Stranded Russian minisub is trapped by 60 tonne anchor

Friday, August 5, 2005

The Interfax news agency is reporting that a Russian minisub that was stranded underwater in the Pacific Ocean is trapped by two 60 tonne anchors.

The submarine propeller has snagged on the antenna of a sonar underwater coastal defense station, (or perhaps very long low frequency arrays, which can be thousands of yards) 623 ft below the ocean 43 miles off Kamchatka. “The anchor needs to be blown up” in order to be able to raise the AS-28 submarine, the commander of the Russian Pacific Fleet told Interfax.

“If the explosion is successful, the system will be raised to a depth of 100 meters and lit up by the Tiger [television camera], and we can at last be 100% sure that it’s the submarine, and deepwater divers will be able to continue work,” he continued.

The AS-28 submarine, with seven crew onboard, became entangled on Thursday while at a depth of 190 m.

Earlier reports that the submarine had been taken under tow have been proved false. Ships had attempted to trawl for the submarine in order to drag it into shallower water, but it is reported that they failed to capture the submarine.

The Pacific Fleet commander says that the crew have enough food and water to survive until Monday although oxygen will run out by Saturday. The three-man submarine was designed to supply the crew with a five day supply of oxygen, however with the seven man crew the supply has been greatly depleted.

Around ten Russian navy ships are attending, to be joined by four Japanese vessels on Monday. The US and UK navies are also flying in specialist rescue equipment, including two U.S. navy owned remotely-operated underwater robots capable of cutting through steel lines up to 1″ thick and one U.K. video array ROV. They will arrive on Saturday.

The crew have been using an underwater acoustic telephone to communicate with the surface, and are reported to be remaining calm. They have been told to keep still and to conserve the ship’s power supplies.

The same class of vessel, which measures 13.5 m by 3.8 m, was used during the ill-fated rescue attempt on the Kursk, which was lost with all hands almost exactly five years ago.

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PBS show asserts greenhouse gases, atmospheric pollutants dimming future

Saturday, April 22, 2006

This week, the Public Broadcasting Service aired a NOVA program titled “Dimming the Earth”, which presented research by leading scientists on the complex systems of our global climate and human activity’s effect on it. One of the largest interactions (or “inputs”) humans have with the atmosphere is the ever-increasing use of fossil fuels. Consumption has risen 2% per year for this decade.

Fossil fuels burnt in factories and automobiles send their waste into our atmosphere in two forms. The first is CO2 and other greenhouse gases, which have received substantial attention in the last few years because of the way they trap heat in the atmosphere. The second is the tiny particles of sulfur dioxide, soot and ash, which scientists call aerosols (basically smog). Research into understanding the negative health effects of air pollution has resulted in the development of catalytic converters for cars as well as devices to remove particulate solids from industrial waste before it reaches the air.

More recently, atmospheric scientists have come upon the phenomenon of the reduction of direct sunlight reaching Earth’s surface— observing a nearly a 5% decline between 1960 and 1990, with evidence of a recovery since then. This has been dubbed the “global dimming” effect, and is probably due to the way these aerosols act upon clouds. It is important to realise that this does not represent a net loss of this much sunshine to the climate system – if so, large temperature declines would have been observed. Instead, the sunshine is absorbed elsewhere in the system, with a much smaller net loss.

Clouds form when moisture gathers around airborne particles, such as pollen or dust. Clouds formed by the aerosol particles emitted by fossil fuel consumption are made of many more tiny droplets than “natural” clouds. These smog-created clouds have two notable effects: they shield sunlight from reaching Earth’s surface and, due to water’s reflective nature, the millions of tiny droplets suspended in them reflect light back into space, allowing even less light to reach Earth.

Many scientists now believe that global dimming caused by these pollutants has mitigated the temperature rises brought about by global warming. Over the last thirty years, Earth’s temperature has increased by about 0.5 oC.

In the absence of global dimming, however, the Earth might be 0.3 oC warmer than it currently is, suggesting that a “tug-of-war” exists between greenhouse gases and particulates released by burning fossil fuels. Efforts to mitigate the human health dangers of smog have allowed more heat into our atmosphere and brought about a sharper increase in global warming.

Dr. James E. Hansen, professor at Columbia University and the head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies [1], believes that if we continue on our current pattern, this warming could be as much as five degrees in the next thirty years and ten to fourteen degrees over the course of the century. Such a temperature rise would devastate life on Earth, likely bringing on a cascade of self-reinforcing warming effects. Earth’s forests drying and burning, a steady thawing of the Greenland and arctic ice sheets, and, most dangerous of all, a release of the methane hydrates that are now frozen at the bottom of the oceans, could remake the planet into something inhospitable to human life. Dr. Hansen warns that, according to his research, man has just 10 years to reduce greenhouse gases before global warming and other responses to human activity by Earth’s climate reach a “tipping point”, becoming unstoppable.

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4 Home Buying Rebate Programs You Need To Know About

Submitted by: Diane Salman

Purchasing a home is the largest cheque most people will ever sign, so making sure you have all the information at hand before making your purchase is important. In addition to your down-payment there will be various closing costs that you will need to think about as well. These costs can add up to quite a substantial amount of money. But for many home buyers, especially first-time home buyers, these extra costs could be offset, at least in part, by available rebate programs. Here are 4 home buyer rebate programs you need to know about.

Land Transfer Tax Refund for First-Time Home Buyers

Every buyer in Ontario must pay the government a land transfer tax which is based on a percentage of what the home sold for. First-time home buyers however can apply for a rebate for and receive a rebate for all of a portion of the tax paid. Other provinces may have similar programs available and in Ontario the maximum amount that would be refunded is $2,000. Some cities, such as Toronto, have also implemented their own land transfer tax but this too can be refunded to eligible buyers. That s nothing to sneeze at.

GST Rebate For New Home Purchases

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If you buy a resale home you generally do not have to pay GST on the purchase price. Not so however if you buy a new home construction. New homes are subject to GST on the purchase price but there is a rebate program for this as well. In general eligible new home buyers can apply for a refund of all or a part of the GST. Keep in mind though that some builders include the GST in the price of the new home and any GST refund would go to them since they are the ones who absorbed the GST in the first place.

Affordable Housing Program

Government is continually trying to make home ownership affordable and available to everyone and with any government program the rules can be complex. In a nutshell the affordable housing program allows those people who qualify to apply for a government grant for the down-payment of their home. Municipalities and provinces have different rules as to who qualifies so check with your real estate professional for more details.

Home Buyers Plan

For most people looking to buy their first home the monthly mortgage payments are not the issue. Mortgage payments are usually close to what they are already paying in rent. The biggest obstacle to buying a home is coming up with the down-payment. If you have money in your RRSP however you can withdraw up to $20,000 tax free for the purpose of using it as your down-payment. This money needs to be paid back to your RRSP within fifteen years and payments need to be made to it every year.

It is important to do your research and speak with your real estate professional to find out more on theses programs and which ones you will be eligible for. Even qualifying for only one program can save you a substantial amount of money.

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Yahoo chooses Dublin as location of new European Headquarters

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Dublin – Yahoo!, the internet portal, today announced it has chosen Dublin, Ireland as the location of its European Headquarters. Ireland beat off stiff competition from other European countries to win the investment. The move is expected to create over 400 jobs – two thirds of which are expected to be for graduates with skills in information technology, financial services, customer support and website editorial.

Earlier in the month, Ireland lost a potentially multi-billion euro investment by Dell for a new manufacturing facility to Scotland. This was a huge disappointment for IDA Ireland – the countries main development agency – which had offered heavy incentives to the US computer maker. This brought about fears that Ireland had lost its ability to attract high-value investments from foreign multinationals – the driving force of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger economy.

Speaking about the investment, the Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin, said winning the Yahoo project was a “truly outstanding achievement for Ireland”. Yahoo’s Senior Vice President International, John Marcom, said the decision to locate its European operations headquarters in Ireland was influenced by a “number of factors” which included “the calibre and volume of graduates available in Ireland, the up to date cost competitive telecommunications and data centre infrastructure, and the assistance of IDA Ireland.”

Yahoo is one of the world’s largest internet companies. Its decision to locate in Ireland confirms Dublin’s continued attractiveness to internet and technology companies – Google, Bell Labs, eBay, Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle all have significant Irish operations.


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National Hockey League news: February 17, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

There were 10 games played in the National Hockey League on February 16, 2008, including the New York Rangers, who hadn’t played since the afternoon of February 10, taking on the Buffalo Sabres.


  • 1 Game summaries
    • 1.1 Buffalo Sabres @ New York Rangers
    • 1.2 Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs
    • 1.3 Philadelphia Flyers @ Montreal Canadiens
    • 1.4 New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators
    • 1.5 Atlanta Thrashers @ New York Islanders
    • 1.6 Florida Panthers @ Carolina Hurricanes
    • 1.7 Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning
    • 1.8 St. Louis Blues @ Nashville Predators
    • 1.9 Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes
    • 1.10 Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks
  • 2 Sources
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Points To Ponder With Landscape Design In Milwaukee, Wi

byAlma Abell

When it comes to making changes to an existing residential landscape, the process is a little more involved than digging up a few shrubs and replacing them with rose bushes. The goal is to consider how to make the best possible use of the space, what elements can stay, and what needs to be brought in to create the ideal setting for the home. In order to manage the task properly, it pays to engage the services of a professional who understands Landscape Design in Milwaukee WI, very well.

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The Assessment Process When meeting for the first time, that professional in Landscape Design in Milwaukee WI, will want to look over the current condition of the space around the home. The goal is to identify the natural elements that are already in place, along with any features like fencing, retaining walls, and walkways that run through the space. The goal is to determine if they can be modified, used as is, or if they need to be removed in order to achieve the look that the homeowner wants. Creating a Story board Many people assume that a storyboard is only used for planning changes inside the home. In fact, many landscapers use this basic tool to create a visual concept of what yards will look like once the landscaping is done. The storyboard may be a traditional canvas with sketches, or it may be created using software and provided in the form of electronic sketches. In either case, this provides the homeowner with the chance to get an idea of what those changes would look like. Starting the Transformation Once all the details of the landscaping project are agreed upon, the professional can get to work on the job.

This will mean removing anything not part of the new scheme, and preparing the land for installation of the new elements. Keep in mind that hiring the professionals at to take care of the design and installation of the new landscaping will save a great deal of time. What the crew can manage in a matter of hours would take the homeowner days to complete. Thanks to the support, the homeowner can spend more time on other tasks that also need his or her attention.

New Zealand’s South Island and southern North Island struck by storms

Monday, January 2, 2006

New Zealand’s warm sunny New Year’s weather has come to a sudden end as gale force winds and rain assault southern New Zealand.

In parts of the South Island New Year campers have finished their holiday early as winds averaging 120km/h (75 m/h), gusting at times up to 180km/h (112 m/h), have blown in.

Power went out to 1300 homes in the capital city Wellington; flights were grounded at the airport, with incoming flights diverted to Palmerston North airport.

“The North Island will also be affected by the low,” says MetService forecaster Michael Short, “with heavy rain around the Tararua Ranges and Mt Taranaki.”

The MetService has issued severe weather warnings for most of the South Island and the southern portion of the North Island; bad weather is also forecasted throughout the rest of the country.

The MetService says to expect bad weather for the next 10 days as a deepening low moves south of Stewart Island, but a flow of westerly winds is expected to stay put all week.

Holiday makers have been asked by MetService to review their holiday plans and keep up to date with the latest weather.

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Cyclone Glenda intensifies to Category 5 storm

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tropical Cyclone Glenda has intensified overnight. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Glenda was upgraded from a category 3 to a category 5 storm around 8 p.m WST Tuesday (1200 UTC).

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts Glenda will approach the coast later today. The bureau is also warning about the possibility of gale force winds along the Pilbara coast between Pardoo and Mardie. These winds are predicted to extend west to Exmouth tomorrow.

The bureau is also warning residents of the central and west Pilbara coast that there is a risk of 200 Kilometre per hour (124 miles per hour) winds tomorrow as Glenda nears land.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Freedom Party candidate David McGruer, Ottawa-Orleans

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

David McGruer is running for the Freedom Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Ottawa-Orleans riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Using A Digital Printing Service To Print Your Cd Sleeves

byAlma Abell

If you have created your own album then you want to do everything you can to promote your name, whether it is by handing out public flyers or even playing local bars. You can’t start selling your CD however until it has a quality front cover, and this is where commercial printers systems come in. A digital printing service will do everything for you, from fitting the image to the template to printing it and more. You can rest assured knowing that your CD sleeve is going to look as good as ever, as well as having a professional touch to the artwork.

Track Listing

A commercial printer’s service will also print the track list for you. All you need to do is provide them with the information you need on the CD, and they will do the rest. You may also need to upload the image of your front cover to the website, but some websites even offer to design it for you. This is great if you’re not very artistic when it comes to cover design, as the end result will be both professional and eye-catching to every viewer.

Choosing Your Finish

A quality printing company will also allow you to choose your finish. This can be anything from gloss to matte, so you always have full creative control when it comes to your project. You can even choose to have your sleeve in black and white or full color, which is useful if you have a set idea in mind. If you’re a little unsure about what sleeve you want, then your printing company may be able to advise your project. They can show you what text styles will look good with your image, as well as showing you the other options they have to offer. Whether you’re creating a pop CD for your own private use or a rock CD for your bands demo, a printing company can do it all and more for a discount price.

Some printing companies may also be able to print off leaflets, so you can offer a discount to whomever purchases you’re CD. This can go a long way when you’re trying to promote your band, so contact your local provider today to find out more.