Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines

Thursday, November 8, 2007

India is the latest of the countries where the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) experiment has started. Children from the village of Khairat were given the opportunity to learn how to use the XO laptop. During the last year XO was distributed to children from Arahuay in Peru, Ban Samkha in Thailand, Cardal in Uruguay and Galadima in Nigeria. The OLPC team are, in their reports on the startup of the trials, delighted with how the laptop has improved access to information and ability to carry out educational activities. Thailand’s The Nation has praised the project, describing the children as “enthusiastic” and keen to attend school with their laptops.

Recent good news for the project sees Uruguay having ordered 100,000 of the machines which are to be given to children aged six to twelve. Should all go according to plan a further 300,000 machines will be purchased by 2009 to give one to every child in the country. As the first to order, Uruguay chose the OLPC XO laptop over its rival from Intel, the Classmate PC. In parallel with the delivery of the laptops network connectivity will be provided to schools involved in the project.

The remainder of this article is based on Carla G. Munroy’s Khairat Chronicle, which is available from the OLPC Wiki. Additional sources are listed at the end.

Contents

  • 1 India team
  • 2 Khairat
    • 2.1 The town school
  • 3 The workplace
  • 4 Marathi
  • 5 The teacher
  • 6 Older children, teenagers, and villagers
  • 7 The students
  • 8 Teacher session
  • 9 Parents’ meetings
  • 10 Grounding the server
  • 11 Every child at school
  • 12 Sources
  • 13 External links

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Infiniti part: Maintain your Infiniti car the way you bought it

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Tim Johrer

To own a luxury car is no doubt a dream in itself. But, to buy from a reputed Motor Corporation as that of Nissan is a dream come true. The Infiniti brand of vehicles are slightly modified versions of Nissans high end vehicles and the maintenance aspect sets the standards a notch higher than rest of the cars. It is one thing to buy a vehicle and quite another to maintain it. In the years, which follow, the car parts have to be re-serviced to maintain the overall health and looks of the luxury brand of car. Infiniti part is something which one can buy only from an authorized dealer. The Infiniti brand of cars was introduced in the market for the first time in 1989 and will be now marketed in Taiwan and Korea.

Recognizing the Infiniti brand of cars isnt too difficult either. One can identify the car by its model name. These model names consist of two letters which indicate the capacity of the car engine. For instance, the Infiniti G20 is fitted with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. And Infiniti G35 is equipped with 3.5 liter gasoline engine. The main reason behind the high-end performance of luxury vehicle is its parts. One has to be sure while locating them only at the Infiniti dealers. An authorized dealer ensures the sale of an original Infiniti part. Internet is the medium where you can find most of the addresses and other related information about the Infiniti dealers. Select a suitable Infiniti part dealer, who is certified with the Nissan Motor Corporation who guarantees you their class services and other information.

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The markets are today flooded with the duplicate material and that stands true for most of the car parts. Though you might be tempted to buy a-one for your luxury car, it would be better to go only for an original Infiniti part. This will ensure along life for your vehicle and lesser headaches of periodically renovating the parts of your car. Though the amount used to buy these parts might be a little heavier on your pocket, it will be a boon in the later years. You are saved from avoidable and periodic servicing that comes with buying cheap car parts. Nissan as a manufacturer of the luxury brand of cars understands that buying a car is a one-time task for most of the buyers. Therefore, they make every effort to open up a few more authorized dealers, so that you are assured of nothing but long-lasting luxury in the form of an Infiniti car.

Infiniti brand of cars are an apt models of luxury and modernization. The sophistication of the car demands that you always carry quality Infiniti part with you wherever you go. You could be on a long drive and might need the services of mechanics in case of an emergency. In this case, you should only contact the servicemen from Nissan who know the nity grittys of the car very well. Service carried by any other car mechanic might prove to be disastrous for the car, as cannibalization of the original car parts is indicated. A problem-free, smooth functioning of the luxury car parts is highly recommended for the long life of the car. Feel free to get the numbers of the dealers from the websites of the original Infiniti car dealer.

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Parajet Skycar expedition takes off from London to Timbuktu

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Two explorers have set off from Knightsbridge, London Wednesday morning (0900 GMT) in a propeller-powered dune buggy heading for the Sahara. Giles Cardozo, age 29, from Dorset, with chief pilot and expedition leader Neil Laughton, age 45, an ex-SAS officer, will fly and drive the amazing two-seater vehicle more than 6,000-km (3,750-miles) to fabled Timbuktu on February 20.

“I just can’t wait to see their faces when we fly in and start playing football with them. I don’t think they will be able to believe somebody in a flying car has just visited them,” ‘extreme golfer’ Mr Laughton said before the departure. Timbuktu (Timbuctoo; Koyra Chiini: Tumbutu; French: Tombouctou) is an isolated city in Tombouctou Region, in the West African nation of Mali. They will traverse Europe and Africa about 42 days to arrive at the city in Mali, West Africa before returning home via Senegal.

The home-made 450-kilogram Skycar has been designed by Cardozo in just 18 months. It is the world’s first road legal bio fuelled flying car. It is a four cylinders modified Rage Motorsport off-road racing buggy which was approved by the government last month. It runs on bioethanol and is powered by a modified 140bhp Yamaha R1 superbike engine with a lightweight automatic continuously variable transmission from a snowmobile.

The team invested about £250,000 ($380,000) to make the 1000cc engine Skycar desert-proof. In its maiden voyage, the flying car will be escorted by up to 13 people convoy including an eight-wheel truck, two Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4s and several motorbikes. It has left London’s Sheraton Park Tower hotel, heading through the capital to Dunsfold airfield in Surrey.

The team had initially planned to take the air route across the English Channel, but the 35km flight was vetoed by aviation authorities. Skycar is required by law to obtain a license from Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), including a permit from the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA). Skycar spokeswoman, Charlie Bell, however clarified that the team was “in liaison with the CAA and they are looking to finalize the permit,” adding that it is in order for the rest of the trip.

The Skycar will thereafter fly over the high-altitude Pyrenees near Andorra, and would cross over the 14-km (nine-mile) Strait of Gibraltar. The prepared journey also includes the route through Mauritania, Atlas Mountains in Morocco and into Mali. It will further cross the harsh environment of Sahara’s remote “Rub’ al Khali” (empty quarter), for up to two weeks amid real fears of terrorist attacks.

The expedition will not have an easy task, especially since the Skycar will be tested to the limits amid punishing operating environments and weather conditions. “Clearly the reliability of the car is crucial,” said Mr Laughton. “We’re going to have to cope with wind chill temperatures as low as -30 deg C and blistering heat of up to 50 deg C. But it’s been fully tested at a secret location and it 100 per cent works,” he added.

The Parajet Skycar is a prototype flying car. It was developed by British paramotor manufacturer Parajet. The flying car utilizes a paramotor and a parafoil attached to a modified dune buggy to achieve sustained level flight. Should the engine fail, the vehicle can glide back to the ground. Should the canopy rip, an emergency reserve parachute would be deployed. It requires three minutes to convert it from a car to an aircraft. The prototype runs on biodiesel and is fully road-legal.

In 2004 British engineer Giles Cardozo, a paramotor manufacturer, has invented a fan-powered flying car to prove the Skycar is real and works. “I started making a paramotor on wheels that you sit on and take off and it suddenly occurred to me, ‘Why not just have a car that does everything?’” Cardozo said. His Wiltshire-based company Parajet built the paramotor that the adventurer Bear Grylls did fly near Everest in 2008. In 1998, Grylls, aged 23, became the youngest British to ascend Mount Everest. In May 2007, Grylls and Cardozo departed from Pheriche, about 32 kilometres south of Mount Everest.

I thought this would be an interesting challenge… Timbuktu is an iconic and quirky destination.

Cardozo has claimed he may finally have made it. “I’ve been dreaming about making flying cars since I was a boy, thinking about all the ways it could be done and seeing how all the other people in the world have done it wrong. No one’s ever made one that really does work that you can go out and buy. But here’s the ultimate solution: it’s cheap, it’s safe, it works, all the technology’s already there. So I pushed ahead and thought, ‘We’ve got to do it’,” he said.

If the Skycar becomes successful, Cardozo’s company plans a limited production with a selling price of £35,000 to £40,000 for a standard model and £60,000 for a high-performance sports version. “It will be a serious aircraft but also a proper road machine, with acceleration to match your average sports car,” says Cardozo. “I’m not going to sell millions of them but even if we sell 20 we’ll be laughing,” he added.

The explorers, with the aid of sponsors, supporters and benefactor Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet OBE (known as ‘Ranulph (Ran) Fiennes’), have aimed to raise more than £100,000 for some charities including an African orphanage.

Reports suggest probe into Formula One race-fixing allegations

Monday, August 31, 2009

News reports are suggesting that Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, are investigating alleged race-fixing by Renault. The FIA would only confirm a probe into “alleged incidents at a previous Formula One world championship event.”

According to Brazil’s Globo TV, Renault racer Nelson Piquet Jr. was told to crash his car during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, which was the sport’s first night race. By accident or design, Piquet did indeed crash during the race, which benefited teamate Fernando Alonso, who had just pitted early for fuel. Alonso went on to win the race.

Piquet was fired during this season by Renault and replaced with Romain Grosjean. He claims he was treated unfairly at the team. His comments about the race at the time were “We tried two extreme strategies with Fernando quite short and me quite long in the hope of getting a safety car. If I hadn’t crashed I would have been lucky with the safety car later in the race…”

However, it is now reported that new evidence has been supplied to the FIA. The source of this evidence has not been disclosed. The world motorsport council has the power to impose harsh penalties upon Renault if the allegations are proven, including large fines.

While the debris from the crash was cleared, the safety car was out on the track. Because Alonso had pitted early, he was the only one of the leading cars that did not need to stop for fuel and new tyres. According to the BBC and The Times, if there is found to be evidence of misconduct the world motorsport council will probably meet to investigate.

The Fixed Asset Register: A Beginners Guide}

The Fixed Asset Register: A Beginners Guide

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Liz Cromwell

Within the wider framework of keeping a companys books there sits a plethora of different accounting methods and record keeping processes that have to be used, some because there is a statutory requirement, others by virtue of good common sense; into the first category falls the FAR or Fixed Asset Register, the Companies Act of 1956 means that it is mandatory for companies to maintain a Fixed Asset Register as part of their general business bookkeeping.

The Fixed Asset Register is quite simply a record of the chunk of a companys assets that constitute its fixed assets; fixed is the term used to describe assets which cannot easily be converted into cash and are not held for the purpose of selling them on; assets that are owned to enable a business to function, either to provide a service or produce a product; in the case of manufacturers it is usually machinery, land, property etc. and for service providers, equipment and premises; it can also include less tangible assets such as copyrights, patents and trademarks.

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The reasons for the existence of an individual register of this kind are many; the Governments interest lies mainly in always knowing the value of a companys fixed assets for taxation purposes, hence the legislation, but there are other benefits to knowing the separate costs of such assets not least for the purposes of a companys insurance.

However this record is not a simple list, it collects very specific data in a precise and detailed way and the way that it is recorded can tell those who understand FAR a lot at a glance. In addition to detailing the nature of a companys fixed assets, the bookkeeper must account for loss or impairment of assets as well as logging the ongoing condition and changing value.

Keeping track of the exact origins of large assets can be problematic for the person keeping the records, as it can involve physical verification, which, as the name suggests would mean physically finding and visiting each piece of equipment or building to confirm its existence and location; most bookkeepers therefore tag each asset in the register with an engraved alpha-numeric identification number to make tracking simpler; of course in the case of land and vehicles there will conveniently already be independent registration numbers.

Part of the recording process includes logging the assets value in the form of an assigned carrying cost, in order to do this a valuation has to take place; the carrying cost is usually set at either the current market value, the potential sale or realisable value or the distress sale value, which basically refers to an assets scrappage value.

Most bookkeepers and accountants who have the task of maintaining the Fixed Asset Register do so nowadays with the help of specially designed computer software; these programs can produce reports on demand and collate large amounts of information. Although they do not necessarily make the job of keeping the FAR up to date a simpler one, they certainly can make it less time consuming, which in turn helps with the accuracy of these important and required records.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Freedom Party candidate Wayne Simmons, Don Valley East

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Wayne Simmons is running for the Freedom Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Don Valley East riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Wayne did not answer “Of the decisions made by Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly, which was the most beneficial to your this electoral district? To the province as a whole? Which was least beneficial, or even harmful, to your this riding? To the province as a whole?”

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds health care mandate

Thursday, June 28, 2012

In a decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the controversial healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010. The Supreme Court also upheld the individual mandate provision of the law, which would require most U.S. citizens to obtain health insurance by 2014, or pay a monetary penalty.

The Supreme Court ruled on the law 5–4. Chief Justice John Roberts authored the majority opinion. Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor jointed Roberts in the majority, while Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas were in the minority in supporting the repeal of the law.

The Court did, however, strike down a provision of the law which would have expanded Medicaid to make coverage available to anyone with an income less than 138% of the federal poverty line.

President Barack Obama made a public statement from the White House saying that the Supreme Court’s upholding of the law, “reaffirmed a fundamental principle that here in America — in the wealthiest nation on Earth – no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin.” Obama further added, “Whatever the politics, today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.” Obama closed his statement by saying, “The highest Court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law. And we’ll work together to improve on it where we can. But what we won’t do — what the country can’t afford to do — is refight the political battles of two years ago, or go back to the way things were.” Adding, “With today’s announcement, it’s time for us to move forward — to implement and, where necessary, improve on this law.”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also gave a statement from Washington, D.C. saying, “What the Court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal Obamacare.” Romney clarified further by saying, “Let’s make clear that we understand what the Court did and did not do. What the Court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law or that it’s good policy.” Further adding, “Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It’s bad law today.” Romney closed by saying, “Our mission is clear: If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama.”

Eric Cantor, Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced shortly after the ruling that the House would vote on repealing the law on July 11, following the July 4 holiday recess. Cantor said, “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare is a crushing blow to patients throughout the country. Obamacare has failed to keep the President’s basic promise of allowing those who like their health care to keep it, while increasing costs and reducing access to quality care for patients.”

In the ruling of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, John Roberts wrote, “Simply put, Congress may tax and spend. The federal government may enact a tax on an activity that it cannot authorize, forbid or otherwise control.” Meanwhile, Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the dissenting opinion, saying the entire law should have been repealed.

The ruling on the law comes after 26 states challenged the law in oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court in March.

“Anonymous” plans to protest Church of Scientology on February 10

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Internet-based group “Anonymous” released a new video on YouTube Monday, announcing international protests outside Church of Scientology centers set for February 10. The video “Call to Action” uses the same computer synthesized voice as a previous video titled “Message to Scientology”, which was posted to YouTube last Monday. The “Message to Scientology” video has been viewed over 1,400,000 times, and the “Call to Action” video has already been viewed over 237,000 times.

Anonymous is taking action against the Church of Scientology in response to what it sees as suppression of freedom of speech on the Internet. The group was first motivated after the Church of Scientology issued a copyright infringement claim to YouTube regarding a promotional video of Scientologist Tom Cruise speaking about his beliefs and using Scientology jargon. The Church of Scientology also issued a legal complaint to the website Gawker.com which is also hosting the video, but Gawker has stated it will not take the video down because it is newsworthy.

Anonymous set up a movement called “Project Chanology” to coordinate their efforts, and took down several Church of Scientology websites through denial-of-service attacks. Members of Anonymous have also participated in prank calls to Church of Scientology centers, as well as protests or “raids” outside Scientology buildings, and have posted some of their exploits to YouTube.

Anonymous is a collective of individuals united by an awareness that someone must do the right thing.

In the “Call to Action” video, Anonymous denies that they are composed solely of “super hackers”, stating “Anonymous is a collective of individuals united by an awareness that someone must do the right thing, that someone must bring light to the darkness, that someone must open the eyes of a public that has slumbered for far too long.” The video goes on to state “We want you to be aware of the very real dangers of Scientology,” citing what they term “gross human rights violations”.

Specific controversial events in Scientology history are cited in the video, including Operation Freakout and Paulette Cooper, and Operation Snow White. Operation Freakout was the name of a Church of Scientology operation whose goal was to “get P.C. [Paulette Cooper] incarcerated in a mental institution or jail or at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks.” Paulette Cooper had written a book critical of Scientology called The Scandal of Scientology. Operation Snow White was the name of a Church of Scientology operation where members of the Church’s secretive Guardian’s Office infiltrated United States government agencies in Washington, D.C. including the I.R.S. The F.B.I.’s investigation into Operation Snow White led them to discover the planning of actions taken against Paulette Cooper.

The video concludes by inviting the viewer to “take up the banner of free speech” and protest with Anonymous world wide. In an email to CNET News, Anonymous stated that cities where unknown activities are planned on February 10 include New York City, Montreal, Houston, London, Melbourne, and Los Angeles.

On Friday, two spokespersons for the Church of Scientology commented on the recent actions of Anonymous. A spokesman told News.com.au “These types of people have got some wrong information about us,” and Church spokeswoman Yvette Shank told Sun Media that she regarded members of Anonymous as a “pathetic” group of “computer geeks”. On Monday, Radar reported that the Church of Scientology has asked the U.S. Attorney General‘s office in Los Angeles, the F.B.I., and the LAPD to start a criminal investigation of possible criminal activity related to the Internet attacks. A source told Radar that the Church of Scientology is arguing that the Internet attacks are a form of “illegal interference with business.” Radar also reports that the Church of Scientology is emphasizing its status as a religious organization in the United States, in order to assert that the Internet attacks can be classed as hate crimes.

I’m mainly concerned because you shouldn’t be doing things that are illegal, you just shouldn’t.

On Saturday, Mark Bunker of the website XenuTV.com posted a video to YouTube criticizing the illegal actions of Anonymous and suggested legal methods for them to retaliate against the Church of Scientology, including peaceful protesting, writing letters to their government representatives, and persuading the United States government to take away the Church of Scientology’s tax exempt status. In the video, Bunker states “I’m mainly concerned because you shouldn’t be doing things that are illegal, you just shouldn’t. It’s not morally right, and it’s not right when Scientology does it, it’s not right when we do it.” Bunker’s video post has been viewed over 156,000 times. On Sunday, Bunker posted a follow-up video to YouTube where he gives advice to Anonymous on how to peacefully picket. He also provides viewers with resources and weblinks to more information on how to hold a peaceful protest. He concludes this video by imitating Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s Jedi mind trick technique and voice from Star Wars, stating “And if I may, as Obi-Wan, tell you: You will do nothing illegal “.

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Food marketing has been identified as the key factor for childrens food preferences, the dietary choices they make and their unhealthy consumption. The younger children are more persuasive to the marketing messages than the older children. They tend to listen to advertisements more than their parents.

The result of such an impact of food marketing is due to high visibility through television commercials, give-aways, celebrity endorsement, promotions at various places like theatres, malls, supermarkets etc. It is not a mere food item that a brand is trying to incorporate in the childs mind through this but is also working towards building a purchasing habit. Thus, not only the current health but the future health of the child that is at stake. What might appear to be a temporary or fair demand / stubbornness of the child for a product might turn out to be an unhealthy dietary choice with excess salt / sugar / fat in the product. This food choice determines the food preference of the child over a period of time (e.g. preference of sweetness in all the foods, cheese in most of the meals).

The impact of advertising of these unhealthy foods is that the children are more prone to becoming overweight earlier in life due to excessive consumption of sugar, salt or fat in these foods. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once considered adult problems diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These eating habits are likely to continue into adulthood

Many obese children become obese adults, especially if one or both parents are obese. Children often tease or bully their overweight peers who suffer a loss of self-esteem as a result. Low self-esteem can create overwhelming feelings of hopelessness which can lead to depression in some children who are overweight. Overweight children tend to have more anxiety and poorer social skills than normal-weight children do. These problems might lead children who are overweight to have emotional outbursts at one extreme or to withdraw socially at the other.

A number of studies have highlighted that even amongst the young children there is awareness and recognition of specific food brands which has been found to translate to nagging for those products. Parents can do their part to minimize the impact of junk food advertising and encourage healthy eating in the following manner:

Discuss the health implications of these foods on health and educate them to make informed food choices

Help children distinguish between everyday foods and sometimes foods

Avoid foods in the form of treats

Limit television time to not more than 1.5 hours in a day

Most importantly, have healthy food habits yourself. Be a good role model

While there are various ways the child can be made to understand the side-effects of the unhealthy foods, one solution does not apply to every child. You can take help of a qualified and an experienced child nutritionist to help you and in the course of counseling the child will learn the value of healthy eating habits, which they will carry for life.

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Demonstrators clash with police in Algeria after slum protest

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Demonstrators and police clashed on Wednesday in Algiers, Algeria, after the residents of a slum district in the city took to the streets to demonstrate against housing and job shortages.

The protest, led by residents of the Diar Echams area of the Algerian capital, conflicted with security forces after starting a protest late on Wednesday. Police officials said at least eleven officers were injured in the violence, but they have not released a civilian casualty figure.

400 or so policemen, equipped with riot gear and an armoured vehicle, tried to break up the protests. Demonstrators hurled petrol bombs, stones, and other heavy objects at police.