SpaceX scrubs Falcon I rocket launch

Monday, November 28, 2005

SpaceX called off the much-delayed inaugural launch of their new Falcon 1 rocket on Saturday from Kwajalein’s Omelek Island launch site. The intent was to launch the U.S. Air Force Academy’s FalconSat 2 satellite, which will monitor plasma interactions with the Earth’s upper atmosphere and magnetosphere.

The launch was delayed, then finally cancelled after an oxygen boil-off vent had accidentally been left open. The oxygen was unable to cool the helium pressurant, which then proceeded to evaporate faster than it could be replenished. A main computer issue, probably serious enough to cause a scrub on its own, was also discovered.

This long-anticipated flight was originally expected to be launched in January 2005, however a series of setbacks forced a series of delays, with the flight most recently scheduled to be in early 2006. It was intended to be launched from the Kwajalein atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The maiden voyage was originally intended to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with a Naval Research Laboratory satellite and a Space Services Incorporated space burial payload.

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Proper Dog Training Classes Creates A Well Mannered Foundation For Your Dog

Proper Dog Training Classes Creates a Well-Mannered Foundation for Your Dog


Sarah Jacobs

Dogs are pack animals naturally and possess their very own set of intuition and behaviors. Once you get a new puppy, it is the perfect opportunity to teach that baby the way to become a well-mannered and socialized pet. It\’s not true, though that you can t teach an older dog new tricks. Dogs spanning various ages could be taught but it\’s obvious that the younger your dog, the more and quicker it is to learn. As the pack leader, that dog looks up to you for direction and even hopes to make you happy.

Similar to children, most dogs have different levels of energy. Some may perhaps be more complacent and others, especially puppies could be more hyperactive, with short attention spans. Dog training classes are important, not just for the good of the dog but the whole family. Some benefits in considering dog classes for obedience is usually to first socialize the pet and proper nuisance behaviors like barking, digging, jumping on people and inappropriate chewing.

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Puppy dog training classes help generate mental stimulation while strengthening your bond between dog and owner. Your pet learns to become well-behaved around other dogs and individuals while developing a strong relationship and companionship together with you on a fun level. As you\’re teaching your pet commands and obedience techniques, you\’re working as a team for the good of your own home and family.

When searching for most effective

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in Sarasota, the K9Korral offers various services as your one-stop shop. Their dog classes for obedience commence with the essentials and could be as advanced as you desire for the pet. The classes can start the very first day you bring your new puppy into the family and home by starting out with puppy Kindergarten. This new starting sets the primary foundation for the ideal connection between your new pet and you. At the K9Korral there are actually different classes and level of training with your pups success in mind. In accomplishing one level of training, your pet can graduate to the next course. Following the basic puppy classes, you will find four other basic behavior training classes for the enrichment of your dog.

Dog and Puppy training classes requires huge commitment from you and that of one\’s favorite pet dog. If timing is a concern for you, the K9Korral offers other choices including private lessons to satisfy the requirements of your schedule. Our goal is to always provide dog classes for obedience and enhance happy, productive relationships between both you and your dog.

Other than the basic puppy and behavior training, K9Korral offers rally obedience and agility classes simply for the enjoyment and fitness benefits they give. There\’s no better strategy to build the bond and teamwork between you and your dog. The Sarasota staff of K9Korral is especially skilled in puppy and dog training and understands the significance of consistency, perseverance and determination while they create success with your canine family member.

In Sarasota, the K9Korral is a veterinarian-approved dog obedience training school that offers you with a lot of the very best dog obedience supplies for success at home and beyond. To be a well-mannered member of society, dog training classes provides the basic foundation for the pet to become well-behaved, walk properly with a leash and turn into a joy to hold around. To obtain strong bond and lifetime of happy and great experiences, be a successful member of the K9Korral puppy and dog training classes.

At K9 Korral we offer best classes for dog obedience, dog agility, puppy obedience classes and more.

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Wikinews Shorts: December 20, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Saturday, December 20, 2008.

The United States government has announced that it will give US$17.4 billion in loans to help three of the nation’s automobile makers – Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford – avoid bankruptcy.

The money will be taken from the $700 billion bailout package originally intended to rescue US banks. General Motors will get $9.4 billion and Chrysler $4 billion before next year. Ford stated that it wants to get by without government aid.

President George Bush said that it would not be “a responsible course of action” to allow the companies to collapse.


  • “Bush unveils $17.4bn car bail-out” — BBC News, December 19, 2008
  • “U.S. Throws Lifeline to Detroit” —, December 20, 2008

Telephone and Internet communications between Asia and Europe have been disrupted after some submarine cables were severed.

The cables FLAG FEA, SMW4 and SMW3 near Alexandria, Egypt, were damaged, and the GO cable 130 kilometres off the coast of Sicily has also been reported as broken. France Telecom will repair the damage, and the company announced that it was dispatching a ship to repair the line between Egypt and Italy.

Experts warn that it could be several days before the problems are fixed.


  • “Severed cable disrupts web access” — BBC News, December 19, 2008
  • “New undersea cable cuts lead to Internet outages” — ars technica, December 20, 2008

Yann Elies, a French yachtsman participating in the Vendee Globe round-the-world solo yacht race, was rescued on Saturday by the Australian navy after the former was paralysed by a wave that struck his boat in the Southern Ocean.

Elies broke his left thighbone and perhaps several ribs after the wave slammed into his boat 200 kilometres southwest of Perth.

The Australian frigate dispatched the HMAS Arunta to rescue Elies. The ship left Fremantle early on Friday morning and reached Elies by evening.


  • “Injured yachtsman rescued by navy” — BBC News, December 20, 2008
  • “Navy reaches stricken solo sailor Yann Elies” —, December 20, 2008

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Portugal overcome Netherlands 1-0 on way to quarter-final

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a hot-tempered round of sixteen battle in Nuremburg, Sunday.

Russian referee Valentin Ivanov warmed up for an active evening of arm-raising with yellow cards in the second and seventh minutes. Mark Van Bommel and Khalid Boulahrouz had crashed two heavy fouls on Christiano Ronaldo; the second left a stud mark on his right thigh.

At the end of 96 minutes the yellow card count was 16 and the sides had nine men each. The four players sent off was a total that set a new Fifa World Cup record. This came as the 2006 tournament had already seen two games with three red cards. All four red cards were shown for two cautionary acts.

Following the second Boulahrouz foul Ronaldo received treatment and would be substituted before half time.

However; Ronaldo was involved in a wonderful move that lead to Portugal’s game-winner. On 22 minutes he fed Deco, Deco crossed low to Pauleta; Pauleta laid it off, and Maniche side-stepped a defender to hammer past Edwin Van Der Sar from 12 yards. Maniche was spared his second yellow card, and subsequent, expulsion when the referee decided not to execute the FIFA guidelines for leaving the pitch during celebrations of a goal.

Portugal also scored first blood when Ivanov’s red card was brandished at Costinha for stopping a pass with his arm, after he escaped a second yellow card just minutes earlier after his second rough tackle of the day.

Though Portugal looked dangerous on the break the game was dominated by the Netherlands who had over 60 per cent of ball possession.

In the second period there was less flow and more stoppages. The main incidents were violent and many times players surrounded the referee adding to the disruption.

On 59 minutes there was shoving after Portugal was awarded a free kick in shooting range of Edwin Van Der Sar’s goal. In the scrum Luis Figo gave a headbutt to Van Bommel but was only shown a yellow card. Three minutes later the same Figo appeared to walk into an upper arm from Boularouz and Boularouz was sent off.

Deco was next to go with two cards in quick succession. Ricardo Carvalho made a lunge to block one of the Netherlands 20 shots at goal. The Portuguese didn’t stop for treatment, so the referee blew his whistle so the defender could get treatment.

Netherlands bucked the informal tradition of giving the ball back and Deco’s response was a lunge at John Heitinga. This incident kicked off another melee in which Wesley Sneijder was booked when he pushed Petit to the floor.

Five minutes after his first caution Deco was sent to the touchline for holding on to the ball when the Dutch players wanted to resume playing.

Twice up by an extra man the Netherlands did not beat the Portuguese goal keeper Ricardo. They went close. Three minutes after half time an unmarked Philip Cocu struck the crossbar in the rebound from six yards. After Deco’s dismissal Dirk Kuyt ran through the central-defense but was foiled by a challenge from the goalkeeper.

In the final of the six minutes of added time Portugal worked another counter attack and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst got tangled with Simao’s legs. Ivanov produced his fourth red card.

The victory for Portugal put them on a head-to-head with England in the quarter-finals, but at a cost. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side would miss Deco and Costinha with suspensions for that match while Ronaldo would be an injury worry.

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Where To Find Quality Used Rims


If you are looking to customize your car, you have several different options. There are only so many vehicles in the world, so you need to make yours stand out in different ways. Choosing some quality used rims is a great way to make a statement. If you are considering buying your rims used, you need to make sure you choose a team of professionals as your supplier. Don’t buy your rims from just anywhere. You need to buy them from professional mechanics.

Buy from Mechanics

When you are choosing used rims, you should make sure you buy them from quality mechanics who do more than just sell rims. It’s even better if they do quality tire work and body repairs. Such experience means they will know precisely how to place a tire on the rim and balance your vehicle. They’ll also be able to assess the rims for any kind of problem that might arise. There are sometimes small structural problems with rims that might go unnoticed if someone is not a mechanic.

Wide Selection

You should choose a company that has a wide selection of rims. The Tire Shop is an example of just such a place. They have several different options available that are constantly being updated.

Choosing Rims

Choosing which rims are right for you can be somewhat difficult as well. There are some considerations you have to make. First, you have to choose which size rims you need. If you want bigger rims that are more dramatic, you’re going to need to make sure you have enough space in your wheel wells for them. You would also need thinner tires.

Next, you’ll need to decide on brake calipers and possible adjustments to some other parts of your vehicle. All of these factors are important for you to consider when you talk with a mechanic about getting new rims.

Surgeons reattach boy’s three severed limbs

Tuesday, March 29, 2005A team of Australian surgeons yesterday reattached both hands and one foot to 10-year-old Perth boy, Terry Vo, after a brick wall which collapsed during a game of basketball fell on him, severing the limbs. The wall gave way while Terry performed a slam-dunk, during a game at a friend’s birthday party.

The boy was today awake and smiling, still in some pain but in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery, according to plastic surgeon, Mr Robert Love.

“What we have is parts that are very much alive so the reattached limbs are certainly pink, well perfused and are indeed moving,” Mr Love told reporters today.

“The fact that he is moving his fingers, and of course when he wakes up he will move both fingers and toes, is not a surprise,” Mr Love had said yesterday.

“The question is more the sensory return that he will get in the hand itself and the fine movements he will have in the fingers and the toes, and that will come with time, hopefully. We will assess that over the next 18 months to two years.

“I’m sure that he’ll enjoy a game of basketball in the future.”

The weight and force of the collapse, and the sharp brick edges, resulted in the three limbs being cut through about 7cm above the wrists and ankle.

Terry’s father Tan said of his only child, the injuries were terrible, “I was scared to look at him, a horrible thing.”

The hands and foot were placed in an ice-filled Esky and rushed to hospital with the boy, where three teams of medical experts were assembled, and he was given a blood transfusion after experiencing massive blood loss. Eight hours of complex micro-surgery on Saturday night were followed by a further two hours of skin grafts yesterday.

“What he will lose because it was such a large zone of traumatised skin and muscle and so on, he will lose some of the skin so he’ll certainly require lots of further surgery regardless of whether the skin survives,” said Mr Love said today.

The boy was kept unconscious under anaesthetic between the two procedures. In an interview yesterday, Mr Love explained why:

“He could have actually been woken up the next day. Because we were intending to take him back to theatre for a second look, to look at the traumatised skin flaps, to close more of his wounds and to do split skin grafting, it was felt the best thing to do would be to keep him stable and to keep him anaesthetised.”

Professor Wayne Morrison, director of the respected Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and head of plastic and hand surgery at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, said he believed the operation to be a world first.

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IMF and EU approve aid for Georgia

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The International Monetary Fund and the European Union approved aid packages to help Georgia recover from its conflict with Russia, which occurred in early August. The IMF approved a US$750 million loan which will allow Georgia to rebuild its currency reserves. The European Union also approved an aid package of 500 million in aid by 2010, which is expected to help internally displaced people (IDPs) and economic recovery in the form of new infrastructure. Only €100 million of the EU aid will be given to Georgia this year.

These loans are aimed to restore confidence in Georgia’s economy and send a signal to international investors that Georgia’s economy is sound. According to the IMF, international investors have been “critical to Georgia’s economic growth in recent years.”

Takatoshi Kato, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chairman of the IMF executive committee, said the loan will “make significant resources available to replenish international reserves and bolster investor confidence, with the aim of sustaining private capital inflows that have been critical to Georgia’s economic growth in recent years.”

Georgia has requested $2 billion in international aid to help it recover from the conflict. So far, the United States has pledged $1 billion in aid. Further assistance and loans to Georgia are expected from other organizations. Kato noted that “…Georgia is expected to receive financial assistance from multilateral and bilateral donors and creditors in support of the reconstruction effort.” It is expected that an international donors’ conference will take place next month to solicit more aid for the country.

Georgia’s government expects that economic growth will be more than cut in half as a result of the conflict. Last year, Georgia’s GDP increased 12.4% and it is predicted by the IMF that growth will be less than 4 percent in the coming year.

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Kitchen Electrical Supplies


Hamlin Kon

Kitchen appliances use a varied amount of electricity which is dependent on their efficiency. An appliances location can affect electricity usage. For example, water heaters that are not properly insulated are more likely to be less efficient and use more electricity than that of a well-located and insulated water heater. Electricity usage amount also relies on the age of the appliance such that refrigerators that have been purchased many years ago use more electricity than new ones. Average usage of freezers and refrigerators purchased before 1985 is 100 kilowatt hours per month. One that is purchased after year 2000 uses 37.5 kilowatt hours per month.

Most appliances today are labeled on how much electricity they use. However, usage of electricity also depends on the frequency of the appliances use.

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There are highly recommended practices for kitchen renovation and application of kitchen electrical supplies. There must be at least 2 20-ampere, 120-volt circuits supplying power to ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles for countertop and dining areas. Basic lighting circuits should be one 15-amp, 120-volt circuit feeding ceiling fixture, or recessed lights. As for distance between GFCIs over countertops, it must not be over 4 feet between countertop receptacles. Countertop sections exceeding a width of 12 inches are considered a “wall” and must have receptacles. Dishwasher circuits should be one 15-amp, 120-volt dedicated circuit wired with 14/2 cable. Garbage disposal circuit should be one 15-amp, 120-volt dedicated circuit wired with 14/2 cable. Microwave Circuit should be one 20-amp, 120-volt dedicated circuit wired with 12/2 cable. Electric Range Circuit one 50-amp, 120/240-volt dedicated circuit wired with 6/3 cable.

To replace an electrical unit in an existing kitchen, power wiring must be incorporated into the existing walls. The actual flow and volume of electricity that flows through kitchen electrical wiring are both important. The name given to electricitys flow is current. It is measured in units called amperes (amps). Good electrical flow may be determined by a provider of kitchen electrical supplies. This will help in the efficient use of power. Before any decisions are made on kitchen wiring, one must find out the nominal and assured voltage levels for appliance-level circuits. It is also beneficial to find out if the kitchen electrical provider can supply dedicated circuits of higher levels without resulting to problems in the supply of electricity to the other sections of the house.

Kitchen electrical supplies refer to all products and accessories that require electricity to operate and are used in residential and industrial kitchens. The products under kitchen electrical supplies range from vast choices of lighting supplies, heating supplies, alarms, kitchen hardware, ventilation supplies, water heaters, wiring accessories, electrical cable supplies, cable accessories, distribution and switchgear, control gear, plugs and sockets, electrical fixing, tools, conduit accessories, switches, and fuses.

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MUFON releases report on UFO sighting in Stephenville, Texas

Friday, July 18, 2008

On January 8, 2008 in Stephenville, Texas, one of the larger UFO sightings in the United States occurred. A few days ago the UFO investigative organization Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) released a 77-page report on the sighting. MUFON is a UFO investigative organization in the United States. Founded in 1969, it now has 3,000 members and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The MUFON report, entitled “Special Research Report Stephenville, Texas” was written by Glen Schulze and Ropert Powell. Shulze has radar experience from working at the White Sands Missile Range. Powell has a chemistry degree and has extensive experience with semiconductors from working for Advanced Micro Devices.

The report is an analysis of radar records from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Weather Service, obtained through several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and comparing them to witness accounts.

Shulze/Powell concluded that the radar data confirms the witness observations of an object, as well as the Air Force’s statement that said ten aircraft were operating in the area. They say that it is too difficult to say what the witnesses saw, but that there was something there. Twice, they say, radar picked up an object travelling at nearly 2,000 mph, and at other times it showed a slow moving object.

Much media attention has been focused on the report’s observation that radar records show one of two objects moving directly toward the Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford. This is the home of United States President George W. Bush, which has been nicknamed the Western White House. They did not draw any conclusion as to why such movement was observed.

The authors also concluded that military air activity was heavy at the time, but that the radar records show no overt action toward the unknown object. They express concern about the possibilty that this could have been a terrorist aircraft with no transponder.

Shulze/Powell stated that they felt that they had been stonewalled in some of their FOIA requests by some government agencies. They encouraged the government to more readily provide more information about the incident.

The Stephenville incident on January 8, saw dozens of witnesses reporting a large object in the evening sky that hovered above the community before it took off at high speed. Steve Allen, a pilot, observed the object from the ground and described it as being a half-mile with flashing strobe lights. He also said that it was pursued by two fighter jets, when it disappeared at a speed he estimated to be 3,000 mph.

“I don’t know if it was a biblical experience or somebody from a different universe or whatever but it was definitely not from around these parts,” Allen said.

Another witness was local law enforcement officer Leroy Gateman who reported it as a red glowing object suspended 3,000 feet in the air. “It was so fast I couldn’t track it with my binoculars,” said Gateman.

Rick Sorrells says he saw the object while deer hunting in the woods. “You look at the trees, and it was right here,” he told ABC News. He estimated it to be the length of “three or four football fields,” though he could not be entirely sure due to his vantage point.

Sorrells has later claimed that military helicopters have since overflown his property at low altitude and that he has been getting strange phone calls. He also claims that an unknown man came to his door, even once told him that,”Son we have the same caliber weapons you have, but we have more of them.”, after Sorrells grabbed his rifle, and, “You need to shut your mouth about what you saw.”

“I’m trying to decide whether or not to open the door,” Sorrells said to the Empire-Tribune. “We’re just standing there face to face looking at each other. I’m thinking he’s dressed for the elements and the dogs are raising such a ruckus he must know he’s in danger of being caught. That’s when I realized he wanted me to see him.” The man then turned away and walked into the woods.

The United States Air Force initially said witnesses must have seen reflections coming from commercial airliners. However, they later clarified that ten F-16 Fighting Falcons had been on a night-time training mission in the area on January 8.

“In the interest of public awareness, Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs realized an error was made regarding the reported training activity of military aircraft,” said the statement.

According to Air Force spokesperson Karl Lewis, the aircraft were from the 457th Fighter Squadron and the error in the initial report was due to an internal communications problem between offices at the base.

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