Bucharest to be ‘rebranded’ for 800 million euro

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Bucharest, Romania — The city centre of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is set to get a major facelift due to a real estate project called Esplanada (The Esplanade), which will be constructed by TriGranit Development Corporation. The total investment in the project will be greater than 800 million euro and aims to build a modern commercial pedestrian area in downtown Bucharest, with several shopping malls, office buildings, hotels and dwellings. It will be the largest real estate program in Romania since the fall of Communism in 1989.

Bucharest is currently looking at possibilities to improve its appearance and rebrand itself as a lively, creative and vibrant city. Many initiatives have sprung up to improve the city, including the organisation of CowParade later this year. Additionally, the old town centre will be restored. Due to Romania’s current economic boom, several other major construction projects are taking place.

Bucharest City Hall has blocked traffic in the city center due both to the old town restoration and to the Esplanada project.

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Easy Access To Rental Equipment

Easy Access to Rental Equipment


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Rental equipment provides an inexpensive way for your company to use machinery and high tech instruments for construction, landscape maintenance, tree trimming, irrigation installations and many other jobs. Even if you are a small company, you can look like a big outfit. The appearance of success is important to clients, and you can deliver it convincingly through the rental equipment process. You do not have to go into debt to get the equipment that you need.

Getting Advice if You Want It

Rental equipment managers serve contractors like you every day. You can expect a friendly and efficient manager to assist you in determining what you need if you so choose. Unless you are an expert in heavy equipment, you may get good advice from someone who works with it every day. It is better to have a full size backhoe on site instead of a mini-excavator if that is what it takes to do a job. Of course, you can rent anything you want.

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Agreeing to Contract Terms

You know for sure that renting equipment is less expensive than purchasing, but you need to understand the different ways that rental managers establish a pricing schedule. You can select a rental period of an hour or two, half a day or a whole day, a week, a month or more. You need to find out if the terms are the same for all the pieces that you want to rent. The rental fee is usually the highest when the usage time is the smallest. You can expect to get a better rate on equipment the longer you use it.

Make sure to check the store hours to avoid wasting your workers time. Most stores open at 7 a.m. to accommodate contractors like you, but you need to make sure.

Making Payment Arrangements

A checking account can come in handy if you plan to rent equipment on a regular basis. You can usually pay with cash or a personal credit card, but your accountant can track your equipment rentals more easily if you set up an account. For that, you need trade references, basic information on your company, your bank account number and a letter of authorization. It may take a week or so for your account to go active, or the equipment manager may activate it instantly.

Take a look at the condition of the equipment when you rent it. Most stores keep equipment in excellent operating condition, but you need to know how they charge for equipment that breaks down on the job. The usual policy is to replace it or repair it as soon as you report it.

Making and Canceling Reservations

You are likely to get the equipment you want if you order it three days ahead of time. Remember to check on it to make sure that it is ready for you. If your plans change or the weather is inclement, remember to cancel your reservation. You can avoid unnecessary charges while observing common business etiquette.

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Study says dogs can smell lung and breast cancer

Monday, August 7, 2006

Dogs can be trained to detect early and late stages of lung and breast cancer accurately according to a study published by California scientists in the little-known scientific journal Integrative Cancer Therapies.

The study took place over the last five years at the Pine Street Foundation, a non-profit organization which conducts evidence-based research on integrative medicine (combining complementary and alternative medicine and mainstream medicine). Michael McCulloch and colleagues used three Labrador Retrievers and two Portuguese Water Dogs, both common pets, that received basic behavioral dog training. The researchers trained the dogs to lie down next to a sample from a cancer patient and to ignore other samples.

The samples used were breath samples from 55 patients with lung cancer and 31 with breast cancer — the two types of cancer with the highest mortality rates in the United States.

After the training phase, the dogs’ accuracy diagnosis was tested in a double-blind experiment. Among lung cancer patients, the sensitivity and specificity were 99% accurate and for breast cancer sensitivity was 88% and specificity 98%. Because these figures seem almost too good to be true, cancer experts are the same time baffled and skeptical. The authors of the study themselves also say replication of the study is needed.

Importantly, this was independent of the cancer stage, meaning the dogs were able to pick up the scent of cancer in its early stages. This is important because in many cases, the success of any treatment depends on early diagnosis. However, the researchers don’t believe this will lead to the use of dogs in the clinic soon, rather they want to find out which chemicals are actually sensed by the canines, because they could be used in laboratory assays. “It’s not like someone would start chemotherapy based on a dog test,” Dr. Gansler of the American Cancer Society said, “They’d still get a biopsy.”.

The researchers were inspired by anecdotal reports about dogs detecting cancer. In 1989, a British women consulted with her family physician because her Dalmatian kept licking a mole on her leg. At biopsy it showed to be malignant melanoma. When diagnosed too late this form of cancer has a poor survival rate, but in this case early surgery was made possible, and the women survived. Prior studies showed that breath samples from patients with lung cancer or breast cancer contain distinct biochemical markers. This provides a basis for the hypothesis that some cancer types produce volatile chemicals that dogs could smell. A study published in the British Medical Journal already proved that dogs could use their exquisite sense of smell to detect bladder cancer in urine samples, but they were only correct in 41% of cases, and another study provided preliminary evidence that dogs could detect melanomas.

This doesn’t mean you can show your breasts to your dog and it will tell you if you have cancer, other physicians caution, and scientists do not advise people to train their dogs to sniff for cancer. Unresolved issues from the study include the fact that subjects were required to breathe deeper than normal, so it’s not sure whether dogs can smell cancer in normal breath. Also, whether this is a permanent skill that would be retained by dogs was not tested.

Finally, there are concerns that could arise over liability issues: who would be responsible when the dog makes a mistake?

Current detection methods for both lung and breast cancer are not flawless. For lung cancer, chest X-ray and sputum cytology (detecting cancer cells in coughed up fluid) fail to detect many early cases, and CT scan produces many false-positive results unless combined with expensive PET scans. Although it might be comparing apples and oranges, a $2.5 million CT scanner has an accuracy of 85 to 90%. Mammography also produces false-positive results, and it may be difficult in women with dense breast tissue. As such, another type of “pet”-scan, using dogs as a biological assay, might prove feasible for screening if supported by further research. Current tests are also expensive so the use of dogs for preliminary cancer testing could prove to be an affordable alternative for countries in the developing world.

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New Jersey real estate investor charged with $2 million theft

Friday, March 20, 2009

The owner of a New Jersey real estate investment firm has been charged with using $2 million of his company’s money for construction at his home and other projects not related to work.

Gary Klein, owner of the Asbury Park-based REI Group Inc., surrendered himself to police after a Monmouth County grand jury indicted him on one count of theft by deception charges.

The charges were the result of a three-year investigation into his practices. Klein, 45, of Colts Neck Township, faces up to 10 years in state prison if convicted. Klein was released Friday after posting $75,000 bail.

Klein attracted clients by telling them he would invest their money in projects that would result in returns of 12 and 85 percent. Prosecutors said the actions mirrored those of a Ponzi scheme.

Robert Weir, Klein’s attorney, said the operation was not a Ponzi scheme, but legitimate business investments that went bad as the economy declined. Weir also said Klein hired a receiver to try and return the investors’ money once the investments started to go sour.

“It’s a shame that a business that experienced a turn in the real estate market is now being treated as a criminal problem. That was not Mr. Klein’s intent,” Weir said to The Star-Ledger.

Weir said the investments were used for building rehabilitation projects in Asbury Park and the construction of Florida condominium complexes, but authorities said Klein used the money to repay earlier investors who were cashing out, as well to help build his own home.

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Djibouti says war with Eritrea is inevitable unless UN intervenes

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Djibouti and Eritrea have spoken to the United Nations security council on Thursday to discuss a border dispute. Djibouti has said that unless the UN intervenes there will be war.

The dispute dates back to June when violence erupted between the nations in the border region of Doumeira. The resulting clashes killed an estimated 35 people. The unmarked border remains disputed, and the nations have built up troops on each side of the border, keeping the situation tense.

Djibouti’s ambassador to the UN, Roble Olhaye, has accused Eritrea of avoiding mediation on the problem. Djibouti’s President Omah Guelleh told the UN security council “Continued inaction in whatever form not only will encourage but will benefit Eritrea’s attitude. This would only give my country one option, the option of war.”

The Eritrean ambassador to the UN, Araya Desta, claimed to have peaceful intentions and that his nation had no wishes to take new territory. He claimed his country desired “the cultivation of good neighbourly relations with Djibouti,” and said that “Contrary to the claims made, Eritrea has not taken any land that belongs to Djibouti and it does not have any territorial ambitions.”

Desta accused Ethiopia of worsening the situation by preparing military forces to help Djibouti. “Ethiopia has built from the Djiboutian side a network of winding roads up the mount and deployed offensive long-range artillery and heavy equipment directed at Eritrea,” he said. Olhaye dismissed the idea of Ethiopia’s involvement with the claim “Whatever the Eritrean ambassador has said is hogwash.”

The UN security council has urged both nations to show restraint; it was the UN who called on the nations to agree to a ceasefire in June.

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Professional Or Homemade Natural Skin Care Remedies?

Submitted by: Valerie Rosenbaum

Many companies provide natural skin care remedies and you can make some of your own. Here are the pros and cons of doing it yourself.

Water is one of the major components of cleansers, creams and other skincare products. Professional manufacturers used distilled or purified water for mixing.

You could buy distilled or purified water to use for mixing, but you would spend a lot of money. There is also the issue of bacteria growth. Once a jug of distilled or purified water is opened, it is no longer pure. Bacteria will be present, as well as other contaminants.

If you use the tap water present in your home and you are serviced by a public treatment facility, then you will be adding chemicals to the safe and natural compounds that you worked so hard to collect.

You could install a home purifier on your tap to reduce the number of chemicals and other contaminants present in your water. But, you would still have to mix your skincare products on a daily basis.

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Without preservatives, bacteria would start to grow in any pre-mixed solutions. Using natural skin care remedies containing bacteria is counterproductive. They would be detrimental to your skin s health and appearance.

Mixing up your skincare products every day would be time consuming. As busy as most people are, they simply don t have time for that sort of thing.

Most cosmetic companies use artificial preservatives to help protect you from bacteria and the skin infections they can cause. The better companies preserve their products with naturally occurring vitamin E.

You might be able to add a crushed up vitamin E tablet to the natural skin care remedies you prepare at home. But, that s risky. There is also the problem of finding a tablet containing natural vitamin E. Most of the vitamin E on the market is manufactured synthetically using petrochemicals.

There are other reasons that making your own products is ill-advised. The preservative issue is just one of the most important in terms of your skin s health. At the least, you will experience more blemishes and breakouts. At the worst, you could develop a nasty staph infection. Staph infections have become more difficult to treat as they have become more resistant to antibiotics.

My suggestion is to leave it to a company you can trust. Let them prepare your natural skin care remedies. Not only is it the safest solution. It is also the most effective.

There are naturally occurring compounds to smooth, soften, moisturize and de-age your skin. Certain types of antioxidants have been shown to reverse sun damage and wrinkles. Active protein complexes have been shown to stimulate the growth of cells and collagen fibers.

For specific problems, such as psoriasis, eczema and acne, there are specific naturally occurring solutions. Shea butter works well because of its natural anti-inflammatory activity. Manuka honey helps to prevent acne and heal existing blemishes, because of its antibacterial activity.

Not all commercial natural skin care remedies are safe and effective. But, if you do a little shopping around, you can find the ones that are.

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Murray Hill on the life and versatility of a New York drag king

Monday, November 19, 2007

Drag—dressing in the clothing atypical of your born gender—in recent years has found mainstream success. Films such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar have prominently featured drag performers. But they have all focused on men in drag as women.

Murray Hill is a comedian, emcee and performer. He is also a drag king. Called “The Hardest Working Middle-aged Man in Show Business”, The New York Times christened him “the current reigning patriarch of the downtown performance community.” He is seemingly everywhere, emceeing a bingo night at the now closed, Jimmy Fallon-backed Mo Pitkins’ House of Satisfaction on Avenue A, or hosting the Polyamorous Pride Day in Central Park. Hill has become a legend in New York’s “anything goes” counterculture theater scene who is beginning to find mainstream success; which would be a first for a drag king.

David Shankbone’s examination of New York City‘s culture has brought him to the whip’s end of a BDSM dungeon, on the phone with RuPaul, matching wits with Michael Musto, grilling Gay Talese, eating dinner with Augusten Burroughs and quizzing the bands that play the Bowery Ballroom. In this segment he talks to downtown legend Murray Hill, former New York City mayoral candidate and comedian, on the last night of Mo Pitkins’ House of Satisfaction.

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New method of displaying time patented

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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Canada’s Eglinton—Lawrence (Ward 16) city council candidates speak

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

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontoians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Eglinton—Lawrence (Ward 16). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Steven Bosnick, Charm Darby, Albert Pantaleo, Yigal Rifkind, Karen Stintz (incumbent), and Steve Watt.

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

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Alternative Medicine Can Offer You A Natural Way To Improve Your Immune System

Submitted by: Cindy Browne

The immune system helps to keep you healthy in a variety of ways. Simple things that tend to go around seasonally such as colds and the flu can be easy to get. The weaker your immune system is the easier it will be for you to end up with such ailments. Of course once you have been sick with them it is easier to get again due to your immune system being down.

A healthy immune system can help you fight off more serious types of illnesses as well including cancer. It is a good idea to do your best to boost your immune system so that you have the best chances of fighting off anything that may come your way. It is easy to do so with various types of alternative medicine. They are good for you without any negative side effects. That means you can go about your daily routine without feeling sick.

You will also find the various types of alternative medicine you can take to boost your immune system are affordable. Going to the doctor when you are ill, paying for medications, and even money lost from missing work due to illness all add up rapidly. Investing a little bit of money in forms of alternative medicine is a better option.

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Removing toxins that build up in your body is essential if you want to have a strong immune system. One way to do so is consuming green tea. This can be done as a drink or with a pill supplement. The more negative toxins you get out of your body the less susceptible you will be to various forms of illness.

Eating a well balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables will also help you to remove those types of toxins. If you aren t getting the right combination of vitamins and nutrients from your diet consider taking a supplement. Additional vitamin C will definitely improve your immune system. You can get that Vitamin C from supplements, fresh oranges, or orange juice.

Do your best to eliminate high levels of stress as well. This will result in your body becoming achy and more prone to various types of illness. Some types of alternative medicine to relief stress include yoga. Engage in it for about 15 minutes a day and you will feel much better. Aromatherapy as well as deep tissue massages can also help to remove stress that can affect the ability of your immune system to keep you healthy.

By doing your part to naturally boost your immune system, you will be able to take on your daily tasks. You can t stop the germs that are all around you but you can help your body to fight them off. You need to pay attention to how your body feels as well. When you start to feel sluggish you need to evaluate your diet and your stress level. Don t wait until you become ill to take the importance of your immune system into consideration.

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