Two New Years In Two Days!

Submitted by: Jon Sandifer

This year the Lunar Chinese New Year occurs one day before the Chinese Solar New Year on 4 February. The former marks the start of the Metal Rabbit Year under the Four Pillars System of astrology; the latter marks the start of a 7 Lake Year under the more ancient I Ching Astrology method.

In this article I will deal with your prospects under the Four Pillar system, and on 3 February I will publish your forecasts for the 7 Lake Year. If you want to know more about I Ching Astrology meanwhile, visit


In Chinese Astrology, the elements and the years move in cycles of 12. There are five elements? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood? and 12 animals, namely the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, the Pig, the Rat, the Ox, and the Tiger.

Therefore, it is once in 60 years that a similar combination of element and animal will appear. On 3 February 2011, it is the turn of the Metal Rabbit to come into view. The last time it was here was in 1951.

Famous Metal Rabbits

These people were born in 1951: Jane Seymour, Gordon Brown, Patricia Richardson, Kurt Russell, Bob Geldof, Sherry Aldridge.

1951 also saw the Korean War at its peak. The element Metal is from the West and the Rabbit represents the Wood element from the East. Sadly, there is quite a possibility of further inflammation on that front. If it is not from Korea, then expect some kind of aggravation or conflict, either real or financial, between the East and the West this year.

On a brighter note, what is in store for your Star and for your Animal in 2011? The animals will interact differently when the Rabbit comes into view. The Rabbit in some translations is known as the Cat. Generally, the Rabbit is seen as sensitive, gentle, diplomatic, intuitive and desires creature comforts. By nature, the Rabbit does not enjoy, or like to take on, conflict.

The Ox/Buffalo

In 2011, Rabbits are very acquisitive and have a huge appetite for money and fashionable items. Luckily, you re hardworking Ox nature is not going to make hasty deals overnight. Be patient this year and this will help you enormously. It is important for you not to overreact emotionally this year, or to overspend. This is due to the Rabbit s quick-witted and intuitive sense of persuasion.

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The Tige

Tigers and Rabbits belong to the same Wood element in Chinese Astrology. While the Rabbit may prove to be a much quieter animal, it will on the other hand encourage you to be very impulsive. Be wary not to bite off more than you can chew this year. Plenty of new ideas are likely to come your way and make sure that you make more effort than usual to keep yourself active physically.

The Rabbit

This is your year and the last time it turned up was 12 years ago. It is actually a fabulous year for you, especially on the finance side. Be crystal clear in where you would like to invest your money and also consider the importance of timing. Be on the look-out for investments that at a deeper look are risky.

Avoid this year undertaking any risky or adventurous sports. The Metal element governing this year effectively can clash the Rabbit, and small or minor accidents could occur.

The Dragon

This is a good year for you to put a determined, but quiet effort into your career. Tread carefully and avoid upsetting sensitive souls in your sphere of contact. It s a fabulous year for you to really polish your skill or hidden talent. Get it ready to unleash it next year!

Regarding your health, pay attention to small issues that could get troublesome. Generally, keep fit and avoid getting idle.

The Snake

This is a very busy year for you! Plenty of travel on the horizon and lots of diverse activities will show up. The Rabbit is very stylish and will team up well with your attractive Snake to create perfection on all fronts.

Make sure that you come out and communicate very clearly this year with others. Be aware of any back-stabbing and this will not show up provided you are open, clear and transparent in all your dealings.

The Horse

Altogether a very happy and productive year for you. There will be some issues, but your hardworking nature will overcome those with ease. It is important for you to drop some of your pride and allow others to help you this year.

The presence of the Rabbit this year will have a very mellow, softening effect. The Rabbit will help you take yourself less seriously and keep you calm when others could be present to aggravate you on different fronts. Altogether a good year for you.

The Sheep/Goat

Your year loves to have independence and to travel and range the world at large. This is definitely a year when the Rabbit comes into view, so you can afford to relax and let your guard down. Like you, the Rabbit is perfect at creating a wonderful, calm and supportive environment. However, you must keep yourself active this year. If you re retired, even consider some volunteer work.

It is an important year for you to be proactive, especially regarding investments and work. There is even the opportunity on the horizon this year for you to receive an award or to be recognized for your talents.

The Monkey

Of all the Chinese animals, the Monkey is the most proficient when it comes to dealing with problems or technical issues. You will be at the top of your game on these fronts this year. It may also be called upon more frequently. Be wary this year that others do not take advantage of your generosity or your time.

Make time this year to relax and chill whenever you can get the opportunity. If you feel like taking extended holidays, then it s definitely the year for you to do this. Also, for your own benefit on many fronts, try to get involved on a voluntary level with a local project.

The Rooste

This is the year that there is technically a clash in the atmosphere. The reason being that the Rooster is opposite the Rabbit in the Chinese Horoscope system. Therefore, be wary that you will have a lot on your plate on many different fronts.

Be cautious this year with your spending. Get on top of managing your finances, or at least get someone to help you with that. All in all, avoid any kind of risky ventures this year.

The Dog

Born in the year of the Dog, you are always hardworking, noble and very loyal. On the work front this year, there is potential for either a raise or for you to move up the ladder. On all fronts, work will come effortlessly to you this year.

While all will go well in terms of your work, it is the spending and the investment side that you need to be cautious of. If you have any concerns over this, do seek good, responsible advice. You are very well protected this year, but at the same time; avoid getting into a fight with anyone in a position of rank or power above you.

Recent Rabbit Years

These include 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011.

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President Obama names 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama names 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Saturday, August 1, 2009

United States President Barack Obama has named the 16 recipients who are to receive the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honour a civilian can receive. The medal is awarded to those who make significant contributions to the security and national interests of United States and the World.

British Physicist Stephen Hawking is included on the list. Hawking, who suffers from motor neuron disease, wrote A Brief History of Time. As well as writing science books he is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was one of the leading anti-Apartheid activists in South Africa, joins Hawking on the list. Senator Ted Kennedy who has represented the United States senate for forty six years was also named.

Former football player and U.S congressman Jack Kemp has posthumously been awarded for his encouragement in the development of underserved urban communities. Also being awarded are African American actor Sidney Poitier and Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus.

The women being awarded this year include Billie Jean King, the tennis player who defeated Bobby Riggs in the “battle of the sexes”, and Mary Robinson who was the first female President of Ireland. Others include organiser Nancy Goodman Brinker, physician Pedro José Greer, Jr., Reverend Joseph Lowery, author Joe Medicine Crow, and the first openly gay official Harvey Milk. The first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor, is also being awarded. Actress Chita Rivera and Professor Janet Davison Rowley will also be recognised by President Obama.

President Obama released a statement saying “These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds. Their tremendous accomplishments span fields from science to sports, from fine arts to foreign affairs. Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way. Their relentless devotion to breaking down barriers and lifting up their fellow citizens sets a standard to which we all should strive. It is my great honor to award them the Medal of Freedom.”

The 16 will be recognised at a ceremony on August 12.

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National Hockey League news: February 29, 2008

National Hockey League news: February 29, 2008

September 22, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Friday, February 29, 2008

There were 7 games played in the National Hockey League on February 28, 2008. The Penguins, with their newly acquired Marian Hossa face the Bruins, the Senators take the ice for the first time since their head coach was fired, and the Flyers try to get their second straight win after a 10 game losing streak.


  • 1 Game summaries
    • 1.1 Pittsburgh Penguins @ Boston Bruins
    • 1.2 Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers
    • 1.3 New York Rangers @ Carolina Hurricanes
    • 1.4 New York Islanders @ Atlanta Thrashers
    • 1.5 Phoenix Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues
    • 1.6 Chicago Blackhawks @ Dallas Stars
    • 1.7 Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers
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British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

September 22, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

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Why Choose A Drinking Water Fountain?}

September 22, 2017 · Filed under Stainless Steel Fabrication

Why choose a Drinking Water Fountain?


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What is a Drinking Water Fountain?

Water Fountains also known as Drinking Water Fountains are designed to provide drinking water in much the same way as the more familiar water cooler. Connected to the mains water supply Water Fountains have a basin arrangement with a Tap or Bubbler that dispenses either continuously running water or water on demand.

Popular in areas of high usage such as sports centres, colleges and schools the fountains are typically made from stainless steel and may incorporate carbon filters to remove taste and bad odours from the mains water, they may also include a chilling system to reduce the water temperature.

All water fountains are fitted with some type of waste system which either allows gravity to get rid of the superfluous water, or a pumped waste system which may be used when the fountain is situated some way from adequate drainage.

What are the Benefits of a Water Fountain over a Bottled Water Cooler?

With their basins, waste systems and robust stainless steel bodywork Water Fountains are ideal for high usage areas such as corridors in schools and sports centres.

Although the systems can be perceived as being unattractive when compared to some bottled water coolers or plumbed in machines the systems themselves are very functional, they do not require bottled delivery or even much maintenance and may be left unsupervised as they are robust enough to handle some misuse.

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Most Drinking Fountains today are fitted with a carbon based filter and a coil on coil chilling system allowing the system to dispense a continuous supply of fresh tasting chilled water, something that most water coolers are unable to achieve as these machines tend to be fed from a tank.

Most fountains can dispense up to 25 litres of chilled water per hour those systems with a pumped waste system can (because of the higher disposal capacity) dispenses up to 50 litres of chilled water per hour.

Why Drinking Water Fountains are the best choice for Schools

Recent research has shown that children arent drinking enough water at school as access to water in schools is often quite poor. Water can help prevent the tiredness and irritability often associated with dehydration and can improve a pupils concentration levels. The answer in many cases is to provide your school with water fountains or some type of water cooler.

Bottled water coolers are not the best choice for schools as the cost of the bottled delivery is prohibitive, in addition to this it isnt desirable for delivery people to be regularly dropping off bottles within the school grounds. The bottles also tend to take up room and use up valuable storage space which is at a premium in any school. The benefits of plumbed in water systems to schools include:

A constant supply of water when and where your pupils and staff need it

No need to change heavy bottles

No bottle delivery

No need to store the bottles

Substantial savings on the cost of running a bottle fed system

All water systems including bottled systems require some maintenance in terms of regular sanitisation and filter changes. Plumbed in units such as fountains also require installation but this is relatively simple for anyone with good DIY skills, and as all schools have a Caretaker on staff to install and maintain the machine it would seem sensible to opt for this type of system over a bottled cooler where possible.

There are a growing number of websites that offer water fountains for sale rather than as a rental only option. Direct purchase is preferable to those schools who dont want to be tied into an onerous rental contract that require continual monthly payments.

Should I choose a Freestanding Fountain a Wall Mounted Fountain or a Sink?

Most fountains today are available as either freestanding or wall mounted units, they both work in the same way as each other but capacities may vary between the two types of system. Some websites also stock stainless steel bubbler sinks which are ideal if you are on a limited budget as they have no chilling system, they also require no maintenance other than an occasional clean.

Some schools may require a shorter wall mounted unit but site it on the floor to ensure that small children can access the water.

If you want the cheapest possible fountain that requires no maintenance other than an occasional clean you can opt for a wall mounted stainless steel sink.

Can I Install a Water Fountain Outside?

Lots of people ask about fitting a drinking water fountain outside and while this can be possible we would never recommend that you do this with a normal fountain fitted with a chilling system. Many manufacturers are now constructing machines that dont chill the water and also there are a range of wall mounted sinks which are ideal for outdoor use.

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drinking water fountains in the UK

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water fountains for schools

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Right-to-die activists reveal euthanasia for Dutch patient with severe dementia

Right-to-die activists reveal euthanasia for Dutch patient with severe dementia

September 22, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yesterday, it was revealed that a 64-year-old Dutch woman with severe dementia has become the first patient in the country to be euthanized after she became unable to consent. In the Netherlands, patients can request assisted dying if they are of sound mind. In this case, the woman — who is known to have been a long-time political supporter of assisted dying — signed a request for assisted dying while she was capable of doing so.

The woman was assisted to die in March according to Walburg de Jong, a spokesman for Right to Die-NL, a group that supports assisted dying. De Jong noted that it is an “important step” for euthanasia activists: “before, patients dying by euthanasia were at really very early stages of dementia, which was not the case with this woman”.

The Netherlands has had legal voluntary euthanasia since a change in the law which came into force in April 2002.

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Mothers, teachers concerned about leukemia deaths at California elementary school

Mothers, teachers concerned about leukemia deaths at California elementary school

September 22, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Saturday, May 28, 2005

California State Senator Joseph Dunn, school officials, and environmental professionals met with Kennedy Elementary School parents in a town-hall style meeting in Santa Ana Thursday evening. The parents aired their concerns over health issues at schools and workplaces, including a rash of leukemia cases in the student population, and began a dialogue they have been working toward for years.

Representatives of Markland Manufacturing and of AQMD also spoke at the meeting, explaining their positions. The outcome of the meeting was that Senator Dunn and members of the community will tour the Markland facility and meet with county officials, and another public meeting will be held in a couple of weeks.


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Molten steel kills 32 workers in Liaoning,China

Molten steel kills 32 workers in Liaoning,China

September 22, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Molten steel spilled out and killed 32 workers at the Qinghe Special Steel Corporation mill in the city of Tieling in Liaoning province, China.

The ladle containing 1,500-degree-Celsius liquid steel poured into an open room, where employees take breaks in-between shift changes, at 7:45 a.m. local time. At least 6 others were injured, one of them critically.

“It is the most serious accident to hit China’s steel industry since 1949,” said China’s deputy head of the State Administration of Work Safety, Sun Huashan.

At least 4 workers have been arrested after the accident. The manager of mill, an operator, technician and a supervisor of a workshop were all arrested and are being questioned as an investigation in launched into what caused the accident to occur.

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Diabetes Mellitus: An Introduction}

September 22, 2017 · Filed under Packaging

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Diabetes is a common term for several metabolic disorders in which blood glucose level increases due to the inadequate production of insulin in the Beta-cells of the pancreas. This leads to a condition where the body no longer produces insulin or uses the insulin produced in an ineffective manner. Insulin is a hormone needed to break down sugar and starch into simpler compounds. The cause of diabetes is attributed to both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity & lack of exercise that appear to play important roles.

Often referred to as diabetes mellitus, diabetes refers to a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination) which results in them experiencing extreme thirst (polydipsia) and hunger (polyphagia).

Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is classified as a metabolic disorder. Metabolism refers to the way our body uses digested food for energy and growth. Most of what we eat is broken down into glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar present in the body and is the principal source of fuel for cellular activities.

Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. After eating, the pancreas automatically releases an adequate quantity of insulin to move the glucose present in our blood into the cells. As soon as glucose enters the cells, blood-glucose level drops.

A person with diabetes has a condition in which the quantity of glucose in the blood is too elevated leading to hyperglycemia. This is because the body does not produce enough insulin, produces no insulin, or has cells that do not respond properly to the insulin produced by the pancreas. This excess blood glucose eventually passes out of the body in urine. Therefore, even with a sufficient amount of glucose, cells may not have access to it for their essential energy and growth requirements.

Why is it called diabetes mellitus?

Diabetes comes from Greek, and it means a “siphon”. Aretus the Cappadocian, a Greek physician during the second century A.D., named the condition diabainein. He described patients who were passing too much water (polyuria) – like a siphon. The word became “diabetes” from the English adoption of the Medieval Latin word diabetes.

In 1675, Thomas Willis added mellitus to the term, although it is commonly referred to simply as diabetes. Mel in Latin means “honey”; the urine and blood of people with diabetes has excess glucose, and glucose is sweet like honey. Diabetes mellitus literally means “siphoning off sweet water”.

In ancient China people observed that ants would be attracted to some people’s urine, because it was sweet. Thus, the term “Sweet Urine Disease” was coined.

Types of diabetes

There are three main types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin and require lifelong insulin injections for survival. This condition mostly occurs in children and young adults. Type 1 diabetes is sometimes referred to as juvenile onset diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with hereditary factors and lifestyle risk factors including poor diet, insufficient physical activity and obesity. People with type 2 diabetes may be able to manage their condition through lifestyle changes; however, diabetes medications or insulin injections may also be required to control blood sugar levels.

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Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. This condition usually disappears once the baby is born. However, a history of gestational diabetes increases a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. The condition may be managed through adopting healthy dietary and exercise habits, although diabetes medication, including insulin, may also be required to manage blood sugar levels.

Symptoms of diabetes:

Frequent urination

Extreme thirst and/or hunge

Weight loss



Sores that are slow to heal, and

Increased infections

People with type 2 Diabetes may have no symptoms for nearly 5-7 years after high glucose levels develop. Even when there are no symptoms, they may experience vague symptoms like tiredness, muscle pain, headache, anxiety, etc.

Poor control of diabetes can lead to an increased risk of:

Heart disease

High blood pressure


Nerve disease

Kidney and bladder failure

Gum disease


Foot and leg infections

Sexual Dysfunction

Complications in pregnancy

Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to biochemical imbalances that can cause acute life-threatening events, such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar (nonketotic) coma.

INSUPen- Helping You Manage Diabetes With EASE

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Why INSUPen is the most sought after Insulin Pen?

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NSW Government walks away from Cross City Motorway negotiations

NSW Government walks away from Cross City Motorway negotiations

September 22, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Monday, June 5, 2006

New South Wales Premier, Morris Iemma announced on Sunday that his government would be reversing 13 controversial road changes and alterations that were carried out to force traffic into the Cross City Tunnel.

The road changes were initially approved by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and formed part of the contract with the Cross City Motorway (who operate the tunnel).

The government wished also for the company to lower the toll from AUD$3.37 to the $2.90 discounted toll that will expire at midnight Mon. Jan 5.

Cross City Motorway wanted AUD$96 Million as compensation but the government’s highest offer was only $30 Million. Cross City Motorway were being “greedy” said NSW Roads minister, Eric Roozendaal.

NSW Premier Morris Iemma said that his government had tried to negotiate a suitable compensation package. “We’ve negotiated over the last three months in good faith. We’ve done our best … to reach an arrangement satisfactory to all — to taxpayers to motorists and one which the company could live with” he said.

Despite the government walking away from negotiations the company could still come to the government with an offer, Mr Iemma said.

“Obviously, the ball’s in the company’s court in relation to their response,” he said.

The Premier said it would be wise for the company to continue the reduced toll. “It is in their commercial interest to ensure that motorists have got incentives to use this road.”

The NRMA, the peak motoring organisation in NSW, also believes that the toll should remain at its discounted rate. “It’s now up to the Cross City Tunnel operators to also make sure motorists get a fair deal by only charging a fair toll and not raising the toll back up to that exorbitant level it was before” said NRMA president Alan Evans.

Mr Iemma said he expected there might be a lawsuit made by Cross City Motorway against his government but believes his government is in a good position to defend any claims for damages.

Cross City Motorway is expected to respond on the issue today.

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