Monday, July 17, 2006

Robert Brooks, chairman of Hooters of America, Inc. who was famous for opening a restaurant selling chicken wings by scantily clad waitresses, was found dead yesterday, police said. Brooks was 69 years old. An autopsy is waiting to be performed later on today.

Since opening its first store in Clearwater, Florida in 1983, the chain has expanded across the United States and into more than a dozen foreign countries. At last count, Hooters had 425 restaurants nationwide.

Brooks was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 1996.

byAlma Abell

Sarees are pieces of clothing that all women want to wear willingly at some point in life. Especially, in our nation, the love for sarees grows when the festive season arrives. Indians always have the knack for sarees, but the surprising thing is that people from all around the globe are now showing great interest to buy party wear sarees.

What caused the great interest in sarees?

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It is the media. Almost all things around the world are the outcomes of the media. The influence of all Indian cinemas where classy attires with proper accessories are portrayed, there is no one woman who can stay without buying such attire. Sometimes there are even sarees that are named after the movie or the female actor’s name who wore it. This has made most the women buy party wear sarees no matter which country they are from.

Why choose party wear sarees instead of traditional ones?

In India, the silk infused sarees are rich and are considered as a respectable piece of clothing. However, these days little do we find those sarees at a party as soon as the designer party wears came into existence. It is trendy because party wears look both elegant and stylish at the same time. Unlike traditional silk sarees with which only gold jewels go well, party wear sarees go well with trendy, modern accessories including high heels.Do you have a party tomorrow? Rush to buy party wear sarees and compatible accessories.

Where can you buy them?

Buying party wear sarees is very easy. They are found even in general stores all around the cities. If one feels real shopping is tiresome, she can choose to buy party wear sarees online, which is much easier and comfortable as the items are delivered to your home. Moreover, nowadays, amazing designs are available on online platforms. Even if a person goes to browse through, the designs and materials of the clothing are bound to make them purchase them.

The second reason is the attractive design and a color, which makes the consumer buy it no matter what. Go on, buy part wear sarees and make a bold statement at the party!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

An amendment of the United States constitution banning the burning of the American flag failed by one vote in the Senate on Tuesday. The final tally was 66-34; two-thirds (67 of 100 senators) was required for the amendment to pass.

U.S. President, George W. Bush, gave a statement commending the bipartisan group of Senators for trying to pass the amendment.[1] It was sponsored by Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator from Utah, and backed by the Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist, of Tennessee.

Even though some members of each party voted for the amendment, some on both sides strongly dissented. Daniel Inouye, a Democrat from the state of Hawaii and a World War II veteran, said — like many other Senators including Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell — the proposed amendment was against the constitutional right to free speech.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Scotland Yard issued a statement that Jean Charles de Menezes, the 27-year-old Brazilian electrician shot to death yesterday by police in a London Underground station was “not connected” to Thursday’s bombings and called the incident “a tragedy”. A day earlier, the police commissioner said the man was “directly linked” to Thursday’s attacks.

The police statement said

“We are now satisfied that he was not connected with the incidents of Thursday 21st July 2005. For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets.”

The man was followed when he left a flat that had been under surveillence. He did not obey instructions from police (not in uniform) as he ran onto a Tube train at the station. Eyewitnesses said he “was wearing a large coat, unusual for the time of year”, but didn’t seem to have “any guns or anything like that; I didn’t see him carrying anything. I didn’t even see a bag to be quite honest.”

Mark Whitby, apparently the closest eye witness said; “He half-tripped, was half-pushed to the floor. The policeman nearest to me had the black automatic pistol in his left hand, he held it down to the guy and unloaded five shots into him.”

The shooting is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Service‘s Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which investigates all fatal police shootings.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke described the shooting of Mr Menezes as an “absolute tragedy” before going on to say “I hope [the family] understand the police were trying to do their very best under very difficult circumstances.”

Alex Pereira, a cousin of Mr Menezes, also living in the UK, was interviewed by the BBC and said “Apologies are not enough. I believe my cousin’s death was result of police incompetence.” He also stated that he believed his cousin had been “a victim of government’s mistakes”.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

In Serbia’s capital Belgrade protesters have broken into the United States embassy, and have set fire to an office, which is now extinguished. The break-in followed massive protests against Kosovo’s independence that was declared last Sunday. A couple of hundreds of thousands protested in front of the parliament building in Belgrade when masked attackers broke into the building and tried to throw office-furniture out the windows. Estimations of a number of protesters vary between 150.000 and 2 millions.

Around 18:00, after the relay, a couple hundred rioters went to Kneza Milosa Street where the US embassy is located. At 18:15 they demolished a part of the embassy and burned it. They also attacked the Croatian embassy, which is around 100 meters from the US embassy on the same street. Around 19:00 police came and clashed with the rioters using tear gas. Riots were all over downtown Belgrade. As of 22:00 the situation was under control but there are still some riots in other streets.

The tear gas polluted a couple blocks, about 350 meters up to Vra?ar hill.

The nearby Croatian embassy was also attacked. Rocks were thrown at the Canadian embassy building. This could be due to the fact that Canada has not said yet if it recognises Kosovo. Embassies of Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, United Kingdom and Germany were also attacked.

One person was found dead at the ground floor of US embassy, around 150 people were injured, including 35 policemen. Around 100 rioters were arrested.

Dirk-Jan Visser, a photo-reporter for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad was attacked by rioters. People helped him escape, and he has been taken into hospital with broken bones. He is expected to be kept in hospital until the next day. Ambulances and medical cars were called to the scene to help injured people and protesters, some cars were attacked.

Andrey Fyodorov and Andrey Pavlov, journalists of Russia Today, were also heavily attacked during the riots.

Two McDonald‘s restaurants on squares Terazije and Slavija were attacked. The restaurant on Slavija has been heavily damaged. Kiosks, stores and banks were robbed all over the centre of Belgrade. The protesters tried to attack radio/television station B92 but police had the scene under control.

“As long as we live, Kosovo is Serbia,” Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica told the crowd from a stage in front of the old Yugoslav parliament building in Belgrade, “We’re not alone in our fight. President Putin is with us”. A huge banner reading “Kosovo is Serbia” draped the front of the building.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called out to the Serbian government to protect the U.S. Embassy. He said the U.S. ambassador was at his home and was in contact with U.S. officials.

The United States was one of the first countries, with the United Kingdom, France and Germany to recognize Kosovo as an independent state. Serbia however regards Kosovo as a province and is backed up in this by Russia, China and numerous other countries, including some European Union member states. Kosovo is 90% ethnic Albanian, with in the north a minority of ethnic Serbians. Belgrade has, however, not been in control over the Kosovo area since 1999, when United Nations took control.

High representative of the Serbian Radical Party, Aleksandar Vucic, said that “those who provoked Serbian people are equally responsible for destruction as rioters are.” President of Serbia Boris Tadic and President of the National Assembly Oliver Dulic and other ministers called on peace.

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By Frank Guariglia

Youve seen the banner ads on the Web. Make Millions In Penny Stocks! Whiz Kid Trader Turns $4,000 Into Billions! Make Money 24×7 Trading The Forex! Take this course, or buy that program, then sit back and watch the cash roll in.

Before you send your credit card number check out what a real life independent trader has to say. Like Frank Guariglia. The Philadelphia resident has been trading stocks full time from home for more than three years. When I tell people what I do for a living they think its the coolest job in the world, the road to easy money, Frank says. But, the reality is a lot different. This is hard, tedious, stressful work. I put a lot of time in. Im up at 4:30 AM checking news and markets around the world, reading the Wall Street Journal, getting ready for the opening bell. Most nights Im doing research. Theres nothing cool or glamorous about it. Some days its painfully boring. I sit, I watch, and I wait for setups that offer an above average potential for profit. Traders like to trade. Doing nothing for hours on end is extremely difficult.

Anybody can be a trader. Open a brokerage account, set up a computer with a phone line, and youre in business. Day traders, however, are a special category. The New York Stock Exchange( NYSE) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), require “pattern day traders” to maintain at least $25,000 in their accounts and they can only trade in margin accounts. Margin is a loan from a broker secured by the securities and cash in the account. A pattern day trading account offers tremendous leverage. With the $25,000 minimum a trader can buy $100,000 worth of stock during the day. Pick a winner and you can make a fortune quickly. If the stock tanks you can lose big, maybe even more than your original investment.

Frank worked as a service manager at Verizon Communications before he became a full time trader. During a round of downsizing his entire department was consolidated with another center in a different state. He was offered an attractive severance package in lieu of relocating, and he jumped at the opportunity to strike out on his own. I didnt wake up one morning and decide that I wanted to be a day trader. Ive been a serious investor for 30 years, he says. I dreamed about trading the stock market full time, but lack of time and lack of capital held me back. With my severance, and some savings, I suddenly had both.

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Very few people succeed as traders. Most blow up their accounts in short order, some in just a matter of a few months. Insufficient capital is often the reason. A trader who hopes to trade full time and live off the profits of a $5,000 account probably has about the same odds of succeeding as a Powerball player. Losses are a big part of the game. Even the best traders lose more trades than they win. They last in the business by keeping their losses small and letting their winners ride.

Hows Frank doing? Well, its been over three years, and Im still here, he says. Fortunately, I was able to start with a comfortable capital position. I havent had a profitable year yet. I started right before the Dow hit its all-time high in October, 2007, then crashed to a generational low in March, 2009. But, this year has been good so far. You dont get proficient at this overnight. It takes many years of study and experience. The mistakes I made early on cost me quite a bit of money. I consider it my tuition. Some traders fail for the same reason that many businesses fail. By the time they start to figure out what works theyre out of money!

Rule Number One is PRESERVE YOUR CAPITAL. If you run out of chips youre out of the game. Successful traders are masters at money management. They risk a small percentage of their account, 2% or less, on any single trade. I took some pretty big risks early on that resulted in sizable losses, Frank says. I also made the same mistake that many traders make by holding on to losing trades in the hope that they would bounce back. Sometimes they did, and that only reinforced a bad habit. Eventually, a loss not taken quickly will turn into a huge, painful loss if you keep hanging on. Take the small losses, and move on. One good winner can make up for a string of losers.

Day traders are looking for quick profits, and they close out their positions by the end of the day. Holding a trade overnight is risky. Adverse news like a bad earnings report, a lawsuit, or the departure of a key executive can drive the stock sharply lower the next morning. I generally dont want to hold a stock too long, Frank says. More time means more risk. A winner can turn into a loser real fast.

Prospective day traders are strongly advised to read the Securities & Exchange Commissions cautionary message, Day Trading: Your Dollars At Risk, at Frank says, Trading is becoming increasingly difficult, and dangerous, for small independent traders like me. We compete with high frequency traders using rooms full of computers to make millions of trades a day with the goal of earning a fraction of a penny on each trade! A lot of days are extremely volatile, just wild and crazy. Then, there was the Flash Crash of May 6. My jaw dropped as I watched the Dow plummet 1,000 points in a matter of minutes. It looked like it would never stop dropping. I had one trade going, and couldnt get out fast enough. I panicked, like many other people did, and lost a sizable amount. I heard that some trading firms, entire companies, were wiped out by the event. Could it happen again? Who knows?

So, why would anyone want to work long, hard hours, and expose themselves to such high risk in a competition where the odds are decidedly stacked against them? Frank says, I always wanted to do this. Its in my blood. Im always thinking about the markets, even on holidays and weekends. I love the independence and flexibility it offers. If I only want to trade for an hour, or take the whole day off, I dont have to get permission from anybody. Working from home is great. Long commutes, bad weather, difficult coworkers are not a problem.

What does the future look like for Frank? This is a very risky business. Id like some financial security. I have private health insurance, and its getting more expensive every year. A part time job with benefits would be nice. I would be happy to work nights or weekends, and trade during the day. I have a tremendous amount of energy and stamina.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A US Coast Guard official said today that BP’s latest effort to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been successful in slowing the amount of oil leaking from the well.

The official, Admiral Thad Allen, said that the procedure, known as a “top kill” operation, has been able to block some of the leaking oil at the source, the top of the damaged well. The operation involves pumping material into the well to plug the leak before cement is used to permanently seal the leak. Allen said the operation has “been able to force mud down and not allow any hydrocarbons to come up.”

BP hasn’t confirmed the success of the top kill operation, saying only that the “operation is proceeding as we planned it,” and that there had been no major incidents thus far. Although the possibility of failure is still present, experts say that the longer the procedure continues, the less likely it will be that anything goes wrong.

The procedure began yesterday afternoon, after diagnostics on the damaged equipment on the ocean’s surface indicated that it could withstand the added pressure of the mud being pumped into the well. Although engineers involved with the operation wore concerned that the pressure of the mud might not be able to overcome that of the oil, that has thus far not been the case.

Separately, a group of US scientists announced new estimates of how much oil was flowing from the well, ranging from 12,000 to 25,000 barrels a day, far higher than BP’s original estimate of 5,000 barrels a day, a figure which BP warned was possibly inaccurate.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, US president Barack Obama also announced new measures in response to the spill, which include:

  • Suspending off-shore test drilling for six months
  • Extending the moratorium on issuing drilling permits for an additional six months
  • Cancelling the sale of leases for off-shore drilling.

In statements, Obama criticized the “scandalously close relationship” between government officials and oil companies in the past, saying that the Mineral Management Service, which is the agency responsible for monitoring off-shore drilling, had been corrupt for years.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

United States President George W. Bush addressed the nation on the economic financial crisis from inside the White House saying the economic situation is “serious” and is “in danger” of becoming “a long and painful recession.”

“We are in the midst of a serious financial crisis and the federal government is responding with decisive action,” Bush said in his televised speech.

Bush called for the United States Congress to pass a US$700 billion bill intended to keep struggling companies afloat. He asked the two presidential candidates along with leaders from both parties of Congress to join him for a conference on Thursday.

Last Friday, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called for a bailout plan that would allow for the United States government to purchase devalued mortgage backed securities, resulting from the subprime mortgage crisis, from troubled financial institutions. Paulson has said that the plan could cost up to $700 billion. Congressional leaders have said that some form of the plan will pass; however, there is considerable debate over several key issues.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said that Bush “believes it is important for the American people to fully understand the depth of the crisis in our financial markets, how that crisis affects them, and the urgent need to agree on a solution.” Bush has been criticized for waiting too long to speak in prime time.

John McCain suspended his campaign to return to Washington and work on the bailout bill. Barack Obama has called for another form of the bill to pass and said that Congress should not package the bailout bill with any other bills — such as an economic stimulus plan.

Meanwhile, Congress has held a second round of hearings on the proposed bailout bill. Paulson and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee. They felt it was a serious problem in need of an immediate solution.

Is, as some politicians have suggested, the bailout plan a “blank check”?
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Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman of House Financial Services Committee, says it is “clear” that the financial bailout bill will pass.

Director of the Congressional Budget Office Peter R. Orsza said while testifying before Congress that “ironically, the intervention could even trigger additional failures of large institutions, because some institutions may be carrying troubled assets on their books at inflated values.”

The bailout plan has been called a “blank check” by many, with members of both parties divided on the issue.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It can be difficult to be John Reed.

Christopher Hitchens called him a “Bin Ladenist” and Cathy Young editorialized in The Boston Globe that he “blames the victims of terrorism” when he puts out a novel like Snowball’s Chance, a biting send-up of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm which he was inspired to write after the terrorist attacks on September 11. “The clear references to 9/11 in the apocalyptic ending can only bring Orwell’s name into disrepute in the U.S.,” wrote William Hamilton, the British literary executor of the Orwell estate. That process had already begun: it was revealed Orwell gave the British Foreign Office a list of people he suspected of being “crypto-Communists and fellow travelers,” labeling some of them as Jews and homosexuals. “I really wanted to explode that book,” Reed told The New York Times. “I wanted to completely undermine it.”

Is this man who wants to blow up the classic literary canon taught to children in schools a menace, or a messiah? David Shankbone went to interview him for Wikinews and found that, as often is the case, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

Reed is electrified by the changes that surround him that channel through a lens of inspiration wrought by his children. “The kids have made me a better writer,” Reed said. In his new untitled work, which he calls a “new play by William Shakespeare,” he takes lines from The Bard‘s classics to form an original tragedy. He began it in 2003, but only with the birth of his children could he finish it. “I didn’t understand the characters who had children. I didn’t really understand them. And once I had had kids, I could approach them differently.”

Taking the old to make it new is a theme in his work and in his world view. Reed foresees new narrative forms being born, Biblical epics that will be played out across print and electronic mediums. He is pulled forward by revolutions of the past, a search for a spiritual sensibility, and a desire to locate himself in the process.

Below is David Shankbone’s conversation with novelist John Reed.


  • 1 On the alternative media and independent publishing
  • 2 On Christopher Hitchens, Orwell and 9/11 as inspiration
  • 3 On the future of the narrative
  • 4 On changing the literary canon
  • 5 On belief in a higher power
  • 6 On politics
  • 7 On self-destruction and survival
  • 8 On raising children
  • 9 On paedophilia and the death penalty
  • 10 On personal relationships
  • 11 Sources
  • 12 External links

By Mansi Aggarwal

The RN to BSN online bachelor’s degree in nursing is an educational program for a registered nurse with a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing, who wants to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN).

Earning an RN-to-BSN online is the best possible option for nurses who work full time and have family responsibilities. For it offers these students the freedom to customize the program courses to suit their needs.

However, you should find out if the RN to BSN online degree program you’re enrolled in is self-paced, or structured like that of a traditional class, where there is a designated start date.

What does a Bachelor Of Science Nursing (BSN) degree entail? Most colleges and universities offer this course as a four to five year program. However, while the program trains nurses for hospital and other health care settings, on the main, it prepares the student to assume leadership positions in the health care industry.

Although each online college and university has different courses in their programs, here are the basic prerequisites you’ll need for acceptance into an accredited online BSN program.

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— A graduate of a diploma or associate degree in nursing from an accredited NLN (National League of Nursing) school

— Have completed 60 semester hours of prerequisite course work with a passing grade

— Character references from reliable sources i.e. teachers, and supervisors at work

How does the student attend classes?

— In general, the student logs on to the school’s website, with a given password.

— Then checks the latest posted lecture materials for the subject matter.

— For questions or comments, the student has access to a discussion or bulletin board.

— There will be times that the instructor will schedule a one on one chat session or group session.

— The student is given a deadline for submitting the work and this is generally emailed to the instructor.

As for your clinical experiences, the general arrangement would be to have your practicum done at the city you live in, with guidance from your advisor.

The online school will then arrange a Contract of Association between them and the health care center or clinic in your community. A preceptor is then assigned to supervise your practicum.

Here’s where your work connections will be of most help. You don’t have to identify possible healthcare centers or clinics, and ask to work with them, instead you can perform the required clinical experiences right where you work!

It is certainly understandable if you hesitate about taking the plunge to take the RN to BSN online program, especially if you’ve been out of school for a long time. Nevertheless, think of the benefits, career advancement, more participation on the health care aspects in your organization, and most importantly – the better salary!

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