Canberra central business district trials urinals

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Canberra CBD Limited (CCBD) released data this week about a urinal trial in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)’s Central Business District (CBD) this past weekend that showed the temporary urinals collected 220 litres of urine in a four day period between 7pm and 7am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Estimates showed that 1,200 men relieved themselves in this period, with 450 of them doing so on Saturday night.

A number of businesses in the CBD had complained about men using storefronts and streets to relieve themselves despite the possibility of AU$200 on-the-spot fines. 277 people have been fined in the territory in the past year, with 228 of them being fined for public urination in the CBD.

The urinals were placed in a number of public places including Verity Lane, at the bus interchange on the corner of Alinga Street and Verity Lane, and on City Walk near the corner of Saraton Lane. They have small doors at hip level to provide some degree of privacy despite their very public location. Barcham, writing on The Riot-ACT, notes the privacy afforded to men is limited as the doors appear to be for very short men, saying “The doors sit well below ‘business’ level, meaning they won’t actually provide privacy to anyone over 5 foot tall.”

The urinal trial is scheduled to continue over Easter weekend. In a press release issued by CCBD, CCBD’s chief executive officer is quoted as saying, “Canberra CBD is focussed[sic] on providing a clean and safe city for the broader Canberra community. […] This urinal trial is not a permanent solution, rather a trial to provide data for decision making purposes.”

Before the start of the trial, CCBD said if the trial proved successful, the ACT government could consider making the urinals a permanent fixture in the CBD. Kros Urinals is maintaining the urinals.

A survey on the Canberra Times website found 43% of respondents liked the idea of the urinals and wanted them to become permanent while only 13% thought the answer was not urinals but more policing for public urination.

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

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.

University of Southern California spit test predicts cavities

Monday, February 21, 2005

Los Angeles, California —A simple saliva test can predict whether children will get cavities, how many cavities they will get and which teeth are most vulnerable.

Developed by researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the test quantifies the genetic component of tooth decay, spotting the risk when something can be done about it.

“When we apply this to young children, it allows us to predict what might be their future caries history—the number of cavities that they’ll get by, say, their late 20s or early 30s,” says researcher Paul Denny.

Called the Caries Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) test, the test measures the relative proportions in saliva of different types of sugar chains called oligosaccharides. The same sugar chains are present on tooth surfaces.

The effect of sugar chains on teeth’s resistance to disease is analogous to the effect of “good” and “bad” cholesterol on blood vessels. “Good” sugar chains tend to repel bacteria that cause cavities while “bad” allow bacteria to bond to teeth and start the decay process. Unlike cholesterol, however, sugar chain makeup in humans is 100% genetically determined.

Denny and colleagues have found that the sugar chain makeup in saliva can predict a child’s future cavity history to plus or minus one cavity with greater than 98% confidence.

The findings suggest that in developed areas of the modern era genes play a more significant role in tooth decay than in former times or third world nations where gross malnutrition and negligent oral hygiene held the greatest impact on dental health.


Barcode Benefits Improving Accuracy, Tracking And Inventory

byAlma Abell

Custom Barcode Labels are becoming the industry norm for use in warehousing, inventory and tracking. Here are some of the key benefits of custom barcode labels.

About Barcodes

Barcodes also known as universal product codes (UPC) have actually been around since the early 70’s. This might be surprising to some who only remember them appearing as the code used to scan groceries. Barcodes have applications beyond the retail industry and can be used as a valuable tool in warehousing, mail and parcel services and industry from manufacturing to consumer contact. Barcodes have now become the industry norm wherever use is warranted.

The Role of Barcodes

Most businesses love using custom barcode labels as they reduce the occurrence of human error allowing for far more accuracy in many uses. In fact, from the actual assignment of numbers to bar codes you have control over errors due to check digit safeguards. This means from the onset of use to the items final destination each barcode is trackable. Reduced errors in recording information through scanning also allows for efficient, accurate counts as well as an easy way for warehouses to record what is being packed and received. Scanning bar codes is usually used to collect information in real time which makes inventory checks in national retailers easier. This means many retailers can allow their customers to check their website to find the store closest to them to see if the item is in stock.

Reduction in Staff Requirements

Barcodes can also allow you to hire people with less experience. Because fewer skills are required for scanning compared to traditional procedures such as data input or counting and recording information manually you can first reduce your labor force and secondly hire those with lower expectations for pay. This in turn can reduce your overall labor costs.

The Benefits of Barcodes

In a nutshell, barcodes provide the following benefits to your business:

* They provide accuracy, efficiency and count in real time* They can reduce labor related costs* They can be used by anyone with simple scanning techniques* They increase the speed in which information can be collected* Easier management of resources

Barcodes are the must have tool for almost any business who has inventory or even that sends and receives packages on a daily basis.

‘Bright’ idea lights its way to win NASA contest

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

NASA Tech Briefs INSIDER newsletter 02/05/08 reports that the winner of the $20,000 first prize in the agency’s “Create the Future” contest is an invention called “Litroenergy”, the luminous output of micro particle “Litrospheres.” Their self-luminance reportedly endures for over 12 years. The spheres are inexpensive, making them useful in many ways. The emitted light is said to be equivalent to a 40 watt bulb, sufficient for reading.

The invention is reported to safely encapsulate a small quantity of electron-emitting tritium with light emitting phosphors inside a robust microscopic sphere. Mixed into paints, plastic films or adhesive tape the spheres can be applied to surfaces for under a dollar per square foot. The maker suggests they will find first use in safety applications such as exit signage and aircraft corridor marking.

Brazilian Minister of Culture says that he smoked marijuana until the age of 50

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

The Brazilian Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, aged 62, said that he smoked marijuana until he was 50. In addition he defended the decriminalization of drug’s consumption.

Gil took part in a press conference with journalists of Folha de São Paulo on Monday (May, 30). During the interview the Brazilian minister asked:”Why should [drugs] be forbidden?” He added that the drugs problem should be handled as a matter of public health. Gil had already defended the idea of decriminalization during a interview with Brazilian magazine Veja.

Gilberto Gil, and the drummer Chiquinho Azevedo, were arrested in 1976 in Florianópolis because they were carrying marijuana.

There is no consensus on decriminalization among Brazilians. Some people, like this Brazilian Anti-drugs website, believe that psychoactive drugs are dangerous and can lead to health problems, including chemical dependence.

One week after quake, geologists fear Mount Merapi eruption

Sunday, June 4, 2006

An Indonesian government volcanologist reports that Mount Merapi spewed lava and ash many times on Saturday, renewing fears of a devastating volcanic eruption.

Government geologist Subandriyo said that Merapi’s lava dome has swelled 56 feet (17 m) in the past week to a height of 330 feet (100 m), raising fears that it could collapse and release a pyroclastic flow of hot gases and rock fragments burning everything in its path. The quake is believed to contribute to the growing instability of the lava dome, scientists said.

The mountain also sent about 90 trails of molten lava down its western slope on Thursday, said geologist Tri Yani.

The announcement comes one week after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Yogyakarta, killing at least 6,000 people and injuring tens of thousands more. Since then, the region has experienced over one thousand aftershocks – most were weak, but some were strong enough to jolt villagers awake in the area.

Villagers in the vicinity of the mountain have started performing ancient religious rituals aimed at averting an eruption. The royally appointed guardian of the mountain, “Mbah” Maridjan, was reported to have led a silent procession of about 100 people on a march around a village near the volcano.