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Google News seeks patent for search system that returns ‘quality’ links

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Google News submitted patent applications both in the United States and world-wide in September 2003 for a system of ranking search returns. The patent protection filings seek to control Google’s approach that filters headlines through a complicated algorithm, including the quality of the news organization. How much of this system is currently in use by the search engine giant is unknown.

Primitive search engines are expected to organically evaluate links based on how closely the keywords typed in the search field match an object link, and how many other links are attached to the object. Then a measure of relevance is calculated before returning a reply.

It seems some measure of the work being done at Google is a reaction to search engine optimization (SEO) campaigns which can, if done effectively, skew results to certain domains. A challenge for Google is to develop its technology to nullify efforts on the dark side of SEO and link-spamming.

What also seems to be coming out from this, according to research from the Internet Search Engine Database, is that Google does indeed have a ‘sandbox’ where domains are evaluated first by a human factor before being released into its algorithms.

In its first ever Securities and Exchange Commission filing since the company went public last year, Google indicated that it intends to spend US$500 million on technology development, more than double the $177 million it spent two years ago.

The language used in the lengthy patent application itself is difficult to understand. An excellent article titled “Google United – Google Patent Examined” found below, describes some of the nuts and bolts of Google’s techniques.

Resume Writing Services To Improve Your Resume

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

By Jason Kay

A resume is the first impression that a candidate can give to their potential employer. Expressing their talents and skills through words can be extremely effective in portraying the right impression, especially if completed by an expert resume writer. That is fundamentally what a resume writing service can offer a potential candidate: a better chance of creating that vital first impression. Whether you are provided with an opportunity to present yourself in person through an interview is more often than not, dependent on the impression your resume makes to the employer. When the candidate in question is unaware of how to successfully present themselves through words, they can potentially lose a great opportunity by simply having a badly worded or presented resume.

In todays society, the job industry houses some extremely fierce competition which has made this current time one of the hardest in which to obtain employment. In order to win this competition and become the main competitor, you need to ensure that you showcase your talents as effectively as possible through your resume. A resume writing service can obtain the vital technical details regarding your portfolio from you in order to commence with the structure of your resume. The more in-depth detail you provide regarding your skills and experience, the higher the quality of your resume will become courtesy of your chosen resume writing service. Although many of us have attempted to draft up a professional and thorough resume ourselves in the past, the main benefit which comes from using a resume writing service is that they are more equipped at presenting you as the ideal candidate for your desired job role. Having experience in dealing with a vast number of industries and candidates, a professional resume writing service can easily and effectively display the most important information a potential employer will search for, portraying you in the most positive light possible.

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The Different Tones:

As with any piece of documentation, a resume can be easily adapted in order to effectively attract the desired target audience which in this case, is a potential future employer. Your resume is not simply a piece of documentation which represents you and can be easily used for a number of different roles, but is something which requires changes depending on the type of job, the specific position and the level of experience you hold for the particular role. An experienced resume writing service will be able to change the tone and style of writing depending on the purpose and requirements of the resume. For example, an individual who is looking to apply for an entry level position will require for his resume to read in a confident oriented tone through his resume; while the experienced project manager applying for a position higher up the ladder, should express his confidence in taking on the role and combine this with the experience he has imbibed through his years of experience. Only an exceptionally experienced resume writing service will be able to identify such aspects and provide the candidate with a completely perfected resume.

Within the resume writing industry, there are also a number of services which are niche specific who are ideal for candidates seeking out a specific role or opportunity with a particular company. Not only will these services be aware of the specifics of your desired industry, but they can ensure that your resume includes a technical touch as it were, to help you really stand out next to other candidates. Other services can also provide you with employer specific resumes which are created thanks to the experience that they have acquired through time.

In any sense, it is very clear that resume writing services provide candidates with a wealth of benefits and can help make their resume act as an ideal showcase for the candidate. Portraying yourself in a positive and professional light can be very difficult if you are unaware of how to express and present yourself well which can often accidentally portray you as an undesirable applicant. So, if youre looking to obtain that dream job, dont let a fantastic opportunity pass you buy and invest in a professional resume writing service to show your potential employer why youre truly the top of the pack.

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Mark Webber wins 2012 British Grand Prix

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2012

Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber won the 2012 British Grand Prix yesterday at Silverstone, having started second on the grid behind Alonso’s Ferrari.

The second qualifying session of three was red-flagged due to heavy rain; but, despite this, Webber secured second on the grid behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, only bettered by under five hundredths of a second. Michael Schumacher, driving for Mercedes, started third with Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel filling out the second row of the grid in fourth.

The race itself started in dry weather, Alonso—running on hard tyres—took an early lead, with Webber—having opted for soft tyres—in pursuit. At the first pit stop, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton stayed out and took the lead, briefly duelling with Alonso before being passed. Shortly after the pitstop, Williams’ Pastor Maldonaldo and Sauber’s Sergio Perez had a collision, resulting in the Perez being knocked out of the race and Maldonaldo being fined €10,000 (£7,931, $US12,273).

Also receiving a fine was Perez’ team mate, Kamui Kobayashi. for a dangerous entry into his pit box that injured three of his team’s mechanics. According to Kobayashi, “The front wheels locked, I couldn’t control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box.”

Alonso managed to hold off Webber until the final set of pit stops, but his rules-mandated switch to soft tyres left him unable to compete with the better grip of Webber’s Red Bull car. Webber caught him, overtaking Alonso with comparative ease on the 48th lap and going on to cross the line some three seconds ahead of the Spaniard.

With this victory, Webber is the second driver to win two races this season. After the race, he described himself as “…absolutely over the moon, absolutely rapt…”.

Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:25:11.288 25
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +3.060 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +4.836 15
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari +9.519 12
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus +10.314 10
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus +17.101 8
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes +29.153 6
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren +36.463 4
9 Bruno Senna Williams +43.347 2
10 Jenson Button McLaren +44.444 1

Position Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 129
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 116
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 100
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 92
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 83
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 75
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus 61
8 Jenson Button McLaren 50
9 Sergio Perez Sauber 39
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams 29

Wikinews interviews former Salt Lake City mayor and 2012 presidential candidate Rocky Anderson

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Former Salt Lake City mayor and human rights activist Rocky Anderson took some time to discuss his 2012 U.S. presidential campaign and the newly-created Justice Party with Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn.

Anderson served as mayor of Salt Lake City for eight years (2000–2008) as a member of the Democratic Party. During his tenure, he enacted proposals to reduce the city’s carbon emissions, reformed its criminal justice system, and positioned it as a leading sanctuary for refugees. After leaving office, Anderson grew critical of the Democratic Party’s failure to push for impeachment against President George W. Bush, and for not reversing policies on torture, taxes, and defense spending. He left the party earlier this year and announced that he would form a Third party.

Anderson officially established the Justice Party last week during a press conference in Washington D.C.. He proclaimed “We the people are powerful enough to end the perverse government-to-the-highest-bidder system sustained by the two dominant parties…We are here today for the sake of justice — social justice, environmental justice and economic justice.” The party promotes campaign finance reform and is attempting to appeal to the Occupy Wall Street movement. It is currently working on ballot access efforts, and will hold a Founding Convention in February 2012 in Salt Lake City.

Among other issues, Anderson discussed climate change, health care, education, and civil liberties. He detailed his successes as mayor of Salt Lake City, stressed the importance of executive experience, and expressed his views on President Barack Obama and some of the Republican Party presidential candidates. He spoke in depth about former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, with whom he worked during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and fellow Utahan, former governor and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr..

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 The Justice Party and opposition
  • 3 The GOP race
  • 4 Public policy and the state of democracy
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources

Prison Toilets

Friday, March 30th, 2018

By Patricia Holland

Prison toilets are made from stainless steel. They are designed to withstand between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds of force, so they are very difficult for disturbed inmates to vandalize. Bradley security fixtures feature a number of anti ligature attributes as well, including all welded designs, rounded edges, and the absence of protrusions that could be broken off to make weapons.

Security toilets can be mounted one of two ways. Chase mounting requires the unit to be bracketed to the wall. It is considered the most secure method of installing prison plumbing fixtures when maximum security requirements are in effect. Front mounting involves bolting the fixture to the wall or the floor and is more appropriate for minimum and medium security requirements.

All toilets must be designed to be overflow resistant. Different flushing mechanisms are also recommended for different security levels. In maximum security situations, toilets must be able to flush large pieces of debris that disturbed inmates may use to block toilet plumbing. When security requirements are less stringent, this extreme design feature may not be necessary.

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Blowout prison toilets feature jet action for positive flush. They are preferred in maximum security prisons, and also in a number of county jails, where the threat of vandalism is high. Inmates have, on many occasions, blocked toilets for the purpose of flooding cell blocks.

Blowout flush functionality prevents this type of mischief by building a toilet with a large trapway diameter that allows large pieces of debris to be instantly passed out of the toilet bowl into the sewer. They are noisy, but also more sanitary, due to their near instant flush capability that leaves little, if any, residue behind.

Blowout toilets are typically chase mounted, which means they are bracketed to the wall. This is not only a more secure way to mount security fixtures, but is also allows for a more thorough cleaning of cell floors because the majority of the toilet is above the floor.

In detention centers where the possibility of vandalism is not as severe, siphon jet prison toilets can be used. Siphon jets use a jet of water at the front of the toilet to help expel refuse more quickly than gravity fed toilets.

The ones used in prisons have toilet traps large enough to pass smaller objects that would otherwise clog the plumbing system. These commodes have performed effectively in staff supervised public areas and minimum security prisons where low risk inmates have been determined to have little or no motivation to vandalism prison plumbing fixtures.

There are also prison toilets that are primarily for use in detoxification cells, safety cells with padded walls, and isolation units. These units are called in-floor toilets because they install directly into the floor.

It is also recommended that, when budget allows, architects consider installing water closet design prison toilets that feature lavatory toilet combinations. These units provide full accommodation to inmates, are highly secure and stable, and save on space by combining all amenities into a single fixture.

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Canadian government settles lawsuit over children ‘scooped’ out of indigenous communities

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Canadian federal government of Justin Trudeau yesterday responded to a group of lawsuits by agreeing to pay C$750 million to the survivors of the “Sixties Scoop” program, in which 20,000 First Nations children were removed from their parents’ households and placed with non-indigenous foster or adoptive parents. The plaintiffs claimed that this caused them mental and emotional problems, in addition to the loss of their ancestral culture. Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister, announced the agreement.

“I have great hope that because we’ve reached this plateau, this will never, ever happen in Canada again,” Marcia Brown Martel, now Chief of the Beaverhouse First Nation, said of the decision. Martel was removed from her home as many as ten times before 1972. She and her sister were among the original plaintiffs. From the 1960s to 1980s, some of the children were sent out of the country to the United States, Europe or New Zealand. Some of the plaintiffs say they were abused by their foster families and others do not. A separate settlement has been offered to the 150,000 children who were instead sent to institutions, such as boarding schools.

“There is also no dispute about the fact that great harm was done,” wrote Ontario Supreme Court Justice Edward P. Belobaba in a preliminary decision in February. “The ‘scooped’ children lost contact with their families. They lost their aboriginal language, culture and identity. Neither the children nor their foster or adoptive parents were given information about the children’s aboriginal heritage or about the various educational and other benefits that they were entitled to receive. The removed children vanished ‘with scarcely a trace.’?” He did concede that the founders of the program meant well, but major sources agree it was subject to considerable culture clash, with social workers removing children from situations that were later found not to be abusive or neglectful.

According to a lawyer for some of the plaintiffs, Jeffrey Wilson, this is the first time anyone has argued that the loss of a cultural identity in a lawsuit in a Western country: “No First Nations case yet to this day has asked the question as to whether or not the loss of identity is an actionable wrong. Aboriginal title to property has been litigated, aboriginal title to identity has not,” he told the The Guardian.

The First Nations people make up approximately four percent of Canada’s population, at about 1.4 million people, and they suffer disproportionately from poverty, violence, addiction and crime.

Canada is not the only country where native children were taken away from their families. From 1910 to 1970, the Australian government collected Aboriginal children, who came to be called the Stolen Generations, and relocated them to schools and other institutions far from their communities. In 1978, the United States passed the Indian Child Welfare Act to curtail similar actions toward Native American children.

Manitoba was the first of Canada’s provinces to apologize for the scoop program, in 2015. The federal government has also announced plans to make a public apology.

Photoessay: The Idiotarod: When Good Shopping Carts Go Bad

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Washington, D.C. —When you mix a shopping cart, six team members, bar hopping and bonus points for schmoozing bar hostesses and sabotaging your enemies, you get the annual Washington, D.C. Idiotarod race. On Saturday, this bizarre fund raising event, which originated in San Francisco 13 years ago, pitted teams of “sleds” together to race from bar to bar in Washington, D.C.’s fashionable Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. Each “sled” consists of a “borrowed” shopping cart and six human dogs to pull the cart. Points are given for originality, the best time and best sabotage of another sled.

The race is held to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center and is organized by Ellen Shortill and Kristen Heatherly. Their organization, called “SMASHED” or “Society for Mature Adults Seeking to Help, Entertain and Donate”, takes the position that donating small amounts many times ultimately benefits the smaller charities. Said Shortill, “Our goal is simply to have fun and raise money for those charities that don’t really get any attention.”

The race this year consisted of 22 teams. Although team “Save NOLA” got to the last bar first, teams can win bonus points for (among other things) flirting with bar hosts and hostesses at any of the five bars along the route. The route is approximately 3 miles long, and each team is required to spend at least 20 minutes in each bar. Heatherly noted that “it doesn’t matter who got here first, ultimately its the team with the most credits and the best time that wins.”

Unique among the participants are brothers Pete and Chris Magnuson who are attempting to get on the 10th edition of Amazing Race on CBS. Their team called “Pick Pete and Chris” ran through the streets with t-shirts hawking their website and their fervent desire to be chosen for the next edition of the television show.

“Its not really about who wins, its that we get to have a blast and raise some money,” said Shortill. The charity event raised about $500 and various canned goods for the food pantry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Haunted attractions in Texas prepare for 2013 Halloween season

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Thursday, September 12, 2013

With Halloween approaching, numerous haunted attractions all over Texas are preparing for the big “haunt” season. Directors and staff of such attractions must invest significant time preparing their buildings; such efforts gear up significantly during September. Wikinews caught up with some owners of these attractions to learn more about the hard work it takes to prepare for opening night.

Terror Nights, an attraction in Tyler, opens for the season on September 27. Ryan Laepple, owner and director of the haunt, states he’s currently involved in “a blur of safety inspections, auditions, actor training, and last but not least event advertising.” Laepple went on to say he stays “pretty busy until the show opens on the 27th and then things calm down some. As long as not too many things in the haunt break at once.” Dean Jarnig, the director of Zombie Manor in Arlington, said he and staff have recently been spraying flame-retardant chemicals and installing new lights. Jarnig also stated he and staff are working on a promotional video for their attraction, which opens on Friday September 13.

Hangman’s House of Horrors in Fort Worth is celebrating both its twenty fifth anniversary and final operational year. Some individuals who act in these attractions refer to their fellow actors as extended family. This year, some sources have even encouraged holiday job seekers to consider working at a haunted attraction to earn money. One whimsically listed the job’s benefits as “[…] free uniforms, a complimentary hair and makeup consultation and make-over, inspirational background music, plenty of on-the-job exercise opportunities and more.” Long a staple in American culture, “Haunted Houses”, as they’re commonly called, range in size from small garage-sized projects, up to multi floor buildings outfitted with the most elaborate of lighting and special effects.

The Top 10 Workplace Safety Myths}

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Submitted by: Luciana Muratori

The Top 10 Workplace Safety Myths

There are several articles online listing Workplace Safety Myths, so I decided to do a research and publish the best 10 myths I found.

From the most important one, down to the funniest one, the top 10 Workplace Safety Myths are:

Myth # 1: Safety is just common sense

No organisation should rely on workers to use common sense. There must be an effective risk management policy in place. There is a myth about common sense, which fails to understand that one persons instinct might differ greatly from anothers. This is particularly true if they are a young or inexperienced worker.

Good sense is acquired through knowledge and experience. Thats why safety inductions, toolbox talks, and good communication between workers and line supervisors are all vital ingredients for making workplaces safe.

Myth # 2: It will never happen here.

The truth is that workplace accidents or violence can happen in any business, at anytime, and anywhere. And, they do.

Myth # 3: Workplace Violence is Random and Unpredictable

Violence can be random and unpredictable in some cases. However, there are several cases when a pattern of behaviour begins to emerge. A lot of times people ignore warning signs until it is too late. In 80% of all incidents of workplace violence, the are warning signs that went unheeded.

Awareness heads the list and is the easiest and most successful means for surviving a workplace violence attack. Early awareness and action can save property, lives, and money.

Verbal threats of violence are a real warning sign. Verbal threats of violence should not be ignored or played down as just talk.

Myth # 4: Risk assessment is too complicated

Carrying out a risk assessment should be straightforward. Its about focusing on real risks and hazards that cause real harm and, more importantly, taking action to control them.

Myth # 5: Musculoskeletal injuries are inevitable with manual labour.

Workplaces with hazardous manual tasks have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of their workers. The risks of injury associated with hazardous manual tasks must be controlled.

Advances in technology means there are many practical options to assist employers to control the risk of injury.

Myth #6: Workplace health and safety systems are rigid and stop us getting real work done.

The mention of workplace health and safety is sometimes met with cynicism. However, its not about slowing productivity, but rather finding safer, smarter, more cost effective ways of getting work done.

Myth # 7: Myth: Every possible risk needs a safety sign

Using too many signs just guarantees no one will read any of them.

Safety signs are useful when theres a significant risk which cant be avoided or controlled in any other way. But that doesnt mean you should add a sign for every possible risk, however trivial.

Where there are serious risks in your workplace, dont just rely on signs take practical steps to deal with them. If you do need a sign, make sure it has the right symbol and is clearly visible.

Myth # 8: PPE will keep everyone safe.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) helps to keep workers safe, but the employees must be trained on how to use them. In several cases, PPE equipment is there as a last line of defence, you dont want them to be really required to do any work.

Workplaces should implement engineering controls, such as machine guards to protect fingers from sharp moving devices. Rotating tasks to avoid repetitive motion injuries is also a way to avoid injuries (and boredom!).

MYTH #9: Some people are just accident prone

Some people are clumsier or more absent-minded than others, it is true. But they cant take all the blame. Good management means looking out for these people. In an organisation, if somebody is having a high level of small accidents at work, something might be wrong. It is the supervisor/manager duty to identify the problem and find out the reason why this particular employee is having so many accidents. Is he getting enough sleep? Does he have any personal problems? Is he depressed? Drinking? Or is there another reason?

Myth # 10: Flip flops are banned from the workplace

Finally, the last myth and this is a funny one. I found it on many websites from the US and I thought it was a great myth to end this article.

How did this myth start?

Apparently, sometime in 2007, bosses at Oldham Council (US) banned staff from wearing flip-flops and sandals to work, citing health and safety. They feared people who wear the flimsy footwear are more likely to trip and injure themselves.There was another widely reported ban in 2013 for staff working at Plymouth City Council (also in the US). it is noteworthy to mention that the reason for the ban was to remind workers to dress appropriately for a working environment. The later report stirred up the flip-flop ban myth again with members of the public citing health and safety reasons for the ban.

Research and information for this post was obtained from the following websites:

WorkSafe Queensland

Safety ED

Stay Legal

HSE UK

The Safety Brief

About the Author: Luciana Muratori is a safety expert and the owner of Shop For Safety. Shop For safety is an online store that sells good quality safety products in Australia and overseas.

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Rescuers search for survivors of Japan rail disaster

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Rescuers working with cranes and heavy equipment at the scene of Japan’s worst rail accident in forty years pulled 3 survivors and more bodies out of the wreckage of a packed commuter train that derailed on Monday. The crash is now claiming 95 lives and over 400 injuries. Hopes are fading for more survivors in the rail car search where it is thought a dozen bodies may yet remain.

The train crashed into the side of a nine-story apartment building located nearby a bend where it jumped the track. Relatives of those lost are arriving in Amagasaki to identify loved ones in a gymnasium where a makeshift morgue is located.

Police searching for the cause of yesterday’s disaster investigated eight offices of West Japan Railway Co on Tuesday for clues to the rail driver. Police conducting the probe said professional negligence may be involved. The train operator, who in the past received a warning for a similar incident, over-shot the stop at the previous station and had to back the train up nearly 40 m (130 feet).

It is unclear whether the inexperienced driver of the train survived, 23-year-old Ryujiro Takami with 11 months on the job.

Running late and traveling at what survivors thought was excessive speed, it is believed the train lost control at a bend in the track where 71 km/h (44 mph) was the speed limit; however, any speeds under 134 km/h (83 mph) should not have caused derailment.

The train and aircraft disaster research committee, which reports to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, began to research the disaster. The committee members revealed unofficially the physical reasons of the disaster are quite complexe A member of the committee says the speed of train was monitored and at the fifth train it was recoreded that this car had run at 108 km/h speed in a certain moment after emergency brake had worked.