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Audio Wikinews News Brief for October 21, 2007

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The time is 6:15 UTC and this an Audio Wikinews Brief for the weekend of Sunday, October 21, 2007.


  • 1 Thousands flee renewed violence in Congo
  • 2 Blast kills 8, injures 126 at a mall in Manila, The Philippines
  • 3 Mass suspensions and relief of duties after US B-52 flew with armed nuclear missiles
  • 4 Half of life could go extinct by century’s end, warn eminent biologists
  • 5 US stock markets tumble on ‘Black Monday’ anniversary
  • 6 South African reggae star Lucky Dube shot dead in attempted carjacking
  • 7 Man throws red paint in Roman Trevi fountain to protest film festival
  • 8 South Africa defeats England 15 – 6 to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup


Yell threatens to shut down Yellowikis

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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

London — Yell, the world’s biggest yellow pages publisher, today threatened to shut down Yellowikis, the wiki-based yellow pages directory.

Yell accused Yellowikis co-founders Paul Youlten and his 15 year-old daughter Rosa Blaus of “misrepresentation”, “passing off” and suggested that using the name Yellowikis could “constitute an ‘instrument of fraud’.” Passing off is defined as misrepresenting a product and passing it off as one’s own. Passing off is a form of trademark infringement.

Yell is demanding that Paul and Rosa close down the website, transfer the domain names to Yell and agree to pay damages to Yell for loss of profits. Yell made $2.4bn in 2005, whereas Yellowikis had a loss of $500. The $500 was used to print T-shirts promoting Yellowikis at the Wikimania conference in Frankfurt.

Paul Youlten said: “This threat from Yell to shut us down looks like a sign of desperation. The whole yellow pages industry is in crisis. Use of the paper directories is collapsing as people get broadband Internet connections in their homes. Small and medium sized businesses are beginning to notice that their customers are ringing them up and saying ‘I found you on Google’ and not ‘I found you in the yellow pages’.”

Rosa Blaus said: “Maybe they are a bit jealous of Yellowikis because we allow companies to add videos, skype IDs, email addresses, instant messaging, in as many categories and languages as they like for free.” Blaus suggested to her father that they set up Yellowikis after she noticed small businesses were deleted from Wikipedia for not being “encyclopaedic”.

Yellowikis has been growing at 8.7% month-on-month and has 494 editors and about 5,000 articles listed.

The threat of legal action came after an article published in The Independent newspaper mentioned Yellowikis.

How Automated Trackers Improves Home Building Projects With Construction Scheduling Software


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The construction industry is like a hive of busy workers combining their skill and expertise into creating the finished project; a quality home that satisfies the client, and results in increased business to the company. With so many aspects of the project depending on coming together on time and within budget, construction scheduling software is a tool that superintendents and construction contractors can use to organize their tasks and team. A construction scheduling software tool that is specifically designed for the industry, by construction veterans and computer experts, enables a building project to be managed to its optimal efficiency every step of the way.


Building Homes with SAM Every home is built with a similar set of procedures but every project has the creativity and unique methods that are specific to the builder. The management tool, SAM [Superintendant’s Automated Manager] allows the builders to follow their standard protocols but offers the flexibility to customize the home to the contract’s specifications, and to the builder’s ideas and approach to their trade. The SAM software equips a construction team with a customized template that can be pulled up and started with each new building project. The template will allow the organization and management of essential building requirements such as: — Scheduling Notices — Vendor Data — Trade Data — Tasks [also includes house information, punch lists, attachments, etc.] Building software designed for homebuilding projects keeps communications up to date and projects in constant motion. The final result is a home built that exceeds the client’s expectation both in quality, time and within budget. SAM Makes Training Easy Building software helps managers train new members of the construction team. New employees are usually placed with more experienced members of the building crew. This method of training not only takes time away from the faster, and more seasoned builders but the new member of the crew learns to build homes through the eyes of the particular builder. Not through the standards and methods of the company. The SAM software has a customized system in place for new builders, available right at their fingertips. They will learn the construction company’s procedures and culture more quickly, and with less “apprentice-style” training from other team members. SAM also adds the benefit of offering a standardized procedure to employees moving on to new jobs within a project. Superintendents can check with SAM to learn the ropes on a new job that they have been assigned to, instead of having to consult with the predecessor of the job for every detail. When it comes to delivering, training, managing and communication, the SAM software has improved the way that team leads are motivating and managing their employees. They are finally producing the level of quality, which results in business growth, and complete client satisfaction. Automated Trackers provides the premier construction scheduling software system. The innovative Superintendent’s Automated Manager is designed to meet the needs, challenges and demands of the modern homebuilder. For more information about Automated Trackers, and the SAM software program visit, automatedtrackers.

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Major Ayurvedic powders used for treatment of different diseases


Chris ClarkIn the world of ayurvedic medicine, the foremost thing that strikes the mind of anyone is the ayurvedic powders. It is because vast range of ayurvedic medicines or remedies is available in the form of powders so as to facilitate easy utilization by the users. It is because the powdered form of medicine may be used by anyone easily. Also it is absorbed by the body quickly to give immediate results. Let us have a look at some of the chief ayurvedic powders which are used in the treatment for various physical and mental disorders relevant to human body. Neem Powder- Prepared from different parts of the medicinal tree named neem, it is efficient in fighting against numbers of diseases associated with human body. Neem is known to be rich in antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties make it capable of dealing with skin problems and hair problems. Amla powder- It is rich in Vitamin C and hence capable of increasing the immunity of the body. It may be used to get rid of hair problems and skin problems. It even makes available all the nutrients required for proper growth and functioning of the skin and hairs. Cassia powder- Commonly known as neutral henna it may be used to treat various problems relevant to hairs. It produces same effects on the hairs but without having any effect on the color of the hairs. Brahmi powder- Due to its rejuvenating properties on the brain cells and the memory functions, it is perhaps the best ayurvedic powder which keeps brain calm and stable. Additionally, it has a positive effect on the hairs and scalp as well. It may even be used with bhringraj, amla, shikakai and tulsi.Kapur Kachri- The antiseptic properties contained in this herbal powder helps in providing relief from various ailments of the skin of the scalp. It also triggers strong growth of hair roots.Kalpi Tone powder- Again this powder is efficient in promoting strong hair growth. It makes hairs strong from their roots and hence prevents their premature fall or graying. Henna powder- It is rich in multiple properties beneficial for the hairs. These include conditioning, strengthening and hair shining properties. Henna helps the users to have long, strong, soft and shining hairs. Bhringraj powder- This herbal powder is being used from times unknown to get rid of various hair ailments. It helps in prevention of hair loss, premature graying and balding. It also helps in improving the texture of hairs. This herbal product is equally beneficial in treating skin ailments relevant to the scalp. Orange Peel powder- Prepared from the peels of oranges, this ayurvedic powder is mainly rich in astringent and antioxidant properties. It helps in keeping skin in good health. It prevents as well as treats pimples, acne, wrinkles and premature aging of the skin. It also helps in removing layer of dead skin cells from the face. There are many more ayurvedic powders in the list such as Tulsi, Hibiscus Petal, Reetha, Shikakai etc. These may be used to get rid of various physical ailments.


Patanjali Ayurvedic Powders

to cure multiple health problems. It comes in powder forms which are mainly extracts of herbs and minerals for your complete health benefits.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

After the launch of “Halo 3” on Tuesday (September 25), Microsoft promoted a brand new Xbox360 racing game “Project Gotham Racing 4” (PGR4) with a friendship match as a “TOP on TOP” competition between Taiwanese World Cyber Games (WCG) PGR3 Delegate You-cheng Liu and “Drift Master of Taiwan” Po-hsiung Chou at YAMAHA MotorTown in Taipei City, Taiwan.

Before the friendship match, Cary Chen (Senior Product Marketing Manager of Entertainment and Device Division, Microsoft Taiwan) show the new features on PGR4 to the press, VIPs, and guests and praised the “PGR” game series with the “Kudos” skill points. He remarked that in the “PGR4”, not only joined new car type and racing motorcycles, but also add Dynamic Weather System feature for the performance of new different type experiences on weathers, driving, and racing lane.

Chen also remarked that PGR series is surely respected because of the racing game competition factor on WCG from 2006. This “PGR” series can realize lots of dreams of players on making some special skills which can’t be done on reality. With the Xbox Live linking, PGR series has successfully made a great achievement.

After the presentation and demos, Microsoft Taiwan held a friendship match. Before the match, Y. C. Liu welcomed P. H. Chou with Chou drove a BMW car to the main entrance. After the entrance, the match started. With the witnesses of VIPs, press, and players, Liu won the friendship match by the turning fault of Chou. Even though Chou wanted to invite Live as a racer in reality after the match, but Liu temporarily declined with his consideration.

Microsoft Taiwan announced that the Chinese Version of “PGR4” will be available on October 5, and welcomed players competing with “I want ‘PGR4’ Helmet!” photo competition. And also, “Yamaha PGR4 Cup – Taiwan Driving Master Championship” will be held and set qualification section in October and final section in December of Information Month in Taipei.

85 Hindu pilgrims killed in India lorry crash

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

A minimum of 85 Hindu pilgrims have been killed in India and 64 injured after their lorry and trailer plunged 24m (80ft) into a river gorge late last night.

Approximately 150 people were on board when the driver lost control on a sharp bend near the village of Nagbavji, Rajasthan, smashing through a concrete crash barrier and continuing down into the valley, coming to rest inverted.

An overnight rescue operation was initiated, removing both survivors and bodies of the dead from the wreck, with the aid of cranes and spotlights. Ambulances and medical teams rushed to the scene from surrounding areas. Of the 64 who were hospitalised, three are reported to be in critical condition. The Press Trust of India reported that as many as 130 were injured, and Al Jazeera reported that there may have been 200 people on board. It is believed the death toll could rise still further, as many people remain trapped beneath the trailer.

The truck was a 12-wheeled model designed for hauling shipping containers, and was carrying pilgrims from three nearby villages Shiwal, Madri and Bhawa. The driver had offered to take them to their destination for free, a practise common in India, despite the fact that such trucks are not safe for passenger transport, being designed primarily as freight transporters.

The vehicle had been destined for the temple of Ramdev, a site considered by both Hindus and Muslims as being of high spiritual significance. The temple is the subject of an annual ten-day pilgrimage every September, which begins on September 13, although most of the 250,000 pilgrims who flock to the site arrive several days in advance of the festival.

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje visited the three villages in which the victims resided. The local government has initiated a full inquiry into the disaster.

Irish inflation creeps upwards to 2.4%

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

The inflation rate in Ireland, as measured by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), edged upwards to hit a five month high in May at 2.4%. This represents a 0.2% rise on the previous month when the rate stood at 2.2%.

The major contributors to the rise were increased transportation, healthcare, and education costs. In April the EU25 average rate of inflation was 2.1%, with Latvia having the highest rate at 7.1% and Sweden the lowest at 0.4%.

Despite the increase in the rate, Irish inflation remains very low – having hit 7% during 2000 and remaining around the 5% until the beginning of 2003. Another major factor easing any worries about the increase is Ireland’s very strong GDP growth – expected to be around 5.5% this year

On an annual basis the cost of footwear and clothing have fallen by 2.7% whilst energy costs have soared by 10.4%. The cost of food, furniture, and communications also fell over the last 12 months.

The Consumer Price Index is made up of over 55,000 prices consisting of 613 headings which cover over 1,000 different items.

Blunkett: Brown supported Iraq war to save job

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Blunkett diaries, being serialised in the Guardian, claim that Gordon Brown opposed the war against Iraq. Only at the last minute did he give in, according to the diaries, when he realised that Blair would sack him otherwise.

Gordon Brown, interviewed by the Guardian, said he did not think Blunkett had ever said such a thing and that, if he was reported as having done so, he was being misquoted.

The diary entries are contemporary with the events and were recorded shortly after the Cabinet meeting on Iraq.

byAlma Abell

On average, 55 percent of the annual cost of energy goes toward heating and cooling. For most people, this is a lot of money, although it can never be eliminated, there are ways to keep heating, and cooling costs in check. There is no need to be at the mercy of the weather; a few hours on the weekend are all you need to save on energy costs.


It is not even necessary to drag out the toolbox; there are things that can be done that take no more than a desire to reduce your cost of heating and cooling in Chicago.

  • Control the thermostat: Every time you feel a little chilly, remember that every degree that you crank up the temperature increases your cost of energy by three percent, or think of it the other way: every degree you set back on the thermostat saves you three percent. If you drop the temperature at night and while you are at work by ten degrees, this total time of 16 hours will reduce your costs by a whopping 14 percent annually.
  • Use fans: Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom can dispel heat. Use them wisely during the summer; you can reduce your dependence on air conditioning, which will save you money.
  • Use curtains: During the day, keep the curtains on the south side of your house open in the winter. Let the sun work for you. Close all curtains at night to keep the heat or cool in, rather than leak through drafty windows.
  • Reduce the water temperature: A comfortable water temperature is 120 degrees F. If your water heater setting is higher than that, turn the thermostat back, you will not notice any appreciable difference.

These are a few tricks that can help you control the cost of heating and cooling in St Charles. It takes little time and effort to make an appreciable dent in one of your biggest annual household expenses.

As well as a few things you can do, to keep the cost of heating and cooling in St Charles in check, make sure your HVAC system is maintained and serviced regularly. To arrange service, contact Blue Frost Heating & Cooling. Follow us on Google+.

Jeff Jones resigns as president of Uber

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jeff Jones, president of ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, announced his resignation on Sunday. Jones was hired last October to helm the company that is known for their ride-sharing application, Uber, which has a reported 40 million monthly users.

Recently in Jones’s presidency of Uber, the ride-sharing company was involved in numerous controversies surrounding an alleged culture of sexism at the company, stemming from allegations blogged by Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, claiming sexual harassment against her and other women working for Uber.

In a statement to tech blog Recode, Jones claimed the situation he was working with at Uber was one inconsistent with “the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career” and he could not remain the company’s president.

Jones, who was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at Target before joining Uber, came to the decision to resign after it was announced Uber would be hiring a Chief Operating Officer (COO) potentially outranking Jones.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick confirmed the resignation in a statement to Uber staff, noting Jones “made an important impact on the company” in the six months he was in the role, noting his particular focus on Uber drivers and the delivery of Uber’s first brand reputation study.

Kalanick first announced his intentions to hire a COO earlier in March after footage surfaced of him arguing about rate cuts with an Uber driver.