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February 19, 2020

CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Don Davies running in Vancouver Kingsway

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Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. New Democratic Party candidate Don Davies is standing for election in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway.

A lawyer, he has spent the last 25 years fighting for human rights. A two-time student government representative, Davies was involved in the anti-apartheid, third world and peace movements. Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1989, Davies and family moved to Vancouver in 1991, where he became the Director of Legal Resources for Teamsters Canada (Local 31), the next year. He is a long-time volunteer for children’s charity Variety, is Chair of the Parent Advisory Council at Mount Pleasant school, and a Director of the Meridian Cultural Society, among other things.

Wikinews contacted Don Davies, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

The riding is vacant, after Conservative Minister of International Trade David Emerson’s resignation. Emerson was elected in 2004 as a Liberal, serving as the Minister of Industry. Two weeks after re-election in 2006, he crossed the floor to join then-new Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had won a minority government. Emerson was the first MP in Canadian history to cross the floor before a new government was sworn in. He has stepped down, after pressure from other parties.

Besides Davies, major party candidates include Liberal Wendy Yuan, Conservative Salomon Rayek, and Green Doug Warkentin. Also putting their hat in the ring are Matt Kadioglu (Libertarian), Kimball Cariou (Communist), and Donna Peterson (Marxist-Leninist).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

This Saturday at 11 am, Davies will host NDP leader Jack Layton in the Commodore Ballroom at “rally4change”.

February 17, 2020

Learn How To Create 3 D Animations Like Pixar Easily

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By Cody Lando

The 3D animation industry is a booming domain in both educational and career fronts. Just like many individuals in the digital or even in the print world you may be interested in knowing how to design your own 3D animation. In this piece we will take you through some few overviews of some platforms you can use to practice 3D animation.

Computer animation covers a plethora of techniques, with the unifying factor being that it is digitally created on a computer. There are two kinds of computer animation, namely 2D animation and 3D animation.

2D animation figures are created on the computer using 2D bitmap graphics or vector graphics. This includes computerized versions of a number of traditional animations techniques. 3D animation is digitally modeled and manipulated by an animator. While the results of the two techniques vary greatly, 3D animation actually relies on many of the same algorithms used in 2D animation.

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A lot goes in to making a 3D animation, namely a variety of algorithms, mathematical functions, simulated fur or hair, effects such as fire and water and so much more. These can be achieved by using different techniques, including photo realistic animation, cel-shaded animation and motion capture.

As you may already know 3D objects are useful and are used most in the in electronic and print media. There are many areas in which you can apply the stunning 3D objects. 3D animations can be done in the the following graphic formats, 3D GIFs, animations for the web as well as 3D web banners. In this regard you can also focus on making 3D banners and creating illustrations. 3D animations are also very useful in the domain of the development of creative imagination. Now we are getting down to the few applications that you can use to get to piece-together a good 3D animation.

In your 3D scene of your design platform you need to know how to add these objects; a dummy cube, disk, sprite, plane, sphere, cylinder, cone, frustum, etc. You also have to add the arrow lines the mirror as well as the space text. In the this design and animation platform you also get the facilities to edit the parameters of the objects. What is great is that you can also rotate and move objects as well as groups of objects. This platform also enables you to fill objects by color or texture for BMP and JPEG designs.

3DMagix provides you with everything that you need to create amazing and completely interactive flash animations. What you also need to know is that you can add shapes, text buttons as well as sprites and even motion paths. The good news is that you can also include over 230 ready-to-use animation effects. These effects include explode, vortex and the magnificent wave as well as the 3D spin.

The 3DMagix interface enables you to do all that you need to do to customize your designs and animations and create your 3D according to what you imagine. Realsoft 3D is yet another complete and fully resourced modeling, animation as well as rendering animation platform which also functions as a simulation package. There are quite a number of 3D animation applications that you need to familiarize yourself with.

It is handy to have options and to know what each particular application is good at when it comes to 3D animation art. Get time and run through platforms like Effects3D which comes with formidable editing tools and effects. You also need to consider the kind of format that particular applications can produce or work with such as JPG, GIF, BMP and AVI.

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Obama to suspend Arctic oil drilling

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

According to Democratic Senator Mark Begich from Alaska, the U.S. Department of the Interior has decided to halt all new Arctic exploratory oil drilling applications until 2011. The response is believed to be caused in part by the two current oil spill disasters (that of the Deepwater Horizon Incident and more recently the Alaska oil pipeline malfunction). However, Begich is not happy about the actions taken by the White House.

“I am frustrated that this decision by the Obama administration to halt offshore development for a year will cause more delays and higher costs for domestic oil and gas production to meet the nation’s energy needs,” Begich claims.

Last September, the state of Alaska made a public notice about Shell’s desire to drill off the coast of the Beaufort Sea, placing experimental drilling rigs at two drill site location: “Torpedo” and “Sivulliq”.

“Shell is committed to undertaking a safe and environmentally responsible exploration program in the Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea in 2010,” said Shell Oil Company President Marvin E. Odum to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Mineral Management Service (MMS).

Odum follows with, “I am confident that we are ready to conduct the 2010 Arctic exploratory program safely and, I want to be clear, the accountability for this program rests with Shell.”

Chuck Clausen, director of the Alaska project at the Natural Resources Defense Council is not so optimistic: “Hazards present in the Arctic can include frigid temperatures, presence of sea ice, gale-force winds, intense storms and heavy fog … The potential for loss in the Arctic is great.”

Odum believes that the climate in the arctic will make any spill easier to clean up because, “Arctic conditions create differences in responding to oil in cold and ice conditions. Differences in evaporation rates, viscosity and weathering provide greater opportunities to recover oil. In Arctic conditions, ice can aid oil spill response by slowing oil weathering, dampening waves, preventing oil from spreading over large distances, and allowing more time to respond.”

However, Clausen believes that there are no current systems to remove oil from icy ocean waters.

This is not the first time that President Obama’s administration has taken the environmentally cautious path in Alaska. The President put Bristol Bay off limits to oil and gas exploration until 2017. Bristol Bay currently is one of the top salmon fishing grounds in the state.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to give a speech at Thursday’s White House address, regarding the suspension of Arctic oil drilling projects.

February 16, 2020

Princeton media class discusses Wikinews

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This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Princeton, New Jersey —According to Ryan Walsh, editor of the websites for both the Princeton Journal of Science and American Foreign Policy, internet news service Wikinews was the topic of a report by Federico Baradello in a Princeton University course on mass media and public policy. The course, offered through the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, studies “the impact of policy on the content, presentation, influence, and technology of a rapidly-evolving 21st century news media,” according to the school.

Walsh, currently a junior at Princeton, characterized the report in an email to Wikinews user Pingswept as “great” and added that “everyone in the class seemed to enjoy learning about Wikinews, and Federico was a great speaker.”

According to an email from Baradello, the report, which took place on Monday, 21 February 2005, provided a “basic overview of its history (evolution), ownership, viewership, and position in the news market.” It included a live demonstration of adding new content to Wikinews. The barebones content provided in the demonstration was developed into this article.

Baradello’s report is available on the course’s blog. His final course paper on the decentralization of news gathering includes a case study on Wikinews with commentary from Jimmy Wales and will be available in PDF form by late May.

Keep Cool All Summer With Air Conditioners In Denver

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byAlma Abell

As a homeowner, one of the largest investments you make when it comes to appliances is the central air conditioning unit. Residential air conditioning units can cost thousands of dollars, so it’s important to make sure that appliance is properly serviced on a regular basis. At least twice per year an HVAC professional should service heating and cooling appliances. Duct cleaning and the regular service visits will help prolong the life of Air Conditioners in Denver. Keeping your cooling appliance running at peak performance will also reduce the monthly cost of cooling your home. Regular duct cleaning will improve the air quality in your home, which may help reduce asthmatic symptoms and nasal congestion.

Air Conditioners in Denver work hard all summer long, which can put a lot of wear and tear on the mechanical parts of a cooling appliance. That wear and tear builds up over the years and causes serious problems. Even during winter months as an AC goes unused debris can build up, causing corrosion in moving parts. It’s important that your local service provider checks your cooling appliance on a regular basis to keep it running longer and stronger. You can learn more about how to keep your cooling appliances running longer and more efficiently at Nowha.com.

You don’t have to settle for an appliance that isn’t running properly, or isn’t working as efficiently as it should be. Don’t wait until your air conditioner stops working. Call your local service provider right away to schedule regular service visits. You can save money with regular service visits because they will prolong the life span of your air conditioner unit. Unfortunately, every appliance breaks down. When you do need your appliance replaced your local HVAC professionals will help you choose a powerful yet efficient model best suited for your home, and help you keep your new appliance in peak condition. Newer appliances are not only just as powerful, but they run more efficiently, making it less expensive cool your home. A brand-new appliance also has the benefit of the warranty, which will make it less expensive to maintain your cooling appliance. In order to decide to repair or replace your appliance, it is best to consult with an HVAC professional.

February 15, 2020

Toyota accused of misleading public over recalls

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Toyota has been accused by a U.S. House of Representatives committee with misleading the public and investigators over its recent recalls.

The accusations, in a statement from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, claim that Toyota both relied on a flawed study in its assessment of the issue of sticking accelerator pedals at the heart of the recalls, and then made misleading statements about its response. According to the authors of the letter, Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak, Toyota dismissed, rather than investigated, the idea that the cars’ computers were at fault. In a statement, James Lentz, the president of Toyota’s American division, claimed that hardware issues were to blame, and that dealers were repairing the faulty part. Toyota also released a study commissioned from the research firm Exponent that said electronic systems were not to blame.

According to the House committee, however, the study involved only six vehicles, none of which had problems with their electrical systems, and was insufficient to produce an accurate result. “Our preliminary assessment is that Toyota resisted the possibility that electronic defects could cause safety concerns, relied on a flawed engineering report and made misleading public statements concerning the adequacy of recent recalls to address the risk of sudden unintended acceleration.”

The company is under a criminal investigation, and has received two subpoenas for documents from two House committees relating to the recalls, although whether they are directly related to the letter is unclear. The documents are related to accelerator issues in several models, as well as brake problems with the Prius hybrid car, and were served earlier in in February by a federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Toyota has released upwards of 75,000 pages of documents under the requests.

In a separate, though related, development, it has emerged that Toyota last year negotiated a limited recall for two models, the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES, that were affected by the accelerator recalls, saving the company an estimated $100 million. A confidential internal presentation in July 2009 made the claim, and a month later, a Lexus ES, one of the models under the limited recall crashed in California, killing four people. The claims apparently referenced a September, 2007 recall of floor mats that could trap gas pedals, the same problem that triggered a full recall of numerous Toyota cars to fix the same problem. In the same presentation, the company claimed to have avoided recalls of another model related to rust, as well as delaying new federal safety regulations.

February 12, 2020

Dell joins Microsoft-Nortel VoIP Team

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dell Inc. announced on Tuesday that it will partner up with the Microsoft-Nortel Innovative communications alliance (ICA) team to sell Unified Communications and VoIP products.

The announcement on Tuesday the 16th of October 2007 includes Dell selling VoIP, data and wireless networking products from Nortel and the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and other unified communications products.

The partnership with both manufacturers should allow Dell to provide a pre-integrated solution.

In March 2007, competitors IBM and Cisco announced they would join in the competition for developing unified communications applications and the development of open technologies around the unified communications and collaboration (UC2) client platform an application programming interfaces (APIs) offered by IBM as a subset of Lotus Sametime.

“We want to make it simple for our customers to deploy unified communications so their end users can get access to all their messages in one place – whether its e-mail, phone or mobile device. This will pave the way for more business-ready productivity tools,” said vice president of solutions, Dell Product Group, Rick Becker.

  • Customers have four options:
    • Core Office Communication Server 2007 – provides instant messaging and on-premise Microsoft Live Meeting.
    • Office Communication Server: Telephony – enables call routing tracking and management, VoIP gateway and public branch exchange (PBX) integration.
    • Audio and Video Conferencing – allows point-to-point conference, video conference and VoIP audio conference.
    • Exchange Unified Messaging – provides voicemail, e-mail and fax in Microsoft Outlook, and anywhere access of Microsoft Outlook Inbox and Calendar.

February 11, 2020

Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample.

If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is a treatment for obesity.

There were concerns that doctors, in the future, might only be trained in the remote control procedure. Ronald G. Latimer, M.D., of Santa Barbara, CA, warned “The fact that surgeons may have to open the patient or might actually need to revert to standard laparoscopic techniques demands that this basic training be a requirement before a robot is purchased. Robots do malfunction, so a backup system is imperative. We should not be seduced to buy this instrument to train surgeons if they are not able to do the primary operations themselves.”

There are precedents for just such a problem occurring. A previous “new technology”, the electrocardiogram (ECG), has lead to a lack of basic education on the older technology, the stethoscope. As a result, many heart conditions now go undiagnosed, especially in children and others who rarely undergo an ECG procedure.

February 10, 2020

How Effective Is Chiropractic Treatment For Work Comp Injuries?

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How effective is Chiropractic Treatment for Work Comp Injuries?

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Dr. Steven Read

Work related injuries have always been known for costing fortunes as can be illustrated by loss of millions of dollars each year due to lost work days and heavy compensations to workers. Considering the lost productivity of business and heavy loss of revenue due to medical care, it has become a serious concern of the businesses and governments in various countries to identify the best and cheapest mode of treatment for injured workers. Therefore, a number of researches have been conducted in several countries to identify the least expensive and fastest methods of care for injured workers.

As a result, chiropractic has been identified as the more effective and less expensive method of care as compared to conventional medical care for workers compensation injuries. For instance, in a study carried out at California, the patients who received chiropractic care by specialized doctors of chiropractic could return to work in an average of 15.6 days as compared to 32 days for those who got their standard medical treatment. Following the same pattern, the costs incurred in case of patients who received chiropractic care was significantly less than those who received medical care in form of traditional methods of medication.

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The conclusions of various such researches held in various places, such as Florida, Utah, Oregon, and Carolina were supportive of the higher effectiveness of chiropractic care as compared to the conventional medication. The average cost of treatment, payment towards compensation, cost of hospitalization, and number of lost productive days were higher in case of the patients treated by medical doctors than those who received the chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic, being a treatment methodology relying on the tendency of human body to heal itself naturally, is known to have clear and long-term effects. In addition to lower costs of chiropractic treatment and faster recovery from injuries, chiropractic treatment has gained its due popularity in last few decades due to its long-standing effects and significantly less numbers of negative side effects on the human body.

Dr. Steven Read is a 1988 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been practicing in Jacksonville, FL for over 20 years. He treats patients from Orange Park, Riverside, Green Cove Springs, Oak Leaf Plantation, Argyle and all throughout Jacksonville. He is currently offering a no cost, no obligation initial visit. Go to

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February 9, 2020

Wikinews interviews Frank Moore, independent candidate for US President

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

While nearly all coverage of the 2008 Presidential election has focused on the Democratic and Republican candidates, the race for the White House also includes independents and third party candidates. These parties represent a variety of views that may not be acknowledged by the major party platforms.

Wikinews has impartially reached out to these candidates, throughout the campaign. We now interview independent Presidential candidate Frank Moore, a performance artist.

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