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Mumbai officials demolish 39K shanties; 200K homeless

December 25, 2004

Officials in Mumbai, India, demolished over 6,000 shanties today in a push to eradicate the capital city’s slums. In total, 39,000 shanties have been flattened, displacing over 200,000 people, in the city’s biggest-ever demolition drive, which began in early December.

When complete, over 2 million people are expected to be displaced. After wiping out the least desirable shanties, next in line for demolition are the illegal ‘well-off’ shanties and neighborhoods, according to the legal and bureaucratic motions that have been executed toward cleaning up Mumbai’s appearance by lowering the dominance of shanties, which make up 62 percent of Mumbai’s housing.

“As far as eye can see, there are mounds of wood, tin and tarpaulin, the remains of 6,200 illegal homes, flattened by a heavy excavator running on tank-like tracks and giant motorised claws,” the Indian Express reported about today’s destruction. [1]

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that citizens would see a change within six months. “Every chief minister likes to be remembered, and I’m no exception,” said Deshmukh, who despite having an empty exchequer, also announced that Rs 31,000 crore will be spent on new roads, sea links and rail lines. [2]

Positive Thinking Quotes: How To Pick The Right Ones For You!

By Suzanne Glover

Choosing positive thinking quotes, positive sayings and other encouragement quotes can be fun when you know a few simple tricks to making them fit for you. This article gives you three tips for choosing which positive quotes are good quotes that find happiness inside and are the best ones for you.

TIP ONE: First, let’s briefly discuss the importance of keeping quotes on positive thinking, hope quotes and other encouraging positive phrases around you. While it’s been said for a long time that we are a product of our environment, many times we forget exactly how true this simple concept is when leading our daily lives where we are constantly bombarded with negativity. Just like a flower that is fed and watered with nutrients so it can bloom, so we must feed ourselves with positivity quotes, hope quotes, positive sayings and overall good quotes that offset the doom and gloom we absorb from today’s media influences. To put it simply, if you put a white potato in a bowl of purple water, you’re going to have a purple infused potato. So, if you put yourself in a “bowl of negative exposure daily,” you’re going to have a “negatively infused body, mind and spirit.” One the other hand, if your purple water is a “bowl of positive exposure daily,” you’re going to have a “positively infused body, mind and spirit.”

By keeping positive thinking quotes, positive sayings, positive attitude quotes and overall good quotes around you, you are able to “infuse” your mind, body and spirit with uplifting material that feeds you and helps you bloom.

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TIP TWO: Next, you’ll want to find a way to keep your encouragement quotes and other positive phrases around you in such a manner that you don’t have to remember to recite them or even read them. For example, let’s say you’ve chosen some great encouragement quotes that make you feel hopeful and great, but you’re so busy all day long that it’s difficult to keep them in front of yourself long enough to be “infused with the hope they provide.” In other words, your potato doesn’t have enough water to fully become positively purple!

So, you’ll want to make it easy to absorb your positive sayings, positivity quotes and overall good quotes in such a manner that you don’t even see them. One of my favorite ways of doing this is to play them as subliminal messages over my stereo so my subconscious hears them all the time. Another way is to get some good positive thinking quotes on postcards or posters and hang them up on your walls so you’re “physically infused with positivity” from all around you. Or, having a good screen saver on your computer that shows quotes on positive thinking all day long would be great too. My point is to find some way to “infuse yourself” enough to get fully saturated with hope quotes and positive attitude quotes so your energy “invisibly” shifts to being more positive.

TIP THREE: Lastly, when choosing positive thinking quotes and other encouragement quotes, you want to feel the “zing of happiness” when you read or hear them. This “zing” is your emotional intelligence telling you that this particular positive quote is just what you need.

Choosing quotes on positive thinking using these three tips is fun and easy and helps you ensure that you are “infusing your potato” with hope quotes, positive phrases, positivity quotes and other good quotes that will speak directly to your spirit and feed you exactly what you need to bloom and grow.

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Polish exercise book advertisement copies Wikipedia content, violates copyright

Friday, October 24, 2008 

On August 21, the Polish weekly Przekrój published an advertisement for Dan-Mark exercise books, bearing the logo of 4fun.tv, a Polish music/interactive TV station. Part of the advertisement contained a definition of the word “exercise book”. The wording looked familiar, and Wikinews consulted Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia.

Upon seeing the Wikipedia definition, it appeared that the entry quoted in the promotional material was identical to the initial two paragraphs of the relevant Wikipedia entry.

Freelance reporters for the Polish Wikinews decided to find out the reason for such a similarity and whether either of the texts (the advertisement’s or Wikipedia’s) might be a case of copyright violation.

The reporters contacted a Jaros?aw Janas, Creative Director of 4fun.tv., where the ad appeared. His reply included the following claim:

Copyright on text does not last for fifty years as claimed by Janas, but for 70 years after the death of the author.

To investigate the authenticity of the above claims, Wikinews asked the main author of the two paragraphs in question, Wikipedian Julo, about the sources used to write the entry. He confirmed that he had written the text in question, and not copied it from an encyclopedic publication as claimed by Jana.

It is therefore impossible that both Julo and the people responsible for the exercise book advertisement have used the same uncopyrighted encyclopedia, thus coincidentally creating identical texts. The reporters also noted that the first draft of the introduction to the article was written by WaldemarWolskiHuta (February 2006). Afterward the text had undergone some modifications by Julo (September 2006), as well as Picus viridis and Beno (March 2008). However, the text presented in the press promotional material, which – according to 4fun.tv – came from an old-print encyclopedia is identical to the Wikipedia entry after the changes mentioned above had been made. Julo added that he was still alive, together with the other authors of the article in question who constituted the group of the copyright co-holders. This naturally led to a conclusion that neither 50 nor 70 years could have passed since their death. He left 4fun.tv’s actions with a comment that although the contents he and the other Wikimedians had made public and free, they are far from making them available in any “free style”, but under a specified license.

In follow up messages to Jaros?aw Janas, Wikinews reporters confronted the creative director over his seemingly inaccurate claims.

Wikinews was told in a reply that 4fun.tv would ignore the claims unless they see permission from the author of the original content to investigate this story. They were also informed that further e-mails without any specifics sent by the reporter would be qualified as spam. 4fun.tv’s creative director further added that he found the reporter’s picture on the Internet and asked how the person would feel if this picture was to appear on billboards or press releases that advertised the TV station.

Wikipedia does allow copying of its content under certain conditions. The encyclopedia’s content is released under the GNU Free Documentation License, which means that it can be copied, modified, and used commercially and non-commercially – under the conditions that the license’s text is included with the copied content and the five main authors are mentioned. If a part of the article is used, like in the example quoted in this news story, a “right to quote”, recognized by Polish law, may be used. In such a case it suffices to mention the source of the text (Polish Wikipedia) and the author of the excerpt. 4fun.tv met none of these conditions, meaning that copyright has been violated.

Over a year ago Polish Wikinews reported on a similar problem, regarding the use of free-licensed photographs. Since that time such “borrowings” have become less frequent, however photos are still being used in discordance with the license. Journalists have gotten used to citing sources, e.g. Wikipedia, although licensing conditions require attributing the actual author, not the source. So instead of attributing John Doe for his contribution, agencies like Polska Agencja Prasowa (Polish Press Agency) are attributing the source, Wikipedia.

In early September 2008 a similar situation occurred in relation to the Polish edition of Wiktionary. Gazeta Wyborcza, a Polish daily, published an IKEA advertisement, on the opening page of which an almost word-for-word Wiktionary entry was placed; additionally the advertisement used the characteristic MediaWiki layout. The reference to the external source used was missing.

In April 2008, an example of an Australian professor was cited; the scientist, in a reply to a news story, quoted a Wikipedia definition almost word-for-word. The same professor condemned the use of Wikipedia in his previous press appearances.

In 2005 Wikipedia material was discovered in the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, which acknowledged its fault and published appropriate apologies in place of the article in the online edition.

Frontline magazine in 2007 was found using an image from Wikipedia without proper credit. When pointed out the magazine acknowledged the failing and a correction was promptly given in the subsequent issue.

Historic gym the site of Benet Academy, Illinois victory over Oswego

Monday, January 18, 2010 

The Benet Academy Redwings boys basketball team defeated the Oswego High School Panthers 40–34 Saturday night at Benet’s historic Alumni Gym. 

Located at Lisle, Illinois, United States, the gymnasium is home to Benet’s winning streak of 102 consecutive home games. The statewide record lasted from November 26, 1975 until January 24, 1987, when Naperville North High School defeated the Redwings 47–46. Benet also achieved 96 consecutive victories in the Western Suburban Catholic Conference at that time. 

The school continued to use the facility, colloquially referred to as the “Old Gym” or the “Small Gym”, until the end of the 1994 season, when a newer athletic center was built on campus. It wasn’t until the late 1990′s when then-coach Marty Gaughan decided to play one game per year in the Alumni Gym to remind the school of its history. “There is just an electricity, and you feel it when you are in there,” said Gaughan, who coached the team from the 1989–1990 season to the 2007–2008 season. 

This tradition continued until the 2006–2007 season, when the Redwings played against long-time rival St. Francis High School. Renovations prevented the gym from being used for athletic events over the past two seasons. This game was Benet coach Gene Heidkamp’s first opportunity to coach in the older gym. “So much history and winning has taken place there, which makes it so special. It is something the entire school community is excited about,” said Heidkamp. 

Saturday’s game was played at the Alumni Gym at the request of Oswego assistant coach Jim Bagley. He wanted his son, senior forward Chris Bagley, to experience the same atmosphere he had as he played for Benet in the 1978–1979 season. Greg Kwiatkowski was also Jim Bagley’s teammate in Benet, and his son, Joe Kwiatkowski, was in the Panthers’ starting lineup as well. “Two of us who played at Benet together and now our son’s play on [Oswego] together and for them to have a chance to play where we played is going to be a great night and great experience,” said the senior Bagley. 

Alumni Gym apparently still had its charm in the second half for the Redwings, whose 15–17 score at halftime worsened into an 11-point deficit in the third quarter. Benet fell behind with a score of 21–29 at the start of the fourth quarter. From that point, the Redwings’ defense began to kick in. Oswego could make only 2 of its 13 field goals in the third quarter. Benet’s offense also gained momentum as center Frank Kaminsky scored all of his 9 points in the fourth quarter. A shot by senior Mike Runger brought the score to 31–31, and two consecutive driving layups by David Sobolewski gave Benet the lead that would last for the rest of the game. 

“We hit a dry spell there, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Defense wins games and they are the best defensive team we’ve faced all year,” said Oswego coach Kevin Schnable.

Benet’s Matt Parisi led his team with 15 points, and Sobolewski scored 12. Oswego’s Andrew Ziemnik also scored 12. 

Polish exercise book advertisement copies Wikipedia content, violates copyright

Friday, October 24, 2008 

On August 21, the Polish weekly Przekrój published an advertisement for Dan-Mark exercise books, bearing the logo of 4fun.tv, a Polish music/interactive TV station. Part of the advertisement contained a definition of the word “exercise book”. The wording looked familiar, and Wikinews consulted Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia.

Upon seeing the Wikipedia definition, it appeared that the entry quoted in the promotional material was identical to the initial two paragraphs of the relevant Wikipedia entry.

Freelance reporters for the Polish Wikinews decided to find out the reason for such a similarity and whether either of the texts (the advertisement’s or Wikipedia’s) might be a case of copyright violation.

The reporters contacted a Jaros?aw Janas, Creative Director of 4fun.tv., where the ad appeared. His reply included the following claim:

Copyright on text does not last for fifty years as claimed by Janas, but for 70 years after the death of the author.

To investigate the authenticity of the above claims, Wikinews asked the main author of the two paragraphs in question, Wikipedian Julo, about the sources used to write the entry. He confirmed that he had written the text in question, and not copied it from an encyclopedic publication as claimed by Jana.

It is therefore impossible that both Julo and the people responsible for the exercise book advertisement have used the same uncopyrighted encyclopedia, thus coincidentally creating identical texts. The reporters also noted that the first draft of the introduction to the article was written by WaldemarWolskiHuta (February 2006). Afterward the text had undergone some modifications by Julo (September 2006), as well as Picus viridis and Beno (March 2008). However, the text presented in the press promotional material, which – according to 4fun.tv – came from an old-print encyclopedia is identical to the Wikipedia entry after the changes mentioned above had been made. Julo added that he was still alive, together with the other authors of the article in question who constituted the group of the copyright co-holders. This naturally led to a conclusion that neither 50 nor 70 years could have passed since their death. He left 4fun.tv’s actions with a comment that although the contents he and the other Wikimedians had made public and free, they are far from making them available in any “free style”, but under a specified license.

In follow up messages to Jaros?aw Janas, Wikinews reporters confronted the creative director over his seemingly inaccurate claims.

Wikinews was told in a reply that 4fun.tv would ignore the claims unless they see permission from the author of the original content to investigate this story. They were also informed that further e-mails without any specifics sent by the reporter would be qualified as spam. 4fun.tv’s creative director further added that he found the reporter’s picture on the Internet and asked how the person would feel if this picture was to appear on billboards or press releases that advertised the TV station.

Wikipedia does allow copying of its content under certain conditions. The encyclopedia’s content is released under the GNU Free Documentation License, which means that it can be copied, modified, and used commercially and non-commercially – under the conditions that the license’s text is included with the copied content and the five main authors are mentioned. If a part of the article is used, like in the example quoted in this news story, a “right to quote”, recognized by Polish law, may be used. In such a case it suffices to mention the source of the text (Polish Wikipedia) and the author of the excerpt. 4fun.tv met none of these conditions, meaning that copyright has been violated.

Over a year ago Polish Wikinews reported on a similar problem, regarding the use of free-licensed photographs. Since that time such “borrowings” have become less frequent, however photos are still being used in discordance with the license. Journalists have gotten used to citing sources, e.g. Wikipedia, although licensing conditions require attributing the actual author, not the source. So instead of attributing John Doe for his contribution, agencies like Polska Agencja Prasowa (Polish Press Agency) are attributing the source, Wikipedia.

In early September 2008 a similar situation occurred in relation to the Polish edition of Wiktionary. Gazeta Wyborcza, a Polish daily, published an IKEA advertisement, on the opening page of which an almost word-for-word Wiktionary entry was placed; additionally the advertisement used the characteristic MediaWiki layout. The reference to the external source used was missing.

In April 2008, an example of an Australian professor was cited; the scientist, in a reply to a news story, quoted a Wikipedia definition almost word-for-word. The same professor condemned the use of Wikipedia in his previous press appearances.

In 2005 Wikipedia material was discovered in the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, which acknowledged its fault and published appropriate apologies in place of the article in the online edition.

Frontline magazine in 2007 was found using an image from Wikipedia without proper credit. When pointed out the magazine acknowledged the failing and a correction was promptly given in the subsequent issue.

Newborn Baby Clothes, A Great Gift

Submitted by: GoodFOr Babies

When you find out that your friend or family member is going to have a new baby, of course, you get excited. The idea of someone you are close to bringing new life into this world is enough to bring a smile to anyone s face. Towards the end of the pregnancy, you will more than likely get in an invitation to a baby shower. This means you will need to get the parents a new baby gift. There are many things you can choose to get for new parents. Some people like getting formula and diapers, however most prefer newborn baby clothes.

The reason newborn baby clothes are such a big deal is because the expected parents are going to need a lot of clothes for their new bundle of joy. A baby is capable of going through multiple outfits throughout the day. Having a backup is perfect for parents who think they might not have enough clothes yet. It is overall a great idea, especially when you are considering a gift for a baby who already has everything bought for him or her.

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Now that you decided to get a new baby gift of clothes for the baby shower you have to decide on where you are going to get them. There are a slew of different stores throughout the area that sell baby clothes. These clothes might work for some people, but if you want to get quality, you are going to have to shop for baby clothes a different way. The best method for getting good, different new baby clothes is by using the internet. You need to be careful, some sites offer deals that are too good to be true and could potentially be scammers.

If you want to go to a reliable website to purchase clothes for the baby shower, click on this link www.goodforbabies.co.uk.

When you click on the link, you will be brought to the Good for Babies website. This site features a wide range of different clothes. They have one of the biggest organic collections of baby clothes in the world. That is part of what makes them so special. There are no harmful chemicals in the material, or testing done on animals. This means that you will be purchasing a safe product, which is perfect for newborns. The best part is you do not have to pick it up anywhere. They offer a service to deliver your order for the party right to your house. With benefits like this, it is easy to see how this became one of the top online shops in the world for baby clothes.

Overall it makes sense that clothes would be the perfect gift if you are attending the baby shower of a loved one. The key is to get great quality clothes that are guaranteed to take the beating that babies sometimes can put on their clothes, this will save them money and time on new clothes and throwing away old outfits.

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Danish clothing company sells T-shirts to support FARC and PFLP

Friday, January 20, 2006 

A recently created Danish clothing company is selling on the internet T-shirts in order to support the clandestine radio station of the Colombian guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the graphical workshop of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In fact the money will be used by these groups to carry on their terrorist activities. FARC activities include kidnappings, masacres, bombs, extortions and the drug trade.

Fighters and Lovers is selling the T-shirts at 170 DKK (US$27.6), from which 35 DKK (US$5.7) are to be destinated to support both armed groups.

Anna Duever, Fighters and Lovers PR chief, said to Spanish news agency EFE that their objective is to “defend freedom and social justice, which is FARC and PFLP are fighting for”. Duever believes the fact the FARC has been included by the EU in its terrorist group list is a “political game”. “We pay our taxes in Denmark, and that money is used for financing the troops our government has sent to Iraq. That’s terrorism. Besides, in Colombia there’s a regime oppressing population and torturing and killing its people”, she said.

Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolina Barco, said to local media that “financing terrorist groups is unacceptable and goes against all the international norms. Yesterday [Tuesday 19] our ambassador contacted the Danish government, we sent a protest note and have demanded an explanation.”

A year ago, a Danish NGO named Oprør (“Rebelion”) stated it had donated money to the Colombian guerrilla. A new antiterrorism law in Denmark may punish it.

NASA launches satellites to study northern lights

Saturday, February 17, 2007 

A Delta II rocket blasted off from NASA’s Cape Canaveral launch pad today, carrying five satellites designed to investigate the northern lights and the electromagnetic storms that cause them. The launch had been twice delayed due to bad weather, but was eventually performed at 23:00 UTC.

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have collectively invested $200 million in the mission, known as the THEMIS Project. Through this mission, they hope to develop better techniques to forecast electromagnetic storms, in order to protect communication satellites, power grids, and spacewalking astronauts. Scientists from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary also helped with the project.

The Sun continuously sends a stream of charged particles, called the solar wind, at the Earth. We are generally protected from the solar wind by the Earth’s magnetosphere. During substorms, however, the magnetosphere gets overloaded by the solar wind and the magnetic field lines stretch until they eventually snap back, energizing and flinging electrically charged particles towards Earth.

Scientists want to find out what snaps in the overloaded magnetosphere to trigger a substorm.

NASA launches satellites to study northern lights

Saturday, February 17, 2007 

A Delta II rocket blasted off from NASA’s Cape Canaveral launch pad today, carrying five satellites designed to investigate the northern lights and the electromagnetic storms that cause them. The launch had been twice delayed due to bad weather, but was eventually performed at 23:00 UTC.

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have collectively invested $200 million in the mission, known as the THEMIS Project. Through this mission, they hope to develop better techniques to forecast electromagnetic storms, in order to protect communication satellites, power grids, and spacewalking astronauts. Scientists from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary also helped with the project.

The Sun continuously sends a stream of charged particles, called the solar wind, at the Earth. We are generally protected from the solar wind by the Earth’s magnetosphere. During substorms, however, the magnetosphere gets overloaded by the solar wind and the magnetic field lines stretch until they eventually snap back, energizing and flinging electrically charged particles towards Earth.

Scientists want to find out what snaps in the overloaded magnetosphere to trigger a substorm.

How Does An Affiliate Marketing Program Work?

Submitted by: Robert Glas

In this article we’ll answer the question How Does An Affiliate Marketing Program Work? You’ll see why it’s great to be an affiliate, how to get started, and how much you can make.

The definition of affiliate marketing is: An internet based system where you (as an affiliate) get paid for referring sales or customers to a business.

An example would be when someone clicks on an advertisment such as a banner or link and are then taken to the merchants website.

The merchant is the company or person that owns the product.

It’s up to the merchant to work their magic and get that person to buy.

If the person does purchase something, then the affiliate that sent them to the site earns a commission, which is a percentage of the products selling price. That’s basically it.

Here are some great reasons to become an affiliate:

* You don’t need to have expert knowledge to sell affiliate products. If you were an affiliate for weight loss products, you wouldn’t need a degree in nutrition or exercise. All you need is some ambition to learn a little information about what your selling and the ability to market the right affiliate products to the right people.

* You won’t need any staff. No more payroll handling or office politics. When you start out as an affiliate you’ll do everything yourself. As your business grows you can then outsource some of your work.

* You won’t even need a product. You can just promote products that are already for sale. Whether it’s a weight loss supplement or an ebook about dog training, as an affiliate there is a product out there that you can sell.

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* Work your own schedule. You’ll be able to work when you want and have a more flexible life. It’s pretty cool to be your own boss and do what you like.

* Start up costs are very low. To start a regular business where you stock inventory and rent space would cost you a lot of money. When your an affiliate you can get started for the cost of a burger and fries or for free.

* Earn Passive Income. With most jobs you only get paid once for the work that you do, but as an affiliate you can make money around the clock for work that you only did once. That’s pretty awesome!

How much can you make?

Like any business it depends on how seriously you take it and how much work you put in.

If you spend most of your time messing around checking emails and only work an hour a day, you probably won’t make that much.

What you should do is treat your affiliate marketing like a real business, be dedicate, and put in 100% effort every time you sit down in front of your computer.

If you do that you can definitely make a full time income.

Let’s do a little quick math on how much you can make as an affiliate.

Let’s say your promoting a really popular learn-to-sing course called Singorama.

When we check the affiliate statistics for Singorama they say that the average sale earns you just over $100.

If you made just one sale a day of Singorama (and trust me when I say there are many affiliates who make far more than that), then you would be making $840 per week, that’s 3360 per month in your bank account, or over $40,000 per year.

How does affiliate marketing really work?

Generally most people who do affiliate marketing have a website.

You don’t always need a website since there are many different ways of doing affiliate marketing and some of them don’t involve having a website, but the majority of affiliates have one.

On your website you write about different affiliate products, give reviews, make comparisons, and make recommendations to readers.

When your promoting a product you’ll have a special link called an affiliate link. Your link will have a tracking feature to make sure you get credit for each sale you make.

When someone clicks on your affiliate link the merchant will know it was you who sent the customer.

Your affiliate link won’t affect the customer at all. They don’t miss out on anything, they don’t pay more and most likely they will never know they purchased through an affiliate link.

When a customer buys something within a certain time period after clicking on your link, you get the commission.

So the main goal of affiliate marketing is to get as many people as possible clicking on your links and visiting merchant pages.

The more people who click on your affiliate links, the better the chances of a sale occurring and earning a commission.

For any sales to happen you will have to get “traffic” – which refers to the number of people comming to your site who can potentially click on your links.

You want to try and increase your traffic, because the more traffic you get, the more clicks and sales you will make.

I hope I have answered some of your questions about How Does An Affiliate Marketing Program Work?

Thanks for reading…

- Robert

About the Author: Robert Glas is an Affiliate Marketer who writes reviews about various affiliate programs.If this article seems a bit overwhelming, don’t panic.For information on getting started with an affiliate marketing program that actually makes things really easy follow this link:

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