15 are missing.

Rescue efforts were halted because dangerously high levels of methane gas returned, according to Zbigniew Madej, spokesman for state-owned Coal Co., which operates the mine.

The missing miners’ locater devices were not emitting signals, increasing rescurers’ concerns for their well-being. Grzegorz Pawlaszek, head of Coal Co., said the 15 missing miners’ fate is “not known,” but added that “there is a chance to find someone still alive.”

“This is a tragedy. People have died here,” Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said when he came to Ruda Slaska to see the blast.

Earlier Wednesday, a reconnaissance rescue team descended 3000 feet toward the blast scene, only to retreat because of safety concerns related to high methane gas levels. Rescue digging efforts were also halted because of explosion concerns.

The missing men were aged 21-59. One of the miner’s family members, Andrzej Pytlik, 30, remained on scene with his sister, hoping and waiting for news of her husband, Krystian Gaszka.

Pytlik, also a miner, said through teary eyes that, “I work in the mines and I know that hope is scant because that’s the truth.”

The explosion occurred in a closed portion of the mine where the now-missing miners were working to retrieve abandoned equipment. According to Pawlaszek, the value of the equipment was $23 million, adding that “It was new equipment and that is why we decided to retrieve it.”

He indicated that the recovery work was performed under the supervision of gas detection specialists, and that the bodies of the recovered miners were difficult to identify because of the severity of burns and because their ID tags were blown away in the explosion.

The Halemba mine, located in Ruda Slaska, has produced coal for nearly 50 years, has been fraught with safety concerns and has a track record of serious accidents. One of the oldest mines in Poland, it is centrally located in the industrial Silesia region.

Earlier this year, a miner was trapped underground in the Halemba mine five days after a cave-in. In 1990, 19 miners were killed and 20 hurt in a gas explosion, and five were killed in collapse in 1991.

Inside, priests and mining officials were comforting and counseling with distraught relatives. Outside, eight white candles flickered on a main gate wall.

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Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners

Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Friday, February 17, 2006

Buffalo, New York —Savarino Construction Services Corp. has proposed a $7 million hotel project at the Forest and Elmwood Avenue intersection, according to The Buffalo News. The proposal calls for a 5-story, 45,000 square-foot 80-room hotel with underground parking for at least 50 vehicles, and 4,500 square-feet of retail space on the lower level.

Hans Mobius, the owner of the five properties to be purchased in the plan (1109 to 1121 Elmwood), reportedly signed a contract with Savarino to assemble the development.

“We saw a huge opportunity to bring something to the Elmwood Village that will make sense and bring a service that’s currently not available,” said Eva Hassett, vice president of Savarino. “Elmwood is such a wonderful place to eat, shop, walk and spend time. We believe this project will add to that vibrant environment.”

Some business owners in the area see it differently. Wikinews interviewed 2 of the 4 owners whose business’s would be demolished if the development goes through.

Nancy Pollina, of Don Apparel at 1119 Elmwood, who found out about the development only yesterday, said she is “utterly” against the proposal. Her apparel shop has stood at the same location for nearly 14 years. She has volunteered in the community, and helped create several gardens around bus shelters in the city, and served on Forever Elmwood Board for six years as head of Beautification. Patty Morris co-owns Don Apparel with Pollina.

“To say this is a good looking project, I want to say the emperor has no clothes. This [project] does not take into consideration the needs of the college students. I have been told by college students, these shops here, are the reason they leave the campus,” said Mrs. Pollina.

Buffalo State College is 500-feet from the intersection.

Michael Faust, the owner of Mondo Video said, “Well, I do not really want to get kicked out of here. The landlord was very open, and the deal he made with me when I moved in here was ‘the rent is cheap and I [the landlord] will not fix anything and that will not change.'” Faust said he first learned of the development plan, “about 48 hours ago. I found out on Tuesday when the Buffalo News called and asked for my opinion on this.” Faust has not said if he will make plans to relocate. “We have to see if this [house] is going to get knocked down first,” said Faust.

An “informational” meeting, where citizens can voice opinions and learn about the proposal, will be held on Tuesday February 21, 2006 at 5:00pm (eastern), at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center Gallery at Buffalo State College, Rockwell Hall.

Executive director of Forever Elmwood Corporation, Justin P. Azzarella would not comment on whether or not the organization supports the development, saying, “you will just have to come to the meeting.”

Forever Elmwood Corp. is designed to preserve and protect the unique and historic nature of Elmwood Avenue and its surrounding neighborhoods and encourage neighborhood commercial revitalization. The organization was founded in 1994.

Nearly two years ago, the Forever Elmwood Corp. assisted in the blocking of the demolition of the Edward Atwater house at 1089 Elmwood next to Pano’s Restaurant which is at 1081 Elmwood. Owner Pano Georgiadis wanted to expand his restaurant onto the property where the house now stands, but the Common Council denied his permit to demolish saying the house is a historical landmark and needs to be protected. Georgiadis, who has a bleeding ulcer, said that all the court cases landed him in the hospital. “I got a bleeding ulcer, and since then, I don’t care about this house anymore, or this city. I just go to work every day. I think [preservationists] are parasites,” said Georgiadis.

Georgiadis will not be attending Tuesday’s meeting saying, “I will be out of town.”

In 1995 Hans Mobius proposed a plan to develop a Walgreens, that was to be placed in the same location, but residents and business owners shot down the proposal. Walgreens eventually withdrew its request for a variance after pressure from the community.

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