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By Lee Dobbins

For people who are looking to have a warm earthy feeling to their kitchen along with the simplicity of nature then country kitchen decorating theme is the way to go. Today the country kitchen look has become one of the more popular interior decorating designs being used at is provides an overall welcoming and friendly feeling to a very important area of the home.

However if you are considering to decorate your kitchen in a country style then you will also need to consider whether this will be limited to the kitchen or will spread in to other areas of your home. Plus you will need to look at your budget if you want to be able to carry out such a style of decoration to your kitchen. Below are a number of decorating ideas that you could use if you want to produce a country style kitchen in your home.

1. Colors

For any country style kitchen the colors you should be fresh, clean and warm and the ideal colors to achieve this are browns, yellows, greens, whites, pinks and the various different shades in between.

2. Accents

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By adding just a few accents such as fruit, flowers, vegetables and plants will also help to increase the feel of a country kitchen that you are trying to achieve.

3. Furniture

It is preferable that you use lighter woods or wicker furniture in your country style kitchen design and it is wise if they can be upholstered in either gingham or floral type patterns. If you want to save money then instead of buying new furniture why not just make slip covers for the furniture you already have.

4. Flooring

The preferred kind of flooring for a country kitchen should be made from a natural material such as wood, tile or flagstones. However if these will not be covered in the budget you have then the same look can be achieved using wall to wall carpeting or laminate flooring instead. However, it is important that the flooring you use is the right sort of colour (any light shade). You could even use hooked or braided rugs instead in order to add an authentic look to the finished room.

5. Accessories

The final thing you need to consider when doing a country kitchen decorating design is what kind of accessories will work best and that the family will enjoy looking at. Why no put some family photos in to wooden frames, a painted rustic scene is a good idea, whilst plants, candles and even lace curtains can provide you with a finish that are all important to finish off your country style kitchen.

It is important that when designing your country style kitchen is to have an open mind and only include those features which appeal to you the most.

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Calvin-Hope rivalry gets new digs

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Friday, November 25, 2005

ESPN recently named the basketball rivalry between Calvin College and Hope College fourth greatest across all divisions of the NCAA, although fans had a different perspective. Now when the rivalry makes its way to Holland, the teams will have a new facility in which to square off.

Hope College has put the finishing touches on the new 102,000 sq ft Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse, whose foundation contributed the $7.5 million anchor gift. Designed by sports architectural firm Ellerbe Becket, the fieldhouse will hold about 3,400 fans for basketball, volleyball and will also be used as a venue for college and community events.

The state of the art facility will also house Hope’s department of kinesiology which includes athletic training, exercise science and physical education. In addition to the construction of the fieldhouse, Hope added a new science center in 2003 and renovated the Peale Science Center for ’04-05.

Ellerbe Becket has designed nearly 20 arenas for NBA and NHL teams, including the new facility for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Calvin visits Hope Saturday, 14 January 2006, and hosts the Flying Dutchman 8 February 2006.

Submitted by: Yancy Marry

The rise in the use of mobile devices has led to the subsequent rise in the deployment of mobile apps. Since businesses small and big are going mobile after realizing the immense potential that these software tools have in generating mobility, companies are developing branded mobile apps. The use of branded apps is limited within just one organization and thus they are more effective in promoting the services and products of this enterprise. However, the concept of branded apps is also getting saturated and therefore software development companies now have to keep in mind the below prerequisites before opting for mobile application branding:

1. Keep the interests of target customers in mind The branding techniques should be decided only after analyzing the mobile needs and demands of the target customers. The branding plan should be such as to help build a mobile application that has entertaining features while also serving the mobility purposes of the customer, whether an individual or an enterprise. A successful branding plan is one which helps in marketing the app well.

2. Keep the advantages and disadvantages of mobile OS platforms in mind The branding techniques should be such as will exploit the strengths of the operating system while also keeping in mind the OS platform s weaknesses. The developer needs to understand that every platform behaves in a different manner; that is why the branding techniques should also be such that will help the app function properly no matter what the platform behavior.

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3. Test an app thoroughly before submission The developer must make sure that every mobile application submitted for approval of the app store or to a reviewer is tested thoroughly. Any bugs or other forms of malfunctioning should be repaired before submission. If a mobile app freezes frequently or crashes during download, it will lead to destruction of the app s brand image.

4. Branding is dependent on app functionality The current world mobile market is a highly competitive one. This is the reason why clients always search for some unique functionality from their software. According to mobile market analysts, a mobile app brand can survive in the market for a long time only if the application is engaging to its target customers, has a high usability rate, and is updated at regular intervals.

5. Unique marketing leads to better brand promotion Once the features and functions of a mobile application are decided, the software developer must concentrate upon marketing the app in unique ways so as to promote its brand amongst an extended user base. Platforms such as media and social networking tools should be used as an essential element of app branding technique.

6. Design a referable mobile app One quick way to spread word on the brand of your mobile application is to make the software referable to the friends and family members of the target audience. If an app is referable, it will remain in the focus of an extended user base for a longer period of time. This in turn will lead to higher ratings for the software in the market. The more positive an app s rating is, the better it is for spreading awareness of its brand.

To conclude, developers must understand that just building of mobile apps for multiple platforms will not generate revenues. It is establishment of the app brand that will bring success for the designer and users.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Fears of contaminated bone and skin grafts are being felt by unsuspecting patients following the revelation that funeral homes may have been looting corpses.

Janet Evans of Marion Ohio was told by her surgeon, “The bone grafts you got might have been contaminated”. She reacted with shock, “I was flabbergasted because I didn’t even know what he was talking about. I didn’t know I got a bone graft until I got this call. I just thought they put in screws and rods.”

The body of Alistair Cooke, the former host of “Masterpiece Theatre,” was supposedly looted along with more than 1,000 others, according to two law enforcement officials close to the case. The tissue taken was typically skin, bone and tendon, which was then sold for use in procedures such as dental implants and hip replacements. According to authorities, millions of dollars were made by selling the body parts to companies for use in operations done at hospitals and clinics in the United States and Canada.

A New Jersey company, Biomedical Tissue Services, has reportedly been taking body parts from funeral homes across Brooklyn, New York. According to ABC News, they set up rooms like a “surgical suite.” After they took the bones, they replaced them with PVC pipe. This was purportedly done by stealth, without approval of the deceased person or the next of kin. 1,077 bodies were involved, say prosecuters.

Investagators say a former dentist, Michael Mastromarino, is behind the operation. Biomedical was considered one of the “hottest procurement companies in the country,” raking in close to $5 million. Eventually, people became worried: “Can the donors be trusted?” A tissue processing company called LifeCell answered no, and issued a recall on all their tissue.

Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge, said, “To know his bones were sold was one thing, but to see him standing truncated before me is another entirely.” Now thousands of people around the country are receiving letters warning that they should be tested for infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis. On February 23, the Brooklyn District Attorney indicted Mastromarino and three others. They are charged with 122 felony counts, including forgery and bodysnatching.

Oral Roberts calls ’emergency meeting’

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Oral Roberts, founder and former faith healer, called an “emergency meeting” to reinstate Richard Roberts as president of Oral Roberts University. Richard stepped down last month when he was accused of illegal political contributions, financial wrong-doing, and wrongful firings in a lawsuit.

On Wednesday Oral called an ’emergency meeting’ for the faculty following the previous “no confidence” vote. At the recent meeting Oral asked for the faculty who were willing to forgive and start fresh to “stand up.” Donald Vance, a professor of Bible studies, said that when no one person at the meeting stood, Oral Roberts asked one of them, “‘Are you not ready to start over?'”

Vance reported, “The faculty member said, “I don’t know what that means, to start over.”

“‘I would think that would be obvious,'” Oral Roberts responded.

After that, Vance stated “No, Chancellor Roberts, it’s not clear, are you asking us to rescind our three motions?” Then Oral Roberts said that the faculty should drop it.

Following the meeting Provost Mark Lewandoswki wrote a letter to ORU Board of Regents promising to step down if Richard Roberts returns as president. Tulsa World reported that the atompshere at ORU is “divise” noting that when Regent chairman George Pearsons, took his position in May he said in an address to the board: “I am standing here today because the Lord clearly spoke to me and said, ‘Do whatever Richard Roberts asks you to do.'”

The school declined to comment on the meetings.

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Charcoal briquettes? Sear grate? T-brush? Weber BBQ cover? Can somebody speak English please?! I bet this is what all of you BBQ beginners are thinking, is it not? As with everything else in life, there are accessories and necessities with everything, and a BBQ is no exception. However when there are so many companies offering you the same products at various prices, you genuinely do not know which way to turn, who to believe and where to purchase from. Are you being ripped off? Are you purchasing genuine products? How can you judge the quality of these accessories? Does the type of BBQ we use matter or is this personal choice? These are all questions we generally tend to ask ourselves when making new purchases or are first time buyers to something we have previously had no knowledge about. Weber Accessories Online can help you to make these all-important decisions.

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The type of BBQ you choose to use is entirely down to personal preference, however you will find people will take a liking to one over another; but the chances are that this decision would have been made as a result of personal experience. Many may lean more towards the Weber One Touch Premium BBQ 57cm. Charcoal is made available in small bags which are then positioned on the tray beneath the grill bars of the BBQ. Surprisingly, the bag, as is, needs to be set alight. This allows the coal to burn consistently and takes up to twenty minutes for the grill to heat to the sought after temperature. The advantage of this is there is very little mess when firing the BBQ up and is not at all complicated, making it simple enough for anyone to do.

Unfortunately yes unfortunately, there is an extensive range of accessories and equipment needed to make your BBQ an ultimate success. Even more frustrating is that different occasions and different meals, yes you guessed it, requires completely different equipment! Oh, joy. Due to the different kinds of BBQs available on the market, regardless of which one you may opt to purchase all BBQs will essentially require a hood, windshield and a spit, none of which actually affect the general running of the BBQ; lets all cheer at once!

Whats next you ask? Fire! And no, not for the fireplace in the sitting room! Currently, coal is the most common type of fuel used to start up a BBQ. The charcoal is available in a variety of formations; briquettes which are more efficient for use or lumpwood which is the cheaper option. However, if you are operating a much larger BBQ, hardwood is generally used for firing these up; unfortunately hardwood is not the most practical for commercial BBQ brands.

Now, if you are new to the world of barbequing, it will most certainly benefit you to know that using utensils with extremely long handles are the way forward in life. These instruments are essential for tending to the food. When having to flip the food from side to side, utensils with long handles will provide a safe distance between yourself and the heat; not the most fashionable accessory at the moment, but a set of gloves will also provide added protection against busy flames. Skewers on the other hand are ideal for cooking kebabs; flat skewers however will be most appropriate as they are able to completely rotate the meat and vegetables.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Police have arrested the owner of a mattress factory in Hay Hassini, Casablanca, Morocco which burned down in a disaster that claimed 55 lives. His son, who was the factory’s manager, was also arrested.

Those killed — 35 of whom were women — were trapped inside by locked fire exits, which were barricaded to stop theft during working hours. “The people who died were either asphyxiated or burned,” commented a firefighter. 17 were wounded. Moustapha Taouil of the Casablanca civil protection service said the blaze was triggered by an inadequatly maintained electric saw on the ground floor. The initial fire quickly engulfed all four storeys of the building.

The Rosamor factory was clearly operating unsafely, officials said. “It’s a building with a ground floor and three upper floors specialising in making furniture, therefore there were highly inflammable products,” said Taouil. “We confirmed during our examination that the owners of the premises failed to respect legal requirements for this kind of industry including staff training… the owner in contravention of the law, locked staff inside the plant apparently to prevent theft of raw material. It was this that prevented them getting out. The fire was caused by lack of proper maintenance of certain machines and electrical installations.” He said a short circuit on the ground floor, which was filled with power saws, triggered the disaster.

As a result of the investigatons, “The plant’s owner, Adil Moufarreh, and his son Abdelali Moufarreh, who was the manager, have been taken into custody after having been questioned by police,” said an official.

28-year-old factory employee Fadila Khadija said “There was no emergency exit, the extinguishers were empty and the working conditions were difficult.” One source said that windows were also unusable as they were covered with iron bars. 20-year-old survivor Omar Elaaz said “I was working on the first floor as an upholsterer. The smoke came up from the ground floor where the foam rubber, wood and glue are stored. I used a gas bottle to break the wire mesh that protects every window.” 31-year-old upholsterer Hakim Hakki told of his own lucky escape and its effect on him from hospital: “I jumped from the third floor with four other colleagues while the women, who didn’t dare to follow us, perished in the inferno. God saved me but I’ll never forget those who died.”

The father of deceased 19-year-old Abdelazziz Darif said his son was paid 250 dirhams (20 euro/31 US dollars) per week and did not have social insurance.

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By Carl Hampton

It now seems almost impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper any more without seeing another advert for some credit repair service. My email box is overloaded with subject titles like Credit problems? No problem! or We can erase your bad credit 100% guaranteed.. This must be a great business to be in, some of these companies are now using telemarketers to offer their services. They all seem to make the same misleading claims, Create a new credit identity legally. or We can remove bankruptcies, judgments, liens, and bad loans from your credit file forever!

Dont for one moment believe these misleading statements they are nothing more than a scam, lies designed to get their hands on your hard earned money. These companies appeal to anyone who has a poor or bad credit history. They will often promise, for a fee of course, to clean up your credit report. This will then allow you to get that car loan you wanted or that mortgage you were turned down for, maybe you need a higer score to secure a job. The real truth is, most of them cant or won’t deliver what they promise you. Once you have paid them hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dollars in fees these companies normally do nothing to improve your credit score what so ever. Some will simply just vanish with your money. There really is only one way to clean up your credit report and that takes time, a conscious effort on your part and a personal debt repayment plan that will improve your credit score over time.

Here are some warning signs to look out for should you decide that you would rather use the services of a credit repair company rather than do the work yourself. Stay away from companies that fail do tell you your legal rights, they must by law tell you what you can do for yourself for free. A big red flag to watch for are companies that recommend that you do not contact a credit reporting company directly. Do not give your money to any company that suggest you try to invent a new credit identity, with a new credit report by applying for an Employer Identification Number to use instead of your Social Security number.

Please keep in mind you could be charged and prosecuted for mail or wire fraud if you use the mail or telephone to apply for credit and provide false information. It is a federal crime to lie or give misleading information on a loan or credit application, to misrepresent your Social Security number, and to obtain an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service under false pretenses.

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It is not possible to legally remove any negative information from your credit report that is accurate. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) does allow you to ask for an investigation of any information listed on your credit report file that you dispute as inaccurate or incomplete. There is no charge to you for this service. Everything a credit repair clinic or service could do for you legally, you can with alittle time and effort do for yourself at little or no cost.

According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), You are entitled to a free credit report if a company takes adverse action against you, like denying your application for credit, insurance, or employment, and you ask for your report within 60 days of receiving notice of the action. The notice will give you the name, address, and phone number of the consumer reporting company.

You are now also entitled under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to one free credit report from each of the consumer reporting companies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnionreport once a year, the year runs from September to end of August. You will also receive an updated report every time to submit a change to your report or ask for an item to be investigated, giving you the results of the investigation. The free credit reports will list all of the items shown on your credit report but will not come with your credit scores, these you are required under the Act to pay for, normally around $5.00 from each provider.

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Chili Finger Incident

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Friday, May 6, 2005

On Thursday the 22nd of March, 2005, Anna Ayala, a woman from Las Vegas, claimed to have found a human finger in her bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant located at 1405 Monterey Highway, just south of downtown San Jose, California, owned by Fresno-based Jern Management.. The finger, which probably belonged to a woman as it had a long and manicured fingernail, did not belong to any of the restaurant employees. The food supplies were seized by officials to be traced back to its manufacturers, while the restaurant was permitted to open again later with chili prepared from fresh ingredients.


  • 1 Aftermath
  • 2 Investigation centers on Ayala
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  • 4 Ayala arrested
  • 5 Ayala transferred to San Jose
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Wikinews reporter David Vasquez drove his car up to the drive-thru menu and found that chili was still on the menu, at a price of US$1.19 for a small serving. He also witnessed workers unloading supplies from a semi-trailer truck in the restaurant’s parking lot, and carting them into the back door of the establishment.

Initially, county health officials said Ayala was fine and the finger had been cooked, which would have killed any bacteriae in the finger. However, on March 27, officials admitted they were not so sure anymore. Tests were done on the finger to determine this. Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County’s health officer, said that even if the finger was still raw when Ayala bit into it, the risk was low that she would have become infected with anything. However, he advised that Ayala should undergo a series of precautionary follow-up tests.

Sales at Wendy’s went down because of the incident. Wendy’s International, Inc. (WEN) closed at US$39.43 on Thursday the 22nd, and as the stock exchange was closed for the Good Friday holiday, traders did not weigh in the stock until the next Monday.

By Tuesday the 5th of April, officials had still not succeeded in tracking down the owner of the finger. The fingerprint on the detached digit has been run through an FBI database as well as the local criminal database in Santa Clara County, but no matches were found. According to Rich Reneau, who was leading the investigation at the time, the fingerprint was marginal, and the likelihood of finding a match was slim.

Wendy’s stock did not go down significantly and was trading at US$39.37 that morning.

The next day, on Wednesday the 6th, Las Vegas police searched the home of Anna Ayala. About a dozen officers conducted the search at Ayala’s home at Maryland Parkway and Serene Street at about 4 p.m. local time (23:00 UTC), according to witnesses at the scene. Ayala and other residents were handcuffed and brought out of the house. Ayala said that her teenage daughter, Genesis Reyes, had torn shoulder ligaments as a result of the search. The Las Vegas Review-Journal ran a photo of Reyes wearing a sling in their Friday edition. In San Jose, police spokeswoman Gina Tepoorten confirmed to reporters that investigators had served the warrant in cooperation with Las Vegas police on Wednesday, but she refused to reveal specific details about the warrant. By that time, Wendy’s was offering a US$50,000 reward for information leading to the source of the finger.

Research by the Associated Press uncovered Ayala’s history of lawsuits. Ayala successfully won her suit for medical expenses against the national El Pollo Loco chicken-chain, a previous employer, after her daughter Genesis contracted salmonella poisoning, allegedly from eating at the restaurant. However, Ayala lost another suit against General Motors in 2000 claiming that a wheel fell off her car. She also started a sexual harassment suit against her former boss in 1998. A total of 13 lawsuits in California and Nevada had been filed. Ayala replied the focus should be on Wendy’s, and not her record of law suits. Nick Muyo, a spokesman for the San Jose Police department, said not to expect new information in the case for at least a week.

On Wednesday the 13th there was a potential new lead in the investigation. A spotted leopard had torn off part of a finger from an owner of exotic animals, Sandy Allman, in Pahrump, Nevada. The portion of Allman’s torn off finger was approximately the same size – 1 1/2-inches long. Pahrump is approximately 45 miles away from Las Vegas. Carol Asvestas, who owns an exotic animal sanctuary, told the San Jose Mercury News she witnessed the leopard tear off the finger. She reported the incident to a hotline run by Wendy’s offering the US$50,000 reward. Cindy Carroccio told the San Jose Mercury News that the finger was not reattached, and that the clinic “gave it back to her (Allman) in a little bag of ice.” On the same day the lead was announced, Ayala decided to drop her lawsuit against Wendy’s, due to emotional stress.

However, when Allman’s prints were sent to San Jose police, they didn’t match. Two days later, on Friday the 15th, Wendy’s doubled the reward to US$100,000. The company revealed that employees had passed polygraph tests. Wendy’s continues to claim that there is no evidence that the finger ever entered their supply chain, pointing to a lack of any accidents among the workers at their suppliers. Wendy’s tip line had received reports from across the United States, from “folks who either have lost a finger, or know somebody who lost a finger,” San Jose police Sgt. Nick Muyo told the Associated Press.

On Thursday the 21st of April, Anna Ayala was arrested at or near her home in Las Vegas on Thursday evening, in connection with the case, shortly after Wendy’s finished its own internal investigation. According to court documents, she has been charged with one count of attempted grand larceny related to the chili case, and one count of grand larceny in an unrelated real estate deal, and is being held without bail in Clark County, Nevada, pending extradition. A press conference by the San Jose Police and Wendy’s was held on Friday, April 22, at 13:00 PDT. The charge related to the case states the finger could not have been prepared at Wendy’s, where the chili is heated to 170 degrees for 3 hours. There is also an inconsistency in Ayala’s account of finding the finger and claiming it caused her to vomit compared with police saying there was no vomit at the scene. The incident has caused Wendy’s 2.5 million dollars worth of damages, which Ayala could be criminally responsible for. Until recently, the San Jose police had not accused Ayala of planting the finger herself.

The unrelated charge stems from an incident, also in San Jose, when Ayala allegedly received an $11,000 down payment on a mobile home she did not own.

Ayala was incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center, awaiting a fugitive review hearing on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at 7:30 a.m. local time. She was processed and given inmate ID 01964047. Her case number was 05F07229X. Ayala waived extradition at the hearing, and her attorney said they were ready to come to San Jose to defend against the charges.

On Friday, May 6, 2005, Ayala was transported to San Jose, California. Ayala was booked into the main Santa Clara County jail, and is awaiting arraignment. Ayala will likely be arraigned on Monday or Tuesday at the Santa Clara County Superior Court, according to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney David Boyd.

On September 9, 2005, Ayala plead guilty to conspiring to file a false claim and attempted grand theft, and will be sentenced on November 2, 2005. She faces up to ten years in prison, and her husband faces up to 13 years behind bars.

Until the middle of May, the owner of the finger still had not been found.

But on May 13, 2005, police announced that they had identified the finger tip as belonging to an associate of Ayala’s husband [1]. The associate had lost his finger tip in an industrial accident at an asphalt company[2] in December, 2004. Police had received the information from an undisclosed caller to Wendy’s hot-line.

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