Hong Kong’s recession ends, economy grows 3.3%

Friday, August 14, 2009

According to official records, Hong Kong’s economy has left a year-long recession, recording a growth of 3.3% in the second quarter ended in June. The figures, which were seasonally adjusted, were higher than forecast by economists.

As a result, the government has increased its growth predictions for 2009. Previous estimates suggested the economy would contract by 5.5% to 6.5%. Now, the contraction is only predicted to be between 3.5% and 4.5%.

“The GDP data was much better than we expected, partly because the exports were better and partly because of a pick-up in private consumption,” Bank of East Asia’s chief economist, Paul Tang, noted. “Private consumption is being driven up by stock market gains and by the property sector, which started doing well.”

However, government economist Helen Chan warned that “while we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, […] the outlook remain highly uncertain because the situations in the United States and Europe are still very weak.”

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What To Avoid When Buying Second Hand Printers

By Simona Rusnakova

If you are thinking of buying a second hand printer then there are some things that you will need to keep in mind. There are certain things that you have to avoid when you are buying used or refurbished equipment. There are also a few things that you will need to look for when you are checking the equipment out.

Knowing what you want

Something that you should avoid is going into buying blind. You will need to have a fair idea about what you want in your second hand copiers or printers. Their capacity is the first thing you should look at. Are you going to be using it often and for great volumes? If at all possible you should also try and find the model of printer that will best suit your needs. If you have an idea of the model you want you could simply look for that one and know that it is exactly what you need.

Refurbished versus used

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You will need to take into account that some second hand printers are in fact refurbished printers. Are you alright with getting a refurbished one? Any people will rather buy refurbished equipment as it will need to be checked by the company and fixed. The great thing about refurbished printers is that you will often get a warranty and you can be relatively sure that there will be no major problems with it in the near future.

Always check it out yourself

If you are thinking about buying used photocopiers or printers from someone you found in the local newspaper you should check the equipment before you buy it. You should avoid buying any used equipment without seeing it first. If you are not allowed to then perhaps you should look elsewhere.

If you do have the opportunity to see the equipment then there are some things you should check for. If the printer is an ink jet check for ink spills on the equipment. This may mean that there is a problem with the cartridges. You also need to check if there is any paper stuck in the paper supply line.

Test prints are a good idea

If you are able to you should ask for a test print. The test print can be of anything because all you want to see is whether or not it works well. You do not even have to hook the printer to a computer and physically print something. Just turn the printer on and put in some paper to see that there are no problems with the printer.

Guarantees are not always there

If you are going to be buying a printer from someone out of the local paper or online you will not get any guarantees with it. Of course you will be able to get a guarantee and warranty with refurbished printers and used printers from a reputable store.

When you are looking to buy a second hand printer there are some things you have to avoid and some things you need to look out for. Having some idea of what you want is the best thing. If you are able to choose a model that you want it is even better.

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Sweden’s Crown Princess marries long-time boyfriend

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sweden’s first royal wedding since 1976 took place Saturday when Crown Princess Victoria, 32, married her long-time boyfriend and former personal trainer, Daniel Westling, 36. The ceremony took place at Stockholm Cathedral.

Over 1,200 guests, including many rulers, politicians, royals and other dignitaries from across the world, attended the wedding, which cost an estimated 20 million Swedish kronor. Victoria wore a wedding dress with five-metre long train designed by Pär Engsheden. She wore the same crown that her mother, Queen Silvia, wore on her wedding day 34 years previously, also on June 19. Victoria’s father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, walked Victoria down the aisle, which was deemed untraditional by many. In Sweden, the bride and groom usually walk down the aisle together, emphasising the country’s views on equality. Victoria met with Daniel half-way to the altar, where they exchanged brief kisses, and, to the sounds of the wedding march, made their way to the the silver altar. She was followed by ten bridesmaids. The couple both had tears in their eyes as they said their vows, and apart from fumbling when they exchanged rings, the ceremony went smoothly.

Following the ceremony, the couple headed a fast-paced procession through central Stockholm on a horse-drawn carriage, flanked by police and security. Up to 500,000 people are thought to have lined the streets. They then boarded the Vasaorden, the same royal barge Victoria’s parents used in their wedding, and traveled through Stockholm’s waters, accompanied by flyover of 18 fighter jets near the end of the procession. A wedding banquet followed in the in the Hall of State of the Royal Palace.

Controversy has surrounded the engagement and wedding between the Crown Princess and Westling, a “commoner”. Victoria met Westling as she was recovering from bulemia in 2002. He owned a chain of gymnasiums and was brought in to help bring Victoria back to full health. Westling was raised in a middle-class family in Ockelbo, in central Sweden. His father managed a social services centre, and his mother worked in a post office. When the relationship was made public, Westling was mocked as an outsider and the king was reportedly horrified at the thought of his daughter marrying a “commoner”, even though he did so when he married Silvia. Last year, Westling underwent transplant surgery for a congenital kidney disorder. The Swedish public have been assured that he will be able to have children and that his illness will not be passed on to his offspring.

Westling underwent years of training to prepare for his new role in the royal family, including lessons in etiquette, elocution, and multi-lingual small talk; and a makeover that saw his hair being cropped short, and his plain-looking glasses and clothes being replaced by designer-wear.

Upon marrying the Crown Princess, Westling took his wife’s ducal title and is granted the style “His Royal Highness”. He is now known as HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. He also has his own coat-of-arms and monogram. When Victoria assumes the throne and becomes Queen, Daniel will not become King, but assume a supportive role, similar to that of Prince Phillip, the husband of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II.

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Wikimedian activist Adrianne Wadewitz dies

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

News broke early this morning on Facebook that Wikipedian Adrianne Wadewitz died while rock climbing recently. Wadewitz was well known in the Wikimedia community for her activism drawing attention to the lack of female contributors on Wikipedia. She was also very involved in the Wiki Education Foundation, serving as a member of its board of directors.

Wadewitz was one of the most visible women in the media on the under-representation of women amongst contributors to Wikipedia, talking to media organizations like the BBC, the Huffington Post and non-English publications like Greek-language magazine LIFO. Some estimates put female participation rates at around 10% of contributors and there is a body of academic work talking about systemic bias against topics featuring women on Wikipedia.

She was involved in organizing several edit-a-thons aimed at encouraging greater female participation and improving content about women, including Wikipedia Takes America: Los Angeles, FemTech Edit-a-thon, Wikipedia Loves Eagle Rock, Wikipedia Loves WeHo, and Feminists Engage Wikipedia. Wadewitz’s own work to address systemic bias as an article contributor included improving English Wikipedia articles relating to women, including:

Adrianne embodied brilliance, determination, and enthusiasm in everything she did
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Thoughts on the Education of Daughters
  • Mary: A Fiction
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman
  • Timeline of Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Fanny Imlay
  • Mary Shelley
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld
  • Sarah Trimmer
  • Mary Martha Sherwood

She started contributing to English Wikipedia in July 2004. She had taught two classes on collaborative work on the project, and was involved with FemTechNet Wikistorming, an academic effort to encourage more women involved in academia to contribute to Wikipedia. In the past month, she had written several blog entries on HASTAC, an online collaborative platform dedicated to changing the way people learn, about how to write about academics on Wikipedia.

Fellow activist Sarah Stierch said in a public post on Facebook, “My heart hurts. Adrianne was a leading voice – and her legacy still is – in the work we have been doing to get more women and more diverse peoples contributing to Wikipedia. Two days ago she was quoted in the BBC, for godsake.” Stierch went on to say, “A sarcastic, feminist, smart, brilliant, to the point delivery type of academic genius who held an honest love life for all to see and a life in LA that was becoming one she owned.”

At the time of her death, she was a Mellon Digital Scholarship Fellow at Occidental College. In 2011, she earned her PhD from Indiana University.

Wikimedians are memorializing her on her Wikipedia talk page, which is adorned with a picture of a funerary arrangement of flowers. A notice at the top of the page invites condolences, which have been arriving in their dozens. “This is a crushing loss, for the Wikipedia community and the world. There was no one else like her.” wrote one contributor. Another noted “Adrianne embodied brilliance, determination, and enthusiasm in everything she did.”

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Introducing Horse Rugs

Introducing Horse Rugs


Fred CJ Thomas

The equestrian world is rich in history and tradition, and also this really shines through in the selection of clothing. No matter whether you happen to be a rider or even an admirer, there are numerous different alternatives to suit your needs – from riding jackets, to breeches and a lot more. But it\’s not just people that can have fun with equestrian wear. On the flip side, there is actually a wide variety of equestrian clothing for the horses themselves. Horse rugs are the most well-known section of the horse clothing line. They\’re like the jackets that individuals wear – protective fabric that envelopes a horse\’s body to make sure they\’re protected against things such as extremes of climate. Horse rugs are extremely valuable in the winter seasons because they can provide thermal insulation regardless if temperatures fall considerably. There are a variety of makes who create horse rugs, for example Mark Todd Equestrian Clothing, Bucas and Jumpers Horse Line, all of whom are well-known for their superior quality finishing techniques and materials.

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Horse rugs are available in a lot of different types to serve many different applications. For instance, the Mark Todd Equestrian Clothing line offers a fly rug (to keep insects off the horse), mesh cooler, and a number of turnout rugs as well. The Jumpers Horse Line range of horse rugs additionally supplies a wide variety to match a variety of applications. The turnout rug is often a preferred choice, offering defense against dirt and moisture when a horse is out on the field. If a horse is about to be involved in horse trials, showjumping, or eventing of any kind, the last thing the rider wants is for the horse\’s perfect coat to be dirtied by kicked up mud or any other type of dirt that might be in the fields or paddock. Because of this a horse rug is usually suggested. Both Mark Todd Equestrian and Jumpers Horse Line horse rugs are produced from top quality materials, and each rug is developed differently. There is a huge difference between a summer horse rug and a middleweight or winter horse rug. The latter normally have filling, or padding, which will keep the horse comfortable while they are outside in the field. On the flip side, the mesh horse rugs can certainly cool a horse by giving it with shade from the sunlight – these may also keep bugs away from the horse avoiding bites or other injuries. Overall, if you\’re a horse rider or owner, you\’ll definitely reap the benefits of getting a high quality horse rug. The Mark Todd and Jumpers Horse Line brands are some of the best quality you\’ll find available on the market, so they may be a good way to start looking for a horse rug of your very own. Obviously when you are looking around don`t ignore your own personal needs and make certain you look at obtaining some great quality coats or jackets geared to the specific season. Why don\’t you treat yourself in addition to your horse!

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Wikinews interviews candidate for New York City mayor Vitaly Filipchenko

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

In early May, Wikinews extended an invitation to Vitaly Filipchenko, an independent candidate in the 2021 New York City mayoral election, set to take place November 2nd, alongside other candidates. Filipchenko answered some questions about his policies and campaign during a phone interview.

Filipchenko, registered on the New York City Campaign Finance Board as Vitaly A. Filipchenko, is the first Russian candidate for New York City mayor, being born in Tomsk, Siberia in 1973, according to news agency Sputnik. He has since naturalised as a United States citizen. According to the web site, Filipchenko has been educated in road construction and maintenance and owns a moving services company; he describes himself on his web site as a “small business owner”. On his web site’s platform page, he says that “[m]y English may not be perfect – but my platform is.”

Incumbent Democrat mayor Bill de Blasio, who won re-election in the 2017 New York City mayoral election by 66.5%, cannot run for a third term under term limits. As of April 28, 22 candidates are currently running, the majority of whom are also Democrats. Ahead of the June Democratic primary for New York City mayor, a poll conducted May 23 and 24 by WPIX and Emerson College of 12 Democratic candidates with a margin of error of 3.2 per cent has former commissioner for the New York City Department of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia and Borough President of Brooklyn Eric Adams leading with 21.1% and 20.1%, respectively.

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Citizens protest Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal

Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Monday, March 20, 2006

Buffalo, New York —On Saturday March 18, citizens in Buffalo demonstrated to make their voices be heard. The protest mounted by people opposed to the Elmwood Village Hotel proposal took place on the proposed site at Forest and Elmwood Avenues.

The Elmwood Village Hotel is a 72-room, seven-million-dollar hotel proposed by Savarino Construction Services Corporation. The hotel would require the demolition of at least five buildings (1109-1121 Elmwood), which house several shops and residents. Karl Frizlen, an architect with Frizlen Group, designed the hotel. Although the properties are “under contract,” it is still unknown if Savarino Construction actually owns the buildings. It is believed that Hans Mobius, a resident of Clarence, New York and former Buffalo Mayorial candidate, is still the owner. The hotel is expected to be a franchise of the Wyndham Hotels group.

Despite the cold weather, at least 40 people showed up to walk the picket line for 2 two hours.

Clarence Carnahan, a Buffalo resident, supplied signs that citizens could use during the protest. Some of the signs said, ‘No vacancy, No hotel,’ ‘No tell hotel,’ ‘Hans off’ and ‘Our neighborhood, our choice, no hotel.’

“The concern is they are going to tear down established businesses that have been here for years,” said Charles Leist, a protester.

“We’re fighting to the bitter end. We’re hoping that we can squelch this. We don’t think we can, but we’re going down kicking and screaming,” said Patty Morris, co-owner with Nancy Pollina of Don Apparel at 1119 Elmwood. Don Apparel is a vintage clothing and collectible shop and has been at the same location for nearly 14 years.

The city’s Common Council is expected to vote on the proposal on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 2:00 PM in Council Chambers, on 13th floor in City Hall.

The Planning Board is expected to vote on the proposal on Tuesday, March 28, at 8:00 AM in room 902 on the 9th floor of City Hall.

Even if the Common Council approves the proposal, the Planning board will get the final say in the matter.

So far, no other protests are scheduled. Organizers say they will wait until the Common Council votes before organizing any more protests.

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Sheffield tram-train project back on the rails

Monday, March 28, 2011

An ambitious project to bring a unique tram-train service to Sheffield and Rotherham, in the United Kingdom, is back on track, following the announcement of a £150,000 Government grant on Thursday. The plans, which were originally to see tram-train operation on a trial basis over the Penistone line during 2010, have been on the cards since 2008, but were shelved during 2009 to allow alternative proposals to be drawn up. The current plans will now see the vehicles operating along a currently-freight-only line between Rotherham and Meadowhall, before linking up with the existing South Yorkshire Supertram network there and continuing onto the streets of Sheffield.

The plans to use tram-trains — which are already in widespread use throughout continental Europe, but not at all within the UK — have come about as an alternative to an original proposal to extend the Supertram network to Rotherham, which would be a much larger expense for the same or even fewer benefits.

Whilst the journey between Sheffield and Rotherham is already covered by mainline trains, project officials believe that the new service – running via Meadowhall South and Rotherham Central and terminating at Parkgate, with a twenty-minute headway throughout – will attract extra custom to the intermediate points between the two conurbations, as well as making travel easier for people who find it hard to walk to and from Sheffield’s railway station; the tram-trains will serve the heart of the city-centre.

Now that the funding for further feasibility work has been approved, Network Rail, Northern Rail and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) can continue to look at the business and project case for the trial, which will look at a range of issues, including economic and environmental benefits of the tram-trains, and ensuring that the vehicles will be safe to run on both the Supertram network and heavy rail tracks.

Transport Minister Norman Baker announced the sum, and stressed the Government’s commitment to the scheme: “There is no doubt about finance being available to deliver the scheme. The Government is committed to a trial of tram-trains in the UK and the route between Sheffield and Rotherham is the best place to develop it. This is a unique scheme.

“Tram-trains offer passengers travelling from rural and suburban areas into city centres a viable, environmentally sound alternative to short and medium car commuting that can cut congestion and reduce overcrowding at railway stations.

“These sorts of rail fleets are already in use on the continent, but this is a first for the UK. The funding we are providing for this exciting project represents a real chance for us to test whether they can be adapted successfully for South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.”

David Brown, director of SYPTE, added: “We have done an awful lot of work on the plans so far and further efforts will look at ensuring the vehicles are compatible with both types of network, which are the same gauge.”

If further investigations are successful, the system could be up and running by 2014.

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What Your Realtor Isn’t Telling You About Preparing To Sell

By Juhlin Youlein

Selling a home can often be considered one of the most frustrating or irritating experiences an individual will experience in their lifetime. Most sellers that are selling a home they have lived in for any extended period of time start to grow attached to their home. When they sell their home, the seller wants to make sure and get the best possible deal, or get the maximum amount for the home they created so many memories in and are now separating from. A seller just envisions putting their home up for sale on the market, having little hassle, having a buyer come, love the home, accept the given price and to smoothly and peacefully make the transition between buyer and seller.

Unfortunately, selling a home rarely works out in such a fashion. In the last ten years or so, selling a home has become more and more complex process or transaction. Popping up left and right are hard to read, hard to understand, complicated forms dealing with everything from the environment, to law, to just terms of selling and buying.

On top of documents becoming more and more complicated, more and more realtors are changing from representing the seller first to representing the buyer first. It used to be that if a buyer slipped and told the realtor something as pertaining to the amount they were willing to pay for the home, the realtor would undoubtedly tell the seller even if the buyer asked them not to. In days past, a realtor did everything they could to get the highest price for their clients the sellers. Now, brokerage houses and other home related realtor businesses are trying to get the lowest possible price for their client the buyer.

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The key to preparing for the new and complicated world of selling a home is to get a realtor. Realtors are trained and experienced with transactions such as housing marketing, accounting, financing, and all other areas of the transaction.

Before a seller hires a realtor though, the selling process takes months in advance to really prepare for. A seller should upgrade and prepare the home as much as possible. A seller should walk through their home and observe the different rooms looking for new paint jobs it will need or updates in the decorating. The seller should think to themselves about what the buyers will be seeing and improve the home accordingly.

Knowing when to sell actually takes a lot of extra preparation. Never sale a home at an inconvenient time for the seller; too much can go wrong and moving is a super stressful physical even in and of itself. Dates and time lines should be prearranged and set by the seller to keep a solid schedule. Also the time of year is important; most homes are sold in the summer but that is ok because most buyers are active in the summer as well. Even though there is more competition, there is also a better market.

When planning on the price to sell a home, realize that a buyer will look for a home in the nicest neighborhood they think they can afford, and try and find the cheapest or least expensive home they can find in that particular neighborhood. So a seller should improve their home but not to the point that they are the most expensive in the neighborhood.

About the Author: Juhlin Youlien writes about Fountain Hills AZ homes for sale and Paradise Valley AZ homes for sale.

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Students pass out forcing Michigan school to evacuate

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Catholic school in Michigan, United States was evacuated today after several students became sick during a church service.

Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Director Rick Matott said St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic School evacuated its 860 students around 9 a.m. EDT today. At least three children had passed out during the church service. Two children reportedly had to be taken to area hospitals.

Medical crews and hazardous material experts responded to the school to determine the cause of the illness. However, it is still not known what caused the students to become sick.

Students walked to the nearby Oakland Community College campus while they waited for their parents to pick them up.

St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic School is about 15 miles northwest of Detroit.

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