Slim line folding sliding doors


Ashley Ault

Folding sliding door systems are seeing further development within the industry in order to respond to consumer demands. One of the latest changes to Folding Sliding door system is that the frames are becoming slimmer, resulting in less frame and more glass which means more light. In addition the systems stack more neatly which means more efficient use of available space.

The new folding sliding door system can accommodate a variety of configurations and can be used as a corner configuration which meets at a 90 degree angle to create a dramatic open corner to transform any building or room.

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Folding Sliding doors can accommodate a range of double glazing to suit the specific requirements of each project including K glass, tinted, self cleaning and many other options. Folding sliding doors are also available with aluminium or timber frames and are available in a range of standard and bespoke colour coatings.

Folding sliding doors can be added to any new or existing property/ extension to create a seamless boundary between the house and garden. A national newspaper recently reported that upgrading the exterior of your property can increase the value of your home by up to 15%. Adding folding sliding doors is the ideal way to update your property without spending too much.

Apropos specialise in aluminium and glass folding sliding doors and have recently launched a slim line folding sliding door system, whereby the frames measure just 111mm glass to glass. Their folding sliding doors are bespoke to each project and are manufactured in the UK.

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Cargo ship Arctic Sea may be found

September 4th, 2017

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

A cargo ship spotted off the African island nation of Cape Verde could be the missing MV Arctic Sea.

The Maltese flagged MV Arctic Sea disappeared off the French coast sometime after July 29. Owned by the Russian Arctic Sea company she was operated by the Finnish Solchart Management company and had a Russian crew.

French intelligence sources have found a ship matching the Arctic Sea’s description about 400 Nautical miles north of São Vicente.

The Arctic Sea was on a scheduled route from the Finnish seaport of Pietarsaari to the Algerian seaport of Béjaïa with a cargo of timber when it was boarded in Swedish waters between the islands Öland and Gotland on the night of July 24. The alleged boarders left the ship the same day according to its crew and the ship continued her voyage although it would have been expected to anchor at the nearest port.

The last official contact with the ship was with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Britain on July 28. Viktor Matveyev, the director of Solchart Management says the ship radioed that it was off the coast of Portugal on July 31. The 98-meter-long ship has so far not reached the Straits of Gibraltar and is now being sought by the Portuguese Navy and Russian Navy.

If proven this could be the first case of piracy in Europe in the modern era. There is speculation as to the reason for the ship’s hijacking, as its cargo of wood, valued at 1.3 million euros, is not especially valuable. Suggestions include possible contraband, and the possibility of a commercial dispute between the crew or some other party and the ship’s owners.

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How to Remove Gmail Error 007


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Now there are times when we keep on sing our Gmail account and start receiving various error messages and most of which are not known to us. Recently I have faced an issue with the Google Chrome latest version after I have updated the browser. So after that whenever I am trying to reply to a message it seems to take a long time and then I am quickly getting an error message that says Error oops- a server occurred and your email was not sent (#007). But if I click on OK, I can sometime send out the message in a second try.

What will be the best way to solve and send my message on the very first click? I have approached with these issues to Gmail technical support who are available on the toll-free phone service 24/7 and 365 days in a year.

Well, generally it is due to the browser issues. And the Gmail customer support executive who was explaining has said something like this that helped me to run my account successfully and I stopped receiving those stupid messages. He just asked me to fix a few things over the Gmail toll-free support. Here are those few ways

You need to remove the browser cache and cookies

You simply need to click on the open chrome menu

Go to the tools

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Now you need to click on clear browsing data

Clear cache and cookies

Disable the extensions

For this, you need to go to the chrome menu

Go to the tools

Then go to the extensions

Uncheck all extensions

To disable Gmail tabs

Go to Gmail

Go to Settings

Go to Labs

And finally click on Disable

Close all the chrome windows, reopen, and try them again

To understand how the things go well, I promptly acted and changed the settings and preferences as they have directed. The errors stopped coming back and I started to enjoy error free messaging service with my device and browser. They explain well, so it was pretty easy for me to understand what to follow next and execute as they suggested. It was easy and I was satisfied to receive a help from their service. To know more get on and call the experts and talk to them any time and from any location without any extra charges.

For the new users, the Gmail account can pose confusion especially at the times when you are not very sure about what can be done to sort the trouble that the account is posing. There are many troubles like the forgot password issue, cannot open the mails, facing technical troubles like error messages and network issues. Whichever you face, the solution is there on the Google website for troubleshooting. Once you open the site, you would get a number of links questioning you about the type of error that you face and you need to select the accordingly and you would be directed to the help link in moments. Or else contact the Gmail customer service for help.

You can simply dial the

Gmail technical support

number. The number is managed by a group of experts who know the interface very well and can sort any issue that you are facing with your account in minutes at most. The number is toll free.

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Furry fans flock to Further Confusion 2007

August 31st, 2017

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

San Jose, California – Cell phones, cigarette lighters and glowsticks are raised in tribute as Circle of Life begins playing. Soon cheers drown out the song as the multicoloured performers appear on stage. A somewhat unusual introduction; but this is no ordinary show, and these are no ordinary attendees. This is Further Confusion, the second largest furry convention in the world.

The volunteer organizers have something to cheer about, too; Furry fans have gathered from far and wide at the DoubleTree Hotel to indulge their love of anthropomorphics, and Further Confusion’s 9th year is its largest, with a paid attendance of 2061. Their gains mirror those of Midwest FurFest, a similar convention held in Schaumburg, Illinois which grew 35% last November.

Both events feature art shows and auctions, live puppetry performance, masquerades, variety shows, games and parades, as well as panels that range from science and technology to society, sex and spirituality. Filling out the schedule, the hotel walls are lined with announcements of public and private room parties for separate groups. At night, the disco floor fills with dancing cats, dogs, and dragons.

For some, dressing up plays a large part of the convention – almost 300 brought a full costume. There are few professional mascots here, though, and only one or two of the costumes would be recognized by even the most avid cartoon-watcher. Instead, each act is planned and performed by other attendees, wearing “fursuits” of their own design. Many play off the year’s secret-agent theme — “Fur Your Eyes Only”.

Other fans seem content to restrict themselves to small accessories — perhaps some combination of paws, ears, or tail. Each fur bears a 3″x2″ badge detailing their personal character, or “fursona“. Often these characters are better-known than the people who play them.

It may seem lighthearted, even frivolous, but these conventions are becoming big business. Furry fans spent over $180,000 for lodging during the five days (Jan 18-22) of Further Confusion, and another $50,000 at the art auction. Attendees also purchase all manner of merchandise from attending dealers and artists, from on-the-spot art commissions and comic books of all ratings to prints, sculptures, and plush toys – even their very own fluffy tail.

Of course, any business has risk, and conventions can drain wallets when the sums just don’t add up. The first furry con, ConFurence in Southern California, ran successfully for over a decade, but cost its new organizer an estimated $60,000 in its last four years due to falling attendance before folding in 2003.

Anthropomorphic Arts and Education board member Peter Torkelson says that won’t happen to Further Confusion. Indeed, the convention ran a healthy surplus of almost $30,000 on $125,000 revenue last year, allowing it to pay off the last of its old debts and save for the future. As Torkelson explains: “The idea is if for some reason, say an earthquake happens, and it cripples the revenue stream, the convention will be able to survive into the next year. It does help our staff to know that we have [a reserve].”

The reserve also gives AAE the financial flexibility to fund charities throughout the year, a big part of its 501(c)(3) mandate. Over the nine years of the convention, attendees have raised over $60,000 for a variety of animal sanctuaries, wildlife refuges, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Further Confusion’s hopes for the future are high. Chairwoman Laura Cherry noted that, unlike previous years, the board has “gone all out” for next year’s tenth anniversary, booking as many rooms as the hotel could offer. The host for 2009 has yet to be decided, but for many fans the question was not whether the current hotel will reach a limit, but when – and where – the convention will find a new home.

Volunteers and food needed for flooded Manitoba, Canada

August 31st, 2017

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Local municipal and provincial volunteers in Manitoba, Canada are exhausted in their efforts to divert the rising waters of the Red River of the North.

It has been hard work with little sleep for the residents who live on the shores of the Red River to shore up their defences with sandbags, build dikes, clear frozen culverts and break ice jams

Volunteers to spell relief for local volunteers and food are desperately needed.

“It’s a week now we’ve been doing this … you’re talking four, five, six public works guys. In my one community we’ve got 25 volunteer firefighters and those guys have been going 24/7, so of course it’s wearing them down.” said Paul Guyader, Manitoba’s emergency measures coordinator.

“We’re dealing with one of the biggest floods the province has ever seen,” said Steve Strang, mayor of St. Clements, Manitoba “We’ve put out hundreds of thousands of bags already. The municipalities are working very well, we’re working with the provincial government, we’ve brought in every possible resource we could to address this issue. The volunteerism within the community has been phenomenal.”

The Portage Diversion has taken some spring waters from the Assiniboine River and diverted the flow to Lake Manitoba.

Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation has been totally evacuated, as well as many homes near the Canada – United States border.

The cold weather is freezing the ice jams into place. Guyader has had 2 Amphibex Excavators operating on the river breaking up ice.

The Red River is right now 16.7 feet (5 metres) above spring ice conditions. The Red River Floodway gates cannot be opened with the current ice jams.

“If we operate now, we can get ice jamming going into the floodway, jamming up against the St. Mary’s bridge, as such, the floodway capacity would be reduced and would cause higher water levels in the city of Winnipeg.” said Steve Topping, Manitoba Water Stewardship spokesman

The floodway was constructed in 1968 following the 1950 flood to divert the overflow spring flooding waters of the Red River. The floodway has been widened the since the 1997 “flood of the century” and the expansion is expected to be completed this spring. As well Manitoba built permanent dikes around communities within the flood plain since the last two major floods..

The Red River waters will crest between the beginning of April to mid April, at which time also the weather should be warming up. Communities are bracing for higher water levels, more ice jams as well as melting snow in the warmer spring temperatures.

Fire reported at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo, New York

August 31st, 2017

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Buffalo, New York — According to scanner frequencies of the Buffalo, New York fire department, smoke was reported on at least five floors at the northeast side at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo. The call came in around 10:50 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday January 18, not long after the ending of the NHL hockey game: the Sabres versus the Atlanta Thrashers which was held at HSBC Arena, a few blocks away from the tower.

According to firefighters communications the people that were on the 22nd floor made it out of the building safely. Firefighters saw “white smoke of varying intensities, believed to have been electrical” on floors 9 through 13. The source of the smoke was not identified, but the first alarm was on the 13th floor, followed by the 10th then the 9th.

Because of the cold temperatures and wind chills in the 10’s, workers at the tower were allowed back into the first floor, which has been cleared by firefighters earlier in the call.

At 11:41 p.m., firefighters gave the all clear to begin packing up with no conclusion as to where the smoke originated. They used ventilation fans to clear the floors of smoke and then shut them off to see if anymore smoke would reappear, which it did not. Remaining employees and personnel have since been allowed back to work. No damage is reported.

The tower, built in 1970, is the tallest in Buffalo and is home several agencies including the Consulate General of Canada. HSBC currently occupies 75% of the tower which has 40 floors. It stands at 529 feet (161.2 meters) tall.

Real Estate Investments Buying Foreclosures In A Real Estate Recession}

August 21st, 2017

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Submitted by: Bob Schwartz

Across the country, Americans are watching the recession fall before their eyes. Its getting harder and harder for people to pay their mortgages and as a result, the number of foreclosures is escalating.

The residential real estate market effects the entire country. When it crashes, it is just like the stock market crashing. Everyone suffers. The only people who do well are bankruptcy and divorce lawyers and doctors, who are always needed. Car repair shops tend to also do better in a down economy as people tend to fix old cars instead of buying new ones. Everyone else gets hit really hard. The collapse of the residential real estate economy triggers a domino effect and the dominos are already starting to fall down.

You can count on seeing a lot more foreclosures on the market. Foreclosures are usually located in blighted areas during times when the market is prospering. Now you can see foreclosures just about anywhere, even in upscale neighborhoods. A foreclosure occurs when the owner of the property is unable to pay their mortgage and the bank takes over the property. The owner is evicted and the bank or lender sells the property to someone who will cover the cost of any debt due. Banks and mortgage lenders do not want to hang onto the properties so they are willing to let them go as long as they get any monies they put out for the mortgage.

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Buying foreclosed property is not difficult. You have to have cash ready as well as a certified check for the down payment. You have to be able to prove that you can afford to finance the house so you will have to either show proof that you have the money for a cash sale or a pre-approval letter from a mortgage company. You will also bid on the property along with other people. You should not be discouraged if you get turned down. If you continue bidding on foreclosures, you will eventually get a property and you can then fix it up and rent it out to a tenant. You can hold onto the property until the residential real estate market turns around and it becomes a sellers market. This will be noted when the demand for housing is greater than the supply and will cause the value of the homes in your area to rise significantly.

You can find a list of properties in foreclosure in your local county courthouse. This process has to go through the court system. An owner must be evicted by the sheriff and the sale of the property must be public knowledge. Anything that goes through the court system is of record.

Real estate agents have a list of homes in foreclosure. These are owned by banks and lenders and this information is also of public record. If you are working with a real estate agent, they should be able to show you the homes in your area that are in foreclosure. Be advised that these homes have already been seen by savvy investors before they came on the market and make a better long term investment, or a home in which you plan to live, than a home that can be fixed and sold quickly.

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Australia: Victorian government to trial driverless vehicles on public roads

Australia: Victorian government to trial driverless vehicles on public roads

August 20th, 2017

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Yesterday, the state government of Victoria, Australia announced their decision to trial self-driving vehicles on two of the state’s major connecting motorways, the CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway. The trial is to use autonomous vehicles from automobile companies including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Tesla. The two-year trial is to have three phases.

The cars are to drive alongside commuters, but in public testing a driver is always to be present, as Victorian law requires drivers always keep a hand on the steering wheel. However, in occasional closures of the Burnley Tunnel, with no other drivers to endanger, the cars are to be tested with nobody in the vehicle.

Lane assist, cruise control, and recognition of traffic signs are in the trial’s first phase, expected to complete before the end of the year. This includes monitoring how the driver-less cars respond to road conditions, including lane markings and electronic speed signs.

“Victoria is at the forefront of automated vehicle technology — we’re investing in this trial to explore ways that this technology can be used to reduce crashes and keep people safe on our roads”, said Luke Donnellan, the Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety. He noted, “Ninety per cent of the fault of accidents is human error […] so we know that if we can take out human error we will have less accidents”.

Tim Hansen, Victoria Police’s Acting Assistant Commissioner, said that police had founded a project team to investigate how self-driving vehicles would change policing on roads. “Can we intercept vehicles more safely to avoid pursuits and ramming?”, he asked.

The trial is a partnership between the state government, Victoria’s road management authority VicRoads, owner of the CityLink toll road Transurban, and insurance company RACV.


US Defense Secretary evaluates Iraq and the political climate

US Defense Secretary evaluates Iraq and the political climate

August 20th, 2017

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Friday, April 6, 2007

U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned that limiting funding for the United States efforts in Iraq could lead to more bloodshed in the Middle Eastern country. In an interview with radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, he said it might even lead to ethnic cleansing in Bahgdad and elsewhere in Iraq.

Gates’ comment followed a proposal from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to end most spending on the Iraq war in 2008, limiting it to targeted operations against al Qaeda, training for Iraqi troops and U.S. force protection.

Sec. Gates also said that the duration of the troop increase is not clear and that evaluating whether the Administration’s new strategy was working will have to wait till mid-summer. The Army general charged with day-to-day operations has suggested that the increased deployment may extend to early next year.

Canada’s Don Valley West (Ward 26) city council candidates speak

Canada’s Don Valley West (Ward 26) city council candidates speak

August 20th, 2017

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This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Don Valley West (Ward 26). Four candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Muhammad Alam, Bahar Aminvaziri, Orhan Aybars, Michele Carroll-Smith, Mohamed Dhanani, Abdul Ingar, Geoff Kettel, Debbie Lechter, Natalie Maniates, John Masterson, John Parker, David Thomas, Csaba Vegh, and Fred Williams.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.


  • 1 Geoff Kettel
  • 2 Natalie Maniates
  • 3 John Parker
  • 4 Csaba Vegh