Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines

Thursday, November 8, 2007

India is the latest of the countries where the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) experiment has started. Children from the village of Khairat were given the opportunity to learn how to use the XO laptop. During the last year XO was distributed to children from Arahuay in Peru, Ban Samkha in Thailand, Cardal in Uruguay and Galadima in Nigeria. The OLPC team are, in their reports on the startup of the trials, delighted with how the laptop has improved access to information and ability to carry out educational activities. Thailand’s The Nation has praised the project, describing the children as “enthusiastic” and keen to attend school with their laptops.

Recent good news for the project sees Uruguay having ordered 100,000 of the machines which are to be given to children aged six to twelve. Should all go according to plan a further 300,000 machines will be purchased by 2009 to give one to every child in the country. As the first to order, Uruguay chose the OLPC XO laptop over its rival from Intel, the Classmate PC. In parallel with the delivery of the laptops network connectivity will be provided to schools involved in the project.

The remainder of this article is based on Carla G. Munroy’s Khairat Chronicle, which is available from the OLPC Wiki. Additional sources are listed at the end.

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Enjoy Your Summer By Parasailing In Destin

byAlma Abell

If you’re one of those people who enjoys having fun in the water, then parasailing in a water activity right up your alley. It’s summer, time to go out and enjoy the heat by cooling off with a dip in the water. One of the best things about going to the beach is getting in the water, but what if you can take enjoying the water to another level? Swimming is great, but parasailing is just so much more exciting.

When thinking about having fun in the water you might be thinking of the limitations because you do not own the right sporting equipment necessary to have a great time in the water. However, the best thing about sporting equipment is that is can be rented by the hour. If you’re in the Destin area and looking to have a great time in the water this summer you should definitively check out sporting rentals nearby. Experiencing Parasailing In Destin is phenomenal and you won’t regret it once you’ve tried it.

Parasailing In Destin offers participates and adventure off a lifetime. The excitement and thrill that comes from flying over the water and seeing everyone from up in the sky will amaze you. Not only can you Parasailing In Destin over the water, but there are also services that allow you to capture the moment with photo or video. Going home with footage of your exciting experience to show all of your friends and family will help you to always remember how awesome your summer was.

When you’re done Parasailing In Destin you can try some of the different water activities offered. There is jet skiing, pontoon rentals and you could also take a dolphin tour on a wave runner. The possibilities to having a great time on the water really are endless. If you are one of those people who enjoy gliding over the waves on the back of jet ski, but don’t own one of your own getting a jet ski rented by the hour will solve that problem. The rental process is simple and easy, before you know it you’ll be out on the water having the time of your life. For more info visit

Wikinews interviews Fred Karger, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate

Saturday, April 28, 2012

United States political consultant and gay rights (LGBT) activist Fred Karger of California took some time to discuss his Republican Party presidential campaign with Wikinews reporter William Saturn. Karger holds the distinction as the first openly gay person to seek the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party.

Before entering electoral politics, Karger worked as an adviser for such prominent Republicans and former U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Since retiring as an adviser in 2004, he has been involved in LGBT issues: opposing California Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state; and leading investigations of such same-sex marriage opponents as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormon Church).

In 2010, Karger first announced his intentions to seek the Republican presidential nomination, but did not officially announce until March 2011. One of his early campaign goals was to participate in a GOP presidential debate, but was never invited due to polling thresholds. However, Karger argued that he did meet the requirement for an August debate, but was still excluded after the organizers deemed polls he cited as inadequate.

So far, Karger has appeared on four Republican primary ballots including Puerto Rico, where he was able to top Congressman Ron Paul, who, at the time was one of the four major candidates in the race. Karger will next appear on the ballots in California on June 5, and in Utah on June 26.

Karger brands himself as “a different kind of Republican” that wants to open the party to outsiders. He backs gay marriage, is pro-choice on abortion, and wants to lower the voting age. However, he also holds some traditional Republican views: he favors a strengthening of the private sector and believes the U.S. should be steadfast in its support for the nation of Israel.

In talking to Wikinews, Karger discusses his personal political background and activism, the 2012 presidential election and his GOP campaign, as well as his political views on both domestic and foreign affairs.

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WWE Hall of Fame manager Captain Lou Albano dies at 76

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Legendary wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano has died at the age of 76. Albano reached fame in the 1970s and 80’s during his time with the WWWF, later the WWF and WWE. Albano died while under hospice care at his New York home.

During his career as a manager he managed several wrestlers and tag teams including Don Muraco, Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik and the Wild Samoans as well as several others. Throughout his career as a manager he managed over 50 wrestlers and guided them to two dozen championships. Before becoming a full time manager Albano was a wrestler himself even winning the WWF United States Tag Team Championship with Tony Altimore in 1967. Albano retired in 1996.

Outside of wrestling Albano appeared in several films and music videos. He played Cyndi Lauper’s father in her video “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” as well as three more of Lauper’s videos. His appearance in her videos caused WWF owner Vince McMahon to create the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection.

He also played Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! along side Danny Wells.

Albano was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, the same year as wrestlers he managed Pat Paterson and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.

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Wikinews interviews Steve Burke, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate

Sunday, December 13, 2015

This article is a featured article. It is considered one of the best works of the Wikinews community. See Wikinews:Featured articles for more information.

Macomb, New York Councilman Steve Burke took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

Burke, an insurance adjuster and farmer, was elected councilman in Brookhaven, New York in 1979. He left the town after being accused and found not guilty of bribery in the 1980s. Since 1987 he has served as Macomb councilman off-and-on and currently holds the post. From 1993 to 1996 and 1999 to 2002 he worked as chairman of the Democratic Party of St. Lawrence County, New York. Among his many political campaigns, Burke unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1992 and recently attempted to run for U.S. Congress in 2014 but too many of his ballot petition signatures were found invalid. Burke filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in the 2016 election on September 18, 2015 and has qualified for the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn?, Burke discusses his political background, his 2016 presidential campaign, and his policy proposals.

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Tips For Decorating Your Fireplace Mantels In Columbus, Oh During The Holidays

byAlma Abell

There is nothing like a fireplace during the holidays. The sound of the roaring fire, the coziness of the Christmas scene and the snow falling on the ground outside all work together to ensure that your home is picture perfect during the holidays. One of the joys of having a fireplace is the joy of decorating the Mantels in Columbus OH. Below you will find some tips on how to decorate your mantel for the holidays, so that the season is perfect and your home is cozy.

Don’t Overdo it

You don’t want to overdo the decorating, simple is good. You see many fireplace mantels that are so full of decorations that you can’t see the natural beauty of the mantel. Go with simple decorations and your mantle will be a sight for everyone to see this holiday season.

Use one Piece of Art

Don’t put tons of Christmas photos above the mantel. Go with a simple piece, such as a snow-covered sleigh scene or family gathered around a Christmas tree. As stated before, when it comes to decorating the Mantels in Columbus OH, simple is better.

Hang Stockings with Care

Of course, you will also want to hang your stockings with care. If you want your mantle to stay in pristine shape with no holes, nicks, or scratches, you will want to be sure to hang your stockings with care. There are plenty of options out there to hang them and not leave holes behind; you just need to find that option.

Don’t Overload the Stockings

Don’t overload the stockings with stuff. While it may be tempting and should be, to load the stockings with all kinds of goodies for the little ones, take them down once they are loaded. You don’t want them to pull on the fastenings and scratch your mantle on the way down. Place the stockings beside the fireplace instead, the kiddies will still love them and your mantle will be safe as well.

For more information on fireplaces and fireplace mantles, you can visit Custom Home and Hearth today. From not overloading the stockings to hanging them with care, these tips will help you get through the holidays with your mantle intact.

Eurovision ’73 winner Anne Marie David discusses her four-decade career and the Contest, past and present

Monday, February 16, 2009

In the 1970s, she was one of the most popular female vocalists in France, and became well-known internationally. Anne Marie David, from Arles in the south of France, parlayed her initial success from playing Mary Magdalene in the French production of Jesus Christ Superstar into taking home the “grand prix” at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973. Her winning song, “Tu te reconnaîtras” (You will recognize yourself), became a Europe-wide hit that spring.

At the height of her popularity, David perfomed world tours, and even lived abroad in Turkey for a time. In 1979, she tried once again to win the Eurovision, and placed a respectable third. Her song “Je suis l’enfant soleil” (I’m a child of the sun) became similarly popular across France and in the Francophone nations.

As time went on, however, her place in the French music scene became less certain. Touring the world had taken a personal toll, and David decided to retire from music completely in 1987. However, with the help of her fan base, she was coaxed out of retirement in 2003 and is returning to a part of her life that she tried to leave, but never left her. Celebrating four decades in the music scene, David is looking forward to adventurous new projects and a newfound zest for life.

Anne Marie David corresponded with Wikinews’ Mike Halterman about her eventful career, her personal anecdotes regarding living abroad, her successes in past Eurovision contests and her grievances with the way the show is produced today. This is the second in a series of interviews with past Eurovision contestants, which will be published sporadically in the lead-up to mid-May’s next contest in Moscow.

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New regional jet takes off from St. Petersburg, Russia

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The new Antonov An-148 jet made its first commercial flight from Saint Petersburg, Russia to Moscow on Thursday.

Starting with one of the busiest regional routes in Russia new Antonovs are to connect the other major destinations throughout Europe.

The new aircraft was designed in the Ukraine by the famous Antonov design bureau and is manufactured in Voronezh, Russia. The twinjet features a high-wing design, glass cockpit and 68 passengers cabin with a 3.5 thousand km range at the average 800 km/h cruising speed.

The first serial airplane has recently joined the fleet of Rossiya (the “Russia”) airline under lease contract with Ilyushin Finance Company.

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Banned film ‘The Profit’ appears on Web

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Copies of The Profit, a 2001 film blocked from distribution in the United States due to a court injunction won by the Church of Scientology, appeared on the Internet Friday on peer-to-peer file-sharing websites and on the video sharing site YouTube.

Directed by former film executive Peter N. Alexander, the movie has been characterized by critics as a parody of Scientology and of its founder L. Ron Hubbard. Alexander was a Scientologist for twenty years, and left the organization in 1997. The film was funded by Bob Minton, a former critic of Scientology who later signed an agreement with the Church of Scientology and has attempted to stop distribution of the film. Alexander has stated that the movie is based on his research into cults, and when asked by the St. Petersburg Times about parallels to Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard said: “I’ll let you draw that conclusion … I say it’s entirely fictional.”

The film was released in August 2001, and was shown at a movie theatre in Clearwater, Florida and at a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France. A Scientology spokesman gave a statement at the time saying “the movie is fiction and has nothing to do with Scientology”. The Church of Scientology later took legal action in an attempt to stop further distribution of the film. The Church of Scientology claimed that the film was intended to influence the jury pool in the wrongful death case of Scientologist Lisa McPherson, who died under Scientology care in Clearwater, Florida.

In April 2002, a Pinellas County, Florida judge issued a court order enjoining The Profit from worldwide distribution for an indefinite period. According to the original court injunction received by Wikinews, the movie was originally banned because the court found that it could be seen as a parody of Scientology. In his April 20, 2002 ruling on the injunction, Judge Robert E. Beach of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Pinellas County, Florida wrote: “…an average person viewing the film entitled The Profit could perceive that it is a parody of the Church of Scientology”.

“To the extent that any person considered as a potential juror in evaluating any issues involving the Church of Scientology, the process of voir dire provides a fair and complete remedy to eliminate any potential juror that may possibly have been influenced to be less than fair and impartial,” added Beach.

Luke Lirot, the attorney for the film’s production company, announced on the film’s website on April 7, 2007 that “We have absolutely no exposure for any repercussions from the court order,” but that the film was still blocked from distribution due to an ongoing legal battle. Lirot wrote: “all that’s stopping the release of the movie is the legal battle with the partner who was compromised by Scientology (Robert Minton) and is currently using his power as partner to stop the release of the film.”

In an October 2007 article, The Times described the film as “banned in the US because of a lawsuit taken out against it by The Church of Scientology,” and Russ Kick’s The Disinformation Book of Lists included the film in his “List of 16 Movies Banned in the U.S.”. An 8-minute teaser segment from The Profit appeared on the film’s website and on the video sharing site YouTube in February 2008, and an attorney representing Bob Minton sent a letter to Luke Lirot requesting that the film clip be taken down. In a response letter, Lirot wrote that “Rather than damage any asset of the LLC, the short clip merely keeps the film in the public eye, and in a positive way.”

On Friday, copies of the film began to circulate on peer-to-peer file-sharing websites and on YouTube. A link related to the film’s appearance on the Internet on the community-based link aggregator website had 3,638 “Diggs” – and hit the front page of the site’s Entertainment section on Saturday.

I had nothing to do with this release at all. But I’m happy it’s out there.

On Saturday, Scientology critic and Emmy award-winning journalist Mark Bunker put a streaming version of the film on his website,, and encouraged others to watch and discuss the film on a real-time chat channel. In a video posting to YouTube Saturday, Bunker said “I did not do it. I had nothing to do with it … I had nothing to do with this release at all. But I’m happy it’s out there … people are finally having a chance to see it. A lot of people have been curious over the years and there’s been a lot of interest in seeing the film, so finally you can.”

We have all wanted to see this movie that scientology kept hidden away from us. We have all wondered just how damning could this story be that we were banned from watching it.

On the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology, a poster by the username “Alexia Death” commented on the film’s appearance on the Internet in the context of censorship: “It is out! And so it is a WIN if many people review it even if they say it SUCKS! … Being bad is no cause to allow censorship … And being censored is no cause to assume its good”. A post to the blog Blogsreel commented: “We have all wanted to see this movie that scientology kept hidden away from us. We have all wondered just how damning could this story be that we were banned from watching it.”

In a post on Sunday to the message board attached to the official website for the film, attorney Luke Lirot asked that individuals stop distributing copies of The Profit over the Internet. Lirot wrote: “It has been brought to my attention that several unauthorized transmissions and downloads of this protected work have taken place over the last 72 hours. Such actions are copyright violations and are unlawful. I request that any further distribution and/or dissemination of this important work cease immediately and any copies of the work that have been downloaded please be deleted.” In his statement, Lirot recognized the rights of individuals under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, but also said that unauthorized distribution of the film “will only serve to harm the goal of vast distribution”.

Blog postings have attributed the film’s appearance on the Internet as part of the anti-Scientology movement Project Chanology organized by the Internet-based group Anonymous, but this has not been confirmed. Wikinews previously reported on international protests against Scientology which took place as part of Project Chanology on February 10 and March 15. A third international protest by Anonymous is scheduled for April 12. Titled “Operation Reconnect”, the third international protest will focus on highlighting Scientology’s practice of disconnection.

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Buyer Beware: Shampoo Selection Tips

By Julia Brown

How is one supposed to know which type of shampoo to choose from if there are a hundred brands all scrambling to get the attention of a million consumers? Easy. Listen to the only harbinger of wisdom that best knows what is good or bad for its health – your hair. Though the hair is – technically – a bunch of dead skin cells, they have varying characteristics. Keep reading to find out how to get the best out of shampoos being offered in todays market, and more importantly, how to avoid shampoos that may actually damage your hair, or make hair fall out.

1. First things first, know your hair.

It is best to get intimate with it. The hair is literally called ones crowning glory for a reason, it is on top of the head and is the first thing one usually touches first thing in the morning. Havent touched your hair today? Go ahead and do so now. Does it feel thin? Is it oily? Is it dry? Full? Coarse?

Permed hair will usually need a shampoo that is specifically manufactured for regularly styled and / or chemically treated hair.

If you have colored hair (red, auburn), you will need a shampoo that is not harsh and will not take off the colors you naturally have.

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There are shampoos for oily, thin, coarse and dandruff-prone hair. Work from how and what your hair really is and from there, start to search for the shampoo that caters to it.

2. Be aware, beware.

Pay attention to the list of ingredients found on the back of the shampoo bottle! The Food & Drug Administration has checked the elements manufacturers put in their shampoos, but do your own checking as well. This is as according to your own unique and personalized judgment as well as hair wisdom.

Avoid shampoos that contain waxy substances. These harm the hair more than they care for it. Most over the counter shampoos contain wax so be aware of what you purchase. Professional shampoos, though a bit more expensive than the regular ones, usually contain none of this.

Shampoos with ammonium are usually harsh to the hair. Sodium lauryl sulfate is not that gentle. Sodium laureth sulfate is mild and tender to the hair, it is a good find.

3. To feel is to believe

Do not believe claims from manufacturers that one should use their whole product line in order to get hair that is perfectly right for you!

All shampoos clean the hair just similarly as all soaps clean the face and that all moisturizers moisturize. It makes little or no difference at all for your hair if this specific brand is used more often than the other. All shampoos leave a little bit of residue on the hair when washed. This keeps the hair cuticle smooth and clean. It matters very little if one mixes and matches a brand of hair product from another. If your hair feels clean, most probably it is.

4. A lot of foam does not mean shampoo is best

When washing the hair, foam appears because surface molecules pull themselves together around air. A lot of foam means a lot of tiny bubbles. It does not necessarily mean the shampoos cleansing ability is good, contrary to what hundreds of shampoo commercials made us think. It only means that too much shampoo was used on the hair. Foam or not, the most excellent way to know how good a shampoo performs is how the hair is after it has been lathered and rinsed by it. Does the hair fly away? Does it appear limp? Is the hair dry? The scalp itchy? Decide for yourself.

5. Ask a professional

Being sure beats the guess work that comes from determining which shampoo to purchase. The only major difference of a professional hair product from a non-professional hair product – believe it or not – is the price.

There are professional-made shampoos which cost not more than five dollars. This is the exact price one usually pays for a regular non-professional shampoo bottle. Quality counts more than being pricey. Pay attention to the contents of the bottle – that is, the ingredients, not the price tag.

Admittedly though, there are expensive shampoo products that come from professionals. But the bottom line is, if you dont want to compromise your top, go professional.

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