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Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden fights back after invasion of German naked hikers

Saturday, January 31, 2009

A local Swiss government has shown some bare cheek and has taken action, after hordes of German naked hikers rambling across the Swiss alps au naturel, caused indignation amongst locals.

Authorities in Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden have warned that starting from February 9, the government will impose hefty fines of 200 Swiss Francs (£122, €135) on naturists found walking or hiking in the nude without clothes in the picturesque mountains because of a recent influx of visiting German nudists.

The new ordinance is expected to be passed this spring. If it is approved by the local parliament on February 9 it should be effective on April 26. The Swiss canton aims to stop spread of ‘indecent practice’ by minimally-clad German climbers.

The problem started with a group of “boot-only hikers” who were stopped by the police in the Alpine region last autumn. They had wandered there regularly, proudly marching through nature with bare bums, and had also advertised what they thought was a naked paradise on the internet. But it was all too much for the Swiss.

A nude rambler dressed in nothing more than a rucksack and walking boots in the eastern Appenzell region was arrested and detained in the canton, but authorities were unable to file lawsuit because the act was not punished by law or ordinance at the time.

“We were forced to introduce the legislation against this indecent practice before the warm weather starts,” Melchior Looser, the canton’s justice and police minister, said. “Ultimately, in the summer lots of kids stay in our mountains,” he added.

In the guidelines imposed, arrested offenders who cannot pay the fine, will face legal action. The new enabling ordinance has, however, been met with protests by nude hikers. “We simply try to tune into nature. It’s the most harmless pursuit possible,” said Dietmar, age 58, a German lawyer.

German tabloid Bild Zeitung has editorially attacked Swiss intolerance and even suggested nudist alternatives worldwide, after hinting a Swiss tourism boycott. Local authorities of Harz mountain range in central Germany have also announced the openness to any visitor of an “official naked walking route” in nature’s outdoors.

Freikörperkultur (“FKK”), or “free body culture”, is a popular pastime in Germany. It is a German movement which endorses a naturistic approach to sports and community living. Behind that is the joy of the experience of nature or also on being nude itself, without direct relationship to sexuality. The followers of this culture are called traditional naturists, FKK’ler, or nudists.

The naked ramblers have hoped it doesn’t lead to another naturist-clothed ‘war’, like the one at a beach between German and Polish holidaymakers in 2008. Naturism has roots traced from the start of the 20th century. “Abandoning unpractical clothes enables a direct contact with the wind, sun and temperature”, naked hiker website nacktwandern.de stated.

But Markus Dörig, a spokesman for Appenzell Innerrhoden canton has defended the law, explaining that the “public nuisance” was a foreign import. “We have been receiving many complaints. The local people are upset and we in the government share their concern. How would one feel if one was to go walking in nature and suddenly came across a group of naked people? They are definitely not people from the area, and I think many of them come from Germany,” he noted.

“We are a small and orderly community and such things are simply out of place here. Perhaps in vast mountain areas naked people would not be much of a problem but here they simply stick out,” Dörig added. “I can understand that we all have to live in this world together,” said Barbara Foley, International Naturist Foundation member of the central committee. “But I would certainly enjoy doing the hike in the nude and I wouldn’t want to be deprived of it. It’s nice to feel the sun on your skin. Maybe they should designate a couple of trails and people would know they might come across naturists there,” she added.

Appenzell Innerrhoden (Appenzell Inner Rhodes) is the smallest canton of Switzerland by population and the second smallest by area, Basel-City having less area. The population of the canton was 15,471 as of 2007, of which 1,510 (or 9.76%) were foreigners. The canton in the north east of Switzerland has an area is 173 km². It was divided in 1597 for religious reasons from the former canton Appenzell, with Appenzell Ausserrhoden being the other half.

Appenzell is the capital of this canton. The constitution was established in 1872. Most of the canton is pastoral, this despite being mountainous. Cattle breeding and dairy farming are the main agricultural activities: Appenzeller cheese is widely available throughout Switzerland. Due to the split of Appenzell along religious lines, the population (as of 2000) is nearly all Roman Catholic (81%), with a small Protestant minority (10%).

The town, however is far from liberalism: the canton granted women the right of suffrage only in 1990 under pressure from the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland and international human rights groups. The Alpine village of Appenzell Innerrhoden, being known for its beautiful landscape, has recently been declared a “naked rambler paradise” by a German mountaineering website, which was created by a lobby group of hikers.

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Effective Air Conditioners   9 Ways To Cut Your Energy Bill By Half

Effective Air Conditioners 9 Ways To Cut Your Energy Bill By Half

By Tanya Turner

Do you know that, in summer, the average American family pays about 40% of their energy bill for air conditioning of the house? But it doesn’t have to be this way, Use these simple tips to help you keep your house cool and significantly reduce your energy bills during the hot months.

1. If you need to cool only one room, don’t use your central air conditioning. Invest in a portable air conditioner, instead. Modern portable units have a very high energy efficiency rating, so it will cool your room effectively and save you a lot.

2. Install mini-blinds or white window shades. Mini-blinds can be very effective and can reduce heat gain from direct sunlight by 40-50 percent. You can also hang bamboo shades or tightly woven screens outside your windows. This will stop up to 80 percent of the sun’s heat from getting through your windows.

3. Keep all windows closed during the day. At night you can open them for ventilation and switch on a fan instead of an air conditioner.

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4. If you are using a mini split air conditioner, make sure that the outside compressor is well shaded. However, trees and shrubs shouldn’t be planted right next to it; it needs some room for air flow.

5. It is best to clean your air conditioner filter at least once a month. Dust build-ups can significantly reduce air flow.

6. When buying an air conditioner unit, make sure that it is the right size for your room. A unit that is too small will not cool your room effectively, and an A/C that is too large will consume much more energy than necessary. See recommendations for proper air conditioner sizes for your room.

7. If you use central air conditioning, seal all A/C ducts. Insulate ducts that run through rooms that don’t need cooling, like the basement or the attic.

8. If your air conditioner is old, consider replacing it with a modern high efficiency unit. Older A/C systems have a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of only 6 or 7, while the best air conditioners on the market today offer SEER as high as 13. That means that it will consume almost 50% less energy.

9. Cooking, drying cloth or dishwashing generates a lot of heat. Try to delay these activities until the evening, when it gets cooler.

Most people just switch their air conditioners on and set the desired temperature. This will cool your room, of course, but it will cost you, too. Furthermore, excessive energy consumption is not environmentally friendly, so by following our simple advice you could not only save on your bills, but you could also help to reduce pollution in your area.

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Drone delivers transfusion blood intact

Thursday, December 8, 2016

In findings announced yesterday, scientists from Johns Hopkins University took ordinary commercial drones, swapped out their cameras for coolers and packed them with human plasma, platelets and blood cells. The drones were found to deliver their cargo in usable condition after flights lasting almost half an hour, at distances of up to 12 miles.

“For rural areas that lack access to nearby clinics, or that may lack the infrastructure for collecting blood products or transporting them on their own, drones can provide that access,” says pathologist and lead author of the paper Dr. Timothy Amukele.

Although earlier studies have confirmed that drone flights do not affect the useful properties or microbe populations of human blood products, those experiments were performed on small, vial-sized samples. Here, the drones carried much larger quantities of blood, in the proportions and packaging that doctors and medical technicians would actually use on patients, with units purchased directly from the American Red Cross. Unlike Rwanda’s medical delivery drones, which were custom-made for blood product delivery by Zipline, these experiments were completed with regular, commercially available S900-model machines with minimal modification.

Post-flight, the samples were tested for cell rupture, changes in pH, air bubbles and other damage that might indicate that the packages had thawed out or otherwise become unsuitable for use in transfusions. The samples were found to have arrived intact.

Although the test was performed in an unpopulated area, it is speculated that drones might be useful not only for delivery of blood products to rural medical facilities but also for distributing blood resources through urban areas. John’s Hopkins pathologist and research team leader Dr. Timothy Armukele speculates that emergency medical teams may one day be able to transfuse patients on the spot by calling for a drone to bring blood of the appropriate type.

The details of the experiment have been published in the latest issue of Transfusion.

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On the campaign trail in the USA, May 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

The following is the first edition of a monthly series chronicling the 2020 United States presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

This month’s spotlight on the campaign trail includes interviews with the vice presidential nominees of the Constitution and Libertarian parties as well as the chosen running mate of the leading Green Party presidential candidate.

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Ferrari California: Bodywork And Mechanical Features

Ferrari California: Bodywork And Mechanical Features

Ferrari California: Bodywork and mechanical features



The Ferrari California boasts a front-mounted longitudinal 4.3 liter, 4297 cc engine featuring a new direct fuel injection system and a wet sump lubrication. The car maximum power is 460 HP at 7750 rpm with a specific power of 107 HP/liter. The maximum torque is 480 Newton meter at 5000 rpm but already at 2250 rpm the engine gives the 75% of the maximum torque value. The maximum engine speed is 8000 rpm.

It is an innovative hard-top convertible which allows a volume of 260 liters in the boot with the roof down. The hard top opens in 14 seconds with the windows open and in 16 seconds when they are closed. The use of aluminum panels and cast aluminum supporting structure has allowed to considerably optimizing the total weight and the moving masses.

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The Ferrari California is fitted with three point pretension seat belts with energy management system for driver and front passenger, two front adaptive airbags which are activated in case of head-on collisions with variable power depending on the impact severity, two side airbags for head protection – which are activated during side collisions -, two injectable roll bars installed behind the rear seats which area actuated in the event of the vehicle roll overs, head collision at higher speed, side or rear collision. The rear seats are fitted with three-point seat belts with energy management system and specific fastening for the installation of child car seats.

The Ferrari California reduces fuel consumption thanks to the introduction of the direct fuel injection system and the optimization of the aerodynamics, at a torque curve providing substantial values and the reduction of the mechanical frictions at low res. The direct fuel injection system consists of a low pressure pump that takes the fuel from the tank and sends it to the two high-pressure pumps. The high pressure pumps, driven by the cam shaft, increase the pressure from 5 bars to a maximum of 200 bars. The pressure in the fuel injector rails depends on the functioning conditions, but it is adjusted by the engine management ECU. The target pressure is reached thanks to proper flow adjustment valves mounted on the two fuel pumps. A pressure sensor for each fuel injector rail checks that the target pressure has been reached.

Cost of maintenance has been reduced by simplifying and dropping the number of maintenance operations and by increasing the duration and quality of the car components.

As every Ferrari, the Ferrari California has a truly unique design approach and technology innovations to achieve indisputable performance and driving experience under all weather conditions. Inquiry about the new V12-660 bph FF or the acclaimed 458 Spider.

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James Bond star Roger Moore, 89, dies

Thursday, May 25, 2017

It is the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.

On Tuesday, British actor Roger Moore, best known for portraying Simon Templar of the 1960s series The Saint and the spy character James Bond, died in Switzerland at the age of 89.

Before his death, Moore fought recently diagnosed cancer. His family confirmed his death on Twitter saying, “It is the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

Other stars paid tribute to Roger Moore via Twitter, including Russell Crowe, Michael Ball, Mia Farrow, Boy George, and Duran Duran, who sang the eponymous theme song for Bond film A View to a Kill featuring Moore as Bond.

Moore was born in Stockwell, South London an only child to his working-class parents on October 14, 1927. During World War II, he and his mother mostly stayed in Amersham, 25 miles from London. Moore left grammar school in 1943 to work.

Moore’s father, a detective sergeant, came to the home of film director Brian Desmond Hurst that had been robbed. Moore was introduced by his father to Hurst and then started his acting career in summer 1944 as an extra in the film Caesar and Cleopatra. Impressed, Hurst helped Moore gain extra parts in two other films and then paid for Moore’s acting studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Moore was assigned to the National Service in 1945 and then, after training, was ranked captain. Afterwards, he appeared in modeling engagements, like appearance in Women’s Own magazine.

Moore arrived in the United States in 1953 and then signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) for mainly supporting roles. He portrayed the male lead in 1956 film Diane. He first appeared on television as the titular character of the late-1950s ITV series Ivanhoe. He later appeared in some western series, like Maverick from 1960 to 1961, replacing James Garner as the lead of the series.

Moore then portrayed Simon Templar, stealing from rich antagonists, in the ITV series The Saint. The series ran 118 episodes from 1962 to 1969. Due to his contract for The Saint, Moore was prevented from being cast as James Bond for the 1962 film Dr. No, which stars Sean Connery, the first actor to portray Bond.

Moore eventually became the third actor to portray Bond, and his first Bond film was the 1973 film Live and Let Die. He would appear again as Bond in six more films: The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974; The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977; Moonraker, 1979; For Your Eyes Only, 1981; Octopussy, 1983; and A View to a Kill, 1985.

In 1991 Moore became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. His UNICEF work earned him Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the late 1990s. He was knighted in 2003 for that.

Throughout 2000s, Moore performed voiceovers in mostly animated films and made appearances in some other live-action films, like the 2002 film Boat Trip, portraying a gay man resembling Bond. Then he wrote his 2008 autobiography My Word Is My Bond and other books, including memoir One Lucky Bastard and Bond on Bond.

Moore married four times, to four different women. He was survived by his fourth wife, Danish-Swedish multimillionaire Kristina “Kiki” Tholstrup, and his three children.

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US stock markets soar after bailout plan

Monday, March 23, 2009

United States stock markets surged on Monday, following an announcement by the government to give another bailout to the banks. All three major stock indexes posted gains of about seven percent at the closing bell.

Part of the rally was attributed to the US Treasury‘s announcement that it will buy up to US$1 trillion in toxic assets.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 497.48 points, or 6.84%, to a level of 7,775.86, while the Nasdaq Composite soared 98.50 points, or 6.76%, to 1,555.77 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index jumped by 7.07% or 54.37 points, reaching a level of 822.91.

Among the winners in today’s rally were bank stocks. Shares for the Frontier Financial Corporation, a regional bank serving the northwestern US, surged by 52%. Other banks also saw their shares increase: Bank of America stocks increased by 26%, JP Morgan Chase by 25%, and Citigroup by 19.5%.

Crude oil prices were up $1.73 or three percent to $53.8 a barrel.

Overseas stock exchanges also rallied: indexes in France, the United Kingdom, and Germany all rose by approximately 2.8%.

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How Hearing Loss Can Be Solved With Right Ear Instruments

How Hearing Loss Can Be Solved With Right Ear Instruments

How hearing loss can be solved with right ear instruments


kenneth buford

In the past week, we began with a 2 part series on hearing loss and noise pollution. This has become the third pollution quandary for many individuals. Persons laboring for long hours in environments that have loud and continuous noise is extremely likely to have either partial or total hearing loss. Machines such as tractors operators that need to be used for long periods of time are the usual culprits. Hearing problems come in after one is exposed to noisy machines that result to ringing in the ears.

But based on the study conducted by industrial hygienists, permanent hearing damage is not likely among those who only get minimal exposure to loud situations such as factory workers. When one manages to keep motorized equipment in mint condition, they will be able to eradicate the harm within the noise of the engine. The muffler that goes wrong must be replaced with a type that has been specified. It is best to ensure that the exhaust pipe is distant from the operator and frequently opens up. An exhaust stack that ends below the top of a cab on tractor or combine is almost certain to cause noise trouble even if muffled.

But then based on a research done through a university’s effort, adding a cab to the test tractor added more to the sound, instead of minimizing it. Putting more insulation to the interior of a conventional tractor cab will truly reduce sound levels significantly. A one inch fiberglass over all metal surfaces that includes the roof area is enough insulation. Double insulating layers were placed on the floor of the cab, only to be followed by the original rubber floor mat afterward.

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However, using just any insulating tool might not work. Acoustic property is found to be much better in some materials than in others. One can now easily find sound proofing material kits in the marketplace. With such items, the levels of sound found within existing cabs can be enhanced.

When within fixed working locations, engines, air compressors and other noisy equipment should be moved into a different area, away from the worker. But if the relocation is impossible, the next move should be rotating duties so that not a single person is exposed for more that the allowable time of being in a noisy area and this will allow them to recuperate from the racket as well.

Insulating the workers from the din can be achieved with the use of sound deadening things. But, in most instances, it will be necessary for the worker to protect his ears from the sound around. It can be achieved by way of car stuffing, ear plugs and ear muffs.

Being near large turbocharged engines or when staying in jet airports that are laden with high pitched sounds, ear muffs are the preferred form of protection. Most of the different muff styles are comfy if the fitting is right. But it would be a must that they fit snugly in the ear if they were to create good results. Your hearing does not get diminished as you listen to what’s happening around your equipment. By shutting out loud noise, quieter sounds can flow in better.

Like muffs, noise control ear plugs are very economical, effective and easy to carry around. But be sure that they are fitted by either a doctor or a nurse who can size them in order to maintain their effectiveness and comfort. You will hardly feel them there after the first few minutes of being bothered that it is not natural at all. You can get different sizes for different workers for these are inexpensive.

Ear plugs that are only good for swimming cannot really be used to control sound. They will refuse this offer. Cotton balls in the war is definitely not a good way to control sound.

However, there are substances available from which disposable ear plugs can be made. This is known in another term, Swedish wool. You are up for big trouble when working with noisy machinery without a single form of hearing protection. In the end, you will regret never purchasing any ear protection instruments which are less expensive than what you have to shell out for the many hearing aids and medical treatments you have to go through.

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