New York Is A Perfect Holiday}

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Submitted by: Andy Townsend

A home to Sir William Johnson, a popular public figure, built Johnson Hall State Park in 1763 and was later, acquired by the state in 1906 making it a historic site. House tours are offered to stroll in this site and feel like Sir William Johnson and how it bustled with activity during those times.

A Georgian style, 73 acres mansion built in 1763 was a great place of stay for many American Bureaucrats. After its owner’s (Schuylers) death in 1804, it was used as a Roman Catholic Orphanage until 1886.

It was declared a State Historic Site on 17 October, 1917. These days it is reduced in size that once had lavish gardens, parks, orchards and fields. It is a good site for school tours.

In 1927, it was declared a State Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark in 1963.A special event is held annually depicting its historical value. All your family can have fun at Seabreeze Amusement Park that is neither big nor small, but surely full of all the games and thrills in a clean environment. The prices are also adequate.

Hudson Valley Raptor Center is a resting highway for most of endangered species of birds. Every year numerous numbers of migratory raptors use this valley. If you want to see some of these species, then come here.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art consists of works of art pieces collected from all over the world for the past 50 centuries, from prehistory to present. Canoe-Picnic Point State Park is accessible by a boat only. It has lots of wood lands offering all facilities for an ideal picnic.

Bayswater Point State Park is spread in 12 acres on the eastern shore of Jamaica Bay. The wet marsh lands, vegetation, trees, lots of woodland and beaches makes it a beautiful tourist attraction.

Many native and migratory birds are found in abundance. Due to this it has become an out door classroom or observatory. Many schools come here for studying nature. The main objective of this park is to sustain the natural systems.

Located on a peninsula that stretches out to Delta Reservoir, Delta Lake State Park has jungles combined with sandy beaches. All the facilities are available here. Glimmerglass State Park offers a spectacular view of the Otsego Lake. Every thing in this park is of picturesque quality. In both summer and winter its a great place to visit.

Situated between two water shores, Kring Point State Park is made of thousands of islands. All water related facilities are available here. A stunning 167 ft waterfall awaits you at Chittenango Falls State park. It can be viewed from both the bottom and top. Ancient bedrock is responsible for creating this superb site. A picnic spot not to be missed with all amenities.

Many islands have gathered to make Hudson River Islands State Park a place where many endangered plant and animal species co-exists. A huge Harriman State Park with lots of lakes, miles of hiking trails, vast wooden areas makes it an amusing picnic destination with all this wildlife and other amenities.

Max V. Shaul State Park is a quite and shady picnic spot where you can enjoy your isolation. You also have many playgrounds here. It also offers recreational facilities to campers.

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“Civil defence” thwarts Israeli air strike on Gaza refugee camp

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Led by Nizar Rayan, a senior Hamas fighter, hundreds of Palestinian refugees gathered to protect the house of the leader of a militant group in Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza and succeeded in thwarting an Israeli attack.

As part of their campaign against Palestinian fighters, Israeli forces had warned Mohammedweil Baroud, a commander in the Popular Resistance Committee, that his house would be attacked in 30 minutes time. He was told to take his family out of the house in order to avoid civilian casualties. Instead, he called for help from the local mosque and people swarmed round and over Mr Baroud’s house in such numbers as to dissuade the Israelis from making the promised attack.

The Palestinians claimed this to have been the first successful defence of its kind. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, visiting the house, said that people had been driven to this remedy because the UN had refused to defend them. On Friday, the Security Council vetoed a resolution condemning Israeli military action in Gaza. Nizar Rayan promised “We will pay with our lives to protect the houses of the fighters, so they can resist the enemy, assured their homes are being protected”.

On November 8, an Israeli shell killed 19 civilians in Beit Hanoun, due to, what the Israelis called, a “technical fault in targeting”.

An Israeli spokesman said that Israeli forces differentiate between innocent people and “terrorists” and that they would continue the attacks.

A Palestinian rocket killed an Israeli woman and seriously wounded a man in the town of Sderot on November 15. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president has called for a ceasefire by those launching rockets and suicide attacks against Israel and the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad is said to be considering this request carefully. Over 400 Palestinians, including many civilians, have been killed since June by attacks, which Israel says are aimed at Palestinian fighters.

Film project aims to raise £1 million to make a Creative Commons-licensed film

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2006

Matt Hanson aims to raise £1 million to fund the production of a feature-length film which would be distributed freely via the Internet under a Creative Commons licence, all funded through 50,000 people each donating £25 to the project, which he’s called ‘A Swarm of Angels‘.

No stranger to filmmaking, Matt has produced numerous digital short films, a series of books on digital filmmaking and set up the digital film festival onedotzero, now in its tenth year. He wants to finally make a feature length film, and decided that it was better to turn to the Internet for help and funding rather than plod through the usual ‘development hell‘.

“I wanted to put into practice what I’ve been preaching as a film futurist for ten years, and the technology and Internet infrastructure has just really caught up with that vision now for me to put it into practice.”

The process is inspired by the ‘web 2.0‘ movement, using social and collaborative communities on the Internet. Matt doesn’t see the funding as coming from donations, but as people paying a subscription to become part of a ‘Swarm’. “Rather than the ‘many producer’ model, this is more of an [sic] ‘smart consumer’ model … members can help implement and bring their expertise into play, and so become more actively involved in the production.”

The project hopes to use professional actors and crew, but use qualified members from the swarm as much as possible. The cast and the crew, including any volunteers that get chosen, would be paid for their work on the film, with Matt suggesting that this is “a great way for people to get into the industry”.

Those members not directly involved in making the film can still participate in the process by discussing ideas on a messageboard, and having a vote on certain crucial decisions such as which script gets chosen for production. Asked how he would balance his own creative direction with input from members, Matt said “my vision will lead the project forward and define the parameters, but the Swarm can influence that, and indeed offer improvements or insights I might not think of alone”.

“Remember filmmaking is always a team effort – whether you are Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick or Jean Luc Godard, you promote people within the project that will complement and bring something extra to the vision of the film. Give it more life. With the Swarm we are making that process more democratic, and giving a wider range of people an opportunity to shine and have creative input.”

Members are promised a collector’s edition DVD of the end product and exclusive merchandise, but the main distribution of the film will be via the Internet, using ‘BitTorrent‘ and peer-to-peer networks. “Unlike many other filmmakers, I’m not wedded to cinema projection as the ‘be all and end all’ – I’m much more excited about people viewing remixed versions on their video iPods,” explains Matt.

The ‘remixing’ of the film will be possible thanks to it being distributed under a Creative Commons licence. Matt suggests that the ‘younger generation’ is more used to being involved with and interacting with entertainment, and points to remixes of the Star Wars films (eg ‘The Phantom Edit‘) as an example of these ‘mashups’. “At the end of the project I would love to have an event that showcased five wildly different versions of the film, different visions from people other than my definitive initial edit,” he suggests. The licence will be for non-commercial use only, however, and so commercial TV stations would still have to pay in order to screen the film.

The project is partly inspired by the success of ‘The Million Dollar Homepage‘, in which British student Alex Tew aimed to raise a million dollars to fund his university education, simply by selling advertising space on a single web page. The publicity surrounding the idea, coupled with the ‘viral’ effect of Internet users passing the page on, meant that he eventually managed to make himself the million dollars.

The success of these projects partly seems to depend on them being interesting and original enough to attract enough attention, and it’s often difficult to see how they could be repeated. Copy-cat versions of the million dollar homepage have so far failed to hugely take off. When asked about this idea, Matt responded “I already expect people to copy the model we are inventing with A Swarm of Angels – it’s a perfect way to create cult media, where the director gets more creative control and organically funds a project, and the fans of the project get more involvement within it. If the market gets too crowded with these projects though, then they’ll have to be packaged differently to stand out. But that’s what traditional film and media projects need to do anyway.”

Over 600 members have signed up to the ‘swarm’ so far, which Matt comments is already an early success, but 50,000 members in total will be needed in order to fully fund the £1 million budget. Matt suggests that getting to the next stage, of reaching 1,000 members, followed by the phase of getting 5,000 members, will be the hardest part, as after that the film will be more ‘tangible’. He expects to raise the full budget, but comments that if the fundraising stalls, “options will be presented by advisors and The Swarm, and based on some kind of consensus we’ll come up with the best option for moving forward.”

Traditionally, independent films are funded either through persuading wealthy individuals to invest, who sometimes are sometimes given ‘Executive Producer‘ credits, or through organisations like the UK Film Council, who award funds from the National Lottery. A tax credit for producers making small films in the UK was announced by the government in 2005, in a bid to give a boost to the UK independent film industry.

Matt says that the film will be “a thriller with soft science fiction elements”, which he says will suit his target audience. “But it will have an indie edginess to it, and be far more visually inventive than you would get with a ‘normal’ British independent feature.” Contributors to the project include artists The Kleptones, who will help with the soundtrack, comic book writer Warren Ellis and documentary filmmaker Grant Gee.

The Swarm of Angels project is online at and costs £25 as an individual to become a member.

What You Need To Know About Student Loan Consolidation}

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Submitted by: Amanda Hash

Over the years that you have been attending college, you may have incurred some major debt in the form of student loans. A couple thousand here and there can really add up over time, and now that you have graduated, you might have entered the repayment period or perhaps the time for repayment is near. If you consolidate your student loans now, you can save yourself a bundle of money and have the convenience of making one payment each month versus paying multiple lenders for various loans.

Most student loans (with exception to the Perkins loan) give you a window of six months after you graduate during which time you have no payments due on the money you owe. Each of your student loans likely carry varying rates of interest and you may have several different lenders looking for a payment from you each month. Consolidating your multiple student loans into one loan can allow you to make a smaller payment each month and write out just one check to one lending institution.

Interest Rates Are Important

When searching for a student loan consolidation package, your most important concern should be the interest you will pay each month. Your goal, of course is to get the lowest interest rate possible on your consolidation loan. Your interest rate should be a fixed rate – never choose a variable rate on your student loan consolidation (you never know the exact amount of interest you will pay because your rate is based on market indexes).

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You should also consider your repayment terms by determining how many years you are willing to pay on your student loan debt. Paying your student loan off in the least amount of time possible will garner you the best interest rate and the most savings over the life of your student loan consolidation.

Possibility Of Forbearance

Your student loan consolidation should also be willing to allow your loan payments to go into forbearance should the need arise. Forbearance of your student loan payments protects you if situations may arise that cause you to be unable to repay your loan for a period of months or years, such as illness or job loss.

Option For Early Repayment

Lastly, consider a lender who poses no penalties upon you for early repayment. If you have a vast amount of student loan debt in front of you, chances are you may think that there is no possible way that you will pay this mountain of debt off early. But choosing a lender who at least gives you the option may prove beneficial down the road when you have a great job.

There are many lenders who consolidate student loans. You might also consider an online student loan consolidation program. Online lenders traditionally offer lower interest rates and more favorable payback conditions than can be found elsewhere in the industry. In addition, you can apply for your student loan consolidation from the comfort of your own home via the secure website of the lender – including signing your application electronically.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 7,810 Jeep SUVs for software vulnerability

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Sunday, September 6, 2015

7,810 Jeep SUVs are to be recalled in order to address a software vulnerability in the vehicles’ entertainment systems which allows the vehicles to be “hacked” — allows vehicle software security to be compromised — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA US) said on Friday. This recall affects some 2015 model Jeep Renegades.

FCA US said exploiting the vulnerability would take “unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code.” They said there are no known instances where the software vulnerability has caused injury to anyone.

They said owners of affected cars can fix the software vulnerability by inserting a device containing a software patch into a USB port inside the car.

Another 1.4 million vehicles manufactured by the company have also been recalled last month, when white hat hackers discovered they were able to hack and disable the engines of the affected vehicles remotely.

Bathurst, NSW: Police find bones, “may belong to missing woman”

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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Police searching for the remains of missing Bathurst woman Janine Vaughan have discovered bones which they claim may belong to the missing woman. Ms Vaughan disappeared after being seen getting into a red car with a male after being a Bathurst pub on December 7, 2001.

On Sunday, police began a fresh search for the missing woman’s remains after they received new information. On Monday at approximately 3:00 p.m. AEST police discovered bones during a ground sweep of an area off Montavella Road, Gormans Hill adjacent to the Macquarie River. Forensic services police were bought in several hours later, but initial tests proved inconclusive.

Police were guarding the site overnight and forensic officers are expected to conduct further tests today.

Police also search bushland near a creek at Yetholme, 15 km East of Bathurst on Monday using two specialist cadaver dogs on loan from Queensland Police.

Police have revealed that the search has prompted several members of the local community to call the police’s Crime Stoppers hotline with information. Chief Superintendent Mark Holahan said “It’s a cross-section of information. Some of it will probably lead us to some new lines of inquiry, and some of it will help us to reaffirm some of those things we already know.”

The detective who led the initial investigation into Ms Vaughan’s disappearance for several days continues to be a person of interest to police in the case. The detective, Brad Hosemans, is also a former deputy mayor of the city. Mr Hosemans, who has since left the police force, has denied any involvement.

Chief Supt. Holahan said the former detective was only one of a number of persons of interest in the case.

The Police Integrity Commission has investigated the initial handling of the case but is yet to hand down a finding.

Train cars derail into the Thompson River, British Colombia, chemicals spilled

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Chemicals in the Thompson River were said to be found after four Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) cars containing chemicals derailed near Lytton, British Columbia, Canada on Tuesday night.

The derailment occurred just northeast of Lytton when a landslide hit in the middle of a freight train with about 100 cars at around 7:00 pm PDT (02:00 UTC) Tuesday evening. One car remained on the tracks, another was on a river bank, and two were submerged in the Thompson, one of them fully submerged and the other partially submerged. CP states that the cars were carrying the chemical ethylene glycol, commonly found in products such as antifreeze and windshield washer fluid. Glycol is water soluble and biodegradable but is causing concern to local fisheries and people dependent on aquatic life survival. Even though there is not enough chemical to be toxic after dilution in the water, there is still expressed concern that it may cause additional stress to aquatic life.

Despite protective measures, like a protective double hull, investigations found that broken valves and holes are causing the chemical to leak into the river. CP Rail originally denied that any chemical was leaking, but is now driving efforts to plug the leaks.

The Thompson River is a tributary of the larger Fraser River. The area is sensitive to harm because migrating salmon pass through and are in already in dwindling numbers in recent years.

A Beginners Guide To Laptop Shopping}

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

Submitted by: Blair Stephens

So, you have decided you wish to purchase a laptop computer. The convenience and the technology are certainly tempting but when you visited the Dell site and the HP site, the various laptop options seem expensive and confusing. What is the difference between memory and hard drive space? What size screen or what screen resolution do you actually need? How long should a battery last and do you actually need the latest and greatest Window’s release?

Shopping for a laptop without knowing the facts about the options out there can make the buying process painful and frustrating. Additionally, you may buy more laptop than you need on impulse. Many people are convinced to buy a new, high tech laptop when they could be happy with a far less expensive refurbished notebook or used laptop for less than half of what a new machine might cost. What you need to do is assess your needs and then make smart decisions.

First step back a moment and think about your computing needs. If your laptop is for your summer home and will only be used an hour here and there for a few months or if it will sit in your extra bedroom and get minimal use, or if you just need a machine to handle e-mail and browsing the web, then you don’t need the latest and greatest laptop technology.

You need to consider and decide what applications you will be running. E-Mail and browsing are included with the Operating System, but word processing and spreadsheet programs are usually not. Microsoft Word often must be purchased separately and is expensive. Here are some of the applications you may want to consider and the technical resources they will require.

* Word Processing – Word processing requires a minimal CPU (Central Processing Unit), since you cannot type faster than a very old Pentium 90.

* E-mail – Email applications will also require a minimal CPU, minimal RAM (Random Access Memory) and your internet connection speed will not matter, unless you are sending or receiving very large files (photos).

* Browsing Web Pages – Internet browsing requires minimal CPU, 64MB RAM performs ok, but 128MB will be better. The speed at which you are connecting to the Internet is more important than the speed of the CPU. For example, a 56K dial up modem is slow and DSL or cable modem connections are at least ten times faster.

* Online and Computer Gaming – You should review the Minimum Systems Requirements of the games you play the most. Some games require a very fast CPU (2 GHz, lots of RAM (maybe 2GB) and a specialized graphics chip while others may not. If you are interested in participating online, you’ll have another set of requirements to meet as well in terms of internet connectivity.

* Music – Music does not require much in the way of computing resources. The amount of storage depends upon how many songs you have. The average song takes about 5MB, so 300 songs would be 1.5GB.

* On-line Shopping – This in essence is just like browsing the web. You should have at least 128MB. The CPU is not as important as your connection speed (56K modem is much slower than DSL or Cable).

* Database Applications or Personal Finance – Simple database applications like Goldmine or other sales applications do not usually need much in the way of CPU or Hard Drive space. Again check the Minimum Systems Requirements of your application. A very complex or large database (like QuickBooks) might need a large hard drive and a very fast CPU.

Overall, your communications link to the internet is going to be an important factor in your laptop choice. As discussed, 56K modems are slow by today’s standards and cable or DSL are much faster. It is also quite easy and inexpensive to add Wi-Fi (wireless internet access) if you have cable or DSL and a Wi-Fi card can be added inexpensively to most laptops.

If you do not have an Internet Service Provider you need to sign up for one. Many people choose the local telephone company for DSL access or go with a national service, like AOL or EarthLink for dial up. Call your local cable company for rates on access through a cable modem.

If the laptop will mostly stay in one place, then the size is not that important. Obviously, newer laptops are lighter and often more portable, and the weight will change depending on the size of the screen you choose. If you will be moving it around a lot then check out the size, the weight and perhaps the battery life. Some of the newer laptop can hold a charge for five or six hours, but it various considerable and you need to carefully check the specifications and how they determine the charge time. Additionally, if you are traveling extensively, carrying a prohibitively heavy laptop computer can be incredibly inconvenient.

In many instances, your first step will be your own budget assessment. Think about how long you will keep the laptop and how much use it will get. Spending $1000 might make sense if you us it 2-3 hours every day and will keep it for three years. That is $3.00 a day, which seems very inexpensive for a valued tool. On the other hand if the budget is $300 and you are only browsing the web and doing e-mail then an older refurbished laptop would be fine. As with any technology, figure out what you need and what you can pay before doing your research and making a decision.

Refurbished laptops and used laptops can be a great buy and you’ll have the tool you need without spending more than you should.

About the Author: Blair Stephens is an experienced writer and proud member of the

team. Used Laptops specializes in providing customers with the best possible used laptops and refurbished laptops at bargain prices. If you need computing power at bargain prices, Used Laptops is the place to go!


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Sony plans global replacement of laptop batteries

Posted on May 21st, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2006

After several laptop producers recalled a total of about 7 million products containing Sony batteries, the Sony Corporation said it will “initiate a global replacement program… in order to address concern related to recent over-heating incidents.”

Sony previously admitted the recalls announced by Apple and Dell would cost up to 30 billion yen, which is a quarter of Sony’s profits in 2005. Several news sources expect this to reflect badly on the company, as it adds to problems with the PlayStation 3 and Blu-Ray DVD. Since Dell announced recalls in August, Sony’s stock has lost almost 9% of its value.

Keeping up with competitors like Apple and Dell, Toshiba and Lenovo have started recalling laptops with the lithium ion batteries. Dell expanded its program to include about 4.2 million portables. Following Sony’s statement, Fujitsu too declared it would replace the batteries involved. A spokesperson for Toshiba added that the company doesn’t expect there to be any problems with personal computers, but it will replace their Sony batteries anyway, over customer concerns. However, the company doesn’t expect to pick up the tab for it.

A Lenovo laptop with the problem battery caught fire in Los Angeles Airport earlier this month. Consequently, Virgin Atlantic added them to a blacklist of prohibited laptops on their flights. According to Sony, microscopic metal particles are to blame for overheating and potentially catching fire “under certain rare conditions”.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advised ThinkPad users who want to continue using their portable to switch it off, remove the battery and continue with the AC adapter and power cord.

Apple users criticize lack of FireWire port on MacBook

Posted on May 21st, 2017

Friday, October 17, 2008

Users of Apple Computer’s MacBook computers have criticized Apple for failing to include a FireWire port in its newest release of its basic laptop. The users expressed the anger at the popular company with hundreds of messages posted on Apple’s official forum, in the minutes after the announcement to remove the FireWire port was made by Steve Jobs.

Russ Tolman was one of the first people to complain about the issue. “I work in a large school district that doesn’t like Macs. One thing that has allowed us to keep them has been the ability to image them with firewire ports,” he stated. “In my unknowledgeable opinion Apple really screwed up with no Firewire port. Schools without much money will be moving to cheap PC’s.”

Apple’s MacBook Pro computers will continue to have a FireWire port, although cost significantly more than the MacBook.

Apple responded to these criticisms in a statement by saying that “Actually, all of the new HD camcorders of the past few years use USB 2.” While camcorders are a popular FireWire peripheral, FireWire is used for a variety of other devices.

Apple’s press release did not mention the fact the FireWire was removed from the MacBook, although it did mention that the MacBook Pro has one FireWire port.

The MacBook Pro costs US$ 1,999, while the standard MacBook costs $1,299.