BBC spends £3.4m on sell-off

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Newspaper The Guardian reports today that the sale of the BBC subsidiary BBC Resources Ltd., has cost £3.4m in consultancy fees — over £1m more than the £2.3m trading profit the commercial division is estimated to have made for the last financial year. Details of the failed privatisation were released by the BBC following a freedom of information request, and prior to publication of its annual report on July 8.

Fourteen months after advisers were appointed to try to sell BBC Resources Ltd., only one of the three main business units has been sold — its Outside Broadcast division to Satellite Information Services Limited (SIS), for an estimated £20m. On March 7, 2008 it was also announced that the studios operation would remain in BBC ownership and in early June, the fate of the third business was put on hold with the BBC stating that “like Studios, Post Production will remain within BBC Resources, which will continue to operate as a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC.”

BBC Resources Ltd. made an operating profit of £6.1m for 2005-06, down from £7.4m the year before, with the BBC accounting for 83.3% of its turnover, down from 87.4% for 2004-05. Last year’s published figure for 2006-07 was £5.2 million — with BBC business at 80% of turnover.

BECTU Assistant General Secretary Luke Crawley is quoted as saying: “It’s fairly outrageous that around half the profit of the company [announced last year] has been spent trying to sell it. It’s an inordinate amount of money. The BBC was promised big returns if it sold BBC Resources but it’s only managed to sell outside broadcasts and we do not know how much it made out of that. We think the £3.4m is a poor investment.”


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US rock artist Tom Petty dies at 66

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

At the age of 66, US rock musician Tom Petty suffered cardiac arrest on Monday morning and died that evening at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica in California, according to reports.

Petty, born in Gainesville, Florida in 1950, was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. With the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, Petty recorded a number of hit singles. He was one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling more than 80 million records worldwide over the course of his career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty also co-founded the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Petty had a number of acting roles on film and television, playing a the mayor of a post-apocalyptic town in the 1997 Kevin Costner film The Postman. In 2002, Petty appeared on The Simpsons episode “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation” and from 2004 to 2009 voiced character Lucky on King of the Hill.

Petty married Jane Benyo in 1974, and they divorced in 1996. With Benyo, Petty had two daughters, Adria and Annakim. He married Dana York in 2001, acquiring a stepson named Dylan from her earlier marriage. He is also survived by a younger brother, Bruce, and a granddaughter, Everly.

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Choosing the right phone system is an essential part of running a business of any kind. The phone is the primary method for contacting clients, which means it needs to be effective. Choosing the right phone system not only means that there will be fewer incidents of a phone repair in Houston, but that the system will work to enhance your business operations. There are different types of phone systems to choose from that may work for you.

Virtual Phone Systems

Virtual phone systems from Amtel IP Phone Systems connect remote workers to a business phone through their home phones or cellphones. These systems are a type of super call-forwarding solution where a client calling the main business number can be transferred to a specific employee though his designated home or cell phone. Some of the typical features that come with this type of system include call screening, call forwarding, automated receptionists, and online faxing. A virtual phone system is a low cost solution for a business where some employees work remotely.

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This is a more traditional system and is usually held by a regional or local telephone company. The typical requirement for this type of system is PBX hardware on the property. This hardware provides essential features such as multiple extensions for call directories and call transferring. Landlines have proven their worth over time and are very reliable. Some small businesses, however, choose alternatives because landlines can be prone to maintenance issues including Houston phone repair, and can be expensive compared to other options.

VoIP Phone System

VoIP systems use an existing internet connection rather than the copper wires traditionally used by landlines. A typical VoIP system offers features that were previously the preserve of big corporations with the budget for expensive PBX hardware. These features include call queues, automated attendance, and computer integration. Remote workers can use their mobile devices to access the business phone systems. The main advantage of VoIP systems is that they come with a lot of features and accessories for a lower price than landlines. The only thing to be careful with is that a poor internet connection can affect the operations of the phone system.

Choosing the Right Phone System

Choosing small business phone systems largely depends on the resources you have available. Some of the factors to consider include budget, access to high-speed internet, existing IT staff to maintain and run a phone system, and the projected growth of your business.

A good phone system provider should assess your business needs and recommend a phone system based on these factors. The service provider should also offer additional support services such as phone repair and maintenance to ensure that the system runs seamlessly.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson won his second consecutive race of the season on Sunday during the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was his fifth victory in the 2010 season of the US’s leading professional stock car series, drawing him level with Denny Hamlin for the most wins. The victory earned Johnson 190 points (including a 5 point bonus), moving him closer to point leader Kevin Harvick, but he is still 105 points behind in second position.

With eight laps remaining, Kurt Busch, who was running second, bumped Johnson to become the leader, but Johnson returned the favor a couple laps later to the lead the final two laps. Johnson said, “Kurt knocked me out of the way. At that point, I thought, I don’t care if I win or finish. I’m going to run into him one way or the other … I tried once and moved him. (I thought) I’ve got to hit him harder. The second time I did and moved him out of the way.” Tony Stewart finished in the second position, ahead of Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon in third and fourth. Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and A. J. Allmendinger rounded out the top ten positions. The race had total of four cautions and sixteen lead changes among nine different drivers. Kasey Kahne led the most laps by leading 110.

“I’m not good at doing that stuff. Usually, I crash myself in the process. So I tried it once and moved him … The second time, I moved him out of the way and got by him.”

In the point standings, Harvick and Johnson remained in the first and second position. Kyle Busch, because of his accident with Jeff Burton maintained the third position while his team mate Hamlin is fourth. Gordon, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Burton followed in the top-eight points positions. Stewart move up one position after finishing second and is in the ninth position, as {{|Greg Biffle}} fell to tenth. Mark Martin and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-twelve, and is currently in the Chase.

Official Top-10 Race Results for the 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301
Position Car Number Driver
1 48 Jimmie Johnson
2 14 Tony Stewart
3 2 Kurt Busch
4 24 Jeff Gordon
5 29 Kevin Harvick
6 39 Ryan Newman
7 33 Clint Bowyer
8 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
9 33 Joey Logano
10 43 A. J. Allmendinger
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keithNever before has such a book hit the market!– T. WilsomWithout Money to be Made Online I?d be lost!– Sue HemmingsA few years ago, before online marketing became my full time job, I had the same life as most other workers, I worked. The thing about work is that you don?t like to do it. Often people associate work with a ?job? and a ?boss.? But wouldn?t you like to be your OWN boss?It wasn?t until I ran across this booklet that my online career started to sky rocket. Today I?m going to compare this book to others, and exaplin why exactly it?s the only book I recommend to my trainees and colleagues.First of all, numbers count. In the game of online marketing and selling products, whether they?re third party or your own, people like numbers. Everyone likes to get 2 free bonuses with their purchase. When you buy Money to Be Made Online, you get the bonuses, plus more. The book is filled with over 877 tips and tricks, that have taken years to accumulate.Instead of scouring the internet, signing up for mass email lists, dealing with ridiculous amounts of spam, and even spending money on countless eBooks, I recommend everyone I know in the industry to one simple book. There are many unique attributes that I wont go into here, but I want to let you know just a few.It?s not about the quantity of the tips or tricks, but the quality. Each chapter builds on the last, introducing a perspective of online marketing rarely seen. This book is changing how people do things. What took me nearly 4 years to learn, is detailed in this book in ways that surpass my level of expression! It?s simplistic yet detailed, straight forward and matter of fact. This book is no joke.Every time I read the book I learn something new, and I?m always referencing to it. Without this I would?ve been a lost dog with no cause. However my business was saved because I went from A to Z, cover to cover, and applied what I learned.I want to take some time to stress the importance of knowledge. Knowledge in this industry is what saves time and money. But more importantly it?s about how you use that knowledge. Money to Be Made Online not only tells you ?what?s up,? but ?how to.? With Money to Be Made Online your business will experience a change like never before.I personally use the book as a reminder of all the hard work I?ve done, and the responsibility I have to my customers to provide the best of services. That?s what it basically comes down to in any business, service.With Money to Be Made Online I learned about the concepts that drive business, what makes people buy your product, and why people don?t buy your product. It?s not about convincing people to buy, but the way you ?let them know? that you provide a service is crucial.One of the most important lessons I learned from Money to Be Made Online is that you can?t pressure the customer, but by hard work and real quality products, your business will grow. You must always remember, you serve the customer, and in exchange the return a piece of their services, in cash form. They too have services they provide to other people.All in all I?d recommend this book to just about anybody. Not only has it helped me online, but it opened my eyes to what life is about. We?re here to serve, and I do it with pride!Keith Londrie II is a successful Webmaster and the owner and publisher of A website that specializes in providing tips on how to REALLY make money online

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Wikinews interviewed Australian painter Pricasso on his unique artwork created using his penis, and how his art relates to freedom of expression and issues of censorship. He is to be featured at the upcoming adult entertainment event Sexpo Australia in Melbourne this November 5 to November 8.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

In Crawford, Texas, anti-war protesters led by American Cindy Sheehan, mother of a fallen soldier, have found a new place to demonstrate. “A kind gentleman from down the road, closer to the Bush ranch, has offered us the use of his property,” said Sheehan to the reporters, as the camp prepared a move to private land.

The property owner, U.S. Army veteran Fred Mattlage, said, “I just think people should have a right to protest without being harassed, and I’m against the war. I don’t think it’s a war we need to be in.”

Sheehan continued to tell the reporters, “He offered it because he heard about the shots fired at us the other day and he didn’t think that was right. He happens to be the third cousin of the person that fired the shots and so he came down and he said he supports us 100 percent.”

The “shots fired” were those of nearby resident Larry Mattlage, whose land borders the protesters at their current location. After complaining about the proximity of the protesters, he fired a shotgun twice into the air Sunday – in order to prepare for duck hunting season, he said. Mattlage says at no time was he ever threatening the protesters with his shots.

Not all Americans agree with Mrs. Sheehan’s position. On Monday, a man was arrested and charged with vandalism of Camp Casey’s memorial for troops lost in Iraq. Around 10pm the previous night, authorities say the accused used his pickup truck to run over hundreds of small wooden crosses bearing names of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.

In comments to the press, Bush offered sympathy to Sheehan, “I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan. She feels strongly about her — about her position. And she has every right in the world to say what she believes.”, he said. However, he has still declined to meet her. “I think it’s important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say.” Bush told reporters, “But, I think it’s also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life.”

Others have commented that Sheehan is being used by those with their own agendas, “What started out as a grieving mom that we all sympathized with has now turned into … an orchestrated far-left campaign,” commented Greg Mueller, a conservative public-relations executive.

A former FBI special agent, Rowley, and Becky Lourey, whose son was killed in Iraq, will leave for Texas on Thursday and camp at the site for a few days.

Rowley said, “It puts a human face on this issue; many people, if they don’t have a personal connection to the troops, it’s so easy for this to become a discussion that lacks seriousness and urgency. I think it’s good to show that there are real people that are being affected.”

“Our children are dying and I think it’s time to go support Cindy and see if Bush will come out and we can say, ‘President Bush, what is the mission exactly?’,” Becky Lourey added. “Truth has been shifting all around and I think we need to rejoin the world community and not occupy another nation.” Lourey said.

Sheehan wants the withdrawal of all troops from Iraq. President Bush claims that leaving Iraq now wouldn’t be helpful for Iraqis or Americans, but only for terrorists.

Electronic voting disputed in France

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

In France, voting has traditionally been a low-tech experience: voters isolate themselves in a booth, put a pre-printed sheet of paper indicating their candidate of choice into an envelope. After officials verify the voter’s identity, the voter drops the envelope into the ballot box and signs the voting roll. French electoral law rather strictly codifies the proceedings. Since 1988, ballot boxes must be transparent so that voters and observers can witness that no envelopes are present at the start of the vote and that no envelopes are added except those of the duly counted and authorized voters. Candidates can send representatives to witness every part of the process. In the evening, votes are counted by volunteers under heavy supervision, following specific procedures.

In the past, voting machines, though authorized by law, were scarce. But this year, during presidential elections (the first round was April 22, the second is on May 6), the country is shaken by controversy about the machines intended to count about 1.5 million votes.

As in the United States, there is a group of academic computer scientists that oppose voting machines. They argue that voting machines replace a public, easily understandable counting process, where large-scale fraud would entail large-scale corruption, by an opaque process where votes are counted by machines that voters have to blindly trust. Voting machines have to be approved by the Ministry of the Interior, but this approval is based on confidential reports by private companies. Opponents to the machines point out that the Ministry was long held by Nicolas Sarkozy, who happens to be the leading candidate. Opponents also list a number of weaknesses and discrepancies that have occurred in other countries using voting machines.

All main political parties except UMP, Mr Sarkozy’s ruling party, oppose the voting machines. Some citizens have filed for court injunctions against the voting machines. Opponents have given detailed instructions that voting witnesses should check whether the machines correspond exactly to an approved type, including software versions, and fulfill all legal conditions. In a sign of the frenzy over the issue, on April 12 the Ministry of the Interior issued a last-minute authorization for a specific model (hardware, firmware). The stakes are high: votes on unapproved machines should be canceled by the Constitutional Council for the official count.

The opposition has crystallized on the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux. Issy’s mayor, André Santini is a well-known technophile; his city organizes a “World E-Gov Forum”. Here too, last minute fixes are at work. The machines delivered to the city are of a yet-to-be-approved type. The manufacturer, the American company ES&S voting systems, is now delivering older 2005 machines. Le Monde reports that other municipalities have already replaced their recent machines by an older, approved, model.

Proponents of the machines, such as the French company France Élection, claim they are being defamed and dispute the competence of their critics. Elected officials supporting the machines claim the machines save on paper, time, and the need to find volunteers to count votes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wikinews held an exclusive interview with American author and filmmaker Peter John Ross. The head of Sonnyboo Productions, an independent film studio based in Columbus, Ohio, he has made numerous short films as well as co-directed a feature, the World War II B-movie Horrors of War.

He has also written a book on filmmaking, Tales from the Front Line of Indie Filmmaking. He says that it “combines helpful articles for beginning filmmakers with narrative tales based on my experiences raising money for features and the crazy personalities that invade the world of microbudget filmmaking.”

When asked why he makes movies, Ross replied, “There is no greater thrill than sitting in a room full of strangers watching the stories unfold with flickering pictures and sound. I live for the moments when I can sit there and watch the movies with people I don’t know and really feel how they react to what I wrote or directed or edited.”

Polish mine explosion kills 8

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Methane gas was blamed for the explosion deaths of 8 miners in southern Polish‘s Halemba coal mine Tuesday, November 21. Officials say at least 15 are missing.

Rescue efforts were halted because dangerously high levels of methane gas returned, according to Zbigniew Madej, spokesman for state-owned Coal Co., which operates the mine.

The missing miners’ locater devices were not emitting signals, increasing rescurers’ concerns for their well-being. Grzegorz Pawlaszek, head of Coal Co., said the 15 missing miners’ fate is “not known,” but added that “there is a chance to find someone still alive.”

“This is a tragedy. People have died here,” Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said when he came to Ruda Slaska to see the blast.

Earlier Wednesday, a reconnaissance rescue team descended 3000 feet toward the blast scene, only to retreat because of safety concerns related to high methane gas levels. Rescue digging efforts were also halted because of explosion concerns.

The missing men were aged 21-59. One of the miner’s family members, Andrzej Pytlik, 30, remained on scene with his sister, hoping and waiting for news of her husband, Krystian Gaszka.

Pytlik, also a miner, said through teary eyes that, “I work in the mines and I know that hope is scant because that’s the truth.”

The explosion occurred in a closed portion of the mine where the now-missing miners were working to retrieve abandoned equipment. According to Pawlaszek, the value of the equipment was $23 million, adding that “It was new equipment and that is why we decided to retrieve it.”

He indicated that the recovery work was performed under the supervision of gas detection specialists, and that the bodies of the recovered miners were difficult to identify because of the severity of burns and because their ID tags were blown away in the explosion.

The Halemba mine, located in Ruda Slaska, has produced coal for nearly 50 years, has been fraught with safety concerns and has a track record of serious accidents. One of the oldest mines in Poland, it is centrally located in the industrial Silesia region.

Earlier this year, a miner was trapped underground in the Halemba mine five days after a cave-in. In 1990, 19 miners were killed and 20 hurt in a gas explosion, and five were killed in collapse in 1991.

Inside, priests and mining officials were comforting and counseling with distraught relatives. Outside, eight white candles flickered on a main gate wall.