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6 hours ago

Environmental crime and pollution: wasteful reflections (1).

The history of men is reflected in the history of sewers.... Crime,

intelligence, social protest, freedom of conscience, thought, theft, all

that human laws prosecuted or have prosecuted was hidden in this pit. --

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables



GENERATION OF environmentally minded reformers. Organized crime, which

controlled the private sanitation industry in the Northeast, moved

center stage. This took place at approximately the same time that the

U.S. government passed the first important toxic waste legislation in

13 hours ago

Silverlight, Flash, or HTML5: Which One to Choose?

FactAll three software-HTML5, Silverlight, and Flash-are standardized.

With design becoming more stylish and competitive, the hunt is on for the software that can do it all. Designers have faced a hurdle of compromising design over content. Although no complete solution has been found as yet, we debate on the 3 most important software used exclusively for web design.

Silverlight has launched its latest version 5.1, used for creating rich-media experiences, with Adobe not far behind, and its latest technology Flash promising streaming across websites. The race heats up with the venture of mobile devices and tablets becoming more prominent in today's age. As websites scratch thei

4 days ago

How to Clean Salt Stained Windows

Ocean breezes are one of the many reasons homeowners choose to buy houses in coastal regions. Unfortunately, with the refreshing breeze comes salt spray. Winds off the ocean pick up tiny water droplets; the wind carries minute amounts of salt toward the house, which lands on windows. As the water evaporates, it leaves a white crust of salt, eventually leading to windows too white and scaly to see out of clearly. Salt is damaging to acrylic-windows, windows with a protective film and window-frames, making removal necessary.Ocean spray and beach front living aren't the only places windows can become salted over. During cold, snowy months when homeowners and city workers, spread ice melting salts on roadways, sidewalks, driveways and steps, salty water can be sloshed and sprayed onto them by passing cars and trucks.

You Will Need

Garden hose

Nylon scrubbing-pad

White vinegar

Non-sudsing household ammonia

Spray bottle



Glass wax

Car wax

Rinse your windows with water from a garden hose to dissolve and loosen salt buildup. Do not spray pressurized water streams directly at your windows; the steady stream of water can crack the glass or dislodge the glass from the frame. Or, you can fill a large spray bottle with water from the tap. Point the spray at your window and squeeze the trigger repeatedly to rinse your windows.

Dip a nylon scrubbing-pad or nylon scrubbing sponge into full-strength white vinegar. Scrub the windows to remove it buildup. Rinse the scrubbing pad frequently to remove it from the pad or sponge and avoid smearing a salty coating over the windows. Hose off the windows liberally with plain water or spray them generously with the water from the spray bottle. If it buildup remains, move to the next step.

Add 1 cup of water, 2 teaspoons non-sudsing household ammonia and 2 tsp white vinegar to a spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle gently to mix the ingredients.

Spray the windows with the cleaning mixture generously. Let the cleaner sit on the window surface for three to five minutes to soak into ity surface and loosen the buildup.

Crumble a sheet of newspaper and wipe the window to remove the cleaner and salt. Repeat if necessary to remove a heavy salt accumulation. If it buildup is excessive, repeat the process even if it is no longer visible.

Wet a rag with plain water and wipe the window-frames to remove vinegar residue, which can harm window-frames, especially aluminum frames.

Apply a protective coating of glass wax to prevent it from sticking to the glass in the future. Apply a coat of car wax to metal window-frames so it does not come in direct contact with the metal.

5 days ago

What You Need to Know Before Traveling to South Africa


What You Need To Know Before Traveling To South Africa

Visiting Africa conjures up images of jungles, safaris and elephants, deserts and adventure (at least,it does for me!) While Africa indeed contains all these elements, visiting South Africa is an easy choice for most Westerners because they speak the same language (English) and have a variety of cosmopolitan and modern culture that balances the unsullied wilds. In fact, South Africa has an immense range of opportunities for travelers, whether you're looking for a rugged adventure, a food and wine tour or a sp

6 days ago

BANNED FOR 13YRS THANKS TO The Judge; EXCLUSIVE Rogue car boss switched pounds 2.5M as firm collapsed.


A CAR hire boss has admitted sending scores of vehicles out on the

road with no insurance for two years - including one involved in a death


Mark Melville, 45, also transferred more than pounds 2.5million

from his firm into other accounts before it went bust to stop creditors

getting their money.

Melville - first exposed by the Sunday Mail's Judge in 2001 -

is now banned from being a company director until 2020.

Last week's ruling follows a lengthy probe by The Insolvency


They were going to ban him for the maximum 15 years but he got two

years off for admitting the insurance and cash scams.

His company Melville's rented out vehicles while customers

paid for insurance - but weren't actually covered.

One man was involved in a fatal road accident on the A9 in Perth

and was unable to meet the insurance claims against him.

Melville ran the scam between 2000 and 2002 from his HQ in East

Kilbride and offices in Glasgow and Falkirk.

When the firm went bust with huge debts of pounds 546,746, pounds

80,000 had still to be paid on outstanding insurance claims.

In November 2001, The Judge revealed how building site worker Brian

Hall, 35, was refused insurance details after being in a smash in a

Melville's vans.

We were inundated with complaints from readers who had hired cars

from Melville's but were not insured.

In December 2001, we highlighted another four cases totalling

thousands of pounds.

Brian, of Saltcoats, Ayrshire, said last night he lost pounds 1500

in legal costs after the acident.

He added: "I wasted two years of my life sorting out the

problems. Melville should have been sent to prison for what he did to me

and others.

"I wasn't the only victim and it has made my day to know

he's been banned."

The Motor Insurance Bureau admitted they had been receiving

complaints about the firm since the early 90s.

Banning Melville, the Insolvency Service said: "From January

6, 2000, to March 27, 2002, at least 80 hired vehicles were in accidents

and either no insurance was in place or insurance details were not


"Melville was responsible for the hire of one vehicle after

insurance cover had lapsed. It was involved in a fatal accident."

They said Melville switched pounds 2,590,656 to associated firms

while owing money to creditors and the Crown.

Speaking from his pounds 300,000 home in Troon, Ayrshire, Melville

said: "I did my best to keep the company afloat and save

people's jobs.

"This has been a terrible time for me - I lost my wife and

family over this.

"I agreed to plead guilty to the offences because I wanted to

move on.

"At one point I was thinking of taking my own life, things

were so bad."



Scam: Melville hired out uninsured vehicles; Exposed: We reveal

fraud in November 2001; Desperate: More victims in December 2001

6 days ago

A Java Web Application Framework


Perhaps you're tired of battling web frameworks with their mix of languages, rules, configurations, scripts and XML files. Are page-oriented web apps with the attendant complexity of handling state, debugging and testing making life difficult? Does the thought of supporting multiple browsers suck all the air out of the room? Maybe you or your team are Java developers, more familiar with Java application development than web development. For these reasons and more, you should investigate Vaadin, which is Open Source and freely available at under the Apache 2.0 license.

Server-Side Development

Vaadin is a Java web application framework for Rich Internet Applications (RIA) which have many characteristics of desktop applications but are web applications running in browsers. The large collection of UI components and the use of layouts is more akin to Swing development for the desktop. Developers implement these widgets in a Java server application which Vaadin dynamically translates (using Google's Web Toolkit (GWT)) into browser client-side components using AJAX technology behind the scenes. The application code runs in the server, handling the client requests via "normal" event listener handlers.

Support, Community and Tools

The free support behind Vaadin is impressive. The Book of Vaadin is an excellent manual. There is a short tutorial and a long tutorial covering many aspects of the Vaadin library. I have used the Vaadin Forum several times and the response from the community has been swift and helpful. Vaadin also provides an impressive Sampler Demo page which shows off all the UI components and the source samples used behind each one. And, of course, the source code for Vaadin is available.

Also available are tools for Eclipse and Netbeans integration, Maven support and testing. I've used the Eclipse plug-in for development and a Glassfish server and debugging is almost like debugging a desktop application-- no more breaks when something magical happens because of XML. I would say the area that could use more attention is explaining database binding. It's discussed in the book, but not really demonstrated. A solid tutorial showing this, now that one of the SQL Add-ons has lately been incorporated into the basic Vaadin library, would be useful.

There is a growing library of Add-ons (nearly 200), some free and some for sale. Example Add-ons include additional UI widgets, data components, themes, tools, etc.

Basic Vaadin, however, may be all you need. The basic Vaadin library is a single JAR file which needs to be included as part of your web application.

The company behind Vaadin is Vaadin Ltd., based in Finland. They also provide support and development help for a fee. The Vaadin framework may not be the holy grail but it's worth a look, if only to compare it to other frameworks.

Some other features:

The five supported browsers are:

Servers supported:

Apache Tomcat 4.1+

Oracle Weblogic Server 9.2+

IBM WebSphere Application Server 6.1+

JBoss Application Server 3.2.8+

Glassfish 2+

Google App Engine


Comprehensive Component Framework

Rich, interactive widgets with lazy-loading

Drag and Drop support

Mobile touch event support

Databinding using MVC


Server-side state management

Application code runs in the server

Secure parameter and request validation

Built-in input validation

SSL support

Extensible Component Architecture

1 week ago

Navy Sailors Used Gov't Credit Cards to Hire Prostitutes