Strongest earthquake in 40 years hits Southeast Asia

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Indian Ocean – The death toll continues to grow and millions face a homeless life in the new year as coastal communities in south Asia struggle against continued aftershocks and flooding caused by the largest earthquake to strike the planet in more than a generation.

The magnitude 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia on December 26, 2004, at 00:58:50 UTC (or 07:58:50 local time in Jakarta and Bangkok).

The earthquake was the strongest in the world since the 9.2-magnitude Good Friday Earthquake which struck Alaska, USA in 1964, and the fourth largest since 1900. More than 140,000 deaths[1] were caused by resulting tsunami, which in Thailand were up to 10 meters (33 feet) tall, and struck within three hours of the initial event.

Multiple tsunamis struck and ravaged coastal regions all over the Indian Ocean, devastating regions including the Indonesian province of Aceh, the coast of Sri Lanka, coastal areas of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the resort island of Phuket, Thailand, and even as far away as Somalia, 4,100 km (2,500 mi) west of the epicenter.

While the earthquake and the tsunamis are no longer ongoing (other than aftershocks), the humanitarian and economic crisis generated by the disaster is still ongoing. This report will attempt to cover the crisis as it continues to develop.


  • 1 Damage and casualties
  • 2 Quake characteristics
  • 3 Post-tsunami humanitarian situation
    • 3.1 Humanitarian assistance
  • 4 Related news
  • 5 See also
  • 6 External links
    • 6.1 Aid efforts
    • 6.2 Video and Pictures of the devastation
  • 7 Video
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USPTO partially confirms validity of Amazon “1-click patent”

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an office action, which confirmed the patentability of claims 6 to 10 of the Amazon 1-Click patent, US 5,960,411. The patent examiner, however, rejected claims 1 to 5 and 11 to 15. Amazon now has up to six months to amend the rejected claims to overcome the examiner’s rejection, provide arguments to demonstrate that the examiner is in error and/or provide evidence to demonstrate the patentability of their claims. During this period, the entire patent is still considered valid under US patent law.

The USPTO is reconsidering the patentability of the claims due to a request for reexamination filed by New Zealander Peter Calveley. Mr. Calveley used internet archives to show that defunct company Digi Cash used a similar technique prior to Amazon. Despite costing a substantial sum of cash and requiring donations to prepare and file the request for reexamination, Calveley said he did it as a game and hopes that his success inspires others to play the same game.

“One Click” shopping is an ecommerce technique, which allows a customer to purchase products via the Internet without repeatedly entering personal information such as name and address. At the time it was introduced it eased the frustration of on-line shopping.

Amazon filed the patent application for 1-click shopping in early 1997 and was granted the patent in September 1999. 23 days later Amazon sued rival Barnes & Noble for alleged infringement by its “Express Lane” ordering which was introduced in 1998. In December 1999 Amazon won an interim injunction against Barnes & Noble but the USA Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit lifted this injunction in February 2001. The parties then settled their dispute for undisclosed terms. Amazon has since successfully licensed the technique to other e-sellers such as Apple.

Saudis boycott Danish dairy produce

Friday, January 27, 2006

On January 26, 2006, a massive boycott of dairy produce from Arla Foods started in Saudi Arabia over what is perceived as a Danish attack on Muslim values. The Saudi ambassador to Denmark has been recalled for consultations.

The Danish/Swedish dairy company Arla is facing a massive loss after a spreading boycott of its produce in Saudi Arabia. Four Saudi retail chains have already removed Arla products from the shelves. One retail chain has placed yellow warning tape (common fare for accidents and crime scenes) over Arla products. There have been cases reported of Arla delivery trucks being attacked by stones thrown from bystanders. Marianne Castenskiold, a senior consultant for Dansk Industri, expressed a fear that the boycott will spread to other countries in the region and have detrimental effects on other Danish products. Denmark is one of the leading exporters of agriculture in northern Europe, whose economy is heavily dependent on foreign trade and investment.

The boycott has been announced at Friday prayer services in Saudi mosques since January 20, 2006, obviously helping to foment popular support of the nation’s response to Denmark’s alleged ignorance of Muslim values. On at least one occasion, a delivery truck has been greeted by thrown stones.

The boycott is a response to the publication of an article in a major Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. In its September 30, 2005 issue, the paper printed 12 drawings of the Muslim prophet Muhammed, as a response to previous news reports that the publisher of a forthcoming childrens’ book about the prophet had had difficulty in finding an illustrator, due to fear of extremist reactions; drawings of the prophet are prohibited by Islamic Law (see aniconism). In an attempt to start a debate over freedom of speech in Denmark, the newspaper printed 12 drawings of the prophet. Four of these were of a satirical nature, with one showing the prophet with a turban hiding a lit bomb.

The immediate reactions to the publication of the drawings included ambassadors from 12 Muslim countries demanding that the Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, denounce the newspaper. Rasmussen rejected this demand, stating that “Danish freedom of speech does not allow the government to control what newspapers print”. He further noted that the only possible legal action against the newspaper would be one under the charge of blasphemy.

A debate ensued over the following months about freedom of speech and its value in relation to avoiding religious taboos. In mid-December 2005, a delegation from several Danish Muslim organizations went on a tour in several Middle-Eastern and Arabic countries, reportedly to gain sympathy for their point of view. Several reports state that during the tour the difficulties faced by Muslims in Denmark were grossly overstated.

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Social Media, a gold mine for Celebrity Agents PR Management


Kevin Haggerty

As a Celebrity Agent, there is no marketing channel friendlier than social media marketing, which allows one to create, develop, and channel a consistent PR (public relations) campaign for a comprehensive fan base. Here are some reasons:

Distribution of Campaigns – To effectively endorse the public relations identity of a celebrity, it is necessary to build a fan & campaign distribution base within the gossip-friendly realms of “social networks”. Social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, allow the traditional “word of mouth” to travel faster than ever before. A primary feature is the instantaneous contact with everyone in an established fan base. So, if a celebrity was planning to attend a premiere event like the opening of a new nightclub, an agent could easily geo-target their campaign my emailing the appropriate fan base to increase attendance.

Public Relations & Community Outreach – Social Network Marketing is also useful in promoting a celebrity’s charitable contributions, while increasing the popularity of their committed event(s). With simple one line “posts” or “tweets”, a celebrity agent can notify fans about the initiative, with details for physical and monetary support.

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Celebrity “Face Exposure”- The rapid upsurge or Media Marketing creates a prominent channel for public relations management & campaign exposure. YouTube, the renowned media marketing giant, acquired by the mega-marketing internet search engine, Google, has contributed much to this internet marketing growth. YouTube is the 4th most visited website on the internet, and it allows celebrity agents the ability to create accounts, post videos, add search friendly tags, and communicate with fan base through a chat sequence similar to the likes of internet forums. With Media Marketing, you can create a public celebrity portfolio that creates, retains, and expands a fan base more effectively than ever before.

Internet Marketing specialist, Rohit Barman, president of DPS America suggests that celebrity agents get acquainted with social media marketing as it allows them to be the “speaker of their celebrity’s house”.

By Kevin Haggerty

“DPS’ 2.5 hour interactive training, Digital Promotions Strategy, beginning in January and based in New York City, is the first of its kind to incorporate the entire spectrum of creating, engaging & expanding an online network. Extracted from the internet’s scientific principles, the live seminar(s) will provide celebrity agents the knowledge, structure, and tools to track consumer/ fan behavior & campaign effectiveness – an internet marketing strategy that will give agents the confidence to manage their public relations campaigns more effectively than ever before.”

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Jay Walsh named Wikimedia Foundation Head of Communications

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

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Recently of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), where he worked in media and public relations, Mr. Jay Walsh was announced as the replacement for Sandy Ordonez as the communications officer for the Wikimedia Foundation on an internal mailing list on Tuesday, 8 January.

“I’m extremely grateful for [Sandy Ordonez’s] hard work and excellent judgement,” said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation, in her announcement. Ordonez managed the WMF’s public and media relations from January 2007, and will stay on in Florida until the end of the month when the Tampa office is closed.

“The goal is to give Jay a fairly long handover time. So until the end of January, please continue to work directly with Sandy, while she helps Jay get oriented,” added Gardner.

Walsh is fresh from a position as Manager, Public Relations at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Previous communications positions include working for Indian and Northern Affairs, Government of Canada; Health Canada, Government of Canada; and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. His academics include Concordia and Mount Allison universities.

Walsh will be based out of the new offices in San Francisco, California when they open on the January 15.


Thousands of Australian workers set to rally against IR reform

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Police and union leaders across the country expect big crowds during today’s National Community Day of protest against the Federal Government’s WorkChoices proposed changes to industrial relations laws.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) predicts hundreds of thousands of people will demonstrate in Sydney and Melbourne. Protest meetings in other capital cities are expected to attract workers in their tens of thousands. The rallies will take place in 300 regional sites across Australia.

Labor’s opposition spokesman on industrial relations, Stephen Smith says, “The more people become aware of the nature of the changes and the detail of the changes, the more they realise how vulnerable they are and the more they want to do something to prevent the changes.”

Mark Bethwaite, from Australian Business Ltd, believes most people will go to work as usual. “Because frankly they are not convinced by the scare campaign the ACTU has been running,” Mr Bethwaite said.

The Federal Government has been accused of instructing agencies to refuse staff leave to attend the rallies against its IR changes and says it will not be affected by a rally of one person or a 100,000.

The Federal Department of Workplace Relations has issued advice to other departments that employees wanting to attend the National Community Day of Protest should be denied leave.

State and territory leaders intend to mount a High Court challenge to the Federal Government’s proposed industrial relations changes.

The ACTU say, “the IR changes are not just an attack on workers – they fundamentally undermine the values that make Australia great. Beneath all the glossy advertising are proposals that will unfairly curtail your rights at work, cut the amount of time you can spend with family, and erode your job security.”

The federal government have spent over fifty million dollars on promoting the radical new changes.

Unions say the changes will make it easier for workers to be sacked; cut take-home pay and reduce minimum standards; change the way minimum wages are set to make them lower; replace the award safety net with just five minimum conditions; restrict access to unions; make it harder for employees to bargain as a group; and reduce the powers of the independent Industrial Relations Commission.”

In Melbourne, Australian Education Union’s Mary Bluett said the IR legislation “is not the legacy we want to leave our children.” About 12,000 public servants, 10,000 building workers and hundreds of nurses are also expected to join the protest, but workers operating road, train, tram and bus services will remain on duty to allow commuters to travel free to the rally.

Sky News estimated the number attending the rally in Melbourne as 175,000.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry labelled the rally “a tired union stunt”.

FEMA employees pose as fake reporters during press conference

 Correction — September 10, 2013 The headline should not contain the word fake: the employees posed as reporters; they didn’t pose as fake reporters, on the contrary they were fake reporters posing as real reporters. We aopologize for the error. 

Friday, October 26, 2007

The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is under fire after the agency held a fake press conference with fake news reporters in regards to individuals affected by the California wildfires and the assistance they could receive.

The agency called a press conference on Tuesday, giving the press only 15 minutes to show up. When many did not, FEMA brought in agency officials to pose as fake reporters and ask questions. The option for reporters to call into the conference was also available, but the ones who did call in only got to listen to the press conference, and could not ask questions. No reporters were actually present during the conference, parts of which were carried live on Fox News and MSNBC.

During the briefing, FEMA employees asked Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson a series of what The New York Times called “decidedly friendly questions” such as “What type of commodities are you pledging to California?”, “What lessons learned from Katrina have been applied?” and “Are you happy with FEMA’s response so far?”. The briefing followed the format of a press conference, with FEMA’s press secretary at one point cautioning that he would allow just “two more questions”, then calling later for a “last question”. Officials who posed as fake reporters included the deputy director of public affairs Cindy Taylor and Director of External Affairs John “Pat” Philbin.

White House officials said that they do not condone FEMA’s actions and also state that they had no idea that the conference was taking place.

“FEMA has issued an apology, saying that they had an error in judgment when they were attempting to get out a lot of information to reporters, who were asking for answers to a variety of questions in regard to the wildfires in California. It’s not something I would have condoned. And they — I’m sure — will not do it again,” said Dana Perino, the White House’s press secretary in a statement.

FEMA apologizes for the mishap and says that their intentions were only to get the information to the citizens of California.

“[The purpose was] to get information out as soon as possible, and in trying to do so we made an error in judgment. Our intent was to provide useful information and be responsive to the many questions we have received. We can and must do better,” said Harvey E. Johnson, the agency’s vice administrator. “The real story — how well the response and recovery elements are working in this disaster — should not be lost because of how we tried to meet the needs of the media in distributing facts,” a FEMA statement said.

FEMA is currently deciding whether or not any officials should face punishment for the incident. One of the officials responsible, Pat Philbin, is going on to be the new head of public relations for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

This is not the first time that the Bush administration has come under fire for planting reporters at press conferences. In February of 2005, White House reporter Jeff Gannon was accused of being planted to ask softball questions to President Bush. FEMA itself had earlier undergone criticism during Hurricane Katrina for using disaster workers for public relations in 2005.

What Is So Special Tool Gear Cutting Edge

By Lanbo Jiang

In recent years, with the development of computer numerical control technology, and universal application, gear machine tools, processing technology has also been great development, especially in high precision, large gear processing, there were many new technologies. Such as a new CNC milling machine to replace the hob cutter, high speed, efficient processing of large scale wind power gear, nuclear power gear; new spiral bevel gear machines can process a variety of spiral bevel gear tooth system, expanding machine applicability; use of new cutting tool materials, high speed dry cutting machine to achieve, not only improves the processing efficiency and processing accuracy, but also solve the green problem; used in machine testing and computer compensation techniques to improve machine tool accuracy; machine manipulator configured to achieve automatic clamping workpiece, increase efficiency, and so on.

Gear is used to deliver various types of machinery products in the important power or movement based on parts, common gear type from the structure divided into cylindrical gear and bevel gear, non circular gears from the gear on the divided involute gear, swing gear, arc gear. Gear manufacturing is indeed a specialized field, professional production with the use of special equipment required special tools, this is because the bulk of the gear, the demand for efficient production processing mode formed. From the transmission principle, the ability to achieve movement or power transmission gears a lot, but the actual use of the above mentioned most or some, the reason one hand, because of their good transmission performance, on the other hand can be used special equipment, special tools for their high efficiency, high precision machining is widely used they are an important reason. Therefore, a long time people have been constantly studying all kinds of gear processing machine tools, special tools, special process to meet the industry demand for all kinds of gear.

The traditional gear machine tools, most are based on gear engagement theory, using rolling Qiefa Jia work gear, some processing gear forming method used, the processing tool and processing gear was the main movement relation between the equivalent of a pair of meshing gear, or relationship between the movement rack. Using CNC technology, gear processing machine tools to further improve the efficiency and precision, but the basic processing principle has not changed.Universal 5 axis NC machine tool 5 is used for the processing of complex surface parts. Gear tooth surface is a special class of complex surfaces, in theory, as long as the mathematical model to solve the problem of CNC programming, using 5 axis NC machine tools and 5 spherical milling cutter can be processed into any gear gear tooth surface. Therefore, the 5 axis NC machine 5 new gear in the settlement process on the surface has a special advantage.

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But the gear tooth profile used in the processing, the use of 5 axis NC machine tools and 5 spherical milling cutter with the use of special processing efficiency compared with lower gear cutting machines, especially in the less efficient processing of hardened, precision is not has advantages (not grinding). The so called milling instead of grinding, 5 axis machining 5 linkage precision machine tools to meet the gear requirements (up to 3 precision) point of view, I think that regardless of where the efficiency could be achieved, but does not have universal applicability . 5 5 axis NC machine tools for gear cutting, the main role lies with the new gear tooth surface processing solution, in certain cases play a role; in the processing of used gear tooth, particularly in the mass production of gears, both are processing efficiency, precision, or processing costs, special machine still has a large advantage.

Overall, the manufacturing special equipment and special tools also in constant innovation and development, there is no restriction of the gear manufacturing development and innovation. As Teshu circumstances ?, the existing equipment to meet Yao Qiu Bu Neng, Shi Yong 5 axis NC machine tools and five general tool to Jiejue particular the gear Jia Gong issue, but also brought the modern CNC machine tools Jishufazhan Women’s one kind of convenience, can not and should put It is the role of opposition and gear plane together, it just provides a useful complement. Sui Zhao Di gear technology development, and certainly will continue to be some new gear applications, Ji we propose research and development of new, efficient, high precision gear machining Shebei topics and Ren Wu.

Weihai Huadong CNC Co., Ltd. is working with Germany to develop the production Heath hamilton brighton maximum diameter of 16m large scale processing of CNC gear hobbing machine, rolling machine cut the maximum processing module 40, a single dividing the maximum processing module 60, applies to wind power, nuclear power and new energy with the processing of large gears;Ge Taike with Shenyang Machinery Equipment Co., Ltd. co production of spiral bevel gear pair CNC machining; machine is divided into two kinds of milling and grinding teeth, soft tooth surface diameter of the largest processing as 2m, hardened to 1.6m, the maximum processing modulus up to 30; also the largest independent research and development of the universal machining diameter of 5m, 6.3m, 8m of program controlled and CNC gear hobbing machine; also for the fish line round the industry developed a small module and a few teeth CNC gear hobbing machine, the machine can be achieved axial arc gear machining, precision can reach level 6.

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The Benefits Of Coenzyme Q10 For Children With Autism}

Submitted by: Mark DeRosa

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the many controversial substances attached to autism. This vitamin-like substance works as an antioxidant, which means it has many practical and supplementary uses. Among the approved medical uses of Coenzyme Q10 include:

Treatment for various metabolic disorders. When a particular individual cannot produce sufficient amount of coenzyme, Coenzyme Q10 can be beneficial as a means to supplement the natural enzymes that are not produced.

Coenzyme Q10 is also currently being used as supplement to treat migraine. A research at the National Center for Biotechnology Information proves that Coenzyme Q10 is effective as a means to treat migraine even with a very low dosage.

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Also, Coenzyme Q10 is used to treat cancer, as well as alleviate side effects caused by cancer medications and treatments.

These are only a few of the generally accepted uses of Coenzyme Q10 as a supplement. In terms of using Coenzyme Q10 for autistic individuals, however, the consensus is far from being achieved. Still, many sectors do encourage the use of Coenzyme Q10 as an autism supplement. Why? Because, as mentioned earlier, Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant.

Antioxidants are important substances in the body that prevents free radicals from damaging ones cells and other important organs. Free radicals can be acquired from food intake. When the food is digested, these free radicals are produced. In a healthy persons body, the antioxidants can battle the free radicals to prevent any further damage. However, the same cannot be said for the individuals with autism. These people have an unusually low antioxidant count in their bodies. This condition is inherent among people suffering from the brain development disorder. Without sufficient number of antioxidants, the free radicals are free to damage cells. Unfortunately, brain cells are among the cells that are attacked by these free radicals. To be sure, it has not been determined where this is the cause or an effect of autism. However, the fact remains: without sufficient antioxidants in the body, the free radicals can do damage.

This is where Coenzyme Q10. As a substance that functions as an antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10 has the capacity to cancel the effects of free radicals. This means that the body of infected individuals can be free from the harmful effects of these chemicals. To be more precise, Coenzyme Q10 prevents the oxidation of cells. Oxidation, too, is a process that can cause damage. While oxidation can be caused by free radicals, it is a natural process wherein the cells of the body wither or die due to damages. Coenzyme Q10 protects the cells so they can maintain their proper form. Without the free radicals and by preventing or delaying the process of cell oxidation, the bodyspecifically, the brain of a child with autismcan develop further, especially with the help of other supplements.

Coenzyme Q10 can be acquired through autism supplements. Many offer supplements that provide Coenzyme Q10 alone, in order to fully provide the body will all the antioxidants it will need. Of course, Coenzyme Q10 will work better if it works in conjunction with other supplements and treatments. For instance, Coenzyme Q10 is usually taken by those who follow the casein and gluten free diets. In any case, Coenzyme Q10 is a beneficial substance, so one will do no wrong taking this precious substance.

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