Let the light pierce through the darkness Close all old accounts, turn a new leaf Re-learn that old lesson of friendship Kill nor be killed, settle for lessening Amidst us of this fossilized hatred


Perhaps that time has not come yet when our, Gods would listen to the beats in our hearts, peace and happiness spread their glow, perhaps we would have to force Mother Time?.


Interview: Drupal founder Dries Buytaert balances community and company interests

Sunday, February 24, 2008

In the year 2000, Dries Buytaert created Drupal, a freely licensed and open source tool to manage websites, as a bulletin board for his college dorm. Since Dries released the software and a community of thousands of volunteer developers have added and improved modules, Drupal has grown immensely popular. Drupal won the overall Open CMS Award in 2007, and some speakers in Drupal’s spacious developer’s room at FOSDEM 2008 were dreaming aloud of its world domination.

Buytaert (now 29) just finished his doctoral thesis and has founded the start-up Acquia. The new company wants to become Drupal’s best friend, with the help of an all-star team and US$7 million collected from venture capitalists. Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent sat down with Dries in Brussels to discuss these recent exciting developments.


  • 1 The interview
    • 1.1 On FOSDEM
    • 1.2 On Drupal
    • 1.3 Acquia: company-community interaction
    • 1.4 The future, near and far
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links

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Jimmie Johnson wins 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR race in New Hampshire

Jimmie Johnson wins 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR race in New Hampshire

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson won his second consecutive race of the season on Sunday during the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was his fifth victory in the 2010 season of the US’s leading professional stock car series, drawing him level with Denny Hamlin for the most wins. The victory earned Johnson 190 points (including a 5 point bonus), moving him closer to point leader Kevin Harvick, but he is still 105 points behind in second position.

With eight laps remaining, Kurt Busch, who was running second, bumped Johnson to become the leader, but Johnson returned the favor a couple laps later to the lead the final two laps. Johnson said, “Kurt knocked me out of the way. At that point, I thought, I don’t care if I win or finish. I’m going to run into him one way or the other … I tried once and moved him. (I thought) I’ve got to hit him harder. The second time I did and moved him out of the way.” Tony Stewart finished in the second position, ahead of Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon in third and fourth. Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and A. J. Allmendinger rounded out the top ten positions. The race had total of four cautions and sixteen lead changes among nine different drivers. Kasey Kahne led the most laps by leading 110.

“I’m not good at doing that stuff. Usually, I crash myself in the process. So I tried it once and moved him … The second time, I moved him out of the way and got by him.”

In the point standings, Harvick and Johnson remained in the first and second position. Kyle Busch, because of his accident with Jeff Burton maintained the third position while his team mate Hamlin is fourth. Gordon, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Burton followed in the top-eight points positions. Stewart move up one position after finishing second and is in the ninth position, as {{|Greg Biffle}} fell to tenth. Mark Martin and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-twelve, and is currently in the Chase.

Official Top-10 Race Results for the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301
Position Car Number Driver
1 48 Jimmie Johnson
2 14 Tony Stewart
3 2 Kurt Busch
4 24 Jeff Gordon
5 29 Kevin Harvick
6 39 Ryan Newman
7 33 Clint Bowyer
8 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
9 33 Joey Logano
10 43 A. J. Allmendinger
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Both top loading washing machines and front loading machines operate on the same principles of cleaning. Efficiently doing your laundry depends on the following factors:

Agitation/Mechanical Action – Agitation is the clothes being agitated in the machine. In top loading machines this is what that center piece does (called the agitator). In High Efficiency machines/top loaders it is gravity. As clothes rub against each other, agitation removes soil and stains. If the washing machine is overloaded, textiles will not get the agitation needed to remove stains, and if you under-load, there may not be enough material for each textile to rub against.

Chemical Action – This is a reaction between the water and soap to remove grime and stains from clothing. For washing purposes, this is the detergent – a chemical cleaning agent that is added to water. It is called a surfactant, which means “surface active agent.” Saponin, a natural detergent derived from Soap Nuts is a chemical – it just made by a tree instead of by people. In both cases of manmade or natural, the chemical cleaning is necessary to get the stains out.

Heat/Temperature – Heat speeds up the chemical reactions with detergent. For every 10 degrees (F) drop in temperature below 115 F is a 15% reduction in chemical reaction, which is why washing with warm or hot is better to make things clean, and because of this, many washing machine and detergent manufacturers suggest you launder in the hottest temperature recommended by the care label on clothing.

Time – The length of the wash cycle in which the garments agitate in the conditions dictated by temperature and chemicals.

In short, the longer the laundry is exposed to heat, cleaning chemicals and mechanical action, the cleaner it will be.

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For cold water washers – if you wash cold, the machine requires a longer wash cycle (more time = more mechanical action) to compensate for the loss of temperature and more chemicals to achieve the same result as the hot water wash. If you want to wash in cold water with the same amount of detergent, then you need to add even more time and agitation, etc. Also something to know is that certain fibers(i.e. cotton) absorb more water when wet with cold water. Cold water weighs more, so you may need a longer drying cycle as well.

Wash Cycle phases:

Pre-Rinse – This can be done with water alone, but a small amount of detergent can start the soil release. Hot water for a pre-wash can set in stains, but warm is better than cold, especially when you are washing textiles that may contain body fluids (sweat, urine, etc.), as those are most soluble and most easily removed at body temperature. Busy people just add soap at the beginning of this phase for the entire wash.

If your machine has a compartment for soap, it will usually wait until this pre-rinse phase is over before adding the detergent when the washing machine is already full of water.

Wash Cycle – The wash cycle is where the main mechanical and chemical action happens. There are two main categories of soap chemicals for cleaning:


Surfactants change the surface tension of water. This means that water can easily penetrate the microscopic fibers, which loosens the grime and then keeps it in suspension in the water. The surfactant molecules are shaped like a tadpole with the head being “water loving” and the tail being “water hating” (and dirt attracted). The surfactant molecules surround the stain particles, break it up, and force it away from the fabric surface, keeping it suspended in the water until it is rinsed away. There are natural surfactants such as soap nuts and surfactants derived from petrochemicals as well.


Some washing agents contain enzymes. They are specialized to “eat away” at specific dirts and stains, such as oils, proteins, starches. Some enzymes may irritate sensitive skin. Laundry detergents that have a large amount of enzymes (often labeled as “carezymes” to help keep pilling as little as possible) may contribute to the holes wearing in cotton fabrics (such as holes in your jeans that appear from nowhere ). Enzymes are great for very difficult soild, and are what’s in stain removers and stain sticks. Personally, I advocate only using them directly on stains as needed to extend the life and wearability of your clothes as opposed to using them in every wash.

Bleaching is the next step if it is something you want to add. (Oxygen bleach is color safe and better for the environment and much easier on your clothes). If your machine is a top loader and full of water, throw in the oxygen bleach. Lift the washer lid which will stop the action and let it soak for a few hours before closing the lid and resuming washing. Hot water is best for oxygen bleach, as it accelerates the chemical reaction that can take more time with oxygen bleach.

The Rinse Cycle – this stage rinses dirt and debris away along wiht the chemicals. A warm rinse is preferable, as it releases more residues. In addition, clothes (especially cotton) rinse better in warm water because the hold onto cold water (which weighs more) so the spin cycle is more efficient in getting the water out when warm. Sometimes an extra rinse cycle is necessary for things that were very dirty or if too much soap was used.

If you’re washing something more complicated like diapers, there can be extra steps (more rinses, etc) but this is a general for all laundry in a home washing setting.

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Fires at Baxter Immigration Detention Centre in South Australia

Saturday, November 12, 2005

34 accommodation units have been destroyed by fire at the Baxter Detention Centre near Pt Augusta in South Australia today. The blaze also gutted a kitchen, laundry, recreational area and officers’ station. The original blaze broke out around 4am ACST in the kitchen of the “White One” compound which houses single men. Fire units took almost three hours to put them out.

Fifty-eight detainees were evacuated from Baxter IDC. Six have been treated for smoke inhalation.

Immigration minister Amanda Vanstone says about 17 rooms have been ruined and others damaged. She says deliberate property damage will not be tolerated and the Australian Federal Police are questioning four detainees over the blazes and anyone found responsible will be charged.

“Anyone with no lawful right to be in Australia should leave irrespective of the behaviour that they’ve undertaken, but if someone with a visa or without a visa to be in Australia engages in criminal conduct that would be taken into account in terms of cancelling a visa,” she said.

The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) said four fires appeared to have been deliberately lit. “The first fire in the kitchen area was followed by three other separate fires within the complex,” an MFS spokesman said.

Refugee rights advocate Pamela Curr said she had concerns about the safety of detainees in the event of a fire because of the electronic doors. She said detainees at a detention centre at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport had been killed during a fire last month because authorities had been unable to manually open the electronic doors. “Thank heavens nobody seems to have been hurt today,” she said. “We’re always on the alert that Baxter is not a safe detention centre”.

Bernadette Wauchope from Rural Australians for Refugees says the destruction will continue until something is done. “They become so desperate that they attempt self-harm or attempt suicide or maybe resort to lighting fires,” she said. “After being locked up for years and years the feeling that they’re isolated and that nobody’s listening to what their stories are, often that, well it does contribute to these kinds of acts,” she said.

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Don’t Get Hosed Buying Jewelry Online}

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Submitted by: Ronald Hudkins

When you do decide its time to buy some jewelry Im not saying it shouldnt be purchased online. By all means virtual shopping for that special someone and finding that which glitters, glows and shines is the perfect and smart thing to do. First of all, the Internet jewelry stores often offer a much wider selection of merchandise then is available in a stores catalog or at their brick and mortar storefronts. Secondly, because the virtual stores have lower inventory and other overhead costs then your neighborhood outlets, these savings can and often are passed on to the customer. Also, there is the convenience of the in-home purchase and subsequent delivery to your front door. All Im saying is before you hit that buy it now button do some serious homework first.

Youre buying jewelry for that special someone, not for a garbage can so, do some legwork first. When you are out there driving around and stopping at the five or ten convenient fast food restaurants that happen to be in-between all the places you are heading to; you need to actually park somewhere other than a drive through lane, get out and go into a jewelry store. The professionals in these outlets will tell you what to look for when purchasing gold, silver, pearls, diamonds, platinum, gemstones or, how to get to the public rest room. Whatever your need, inquire up close and personal. After youre an expert on jewelry, go home and purchase your product online often for 50% or more less then the store you were just in retails it for.

Go home and get the same information being Internet savvy. The Internet is the planets largest library of information. Whatever you are in the market for, there is information about the product in the virtual archives. When you use a search engine such as Google, be specific with your request such as gold ring or diamond necklace. That query is going to bring up a million sites and the ones on the first few pages are normally there for good reasons. They are top quality generally and have a frequently asked educational series of pages.

Once you are all loaded with the information needed to make a smart online purchase and have found the virtual storefront that displays that perfect piece of jewelry, youre still not ready to hit the buy now button. Check to see if that online store offers a guarantee, a return policy and that the site has secure ordering. Make sure you know how many days you have to return something. Remember if you need to return something, shipping, insurance and handling charges are usually not refundable. Look for an address to send mail to or a phone number to call if you have a question, a problem or need help.

If you are buying some high ticket item of jewelry inquire about the manner of shipment. Its important if the store uses insured carriers like FedEx, Ups and that your shipment is insured for the full value of the package content. The store that uses insured carriers and insures its shipments should be highly willing to refund or replace any item lost in shipment. The ball is in your court, ask before you buy. Take the extra minute to call or Email the online retailer for any clarifications. You want to get exactly what it is you are looking for.

So when its time to hit the purchase button rather than paying by check, money order, cashiers check, consider paying with a credit card or PayPal, or use an escrow service making sure you check their policies as well. If you get a merchant that only deals with Western Union and other wire transfer services that is basically the same as paying cash. That should be a red flag and Id highly suggest a different vendor. Even storefront agencies have on their envelops you remit payment in please do not send cash. There is a reason for that. Course you are free to do as you will but cash is like throwing a wallet out the car window, pulling over a block later and waiting for someone to bring it back. Good luck with that human integrity exercise! So, with the tips provided about buying jewelry online, your shopping experience can provide great savings, service and delivery from the comfort of your computer chair. Be patient, be wise and be rewarded.

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

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

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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Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Two people have been killed and 47 people have been injured as the result of a coach crash in Cornwall, England. The vehicle, which was carrying 48 passengers as well as the driver, were travelling back from a journey to the village of Mousehole to see Christmas lights. The accident occurred at 2215 GMT yesterday in the village of Townshend, not far from the town of Hayle. Road conditions at the time were icy, which may explain why the accident occurred. The first police car that arrived at the scene lost control on the icy road and crashed into the already overturned coach. The two officers in the car were uninjured, however the earlier crash had caused the deaths of two women. One of them died at the scene of the accident and the other was later killed as a result of the injuries suffered. 47 people were injured, five of them seriously.

The sequence of events that is believed to have happened, according to Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, is that the coach went off the road, collided with a tree, going through a hedge before finally overturning, causing the vehicle to end up on its side. 60-year-old Ann Ellis, who comes from the village of Illogan in Cornwall, was physically involved in the crash. Desribing her experience of this incident, she said: “All I can remember is a big bang and we just went over. I got trapped under somebody else and there was someone on top of me. It was difficult to breathe but two gentlemen dragged me out. I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.”

I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.

Derek Smith, lives near where the accident occurred. He said that “[w]e were just going to bed when we heard a knock on the kitchen door. She was covered in mud and had no shoes or socks on and was shaking as she stood there. I could hear this commotion going on.

She said to ring the police and ambulance as their coach had turned over and there were 50 people in it and some of them were injured. My wife rang 999 and the lady was in a real panic. We gave her some socks and boots straightaway because she was freezing as she had nothing on her feet.”

75-year-old Charles Parker, who is living in St. Agnes in the county, was also injured in the accident, suffering injuries to his leg and his head. “The roads were so icy,” he explained. “I heard a cracking noise and all of a sudden we had turned over. I remember later being helped out of the coach through a window. We were close to a house and they took most of the people in there. Then helicopters turned up. It was very frightening.”

Inspector Matthew Shaw, who comes from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, explained “[i]t seems from initial investigations that the coach has slipped on ice. The road is covered in a sheet of ice, it’s treacherous, it’s difficult to even walk down there.” The amount of time taken to transport the injured passengers to a hospital was four hours.

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