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Embassies across London lower their flags in honour of Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Embassies and high commissions across the city of London, United Kingdom have lowered their flags today in honour of the death of Nelson Mandela. The former president of South Africa passed away last Thursday at his home, aged 95.

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The Flag of South Africa lowered to half-mast at High Commission of South Africa, London. Image: Computron.
The Flag of the United States lowered to half-mast at the Embassy of the United States, London. Image: Computron.
The Flag of Kenya lowered to half-mast at the High Commission of Kenya, London. Image: Computron.

The Flag of New Zealand lowered to half-mast at the High Commission of New Zealand, London. Image: Computron.

Flag lowered to half-mast at the India House, London. Image: Computron.

The Flag of New Zealand lowered to half-mast at the Malaysian Embassy, London. Image: Computron.

The Union Flag lowered to half-mast at the Palace of Westminster, London. Image: Computron.

The Union Flag lowered to half-mast at Portcullis House, London. Image: Computron.

The Flag of South Africa lowered to half-mast at Leicester Town Hall, Leicester. Image: Computron.

Tribute messages written by members of the public for Nelson Mandela next to his statue in Parliament Square, London. Image: Computron.

Floral tributes left by members of the public for Nelson Mandela next to his statue in Parliament Square, London. Image: Computron.

Floral tributes left by members of the public for Nelson Mandela next to his statue in Parliament Square, London. Image: Computron.

Floral tributes left by members of the public for Nelson Mandela next to his statue in Parliament Square, London. Image: Computron.

Floral tributes left by members of the public for Nelson Mandela next to his statue in Parliament Square, London. Image: Computron.

Floral tributes left by members of the public for Nelson Mandela next to his statue in Parliament Square, London. Image: Computron.

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The Basics Of Forex Trading For Beginners



If you\’re just getting started in the currency markets, you should make sure that you know the basics of Forex trading before you consider risking your hard earned money. Otherwise, you can be sure that you will blow out your account very, very quickly. Many of the so called Forex \”Gurus\” out there will cover one or two off these basics adequately, but you need to have all three in place to truly be prepared for the challenges of trading Forex for a profit.


The basics of Forex

trading I\’m talking about are Method, Mindset and Money Management. These 3 Ms form the foundation of every successful trading operation, ignore one or more and you are guaranteed to lose money. The first of these, your Method, covers how you analyze the market, make your trading decisions, and manage your trades. The second of these, your Mindset, has to do with whether you are disciplined and consistent in your trading, and if you are in control of your trading or if it is control of you. Finally, your Money Management strategy is a crucial and often overlooked component of successful trading. Without the proper money management strategy, you are always at risk of blowing out your account, and you will find it very hard to hold on to your profits.

Here\’s how to master these 3 essential basics of Forex trading:The Basics Of Forex Trading #1: Method Without a proven Method for consistently extracting profits from the market, you are essentially gambling every time you enter a trade. A successful method covers not just your trade entry, but the entire process from analyzing the markets, identifying trade opportunities, entering and exiting your trades, and setting your stop loss and target profit zones. You should also have a solid underlying concept, be it trend following, range trading, breakout trading or targeting the overbought/oversold areas. So how do you put a successful Method together? First and foremost, you begin by studying the historical prices of the currency pair that you want to trade. If you\’re just starting out, you\’re better of focusing on just one pair and getting really familiar with the market behavior of that particular pair, instead of spreading yourself too thin over multiple currency pairs. As you observe how the prices fluctuate over time, take note of the opportunities that exist within the market. You can then begin to quantify your potential entries, exits, stop and profit points and test them to find the optimal combination. Alternatively, you can invest in someone else\’s strategy or system, and adjust it to suit your own observations and research.The Basics Of Forex Trading #2: Mindset One of the basics of Forex

trading that is often overlooked by beginners especially is the importance of the right Mindset. It may surprise you to discover that most people don\’t lose money in Forex because they don\’t have a profitable method. They lose money because of trading mistakes that stem from a lack of emotional control and poor application of discipline. Even if you have the best method in the world, but your poor Mindset prevents you from applying it correctly, you are going to lose money.

When you first start trading your system, you should do it on a mini or micro lot account on the lowest possible size. That way, you eliminate the emotional part of trading that is related to winning and losing money, and instead allow yourself to concentrate on applying your Method correctly. After 2-3 months of consistent performance and strict adherence to the rules of your system, you can progress to trading a full account. Don\’t get complacent when you increase your account size though, continue to be cautious and focus on trading well, not the monetary results of your trading.The Basics Of Forex Trading #3: Money Management Last but not least of the basics of Forex

trading is Money Management. Good Money Management will allow you to grow your capital optimally, while minimizing your risk of drawdown due to a bad streak of losing trades. You may have heard of the 2% rule of money management in Forex, which means that you can only risk 2% of your capital on any given trade. For example, if you have $10,000 in your trading account as risk capital, you can risk up to $200 on one trade. Let\’s say that you have a trade with a stop loss of 20 pips away from your entry, meaning that your worst case loss is 20 pips. Therefore, your maximum position size is 1 full lot, which puts your risk on the trade at $200.

Whenever you\’re not doing well in your trading, it\’s probably down to the failure to adhere to one or more of these basics of Forex trading. To improve your performance, you should work on these fundamentals, and you\’ll have a firm foundation to build on in your pursuit of Forex trading profits. Divisa Capital

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Two-time Eurovision entrant Edsilia Rombley discusses music, love, and her contrasting Contest experiences

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Eurovision ’98 and ’07 representative Edsilia Rombley on the perceived “Americanization” of Dutch popular music: “I think Dutch pop music has always been influenced by America, this was set in long before I entered the Songfestival; on one hand I think this is a great thing, because America has so many great artists. It’s just important that we, while embracing foreign influences, don’t forget all the talents in the Netherlands, who make great Dutch music.”Photo: Nico Swartz

When she was barely 20 years old, Dutch singer Edsilia Rombley got her first large taste of international acclaim. Already a winner of the smaller imitation contest Soundmix Show, she decided to shoot higher. With a great deal of determination, she performed in front of hundreds of millions of television viewers at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Her song, the R&B flavored “Hemel en aarde” (Heaven and earth), placed fourth and gave her country their highest placing at Eurovision since their last win in 1975. No Dutch contestant after her has been able to place similarly.

After the accolades died down, Rombley set her sights on promoting her vision and passion through her music. Partnering with producer Tjeerd Oosterhuis became a double blessing; eventually they became husband and wife. Even a return to Eurovision at the 2007 Contest, with less than favorable results, didn’t keep her discouraged for long. Today she has finished recording a live CD of her favorite English songs, and a live DVD of selections in Dutch, and is currently touring in singing engagements this spring in theaters across the Netherlands.

Edsilia Rombley granted Wikinews’ Mike Halterman an interview; she reflected on her career, her inspirations, what a day is like in her life, and what she would love to do in the future. This is the third in a series of interviews with past Eurovision contestants, which will be published sporadically in the lead-up to mid-May’s next contest in Moscow.

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Screenshot showing how youtube-dl is used to download a YouTube video in the public domain.Image: user:acagastya.

On November 16, code-sharing and hosting service GitHub re-enabled the public access to youtube-dl repository, a software which can download videos from the internet via the command-line. This move comes after Mitchell Stoltz, a Senior Staff Attorney of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), sent a letter to GitHub on the behalf of youtube-dl’s maintainers. The repository was previously blocked on October 23, after GitHub received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down notice from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Started in July 2008, youtube-dl is a free/libré open source software written in Python which can download videos from various websites. Citing alleged violation of 17 U.S. Code § 1201 Circumvention of copyright protection systems, RIAA’s takedown notice had alleged youtube-dl was intended to circumvent the technological protection measures of streaming services and to redistribute music videos without authorisation. youtube-dl’s source code had a number of unit tests to check if the software works in different circumstances or not. Some of the test cases included URLs of some copyrighted songs.

Portrait of Mitch Stoltz, EFF’s atorney who countered the DMCA Claim.Image: Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In the letter to GitHub, EFF’s attorney Stoltz said “This file contains series of automated tests that verify the functionality of youtube-dl for streaming various types of video. The youtube-dl source code does not, of course, contain copies of these songs or any others […] the unit tests do not cause a permanent download or distribution of the songs they reference; they merely stream a few seconds of each song to verify the operation of youtube-dl. Streaming a small portion of a song in a non-permanent fashion to test the operation of an independently created software program is a fair use.” The letter stressed “youtube-dl does not decrypt video streams that are encrypted with commercial DRM technologies”.

The URLs to copyrighted songs were removed from the source code on November 16, and replaced with a test video that uploaded on YouTube by Philipp Hagemeister, former maintainer of youtube-dl. Philipp Hagemeister had previously spoken about the takedown with Wikinews.

youtube-dl comes with a small JavaScript interpreter where it acts as a web-browser would behave while receiving video data from the server. The script has “extractors” for various websites to handle videos from different sources. “Any software capable of running JavaScript code can derive the URL of the video stream and access the stream, regardless of whether the software has been approved by YouTube”, the letter read. It borrowed an analogy of Doors of Durin from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings for explanation: travelers come upon a door that has writing in a foreign language. When translated, the writing says “say ‘friend’ and enter.” The travelers say “friend” and the door opens. As with the writing on that door, YouTube presents instructions on accessing video streams to everyone who comes asking for it.

Hours after the public access was restored, Sergey M, one of the maintainers of youtube-dl wrote on GitHub, “We would like to thank @github for standing up for youtube-dl and making it possible to continue development without dropping any features. We appreciate [GitHub] for taking potential legal risks in this regard. We would also like to thank [EFF] and personally [Mitch Stoltz] for invaluable legal help. We would also like to heartily thank our main website hoster Uberspace who is currently being sued in Germany for hosting our essentially business card website and who have already spent thousands of Euros in their legal defense.”

Hours after GitHub restored the public access to the repository, Stoltz tweeted “I think of youtube-dl as a successor to the videocassette recorder. The VCR empowered people to take control of their personal use of free-to-air video, but it had to be saved from the copyright cartel. The same goes for youtube-dl. GitHub did the right thing here.”

Why Can’t You Download Videos on YouTube? How a 20-Year-Old Law Stops youtube-dl Users AND FarmersImage: Electronic Frontier Foundation.

youtube-dl is used by thousands of people around the world. Multiple Creative Commons-licensed and public domain videos on Wikimedia Commons are uploaded via a tool called video2commons, which relies on youtube-dl to download media. youtube-dl also lets users download videos from LiveLeak — a video-sharing platform for citizen journalism. Videos downloaded using youtube-dl are also used for the purpose of fair use, or for evidence.

When a copyright holder chooses to release their work, be it a photograph, a video, or audio, under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, they allow everyone to freely own, share or modify the work as long as the reusers properly attribute the author of the work. YouTube also hosts many audio and video recordings in the public domain which can be used for any purpose without any restrictions.

In the blog post announcing “youtube-dl is back”, GitHub said, “Although we did initially take the project down, we understand that just because code can be used to access copyrighted works doesn’t mean it can’t also be used to access works in non-infringing ways. We also understood that this project’s code has many legitimate purposes, including changing playback speeds for accessibility, preserving evidence in the fight for human rights, aiding journalists in fact-checking, and downloading Creative Commons-licensed or public domain videos.”

GitHub also announced any new 1201 takedown notices will be “carefully scrutinised by legal experts” to reject “unwarranted claims”, and said it will side with software developers if the claims are ambiguous. The announcement also mentioned GitHub Trust and Safety team would treat developer’s tickets as a “top priority”. GitHub also pledged donation of USD 1 million for developer defense fund “to help protect open source developers on GitHub from unwarranted DMCA Section 1201 takedown claims”.

GitHub had blocked public access to many forks of youtube-dl upon receiving the DMCA notice in October. At that time, Wikinews noted public access was not yet restored for the forked repositories listed in RIAA’s copyright notice and was still displays “Repository unavailable due to DMCA takedown”.

During the period when GitHub had disabled public access for the repository, Sergey M had been developing youtube-dl and hosting it on GitLab, another code-sharing and hosting site. However, since GitHub has restored public access of youtube-dl, Sergey M has made the GitLab repository private.

After this, Wikinews reached out to Richard Stallman, the founder of Free Software Foundation, who has been highly critical of DRM (digital rights management, the subject of the DMCA) for many years now, to discuss the harms of DRM and DMCA 1201.

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Finnish parliamentary ombudsman faults infant formula study

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Finnish parliamentary ombudsman faults infant formula study
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16 Mar

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Helsinki, Finland —The Finnish Parliamentary Ombudsman has found that an infant formula study has been conducted on thousands of newborns in several hospitals without obtaining informed consent from the parents, who were not informed of the commercial funding for the study. Additionally, the study was found to have been started and carried out for six months withoutethical committee approval, and suffered from other shortcomings.

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Stylish And Practical Yoga Wear Doesnâ??T Have To Be Boring

Stylish and Practical Yoga Wear Doesn’t Have To Be Boring


Peter Fleming1

With the trend for sports inspired clothing sweeping the catwalk and high street sportswear is having a reinvention. But what about practical comfortable sports wear that you can exercise in?


Yoga and pilates may seem like low-impact sports but in actually fact they require stamina, balance and core strength. Wearing suitable clothing for any sport will increase comfort levels but this is especially important when doing yoga or pilates. It is vital to wear clothing that allows movement when changing positions and isn’t too tight or rigid. The range of yoga wear available has improved in recent years and yoga wear no longer has to mean boring sweat pants and an unflattering baggy t-shirt. Stylish practical yoga wear that allows your skin to breathe while you are working out will take you from the gym to lunch with friends. Practical doesn’t have to mean black, there are a number of specialist yoga wear companies who design bright and colourful yoga wear. We all want to look our best and there is no reason why you can’t look stylish at the gym in bright fashionable yoga wear. Loungewear is perfect when you want to be comfortable and relaxed at home or out meeting friends. Lounge wear such as a cashmere wrap cardigan when paired with slim fit yoga pants and a bright top is dressed up enough to take you from the gym to lunch or for a trip to the spa with friends. Well fitting quality yoga wear and loungewear will last for years and could prove some of the hardest working clothes in your wardrobe. The fit is key when it comes to purchasing yoga wear, you want it to be snug enough not to move around when you are doing classes but soft and comfortable so as not to restrict you in any way. The quality of the material is something else to check you don’t want your new yoga clothing to be out of shape after a few washes.

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Truck loses control in Andhra Pradesh, kills more than a dozen

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Truck loses control in Andhra Pradesh, kills more than a dozen
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15 Mar

Sunday, April 23, 2017

More than fifteen people were killed near the police station in Yerpedu, Andhra Pradesh, India after a heavily loaded truck lost control on Friday afternoon at about 1:45 P.M. IST (0815 UTC).

People, mostly from the village of Munagalapalem, were gathered to protest local illegal sand mining. The truck hit an electric pole, and destroyed nearby shops and vehicles causing a short-circuit and fire. Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police R Jayalakshmi said the truck crushed some people under its wheels; six people were killed that way according to Renigunta deputy superintendent KS Nanjndappa. Other people died due to the short circuit and the fire. More than fifteen people were injured including the police station’s chief inspector and the sub-inspector. Reportedly at least ten were in a critical condition.

The driver fled after the accident. Victims were taken to hospitals in Tirupati, and Chennai and Vellore in Tamil Nadu. N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra’s Chief Minister, said via Twitter, “State Cabinet has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh [0.5 million] to the families of the deceased.”

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Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

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Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control
Author: Admin

15 Mar

Sunday, August 21, 2005

A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample.

If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is a treatment for obesity.

There were concerns that doctors, in the future, might only be trained in the remote control procedure. Ronald G. Latimer, M.D., of Santa Barbara, CA, warned “The fact that surgeons may have to open the patient or might actually need to revert to standard laparoscopic techniques demands that this basic training be a requirement before a robot is purchased. Robots do malfunction, so a backup system is imperative. We should not be seduced to buy this instrument to train surgeons if they are not able to do the primary operations themselves.”

There are precedents for just such a problem occurring. A previous “new technology”, the electrocardiogram (ECG), has lead to a lack of basic education on the older technology, the stethoscope. As a result, many heart conditions now go undiagnosed, especially in children and others who rarely undergo an ECG procedure.

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Combating Viruses With Security Software

Submitted by: David Chandler

Help, I was sitting in front my computer and it starting acting strange! Pop-ups were on my screen and I was not even surfing the web. My home page was changed somehow and so did other web settings. My programs are at a crawl and overall my computer is just not working the way it should be.

If this sounds like your computer, chances are you have been infected with some type of malicious software. Several types of software can infect your computer; some of these are spyware, a virus, a Trojan, and a worm. That is why you need security software.

Below is a brief and simple description of the software that can infect your computer and cause poor performance.

Spyware is a program that gathers information about the user through the internet without their knowledge. It monitors your web activity and passes this information to another party without your knowledge. Spyware is designed for commercial gain, thus when it is installed in your computer you will probably receive unsolicited pop-up advertisements. It can also gather your email addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers stored on your computer.

A virus is programming code or a piece of code that loads onto your computer without your consent. A virus is also self-replicating by inserting copies into an executable code or documents. Any virus is dangerous as it uses up memory and brings your system to a halt.


A worm is much like a virus in the fact that it is self-replicating but differs in the fact that it does not need another program to do so. A worm can spread itself without any action from the user. A worm can attach itself to you address book and send a copy to everyone in it, then attaches itself to the receivers address book in addition, send it out to everyone in that address book. Worms are dangerous and in the end can cause networks to crash.

Trojans are designed as legitimate software that you can download onto your computer. Once installed though, they can be annoying and/or malicious. Annoying activities of a Trojan would be changing your desktop around or silly icons appearing. Malicious damage from a Trojan is capable of deleting files on your computer and allowing personal and confidential information to be collected without you being aware.

Preventing spyware and other malicious software from infecting your computer through security software is lots easier going online and finding a reputable online scanning site after the fact. Sometimes if your computer is infected, you may not even be able to get online. Therefore, prevention is better than fixing.

You can protect your computer from malicious programs in many ways. Here are a few tips to consider.

Always have the latest version of anti virus and anti spyware technology on your computer. You will also need to keep the program files up to date in order to protect against newest threats.

Only download files from a trusted source. If you are not sure, run a virus scan on the file before downloading it or saving to your computer.

There are limitless resources on the internet offering anti spyware and antivirus programs. Many sites offer free online scans, and provide instructions for removal of any malicious programs on your computer. Once you have selected a well known, (well-known being the optimal word) follow the instructions for installation carefully to ensure that the scan will work properly. Below are the most common and well-known virus and spyware removal programs.

McAfee (mcafee.com) virus remover features up-to-date protection from the latest viruses and web activity threats for the user. They have three main anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that you can choose perfect for home and business uses.

Microsoft has an anti spyware (microsoft.com) removal tool that you can use to scan your computer. This functions mainly by reviewing and checking your files for unwanted software contents, and once found can be selected and removed depending on the procedures indicated on the program. Just follow the tools and guides on how you can remove the infected files.

Ad Ware Personal provided by Lavasoft.com features scanning and fixing infected files and drives, detection of known and unknown but potentially damaging software with its Code Sequence Identification (CSI) technology. This program also has a spyware removal and capabilities of removing other damaging programs in your system.

The above sites are just a few of anti spyware and anti virus removal programs that are available on the web. Take the time and do the research and you will find the right security software for your needs. Once again, it is imperative that the site you select for your computer security is credible.

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Airborne sedan smashes into dental office in Santa Ana, California, US

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Airborne sedan smashes into dental office in Santa Ana, California, US
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15 Mar

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A car accident involving the car occupants and a dentist’s office happened on Sunday night in Santa Ana, California. A white Nissan sedan which was apparently driving too fast hit the raised concrete median on the road, after which it was launched into the air, slamming straight into the wall of the second floor of a two-story dental practice building, where the car got wedged.

According to the police, the car approached from a side street. The room of the dental office penetrated by the sedan was used as a storage space. A fire department crane was used to extract the vehicle from the building, which took several hours.

There were two people in the sedan. One of them managed to escape from the hanging vehicle on his own, while the other one remained trapped inside it for over an hour. They were both hospitalized with minor injuries, according to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). According to the police, the driver of the car admitted narcotics use, and after toxicology tests the case is to be submitted to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The moment of the accident was captured by surveillance video from a bus which the car narrowly missed when becoming airborne.

According to OCFA spokesperson Captain Stephen Horner, there was a small fire after the crash, which was extinguished quickly.

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