Submitted by: Donald Pang

The best interior design and product design courses will offer furniture design modules. If you want a career in furniture design, a degree in either field will qualify you. Depending on the country you are in, one of the two degrees will be more popular. So, search on furniture design jobs in your area just to be sure.

Even if your search results prove the other course to be more popular, you can still pursue your course of interest. Just be prepared to impress with a strong portfolio or several relevant internships.

How to choose the best course:

Begin with the end in mind. Search for your dream job online!

1) Do a basic search on job portals like jobstreet or jobsdb for furniture designer, interior designer or product designer.

2) Shortlist the jobs you like best based on the job description and responsibilities.

3) Look at the job requirements and find out which skills or certifications you need most.

You may be discouraged at first thinking that the job will not be there when you graduate. So it might put you off from searching. In actual fact, the design industry has a high turnover rate as designers are always hopping around for better opportunities. So it would help to search up some reputable interior design or furniture design companies.

Need motivation to study? Landing a job in a top design company is an ideal reason to go to school for! Pick the best design school for yourself. This will encourage you to study hard with many more reasons.

Now that you know what they want, start looking at course modules from top design schools.

1) Make sure that the school teaches you what is needed in your future job requirements.

2) Look out for their track record of award winners and successful alumni.

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3) Visit the school and see if they have professional facilities like workshops and computers with designing software.

Still have trouble deciding?

These are three key differences between interior designers and product designers:

1) Design and creative skills

The interior designer can:

– Analyze spaces in real estate.

– Visualize the best creative treatment for given job instructions and budget.

– Understand architecture and how best to utilize space given.

The product designer can:

– Understand the properties of various materials to achieve the best results according to job instructions and budget.

– Create products from old materials to give objects a new life.

– Work with engineers to create attractive appearances for electronic objects or machinery like laptops or cars.

2) Professional contribution to society

The interior designer:

– Creates different atmospheres and illusions by playing with dcor, colors, and lighting. They make indoor environments pleasant to be in or suitable for work productivity.

The product designer:

– Invents new product variations to enhance looks, quality, and/or user-friendliness of various objects.

3) Job scopes

The interior designer can take on the following assignments:

– Housing interior design

– Design for F&B outlets

– Office design

– Exhibition design

– Retail design

The product designer can take on the following assignments:

– Product customizing

– Electrical product designing

– Lighting design

– Transportation design

– Spatial Design

And the list above is non-exhaustive! Generally, the more assignments you can take on as a designer, the higher your market value. You can command a higher salary. And widen your choices of career opportunities.

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British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

April 23rd, 2017

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

G20 protester dies after collapsing

April 22nd, 2017

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

According to reports, a man protesting the G20 Summit in London, England has died after collapsing at a protester camp.

Sky News says the man collapsed on the street inside a camp close to the Bank of England and when found he was still breathing, but efforts by paramedics to rescue him failed and he was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The name of the person and cause of death are not yet known, but several people were injured earlier in the day. The police claim that protestors threw bottles at them while trying to rescue the protestor.

The London Ambulance Service reported that “we received a 999 call at 7:24 pm from a member of the public reporting that a man had fallen over and was unconscious, but was breathing. [They] made extensive efforts to resuscitate him both there and on the way to hospital.”

Earlier in the day a minimum of 20 protesters broke into the bank and according to reports vandalized furniture, broke windows and cut the telephone lines to the building.

British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

April 22nd, 2017

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

By Larry J. Reaves

Diamond engagement rings are expensive and deliberately so because they are intended to be symbolic of a life together and commitment of the most serious kind. Unfortunately, for most couples buying a diamond engagement ring there is plenty of scope for unscrupulous merchants and jewelers to pass off sub-standard and fake diamonds but charge the high prices the genuine article commands.

So how do you tell the fake from the real thing?

There are simple tests you can arrange to have done on your diamond ring, so here are some simple steps you can follow:

1. Use a Diamond Tester

A diamond tester is an electronic measuring device which can help determine the authenticity of a diamond by using its weight. The precise atomic weight of diamond is known with extremely precise accuracy and if the stone deviates from the accepted weight range then it is a positive test for the stone being a fake. The electronic tester cannot positively tell you that the stone is a real diamond however, because it may be an artificial diamond or constructed from materials which emulate the weight range.

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2. Use the Scratch Test

Diamond is the hardest natural material known to man and so it should be capable of scratching glass. If the diamond stone is unable to scratch glass then you have a fake on your hands.

3. Look for Perfection in the Stone

If your diamond is perfect, then the risk of it being a fake is higher. Genuine diamonds carry flaws and imperfections, even the most expensive stones and this is only a natural consequence of how they are formed. Absolutely perfect diamonds with no flaws or inclusions should be treated with a very high degree of suspicion and is more than likely an artificial stone.

4. Seek an Appraisal for insurance Purposes

Arrange for your stone to be appraised, both for insurance purposes and also to establish that you have a real diamond on your hand. A diamond appraiser will be able to establish the authenticity of your diamond engagement ring using the American Gem Society Laboratories grading system which takes into account the cut, clarity, carat (weight) and color – the so-called ‘Four C’s’.

5. Real Diamonds Have Great Fire

When the light hits a diamond the sparkle will be intense and you will see an intense light in the center of the diamond: this is known as a stone’s ‘fire’. By contrast, fake stones will not be able to compete in terms of sparkle or the intensity of the fire and you can quickly tell the difference when you have a genuine diamond to compare next to fake one.

6. Fog and Breath Test

The fog and breath test is simple to perform – hold the ring in front of your mouth and breathe on it. The stone will fog with your breath and if it is a real diamond, the ‘fog’ will lift rapidly as diamond will not hold the fog to itself. If the stone is a fake, the fog will remain on the stone for around 10 to 15 seconds which is a clear sign it is not a genuine diamond.

There are other things you can look for too: when you hold a diamond to the light you will not see all the colors of the rainbow laid out like some kaleidoscope. You should see some shades of grey within the color scheme and if you don’t, then you know you have a fake. In addition, real diamonds are never set in anything other than platinum, titanium or gold (10K or better) and rarely in some other high-quality metal.

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Shimon Peres discusses the future of Israel

April 18th, 2017

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

This year Israel turns sixty and it has embarked upon a campaign to celebrate its birthday. Along with technology writers for Slate, PC Magazine, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Aviation Weekly, Wikinews was invited by the America-Israel Friendship League and the Israeli Foreign Ministry to review Israel’s technology sector. It’s part of an effort to ‘re-brand the country’ to show America that there is more to Israel than the Palestinian conflict. On this trip we saw the people who gave us the Pentium processor and Instant Messaging. The schedule was hectic: 12-14 hours a day were spent doing everything from trips to the Weizmann Institute to dinner with Yossi Vardi.

On Thursday, the fifth day of the junket, David Saranga of the foreign ministry was able to arrange an exclusive interview for David Shankbone with the President of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shimon Peres. For over an hour they spoke about Iranian politics, whether Israel is in danger of being side-lined in Middle Eastern importance because of Arab oil wealth, and his thoughts against those who say Israeli culture is in a state of decay.

The only crime I committed was to be a little bit ahead of time. And if this is the reason for being controversial, maybe the reason is better than the result.

Shimon Peres spent his early days on kibbutz, a bygone socialist era of Israel. In 1953, at the age of 29, Peres became the youngest ever Director General of the Ministry of Defense. Forty years later it was Peres who secretly gave the green light for dialogue with Yassir Arafat, of the verboten Palestine Liberation Organization. It was still official Israeli policy to not speak with the PLO. Peres shares a Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzak Rabin and Arafat for orchestrating what eventually became the Oslo Accords. The “roadmap” that came out of Oslo remains the official Israeli (and American) policy for peace in the Palestinian conflict. Although the majority of Israeli people supported the plans, land for peace was met with a small but fiery resistance in Israel. For negotiating with Arafat, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shouted at Peres, “You are worse than Chamberlain!” a reference to Hitler’s British appeaser. It was during this time of heated exchanges in the 1990s that Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by Yigal Amir, a Jew who thought it against Halakhic law to give up land given by God (Hashem).

Peres is the elder statesman of Israeli politics, but he remembers that he has not always been as popular as he is today. “Popularity is like perfume: nice to smell, dangerous to drink,” said Peres. “You don’t drink it.” The search for popularity, he goes on to say, will kill a person who has an idea against the status quo.

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Shimon Peres, the President of Israel.


  • 1 Israeli technology
  • 2 The future of the peace process in Israel
  • 3 The waning importance of history
  • 4 Is Israel a united society?
  • 5 Iran: will Israel strike first?
  • 6 The 2006 Lebanon War
  • 7 On American politics
  • 8 Peres on his Presidency and learning from the future, not the past
  • 9 Related news
  • 10 Sources

Australian charged with murder of two after 24 years

Australian charged with murder of two after 24 years

April 18th, 2017

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Robert Penny, 83, yesterday was charged with the murder of his wife Margaret Penny and hairdresser Claire Acocks, twenty four years after their deaths at the Old London Coiffure hair salon in Portland, Victoria in Australia.

Mr Penny was charged by homicide detectives after a revived investigation found Penny had disclosed details of the women’s deaths to various people, that he could only have known firsthand. He allegedly told Mrs Acocks’s husband the morning after her death that she was killed with a comb, and “died very quickly”; police found no weapon at the scene in 1991.

The prosecution also alleges Mr Penny revealed details of the murders in phone calls to both his son and daughter in the hours following the attack, again referring to the use of a tail-comb as the weapon. Investigators at the time initially believed there may have been two weapons, and Homicide Detective Senior Constable Tom Hogan told the court “it would have been impossible for him or any of the police to understand the ­nature of the injuries” before an autopsy was carried out.

The court also heard evidence of a covertly recorded phone conversation between Mr Penny and his granddaughter in February 2014, in which he said “Would a hitman pick up a comb and kill two women?”.

Mr Penny was released on bail due to poor health, under conditions including surrender of his passport. He is due to face court again in July.

French police arrest two women wearing veils after burqa ban goes into effect

French police arrest two women wearing veils after burqa ban goes into effect

April 17th, 2017

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

One day after France began enforcing a ban on the public wearing Islamic veils that cover the face, either a niq?b or a burqa, French police briefly detained two veiled women. The police later claimed that the women were arrested for taking part in an unauthorized protest, not because they were wearing veils.

The new law is hotly debated. The women were arrested while outside the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and may now face fines of up to $217 (150 euros), community service and/or a citizenship course under the law.

While the ban covers the burqa and the niq?b, it does not include the hijab or the chador. The hijab is a veil that leaves the face visible while covering the hair and neck, and the chador covers only the body.

The French Republic lives in a bare-headed fashion…

The law has stirred much debate, both in France and around the globe. Those who oppose the new law say it limits freedom of speech and freedom of religion, while supporters claim that women are degraded by wearing veils and the law is intended to empower those women, as well as increase public security.

The French government, in defense of the ban, said that it was necessary because wearing veils falls short of the living standards in France and and makes women be of an lower status in a country where everybody is considered equal.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has said that the ban is consistent with the national values of France. “The French Republic lives in a bare-headed fashion,” he said in a statement published by a government newspaper.

The French government previously made efforts to accommodate Muslims in the country, including establishing a council dealing with the presence of Islam; however, according to Amer Sahar, a professor who studies the topic, some Muslims in the country say that they feel as though they are under assault by the government. She said that some are “resentful of the fact that they are not allowed to be both Muslim and French.”

The French government is also concerned with women and children who are forced to veil themselves. It has said that such an action is “a new form of enslavement that the republic cannot accept on its soil.” There is a fine of 30,000 euros (about $43,300) and a year in prison for forcing an adult to wear the niq?b or burqa. The fine is doubled for forcing a minor to wear the veils.

Activist Rachid Nekkaz auctioned one of his homes to provide money to pay the fine for any woman arrested under the law. “I would like to send a clear message to President Nicolas Sarkozy that we can do what we want. We have rules. We have a constitution and everyone has to respect it,” he said.

According to the French Constitutional Council, the law “conforms to the Constitution” because it does not limit the freedom of religion or excessively punish people for exercising that right in a place of worship.

The 4 Best Toyota Cars}

April 16th, 2017

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The 4 Best Toyota Cars


Abby Reid

Toyota has existed in the automotive industry since the 1930s. These automotive manufacturing giants have gained great popularity throughout the years. The reason behind Toyotas popularity is the reliability of the automobiles theyve manufactured. Toyota vehicles are preferred worldwide due to their very low maintenance costs, top class interiors, eye catchy exteriors and the perfect aerodynamics. There are four very popular cars currently produced by Toyota. Lets review these models and the outstanding features of the 4 Best Toyota Cars.rnrn1.

The Spacious Toyota Camry

rnThe Toyota Camry is well known for its riding comfort. The very generous leg room and the spacious design makes the Camry the most ideal car for long trips. Not only is the Toyota Camry spacious but its powerful too. Though it is a family Sedan, the Camrys engine is highly powered. This powerful engine is extremely quiet and you wont feel any vibration inside the cabin. The Toyota Camry also comes in hybrid options too. The Camry is really an attention grabber. The excellent headlight assembly and the fog lamps make the front end of the car look magnificent. Great riding comfort with a powerful engine and great looks makes Toyota Camry a great value-for-money vehicle.rnrn2.

The Compact Hatchback – Toyota Matrix

rnThe Matrix is a product manufactured by the joint venture of two automotive giants – Toyota and General Motors. With lots of safety features and great looks, the Matrix is the best Hatchback available today. Though the older models of the Matrix lacked power; the innovative Matrix XRS comes with a very powerful engine. With the inclusion of a sporty suspension and a five speed gear box, the Toyota Matrix XRS offers great riding comfort. Though the Toyota Matrix is a bit disappointing in terms of acceleration, the fuel efficiency will keep owners of the Matrix delighted. There is a superior model of Matrix to be released in 2009.rnrn3.

The Mid-Sized Hybrid Car Toyota Prius

rnToyota Prius is the first mass produced hybrid car on the planet. This hybrid car has won many awards. The popularity of Toyota increased greatly with the launch of the Prius. The innovative design of the Toyota Prius makes it one of the most futuristic cars ever produced by Toyota or any other company. The egg shaped profile of the Prius is really eye catchy. With sufficient acceleration and low emissions, the Prius is the best family car from Toyota.rnrn4.

The Perfect Sedan Toyota Corolla

rnThe Corolla is the best selling car today. The Toyota Corolla has taken many forms since its introduction in 1968 a sedan, a coupe, a hatchback and a wagon. With great pricing, excellent fuel efficiency, fabulous looks, and enormous power, the modern-day Toyota Corolla is the most perfect sedan available on the market today. Statistics show that a Corolla is sold somewhere in this world every 40 seconds. rnrn

The Toyota Dealerships

rnOne of the best Toyota dealerships in the United States is located just minutes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find all Toyota manufactured vehicles, ranging from cars to trucks, at Greensburg Toyota. There are classy used Toyota cars for sale too if you cannot afford to buy a new Toyota. You must look for the best when it comes to buying used or new Toyota vehicles from a Toyota dealership., with its huge selection of Toyota vehicles, should be the first place you check out when buying used or new Toyota cars and trucks in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. With the interactive search tools provided at their website, choosing the best Toyota vehicle, the one that best suits your preferences and requirements, is a breeze!

Toyota Greensburg provides new and used cars that are recognized as environment friendly and fuel efficient. The EPA and the US Department of Energy recognizes the Toyota Prius as having the best gas mileage of any car on the market in the 2009 Fuel Economy Guide.Article Source: }

Woman finds human finger in bowl of chili at Wendy’s restaurant

Woman finds human finger in bowl of chili at Wendy’s restaurant

April 16th, 2017

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

San Jose, California — A woman eating a bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant bit into a chewy bit that turned out to be a human finger. She immediately spat it out, warned other patrons to stop eating, and upon recognizing the object as a finger, vomited.

“I’m more of a Carl’s Jr. person,” the 39-year-old Las Vegas woman, Anna Ayala, told Knight Ridder. She said this incident was her first visit to a Wendy’s restaurant. Ayala described how she found the finger, “Suddenly something crunchy was in my mouth,” she continued, “and I spit it out.”

According to Devina Cordero, 20, after Ayala found the finger, she ran up to her and Cordero’s boyfriend and said, “Don’t eat it! Look, there’s a human finger in our chili.”

“We went up to the counter and they told us it was a vegetable,” Cordero continued. “The people from Wendy’s were poking it with a spoon.”

The restaurant is located at 1405 Monterey Highway, just south of downtown San Jose.

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.

According to Ben Gale, director of environmental health for Santa Clara County, the finger did not come from any of the employees at the restaurant. “We asked everybody to show us they have 10 fingers and everything is OK there,” he said. The found portion of the finger likely belonged to a woman because of its long and manicured fingernail, also found in the food.

Officials seized the food supply at the restaurant and are tracing it back to the manufacturer, where they believe the finger may have gotten mixed in with the raw ingredients used to prepare the chili. The restaurant’s operators were later permitted to re-open after preparing new chili prepared from fresh ingredients.

As this story was filed, there was no mention of the incident on the Wendy’s corporate web site. Wendy’s issued a statement through a spokesman.

“Food safety is of utmost importance to us,” said Wendy’s spokesman Joe Desmond. He referred to the incident as an “unsubstantiated claim.”

“We are cooperating fully with the local police and health departments with their investigation. It’s important not to jump to conclusions. Here at Wendy’s we plan to do right by our customers,” Desmond said.

According to county health officials, the unfortunate woman who bit into the finger is doing fine, despite her initial reaction. Officials also noted that the finger would have been cooked at a high enough temperature to destroy any viruses.

The Santa Clara county medical examiner reported that the finger had a solid fingerprint, although investigators did not say if a search of fingerprint databases would be performed to find the owner of the finger.

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This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.