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Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags

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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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Investigation into Mumbai train bombings begins

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

The toll in yesterday’s serial bombings on Mumbai‘s commuter trains has risen to 200 killed, with 714 people injured, according to the official estimate released by the Police. 127 victims have been identified and a further 56 remain unidentified, the estimate said. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks. Indian authorities have said that the Kashmiri militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) may be involved. An LeT spokesman has denied any involvement.

The day after the blast, schools, colleges and offices functioned normally in Mumbai and the commuter train service targeted in the bombings was operational. Many commuters rode the trains to work, though their numbers were smaller than usual. The Bombay Stock Exchange, located in the city shrugged off the bombings, with the BSE SENSEX gaining 3 percent on opening, calming fears that economic confidence will be undermined by the blasts.

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By Donald Pang

After your student pass is approved, and you confirmed your studies abroad, congratulations! Now it is time to find accommodation. This will be your place to rest and relax away from home. So any extra effort that you put in finding your perfect place now will pay off later.

It is hard to think about how bad housing conditions can get. Especially when you have not been to the country you want to study in yet. But keep in mind that you will be staying for a long time. So factor in the creature comforts you need and sort out a compromise with your budget.

The best way to go about it is: Research, research, research!

Step 1: Go online

Check forums, blogs, classified ads, and real estate websites. It is highly recommended to hire a reputable housing agent. Agent fees are usually a one-time payment of a month s rental. But before you contact an agent, you should check for prices online. It will give you a good idea of the prices you should be paying. So you will know how to avoid being cheated.

Real estate and accommodation rental sites will have plenty of advertisements for you to look through. Be prepared to call and contact a lot of people. Keep your options open, but have a clear idea of what you need and stick to them. It can be tempting to splurge on fancy housing. So, make sure rental does not compromise on your budget for other necessities like utility or grocery bills.


Step 2: Check for suitability of area

Being adventurous pays off. Because renting a place that is slightly further away from school say, a 45-minute distance, could be a lot cheaper. A good location will allow you to do grocery shopping conveniently. And you will also have easy access to public transport.

Also check for the reputation of the location. Cheap rental could also mean that the area has a high crime rate. To find out, do a simple check on your search engine by typing in the street or area name. Or you can also check with locals about the place you want to live in.

Step 3: Visit the place if possible

Even if it costs you a lot to fly over to check out the place, it will be money well-spent. It also allows you to see through deals that are too good to be true. Never trust photographs alone. It is impossible to see from photos whether the place is noisy, smells funny, has bed bugs, or missing windows.

Alternatively, you can consider lodging temporarily at a hostel or a cheap apartment until you find a place that is suitable for you. This option works best for time constraints. Another plus point is that you can meet your housing agent in person if you plan to hire one.

Step 4: Check the facilities

Check everything in the house to make sure that they are in working order. Fixing them will waste unnecessary time and money. Not to mention, is also an uncomfortable process. Juggling school work and a new social life will be challenging enough. You will not need additional problems.

Here is a checklist of what you should look out for:

– Pipes in working order, no leaks.

– Taps fully functional, water runs clear. If the water is brownish, it means that the tap has not been used for years and rust formed.

– Ceilings, walls and floors have no cracks.

– Bathroom in satisfactory condition.

Once you are satisfied with all factors, sign the lease agreement!

Do note that if you are under the country s legal age to sign documents, you will need a parent or guardian to sign it for you.

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Viktor Schreckengost dies at 101

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Viktor Schreckengost, the father of industrial design and creator of the Jazz Bowl, an iconic piece of Jazz Age art designed for Eleanor Roosevelt during his association with Cowan Pottery died yesterday. He was 101.

Schreckengost was born on June 26, 1906 in Sebring, Ohio, United States.

Schreckengost’s peers included the far more famous designers Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes.

In 2000, the Cleveland Museum of Art curated the first ever retrospective of Schreckengost’s work. Stunning in scope, the exhibition included sculpture, pottery, dinnerware, drawings, and paintings.

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U.S. superbug expected to emerge in Canada

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

An infectious superbug spreading in the United States is to “emerge in force” in Canada, doctors fear. The bacteria have been reported popping up in day care centers and locker rooms across the U.S. Usually elderly or very ill hospital patients get the disease.

More than 2 million U.S. residents are infected every year, the Centers for Disease Control estimates.

An article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Tuesday said that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are “spreading with alarming rapidity.” The bacteria can cause boils, pimples, or in extreme cases, flesh-eating disease, and more.

“The resistant bacteria is an old foe with new fangs: a pathogen combining virulence, resistance and an ability to disseminate at large,” wrote Dr. John Conly, medical professor and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary.

British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario are the provinces which already have had MRSA in hospitals.

A 30-year-old Calgary, Alberta man died last year of lung abscesses associated with the infection, as well as a three-month old toddler in Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios, last summer, suffered from an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus in his leg. Pitcher Ty Taubenheim had a similar infection on his foot.

Doctors are currently investigating some Calgary residents, who could be one of the first Canadian reports of MRSA outside of a hospital setting.

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At some point we all have to do a little banking, but before you can do that, you must open an account. There are a lot of banks and credit unions in the Schiller Park area, and most of them have the same process for opening an account. Here are some of the steps:

Bring Valid Identification

It doesn’t matter where you go, you are going to have to show some type of identification before you can open a bank account. Generally, this must be a state identification, such as a driver’s license or ID card, or a government identification, such as a passport. You will also need your Social Security number and a piece of mail that is postmarked, which shows your current address.

Bring a Deposit

The other thing that you need to open a bank account is a deposit. Most banks and credit unions require at least $25, but some of them might make an exception. The money that you bring will immediately be put into the account. You will, however, get temporary checks, which will allow you to take money out. You also might have access to an ATM card or debit card. Within a week or two, you should get permanent checks and a permanent card, which you can use to access your money.

Caveats to These Requirements

In some cases, you don’t need these requirements. For instance, if you are opening an account for a child, you won’t need a photo ID. However, you will need a copy of the child’s birth certificate and Social Security card in most cases. If you are opening a business account, you will need things like the company’s tax ID number.

If you want to learn more about banking, contact Leyden Credit Union near Schiller Park

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Clothes from China piling up on European borders

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Clothes worth millions of euros are being blocked in European warehouses after the European Union imposed quotas on ten types of textiles from China.

The European Commission agreed to the quotas with China in July and many of them, including jumpers (sweaters) and trousers were quickly exceeded.

Retailers across Europe are now claiming they face massive losses. The European consumer’s organisation, BEUC, has said that most of the clothes were ordered before the agreement was made and that their blockage is “ignoring the basic laws of economics”.

A representative warned: “The new quotas will lead to higher prices and less choice for European consumers when they try to buy trousers, pullovers, women’s blouses, brassieres and other textile products in the coming months.”

The Commission is sending a representative to China to try and find a solution to the crisis, but according to the news website Euractive, the quotas are unlikely to be dropped as most EU member countries are in favour of them.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Yesterday, authorities in the United Kingdom and the United States announced that 337 suspected users in 38 countries were arrested following an investigation of a dark web child pornography site. The website was based in South Korea and accepted cryptocurrency as payment. Law enforcement agencies from Germany, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States were part of the international task force. The current phase of investigation and arrests began in 2018.

At the center of the case was a website known as “Welcome To Video” and its alleged operator Jong Woo Son from South Korea. According to authorities, the site hosted a quarter million video clips containing sexual abuse of children, including toddlers and infants. The site was said to have begun operations in June 2015. Authorities shuttered and seized the site in March 2018.

Jong Woo Son is already in prison in South Korea, but yesterday the United States Department of Justice unsealed further charges against him. United States Attorney Jessie K. Liu said, “Children around the world are safer because of the actions taken by U.S. and foreign law enforcement to prosecute this case and recover funds for victims […] We will continue to pursue such criminals on and off the darknet in the United States and abroad, to ensure they receive the punishment their terrible crimes deserve.”

Nikki Holland of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said, “Dark web child sex offenders — some of whom are the very worst offenders — cannot hide from law enforcement. They’re not as cloaked as they think they are, they’re not as safe as they think they are.” It was the NCA’s investigation of Matthew Falder which led to the discovery of the South Korean website.

Jong was arrested in March, 2018, but South Korea’s National Police Agency when announcing the arrest in May, 2018 identified him only as “Mr. A” as the international investigation continued. Some of the site’s users already pleaded guilty or were convicted before yesterday’s announcements. Allegedly, Jong processed ?7300 in membership fees and video purchases. As of this writing, one bitcoin is worth approximately US$8000 or €7000. The site also allegedly made use of Tor, a layered network designed to keep users anonymous.

US authorities claimed the site was the largest child pornography site in the world and that more than twenty active victims were rescued. Listed US states as having members from the site were: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C. They also stated arrests were made in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Despite the lengthy lists provided, neither US nor British authorities delivered a complete list of the 38 countries they said were involved.

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How to get an Edge when running a Small Business


Kathryn Wong

Web designing comprises of various disciplines and their perfect use in order for the creation of perfect work of the layout of a website. The most important part of web designing is the understanding of the task and the relative nature of the website. Web designs must match the nature of the theme of the website. A website that sells items for kids should contain more colours than one that sells books. It is common knowledge that web designing requires different skill. Some of these skills include the knowledge of visual arts, HTML and the use of proprietary software such as Adobe Illustrator. A web designer works on the front end of a website which goes on display and he is the person who is solely responsible for all the art work and arrange of texts and images on the pages of a website.


A web designer may work alone or in a group for more efficiency and occupational prowess. Web designing companies usually hire specialist people who work on different aspects of a website and then they are joined together with harmony. This requires excellent communication skills and the understanding of the nature of the website under construction. A well designed website is much easier to improve at a later time by using SEO services.

If we look at the online markets around the world, we find that more and more people are starting up their businesses online. Internet is a great place to run a small business. It is due to the fact that very little resources are needed to start a business online. If you have a well designed website prepared by a professionsmall business web designer, then you have all the chance for a break in your business venture. A well designed small business website really brings a lot of traffic to it and this turns into success in the form of revenue. Small business web designing became famous after the advent of modern web browsers. These browsers could display a lot of information and even run video files. This truly increased the number of applications and uses for different websites. HTML coding truly represented a revolution in web design and although we have many more advance tools right now for designing websites, HTML and CSS are still the most powerful tools for creating simple and attractive websites. Small businesses web designing is getting more and more popular around the world. Singapore is quite a developed area around the world and it follows all the international trends in terms of application of technology.

There are many companies that offer small business web designs in Singapore. These companies can really create wonderful web designs for small businesses in Singapore and make sure that these businesses become a gradual and constant success. Small business web design is quite an important product and it is offered by most web service companies in Singapore. These small business web designs are especially prepared and perfected for use in Singapore and they are perfect for businesses that are in their starting phase and looking to build a good reputation.

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Ghanaian presidential elections go to run-off

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 This story has updates See Ghanaians elect new President 

Ghana’s electoral commission announced on Wednesday that a run-off election must be held for the Ghanaian presidency. The commission said that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo won 49.13% of the vote, slightly more than the other main candidate, John Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), who obtained 47.92%. However, neither candidate reached the 50% mark needed to declare an outright winner.

Six other candidates were also present on the ballot, stealing enough votes to prevent either candidate from winning half of the vote. The third-party candidate receiving the most votes was businessman Paa Kwesi Nduom representing the Convention People’s Party (CPP), who took 1.3% of the vote.

Out of some 8.6 million votes cast, more than 200,000, or 2.4% of the full total, were rejected, which also may have helped prevent either candidate from reaching 50%. Overall voter turnout in the election was 69.52%.

The presidential candidates are vying to replace the incumbent president John Kufuor, who will be stepping down in January of next year after serving a maximum of two terms.

The electoral commission did not announce results of the simultaneous parliamentary elections, but preliminary results suggest that the NDC obtained no less than 115 seats, out of a total of 230 in the parliament. It is probable that the NPP will lose the large parliamentary majority it had enjoyed.

The run-off election is scheduled for the 28th of December.

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