Friday, July 30, 2010

On Tuesday, Apple Inc. introduced a new peripheral, the Magic Trackpad, and refreshed its line of iMac and Mac Pro computers, as well as the Apple Cinema Display.

The Magic Trackpad, a multi-touch trackpad for Macintosh computers, allows end users to use certain gestures to control on-screen actions. It supports gestures already seen on the MacBook and MacBook Pro trackpads, as well as the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, such as swiping, tap-to-click, and pinch-to-zoom. However, the Magic Trackpad also supports physical clicking and supports one- and two-button commands. The Magic Trackpad, which is retailed for US$69, connects wirelessly to a computer using Bluetooth technology and has a claimed four months of battery life. At 5.17 inches (13.13 centimetres) long and 5.12 inches (13 centimetres) wide, the glass and aluminium device is slightly larger than Apple’s laptop trackpads.

In addition to the Magic Trackpad, Apple also began selling the US$29 Apple Battery Charger accessory, a charger pack with six rechargeable batteries usable in the Magic Trackpad, Apple Wireless Keyboard, and Apple Magic Mouse. Apple claims that the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries can last up to ten years before they lose their ability to hold a charge. The Magic Trackpad uses two AA batteries, and can be used with any Bluetooth-enabled Macintosh computer running Mac OS X 10.6.4.

Another major announcement that came on Tuesday was the first iMac update since last fall. The update included mostly internal upgrades, giving consumers a choice of newer Intel processors: the dual-core Core i3 and Core i5, and the quad-core Core i5 and Core i7. In addition, the SD card slot was expanded to allow support for the Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) format. The iMac is still available at 21.5-inch (54.61-centimetre) and 27-inch (68.58-centimetre) display options, but has upgraded graphics cards as well. The screens use in-plane switching (IPS) technology, allowing for a greater viewing angle. The base model is still priced at US$1,199.

Apple’s line of Mac Pro computers were also given a refresh on Tuesday. Consumers now have the option to purchase a Mac Pro with twelve processing cores, using two six-core Intel Xeon processors. Four-, six-, and eight-core options are still available. The update also includes the choice of adding up to four, 512GB solid state drives, instead of conventional hard drives. The base model is priced at US$2,499 and will be sold starting in August.

Apple also released a new, 27-inch (68.58 centimetre) LED Cinema Display, a 60 percent increase in display area from the older 24-inch (60.96 centimetres) Cinema Display. The new monitor can reach a resolution of 2560-by-1440 pixels, or Wide Quad High Definition, and has a built-in microphone, webcam, speakers, USB hub, and ambient light sensor, which changes the display’s brightness based on external lighting levels. It is priced at US$999 but will not be available for purchase until September.

Submitted by: Travis Roesler

The evolution of fitness and exercise programs has been drastic over the last fifty years, picture a frumpy Charles Atlas vs. Arnold 20 years later. From a performance standpoint, world records are broken every year. Football players get faster and faster, while simultaneously becoming more massive. Science continues to develop, and we understand more and more about the human body, thus learning cooler ways to make it grow or become more explosive. A good personal trainer stays on top of such science, and finds a way to incorporate new techniques into achieving your goals. However, a great personal trainer understands the meaning of motivation, and compassion. The science can take a back seat to hard work. The trick is knowing how to get trainees to push themselves well beyond their comfort zone while remaining to be a like-able individual. If you can’t push people to the next level… then you’re useless. If you can push but they hate you… you won’t be successful. To find balance, a trainer needs to be experienced in the fitness realm and honest in every possible way. By keeping your words true, good or bad, trust is developed between trainer and trainee and that rapport will carry you through the demanding times.

Personal training has become slightly watered down in it’s quality and understandably so. Tons of people like working out, and tons of people want to make money doing what they like. As a result, they figure, “Hey… I’ll try to make money by helping people work-out!” They sign up for an online course, and go apply for a job at Work out World where the gym charges is clients $70 per hour. I purchased one of these courses and couldn’t get past the chapter where they carefully explained what type of physical contact is “O.K.” and what is not. If you don’t understand what’s appropriate with respect to physical contact, then your are a dumbass and you have no intuition. You probably shouldn’t be a trainer anyhow. It seemed like these courses were more about anti-lawsuit training than they were about motivation or exercise science. The truth is, you can’t teach someone how to be a trainer; the necessary qualities are slightly abstract.

Experience in the field is obviously necessary. I’ve been a fight trainer and fitness trainer for 12 years. I was a hard-core athlete since the age of 12. Without being exposed to hundreds of different kinds of training and feeling each of them, I couldn’t possibly relate to my students. For example, when I teach a yoga technique, I make it clear that I understand what my trainee is going through. “Ignore the burning feeling in your groin, and breathe deeply into the tension in your back that results from this posture.” They understand that I’ve been there before, and that I’ve pushed through exactly the same barriers that they face. This not only cultivates trust, it shows that you know what you’re talking about!

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Passion is something that simply can’t be taught. As a fight trainer, I CAN’T STAND IT when my students throw sloppy punches. I yell and scream like a maniac! I will make them perform the same punch over and over in slow motion until they do it correctly… I don’t care if it takes 1000 repetitions! You can’t teach someone how to care about the results of their students. Many are happy to just say, “Good job! Niiiiice rep!” Then they take their money and go home, having given you little more than a pep talk. When it comes to lifting weights, you’re going to get some results regardless of your form. You could also just head out to your back yard and lift a rock over your head and get something out of it. When it comes to technique oriented instruction, you really need someone who gives a crap about performance. I have a salsa dancing coach named Katie, and she’s fantastic. Part of that is her love for dance in addition to her love of passing it on. She can pick out the smallest flaws in my form and correct them. Subsequently, my hips then sashay out of control… until she tells me that I look too feminine and corrects that issue. The bottom line is that to be a great trainer or teacher of any sort, you have to truly care that your student is able to develop as a practitioner. The first time that I don’t care about the power behind one of my students kicks, I’m going to retire.

The last element that I’m going to touch upon not only makes you a better personal trainer, it’s also just a basic part of being cool and being a like-able person. Be honest and as real as you can possibly be! When one of my students throws and ugly punch, I’ll say, “That was absolutely terrible.” If they do it again, I’ll say, “That was even worse.” If I know that they can punch harder, I’ll ask them why they are punching like such a baby today. I don’t sugar coat anything, because my communication is not real if I do! If my words are my currency, I want them to be worth something. I refuse to pretend that I’m getting the result that I want unless it’s really there. This is not just an excuse to bark insults at your trainee. This is your opportunity to point out what they’re doing wrong and teach them how to correct it. Later, when they perform the technique correctly and I yell and scream their praises, they know that I’m not just boosting their ego. I have no problems telling them when they’re terrible, so if I’m yelling “Great job,” they know that I mean it! If it’s a tough process getting them to do something correctly, I express honest relief in my words. For example, “Thank God… I thought your uppercut was going to suck forever!” This allows me to communicate on a very real level with my trainees, and they appreciate it. If they are paying you for training, they want to improve themselves. It’s up to you to make sure that happens, and communication is vital.

Here’s where it get’s interesting: honesty doesn’t just include communication pertaining to the training itself. I take this to a degree that is almost a little out of control. For example, earlier this week, I was wrapping on of my students hands and I felt terrible. I was very hung over, and barely slept the night before. So I said, “Hey… I feel like crap so bear with me. I got wasted last night and hooked up with a girl that was well below my standards, and sacrificed my sleep to do it.” Of course her response is to laugh, because crap like that is funny. Also, you don’t want to just be a drone… issuing physical commands. By letting your students into your life a little bit, they become your friend and they realize that you’re not entirely unlike them. If I have to fart, I’ll say, “Hey, jump rope for a second… I’m going to go outside and let out a disgusting fart.” If it’s on your mind, just say it! Honesty is incredibly powerful! There are times when I will make up an exercise on the spot and be fully clear about the fact that I don’t even know if it’s possible! “Hey try to stand with one foot on top of this medicine ball and do a one-legged squat.” If it’s funny when they fall, then laugh at them! This is a practice that I employ not only in training, but in my every day life. Most people find it to be a refreshing break from the general dishonestly and hidden intentions present within other human interactions. Many times, people will train with you just to get a break from their every day lives, and being a straight-shooter is part of what makes this refreshing.

Whether you are looking for a personal trainer, or looking to be one, keep these things in mind. Personal training should not be a burden on the trainer or trainee. It should be a powerful experience that takes place with someone that shares a connection with you. You might have to shop around as a trainee and you might have to suck as a trainer for a few years before you get it. No matter what, stay passionate about the process and keep working hard. Love for the subject will conquer all barriers.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

What you are about to read is an American life as lived by renowned author Edmund White. His life has been a crossroads, the fulcrum of high-brow Classicism and low-brow Brett Easton Ellisism. It is not for the faint. He has been the toast of the literary elite in New York, London and Paris, befriending artistic luminaries such as Salman Rushdie and Sir Ian McKellen while writing about a family where he was jealous his sister was having sex with his father as he fought off his mother’s amorous pursuit.

The fact is, Edmund White exists. His life exists. To the casual reader, they may find it disquieting that someone like his father existed in 1950’s America and that White’s work is the progeny of his intimate effort to understand his own experience.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone understood that an interview with Edmund White, who is professor of creative writing at Princeton University, who wrote the seminal biography of Jean Genet, and who no longer can keep track of how many sex partners he has encountered, meant nothing would be off limits. Nothing was. Late in the interview they were joined by his partner Michael Caroll, who discussed White’s enduring feud with influential writer and activist Larry Kramer.


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  • 2 On work as a gay writer
  • 3 On sex
  • 4 On incest in his family
  • 5 On American politics
  • 6 On his intimate relationships
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Q and A with New Zealand Prime Minister hopeful

Q and A with New Zealand Prime Minister hopeful

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

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Wikipedia, Wikinews’ sibling project, has in-depth background articles on:

John Key is the leader of the New Zealand National Party and with the New Zealand General Election this year, Wikinews’ Gabriel Pollard spoke to John Key via email.

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Formula 1: Barrichello leaves Ferrari

Formula 1: Barrichello leaves Ferrari

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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Ferrari’s second driver, Rubens Barrichello, announced today that he will depart from Ferrari at the end of the season. Barrichello was with the team since 2000, won nine Grand Prix, helping win five constructor titles. He will most likely continue his career in BAR.

Ferrari announced Felipe Massa, currently driving for Sauber, as Michael Schumacher’s teammate for next season. “I am aware of the responsibility it places on me and I cannot wait to be part of a team like Ferrari, alongside the best driver in the world, Michael Schumacher,” said Massa.

Massa was Ferrari’s test driver in 2003 season: “Now, I am in my third season as a Sauber driver and I can also count on a year’s experience as a Ferrari test driver, an experience which helped me to grow a great deal.”

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Submitted by: Fiona A Kelly

The Havanese dog is a breed that came back from a crisis in the last century to become a popular family pet today. This dog is especially popular in the United States, with some breeders still charging up to $1000 for a pup, despite the fact that the Havanese dog is becoming more readily available today. The reason for their popularity is mainly in their personality: Havanese are fiercely loyal, eternally playful and consistently cute entertainers. This makes them a good choice as a family pet for many families, including those with children and other animals in the house. These dogs are also quite brave, despite their small size, and can make excellent watch dogs. One of the best things about this breed is the fact that they never seem to lose their zest for life that they have as puppies. You will rarely see a grumpy adult Havanese dog, but you are likely to see one that is always ready to play.

Intelligent, submissive and eager to please his master. These characteristics are typical in the Havanese breed, which makes it easy t train most of the time. However, housebreaking a Havanese can be a more challenging process than with other types of breeds. Most breeders and Havanese owners will advise someone purchasing a Havanese puppy to allow plenty of time and patience to complete the housebreaking routine. One reason is because Havanese pups do not always leash train well, meaning they may not complete their “business” when enjoying a walk with you. If you are having a hard time getting your Havanese pup housebroken, one method that has worked with some Havanese owners is the use of a litter box that is designed for use with toy dog breeds. Do not ever use regular cat litter in your dogs box, since he could eat it and get sick. Instead, you can use a hard, cylindrical paper pellet that will actually attract your dog to his box. It is also important to make sure that you spend plenty of time with your puppy, since a lonely dog can easily turn into a chewing dog.

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If you are looking for a new pet for your family, and you are hoping for a dog that will be easy to train and fun to own, a Havanese puppy might be the right choice for you. This dog is submissive by nature, eager to please, and intelligent to boot. He is generally a pup that will always be ready to play with your family, and never lacking in energy. Often Havanese are natural performers and your pup may entertain you frequently with his antics. He will be loyal and loveable, and despite his small size, he may make a fairly effective watchdog. Most Havanese tend to be fearless, and even fierce when the situation calls for it. If you are thinking that a Havanese puppy might be the right dog for you, there are plenty of Havanese breeders available who can offer you one of these pups in good health and with good breeding. To find a breeder, you can search online or ask friends or your veterinarian for recommendations. It is also a wise idea to continue to research the breed, so that you can learn everything possible about the Havanese dog.

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Heat wave proves deadly for Nebraska cattle

Heat wave proves deadly for Nebraska cattle

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Over 2,000 cattle died throughout eight counties in Nebraska last week as a result of an unexpected heat wave. Officials estimate that number could grow as other counties report in.

According to Tim Reimer of the United States Farm Service Agency, cattle nearing slaughter are difficult to keep cool due to their large size, and thus more vulnerable to heat. The animals are provided large quantities of water, but they sometimes stop drinking under the effects of the high temperatures.

The deaths worsened the situation for farmers, who were already struggling with high feed costs. “There were some that took some pretty substantial hits financially”, Reimer said.

Temperatures in eastern portions of the state soared into the mid 90s. The heat wave was preceded by an unusually cool spring, so the animals didn’t have a chance to acclimatise. Terry Mader, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, reported that “Cattle, as well as other animals and humans, usually need two to four weeks to adapt to the changes in environmental conditions we observed last week. Sunny days with temperatures above the mid-80s can be stressful, particularly if there is no wind and humidity is above 50%.”

Similar heat waves occurred during the 1990s, when thousands of cattle were lost. Mader noted, “There’s no opportunity for them to get prepared […] Normally, you’ll have one to two days in a heat wave to get prepared.”

Mature cattle are generally worth US$1,000 apiece.

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NZ law exempts working farm dogs from embedded ID tag rule

NZ law exempts working farm dogs from embedded ID tag rule

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

New Zealand farmers have won a key victory in Parliament, with MPs voting to exempt Working farm dogs from microchipping legislation, passing 61:60.

The Federated Farmers debated the law for a long time, saying that the cost of microchipping all their dogs will be a huge cost and an inconvenience. Under previous legislation, all newly registered dogs were to have identification microchips embedded by July 1. The microchips in dogs are for owner identification, in case of attacks on humans. This law was introduced when Carolina Anderson, 7-year-old, was attacked in 2003.

Parliament has been debating several proposed amendments to the Local Government Law Reform bill, which aimed to change the microchipping requirement.

Blogger David Farrar says “It is very messy for the Government to lose the vote after piling so much pressure on.” In the end only Labour, Progressive plus New Zealand First voted for it.

The Green party split votes (rare for a party). Four Greens MPs voted for the farm dog exemption and two against.

The four Green MPs were – Sue Bradford, Keith Locke, Sue Kedgley and Nandor Tanczos. The Greens had previously proposed that only dangerous dogs should be microchipped.

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Total: 61


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Countries around the world send aid, help to Haiti

Countries around the world send aid, help to Haiti

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Countries and organizations from around the world are sending aid and help to victims of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, damaging many buildings. The death toll is currently unknown, but estimated to run into the tens of thousands of people.

US president Barack Obama said in a press conference that “I’ve directed my administration to launch a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives and support the recovery in Haiti.”

Obama announced that aid from the US armed forces was coming to Haiti, noting, “Several Coast Guard cutters are already there providing everything from basic services like water, to vital technical support for this massive logistical operation.”

Obama continued: “[…] today, I’m also announcing an immediate investment of $100 million to support our relief efforts. This will mean more of the life-saving equipment, food, water and medicine that will be needed. This investment will grow over the coming year as we embark on the long-term recovery from this unimaginable tragedy.”

Obama said that the US would forge partnerships with Haitian people and Haitian-Americans, along with United Nations peacekeepers. He closed by saying, “To the people of Haiti, we say clearly, and with conviction, you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you. The world stands with you.”

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that $10 million is being released from the international organization’s central emergency response fund.

Meanwhile, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), which already has an existing operation in the country, is beginning to distribute high energy biscuits which require no preparation before eating. On top of that, the WFP is airlifting 86 metric tons of food from their emergency hub in El Salvador.

A spokesperson for the WFP said, “In a normal day the World Food Programme will be feeding one or two million people in Haiti — and now we need to do even more, because the people have lost everything.”

China is also pledging aid to the country, despite the lack of official diplomatic ties between the two countries. Haiti recognizes the Republic of China, better known as Taiwan. Nevertheless, China has sent a 60 member search and rescue team to Haiti and the Chinese Red Cross is donating one million dollars in emergency aid.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said her country expresses sympathy to the Haitian government and people. Jiang says the Chinese foreign minister has sent a telegram of condolence to his Haitian counterparts.

An 80 member team from the United Kingdom of search and rescue specialists has arrived in Haiti to help in efforts there. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in a joint press conference with Toaiseach of Ireland Brian Cowen that the team has arrived in the country. He also announced that the government is pledging to match the UN’s US$10 million (£6.1 million).

Brown said, “It is a tragedy beyond imagination and there is a deep sense of loss felt by the whole of the British and Irish people about the tragedy that individual families in Haiti are experiencing at the moment. We send our message of sympathy and support to the people of Haiti at this most difficult of times.”

He added, “Where men, women and children are suffering under the heaviest of burdens, that place must, for that moment, become the centre of our world’s attention, the world’s compassion and the world’s humanitarian help.”

France is also sending aid to the French-speaking country, which at one time was a colony of France known as Saint-Domingue. France is sending two planes with rescuers and aid. Civil safety authorities in France are sending a team of 130 members consisting of rescuers, trained rescue dogs, doctors and nurses along with 12,000 tons of aid and rescue supplies.

Israel is sending rescue forces in two El Al planes carrying a 121-member delegation that includes 40 doctors, five search-and-rescue teams, and an army rescue squad. The IDF medical teams are preparing to spend two weeks in Haiti.

Spain has pledged $4.3 million (3 million) in aid money and has 150 tons of aid ready to be delivered.

South Africa is sending a team of search and rescue specialists to Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake on Tuesday. It is the first of several teams being sent by a local civic group.

The head of South Africa’s Gift of the Givers Foundation, Emtiaz Sooliman, says his group is sending up to three teams of search and rescue specialists to Haiti to help victims of the earthquake and hopefully save some lives.

“These are people who have worked with building collapses, urban search and rescue and some of them have been involved in responding to previous earthquakes so they are highly skilled,” he said.

Sooliman says a second team is to depart as soon as he can book a flight for it.

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What is the Cosmetology State Board Test?

The Cosmetology State Board Test is one of the most important milestones in anyone who aspires to become a professional cosmetologist with a license. This test is administered by the respective states Board of Cosmetology. Every cosmetology academy can provide the requisite training that you need for passing this exam- but that is not all that is required.

Is the Cosmetology State Board Test hard?

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Many aspirants fear that this is too tough an exam- however; this is far from the truth. With the right Cosmetology Study Guide, you can clear this exam without any difficulties. A comprehensive Cosmetology State Board Exam Review Study Guide is one of the biggest helps that you can get for clearing the exam.

It is just like any other exam that you have appeared for- with the right amount of knowledge sharpened by practice, you can pass the exam with ease. A mistake that many aspirants make is that they put too much focus on the theoretical aspect of it, and do not practice and revise the necessary material.

What are some tips to successfully clear the exam?

The exam is structured to test the knowledge of the candidate in every part of the field of cosmetology. This means that part knowledge about a single area is not what will get you through. This is why an all-round knowledge of every sphere of cosmetology is necessary, and you can only get that when there is a comprehensive Cosmetology Study Guide to help you in it.

The first and the most important component of remembering information is to ensure that you get regular practice and revision. You can accomplish this by taking every Free Cosmetology Practice Test that you find online. There are a number of websites with full tests, question banks and revision papers to help you to test your knowledge and get an idea of what the actual exam will be like.

In addition to that, taking regular tests will also give you an idea of how to go about answering the actual exam. You can always go through and answer the questions that you know first- since most questions in this exam are based on practical knowledge and experience only. Then you can come back to make intelligent guesses. Your reading speed, which is an important skill required to clear this exam, will also improve with every Cosmetology State Board Practice Test that you take.

No 2 State Board Cosmetology tests are the same- which is why you need to practice as much as possible and not skip over anything at all. With the advent of the internet, you do not have to worry about searching for books and study material to help you to prepare for the exam. All you have to do is look online to find the best website that will provide you with Free Cosmetology Practice Test papers as well as their solutions. You can then use them to sharpen your skills and learn all there is to clear the exam.

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