Wikinews:Custom skin

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I’ve been working on coding a brand new skin specifically for Wikinews. This is not a modification of any existing skin, but a new skin built from scratch. It is inspired by viceroy321’s mockup in the Wikinews skin design contest. As of Mar. 25th, the skin is complete, including commented, very customizable CSS. I am still working on some tweaks, but the bulk of the skin is done.

I’ve included several images here (Most likely outdated).

Wikinews is a news site, and MonoBook just doesn’t fit a news theme. The idea behind this skin is to give Wikinews a more “newsy” layout while preserving the usability of a Wiki. To that extent, I believe I’ve succeeded.

As of this writing, functionality is total and equivalent to MonoBook, save a few exceptions:

Full (100%)

These screenshots are current as of April 17th:

Here is the old version of the skin as per request for comparison purposes.

Comments are appreciated, post them here:

The test wiki seems to have disappeared :( Dan100 (Talk) 23:21, 12 May 2005 (UTC)

The skin was inspired by viceroy321’s Wikinews skin contest entry, and created by Noclip.

Last update: 04:16, 17 Apr 2005 (UTC)

10 March 2006

Why Are Single Asian Men Seeking Asian Ladies Online

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By Jenny Willston

Single Asian men seeking Asian ladies online is common these days. Asian dating sites are the best suitable way to find such girls for love and romance, relationship and marriage these days. There are thousands of couples created every year. It does not matter where you live in Asia or in the West, you can search and meet an Asian lady on the Internet. Most of Asian girls are smart in terms of choosing a life partner. They don’t gather in single clubs or bars to find someone special anymore. Gone is the time they visit these places to find short-term dates. As they live on this internet century, they use online dating sites to find their dream mate. Most of dates they found at a bar or nightclub are short-term, which last for one or two nights. Come on, guys, they are smart today.

There are more and more single Asian ladies sign up at the internet dating sites to choose a lifelong companion. On this modern dating world, they are more and more popular. They are not just looking for one man online but many. I told you they are smart. After they contacted many good guys, they choose the best guy for dating out. They deserve that, really. You know what? Most of these single ladies in Asia or Asian women in the West are tender and considerate. They are popular to the world today by their tender manner. An Asian lady usually talks softly with sweet voice. Even though, she sometimes gets angry at you, she does not talk loudly. If you are an Asian man, then you are lucky to find a perfect wife on the world. So, when dating a girl online, you should treat her with respects and honest she deserves.

There are some beautiful traits and characteristics about Asian ladies I should list here. You can view female Asian singles pictures to learn more. As you know that family foundation is the basic in your life. She is the one who can help you build a strong backbone in the family. In other words, an Asian wife can do almost everything in the house so you can devote your full mind to work outside. She takes good care of your children, handle errands at home, and ensure a warm home for you. I have seen thousands of Asian wives who live in the West work full time and still ensure an organized house. This a great trait of these girls. Maybe one of the most important traits is that they are home-oriented. They can work full time outside and part time as a housewife. They can keep a good balance between the housework and public work, which is extraordinary.

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Back to the subject of this article, Asian ladies are very smart these days. Their characteristics are extraordinary so they must look for a perfect life mate to be with. To tell you the truth, they don’t like to go to clubs or bars to find such a man. Nowadays, Asian dating sites are the method they use to find a good man. There are some reasons about choosing a perfect Asian man online. These dating services let them to read each profile in detailed before they contact a member. They don’t fall for sweet and lying compliments from men whom they meet in clubs or bars. I told you man. They are smart. They can contact with as many single men as they could and select only the best ones. This way will help them in selecting the best life mate in the future. So, if you want to look for an Asian lady, then you should find her online. Please view Asian dating pictures to learn more.

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Djokovic defeats Federer to win 2015 Wimbledon Championship men’s singles

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 

On Sunday, Novak Djokovic defeated seven-time champion Roger Federer 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3 to win the 2015 Wimbledon Championships men’s singles, which is overall his third Wimbledon trophy of his career. Djokovic, who is ranked world number one in men’s tennis, has now won a total of nine Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic won the first set 7–6 with 6 aces in total. Federer snatched the second set 7–6 in his favour, that too with 6 aces. The Serbian Djokovic had only 16 unforced errors as compared to Federer’s 35 unforced errors. Completing the third and fourth sets 6–4 and 6–3, Djokovic ruined the chance of Federer winning the championship for an eighth time, a feat nobody has ever accomplished to date.

The match was completed in two hours and 56 minutes. After the match, Federer said “I had my chances in the first set. I got lucky to win the second, had chances in the third. But he was better on the bigger points. He was rock solid, I didn’t play badly myself. That’s how it goes.”

This was Djokovic’s 48th victory in 2015.

Soldiers question U.S. Defense Secretary on issues during Kuwait visit

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Wednesday, December 8, 2004 

Camp Buehring, Kuwait – U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, after a speech to U.S. soldiers at an American military base in Kuwait, was confronted by Iraq-bound soldiers raising their concerns over a variety of issues.

During a question-and-answer session of unscreened questions following his speech at Camp Buehring, Rumsfeld replied to soldier’s concerns over aging equipment and a lack of armor for military vehicles. One soldier, Spc. Thomas Wilson, received applause from the gathered troops after asking the defense secretary, “Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?” [1] Rumsfeld hesitated, then replied, “You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have.” Rumsfeld further clarified that the Pentagon was making all possible effort to provide the materials required as quickly as possible, but that it has been difficult to keep up with demand.

However, a recent claim by a company producing such armor for the Pentagon has contradicted this assertion. “We’ve been telling the Pentagon for months that we have the capacity to double our production,” [3] said Matt Salmon, a consultant for ArmorWorks of Tempe, AZ. ArmorWorks, which has a $30 million contract with the Pentagon to supply armor kits to be fitted on Humvee vehicles, claims to be operating at only half-capacity, with little to no interest shown by the Pentagon in increasing their output.

Rumsfeld also addressed an expressed concern regarding aging equipment by asserting that, although all units have equipment of various vintage, troops headed into a combat situation in Iraq are equipped with the newest and best equipment the military can provide [4].

Maj. Gen. Gary Speer, the deputy commanding general of U.S. forces in Kuwait, stated that every vehicle deploying to Iraq from Kuwait has at least “Level 3″ armor protection. According to Speer, this means the vehicle has locally fabricated armor for its side panels, but not bulletproof windows or reinforced floorboards. He was not aware of soldiers retrieving used bulletproof glass or scrap metal from landfills.

It is difficult to estimate the seriousness of the problems cited by the soldiers, and the Army claims to be unaware of widespread shortages in necessary equipment. However, enough soldiers have expressed concern ([5][6][7]) since the start of combat in Iraq to have provoked a reevalution within the military on the amount and type of protection U.S. forces require in Iraq [8].

Rumsfeld also faced questions from the soldiers regarding the army’s ‘stop-loss’ policy and dismissed concerns over the allegation that Army troops receive better equipment than National Guard troops. “No way I can prove it, but I’m told that the army is breaking its neck to see that there is not a differentiation” in the quality of equipment[9].

Shortly after the speech, Rumsfeld continued on his way to Kabul to watch President Karzai be sworn in.

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is a ministerial department of the United Kingdom Government created on 5 June 2009 by the merger of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).[2]

The BIS Ministers are as follows:[3]

The Permanent Secretary is Martin Donnelly, following the departure of Simon Fraser CMG, on 26 August 2010.

The department is responsible for UK Government policy in the following areas:[3]

Some policies apply to England alone due to devolution, while others are not devolved and therefore apply to other nations of the United Kingdom.

Economic policy is mostly devolved but several important policy areas are reserved to Westminster. Further and higher education policy is mostly devolved. Reserved and excepted matters are outlined below.


Reserved matters:[4]

The Scottish Government Economy and Education Directorates handle devolved economic and further and higher education policy respectively.

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[5]

Excepted matter:[6]

The department’s main counterparts are:[7]


Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the Welsh Government rather than reserved to Westminster.

Precursor departments:

How To Make Article Listing An Effective Seo Strategy

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SEO strategies that are based on content such as article listing are the most widely used today.

SEO strategies that are based on content such as article listing are the most widely used today. A business looking for online visibility cannot survive in this competitive industry without investing in article listing service. Search engines place a lot of importance on websites with high quality content so the only way your site can impress them and rank higher is by implementing article listing.

An article listing service will create and post articles with your website s URL in high ranking article directories. Since search engines now look at quality of links for obvious reasons, the SEO strategies a business implements must be geared towards creating valuable links. A good article listing service is capable of doing this in a bid to gain more visibility and improve search engine rankings for the site.

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If you want to invest in article listing, you must be aware of two factors that will determine the success of your investment. This includes the content that is submitted and the directories which your articles are being submitted to. If these two aspects are given proper consideration the article listing will definitely work for your business.

The article listing service first ensures that every link is originating from credible sources. If search engines do not regard that source as being worthwhile, it may affect the overall visibility of your site. Article listing must be performed by making use of blogs and sites with a high PR. In fact, it is considered more effective to have a few links coming from reliable sources than so many links coming from unknown sites. Remember, quality always supersedes quantity in back linking.

The other important consideration in article listing is the relevance of the article submission directories. If the article listing service posts articles to directories that are not relevant to the client s niche, the credibility of that brand might be ruined. It is important that the article listing service performs enough research on article directories that are not just popular or have a high PR but those that are also relevant to your industry. Search engines are constantly on the look out for links that are related. Any article listing expert should never overlook this simple fact.

If you want to benefit from article listing, you must locate the best service provider. For starters, article listing services are never costly, which explains why so many webmasters love them. However, some service providers misuse this SEO strategy simply because they want short cuts. The best article listing service will have a number of directories that are related to your niche industry.

In addition, an article listing service must have flexible packages to cater for the diverse needs of clients. Article listing is one of those strategies that will be implemented depending on the nature of business. Two businesses can select different packages that will wok perfectly for the both of them. The trick is in knowing the package that suits all your business demands. An article listing expert can help you figure that out.

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Australian Parliament apologises to the Stolen Generations

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 

A motion has been passed in the Parliament of Australia to make a formal apology to the Stolen Generations. Thousands of people converged on Canberra, the capital city, to witness the event. Many Indigenous people set up camp on the lawns outside Old Parliament House at the site of the Tent Embassy which has been on the site since Australia Day 1972.

The front doors of Parliament House opened at 7:30 a.m. with many people queuing from before 7 a.m. to gain a place inside. With the House of Representatives public gallery packed, about a thousand people watched a live telecast of the event on screens that had been set up for the event in the Great Hall. A special area was set up at the front of the Hall for members of the Stolen Generation. Thousands of others watched outside Parliament House, gathering on the lawns of Federation Square. Some members of the crowds wore t-shirts with the word “Thanks” on the front. Many more people watched at venues across the country.

All living past Prime Ministers, with the exception of John Howard, were in the chamber to witness the apology.

The Prime Minister’s speech was received warmly by the crowds and received a long standing ovation at its conclusion. During the Opposition Leader’s speech, a majority of the audience in the Great Hall and Federation Square turned their backs.

The motion was presented to the house as the first item of business at 9 a.m. on the second day of the new Parliament. It was read by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and said (in part):

After the formal apology, Rudd gave a speech in which he referred to specific members of the Stolen Generation, and also addressed some common arguments against the apology.

He told the story of Nanna Nungala Fejo, an Aboriginal woman born in the late 1920’s. “She remembers her earliest childhood days living with her family and her community in a bush camp just outside Tennant Creek. She remembers the love and the warmth and the kinship of those days long ago, including traditional dancing around the camp fire at night. She loved the dancing,” Mr Rudd said. “But then, sometime around 1932, when she was about four, she remembers the coming of the welfare men …. What they had not expected was that the white welfare men did not come alone. They brought a truck, two white men and an Aboriginal stockman on horseback cracking his stockwhip. The kids were found; they ran for their mothers, screaming, but they could not get away … Tears flowing, her mum tried clinging to the sides of the truck as her children were taken away to the Bungalow in Alice, all in the name of protection.”

Mr Rudd criticised the former government for refusing to apologise. “These stories cry out to be heard; they cry out for an apology. Instead, from the nation’s parliament there has been a stony, stubborn and deafening silence for more than a decade,” he said.

Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson spoke in Parliament after Kevin Rudd. He reiterated the apology made by Rudd. “We formally offer an apology to those Aboriginal people forcibly removed from their families through the first seven decades of the twentieth century,” he said.

Nelson had a different take on the issue of inter-generational responsibility. “Our generation does not own these actions, nor should it feel guilt for what was done in many, but not all cases, with the best of intentions,” he said. “But in saying we are sorry – and deeply so – we remind ourselves that each generation lives in ignorance of the long term consequences of its decisions and actions. Even when motivated by inherent humanity and decency to reach out to the dispossessed in extreme adversity, our actions can have unintended outcomes.”

Nelson spoke against compensation to children forcibly removed from their parents. “There is no compensation fund, nor should there be. How can any sum of money replace a life deprived of knowing your family?”

In the Great Hall the crowd grew uncomfortable during the Opposition Leader’s speech and the majority of the audience stood and turned their backs to the screens on which he was being broadcast. As the speech progressed a slow clapping began which drowned out Dr. Nelson’s speech.

The crowds in Federation Square, the gardens outside Parliament House, also turned their back on the Opposition Leader.

One of the first to stand and turn his back in the Great Hall was Chris Osborne, representing the State Executive of the United Services Union of N.S.W. Mr. Osborne told a Wikinews reporter that his son had Aboriginal heritage and his sister-in-law was a member of the Stolen Generations. Regarding Dr Nelson’s speech he said that the Opposition Leader “had not learnt and understood the fundamental issues” and said that he had presented a “begrudging apology”.

A member of the Stolen Generations interviewed by Wikinews said that she had personally resolved the issues in her life and had made a success of it, but was pleased that the Nation had made the apology. She said that she did not turn her back on the Opposition Leader as she believed that it was better to listen to what people said and then take from it what was useful. Another Indigenous person said that he felt that people would leave the event with a spirit of hope and optimism. Of Dr. Nelson’s speech he said that the Opposition Leader: “…had us for a nano-second and then he lost us. He lost the spirit.”

Thousands of people gathered throughout the country to watch a telecast of the apology.

In Sydney, 1,000 people gathered the Redfern Community Centre in Redfern, an inner city suburb that is a focal point for Sydney’s aboriginal community. The event was organised by the City of Sydney and number of Indigenous organisations.

An aboriginal smoking ceremony was performed before the telecast, and attendees were welcomed to the land by a member of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

As the live telecast began it started to rain. This didn’t deter the participants, who sheltered under ponchos and umbrellas. Rudd’s apology was met by cheers and applause. The crowd booed at the mention of former Prime Minister John Howard.

The sound of the live telecast was turned down after Rudd’s speech, so that the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, Clover Moore could speak. She acknowledged the traditional owners of the land and declared her support for the apology, but also said that it was a first step only and that there was much work to be done on the way to reconciliation. “For the first time, we have acknowledged the history of this country, and the privilege to live in this country,” she said. “But we have to ask ourselves: what’s the cost of that privilege? Who paid the price?”

“In our hearts we know the costs, whether in child-abuse, in petrol sniffing in remote communities, and drugs, and alcohol in the city districts.”

The Raveonettes on love, death, desire and war

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007 

“We’re only two days in and we’re already fucking tired,” says Sune Rose Wagner to David Shankbone as he walks into the dressing room at the Bowery Ballroom. Wagner and Sharin Foo comprise the Raveonettes, a group made for “nostalgists who long for Everly Brothers 45’s and diner jukeboxes, the Raveonettes tweak “American Graffiti”-era rock with fuzzed-out surf-guitar riffs,” said The New York Times. They recently left Columbia and signed with Fierce Panda because they felt constrained by their Columbia contract: “The major label system sometimes doesn’t allow for outside “help” to get involved, meaning that we don’t get to choose who we wanna work with. That can be a pretty terrible thing and bad things will surely come of it,” said the band on their MySpace site. Originally from Denmark, both musicians live in the United States now.

Their first EP, Chain Gang of Love, was a critical and commercial success. “Few albums provoke such amazing imagery,” said the BBC. “Pretty in Black is virtually fuzz-free,” said Rolling Stone of their next album, “highlighting the exquisite detail in the Raveonettes’ gift for pastiche: the prowling, garage-surf guitars in Love in a Trashcan; the ghost dance of Red Tan, wrapped in Phil Spector-style sleigh bells.” Of their current album, Lust Lust Lust, set to be released on November 5th (although Amazon says March 4, 2008), Sune told NME that, “There are a lot of songs that deal with desire, restlessness and the tough choices you have to make sometimes.” Fans can hear some of the new material at

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo.

David Shankbone: No, I drank so much green tea today I am worried I am going to need to pee throughout the interview.

DS: I used to. How is the tour going?

DS: You guys played in Southpaw right; how was that?

DS: This interview may be something different than you guys are used to, because although the questions will be about your music, they will be more about the both of you. They are surveys of the landscape. For instance, in the last week I have interviews the proprietors and mistresses of an S&M dungeon; Evangelical Christian Presidential candidate Sam Brownback, the President of the ACLU, Augusten Burroughs, and the High Priest of the Church of Satan, and now you.

DS: A lot of the questions might be a little different than what you are typically used to; maybe that will make it more interesting for you, or less pleasant. One of the first questions I like to ask musicians is about the challenge to be innovative when so much has already been done. How do you not let that affect your output?

DS: Was that your Dogme influence?

DS: You embrace it.

DS: It’s too self-aware?

DS: Since you are so upfront about your influences, you do still have unique sound. Do the constant comparison in the music media grow tiresome?

DS: Did you guys follow the Phil Spector trial?

DS: Knowing Ronnie Spector it must have been an interesting perspective to see it from.

DS: Dogme influenced you guys early on, does it still?

DS: Are you more inspired by things in nature or man made things?

DS: Sure; made by man.

DS: It’s an open question.

DS: Like cities vs. mountains.

DS: Sune, you went through a period where you got really tired of LA and New York and traveled around the United States. What did you find when you traveled across the country?

DS: How did you react to that?

DS: Did you find the blue states more hospitable than the reds states?

DS: Do you think the religion adds an element of beauty or a fearful element to the culture?

DS: The kind practiced here, the kind of Christianity found here.

DS: They just aren’t in madrassahs…

DS: If you could choose your own death, how would you die?

DS: You wouldn’t want to experience it?

DS: What is fearful about it?

DS: Especially at a young age, but if you are creative and have an imagination, it makes it that much scarier.

DS: Sharin, did you ever have a moment where you confronted your own death?

DS: What was it?

DS: [Laughs] That would have made a great end to the interview!

DS: What’s your favorite curse word?

DS: What do you think is the greatest depth of human misery?

DS: Famine?

DS: Starving to death?

DS: Slow.

DS: And seemingly so few people are paying attention.

DS: Has the Iraq War affected either of you as artists at all?

DS: How about as people?

DS: How so?

DS: Why do you have such a particular interest in Chechnya?

DS: Beslan was it?

DS: But it was ideology and not oil…

DS: Why do you think it’s not talked about?

DS: You’re forced to choose between having either India or China blown off the face of the Earth, and if you don’t choose, they both go. They are equal in population according to the 2000 census in each country, with each having roughly 1.2 billion people. Which do you choose, and why?

DS: You would go with China too, then?

DS: Really? They’ll all go?

DS: Sharin, you have a choice between either dating a man who is losing it hair and he tries to style the remaining hair artistically to cover it up, or you have a choice of dating a man with man boobs–

DS: Breasts

DS: Who would you go for more?

DS: Isn’t every question?

DS: You’d go for the hair?

DS: You’d go for the man boobs?

DS: Like a masectomy bra?

DS: Oh! He went through an operation?

DS: When I was in college I had a couple of friends who were rave kids–they also went to my college–and the guy walked around with very large breasts, and our friend Koo would follow him on the street and after he passed people who noticed his large breasts she would go up and say, “Would you let that man babysit your children?” to see the reactions from people. “Do you trust him?” It was surprising, because the people who looked the most uptight generally responded with things like, “Yeah, sure, he doesn’t seem so bad.” But the people who looked the most hippie and free–this was in Boulder–would say things, “I don’t know! What’s wrong with him, why does he have breasts?”

DS: What would bother you more in bed, somebody who is overly flatulent, or somebody who speaks in a little baby voice?

DS: The baby voice?

DS: Creep you out a bit?

DS: Sharin do you find it difficult dating?

DS: How do you try to circumvent those problems?

DS: What traits do you deplore in other people?

DS: Any certain type of ignorance?

DS: Which traits do you deplore in yourselves?

DS: Are you really all those things?

DS: And you deplore that about yourself?

DS: Do you do anything to get over those things?

DS: But I’ve read interviews with you where you talk about the wild party scene in Los Angeles…

DS: Yeah, in preparation for this I read where you talked about that in an interview…

DS: Is that the trait that you deplore in him?

DS: Is there a trait that you deplore in Sharin?

DS: Are you late a lot?

DS: What do you most value in your friends?

DS: Do you keep a large circle of friends or do you tend to keep it close?

DS: How many friends do you have that if you were to self-destruct, they would be there for you?

DS: Close friends like I asked you about?

DS: I keep it pretty close or I find it too overwhelming because I am always working on projects and I need to concentrate. But in terms of self destruct? If I was to self destruct I would say four people that would be there.

DS: No, I didn’t, either. How about you? If you self-destructed how many people could you count on to stay by you?

DS: Did you include Sune in your count?

DS: As your fame has increased, have you found it more difficult to trust people?

DS: Do you guys see an end to the band, a day when you can see yourselves feeling done with it?

DS: You couldn’t imagine being 867-5309 guy?

DS: Are there venues that you guys haven’t played that is your dream venue?

DS: [Laughs] You made it!

DS: Do you have a venue, Sharin?

DS: Are there any bands you guys would love to play with?

DS: Why?

DS: Are you more worried about him being intimidating or disappointing?

DS: Do you believe in a higher power?

DS: Do you really?

DS: How do you think that is possible?

DS: Not including any time in the 20th Century, what time would you go back to?

DS: Can you go ahead in your time machine?

DS: What if you walked out and it was Planet of the Apes?

DS: What if you could only use it one time, and once you are there, you’re stuck, would you go ahead in time?

DS: Really? That’s a big ambition there with your time machine.

DS: Just yourself.

DS: So if you could choose one person, who would you choose?

DS: Do you believe in a higher power, Sune?

DS: Did you see your death then?

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is a ministerial department of the United Kingdom Government created on 5 June 2009 by the merger of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).[2]

The BIS Ministers are as follows:[3]

The Permanent Secretary is Martin Donnelly, following the departure of Simon Fraser CMG, on 26 August 2010.

The department is responsible for UK Government policy in the following areas:[3]

Some policies apply to England alone due to devolution, while others are not devolved and therefore apply to other nations of the United Kingdom.

Economic policy is mostly devolved but several important policy areas are reserved to Westminster. Further and higher education policy is mostly devolved. Reserved and excepted matters are outlined below.


Reserved matters:[4]

The Scottish Government Economy and Education Directorates handle devolved economic and further and higher education policy respectively.

Northern Ireland

Reserved matters:[5]

Excepted matter:[6]

The department’s main counterparts are:[7]


Under the Welsh devolution settlement, specific policy areas are transferred to the Welsh Government rather than reserved to Westminster.

Precursor departments:

Gray Is A Great Neutral For The Nursery

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By Alyssa Davis

While many young couples know the gender of their baby long before he or she is born, there are still many expectant parents want the surprise of not learning the sex of the child until it is born. When the sex of the new arrival is not known, it can be a challenge choosing a color palette for the nursery, yet most parents-to-be want to have the nursery ready well before the baby is due. One way to handle this dilemma is to paint the nursery a neutral color, and add gender specific accessories after the baby is born. And the perfect neutral color to use is gray.

Neutral Gray

Selecting gray as the base color for a baby’s nursery is brilliant on several different levels. First of all it is a fresh, modern color, and in pale, neutral shades it brightens up a room. It also goes equally well with pink or blue, so not knowing the baby’s gender is never a problem. When painting the walls, use a good quality primer, and then add two layers of gray paint on top of it. Keep any molding or trim crisp white and the room will look fresh and new.

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A Little Girl’s Pink

Yea! It’s a girl! Now is the time to add pink accents throughout the room. It can be added to all of the fabrics found in the room including bedding and curtains. Hang pictures and wall art with splashes of pink. This color palette lends itself well to a baby elephant theme. Add stuffed elephants with pink bows on shelving or on the dresser. Incorporate elephants into fabrics, and add an elephant shaped pillow to a rocking chair. Or, rather than a whimsical theme, pink could also take the nursery dcor in a more elegant direction by adding pink and white French toile for the curtains and lace for baby’s bedding. Add a gray toile printed fabric to the chair, and the nursery will begin to take on a distinctly elegant appearance.

A Little Boy’s Blue

Yea! It’s a boy! Finally the nursery can don its baby blue accents; or for a more modern vibe, darker blue accents can be incorporated into the nursery’s design. A blue and gray palette works perfectly with everything that a little boy might be interested in. Design a theme with cars, trucks and even trains, and blue will work for all of them. For a more formal appearance in the nursery, think about including interesting patterns like check, plaid or gingham. Then once the main fabrics including bedding and curtains are chosen, it is time to finish adding blue accessories to the room.

Gray is not a color that normally comes up when designing a nursery, but it is modern and versatile making it a candidate that is certainly worth considering for the nursery. By keeping the tone of the gray in a mid range between warm and cool, the color offers depth and calm to the nursery’s design. It works equally well with pink or blue, and it is stylish and modern. All of these things make gray the perfect base color for a nursery, even when the new parents do not know whether their new baby will be a boy or a girl.

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