Update since publication

This article mentions that Wi-Fi stands for “Wireless Fidelity”, although this is disputed.

Thursday, July 7, 2005

A Florida man is being charged with 3rd degree felony for logging into a private Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) Internet access point without permission. Benjamin Smith III, 41, is set for a pre-trial hearing this month in the first case of its kind in the United States.

This kind of activity occurs frequently, but often goes undetected by the owners of these wireless access points (WAPs). Unauthorized users range from casual Web browsers, to users sending e-mails, to users involved in pornography or even illegal endeavours.

According to Richard Dinon, owner of the WAP Smith allegedly broke into, Smith was using a laptop in an automobile while parked outside Dinon’s residence.

There are many steps an owner of one of these access points can take to secure them from outside users. Dinon reportedly knew how to take these steps, but had not bothered because his “neighbors are older.”

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Monday, April 7, 2008

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is responsible for some of Australia’s largest surveys, including the Census of Population and Housing, held every five years. At its head is the Australian Statistician. The current Statistician, Brian Pink, started in his position on March 5, 2007, following the retirement of predecessor Dennis Trewin. Wikinews recently caught up with Brian Pink to talk with him about his first year in the position, as well as his previous tenure as Government Statistician at Statistics New Zealand, and the state of mathematical education in Australia.

((WikiNews)) : Good afternoon.

Brian Pink: Good afternoon.

((WN)) : And congratulations on spending a year as Australian Statistician.

BP: Yes, it’s gone very quickly. (laughs)
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Submitted by: Kristen Spriggs

There are now over 9 million passengers using Glasgow airport every year. This high traffic comes with a few problems including high parking costs. Finding online Glasgow Airport parking discount codes can be a hard task.

However, when the airport opened 50 years ago on the 2nd of May 1966, it only had a handful of airlines operating there. That means the number of people using the airport was low and so it can be rightly assumed that finding the best deals for Glasgow Airport parking was easy at the time.

The city initially had one airport at Renfrew. But with the surge of commercial flights that came in the 1960s, it became apparent that the existing airport couldn’t handle the traffic. Glasgow Corporation chose the former airbase at Abbotsinch as the city’s new Airport.

According to Prof Dugald Cameron, author of a book on the history of Glasgow airport and who took part in a commemorative flight, the airport that was situated at Renfrew couldn’t handle any expansion during the rapid development of air travel.

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He said: “The airport was expanded to twice its size on two occasions during the second world war. This was done to cope with the demands of the war. The airport was so constrained in terms of size that further development was simply impossible. The reality of the situation became clear when larger and more space-demanding planes began to be built. It was just too small.

The terminal building at Renfrew Airport, which was designed by Sir William Kinnimonth in 1954 was torn down after the airport’s closure in 1966.

Loganair airline, Icelandair, and Aer Lingus were the earliest airlines to operate at Glasgow airport. They have been present through the years consistently in its 50 years of existence, a period which has seen general growth in the airline industry.

Scott Grier, who is a former chairman at Loganair Airline said: “From day one, we have always been the resident airline at Glasgow Airport. We started operations at Renfrew Aerodrome before moving there. There’s nothing we haven’t seen.

He went on to say: “Before just a few years ago, we were operating from one of the last two hangars from World War 2 before they got bulldozed.”

Passenger traffic at Glasgow airport is expected to reach record levels this year. Travellers can only hope there will be a corresponding expansion in parking spaces for them to have more Glasgow airport park and ride discounts.

“The airport has been an important part of Scottish life and economy. Few people are aware that the airport is only 50 years old,” said Amanda McMillan, who is the current CEO.

“Glasgow airport only started with just 3 operating airlines. Today, there are over 30 covering more than 110 destinations all over the world,” she said.

The increased traffic means it is now a good idea to book in advance if you want online Glasgow Airport parking discount codes

9 million people use the airport every year, but Ms McMillan expects to see the highest number of passengers in the 50th anniversary year. There are indications that the traffic will go up to 10 million or more. This surge in traffic might make getting online Glasgow Airport Parking discount codes a little harder.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Rocket company SpaceX, notorious for repeatedly pre-announcing its first flight on Wikinews, cancels its latest attempt and defers further flights until 2006.

This latest launch attempt on the 19th December was cancelled due to structural issues with the first-stage fuel tank of the Falcon 1 rocket. An electrical fault caused a valve to shut inappropriately, and as fuel drained out a vacuum was created causing the side of the fuel tank to buckle inwards.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Citing violations of its policy regarding “Marine mammal items”, eBay terminated an online listing on Monday by the town of Cape St. George, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, for a 40 ft (12 m) sperm whale carcass reportedly beached upon its shores about a week prior.

With an initial asking price of 99 cents, bidding for the carcass reportedly rose to C$238.03 within 15 bids. Reports variously state the final price of the whale, prior to the removal of the listing from the auction site on Monday at about 2:30pm, was C$2,025 or C$2,075. Listed in eBay’s “really weird” category, the carcass was considered by eBay to be an example of “items made from marine mammals regardless of when the product was made”, which are prohibited as per site rules.

Following a council meeting on Sunday in the town of 950 residents, Cape St. George’s mayor, Peter Fenwick, put the whale up on the auction site in a bid to have it removed from the town’s premises, citing a lack of cooperation from provincial and federal government officials on the matter. “It’s your problem, you solve it”, Fenwick recounted to The Globe and Mail (TGaM) as the response he received from them. Apart from eBay, Kijiji was also suggested as another avenue by which to sell the carcass.

Fenwick told CTV News, several years prior another sperm whale measuring 15 ft was beached in the area, but disappeared without incident, an act Fenwick attributed to be the work of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “This time”, he remarked, “the authorities have told us that it’s our whale, it’s our responsibility to get rid of it.”

On putting the carcass for sale, Fenwick remarked, “We knew we had to do something with it and this seemed to be the least expensive way of disposing of it.” In a news release, Fenwick highlighted a possible use for the carcass, particularly its bones. “The 40 foot sperm whale will make a spectacular exhibit once the fat and muscle is removed, and the town is asking museums and other organizations that could use a whale skeleton to contact the town for further details.”

On retaining the whale himself, Fenwick stated, “As a town we would dearly love to keep the whale and put it on exhibit in the town but the cost of such a venture would be hard to justify.” Fenwick told TGaM the whale was “in half decent shape”. “This one looks like it died very recently and hasn’t decomposed much”, which Fenwick suggested elsewhere was due to the whale’s present location, partially submerged in near-freezing water. However, Fenwick noted its close proximity to a residential area, saying homeowners who lived there were “very interested in seeing the whale gone.”

eBay was not the only organization who barred the sale from taking place. “We also got threatened by the federal department of the environment, and told to pull the ad off or they would prosecute us”, said Fenwick on the opposition he said he received from Environment Canada, which viewed the sale as contravening a federal act designed to protect endangered species. “I received a call from the federal department of the environment saying that you’re not allowed to sell any parts of sperm whales, even if they’re dead.” he added. “So I said, ‘Oh that’s very good, I’m glad to hear that, now can you send somebody over here to get rid of it for us?'” Fenwick’s request was met with a negative response from Environment Canada.

“They’ve got to sort it out somehow. The uncertainty means it just sort of sits there and rots.” Once decomposition sets in, Fenwick remarked the carcass would become a “real nuisance”. “I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a whale that’s been rotting on the beach for a couple of months — actually sometimes you can’t see it for the clouds of flies around it — but you can smell it for about a mile”, he added.

On finding alternate means to dispose of the carcass, Wayne Ledwell, a member of Newfoundland’s Whale Release and Strandings, suggested the whale be towed out to a remote area. “They need to do that right away, when they come in and they’re fresh,” said Ledwell. “No one wants to go touch them … everything becomes gooey and slippery and you can’t stand up on the whale and it gets on your boots and you can’t get the smell off and then you go home and the dog rolls in it and you get it in your kitchen and you curse the whales, and you curse the government and … it becomes a mess.” Fenwick said they’d considered the idea, enlisting a local fisherman who, however, judged his engine too small for the job.

Previously, blue whale carcasses washed ashore in the towns of Trout River and Rocky Harbour, located about 150 km further north, and were taken by Royal Ontario Museum for preservation of the skeletons. Fenwick suggested the sperm whale carcass in his town might also meet a similar fate, as the sperm whale’s status as the largest toothed whale might prove to be a drawing attraction for such a facility.

Regarding what he plans to do next with the carcass, Fenwick said “If we’re not allowed to sell it, we’re willing to drop our 99 cent price down to a zero.” He said he hoped some eBay bidder stays interested in the whale. “We’ll be glad to talk to them about giving them the whale. We’re hoping that’s not illegal.” He also said he hoped the publicity from the town’s predicament, which garnered national attention, and its unusual means of finding a solution, would draw in someone interested in taking the whale off his hands at their own expense.

Should the whale fall under new ownership, Fenwick advised it be moved away from the town to a beach devoid of people, and the blubber left as food for seagulls, insects, and other predators. He estimated “It’ll probably take a year or so to get down to the skeleton.” As monetary gain was reportedly not what the town cared about, Fenwick was willing to offer the carcass for free, though one report noted money raised from the listing could have gone towards the building of a skate park.

The listing on eBay, as put up by Fenwick, read:

This 40 foot sperm whale rolled up on the beach last week. The actual seller is the town of Cape St. George which is responsible for disposing of it before it starts to decay. Once the fat and flesh is removed you have a spectacular 40 foot skeleton of the largest toothed whale in the world, great for museums and other attractions. To prevent it rotting in the town it can be towed to isolated beaches on the Port au Port Peninsula to allow the seagulls and other birds to remove the flesh. Call 709-644-2290 or 709-649-7070 for more details.

Please note the successful bidder will have to remove the whale within 30 days

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Catherine Mullany, a newly married British woman, and her husband, Ben Mullany, have been shot while on honeymoon in Antigua. Catherine died on the scene, while Ben is in a critical condition in Hospital.

The families of the Mullanys have described themselves as “deeply shocked and devastated.”

The incident occurred at 05:00 Antigua time (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday, and it is being treated by police as a robbery. A police spokesperson described the incident. “Shortly after 5am this morning officers from the Bolans Police station responding to a call, arrived at Cocos Hotel and Restaurant in the Valley Church area, the scene of a murder.” UK police have been asked to help in the inquiry.

Catherine Mullany was a doctor, who, before her death, planned to become a GP. Ben was a physiotherapy student at the University of the West of England (UWE), which is located in Bristol, England. Mary Price, the Media Relations and Internal Communications Manager for UWE, gave Wikinews the following statement:

Ben Mullany is a third year physiotherapy student at the University of the West of England. Ben is a very good student who is greatly valued by staff and his peers. Staff and fellow students are deeply shocked to hear of this tragic incident. Our condolences go to his wife’s family and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
 This story has updates See British man dies five days after wife in honeymoon shooting 

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When you choose to create your own dog foods, you may justbe saving its life. It is a known fact that commercial dog foods contain wastethat can be extremely dangerous to your dog. Now I am not saying that all ofthe dog foods you see in the store are bad, but wouldn’t you feel betterunderstanding exactly what your dog was eating?

One of the best ways to help your dog have a long balancedlife-span is by simply managing what it takes. There are a ton ofdo-it-yourself dog foods formulas for in German Shepherds as well as other dog typesthat will create your pets go outrageous (and keep them feeling their best).These formulas for balanced dog foods meals contain all-natural substances thatare totally without any chemical preservative chemicals and ingredients thatcan be dangerous to your fuzzy buddy.

One of the excellent homemade dog food formulas that yourdog will love is a delightful hen food. You will need: 2 hen lower limbs orchests (skinless), 1 stalk pears – cut, 3 peeled and cut in half pumpkin, 2apples that are peeled and cut, 2 servings fresh grain and 5-6 servings ofdrinking water. Put the hen into a pot of cold drinking water. Add the pears,pumpkin and apples, and some sea to add some taste. Let it all cook for aroundtwo hours, or until the hen becomes soft. Add the grain and let everything makein low heat for about 30 minutes until the grain takes up most of the fluid.

Take the pot off of the burning. (Be Cautious not to getburned), and take the meat off the hen cuboids. When the hen meat is in thepot, awaken until everything is well combined, and then let it all awesome downbefore offering it to your dog.

Another one of my favorite do-it-yourself dog foods formulasfor In German Shepherds is a mouth-watering meat mix. The substances are reallysimple. All you need is 2.5 kgs of floor meat (or lamb), darkish grain, spinachstalks and 3 apples.

Fry floor meat, in a pan until fantastic darkish. Come 4-5servings of drinking water then add the spinach. Add the apples to the skilletwith the meat. Mix everything together in the pot, add spice up and providewith the darkish grain.

Don’t forget the gravy! – Basically – Add more taste to yourformulas for balanced dog foods with this amazing gravy. The substances are: 1boneless and skin no cost hen, 4 servings drinking water, a cup of flour and 2 eggs(beaten). Take the hen for about 30 minutes, then individual the meat. Add someflour to the hen soup; use a take to eliminate the protuberances. Add the usualegg. Cook until the mix is wide. Use a blender to mix hen meat, and then add tothe gravy. Refrigerate.

What food would be complete without the desert? Create yourown dog foods freezing cure that will create your dog go bananas! Here are theneeded ingredients: 32 oz vanilla flavoring natural, 2 tablespoons. Peanutbutter, 1 crushed bananas or a jar of baby foods (fruit). In home-made dogfoods formulas like this, all you have to do is combination everythingtogether, and you get a delightful cure for your canine buddy.

These are just a few excellent formulas you can use tocreate your own dog foods. As you can see, they are hassle-free and you willnot have to worry about the health of your dog nowadays.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A small plane, piloted by sixteen-year-old Ryan McCall, crashed near Orange County Airport in Virginia, at about 9:45 a.m. local time Sunday morning, police said. He was killed in the accident.

The boy, Ryan McCall, a sophomore at Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania County, was alone on the plane. The plane, a 1974 Piper, model PA28140, crashed in a field just east of the airport. The plane belonged to Springfield, Virginia resident William Rushing III.

Flying instructors suggested birds might have contributed to the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are continuing their investigation as to what actually happened. Sixteen-year-old pilots are common, according to Virginia Aviation Board President Johnny Meza. He said a sixteen-year-old flying either alone or with a certified pilot is allowed. The NTSB predicted five to ten business days for a preliminary report.

The Spotsylvania County school district sent out a memorandum saying the school’s administration is working with counsellors to help students cope with the loss of their classmate. The statement said in part, “We were very saddened to hear the news about the death of Riverbend High Sophomore Ryan McCall.” Grief counsellors were available at the school to provide support to students.

The boy’s remains were sent to a medical examiner’s office for autopsy.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

The American auto company Chrysler filed for bankruptcy Thursday, however a deal with European auto maker Fiat went through. The emerging Chrysler will be owned 55 percent by the United Auto Workers, eight percent by the United States Government, two percent by the Canadian Government and Fiat would begin with a 20 percent share.

Chrysler Chief Executive Robert Nardelli will step down when the bankruptcy proceedings are finalized.

Initially, the Italian company, Fiat, will appoint three members on the emerging Chrysler’s new board, and the United States government will appoint six. Fiat can assume the majority of the ownership upon repayment of American loans.

Chrysler administrators expect that the bankruptcy should take a couple of months.

“We expect this to be a very short, 30-to-60-day bankruptcy process, during which the company will function normally,” a top administration official said, “People will be able to buy cars, they will have their warranties honored, and everything should go on normally.”

The bankruptcy filing indicated that Chrysler was in debt to 20 creditors to a tune of more than $10 million each.

Meanwhile, the deal with Fiat did go through, and Chrysler should have cars designed by Fiat out on the market by 2011.

“It’s a partnership that will give Chrysler a chance not only to survive, but to thrive in a global auto industry,” said American president Obama, “Fiat has demonstrated that it can build the clean, fuel-efficient cars that are the future of the industry.”

However, automotive analyst Erich Merkle has hesitations.

“History would show that alliances really don’t work that well,” Merkle said, “even though, no matter how good they may look on paper.”

The restructuring has been managed by Steve Rattner, a former investment banker, and the U.S. Government auto task force.

Obama has set three ultimatums before Fiat. Fiat should produce a 40 mile per gallon vehicle while managing the new Chrysler, transfer fuel efficient Fiat technology to Chrysler factories in the United States, and produce cars in Chrysler factories and distribute them in Europe.

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Submitted by: Colleen Langenfeld

Potty training dolls are a popular toilet training resource. While there are differing features available, in a nutshell, a potty training doll is a doll (or sometimes a stuffed animal) that can “drink” water and then “pees”, thus modeling for a toddler the potty training process.

But just how effective are these dolls?

To answer this question, let’s look at the pros and cons of using this resource.

The pros of using potty training dolls.

– Connecting the dots.

The act of watching the doll take in water and then let it out again on the potty chair is a powerful training tool that is extremely effective at helping most toddlers quickly understand the potty process.

This in turn helps a child understand exactly what a parent expects of them. Potty dolls help clear up confusion during the potty training process.

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– Teachers are learners.

After you have shown your toddler how to use the potty chair by watching the potty doll, your child can continue to “train” the potty doll, effectively practicing toilet training in the process.

A couple of days focused on this type of training and you could have a child who is out of diapers and well on her way to being potty trained.

– Taking advantage of natural bents.

Little girls are often thought of as using a potty doll because girls like to play with dolls and are often nurturing people.

However, that is a short sighted thought.

Little boys love the companion angle of a doll, stuffed animal or action figure. A potty doll can become a trusted friend for a boy who is working at this important milestone of growing up. Sometimes a parent simply asking whether the potty doll needs to go potty is enough of a reminder for a child to use the potty, too.

What about the flip side? The cons to using potty training dolls.

– Watch out for different features.

Some training dolls hold their liquid and “wet” on demand, exactly when you want them to. Others potty immediately upon being given their bottle.

Some are bulky and difficult to use, working fine in an adult’s hands but not in a child’s, which can lead to frustration.

– More mess.

If a child can easily use his potty doll, he just might use it everywhere.

This could result in water going where you don’t want. You’ll need to supervise usage, at least at first.

– The cost factor.

Most of the time this is not a con; these dolls are priced quite well. However, I have seen some costing much, much more than the average. What are you getting for so much more money? Look carefully and compare all features to other similar dolls before buying.

Bottom line? Potty training dolls are a great toilet training tool, especially if your child is unsure of what the potty process is all about.

In fact, many of the potty-train-in-one-day methods rely heavily on a potty training doll to get their message across to a toddler – fast.

Consider the unique personality of your own child plus the details of how you would use this resource and you’ll make an informed decision that will help your child make forward movement in the toilet training process.

About the Author: Colleen Langenfeld has potty trained four kids and helps other moms get more out of their mothering at http://www.paintedgold.com . Toilet train faster using her potty reward charts and creative ideas plus uncover more about

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