Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Wikinews extended invitations by e-mail on March 23 to multiple candidates running in the Texas’ 6th congressional district special election of May 1 to fill a vacancy left upon the death of Republican congressman Ron Wright. Of them, the office of Democrat Daryl Eddings, Sr. agreed to answer some questions by phone March 30 about their campaigns and policies. The following is the interview with Ms Chatham on behalf of Mr Eddings, Sr.

Eddings is a federal law enforcement officer and senior non-commissioned officer in the US military. His experience as operations officer of an aviation unit in the California National Guard includes working in Los Angeles to control riots sparked by the O. J. Simpson murder case and the police handling of Rodney King, working with drug interdiction teams in Panama and Central America and fighting in the Middle East. He is the founder of Operation Battle Buddy, which has under his leadership kept in touch with over 20 thousand veterans and their families. He was born in California, but moved to Midlothian, Texas. He endeavours to bring “good government, not no government”. Campaign manager Faith Chatham spoke to Wikinews on matters ranging from healthcare to housing.

An Inside Elections poll published on March 18 shows Republican candidate Susan Wright, the widow of Ron Wright, is ahead by 21% followed by Democrat Jana Sanchez with 17% and Republican Jake Ellzey with 8% with a 4.6% margin of error among 450 likely voters. The district is considered “lean Republican” by Inside Elections and voted 51% in favour of Donald Trump in last year’s US presidential election. This is down from 54% for Trump in 2016’s presidential election, the same poll stated.

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By Ray A. Rubio

There are many home made skin care tips for beautiful skin that one can benefit from. Using homemade skin care products is better for the skin as compared to artificially made creams and medications, as they are more natural and are usually healthier for the delicate skin.

One of the best benefits you can enjoy using homemade skin care products is that you know the exact types of ingredients used in the product when you make them. In addition, you can also get all of the ingredients for the product cheaply at your local store, thus helping you save tons of money when you do away with expensive bottles of creams or cleansers that contain chemical ingredients.

Chemicals can damage your skin in the long run if they are harsh. However, using ingredients that you find in your kitchen ensures that whatever you put into your skin care product is safe and 100 percent natural.

The recipes listed below use ingredients that are known to be good for the skin. The main ingredients used are natural honey, eggs, apples and yogurts.

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For this recipe you will need water, 2 raw eggs and honey. In a bowl, mix honey, eggs and a little water until the mixture is consistent and smooth. Next, spread the mixture onto your face and let dry for approximately fifteen minutes. Once it has dried, you can wash it off completely using tap water. This is a light exfoliating natural product that is very cost efficient.

Honey is a great skin care ingredient that can even be used on its own to cleanse the face. Begin by dabbing your face with a warm wash cloth to open up the pores. Once you have done that, you can apply honey onto your face as if it were a mask. Then, leave it on for about ten to fifteen minutes, and wash your face with warm water and then cold water again to close the pores.

Yogurt is great for cleansing and giving moisture to the skin. Take some pure yogurt and mix it in a bowl with some honey. Then apply the mixture to your face for approximately ten minutes, and you can wash it off using warm water after that. Finally, you will find that your face has become silky soft and smooth again. The great thing is that you can use it more than once a day to keep your skin feeling baby smooth.

Another recipe that is great for the skin does not involve the use of honey. You will need to use lime and cucumber instead. Slice the cucumber, mashed it and then mix it with some squeezed lime. Once you have the two mixed together, add about three drops of rose water. Now apply the mixture to your face and let sit for about thirty minutes. Next, wash your face with cold water and you will soon notice that your skin has started to become soft and cleaner.

These recipes are for products that can be made in the comfort of your own home, where all of the required ingredients can be found from your local stores. Making home made products ensure that they are all natural and contain no chemicals. Thus, using these home made skin care tips for beautiful skin will enable you to get your desired skin easily.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Pakistani immigrant was convicted on Wednesday of plotting to blow up a New York City subway station in a case that shed light on police investigation tactics since the Sept 11 attacks.

Shahawar Matin Siraj, faces a maximum life sentence after a Brooklyn federal court jury convicted him of conspiring to place and detonate an explosive on the city’s mass transit system.

Siraj, 23, was arrested on the eve of the 2004 Republican National Convention on charges he planned to attack a subway station in Herald Square, the dense Manhattan shopping district that includes Macy’s flagship department store.

Siraj claimed he was entrapped by an over-zealous police informant twice his age, Egyptian Osama Eldawoody, 50, who met the Siraj in an Islamic bookstore while spying on mosques for the New York police.

Taped conversations between the two men were played by prosecutors during the trial plans were discussed to bomb the Herald Square subway station in midtown Manhattan.

Mr Eldawoody testified in 2003 and 2004 that he served as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the police and was paid more than US$100,000 to report about daily mosque activities, including prayers.

Prosecutors said Siraj had the will to carry out a plot supporting his extremist views. Their case was strengthened by the testimony of a co-conspirator who pleaded guilty in the case and an undercover police officer who said Siraj openly supported Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The jury also heard testimony by a Bangladeshi-born undercover police officer, who met Siraj while infiltrating a Muslim neighborhood as part of an investigation following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

During one conversation, Siraj “complimented” Osama bin Laden, the officer testified.

“He said he was a talented brother and a great planner and that he hoped bin Laden planned something big for America,” said the officer, who testified under an alias because he is still involved in active investigations.

“The verdict is an important milestone in safeguarding New York against terrorist plotters whether home-grown or foreign,” said New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

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Friday, October 5, 2007

The winners of the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize have been announced. The awards, given out every early October since 1991 by the Annals of Improbable Research, are a parody of the Nobel Prize, which are awards given out in several fields. The awards are given to achievements that, “first make people laugh, and then make them think.” They were presented at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater.

Ten awards have been presented, each given to a different field. The winners are:

  • Medicine: Brian Witcombe, of Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust, UK, and Dan Meyer, who studied the health consequences of sword swallowing.
  • Physics: A team from the USA and Chile, who made a study about how cloth sheets become wrinkled.
  • Biology: Dr Johanna van Bronswijk of the Netherlands, for carrying out a census of creatures that live in people’s beds.
  • Chemistry: Mayu Yamamoto, from Japan, for creating a method of extracting vanilla fragrance and flavouring from cow dung.
  • Linguistics: A team from the University of Barcelona, who discovered that rats cannot tell the difference between Japanese and Dutch when spoken backwards.
  • Literature: Glenda Browne of Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study on how the word “The” confuses people when they try to put things in alphabetical order.
  • Peace: The US Air Force Wright Laboratory for trying to develop a “Gay bomb” that would turn enemy soldiers homosexual.
  • Nutrition: Brian Wansink of Cornell University for his investigation into the limits of the human appetite, by using a self-refilling “bottomless” bowl of soup.
  • Economics: Kuo Cheng Hsieh of Taiwan, for patenting a machine that catches bank robbers by dropping a net on top of them.
  • Aviation: A team from the National University of Quilmes, Argentina, for discovering that impotency drugs can help hamsters recover from jet lag.
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byAlma Abell

Limousines are luxurious transport solution cars with high class services suitable for small and large organizations, middle class, average earning people. Anyway, Boston limo services is gaining popularity as a means of transport to preferred locations and events such as wedding ceremonies, airport pick up and drop, business trips, tours, funerals, fun night and many other occasions.

Many companies are turning to this kind of business to offer exclusive services to their client in order to beat their competitors. Majority of service providers are offering competitive prices and promotional discount among other additional services to stay on top of their competitors. But the question is; what do you need to consider before renting a limo?

If this is your first time to hire limousine services in Boston, then you should consider the tips below before making any arrangement with the service provider.

1. Experience and Testimonials

It’s a good idea to enquire from the company or regular clients about the reputation and experience of the service provider company. The years the company has been in operation, reliability and experience of the chauffeur.

2. Is the Company Insured?

Before renting any means of transport it’s mandatory to check if the company is fully insured. This is to ensure that in case an accident occurs, you will be fully covered. You should not risk your life by ridding in an uninsured limo.

3. Condition of the Limousine

Before making further arrangements with the service provider, you should enquire to see and if possible inspect the limo to see its condition, passenger ratio and if it has the required features to suit your mission.

4. Type of the limo

Limos come in different models and style to suit the user’s requirements. Normally, there are SUV hummers, super stretch limos, Roll Royce, escalades, and shuttle vans etc. You should consider enquiring about the kind of vehicle you are due to hire.

5. Do they Offer Promotional Discounts?

You should consider a company that will offer you a good treat at the end of the contract. If you are a regular client or you need more than one luxury limo for your events, then you should look for the company that has the best offer.

6. Contract and Agreement

If you consider a certain company and you are certified with their offer, then you should enquire for a copy of the contract, terms and agreement of their services for legal purposes.

Certainly, if one needs a limousine for a wedding event, it should not be just a limo in any color; it should match the color or other bear a universal color (white).

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fifteen people are dead, and thirty more have become ill after attempting to steal fuel from a freight train travelling through Karbi Anglong, Assam, India. It is thought they broke into a tank containing toxic chemicals.

According to a railway official, the train was in the remote region with 48 wagons of petrol and diesel when raiders intercepted it. The train was in a forested area at the time and was surrounded by armed men, a common occurrence in an area where trains transporting products to and from refineries are regularly targeted.

Witnesses described liquid pumping out of a tank at high pressure. There are no reports as in to what the tank contained, but the fumes were toxic; when police arrived they found that fifteen had succumbed to the gas, and thirty more were sickened by it. A number of empty oil drums, presumably intended for fuel from the train, were also discovered.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

In May, periodical cicadas with 17 years life cycle emerged on the East Coast of the USA after underground development as juveniles since 1996. Researchers and scientists worked to map and study the rare wave, and the locals prepared for the noisy event. First recorded in 1666, the Magicicada septendecim species recently emerged in 1979, 1996, this year, with a next wave due in 2030.

This week, Wikinews interviewed Chris Simon, an ecology and evolutionary biologist at University of Connecticut, about the cicadas.

((Wikinews)) What caused your initial interest in periodical cicadas?

Chris Simon: As an undergraduate student, I was interested in the formation of species so when I went to graduate school I looked for a study organism that was likely to be in the process of forming new species. I chose periodical cicadas because they are broken up into reproductively isolated broods (or year classes). Reproductive isolation leads to speciation so I planned to study biochemical differences among the broods.

((WN)) You study the emergence of the periodical cicadas. What do you study? What observations are you making?

CS: We record exactly where each cicada population emerges (using GPS automated mapping and crowd sourcing). We record the presence or absence of each of the three morphologically distinct species groups of periodical cicadas (Decim group, Cassini group, and Decula group). We collect specimens for DNA analysis. We look for cicadas coming up one and four years early and late. We dig up cicada nymphs and monitor their growth rates.

((WN)) What equipment do you use?

CS: Nets, shovels, automated GPS recorders, cameras, laptop computers, automated DNA sequencers.

((WN)) Do you study the periodical cicadas with anyone else? What is their role?

CS: Yes, there are a large number of people studying periodical cicadas in my lab and in other labs. My lab is made up of Research Scientists, Postdoctoral Researchers, a technician, graduate students, and undergraduates. Research Scientist John Cooley is the leader of the GPS mapping project; he invented the automated GPS recorder; he built our crowd-sourcing website, and he is instrumental in public outreach. Postdoctoral research David Marshall also participates in the mapping project and leads the part of the research related to the mapping of stragglers. John and Dave and Technician Kathy Hill all study periodical cicada mating behavior and conduct mating and hybridization experiments. One of my graduate students Beth Wade has participated in the nymph collections and will soon start genetic work involving genome wide association mapping designed to locate genes related to life cycle. My graduate student Russ Meister is studying the genes of the bacterial endosymbionts of cicadas. My current undergraduate honors student Erin Dwyer is also studying the development of Magicicada nymphs and is helping to design a lab exercise for college students around the eastern US to do the same. Many of my past undergraduate students have studied the biochemical genetics and development of periodical cicadas. See the Simon Lab website.
CS: We are collaborating with Teiji Sota at the University Kyoto and Jin Yoshimura at Shizuoka University in Japan. They are studying the phylogeography of Magicicada. We are collaborating with John McCutcheon of the University of Montana who is studying the endosymbiont genomes.
CS: We are also collaborating with ecologists Rick Karban and Louie Yang, both professors at UC Davis who have an interest in cicada population dynamics and nutrient cycling in the ecosystem.

((WN)) You studied the periodical cicadas in 1979 and 1996 too. What changes with time?

CS: I have studied periodical cicadas since I was a student back in 1974. What changes with time is increased human development constantly shrinking the patch size of cicada populations.

((WN)) What are your thoughts on the long life span of the periodical cicadas? Why could it be so? What advantages and what disadvantages does it have?

CS: Most or all cicadas have long life cycles compared to your typical annual insect. Examples have been found of two-year to 9-year cycles in different species. Periodical cicadas evolved an even-longer life cycle and I think that part of this relates to the evolution of their synchronized life cycles and peculiar safety-in-numbers strategy for survival. To become synchronized, periodical cicadas had to evolve an exact length life cycle and all adults would have to appear in the same year. Because the nymphs grow at different rates underground, a longer life cycle and a way of counting years must have evolved so that the individuals that get to the last nymphal (underground juvenile) stage first would wait long enough for all other individuals in the population to become ready to emerge.

((WN)) News reports mention this is ‘Brood II’ of the periodical cicadas. What are the distinctive features of this specific species and what is its full scientific name?

CS: The same species exist in multiple broods. No species is restricted to Brood II. The three species present in Brood II are: Magicicada septendecim, M. cassini, and M. septendecula. These same three species are found in every 17-year brood (except the farthest north which only has M. septendecim).

((WN)) At what depth do the cicadas juveniles live underground?

CS: Most live within the top foot of soil but some have been found deeper. We do not know if they go deeper in winter. We need to do much more digging to understand the nymphs.

((WN)) How do people prepare for the cicada emergence?

CS: Of course various people prepare in different ways. Ideally, everyone prepares by studying information available on the web (especially on our websites Magicicada Central and Magicicada.org).

((WN)) Do cicadas affect transport in the local area?

CS: No, not really. Occasionally individuals can be seeing flying across highways and sometimes they smash into cars.

((WN)) Do cicadas usually stay outside or do they also invade houses too?

CS: They stay outside. One might accidentally fly in through an open window but that would be rare.

((WN)) What do the cicadas eat?

CS: Cicadas suck xylem fluid (the watery fluid coming up from the roots of plants) in deciduous forest trees and herbs. Essential amino acids in the cicada diet are supplied by their bacterial endosymbionts. There are two species of endosymbionts. One makes 8 essential amino acids and one makes two essential amino acids.

((WN)) Do cicadas damage crops or city vegetation? What damage?

CS: Cicadas do not chew leave so they do not damage crops like other insects. They can inflict some damage by their egg laying. Cicadas lay eggs in pencil-sized tree branches. If there are not enough branches available, too many female cicadas may lay eggs in a single branch weakening it and making it susceptible to breakage by wind. This can sometimes cause damage in fruit orchards. If the branches break, the eggs die so this behavior is selected against by natural selection.

((WN)) Thank you.

CS: You’re welcome. I am happy to have this opportunity to communicate with your readers!
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Many people wonder if using an executive car service is right for them and their businesses. The answer to that is an astounding yes. The use of an executive car service is often thought to be too expensive, but a little research shows that it can actually save time and money.

Having a dependable corporate transportation company on call takes a lot of worry out of any transportation needs a company may have. Even small business owners find that having a corporate account gives them access to the discounts that larger companies receive. Using an executive car service may be even more important to a small business than a larger one.

Think of the impact it would make on a potential client if they were picked up in a luxury sedan or limousine driven by a professional driver not just professional in dress, but also in behavior. Most corporate transportation companies have GPS in their fleet vehicles which will provide the driver with accurate and up to date traffic information.

This enables the driver to avoid any traffic delays, if possible, which means getting you or your client to their destination on time. It also helps ensure on time pick up. Many companies that offer airport transportation also track the client s flight information, and update the driver if a flight has been delayed, canceled, or is scheduled to arrive early.

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Another benefit to this type of transportation service is the knowledge of the drivers and staff. Many companies train their drivers to know where the finest local dining and entertainment experiences can be found.

Client companies are assured that their customers are being treated well in a professional manner. Many limo companies also offer custom packages. This means that the vehicle and driver may be available to assist your client for the duration of her stay, not just transportation to and from the airport. What a great way to make an impression on a potential client or investor!

There are some things that are important to check before choosing an executive car service to trust with your business. How professionally did the company answer the call? A good company knows that many times, the phone representative is the first contact with a potential client.

If that representative is friendly and courteous, it is a great indication of their commitment to quality. Knowing how many people will be traveling will determine whether a luxury sedan, limo, or motor coach is needed.

Working with a high caliber limousine company is a great asset. They will be able to handle gala evenings and daily corporate transportation as easily as group travel.

Looking at the company s fleet is also important. They should be clean, newer vehicles with regular and up-to-date maintenance records. Make sure that the company under consideration is registered within the state, has all the proper insurance and licensing. Any reputable company will be happy to share this information.

Ensuring that important clients and business associates are well treated is vital to a company s image and business dealings. Contracting with a quality executive car service or limousine company is one way to pamper important clients and associates allowing them to work without distraction and pay attention to the business at hand when traveling.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Latest figures from the US government say that the country’s economy gained 290,000 jobs in April, the largest single-month gain since March 2006.

According to the Labor Department, excluding temporary workers for this year’s census, the number of non-farm jobs increased by a seasonally adjusted 224,000.

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, increased from 9.7% to 9.9%; the apparent contradiction is because 195,000 people who previously gave up searching for jobs started looking for work again, entering the labor force and augmenting the jobless rate.

The increases were larger than expected by economic analysts; according to a survey done by MarketWatch, economists believed the country would have added 185,000 jobs for last month.

President Obama commented on the numbers earlier today at the White House, saying: “This is the largest monthly increase in four years […] we’ve now seen job growth for four months in a row. These numbers are particularly heartening when you consider where we were a year ago, with an economy in freefall.”

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