Shimon Peres discusses the future of Israel

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

This year Israel turns sixty and it has embarked upon a campaign to celebrate its birthday. Along with technology writers for Slate, PC Magazine, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Aviation Weekly, Wikinews was invited by the America-Israel Friendship League and the Israeli Foreign Ministry to review Israel’s technology sector. It’s part of an effort to ‘re-brand the country’ to show America that there is more to Israel than the Palestinian conflict. On this trip we saw the people who gave us the Pentium processor and Instant Messaging. The schedule was hectic: 12-14 hours a day were spent doing everything from trips to the Weizmann Institute to dinner with Yossi Vardi.

On Thursday, the fifth day of the junket, David Saranga of the foreign ministry was able to arrange an exclusive interview for David Shankbone with the President of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shimon Peres. For over an hour they spoke about Iranian politics, whether Israel is in danger of being side-lined in Middle Eastern importance because of Arab oil wealth, and his thoughts against those who say Israeli culture is in a state of decay.

The only crime I committed was to be a little bit ahead of time. And if this is the reason for being controversial, maybe the reason is better than the result.

Shimon Peres spent his early days on kibbutz, a bygone socialist era of Israel. In 1953, at the age of 29, Peres became the youngest ever Director General of the Ministry of Defense. Forty years later it was Peres who secretly gave the green light for dialogue with Yassir Arafat, of the verboten Palestine Liberation Organization. It was still official Israeli policy to not speak with the PLO. Peres shares a Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzak Rabin and Arafat for orchestrating what eventually became the Oslo Accords. The “roadmap” that came out of Oslo remains the official Israeli (and American) policy for peace in the Palestinian conflict. Although the majority of Israeli people supported the plans, land for peace was met with a small but fiery resistance in Israel. For negotiating with Arafat, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shouted at Peres, “You are worse than Chamberlain!” a reference to Hitler’s British appeaser. It was during this time of heated exchanges in the 1990s that Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by Yigal Amir, a Jew who thought it against Halakhic law to give up land given by God (Hashem).

Peres is the elder statesman of Israeli politics, but he remembers that he has not always been as popular as he is today. “Popularity is like perfume: nice to smell, dangerous to drink,” said Peres. “You don’t drink it.” The search for popularity, he goes on to say, will kill a person who has an idea against the status quo.

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Shimon Peres, the President of Israel.

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Where To Get Your Computer Screen Repaired In Alsip Il

byAlma Abell

Computers are one of the most important pieces of technology that a person can own these days. They give you access to the internet which has unlimited information on anything you could possibly want to learn about. When your computer takes some damage it can prevent your access from the internet, which some people need to complete their jobs. Your computer screen is going to be the display that shows you all of the information you are trying to see. When this part is damaged you may not be able to see anything at all. The good news is that some screen damage does not mean you need to replace your entire computer. Even if it is a laptop there are professional computer screen repair services which can fix the problem for you.

A professional computer screen repair service is going to take apart your computer to find the problem and try to fix it. Be ready to see your computer taken apart when you bring it to a professional computer repair store. They are going to pinpoint the problem and replace the damaged parts. This will mean that you will only pay for the labor they are doing and the exact part that you need. Having your screen repaired is usually not that big of an issue- unless the LCD display is cracked. This can still be replaced but a new screen could cost you anywhere around $100, depending on what type of computer you have. You have some good services if you are looking for computer screen repair in Alsip IL. BLH Computers is one example of a local company that provides computer screen repair in Alsip IL. When you are searching for any type of repair service you want to make sure they are going to provide you with professional work and quality results. One way you can ensure they are going to provide you with this without having to spend your money first is by reading some reviews. Other people are going to comment and tell you about the services they got from a particular computer repair company. This will give you an idea of what to expect from a repair service you have in mind. Be sure to find a company that has beaming reviews and uses high quality parts to repair their clients computers.

 

FDA report criticizes conditions in factory that produced recalled medications

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The US Food and Drug Administration released a report today harshly criticizing the conditions at a Johnson & Johnson factory that produced medications recalled this weekend.

The report, the result of an FDA inspection conducted at the facility, said that the plant in question, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, had upwards of 20 documented manufacturing problems, including both quality and security issues.

According to the report, material used in the medicines produced were contaminated with a type of bacteria not yet identified, and the factory had not had sufficient quality control procedures or facilities for testing the quality of products. The report also noted that employees had received insufficient training in safe manufacturing procedures.

The FDA’s inspection of the plant had begun in mid April, and concluded last Friday. A recall of the drugs, which included Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl, was issued by Johnson & Johnson later on Friday. The products affected were sold in twelve countries worldwide, including the US.

According to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of J&J, the recalled medications can include higher than indicated amounts of active ingredients, foreign particles, or ingredients that don’t meet requirements for testing. The recalls followed at least 46 consumer complaints in the last year of “black or dark specks” found in J&J Tylenol products.

According to a senior FDA official, “[t]his is yet another example of when a company has to take full accountability for the quality of its drugs [with] severe consequences for not doing so.”

In a response, J&J said in a statement that “we have no higher concern than providing parents with the highest quality products for their children” and “the quality issues that the FDA has observed, many of which we had recently identified in our own quality reviews and communicated to the FDA, are unacceptable to us.” The company said the plant affected has temporarily ceased all production.

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Recall of Thomas the Tank Engine toys due to lead-paint fears

Thursday, June 21, 2007

A recall issued last week for Thomas the Tank Engine toys made in China and containing lead-based paint, is the latest scare for consumers, and follows recent scandals involving Chinese-made pet food, pharmaceuticals, toothpaste and other toys, The New York Times has reported in a series of articles.

Last week, RC2, a U.S. toy company based in Oak Brook, Illinois, issued a recall for its popular wooden “Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends” train sets. The recall involved 1.5 million “Thomas Wooden Railway” vehicles and train sets sold at toy stores and various retailers across the U.S. from January 2005 through June 2007.

A subsequent recall has been issued in the United Kingdom, where Thomas the Tank Engine was originated in the 1940s as a character in a children’s story by the Reverend W.V. Awdry. Around 70,000 toys are involved in the U.K. recall, according to The Guardian.

“RC2 has determined that the surface paints on the recalled products contain lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a press release dated June 13. “Consumers should take the recalled toys away from young children immediately and contact RC2 Corp. for a replacement toy,” the commission said.

Those “adverse health effects” could include brain and nerve damage, especially in young children, as well as blood and brain disorders. Severe lead poisoning causes vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, anemia, loss of appetite, headaches and in particularly high doses, coma and death.

In an article on Monday, The New York Times reported that recalls have been issued for 24 different toys in the U.S. in the past year, and every one of them was made in China. According to the Toy Industry Association, toys made in China account for around 70 percent to 80 percent of all the toys sold in the U.S., The Times said.

“These are items that children are supposed to be playing with,” Prescott Carlson was quoted as saying by The Times. Carlson is a co-founder of a child-safety website called Imperfect Parent, which tracks recalls of toys and other baby products. “It should be at a point where companies in the United States that are importing these items are held liable,” Carlson said.

RC2 would not comment to The Times, and a Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman would not say how long ago the problem with the lead paint was discovered.

For a follow-up article on Tuesday, The Times visited a factory in Dongguan, in China’s Guangdong province, where the “Thomas and Friends” toys are made. The paper interviewed workers and took photos on the factory floor.

“You’re intruding,” a factory manager identified only as Zhong was quoted as telling the reporters. “Tell me, why exactly are you here?”

During the visit, a reporter, translator and a photographer were detained by factory officials, and released a day later after local police and government officials intervened.

The factory also produces other toys for RC2, including toy John Deere trucks, NASCAR racing models and M&M’s cars, The Times said. RC2 makes the toys under licenses from various companies. The “Thomas and Friends” toys are made under license from Hit Entertainment, which owns the “Thomas” brand.

According to RC2, items in the “Thomas and Friends” recall are:

  • Red James Engine & Red James’ # 5 Coal Tender
  • Red Lights & Sounds James Engine & Red James’ #5
  • Lights & Sounds Coal Tender
  • James with Team Colors Engine & James with Team Colors *#5 Coal Tender
  • Red Skarloey Engine
  • Brown & Yellow Old Slow Coach
  • Red Hook & Ladder Truck & Red Water Tanker Truck
  • Red Musical Caboose
  • Red Sodor Line Caboose
  • Red Coal Car labeled “2006 Day Out With Thomas” on the Side
  • Red Baggage Car
  • Red Holiday Caboose
  • Red “Sodor Mail” Car
  • Red Fire Brigade Truck
  • Red Fire Brigade Train
  • Deluxe Sodor Fire Station
  • Red Coal Car
  • Yellow Box Car
  • Red Stop Sign
  • Yellow Railroad Crossing Sign
  • Yellow “Sodor Cargo Company” Cargo Piece
  • Smelting Yard
  • Ice Cream Factory

Toys listed that are marked with codes containing “WJ” or “AZ” are not included in the recall.

Earlier, RC2 said that customers would have to cover shipping costs to return the toys to the company. It later agreed to cover postage after angry complaints by parents, The Times said in an article yesterday. Refunds will take about two months.

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Main belt asteroid No. 274301 named ‘Wikipedia’

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

A main belt asteroid, No. 274301, has been named after Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia. The information became available on the Minor Planet Center’s website yesterday.

The decision of the Committee for Small Body Nomenclature to assign the name “Wikipedia” to the asteroid was published in the Minor Planet Circular of January 27, published online yesterday, page 82403. Wikimedia Ukraine board member Andriy Makukha proposed the name. It was submitted to the Committee by the head of the Andrushivka Astronomical Observatory in Ukraine, Yuri Ivashchenko.

The official dedication of the name says:

Wikipedia is a free, copyleft, collaboratively edited online encyclopedia launched in 2001. In 11 years of its compilation it became one of the largest reference works and one of the most visited web-sites on the Internet. It is developed in more than 270 languages by enthusiasts from all over the world.

The asteroid 274301 Wikipedia was discovered by the team of astronomers of Andrushivka Astronomical Observatory. At first it was observed by that team on August 25, 2008 at 22:47 (UTC). It was also observed on the next night and two weeks later on September 6. It received provisional designation 2008 QH24. Accurate calculation of its orbit showed asteroid 2008 QH24 is the same as 1997 RO4 and 2007 FK34. The asteroid had been previously spotted by observatories including Caussols-ODAS in France, and Mt. Lemmon Survey and Steward Observatory in Arizona, US.

On April 18, 2011 the minor planet received the number 274301.

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Massive ice deposits found on Mars

Friday, March 16, 2007

The European Space Agency‘s Mars Express spacecraft has discovered ice deposits in the south pole of Mars that are larger than the state of Texas.

Scientists say that there is enough water in the deposits to cover the entire planet with up to 36 feet of water if the ice was to melt. Some sections of the ice deposits are up to 2.3 – 2.5 miles deep. The ice is composed of carbon dioxide, a little bit of dust, and water (90 percent of the water is estimated to be frozen).

What has caught the attention of the scientists working on the Mars Express project is that this may help reveal whether or not there is any (microbial) life within the ice.

Another perplexing question that scientists are trying to solve is what happened to all the water that produced all the channels on the surface of Mars.

Jeffrey Plaut, who is from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and who is also leading the study, noted that, “We have this continuing question facing us in studies of Mars, which is: where did all the water go? Even if you took the water in these two (polar) ice caps and added it all up, it’s still not nearly enough to do all of the work that we’ve seen that the water has done across the surface of Mars in its history.”

Currently, only 10 percent of the water is remaining and is located at the poles of Mars. It has been suggested that some of the remaining 90 percent of the water that disappeared could either be underground or could have simply left the atmosphere into space.

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Horse racing: Curlin wins 2007 Preakness Stakes

Sunday, May 20, 2007

At the 132nd running of the Preakness, the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown, Robby Albarado rode Curlin to a photo finish victory over Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. Going into the final stretch run, Curlin made a valiant charge to beat Street Sense by a head with a winning time of 1:53.46, matching the fastest ever finishing time in Preakness race history. Thus, for at least another year, the Triple Crown trophy will remain unclaimed. Affirmed was the last horse to accomplish what has become a rare feat for thoroughbred horses, back in 1978.

Curlin’s win was as fast as track record holders (for 1 3/16 mile races) Tank’s Prospect and Louis Quatorze, winners of the Preakness in 1985 and 1996, respectively. Curlin (4) paid $8.80 to win at odds of almost 7-2. The top three finishers in the Preakness were also the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, albeit in a different order. The $2 exacta of Curlin and Street Sense (4-8) paid $23.20. The $1 trifecta of Curlin, Street Sense, and Hard Spun (4-8-7) paid $25.00. Edgar Prado rode C P West to a 4th-place finish, capping off a $1 superfecta (4-8-7-9) of $340.30.

If a rematch happens between Street Sense and Curlin, it may not happen very soon. Carl Nafzger, trainer of Street Sense, has not indicated that he will run Street Sense in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

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I Phone Application Development Outsourcing The Best Way For I Phone App Development

Submitted by: Abhimanyu Sharma

iPhone is an amazing device. It is a stylish and feature rich handset. It is highly popular among the new generation. Its wonderful hardware functionality makes more acceptable and more useful. Its hardware functionalities pave way for robust software development. There are plenty of iPhone applications available in the App store and there are possibilities for more. There is huge demand for iPhone app developers.

Practically iPhone users are located in developed countries of the world where life standards are higher compare to developing nations. So naturally getting an iPhone app developer is a difficult task there. Taxes are higher, maintenance cost is unimaginable, you are to deal with labor laws of the country, and all these prohibit the thinking of a development center in developed nations.

Other facet of coin is different in developing nation like India where life standards are moderate. Basic facilities are cheaper. You will have electricity and Internet connections available at a cheaper rate. Space for office premises is available. Taxes and labor laws are favorable for outsourcing. Foreign currency conversion rate is favorable for outsourcing. Higher education is cheaper here. You can get number of iPhone app developers at a cheaper rate. That s why India is the best choice for outsourcing work.

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Here individual freelancers are also available but they have limited skill sets so you can not complete a project under one roof. The most advisable thing is hire a developer or team of developers from a reputed outsourcing company. This gives guaranteed work. Many outsourcing companies have flexible hiring schemes. You can hire a developer for hourly contract if you have low budget project. There is no minimum hour required so there is no extra burden over your pocket. You can higher a developer for full time, part time, daily basis, weekly basis or monthly basis. There are no hidden costs involved on hiring.

Project management is easy with reputed companies because they allocate a project manager for your project and he or she manages all affairs related to your project. If you hire a team of iPhone app developers there will be a team manager who will be working as a contact point for you and will provide reporting etc. Communication is easy so you can contact your developer by email, instant messengers like Skype and Gtalk, live chats, international calling system or VOIP.

iPhone application development is of various kinds. Some applications prove useful for entertainment with it you can see movies, listen radios, music of your favorite singer, etc. Game players can play plenty of games of their choice like puzzle, quizzes, war games, racing, etc.

Practically iPhone users are located in developed countries of the world where life standards are higher compare to developing nations. So naturally getting an iPhone app developer is a difficult task there. Taxes are higher, maintenance cost is unimaginable, you are to deal with labor laws of the country, and all these prohibit the thinking of a development center in developed nations.

Other facet of coin is different in developing nation like India where life standards are moderate. Basic facilities are cheaper. You will have electricity and Internet connections available at a cheaper rate. Space for office premises is available. Taxes and labor laws are favorable for outsourcing. Foreign currency conversion rate is favorable for outsourcing. Higher education is cheaper here. You can get number of iPhone app developers at a cheaper rate. That s why India is the best choice for outsourcing work.

Here individual freelancers are also available but they have limited skill sets so you can not complete a project under one roof. The most advisable thing is hire a developer or team of developers from a reputed outsourcing company. This gives guaranteed work. Many outsourcing companies have flexible hiring schemes. You can hire a developer for hourly contract if you have low budget project. There is no minimum hour required so there is no extra burden over your pocket. You can higher a developer for full time, part time, daily basis, weekly basis or monthly basis. There are no hidden costs involved on hiring.

About the Author: He is working at iPhone Application Development center; they provide application developer for iphone. You can hire iphone app developer at affordable rate.

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