Southern California hit by 5.1 earthquake

Saturday, December 6, 2008

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Southern California in the United States has been struck by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake. The quake struck at 8:18 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday night.

The epicenter was located 56 kilometers (35 miles) East of Barstow and 188 k.m. (116 miles) East, Northeast of Los Angeles. So far there are no reports of damage or injuries. Over 21,000 people live in Barstow.

“[The quake was] relatively shallow and if it were located in a more populated area it could be very damaging, but it’s out in the middle of the desert, in the middle of nowhere,” said Richard Buckmaster, a seismologist for the USGS.

The quake was recorded at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles). Reports say that the shaking could be felt as far away as San Diego where it shook the sheriff’s office building. The shaking was also felt in Los Angeles. Nearly a dozen aftershocks ranging from magnitudes 1.0 to 2.5, have been recorded in the same location since the main event.

Recently, a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck downtown Los Angeles, but caused no damage or injuries. The earthquake’s epicenter was located near a golf course in an upscale community 3 km (2 miles) Southwest from Chino Hills, or 47 km (29 miles) East, Southeast of Los Angeles (33.959° N 117.752° W). The most recent damaging quake to hit Southern California was the January 17, 1994 Northridge quake in Reseda. That quake had a magnitude of 6.7, and killed 72 people and injured over 9,000.

Bosnia jails first female war crime convict

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A court in Bosnia has jailed the nation’s first female war crimes convict. Rasema Handanovi?, 39, admitted six killings in the village of Trusina in 1993.

Only one other woman has been convicted of crimes relating to the 1992-5 conflict in Bosnia, Bosnian Serb ex-president Biljana Plavši?. Plavši? was jailed for eleven years by an international court in The Hague, Netherlands in 2003 and later released.

Judge Jasmina Kosovi? noted mitigating conditions for Handanovi?: She had expressed remorse for the victims, she had co-operated and given testimony for use against others in the attack, she was a war rape victim, and she had lost family in the fighting. Handanovi? received a five-and-one-half-years prison sentence yesterday.

Kosovi? noted the convict “participated with other members of her unit in the executions of three civilians and three soldiers”.

Handanovi?, now a United States citizen whom Bosnia extradited, was part of a firing squad. The Trusina incident ultimately left eighteen civlians and four prisoners of war dead. She provided evidence against six other members of Zulfikar, a special unit within the Bosnian and Herzegovinan Army. Handanovi? had earlier struck a plea bargain.

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CanadaVOTES: CHP candidate Vicki Gunn in York—Simcoe

Friday, October 10, 2008

In an attempt to speak with as many candidates as possible during the 2008 Canadian federal election, Wikinews has talked via email with Vicki Gunn. Gunn is a candidate in Ontario’s York—Simcoe riding, running under the Christian Heritage Party of Canada (CHP) banner. The CHP is a minor, registered political party running a significant number of candidates across the country, looking to earn its first ever seat in the House of Commons.

The riding has existed from 1968 to 1979, from 1988 to 1997, and from 2004 to present. As of the next provincial election in Ontario, it will be recognised as a provincial electoral district as well. Over the years, the riding has been represented by the Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Party, again by the Progressive Conservatives, again by the Liberals, and since its recreation, the seat has been held by the Conservative Party of Canada.

Peter Van Loan, the Conservative incumbent, is the Minister Responsible for Democratic Reform and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. The other candidates in the riding, besides Van Loan and the CHP’s Gunn, are New Democrat Sylvia Gerl, Liberal Judith Moses, and the Green Party‘s John Dewar.

The following is an interview with Gunn, conducted via email. The interview is published unedited, as sent to Wikinews.

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Jlab ExportAre you in search of a proper engineering college? If yes, then this article will help you to know a lot about the most important factors to look for while searching. There are thousands of colleges here out of which hundreds are closing every year. You must take all the factors into consideration before opting for counseling after the joint exams. The availability of engineering educational lab equipment plays a vital role in the development of a college and the students simultaneously. A college with all the laboratories of a concerned engineering department is better to choose and sure to succeed in future.Engineering labsThis is an application based study of science where you need to have proper applicability to excel in a certain field. There are a lot of departments in a college and each of them should be well equipped with the instruments from engineering lab equipment manufacturers. The students will love to know about the application aspect of every subject more than the technical knowledge. This is where the constant supply of necessary items and raw materials is essential. So, before opting for admission you must check all these facilities in the best possible manner for achieving a successful career.How it helps the studentsAfter a certain stage, the students opt for internships and training at various industry and offices to gain a better industrial approach. You must visit the laboratories equipped with engineering educational lab equipment top clear any doubt regarding the subject. They will have a better view of the machines and other item there which will help them in training and jobs. If all the machines are working properly, then the pupils will have a better urge to visit the college at the perfect time as it will benefit them in knowing more about their working procedures. The undergraduates prefer to visit the research labs than the lectures.The need for quality equipment is increasing daily and this is where the role of science lab equipment manufacturers is vital in catering the need of the schools. Many types of equipment are needed in each laboratory thus it is helping the society by recruiting quality individuals. Features of good instrumentsAll the machines delivered by engineering lab equipment suppliers and exporters must have a perfect blend of good static and dynamic characteristics. Some of them are as follows. FidelityThe instruments must deliver quality output with the change in the input characteristics. Static gainIt is extremely important for the equipment in the laboratory to have good static gain characteristics as it delivers quality output. Noise resistantThey must be developed in such a way that they are resistant to noise and other environmental changes. The allowances must be in them in the perfect manner to produce quality results.All the engineering laboratories must have the proper instrument in all the places to deliver quality education to the students. There are a lot of manufacturers in the country that produce the equipment with quality features and reproducibility.

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Hiker missing from US state of Utah wilderness found in Australia

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A man missing from a camping ground in southern Utah in the Western US since July 30 was found in Australia. His automobile was found in a campground of Dixie National Forest with a note that he would be back in a few hours. An extensive search and rescue operation was conducted to try to locate this hiker by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Utah.

Investigators in the Sheriff’s Office were able to track him down to Cairns, Queensland. Apparently before he was “missing”, he bought a one-way ticket to Australia. Bryan Butas, the missing hiker, apparently had been under a great deal of stress and “got sick of it all”, according to a telephone interview by the Associated Press.

Butas has been charged with insurance fraud, a second-degree felony, by Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap. This was because Butas plotted to obtain a $250,000 life insurance policy before faking his own disappearance. He has also been given a bill for $20,000 by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for their search and rescue operations on his behalf.

His wife and children have since his disappearance moved to the wife’s parent’s home in Ohio. Butas’s parents came to Southern Utah to help in the search and were “embarrassed and shocked” to learn their son had merely run away from marital and financial difficulties, Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith said.

Washington County Sheriff Sgt. Jake Adams said his investigation included tracing an application Butas made for a passport, his purchase of a one-way airline ticket to Australia, and the life insurance policy that names his wife and children as beneficiaries. On August 18, Adams said Butas’s mother called him to say her son had called home the evening of August 11, several days after the search was officially called off for the missing man. Butas asked his mother for money and an airline ticket home, which she sent.

Butas has since been checked into the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Brecksville, Ohio, according to Adams, but will shortly return to Utah.

Canada’s Trinity—Spadina (Ward 20) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontoians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Trinity—Spadina (Ward 20). One candidate responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Desmond Cole, Helen Kennedy, Douglas Lowry, Chris Ouellette, Carmin Priolo, Devendra Sharma, Joseph Tuan, and Adam Vaughan.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

Romanian tourism to be rebranded

Friday, May 6, 2005

Romania’s National Authority for Tourism (ANT) announced that they would promote tourism in Romania through a new branding strategy, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development. The director of ANT, Marius Critonescu, said that the branding exercise will be “a significant component of the Romania’s development as a new tourist destination of international level.” He also added that the development of an integrated brand for Romanian tourism will promote a more positive image for the country, thereby increasing the number of tourists and investors. In recent times, there has been quite a lot of investment in “national branding”, especially in the field of tourism, as most marketing experts believe that branding for a product or a country is theoretically the same thing, and that the same strategies and approach should be used for both.

Concerning the Romanian tourism rebranding, international tourism and marketing expert James MacGregor stated that, “We have to touch the hearts and souls of the contemporary tourists who no longer travel for a simple beach or ski track. They want to live a self-knowledge experience that is truly uplifting and will leave unforgettable memories. The brand must show them not what they will see or do as tourists but what they will feel when visiting Romania.”

Russian spacecraft Phobos-Grunt falls in Pacific Ocean

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Russian spacecraft Phobos-Grunt fell into the Pacific Ocean some 1,250 kilometers west of Wellington, Chile yesterday after circling in Earth orbit for two months. The spacecraft was designed to retrieve soil samples from the largest moon of Mars, Phobos, but its engines failed and it had remained in Earth orbit ever since.

According to the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the spacecraft was in a near-Earth orbit with perigee 113.8 km and apogee 133.2 km at 8.15 p.m. UTC yesterday. It fell into the Pacific ocean around 9.45 p.m.

Predictions had varied on whether any segments would reach the Earth’s surface, and it is still unknown whether any did so. People from New Zealand and London reported sighting the spacecraft glowing bright orange as it passed eastwards.

Russian authorities plan to determine the reasons behind the accident. The failure of the mission is being considered as a major setback in Russia’s interplanetary programme. Vadim Lukashevich, a space expert, commented, “Five and half billion rubles and all the hopes of Russian space science for a revival… today burn up without any glory in the earth’s atmosphere.”

Recognizing Pulled Chest Muscle Symptoms

By Guido Nussbaum

It is not unusual for us to pull our chest muscles, and it can cause a wide variety of symptoms that we may be experiencing. Recognizing pulled chest muscle symptoms, however, goes far beyond just saying that we are a little bit sore in the area. As a matter of fact, some of the problems that we may experience whenever we have a pulled muscle in this area can make for very serious health concerns and it should not be left to chance or to self-diagnosis. That being said, however, here are some of the pulled chest muscle symptoms that you may be experiencing.

At times, you will just have a little bit of mild discomfort that goes along with a pulled muscle in this area. At other times, however, the pull may be more severe and this will cause additional discomfort. Most doctors can recognize whenever we have pulled a muscle, and we don’t really need to be too concerned that we may have another health issue that is underlining. If, however, the symptoms seems to be coming out of nowhere, it is important for you to seek medical attention immediately in order to avoid the possibility of more serious problems occurring.

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These various symptoms are actually graded according to their severity, much the same way that are graded according to the severity. There are three separate groups, and depending on your symptoms, you may fall into one or the other. As you gradually increase in the severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing, you’ll move from group to group. Of course, you can put yourself in one of these groups but it is a better idea for you to do so under the direction of a qualified physician. They will be able to properly diagnose the problem.

If you have a problem with the pulled chest muscle, it is important for you to make sure that you rest the area and not doing anything that could make the situation worse. Even if you begin to feel a little bit better, the muscles still may be tender and will be more susceptible to additional problems than a completely healed muscle. This can be rather frustrating, especially if you work regularly using these chest muscles or if you’re a weight lifter, and are afraid of losing the muscles at the same time. However, enough rest is going to allow the muscle to heal properly and you will come back strong at that point.

If you’re experiencing any other symptoms that go along with the pain that is in your chest, you may actually be experiencing a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms are very similar to pulled chest muscle symptoms, but they may also have radiating pain that goes out into other parts of the body. This would include such things as pain in the back, jaw, arms or even in the stomach. If you’re experiencing any of these along with pain in the chest, make sure that you go to the hospital immediately, or call 911 for assistance.

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