“Woofstock” dog festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

North America’s largest outdoor dog festival came back to Toronto last weekend for its fifth year. It ran from the 9th of June to the 10th of June at Toronto’s historical St. Lawrence Market. A Wikinews reporter was there on Sunday to report on some of the events that happened on the last day.

The “Woofstock” dog festival attracted as many as 140,000 people with their dogs. The festival had tons of accessories, sold under tents, to buy for dogs; food, toys, designer clothes, and more. About 400 vendors and exhibitors were there to promote their products, which also gave private dog companies or groups a chance to show their new products. The local SPCA and some animal rescues were under tents answering questions from visitors. While walking, all visitors could see the CN Tower and other very tall buildings.

One of the local TV stations, Citytv, was there. They hosted a live event at the show which was broadcast on TV. People came up on the stage and asked questions regarding their dogs and the host and co-host answered them.

A man, who called himself the “Chalk Master”, drew two pictures on pavement with chalk. He did it for free but donations were welcome. One was a picture of a girl’s head beside a dog’s head, and another with a wolf.

“Hello Humans. I’ve been invited here to provide your eyeball(s), with some pretty colours. I don’t get paid as I work this weekend strictly for tips… so, if you like what you see please make a DONATION. If you don’t like it simply reach into the pocket of the person next to you and give me their money. CHALK MASTER.”

A contest called “Canada’s top dog” had its own tent with a professional photographer taking pictures of dogs behind a white screen; the winning photo is to be published on the cover of “Puppy and dog basics” magazine.

Large “Gourmet” dog bones were also served from a cart and table.

Next year’s festival is expected to be bigger and better with even more attractions.

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US unemployment rate reaches 9.8%

Friday, October 2, 2009

Companies in the United States are shedding more jobs, pushing the country’s unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.8%.

The US Labor Department said on Friday that employers cut 263,000 jobs in September, with companies in the service industries — including banks, restaurants and retailers — hit especially hard. This is the 21st consecutive month of job losses in the country.

The United States has now lost 7.2 million jobs since the recession officially began in December 2007. The new data has sparked fears that unemployment could threaten an economic recovery. Top US officials have warned that any recovery would be slow and uneven, and some have predicted the unemployment rate will top 10% before the situation improves.

“Continued household deleveraging and rising unemployment may weigh more on consumption than forecast, and accelerating corporate and commercial property defaults could slow the improvement in financial conditions,” read a report by the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, predicting that unemployment will average 10.1% by next year and not go back down to five percent until 2014.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com, said that “it’s a very fragile and tentative recovery. Policy makers need to do more.”

“The number came in weaker than expected. We saw a lot of artificial involvement by the government to prop up the markets, and now that that is starting to end, the private sector isn’t yet showing signs of life,” said Kevin Caron, a market strategist for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Also on Thursday, the US Commerce Department said factory orders fell for the first time in five months, dropping eight-tenths of a percent in August. Orders for durable goods — items intended to last several years (including everything from appliances to airliners) — fell 2.6%, the largest drop since January of this year.

The US government has been spending billions of dollars — part of a $787 billion stimulus package — to help spark economic growth. There have been some signs the economy is improving.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday that spending on home construction jumped in August for its biggest increase in 16 years. A real estate trade group, the National Association of Realtors, said pending sales of previously owned homes rose more than 12 percent in August, compared to August 2008.

A separate Commerce Department report said that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of US economic activity, rose at its fastest pace in nearly eight years, jumping 1.3 percent in August.

Other reports have provided cause for concern. A banking industry trade group said Thursday the number of US consumers making late payments, or failing to make payments, on loans and credit cards is on the rise. A survey by a business group, the Institute for Supply Management, Thursday showed US manufacturing grew in September, but at a slower pace than in August when manufacturing increased for the first time in a year and a half.

Stock markets reacted negatively to the reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41 points in early trading, reaching a level of 9467. This follows a drop of 203 points on Thursday, its largest loss in a single day since July. The London FTSE index fell 55 points, or 1.1%, to reach 4993 points by 15.00 local time.

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8 Ways To Live Longer

1. Eat Less Food

The first way to live longer is to eat less food. People eat for enjoyment so they try to stuff all of the food that they can into their belly. Find other ways to become fulfilled and happy. Studies with different animals showed that when they fed the animals less than they wanted to eat, they lived longer. Probably the best measurement for quantity of food is calories.

When you eat plant foods, they have fiber, unlike animal foods. Fiber helps the body to prevent many health problems and it has no calories. Also another way to eat less is to take vacations from eating. This is known as fasting. So instead of trying to eat less everyday, every once in a while go a couple of days without eating. Some of the people that have fasted include Jesus, Moses, Mahatma Gandhi, Pythagoras, Buddha and Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln even created some national days of fasting.

2. Do Exercise

The body was designed to do work and that is how people used to get their exercise. Exercise is needed by the body to operate properly. An exercise like yoga can help you to be happier, eat less, be more relaxed, be more agile and improve all areas of your life. By reducing stress it can even help you to live longer. It can be done right inside of your house without any equipment.

An exercise like weight lifting or resistance training helps to keep people from losing muscle that happens when people age. They do not look thinner since they also gain fat. Also exercise can help a little in keeping you thin. Of course eating less calories can help you to be thin. The more muscle that your body has, the more calories that your body burns while you are sleeping. Fat does not burn calories but muscle does.

3. Get as Much Sleep As You Can

You can eat too much and get too much exercise but you cannot sleep too much. Why not? How is this unlike the other two? It is not under your conscious control. If it were then Michael Jackson could have force himself to go to sleep. Since it was not under his conscious control he needed to take drugs (medications) to get to sleep and it killed him. Some people sleep 24 hours a day (called a come) since it is not under their conscious control. You can force yourself to get too little sleep and many do this.

Studies show that the more that people sleep, the less they weight. While sleeping the body produces a hormone called leptin. It reduces appetite. Many medical doctors say that sleep is bad for you. You have not heard this since they do not use those words since it would sound stupid. Actually they say this since they do not know that they saying it. They say that sleeping is bad for you but you cannot sleep unless you fast. The first meal of the day is called break-fast.

4. Use Herbs Instead of Medications

Do you know of any celebrities that have died from taking herbs? Michael Jackson was not the only celebrity that died from taking medications. It also happened to Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy and Bruce Lee. I do not know of any celebrities that died from taking herbs. Herbs have been used for healing for thousands of years.

In the late 1800s the most popular method of healing in the United States by medical doctors was bleeding or bloodletting. George Washington had a very sore throat so the top doctors around, bled 3 pints of blood from him and he died. So next time you are in your doctor’s office, tell him or her that you want the presidential treatment that George Washington got. Actually some of the medications come from herbs like the treatment for malaria.

5. Consume Less Salt

WebMD has an article saying that salt is worse for you than smoking. So if you are pregnant and want your baby and you to be healthier, than start smoking and quit consuming salt! This is so common place that people do not question it. Having black slaves was so commonplace that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are considered great men even though they had black slaves.

People have the hardest time understanding why salt is so bad for you. Salt is a chemical and not a food. It stimulates appetite and causes people to eat more. It has no calories. Why not? It is not a food. A teaspoon of salt contains the sodium in over 100 pounds of food even if it is a natural unprocessed rock. If a person puts 4 ounces of salt in a quart of water and drinks it, he will die. Note that I am not a medical doctor so I cannot give medical advice. So consult your doctor before trying the above.

So when the person dies, what will be the cause of death? If you do not know, maybe you should read the above again. The cause of death would be hypernatremia or too much natrium. Natrium is the Latin word for sodium and that is why the chemical symbol for sodium is Na. I eat all of these foods like potatoes without salt and they taste great. In almost all the other spices (also called herbs), they are foods and are also healthy for you. So I use them, like turmeric.

6. Drink Green Tea instead of Water

Drinking water that is not purified with reverse osmosis or distillation is bad for health. They found that the groundwater around the U.S. is polluted with different things including medications like the ones above that have killed celebrities. Spring water has minerals in it like the ones that are in urine. When we used water in chemistry lab in college, we used triple distilled water. So you can take pure water and make green tea and now you have a very healthy food to drink. You can drink your greens.

Green tea may be the healthiest herb that there is but it is definitely the most popular herb. If one has a problem with caffeine, there is green tea without caffeine in it. But green tea has a substance in it called theanine that reverses the bad effects of caffeine. Drinking green tea helps people to lose weight due to the EGCG in it. To get the green tea without pesticides in it, you can get organic green tea.

7. Make sure to get enough vitamin D.

A study showed that 73% of Americans do not get enough vitamin D. I read a story about how 20 years of suffering from fibromyalgia was cured. It was a long story covering all the details but the clue was when the woman visited her sister in another state, she did not have all the symptoms. So she was given enough vitamin D and her fibromyalgia was gone. Her sister lived in a state much closer to the equator where people can get more vitamin D from the sun.

Not having enough vitamin D can cause many different problems. One of the most common problems cause by a deficiency of vitamin D is muscle and joint pains. When I say enough, I mean enough is enough. You can ask your doctor to check your blood levels of vitamin D to see if you have enough. If you have less than enough than it is a deficiency.

8. Grounding or Earthing

Grounding or Earthing is a new science based on people not being able to get rid of excess static electricity in the body since they do not walk barefoot or lie on the ground. Studies show that it can create more stress and make it harder to sleep. So people have used ways to compensate for this so they can have less stress and sleep better.

David Wolfe is an expert on natural health and a multi-millionaire. He goes everywhere in bare feet since he feels a significant difference from doing this. They now have special shoes to help with this. He also keeps a pad under his desk that is connected to the ground that he keeps his feet on. Some appliances have a third prong for the ground. This helps to drain the excess electricity from the appliance that can build up. His pad is connected to that ground in a plug.

Is your body electrical? What is the difference between a heart seizure and a heart attack? It is the difference between electrical and plumbing. A heart seizure is usually an electrical problem with the heart whole a heart attack is due to the heart not getting enough blood because of a blockage.

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister’s resignation over leaked audio recording

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declined Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk’s offer to resign after the leak of an audio recording in which someone, seemingly Honcharuk, audibly says Zelensky “has a very primitive understanding of economic processes.”

Honcharuk filed his resignation after the audio recording was uploaded Wednesday on an anynomous YouTube channel. He said Zelensky is “a model of honesty for me”; however, “to remove any doubts about our respect and trust in the president, I wrote a resignation offer”, he added.

Zelensky said in a meeting with Honcharuk, “I decided to give you and your government a chance if you’ll be able to fix some issues that are very important now and really worry our society”.

He also instructed security agencies to investigate who leaked the recording.

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Concrete Repair It Is Within Your Grasp

Concrete Repair It is within your grasp


Ian Ray

But when corners are cut during the pour, it is only later, after the contractor and the workers are long gone, that the homeowner begins feeling the pain: cracks in the basement floors and walls, as well as patios and sidewalks.

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Walkway surfaces start flaking and chipping away, leaving craters everywhere. Maybe theyre merely unsightly, but soon people are tripping over them and commenting on how unsightly the property is. Its obvious that some form of concrete repair is in order. The first thought might be to call up a contractor, but is that really necessary? Before making that financial commitment, there are several things the homeowner can do to save time and money. First, consider the cause of the problem. Most concrete damage is caused by either frost heave, vegetation growing through cracks, ground movement, soil pressure or shrinkage, poor construction or general wear and tear. Then assess the type and amount of damage. Suppose there is a crater developing in the sidewalk or driveway. 1) Wearing goggles use a mallet and chisel to chip away loose and broken pieces of concrete to depth of 1. 2) Using the chisel, roughen up the surface. 3) Undercut the edges of the damaged surface (which will hold the patch in place). 4) Use wire brush or broom to clean surface. 5) Thoroughly rinse surface. If there is oil, use a suitable degreaser to remove all traces. Then rinse surface again. 6) Following manufacturer instructions, install patching compound. 7) Allow patch to cure for several days. Cracks in a sidewalk or floor are a different issue. While they can merely be the result of material shrinkage during the curing process, they can also result from expansion, contraction and other forces. In this case, superficial patching or filling is not the answer, as it will only serve to hide the problem. Use one of the following procedures: A) For hairline cracks: fill with concrete sealer. B) For cracks up to : 1) While wearing goggles, use a cold chisel to remove broken material. 2) Clean out the surfaces. 3) Fill with caulk-type sealant or hydraulic cement. 4) Smooth overflow with putty knife or scraper. 5) Repeat, if needed to ensure that crack is completely filled. C) For moderate cracks (up to ), repeat above steps, but use sealant or pre-mixed mortar. D) For larger cracks: 1) Chip and clean out crack area, then clean the surfaces. 2) Apply concrete adhesive, then fill with pre-mixed concrete, following manufacturers mixing instructions. 3) After one hour, trowel away excess material. 4) Keep it moist and covered for several days. 5) After its dry, coat the patch with sealant. Over 90% of basement wall concrete cracks pose no structural threat- but what about water seepage? Where there are cracks, moisture will always follow, either now or later. So how the problem should be dealt with? Industry experts recommend that instead of using fillers or cosmetic fixes, the best solution involves urethane injection. Material is injected through the wall to fill in the voids behind it, thus preventing present and future leaks. Kits are available in a variety of sizes and applications, depending in the severity of the cracks. That being said, cracks still have to be dealt with, and one very effective solution involves filling them with epoxy grout, then countersinking carbon fiber staples across the crack, thus stabilizing both wall sections. Kits are available for this type of repair. Regardless of the problem, homeowners should realize that many concrete repairs are within their grasp, both technically and financially. All thats required is a little education, a small outlay of cash, and some elbow grease.

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Augusten Burroughs on addiction, writing, his family and his new book

Friday, October 12, 2007

I had an unofficial phone call from Gay Talese last Tuesday. He had just flown back from Colombia and he was cranky. “I’m happy to do an interview with you,” he said, “but what the hell could you ask me that’s not already out there? Have you even bothered to look?!”

“Jeez, Mr. Talese, lots of things,” was my response. I lied. The truth is that when I call people to interview them, I do not have a set of preconceived questions. My agenda is to talk to them and gain a sense of who they are; to flesh them out as humans. To find out what they think about the world around them at that moment. With Gay Talese I had little interest in talking about Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and with Augusten Burroughs I had little interest in discussing Running with Scissors. I want to know what they think about things outside of the boxes people have placed them in.

With a memoirist like Burroughs, even this is a challenge. What parts of his life he has not written about himself, other interviewers have strip-mined. When we met for dinner at Lavagna in the East Village, I explained to Augusten this issue. I suggested we make the interview more of a conversation to see if that would be more interesting. “Instead of you in the catbird seat,” I said, “let’s just talk.”

We struck an instant rapport. What set out to be an hour and half interview over dinner had turned into four hours of discussion about our lives similarly lived. I removed half of the interview: the half that focused on me.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with writer Augusten Burroughs.

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Viktor Schreckengost dies at 101

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Viktor Schreckengost, the father of industrial design and creator of the Jazz Bowl, an iconic piece of Jazz Age art designed for Eleanor Roosevelt during his association with Cowan Pottery died yesterday. He was 101.

Schreckengost was born on June 26, 1906 in Sebring, Ohio, United States.

Schreckengost’s peers included the far more famous designers Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes.

In 2000, the Cleveland Museum of Art curated the first ever retrospective of Schreckengost’s work. Stunning in scope, the exhibition included sculpture, pottery, dinnerware, drawings, and paintings.

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How To Become A Certified Nursing Assistant

A Nursing Assistant has to do several kinds of tasks and responsibilities throughout his/her profession career. Therefore, he or she must be capable of doing all these duties in a proficient manner which can prove him/her a true Certified Nursing Assistant. The typical responsibilities which a CNA performs are given below:

  • Giving medications to Patients
  • Daily Check ups
  • Supplying Foods
  • Helping in Intake
  • Assisting in Walking
  • Giving Injections
  • Receiving telephone calls and answering them accordingly
  • Maintaining Patient Records
  • Helping Patients in Exercises

Service For All PatientsOne important thing to keep in mind is that a CNA assists and rallies round patients belonging to distinct age groups. They may be children; middle aged persons and even old people. So he or she must have a kind and sympathetic nature to deal with every person whether he or she is young or old. High School DiplomaTo be specific, a willing candidate who wishes to become a Certified Nursing Assistant doesnt require any prior experience but he or she ought to have a high school diploma or certification. Though it is of essence if you have additional courses or qualification but actually, it is not prerequisite at all. However, there are certain subjects which can help in your aim, these include biology, chemistry etc. But again it is not compulsory to have prior knowledge in these specific subjects as well.Certified QualificationsYou can acquire required qualification from any reputable institute or college. There are some popular names which you may consider. But remember that which care facility, college or university you choose, must be certified that means all its offered certifications and diplomas must be State accredited. Because if not attributed, then these diplomas may create problems for you later so assure that the selected nursing school or college is certified from your State.Essential TrainingWhile studying your courses, you need to have training as well. For this course, State exams are arranged which you can take to check your skills and grades. In addition to this, health screening plus criminal record check are also mandatory. Furthermore, in majority of cases, certified nursing assistants ought to acquire minimum 48 hours of training every two years in order to maintain the obtained certifications.This training consists of two sessions where one is for theory (50 hours long) and other is for hands- on training (100 hours long). The structure of the course completely depends on the center where you are studying. In these training courses, a willing candidate is prepared for all kinds of tasks and responsibilities which a Certified Nursing Assistant has to do throughout his/her nursing career. So, in this piece of writing we analyzed some very critical factors which are required for a candidate who wants to become a Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA.

Ground broken on Northpoint development in Cambridge, Massachusetts

A view of the Leonard Zakim bridge from the construction site. The warehouses at right will be replaced by a five-acre park within two years. The elevated roadway in the foreground is the John F. Gilmore Bridge.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts —Construction of two condominium buildings and a five-acre park began on March 21, in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. The buildings and park are part of the 45-acre Northpoint development, which will take 15 years and more than $2bn to complete, according to the Boston Globe. The buildings, designated as “Building S” and “Building T” by the planners of the project, Spaulding & Slye Colliers, have been designed by local architectural firm Childs Bertman Tseckares and Architects Alliance from Toronto. Buildings S and T are the first of an eventual 20 buildings planned at the site.

The development will fill what used to be a railroad yard for the Guilford Rail System, a subsidiary of Guilford Transportation Industries. According to Hoovers.com, Guilford is controlled by Timothy Mellon, heir to the Mellon banking fortune. Guilford Rail Systems has its headquarters in North Billerica and owns 1600 miles of railroad throughout New England. The tracks in the Northpoint plot have been removed, though Boston subway’s Lechmere station remains within walking distance of the site, along with parts of Boston and Cambridge. The site is bordered by Route 93 on its eastern side, Monsignor O’Brien Highway to the west, and the Gilmore Bridge to the south.

The landscape architecture of the park is provided by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, a landscape architecture firm on Concord Avenue in Cambridge. The firm’s principal teaches in Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. MVVA is also completing the landscape for Harvard’s Northwest Science Building.

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New York City Mass Transit facing service cuts

Friday, December 11, 2009

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proposing to make service cuts to close its expected US$343 million (€234m, GBP £211m) budget deficit. The plan includes the elimination of multiple bus lines in The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, the elimination of the W (Astoria, Queens to Lower Manhattan) and the Z (Jamaica, Queens to Lower Manhattan via Brooklyn) train services. Also included in the plan are cuts of nighttime bus and train service.

“We’re not going to rely on anyone else to do anything for us. We’re going to rely on ourselves.” MTA board member Mitchell Pally said, commenting on the New York state’s budget plan cutting $143 million of tax revenue from the agency. MTA Chairman Jay Walder has said in the past that he would not raise fares ahead of schedule.

Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign, a commuter advocacy group, said that the agency should take money from its current construction and maintenance fund, and put it into maintaining these services.

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