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Gedi Ruins Kenya’s Great Mystifying Treasure

  • Posted on June 20, 2017 at 1:44 am

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The Gedi Ruins are the remains of a Swahili town located in Gedi , a village near the coastal towns of Malindi and Mombassa in Kenya. The Gedi ruins were declared a National park in 1948, and they are one of the top tourist’s attractions in Kenya especially for those enjoying Kenya beach vacations near Mombassa and Malindi. It is a place of great mystery, an archaeological puzzle that continuous to engender debate among historians.

Historic site on the Mombassa-Malindi road, Gedi is a fascinating place to visit, more so because the ruins are up to today shrouded in mystery; the actual reason for its foundation; as well as its destruction are not known. Surrounded by modern-day villages, built of wood , mud and stone with all the hustle and bustle of the local inhabitants , Gedi is an oasis of peace; overgrown with all kinds of trees, plants and flowers. There are friendly and well informed local guides available at a small fee but you can also discover the city by yourself.

Gedi was a small town built entirely from rocks and stones which was inhabited by a few thousand Swahili people and ruled by a very rich sultan. It is understood that that Gedi was particularly prosperous , excavations of the Gedi ruins uncovered porcelain from China, an Indian lamp, Venetian beads, Spanish scissors, and other interesting vestiges that shows that some of Gedi’s past citizens were engaged in quite a bit of international trade.

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Gedi had a mosque, a palace, and large stone houses. These houses were complex for their time, with bathrooms with drains and overhead basins to flush toilets. The city’s streets were laid out at right angles and had drainage gutters.

The greatest mystery of Gedi is it sudden desertion in the 17th century. The entire town was suddenly abandoned by all of its residents, leaving it to ruination in the forest. There are no signs of battle, plague, disturbance or any cause of this sudden desertion. There is no official historical record of Gedi, which makes the place all the more intriguing.

Although many who visit Kenya will see the dramatic mega fauna found in the many natural parks, it will also be wise not to overlook some of the many historical and cultural sites, such as the Gedi ruins.

Gedi Ruins are at convenient access and are visited by tourists nearly through out the year. As the city of Mombassa has gradually transformed itself from a cocoon to an elegant butterfly, the number of attractions in the city and suburbs are increasing and developing day by day. Many top airlines are offering cheap flights to Mombassa Kenya. Also, Nairobi Kenya is a connecting airport for flights to neighboring land locked countries. The flights to Kenya from UK are available with a great variety of airlines included KLM, Air France and the country’s own flagship carrier Kenyan Airways. Kenya Airways has direct flights to Nairobi and also offers competitive price despite being an award winning 5 star alliance airline. For information on fares and listings of cheapest flights to Mombassa with leading airlines visit Cheap flights to Kenya

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Brett McKenzie, London North Centre

  • Posted on June 20, 2017 at 1:44 am

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Brett McKenzie is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the London North Centre 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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At least fifteen dead after stampede at Mali mosque

  • Posted on June 20, 2017 at 1:43 am

Friday, February 26, 2010

According to a government official, at least 26 people were killed in a stampede on Thursday at a historic mosque in the northwestern city of Timbuktu, Mali.

“There were 26 killed and 40 wounded,” Oumar Sangare, the Internal Ministry spokesman, told Reuters. However, other news agency reports put the death toll as low as fifteen.

An official, who requested to remain anonymous, said the accident could have begun as a result of renovation work on the Djingareyber mosque—which is made primarily of mud, and was built in the fourteenth century. Construction work blocked off some of the roads, and that could have been a factor in the incident. “The mosque is being renovated, financed by the Aga Khan, and the work is carried out by South African specialists,” the official told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency.

“Because of these renovations, the passage on the north side of the mosque is closed off. On that side, to get through, the faithful found an improvised alleyway. But the alley couldn’t take the number of people using it. So there was a stampede. Somebody shouted ‘someone has died’ and panic took over,” the same official went on to say.

Others have remarked that rescue services responded “very quickly” to the stampede, and helped the “many injured.”

The Xinhua news agency reports the stampede started when an elderly woman fell in one of the town streets near the city’s main mosque, where a sermon was being conducted in front of a large crowd; a passersby then rushed to assist the woman, apparently disrupting the crowd’s movement and causing the stampede.

“People were circling the mosque, a ritual at each Mouloud [the observance of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday] and there was a huge crowd build up,” commented Mohamed Bandjougou, one of the witnesses to the event, to AFP by telephone. “There were at least fifteen dead. The bodies were taken to the morgue.”

Authorities warned the number of injured may actually be higher than reported, saying that “we cannot rule out the fact that the number of those injured will increase because some of them are still hiding in their homes instead of coming to the hospital.” A hospital source commented that some of the people hurt were in critical condition, and needed to be evacuated to the capital, Bamako, as soon as possible.

The mosque’s imam, who gave his name as Asseyuti, commented on the incident. “We’re in mourning. What happened is a real trauma. We accept the will of God. He gives us life, he takes it away,” he said.

According to an official statement, Malian president Amandou Toumani Toure is traveling to Timbuktu from Bamako in light of the stampede.

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Network Time Synchronisation: The Importance Of An Accurate Time Server}

  • Posted on June 16, 2017 at 1:36 am

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Network Time Synchronisation: The Importance of an Accurate Time Server

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Each PC has an integral real-time clock that maintains internal system time. PC clocks have low-cost crystal oscillators that are notoriously prone to drift. With time each computer in an organisation drifts at different rates. After a relatively short period of time, there can be large differences between the system times of each computer on the network. Unsynchronised computer time can lead to many problems.

This article discusses the importance of network time synchronisation and of having an accurate network time server resource in an organisation.

Computer Time

Computer system time is maintained by low-cost real-time clock and crystal oscillator components. Crystal oscillators are manufactured with relatively low tolerance; each one oscillates at a slightly different rate. Additionally, crystals change frequency slightly with temperature variance. This all has the effect that computers are notoriously poor at maintaining an accurate time. Each computers time in an organisation will drift at slightly different amounts unless they are synchronised in some way.

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Network Synchronisation Issues

Poor network time synchronisation can cause a number of problems. In a transaction-processing environment, transactions generated from various PC’s may have an irregular time-stamp. Unsynchronised computers may be vulnerable to fraud, particularly in an environment where transaction time is an important issue. Additionally, problems can arise with shared network files, if computers with unsynchronised system times are using the same resource.

Network Time Servers

Network time servers obtain accurate time from an external time reference and offer an accurate time resource to network time clients. Time servers utilise the Network Time Protocol (NTP), which is a UDP based protocol over TCP/IP. A number of external time references are available, such as GPS and regional radio frequency transmissions. The GPS (Global Positioning System) is a subscription free service that offers highly accurate time. GPS antennas require a good view of the sky in order to obtain timing information. Regional time and frequency transmissions include: MSF transmitted from Rugby (UK) with coverage of the British Isles and North-Western Europe; DCF-77 transmitted from Frankfurt (Germany) with coverage of much of Central Europe; WWVB transmitted from Colorado (US) with coverage of much of the US and Canada. Other regional radio time reference include: TDF (France); CHU (Canada); JJY (Japan) and HBG (Switzerland).

Internet Time Servers

There are many Internet based NTP time server resources available that can be utilised for network time synchronisation. However, utilising an Internet time server can have a number of issues. The time server is located outside of the firewall, so a port must be left open in order to access the time server. This obviously has security implications. Additionally, time server accuracy, reliability and provision of service may be problematic.

Local Dedicated Network Time Server

A local dedicated network time server overcomes many of the issues associated with Internet based references. A local time server is located inside the security firewall and so requires no external access, negating security issues. Additionally, a local time server will have improved accuracy due to consistent network paths between clients and server. Also there is no provision of service issues since the time server is owned by the organisation where it is installed.

Summary

Network time synchronisation is an important factor in modern computer network installations. Internet based network time servers may provide a solution to network synchronisation, but there are security issues that arise with there use. Local dedicated network time servers overcome the security and accuracy issues with internet based services by providing a secure, accurate and reliable network time synchronisation solution.

The author, Dave Evans, is a Software Engineer who is involved in the development of Radio and GPS NTP time server synchronization solutions that ensure accurate time on computer networks. Click here to find out more about Radio and GPS NTP and

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Train hits collapsed bridge in Czech Republic, killing ten

  • Posted on June 16, 2017 at 1:36 am

Friday, August 8, 2008

An express train struck a collapsed motorway bridge in the Czech Republic, leaving 7 people dead and 64 injured. The EuroCity train, which was en route from Kraków, Poland to Prague, derailed after it collided while traveling at 134km/h (84mph).

According to Czech Railways spokesman Radek Joklik, “it probably hit part of a motorway bridge under construction which fell onto the track.” It is believed that the bridge, which is near Studénka, may have fallen onto the train, crushing carriages below it.

The train, which was carrying 400 people, saw a derailment of its locomotive and first three passenger carriages.

Rescue operations are underway, with 16 fire brigades and 30 vehicles at the scene, which is 215 miles from Prague and close to the Polish border. Numerous ambulances and several helicopters are transporting the wounded to hospital.

Many of the passengers were traveling to a music festival in Pardubice. The toll of dead and injured could rise further as investigators release information.

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Bush approval rating sinks to 38%

  • Posted on June 16, 2017 at 1:36 am

Monday, September 12, 2005

A new Newsweek poll shows that President Bush‘s approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 38%. The drop comes largely in response to the Bush Administration’s — and in particular, FEMA‘s — inability to handle the recent rescue and recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana.

The poll also shows that 57% of people have lost faith in the Administration’s ability to handle a natural disaster. 52% do not feel Bush has the ability to make good decisions in a time of crisis.

The poll of 1,009 people, which has a margin of error of 4%, also showed that the country is still split on issues such as dealing with terrorism, Homeland Security, and military action in Iraq. An overwhelming 66% are not satisfied with the current direction of the country.

The combination of the above issues are likely contributing to President Bush’s declining approval rating. The strong and vocal criticism from Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans may be one factor in the near-term decline. Nagin has given a number of publicized interviews during the recovery crisis, and the following is from the Sunday, September 11 broadcast of MSNBC Meet The Press:

MR. RUSSERT: What’s the biggest mistake you made?

MAYOR NAGIN: My biggest mistake is having a fundamental assumption that in the state of Louisiana, with an $18 billion budget, in the country of the United States that can move whole fleets of aircraft carriers across the globe in 24 hours, that my fundamental assumption was get as many people to safety as possible, and that the cavalry would be coming within two to three days, and they didn’t come.

Responding to public criticism, President Bush stated he intends “to lead an investigation to find out what went right and what went wrong.” [1] The U.S. Congress is expected to investigate the disaster response on the local, state, and federal level as soon as is practical.

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NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wins 2011 Jeff Byrd 500

  • Posted on June 16, 2017 at 1:36 am

Monday, March 21, 2011

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch (who qualified 12th) won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 Jeff Byrd 500 that was held yesterday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, United States. This was his first Sprint Cup win of the season. Throughout the course of the race there were 10 cautions and 19 lead changes among eight drivers.

Before the final pit stops, Jimmie Johnson was first, but after the stops concluded he fell to third as Kyle Busch became the leader. Kyle Busch maintained the lead to win the race ahead of Carl Edwards, while Johnson finished in the third position. Matt Kenseth took fouth, ahead of Paul Menard in fifth. Kevin Harvick managed the sixth position, after starting 15th on the grid. Kurt Busch, from the Penske Racing team, clinched the seventh position. Greg Biffle followed Kurt Busch in eighth, while Kasey Kahne could only manage ninth. Ryan Newman rounded out the top ten finishers in the race. Johnson led the most laps during the race with 164.

After doing his victory lap, Kyle Busch, who won the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, commented, “You go down the straightaway and you slam it into the corners and you mash the gas and you kind of sling right back out of the corners. It’s a lot of fun to do that. It’s kind of an art. Some guys are really good at it, and some find a knack that makes them really good at it and make it seem easy.”

Edwards described his frustration by finishing second, “I thought we’d be better matched with him, but he took off, and I just couldn’t get back to him to race. My gut told me there was going to be another caution. If I had known that was the only shot I had, I might have raced a little harder.”

Following the race, Kurt Busch became Drivers’ Championship leader with 150 points. Next, Edwards was second with 149, 11 points ahead of Tony Stewart and Newman. Menard and Kyle Busch was placed fifth and sixth with 136 and 133 points. Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top-ten point positions.

The 2011 season will continue on March 27, 2011 at Auto Club Speedway for the 2011 Auto Club 400. The race will be televised in the U.S. on the FOX Network at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

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Commercial Furniture Lines V. Custom Contract Commercial Furniture}

  • Posted on June 16, 2017 at 1:17 am

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Commercial Furniture Lines v. Custom Contract Commercial Furniture

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Commercial furniture manufacturers and suppliers provide furnishings to meet the heavy demands and requirements of every non-residential environment you will encounter. Hotels and restaurants, professional offices and healthcare facilities, as well as universities and senior living communities are all supplied by the commercial furniture industry. With such a vast market to serve, the majority of commercial furniture manufacturers and suppliers simply provide standard lines of furniture from which the purchaser can choose, with some customization options available, but these options usually come at significantly higher prices. The result in these situations is either the installation of the same furniture as your competition, or a considerably inflated furniture budget.

But in todays highly competitive marketplace, creating unique spaces to make your lasting mark and differentiate your hotel or restaurant has never been more important. There has never been a time when brand distinction is as important as it is today and custom designed, commercial furniture will set that stage for each hotel brand or property to truly make it own, unique statement. To set their brand apart, hospitality owners, developers, design and purchasing firms are increasingly turning to custom contract furniture manufacturers to design and produce furnishings to their desired specifications. A new world of possibilities is opened when working with customized solutions and what was at one time an unaffordable option is now the best solution. Highly skilled, custom contract manufacturers have the capacity to produce high quality furniture that resembles residential furniture, but through design, material selection and skill, the pieces are crafted to meet the high usage and durability needs of commercial and hospitality settings. This distinction is very important and must be made. Residential furniture is almost never well suited to a heavily used hospitality setting. However, with the right furniture manufacturer, you will receive exquisite furniture that appears suited to the finest homes but you will find it durable enough to withstand extreme demands of a commercial setting and last for many years.

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When hiring a custom contract commercial furniture manufacturer, opt for a firm that delivers more than custom manufacturing. The actual production work is only one element in the process. Important as the production is, a quality manufacturer must be able to work with you in great detail on every facet of the furniture project. A company that has the capacity to extensively value-engineer high quality furniture of every kind is an indispensable asset to any project. Value-added services such as furniture design and engineering, offshore and domestic production, global sourcing, and comprehensive logistics support will provide significant advantages. A turnkey provider will have the full breadth of knowledge and endless resources to supply all components necessary to your furniture package. By using a single source for all your custom furniture, you are assuring that the quality, design execution, engineering and finishes will all be consistent. This will put the buyer at a significant advantage and allow them to deliver a truly cohesive and seamlessly designed project. And finally, finding a full service furniture manufacturer willing to accept projects of any type, from hotel furniture to office furniture, and of any size, from one furniture piece to thousands of pieces, demonstrates their responsiveness to your specific wants and needs, which is a quality that cannot be underestimated.

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Over 100 dead and hundreds missing in Indonesia after tsunami destroys island villages

  • Posted on June 16, 2017 at 1:17 am

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

At least 113 people are now dead and hundreds more are missing after a 10 foot (3 m) tsunami destroyed several villages in a series of remote islands in western Indonesia. The tsunami was caused by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake which struck on Monday at 9:42 p.m. local time (14:42 UTC). The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 kilometers (48 mi) west of South Pagai, one of the Mentawai Islands off the west coast of Sumatra.

“We are predicting that people will need food supplies and shelter. The rain is coming down very hard, the wind is very strong,” a local police officer said, addind that emergency posts had been set up and patrols were being made to try and locate the missing. An official said that they had purchased 200 body bags “just in case.”

We have people reporting to the security post here that they could not hold on to their children, that they were swept away. A lot of people are crying.

A local official said that most of the buildings in the coastal village of Betu Monga had been destroyed when the tsunami struck. “Of the 200 people living in that village, only 40 have been found. 160 are still missing, mostly women and children,” he said. “We have people reporting to the security post here that they could not hold on to their children, that they were swept away. A lot of people are crying.” Food supplies, he added, were running low.

Wisnu Wijaya, the preparedness director with the National Disaster Management Agency, said that the government is getting aid to the islands. “We already sent a rapid response team to this area, coordinated by the provincial government. We have local disaster management at Padang, because right now the condition of the wave is quite high,” he said. Wijaya added that high waves and stormy weather have made it difficult to reach the affected areas, and communication was a problem. Emergency shelters have been set up and the first team from Sumatra was arriving Tuesday evening to begin a rapid assessment of the aid that was needed. “Up to now, I think we still can manage this problem. Maybe also we’ll send staff to go there and make a better coordination. If they need national resources to deploy there, we’ll be ready to support local government,” Wijaya said.

We threw whatever we could that floated—surfboards, fenders—then we jumped into the water.

The head of the regional government in the affected area told local television that some of the people recorded as missing may have moved to higher ground to take refuge from the waves. Rick Hallet, who was aboard his boat when the earthquake struck, told Australian television: “We threw whatever we could that floated—surfboards, fenders—then we jumped into the water. Fortunately, most of us had something to hold on to … and we just washed in the wetlands, and scrambled up the highest trees that we could possibly find and sat up there for an hour and a half.” The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a statement saying that radio contact had been lost with a tourist boat in the area which could have been nine Australians and a Japanese national. A humanitarian organisation said that there were “genuine fears” for those aboard.

A spokesperson for a surfing resort on the coast of North Pagai said that they had “experienced a level of devastation that has rendered the resort inoperable”. Witnesses suggested that villas at the resort had been “wiped out” by the tsunami. One report suggested that a 10 feet (3 m) wave had hit the resort, causing boats to burst into flames. “There was a lot of debris floating in the water, including bar stools and other pieces of furniture from Macaronis Resort,” a member of staff said. Reports suggested that water had reached rooftops in North Pagai.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area prone to seismic shifts that spark earthquakes and volcanic activity. A massive earthquake in 2004 caused a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people across the Indian Ocean. After that disaster Indonesia worked to establish early warning systems and disaster management programs to help deal with future quakes.

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UK inflation rate increases to 4%

  • Posted on June 14, 2017 at 1:50 am

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have made a statement saying the inflation rate of the United Kingdom measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased to 4% in January 2011. In December 2010, this figure was 3.7%. According to BBC News Online, 4% is the highest CPI that the UK has experienced since November 2008.

There are various reasons for the raised British inflation rate, including value added tax (VAT) increasing from 17.5% to 20% on January 4 and the value of crude oil rising. The inflation rate of the Retail Price Index in the country has increased to 5.1%; previously, the value was 4.8%. The CPI has now been a minimum of a percentage point higher than the intended 2% target for one year and two months.

The ONS revealed that the price of petrol per litre, which the CPI measured at £1.27 (US$2.04, €1.51) (£5.77/ Imperial gallon), was a record peak. The rising values of tobacco, alcohol, hotels, restaurants, transport and furniture are also said to have caused the increase in VAT. Between December 2010 and January 2011, the rate of the CPI increased by 0.1%, the first time that inflation rose during these two months since records commenced in 1997. The ONS have stated that “[t]wo of the main factors that had an impact on the January data are the increase in the standard rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) to 20% and the continued increase in the price of crude oil”.

Mervyn King, the current Governor of the Bank of England, has written a letter and sent it to George Osborne, the present Chancellor of the Exchequer of the British government. The letter provides an explanation for the inflation outlook and what can be done to overcome it. Within the letter, King states that the inflation is anticipated to increase to 5% within the next few months.

“The MPC’s central judgement, under the assumption that Bank rate increases in line with market expectations, remains that inflation will fall back so that it is about as likely to be above the target as below it two to three years ahead,” Mervyn King stated in the letter. “The MPC judges that attempting to bring inflation back to the target quickly risks generating undesirable volatility in output and would increase the chances of undershooting the target in the medium term.”

During the last week, the UK interest rates remained at 0.5%. The Bank of England has kept this figure at half a percent for twenty-three consecutive months.

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