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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Alan Mercer, Scarborough—Rouge River

  • Posted on April 2, 2018 at 1:50 am

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Alan Mercer is running for the Ontario Libertarian Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Scarborough—Rouge River riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Deaths on South African roads at 1215 for December 2005

  • Posted on April 2, 2018 at 1:44 am

Thursday, January 5, 2006

According to the South African government’s Department of Transport, the number of fatalities on the country’s roads during December 2005 was 1,215. This is compared with 1,234 the previous year, where the total number of deaths in traffic accidents was 10,530.

Department of Transport spokeswoman, Collen Msibi, stated that 512 of the fatalities were pedestrians, 414 passengers, and 289 drivers. 2005 saw the number of vehicles on South Africa’s roads rise by nearly half a million to just under eight million with 779,000 new drivers adding to the dangers on the country’s roads.

“To deal with this high level of unsafety, traffic authorities will increase the number of patrol vehicles on the road, law enforcement officers and unmarked vehicles to do more spot checks and roadblocks,” Msibi said.

“Our analysis has revealed that most accidents are preceded by offences such as ignoring road signs, driving drunk, speeding, vehicles cutting in front of others, driving defective vehicles and fatigue.”

The road toll in South Africa is similar to that of South Korea, Mexico, Japan and Thailand. However, except for South Korea these countries have significantly larger populations.

The worst country in the world for deaths in road traffic accidents, is currently accepted to be China. Figures released for 2002 reveal that 250,007 people were killed in that year.

The South African government has acknowledged the problem since 2001. At that time they launched their “Arrive Alive” campaign, targeting vehicle condition, driver fitness, speeding and drunk driving.

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Wikinews interviews 0 A.D. game development team

  • Posted on April 2, 2018 at 1:42 am

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

0 A.D. is a historical, open source, strategy game, published by Wildfire Games. It focuses on the period between 500BC and 500AD. The game will be released in two parts: the first covering the pre-AD period, and the second running to 500AD. With development well underway, Wikinews interviewed the development team.

Aviv Sharon, a 24-year-old Israeli student responsible for the project’s PR, compiled the below Q&A, which the full team approved prior to publication.

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European Union to fund scheme to reduce aircraft emissions and noise pollution

  • Posted on April 2, 2018 at 1:26 am

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The European Union (EU) has announced plans to fund a private-public scheme dubbed “Clean Sky” to reduce aircraft emissions and noise pollution in European aircraft. Officials claim that the project will have large-scale economic benefits, will reduce jet engine carbon emissions by 20 to 40 percent and will therefore offset the large growth in commercial air travel. The proposal comes at a time when European officials are under heavy criticism for not doing enough to reduce aircraft emissions.

The new proposal is outlined in a document that is reported to be likely to be passed by the European Commission. The document says that “Not launching Clean Sky soon will put the European industry in a position of competitive disadvantage, with negative repercussions not only for the industry itself but also for the EU as a whole,” and goes on to point out that the US has a comparable scheme, the National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy, and points out that progress is beginning to be made in the area by Brazil, Russia, China and India. The paper also highlights the need for public spending in the scheme to ensure it does not fall behind international development. The commission has argued that “the present value, at 2006 prices, of the cumulative direct effect over the period 2010-2035 of Clean Sky on economic output in the EU has been estimated to approximately €100 billion to €160 billion reflecting increased operating profits, labor expenditures, capital investment and other direct effects.”

The proposal calls for the aviation industry to contribute €800 million between 2008 and 2014, with companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Saab, Thales, Dassault and Eurocopter. Universities and research institutions have also pledged support. The funding will be matched with public money from the EU, making the total cost €1.6 billion.

As well as approval by the European Commission, the plan requires approval by the individual EU member states. Britain, though infamously skeptical of large EU projects, has already voiced its support, along with several other countries.

If the project goes ahead, funding will be split between six separate main initiatives, including a “greener” engine, a “smart” fixed wing that continually readjusts itself to maintain best fuel economy, and research regarding lighter materials that could be used to replace metals in aircraft bodies and components.

According to current estimates, the 20 to 40 percent carbon emissions reduction will mean a reduction of two to three billion tons between 2015 and 2050, and the project will also reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 40 to 60 percent in the same time frame, as well as causing a 50 percent reduction in “perceived aircraft noise.”

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Fifteen people killed in attack on Nigerian college

  • Posted on April 2, 2018 at 1:25 am

Friday, September 19, 2014

Officials said at least fifteen people were killed in an attack on a teachers training college in the Northern Nigerian city of Kano by a group of armed gunmen on Wednesday. Over 30 others were wounded.

News agencies have reported while there has been no claim of responsibility, suspicion will likely fall on the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. The group has previously targeted Western-style schools within the country, including past attacks on secondary schools.

According to official reports, police first approached the group in the area of the school, concerned about their unusual activity, and the attackers engaged police in a firefight. The attackers gained entry to the school and started throwing bombs.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan described the incident as a “dastardly attack”. He has already declared a state of emergency in three northern states, and is being criticized along with the country’s armed forces for failure to prevent extremist attacks.

A police spokesman said police killed two attackers at the scene.

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US Congress may re-establish the Luxury Tax

  • Posted on April 2, 2018 at 1:12 am

Monday, December 11, 2006

There are suppositions that the US Democratic Congress may re-establish the luxury taxes, which were already once introduced in the 1990s. The suppositions resulted in the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors commissioning a report on various tax issues.

Material goods such as jewelry, watches, expensive furs, jet planes, boats, yachts, and luxury cars had already been subjected to additional taxes back in 1990. After 3 years these taxes were repealed, though the luxury automobiles tax was still active for the next 13 years.

Rodderick A. DeArment, a representative of law firm and lobbyist Covington and Burling, guided the report. The report outlined the fact that, in 1993, the Congress did not collect as much money from the luxury taxes as it had predicted. It also stated that although its ravaging effect on employment in several industries was sensible, “the turnover that occurred in Congress made it possible for the new group to learn the same lessons again”.

The luxury tax could produce unpredictable effects for the watch industry and the report was meant to inform the members of this branch about the effects of these taxes on this luxury goods’ industry.

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Office Designing Done Efficiently By Office Interior Decorators

  • Posted on April 2, 2018 at 1:06 am

Office Designing Done Efficiently By Office Interior Decorators

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angela smith1

Offices should look professional. They should have the formal appeal to them. Otherwise, it is likely that businesses would not run profitably. That is because, people would not be able to trust a business and invest in it if it does not look trustworthy. Appearances can be deceptive, as they say. Indeed the business owner may be very dedicated and an honest hardworking person. But an unprofessional looking office can play the spoilsport.

That is why many businessmen are going after formally constructed offices. But these cannot just be made by hiring some construction workers. There needs to be a proper plan, a definite theme and structural pattern. Architects will be needed. Better still, only those architects, engineers and workers should be employed for the tasks that have experience in working with offices. Interior designing will also be an important factor. A lot of electrical wiring will be needed for the Office interiors. It is also true that portioning walls might be needed. For example, different cubicles may need to be created. This may allow the different employees of the company to work in separate sections. Many electrical points will have to be made.

Many computer sets will be there and for this purpose the large number of electrical outlets. At the same time, wiring has to be properly done for heat sensors or alarms including water sprinkler systems, the different kinds of lights and fans and of course air conditioning machines. The walls will have to be of some matte color preferably, so as to make the office look formal. Cheesy and bold colors need to be avoided. Different show piece items like flower vases, wall hanging pictures or sketches or paintings, antique or collector s items like some model or bust or sculpture etc. may also be kept to add some finesse.

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Overall, there must be a unified theme. Nothing should look too out of place. One cannot use rainbow colors for the table cloth while some sophisticated looking wooden chairs at the same time. Again, the Workstation design itself should be chosen depending on the choices of the owner as well as the business type. Plumbing and fire safety systems are also very important. These need expert guidance from those having experience in dealing with contingencies and backup systems. Thus the

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will need to be designed accordingly. Using too much inflammable material may be extremely dangerous.

Proper furniture is also part of the planning. Sometimes, it becomes a question of relocation. On other occasions, it is just plain and simple renovation. Often, the entire interior setup is in white, including the tables, cupboards and even the cloths. This gives a very formal look. Also, optimal usage of space must be there. People must find it comfortable physically as well as visually. A proper

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