Sunday, November 5, 2006

On November 2, Ted Haggard resigned from the presidency of the National Association of Evangelicals and his pastorship in the New Life Church after allegations that he repeatedly engaged in homosexual sex with a prostitute (Mike Jones) and used methamphetamine.

Haggard, a critic of gay marriage and homosexuality, is a leading social conservative voice. Author Jeff Sharlet reported that Haggard “talks to. . . Bush or his advisers every Monday” and opines that “no pastor in America holds more sway over the political direction of evangelicalism.”

In his church, Haggard preached “we don’t have to debate about what we should think about homosexual activity, it’s written in the Bible.”

On Wednesday Haggard denied knowing the male escort, Jones, but admitted Friday that he had summoned the escort to give him a massage in a Denver hotel room and bought methamphetamine from him. He then followed up and said, “I was tempted, I bought it, but I never used it.”

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

An innovative “Children helping Children” project has been launched by local volunteers and students of a school in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Named the Chiang Mai Charity Calendar 2008 it serves the dual purpose of promoting their 700-year-old city, and supporting disadvantaged children.

Self-financed with no advertising, and produced by schoolchildren for a charitable cause, it is probably the first of its kind to surface in the travel industry, and something normally only in the domain of National Tourism Organizations.

The objectives are:

  1. Initially, to encourage well-off children to help poor kids in a ‘create and donate’ concept, using art pieces instead of money.
  2. To put Chiang Mai on the world map as a prime destination in its own right for leisure, conferences, medical tourism, high quality purchases, sports, education, studies, and not a stopover, as many perceive it to be.
  3. To raise funds for disadvantaged Thai children through sales of the calendar.
  4. To further motivate the kids who donated the paintings to continue doing worthwhile things – by letting them experience their own success, first hand.’

The students, all from Prem Tinsulononda International School, were invited to create original paintings depicting why “Chiang Mai is a Wonderful Place to Live”. This resulted in 93 entries from all ages and nationalities, thirteen of which were selected for inclusion in the not-for-profit 40-page 14-month full colour desk calendar. The production contains around 2000 words of original text, highlighting the city’s rich history, and relative inaccessibility for centuries, e.g.:

“The railway line did not reach the city until 1921, and the last stretch of paved road was not completed until 1972 … extraordinary to think that in the previous year the Apollo 15 crew had already driven vehicles on the moon”

It points out that in 2005, Travel+Leisure readers voted Chiang Mai into fifth place in the list of world’s best cities, acknowledges that the Asian economic building boom has had a negative impact, but adds:

“High buildings, highways and hypermarkets bow deferentially to antiquity, and in many cases their clumsy presence only serves to intensify the beauty of the city’s historical monuments – ancient chedis or graceful spires gloriously upstaging trendy modern architecture”

This colourful and useful product will carry its promotional message into homes and offices all around the world, and has been welcomed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand Director Northern Office Region 1, Mr. Junnapong Saranak, who in his introductory message in the calendar, remarks that it is unique, and ‘may even become a collector’s item’

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If you have a business, a powerful marketing tool that you can use is brochures. However, it is important that you first find a printing service that will provide quality prints that are clear and include sharp colors, images and text. When you begin looking for printers in Orange County for your brochures, you should consider the following factors.


Chances are you do not have unlimited funds for your brochure printing. This is why it is essential you complete a price check prior to placing your order. When you are trying to save money, comparing prices is a smart option. Also talk with the companies to find out the different packages that they offer and the prices that each of the packages cost. The goal is to find an affordable rate and quality prints. Taking some time to shop around can be well worth it in the end.


When you are having brochures printed, it is essential that you find a quality service so that your brochures will appear professional. You don’t want to wind up with brochures with blurry or unclear prints, jumbled text or dull looking colors. It is a good idea to ask for some examples of brochures the printing company has created in the past in order to determine if they can produce the quality of work that you want.


This is another important factor to consider when you are having brochures printed. Chances are you will want the brochure for a certain event or date, which means that you need to find a printer that can provide you with timely results. It is a good idea to find out how long the printer will take before you place your order. If it is going to take an excessive amount of time, then you might want to look for printing services elsewhere.

Having a brochure printed can provide you a great marketing tool for your business, organization, church group or sports team. For very basic designs, the printing is fairly inexpensive; however, the more elaborate the design becomes, the higher price you will have to pay. It is important to carefully consider all of this before you select a printing company to ensure that you find a quality service that offers affordable prices and that will be able to meet the needs of your business.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

An elderly Brooklyn, New York woman was found dead yesterday after a fire triggered by a voodoo ceremony caused a blaze in an apartment that left dozens homeless. The details of the ceremony were not clear, but sources say it led to sex.

An unidentified woman hired a Voodoo priest for $300, identified as Nelson (Pepe) Pierre, to perform a mystic ceremony meant to bring her good luck. The woman went to Pierre’s apartment, where she ended up in bed surrounded by lit candles which were mistakenly knocked over, setting the bedsheets on fire. In an effort to suppress the flames, Pierre splashed water from the bathroom sink on the sheets while his roommate, who was ironing at the time, opened a window for air. However, according to the New York Fire Department, wind gusting through the open window created a “blowtorch effect” which caused the fire to spread to the 4th floor hallway and into the 5th and 6th floors. The blaze killed one woman, three others were severely injured, and at least 20 firefighters were left with burn wounds.

Time and time again we respond to tragedies that could have been so easily prevented … hopefully others will learn from this tragedy

In an NYFD statement, Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said, “Time and time again we respond to tragedies that could have been so easily prevented. This fire had so many of those elements … hopefully others will learn from this tragedy.” It took hours for hundreds of firemen from dozens of companies to bring the raging fire under control.

Pierre, a man in his 60s, did not call 911 right away, but attempted to quell the fire using water from the bathroom sink. A source in law enforcement said, “Nobody sees a crime right now. It was an accident. Maybe they weren’t careful, but they did try to put it out.”

Mary Feagin, a 64-year old retired teacher, died in the blaze.

The New York Police Department is currently investigating the incident.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Wikinews extended invitations by e-mail on March 23 to multiple candidates running in the Texas’ 6th congressional district special election of May 1 to fill a vacancy left upon the death of Republican congressman Ron Wright. Of them, the office of Democrat Daryl Eddings, Sr. agreed to answer some questions by phone March 30 about their campaigns and policies. The following is the interview with Ms Chatham on behalf of Mr Eddings, Sr.

Eddings is a federal law enforcement officer and senior non-commissioned officer in the US military. His experience as operations officer of an aviation unit in the California National Guard includes working in Los Angeles to control riots sparked by the O. J. Simpson murder case and the police handling of Rodney King, working with drug interdiction teams in Panama and Central America and fighting in the Middle East. He is the founder of Operation Battle Buddy, which has under his leadership kept in touch with over 20 thousand veterans and their families. He was born in California, but moved to Midlothian, Texas. He endeavours to bring “good government, not no government”. Campaign manager Faith Chatham spoke to Wikinews on matters ranging from healthcare to housing.

An Inside Elections poll published on March 18 shows Republican candidate Susan Wright, the widow of Ron Wright, is ahead by 21% followed by Democrat Jana Sanchez with 17% and Republican Jake Ellzey with 8% with a 4.6% margin of error among 450 likely voters. The district is considered “lean Republican” by Inside Elections and voted 51% in favour of Donald Trump in last year’s US presidential election. This is down from 54% for Trump in 2016’s presidential election, the same poll stated.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton regained the IBF light welterweight title belt he relinquished less than 12 months ago when he defeated Juan Urango in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight.

“The Hitman” won by unanimous decision, as the fight went to 12 rounds. Despite early match odds suggesting Hatton would dominate the fight, this was not the case. Each round was close, but most pundits and judges alike agreed that Urango only won 1 of the 12 rounds, with Hatton taking the other 11.

Despite the unfamiliar confines of Las Vegas, Hatton looked touched by the ringing of football fan-like chants, familiar in British boxing, that rang around the arena, as more than half of it was filled by traveling support from across the atlantic.

Many in the UK will hope Hatton has ended the “curse” that has seen names such as Frank Bruno, Naseem Hamed, Barry McGuigan and others fall short while headlining fights on “The Strip”.

From here, it is widely believed “The Hitman” will move on to fight Jose Luis Castillo in June, again likely in Vegas.

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Submitted by: Claire Warrington

There is no way you can deny that touch screen digital signage is a lot more attractive than the static signs. Along with digital signage, the non profit organizations are also using kiosks and interactive walls to inform people about their campaigns and programs. When the non profit organizations are using these modes to inform the people about their new events, it is evident that people become more curious and will at least take the effort to go through the message. Sometimes going through the message carefully might make a difference. Using these techniques you are able to attract more donors as well.

In fact it has been seen that interactive technology like touch screen digital signage has brought about a new dimension in the fundraising possibility. The profit based organizations have been using this technology since a long time as they are able to attract more people and the cost involved is also comparatively less. With time, the technology has advanced and the non profit organizations have also started using them. They believe that with the cutting edge technology, they will be able to compensate for the scarce volume of fundraising.

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It is true that the traditional walls and static signage are still used by the non profit organizations, but touch screen digital signage will always have an edge over the other modes of advertising. These signs are able to influence and inspire the donors, volunteers and visitors because they function as the first point of contact.

With these signs, you can attract the attention of the target audience a lot more easily. In these signs you can include vibrant graphics, animation, video and various kinds of text messages which and hence add to the attractiveness of these signs. It can be said that these signs also give you the scope of performing interactive communication efficiently.

This technology can be used to share the stories of hope and gratitude of the various non profit organizations and charities. Since digital signage is an innovative way of messaging through the multimedia, you can add to the value of these signs by incorporating unique and informative content.

The best feature of this mode of technology is that it solves the age old problem of recognition of the non profit organizations. Touch screen signage helps the charities and churches attract popular attention. Another advantage of the touch screen digital signage is that you can modify the content and images as and when required. You can update the message from the comfort of your home; you only need to have an internet connection. Sometimes the signage technology also contains the feature of credit card swiping, so that a donor is able to make a donation if he/she feels like.

Today the touch screen mode of signage is becoming the order of the day for various non profit organizations because through these signs they can ensure donor recognition, communicate with the people better and promote their programs at the same time. Just look around and see how many promotions around you use this mode of technology.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

An American inventor has patented a pair of new time formats with a footprint less than 50% of that of conventional four-digit time. The more unusual of the two new formats, called “TWELV”, dispenses with numerals altogether. In place of clock hands or digits, the new clock uses color to convey the hour and a moon image to convey the minute, which moon slowly grows throughout the course of an hour from a narrow crescent to a full-fledged circle.

The second and more approachable of the new formats retains numerical digits to indicate the minute but uses colors to convey the hour.

Early critics question whether the aesthetic benefits of the moon-clock will be sufficient to encourage users to learn the color-based time-telling system. However, the size advantages of the new system may make it particularly suitable for mobile applications, particularly cell phones, wearable computers, and head-mounted displays.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Scotland has refused bail to the Libyan man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 despite his terminal cancer, as he can receive treatment in prison. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi was jailed in 2001 for the 1988 bombing of the transatlantic airliner, killing 270 people, but is seeking to have his conviction overturned.

Minutes after Edinburgh’s Appeals Court rejected bail on compassionate grounds Jim Swire, spokesman for the victim’s families who lost his daughter in the disaster, complained about the ruling. “It has never been a goal of our group to seek revenge,” said a lawyer outside the court reading from his statement. “The refusal of a return to his family for a dying man whose verdict is not even yet secure looks uncomfortably like either an aspect of revenge — or perhaps timidity.”

Al-Megrahi, a former intelligence officer, is 54 and serving a minimum of 27 years for the bombing. He has advanced prostate cancer which is spreading through his body. His request for bail was rejected by Lord Hamilton, Scotland’s head judge, who said that as doctors say he could live a few more years he should not be released unless and until after his appeal succeeds or his condition worsens.

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Some other doctors give his time as just months, as the cancer has reached his bones. Hamilton however said that palliative hormone treatment could prolong his life. Hamilton also said Al-Megrahi was not suffering “material pain or disability”.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission ruled last year that the conviction may be a miscarriage of justice. It said there was significant doubts to be raised over several key pieces of evidence in the original trial.

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Submitted by: Henry Kay

Question: 1

Which definition of a fork in Linux is true?

A. daemon to execute scheduled commands

B. parent directory name of a file pathname

C. macros for manipulating CPU sets

D. new process created by a parent process

Answer: C

Question: 2

Which identifier is used to describe the application or process that submitted a log message?

A. action

B. selecto

C. priority

D. facility

Answer: D

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Question: 3

Which protocol is expected to have NTP a user agent, host, and referrer headers in a packet capture?





Answer: C

Question: 4

Which evasion method involves performing actions slower than normal to prevent detection?

A. traffic fragmentation

B. tunneling

C. timing attack

D. resource exhaustion

Answer: A

Question: 5

Which type of attack occurs when an attacker is successful in eavesdropping on a conversation between two IPS phones?

A. replay

B. man-in-the-middle

C. dictionary

D. known-plaintext

Answer: B

Question: 6

Which definition of permissions in Linux is true?

A. rules that allow network traffic to go in and out

B. table maintenance program

C. written affidavit that you have to sign before using the system

D. attributes of ownership and control of an object

Answer: A

Question: 7

Which definition describes the main purpose of a Security Information and Event Management solution ?

A. a database that collects and categorizes indicators of compromise to evaluate and search for potential security threats

B. a monitoring interface that manages firewall access control lists for duplicate firewall filtering

C. a relay server or device that collects then forwards event logs to another log collection device

D. a security product that collects, normalizes, and correlates event log data to provide holistic views of the security posture

Answer: D

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