German tax authority migrating 12,000 desktops to SuSE Linux and KDE

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Lower Saxony, Germany tax authority is migrating 12,000 desktops to use SuSE Linux with KDE as the desktop environment. The systems are being migrated from Sun’s Solaris x86 version 8, which has been in use at the organization since 2002.

According to Eva Brucherseifer, president of the KDE community in Germany and managing director of basysKom, the migration process in its “peak phase” and is porting 300 systems every day. The company basysKom is configuring the desktops.

Brucherseifer said “The decision made by the Regional Tax Office in Lower Saxony represents an important step towards increased flexibility, enhanced usability and — last but not least — reduced training and support costs.”

German cities using or planning to use open source software include Schwäbisch Hall, Mannheim, Treuchtlingen, Leonberg and Isernhagen. Mannheim is planning to deploy Linux on 110 servers and 3,700 desktops.

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Bottling And Mixing Procedures Of Beverage Production

Bottling and Mixing Procedures of Beverage Production


Rob Feckler

Each day around the world, millions of bottled beverages are produced and dispensed. A large aspect of the 0.35 gallons of liquid drunk by an individual per day is beverage. If your job involves vigorous and dehydrating tasks, you are probably drinking even more. But have you ever questioned how these bottled beverages end up in retail outlets? Learning about bottling will make you realize that the drinks you consume are manufactured from a complex method to keep drinking risk-free and healthy for people.

The process is divided into two components container as well as beverage preparation. The filling process with filling equipment then follows. The bottles can| be recycled or remanufactured based on the preference of the filling company based upon the type of beverage they manufacture. Nevertheless, countless firms prefer remanufactured containers to recycled ones because of lesser wellness risks to individuals. Initially, the containers are meticulously cleaned and dried, while the water to be used in producing the drink is detoxified to remove detrimental contaminants.

The sieved water goes through smaller holding containers with connecting tubes to be mixed with additional components that will give the beverage its definitive taste. A few of the most usual components include glucose, sweeteners, fructose, nutraceuticals, and preservatives. These make up the intriguing taste of drink, which may differ depending on the special essence. The outcome is syrup that requires more water to balance the viscosity and taste of the final product.

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When producing carbonated beverages, liquefied carbon dioxide is added into the mixture. This procedure, which is called carbonation imbues the final merchandise an effervescent nature. Fruit juices are mixed with minimal carbon dioxide to maintain the dominance of the fruit essence. Before they\’re put into a

bottling machine

, producers will guarantee that their blend follows stringent quality control requirements. A tiny difference in flavor or carbonation is equal to a drop in consumer satisfaction.

The bottling procedure ordinarily takes place in a different center. Due to the rapid movement of the

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, there\’s a hazard of mixing particles in the air that may pollute the drink throughout carbonation as well as mixing. This is the reason why bottling is carried out in a spot where it cannot impact the initial procedure. Most companies apply a highly automated process and hence need fewer workers.

After bottling, the bottled drinks are capped making use of a capping machine. This is typically included in the bottling device at the latter parts of the procedure. Mechanical capping is needed for heavy-duty processes to improve productivity. Most


can seal the caps for safer use.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Zork Hun, Parkdale-High Park

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Zork Hun is running for the Libertarian party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Parkdale-High Park riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Fur fans flock to Toronto’s Furnal Equinox 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

From March 15 to 17, the Canadian city of Toronto played host to the tenth Furnal Equinox, an annual event dedicated to the “furry fandom.” Wikinews attended. Programming ranged from music to gender, science to art, covering dozens of aspects of the varied subculture. The event’s featured guests were visual artists Moth Monarch and Cat-Monk Shiro, as well as the co-owners of US fursuit costume builders Don’t Hug Cacti.

The event raised nearly CDN$11,000 for Pet Patrol, a non-profit rescue organization in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, run by volunteers. This exceeded their goal of $10,000, the funds needed to finish a rural sanctuary. The furry community is well-known for their charitable efforts. Along with direct donations, the funds were raised through a charity auction offering original artwork, and a fursuit design by guests of honour “Don’t Hug Cacti.” Last year, Furnal Equinox raised funds for a farm animal sanctuary.

While only 10–15% of people within the fandom own a fursuit according to a 2011 study, event organizers reported this year 908 of the 2240 attendees at Furnal Equinox brought at least one elaborate outfit to the event. The outfits are usually based on original characters, known as “fursonas”.

Guests of Honour Cherie and Sean O’Donnell, known within the community as “Lucky and Skuff Coyote”, held a session on fursuit construction on Saturday afternoon. The married couple are among the most prominent builders in the fandom, under the name Don’t Hug Cacti. The scale of their business was evident, as Sean had made over a thousand pairs of “handpaws”, costume gloves.

The couple encouraged attendees to continue developing their technique, sharing that all professional fursuit makers had developed different techniques. They felt that they learned more from failed projects than successful ones, citing the Chuck Jones quote that “every artist has thousands of bad drawings,” and that you have to work through them to achieve. Cherie, known as Lucky, recalled receiving a Sylvester the Cat plush toy from a Six Flags theme park at age 10. She promptly hollowed the toy out, turning it into a costume. Creating a costume isn’t without its hazards: the company uses 450°F (232°C) glue guns. They’re “like sticking your hand in an oven.”

Other programming included improv comedy, dances, life drawing of fursuiters, a review of scientific research by a research group at four universities called FurScience, a pin collector’s social, and workshops in writing.

The “Dealer’s Den” hall was expanded this year, with even more retailers and artists. While many offered “furry” versions of traditional products, at least one business focused on “pushing the boundaries of fursuit technology.” Along with 3D printing a bone-shaped name tag when Wikinews visited, Grivik was demonstrating miniature computer screens that could be used as “eyes” for a fursuit. The electronic displays projected an animation of eyes looking around, blinking occasionally. The maker has also developed “a way to install a camera inside suit heads, to improve fursuiter visibility.” He hopes the tech would reduce suiting risks and accidents. Without the need for eyeholes, fursuit makers would have “more options for building different eyestyles.”

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Internal Medicine Doctor Learn All About Them

Actually its not as scary as it might sound. An internal medicine doctor is also known as an internist, not to be mixed up with a doctor in training known as an intern.An internist is highly skilled and trained to diagnosis and treat adult diseases. This is the doctor who specializes in one area of your health and can generally figure out symptoms that can stump your family doctor who does not specialize in one area of the body. Think of Dr. House on the television series and you are on the right page to understand what an internist does. Your internal medicine doctor will generally not be as vague as Dr. House with a specialty though. Many internists specialize in one subspecialty such as a cardiologist who is a heart doctor or a doctor who only treats infectious disease or geriatrics. There are as many sub specialists as there are diseases and body parts to treat and way too many to list here.So a referral to an internist shouldnt be anything to panic you now that you realize that an internal medicine doctor can be someone with the specialty skills and training to treat very specific health issues such as heart disease or infectious disease.Once you get a referral however you should do your own due diligence to make sure the doctor you have been referred to is the doctor you want to see. A simple check can give you information about your internists training, education and skills and help you feel more confident that this is the doctor to help you. If however you dont feel the referral is a good match after you have seen the doctor, be sure to contact your family health professional and request the names of a few other doctors as well. You are perfectly within your rights to get a second or even a third opinion if you are unhappy with your diagnose or the treatment options presented to you.However, you should also remember that an internist is a specialist and they usually know what they are doing and what they are looking at. So if you are getting the same information from your second opinion as you got from your first opinion it may be time to accept a diagnoses and stop looking for a new internist to give you a third or fourth opinion and start working on your treatment plan.

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Australian government provides $15.8 million for North Adelaide Technical College

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Australian Minister for Vocational Education and Training, Gary Hardgrave has announced the government will provide AU$15.8 million to establish an Australian Technical College in North Adelaide. The minister said the government was entering into a partnership with the Archdiocese of Adelaide and consortium of industrial and manufacturing companies.

The North Adelaide college will be located in Elizabeth and be operated as an independent non-government school. The college is one of 25 to be established across the country.

Enrolments at the college will begin in 2007 and will offer courses in areas where identified skills shortages exist in the North Adelaide region, specifically – engineering, construction, electronics and cooking.

Mr Hardgrave said that the proposed college had been popular among the North Adelaide business community. “This important initiative has been well received by North Adelaide business and industry, and will help to address skills needs and provide opportunities for those in greatest need, including a lot of Indigenous students in the region,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“The fact that this College is being led by local employers, local government and other key stakeholders, means it will be truly industry and community driven,” he said.

Australian Technical Colleges were established to cater for year 11 and 12 students who wish to do an apprenticeship as part of their school education.

The Australian Education Union has expressed a number of concerns about the model put forward by the government. In a report, they claim that trade facilities at TAFE colleges (operated by state governments) will deteriorate as funding is diverted to the ATCs. The union is also concerned that ATCs are supposed to be selective VET schools. According to the union they will have selective entry and preferential funding. It is feared that teachers will be lured away from schools and TAFE colleges to higher paid positions in ATCs.

The Education Union suggested that the government invest in schools that already offer vocational education programs.

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Japan to use renewable energy

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A new law which seeks to utilise reusable energy and minimise cost impact on consumers is under development in Japan. The new law, which would be effective from July 1 next year, would seek to reduce Japan’s dependency on nuclear power.

The new legislation would urge power utilities to cut costs by purchasing renewable energy from outside companies and private businesses. Japan’s decision has been referred to as opening the door on renewable energy, which currently only contributes to six percent of Japan’s energy sources.

Politicians have amended the bill, allowing the revised bill to pass through parliament later this month. Prime Minister Naoto Kan who is pushing for the bill to be passed in return for his resignation, has stated that the ‘feed-in-tariff on renewable energy will be set at a fixed price so that utilities are limited to purchasing electricity from renewable power generators. Kan hopes that this will encourage more business and private corporate partners to enter into the renewable energy market.

“As a medium-term revolutionary energy and environmental strategy, we have decided to start a thorough review of nuclear power policy and draw a roadmap for a reduction of the dependence on nuclear power” Mr Kan said.

Large companies are concerned about the new legislation as it will continue to affect profit margins which are low due to power shortages and high priced exports. The bill was changed to reduce the surcharge for large power companies after complaints from the Japanese steel industry. If the scheme is launched then consumers will face an increase on electricity bills as utilities can pass their costs onto end-users. Despite the governments promise to cap the surcharge for the next ten years, there is no reference to it in the revised bill.

Lawmakers hope that by adding a provision requiring utilities to streamline their operations, the impact on consumers will be minimized.

A third party group will be set up within the under the Agency for National Resources and Energy to ensure that the setting of fixed prices are fair and just.

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Australia: Wikinews interviews Reg Kidd, mayor of the City of Orange, about COVID-19 lockdown and local government

Sunday, July 25, 2021

After a seven-day lockdown began in three rural councils in New South Wales, Australia, Wikinews reached out to Reg Kidd, the mayor of the City of Orange. Orange is one of the three areas that is now currently under lockdown after a case of COVID-19 was recorded at the Nestlé Purina PetCare food factory in Blayney.

Since then, Orange City Council, along with the other two council areas now in lockdown, has been declared a COVID-19 hotspot, which unlocks support from the Australian Government such as access to the COVID-19 disaster payment, assistance with contact tracing, and provision of protective personal equipment from the National Medical Stockpile.

Kidd has been an Orange City Councillor for 28 years, and became Orange’s first popularly-elected mayor in 2017, where he ran as an independent candidate. He has hosted talkback radio with ABC Radio since 1989. Wikinews reached out to Kidd via email about the COVID-19 lockdown in Orange, as well as the upcoming local government elections in New South Wales and his motivations for entering local government.

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Centering On Academic Law Transcription

By Jeff Noctis

Rarely do you hear “academic law transcription” being discussed in specifics. More often than not, those involved in transcription as it deals with academics refer to it in a blanket sense, where it covers all things relating to the academic world.

Thus it’s more commonly referred to as “academic transcription”.

It’s understandable that no real distinction is made in many circles when you consider what “academic transcription” is; the conversion into written or printed form of a spoken language source. This is often generated from group discussions and lectures that take place in the classroom or a seminar environment. It’s also used to relate to the conversion of a hand written source into a different medium such as the digital creation of a thesis or dissertation. More specifically, it’s the transcription of research interviews, lectures and seminars that take place in schools, colleges, universities and other locations where the content is used for academic purposes.

In addition, many corporations, non-profit organizations, law firms, and so forth provide legal training and seminars for their employees, clients, members, and others. You can even find legal topics online at sites such as YouTube. Having transcripts of these seminars, podcasts, and videos for the trainee can be quite useful. Not all recorded materials can be viewed at a later time, and even if available online it can often be more convenient to have transcripts to review at one’s convenience.

While transcription services can be important in many academic fields, the world of law is one that is unique in nature because of the depth of the academic content. Academic legal transcription services may cover all aspects of law including:

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– Criminal

– Civil

– Corporate

– Constitutional

– Legal history

– Comparative law

Academic transcription is necessary because these institutions (schools, colleges, etc) and the individuals associated with them (teachers, scholars, professors, students) record their educational and research materials to use for additional study or research.

For those studying law, whether they are professional or students, the use of audio can helpe enormously with study and research. In larger environments, these audio recordings are often taken automatically and given to those who request a copy. Facilities and institutions can also offer transcribed versions of these lectures by using a professional transcription agency. Such services are sometimes used to maintain a hard copy of lectures, groups and seminars for future educational purposes.

Transcription from audio also allows students to focus more on the given lecture or seminar, rather than with a head turned down attempting to scribble out notes. In a field with so much information to absorb, having the ability to later seek out academic law transcription can provide the leg up many need to learn without interruption.

It can also provide relief in situations where multiple speakers are used and varying points or perspectives are considered. During academic law debates, such as mock trials, transcription can help the individuals who are involved dissect the information at a later time – much as they would once they step into the field of law and begin practicing.

Attempting to take hand written notes on the fly during any kind of seminar, mock trial, dialogue or other debate is bound to make it difficult to process the respective information that’s coming across. It can also blur the line between those who are discussing a particular topic. As such, the student may end up with varying perspectives as they short hand both sides of a discussion. Academic legal transcription takes the emphasis off the notes and offers a level of clarity to the words that are being spoken – especially if it’s difficult to hear speakers when they’re directly engaging one another in the classroom, lecture hall or conference setting.

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Curiosity Rover analysis suggests chemically complex lake once graced Mars’s Gale crater

Sunday, June 4, 2017

In an analysis published on Friday in Science, scientists announced data collected from the Curiosity Rover show that Mars’s Gale Crater was once a chemically stratified lake, meaning the aquatic environment differed markedly between deep and shallow water. According to the report, “all of the physical, chemical, and energetic conditions necessary to establish a habitable environment were present on Mars between ~3.8 billion and 3.1 billion years ago.”

Analysis shows the chemical index of alteration fluctuated over time in a way that suggested the lake varied between hot, wet periods and colder, drier periods. The shallow water would have been rich in oxidants brought in from the atmosphere and groundwater, and the deeper water would have been oxidant poor. Phosphates, carbon, nitrogen, iron and sulfur, indicating chemistry suitable for life, have also been found there in a variety of compounds.

Lead author Joel Hurowitz of Stony Brook University explained, “These were very different, co-existing environments in the same lake[…] This type of oxidant stratification is a common feature of lakes on Earth, and now we’ve found it on Mars. The diversity of environments in this Martian lake would have provided multiple opportunities for different types of microbes to survive.”

The scientists also evaluated the fineness of the sediment, meaning the sizes of individual particles of dirt, dust and sand. Curiosity found larger grains near the edges of the lake where sediments from incoming rivers and streams would have fed it, and smaller ones in what would have been the deep lakebed, which is consistent with particles dropping out of the water as the current slows down. “We could tell something was going on,” Hurowitz said in a statement. “What was causing iron minerals to be one flavor in one part of the lake and another flavor in another part of the lake? We had an ‘Aha!’ moment when we realized that the mineral information and the bedding-thickness information mapped perfectly onto each other in a way you would expect from a stratified lake with a chemical boundary between shallow water and deeper water.”

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