Stock markets worldwide rise on hopes of US economic recovery
Stock markets worldwide rise on hopes of US economic recovery

Friday, August 21, 2009

Stock indexes worldwide rose on Friday, after US bank chief Ben Bernanke said that the US economy was starting to recover from the recession.

Addressing a conference in Wyoming, the bank chief said that “the prospects for a return to growth in the near term appear good.”

He added, however, that “the economic recovery is likely to be relatively slow at first, with unemployment declining only gradually from high levels.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 155.91 points, or 1.67%, to end the day at 9505.96. The Nasdaq reached 2020.90 points after gaining 1.59%. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, meanwhile, struck a ten-month high, reaching a level of 1,026.13 at the closing bell, up 1.9%.

The British FTSE index rose about two percent, closing at 4,851. The French Cac index gained 3.1% and the German Dax 2.8%.

“Bernanke was a little bit more bullish than most people were expecting. He’s saying that the global economy is starting to emerge from the recession and that the fears of a financial collapse have receded substantially,” said Jacob Oubina, the currency strategist of

“I think the market is just taking those headlines as extreme positives for the outlook.”

Jean-Claude Trichet, the European Central Bank president, warned that talk of a complete recovery might be premature. “I am a little bit uneasy when I see that, because we have some green shoots here and there, we are already saying, ‘well, after all, we are close to back to normal,’ ” he said.

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Alternative Energy Resources: Amazing Products And Technologies

By Michael Bustamante

Fossil fuels are getting more and more difficult to locate and exploit. Processing fuel fossils is also a highly pollutant process which brings tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Within this context, finding alternative energy resources is no longer a prospect but an immediate necessity. Numerous companies are involved in researching new, eco-friendly resources as well as the adequate machines to process them.

Biomass refers to any living or recently dead biological material that can be used as fuel. In relation to the concept of alternative energy resources, biomass may be representing either plant grown for the purpose of becoming biofuel or waste material of the agricultural activity. It is obvious that turning waste into fuel instead of landfills is the better alternative. But combusting biomass can be a very dirty process and therefore the concept of biomass gasification has come into play.

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Biomass gasification is the proof that alternative energy resources can produce fuel which is non-pollutant. Biomass gasification is a process that converts the organic matter, biomass, into carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide. Biomass is gasified without combustion at high temperatures resulting in a new gas called syngas which is considered itself a fuel. Using biomass as a fuel to create a new fuel is considered one of the alternative energy resources.

People use electricity for almost everything in their life. No one can nowadays imagine life without electricity. Electricity powers all kinds of equipments. If new solutions could be developed to power these equipments without using so much electricity, they would decrease the use of traditionally produced electricity and thus the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels to produce electricity. A vapor absorption machine is an example of such a solution.

A vapor absorption machine uses heat sources to provide the energy needed to power a cooling system. Heat sources may include kerosene fueled flame, waste heat from factories, and so on. The principle is very simple and very smart considering that practically heat is wasted in almost any environment. Using heat to produce cooling is one of the great breakthroughs of modern technology. Solutions such as the vapor absorption machine may be considered themselves as alternative energy resources and the vapor absorption machine can, without a doubt, be utilized in almost every economical sector.

A way to stop polluting the earth is to use less pollutant materials. Agriculture is the foundation of the economy, feeding the world population. But agriculture depletes the earth of its resources and poisons it with chemical fertilizers. Whatever gets in the ground, gets in the water, and what gets in the water, gets into people’s bodies. The Herbagreen fertilizer is a new generation fertilizer which does not treat the soil but the leaves of the plants. Leaves are feeding the plants and that is why Herbagreen is so important. Instead of damaging soil with chemical fertilizers, Herbagreen uses tribomechanical activation, an advanced milling technology, to create particles small enough to penetrate the leaves of the plants. Herbagreen is developed strictly on minerals and its production and use have no damaging effects on the environment.

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11-year-old California girl charged for throwing stone in defense
11-year-old California girl charged for throwing stone in defense

Monday, July 18, 2005

An 11-year-old girl faces serious assault charges in California after casting a stone at a group of boys who were throwing water balloons at her. In April, Maribel Cuevas was apprehended by Fresno, California police and spent five days in a detention center after throwing the object at the group of boys who bombarded her with water balloons as she walked down the sidewalk. A 9-year-old boy was hit with the stone, and suffered a wound to his head requiring medical assistance.

Since then, Cuevas has spent one month under house arrest pending court. Cuevas’ lawyer, Richard Beshwate, told the BBC that “They [Fresno police] are treating her like a violent parole offender. It’s not a felony, it’s an 11-year-old acting like an 11-year-old.”

Fresno Police Sergeant Anthony Martinez told reporters: “We responded. We determined a felony assault had taken place and the officers took the actions that were necessary.” Cuevas is due back in court next month on felony assault charges.

The girl was placed in juvenile hall during her five-day detention, with only one 30-minute visit from her parents. She was then placed under a 30 day house arrest and required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. The house arrest allowed the girl to attend school.

Maribel, who knows very little English, said that the boy initiated the conflict — the boy also admitted as much.

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Paris SG to strengthen defence; signs Krychowiak and Meunier
Paris SG to strengthen defence; signs Krychowiak and Meunier

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

On Sunday French capital football club Paris Saint Germain announced they signed two players — Polish defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Spanish club Sevilla FC on a five-year term and Belgian defender Thomas Meunier from Club Brugge KV on a four year deal, under the management of Unai Emery.

Defensive midfielder Kychowiak spent two seasons with Sevilla with Unai Emery playing 90 matches and won two back-to-back UEFA Europa League titles. He has played 38 international matches and played in the UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-finals where his team lost to Portugal on penalties.

After signing the contract agreement, Krychowiak said, “I am very proud to return to France and defend the colours of a club as ambitious as Paris Saint-Germain[…] The opportunity to continue working with Unai Emery was obviously a major factor in my decision.” ((fr))French language: ?C’est un sentiment de grande fierté qui m’anime à l’heure de revenir en France pour y porter le maillot d’un club aussi ambitieux que le Paris Saint-Germain[…] Continuer de travailler avec Unai Emery a évidemment compté dans mon choix. Kychowiak played for Stade de Reims before joining Sevilla.

24-year-old defender Thomas Meunier played five years at Club Brugge and won the Belgian Pro League this season and Belgian Cup in 2015. Meunier was trained as a forward. Making his international debut in 2013, Meunier played with the national team in UEFA Euro 2016.

Meunier said, “I feel I am ready for the next step after five beautiful years in Brugge. PSG is a team that is well-know all over the world and I am proud to be transferred to such a big team. I want to thank everyone in Brugge for my beautiful time here: the fans, the players, the staff and the board” ((fr))French language: ?Après cinq belles années passées à Bruges, je me sens prêt pour franchir une étape. Le PSG est une équipe qui possède une réputation mondiale et je suis fier de pouvoir m’inscrire dans la lignée des joueurs du Club qui font le pas vers de grandes formations. Je veux remercier tout le monde à Bruges, des supporters aux joueurs, le staf, la direction, pour ces bons moments vécus à Bruges !.

PSG previously signed French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.

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Disposal of fracking wastewater poses potential environmental problems
Disposal of fracking wastewater poses potential environmental problems

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A recent study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the oil and gas industry are creating earthquakes. New information from the Midwest region of the United States points out that these man-made earthquakes are happening more frequently than expected. While more frequent earthquakes are less of a problem for regions like the Midwest, a geology professor from the University of Southern Indiana, Dr. Paul K. Doss, believes the disposal of wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) process used in extracting oil and gas has the possibility to pose potential problems for groundwater.

“We are taking this fluid that has a whole host of chemicals in it that are useful for fracking and putting it back into the Earth,” Doss said. “From a purely seismic perspective these are not big earthquakes that are going to cause damage or initiate, as far as we know, any larger kinds of earthquakes activity for Midwest. [The issue] is a water quality issue in terms of the ground water resources that we use.”

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique used by the oil and gas industries which inject highly pressurized water down into the Earth’s crust to break rock and extract natural gas. Most of the fluids used for fracking are proprietary, so information about what chemicals are used in the various fluids are unknown to the public and to create a competitive edge.

Last Monday four researchers from the University of New Brunswick released an editorial that sheds light on the potential risks that the current wastewater disposal system could have on the province’s water resources. The researchers share the concern that Dr. Doss has and have come out to say that they believe fracking should be stopped in the province until there is an environ­mentally safe way to dispose the waste wastewater.

“If groundwater becomes contamin­ated, it takes years to decades to try to clean up an aquifer system,” University of New Brunswick professor Tom Al said.

While the USGS group which conducted the study says it is unclear how the earthquake rates may be related to oil and gas production, they’ve made the correlation between the disposal of wastewater used in fracking and the recent upsurge in earthquakes. Because of the recent information surfacing that shows this connection between the disposal process and earthquakes, individual states in the United States are now passing laws regarding disposal wells.

The problem is that we have never, as a human society, engineered a hole to go four miles down in the Earth’s crust that we have complete confidence that it won’t leak.

“The problem is that we have never, as a human society, engineered a hole to go four miles down in the Earth’s crust that we have complete confidence that it won’t leak,” Doss said. “A perfect case-in-point is the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, that oil was being drilled at 18,000 feet but leaked at the surface. And that’s the concern because there’s no assurance that some of these unknown chemical cocktails won’t escape before it gets down to where they are trying to get rid of them.”

It was said in the study released by the New Brunswick University professors that if fracking wastewater would contaminate groundwater, that current conventional water treatment would not be sufficient enough to remove the high concentration of chemicals used in fracking. The researchers did find that the wastewater could be recycled, can also be disposed of at proper sites or even pumped further underground into saline aquifers.

The New Brunswick professors have come to the conclusion that current fracking methods used by companies, which use the water, should be replaced with carbon diox­ide or liquefied propane gas.

“You eliminate all the water-related issues that we’re raising, and that peo­ple have raised in general across North America,” Al said.

In New Brunswick liquefied propane gas has been used successfully in fracking some wells, but according to water specialist with the province’s Natural Resources De­partment Annie Daigle, it may not be the go-to solution for New Brunswick due its geological makeup.

“It has been used successfully by Corridor Resources here in New Bruns­wick for lower volume hydraulic frac­turing operations, but it is still a fairly new technology,” Daigle said.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with U.S. states to come up with guidelines to manage seismic risks due to wastewater. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is the organization that also deals with the policies for wells.

Oil wells, which are under regulation, pump out salt water known as brine, and after brine is pumped out of the ground it’s disposed of by being pumped back into the ground. The difference between pumping brine and the high pressurized fracking fluid back in the ground is the volume that it is disposed of.

“Brine has never caused this kind of earthquake activity,” Doss said. “[The whole oil and gas industry] has developed around the removal of natural gas by fracking techniques and has outpaced regulatory development. The regulation is tied to the ‘the run-of-the-mill’ disposal of waste, in other words the rush to produce this gas has occurred before regulatory agencies have had the opportunity to respond.”

According to the USGS study, the increase in injecting wastewater into the ground may explain the sixfold increase of earthquakes in the central part of the United States from 2000 – 2011. USGS researchers also found that in decades prior to 2000 seismic events that happened in the midsection of the U.S. averaged 21 annually, in 2009 it spiked to 50 and in 2011 seismic events hit 134.

“The incredible volumes and intense disposal of fracking fluids in concentrated areas is what’s new,” Doss said. “There is not a body of regulation in place to manage the how these fluids are disposed of.”

The study by the USGS was presented at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America on April 18, 2012.

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How To Get A Proof Of Auto Insurance Online}

Submitted by: Jim Bassett

Just because you have signed up for your car surety plan over the web does not mean that you are going to be lenient when it comes to complying with the necessary procedures. If anything, you have to be even more attentive considering how you are actually processing a virtual transaction. Bear in mind that from this transaction, you need to get a proof of auto insurance online.

You must first start by searching for the right providers and insuring firms who can easily offer you the coverage that you require. According to the experts, it is better if customers will only start looking for these providers once they have successfully identified what are their actual need. This will help save them ample time from having to search for the right right insurer.

It’s quite essential that one will first be aware about what his state requires him to have as far as a surety plan is concerned. It is very common in many states to require their motorists to be carriers of these vehicle surety packages that have a liability provision. This is to ensure that they will have financial backup against any compensation they may need to pay for damages they have caused in any accidents.

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However, just because it is only the liability coverage that is being mandated does not mean that people will only restrict themselves from getting other packages. There are other features like a comprehensive coverage and a collisions plan that will allow a person to get better and more extensive coverage. If people have the cash to pay for such packages, then they should add them up.

Once you have decide what surety plan you would like to get, you have to ensure that you get to refer only to those firms that can offer the most reliable assistance as well. Though your goal is to get a proof of auto insurance online in the end, this still means that you will do your homework properly so in the end, you get the right insurers to help you out.

In case you don’t have ideas about who are the better providers around, you can always ask others for help. Inputs, suggestions, referrals and recommendations from other people, especially those who are surety policyholders as well should help you a ton in determining who are the better firms that you should be getting help from.

Don’t forget to assess how good are the assistance offered by these providers. It will do you good if you will take time to review the years that they are offering their services around. In case you are not that sure with the kind of information that you were able to gather, you may always refer to agencies like the Better Business Bureau for better information.

Once you have successfully chosen a surety provider and have filled out the applications forms and all such other important documents, make sure that you will request a proof of auto insurance online. This way, you will have a document that you can hold on to which will prove that you indeed hold a surety package, in case the authorities may require to see the document.

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Reflections, Lichtenstein, two new exhibitions at Edinburgh’s Modern One
Reflections, Lichtenstein, two new exhibitions at Edinburgh’s Modern One

Saturday, March 14, 2015

This weekend saw the opening of two new exhibitions at Edinburgh’s National Gallery of Modern Art. Wikinews attended Thursday’s press preview for the event where a full contingent of the capital’s press turned out to see the striking collection of paintings, photographs, and other works. Presented below are a selection of images captured at the preview.

REFLECTIONS: A Series of Changing Displays of Contemporary Art, billed as a showcase of a “diverse range of internationally-renowned contemporary and modern artists” is to display major works from the Gallery’s permanent collection, alongside important loans. Alongside this broad range of works, a three-room display of pieces on-loan from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation — with a dramatic painted steel relief, ‘borrowed’ from the Tate in London — runs from March 14 through to January 10 next year.

Admission to both exhibitions is free; being located in Dean, to the north-west of Edinburgh’s city centre, a free Gallery bus service is available.

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Shopping Around For The Best Mortgage Rates In Today’s Economy

By Adriana Noton

If you are shopping around for the best mortgage rates in today’s economy you may be in luck. With the Government trying to stimulate sales the prime rate is as low as you will probably ever see it. This means that interest for financing a house is also at an all time low. With builders lowering the cost of these residences as well, there may never be a better time to buy the dream home you have been searching for.

With the dramatic drop in home values many people were forced to walk away from their residences, because they owed more on them then they were worth. Potential buyers have been hesitant to make new purchases for fear that this downward trend may continue. With foreclosures at an all time high, the future of the housing market does not look very promising.

However there may be some hope, because these events and the overall state of the economy have prompted the Federal Government to lower the rate that they charge to their best customers. This prime interest rate is normally the basis on which all banks determine the rates that they will charge for home loans. Consequently we are seeing mortgages being offered at some of the lowest costs in decades.

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For anyone considering a new purchase they can take advantage of these extremely low mortgages. For those who are having a difficult time with their current payments, refinancing their mortgage could lock them in to a lower rate, and end up saving them thousands in the end. And saving money is a big concern for many people these days.

Because there has been a flood of foreclosed homes on the market builders have had to reduce their prices on new construction. In order to be competitive today residential dwellings are being sold for some of their lowest prices in years. People looking to purchase may never see bargains like this again. These lower costs coupled with the rock bottom interest rate charges make today one of the most opportune times to buy.

Mortgages come in many forms and sizes. You may choose a variable rate that could rank among the lowest possible, or you might want to pay a little more for a fixed fifteen or thirty year mortgage, and not worry about the rate ever increasing during the period of the loan. There are many choices when it comes to mortgages and there are many companies willing to lend to you so find the one that caters to your needs.

You may still be skeptical and think that you will wait it out, but history has shown that the economy always bounces back and sooner or later the rates will begin going up again. You could stand to lose a lot of money with each increase in percentage points.

It is true that shopping around for the best mortgage rates in today’s economy could be a scary thought. But actually it may be the best time ever to secure an interest rate that may never be lower.

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Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control
Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

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.

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