Choosing A Computer Repair Service

by YuA7sh8g ~ September 12th, 2019

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Because there are so many providers of computer services in Los Angeles and most anywhere, choosing the right shop can seem like daunting task. Having a functional computer isn’t just a simple luxury anymore; nowadays, we store all sorts of personal (and in some cases, irreplaceable) data on our PCs, so it’s important to have a wealth of computer repair services available. In addition to this, being selective about which repair shop you choose is crucial because it allows you to be 100% sure that your computer is in the right hands.

So, what kinds of things should you know before choosing a computer repair service? As with anything else, you need to be conscious about your specific needs. There are general computer services that cover everything from virus elimination to hardware repair, and then there are shops that specialize in a particular area of computer maintenance. If your computer has an issue that you don’t think a standard computer service shop could handle, it might be a good idea to see if there are any notable specialty shops in your area. If not, you could try looking into remote computer repair services; while these can be a bit limited, they’re a great option for people who don’t have the option of physically taking their PCs in for service.

You should also be aware of the pros and cons of in-house computer services and specialists who make house calls. Both are beneficial in their own way, and neither is objectively better than the other. As with remote computer service, you might want to consider house-call technicians if you can’t transport your computer to a shop. However, you must also understand that house calls are considerably more expensive. If at all possible, those who are working with a relatively limited amount of money should probably opt for in-house computer services in order to save some cash.

Last but not least, you have to make sure that you take the necessary precautions in order to protect your privacy before sending your computer in for repairs. Don’t misunderstand; most computer services in Los Angeles wouldn’t dream of violating your privacy in any way. However, there have been a few cases of some less-than-reputable technicians doing just that, breaking their customers’ trust in the process. To keep this from happening, try to gauge the shop’s respectability before handing over your computer. And even then, it’s highly recommended that you clear off any files that you wouldn’t want others to see, just to be on the safe side.

On the campaign trail, January 2012

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On the campaign trail, January 2012
by YuA7sh8g ~ September 10th, 2019

Friday, February 3, 2012

The following is the third in a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2012 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after a brief mention of some of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail, the challengers to President Barack Obama react to the results of the New Hampshire Democratic Party primary, two new political parties choose their first presidential nominees, and an economist who announced his intentions to seek the nomination of Americans Elect answers a few questions for Wikinews.

Contents

  • 1 Summary
  • 2 New Hampshire Democratic Party primary results
  • 3 New parties select presidential nominees
  • 4 Economist running for president
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources

Oil spill hits Australia’s Sunshine coastline

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Oil spill hits Australia’s Sunshine coastline
by YuA7sh8g ~ September 7th, 2019

Sunday, March 15, 2009

200,000 litres of oil leaked into waters off the coast of Brisbane from the Pacific Adventurer when their fuel tanks were damaged in rough seas on Wednesday. The figure is about ten times higher than the original estimate of twenty thousand litres of oil. The devastating diesel oil spill has spread along 60 kilometres (37 miles) of the Queensland coast. In addition, 31 containers with 620 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser flew overboard during the violent storm.

Questions are being asked why the Hong Kong cargo ship was out in seas with nine meter waves caused by Cyclone Hamish, a Category 5 tropical cyclone, as well as why the fertiliser containers were not properly secured. One of the overboard containers ruptured the hull of the Pacific Adventurer, causing between 30 to 100 tonnes of oil to spew from the severely damaged ship.

If the ammonium nitrate mixes with the heavy oil, an explosion could occur. None of the containers have been recovered. Some of these may float, but it is believed that they may have sunk which then may cause algal blooms.

Disaster zones have been declared at Bribie and Moreton Islands, and along the Sunshine coast.

The vessel’s owner, Swire Shipping, reported that a second leak began on Friday, when the ship began listing after docking at Hamilton for repairs. “As full soundings of the vessel’s tanks were being taken at the port to determine how much oil had leaked from the vessel, a small quantity of fuel oil escaped from the Pacific Adventurer,” it stated. The ship was brought upright, and a recovery vessel was used to suck up the oil from the water. The leak produced a 500m-long oil slick down the Brisbane River. Booms were placed around this oil spill so that a skimmer could clean up the second spill.

Swire Shipping could face clean up costs of AU$100,000 a day as well as fines up to AU$1.5million (US$977,000; £703,000) if found guilty of environmental breaches or negligence.

Sunshine Coast beaches are slowly starting to be reopened. The beach of Mooloolaba was still closed following reports of burning sensations from swimmers. 12 beaches remain closed; however, 13 have been reopened.

Over 300 state government and council workers are using buckets, rakes and spades in the clean up effort. Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbott says the majority will be gone by Sunday afternoon. The full environmental impact on wildlife is not yet known. One turtle and seven pelicans have been found covered in oil.

There are concerns that the drinking water of Moreton Island is at risk, as the island uses water from the underground water table near the oil spill site.

“Every bucketload of contaminated sand has to be removed from the island by barge, and each bucketload from a front-end loader weighs about one tonne. It’s just an impossible task,” said Mr Trevor Hassard of the Tangalooma Dolphin Education Centre.

The commercial fishing industry has suffered from the incident. Trawlers won’t resume operations until Sunday evening, and any catches will be tested for human consumption.

Illinois high schools now required to buy insurance for athletes

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Illinois high schools now required to buy insurance for athletes
by YuA7sh8g ~ September 3rd, 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

This past Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill known as “Rocky’s Law” that requires Illinois high schools, through the local school district, to buy catastrophic injury insurance up to US$3 million or medical costs for up to five years, whichever one comes first, that covers student athletes. The insurance must cover student athletes while they are competing.

The legislation was named after Rasul “Rocky” Clark. In 2000, the Eisenhower High School football player became paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a tackle during a game. His school based health insurance covered the costs of his medical treatment. A legislator sponsoring the bill noted that the need for this type of insurance is rare. Clark’s mother attended the legislation signing. Her son died last year.

Before parents can claim money from school insurance, they first must pay out US$50,000. Schools have until January 1, 2014 to comply with the law. Schools cannot charge students more than US$5 to defray the cost of insurance. If a school district already requires student to be covered through private health insurance, they are exempted from this law.

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US Secretary Rice responds to European enquiries on alleged CIA prisons

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US Secretary Rice responds to European enquiries on alleged CIA prisons
by YuA7sh8g ~ August 25th, 2019

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has begun to address concerns raised by the EU, the Council of Europe, and several member countries about the CIA’s detention practices upon her arrival in Germany for a European tour that began Tuesday.

“As a matter of US policy, the United States’ obligations under the U.N. Convention Against Torture, which prohibits, of course, cruel and inhumane and degrading treatment, those obligations extend to US personnel wherever they are, whether they are in the United States or outside the United States,” said Rice, speaking from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Wednesday.

Media reports and Human Rights groups have alleged that the CIA transported renditioned prisoners through European countries, which could violate European laws and the sovereignty of countries involved. Secretary Rice claimed that the United States has respected the sovereignty of other countries, and that it has not transported detainees from one country to another for the purpose of interrogation using torture, and has not transported anyone to a country when we believe he will be tortured.

“We consider the captured members of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates to be unlawful combatants who may be held, in accordance with the law of war, to keep them from killing innocents. We must treat them in accordance with our laws, which reflect the values of the American people. We must question them to gather potentially significant, life-saving, intelligence. We must bring terrorists to justice wherever possible,” Rice told reporters before she left from Andrews Air Force base on Monday.

Rice said that European nations should realize that interrogations of terrorist suspects have produced information that has saved European lives. However, Secretary Rice provided no specific cases.

“Secretary Rice made extra-legal rendition sound like just another form of extradition. In fact, it’s a form of kidnapping and ‘disappearing’ someone entirely outside the law,” said Tom Malinowski, a Human Rights Watch official in Washington.

The CIA practice known as “extraordinary rendition” is used to interrogate terrorist suspects outside the U.S., where they are not subject to American legal protection.

“Kidnapping a foreign national for the purpose of detaining and interrogating him outside the law is contrary to American values,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the Khalid El-Masri case. “Our government has acted as if it is above the law. We go to court today to reaffirm that the rule of law is central to our identity as a nation.”

The ACLU feels the government has to be held to account over “extraordinary rendition”.

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Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

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Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist
by YuA7sh8g ~ August 24th, 2019

Sunday, September 6, 2009

24-year-old Aman Kassaye, of no fixed abode, is to face a charge of attempted murder for his alleged role in an armed robbery that netted £40 million ($65 million) worth of jewelry from a London store.

Kassaye is the seventh man to be charged, and is also facing prosecution for conspiracy to rob the Graff store in New Bond Street, false imprisonment, and using a handgun to resist arrest. He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.

The other six men have already been remanded in custody until October 23, when they will appear at Kingston Crown Court. All are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, and two of them are also charged with a firearms offense.

43 diamond rings, watches, and bracelets were taken from the store. The theft occurred when two armed and suited men walked in and took an employee hostage. It has been reported they used prosthetic masks made from liquid latex but police have not confirmed this. Amateur footage also shows a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

The robbery is one of the biggest the United Kingdom has seen. After the crime a string of getaway vehicles was used, with police believing several more offenders assisted with this stage of the plan. Although The Telegraph claims no stolen property has yet been recovered, this is also unconfirmed by police.

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US bank Goldman Sachs accused of fraud

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US bank Goldman Sachs accused of fraud
by YuA7sh8g ~ August 24th, 2019

Saturday, April 17, 2010

US bank Goldman Sachs has been accused of fraud by the American regulator Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Goldman Sachs arranged a transaction at Paulson’s request in which Paulson heavily influenced the selection of the portfolio to suit its economic interests

According to the SEC, Goldman Sachs failed to inform investors of a conflict of interest in the banks’ marketing of sub-prime mortgage investments, which were being sold at a time of uncertainty in the US housing market. The SEC says that a Goldman subsidiary, Paulson & Co, had been involved in the selection of securities included in the mortgage investments. It had not been disclosed to investors that Paulson had bet that the value of the investments would fall, benefiting Paulson but not those who bought the investments.

The securities, which were combined into a package called Abacus that was sold to investors, lost over $1 billion during the collapse of the US housing industry. According to the SEC, Goldman, Paulson, and the creator of Abacus, a vice-president of Goldman Sachs named Fabrice Tourre, all knew that the housing market was going to collapse, but continued to sell Abacus despite the risks.

Tourre had been in command of selecting the investments within Abacus, and then was the person responsible for selling it to investors. He had told those who invested in Abacus that its components had been selected by an independent party, ACA Management.

In all, 99% of the investments within Abacus were downgraded, and investors lost upwards of a billion US dollars.

The SEC alleged that “Goldman Sachs arranged a transaction at Paulson’s request in which Paulson heavily influenced the selection of the portfolio to suit its economic interests.” In a short response from Goldman, the bank said that “The SEC’s charges are completely unfounded in law and fact and we will vigorously contest them and defend the firm and its reputation.”

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Dale Ogden, 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews

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Dale Ogden, 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews
by YuA7sh8g ~ August 24th, 2019

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dale Ogden, a 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews reporter Mike Morales about his platform.

Ogden is a member of the United States’ Libertarian Party.

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Tips For Your Next Home Remodel

by YuA7sh8g ~ August 23rd, 2019

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Are you thinking about remodeling your home? Or maybe you enjoy planning out your home remodeling in Tampa Bay for when the kids leave the nest. Whatever planning stage you’re in, if you’ve never completed a home remodel before it can be overwhelming. If you follow these helpful tips, your dream remodel may become a reality sooner than you think.

Research Contractors

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The first step you should make is to research contractors to be sure you find the right one for your needs. Ask around to see if anyone has recommendations, see if they’re a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and check your local listings for companies. To help you narrow down your choices, ask them for references, if you can visit one of their job sites and for a portfolio of their completed work. A reputable contractor should have no problem providing you this information.

Make Plans

Once you’ve chosen the right contractor for your home remodeling in Tampa Bay, sit down together and talk about the big picture. Give them a list of your wants and needs for the project and draw up a plan. It will be easier if you provide clear, concise communication early on to avoid any costly mistakes later on.

Draw up a Contract

Whenever you hire a company to do work around your home, it’s a good idea to have a written contract for the work. That way, if anything goes wrong or they don’t complete the job as asked, you have written proof of the work you requested so they can make it right.

Maintain Communication

Maintaining communication throughout the process is necessary for a successful home remodel. Keep in touch with the contractors to see how the project is coming and if they have any questions that will help the project move along efficiently.

By following these helpful tips, your home remodeling in Tampa Bay should move smoothly from start to finish.

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Wikinews interviews Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC

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Wikinews interviews Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC
by YuA7sh8g ~ August 20th, 2019

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A reporter from Wikinews recently interviewed Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC. The organization claims to have arranged for 22,158 people to send a message regarding the “American Freedom Agenda Act” proposed by Ron Paul, in addition to supporting many other laws. The full text of the interview can be found below.

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