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Microsoft develops anti-virus product

     Posted on Thu ,14/09/2017 by vcNAT5n4

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Microsoft Corporation announced plans to launch a new security product later this year, named Windows OneCare.

Product features are to include anti-virus software capabilities, a new firewall and PC tune ups. The PC tune ups include utilities for improved backup and restore capabilities, and easy access to Windows PC maintenance tools for file repair and hard drive clean up.

The major elements of the product are:

  • A firewall that (unlike Windows Firewall but like third party personal firewall products for Windows) prevents unauthorized programs from making outgoing connections
  • Anti-spyware, based upon Microsoft AntiSpyware
  • Virus protection, based upon technology bought by Microsoft from the Romanian company GeCAD
  • Scheduled disc cleanup and defragmentation.
  • Automatic backup to writable CD or DVD.

An early beta version of product, not including the anti-spyware capability, has already been released to Microsoft employees. A public beta is scheduled for later in 2005.

Microsoft plans to make Windows OneCare available to customers for a yearly subscription fee.

Recently, Microsoft bought Giant software, makers of antivirus and spyware prevention software. Windows Anti-Spyware software is already built on this system.

The Benefits Of Brown Leather Sofas In Your Home

     Posted on Wed ,13/09/2017 by vcNAT5n4

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By Thomas M. Roberts

Leather has been used on furniture as far back as anyone can track the history of man. Its comfort and durability have been its main selling points since ancient history. At first, leather furniture was only used by the elite as a sign of wealth, prosperity, and luxury.

It is believed that Ancient Rome is responsible for introducing the leather couch to the less elite upper class. It took close to two thousand years for leather couch to be popularized in the middle and lower class. During the Age of Industrialization, machines were invented that allowed the mass production of leather couches to be much easier and cheaper to produce. They soon became a natural part of every home due to their lowered price and longevity. Leather sofas have continued to go in and out of style ever since.

There are so many styles of leather couches, that a leather sofa can be molded and designed to compliment any decorative style. Brown is the most popular color because most leather is naturally brown and many people prefer their leather sofas to look natural. Brown is a perfect neutral color and there are so many shades of brown that it is the easiest color to decorate around. With proper pillows to go with brown leather sofas, they will flow perfectly with almost any decorative style, whether that style is classic, country, modern, industrial, or organic.

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Classic and country brown leather sofas are the most popular, and therefore the most common. The classic sofas generally have rounded edges, elaborately decorated legs, round metal pegs around the arms and bottom of the couch frame, tightened leather, and firm cushions. The country style leather sofa also has rounded edges, and occasionally they have round metal pegs along the frame and arms, but the leather is left loose on the cushions, and the cushions are billowy and comfy. Even the arms of a country style sofa are cushioned. Industrial leather sofas are perfect for waiting rooms. The leather is easy to clean and sanitize, and the tight leather and stiff cushions assure the furniture will outlive the building. Industrial sofas are often designed with metal legs. Sometimes they have metal arms as well, and they generally have sharp, defined edges. Organic leather couches are one of the newest trends. They come in all sorts of peculiar shapes and sizes. The most common is the kidney bean shape. This shape is used on the back of the sofa, or it is used to form a bent, sectional sofa instead of a simple ninety degree angled sectional sofa.

The most popular type of leather for couches is called top grain. Top grain is a process that removes all of the unique markings on the leather hide during tanning, and allows each piece of furniture to look identical and uniform. Nu Buck is another popular type of leather for couches. Nu Buck is leather that has been buffed until it is velvety soft. Some of the most affordable leather furniture is made from recycled leather. Recycled leather is made entirely of small strips of leather that are molded together to form large, usable pieces.

With all of this information in mind, it is easy to see why leather couches are such a popular item. They are comfortable, affordable, durable, and diverse enough to compliment anyone’s style. Don’t settle for a mediocre couch that will only be trendy or comfortable for a few years. Invest in leather furniture that will last twice as long and never go out of style.

About the Author: Thomas M. Roberts has actually been within the interior design market for numerous years. His actual area of interest is leather sofas and sofa suites. Along with lots of designs and styles out there, there is a lot to write about! Please visit http://www.english-sofas.co.uk/ for more information on

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Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

     Posted on Wed ,13/09/2017 by vcNAT5n4

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

Ruling forbids RadioShack brand in Canada

     Posted on Wed ,13/09/2017 by vcNAT5n4

Friday, March 25, 2005

A U.S. District Court in Tarrant County, Texas, issued a summary judgment Thursday against Circuit City’s InterTAN Inc., requiring all 950 RadioShack stores in Canada to stop using the RadioShack brand in store signs, packaging, products and advertising after June 30.

RadioShack’s Canadian operations were spun off in 1986 to a new corporation, InterTAN Canada, which was purchased in 2004 by RadioShack’s major U.S. competitor, Circuit City. Shortly thereafter, RadioShack sued InterTAN, alleging it had violated the terms of their licensing agreement and seeking the right to terminate the contract early.

In a statement released following the judge’s ruling, RadioShack’s general counsel, Mark Hill, claimed: “The most important thing to us was to protect our brand position in Canada.”

Circuit City chairman and chief executive officer, W. Alan McCollough responded today in a press release seeking an appeal: “We respectfully believe the court has erred in the partial ruling entered yesterday and we will use every means of relief possible to exercise our rights under the agreements, including all appeal rights. The Company believes the positions taken by InterTAN are correct and believe InterTAN will ultimately prevail in the legal proceedings.”

American Academy of Pediatrics supports dairy for lactose intolerant children

     Posted on Wed ,13/09/2017 by vcNAT5n4

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in the September 2006 issue of its journal Pediatrics, supports the use of dairy by lactose intolerant children.

Dr. Melvin B. Heyman, author of the article, says that just because a child is lactose intolerant, does not mean that they should avoid dairy altogether. Many lactose intolerant people can consume small amounts of dairy.

Heyman says that dairy consumption is important, especially for children, because of its high calcium content. The calcium is, in turn, important for stengthening growing bones. “If dairy products are eliminated,” the article says, “other dietary sources of calcium or calcium supplements need to be provided.”

Lactose intolerance is a condition, present in the majority of human population above the age of infancy, due to which the body cannot tolerate lactose, a sugar present in milk and other dairy products. Lactose intolerance causes a range of unpleasant abdominal symptoms, including stomach cramps, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea.

As lactose intolerance is inherent, its prevalence varies by ethnic group. For example, while only 12% of American Caucasians have it, its prevalence is 75% among African Americans, 93% among Chinese, 60%-80% among Ashkenazi Jews,and 100% among American Indians. Many people do not realize that they have this condition simply because they have eaten dairy all their lives and view the symptoms of lactose intolerance as “normal”.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has long stated that the risks of consuming dairy far outweigh the benefits. According to PRCM’s fact sheet, called “Parents’ Guide to Building Better Bones”, there are many healthy ways of getting enough calcium and promoting bone health. Many foods contain calcium, not just dairy. Also, it is important to consider the amount of calcium absorbed, not just the amount of calcium present in a food. For example, more than three times as much calcium is absorbed from one serving of Total Plus cereal as from one serving of 2% milk.

PCRM promotes a strictly vegetarian diet. Despite its name, it claims only 5 percent of its members as physicians. PCRM has also been accused of having links with animal rights “extremists”, in particular Jerry Vlasak, a former PCRM spokesman who called for the murder of scientists who use animals in research.

The report in News-Medical.Net says that Ann Marie Krautheim, with the National Dairy Council, a dairy lobbying group, says

she hopes the report will educate parents on how to continue to include dairy in the diets of children sensitive to lactose and also help improve their nutrient intake. Krautheim says calcium-fortified beverages and other foods which seek to provide an alternative source of calcium, do not provide an equivalent nutrient package to dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

This last statement, however, that dairy products are superior to calcium-fortified foods, is not supported by the article in Pediatrics.

West Nile Virus Protection Repel Mosquitoes!}

     Posted on Sat ,26/08/2017 by vcNAT5n4

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Between January and July 2007 the confirmed cases of human infection with the West Nile virus have only been confined to the province however the past 60 days have seen cases of the virus reaching most areas of Canada. However, confirmed cases of the virus have been documented across the many parts of the United States including North Dakota, Michigan, New York and Florida.

Symptoms are usually mild and include fever, headache, body aches, sometimes skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Severe infection is marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, with coma, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and occasionally death. If illness occurs, it usually happens within five to 15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito. What are we doing as a society to stop this? The answer to that question is complex, the Canadian and US governments are monitoring birds and mosquitoes to prevent a major outbreak of the virus. Many states and provinces have implemented a mass spraying program in summer 2002 to control populations of the type of adult mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus.

The real question we should all be asking ourselves is; how can I protect myself and my family? Simple measures like ensuring that things in and around the yard like pool covers, saucers under flower pots, children’s toys, pet bowls and wading pools are regularly emptied of standing water. Most health agencies recommend some type of external skin protection; however many of today’s insect repellent products contain DEET, a chemical shown to be linked to poor health and even cancer. If consumers would only take the time to look beyond the chemical repellents they will see some alternative products that based on natural ingredients. One of these alternative natural based insect repellent products is the Skin Armor Soap, made by the same company that brought the Facedoctor Skin Products to North America. Skin Amour Soap is marketed as being an all natural repellent that contains menthol, citronella oil, lavendula and Eucalyptus Oil to form an amazing combination to stop insects. The product website (www.skinarmour.ca) is full of great information on the product, mosquitoes and contains many great customer testimonials. Testing of the product has shown the Skin Armor Soap to be effective for up to 8 hours and is safe to use to by the whole family. Skin Amour Soap can be purchased at most fine retailers across the United States and Canada, including Wal-Mart Stores and Shopper’s Drug Mart stores across Canada. Get your Skin Armor Soap today and protect yourself and family from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.

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American children’s show Reading Rainbow ends 26 year run

     Posted on Sat ,26/08/2017 by vcNAT5n4

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Reading Rainbow, an American children’s television series is to stop showing on television. It ceased to be shown on Friday after a 26 year long run because of a funding shortfall of several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the broadcast rights.

The PBS show has more than two-dozen Emmy awards, and its run is shorter only than Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Each episode of the show would focus on a theme in a specific book and then explore that theme through multiple stories. Each show would also provide recommendations for books that children should look for when they went to their library.

John Grant, from WNED Buffalo (Reading Rainbow’s home station) said “Reading Rainbow taught kids why to read,… the love of reading — [the show] encouraged kids to pick up a book and to read.”

Linda Simensky, vice president for children’s programming at PBS, said “We’ve been able to identify the earliest steps that we need to take. Now we know what we need to do first. Even just from five years ago, I think we all know so much more about how to use television to teach.” She went on to say that the running length of the show was “miraculous”.

It is believed by some, including John Grant, that both the funding crunch and a shift in the philosophy of educational television programming contributed to ending the series.

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Once in the whole life time, it happens by mistake or just by chance that you need the help of bump keys. If you are never tangled in kind of such issue of locking yourself in the home and keys are lost, you are one from the lucky people. This is one of the main reasons that one should have these essential kinds of tools all the time with them where ever they go or for how much time they go. Another important issue regarding taking this bunch of keys is that you should be aware of the legal issue of them. There are some areas where you cannot keep them along with you all the time because of some legal issue. You can buy them anywhere and in any country because they are easily accessible. You must be sure that you are having legal papers that are needed before owning this bunch of keys. You must be aware of the fact that you are not going to use it on wrong way even though to help someone. If you select the wrong way to do right kind of act, it means that you are the criminal as well.

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Types of bump keys: many types of these special types of keys are available in the market. You can go and select them as they are easily accessible and available as well in the market. If you are interested in buying these keys, you can get more than one key at a time. You must have keys of different types if you are interested to buy bump key set. The main reason to buy the keys of different types is so that you may be able to have them in your hand if one does not work appropriately.

Where to buy bump keys? If someone is interested to buy these keys, he does not need to be under stress to a great extent. The reason is that these keys are easily available in the market. You can go to the hardware stores to get them easily. There are some locks that cannot be opened easily so make sure that when you buy such product, the shop owner gives you the demo of it as well so that you may use them easily at time of need.

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Once in the whole life time, it happens by mistake or just by chance that you need the help of bump keys. If you are never tangled in kind of such issue of locking yourself in the home and keys are lost, you are one from the lucky people. This is one of the main reasons that one should have these essential kinds of tools all the time with them where ever they go or for how much time they go. Another important issue regarding taking this bunch of keys is that you should be aware of the legal issue of them. There are some areas where you cannot keep them along with you all the time because of some legal issue. You can buy them anywhere and in any country because they are easily accessible. You must be sure that you are having legal papers that are needed before owning this bunch of keys. You must be aware of the fact that you are not going to use it on wrong way even though to help someone. If you select the wrong way to do right kind of act, it means that you are the criminal as well.

Types of bump keys: many types of these special types of keys are available in the market. You can go and select them as they are easily accessible and available as well in the market. If you are interested in buying these keys, you can get more than one key at a time. You must have keys of different types if you are interested to buy bump key set. The main reason to buy the keys of different types is so that you may be able to have them in your hand if one does not work appropriately.

Where to buy bump keys? If someone is interested to buy these keys, he does not need to be under stress to a great extent. The reason is that these keys are easily available in the market. You can go to the hardware stores to get them easily. There are some locks that cannot be opened easily so make sure that when you buy such product, the shop owner gives you the demo of it as well so that you may use them easily at time of need.

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A Global Sandbox of Bullies

     Posted on Tue ,08/08/2017 by vcNAT5n4

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There is a plethora of aggression happening around every corner of the world in this day and age. From politicians to social media; the level of aggression and bullying is overwhelming and a constant reminder that every move we make in society is being judged and agonizingly scrutinized by every critical eager eye. Even your own home is no longer a safe haven and safety net from the aggression and bullying we face daily. Simple comments made via social media sites become the catalyst to open the door of abuse and bullying from strangers who have no idea who you are as an individual, but proceed to unleash the wrath of God on you anyway. The work force is a brutal battle ground with victims of bullying from bosses, coworkers, customers and clients. The media has even gotten in on the bullying action more and more and picking out new targets each day to attack.

So what is driving society to the brink of madness and relentless bullying? The quick response would be the internet and global connectivity that until August 1991, was not possible. However, is that really the reason why bullying is such a problem today? I would have to say, NO! We as a society take a staunch stand against childhood bullying but the left hand isn’t seeing what the right hands doing; and as adults and global roll models we show our children a vary different reality when we say “No Bullying” with one breath and verbally accost our fellow mankind with the next in front of our children.

Is there a solution to this serious societal issue that we now face daily or do we simply sit back and get our faces slapped by everyone with an negative opinion and take it?

Bullying seems to have become the new norm in our globally connected world, but how we deal with it can make a huge difference in not only protecting ourselves but in turn, protecting our children and being a positive roll model for them. In turn building or rebuilding self esteem, which as we all know has become a major cultural issue with adults and youth alike.

Have we changed so much in our way of thinking and behaving that has caused us as a society to loss the capacity to show compassion? The simple answer is; Yes, we have. The big question is, Why?

Dr. Richard Davidson, Neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is named one of the 100 most influential people in the world has done studies that show the Insula area of the brain that enables compassion, shrinks and changes based on conditions we become exposed to over time. Our most basic bodily functions are aided by this region of our brains such as homeostasis or our internal thermostat, motor control, perception, self awareness, cognitive function and interpersonal experiences or connectedness. So, if this vitally important function of our brains has the capability of being damaged or deteriorating then how does that affect our behavior toward others and how do we correct such a major issue in society?

The lack of empathy and compassion and its affect on society is devastating and becoming a greater issue with each passing day as violence has escalated not just in North America but around the world at such an alarming rate that people are becoming afraid to enjoy the simple pleasures in life such as vacationing or going to a movie theater or even something so simple as applying for a job without fear of being the next victim of human trafficking. The world is being violated by the one key part of our brain that determines a vitally important function that society and the human race are dependent on, Empathy and Compassion.

Psycho-physiological studies have shown that the insula is the leading cause for lack of empathy to societal pain. Environmental conditions, personal traumas, experiences and social conditions can be the cause of disconnect within the insula for many individuals. However, can it be safe to assess that the internet and media tools also create the same level of disconnect with individuals when it comes to showing empathy and compassion? Social and clinical researchers have shown that the brain structure can change simply by using one’s own imagination. So, if our imaginations can so powerfully alter our brains structure in either a positive or negative way than the continued exposure to a waterfall of information certainly has a drastic affect on our brains function and structure.

A research study group was conducted by Dr. Susan Greenfield at Oxford University on the study of Alzheimer’s disease and discovered startling conclusions upon the completion of the social study. Dr.Greenfield states in her conclusions, that the brain literally changes shape based on what we do and our experiences in our daily lives. Based on these facts our brain can and does alter our behavioral responses to situations and people around us. Our exposure to a constant flux of information, regardless of the nature of the information either negative or positive it shapes our brains response. We are a technologically driven and dependent world, and it is in many cases a necessary evil we have become reliant on. We can turn the tables though on how we shape our minds and be intentional about the process of developing a healthy and compassionate mindset by a proven daily activity of meditation and breathing techniques that also positively alter the reshaping of our brain function and level of empathetic and compassionate internal neurons.

As mentioned already, Dr. Richard Davidson, is the leading researcher and founder of “Center for Healthy Minds” for his ground breaking work studying emotions and the brain. His work and research has concluded that empathy can be relearned and become a first response to appropriate situations in society. Knowing that we do have a way out of the global sandbox of bullies is a relief and worth pursuing for our own benefits as well as the benefit of others we interact with each day.

Can we become a healthier more well rounded and compassionate society that eliminates the bullying mindset and behavior and adopts an intentional empathetic approach to the people around us? I believe we can.

Written By: Tristan Bliss Founder of VentureWell Consulting

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CanadaVOTES: CHP candidate Larry R. Heather in Calgary Southwest

     Posted on Tue ,08/08/2017 by vcNAT5n4

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 Larry R. Heather. Heather is a candidate in Alberta’s Calgary Southwest 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.

Best known as an anti-abortion activist, this shipper-receiver holds a Bachelor of Religious Education from Saskatchewan’s Briercrest College and Seminary, and a BA in religion from Calgary’s Rocky Mountain College. He hosts the Gospel Road program on AM1140 in High River, and is remembered by many for his ketchup-soaked run-in with abortion law activist Henry Morgentaler.

He has run in the federal election of 1984 (Calgary South, ind.), 1988 (Calgary Southwest, ind), 1993 (Calgary West, CHP), 1997 (Calgary Southwest, CHP), 2004 (Calgary Southwest, CHP), and 2006 (Calgary Southwest, CHP), provincial elections of 1986 (Calgary Glenmore, ind), 1989 (Calgary Elbow, ind), and 2004 (Calgary Glenmore, Alberta Social Credit), and for various public school board ridings in 1989 and 1992. He has run against some big names, including Ralph Klein (1989), Preston Manning (1997), and Stephen Harper (1993, 2004, 2006). His 2006 campaign featured controversial and graphic images, to illustrate his pro-life and anti-same sex marriage messages.

His major opponent in the riding is economist and lecturer Stephen Harper, a Conservative, who just so happens to be the current Prime Minister. Harper previously represented Calgary West. Other names on the ballot include Liberal Marlene Lamontagne, New Democrat Holly Heffernan, Libertarian Dennis Young, and Green Party candidate Kelly Christie. The riding is any part of Calgary that is west of the Canadian Pacific rail line, and south of the Glenway Trail.

The following is an interview with Heather, conducted via email. The interview has had very limited editing, to eliminate in-text mentions of website addresses, but is otherwise left exactly as sent to Wikinews.