Wikinews Shorts: August 8, 2009

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Wikinews Shorts: August 8, 2009
October 17th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, August 8, 2009.

Contents

  • 1 Leader of Pakistan Taliban may have been killed in drone attack
  • 2 Hillary Clinton arrives in South Africa
  • 3 Anniversary of Georgian War marked by mutual accusations
  • 4 Police in the United Kingdom ordered to review policing of demonstrations
  • 5 Son of missing Japanese actress Noriko Sakai found safe
  • 6 Seven coalition troops killed within 24 hour period in Afghanistan
  • 7 Hong Kong government to begin school drug testing trials in December
  • 8 Nine killed in Belgium care home fire
  • 9 India and China resume border talks
  • 10 President Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy in critical condition at hospital

European Commission clears British Airways owner IAG to buy bmi from Lufthansa

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European Commission clears British Airways owner IAG to buy bmi from Lufthansa
October 17th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The European Commission (EC) has approved yesterday a takeover of loss-making UK airline bmi from Lufthansa by International Airlines Group (IAG), owner of British Airways (BA). IAG will have to make concessions after Virgin Atlantic told the EC the deal would be anti-competitive.

The deal is set to cost IAG, who also own Iberia, £172.5 million. That value could fall as budget subsidiary bmibaby may be retained by Lufthansa or sold elsewhere, and IAG are reported to be primarily interested in the main bmi business. A regional subsidiary also exists.

IAG intends to use acquired slots at the busy Heathrow Airport, which serves London, to expand their own routes into Asia. The EC required IAG to surrender a number of flight slots at the airport. The slots surrendered or made available for lease are for use to destinations in Scotland, France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. The EC also insisted that combined BA/bmi routing be made available for competitors to buy transfer seats upon.

Lufthansa intended to shut down bmi had the bid failed. The transaction is presently scheduled for completion April 20.

IAG boss Willie Walsh called the sale “great news for Britain” with results that are “good for UK business and UK consumers.” Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson had previously said the move would give BA excessive dominance on Scottish flights. More Heathrow slots earmarked for Scotland have been given up than any other destination.

Ryanair took the opportunity to claim only their own takeover bid for Aer Lingus has been a major EC casualty. “Today’s rubber-stamping of BA’s purchase of bmi shows yet again that the EC has one rule for Europe’s flag-carriers, but different rules for Ryanair”, said Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary.

Iran to launch its first nuclear power plant

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Iran to launch its first nuclear power plant
October 17th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ali Akbar Salehi, chief of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, announced Friday that Iran is scheduled to launch its first nuclear power plant in Bushehr. Russia said that it will start loading fuel into the reactor on August 21, 2010.

Russia has assisted Iran in the construction of this reactor since the mid-1990s. The proposal to build this reactor was put forth 35 years ago by Mohammad Rez? Sh?h Pahlavi, the former emperor of Iran.

Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev, the current president of Russia, said that Iran and Russia are in active trade partnership. Medvedev called on Iran last month to explain its nuclear program.

The official launch is scheduled for August 21, 2010. Russia has promised to run the plant by supplying fuel and taking away fuel waste.

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Nuclear plant sealed off after traces of explosives found on bag

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Nuclear plant sealed off after traces of explosives found on bag
October 16th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

At least two men in Sweden were arrested after security officials at the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant discovered traces of an explosive material on a plastic bag. Oskarshamnsverkets Kraftgrupp OKG operates the plant, which is one of three nuclear power plants in Sweden.

Reports say that on the outside of a bag was Acetone peroxide, or TATP, primarily used as a high yield explosive, but is also an organic peroxide used in making chemicals for cleaning.

The unidentified men in their 40’s to 50’s, who were contractors and welders hired for doing work at the plant, were stopped as they entered the plant. Authorities were called to the scene along with the bomb squad, who sealed off parts of the plant when they detected the explosive material on a bag’s handle. Security detected the material in what is described by CNN as a “routine” security check. Police believe it was on one of the man’s hands when it rubbed off onto the bag, but no bomb was found after an extensive search. Both men have been charged with attempted sabotage and are still undergoing interrogation. Both face sentences of up to two years in prison.

Plant officials state that the plant has never received a threat “not in the past, not now, and we have no threat for the future,” said President of OKG, Lars Thuring. “The only thing that we have found is this trace of explosives in the bag.”

TATP is “very unstable, very sensitive to both friction and shocks,” said Swedish Defense Research Agency expert, Svante Karlsson. A small amount could cause serious damage to someone handling the material which is described as ‘Mother of Satan’. Would-be ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid used the substance in an attempt to blow up American Airlines flight 63 from Paris, France to Miami, Florida in 2001. The same substance was also used in the July 2005 bombings in London, England.

The plant’s reactors, where the men were scheduled to work, were turned off on May 11 for routine maintenance. The rest of the plant’s operations were not interrupted.

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NBA 2K8 Asia Championship: Taiwan Stage Highlights

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NBA 2K8 Asia Championship: Taiwan Stage Highlights
October 16th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Monday, December 24, 2007

The “NBA 2K8 Asia Championship” Taiwan Qualifier, organized by NBA Asia Corp. and sponsored by Microsoft Taiwan, was held on December 22 & 23. According to the organizer, Taiwan was chosen as the first on-site stage tournament because of some of the market share factor on the gaming industry and the gaming population.

In Taiwan’s qualifier, the organizer successively invited models from Catwalk Production House and two Taiwanese bands (Yummy, 2moro) for friendship matches with the public. With the entertainers’ participation, it attracted media and press in the entertainment industry.

On the other hand, to conjunct with sports and gaming, the organizer set the experience area with not only the Xbox 360 gaming console but also a shooting machine.

In this 2-day qualifier, due to some issues on the arrangement of the schedule, some registered gamers offered to quit the championship, but it didn’t take effect on the results of the single day champion, the 2-day champion, and overall champion. Finally, Yu-cheng Lin won the overall champion to participate in the Grand Final of the championship in South Korea on January 12, 2008.

According to the organizer, the Hong Kong qualifier will start on January 5 & 6, 2008 at Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill, Hong Kong.

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Category:April 23, 2010

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Category:April 23, 2010
October 16th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR
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Knowing Features Before Implementing Service Management Software

October 16th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Knowing Features Before Implementing Service Management Software

by

ElaineWang

By streamlining service management processes, a company is well placed to enhance customer satisfaction, and win the confidence of customers in the process.

With the best service management software, an establishment can reduce manual errors, increase efficiency and cut down costs, while the services are managed in a pitch-perfect manner. Before taking steps to integrate service management software as an inherent component of the service department, an organization should provide its focal attention on significant features to find the software that allows an organization to offer the best of services.

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Vendor. In the first place, a company that looks to implement service management software should handpick the best vendor. A vendor who has rich experience in this area, and who has been instrumental in building software for clients, is better placed to cater to the demands of organizations. The reputed vendor takes efforts to understand the processes involved in the service management before coming up with the ideal software that can help companies improve service management tasks.

Expertise. Another element that needs to be considered before selecting the ideal service management software takes the form of expertise belonging to the personnel, who are instrumental in designing the software. The vendor who is known to offer top notch solutions for companies by way of result-driven software should take pride in professional technicians who possess expertise to meet the needs of clients by building the right software as that suits the needs of clients.

Good ROI. An establishment that wants to win the confidence of customers goes all out to offer top notch services to clients, made possible by professional service management procedures. While an establishment is keen to solidify its service management principles, well-designed service management software can provide the best answer. This software that is implemented to enhance service management procedures and processes should also provide good returns on the investment made on it. In effect, the software should aid a company to offer unparalleled services to customers, and to bring in more profits for the company in the process.

Enhance efficiency. Most importantly, an organization can serve customers in a better way only when it is extremely efficient to offer timely services. The service management software that is made an inherent part of an organization should be instrumental to enhance the efficiency of an establishment, and to help an organization meet the demand of the customers at the right time. While an organization is keyed up to make the best use of service management software, it should take note of important features that can help organizations identify the best software in the bargain.

With the best

customer service software

, an establishment can reduce manual errors, increase efficiency and cut down costs, while the services are managed in a pitch-perfect manner.

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Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags

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Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags
October 15th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

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They are cheap, useful, and very plentiful, and that is exactly the problem, according to researchers. A report issued on Feb. 23 by a cadre of environment and economics researchers suggested that Kenya should ban the common plastic bag that one gets at the checkout counter of grocery stores, and place a levy on other plastic bags, all to combat the country’s environmental problems stemming from the bags’ popularity.

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Snow hits southern parts of Norway

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Snow hits southern parts of Norway
October 15th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

Friday, February 23, 2007

This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

A major snowfall has disrupted transport in Norway this week. Several roads and all railway services have been reported as closed due to the heavy snowfall, and meteorologists have recommended that people try to stay at home if possible. Snow storms are also causing problems in other parts of Southern Scandinavia, such as Denmark and Southern Sweden.

In Norway, the E-18, the highway from Kristiansand and eastwards have been closed after several accidents, which according to the local police primarily was the result of truck drivers not having prepared for the heavy snow and getting stuck.

Several cars got stuck as a result of this, with some motorists being stuck from 3.30 pm Wednesday until Thursday morning. The local Red Cross cooperated with the police in getting food and gasoline out to the stuck drivers, and also evacuated a bus full of senior citizens who had been out on an excursion.

Regional bus and rail services have been canceled for most of Wednesday and Thursday from Kristiansand and eastwards, and in Kristiansand and nearby areas in the southern regions of Norway the heavy snowfall also made local traffic slow with major disruptions and delays.

According to the regional newspaper Fædrelandsvennen, it is expected that there will be about 100 cm more snowfall on Friday alone, with Wednesday and Thursday having resulted in 50 cm so far.

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Natural Alternatives To Rawhide Bones

October 15th, 2018 by iGGDBfCR

byAlma Abell

Dog treats and chews come in diverse sizes, shapes, and types. Some are easy to chew; others challenge your dog. Rawhide bones are a common staple of many dog owners. However, there are natural alternatives to rawhide bones that will satisfy the chewing urges of the toughest dog critic.

Talking AlternativesWhen looking at “natural” dog chews and treats, be sure to have a definition clearly in mind. Remember, just because it says so on the package does not make it true. For some companies, natural may include several chemicals or ingredients with lengthy and unpronounceable names. Several of them they list as preservatives – as good an excuse as many.

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While it is possible to weed through the terminology and get lost in what chemicals and other ingredients are safe, sometimes the best approach is to look for simple. When looking at the available natural alternatives to rawhide bones, look at those that feature the least ingredients. Consider the small sample provided below:

  • Antlers – Deer and elk shed them. Your pet may enjoy them. These are tough chews but may be too tough or too sharp for some pets
  • Sweet potatoes – Some dogs love; others reject. Check to see which category your canine falls into
  • Bones – Dog lovers are in 3 camps about bones.

    * Those who never feed their dogs bones – too dangerous* Those who argue raw bones are best* Those who believe basted bones are better – easier to digest

In all cases, the right types of bones (large-animal) do provide a challenge and enormous pleasure to canines of all sizes

  • Animal Skins – Some companies take the skin of a pig or other animal, bake it and make it into a chewable, edible and highly digestive product

Natural Alternatives To Rawhide Bones

There are many natural alternatives to rawhide bones. Go online. Do the research and purchase something healthy your dog can chew with relish.

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