BBC to cut Electric Proms for financial reasons

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BBC to cut Electric Proms for financial reasons

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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The BBC have announced they are to axe annual music festival Electric Proms from their schedule for financial reasons. The festival first took place in October 2006. The 2011 event will not go ahead, with last year’s festival being the last.

Bob Shennan, controller of BBC Radio 2, said he was “disappointed” with the decision to cancel the festival. He said “In the current climate, we are faced with making difficult decisions, including how best to deliver high-quality live music programming throughout the year in light of continuing efficiency savings. I feel that Radio 2 can achieve the same impact of the Electric Proms in an alternative, more cost-effective way. I’m disappointed that the lifetime of Electric Proms has come to an end, but very proud of its fantastically rewarding run of creating new moments in music for the past five years.”

During the festival’s five year run it has featured performances from stars such as Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Shirley Bassey.

The decision to axe the festival comes at a time when the BBC are planning a 20% savings cut. Last week BBC director general Mark Thompson announced 650 job losses after dropping five languages from the BBC World Service.

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Calpine declares bankruptcy, cites natural gas prices

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Calpine declares bankruptcy, cites natural gas prices

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Electrical power generator Calpine Corporation declared bankruptcy on Tuesday. The San Jose, California based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Federal Court, to facilitate debt restructuring and to allow for normal operations to continue. Calpine has obtained secured debtor-in-possession financing from Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston totaling $2 billion. The company announced that some of its Canadian subsidiaries would also file for creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. Calpine and its subsidiaries operate natural gas and geothermal electricity generating plants in 21 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces.

The recent rise in natural gas prices due to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina has pushed Calpine’s cost significantly above the locked in selling price for its long-term contracts. Calpine has asked the court to void eight long term contracts, including a 20-year contract entered into with the State of California‘s Department of Water Resources and Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 2001.

The company received permission on December 21 from the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to use $500 million of its financing to continue operating and to keep paying its employees’ salaries and benefits.

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Band sticker causes bomb scare at Ohio University

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Band sticker causes bomb scare at Ohio University

Friday, March 3, 2006

A sticker for the Pensacola, Florida folk-punk band This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb was found on a bike near the Ohio University‘s Oasis restaurant by a university police officer.

The university police, who were unaware of the band’s existence, summoned the Columbus police bomb squad, who destroyed the bike to ensure that there was no bomb inside. The university later discovered their error.

The bike’s owner, a graduate student, has been charged with “inducing panic,” a misdemeanor. He has been released and is due to appear in court March 13 on the charge.

The band’s label, Plan-It-X Records, has not yet commented on the incident. The font and style of the sticker are common among such humorous stickers.

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Your Choice Of Umbrellas Round, Square Or Rectangle?}

Submitted by: Sam Kiesel

An outdoor business means you will need some kind of outdoor shade for those extreme weather days. After all, you do not want your customers to be turned away from your place simply because it is wet or too hot, do you?

This is where the commercial patio umbrella comes in. The main difference between the commercial version and the normal one is that the commercial ones are usually larger and hardier. And indeed, they have to be because they have to last a lot longer in order to be cost-effective. Since they will be used almost continuously, they will have to withstand arduous wear and tear, especially during harsh weather conditions. The continuous strong sun coupled with the wet rain and dampness of dew will definitely wear out the umbrella. However, the longer you do not have to do any replacement on the umbrella, the better.

The commercial patio umbrella comes in a few types:

– Wooden. Usually preferred by beach resorts and places of business with a rustic theme, these are freestanding and heavy items that are often beautiful by design. They are pretty expensive, though, which makes them all the more appealing as a classy piece of outdoor dcor.

– Aluminum. More lightweight than wooden ones, these can be more common than wooden ones as they fit any dcor theme and are usually cheaper than their wood counterparts. They are also lighter which means they can be more easily moved about.

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– Stainless steel. These well-liked as they are rust-proof and often beautiful to touch and look at. However, they are better off in their original form and unpainted.

– Plastic. About the same cost as aluminum ones, plastic patio umbrellas are usually used in more private settings or those that are not too exposed to harsh weather conditions. This is because plastic is less durable than aluminum in certain ways; their paint, for example, peels away much faster and easily than those on an aluminum base.

– Wrought iron. These are beautiful, ornately decorated umbrella sets. Unfortunately, they are also extremely heavy and thus, usually used in a permanent spot. They are also considerably expensive. However, wrought iron is extremely beautiful and often appreciated for their distinguished classiness.

If you are looking for something unique yet practical, it would be a good idea to explore the different shapes the commercial patio umbrella comes in. You will be amazed at how an outdoor umbrella in a different shape can really change about how a space looks like. Some shapes, however, have the equal balance of aesthetics and practicality while others are for purely aesthetic purposes. It is, therefore, pretty important that you weight each option carefully before purchase.

There are a few basic options available in the market:

– The square umbrella is, by far, the most popular. This is simply because by its very shape, it provides ample shelter and can fit most spaces quite easily. Most spaces are pretty squarish in shape, so having an umbrella in a similar design will fit in nicely.

– The rectangle umbrella is a little less common. Slightly elongated on its sides, it is a good shade choice for longer dining tables or for groups of little tables strung together.

– The round umbrella is ideal for smaller clusters of guests. As round tables are often more casual, this type of shade is perfect for beach resorts, sports complexes and pool sides.

– The triangle umbrella is another unique sight. Often, this is chosen more for its looks and uniqueness than anything else, as it can be difficult to position this one. It is not often that you would find a commercial patio umbrella in this shape.

– The octagonal umbrella is growing in popularity simply because its shape allows for more shade beneath. Due to its eight sides, it is usually larger in size, making it conducive for commercial spaces.

– The hexagonal umbrella, like its octagonal counterpart, is just as practical sometimes. It covers a smaller area than its eight-sided cousin but is able to provide more shade than a square or rectangle umbrella.

Commercial spaces require more innovative and decorative ways of providing shade. Balancing practicality with aesthetics can be quite tricky at times so knowing all your options from the beginning is a smart move. While there are many types of commercial patio umbrellas for you, not all will be what you need.

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On the campaign trail, July 2012

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On the campaign trail, July 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The following is the ninth in a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2012 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after a brief mention of some of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: the rules of third party candidate polling are examined, a third party activist causes four other parties to lose their place on the Illinois presidential ballot, and the new vice presidential nominee of the Justice Party speaks with Wikinews.

Contents

  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Polling rules restrict and fuel third party campaigns
  • 3 Ballot access denied in Illinois
  • 4 Wikinews interviews newly-selected Justice Party VP nominee
  • 5 Related news
  • 6 Sources

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Fitzpatrick family offers reward in search for missing Mijas teenager

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Fitzpatrick family offers reward in search for missing Mijas teenager

Monday, February 18, 2008

The family of Amy Fitzpatrick, an Irish expat who disappeared from Mijas, Spain on New Year’s Night, has announced a reward for reliable information which could lead to finding the missing teenager. The news came in a statement from Dave Mahon, the partner of Amy’s mother, Audrey, who said all information would be treated in the strictest confidence, and calling on anyone who may have a possible lead to contact either the family or the Civil Guard. In the statement Mahon said that “a substantial reward is on offer to anyone who can provide reliable information on Amy’s whereabouts. Any information received will be treated within the strictest confidence.”

There has been no news on whether detectives have managed to locate a vehicle which they believe Amy may have taken, a British-registered white Ford Fiesta, with the registration number C955 SLK. Anyone who may see the vehicle is asked not to touch it to avoid destroying any evidence, and to call 062 urgently.

Amy disappeared when she was walking home to the Riviera del Sol Urbanisation from the Calypso area at around 10 p.m. on New Year’s Night, and was wearing black track suit bottoms and a T-shirt with the word ‘Diesel’ when she was last seen. She has black hair, and is 1.65 m tall. The contact telephone numbers for any information on her whereabouts are 112, 952 487 036, 062, 686 044 181 and 952 474 030.


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68 pieces of luggage found behind Texas pet store

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68 pieces of luggage found behind Texas pet store

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

At least 68 different pieces of luggage has been found behind a pet store inside a garbage dumpster in Houston, Texas. The luggage came from several different international flights and authorities do not know how they got there or if the contents of the luggage have been stolen.

“We’re going to be investigating and the authorities are going to be investigating,” said spokeswoman for Continental Airlines, Mary Clark. All luggage was handed over to Continental Airlines.

The luggage is reported to have been sifted through, and most pieces have come from all over the world. The luggage is reported to have come from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Some pieces of the luggage have name tags and Clark states that “we’re trying to reach whoever we need to let them know the bags are there.”

Officers with the Houston Police Department are in charge of the investigation. The luggage was found by individuals who own the pet store.

The FBI has stated that the bags do not pose any danger.

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Seo Copywriting

By Carolyn Clayton

There is a difference between true copywriting and simple content writing. Professional SEO copywriting is the technique of writing text on a webpage so that it is meaningful and useful for the visitor and also so it is visible in the search engines. Creating this delicate balance is tricky and should only be attempted by a professional copywriter.

The main reason for copywriting is for advertising products and services. It is done to increase visitors to your website as well as increasing revenue. The articles need to be completely unique and well versed. Professional SEO copywriters are specialised writers who will be able to write about any subject and turn out well versed quality copy each time.

SEO Copywriting has the ability to make a website successful. It will help bring people from the search engines to your website. As long as your website is professional and easy to navigate you should see an increase in your sales. Your website also has to have a dedicated page for each keyword. So if you are targeting the keywords car hire and car leasing you need two pages focused solely on those keywords. If your copywriter is writing articles to post around the article directories with a link back to the page they are promoting then need to ensure they use the keywords in the hyperlinks to the pages. This adds even more weight for those all important keywords. Check my bio below for an example

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Your website needs to be search friendly for copywriting to help you. There is little point writing good copy and putting it on your site where no-one including the search engines can find it. You need to ensure you have a dedicated page about what you are writing about. Relevance is all important here. There is no point putting an article on pet training on a page that is to do with pet food. Your copy needs to go on a page about pet training. The same can be said for the syndication of articles to directories. Each article has to go in the correct category or it will be more or less valueless.

Articles or webpage content need to have the right keyword density so that the article reads well and is visible to the search engines. Getting this right can be tricky because over use of the keywords will not read well and article directories will not accept them. Too few keywords and the article will not be optimised enough. Striking the balance is the hard part which is why its best to hire a professional copywriter.

Copywriting is good for any online business that needs more traffic and better search engine positioning. Most SEO campaigns have copywriting as part of their service as it is a proven strategy for increasing traffic and sales. Copywriters can be expensive so make sure you looking around to find the best deal. Or you could enlist the help of an SEO company and see what copywriting they offer as part of any SEO campaign work for your site.

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5-year old American girl dies after visiting the dentist

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5-year old American girl dies after visiting the dentist

Friday, September 29, 2006

Diamond Brownridge, a 5-year old girl from Chicago, Illinois, has died after a visit to the dentist. Children’s Memorial Hospital officials say that the girl was rushed to the hospital when she never woke up after being sedated for a dental procedure. She had been in a coma, on life support, since being admitted to the hospital early in the weekend.

“She passed very peacefully and beautifully,” said the hospital in a statement that the family issued.

Ommettress Travis, the mother of the girl, was asked not to remain inside the room while dentists were operating on the girl to repair two cavities and to have at least two caps replaced. Travis says after thirty minutes she was asked to come back in and found Brownridge not breathing, in the dentist chair.

Hicham Riba, a specialist and professional in anesthesia, who was also licensed, was the dentist in charge of the procedure.

“My family and I are so sad. May God bless Diamond and her family. Every time you have a tragedy like this, you pray more. I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal life after an experience like this,” Riba said in a statement on Wednesday, September 28.

According to the family, the girl had been given at least a triple dose of medicine that sedated her. Those drugs include: nitrous oxide gas, a single dose of an “oral agent” and an IV.

A judge has ordered that all equipment and materials used during the operation be protected and examined. The girl’s medical records have also been ordered to be examined.

There is no word on whether or not any charges will be filed against Riba or any of the dentist’s staff.

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Wikinews interviews Dr. Robert Kelly and Dr. Jim Gill regarding joint scientific venture in North Korea

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Wikinews interviews Dr. Robert Kelly and Dr. Jim Gill regarding joint scientific venture in North Korea

Sunday, September 8, 2013

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A group of volcanologists from the UK and USA have traveled to North Korea to assist them with conducting scientific investigations and installing equipment near the volcano Mount Paektu.

Wikinews interviewed Dr. Robert Kelly of Pusan National University (PNU) in South Korea, who specialises in security and diplomacy and Dr. Jim Gill from the University of California who has visited the Chinese side of Mount Paektu.

((Wikinews)) Given that the UK, USA have strained political relations with North Korea, what is the purpose of these scientists working together?

Dr. Robert Kelly: Mt Paektu erupted massively about 1100 years ago and has been dormant since. Recently there has been seismic activity, and should it explode again, it could be gigantic — and devastating. It is everyone’s interest in East Asia to know about such a possibility, so this kind of cooperation can be above politics. But it is also always good to engage North Korea to try to draw them out. Such engagement can occur in nonpolitical, technical areas like this most easily.

((WN)) Does North Korea understand that it needs the specialism of British and American scientists to plan for when the volcano erupts?

RK: It does. North Korea does actually engage in various track II programming, including student and administrative exchanges. This is not well-known due to the nuclear issue however. The North Korean government is aware of its technological backwardness, and they often dangle concessions to other states in exchange for tech transfers like this.

((WN)) The North Korea underground nuclear test site is very close to the volcano, do you think this affected North–South Korean relations?

RK: Not very much. It does upset South Koreans somewhat, because Mt. Paektu is actually [a] national landmark. It is the mythological birthplace of the Korean people. And there is some scientific concern that major seismic activity could impact nuclear facilities.

((WN)) Do you think that the field work being carried out by the scientists, being near a militarised border is very difficult?

RK: No, because it is in the interest of all local parties — NK, Chinese, even Russian — that Mt. Paektu is properly monitored. Indeed, I could imagine that, behind the scenes, the Chinese pushed North Korea toward this cooperation, as this is somewhat unusual for NK.

((WN)) May the North Koreans be wary and suspicious of their British and American counterparts, given the secretiveness of the state?

RK: Absolutely. I have been to NK, and I can say positively that the scientists will be monitored and accompanied at all times they are away from their hotels. They will also be isolated from the NK wider population. They will only interact with specially chosen minders who speak excellent English and have proven their loyalty to the state. And there will be security personnel with them at all times outside their hotels too.

((WN)) Do you think that Western scientists collaborating together with the North Koreans could set as an example of political things to see in the future?

RK: Not really. I hope so, but North Korean[sic] has a tendency to pretend to open itself, and then to re-close after it gets what it wants. All sorts of interaction with North Korea gets hyped as ‘a new beginning’ or a ‘historic opening,’ only to come to naught. That does not mean it could not happen, just that I am skeptical. Instead, NK is likely to continue to interact when and where it has certain specific needs, as in this case. And that interaction will be tightly monitored. Fifteen years [ago], at the start of the Sunshine Policy by SK, there was hope that increased interaction would grow organically and slowly open up NK. That was the spirit behind the Kaesong industrial zone. But in fact, the North Koreans tightly controlled Kaesong to capture its gains and limit spillovers. I imagine the same will happen here.

((WN)) Do natural hazards pay attention to international political differences?

Dr. Jim Gill: Of course not.

((WN)) Is there a high risk and increased seismic activity in relation to Mount Paektu?

JG: Not currently. There was unrest at the volcano during 2002–05 but it has returned to normalcy.

((WN)) Would an eruption of Mount Paektu have consequences for multiple countries?

JG: Yes. The most likely widespread consequence will be an interuption of air traffic between North Asia and North America and Europe. More locally, the tourist industry on the Chinese side of the border will be very impacted. Most ash fall will be in the DPRK.
For perspective, there was an extremely large eruption of the volcano at about 940 AD — one of the largest historical eruptions anywhere on Earth. It is uncertain how often it has erupted since, and how large the eruptions were, but nothing has been big enough to cause serious problems scores of kilometers away. So yes there is risk — it is large mountain with a long history of eruptions — but nothing indicates a high level of concern now.

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