May 02

FEMA accused of misusing trained disaster workers as public-relations workers

Monday, September 12, 2005 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being criticized for misallocation of personnel in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. FEMA representatives said they requested volunteers from fire departments around the U.S., to handle its community relations campaign. However, a document FEMA sent to local fire departments asked for firefighters with very specific skills and who were capable of working in “austere conditions”. Fire departments around the nation responded by sending crews to the FEMA staging ground in Atlanta. Some of these crews were unaware that they were only going to be used for public relations work. Others, however, merely hoped that FEMA would allocate them to rescue and damage control operations once it saw their qualifications.

The firefighter’s objections are particularly poignant as one of FEMA public relations training seminars coincided with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin plea for firefighters on national television, to relieve his own exhausted crews. It is unclear if FEMA’s request for firefighters prevented any municipalities from responding to Mayor Nagin’s request.

Some firefighters have objected to their use as FEMA public relations officers because their municipalities must bear the cost of their salaries, as well as endure reduced firefighting capacity. FEMA has stated that it sought to use firefighters to avoid background checks required of federal employees.

Firefighters began receiving their assignments Monday, September 5th. Among these was a crew of 50 assigned to tour the devastated areas with President Bush and the press.

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May 02

Gift Idea For A Friend With Breast Cancer 3 Tips

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By Susan Willis

Know someone with breast cancer? When you found out about their diagnosis, you were probably immediately saddened and dismayed. Just as it is for the person who has actually received a cancer diagnosis, their friends, family and co-workers can also experience a feeling of helplessness upon hearing the news.

Breast Cancer Is A Formidable Opponent

And, you are right to be concerned. Breast cancer forces women (and some men) to put up a valiant fight in order to have the chance of overcoming the disease. The treatments for breast cancer can be very trying and hard on the body, and the disruption in one’s lifestyle can add stress to the patient’s life.

The good news is that breast cancer is a very high-profile disease. With organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure and others raising awareness through organized walking events and other fundraisers, a lot of attention and money is put into fighting the disease each year.

The Fight Is Easier With Friends On Your Side

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There is good news for you, too. That is: you can actually make a difference in this person’s life. The good energy that comes from your visits, phone calls, letters, and other forms of attention can enliven their days and encourage progress toward healing.

The very best gift you can give a friend with breast cancer is your time. You may be concerned about visiting or calling too often, and your concerns may be well-founded given that they may not be feeling up to par. But, you can give in other ways. Offer to help run errands for them or take them to and from treatments.

Another way to give is to give an actual gift, of course.

Gift Ideas For A Friend With Breast Cancer

If you are looking for a gift idea for a friend with breast cancer, these 3 tips can help guide your search:

1. Focus on their interests – then go one step further: There is no one-size-fits-all gift. You need to start with the person’s interests in mind. But, take it one step further. For example, if she likes golf, you might NOT want to get her a golf club at this time (see below). But, instead you could get her a golf video, or a golf memento for the home, or a golf-themed crossword puzzle. You get the idea.

2. Express compassion with your gift: Your gift should be all about them – not you. Do not get something for them that you would want to receive. Rather, get them something they want. And, be sure to choose a gift that speaks of your compassion. There should be a gentleness and a thoughtfulness to the gift and to the message in any card you attach.

3. Be conscious of physical limitations: Obviously, you will want to avoid anything that they cannot immediately use or do now. As with the golf club example above, the gift should reflect their current situation. After all, it may be a while before they are able to go back to doing all of the things they love.

Follow these 3 tips when thinking of the right gift ideas for a friend with breast cancer.

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May 02

New ring discovered around Saturn, could explain dark side of its moon

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 

Astronomers have found a huge new ring around the planet Saturn. The faint dust ring extends up to 7.4 million miles (12 million km) from the planet and could fit over a billion Earths inside it, making it the largest in the Solar System. It could also solve a mystery about one of Saturn’s moons that has puzzled scientists for centuries.

The ring was found with the help of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, with details published today in the journal Nature. It is thought to consist of ice and dust from Saturn’s moon Phoebe, which is kicked up by collisions with comets and then drifts in towards the planet. The ring and moon both orbit in a plane inclined at 27 degrees to the other rings.

“This is one supersized ring,” said Dr Anne Verbiscer of the University of Virginia, one of the authors of the paper. Of Saturn’s other rings, the largest is the E-ring, a mere 150,000 miles (240,000 km) in diameter. Jupiter also has “gossamer rings” of a similar diameter to the E-ring. If the Phoebe ring was visible from Earth, it would appear twice as large in the sky as the full Moon.

However the newly found ring is extremely faint. It is made up of dust particles around 10 microns (thousandths of a millimetre) in size, and according to Verbiscer, “In a cubic km of space, there are all of 10-20 particles.” This explains why it has evaded discovery until now. “If you were standing in the ring itself, you wouldn’t even know it.”

The Phoebe ring does not reflect much visible light, but the Spitzer telescope was able to pick up the dust’s faint infra-red glow. The telescope, launched in 2003, orbits the Sun and is roughly 66 million miles (107 million km) from Earth. It is one of NASA’s four Great Observatories.

The discovery could also finally account for the unusual appearance of Iapetus, another of the planet’s moons. When Iapetus was first observed in 1671 by astronomer Giovanni Cassini, its leading side was seen to be much darker than the other. Until now scientists had been unsure why this was. Now it is thought that the moon orbits in the opposite direction to the ring, and as Iapetus moves through the ring, dust builds up on its front surface. Verbiscer likens it to “bugs on a windshield.”

“Astronomers have long suspected that there is a connection between Saturn’s outer moon Phoebe and the dark material on Iapetus,” said Douglas Hamilton, another author of the paper. The material has been found to have a similar composition to Phoebe’s surface. “This new ring provided convincing evidence of that relationship.”

This is the second major discovery for astronomers studying Saturn in the past month. In September, evidence from the Cassini orbiter showed that Saturn’s other rings were far less flat than expected.

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May 01

Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

Sunday, September 6, 2009 

24-year-old Aman Kassaye, of no fixed abode, is to face a charge of attempted murder for his alleged role in an armed robbery that netted £40 million ($65 million) worth of jewelry from a London store.

Kassaye is the seventh man to be charged, and is also facing prosecution for conspiracy to rob the Graff store in New Bond Street, false imprisonment, and using a handgun to resist arrest. He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.

The other six men have already been remanded in custody until October 23, when they will appear at Kingston Crown Court. All are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, and two of them are also charged with a firearms offense.

43 diamond rings, watches, and bracelets were taken from the store. The theft occurred when two armed and suited men walked in and took an employee hostage. It has been reported they used prosthetic masks made from liquid latex but police have not confirmed this. Amateur footage also shows a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

The robbery is one of the biggest the United Kingdom has seen. After the crime a string of getaway vehicles was used, with police believing several more offenders assisted with this stage of the plan. Although The Telegraph claims no stolen property has yet been recovered, this is also unconfirmed by police.

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May 01

New ring discovered around Saturn, could explain dark side of its moon

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 

Astronomers have found a huge new ring around the planet Saturn. The faint dust ring extends up to 7.4 million miles (12 million km) from the planet and could fit over a billion Earths inside it, making it the largest in the Solar System. It could also solve a mystery about one of Saturn’s moons that has puzzled scientists for centuries.

The ring was found with the help of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, with details published today in the journal Nature. It is thought to consist of ice and dust from Saturn’s moon Phoebe, which is kicked up by collisions with comets and then drifts in towards the planet. The ring and moon both orbit in a plane inclined at 27 degrees to the other rings.

“This is one supersized ring,” said Dr Anne Verbiscer of the University of Virginia, one of the authors of the paper. Of Saturn’s other rings, the largest is the E-ring, a mere 150,000 miles (240,000 km) in diameter. Jupiter also has “gossamer rings” of a similar diameter to the E-ring. If the Phoebe ring was visible from Earth, it would appear twice as large in the sky as the full Moon.

However the newly found ring is extremely faint. It is made up of dust particles around 10 microns (thousandths of a millimetre) in size, and according to Verbiscer, “In a cubic km of space, there are all of 10-20 particles.” This explains why it has evaded discovery until now. “If you were standing in the ring itself, you wouldn’t even know it.”

The Phoebe ring does not reflect much visible light, but the Spitzer telescope was able to pick up the dust’s faint infra-red glow. The telescope, launched in 2003, orbits the Sun and is roughly 66 million miles (107 million km) from Earth. It is one of NASA’s four Great Observatories.

The discovery could also finally account for the unusual appearance of Iapetus, another of the planet’s moons. When Iapetus was first observed in 1671 by astronomer Giovanni Cassini, its leading side was seen to be much darker than the other. Until now scientists had been unsure why this was. Now it is thought that the moon orbits in the opposite direction to the ring, and as Iapetus moves through the ring, dust builds up on its front surface. Verbiscer likens it to “bugs on a windshield.”

“Astronomers have long suspected that there is a connection between Saturn’s outer moon Phoebe and the dark material on Iapetus,” said Douglas Hamilton, another author of the paper. The material has been found to have a similar composition to Phoebe’s surface. “This new ring provided convincing evidence of that relationship.”

This is the second major discovery for astronomers studying Saturn in the past month. In September, evidence from the Cassini orbiter showed that Saturn’s other rings were far less flat than expected.

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Apr 29

Aquabot Cleaners Clean Your Swimming Pool Water

Aquabot cleaners clean your swimming pool water

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This is the pool filter for the water cleaning. These devices work round the clock to filter out the tiny impurities. As the name implies, sand filters in the filter media. Water pushed into the bed from the top down through the sand filter hole. The pointed edge of the impurities in the sand particles held back, pure water from the bottom. However, as this cleaning process continues, more and more dust to build up in the filter. Therefore, increasing the pressure filter and water flow decrease. There is nothing more relaxing than a cool in the summer swimming pool. However, it is interesting that without the dilution water should remove dirt and any type of rubbish material. When this happens, you need to clean the filter, through a process Aquabot. In this process, water enters the filter from the bottom and exits the top. It washed away the sand between garbage collections. Dirty water, waste garbage material always checks from a swimming pool. This process should be repeated every few weeks. If the sand filter becomes very useful for dirt cleaning can be easily replaced. Its shortcomings, the use of sand filter, clean water is a lot of water loss from the pool, and this water must be replaced

Water filter cleaner element box in the shape of cylinder. These cylinders are made of polyester or any other material as a good filter surface. You can also add diatomaceous earth; the sand filter is more effective. This is the best Aquabot Pool cleaner is one, is a question one of the requirements and to prepare to clean up and modify a filter to improve efficiency. As the water through these filters, impurities are captured and retained them until they are clean. The filter cleaning is very easy. They may simply be washed with water from the aquabot cleaner. Some families even if they soaked in the washing liquid for some time, and then put them back into the pool. These filters are the most effective and most expensive. As the water through the tank, diatomaceous earth impurities screen as small as 5 microns are hindered. The process of cleaning the filter, the backwash water flow in the opposite direction, and eliminates the dust buildup in the filter. Dirty water and then discharge system. Therefore, after the filter water cleaning it can be useful some fresh filter. However, these filters run at higher pressure than the filter box, it can cause additional pressure loss and flow of the pump.

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Apr 29

New ‘clean water’ funding for Djibouti’s drought-stricken rural areas

Wednesday, July 4, 2007 

With the announcement Monday of €2 million in new funding from the European Union (EU), the Republic of Djibouti’s Ministry of Agriculture hopes to provide some relief to an estimated 25,000 rural inhabitants suffering through severe drought conditions. The money, to be channeled through UNICEF for its water and sanitation program, will be used to develop new wells and improve existing ones.

UNICEF is to contribute a further €60,000, as well as technical expertise to the Ministry of Agriculture, who will carry out the bulk of the work.

“The two-year water supply project targeting rural districts is very significant since people living in 45 villages and their 40,000 heads of cattle will have access to clean drinking water,” said Joaquin Gonzalez, EU Representative in Djibouti.

At the same time, the UN aid agency World Food Program (WFP) indicated that it is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF to gradually shift Djibouti’s reliance on emergency aid to a Food for Work program, which it hopes will assist nomadic herders in Djibouti with long-term sustainability. “What we are trying to do together with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF is, for example to dig wells so that despite drought, these herders will be able to irrigate their fields,” said Simon Pluess, WFP spokesman. “And, together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, we will try and promote vegetable gardens.”

Djibouti has survived harsh drought conditions for the past 5 years. Groundwater is the primary source of water for drinking and irrigation, but has been difficult to exploit and is often contaminated. Almost 50 percent of people in rural Djibouti do not have ready access to properly developed source of drinking water. And, due to the ongoing drought, water availability for livestock is limited. Livestock have shown signs of distress and, subsequently, milk production is down substantially.

Nearly half of all families in Djibouti’s northwest were forced to migrate to find pasture for their livestock. As the droughts continue, the importance of properly maintained wells has become apparent. “Life is harder and harder for us. Years ago there were more rains and also more pastureland for cattle. Now it is good for us to have functioning wells so that we can keep cattle here,” said Anou Amada, farmer in the village of Andoli.

A 2006 survey indicated that only 15 percent of wells in Djibouti were equipped with a protective concrete wall to prevent contamination. Andoli’s well is one of many undergoing repair through WFP’s Food for Work project.

“WFP couldn’t do this alone, so we work with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF to dig wells and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization for vegetable gardens,” said Benoit Thiry, Director, WFP in Djibouti.

When the project is completed in 2008, it will have increased Djibouti’s water pump capacity by adding 25 solar-power pumps, which would compliment the current 61 diesel-powered pumps. “The advantage of solar…is that it is much cheaper and requires less maintenance,” said Omar Habib, UNICEF communication specialist. “We want the people to participate and to appropriate these pumping stations. The government’s role in the long term should be as restricted as possible,” he added.

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Apr 29

Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

Sunday, September 6, 2009 

24-year-old Aman Kassaye, of no fixed abode, is to face a charge of attempted murder for his alleged role in an armed robbery that netted £40 million ($65 million) worth of jewelry from a London store.

Kassaye is the seventh man to be charged, and is also facing prosecution for conspiracy to rob the Graff store in New Bond Street, false imprisonment, and using a handgun to resist arrest. He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.

The other six men have already been remanded in custody until October 23, when they will appear at Kingston Crown Court. All are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, and two of them are also charged with a firearms offense.

43 diamond rings, watches, and bracelets were taken from the store. The theft occurred when two armed and suited men walked in and took an employee hostage. It has been reported they used prosthetic masks made from liquid latex but police have not confirmed this. Amateur footage also shows a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

The robbery is one of the biggest the United Kingdom has seen. After the crime a string of getaway vehicles was used, with police believing several more offenders assisted with this stage of the plan. Although The Telegraph claims no stolen property has yet been recovered, this is also unconfirmed by police.

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Apr 27

New ‘clean water’ funding for Djibouti’s drought-stricken rural areas

Wednesday, July 4, 2007 

With the announcement Monday of €2 million in new funding from the European Union (EU), the Republic of Djibouti’s Ministry of Agriculture hopes to provide some relief to an estimated 25,000 rural inhabitants suffering through severe drought conditions. The money, to be channeled through UNICEF for its water and sanitation program, will be used to develop new wells and improve existing ones.

UNICEF is to contribute a further €60,000, as well as technical expertise to the Ministry of Agriculture, who will carry out the bulk of the work.

“The two-year water supply project targeting rural districts is very significant since people living in 45 villages and their 40,000 heads of cattle will have access to clean drinking water,” said Joaquin Gonzalez, EU Representative in Djibouti.

At the same time, the UN aid agency World Food Program (WFP) indicated that it is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF to gradually shift Djibouti’s reliance on emergency aid to a Food for Work program, which it hopes will assist nomadic herders in Djibouti with long-term sustainability. “What we are trying to do together with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF is, for example to dig wells so that despite drought, these herders will be able to irrigate their fields,” said Simon Pluess, WFP spokesman. “And, together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, we will try and promote vegetable gardens.”

Djibouti has survived harsh drought conditions for the past 5 years. Groundwater is the primary source of water for drinking and irrigation, but has been difficult to exploit and is often contaminated. Almost 50 percent of people in rural Djibouti do not have ready access to properly developed source of drinking water. And, due to the ongoing drought, water availability for livestock is limited. Livestock have shown signs of distress and, subsequently, milk production is down substantially.

Nearly half of all families in Djibouti’s northwest were forced to migrate to find pasture for their livestock. As the droughts continue, the importance of properly maintained wells has become apparent. “Life is harder and harder for us. Years ago there were more rains and also more pastureland for cattle. Now it is good for us to have functioning wells so that we can keep cattle here,” said Anou Amada, farmer in the village of Andoli.

A 2006 survey indicated that only 15 percent of wells in Djibouti were equipped with a protective concrete wall to prevent contamination. Andoli’s well is one of many undergoing repair through WFP’s Food for Work project.

“WFP couldn’t do this alone, so we work with the Ministry of Agriculture and UNICEF to dig wells and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization for vegetable gardens,” said Benoit Thiry, Director, WFP in Djibouti.

When the project is completed in 2008, it will have increased Djibouti’s water pump capacity by adding 25 solar-power pumps, which would compliment the current 61 diesel-powered pumps. “The advantage of solar…is that it is much cheaper and requires less maintenance,” said Omar Habib, UNICEF communication specialist. “We want the people to participate and to appropriate these pumping stations. The government’s role in the long term should be as restricted as possible,” he added.

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Apr 26

Reasons To Buy Hyundai I10

By Gagan Modi

Hyundai Motor Co. is the second largest auto producer of the country that has given various successful cars to Indian masses including Hyundai Santro, Getz and Xing. Take its success charts a little higher the company has launched its new hatchback, Hyundai i10. Hyundai i10 is a stunning small car in town dazzling the eyes of many with its great features, high performance and best fuel economy. This car is a perfect paradigm of quality, style, comfort and, most importantly, reasonability. Hyundai I10 has become one of the top 5 selling small cars in India now.

Hyundai i10 sports two powerful petrol engines, one 1.1L IRDE, 1086cc petrol engine offering an average mileage of 16.7 kmpl and other is 1.2L 1197 cc Kappa petrol engine that provides an average performance of 18 kmpl over any road condition. Out of the nine variants of the car available currently, D-lite and Era are powered by the former while Magna, Sportz, Magna AT, Asta AT, Asta and Asta with sunroof run over the latter. The company has recently launched LPG version of Hyundai i10 which are a 1.1L iRDE2 engine under its hood. Hyundai i10 Magna AT and Asta AT has automatic speed transmission gearbox while the rest comprises of a manual one each. All these variants offer great pick-up and acceleration with maximum fuel efficiency that has made them rule the small car segment.

Now if you take a look at the car, you will notice some of the simple yet sophisticated things that can delight your mind. Clear headlamps, chrome added grille section, mind-numbing rear, new center radiator grille and bumper are few things to look for. This five seater small hatchback has ample space packed in it offering comfort to its occupants while the vehicle is spinning over the roads. Also there are various accessories fitted inside Hyundai i10 that adds to its worth as a small, compact yet comfortable car. Even safety is taken care of by offering dual front airbags, anti-brake locking system, reverse parking sensor, seat belt warning system and many more.

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Hyundai I10 has recent started facing off competition from new launches of Honda Brio, Toyota Liva, Ford Figo and facelift models been launched in Ritz and Swift. Hyundai I10 unlike completion cars like Liva, Figo, Ritz and Swift comes in Petrol , LPG and CNG Models, while other cars have diesel model too. Still in Petrol I10 is one of the best fuel efficient cars in India delivering better mileage and low maintenance.

To sum up, we can say Hyundai i10 is simple a spacious, stylish and eye catching car with everything that could interest an average man. Add to the charm are regular loyalty discount schemes from Hyundai for existing Hyundai owners which very few car manufacturers in India are offering. Not to forget that if you buy this car you will not only take home the guarantee of Hyundai but also a smooth, safe, comfortable and charming drive for your family which is enough to take you anywhere you wish to.

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