Ontario church holds large service defying province guidelines

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Church of God in Aylmer, Ontario, Canada held an large in-person church service on Sunday, defying Ontario’s new COVID-19 guidelines, which limits religious services must be kept below 10 people. The service was live-streamed, and over 100 people gathered indoors without wearing masks or social distancing. There were about 200 cars in the parking lot. Attendees included Member of Provincial Parliament Randy Hillier and member of parliament Derek Sloan. Aylmer police say they are investigating this and charges will be made. On Tuesday, four people were charged after another gathering at the same church, and 18 were found to not be following COVID-19 guidelines.

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt addressed churchgoers by thanking COVID-19 in a YouTube video posted by the Church of God. “There is no foundation on which we can build than Jesus Christ, our rock, our Lord and our saviour. God bless you and God bless Canada,” Sloan said. “It brings tears to my eyes to see so many people here,” Hillier said. Hildebrandt continued the service for more than an hour, and spoke to other pastors. While the service was happening, police were outside monitoring and collecting vehicle information.

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Afghan president Hamid Karzai opens new terminal at Kabul International Airport

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, has opened a new terminal at Kabul International Airport. The US$35m (£22m) two-story structure was gifted by Japan as the old terminal building had become badly damaged by decades of war.

Speaking at the event, attended by 150 Afghan and Japanese officials, Karzai expressed his gratitude for the building, saying “Afghanistan could not have made this terminal on its own for many years or without lots of effort.” The new terminal is built next to the original sixties building, which had been considered luxurious when new but has fallen into decline, especially after the 1979 Soviet invasion and the civil war which followed.

Increasing numbers of military aircraft joined the commercial passenger planes, making Kabul International a frequent target of rocket attacks. It was in a poor state of repair, as well as outdated and in need of expansion, by the time the Taliban were ousted from Afghanistan.

Karzai implored his people to take proper care of the new terminal, which Afghan officials described as a step along the route to reconstruction after the Taliban were deposed.

“I hope, now this facility has been handed over to us, that our sisters and brothers, those in charge of the airport, the passengers passing through, the state officials and MPs using it, will look after it and they should not allow, God forbid, that we come here after a year and find its windows, doors and tiles broken,” he said.

The building will enter service next week, in time to carry passengers to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage of the Hajj. It has a capacity of one million passengers every year, and will service both domestic and international routes.

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Football Betting Strategies

Match result betting strategy

This is one of the most popular football strategies widely used by the bettors. Also the freshers prefer this strategy. And experienced bettors in fact, admit that it is a reliable strategy.

Match result betting strategy means that you need to predict the outcome of this or that match – the winning of the first or second team or even the draw. Bookmakers mark such outcomes as 1, 2 and X. Always remember, that in some events, the outcome can include extra time and in other – only normal time. Variants of this kind of football strategy are one team not lose (1X or X2), one team win (there won’t be a draw) – 12. Usually, odds are not very high and such bets are included into express bets.

Correct score betting

This kind of football betting strategies is very hard to predict but it attracts bettors because of “tasty” odds. If you tell precisely the correct score of the match, you will multiply the sum of your bet in 5-6 times of even more. It is possible to make several bets on different variants of the score of one and the same match and due to huge winning you will recover all your betting expenses and save quite a nice profit.

Half-time/full-time strategy

This is one of the most interesting football betting strategies. The bettors should predict, how will the first half of the match and the whole match finish. Widely spread are the bets where eventually stronger team is playing with a weak one. The high odds are given for the first half draw and the favorite’s winning of the whole match. It is due to the fact that thanks to the perfect physical performance, good luck and drive many underdogs can hold the draw during the first half but because the football team is weak it loses after the break. Freshers can use time-match – rather profitable and interesting kind of football betting strategies.

Over/Under Betting

This is one more widely spread football betting strategy variant. There is nothing difficult about it. You just need to predict how many goals the teams will score. The common total for the whole match is 2.5.

Now it is possible to find special programs that monitor the movements of totals from the moment of its appearing in bookmakers line and up to the sport event start. Having analyzed these variables, you will be able to make a right decision much more easier and it will help you to stand to gain.

Sending off football betting strategy

The variant of the football betting strategies that presupposes the analysis of teams discipline during the last matches is the possible sending off of the football player. This variant is ignored by the vast majority of the bettors, but absolutely wrongly. If you don’t make a mistake and a football player is sent off, you will be able to win three times as much you have put a bet

For this strategy the real football battles are usually chosen – classic grands fights (Barcelona-Real, Manchester United-Chelsea and others), where passions run high from the first and up to the last minute and where the possibility of sending off is very high.

If you decide to use this strategy for real, don’t forget to pay attention to the figure of a chief referee who can influence greatly on the match. Pay attention on the mean number of the red cards he had given in his career and the particular season, is he considered to be a strict referee or not, etc.

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CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate David Sparrow in Don Valley West

Friday, October 10, 2008

In an attempt to speak with as many candidates as possible during the 2008 Canadian federal election, Wikinews has talked via email with David Sparrow. Sparrow is a candidate in Ontario’s Don Valley West riding, running under the New Democratic Party (NDP) banner. The riding was set to vote in a by-election on September 22, 2008, following the resignation of John Godfrey, but Stephen Harper’s sudden election call nulled that effort.

Also running in the Toronto riding are Liberal Rob Oliphant, Conservative John Carmichael, Green Georgina Wilcock, and Communist Catherine Holliday.

The following is an interview with Sparrow, conducted via email. The interview is published unedited, as sent to Wikinews.

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Kiribati acquires international funding for solar power

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Last Tuesday, AusAID Australia and the World Bank’s Global Environment Fund (GEF) reached an agreement to give the government of Kiribati US$5 million (AU$4,779,000, NZ$5,985,000, €3,885,000) to install solar panels around the country capital, located on the Tarawa atoll. According to Business Desk of the Brunei Times, AusAID promised AU$3.2 million in funding, while GEF promised US$1 million. The country was the first in the Pacific to make a deal with the World Bank.

The funding was part of a US$530 million (NZ$635 million) package announced at yesterday’s Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland involving New Zealand and the European Union, Australia, the Asian Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the World Bank Group, and the United Arab Emirates. Also at the summit yesterday, New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully had announced a national commitment of USD$54,262,000 (AU$51,861,000 NZ$65 million, €42,178,000) to Pacific region energy solutions, of which US$8,348,000 (AU$8 million, NZ$10 million, €6,483,000) would be specifically earmarked for renewable energy and improved energy efficiency in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.

Kiribati is heavily dependent on diesel fuel for most of the energy available on the national power grid, which supplies power to half Kiribati’s population of 110,000. In addition, a third of the country’s population lacks access to electricity. Once installation of the solar panels is complete, they are estimated to reduce diesel consumption by 230,000 liters (60,760 gallons) a year and give access to the electricity to some parts of the population that currently have no electricity. The European Union already has committed €100 million to sustainable energy in the region, with €10 million of that coming as a result of an announcement made last week.

In a press release about the news, Kiribati President Anote Tong was quoted as saying, “Kiribati faces big challenges it is remote, it is at risk from the effects of climate change, and it is vulnerable to economic shocks. […] Shifting Kiribati’s focus to reliable solar energy will provide a more secure, more sustainable power source for the country’s people.” Radio New Zealand International quoted Tong as saying, “It’s the first time we are doing this. We’re excited at the prospect of even substituting fossil fuel to a small extent at this stage. What the system being envisaged will only produce around 500 kilowatts, but this is the beginning of what I hope will be a pattern, the trend in the future.”

The European Union’s Fiji-based head of operations for the Pacific region, Renato Mele, supported alternative energy solutions like solar power for the region, but said that solar power had limitations because climate and environmental conditions sometimes meant batteries required to power the panels had a life of only 12 months, compared to other climates where batteries normally last five years. This created the potential to drive up standard operating costs. Mele has also noted these additional costs though are still lower than the cost of diesel power.

One News Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver noted, “Governments will be able to put the money they (currently) spend on diesel into things like education and health.”

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US, UK, NATO to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

Saturday, April 17, 2021

On Wednesday, the US President Joe Biden announced plans to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, officially ending the US’ involvement in the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan. Similar troop withdrawals by the United Kingdom and NATO were also announced.

Former US President Donald Trump had set May 1 as the deadline. Both the US and NATO allies are to begin troop withdrawals on May 1. The date of conclusion of the US withdrawal is to coincides with the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, incidents which began the US-led incursion into Afghanistan, now the nation’s longest war.

Speaking from the room George W. Bush announced the US had launched airstrikes on Al-Qaeda training camps, Biden said “[w]e went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021. […] We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal and expecting a different result”. On the war’s longevity, Biden said “I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan: two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth”.

Biden said of a worldwide threat assessment claiming “the Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield” and “American troops shouldn’t be used as a bargaining chip between warring parties in other countries. That’s nothing more than a recipe for keeping American troops in Afghanistan indefinitely.” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a tweet “we will work with our U.S. partners to ensure a smooth transition.”

The US currently has about 2500 troops stationed in Afghanistan of a NATO mission of 9600; according to NPR, as many as 1000 special operations forces may be present as well. However, combat operations from both the US and UK ended in October 2014.

Biden said “[i]t’s time for American troops to come home”, the exit will be done “responsibly, deliberately and safely”. Though NATO and the United Kingdom will join the US in making considerable withdrawals in the coming months, according to the BBC the US will continue “diplomatic and humanitarian work” in Afghanistan.

NATO has said they have achieved their goal of “prevent[ing] terrorists from using Afghanistan as a safe haven to attack us”, and “[t]here is no military solution to the challenges Afghanistan faces”. According to Politico, NATO’ statement read: “Our troops went into Afghanistan together, we have adjusted together, and now we are leaving together”. Defence Minister of Germany, a NATO member, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the German public broadcaster ARD “we’ll go in together, we’ll leave together. I am for an orderly withdrawal”.

Pledging co-operation, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Brussels “I am here to work closely with our allies […] on the principle that we have established from the start: In together, adapt together and out together.”

According to the BBC, in announcing the British “drawdown” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said while “[t]he people of Afghanistan deserve a peaceful and stable future”, “the security of our people currently serving in Afghanistan remains our priority and we have been clear that attacks on Allied troops will be met with a forceful response.” Wallace said in his statement “we must remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, who will never be forgotten.”

After a phone call to the former President Bush, Biden said “[w]e’re absolutely united in our respect and support for the valor, the courage and integrity of the women and men of the United States armed forces who have served”.

In the United States Senate, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the move “a grave mistake”, adding “[f]oreign terrorists will not leave the United States alone simply because our politicians have grown tired of taking the fight to them.” Republican Representative Liz Cheney called it “a huge victory, huge propaganda victory, for the Taliban, for Al-Qaida”. Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan criticised the plan saying “Withdrawal of U.S. troops must be based on the facts on the ground, not arbitrary deadlines”. Her fellow Democrat Elizabeth Warren said Biden “recognizes the reality that our continued presence there does not make the U.S. or the world safer.” Former US President Barack Obama gave his support as well, saying it was “the right decision”.

Director of the US’ Central Intelligence Agency told the Senate “I think we have to be clear-eyed about the reality, looking at the potential terrorism challenge”, there is a “significant risk” and “Al-Qaida and ISIS in Afghanistan” could pose a threat to “US targets”.

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How Essential Is Pet Grooming In Alexandria?

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Pet grooming in Alexandria is the set of basic hygiene care necessary for a pet. Each animal needs this regular care, whether for comfort or health. Grooming a pet is actually essential to his or her well-being. Pet grooming is performed in several stages, let’s study them one by one.

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Brushing is designed to eliminate the dead hair and to untangle any knots. In the case of certain long-haired breeds (German Shepherd, Newfoundland, Colley, Beauceron, etc.), dog brushing can be supplemented by a stripping the “wadding” at the base of the hairs. For dogs with hard hair (Dachshund, Fox Terrier, and so on), stripping or hair removal with a comb knife is perfect because it eliminates the dead hairs that do not fall out on their own.

The next step involves trimming the animal’s coat to the desired length. This does not apply to animals with hard hair, for whom hair removal is more suitable. Speaking of hair removal, hair in the ears can obstruct the ear canal and generate ear infections. They are plucked by hand or by forceps. Then, the excess wax is cleaned with a wipe.

Eye cleaning is a question of removing the crust around the eyes, generally with the aid of a suitable physiological serum. Pet grooming in Alexandria also involves nail trimming. The natural wear and tear of the animal’s nails are sometimes insufficient and it is, therefore, necessary to cut the pet’s nails without forgetting to be careful. Tooth brushing is done with a toothbrush and a special toothpaste. It helps prevent tartar and bad odors. The anal glands, used by the dog to mark its territory, can sometimes get clogged. Grooming is the best opportunity to drain these glands.

Then comes bath time. The animal is successively wet, shampooed, rinsed and dried! Some animals may need a couple of shampoos, depending on how dirty they are. Drying off the animal is as easy as letting them sit and dry, but if it is cold, professionals suggest using a hair dryer. The latter is essential if the pet owner wants the animal to be brushed properly. Contact Hayfield Animal Hospital for more details.

Car bombing kills Yemen government official; ISIS claims responsibility

Monday, December 7, 2015

Yesterday, at least seven people including Aden, Yemen governor Jaafar Mohammed Saad died in a car bomb attack on their convoy in the city of Aden, according to local officials. An online claim of responsibility on behalf of militant group ISIS called Saad a “tyrant”.

An online post purportedly from the group claimed they detonated the bomb as Saad’s convoy passed where the car was parked. The post shared photos purporting to show Saad’s vehicle passing the parked car, and the following explosion.

People as much as 10km away reported hearing the explosion, and medics said it left victims’ bodies unrecognizable. Photos supposedly of the attack showed a burning, wrecked car. Aden’s Jumhoriya Hospital treated the victims.

The online statement threatened to “chop off” the “rotten heads” of Yemen’s “infidels”, and said more attacks are coming.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who follow Shia Islam, have taken over Yemen’s capital of Sanaa. Until just recently, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government operated for several months in Saudi Arabia, which has led a coalition involving air strikes against the rebels.

Yemeni fatalities in ISIS-claimed bombings this year number reportedly around 159. Yemeni fatalities since March, when Saudi Arabia’s pro-Hadi airstrikes began, number at least 5,700 according to the United Nations.

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California releases search warrant for Wells Fargo bank on identity theft

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The California Department of Justice on Wednesday released the warrant and affidavit of a criminal investigation of the Wells Fargo bank. The State of California served the warrant on October 5 to search the San Francisco headquarters of Wells Fargo for felonious activities related to identity theft.

The warrant said property to be seized at the bank’s San Francisco headquarters was related to the unauthorized creation of accounts by Wells Fargo employees including the names of individuals for the accounts; account information and fees; the names of employees and their managers who created accounts without the consent of the Wells Fargo customers in question; and all communications including emails referencing the unauthorised accounts.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s criminal probe is part of an increasing list of officials nationwide questioning the business practices of Wells Fargo such as California State Treasurer John Chiang who announced a one-year suspension of State investment with the bank on September 28; Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs followed suit with a year-long ban on October 3; and Democratic United States Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who wrote to the U.S. Security Exchanges Commission (SEC) suggesting investigation on September 29.

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Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Buffalo, New York —A woman in Buffalo, New York in the United States is in critical condition tonight at Sisters Of Charity Hospital after she accidentally set herself on fire.

The unnamed elderly woman was receiving oxygen for medical problems in her home and lit a cigarette, and the oxygen coming from her mask facilitated the ignition of her clothing, setting her on fire.

Despite her “severe” burns as described by firefighters on radio communications, she was still able to dial the emergency line in the U.S., 911.

In the U.S. only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials in 2002. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities and 9% of injuries. The fatality rate due to smoking is nearly four times higher than the overall residential fire rate; injuries are more than twice as likely. Forty percent of all smoking fires start in the bedroom or living room/family room; in 35% of these fires, bedding or upholstered furniture are the items first ignited.

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