Saturday, June 2, 2007

Thirty-five square kilometers, or 13.5135755 square miles, or 3,500 hectares or 8,648.68835 acres.

However you figure it, it’s a sizeable chunk of land.

And it’s missing from Cambodia on the website for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, a 10-member regional body of which Cambodia is a member.

The apparent rounding down of Cambodia’s territory, 181,035 square kilometers, on the ASEAN website, has some Cambodian lawmakers up in arms.

Parliamentarian Keo Remy, a member of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party, is calling for the ASEAN website to be blocked by Cambodia’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications if the number is not corrected.

“We know that Cambodia has border disputes with its neighbors, and Khmer citizens are paying attention on these issues. We cannot accept such incorrect points. The most important thing is that the government should close this web site,” Keo was quoted as saying by the Khmer-language daily newspaper Kampuchea Thmey.

Though Keo acknowledged the error could be an honest, if careless, mistake, he said it could mean something more sinister – that ASEAN is trying to undermine Cambodia’s sovereignty, and that perhaps ASEAN is working for neighboring nations. It could even be treasonous, he said.

“If it was intentional and perpetrated by a Cambodian, this is treason. It is like not knowing your own parents,” Keo was quoted as saying by Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Other lawmakers also called on the Cambodian government to take action.

“The royal government must react urgently, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation,” Monh Saphan, a Funcinpec parliamentarian was quoted as saying by Kampuchea Thmey. “The website [must] be corrected, because it affects the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Cambodia.”

And non-governmental organization leaders weighed in.

“The state’s figure is more important and appropriate than figures of other organizations. Therefore, we should urge the government to check this issue,” Seng Theary, executive director of the Center for Social Development, told Kampucha Thmey. “We also wonder where ASEAN got this figure.”

Kek Galabru, president of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, said that incorrect figure is most likely a mistake, but said the government should investigate it. “Otherwise a small problem might turn into a bigger issue,” she said.

Government spokesman and Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said he would investigate, and called for cooler heads in the meantime.

Border disputes are a hot-button political issue in Cambodia, which has some long-standing unresolved boundary conflicts with neighbors Thailand and Vietnam.

Cambodia joined ASEAN in 1999, the last country to gain admittance to the regional geo-political and economic body for Southeast Asia. It was founded in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Other members are Brunei, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

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Building and pest inspections


Vikram Kumar

If you are contemplating purchasing a property for investment purposes or buying a home to live in, there are a lot of different factors that you will need to look into before deciding on your purchase. You may have inspected a particular property with your family and liked the exterior as well as the interior. However, it is important to carry out building and pest inspection to know if there are any problems or repairs that need to be carried out.

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The Inspection will report on the home or property and contain evidence of any building problems or pest infestations or damage. Pool inspections are very important when buying property to make sure they are safe for children. In a lot of cases it is not possible to identify damage in a home with the naked eye. You will require professionals who are experienced in the field to bring their equipment and thermal imaging cameras to locate the infestations that may be spread through the sub floor and other hard to reach areas. You should also be aware if there are any structural faults or if the timber framing in the wall is eaten up by borers or termites. Borers and termites can cause a lot of damage to timber and wood and the repair this damage may end up costing you a huge amount. We are aware that nearly one third of all homes in Australia are prone to pest infestations and therefore it is important to get an experienced licensed company such as Aegis building inspections to carry out an extensive inspection in order to know the true condition of the property. They will also advise you on any other important issues that you may not be aware before the actual purchase. If the property has a pool, it is necessary to get a pool inspection done as well to avoid costly repairs after you purchase. You will be devastated if you learn that repairs are need after you purchase as the cost of repairing defects can amount to a fortune and this may not have been included in your investment plans. Therefore, it is much better to be able to renegotiate after you have the report in hand to help save your valuable hard-earned money. Aegis Building Inspections perform their work in accordance with Australian Standards. They are members of the Housing Industry Association and pioneers in Building and Pest inspections. You can book an appointment or call them to find out more about their services and get quotes from them. Check out their reviews and read the testimonials of customers who have had great results and savings thanks to their prompt and efficient services. They recruit only the most highly trained professionals and their aim is to provide comprehensive and independent reports to help their clients save valuable money. They are also covered by professional indemnity insurance. A building inspection and pest inspection by Aegis Building Inspections will boost your level of confidence in your purchase. Make sure you hire the right personnel to get the job done promptly and efficiently. The report will help you negotiate a better final price with the owner and you can close the deal with their assistance and friendly service. Aegis Building Inspections

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Friday, April 25, 2008

The arsonist responsible for setting fire to the historic Sungnyemun gate (more commonly referred to as Namdaemun gate) in Seoul, South Korea in February has been sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment. The 600-year-old landmark was considred one of the nation’s greatest and most iconic, with some sources describing it as the single most important one in the country.

The 69-year-old male defendant has a previous conviction from two years ago for attempting to torch the Changgyeong palace, for which he received a suspended prison sentence and was fined. It is understood he destroyed the Namdaemun gate and attacked the palace over an unconnected land ownership dispute which had angered him. He felt that the compulsory purchase of his home a decade ago had been inadequatly compensated for by the state.

After the fire, residents left flowers at the scene and wrote grieving notes.

Chae Jong-Gi, who admitted the crime, was told of the seriousness of the offence in a statement by the Seoul district court. “A heavy sentence is inevitable as the accused inflicted unbearable agony on the people and damaged national pride… (The monument was) the treasure among all treasures which had survived all kinds of historic disasters. Even if restored, the gate’s originality will never return. Therefore, the nature and consequences of this crime are very serious,” said the statement.

The man is thought to have selected the gate as a target due to lax security measures. In the fire’s aftermath, officials have been criticised over this and concerns that firefighting efforts were ineffective, and the Cultural Heritage Administration‘s chief resigned to show he accepted responsibility for the blaze.

The two storey gate in pagoda style was constructed in 1398 and despite a 1447 rebuild and multiple renovations still contained original timbers prior to the destruction in the fire. Only the stone base survived.

According to the Cultural Heritage Administration, a reconstruction effort will take two to three years and cost 20 billion won (US$21 million).

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This year, four breeds of dogs are competing for the first time in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States.

The new breeds making their Westminister debuts this year, are the Plott, a hunting hound originally bred by two German immigrant brothers in North Carolina; the Tibetan Mastiff, once described by Marco Polo as “tall as a donkey with a voice as powerful as that of a lion.”; the Beauceron, a herding dog originally bred to herd flocks of sheep in France, later used to sniff out landmines and send messages during the World Wars; and the Swedish Vallhund, a breed dating back to the time of the Vikings, used on farms to catch vermin, herd cattle, and as a guard dog, noted for its double coat and harness markings.

This brings the number of unique breeds competing in the famous dog show to 169.

The Plott, the Beauceron, and the Vallhund were shown on Monday. The Tibetan Mastiff will be shown tonight as part of the Working Group.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Just days away from Halloween, Wikinews interviewed Kristian Hanson, producer-director of independent slasher film Sledge. The film has been a recent source of discussion in horror fan circles, primarily due to its production budget of only US$800. Sledge is Hanson’s fourth film to direct, according to Internet Movie Database.

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Valuable Features and Quality Standards of Caterpillar Parts


Matthew Stopford

Are you looking for quality parts for your tractors or earth moving machines? Then, you need to prefer those Caterpillar parts that are known to offer maximum durability by withstanding extreme levels of pressure. A major advantage of using such parts is that you will be able to achieve high productivity. For instance, there are various accessories available for graders and other earth moving equipments so that a high performance could be obtained from them during different working conditions. Getting more durability too is possible because of the fact that Cat parts are manufactured by taking the exact customer specifications into consideration. Moreover, the power consumption levels will be less in comparison to other appliances using ordinary parts.

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Repair parts and accessories are available for vehicle owners as per custom requirements with several features included. For instance, you can purchase individual accessories for various types of engines including those that run with diesel and natural gas. Meanwhile, you can bank upon used Cat equipment whenever you are unable to spend enough money on the latest set of accessories. Constant output generation is desired in the case of tractors as well. This will help in the handling of heavy loads, which is easily possible with the precise components that are up for sale. Reputed sellers are available online who provide you with required parts’ list whenever needed. Meanwhile, necessary parts for forklifts and cranes too are available, which are made of heavy-duty metal. Never compromise with the quality standards in case of such parts as it will result in the engineering works getting hampered. The requirement of a robust engine and body parts is very much there in order to ensure that the work continues on a constant basis. Another major feature of these parts is that they are able to function with utmost precision levels without getting damaged even after prolonged use. The maintenance aspect too could be kept to a minimum extent offering you more savings. There are reconditioned parts available as well that offer you best performance. High quality equipment parts are offered for excavators and loaders as well. Also, used parts too are in great demand because the quality of features obtained will remain intact. Online manual provided by certain manufacturers will help you in choosing the exact kind of accessories you require for your machinery. Great discounts are offered on select models depending upon the criteria you specify. Going through the informative reviews available regarding genuine Caterpillar parts will allow you to take a better decision.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Facebook hired a public relations firm to systematically discredit Google by paying two journalists to plant negative pieces in U.S. newspapers, leaked correspondence discloses. The new revelations are likely to increase tension between the two companies, which are already fierce rivals.

The social network has confirmed the validity of the leaked emails, seen by Wikinews, which suggest executives at the social networking giant hired Burson-Marsteller, a high profile PR and communications firm, to discredit Social Circle, a rival website run by Google. Burson-Marsteller then recruited two journalists — Jim Goldman and John Mercurio — to push editors at The Washington Post and USA Today to publish editorials criticising Social Circle over its privacy settings. The story was exposed after Burson-Marsteller approached a blogger to publish the propaganda, but the blogger posted the correspondence online.

Burson-Marsteller has been forced to apologize for taking on Facebook as a client, admitting the orders to discredit Google violated company policy. “The assignment on those terms should have been declined,” a spokesperson said. The revelations are likely to be incredibly damaging for the firm, who have represented a number of controversial clients in the past. Facebook, however, said the allegations against Google were valid, insisting there were genuine privacy concerns with Social Circle. Google has declined to comment on the issue.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

A reporter from Wikinews recently interviewed Jim Babka, chair of Libertarian organization Downsize DC. The organization claims to have arranged for 22,158 people to send a message regarding the “American Freedom Agenda Act” proposed by Ron Paul, in addition to supporting many other laws. The full text of the interview can be found below.

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