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Gunman opens fire inside store in California, USA

Friday, November 28, 2008

At least two people have been shot and killed in Palm Desert, California, after a gunman opened fire inside a Toys “R” Us toy store.

A spokesman for the Riverside County sheriff’s office said shots were reported to have been fired inside the store, and that two people had been shot and killed. Witnesses say that a fight erupted between two men. It then got louder and louder, when one pulled out a gun and began to shoot.

One man told the Associated Press that he thought the argument might have been due to a toy the men were fighting over.

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., is traditionally known as the biggest shopping day in the country when many retailers have deep discounts and sales on many products. Shoppers generally wake up early and spend much of the day shopping.

Earlier today, a worker was killed and at least three others were injured in a Black Friday door-buster sale stampede at a Wal-Mart in Long Island, New York. They had been knocked over and trampled by a crowd of other shoppers entering the store when it opened.

Do You Need The Services Of Water Damage Experts?

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It is necessary to consider and know the different recommendations to avoid potential water damage in your home. No one is able to see unforeseen circumstances or any other situation where your home or business could be harmed by water damage. It is better to be safe and minimize the chances of this happening in your home. Here are some recommendations to prevent water damage by Bulldog Roofing and Restoration.

* As a first step you should take out insurance on your home or business. Water damage insurance coverage depends on the plan you choose. Most insurers offer different insurance depending on what you want to insure. You can opt for an insurance policy that protects the windows, walls, doors, linens, electronics, dining, etc. Your needs and/or desires allow you to select the plan and consider options related to different implements you want to insure.

* When you use a cleaning product you should make sure to prevent abrasive damage in the pipes. If you do have some damage you may want to hire

* Water Damage Experts

* to help repair the problem.

* You must purchase filters to put in different drains of your home and always keep them clean and free of any foreign objects.

* Do not use the toilet as a place to dump garbage, otherwise you can cause severe damage to the pipes and this could easily cause water damage.

* Try to periodically check the various pipes and/or valves that are in your home. You should look for leaks or any other conditions that pose a risk and can be a possible cause for you to become a victim of water damage situation could have been avoided.

* Appliances such as the dishwasher or washing machine should be used only when you are present. You should also avoid using them late at night.

* It’s good that you leave the keys to your home or apartment to someone you entirely trust as a precaution, because it may be necessary to enter your home if you have some internal damage.

The golden rule is to follow the previous recommendations to prevent water damage. Additionally, you can hire a team of Water Damage Experts to help identify and prioritize on what needs to be done. This is very important when it comes to insurance, especially when meeting your needs and budget.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Gordon Kubanek, Nepean Carleton

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Gordon Kubanek is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Nepean-Carleton riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science officially deemed a charity

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science was recently approved as a charitable foundation in the United States. Started by biologist Richard Dawkins in April 2006, the IRS has approved the foundation’s effective date of the tax-exemption as 20 April 2006. As a result, the donors who gave money before the 2007 IRS decision can deduct their donations when they file taxes in 2008.

Dawkins started the foundation to combat pseudoscience and attacks on the Enlightenment through educating the British and American publics via research, humanitarian efforts, and lectures. It intends to finance research into the psychology of belief and religion, finance scientific education programs and materials, and publicize and support secular charitable organizations. In addition, the foundation has helped sponsor the “Out Campaign,” which encourages atheists to come “out of the closet.”

How To Deal With Excessive Sweating

How to Deal with Excessive Sweating


Maxie Curtis

During the summer days, or any time of the day when it s already very humid, the body automatically produces sweat. Sweating is the natural cooling method of the body. Once the sweat is already on the surface of the skin, it helps the body cool down and reduce its core temperature.

Unfortunately for some people, sweating is no longer just an automatic response to a high-temperature environment. Although it is normal for some people to sweat easily than others, there are those whose sweat glands are so hyperactive they would generate more sweat than is needed, and even when it is not needed. This is a condition called hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis is a very embarrassing condition for so many obvious reasons. Not only does it cause intense discomfort, it may also promote body odor. It is also very embarrassing to extend one s hand in introduction when your hand is very moist and sticky. This is why people with hyperhidrosis are always looking for ways to permanently cure or at least deal with their excessive sweating.

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Home Solutions

Many people cannot really afford to pay for more permanent solutions or cure for hyperhidrosis, so the simply have to learn how to cope with their excessive sweating. First and foremost, these people shouldn t leave the house without a handkerchief, some tissue, and a spare shirt just in case they need to stay out from morning to evening. By nightfall, they ll probably need to change so as to remain fresh and presentable to other people.

If the problem areas are under the arms, it is important to use deodorant every day. This is a definite must if there are extensive physical activities lined up for the day. Cologne is also a must, but people should remember not to apply some if they haven t freshened up yet otherwise the smell of sweat and cologne will make things worse.

Baby powder and aluminum chloride also work similarly with deodorants, although the result is more temporary. The kind of body soap you use may also help or make matters worse. Look for one that can remove the accumulated dirt and residues from sweat and skin oils without drying your skin.

Botox Injections

Yes, botox can help resolve excessive sweating. It certainly isn t just used for shaping the face and smoothening wrinkle lines. Botox contains Type A botulinum toxin, which effectively cuts off the neural control of sweat glands zero signals to reproduce sweat, zero sweat produced. This is already a proven long-term solution whose effects may last for up to nine months. After that, if the problem reappears, a patient can just go back for another round of botox injections.

Surgery: A Permanent Solution

Going to a skin centre for surgery on hyperhidrosis should be a last resort. It is pricier than the other options because it is an invasive type of surgery. The sympathetic nerves are partially or wholly destroyed in this procedure. Sweat glands are also removed for good measure, but this is only done on patients who have an excess of sweat glands in their skin.

Maxie Curtis writes about skin care treatments, non surgery and medical spa for

Physician Skincare Center

, a premier skin care center located in North Vancouver, BC. For more information on how to beautify your skin please visit

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Canadian Conservatives vow to defend Arctic sovereignty

Friday, December 23, 2005

The Conservative Party of Canada leader Stephen Harper today made bold claims about the Canadian Arctic region at a campaign stop in Winnipeg, “The single most important duty of the federal government is to protect and defend our national sovereignty.” . The prime minister-hopeful stated, “There are new and disturbing reports of American nuclear submarines passing though Canadian waters without obtaining the permission of —or even notifying — the Canadian government.”

Harper promised a significant increase in military presence in the Canadian region, which has had notable soveriegnty disputes with the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway.”You don’t defend national sovereignty with flags,” Harper said. “You need forces on the ground, ships in the sea, and proper surveillance.”

Among other promises, Harper stated he would station three armed naval heavy ice breakers in the area of Iqaluit with 500 regular force personnel, recruit 500 more Canadian rangers, and build a new army training center in the area of Cambridge Bay on the Northwest Passage.File:Stephen Harper voa.jpg

“As prime minister, I will make it clear to foreign governments — including the United States — that naval vessels traveling in Canadian territorial waters will require the consent of the government of Canada,” Harper stated.

The Conservative Party Website states this ““Canada First” Northern Strategy will increase surveillance, navy, army and air force presence”.

The Liberal Party of Canada, the Conservatives’ most powerful rival in the election, quickly posted a rebuttal on their website. They claim Stephen Harpers stated defense budget of $5.3(CAD) billion over 5 years is not enough to afford the two polar icebreakers, which the Liberal party claims will cost $3(CAD) billion with the party estimating an upkeep of $150(CAD) million per year. “Where does Mr. Harper plan to find another $1 billion?” the party asked in their rebuttal.

The Arctic may be an important issue in the future for Canadians, as scientists expect the fabled Northwest Passage of the Arctic to open up for year round shipping by 2050 as a result of global warming. According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, trade routes from Europe to the Far East could save 4000 km through the passage, as compared to the current routes through the Panama Canal.

Canada last flexed its muscle in the Arctic in 2004 in its most massive Arctic exercise ever, with six hundred personnel from the three services (army, air force, navy) involved in a large exercise in the Baffin Islands.

Canadians are scheduled to go to the polls on January 23, 2006 in an early election as a result of a non-confidence motion in parliament against the former ruling Liberal party.

Dog’s throat cut in Cairns, Australia

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In what the RSPCA calls a “horrific” case of animal cruelty, a dog’s jaw was taped shut, and its throat cut, in Cairns, Australia.

The Staffordshire mix, who was found by police in a critical condition last Thursday, was reportedly struggling to breath and bleeding heavily due to her throat being slashed and her muzzle being bound.

“The way they cut was almost down to the larynx, so muscles were cut but luckily they missed the jugular veins,” said Sarah Gill, the vet who stitched the 10 cm long, 3 cm deep cut.

In a statement reported on Tuesday, Inspector Cameron Buswell, a law enforcement officer with the RSPCA animal welfare charity, said it is hard to comprehend that there are people in the community capable of this level of cruelty.

“This would have to be up there as one of the more horrific cases we’ve dealt with […]The poor dog must have been petrified. How she didn’t die is miraculous.” he said.

Named ‘Franky’ by rescuers, the dog is progressing well along her road to recovery, has a warm, loving and kind nature, and has begun to come out of her shell, Buswell said.

“She is a really nice natured animal and she loves being with people.”

This has become apart of string of violent attacks on pets in Queensland. Another dog in North Queensland named ‘Boof’ was beaten and left to die with a 30 kg chain around his neck in January. In May, a family dog in Toowoomba had its throat slit and a rubber band placed around the wound, twice.

The RSPCA is appealing for information from the public regarding the person or persons responsible for the latest attack.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Freedom Party candidate David McGruer, Ottawa-Orleans

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

David McGruer is running for the Freedom Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Ottawa-Orleans riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Let A Moving Company Handle Your Move For You

byAlma Abell

When you’re planning a move, there’s many things that you need to take into consideration. There are many Moving Companies Naples residents trust to help them, and you can use their services to help you as well. From packing to unpacking, a full service moving company can make your moving day a breeze and allow you to focus on the more important things, such as baking some “welcome home” cookies as soon as you get moved into the new home.

Before the Moving Day

1. Have your moving company help you pack everything in your home.2. Clean the old home to help make sure everything is packed and all cupboards/cabinets/drawers are empty.3. Your moving company can help you label the boxes so you know what goes in what room in the new home.4. Pack important documents and things that need to be in the car with you separately.5. Make sure you have all the paperwork and keys for your new home.

On Moving Day

1. With a moving company, you can sit back and watch everything be loaded into the truck.2. Make sure that everything you need to have with you, such as paperwork and keys, is safely loaded into your car.3. Take one last look around the home to make sure everything is loaded into the truck.

After Moving Day

1. Your moving company will help you get the furniture into the appropriate rooms.2. The boxes will be placed in the rooms according to their labels.3. Begin unpacking the important things first: basic kitchen supplies, bathroom supplies, and bedsheets.

Working with one of the Moving Companies Naples residents love, such as A Smooth Move Moving & Storage, will make your moving experience much smoother. They’ll help to make sure that everything is packed safely so that nothing will break, and they’ll help move all of the furniture so you don’t have to do any heavy lifting. If you need help packing, moving everything to your new home, and getting your large furniture set up in the new home, a professional moving company will be available to help you move. Their prices are more affordable than they ever have been before, so you can have a moving company focus on the move so that you can ensure a seamless transition to the new home. Visit the site for more details.

Fur fans flock to Toronto’s Furnal Equinox 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

From March 15 to 17, the Canadian city of Toronto played host to the tenth Furnal Equinox, an annual event dedicated to the “furry fandom.” Wikinews attended. Programming ranged from music to gender, science to art, covering dozens of aspects of the varied subculture. The event’s featured guests were visual artists Moth Monarch and Cat-Monk Shiro, as well as the co-owners of US fursuit costume builders Don’t Hug Cacti.

The event raised nearly CDN$11,000 for Pet Patrol, a non-profit rescue organization in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, run by volunteers. This exceeded their goal of $10,000, the funds needed to finish a rural sanctuary. The furry community is well-known for their charitable efforts. Along with direct donations, the funds were raised through a charity auction offering original artwork, and a fursuit design by guests of honour “Don’t Hug Cacti.” Last year, Furnal Equinox raised funds for a farm animal sanctuary.

While only 10–15% of people within the fandom own a fursuit according to a 2011 study, event organizers reported this year 908 of the 2240 attendees at Furnal Equinox brought at least one elaborate outfit to the event. The outfits are usually based on original characters, known as “fursonas”.

Guests of Honour Cherie and Sean O’Donnell, known within the community as “Lucky and Skuff Coyote”, held a session on fursuit construction on Saturday afternoon. The married couple are among the most prominent builders in the fandom, under the name Don’t Hug Cacti. The scale of their business was evident, as Sean had made over a thousand pairs of “handpaws”, costume gloves.

The couple encouraged attendees to continue developing their technique, sharing that all professional fursuit makers had developed different techniques. They felt that they learned more from failed projects than successful ones, citing the Chuck Jones quote that “every artist has thousands of bad drawings,” and that you have to work through them to achieve. Cherie, known as Lucky, recalled receiving a Sylvester the Cat plush toy from a Six Flags theme park at age 10. She promptly hollowed the toy out, turning it into a costume. Creating a costume isn’t without its hazards: the company uses 450°F (232°C) glue guns. They’re “like sticking your hand in an oven.”

Other programming included improv comedy, dances, life drawing of fursuiters, a review of scientific research by a research group at four universities called FurScience, a pin collector’s social, and workshops in writing.

The “Dealer’s Den” hall was expanded this year, with even more retailers and artists. While many offered “furry” versions of traditional products, at least one business focused on “pushing the boundaries of fursuit technology.” Along with 3D printing a bone-shaped name tag when Wikinews visited, Grivik was demonstrating miniature computer screens that could be used as “eyes” for a fursuit. The electronic displays projected an animation of eyes looking around, blinking occasionally. The maker has also developed “a way to install a camera inside suit heads, to improve fursuiter visibility.” He hopes the tech would reduce suiting risks and accidents. Without the need for eyeholes, fursuit makers would have “more options for building different eyestyles.”

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