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Eric Bogosian on writing and the creative urge
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Eric Bogosian is one of America’s great multi-dimensional talents. “There’s sort of three different careers, and any one of them could exist by itself, on its own two feet. There was that solo stuff, and then I started writing plays in the late seventies.” Although his work has spanned genres, most readers will recognize Bogosian for his acting, which has included a memorable performance in Woody Allen‘s Deconstructing Harry to co-writing and starring in the Oliver Stone movie Talk Radio (based upon his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play) to playing the bad guy in Under Siege 2 to his current role in Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Captain Danny Ross. They may not know, however, that he had collaborated with Frank Zappa on a album, worked with Sonic Youth, and was a voice on Mike Judge‘s Beavis & Butthead Do America. He started one of New York City’s largest dance companies, The Kitchen, which is still in existence. He starred alongside Val Kilmer in Wonderland and his play Talk Radio was recently revived on Broadway with Liev Schreiber in the role Bogosian wrote and made famous.

Currently at work on his third novel, tentatively titled The Artist, Bogosian spoke with David Shankbone about the craft of writing and his life as a creative.

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  • 1 Bogosian’s view of his work
  • 2 How Bogosian approaches his writing
  • 3 How Bogosian works himself into his writing
  • 4 The future of the narrative
  • 5 Collaborations with Steven Spielberg and Frank Zappa
  • 6 Source
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British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’
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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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Sulpicio names companies hired for ‘Princess of the Stars’ salvage
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Sulpicio Lines has named the companies hired to conduct salvage operations for MV Princess of the Stars, the Philippines ferry that sank on June 21 during Typhoon Fengshen, leaving over 800 passengers dead.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) had already set a deadline of this Tuesday to name the contractor who would recover the ship. Another important aspect is the separate recovery of chemicals on board, primarily the fuel and a 10-tonne shipment of the dangerous pesticide endosulfan by Del Monte.

The ship had also been carrying a number of other chemicals in smaller quantities, including metamedopus, carbofuran, niclosemide, and proptineb. All of the chemicals must be removed by order of the DOTC before the vessel is recovered. The chemical recovery is to be performed by Titan Salvage, an international firm owned by Florida’s Crowley Maritime Corporation and specialising in sunken and capsized ship recovery. Titan will co-operate with both Sulpicio and the DOTC, and expect the project to be completed within 60 days of the contract being signed.

Once the chemicals on board are removed then the ship itself can be recovered. Sulpicio has also named its contractor for this: Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation (Salvtug). Salvtug has accepted the contract, but warned that its estimated operation cost is PHP2.25 billion to P4.5 billion, which is roughly equivalent to US$50 million to $100 million. Sulpicio had previously estimated that this exercise would cost P600 million.

The high cost is a potential problem as it is unclear who will pay. Sulpicio’s insurance does not cover salvage. Had Sulpicio been covered with protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance this would have been covered, but this is not required in the Philippines and so Sulpicio’s insurance agreement with Oriental Assurance Corporation only covered the hull, machinery and third-party injuries and damage.

It is likely that Sulpicio will pay for the recovery of the ferry, which has a gross weight of 23,824 tons, but as the ship poses a potential environmental hazard it has been suggested that the government should pay the costs initially to ensure work is done quickly, with Sulpicio to be charged later for this. However, for now it is unclear who will pay for the vessel’s recovery.

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India Railway Minister presents 2014-15 budget
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Friday, July 11, 2014

On Tuesday, Indian Railway Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda presented his first budget for Indian Railways.

The budget emphasized increased amenities for travelers, better safety, and timely completion of projects. There were no fare hikes announced as both passenger and freight fares had been increased last month. But, it was announced that fares will be revised twice a year to absorb fuel costs. Gowda criticized previous governments for announcing new projects and failing to complete them. He said projects will now be prioritized, such as decongesting major routes instead of announcing new ones. Gowda announced no major new projects, but announced 54 new trains. He also criticized the last government for driving the railways into a loss.

Gowda announced a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad; new semi-high speed trains in nine sectors connecting metros; and new measures towards improving cleanliness, food, and e-ticketing were announced. He said CCTVs will be installed in major stations to monitor cleanliness, and major stations will have food courts serving local cuisines and precooked food from reputable catering brands will be served on-board. The railways have faced complaints of substandard food in the past.

He announced the introduction of a new rail-flaw detection system to better investigate the causes of accidents. The budget allocated a significant sum to the construction of bridges at unmanned crossings, a major cause of rail-track deaths. He announced a new project to introduce automatic closing doors on mainline and suburban trains, and said wi-fi will be provided in larger stations and select trains. Workstations will be available for on-board use for a fee by Business travelers. The e-ticketing system will be extended from booking tickets to booking coaches and entire trains, and also retiring rooms in stations. Electric mobility carts will be provided to elderly and handicapped passengers at all major stations. Also, Railway Protection Force will recruit four thousand female constables and escorted carriages will be provided for women. A significant amount was announced for improving rail connectivity in north-east India.

Gowda emphasized use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to fund future projects. He also said he will ask the Cabinet to approve foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indian Railways. Some stations are to be improved using PPPs. Manish R. Sharma, executive director of capital projects and infrastructure at PricewaterhouseCoopers, pointed out the budget didn’t contain any information on how the government intends to attract private investors. Deven Choksey, managing director at K. R. Choksey securities, said the government now seemed to be more inclined towards PPPs than before. India’s stock index SENSEX dropped and closed 2% below opening. Investors were observed selling shares in energy, infrastructure, and real estate sectors.

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Train derailed by collision with semi in Saskatchewan, Canada
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Twenty-four cars of a west-bound Canada Pacific train were thrown from the tracks after the train collided with a semi tractor-trailer in poor weather and visibility near Regina, Saskatchewan around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. The driver was rushed to hospital.

The accident took place on a level section of Highway 46 just north of Highway 1, about 25 kilometres east of Regina. The RCMP spokesperson reported the crossing is marked with lights, but weather may have played a role.

“Road conditions were wet and sloppy and it’s foggy,” RCMP Cpl. Brian Jones said to the CBC. The bad weather, including a heavy overnight snowfall, may have contributed to the accident.

Most of the 93 cars in the train were empty bulk transit cars, used for moving agricultural products such as grains. The RCMP report that neither train or truck were transporting any hazardous materials.

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Training your dog is a time-intensive project that requires patience and solid strategy. Most inexperienced dog owners ultimately fail at training their pet because they either lack the knowledge of what to, or they become frustrated when their dog does not respond. This failure leads many to turn to the plethora of dog training books available on the internet. There are a number of excellent resources available, but what exactly makes up a good dog training book? Here are some important things to research before buying any training product.

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In order to successfully implement a training program with your dog, you need to understand the concepts behind it. A well-written dog training book starts with the basics and slowly guides you through the more advanced techniques. There should be clear step-by-step instructions for each task, and the chapters should be organized by skill level. Too many inferior books lump broad categories together, which can confuse amateurs on where to begin. Ideally, it should be easy to continually reference topics in the book since it is unlikely you will memorize everything after one read.

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Beyond Puppies

Some books can lose their value after the first year of a dogs life. They guide you through potty training and other behavior issues prevalent in puppies, but they dont offer enough information on dealing with older dogs. This can be a big void, especially since it is much harder to break the habits of an older dog. Thus, it is important to choose a book that spans the life of your pet. A well-trained dog may never demonstrate obedience issues, but there are other bad habits such as aggression that may need to be dealt with later in life.

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As humans, we learn more efficiently through reinforcement, and this is why the best dog training books feature a number of pictures and illustrations. Training your dog is a rather precise science, and there is simply too much room for misinterpretation without giving a visual reference. Some of the more premier dog training guides offer video instruction in addition to their books. This can be useful bonus that provides another way to learn the material.

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No matter how confident you are in your abilities, you will probably reach a point where you have a question. Finding a training resource that offers email support or a learning forum is a great way to ensure you can find an answer. This is one of the benefits with the dog training ebooks available online, as a handful of them provide email support with the cost of their product. Having access to a support network makes it less likely that you will give up when you reach a difficult point during the training process.

Training your dog can be a fun experience that builds a strong bond between you and your pet, but it can also become a nightmare if things arent going well. A good dog training book will teach you what methods to use and how to implement them over the course of your dogs development. But for every good book available, there are a hundred others have limited value. The best way to protect yourself against the inferior products is to do your research and look for product reviews. Choosing the right book from the start will ensure success with your training regimen.

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Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics
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Monday, December 3, 2007

At Thanksgiving dinner David Shankbone told his white middle class family that he was to interview Reverend Al Sharpton that Saturday. The announcement caused an impassioned discussion about the civil rights leader’s work, the problems facing the black community and whether Sharpton helps or hurts his cause. Opinion was divided. “He’s an opportunist.” “He only stirs things up.” “Why do I always see his face when there’s a problem?”

Shankbone went to the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem with this Thanksgiving discussion to inform the conversation. Below is his interview with Al Sharpton on everything from Tawana Brawley, his purported feud with Barack Obama, criticism by influential African Americans such as Clarence Page, his experience running for President, to how he never expected he would see fifty (he is now 53). “People would say to me, ‘Now that I hear you, even if I disagree with you I don’t think you’re as bad as I thought,'” said Sharpton. “I would say, ‘Let me ask you a question: what was “bad as you thought”?’ And they couldn’t say. They don’t know why they think you’re bad, they just know you’re supposed to be bad because the right wing tells them you’re bad.”

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  • 1 Sharpton’s beginnings in the movement
  • 2 James Brown: a father to Sharpton
  • 3 Criticism: Sharpton is always there
  • 4 Tawana Brawley to Megan Williams
  • 5 Sharpton and the African-American media
  • 6 Why the need for an Al Sharpton?
  • 7 Al Sharpton and Presidential Politics
  • 8 On Barack Obama
  • 9 The Iraq War
  • 10 Sharpton as a symbol
  • 11 Blacks and whites and talking about race
  • 12 Don Imus, Michael Richards and Dog The Bounty Hunter
  • 13 Sources

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Many tourists are used to reservation resorts, as they are completely unaware of the existence of sites that advanced holiday lease homes. This is where blairgowrie holiday rentals come in to play.

The popular belief is that personal house resorts are very expensive and only available for the wealthy. Negligence combined with the above makes visitors choose a resort while there are beach resorts in a variety of price levels, some of them really cost-effective. Most of the house or apartment resorts are very huge, with several rooms and could provide huge categories such as friends or big families and for categories such as this a holiday lease will surely be a lot less expensive than renting several standard resort areas.

On the other hand, many visitors think that they have to book a resort in order to have extra features like personal diving pools, games, online and television. That is indeed wrong again as most of house resorts provide features such as entertainment areas, personal seashores, game areas, spa solutions, personal diving pools, online access and sometimes a lot more.

Many visitors assume that house beach resorts are luxurious and only meant for the upper classes to whom it really does not matter how much such a lease would cost. However, visitors should realize that there are various getaway resorts that are less expensive and cost-effective like apartments, rooms, town houses and so on. One can find apartment located in the heart of the city that is available at some really reasonable prices. A useful website that lists personal beach resorts that let individuals find the right properties suited to their own needs and budget like this, www.peninsulaholidayrentals.com.au

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Some visitors may think that house resorts are not as safe as hotels where there is a better protection. This is a false impression as sometimes beach resorts are surrounded within huge, protected areas and often have intricate house protection systems. However, a holiday lease house is just like a house away from house so visitors must understand they need to apply normal precautionary features like securing the doors and starting up the house protection system available on site.

All land lords take their beach resorts seriously so they expect the occupancy to be as great as possible. They also recognize that there will be light deterioration here and there. Many tenants might think that the proprietor of the house will check in every day to be sure no damage is done to the place, the truth is they rarely show up as they know the primary purpose individuals like house resorts is because of the great comfort it provides.

Some other visitors stay away from house resorts as they think there will be no one to tend to their needs. This is another false impression as most holiday lease entrepreneurs also act as property managers or employ one to quickly take care of day to day issues that may appear.

Blairgowrie holiday rentals will always be there to take the burden of accommodation away from home,

So with most of the issues or misconceptions eliminated, individuals planning to take a group vacation or with close relatives should really look into beach resorts. Such arrangements will save a lot of cash, provide quality solutions and comfort so it is unique with populated hotel.

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