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Wikinews interviews US National Archives Wikipedian in Residence

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Dominic McDevitt-Parks, a prolific contributor to Wikipedia and a graduate student in history and archives management, agreed to answer a few questions about his new role as “Wikipedian in Residence” at the US National Archives and Records Administration.

“Wikipedians in Residence” are volunteers placed with institutions, such as museums and libraries, to facilitate use of those institutions’ resources on Wikipedia.

According to a Pew Internet report, 42 percent of Americans use Wikipedia as an online source of information. The online, collaborative encyclopedia boasts more than 3.5 million articles in English and versions in over 250 languages. Given the website’s vast readership, the Archivist of the United States has proclaimed himself “a big fan of Wikipedia” and emphasizes the need for the National Archives to work with the project. The Archives posted the internship listing in March, expressing its desire for an employee who “will work as a community coordinator and strengthen the relationship between the Archives and the Wikipedian community through a range of activities”.

McDevitt-Parks, who describes himself as a “history buff, a word nerd, a news junkie and an occasional pedant,” is a 24-year-old graduate student at Simmons College in Boston. On Wikipedia, he has contributed for more than seven years under the username “Dominic“, his work focusing mostly on Latin American history.

He began his work at the Archives in late May, and since then he has undertaken numerous projects, including uploading onto Wikipedia 200 photos taken by Ansel Adams for the National Park Service. Although those photos have always remained in the public domain, accessing their high-definition versions could be problematic. Researchers who wanted to view the files had to visit the Archives facilities in College Park, Maryland.

McDevitt-Parks is also preparing a “Today’s Document challenge” on Wikipedia, where works featured as “Today’s Document” on the Archives’ website are also the main focus of newly written or expanded encyclopedia articles displayed on Wikipedia’s home page. The first — and so far only — winner of the challenge was the Wikipedia article “Desegregation in the United States Marine Corps”, which incorporated an Archives-held photo of the first African-American recruit to the US Marine Corps. Before the challenge, according to McDevitt-Parks, “a thorough history of desegregation in the U.S. Marines didn’t exist in Wikipedia’s knowledge ecosystem. The topic wasn’t totally ignored, but simply split among related entries; a devoted, focused article never existed solely in its own right.”

The “Wikipedian in Residence” position falls within the Archives’ social media staff within the Open Government division of Information Services, since the institution’s goal is to distribute as much content to the widest audience possible. The internship is 40 hours per week from mid-May to late August.

Federally-funded abstinence programs fraught with problems: Report

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Thursday, December 2, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Capability to work amid tables and table loader transformation.

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

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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.

November 28, 2017

Lazyman Built In Bbq Grills, Cart Model Barbecues, Replacement Parts And Maintenance

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By Jason Broderick

Lazyman gas grills have stood the test of time as an American made grill since 1936. Models have undergone a number of changes, especially with the popular 210 series and “A” series Country Club models. Both of these models continue popularity, especially the LM210 series. Each of them are popular for different reasons, made for different usage, different clients.

The original 210 series models started out with lava rocks, which were put on top of burners for additional heat conduction. Eventually this changed over to a grid design. This served the purpose of keeping the rocks above the burners allowing heat conduction, even distribution and protecting the stainless burners. Eventually, the Lazyman barbeques started to utilize interlocking pieces of ceramic as a conductor for heat.

The Country Club Model “A” series continues to use lava rocks for the cooking of food. However, the LM210 series no longer does. Instead, the LM210 series uses stainless steel heat plates for cooking. Within this series, type 304 commercial quality professional grade polished stainless steel is used throughout the grills construction. The Stainless steel elite barbeque grill within the Country Club series of Lazyman grills additionally uses the same type of construction.

The elite grill is considered among the highest class within the Country Club series. In addition, the stainless steel elite grill claims itself as the best gas barbecue grill available. Other grills within the Country Club series are constructed of a combination of wrought iron and stainless steel.

Stainless steel is used with features such as the firebox, cooking tops, and drip pans. Type 304 stainless steel is used for the construction of the workshelf, which comes included with each of the models. Both the Stainless Steel Elite and LM210 come with two side shelves opposed to one.

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The LM210 series differs from the Stainless steel elite in how it comes with built in lifting handles on the shelves. Within both series, people have the additional option of whether they want propane instead of gas. Some of the features standard to all of the grills is the heavy duty rubber wheels and warranty.

All of the grills come fully assembled when purchased, but differ in whether a person can use them on arrival. With each of the LM210 series and the Stainless Steel Elites, they are ready upon arrival. Additional Country Club “A” series do not come with the tank, regulator, and hose as do the above mentioned.

Each of the Country Club lazyman gas grills come standard with 2 burners per section, which are 20,000 BTU each. People additionally can choose to add on cast iron grates for enhanced cooking, as well as other additional options.

With the LM210 series, each of the grills come standard with a hood. As for the Country club series, this is one of the additional options people can add on. Some other options include the addition of a rotisserie as well as a vinyl cover.

The Stainless steel Elite barbecue grill comes standard with a storage shelf, as do all of the LM210 series grills. Some consider the lazyman gas barbecue grills within the “A” model of the Country Club series nicer to look at. However, the LM210 series grills are built more with the chef in mind.

With the LM210 series of grills, people can achieve many types of cooking. This is especially true with the 10 different modular configurations people have a choice from within this series of grill. Basically, the LM210 series gives people the option to bring their kitchen outside.

This becomes possible, due to the large number of standard options with some of the models. This includes such things as an electric rotisserie, thermometer, and precision controlled cooking with each of the burners. In addition, this series was built with easy cleaning in mind.

The LM210series consists of easy to clean rod welded stainless steel grates, as well as a slide out drip pan within each of the surfaces burners and within the barbecue module. Other standard features on some of the models are broiler burners integrated with surface burners. The country club series on the other hand, do not have any models which come standard with surface burners.

Essentially, anyone who is interested gas barbecue grill built around its looks and good at general grilling they will find it with the “A” model within the Country Club Series. However, if someone is more of a chef and likes to entertain and not be limited with the types of food they can cook, then they will find that with the LM210 series of the Lazyman gas grills.

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Corruption endangers Brazilian government

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Brazil – Denunciations of political corruption threaten the Brazilian government. The most recent case involves a deputy of the political party PTB (who supports the government of the Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) in a scandal of the services of post office.

Lula’s government representatives said that they will investigate all the denunciations and affirmed that the government is a victim of political enemies.

Contents

  • 1 Post office scandal
  • 2 Other cases
    • 2.1 Bingo’s scandal
    • 2.2 Mystery in mayor’s death
    • 2.3 The Minister Romero Jucá
  • 3 Sources
    • 3.1 English
    • 3.2 Portuguese

Super high speed internet launched in New Zealand

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Friday, September 1, 2006

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, yesterday unveiled Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN). It is super high speed Internet that is capable of transmitting data with speeds of up to ten gigabits per second, 10,000 times faster than the current speed of broadband (1Mbps), and 200,000 times faster than dial-up.

The New Zealand Government put NZ$43 million ($28.1 million USD) into the Crown company: Research and Education Advanced Network of New Zealand (REANNZ) organization, responsible for the running of KAREN.

KAREN will link universities and research institutions in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Nelson and Rotorua and then to the rest of the world via a TelstraClear fibre optic cable.

The network will allow geologists/geophysicists to access U.S. data on fault lines, 3D modellers the ability to collaborate on international mapping projects and students will be able to participate in interactive video lectures with experts, anywhere in the world.

The technology so far is limited to just universities and research institutions but Minister for Education Steve Maharey said: “The network will be extended over time to include other institutions, including schools, libraries and museums.” It is also limited to just one university in the South Island, it is located in the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury.

Clark said: “The link is crucial in order to attract and retain scientists, because it allows a greater level of real time collaboration between scientists based in New Zealand, and their colleagues around the world.”

The Telecommunications’ Users Association of New Zealand chief executive, Ernie Newman, said: “Karen was a ‘great initiative’ for the science community, and that would have wider benefits for the country.”

Dr. Mark Billinhurst, HIT Lab director, said: “The network meant the country was now legitimately part of the international research community.”

UK inflation rate increases to 4%

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have made a statement saying the inflation rate of the United Kingdom measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased to 4% in January 2011. In December 2010, this figure was 3.7%. According to BBC News Online, 4% is the highest CPI that the UK has experienced since November 2008.

There are various reasons for the raised British inflation rate, including value added tax (VAT) increasing from 17.5% to 20% on January 4 and the value of crude oil rising. The inflation rate of the Retail Price Index in the country has increased to 5.1%; previously, the value was 4.8%. The CPI has now been a minimum of a percentage point higher than the intended 2% target for one year and two months.

The ONS revealed that the price of petrol per litre, which the CPI measured at £1.27 (US$2.04, €1.51) (£5.77/ Imperial gallon), was a record peak. The rising values of tobacco, alcohol, hotels, restaurants, transport and furniture are also said to have caused the increase in VAT. Between December 2010 and January 2011, the rate of the CPI increased by 0.1%, the first time that inflation rose during these two months since records commenced in 1997. The ONS have stated that “[t]wo of the main factors that had an impact on the January data are the increase in the standard rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) to 20% and the continued increase in the price of crude oil”.

Mervyn King, the current Governor of the Bank of England, has written a letter and sent it to George Osborne, the present Chancellor of the Exchequer of the British government. The letter provides an explanation for the inflation outlook and what can be done to overcome it. Within the letter, King states that the inflation is anticipated to increase to 5% within the next few months.

“The MPC’s central judgement, under the assumption that Bank rate increases in line with market expectations, remains that inflation will fall back so that it is about as likely to be above the target as below it two to three years ahead,” Mervyn King stated in the letter. “The MPC judges that attempting to bring inflation back to the target quickly risks generating undesirable volatility in output and would increase the chances of undershooting the target in the medium term.”

During the last week, the UK interest rates remained at 0.5%. The Bank of England has kept this figure at half a percent for twenty-three consecutive months.

November 27, 2017

Australian Treasurer hands down budget, announces two years of deficits

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The primary contributor of this article is a member of the Australian Greens, a party mentioned in this article.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan has today handed down his last budget before the 2013 Federal election. He announced two financial years of deficits before the budget returned to surplus in 2016/2017. The deficit for 2013/2014 is to be A$18 billion.

“This year, we’ve faced the second largest revenue write down since the Great Depression,” he said. There is to be a A$60 billion write down over four years. “Because of our deep commitment to jobs and growth, we have taken the responsible course to delay the return to surplus, and due to a savage hit to tax receipts, there will be a deficit of $18 billion in 2013/14”.

Infrastructure spending includes A$12.9 million to connect more local governments to the national broadband network, A$40 on other local government infrastructure, investment in Brisbane’s cross river rail and Melbourne’s Metro rail system.

People earning the Newstart Allowance can now earn more from paid employment before there payments from the government are cut. Mr Swan announced the so called “Baby Bonus” was to be merged into the Family Tax Benefit Part A.

“Family Payment system reshuffle leaves poorest worse off!” Australian Greens leader Christine Milne tweeted.

NATO oil tanker torched in Pakistan

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Militants in north-west Pakistan blew up a fuel tanker carrying supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan on Monday. More than ten armed men shot at the tanker and fired a rocket at the vehicle outside Peshawar city, and the driver and a passenger were injured in the attack, although no loss of life is reported.

Head of the north-western city’s administration, Sahibzada Anees, said “About ten armed people fired at a tanker carrying petrol for NATO forces and later lobbed a rocket at the vehicle, which set alight some 78,000 litres (17,000 gallons) of fuel”.

According to witnesses, the tanker was quickly in flames. The residents of the areas were successfully rescued by police and fire fighters and the blaze was brought under control. Police have launched a search operation in nearby areas, although with no success.

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Oil tankers and trucks bringing goods from port city of Karachi for allied forces battling the Taliban in Afghanistan have been regularly attacked. About 80% of supplies destined for the more than 113 thousand NATO troops in Afghanistan have to pass through Pakistan. The coalition forces bring 70% of supplies through Pakistan every month, from a total of two thousand truckloads.

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