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When plumbing work needs to be done, most folks call the plumber right off the bat. After all, they’re the guys to call, right? The only trouble is that plumbers’ services are pricey. Most charge you even to have a look at your pipes.

Are they ripping you off? Of course not; they charge a lot because they have the tools and experience, and they can basically work miracles (if you’re a homeowner, you understand!). They also have their expenses that need to be covered. But, what if you could do it yourself?

DIY plumbing is a great way to cut costs and to learn something. But, it can also cause more trouble if you don’t know what you’re doing. There is a time for do-it-yourself plumbing… and there’s a time to just pick up the phone.

What To Do With Your Clogged Drain?

The number one plumbing problem on earth is clogged drains. Hair, tissue paper, lint, food chunks or a number of other things can get jammed down there and cause a little catastrophe. There’s no need to despair! Most clogged drains are easy to handle.

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If the water is coming back up, or refusing to go down, there’s a good chance it’s just some hair stuck in there. If it’s a sink, remove the top part, pop on some rubber gloves, and reach down there yourself. Be extra careful if you have a disposal and make sure it’s off! You can usually remove the clog yourself, and wouldn’t it be a shame to shell out big bucks so a plumber could do that for you?

My Toilet Is Turning Into A Monster?

Nothing panics you like watching the water well up out of the toilet… and spill all over the floor! If your toilet breaks, your life will be changed dramatically. Nobody wants to have to go outside!

This is usually a simple clog, too, but it can be trickier than a sink. The first step is to use the plunger. If that doesn’t work, run a regular store-bought pipe cleaner through it. These pipe cleaners can be bought at any grocery or hardware store. Follow the instructions carefully.

Each pipe cleaner has its own method, usually involving pouring it in, waiting an hour, flushing so-many times and saying some magic words.

If the problem doesn’t get any better, you can try again, but don’t mix pipe cleaners. Some folks do this thinking it will clear up a strong clog, but it can produce toxic effects or make the problem worse. If your clog is too strong for the plunger and pipe cleaner, now’s the time to call your plumber.

The Septic Tank Has a Mind of Its Own What’s it doing down there? Is it going to explode and cover my house in raw sewage!?

Don’t panic and don’t mess with it. You may feel like you’re tough and can take on the septic tank “mano a mano”, but don’t try it. Leave septic tank problems to an experience plumber. The reason is that any septic-tank goof up could end up damaging your house and costing you mega-bucks for repairs… and major plumbing work.

If in doubt with any plumbing problem, just call the professionals and let them handle it. Sure, DIY plumbing can teach you some at-home plumbing techniques, but it can also teach you that you aren’t a plumber and it stinks to throw down thousands on home repairs.

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Parts of internet break as ‘512k day’ reached by routers

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

On Tuesday many internet routers, used to find the pathways to different parts of the web, reached their memory limit of 512,000 entries in the tables they use to store the routes, causing problems for many users.

A router is used to direct a user towards the area of the internet where they will find the content they are looking for, e.g. a web page. The recent problem was caused by the arbitrary memory limit built into the design of many aging routers. A limit was needed to prevent the cost of hardware from becoming prohibitively expensive in the days when physical data storage was still comparatively expensive. This small amount of memory in turn limits the number of directions which can be stored on a single router leading to different parts of the internet. When this limit was reached, it caused outages of services among Internet Service Providers. Many routers, including older ones provided by Cisco Systems Inc., are limited to storing a total of 512,000 routes or paths.

This limit was reached on Tuesday, reported to have been triggered by Verizon publishing another 15,000 paths. Those affected included eBay, LastPass, and clients of the web hosting company Liquid Web, who lost much of their services until Verizon withdrew some of these new paths. Problems nevertheless continued throughout the day, even after the withdrawal.

A longer term fix is possible, but it would require manually replacing old routers with newer, more capable ones. It is hard to tell what issues would temporarily cascade though the internet by taking down routers from part of the internet for maintenance. Many experts have warned that problems could continue until these difficult fixes have been implemented, although the recent switch to a newer form of IP Addresses, IPv6, will temporarily help the issue. Wired News reported that Andre Toonk, a network engineer, had stated that the number of network outages on the internet, typically around 1,500, yesterday peaked at 2,587, enough to become clearly noticeable.

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Researchers: Wild gorillas seen using tools

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Saturday, October 1, 2005

Wild gorillas were seen using tools, researchers for the U.S. based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said.

Images show one female gorilla apparently using sticks to test the depth of water, another female made a bridge with a stump detached from a bush to help her cross muddy ground, and a female using a stump from a bush as support as she dug for herbs.

Thomas Breuer, of the WCS operating in the Republic of the Congo, called the discovery “truly astounding” and added that it was “quite surprising to me and my team to make this observation”. Only wild chimps, orangutans, and captive gorillas were previously known to use tools, meaning that now all of the four great apes were oberserved using tools, suggesting that the usage of tools might predate the evolution of modern humans.

But, tool usage seems to be infrequent among wild gorillas. They were observed for some ten years in the Mbeli Bai area before this discovery was made.

Nevertheless, Breuer is fascinated by what he calls a “similarity” between humans and gorillas: “If you or me want to cross a swamp, we use the same solutions as gorillas.”

Gorillas are an endangered species; they appear on the Red List of IUCN.

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2007 Intel Developer Forum Taipei Autumn starts with Mobility and Internet Experience

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Monday, October 15, 2007

2007 Intel Developer Forum Taipei, held at Taipei International Convention Center, started at October 15-16. With the great technology trends of wireless networking, this time, Intel Global led Navin Shenoy, Anand Chandrasekher, Shmuel Eden, and Gadi Singer talked about the WiMax, productive quantity of 45nm technology, and the development of mobile technology.

Forecasting the WiMax Forum by Taipei Computer Association (TCA) next week, Intel Taiwan invited Mei-yueh Ho (Chairman of Council for Economic Planning and Development) to introduce M-Taiwan and the future of WiMax in Taiwan.

“Not only WiMax, laptop manufacturers will respect on functions such as compatible with High-Definition Videos, power saving, hardware mobilization. In the future, UMPC should be conjuncted with GPS, PDA, and laptop computer and it should mainly have lots of useful functions such as entertainment, mobility, performance, and wireless communication. This is the future object what manufacturers should do.” Navin Shenoy mentioned.

“The mobile platform of UMPC will not ‘Windows only’, with the participation of Asianux by Red Flag of China, HAANSOFT of Korea, and Miracle Linux of Japan, the UMPC competition will be in a great change. So not only Asianux platform, but Ubuntu will be available in the future.” Gadi Singer remarked after the showcase of non-Windows UMPC.

After the Opening Keynote, the VIPs summarized topics on 45nm fabs, UMPC, and mobility. Intel predicted that the development of microchip will take effect on the trend of UMPC, it needs the integration on software and hardware contributors and WiMax technology. With the sequences above, the mobility of UMPC will be speed up.

Uncategorized September 7th 2017

Shipping From United States To Rest Of The World Now A Smooth Sailing}

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United States is one of the biggest economies of the world and a leader in trade and commerce. So, it is imperative that large volumes of cargo sail back and forth from the United States to all other parts of the world. Lately, there has been an increase in the number of people moving from America to different countries for professional reasons. For whatever is the purpose, be it commercial cargo, domestic cargo or industrial consignment, international shipping is a major requirement. In the recent times, the entire process of shipping has been largely simplified owing to several technological developments.

There are several shipping companies in Houston and all other parts of America. However, the efficiency of shipping varies from one company to another. A company which is more experienced in handling international cargo is likely to provide better services than the others. Cost is another major factor. Also, shipping charges vary from one shipping company to another, even if the cargo is of the same kind and volume.

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What brings about these changes? There are several aspects. Firstly, shipping companies in Los Angeles which are better equipped to handle loading in an efficient manner and employ cargo consolidation techniques charge lesser fees. Secondly, the route taken to reach the destination also counts. A ship which takes a roundabout way and collects cargo from various countries costs less. On the flip side, the time taken for such consignments to reach the destination is more and so, the safety of goods might be at a higher risk. The third factor is volume of cargo handled by the company. Shipping companies in New Jersey which handle large quantities of cargo charge lower than companies which handle lesser cargo. Since there are so many factors to consider, it is often tough and time consuming for people to choose the best and the most affordable company to ship their goods.

Nevertheless, there is a simple way of comparing costs of various companies. The solution is to request online quotes. Most of the shipping companies in Texas and other states of the country have their online portals. So, all you have to do is log into their website, give in all your specifications in the form provided on the page and submit the completed form. The company evaluates your cargo and requirements and presents you with a quote within twenty four hours. You can then go through the different quotes, compare services and choose a company which provides best services in the most affordable price.

There are two important factors to consider when comparing quotes. Firstly, make sure that you give the same information to all companies where you give in applications for quotes. Giving different info will not satisfy the purpose of requesting quotations. Secondly, do not just go by the final quoted cost. Check out the services provided by the company and analyze the quote for any hidden charges. Shipping insurance should be checked out. The final choice which you make is not based on the cost alone but by correlating costs levied and services provided.

So, make a good choice by choosing a reliable company which can safely deliver your goods in a cost effective manner and on time.

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Chinese ship leaking oil near Great Barrier Reef

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Chinese merchant ship has run aground off the coast of Australia and began leaking oil into the ocean near the Great Barrier Reef, triggering fears of a major oil spill into the waters near the reef.

The ship, the Shen Neng 1, was carrying 950 tonnes of oil, along with 65,000 tonnes of coal, from Gladstone, a port in Queensland, Australia, to China. It reportedly ran aground sometime late on Saturday 70 kilometers from Great Keppel Island, according to a spokesperson from the Queensland state government. The spokesperson, Mark Strong, said that oil had been spotted off the ship about two nautical miles away, although there was currently no major leak. A plane was dispatched to spray a dispersant over the oil, as well as to assess the situation, and a major clean-up operation was being planned by authorities.

The day after the ship first grounded, reports began emerging that it had been travelling in a restricted zone of the ocean, around nine miles outside the normal shipping lane, and had been travelling at full speed when it grounded. An official from Queensland said that a probing inquiry would later be conducted into its presence outside the shipping channel.

Conservationists said that the incident was “a sign of things to come,” and that there was the potential for a much larger accident in the future. One such person, a spokesman for the Capricorn Conservation Council, said that “We are outraged that no marine pilot is required on ships between Gladstone and Cairns.” Cairns is a city on the northern coast of Australia.

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Somali pirates hijack Indonesian tugboat and Turkish container ship

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two more vessels have been hijacked in Somalia. Pirates have captured an Indonesian tugboat with a barge that was working for French oil firm Total and a Turkish container ship.

The Turkish vessel’s seizure was confirmed by a US Fifth Fleet spokesman. MV Bosphorus Prodigy is a 330 ft (100 m) container vessel flagged in Antigua and Barbuda. It is owned and operated by Isko Marine Company based in Istanbul.

The Fifth Fleet could not confirm the tugboat’s seizure, but an anonymous official with Total in Yemen could. He explained the boat and barge were headed to Malaysia from the Yemeni port of Mukalla. He said the crew consisted of both Indonesians and other nationalities, and that the vessels, which had been hired by a subcontractor, were not carrying any oil at the time.

The new hijackings came as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime asked for greater policing in the area by international bodies, and for the signing of agreements that allowed the arresting officer to take pirates back to the officer’s country for prosecution.

“Pirates cannot be keelhauled or forced to walk the plank, nor should they be dumped off the Somali coast,” said the office’s head Antonio Maria Costa. “They need to be brought to justice”.

Uncategorized September 4th 2017

Asbestos controversy aboard Scientology ship Freewinds

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Controversy has arisen over the reported presence of blue asbestos on the MV Freewinds, a cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology. According to the Saint Martin newspaper The Daily Herald and the shipping news journal Lloyd’s List, the Freewinds was sealed in April and local public health officials on the Caribbean island of Curaçao where the ship is docked began an investigation into the presence of asbestos dust on the ship. Former Scientologist Lawrence Woodcraft supervised work on the ship in 1987, and attested to the presence of blue asbestos on the Freewinds in an affidavit posted to the Internet in 2001. Woodcraft, a licensed architect by profession, gave a statement to Wikinews and commented on the recent events.

According to The Daily Herald, the Freewinds was in the process of being renovated by the Curaçao Drydock Company. The article states that samples taken from paneling in the ship were sent to the Netherlands, where an analysis revealed that they “contained significant levels of blue asbestos”. An employee of the Curaçao Drydock Company told Radar Online in an April 30 article that the Freewinds has been docked and sealed, and confirmed that an article about asbestos ran in the local paper.

Lloyd’s List reported that work on the interior of the Freewinds was suspended on April 27 after health inspectors found traces of blue asbestos on the ship. According to Lloyd’s List, Frank Esser, Curaçao Drydock Company’s interim director, joined Curaçao’s head of the department of labor affairs Christiene van der Biezen along with the head of the local health department Tico Ras and two inspectors in an April 25 inspection of the ship. “We are sending someone so that they can tell us what happened, where it came from, since when it has been there,” said Panama Maritime Authority’s director of merchant marine Alfonso Castillero in a statement to Lloyd’s List.

The Church of Scientology purchased the ship, then known as the Bohème, in 1987, through an organization called Flag Ship Trust. After being renovated and refitted, it was put into service in June 1988. The ship is used by the Church of Scientology for advanced Scientology training in “Operating Thetan” levels, as well as for spiritual retreats for its members. Curaçao has been the ship’s homeport since it was purchased by the Church of Scientology.

According to his 2001 statement, Lawrence Woodcraft had been an architect in London, England since 1975, and joined Scientology’s elite “Sea Organization” (Sea Org) in 1986. He wrote that he was asked by the Sea Org to work on the Freewinds in 1987, and during his work on the ship “noticed a powdery blue fibrous substance approximately 1 ½” thick between the paint and the steel wall,” which he believed to be asbestos. He also discovered what he thought was blue asbestos in other parts of the ship, and reported his findings to Church of Scientology executives. Woodcraft discussed his experiences in a 2001 interview published online by the Lisa McPherson Trust, a now-defunct organization which was critical of the Church of Scientology.

The Freewinds regularly inspects the air quality on board and always meets or exceeds US standards.

Church of Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw responded to Radar Online about the asbestos reports, in an email published in an article in Radar on May 1. “The Freewinds regularly inspects the air quality on board and always meets or exceeds US standards,” said Pouw. She stated that two inspections performed in April “confirmed that the air quality is safe,” and asserted that the inspections revealed the Freewinds satisfies standards set by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Pouw told Radar that “The Freewinds will be completing its refit on schedule.” The Church of Scientology-affiliated organization Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) had been planning a cruise aboard the Freewinds scheduled for May 8, but according to Radar an individual who called the booking number for the cruise received a message that the cruise had been delayed due to ongoing work on the ship. Citing an article in the Netherlands Antilles newspaper Amigoe, Radar reported on May 6 that a team from the United States and supervised by an independent bureau from the Netherlands traveled to Curaçao in order to remove asbestos from the Freewinds.

…if the Church of Scientology claims to have removed the blue asbestos, I just don’t see how, it’s everywhere. You would first have to remove all the pipes, plumbing, a/c ducts, electrical wiring etc. etc. just a maze of stuff.

“I stand by everything I wrote in my 2001 affidavit,” said Lawrence Woodcraft in an exclusive statement given to Wikinews. Woodcraft went on to state: “I would also comment that if the Church of Scientology claims to have removed the blue asbestos, I just don’t see how, it’s everywhere. You would first have to remove all the pipes, plumbing, a/c ducts, electrical wiring etc. etc. just a maze of stuff. Also panelling as well, basically strip the ship back to a steel hull. Also blue asbestos is sprayed onto the outer walls and then covered in paint. It’s in every nook and cranny.”

Many Scientologist celebrities have spent time aboard the Freewinds, including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Chick Corea, Lisa Marie Presley, Catherine Bell, Kate Ceberano, and Juliette Lewis. Now magazine reported that Tom Cruise has been urged to seek medical attention regarding potential asbestos exposure, however a representative for Cruise stated he has “absolutely no knowledge” of the recent asbestos controversy. Cruise, Holmes, Travolta and Preston have celebrated birthdays and other events on the Freewinds.

There is not now and never has been a situation of asbestos exposure on the Freewinds.

In a May 15 statement to the United Kingdom daily newspaper Metro, a representative for the Church of Scientology said that “There is not now and never has been a situation of asbestos exposure on the Freewinds.” The Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center notes that agencies have recommended anyone who has spent time on the Freewinds consult with their physician to determine if possible asbestos exposure may have affected their health.

Raw blue asbestos is the most hazardous form of asbestos, and has been banned in the United Kingdom since 1970. Blue asbestos fibers are very narrow and thus easily inhaled, and are a major cause of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which can develop in the lining of the lungs and chest cavity, the lining of the abdominal cavity, or the pericardium sac surrounding the heart. The cancer is incurable, and can manifest over 40 years after the initial exposure to asbestos.

“This is the most dangerous type of asbestos because the fibres are smaller than the white asbestos and can penetrate the lung more easily,” said toxicologist Dr. Chris Coggins in a statement published in OK! Magazine. Dr. Coggins went on to note that “Once diagnosed with mesothelioma, the victim has six months to a year to live. It gradually reduces lung function until the victim is no longer able to breathe and dies.”

Uncategorized September 4th 2017

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Are you planning to host a fitness boot camp? Do you have a well drawn out marketing procedure with the help of which you intend to attract clients to your camp? If so, fitness boot camp email marketing is sure to be on your agenda. With the fitness industry growing leaps and bounds in the past few years, people are interested in joining sessions that will help them achieve their fitness goals. A boot camp is often the preferred choice for many as these are away from the boring gym training, and at the same time includes numerous exercises like running, interval training, and weight training and so on. So, if you want to capitalize on the situation, you need to market your camp well and email marketing is the way to go!

Email marketing is effective because it allows you access to the personal inbox of your clients. If you already own a gym or a personal training business, you know a considerable number of people who will be interested in attending a fitness boot camp. In boot camps fitness enthusiasts go that extra mile in order to get into shape, which they wont do regularly in their training sessions. So, fitness boot camp email marketing can actually yield you a lot of clients, and hence result in a successful venture! However, if you want to reach out to the maximum number of customers, you need to get hold of their mail ids. This can be a challenging task, but enlisted here are a few ways in which you can go about it.

The best way to know the mail id of your clients is to ask them to fill out a form of subscription. You can include a space for their ids. This will help you know where to send the marketing mails. If you just have a handful of ids at your disposal, your marketing will be limited. So, to secure a wide range of readership, see to it that you have the mail ids of almost all your clients.

You can also ask for their business cards from your clients. This can help a lot in fitness boot camp email marketing.

Alternatively, if you have a business website you can use it as an email address gatherer. Keep an opt-in box in your website and design it in a way that it attracts the attention of the surfer. You can also attach an online form which the clients have to fill up in order to gain access to your website. In either case, you can amass a huge number of email addresses which you can use for your fitness boot camp email marketing.

Lastly, you can simply ask for their email addresses from your clients. This often works as a way to build a good rapport with your clients. Share your marketing plans with them. It goes down well with the clients and they will be happy to contribute to take your plans forward.

Once you have a sizeable amount of email ids, you can get on with your fitness boot camp email marketing, being assured of its success!

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Friday, July 13, 2007

The BBC would like to apologise to both the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has apologised to Queen Elizabeth II and photographer, Annie Leibovitz, after a trailer for a documentary suggested she had walked out of a portrait sitting when the photographer asked her to remove her crown.

The trailer shows a clip of the photographer telling the Queen, “I think it will look better without the crown because the garter robe is so…” The Queen responded with “Less dressy! What do you think this is?” The following clip shows the Queen walking down a corridor saying, “I’m not changing anything. I’ve had enough dressing like this, thank you very much.”

It has since been clarified that this second clip shows the Queen arriving at the sitting, not departing.

In a statement the BBC said, “In this trailer there is a sequence that implies that the Queen left a sitting prematurely. This was not the case and the actual sequence of events was mis-represented. The BBC would like to apologise to both the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused.”

The BBC blamed a production error for the mistake, saying, “This assembly was never intended to be seen by the public or the press. Unfortunately, this assembly was given in error to the BBC personnel who were preparing the BBC One autumn launch tape.”

The company responsible for the editing of the documentary, RDF Media, also apologized to the Queen. Michael Grade, previous controller of BBC One, blamed the mistake on “young, untrained” workers who “don’t understand that the basic ethic of broadcasting in this country is trust.”

Photographer, Leibowitz, commenting about the session in Vanity Fair even before the release of the trailer, said, “She doesn’t really want to get dressed up any more. She just couldn’t be bothered and I admired her for that.”

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