Historic manuscript “The Housebook” reported sold in Germany

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

The German noble family of Waldburg-Wolfegg has sold the manuscript known as the The Housebook to an unknown buyer. There is speculation in the German press that it was purchased by Baron August von Finck who currently resides in Switzerland, and that the price paid was €20 million.

It is unclear whether the purchase is in fact legally valid because the manuscript was sold without the permission of the government of Tübingen required by the law of fideikommiss dissolution (similar to the common law institution Fee tail). German law forbids the export of such a precious manuscript, which is registered in the list of national cultural property.

The Housebook of Wolfegg is an illustrated manuscript that was created after 1480 by an unidentified artist known as the “Master of the Housebook” (or Master of the Amsterdam Cabinet) and possibly other artists. It was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in the United States in 1998.

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Interview with Glen Stollery of ScienTOMogy.info

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Glen Stollery is a New Zealand website developer who created the site ScienTOMogy.info in mid 2005. The site, which is a parody of Tom Cruise and his involvement with the Church of Scientology, became the centre of controversy when it was served with a number of cease and desist orders initiated by the Church. On March 19, 2006, Glen issued a media release stating that his web hosting provider, YouTube, had removed videos of Tom Cruise which formed part of the site. The release suggested that YouTube had taken this action under external pressure from Cruise or Viacom.

Responding to a query by Wikinews reporters, YouTube stated “We have not received a DMCA notification letter from Viacom.” The Church of Scientology was offered the opportunity to respond to the claims made by Stollery during the interview. No reply was received.

This exclusive interview deals with these issues and others relating to the website. It was conducted with Glen via email between March 21 and April 3, 2006.

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Instant loans are well known because of the fast process and very convenient repayment plan. Situations can be any type of like grocery bills, library bills, phone bills, credit card bills, or any medical emergency which seeks attention immediately. They can not be avoidable just because you dont have cash and your payday is still having some days to come. These loans are perfect to get the money without any delay.

There are certain requirements which every lenders demand for checking the trustworthiness of the borrowers. The following conditions are you should be an adult with the UK citizenship. You must have regular employment with the basic monthly salary of 1000 and also bank account under your name. Once lender crosses check this information then only he allows the loan. But this whole process does not take much time. Accept all this details you also need to provide your residential proof and phone number and all.

The loan amount on this financial service ranges from 100 and 1500 with the repayment term of 14-31 days. So, this financial help is the bridge between the borrowers two pay cheques. These loans are taken when you want to find the answer for your monetary crises which are unkind and inescapable. Lender designs the repayment term so that you can pay back the loan amount with the interest rate at your salary day.

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Bucharest to be ‘rebranded’ for 800 million euro

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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Bucharest, Romania — The city centre of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is set to get a major facelift due to a real estate project called Esplanada (The Esplanade), which will be constructed by TriGranit Development Corporation. The total investment in the project will be greater than 800 million euro and aims to build a modern commercial pedestrian area in downtown Bucharest, with several shopping malls, office buildings, hotels and dwellings. It will be the largest real estate program in Romania since the fall of Communism in 1989.

Bucharest is currently looking at possibilities to improve its appearance and rebrand itself as a lively, creative and vibrant city. Many initiatives have sprung up to improve the city, including the organisation of CowParade later this year. Additionally, the old town centre will be restored. Due to Romania’s current economic boom, several other major construction projects are taking place.

Bucharest City Hall has blocked traffic in the city center due both to the old town restoration and to the Esplanada project.

Greek debt deal reached

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

A meeting in Brussels has produced a plan, supported by all 16 countries in the eurozone, to make available up to 22 billion euros in financing to support Greece, which is laden with debt.

The deal would come into force only if Greece was unable to borrow money from commercial lenders, and would require approval from all 16 eurozone countries. While no figures were included in the agreement, anonymous officials said the total package would be around 22 billion euros, of which European countries would provide two-thirds. The remainder would be supplied by the International Monetary Fund.

Germany and France were the architects of the document, which was subsequently approved by the other members of the eurozone. While it is seen as a partial retreat for countries such as France that previously opposed any IMF participation in the loans, it is nevertheless regarded as a breakthrough in negotiations. Germany had been insistent on relatively strong terms for the plan, a large amount of which was in the final version.

Despite the agreement, there are no plans for it to take immediate effect, as the Greek government has not requested financial aid, and officials said that they hoped the option would never have to be used. The president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, said that “the mechanism decided today will not normally need to be activated.”

Google introduces Google Buzz

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

On Tuesday, Google introduced a new service called Google Buzz, a new feature to share updates, photos and videos. The service is built into Gmail, which already has 176 million users, according to comScore. Buzz’s features will be available on Android operating system based phones as well as the iPhone, allowing real-time updates.

Google hopes to integrate frequently visited sites like Picasa, Flickr, Google Reader, Twitter and YouTube, so users can stay connected to everyone via a single browser window.

Buzz has a built-in group of friends which are automatically selected including the people that the user communicates with most frequently via Gmail and Google Talk.

Google Buzz will be available as a mobile Web application, letting the user provide status updates by voice and geotagging their posts. Location-based updates can be read while one is using Google Mobile Maps. Posts by fellow users can be classified location-wise.

Google executives said that Buzz would help tackle the problem of information overload, as Google would apply its algorithms to help people find the information most relevant to them.

Facebook currently has more than 350 million active users worldwide. Google already has a micro-blogging site Jaiku, comparable to Twitter in terms of format. Orkut also has been one of Google’s previous ventures in social networking. Google Buzz will look to compete with such sites.

Rackmount Lcd Monitors: Groundbreaking Technology For Numerous Uses

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A Rackmount LCD monitor is most commonly used to support servers located within a call or data center. This monitor is normally located within a server cabinet, keeping it both secure and protected at all times. Rackmount LCD monitors can also be a great way to save power, cutting down on electricity bills and saving your company money when you need it the most. By combining your Rackmount monitor with a KVM switch and a tracker ball, you can reduce the space needed to support the system.

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Locations Where Rackmount Monitors Are Used

Rackmount monitors are not just used for call center and data server locations. Rackmount LCD monitors are also widely used by the military to solve connection issues when it comes to their existing technology. These monitors can also be used in homes, or in the health care industry. Some people even choose to expand their level of creativity even further when it comes to this breakthrough technology. Fisherman often use LCD monitors to support their sonar based depth finders and mapping applications. Some commercial fishermen even use servers on deck to support the multiple systems on board. These systems are normally stored in a metal cabinet and screwed in for added security, making them an ideal choice for any number of jobs.

Target Ranges and Military Bases

Rackmount monitors are often used in military applications as well. Target centers are used to train soldiers with their aims. By having a server for each target, the situation could be complicated, making it harder to find out the individual scores for each participant. By installing a Rackmount LCD monitor, you can view within seconds the data you need to find, and this is very beneficial to the user as it means they can access the server behind protective glass, away from the line of fire. Rackmount LCD monitors also come with a range of features, including flip up designs, adjustable brackets, and even multiple operation system support. They are ideal for almost any application involving multiple forms of technology.

eSAITECH is a trusted distributor of Rackmount LCD monitor products and accessories. They have a huge range of LCD monitors and other hardware in stock. Contact them today for further information.

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G8 finance ministers agree on deal to relieve debts of 18 poorest nations

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

The finance ministers of the G8, the world’s eight richest countries, after years of pressure from wide coalitions of human rights campaigners, such as the Committee for the abolition of third world debt (CADTM), have agreed to a deal to relieve the debts of 18 of the poorest countries in the world, but have not yet published the full details.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB), and the African Development Fund will write off all of the money owed to them by the selected countries. However, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Asian Development Bank (AsDB) will not cancel debts owed to them by heavily indebted poor countries (HIPCs) such as Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guyana, Vietnam, and Laos.

The countries to receive debt cancellation from the IMF, WB and the African Development Fund are Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

The deal, devised by the United Kingdom, could potentially free up government revenue for domestic spending on things such as education and health services.

The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Fund will write off all of the money owed to them by the above listed nations. A total of $40bn will be cleared, which will save debt repayments of $1.5bn a year.

CADTM argues that this is a negligible effort by the rich countries, since $1.5bn a year is extremely small compared to the $350bn the G8 devote to farming subsidies or the $700bn they spend in military expenditure each year. Moreover, these 18 countries only represent about 5% of the population of developing countries.

Another twenty countries may become eligible to have their debts cleared if they meet criteria decided by G8 finance ministries.

According to G8 representatives, the main criteria are the reduction of corruption and better government. According to critics, such as the CADTM, the criteria include the privatisation of natural resources and of strategic economic sectors to the benefit of transnational corporations, higher costs of health care and education through privatisation, a rise in VAT, free flow of capital, which leads to capital leaving the country as shown by several UNCTAD reports, lower tariff protection, which leads to thousands of small and middle producers losing their livelihoods because they cannot compete with imported goods.

The CADTM claims that the G8 agreement can solve neither the issue of the debt nor the issue of poverty since it bears on only 2% of the external debt of developing countries and demand an immediate and complete cancellation of the public external debt of all developing countries, the burden of the debt being a major obstacle to meeting fundamental human needs.

Other groups, including charities, have similarly stated that the debts of 62 countries need to be cleared if the UN wants to meet its target of halving world poverty.

Fourteen of the countries to receive debt relief are in sub-Saharan Africa.

The alleviation of third world debt has been a lifelong ambition of Gordon Brown, the current UK chancellor, and he has used all of his political power and status to push for this agreement in the G8 group.