Iranian International Master Dorsa Derakhshani discusses her chess career with Wikinews

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In February 2017, the Iranian Chess Federation announced two teenage chess players, Dorsa Derakhshani and her younger brother Borna Derakhshani, were banned from representing the national team. The federation announced their decision although Dorsa Derakhshani had previously decided and informed the chess federation she did not wish to play for Iran.

Dorsa Derakhshani is currently 21 years old and holds the International Master (IM) as well as Woman Grand Master (WGM) titles. Her brother, Borna, plays for the English Federation and holds the FIDE Master title.

Dorsa Derakhshani was banned since she did not wear a hijab, an Islamic headscarf, while competing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in January 2017. Under the laws of Islamic Republic of Iran, hijab is a mandatory dress code. Her brother Borna Deraskhsani was banned for playing against Israeli Grand Master (GM) Alexander Huzman at the same tournament. Iran does not recognise the existence of Israel, and previously, Irani athletes have avoided playing against Israeli athletes.

Mehrdad Pahlavanzadeh, the president of the country’s chess federation, explained the decision to ban the players saying, “As a first step, these two will be denied entry to all tournaments taking place in Iran and in the name of Iran, they will no longer be allowed the opportunity to be present on the national team.” ((fa))Farsi language: ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?? ?? ???? ???????? ?? ?? ????? ? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ??????? ????? ??????? ? ???? ???? ???? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??????? ????. He further stated, “Unfortunately, something that should not have happened has happened and our national interest is paramount and we have reported this position to the Ministry of Sports.” ((fa))Farsi language: ????????? ?????? ?? ????? ????????? ?????? ??? ? ????? ??? ?? ?? ?? ???? ?????? ???? ? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ????? ???? ?? ????? ?????.

IM Dorsa Derakhshani, who currently studies at Saint Louis University in the United States and plays for the United States Chess Federation, discussed her chess career, time in Iran and the 2017 controversy, and her life in Saint Louis with a Wikinews correspondent.

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

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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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Uncategorized January 18th 2022

Uav Market Size With 19% Cagr Expectations Over The Forecast Period To Reach Usd 2 Billion In 2023

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UAV/Commercial Drone Market size is forecast to be valued at USD 2.05 billion by 2023; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc.

Growing need for law enforcement activities is anticipated to drive industry demand from 2016 to 2023. These products are effectively and efficiently used for such applications, since they help investigate the crime scene and gather evidence by flying over the area and obtain high quality aerial pictures and video, without disturbing possible evidence. The technology helps the police and other law enforcement agencies to secure a crime scene and preserve evidence for use in court and criminal proceedings. Moreover, it can be extensively used in traffic patrol assistance and traffic congestion analysis along with traffic accident investigation. Tensions at sporting events, government protests and other outdoor public events can quickly escalate and require police intervention to prevent injury to people and damage to property. These are also capable to identify unidentified package and act accordingly. The aforementioned factors are driving commercial UAV market size.

Multi-utility commercial drone market share is expected witness significant growth owing to its extensive adoption in media and entertainment sectors. Real estate industry employs this technology in order to capture aerial shots of the property, while festival organizers could conduct precise headcounts using overhead photos for enhanced crowd management and safely. UAVs can fly lower and thus can replace huge, expensive news helicopters to enhance the news reporting activity.

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Growing use in the agricultural sector may also positively favor growth from 2016 to 2023. It provides aerial views to large-scale farmers so as to help them to monitor crop growth. They can also image, recreate, and analyze the crop, measure the quality of soil, its water holding capacities and its mineral content. Global agricultural drone market share is forecast to grow at 21.2% CAGR from 2016 to 2023.

Lack of training and awareness has led to the shortage of trained pilots, which is expected to hinder demand through 2023. Moreover, these are operated by an individual holding a private pilot certificate and current third-class medical certified by the FAA. However, with the increase in the commercial applications, universities across the globe have started offering degree programs that aim to bridge the gap between the engineer and operator to develop skilled pilots.

Browse key industry insights spread across 100 pages with 49 market data tables & 42 figures from the report, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)/Commercial Drone Market Size By Product (Rotary Blade, Fixed Wing, Nano Drone, Hybrid), By Application (Government, Media & Entertainment, Agriculture, Energy), Industry Outlook Report, Regional Analysis, Application Development, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2023” in detail along with the table of contents:

Key insights from the report include:

  • Rotary blade commercial drone market size was valued at over USD 400 million in 2015. Fixed position as well as multi directional flying features are likely to drive growth, over the forecast period.
  • Government applications accounted for over 40% of the global commercial UAV market share in 2015 and are expected to remain dominant owing to rising significance in mapping, scientific research and rescue missions.
  • S. commercial drone market will be driven by high demand across end-use areas. Rising emphasis on the use of UAVs for agricultural purposes will fuel demand in Asia Pacific.
  • Key industry participants include AeroVironment, Aurora Flight Sciences, Parrot SA, BAE Systems, Challis Heliplane UAV, Denel Dynamics, DJI Innovations and Draganfly Innovations. Other prominent industry partners are The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Prox Dynamics.
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Reality TV star sought after model found dead in California dumpster

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A millionaire reality TV star is being sought by police over the murder of a model whose body was found in a Californian dumpster. 28-year-old Jasmine Fiore was found dead in an unzipped suitcase in Buena Park, Orange County.

Police are seeking real estate tycoon Ryan Jenkins, 32, a contestant on the reality show Megan Wants a Millionaire, in which former Rock of Love hopeful Megan Hauserman dates several rich men with the aim of ultimately becoming the girlfriend of one of them. Jenkins reportedly met Fiore at a Las Vegas strip club and married her two days later.

Jenkins reported the swimsuit model missing hours after the discovery of her body. Since then he has not returned calls from investigators and is considered a person of interest. Police suspect he may be on the run and are trying to trace him as well as a black and white Mercedes car he may be driving.

It is thought that Jenkins may have returned to his homeland of Canada. Fiore, who had worked for Playboy, had been strangled according to police. Her body was found by someone searching for goods to recycle. She was last seen alive at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and had not contacted her family since then.

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Uncategorized January 17th 2022

Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample.

If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is a treatment for obesity.

There were concerns that doctors, in the future, might only be trained in the remote control procedure. Ronald G. Latimer, M.D., of Santa Barbara, CA, warned “The fact that surgeons may have to open the patient or might actually need to revert to standard laparoscopic techniques demands that this basic training be a requirement before a robot is purchased. Robots do malfunction, so a backup system is imperative. We should not be seduced to buy this instrument to train surgeons if they are not able to do the primary operations themselves.”

There are precedents for just such a problem occurring. A previous “new technology”, the electrocardiogram (ECG), has lead to a lack of basic education on the older technology, the stethoscope. As a result, many heart conditions now go undiagnosed, especially in children and others who rarely undergo an ECG procedure.

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Uncategorized January 17th 2022

Heating bills, oil price rise predicted

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Heating bills, oil price rise predicted
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

USA — A US government report was issued Wednesday predicting the rise of heating bills due to colder temperatures and impacts Hurricanes Rita and Katrina had on the nation’s energy production.

Local forecasters predict that most of the US will have a warmer-than-expected winter this year. However, households that heat their homes by gas can expect to pay 29.8% more in heating bills. In the case of colder-than-expected weather, an increase of 66% in household heating costs is likely. In typical weather, prices will rise about 47.6%. Households that use electricity can expect a rise of about 5% from last year. NOAA‘s 2005-2006 U.S. Winter Outlook calls for warmer-than-normal temperatures across much of the central and western United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. The Midwest, the Southern Californian coast and the East Coast have equal chances of warmer, cooler or near-normal temperatures this winter.

Around one third of the US crude oil and one fifth of the natural gas outputs in Mexico still remain closed due to hurricane-related damage. Seven oil refineries remain offline.

The Energy Information Administration predicts that the price of oil will rise to around $64 per barrel (42 gallons or 158.97 litres) in 2006, with $58 being the average for this year.

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Uncategorized January 17th 2022

January Themed Crafts For Kids

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By Rachel Vince

Here are some January themed crafts for kids that include both summer craft ideas for those who are in summer in the southern hemisphere, and winter craft ideas for those who are in winter in the northern hemisphere.

1. Calendar craft

Use a real calendar covered with your childs own artwork to make an interesting calendar you will love the whole year through.

Supplies Needed:

Calendar for the new year

Construction paper

Crayons or markers

Glitter

Nontoxic glue

Provide your child with construction paper cut to fit over the picture-portion of the calendar you purchase. You might be able to get free calendars that some pharmacies and real estate companies give away around holiday time.

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After she uses the construction paper to make a picture for each month, simply glue these to the calendar in the appropriate place. After all of the pictures have been glued, press the calendar under a large heavy book to flatten it. Your child may wish to make several calendars and give them away as presents.

2. Frosty Window craft ( for those of us living in winter in the northern hemisphere)

These really do look like frosty windows!

Supplies Needed:

Epsom salts

Warm water

Small container and spoon

Small paintbrush

Sheet of black construction paper

Colored construction paper

Nontoxic glue

Add 6 or 7 Tbsp of Epsom salts to cup warm water, and stir the mixture until no more salts will dissolve. Then using a small paintbrush, brush the misture over a sheet of black constructiojn paper (8 x 11 inches). Allow the paper to dry overnight or place it on top of a floor heat register/vent. This will give it the frosty appearance. Mount on a piece of colored construction paper and then glue a vertical strip and horizontal strip right across the paper for the window panes.

3. Simple Bird Feeder Craft

Save those crusts of bread instead of throwing them in the garbage. Have your child poke a hole about an inch from the top of the crust. Leave the crust out on the counter overnight to dry, then tie a piece of yarn or string through the hole. Take it outside and hang it on a tree-easy bird feeder. Your children will enjoy watching the birds come and eat from it.

4. Sand castle craft(for those in summer in the southern hemisphere).

This recipe allows you to build a sand castle or sculpture and then keep it as a keepsake.

Supplies Needed:

1 cup sand

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup hot water

Old pot

Old spoon

Mix sand, cornstarch, and cream of tartar in an old cooking pot.

Add water. Cook over medium heat while stirring continuously until the mixture is too thick to stir. Allow to cool and mold into desired shapes.

This sand takes a couple of days to dry. You can keep leftover clay in an airtight container and use it another day.

5. Handprint flower

Trace four handprints onto colorful paper. Cut out the handprints and then glue all of the bases of the hands together in a circular pattern to form a flower. Cut a circle out of yellow paper and paste it in the middle.

About the Author: Rachel is a busy and happy Mom of two young children who feels blessed at having a second chance at life, seeing through the eyes of her children. For more favorite ideas that kids will enjoy visit her web site at

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City of Calgary, Canada removes fluoride from drinking water

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City of Calgary, Canada removes fluoride from drinking water
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Calgary city council voted 10 to 3 on Wednesday to stop fluoridating their water supply. This overturns a previous plebiscite from 1989 to add the fluoride in an attempt to reduce tooth decay.

Opponents of water fluoridation claim that there could be unknown health effects of fluoride, and question its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay. They also claim that individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether or not to use fluoride. However, Alberta Health Services maintains that current evidence shows that fluoride is both safe, and beneficial to dental health.

It is estimated that no longer fluoridating the water supply could save Calgary’s city council C$750 thousand (€550 thousand) annually, as well as cutting a C$6 million (€4.3 million) upgrade to the fluoridation system.

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Uncategorized January 14th 2022

Services For Small Business Owners From An Accountant In Galt, Ca

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byAlma Abell

Small business owners have a lot of different job titles. In many cases, they have no employees, and they are the only ones taking care of every aspect of their businesses. When it comes to their accounting systems, they may or may not have a lot of knowledge about how to do things like accounts receivable and accounts payable, tax preparation, and other things that involved the financial end of their businesses. This is an area where there should be no mistakes, and it is often best to hire an accounting specialist to deal finances for a small business. While this can be costly, it is often much less expensive than hiring an employee to do the same work.

There are many services small businesses owners can get from an Accountant in Galt CA. For instance, accounting firms take care of such things as billing, taxes, ledger entries, monthly trial balances, bank reconciliations, and much more. Generally, bookkeepers or junior accountants take care of these tasks. All of the work done is looked over by a certified accountant to be sure that there are no mistakes. The accounting firm will look after things like setting up budgets, doing financial statements properly, and preparing tax returns. They also help with audits, and monitor finances for small business owners.

Small business owners can benefit from the knowledge accountants have about finances and other areas of business. Consulting services are offered that will help any business owner be successful and be able to grow their business. Business owners will learn how to get the most out of their budgets, and how to save money in a variety of ways.

Another area that an Accountant in Galt CA can help with is retirement planning. It is never too soon for anyone to start doing this, because one never knows what is going to happen in life. If one wants to be able to retire early, they need to know they will be financially able to do so, and an accounting firm can ensure that they will be. Talk to the certified public accountants at Symons Accountancy to learn more about all of the services offered.

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Restrictions imposed in China textile trade with U.S.

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

In an effort to ease complaints by the U.S. and Europe about a heavy influx of low priced Chinese goods, China will raise export tariffs on 74 categories of textile products in June. This follows plans from the U.S. to impose quotas on Chinese textiles and clothing.

Products likely to see an increase from the Chinese move include synthetic fiber shirts, trousers, knit shirts and blouses, cotton shirts, and combined cotton yarn. Last week, similar restrictions were imposed by the U.S. on cotton trousers, knit shirts, and underwear. Currently, a 2.5 cent charge per item is imposed; the new tariff will raise this to the equivalent of 12 cents per piece now. While this is a fourfold increase, it is not expected to affect consumer prices. Because of this, some doubt the tariff will have any effect on correcting the trade imbalance.

This move is in response to U.S. trade quotas imposed due to concerns that increased Chinese goods would put U.S. textile manufacturers out of business. According to Auggie Tantillo, executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, a textile industry group in the U.S., the move will preserve 10,000 U.S. jobs. The new U.S. trade quota will limit the growth of Chinese textile imports to 7.5 percent compared with shipments over the past year.

Prior to January 1, a global quota system helped regulate the trade. With the quota system gone, fears have arisen that a flood of Chinese goods could undercut U.S. competitiveness in the market. China is able to market its goods cheaply due to an artificially weak yuan. The U.S. Treasury criticized the China yuan policy as “highly distortionary”, posing a major risk to China’s economy itself and to global economic growth. They challenged China to revalue its currency to bring it to a level they believe will allow fairer competition between global manufacturers.

China has disputed the charges of the U.S. Treasury. Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai said, “I believe they are not reasonable”.

Laura Jones, a representative of large retailers, also criticized the move, saying “These restrictions on imports from China will do absolutely nothing to help the U.S. textile industry — and the government knows it.”

China has seen a boom in economic growth in recent years due to growing trade surpluses with the West, but economists worry that the trade gap will cause longer term global economic problems. China’s textile and apparel exports are the most noteworthy example, with exports up over 1,000 percent in some categories this year and the rapid loss of marketshare and jobs by U.S. textile manufacturers.

Beginning in 1978, the Chinese economy has been transforming from a Soviet-style centrally planned economy to more of a free market style system, under the rigid political control of Communist Party of China.

To this end, the government has leveraged foreign trade to stimulate economic growth. The result has been a fourfold increase in GDP, making China the sixth largest economy in the world. By 2012 the People’s Republic of China may have the highest GDP in the world.

According to U.S. statistics, from 1999 to 2004 China’s trade surplus with the U.S. doubled to $170 billion. Wal-Mart is China’s seventh largest export partner, just ahead of the United Kingdom.

However, the gains from their “socialist market economy” have not been without problems. The Chinese leadership has often experienced the worst results of socialism and capitalism: bureaucracy, lassitude, corruption, and inflation. Inflation rates have been an on-going challenge, reaching as high as 17% in 1995.

Environmental deterioration is a longer-term threat to economic growth. In 1998, the World Health Organization reported that China had seven of the 10 most-polluted cities on Earth. Another concern among some economists is that China’s economy is over-heating, and due to its global economic expansion this could have major repercussions among other nations.

Typically, wages have been low and working conditions poor, with workers living in restrictive dormitories and working at boring factory jobs. However, recent labor shortages have started improving conditions, and raising the minimum wage towards the equivalent of 100-150 US dollars per month. The labor shortages are in part a result of a demographic trend caused by strict family planning.

  • “Economy of the People’s Republic of China” — Wikipedia, May 22, 2005
  • “China raises tariffs on textile exports. Beijing hoping to counter criticism from U.S., Europe.” — CNN, May 21, 2005
  • “China to increase export tariffs” — CNN, May 19, 2005
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