Monday, December 26, 2005According to the Scotsman newspaper, the directors of the 2012 London Olympics have insisted that the city won the right to host the games “fairly and squarely” after claims were touted by an Israeli official that a “potentially decisive vote was cast in error by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) official”

The Israeli official, Alex Gilady, claims that in the third round of voting, Greek delegate Lambis Nikolaou may have accidentally voted for Paris rather than Madrid, resulting in eliminating Madrid rather than Paris from the final round.

London spokesmen and bid leaders have dismissed the claims as “folklore stories”, “totally irrelevant” and “tittle-tattle”, while the CEO of the Madrid bid told the London Times, “We were very close to winning. We can never know if the Greek vote would have been decisive, but it is lamentable for one human error to have ruined all our hard work.”

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Haven’t we all noticed all those amazing photos that look just like any ordinary photo but with more depth, coloring and it seems like they were edited with some softer to achieve that? And you happen to be right, there are numerous photo editing software packages that can aid you to enrich your own photo, programs such as Gimp1.0, Corel Photo Paint9, however the most effective one is Adobe PhotoshopCS3, if employed appropriately this piece of software program will greatly enhance your photos to a point where your pals will think they had been taken by a pro photographer.The consequences of utilizing Photoshop CS by the professional and amateur photographers, and even by those individuals who desire to do much more with their pictures may be amazing. Here we give you the advantages of using this kind of software. And remember you might not obtain the perfect result on your very first try, still practice makes perfect and don’t quit until eventually you are fully pleased with the glance of your photo.

Retouch — Have you ever had a awful moment and you couldn’t get the desired look? Photoshop CS4 provides you the chance to ‘touch up your own pictures’. Remove those freckles, lighten your teeth, cover up the pimples, broaden your smile, that is only the beginning of what Photoshop CS4 might do to suit your needs. So instead of spending hundreds and hundreds of greenbacks for make-up to get those wonderful photographs, you may use software, that can help you save your time, dollars and also of lots of headache.

Make-Up – From retouch to transforming. Once you have a smooth appearance lets begin by giving you azure eye matched with hot reddish lips and hair that looks just like it is been professionally done in a hair saloon. These are a few of the effects that digital make-up may give you.


Colors that Pops – Would you prefer to become the dominant figure on the background of the photograph and to be different from all other things? Photoshop CS4’s color-popping could do that. That goes over some others pieces in the photo and leaves the theme in full colour providing this ‘color-popping’ effect.

Motion Blur Effect – How exciting is the thought that almost everything else in the photo may be designed to look unimportant compared with the subject in the photograph. Photoshop CS4 may simply turn the customer’s interest on the theme without having many other things in the photo.

Warhol Pop Art – Every one of us want to be innovative in some way. Pop art provides comic looks on the artwork producing vibrant well-defined paintwork, defined lines, shadowing, and very clear description of things, signs and subjects such as like Marilyn Monroe. Working with Photoshop CS4 this Warhol Pop Art effect may be simply obtained by applying the threshold tool and later on altering the tones of the area of interest and the backdrop. You can easily change any photo to art and have it printed and stretched.When it takes to showing your pics with family members, pals or perhaps colleagues, we all wish to look like a thousand bucks, and all of us desire to keep all those perfect pics. These are some of the options that Photoshop CS3 can give to you. Photoshop CS4 is also useful software program for all those individuals that are in the process of creating a web site and would like to put completely uniqueimages on their own web site. This kind of software program may be useful for anyone who thinks that there is no limitation in regard to to the world of digital photos.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A tree known as the Anne Frank Tree, a 150 year-old chestnut tree that was made famous in the writings of Anne Frank‘s diary, has been saved from being chopped down by a Dutch court.

Frank was a Jewish girl who was hiding from the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II and often referred to the tree as being “comforting” as she looked out the hidden apartment skylight.

Officials for the city of Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Museum state that the tree is infected with a fungus and poses a public health hazard as they argue that it was in imminent danger of falling over. It had been scheduled to be cut down on Tuesday, but was saved after an emergency court ruling.

Judge Jurjen Bade said the tree did not pose an “acute danger” and ruled out what he called “extreme measures,” such as cutting it down immediately because conservationists claimed that it could be saved, and the city did not consider other alternatives to cutting it down.

According to the city the tree would have been replaced with an offspring of the original tree.

“We would rather have a young living tree that will be ten meters tall in ten years,” said the director of the museum, Hans Westra.

People have even begun to sell the tree’s chestnuts on auction websites like eBay where one of the nuts reportedly reached a bid of US$10,000.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A fire on Sunday night in the seven-storey carpark for the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England destroyed almost all the vehicles parked inside and led to cancellation of the final evening of the Liverpool International Horse Show and evacuation of nearby blocks of flats. The blaze reportedly started with a parked Range Rover Discovery.

Investigators with the fire brigade stated that they believe the fire began with an accidental engine fire in the Range Rover at about 4.30 pm. The first call was made at 4.42 and firefighters arrived eight minutes after that. Ultimately twelve engines and 85 firefighters were involved in combatting the blaze. Aerial appliances were used and also three high-volume pumps. Fed by the fuel in vehicles parked inside, the temperature of the fire in the carpark is believed to have reached as high as 1,000°C. It was too hot to be extinguished with water from hydrants, so a high-volume pump was used to draw water from the River Mersey, and two more were brought from other fire brigades in the region.

The carpark has seven storeys and a capacity of 1,600 vehicles, and approximately 1,300 were parked in it when the fire broke out. According to Dan Stephens, chief fire officer for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, almost all of them were destroyed, with the exception of a few parked on the top level and at corners. “With these very high temperatures, you were never going to put the fire out without the whole building taking hold. The speed at which the fire spreads means you simply aren’t going to put it out,” said Stephens.

The carpark itself was severely damaged; according to Joe Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool. It is not in danger of collapsing but will have to be demolished, which will be difficult with the many burned-out cars still inside it, Anderson told the BBC.

According to Stephens, there were no serious injuries: one woman injured her hand, and two people were treated for smoke inhalation. A spokesman for the Echo Arena also stated that all animals were safe. All horses were successfully evacuated from the carpark and then removed from the stables after smoke spread to them. Six dogs were also rescued unharmed, two on a lower level in the early stages of the fire and four that had been left in a car on the top level, freed by firefighters on Monday after the fire was put out.

The final evening of the four-day Liverpool International Horse Show had been scheduled to begin at 7.30, and had to be cancelled. Many attendees were stranded in the city on New Year’s Eve night. Merseyside police directed people to the Pullman Hotel, where Red Cross assistance was available, and the Liverpool City Council set up an assistance centre at the Lifestyles Gym. A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers has said that insurance companies will “move very quickly” to reimburse owners whose vehicles were destroyed.

Nearby blocks of flats were evacuated because of the smoke. Eyewitnesses reported hearing what they at first thought were firecrackers, then “multiple explosions”, “bangs and popping”, “the bangs of car windows exploding”. People reported leaving everything in their cars, including their cellphones, and running for their lives.

Mayor Anderson tweeted that cuts to fire services over the last two years made it significantly harder to fight the fire and might have caused it not to be controllable. He also suggested that fire safety in multi-storey carparks had not been sufficiently considered and that installing sprinklers in them might help stop future fires before they become unmanageable, in a letter to Nick Hurd, a member of Parliament.

Wednesday, November 9, 2005 British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has suffered what some consider a humiliating political defeat after the House of Commons dismissed a controversial government proposal to permit the detention of terror suspects for up to 90 days without bringing charges. Under current UK anti-terrorism laws, suspects can be held for up to 14 days without any charges being made against them.

Members of Mr Blair’s Labour Party used the vote to rebel against the proposal, with a crucial 49 tipping the balance to reject it by 322 votes to 291. It was the first Commons defeat for Mr Blair in his 8 years as Prime Minister. Later, a second proposal to extend the detention time limit for terror suspects to 28 days was passed by 323 votes to 290.

The police called for new powers after the bomb attacks in London on July 7, 2005. They argued that because anti-terrorist investigations can take considerable time, the new powers would have been justified. Critics are sceptical of these claims. Opponents believe that by effectively giving the government the right to imprison for up to three months anyone who it alleged to have been involved in terrorism, without having to present any charges in court to justify the detention, the bill could have led to abuses of power.

Leaders of the opposition parties were delighted with the results. Conservative leader Michael Howard said the vote had “diminished” the Prime Minister’s authority and that he should tender his resignation. Charles Kennedy, leader of the Liberal Democrats, called Mr Blair a “lame duck”.

Speaking after the result of the vote was announced, Mr Blair accused those who’d opposed the measure of being “out of touch”, talking of a “worrying gap between parts of Parliament and the reality of the terrorist threat and public opinion”.

Former Conservative ministers Peter Lilley and Stephen Dorrell criticised the government for using senior police officers to lobby MPs over the vote. They characterised this as the “politicisation of the police”.

Man and van: commercial vehicle soundproofing


Jason H Walker

Anyone whos ever driven a van for a living will know that they have never been the most comfortable of vehicles. In many ways its understandable as theyre there for a purpose, and thats to do a job. Theyre the workhorses of manufacturing and delivery drivers. Whats most important is that these vehicles need to be totally reliable and dependable. Yes they can be threadbare and a little Spartan, but thats a small price to pay for the greater good.

But time has moved on, and things have now changed. Vehicle designers now appreciate that commercial vehicle drivers deserve a bit of peace and quiet too, so the modern breed of van is an entirely different animal these days to what weve been accustomed to. Unfortunately, there are still quite a lot of older vans on the road that are noisy and uncomfortable to drive. However, changes in health and safety legislation have meant that companies now have to modify these vehicles to protect their staffs health. The Noise at Work regulations now places the responsibility on the employer to ensure that personnel are not exposed to excessive levels of noise whilst travelling in company vehicles.

Most businesses who are compelled by this legislation to make the necessary changes to fleet vehicles, probably expect the cost of soundproofing commercial vehicles to be prohibitive, but the fact of the matter is that it neednt be. There are a number of companies that produce and manufacture a range of commercial vehicle soundproofing products that are both highly efficient and cost-effective. These companies work extensively with many responsible commercial companies, and help them to retro-fit both individual vehicles and whole company fleets. Sound proofing a commercial vehicle is easily achieved by reducing the engine noise, road noise and also the vibrations and the amplification effect generated in the rear of the vehicle. Soundproofing products are now also widely used in industrial vehicles like tractors, forklift trucks, surveillance vehicles, police dog vans, mod trucks, mini bus conversions, mini diggers, and mobile recording studios.

What sort of commercial vehicle soundproofing products are available?


Manufacturers produce a whole range of soundproofing products for commercial vans and vehicles. All of these tailored products deliver significant noise reduction and excellent thermal insulation properties. Below are just some of the typical soundproofing products available for use in retro-fitted commercial vehicles:

Engine Bay Solutions

Vibrasorb panels are applied to the bonnet lid to reduce vibrations and absorb engine noises.

Barrier Mat is applied to the bulkhead, inner wings and wheel arches where possible to reduce noise and vibration

Acoustic EngineBlankets are fitted over the engine.

Interior Cab Solutions

Barrier Mat is applied inside the cab to the seat boxes, doors, front wheel arches, and footwells.

Sound Barrier sheetsare used on the front floors, under the seat boxes and between the seats.

Rear Panel and Floor Options

Barrier Mat or Egg Box vehicle soundproofing materials can be used to reduce the drumming of rearside and roof panels.

Sound Barrier can be used on the floor areas.

Lead Sandwich or Barrier Mat can be used on rear wheel arches.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Today the New Zealand Government announced that they had a record surplus of NZ$11.5 billion for the 2005 and 2006 financial year. This amount was $2.5 billion more than the government expected to get, however $1.8 billion of the surplus was because of a change to the recording of the tax take.

However the surplus is now going to put more pressure on the government to put tax cuts on the cards. Both the Labour and United Future parties are reviewing cutting business tax. But the National party says that with the big surplus they can afford to cut both business tax and personal tax.

However finance minister, Doctor Michael Cullen, said the amount of cash available for tax cuts will be clearer in December.

John Key, finance spokesman for National, said: “The surplus makes a mockery of claims made by Michael Cullen before the last election that tax cuts were unaffordable and would put at risk core primary services. When surpluses are this enormous, any veiled hope the government had that it is not overtaxing people will rapidly evaporate.”

Cullen said: “The Government’s “robust” financial position was a firm base for the future, but it was not an indication of how much room he had for tax cuts or spending.”

Phil O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Business New Zealand said: “The business tax reduction from 33 to 30 cents planned for April 2008 could be brought forward to April 2007. The last time the business rate was cut, in 1989, business tax revenue actually went up. In the decade before 1989, revenue averaged around $1 billion a year, while in the decade after, it averaged nearly $3 billion a year – in other words, revenue nearly tripled.

“It [tax] should be put to use in a way that truly benefits New Zealand,” O’Reilly added.

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Monday, October 30, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Etobicoke—Lakeshore (Ward 5). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include John Chiappetta, Joseph Mignone, Peter Milczyn (incumbent), Arthur Roszak, and Bojidar Tchernev.

Interviewed are newcomer Joseph Mignone, and incumbent Peter Milczyn. Click on either of their names to read their responses.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

Rhinoplasty Complications



Jhon Cena

Many people wish to undergo rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of their nose. Nose surgery should only be performed by a qualified surgeon, such as an appropriately trained ENT surgeon. Rhinoplasty can be quite demanding to perform due to the anatomical complexities of the nose and the skill required to produce natural looking results. Like with all types of nose surgery, there is also a risk of complications associated with the surgical procedure. In such cases the ENT surgeon may recommend further treatment, or even a second rhinoplasty.

Below are a number of complications that could potentially develop after rhinoplasty: – Nose bleed: It is relatively common for some patients to experience nose bleeds post operatively. This can happen within the first six to eight hours after rhinoplasty, or up to five to ten days after nose surgery. The bleeding can in most cases be stopped by simply placing packs in the nose. In very rare cases, patients may need to have another operation to stop the bleeding. – Infection: Like with all forms of surgery, infection is possible post rhinoplasty. If a patient experiences symptoms of infection such as fever, redness, blocked nose or sore throat post surgery, it is important that they consult with their general practitioner or ENT surgeon to ensure it can be appropriately treated. – Hole in septum: In rare cases, a hole in the septum (the thin wall that divides the two nostrils) can be caused by nose surgery. Generally, this condition does not cause much problem, and patients can continue with their daily lives in the usual manner. However, in some cases a hole in the septum may result in a whistling noise when a patient breathes, together with crusting, blockage and nose bleeds. In such cases, an ENT surgeon may recommend further nose surgery to repair the hole.- Numbness in Teeth: Another rare side-effect that can occur after rhinoplasty is a feeling of numbness in the teeth. In most cases this problem settles with time, and generally a visit to a doctor is not required. ENT London is a highly reputed ENT clinic in London that specialises in rhinoplasty. Led by Professor RS Dhillon, the team of highly qualified ENT surgeons at ENT London are fully accredited specialists registered with the UK General Medical Council. They bring with them a unique depth of expertise in the management of ENT disorders, and are committed to offering the highest level of patient care.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

The Kennedy Center announced that its 30th presentation of the Kennedy Center Honors would go to pianist Leon Fleisher, comedian Steve Martin, singer Diana Ross, director Martin Scorsese and musician Brian Wilson. The Center was opened to the public in 1971 and was envisioned as part of the National Cultural Center Act, which mandated that the independent, privately-funded institution would present a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances, commission the creation of new artistic works, and undertake a variety of educational missions to increase awareness of the arts.

In a statement, Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman said that “with their extraordinary talent, creativity and perseverance, the five 2007 honorees have transformed the way we, as Americans, see, hear and feel the performing arts.”

Fleisher, 79, a member of the Peabody Institute‘s music faculty, is a pianist who lost use of his right hand in 1965 due to a neurological condition. He became an accomplished musician and conductor through the use of his left hand. At 67, he regained the use of his right hand. With the advent of Botox therapy, he was once more able to undertake two-hand performances in 2004, his first in four decades. “I’m very gratified by the fact that it’s an apolitical honor,” Fleisher said. “It is given by colleagues and professional people who are aware of what [an artist] has done, so it really is apolitical — and that much more of an honor.”

Martin, 62, a comedian who has written books and essays in addition to his acting and stand-up comedy career, rose to fame during his work on the American television program Saturday Night Live in the 1970’s. Schwarzman praised his work as that of a “renaissance comic whose talents wipe out the boundaries between artistic disciplines.” Martin responded to the honor saying, “I am grateful to the Kennedy Center for finally alleviating in me years of covetousness and trophy envy.”

Ross, 63, was a product of Detroit‘s Brewster-Douglass Projects when as a teeager she and friends Mary Wilson and Florence Ballardis formed The Supremes, a ground-breaking Motown act. She portrayed singer Billie Holiday in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues, which earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award. “Diana Ross’ singular, instantly recognizable voice has spread romance and joy throughout the world,” said Schwarzman. Ross said she was “taken aback. It is a huge, huge honor and I am excited to be in this class of people.”

Scorsese, 64, is one of the most accomplished directors the United States ever produced, whose work includes Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, GoodFellas, Cape Fear, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Departed, for which he won a 2006 Academy Award for Best Director after being nominated eight times. Scorsese said, “I’m very honored to be receiving this recognition from the Kennedy Center and proud to be joining the company of the very distinguished individuals who have received this honor in years past.”

Wilson, 65, along with his brothers Dennis and Carl, formed the Beach Boys in 1961. They had a series of hits that included “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Their 1966 album Pet Sounds is considered one of the most influential recordings in American music. “This is something so unexpected and I feel extremely fortunate to be in the company of such great artists,” said Wilson, who is currently on tour.

The Kennedy Center’s board of trustees is responsible for selecting honorees for “lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.” Previous honorees, including Elton John and Steven Spielberg, also submitted recommendations. A wide variety of people were under consideration, including Emanuel Ax, Evgeny Kissin, Renee Fleming, Laurence Fishburne, Francis Ford Coppola, Melissa Etheridge and Kenny Chesney.

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will attend the center’s presentation at its opera house on December 2, 2007, which will broadcast on December 26 on CBS.