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Australian solar racing team parades at Sydney campus send-off

Australian solar racing team parades at Sydney campus send-off

Friday, September 20, 2013

Australian solar racing team Sunswift paraded their fifth car, eVe, on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, yesterday. They are leaving for the 2013 World Solar Challenge this weekend. Both staff and students came to the send-off event in the early afternoon.

The vehicle route led from the biomed lawn of Michael Birt Gadrens in upper Kensington Campus down the University Mall to Anzac Parade with a few stops along the way at Commerce Courtyard and Globe Lawn. The driver, as well as the passenger, alighted as six members of the team carried eVe over the stairs of University Mall.

eVe, the latest car built by the Sunswift team, was designed for the new Cruiser class of the competition, and thus meets regulations for normal roads-worthy vehicles. While its predecessor IVy weighed under 150 kg, eVe weighs approximately 300 kg, with light carbon fiber monocoque construction and 15 kWh batteries weighing only 63 kg. However, eVe has achieved a similar drag coefficient, despite different overall shape and larger frontal area.

The 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is to take place on October 6–13, 2013.

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How To Transition Into A Digital Tracking System}

How to Transition into a Digital Tracking System


Stephen Roome

Although we live in the digital age, there are still a lot of organizations that are weary about making the transition to using digital and mobile solutions to help run their businesses. Many of these organization are still relying on outdated paper based solutions and even RF (radio frequency) devices to manage their inventory and shipment tracking. These old systems require additional labour and work hours put into manual filing and paperwork that can slow down organizational efficiency and be costly for the business. In todays world we have some much technology available at our fingertips that can help us with logistics management and organizational operations that it doesnt make sense to anymore to not use it.

The big questions is, How do I transition my business into the digital world? And the answer to this question can vary from business to business, and from industry to industry, but there are several points that always remain the same.

Adapting your existing business model to a digital one can be difficult there are a lot of moving parts that need to be aligned and this can take time, and require some additional tinkering to perfect. It can also be a costly venture off the start, but it will save your business a lot of time and money in the long run, so updating your logistics management system is crucial for businesses.

One key thing for anyone who is looking to upgrade their systems is to capitalize on technology. Smartphones are universal today everyone has one, and for the most part people are either using Android or IOS run phones. Business managers should look to seize this opportunity and integrate an app based logistics management solution that can help with their inventory and shipping needs.

One thing that all operations managers need to keep in mind when updating their old-fashioned inventory and shipping systems to a new, digital platform is that its not just about replacing what you currently have, but about taking the opportunity to have your system take care of more tasks and help your business run more efficiently. It will take time and patience to fully adapt a new digital system in your business, but in the end it will pay itself back and your business will be better off for it.

Overall, updating your freight management system from an older, manual system to a new start of the art automated freight management solution can take time, and may have a significant start-up cost. What you need to keep in mind though is that the initial interruption will be fleeting, and the ROI will be quick in saved money through increased efficiency and task automation. It is the direction that all freight management companies will be moving in the very near future as automated freight tracking solutions become a need and not just a want. They allow you to provide your clients with a much better service due to the abundance of data that you can provide to them.

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Toyota recalls up to 1.8 million automobiles

Toyota recalls up to 1.8 million automobiles

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The automobile manufacturer Toyota has said that it will recall up to 1.8 million cars across Europe, after a problem with the accelerator pedal was discovered.

According to the firm, eight models were affected by the problem — AYGO, iQ, Yaris, Auris, Corolla, Verso, Avensis, and RAV4 — after it was discovered that the accelerator may become stuck in a depressed position, resulting in uncontrollable speeding.

On Thursday, Toyota said it would recall 1.1 million cars in the US; a day previous, it had suspended eight models from sales. Last week, 2.3 million cars in the US were recalled due to the pedal issues.

The chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe commented on the recall. “We understand that the current situation is creating concerns and we deeply regret it,” said Tadashi Arashima. The firm, however, noted that it wasn’t aware of any accidents resulted by the malfunctioning accelerator pedals, and not many pedal problem incidents were reported in Europe. “The potential accelerator pedal issue only occurs in very rare circumstances,” Arashima added.

The National Automobile Dealers Association, meanwhile, commented that Toyota showrooms could lose as much as US$2.47 billion worth of revenue due to the incident.

“Toyota veterans will likely hear the news with disbelief and keep faith in the brand, but new customers could definitely be scared off,” remarked Robert Rademacher, who is the president of the trade group ZDK, as quoted by Business Week. “This recall has a dimension which we’ve never seen before.”

There are concerns that the problem may result in reduced consumer trust in Toyota. Hans-Peter Wodniok, an analyst for Fairesearch GmbH & Co. in Germany, noted: “If this is a one-time event, huge as it is, Toyota may be forgiven. But if something happens again in the next months and years, they will have gambled away customer trust in Europe as well.”

Analysts for Morgan Stanley, however, said they believed Toyota would not suffer much from the incident. “The company’s actions to correct the situation are timely enough to avoid major brand damage,” they remarked in a note to investors.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with NDP candidate Paul Johnstone, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with NDP candidate Paul Johnstone, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A resident of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound his whole life, Correctional Services officer Paul Johnstone is running for the Ontario New Democratic Party in the Ontario provincial election. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

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.

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Haze in South East Asia worsens

Haze in South East Asia worsens

Friday, October 6, 2006

The acrid haze situation in Southeast Asia is worsening. Visibility has been severely reduced in neighboring countries and some schools have been closed due to the health hazard posed. The annual smoke season is caused by illegal slash and burn clearance of land in Indonesia, particularly the island of Borneo.

The haze has spread over 2,250 miles (3,600 kilometers) into neighboring countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and even drifting to Guam in the western Pacific.

Aviation has been severely impaired in Indonesia, where in certain areas, visibility is only a mere 200 to 300 meters. Helicopter service in Malaysia’s Sarawak state, a key mode of transportation there, has been halted due to the poor visibility. A Mandala Airlines Boeing 737-200 carrying a 110 people had overshot the runway at Tarakan airport in Kalimantan province in Indonesia. The aircraft came partly to rest in a nearby swamp. Visibility at the time was around 400 meters, 600 meters short of Indonesian landing safety regulations.

Schools in Thailand, and Indonesia have also been forced to closed, and look likely to stay closed well into next week.

Air pollution indices around the region have also registered a spike in poor air quality. Sarawak state’s index came in at 106-188 with 100-200 being unhealthy. In Malay peninsula, the air pollution index in five states came in at 101-116. In Singapore, the Pollution Standards Index registered between 80-130 with 81-100 in the moderate range and 101-200 in the unhealthy range.

This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.

Wikinews journalist Timlee90 reports:

The air quality here in Singapore is so bad that I could feel the dust in my mouth as I was walking on the streets today. The air constantly smells of burning wood and visibility is never more than a kilometer. Singaporeans I know are concerned about the deteriorating situation.

Timothy Low, a Singaporean who’s just finished his national service says that he is concerned about the situation, “I can’t run to exercise. People with lung related problems have difficulty breathing; It causes tearing also.” The government here has advised citizens to reduce vigorous activity, especially those with existing heart or lung conditions.

The Indonesian government has been criticized by environmentalist groups such as Greenpeace, which claims that the allowed conversion of forests into cropland is the cause of the problem. The also call on the Indonesian government to “investigate and hold liable plantation companies responsible for slash and burn clearing”.

The Indonesian government has responded to the criticism that it is doing all that it can do. “We don’t know when we can put out the fires but we are working tirelessly and have spent billions of rupiah (hundreds of thousands of dollars) in our efforts,” Forestry Minister Malem Sambat Kaban said. “As for complaints from neighbouring countries, there’s nothing else we can do. We don’t cause the fires deliberately.”

In 1997-98, the haze cost the Southeast Asian region an estimated US$9.0 billion by disrupting air travel and other business activities

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If You Want The World To Know About You, Press Release It!

Submitted by: Andrew Michaels

Fundraising is a great way to have a good business showcase. Many new and old businesses tie up with fundraisers to have a good business exposure and at the same time for old businesses this is their way of thanking their customers for the continued patronage. However, if the activity will turn out successful or a failure, it will all depend greatly on the organizers. The burden of attracting customers and gaining publicity is on the fundraisers shoulders.

As a fundraiser, you need to know some tips on how to get good exposure for your event a

successful one at that.

Do a press release. One of the best ways to get your fundraising ideas across is to send out a press release. And when doing your press release, bear in mind that you need to describe the most newsworthy portion of your fundraising activity. If your group is doing a fundraising calendars campaign for instance to raise funds for a cancer patient, your fundraising calendars is not the one that should be focused on. Your fundraising calendars, sorry to tell, are not newsworthy. Rather, the story behind is what will gain attention how people are helping out and pitching in to help another person in need. What is more important when doing a press release is to showcase what is newsworthy and what will gain the attention of your prospect donors and sponsors. If your beneficiaries are newsworthy then do an in-depth description on them. If it s the fundraising activity itself is newsworthy, then do a press release solely on the activity.

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(A tip to always remember: do the human interest story, and people will be reading your press release.)

You can choose to air your press releases via print or television. The decision for this would greatly depend on your budget. As you may well know, using television as your tool to air your activity can be costly compared to, say, sending out letters, emails and newsletters. But as I said, if you have the budget for it, then go ahead. Or, you can also get the television station as one of your major sponsors so that they can air your fundraising event for free.

So here s how you start writing your press release:

Write your summary paragraph. This would allow you to see whether your story is an eye-opener or a sleep-inducer. The key to a good press release is to write it as exciting and interesting as you can write it. Always look for the human interest. What is the story behind the event? Is the money generated from the fundraising dinner for a new wing at the hospital for kids with cancer? Remember human interest.

Then fill in the 6 Ws – who, what, when, where, why and how. This is the meat of your story. This is where your target readers will get the nitty gritty of what will happen during your fundraising event.

Next, include a great picture. Always believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. What your words or text would fail to do, your pictures can accomplish. So before you finish writing your press release, add a nice picture to complement your story. One compelling picture will do. You don t have to bombard your target readers with too many too much. And if you have been doing the event for a couple of years now, include other pictures from the previous events to further conform your fundraising event status.

Finally, submit your press release. After you are finished with writing and designing your press release, call the media and get your press release rolling!

The power of a press release is unquestionable. You just have to do it right the first time.

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Interview with gay marriage movement founder Evan Wolfson

Interview with gay marriage movement founder Evan Wolfson

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Evan Wolfson, the founder of the modern gay marriage movement, tells the waiter he would like an iced decaf and “the usual.” Wolfson, one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World, is a man who unflinchingly knows what he wants and stays his course, whether it be in his choice of restaurant or in his choice of battle. And others always know when they see Evan coming what it is that he wants.

Since his time at Harvard Law School when he wrote a paper on the topic, what Wolfson wants is the right for gay people to marry. The issue gained national prominence in 1993 when the Hawaii Supreme Court held in Baehr v. Lewin that the government had to show a reason for the denial of the freedom to marry, not just deny marriage licenses to the plaintiff gay couples. Wolfson was co-counsel in the historic 1996 Hawaii trial in which he argued that the government does not have a sufficient reason for excluding same-sex couples from marriage. In 1999, Wolfson contributed to Baker v. Vermont, the case that led to the creation of civil unions; advised the lead attorneys in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the case that led to same-sex marriage in Massachusetts; and since 2003, when he founded the primary umbrella organization coordinating the efforts to win marriage for gay people, Freedom to Marry, Wolfson has played a role in every marriage equality case in the United States. He is the movement’s founder and leader, and his focus remains square on winning that right. “For years,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, “many of us were saying to him, ‘We’re not ready. The country’s not ready. And, by the way, you’re crazy.'”

When I make a statement to him about his devoting his life to gay marriage, he corrects me: “I’ve played a part in cases that span the entire spectrum of eliminating gay people’s exclusions and limitations on who gay people are, and I’ve also written on immigration and economic justice, and I have worked on cases involving race discrimination in jury selection and women’s inequality. I don’t think one has to pick one of these things; they work together.”

Indeed, he has. Wolfson was lead counsel before the Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, the case arguing against the expulsion of gay scoutmasters. As an intrepid young assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, Wolfson worked on People v. Liberta to end the exemption that allowed women to be raped by their husbands legally, a right in New York State as early as 1984. And he helped end the practice of choosing jurors based upon their race.

Wolfson’s entire career has been at the center of the most explosive legal and cultural issues of the last 30 years in the United States, and his influence has been profound. David Shankbone sat down with him to discuss some of the recent decisions affecting gay marriage, gender in marriage and reactions in the gay community to his fight for their rights.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY
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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.

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Australian Tax Office warns against tax return scam

Australian Tax Office warns against tax return scam
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has warned against a fraudulent email claiming to be from the ATO. The email, which is similar to previous scams, uses the ATO logo and has the subject line of ‘Notification – Please read’, ‘Australian Taxation Office – Please read’ or other variations.

The email directs recipients to a bogus website that looks similar to the ATO website and requests credit card and personal details.

“People should be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to be from the Tax Office,” says Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo.

“As an extra precaution we recommend you type internet addresses directly into your internet browser rather than clicking on links embedded in emails,” added D’Ascenzo who also stated that anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

Anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to this scam are urged to contact their credit card provider.

The ATO Says that it does not send any unsolicited emails.

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Create A Powerful Career Path With Data Science Course

With rising career opportunities, an increasing number of candidates are looking for Best data science course to build skills and become data scientists. The ideal way to shape a career in this domain is to get data science training from a reputed training company. Once an individual acquires certification, it helps to become visible and get recognition in the market. Every company refers to candidates with certification and practical skills rather than others. Before going in-depth about the job prospects, let’s learn about data science and its basics.

What is data science?

Data science is a multidisciplinary mix of various scientific methods and processes, algorithm development and technology and comprehension from structured, semi-structured and unstructured data. It is close to data mining and big data. It also uses the principle of machine learning to figure out the patterns and to deliver useful information.

The tools available in conventional practice were unable to meet the need to process the amount of data burgeoning. The modern tools and technologies make the data analysis task much simpler. Businesses today are looking for advanced technologies and techniques to gain useful information and stay ahead in the competition.

Job outlooks in the data science field

The data science domain is very vast and it includes diverse techniques such as data mining, analysis, interpretation of data and many more. Here are various job denominations.

Data scientist

There is a significant gap in demand for data scientists as compared to the supply. Top-notch companies hire data scientists for business acumen, gain profit generation and enhanced customer engagement. The job of a data scientist includes inspection of questions that are needed to answer and finding reference to get relevant data. The individual is expected to have business acumen and data analytics skills that enable performing tasks such as data mining, cleaning and dispensing data. In the advanced business practices, data scientists source, manage and analyze massive amounts of unstructured data and deliver outcomes to the stakeholders for building strategies and help in awarding decisions.

Skills required: Programming skills such as SAS, R, Python, statistical skills and skills related to mathematics. The individuals are also expected to have data analytics skills and knowledge of Hadoop and SQL.

Data analyst

Data analysts are the individuals that are responsible to bridge the gap between data scientist professionals and business analyst. Data analyst are at the receiving end to get questions that are needed to be answered by the organization. They gather the required data and conduct data analysis to find results for the anticipation of alignment with business strategies. The data analyst professionals are responsible for the translation of technical aspects to communicate the findings to interested parties.

Skills required: Knowledge of programming such as Python, SQL, R, mathematical and statistical skills. Also data wrangling and data visualizations.

Data Engineer

The job of data engineers is to administer the burgeoning amounts of data. The data engineers stresses focus on the origination, involvement, management, and optimization of the data pipeline and also the groundwork to change and transmit data to a data scientist for inspection.

Skills required: Candidates must have command over programming languages such as Java, Scala, NoSQL database such as Mongo DB, Cassandra DB and also frameworks such as Hadoop.

Job responsibilities of a data scientist

  • Management of undirected research and formulate flexible industry questions.
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  • Detailed cleaning and cropping data to chop off the irrelevant data.
  • Inspection of data resourced from multiple sources and from varied angles for ascertaining vulnerabilities, recent trends and opportunities.
  • Construct data-driven solutions for the prevailing challenges.
  • Creation of innovative algorithms for resolving issues builds tools for work automation.
  • Conveying outcomes and predictions to the management and interested parties and It professionals with the help of data visualizations reports.
  • Recommending affordable substitute for the prevailing procedures and strategies.

Why build a career in data science

  • Data scientists are in high demand: According to a market study, data scientist professionals are high in demand. There are several job opportunities for interested and competent candidates. In the coming future, it is going to become the most employable job in the industry.
  • Flight for a better career path: There are only a few professionals who are competent for becoming a data scientist and have the required skill set. Data science is a broad field with an abundance of opportunities. If we talk about the opportunities they supply is little as compared to the demand for data science professionals.
  • Highly-paid career: Data science professionals are considered as the higher paid candidates in the industry. It is a very lucrative career path for the candidates who want handsome salaried jobs.
  • Versatility: There are numerous data science job opportunities in the market as it has multiple applications. Data science is implemented in healthcare, banking, consultancy, and e-commerce industry. It is a versatile field. Candidates get various job opportunities in the data science field.
  • Freedom to work: The data scientists get to work in multiple industries. The scientist is at the independence to work on the projects at their will and as per their interest. This field has huge potential and helps in building a constructive transformation of various lives.
  • Chance to work with top-notch organizations:Top-notch organizations like Uber, Amazon, Apple use data science in their business. Data scientists get opportunities to work with reputed organizations in the market.
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