August 23rd, 2019

Preparing For A New Home Air Conditioner Installation

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After finding out that the old heating and cooling system was not long for this world, the homeowner worked with a contractor to choose a replacement unit. The unit will be here tomorrow, along with the crew who will install it and also ensure the air returns and duct work are in good shape. Before they show up in the morning, it pays to make some basic preparations for that new Home Air Conditioner Installation. Here are some tips that will help with the process.

Park on the Street

Choosing to keep the driveway open for the use of the installation team is more than a nice gesture. Making sure they can pull their vehicles closer to the site of the Home Air Conditioner Installation will save them time and make it possible to get the work done a little sooner. If parking on the street is not an option, ask a neighbor if it is possible to borrow their driveway for a few hours.

Cover the Carpeting

Since the installation team will need to be in and out of the house during the installation process, dig out those old drop cloths from the last round of painting. Use them to create paths throughout the house. The goal is to make sure that the team can go anywhere needed and not have to worry about tracking dirt onto the carpeting. For the homeowner, this also means the process of cleaning up after the unit is installed will take very little time.

Open the Attic

Rest assured the team will need to get into the attic. Even if the old air return is sufficient, there is still the matter of making sure the duct work is containing the air flow properly. Open the attic and make sure the bulbs in the overhead lighting are working properly. Doing so will make it easier to take care of any adjustments or checks that are needed.

For homeowners who believe the time is coming to invest in a new heating and cooling unit, call the team at Kinovate Heating, Cooling & Indoor Air Quality today. It will not take long to find the right solution, have the equipment delivered and make sure the unit is installed and working properly. You can also like them on Facebook.

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August 23rd, 2019

Timothy Dalton to voice a character in Toy Story 3

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Timothy Dalton to voice a character in Toy Story 3

Friday, September 11, 2009

Disney president John Lasseter has announced that British actor Timothy Dalton will be voicing a character in Toy Story 3.File:Tdalton.jpg

Dalton, who previously starred as James Bond in Licence to Kill and The Living Daylights, will star as a thespian hedgehog called Mr. Pricklypants in Toy Story 3, a film which is due for release in June 2010. Mr. Pricklypants is described as “a hedgehog toy with thespian tendencies”.

John Lasseter, Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officer, made the announcement at a Disney Animation Showcase in London, England on Thursday. At the same event it was announced that Mandy Moore would star in a cartoon based on the fairytale Rapunzel and that a James Bond-style character will appear in upcoming Disney/Pixar film Cars 2. In August 2009, it was also announced that Michael Keaton — from the movie Cars — would voice Ken, the boyfriend to Barbie in the film.

John Lasseter originally announced the plans for the third film in the franchise in January 2008 and said that people would be “blown away” by it. He proclaimed: “It [Toy Story 3] is shaping up to be another great adventure for Buzz, Woody and the gang from Andy’s room.”

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August 23rd, 2019

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August 23rd, 2019

South Dakota duck population gets help from rain

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South Dakota duck population gets help from rain

Thursday, July 21, 2005

A wet late Spring season’s increase in rainfall helped duck populations rebound in the northern Great Plains near the U.S.-Canadian border. A dry Winter and resulting low ground water levels threatened duck nesting grounds in the area.

Much to the relief of duck hunters, who feared a possible 2005 ban on duck hunting, the most-recent waterfowl survey released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed duck populations in South Dakota on the rebound.

This contrasted to a May survey that showed fewer ducks and waterfowl nesting areas in the state with the population of breeding ducks numbering 1.6 million, down from 1.7 million in 2004. The same May survey indicated that duck habitats, specifically ponds, had declined more than 35 percent from the historical average.

However, late Spring rains reportedly improved wetland conditions and irrigated grasslands for grazing duck broods and re-nesting hens. The figures are used to set duck-hunting limits for the fall season, which begins in August.

“I have observed many duck broods across eastern South Dakota in July, and grassland cover looks great statewide,” Spencer Vaa, a waterfowl biologist with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks said in an Associated Press report.

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August 20th, 2019

The Pros And Cons Of Blackberry Mobile Platform

The Pros and Cons of Blackberry Mobile Platform

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Ashley Forrester

Choosing the right mobile platform is extremely important which in turn would help you in the primary use of the handheld. There are numerous operating systems (OS) of handhelds in the market, like Blackberry OS, Android, Windows Mobile, and Apple iOS. Each have their own specialties and have been developed keeping in mind certain sections of users. It has been observed that certain mobile applications also depend on the OS of a particular phone. If you are planning to use a specific app to shop from retailers online then it is always better to check whether it is compatible to be used with the OS of your handheld. Whether it is for mobile commerce or mobile ticketing, the same rule applies for all.

Here are the pros and cons of Blackberry OS that are widely used in its handhelds:

Blackberry

This brand has been the favorite for those who are executives and businessmen. The popularity of Blackberry is going up almost every year mainly because of its numerous features that help people to stay in touch with their work even when they are on the move. Blackberry devices are perfect for multi-tasking, like you can stream Pandora as you check your inbox for new emails. The choices of designs are wide in case of Blackberry phones together with a range of prices. In the US, Blackberry has a market share of approximately 40%, which is the largest amongst any other manufacturer. However, since nothing is perfect in this world, this brand also has certain advantages and disadvantages.

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Advantages:

Compared to other brands, Blackberry mobiles allow users to use the device for two days at a stretch on a single charge. Thus proving its power efficient features of the Blackberry OS.

The mobile platform of this brand is extremely secure, thus making it the favorite for businessmen.

The push email experience is excellent amongst others. It provides easy accessibility from the moment you get to the main screen together with strong attachment support.

The keyboard design is ideal for fast text entry irrespective of whether you are sending text messages or emails.

Disadvantages:

Blackberry App World does not come with a wide selection of apps. On top of that, premium programs are quite expensive.

The browser is much slower compared to WebKit based browser on other branded phones like iPhones and Android. When it comes to QWERTY devices, the browser comes with small type.

Unlike iTunes and Amazon MP3, Blackberry does not have any over-the-air music store for its users to download songs from.

Although the market for Blackberry phones is increasing almost every year, the makers of the brand are trying to overcome their drawback and also improve upon their strengths. If you are a busy executive and planning to buy a new Blackberry for your use, then it is always better to go for it. This would help you understand the usefulness of the phones and it will also make life easier for you. Blackberry

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has helped numerous businessmen in the past, so go for Cart2Mobile to experience the world of Blackberry.

Ashley Forrester is a prolific writer on all topics related to mCommerce. She is an industry insider who is well up on the latest trends and technologies ruling roost in this domain.

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August 11th, 2019

Open Rights Group holds first conference in London

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Open Rights Group holds first conference in London

Sunday, July 25, 2010

London — The Open Rights Group, a pressure group pursuing reform of intellectual property law in the United Kingdom, held its first “ORGCon” yesterday at City University London. Approximately 100 delegates took part in six hours of panel discussions and workshops on a wide range of topics in intellectual property, discussing such subjects as “How To Talk To Your MP” and “ACTA: A Shady Business”, in what ORG billed as a “crash course in digital rights” designed to inspire campaigning on intellectual property issues.

Cory Doctorow, a fiction author and digital rights activist, led the keynote panel discussion “Thriving in the Real Digital Economy”, which opened the conference. Doctorow called for a “reframing” of the digital rights slogan “information wants to be free”. “The most important thing” about digital rights, he noted, “has nothing to do with art. We are refitting the information network with lots of control.” Digital rights management (DRM) technologies, Doctorow warns, build in limitations on how consumers exchange information and “abuse the market”. John Buckman of Magnatune followed up Doctorow’s comments, noting that DRM is “unsustainable” but that the public needed to “pressure companies into” open-source solutions.

A keynote speech by James Boyle compared the current age to the age just before application of the theories of Adam Smith and other early capitalist economists began breaking down the entrenched monopolies of mercantilism. Boyle called on the audience to come up with a “jaw droppingly simple” idea for a reformed copyright system; he gave his speech in front of a projection of the twitterfall as audience members commented on his words.

Boyle, like most of the conference, took a pro-reform but anti-piracy position, saying “It is a tragedy that an entire generation has lost the notion that breaking the law is wrong”. While several members of the Pirate Party UK, wearing matching t-shirts, attended the conference and held a fringe meeting during the last session, none spoke in the keynote sessions either as panelists or in the discussions.

Among the many workshops which comprised the last three hours of the day, Open Rights Group held a session on student groups and committed itself to establishing Open Rights Group Youth societies at universities across the United Kingdom. Young activists, such as Wikipedian Jdforrester, also dominated the “Your Shout” session in which any and all delegates could give three-minute speeches on any intellectual property subject which interested them.

The organisation hopes to host a second ORGCon in 2011.

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August 4th, 2019

Athletes prepare for 2012 Summer Paralympics at the Paralympic Fitness Centre

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Athletes prepare for 2012 Summer Paralympics at the Paralympic Fitness Centre

Monday, August 27, 2012

London, England — As Paralympians ready for the Games which are set to open later this week, they have access to a world class fitness center inside the Paralympic Village which is designed to maximise their pre-Game preparations.

According to volunteers staffing the center, instead of being a single large room, as in Beijing, the building has numerous rooms. It, along with the adjacent Village Services Centre, is designed to be converted into a school after the games conclude. Rooms have been structured as a gym, an auditorium, and science laboratories.

Gym equipment is supplied by Technogym, an Italian firm that has supplied gym equipment for the Olympics since 2000. Equipment has been provided not just for for the Fitness Centre, but for gyms at all the Olympic venues. The newest equipment is oriented toward maximum flexibility, allowing athletes to exercise the particular muscles that they most require for their sport.

In addition to the equipment, the Fitness Centre also provides instructors trained in the use of the equipment, the likes of which athletes from many countries have never seen before. There are also a number of instructors available to provide motivational training.

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August 4th, 2019

Couple with 99 grandchildren possibly record holders

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Couple with 99 grandchildren possibly record holders
 Correction — June 29, 2019 Although 99 living grand-descendants is clearly unusual, the central claim of the article — that the case cited was at the time “possibly a world record” — does not appear plausible. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Hans and Josie Schaffer of Bedford, United Kingdom are possibly world record holders, now that they have a total of 99 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The pensioners spend most of the year saving for Christmas gifts. Their eleven children have brought them 56 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

“The kids just kept coming – and then their kids just kept coming,” said Josie, 77, to the Sun newspaper.

Husband Hans was a prisoner of war in World War II, and went to work as a farmer for Josie’s family. Now 85, they’re about to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

While there is no existing record with Guinness for alive couples with the most grandchildren, Guinness World Records authorities say the couple very well might hold the record.

Glasgow resident Margaret McMillan had 123 grandchildren, but died last year at 98. It wasn’t until her funeral that the number, which included 15 great-great-grandchildren, was established by the family.

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July 5th, 2019

Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

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June 25th, 2019

Global study dispels some myths about sexual behaviour

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Global study dispels some myths about sexual behaviour

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

The first comprehensive global study of sexual behaviour, published today as part of The Lancet’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Online Series, found that people aren’t losing their virginity at ever younger ages, married people have the most sex, and there is no firm link between promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases.

Experts say data gleaned from the study will be useful not only in dispelling popular myths about sexual behaviour, but in shaping policies that will help improve sexual health across the world. Researchers looked at previously published studies on sexual behaviour in the last decade.

Professor Kaye Wellings, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicines, and her colleagues analysed data on sexual behaviour in the last decade from 59 countries.

The report also shows no support for the common notion that there is a culture of multiple sexual partners in countries with poor sexual health. Multiple sexual partners, it turns out, are more common in industrialised than in developing nations.

The study also found that contrary to popular belief, sexual activity is not starting earlier. Nearly everywhere, men and women have their first sexual experiences in their late teens; from 15 to 19 years old — with generally younger ages for women than for men, especially in developing countries.

“A single woman is more able to negotiate safe sex in certain circumstances than a married woman,” said Paul van Look, director of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organisation, who was unconnected to the study and points out that “married women in Africa and Asia are often threatened by unfaithful husbands who frequent prostitutes”.

There is much greater equality between women and men with regard to the number of sexual partners in rich countries than in poor countries, the study found. This imbalance has significant public health implications. Because of the diversity of sexual habits worldwide, Wellings warns that no single approach to sexual health will work everywhere. “There are very different economic, religious and social rules governing sexual conduct across the world,” Wellings said.

For example, men and women in Australia, Britain, France and the United States tend to have an almost equal number of sexual partners. In contrast, in Cameroon, Haiti, and Kenya, men tend to have multiple partners while women tend only to have one.

Along with other industrialised countries, Australia was one in which having two or more sexual partners in the past year was comparatively common.

Single men and women in Africa were fairly sexually inactive: only two-thirds of them reported recent sexual activity, compared with three-quarters of their counterparts in developed countries.

In what researchers said was proof the sexual double standard was still strong, more men than women reported having more than one partner.

“These findings beg the question of who the men are having sex with,” they wrote.

Italy had one of the lowest percentages of men who had sex before age 15 (4 per cent), compared to 18 per cent in the United States and 30 per cent in Brazil and the Dominican Republic. The researchers said early initiation was more likely to be non-consensual, unsafe and generally to be regretted later.

The study suggests that unequal treatment of girls and women as the major sexual-health issue.

The researchers call for providing sexual health services to unmarried young women, supplying condoms, decriminalizing commercial sex and homosexual sex, and prosecuting the perpetrators of sexual violence.

Experts say data gleaned from the study will be useful not only in dispelling popular myths about sexual behaviour, but in shaping policies that will help improve sexual health across the world.

“There’s a misperception that there’s a great deal of promiscuity in Africa, which is one of the potential reasons for HIV/AIDS spreading so rapidly,” said van Look

Fewer than half of unmarried non-virgins reported having sex in the past month.

Some of the major findings the survey found were:

  • School-based sexual education delays and does not hasten onset of sexual activity.
  • First sexual experience is often forced or sold.
  • Marriage is no safeguard of sexual health. It is more difficult for married women to negotiate safe sex and condom use than it is for single women.
  • Condom use is increasing, but condom-use rates remain low in many developing countries.
  • Among girls who marry at a very young age, “very early sexual experience within marriage can be coercive and traumatic.”
  • While there is no major trend toward earlier sexual experience, a trend toward later marriage has led to an increase in premarital sex.
  • Public health measures to improve sexual health should focus not only on individual behaviours but also on broader issues such as gender, poverty, and mobility.
  • Public-health messages intended to reduce sexual risk-taking “should respect diversity and preserve choice.”
  • Monogamy is the dominant pattern in most parts of the world. Men report more multiple partnerships than do women. Such men are more likely to live in developed nations.
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