By Jesse Akre

If its a functional dining space that you want, then you need to have all the pieces of the puzzle to make that happen. That includes the going with the right lighting, making sure your spaces dcor is inviting, and last but not least, having the right dinette set in place.

Without a dinette set, your dining space will not be complete because you need a functional spot where you can serve meals for not only your family, but any friends or guests you might have over.

The nice thing about a dinette set is that it is the complete package so you dont have to worry about having to find a table that matches certain chairs or vice versa because with one of these, all the work is done for you. It comes with a table and matching chairs, providing you with a great surface for serving those meals while also giving everyone a nice, comfortable place to take it easy thanks to those chairs. Especially, if you get chairs that have plush seats and backs, there are even ones that have armrests too.

Now, you might not know it, but there are dinette set selections available in all sorts of styles and designs, making it easy to find just the right one to fit your style and your space. Like, maybe you have a modern feel going on in your dining room. Then, you could go with a selection that has that same feel, featuring sleek, symmetrical lines. Or, if your space is more on the antique side, then a great way to go would be one that has elegant scroll or wood work. There are many other style options available as well, including those that have a simple, traditional feel, others that are more on the contemporary side, and there are even ones that combine styles, creating lovely transitional pieces that would work well in any setting.

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The reason where there are so many styles and designs offered by manufacturers is because a dinette set can be made from all sorts of materials that are then finished off in a number of lovely ways. For example, the one that has a modern feel would most likely be crafted out of a combination of metal and glass, featuring like a stainless steel base that has a brushed finish that complements a glass table top. The one that is on the antique side would probably be made from wood that has a dark cherry finish. Basically, there are a lot of choices to choose from, so many that it would be silly to list them all.

For an easy way to check out all the different options, the thing to do is to hit the Internet for some online shopping.

Its fast and convenient since you dont even have to leave your home to do it. Plus, you will probably end up finding what you want at the best prices possible, which is really great if you like to bargain shop.

Ultimately, if you want a functional dining space, then you need to have everything in place and that includes the right dinette set. There are many lovely options to choose from, all of which will be sure to please. Get yours today so you can enjoy your space tomorrow.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pakistan has lifted a ban on the video-sharing website YouTube, which was said to be brought in after a video offensive to Islam was uploaded to the site. According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the offending material was in relation to a trailer for a film by Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician.

The PTA ordered the country’s 70 internet service providers to ban YouTube. However, their actions mistakenly blocked the site on other international ISPs, preventing many countries’ access to the popular site for around two hours.

Wilders is expected to release a movie about violence in Islamic culture. The film called Fitna would be set ‘inside’ the Koran, with a book frame surrounding the images and a mix of Koran verses with footage of executions and other violence in Islamic countries such as Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

In the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fear that the release of the movie might trigger a worldwide surge of violence. It is expected that the film will show the destruction of a Koran, which is “tantamount to heresy” in Islam, according to the FBI/DHS report. The Dutch Prime Minister has said that the movie has caused a serious crisis situation, with several Dutch embassies and companies abroad worrying about safety. Wilders has previously declared that the Koran should be banned, and he has compared it to Hitler‘s Mein Kampf.

The PTA has also blocked websites depicting the controversial cartoons of Muhammad published by a Danish newspaper in 2006 that also sparked violence in the Muslim world. Some of the cartoons have recently been reprinted.

This is not the first time a country has moved to block YouTube. Turkey and Thailand both chose to temporarily ban the sites, as did Morocco which blocked the site after a video criticising the country’s treatment of Western Saharans was uploaded.

Friday, November 7, 2014 Albuquerque, New Mexico — Online entertainment is a booming market, and plenty of players are making their play; back in March of this year The Walt Disney Company bought the multi-channel network Maker Studios. What is web entertainment, and the arts therein? And, who are the people venturing into this field? Wikinews interviewed Mario Lucero and Isabel Ruiz, the founders of Heaven Sent Gaming, a small entertainment team. This group has been responsible for several publications, within several different media formats; one successful example was aywv, a gaming news website, which was #1 in Gaming on YouTube in 2009, from September to November; Heaven Sent Gaming was also the subject of a referential book, released in 2014, entitled Internet Legends – Heaven Sent Gaming.


  • 1 General questions
    • 1.1 Influences
    • 1.2 Religion
  • 2 Media-related questions
    • 2.1 Comics
    • 2.2 Games
    • 2.3 Music
    • 2.4 Novels
    • 2.5 Video
    • 2.6 Web
  • 3 Closing questions
  • 4 Sources
  • 5 External links

Monday, October 1, 2007

Brian Jackson is running for the Ontario Liberal Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Oxford riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

By Daniel Sommer

The War on Terror for the United States began after a sequence of attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. These terrorist attacks left the most powerful nation in the world on its heels and reeling from the audacity of al-Qaida to launch a terrorist attack inside our borders. Subsequently, these asymmetric events have redefined how we as a nation must revisit security strategies to secure our homeland.

Security industry and security management officials alike have banded together with the government to develop and implement effective strategic security solutions. For example, homeland security professionals around the country after 9/11 began to form partnerships with the private sector to close knowledge gaps. Academia stepped in and developed advanced homeland security courses for private and public first-line supervisors and homeland security seniors. From offering a security industry degree or security management degree to public safety or first responder degrees, colleges and universities created momentum for the post-9/11 era of public-private partnerships in the security arena.

Historically, the United States has depended on its geographic location as a natural defense against foreign intruders, and ?we were able to treat national security as essentially an out-of-body experience. When confronted by threats, we dealt with them on the turf of our allies or our adversaries. Aside from the occasional disaster and heinous crime, civilian life at home has been virtually terror-free.’

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Security Management Degree Program: Cost vs. Strategic Value Today’s security professional needs to understand that the complex threat environment is now focused in local communities and not on some obscure battlefield in a faraway country. The professional knowledge and skill-level required to devise and execute strategic security plans at this level, to direct operational response plans expediently, are offered within many security management degree programs. The combination of specialized knowledge and real-world experience is a critical litmus test of faculty at institutions that claim to offer top dollar security industry degree programs. Students need to be sure that they are going to walk away from any education in security with the strategic skills in management and communication they need to become top-level policy and decision makers.

Strategic Security: A Fine Balance of Risk and Opportunity As internationally renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier has properly observed, ‘Security is all about trade-offs, but when the stakes are considered infinitely high, the whole equation gets thrown out of kilter.’ These ‘trade-offs’ have received serious criticisms, thus, placing the government and its various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in a challenging position of protecting almost 300 million people against future terrorist attacks while simultaneously striving to protect and maintain their constitutional rights. This fine balance of risk and opportunity is present in the mind of every homeland security manager and even those in the private sector security industry.

Even the most advanced security industry degree and security management degree programs face extreme difficulty to provide curricula necessary to enrich and empower current and future security professionals with the knowledge and skills to make appropriate decisions under intense pressure where hundreds or thousands of lives are potentially at stake.

Conclusion There are many similarities between federal, state, and local security management degree programs and private sector security industry degree programs. While there are several courses of action available to prevent and counter future terrorist attacks, both types of programs place a premium on understanding the strategic nature of the terrorist threat to the homeland. Furthermore, the education of antiterrorism measures to the general public also will help in heightening daily situational awareness and provide a much needed perspective on the very real daily threat that will continue to combine the need for security with maintaining the constitutional freedoms inherent to our democratic nation.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

A University of Calgary research team developed a new method for extracting carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the air — a fundamental shift in carbon capture technology enabling capture of the most common greenhouse gas from so-called diffuse sources like aircraft, trucks and automobiles that represent half of the greenhouse gases emitted globally.

Professor David Keith, Director of University of Calgary’s (UofC) Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) and a team of researchers from UofC’s Energy and Environmental Systems Group built and operated a prototype system this summer producing results that compared favourably with commercial carbon capture systems. Two ‘provisional’ patents have been filed on the technology but Keith warns there are still “many pitfalls along the path to commercialization.”

Using a process adapted from the pulp-and-paper industry that halves the cost of CO2 air capture in their custom-built tower, Professor Keith and his team captured the equivalent of about 20 tonnes per year of CO2 (approximately equal to the yearly output of one person in North America) directly from the air with less than 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity per tonne of carbon dioxide on a single square metre of scrubbing material.

“This means that if you used electricity from a coal-fired power plant, for every unit of electricity you used to operate the capture machine, you’d be capturing 10 times as much CO2 as the power plant emitted making that much electricity,” explains Professor Keith.

A report co-authored by Keith in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology explains “nearly all current research on carbon capture and storage (CCS) focuses on capturing CO2 from large, stationary sources such as power plants. Such plans usually entail separating CO2 from flue gas, compressing it, and transporting it via pipeline to be [stored] underground.”

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Using CO2 air capture technology, “a company could, in principle, contract with an oil sands plant near Fort McMurray to remove CO2 from the air and could build its air capture plant wherever it’s cheapest — China, for example — and the same amount of CO2 would be removed,” says Professor Keith in a UofC press release.

“While it’s important to get started doing things we know how to do, like wind power, nuclear power, and ‘regular’ carbon capture and storage,” Professor Keith continues, “it’s also vital to start thinking about radical new ideas and approaches to solving this problem.”

ISEEE’s Executive Director David Layzell points out that “energy-efficient and cost-effective air capture could play a valuable role in complementing other approaches for reducing emissions from the transportation sector, such as biofuels or electric vehicles.”

Saturday, March 1, 2008

While nearly all coverage of the 2008 Presidential election has focused on the Democratic and Republican candidates, the race for the White House also includes independents and third party candidates. These parties represent a variety of views that may not be acknowledged by the major party platforms.

Wikinews has impartially reached out to these candidates, throughout the campaign. We now interview independent Presidential candidate Frank Moore, a performance artist.

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If youre an in market hybrid car shopper or in the midst of researching a new purchase of an energy efficient car, there are plenty of things to keep in mind.

First, you will want to examine the specific hybrids estimated gas mileage and be sure to ask when the gasoline engine kicks in, too. You may find that if you drive a lot of highway miles at faster speeds and the gas engine kicks in at 35 mph, you may not save as much money on fuel as you expected.

Youll also want to consider any tax saving credits that being offered. There is a federal income tax credit (up to $3,400) given on the first 60,000 hybrid models sold. After that benchmark is met, the credit is gradually phased out. maintains a list of eligible vehicles and the current tax credits available, but you should also confirm with your dealership.

Also, you may want to think about hybrid car insurance. Some insurance companies offer a discount on hybrid car insurance others do not. Hybrid cars are still relatively new to the marketplace, and shopping around for discounts that come with hybrid car insurance will pay off in the long run.

To be truly eco-friendly, youll also want to check the green rating for that particular hybrid car. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), four of the top 12 greenest vehicles of 2008, feature hybrid powertrain engines. However, there is a bigger environmental impact to consider. Some of the hybrids feature nickel batteries, which cause more long-term environmental damage than their gasoline counterparts. If you are interested in a hybrid car, be an informed consumer and check the air pollution scores, greenhouse gas scores, and other features that impact the environment.

Be aware that as a result of the growing popularity of hybrid cars, especially the Prius, you may pay over-sticker price because of the demand. You may also have a hard time locating the exact model you want, or be placed on a waiting list.

The best-selling hybrid cars of 2008 include:

Toyota Prius

With a $21,500 base sticker price, the Toyota Prius isnt exactly cheap. However, its still a reasonably affordable hybrid car option for many consumers, especially after factoring in the fuel savings achieved due to the Prius 45 city/48 hwy mpg rating by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is classified as the most fuel efficient car in the U.S.

Currently the best-selling hybrid car, the Toyota Prius has been embraced by Hollywood its a favorite among celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, Larry David, Julia Robers, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Harrison Ford.

Many Prius owners claim to achieve over 60 mpg, and those employing hypermiling techniques may fare even better. For consumers averaging much less, the Prius sounds like a gift from heaven. However, the Toyota Prius may take some getting used to.

Overall, getting into a Toyota Prius seems more like entering a spaceship than an automobile. However, once you get beyond its odd shape, youll find alarge on-dash computer screen offering instant feedback on your gas mileage, as well as a rearview camera (youll need it in this vehicle due to blind spots). And you may miss other options, like a sunroof, which reduces fuel economy, too.

Honda Civic Hybrid

The Honda Civic Hybrid car has an EPA-estimated city/highway rating of 40 city/45 hwy mpg and a base sticker price of $22,600, comparable to that of the Toyota Prius. The Honda Civic hybrid features an Advanced Technology Partial-Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV) rating, which is the most stringent emission standard achieved by a gasoline-powered vehicle in the U.S. In fact, it is classified as one of the most fuel efficient cars in America, along with the Toyota Prius.

In terms of looks, its hard to tell the standard Honda Civic from its hybrid counterpart. They are nearly identical.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid car has a base sticker price of $25,650 and is a good option for those looking for a little more luxury and fuel efficiency. It looks like the standard Toyota Camry on the road, but offers a quieter ride due to the special acoustic-dampening windshield made to absorb road noise.

The Toyota Camry hybrid car has an EPA-estimated city/highway rating of 33 city/34 hwy mpg rating, which not as good as either the Prius or Civic Hybrid cars. However, as a mid-size sedan, it offers room for the entire family.

Ford Escape Hybrid SUV

Known as the most fuel efficient SUV on earth, the Ford Escape Hybrid SUV has an EPA-estimated city/highway rating of 34 city/30 hwy mpg rating and base sticker price of $26,640. Its available in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive, and features a tough, rugged look, although technically its still considered a cross-over vehicle.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Ford Escape hybrid is ranked 15 out of 27 in terms of affordable compact SUVs, a few spots below the gasoline version. The new 2008 model was redesigned to provide a more comfortable rise and mature appearance.

Overall, the Ford Escape hybrid has received good, thumbs-up reviews in publications ranging from the New York Times to Newsday.

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  • 1 Wikinews News Brief, March 04 2008
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Events of worldwide notability, military action, disasters etc.
      • 1.2.1 Computer documents suggest link between Chavez and FARC
      • 1.2.2 Medvedev becomes Russian president-elect
      • 1.2.3 At least 40 killed by bombing in Pakistan
      • 1.2.4 United Nations condemns Palestinian rocket attacks and Israel’s ‘disproportionate’ response
    • 1.3 Non-disastrous local events with notable impact and dead celebrities
      • 1.3.1 Canadian musician Jeff Healey dies of cancer
      • 1.3.2 Nepali goddess retires at age 11
    • 1.4 Sports
      • 1.4.1 National Hockey League news: March 3, 2008
    • 1.5 Footer




Sunday, October 29, 2017

A battle is brewing between Ottawa city hall and residents of Vanier, Ottawa. The city has recommended a zoning change to accomodate the building of a 350-bed $50-million facility in Vanier proposed by the Salvation Army, which aims to address the needs of homeless people. Residents who met yesterday, however, believe the Housing First approach should be maintained. This followed a CBC report about a landlord who suffered a large loss after renting to a formerly homeless tenant through the Housing First Landlord Partnership Program.

The landlord found his Vanier apartment has suffered thousands of dollars of damage and was littered with flies, maggots, garbage and feces. The landlord had agreed to lease the property to the tenant as part of the Housing First program run by the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the Salvation Army, meant to get Ottawa’s homeless off the streets. The landlord claimed that the agents who invited him to participate in this program misrepresented the risks involved.

The landlord, Nitin Mehra, 32, said that the Salvation Army pitched the Ottawa Housing First Landlord Partnership Program (LPP) to him, saying if he allowed the homeless man to rent one of his units, they would send a caseworker to check on him once a week and provide cleaning services. According to the Salvation Army, their sole duty is to match participants with landlords. The Salvation Army’s brochure on the program reads “The Housing Case Managers conduct a minimum of one home visit per week.”

According to Mehra, he first learned something was wrong a few months into the lease, when an appraiser reported a drop in the value of the building and asked if it had been a drug den. Mehra visited the apartment and found it covered with a “knee-deep” layer of garbage including rotten food mixed with maggots and flies. When Mehra contacted the Canadian Mental Health Association to speak with his tenant’s caseworker, he found that the caseworker had never met the tenant, which the caseworker attributed to a large caseload.

According to Mehra, in spring, a Salvation Army worker invited Mehra to participate in the LPP, but the only paperwork he signed was the lease and he was not provided with any other supporting paperwork.

“It’s a botched program,” Mehra told the press. “The city’s heart was in the right place, but they just did not execute it well at all.” Tim Richter, the CEO of Alliance to End Homelessness, said of this matter, “These kind of incidents are exceedingly, exceedingly rare.”

Mehra asked the tenant to leave and then changed the locks. The tenant is now homeless again. “Awful, shameful, embarrassed,” Mehra described the experience. “I kept up with my end of the bargain. I gave a safe, clean place to live. The city did not keep their end of the bargain at all. Now somebody’s on the street and I’m embarrassed.”

According to Mehra, a contractor estimated the cost of cleaning the apartment alone would run to C$3500, not including repairs or replacement appliances, but no one has offered to pay the costs of repair. According to executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ottawa branch, Tim Simboli, the tenant was the one responsible for the damage to the apartment.

In the meantime a 350-bed project that is intended by the Salvation Army to include 140 emergency-beds located in Vanier, is being stalled at the planning stage by objections of Vanier residents who believe the Housing First is the best solution to the homelessness problem.


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