Mujahideen Shura Council claims responsibility for various attacks in Iraq
Mujahideen Shura Council claims responsibility for various attacks in Iraq

Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Mujahideen Shura Council, in seven communiqués issued amongst nearly two dozen between today, April 28, 2006 and yesterday, claims responsibility for a suicide bombing in al-Basra targeting British forces, several bombings and sniper attacks targeting American and Iraqi forces, and the attempted murder of the Iraqi Minister of Interior.

1. On Friday, April 21, 2006, a suicide bomber detonated himself on a gathering of British forces in al-Basra, allegedly destroying three vehicles and killing their occupants.

2. The second message states that the judge of appeals of al-Najaf court was assassinated Tuesday, April 25, and his weapon and car were confiscated.

3. An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated on the motorcade of the Iraqi Minister of Interior in an attempted assassination in Baghdad. In this third message, the group states: “We ask Allah to help us to get his head the next time”.

4. On Wednesday, April 26 an IED was detonated on a “Crusader” armored vehicle in al-Mosul, destroying it and killing its occupants.

5. The fifth communiqué indicates that a rocket was fired at an American Humvee in al-Ameriya on April 24.

6. A “cross soldier” was purported to have been sniped in al-Ameriya on April 24.

7. The seventh communiqué states that two American soldiers were sniped in al-Ameriya on Saturday, April 22.

How To Install An Ultraviolet (Uv) Light Water Filter

By C. Reid Thornley B.Sc.

Many rural homeowners depend on a water well to provide their family with a safe and clean water source for drinking, food preparation, and for washing. Unfortunately many people discover that their once pristine well water has become contaminated with bacteria. This can happen when septic beds are placed too close to the well, or when surface water is allowed to enter the well cap.

At this point most homeowners look to modern technology to rid them of the bacterial contamination in their well. For many homeowners the top choice is an Ultraviolet (UV) water purification device. Installing a UV system is straightforward and only requires limited plumbing and technical expertise.

The first step to installing a UV system is determining where it should go. Ideally a model should be chosen that is capable of treating the water for the whole home. A model that will treat 10 gallons per minute will usually suffice. The ultraviolet system is plumbed on the main water line and should be the last piece of water purification equipment before the water is piped to the rest of the home. So, if a water softener or iron filter is present, the ultraviolet system should sit after the softener. It’s also important to note that a 5-micron sediment filter must be installed before all UV systems. The typical order of equipment for a home with a well is: well pump, pressure tank, water softener, 5-micron filter, UV system, tap.

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From an installation standpoint, a UV system is really just a glorified piece of threaded pipe. Most home systems will have 3/4″ NPT nipples. It’s best to plumb the UV system with copper. UV light will quickly break down plastic to the point of failure so it’s not advisable to plumb the UV system with PVC or flexible plastic tubing. Many professional installers will use unions so that the UV system can be easily removed if servicing is required in the future. When attaching the unions or other fittings remember to use three or four passes of teflon tape to ensure a good seal. A putty crayon can also be used with equally successful results. Make sure the ultraviolet system is installed with enough clearance to allow the UV lamp to be inserted and removed. UV lamps need to be replaced yearly.

UV systems require standard 120V AC power. It’s always best to use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet when powering a device that is exposed to water. It’s also ideal to locate the power receptacle above the water lines. This way if any leaks occur, or when you change the UV lamp, water can’t run down the power cord into the receptacle. If you live in an area that experiences regular power interruptions it’s also a very good idea to plug the UV system into a surge suppressor. This may save you from having to replace the UV system’s expensive power supply.

The final step in the installation of a UV system is shocking all the household plumbing with bleach. By passing bleach through all the plumbing lines in the home the installer ensures that water that is treated by the UV system can’t be re-contaminated by bacteria growing in the plumbing lines. The easiest way to shock the lines is to open the 5-micron filter housing, remove the filter cartridge, and fill the filter sump with regular household bleach. Screw the sump back onto the filter housing and now go to each tap, toilet, faucet, and hose bib in the house and run it until you smell bleach. You may have to refill the filter sump with bleach several times. Once all of the lines are full of the bleach-water mixture it’s best to wait about two hours and then flush all lines with water until the bleach smell is gone. Remember to put the 5-micron filter cartridge back in the housing.

Remember, even though the UV lamp is not “burned out” after a year, it must still be replaced. UV lamps lose intensity over time and after a year a lamp does not have enough intensity to ensure that your water is being treated properly.

About the Author: C. Reid Thornley is a B.Sc. Biology and a former research associate for a world class water purification manufacturer. He has been a presenter for the US Water Quality Association and he now owns and operates

aQuatell – Ultraviolet (UV) Water Filters, Water Softeners, Reverse Osmosis Systems, Water Distillers, and Water Softners



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UEFA Cup 2007–08: Kahn, Klose out; Podolski in
UEFA Cup 2007–08: Kahn, Klose out; Podolski in

Monday, October 1, 2007

Bayern Munich‘s #1 goalkeeper Oliver Kahn striker Miroslav Klose have been ruled out of Thursday’s UEFA Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg match against Portugal’s Belenenses. Lukas Podolski has been ruled available after an injury scare. Kahn and Klose join Philipp Lahm, Willy Sagnol, José Ernesto Sosa and Valérien Ismael.

Oliver Kahn will require elbow surgery and will be out for five weeks.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcell Jansen and Luca Toni didn’t practice today for precautionary reasons.

Michael Rensing will replace Oliver Kahn in net while it’s not known what formation Ottmar Hitzfeld will use on Thursday.


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Eric Bogosian on writing and the creative urge
Eric Bogosian on writing and the creative urge

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Eric Bogosian is one of America’s great multi-dimensional talents. “There’s sort of three different careers, and any one of them could exist by itself, on its own two feet. There was that solo stuff, and then I started writing plays in the late seventies.” Although his work has spanned genres, most readers will recognize Bogosian for his acting, which has included a memorable performance in Woody Allen‘s Deconstructing Harry to co-writing and starring in the Oliver Stone movie Talk Radio (based upon his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play) to playing the bad guy in Under Siege 2 to his current role in Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Captain Danny Ross. They may not know, however, that he had collaborated with Frank Zappa on a album, worked with Sonic Youth, and was a voice on Mike Judge‘s Beavis & Butthead Do America. He started one of New York City’s largest dance companies, The Kitchen, which is still in existence. He starred alongside Val Kilmer in Wonderland and his play Talk Radio was recently revived on Broadway with Liev Schreiber in the role Bogosian wrote and made famous.

Currently at work on his third novel, tentatively titled The Artist, Bogosian spoke with David Shankbone about the craft of writing and his life as a creative.


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Locally designed, low emissions car launched in Qatar
Locally designed, low emissions car launched in Qatar

Friday, November 30, 2012

Qatari non-profit organization Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) launched a low emissions car at the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in Doha. The car was designed and developed in Qatar.

Revealed during a press conference at the Qatar National Convention Centre, the car in addition to an internal combustion engine, includes an automotive thermoelectric generator designed to capture waste heat to produce hydrogen. GORD expects the heat waste collecting system to be compatible with any gasoline or compressed natural gas car.

GORD chairman Dr Al-Horr summarised the key concepts of the invention in a statement saying, “Our car produces electricity at no cost by capturing thermal waste energy, reducing costs and eliminating the need for an external source of electricity. Also, bulky compressed-hydrogen cylinders are a thing of the past, as our concept accomplishes the production of hydrogen by using water through fuel cells integrated within the car.”

Most of the energy in Qatari vehicle comes from the the car’s gasoline tank, supplemented by a thin film photo-voltaic panel on the roof. Normally in a combustion engine, chemical energy stored in a fuel, such as gasoline, is converted into heat energy through combustion. This heat energy is then converted into mechanical energy, manifested as an increase in pressure in the combustion chamber due to the kinetic energy of the combustion gases. The kinetic energy of these combustion gases are then converted into work; because of the inefficiencies in converting chemical energy into useful work, internal combustion engines have a theoretical maximum effiecincy of 37% (with what is achievable in day to day applications being about half of this). Of the chemical energy in the consumed fuel used by an internal combustion engine 40% is dissipated as waste heat. However, the Qatari vehicle uses a thermoelectric generator to convert this waste heat into electricity. Such generators are used in space vehicles, and produce electricity when thermoelectric materials are subjected to a temperature gradient, the greater the gradient the greater the amount of electrcity produced. In the GORD vehicle the electricity produced is used to electrolyse potable water to produce hydrogen which can be introduced into the vehicle’s existing fuel system.

The researchers showed that the heat waste collection engine caused a decrease in the car’s emissions, including a decrease of carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide emissions by more than 50%, the fuel efficiency increasing by 20%. On its website, GORD said that the heat waste collector engine is universal, “Any car can be adapted to accommodate the system as it doesn’t alter any electro-mechanical systems”.

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Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling found guilty
Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling found guilty

Thursday, May 25, 2006

A jury in Houston found Former Enron Corp. CEOs Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling guilty of 6 kinds of white-collar crime on May 25. Lay was convicted of all ten counts against him, while Skilling was convicted of only nineteen of the charged twenty-eight counts. The variety of charges on which both men were convicted was astonishing; conspiracy, wire fraud, false statements to banks and auditors, and others. Both men now face many years in prison.

Outside the courtroom, Skilling continued to proclaim his innocence. “Obviously, I’m disappointed, but that’s the way the system works,” Skilling said after the verdict. He is expected to appeal. Lay did not immediately speak to reporters outside the courtroom.

The verdict was reached on the sixth day of deliberations after a four-month-long trial and brings to a close the first of the wave of accounting scandals earlier in the decade. The verdict also represents another major victory for the government, which has successfully prosecuted a number of high-profile executives involved in accounting scandals, as well as obtained sixteen guilty pleas from former Enron executives.

Sentencing has been set for September 11, 2006. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake ordered Lay to post a $5 million bond and surrender his passport before leaving the courtroom.

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3 Reasons To Try Out A Vampire Gold Grill

byAlma Abell

If you’re into accessorizing in new and creative ways, you might want to try out the vampire gold grill. This glitz and glamour piece can really give that sparkle to your teeth. Picture yourself with these golden vampire teeth today! It’s a simple and easy process to get these when you connect with a great supplier. Here are three great reasons for you to get yourself a set.

It’s One of the Latest Trends

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If you’re into rap and hip hop, chances are that one of your favorite stars has worn these teeth accessories. Celebrities like Beyoncé and Rihanna are among the big names to be seen wearing these grillz, but you don’t have to be a celeb to don a pair as well. There are now many grillz available in a wide range of prices and a lot of variety.

It Allows You to Be Adventurous

Accessorizing allows you to be adventurous and explore a new level of creativity. With the vampire gold grill, you can look the part for a Halloween party or for any special function as you desire. It’s a whole lot of fun, so you can join in on this exploding fashion trend. Why not try an unexpected color or a piece with diamond dust? The options are truly limitless.

You Have Complete Control of the Result

Thanks to technology and great customer service, you can now get your grill custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly. The process doesn’t usually take too long, and on receiving your teeth mold, your custom manufacturer can get started creating a one-of-a-kind piece for you. The other great thing about grillz is that they are easy to put on and remove. You don’t have to wear them continually, and it is actually recommended that you limit your time with them on. Contact Gotgrillz for more information.

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World’s largest package delivery service to cut 1,800 jobs
World’s largest package delivery service to cut 1,800 jobs

Saturday, January 9, 2010

United Parcel Service (UPS), the world’s largest package delivery service, has announced that it will cut 1,800 administrative and managerial jobs.

The firm, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is to reorganise its five regions into three, and slash the number of districts to twenty from 46, in addition to the job cuts. The company currently has 340,000 people in its employ.

Economic analysts are paying considerable attention to the financial status of UPS, as many see a large connection between the overall state of the US economy and the amount of parcels shipped.

“They’re not cutting sales jobs, they’re cutting back office jobs. They take out back office, they take out cost,” commented Helane Becker, an analyst for Jesup & Lamont Securities.

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