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Federal judge calls EPA head’s post 9/11 conduct “conscience-shocking”.

Friday, February 3, 2006

Federal judge, Judge Deborah A. Batts refused to grant former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Christine Todd Whitman, immunity from a class-action lawsuit brought by people in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The suit seeks to hold Whitman personally liable for her actions as EPA administrator and the suit claims that thousands of people (including children) were “unnecessarily exposed” to airborne asbestos and other hazardous substances.

“Whitman’s deliberate and misleading statements made to the press, where she reassured the public that the air was safe to breathe around lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and that there would be no health risk presented to those returning to those areas, shock the conscience,” the judge said in her 83-page ruling. “Shock the conscience” is a legal standard that lawsuits must meet to hold U.S. government officials personally responsible for their actions.

“No reasonable person would have thought that telling thousands of people that it was safe to return to lower Manhattan, while knowing that such return could pose long-term health risks and other dire consequences, was conduct sanctioned by our laws,” Batts said. The statements by Whitman came two days after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City that brought down the twin World Trade Towers.

Batts noted that the EPA and Whitman repeatedly reassured residents that the air seemed safe to breathe. The EPA’s own internal watchdog discovered that the agency gave misleading assurances apparently at the urging of White House officials.

Bloomberg News states that calls to Whitman’s consulting firm and to the EPA weren’t immediately returned.

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Unique Restaurant Uniforms

By Max Johnson

Discovering your own sense of style when it comes to your work wear can make the difference between being recognized and noticed for your next promotion and being passed over for someone that was, indeed, noticed. If you happen to work in the food industry, chances are pretty good you have a need for unique restaurant uniforms. What is so special about being apart from the normality? Well, everyone that loves their career knows the importance of being a bit different while following dress code and protocol.

There are a wide variety of styles and designs on the market today allowing you the opportunity to be more. Whether you work in the back of the house or in the front of the house, unique restaurant uniforms will get you the recognition you deserve. Yes, there is a proper way to get noticed!

Dressing good means you feel good about yourself and your career. Admit it. When you feel icky or frumpy, you tend to wear things that reflect your attitude and mood. Well, if you insure you look your best, you will be guaranteeing you are recognized by your employers and/or your clientele. A happy clientele suggests your services to friends and family which will also bring in addition income. You are your best sales pitch!

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Chef pants are a great place to start when you need unique restaurant uniforms that will bring you more of that recognition you deserve. There are many styles and designs out there today. The majority of these chef pants will have a bunching at the ankle to insure less slippage and more support. In addition, baggy pants are popular simply because they are comfortable and allow you to move when you need to move.

For chef pants, you will find that it is easy to get designs such as camouflage and even other types of prints. Solids are also popular and you get to choose from a wide array of color choices ranging from black and going to nice denim blue.

Server vests and server jackets are simply gorgeous, and if you need something special, this is going to be one of the main categories you need to concern yourself with. Tuxedo jackets are popular for front of the house people who happen to be introducing clientele to the restaurant either for the first time or as repeat visitors. Of course, one of the benefits of having the best in server vests is that you will find you get to choose pockets both visible and hidden.

One of the most popular categories for the chef may be the chef coat. Chef coats are simply a great way to show your individualism while remaining professional and modern. Getting the best in unique restaurant uniforms is not difficult at all if you need chef coats. Yes, these are that great. You will get to choose from styles, colors, and other options.

When it comes to getting the most out of your unique restaurant uniforms, you will find that you need to discover your hidden soft side that is professional as well as wanting to save money. Being ‘different’ has never been so normal!

About the Author: Max Johnson of The Uniform Connection click for Food Service Uniforms. Click for more Unique Restaurant Uniforms.


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Finnish terrestrial analogue TV network shut down

Saturday, September 1, 2007

The terrestrial analogue television broadcasts in Finland ended in September 1, 2007, at 04:00 local time, marking the transition to the digital DVB-T standard. DVB broadcasts were started in 2001, Users of terrestrial TV are no longer able to receive the formerly nationally available TV channels – YLE TV1, YLE TV2, MTV3, and Nelonen – without set-top boxes or TV sets with built-in digital receivers. SVT Europa is also no longer available in analogue networks.

Cable networks are permitted to make the analogue mode available until the end of February 2008.

While over 75% of households already use digital TV, as of mid-August, over 220 000 households that depend on terrestrial broadcasts have not yet purchased a set-top box. There are also areas where digital terrestrial broadcasts are not yet available. This is being remedied through relay transmitters that will be set up over the following months.

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Best’s body arrives in Northern Ireland

Friday, December 2, 2005

The body of former Manchester United player, George Best, has arrived in Northern Ireland. It was flown into RAF Aldergrove, on a chartered plane accompanied by his son, Calum, and his agent, Phil Hughes. Bests Family, including his father Dickie were waiting at the runway of RAF base in County Antrim.

Mr.Bests body was then driven in a black herse along a 20-mile route to the home of Best’s father, Dickie, in the Cregagh Estate in east Belfast, where it will be kept overnight.

Up to 500,000 people are expected to line the streets to Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament buildings, where a public funeral ceremony for the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland football player will be held tomorrow.

Mr Best died at the Cromwell Hospital in London last Friday afternoon, aged 59. A private family service will be held at Best’s Fathers home, which has been turned into a shrine to his son. Then a service will take place in the Great Hall at Stormont, before Best is buried in a private family service beside his mother Ann at Roselawn Cemetery. Among the people attending the private ceremony will be Best’s lifelong friend Denis Law, Harry Gregg and Derek Dougan.

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Flying High With Aviation Kpi

It is crucial for aviation companies to select and use relevant aviation KPI to assess the value of their outputs. KPI or key performance indicators, after all, can be used to determine their organizational success or failure.The term aviation traditionally refers to all activities with involvement of man-made flying devices, like aircrafts. The same term can also be used to refer to all people, regulatory bodies, and organizations that have something to do with these devices. Aviation operations are categorized into two: civil aviation and military aviation. Civil aviation will include all non-military flying which are categorized into general aviation and scheduled air transport. The scope of general aviation will include non-scheduled civil flying: commercial or private. This will include all business flights, private aviation, air charter, flight training, parachuting, hang gliding, and aerial photography. Military aviation, on the other hand, involves the use of all military aircrafts that are often part of a governments military arsenal.Undoubtedly, the aviation industry is a significant part in the lives of the millions of people who have the need to move from one place to another. Today, the industry is faced with the challenge of diminishing its carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. Presently, about 2% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the globe can be attributed to aviation operations according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was set up by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations. This fact is even made more urgent by the discovery of scientists and environmental advocates that greenhouse gases released at high altitude will trap more heat than if these gases were released on the ground. This development has spurred the aviation industry to improve their fuel efficiency by looking into alternative sources of fuel.Coupled with the challenge of eliminating or diminishing the industrys carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases emission rate is the challenge of handling the increase or growth in global air travel. Despite the recent economic downturn suffered by many countries, the International Air Transport Association reports a growth in the number of air flights by 5% a year. It is expected that this growth in the aviation industry will continue until 2011.These issues were extensively discussed during the meeting of airlines and airports, aircraft and engine manufacturers, as well as fuel suppliers in a meeting in Geneva last April 2008. In the same gathering, industry players identified four areas of improvement. Among which are economic instruments, technology, operations, and infrastructure. However, the most urgent concern that they identified is the finding of an ideal kerosene jet fuel replacement since such fuel is primarily derived from crude oil, making it less environment-friendly. Despite being a highly competitive industry, many airlines are willing to share research and technology to find a potent solution to this problem.Amidst all the many factors that continue to hound the aviation industry, aviation companies, particularly airlines, have resorted to investing in research and technology, as well as changing operating procedures for performance improvement. Through relevant aviation KPI, these companies are able to identify certain areas of operations that could still be greatly improved.

Girls Aloud win Popjustice £20 Music Prize

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

British pop group Girls Aloud have won the 2005 Popjustice £20 Music Prize with their single “Wake Me Up”. The award, organised by music journalist Peter Robinson, is given annually to the best British pop single of the previous 12 months and is a tongue-in-cheek response to the Mercury Music Prize, the winner of which was announced earlier in the evening.

This year’s shortlist included Basement Jaxx, Robbie Williams and Charlotte Church.

This is the second time Girls Aloud have won the award – they won the inaugural prize in 2003 for “No Good Advice”.

Also announced was the winner of the £20 Invoice Prize for the worst British single of the previous 12 months. The winner, charity single Band Aid 20’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, was the UK’s Christmas number one in 2004.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Kristen Monster, Willowdale

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Kristen Monster is running for the Family Coalition Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Willowdale riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed her regarding her values, her experience, and her 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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Top Reasons You Should Consider Hiring Maid Services In Brooklyn


If you find that your house isn’t as clean as it used to be due to being constantly on the go, you might have considered hiring maid services in Brooklyn to help you with the cleaning. However, like most Americans, you feel that having someone else clean your home makes you lazy and have put it off. With that being said, read on below for a few of the reasons it’s okay to hire a house cleaning service to keep your home spotless for you.

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If You Work Full-Time

Face it; it’s hard enough to keep a house spotless if you are home all of the time. If you work from 9 to 5, five or six days a week, it’s nearly impossible. Not only does using your limited time off to clean your house sap your energy, but it also limits the amount of time you get to spend with your family. If you hire a service to come in a few days a week even, you’ll find you have more energy for the things that matter in life like your husband and children.

Your Family Life is Busy

When you spend most of your time cleaning, cooking, and taking care of your kids, it’s hard to find the energy for date nights or trips to the amusement park. If you try to do all of it, then you are going to burn quickly out, and it can even affect your health in a negative way. Coming home to a clean house after a trip out with the family can put you in a good mood and give your health a boost as well.

These are just a couple of the reasons you should consider hiring eMaids to take care of your cleaning needs. Call them today; they are standing by to serve you!

China overtakes Germany as world’s biggest exporter

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chinese officials have said that their country’s exports surged last December to edge out Germany as the world’s biggest exporter.

The official Xinhua news agency reported today that figures from the General Administration for Customs showed that exports jumped 17.7% in December from a year earlier. Over the whole of 2009 total Chinese exports reached US$1.2 trillion, above Germany’s forecast $1.17 trillion.

Huang Guohua, a statistics official with the customs administration, said the December exports rebound was an important turning point for China’s export sector. He commented that the jump was an indication that exporters have emerged from their downslide.

“We can say that China’s export enterprises have completely emerged from their all-time low in exports,” he said.

However, although China overtook Germany in exports, China’s total foreign trade — both exports and imports — fell 13.9% last year.

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Australian veteran Nine Network reporter dies

Sunday, May 7, 2006

During a live press interview broadcast at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine on the Seven and Nine Networks, veteran 60 Minutes news reporter Richard Carleton suffered a massive heart attack.

Other reporters witnessed Carleton going red in the face, walking a short distance then collapsing to the ground. A few minutes earlier Carleton asked Beaconsfield Mine Manager Matthew Gill about the safety of the mine.

Ambulance officers worked to revive Carleton for over 25 minutes, before he was rushed to hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Launceston hospital.

Carleton had a history of heart problems, which includes a heart attack in 2003 and a bypass operation in 1988. He was also diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2005.

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