Archive for May, 2017

Submitted by: David H. Urmann

Eugene is ideally situated amidst the Willamette Valley with Cascade and Coast Ranges around.This is one of the most prominent and must visit tourist destinations in the world known for its vibrant characteristics and attractions.The entire city is full packed with several entertaining and exciting activities for the tourists of all age.

Eugene exhibits a great history which will take us to the yesteryears of eighteenth century.This city is named after Eugene Franklin Skinner who erected the very first room in the area.Initially the area was used as a trading post and later on it gained the status of an official post office. Eugene was founded in the year 1862 by Skinner who ran ferry services across Willamette River.

Columbia College was the first significant educational institute of the region that witnessed two major fires in four years.After the second fire,the college authorities took decision of not to rebuild it again.Later on the entire town decided to raise the money for university,which was named as the University of Oregon.

Eugene offers a range of attractions around entire city.This city is often referred as Emerald City due to the Willamette River flows through right at the middle of the city.The city sports around hundred parks and gardens packed with facilities for the people having interest in walking,jogging and biking.

Almost all of the parks and gardens are maintained properly and they include flowering,forests and native plants creating a great scenario of natural beauty.

Great places that one would not afford to miss are Oregon Air and Space Museum,The Nike Store and Museum and many more.Oregon Air and Space Museum is a great museum exhibiting displays of various aircrafts and artifacts giving idea about the marvelous history of aviation development and research techniques.This has become an important part of the school academics.The museum is also a center for several pilots and historians along with aircraft builders to share their interests and knowledge.

Another must visit attraction of the city is the Nike Store and Museum.This museum is not a major attraction of the city but it is worth to visit.This is one of the best places to find the exciting pairs of shoes and apparel.

The city of Eugene is listed as one of the Greenest cities of the nation.The people of the city are fun and entertainment loving.The Hult Center is a major venue of live performances situated right at the heart of the downtown area of the city.It is the proud venue of the International Bach Festival organized in the month of July for ten days.

Eugene offers a range of accommodation options in form of downtown hotels as well as several luxury hotels with several bed and breakfasts for accommodating people with varying budgets.If you are looking for luxury accommodation,then The Eugene Hilton is a very good option for you.This hotel is generally preferred by business travelers.

It also offers a range of hotels for vacationers with mediocre budget such as the McKenzie View Hotel.One can also find a range of cheap accommodation options in form of bed and breakfast but for that you need to take the route of outskirts of the town.Airport hotels of Eugene are also comparatively cheap to the other hotels of the town.

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May

India’s flag lands on Moon

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

At 8:34 pm Indian time Friday night (1504 UTC), India became the fourth country to land its flag on the Moon.

The unmanned lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 ejected its Moon Impact Probe (MIP), which hurtled across the surface of the Moon at 1.5 kilometres per second (3000 miles per hour), and successfully crash landed near the Moon’s south pole. Besides carrying three important scientific instruments, the lunar probe also carried the image of the Indian national flag, painted on all sides.

Chandrayaan-1 (meaning ‘Moon craft’ in Sanskrit) reached its target lunar orbit on Wednesday. The orbiter will remain in a circular orbit 102 kilometres above the Moon’s surface for two years. Its instruments will be gradually commissioned over the next few days.

With this landing, India became both the fourth country to place a flag on the Moon and the fifth group to send a spacecraft to the Moon. The other countries which have sent spacecraft to the Moon are the United States, the former Soviet Union, Japan, and China, along with the European Space Agency (ESA), a consortium of 17 countries. Japan and China currently each have scientific satellites orbiting the Moon, though China has not yet put a spacecraft on the moon’s surface.

The MIP has a mass of 29 kg, is about the size of a microwave oven, and was designed and assembled in India. After the orbiter ejected it, the probe took about 25 minutes to reach the Moon’s surface. On-board digital cameras made a high resolution movie of the surface during descent, and scientists also conducted measurements with the probe’s mass spectrometer and radar altimeter. Data was beamed back to India via the orbiter, and it is currently being processed and analysed.

Data from the altimeter experiments will be used to refine the instrument in order to control the soft landing of a future probe. Plans are already being prepared for the Chandrayaan-2 to be launched by 2012.

India’s first lunar mission was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the Andhra Pradesh coast on October 22. The launch vehicle was an Indian designed and built rocket that had been previously proven by carrying scientific and commercial payloads to earth orbit, including weather and communications satellites. The cost of this mission is estimated at 340 crore (3.4 billion) rupees (US$78 million). The mission carries five scientific instruments built by India’s technology sector, and six developed cooperatively with foreign nations.

Goals for the orbiter include making a detailed map of the Moon’s chemical make-up and mineral resources, as well as a three-dimensional digital map of the entire surface. The mission will examine the surface for sources of water, and take comparison photos of the light side and dark sides of the surface.

9
May

Crosswords/2005/February/7

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Monday, February 7, 2005

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9
May

Crosswords/2005/February/7

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Monday, February 7, 2005

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Submitted by: Blake Williams

Starting your own business and becoming an entrepreneur can be one of the most gratifying things you can ever do in your life. If you are reading this article Im sure youve asked yourself what business can I run while keeping my day job? Here are 10 businesses that you can run on a part time basis until you ready to hang up the 9 to 5 and go at it fulltime.

EBay –

EBay has become one of the most popular and profitable part-time businesses you can start. Thousands of people in America and around the world are starting part-time businesses using the online auction site eBay. From the comfort of their homes, many business owners have created fast growing and profitable companies. You can sell anything from antiques to cars at eBay. It has become so profitable for some people they have turned it into their full-time source of income.

Wireless Networking –

If you have knowledge of computer networking there is a untapped opportunity for you. The opportunity is in installing and servicing wireless networks in businesses and single-family homes. Surveys have shown that more people than ever have multiple computers in their homes. The surveys also show that most people are moving toward networking those scattered computers. This provides a tremendous opportunity for you! The main barrier to starting a wireless networking business is the lack of computer networking knowledge. Even though some networking knowledge is needed, the advancement in wireless networking technology has made the barriers to entry less daunting.

Catering –

Starting your own catering business can be a very lucrative and rewarding endeavor. Even better, catering is very receptive to part-time operators. Whether you cater events on a full-time or a part-time basis, the opportunities are excellent. There are probably thousands of catered events taking place right in your hometown every year. Catering is a $5.5 billion a year industry, and enjoys a growth rate of about 6% per year. As long as couples get married and corporations host annual parties and conferences, caterers will be needed.

Wedding Planner –

Do you have a knack for organization and planning? If the answer is yes, Wedding Planning may be a business for you. With over 2.5 million weddings taking place in 2005, there is a fantastic opportunities for you to start a wedding planning business. There is always a need for someone to oversee the details of the Bride and Grooms special day. That someone the wedding planner could be you! No special education, license, or experience is necessary to start making money as a wedding planner today.

Handyman –

Theres big money in the Handyman business. Many homeowners across the country hire handyman contractors to complete odd jobs and minor repairs that they dont have the skills or time to do themselves. This is an untapped market because most major contractors pass on small handyman jobs. Your phone will ring off the hook with calls from homeowners looking for someone to handle the small jobs they cant fix themselves. Getting started is as simple as getting the appropriate licenses, gathering your tools and marketing your service. A simple and low cost way to let the public know about your service is to advertise in shopper publications and on bulletin boards, in addition to dropping off fliers at real estate offices. Take these simple step and start repairing everything from leaky faucets to broken windows.

Non Medical Home Care Assistant –

“Starting A Non-Medical Home Care Business is fun, easy and rewarding”…It is a little known fact that Non-Medical Home Care is one of the fastest growing businesses in the United States! Every year, millions upon millions of dollars are spent on Non-Medical Home Care. Most people, who enter the Home Care business, usually do on a full time basis, but the business can easily be operated on a part-time basis. You can provide services ranging from respite care on the weekends to assisting with household tasks. With the number of baby boomers approaching retirement age, the growth of your business will be tremendous. Non-Medical Home Care was rated as one of the best businesses to start in 2005 and again for 2006.

Gift Baskets –

The Gift Basket Business is a multi-million dollar creative and rewarding industry that has unlimited potential. Gift Baskets can be sold for all occasions from Valentine Day to Christmas. Individual as well as businesses buy gift Baskets on a regular basis. You can create theme baskets, special order baskets, or both. The opportunities are unlimited if you have the skills and creativity to create high quality basket for special occasions.

Video Production Service –

The Video Production business is one of the best businesses you can start on a part-time basis. If you have knowledge of digital cameras, editing equipment and editing software, this may be the business for you. Most Video Businesses start by providing their services to the wedding and special event industries. Most weddings and special events happen on the weekends or after hours. This makes the video business a perfect sideline business to start while maintaining your full-time gig. Furthermore, the video production business can be very lucrative. The average wedding video costs $1100.

Office and Home Organizer –

This is one of the simplest businesses you can start. There is little or no equipment required, no special training, and the cost to get started is relatively low. You can get started with as little as a stack of business cards. There is one caveat, in order to be successful as an Office and Home Organizer; you must have the skills to help the organizationally challenged attain organizational success. You will be organizing everything from entire homes and offices to closets and file cabinets. You could expect to earn a salary of $25 to $50 per hour in your spare time on the weekends or in the evening.

Junk Removal Service –

Did you know that in 2005 people spent more time at work than every before in history? With such a limited amount of time for leisure, most people dont want to spend the weekend cleaning garages, basements, or hauling junk to the landfill. Their disdain for the physical labor and the time required to complete these jobs mean an opportunity for you. Your Junk Removal Company can complete jobs ranging from removal of junk from homes, apartments, businesses, and construction sites to disposing of furniture, household items, old appliances, and other unwanted items. You can work with realtors or homeowners to help them get rid of junk to prepare their home for sale. You can assist contractors with the removal of construction debris before and after residential or commercial properties are built. You will need the necessary licenses and a truck of some size to carry everything from old refrigerators to construction debris. If you do mine the heavy lifting this can be a very profitable part-time business for you.

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May

Retired U.S. vets sue Donald Rumsfeld for excessive service cutbacks

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

One thousand residents of the Defense Department-managed Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. filed a class-action lawsuit on May 24, asserting that the cut-backs in medical and dental services imposed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are illegal. The operating budget for the home was reduced from $63 million in 2004 to $58 million for 2005. The residents cite cuts in on-site X-ray, electrocardiogram, physical and dental services, and the closing of the home’s main clinic and an on-site pharmacy.

Chief Financial Officer Steve McManus responded that the changes not only save money but also achieved improved efficiencies. “We’re really trying to improve the benefits to our residents,” he said.

Most of the home’s costs are paid for by a trust fund and monthly fees paid by residents. By law, the Armed Forces Retirement Homes are required to fund, “on-site primary care, medical care and a continuum of long-term care services.”

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May

Western Australia apologises to abused wards-of-state

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April 7, 2005

The state Premier of Western Australia (WA), Dr Geoff Gallop, gave an apology to children physically and sexually abused in institutional care within the state between the 1920s and 1970s. The statement was given in reaction to an Australian Senate inquiry into institutional child abuse published last year.

“We acknowledge our state’s history, the role played by the state in providing care for children and particularly past practices in the provision of care,” Dr Gallop told Australian Associated Press.

“We apologise to all those people who were harmed as children while in institutional care, and express deep regret at the hurt and distress caused. We recognise that the effects of physical, psychological and sexual abuse did not end when these children became adults.”

Many of the children had been placed in care by government agencies.

“Overwhelmingly, the (submissions) make tragic and distressing reading. They tell of neglect, of shocking abuse, of predatory behaviour from so-called carers and of criminal activity,” Senator McLucas told federal parliament at the time of the Forgotten Australians report, last year.

“The evidence is also there that authorities in the church and in governments either knew or should have known that much of this horrific activity was occurring.”

The inquiry found that an apology was an important symbolism in recognising past wrongs and helping victims gain closure, according to an ABC News report. And Dr Gallop said the victims’ personal histories must be heard and acknowledged in order to build a better care system for the future.

WA’s Community Development Minister, Sheila McHale, said those wishing to find out about their time in care in WA as children should contact the Department for Community Development, which is also providing counselling services to those who were abused in an institution.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Train services on two of Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit system lines, both operated by SMRT Corporation, were disrupted at separate times yesterday in two incidents.

During the morning rush hour, six stations of the Circle MRT Line (CCL) were without train service in both directions during the morning rush hour following what SMRT described as “intermittent signal interference”. The company first announced the signalling fault on Twitter at 7:37 am, advising commuters to anticipate 10 additional minutes of travel time in the commute between Pasir Panjang and one-north stations. The fault was announced rectified two minutes later by another tweet from SMRT, though delays were still expected in the direction of Dhoby Ghaut station due to congestion at stations and on trains.

SMRT issued another tweet at 8:09 am, alerting commuters to another signalling fault affecting the CCL, on the stretch between Botanic Gardens and HarbourFront stations.

Initially informing commuters that the issue would add 10 minutes of travel time along the affected stretch, the company later revised this to 20, and finally, 30 minutes in subsequent tweets, attributing the delays to “intermittent signalling faults”.

The company later announced via Twitter service unavailable between Botanic Gardens and Marymount stations at 9:06 am, whilst offering free bus services along the length of the CCL. SMRT later amended the announcement in another tweet to encompass the stretch between Botanic Gardens and Serangoon stations. Train service was restored along the affected stretch by about 10:27 am.

SMRT had previously experienced disruptions in service on the CCL for five consecutive days in September, also attributable to signalling issues, leading to authorities briefly switching off mobile signals at four CCL stations for two hours on September 2 during investigations. Most of the disruptions took place during peak hours, leading to suspicion the telecommunications network could be interfering with the train signalling system. After tests proved inconclusive following the lack of a disruption that day, the decision was made to turn off telecommunications signals in the event of another disruption.

“It’s very frustrating”, commented a commuter, 41-year-old Joseph Lim. “The trains are sometimes moving and sometimes getting stuck. I don’t know whether to stay on board. The communication has been insufficient”.

Another commuter, 29-year-old Alice Pan, stated, “I am now stuck at the station with no way to get to work. I can’t get on any SBS buses because they are full and there’s no free shuttle bus in sight. I can’t get any cabs either”. Pan was stranded in a train for an hour at Lorong Chuan station.

36-year-old Sean Chew, said of his experience during the incident, “I was stuck at Buona Vista for more than one hour. I didn’t want to take the bus because it was very crowded. So no choice, had to wait […] Luckily I just finished work.”

However, following the morning incidents, a stalled train on the East West MRT Line led to a half-hour disruption during the evening peak hour on the same day. SMRT informed commuters of the disruption, between Queenstown and Outram Park stations in the direction of Pasir Ris station, on Twitter at 5:48 pm, attributing it to a “train fault” at Tiong Bahru station. In the same tweet, SMRT estimated that the issue would be resolved around 6:10 pm. Due to the disruption, the company offered free bus services along the affected stretch in a subsequent tweet.

At 6:20 pm, SMRT announced on Twitter that it had cleared the disruption by removing the stalled train, and that trains were “progressively return[ing] to normal speed”. The company continued to offer free bus services until 7 pm, when it announced the termination of the service on Twitter.

In the wake of yesterday’s incidents, commuters criticized SMRT’s handling of the matter on social media, citing SMRT’s failure to provide sufficient information or sufficient buses for commuters, and uploading photos of the congestion.