Kansas library discusses Wikipedia

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

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A diverse group of approximately 25 people gathered at the Johnson County Library on Monday to participate in reference librarian Scott Vieira’s class, Wikiwhatia? Wikipedia.

Scott opened the session by sharing a disparaging quote from Robert McHenry (former editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia Britannica) comparing Wikipedia to a public restroom. He then shared a quote from Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur, in which he stated Wikipedia is the blind leading the blind. Scott shared Wikipedia usage data from a 2007 Pew Internet study showing 36% of adults have consulted Wikipedia and that that Wikipedia receives 10,000-30,000 searches per second. Scott also pointed out that Wikipedia now has over two million articles in English alone (over nine million articles in 250 languages). So there is a discrepancy here, lots of critics and lots of use.

Scott then shared some historical information in order to provide a context for understanding Wikipedia. This included some important names and dates in the history of encyclopedias… including Pliny the Elder (23-79 C.E.) who published 37 Volumes of Natural History, and Joachim Sterck van Ringelbergh (c. 1499-1556) who first used the term encyclopedia, and then d’Alembert and Diderot who published 17 volumes of their French Encyclopedia from 1751-1765. Encyclopedia Britannica was first published in Scotland in serial format 1768-1771.

Scott also discussed more recent history, sharing a photo of Ward Cunningham –who is credited with being the inventor of wiki software. Wikipedia was founded on Jan 15, 2001 by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales. Sanger left Wikipedia in 2002 and founded Citizendium in 2007 a complementary project which now has 4500 articles.

After the historical perspective, the class moved into using Wikipedia. Everyone in the audience had used Wikipedia. The class explored the content of Wikipedia, realising there is a whole lot going on. Scott demonstrated that the article about “frogs” for example, is semi-protected. The “history of science” article was examined, including the history of changes. Discussion covered how people contribute, who contributes and edits. The group also talked about Wikipedia bots, which aid in routine tasks in a semi-automated or automated fashion.

A discussion about teachers, school media specialists and students regarding their use of Wikipedia ensued. Some teachers and school media specialists are negative about Wikipedia, but Scott’s hope is that they will use it to start a discussion about the need to evaluate and critically think about information (even when it’s from more traditionally reviewed and edited sources).

An unanswered question from an audience member was, “What was the first Wikipedia article?”

Discussion topics from Scott to audience were as follows:

  • Do you think Wikipedia is less accurate than published resources and how important is that accuracy to you?
  • How do we determine authority on a subject? How important is it that an article be written by an expert? How is Wikipedia changing our idea of what an authority is?
  • Currency – the ability to publish immediately – what are the advantages and what are the disadvantages?
  • What do we think about the content selection in Wikipedia?
  • Should Wikipedia be used by librarians?
  • What do you think about the future of Wikipedia?
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What You Need To Know About Paradentosis Causes, Symptoms, And Cures

Everyone can suffer from paradentosis. Your risk of developing the disease increases dramatically if you neglect to take good care of your teeth and gums. Some bad habits like excessive alcohol drinking and smoking are also contributing factors that can damage the soft tissues of the gums.

Paradentosis or periodontal disease is a painful disorder that primarily affects the jaw bone and gums. It causes inflammation on these areas that could lead to bleeding, pain, and complete loss of teeth. The problem is that it is difficult to detect periodontal disorder. You might be surprised one day that your teeth are slowly falling off one by one.

In order to prevent paradentosis, it is crucial to know how this disease can develop. You must also understand the symptoms so you can immediately get the help of your dentist. So here are the causes, symptoms, and available treatments for periodontal disorder.

The Leading Causes of Paradentosis

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Lack of oral hygiene is one of the leading causes of periodontal disorder. If you fail to take good care of your teeth and gums, then all kinds of oral diseases, gum problems, and teeth disorders could develop.

Lack of oral hygiene could lead to bacterial accumulation in the mouth. The bacteria and other microorganisms will destroy the gum tissues and could weaken the teeth. If you have paradentosis, your gum tissues are already infected. This is the reason why inflammation and pain will set in.

Common Symptoms of Paradentosis

Localized pain involving adjacent teeth is one of the most common symptoms of periodontal disorder. You can experience stinging and chronic pain in the molar area. The pain can be accompanied by fever.

Another common symptom is inflamed gums. The gums could bleed and may feel very sore especially when you chew or bite food. In most cases of paradentosis, the teeth will become loose. You will be able to move them and it would be very painful.

You are probably suffering from advanced or acute phase of periodontal disorder if your teeth start to loosen. You can lose all your teeth if you fail to treat this disorder.

Cure for Paradentosis

There are different treatments available to cure periodontal disease. For mild to moderate cases, antibacterial oral creams or antibiotics can be prescribed in order to control and eliminate the infection.

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Two British girls arrested for smuggling in Ghana

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Two 16-year-old British girls were arrested in Accra, Ghana earlier this month for apparently attempting to smuggle £300,000 worth of cocaine in laptop bags.

Yasemin Vatansever, of Cypriot descent and Yatunde Diya of Nigerian descent were arrested as they attempted to board a British Airways flight from the Kotoka International Airport on July 2, 2007. The arrest was by the Ghanaian Narcotic Control Board. They were alleged to be carrying 6.5 kg of drugs. They are currently in Ghana police custody and have been visited by British High Commission staff.

The girls who are both students from Islington, north London, had left home after informing their families they were making a school trip to France. They are expected to be charged with “possessing narcotic drugs and attempting to export drugs”, for which they could be jailed for up to ten years if found guilty.

The arrest is part of the Operation Westbridge project set up in November 2006 as a collaboration between the Ghanaian Narcotic Control Board and HM Revenue and Customs of the UK. It is to curb the influx of drugs into Europe and the UK through West Africa which is now being used as a transit point from South America. The project involves the provision of technical and operational expertise to the Ghanaian teams and training in the use of specialist scanning equipment. Ghana is the first country in Africa to introduce such equipment.

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5-year old American girl dies after visiting the dentist

Friday, September 29, 2006

Diamond Brownridge, a 5-year old girl from Chicago, Illinois, has died after a visit to the dentist. Children’s Memorial Hospital officials say that the girl was rushed to the hospital when she never woke up after being sedated for a dental procedure. She had been in a coma, on life support, since being admitted to the hospital early in the weekend.

“She passed very peacefully and beautifully,” said the hospital in a statement that the family issued.

Ommettress Travis, the mother of the girl, was asked not to remain inside the room while dentists were operating on the girl to repair two cavities and to have at least two caps replaced. Travis says after thirty minutes she was asked to come back in and found Brownridge not breathing, in the dentist chair.

Hicham Riba, a specialist and professional in anesthesia, who was also licensed, was the dentist in charge of the procedure.

“My family and I are so sad. May God bless Diamond and her family. Every time you have a tragedy like this, you pray more. I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal life after an experience like this,” Riba said in a statement on Wednesday, September 28.

According to the family, the girl had been given at least a triple dose of medicine that sedated her. Those drugs include: nitrous oxide gas, a single dose of an “oral agent” and an IV.

A judge has ordered that all equipment and materials used during the operation be protected and examined. The girl’s medical records have also been ordered to be examined.

There is no word on whether or not any charges will be filed against Riba or any of the dentist’s staff.

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Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

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Several Noteworthy Benefits Of The Cctv Camera Systems

You can attach it to the motion-sensing unit and then it will record only when it senses something unusual in the room. Thus, you can save valuable recording space. In addition to this, it keeps the battery energized so that it has sufficient power to operate the gadgets at any time when something happens.There are several different types of CCTV monitors thriving in the market, however ensure that you get the right one for your CCTV system. This is a matter of great concern. It is accepted that they will not have any effect on the recorded image quality on your CCTV, however they can affect the clarity of the video you are watching and pick out the details when you need to play back. This is of utmost importance. To get the best results with your surveillance system, it is always recommended to use a good quality monitor that is specified for your CCTV.There are several things to consider that determines the entire security of your house. With a correct CCTV camera system at home, you can safeguard the family belongings, valuables and your house. The CCTV security system enables one to maintain a track of what is happening on the property. Any house is precious and so are the belongings into it. Hence, it is very essential to select and safeguard the houses with CCTV. Having a CCTV security system placed in a house you are assured that it acts like a deterrent and hence people would not dare to take the risk of burgling your house. It is vital that any security camera you purchase protects your house and assure that it records the appropriate areas of the property that you think needs high protections. Then, this area may be the back door, the front door, sides of the house if there is a conservatory or a big window and so on.CCTV has several benefits associated with it. In the early times, it was restricted for industrial and commercial use only. You can set up a set of CCTV cameras and monitor several areas of a facility remotely from a single central area. If that area is not safe to stay back and view, you can use a video camera that records all the activities precisely. This can then be viewed from a safer distance. The CCTV camera is also highly used for security purpose. Point out the camera towards important material storage or sensitive data for instance. You can soon view any suspicious act and this recorded video is a great evidence in criminal matters.

South Gippsland, Australia local council candidate Sue Plowright speaks with Wikinews about environment, education, and other local issues

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Since June 2019, the people of South Gippsland Shire, located at the southernmost tip of Australia, have been without a local council, after a state government inquiry found “high levels of tension” within the council. Administrators were appointed by the Victorian state government in July 2019, who have governed the shire since then. However, South Gippsland’s council is scheduled to be restored with an election to be held via post from October 5-22, 2021.

Wikinews interviewed one of the candidates standing in this election, Sue Plowright. She is an independent contesting the Coastal-Promontory ward, which covers towns such as Venus Bay, Waratah Bay, Yanakie, Foster, Port Welshpool, and Toora. The Coastal-Promontory Ward elects three councillors to the South Gippsland Shire Council.

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Shooting at school leaves one dead in Tennessee, United States

Thursday, August 21, 2008

On Thursday, 15-year-old student, Ryan McDonald, was shot and killed. The shooting occurred at just after 8:00am (UTC-5), at Central High School, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

According to Deputy Chief of Police of the Knoxville police department, William C. Roehl stated that the shooting was not “random” and that “they had contact with one another”. The shooting which occurred 8:11am (UTC-5), followed a confrontation in the cafeteria. Police arrived on the scene at 8:13am, and the suspect was taken into custody at 8:17am. McDonald was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he died at 8:57am, according to the police.

Police have arrested Jamar B. Siler, also 15, and charged him with first-degree murder. Judge Tim Irwin set September 17, 2008 as the trial date. Siler is being held at a juvenile detention center.

Kevin Perry, a pastor at Word of Life Ministries, said he had spoken to a student who witnessed the shooting.

“He saw them when they were arguing and pushing and shoving,” Perry said, recounting what the student had told him. “He didn’t see the guy shoot him. What he did see was the guy fall.”

Another high school student, Chad Griffin, was ten feet away from where the confrontation occurred and said that “he [McDonald] got shot and started walking and he was holding his chest. There was blood everywhere. And then he fell and his arm hit me.”

The school was preparing to release students, and bring them to a local church were they could be picked up by their guardians. Central High School has around 1,400 students.

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Restaurant Menu Covers: Disposable, Wipe Able Or Washable

One of the core purposes of restaurant menu covers is to keep the pages of menus clean. But how do you keep the covers themselves clean? The answer depends on the type of cover that you get. Some people opt to get disposable covers that they can throw away when they start to get dirty. Others choose to get wipe-able covers, one of the most popular choices among restaurant owners. Still others select to get truly washable menu covers, which also have their own pros and cons. Which type is the right type for your restaurant?Disposable restaurant menu covers are obviously very convenient. The cover itself keeps the menu clean. When the cover itself gets grimy and gross it can simply be removed and thrown away. A new menu cover can quickly replace it. However, like many disposable items, it has drawbacks that deter some people from selecting this option for their restaurants. The main problem is, of course, that the disposable cover is a throw away item that is not very earth-friendly. Restaurants that are green in other ways cant feel right about having a throwaway menu cover. Additionally, the cost of disposable menu covers is low but it can add up quickly if your restaurant requires frequent replacement. A ribs restaurant, for example, would probably have to replace these covers after nearly every customer.Because of the drawbacks of the disposable cover, a large percentage of restaurants instead opt to use wipe-able restaurant menu covers. As their name suggests, these are covers that can be quickly wiped down to clean them off. Restaurants that have multi-page menus can order multi-page wipe-able covers. Theyre easy to use since typically the menu pages simply slip inside of these covers. They are relatively affordable. Plus they are greener than disposable menus.Restaurants that truly care about being green will often forego wipe-able menu covers and choose washable covers instead. These are the most eco-friendly option because they can be removed from the menu and washed for re-use. They are often made of fabric and therefore are designed to last a very long time. This is also a greener option than the plastic that is the common material used to make wipe-able and even disposable menu covers. Another great reason to choose washable covers is that they are fancy. They add a really nice touch to a menu at an upscale restaurant. Of course, these wouldnt be good for a ribs restaurant; you want to use this option in restaurants where the menus arent likely to get too grubby. Nevertheless, its nice that they can be removed, washed and replaced as needed. What an elegant choice.So what is the right solution for your restaurant? It depends a little bit on the money that you are willing to spend. However, the question is whether you want to spend less now (buying disposable restaurant menu covers) or less over the long run (which may mean buying either wipe-able or washable covers). What will influence your decision more than the money is probably how green you want to be. This is an increasingly important issue not only for business owners but also for their customers. As more and more customers demand to work with green businesses, more and more restaurants will switch from disposable covers to greener options. Finally, the type of restaurant you have and the type of food you serve will also factor in to what type of cover is right for your restaurant.

Former professional wrestler Giant González dies aged 44

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Former Argentine professional wrestler and basketball player Jorge ‘Giant’ González has died at the age of 44. González died in his hometown of San Martin, Argentina. The cause of death was established to be complications of diabetes. González had suffered with the illness for several years and was wheelchair bound.

Standing over 7.5 feet (2.3 metres) tall, González was originally a basketball player before becoming a wrestler. Upon moving to the United States, he was drafted in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. After his basketball career ended, he joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW). During his time there, he wrestled as El Gigante for two years, then joining the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

During his time with the WWF, González feuded with The Undertaker. He debuted at the 1993 Royal Rumble where he eliminated Undertaker from the Royal Rumble match. He spent the entire of his time at with the WWF feuding with Undertaker and left the company in July 1993 after losing a Rest in Peace match to him. After leaving the company, he wrestled in Japan before retiring in 1995 after suffering from sciatic nerve pain.

González is the latest in a line of former WWE wrestlers to die in the last two months. In August, both Lance Cade and Luna Vachon passed away, while Mike ‘Bastion Booger’ Shaw died at the age of 53 earlier this month.

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