Create A Space For Imaginative Play For Your Child Using Bean Bag Chairs And Toy Storage

Create a Space for Imaginative Play for Your Child using Bean Bag Chairs and Toy Storage


Lavina Dcostaa

Imaginative play is an important part of childhood. Children learn about life, roles and responsibilities by acting out the different experiences they have in their daily lives or something they find interesting. Imaginative play or role play is an important aspect of practicing their social skills by focusing on their senses to absorb the world around them. Set up a role play corner for your child to engage her imagination and help her learn practical life skills.

Convert an old wardrobe into a space for imaginative play. Remove the shelving and add some toy storage in the form of boxes and baskets to open the doors to a world with dragons, princesses and castles. Canopies and play tents can be a great addition to a play corner. The play area should be changed regularly and the props and toys should be regularly updated and moved around to keep children stimulated.

Toy storage like chests and baskets can be used as costume boxes. Play silks are a wonderful addition to costume boxes and can be easily imagined into tents, forts, castles, capes, etc. Large bed sheets and a few glittering tissues can be a great way to encourage children to come up with new play ideas. Drape a beautiful green play silk on a wooden console table to create a tree. A sheet thrown over a long table can be a tunnel for an explorer. Fabric scraps can be easily fashioned into finger puppets and used in projects where you need a small piece of felt, silk, netting, etc. Halloween costume accessories and borrowed pieces from friends can also be excellent additions to your dress-up box. Add your child s name or initials to the toy storage to personalize it and encourage her to be whoever she wants to be.

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The imaginative play area can also be a reading space with puppets and props to make the stories come alive. Select books where there is imaginative play between the characters, or where the story may diverge to more than one possible outcome at a point. Complete-the-story books can be perfect for the role play area. Include comfy seating like bean bag chairs which can also double up as props. Bright red polka-dotted bean bag chairs can be a mushroom for a fairy to perch. Bean bag chairs are an excellent way for children to enjoy being in the outdoors as the bean bags can act as large makeshift tables for collecting nature s treasures.

Encourage your child s imagination and develop her motor and linguistic skills with imaginative play using these simple ideas.

Authors Profile: Lavina Dcostaa is a certified interior designer and runs his own interior decoration consultancy. Lavina especially loves decorating a home in wooden furniture and believes that nothing gives a home as warm and cozy a touch as all-wood furniture and decor.

Lavina loves reading up on new design ideas, and has a special interest in space saving techniques. Here Lavina writes about

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Authors Profile: Lavina Dcostaa is a certified interior designer and runs his own interior decoration consultancy. Lavina especially loves decorating a home in wooden furniture and believes that nothing gives a home as warm and cozy a touch as all-wood furniture and decor.Lavina loves reading up on new design ideas, and has a special interest in space saving techniques. Here Lavina writes aboutbean bag chairs and toy storage.

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Wikinews interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Tina McKenzie

Wikinews interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Tina McKenzie

Friday, January 3, 2014

Preston, Victoria, Australia — On Saturday, Wikinews interviewed Tina McKenzie, a former member of the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders. McKenzie, a silver and bronze Paralympic medalist in wheelchair basketball, retired from the game after the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. Wikinews caught up with her in a cafe in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Preston.

Tina McKenzie: [The Spitfire Tournament in Canada] was a really good tournament actually. It was a tournament that I wish we’d actually gone back to more often.

Wikinews Who plays in that one?

Tina McKenzie: It’s quite a large Canadian tournament, and so we went as the Gliders team. So we were trying to get as many international games as possible. ‘Cause that’s one of our problems really, to compete. It costs us so much money to for us to travel overseas and to compete internationally. And so we can compete against each other all the time within Australia but we really need to be able to…

WN It’s not the same.

Tina McKenzie: No, it’s really not, so it’s really important to be able to get as a many international trips throughout the year to continue our improvement. Also see where all the other teams are at as well. But yes, Spitfire was good. We took quite a few new girls over there back then in 2005, leading into the World Cup in the Netherlands.

WN Was that the one where you were the captain of the team, in 2005? Or was that a later one?

Tina McKenzie: No, I captained in 2010. So 2009, 2010 World Cup. And then I had a bit of some time off in 2011.

WN The Gliders have never won the World Championship.

Tina McKenzie: We always seem to have just a little bit of a chill out at the World Cup. I don’t know why. It’s really strange occurrence, over the years. 2002 World Cup, we won bronze. Then in 2006 we ended up fourth. It was one of the worst World Cups we’ve played actually. And then in 2010 we just… I don’t know what happened. We just didn’t play as well as we thought we would. Came fourth. But you know what? Fired us up for the actual Paralympics. So the World Cup is… it’s good to be able to do well at the World Cup, to be placed, but it also means that you get a really good opportunity to know where you’re at in that two year gap between the Paralympics. So you can come back home and revisit what you need to do and, you know, where the team’s at. And all that sort of stuff.

WN Unfortunately, they are talking about moving it so it will be on the year before the Paralympics.

Tina McKenzie: Oh really.

WN The competition from the [FIFA] World Cup and all.

Tina McKenzie: Right. Well, that would be sad.

WN But anyway, it is on next year, in June. In Toronto, and they are playing at the Maple Leaf Gardens?

Tina McKenzie: Okay. I don’t know where that is.

WN I don’t know either!

Tina McKenzie: (laughs)

WN We’ll find it. The team in Bangkok was pretty similar. There’s two — yourself and Amanda Carter — who have retired. Katie Hill wasn’t selected, but they had Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy back, so there was ten old players and only two new ones.

Tina McKenzie: Which is a good thing for the team. The new ones would have been Georgia [Inglis] and?

WN Caitlin de Wit.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah… Shelley Cronau didn’t get in?

WN No, she’s missed out again.

Tina McKenzie: Interesting.

WN That doesn’t mean that she won’t make the team…

Tina McKenzie: You never know.

WN You never know until they finally announce it.

Tina McKenzie: You never know what happens. Injuries happen leading into… all types of things and so… you never know what the selection is like.

WN They said to me that they expected a couple of people to get sick in Bangkok. And they did.

Tina McKenzie: It’s pretty usual, yeah.

WN They sort of budgeted for three players each from the men’s and women’s teams to be sick.

Tina McKenzie: Oh really? And that worked out?

WN Yeah. I sort of took to counting the Gliders like sheep so I knew “Okay, we’ve only go ten, so who’s missing?”

Tina McKenzie: I heard Shelley got sick.

WN She was sick the whole time. And Caitlin and Georgia were a bit off as well.

Tina McKenzie: It’s tough if you haven’t been to Asian countries as well, competing and…

WN The change of diet affects some people.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah. I remember when we went to Korea and…

WN When was that?

Tina McKenzie: Korea would have been qualifiers in two thousand and… just before China, so that would have been…

WN 2007 or 2008?

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, 2007. Maybe late, no, it might have been early 2007. It was a qualifier for — Beijing, I think actually. Anyway, we went and played China, China and Japan. And it was a really tough tournament on some of our really new girls. They really struggled with the food. They struggled with the environment that we were in. It wasn’t a clean as what they normally exist in. A lot of them were very grumpy. (laughs) It’s really hard when you’re so used to being in such a routine, and you know what you want to eat, and you’re into a tournament and all of a sudden your stomach or your body can’t take the food and you’re just living off rice, and that’s not great for anyone.

WN Yeah, well, the men are going to Seoul for their world championship, while the women go to Toronto. And of course the next Paralympics is in Rio.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, I know.

WN It will be a very different climate and very different food.

Tina McKenzie: We all learn to adjust. I have over the years. I’ve been a vegetarian for the last thirteen years. Twelve years maybe. So you learn to actually take food with you. And you learn to adjust, knowing what environment you’re going in to, and what works for you. I have often carried around cans of red kidney beans. I know that I can put that in lettuce or in salad and get through with a bit of protein. And you know Sarah Stewart does a terrific job being a vegan, and managing the different areas and countries that we’ve been in to. Germany, for example, is highly dependent on the meat side of food, and I’m pretty sure I remember in Germany I lived on pasta and spaghetti. Tomato sauce. Yeah, that was it. (laughs) That’s alright. You just learn. I think its really hard for the new girls that come in to the team. It’s so overwhelming at the best of times anyway, and their nerves are really quite wracked I’d say, and that different travel environment is really hard. So I think the more experience they can get in traveling and playing internationally, the better off they’ll be for Rio.

WN One of the things that struck me about the Australian team — I hadn’t seen the Gliders before London. It was an amazing experience seeing you guys come out on the court for the first time at the Marshmallow…

Tina McKenzie: (laughs)

WN It was probably all old hat to you guys. You’d been practicing for months. Certainly since Sydney in July.

Tina McKenzie: It was pretty amazing, yeah. I think it doesn’t really matter how many Paralympics you actually do, being able to come out on that court, wherever it is, it’s never dull. It’s always an amazing experience, and you feel quite honored, and really proud to be there and it still gives you a tingle in your stomach. It’s not like “oh, off I go. Bored of this.”

WN Especially that last night there at the North Greenwich Arena. There were thirteen thousand people there. They opened up some extra parts of the stadium. I could not even see the top rows. They were in darkness.

Tina McKenzie: It’s an amazing sport to come and watch, and its an amazing sport to play. It’s a good spectator sport I think. People should come and see especially the girls playing. It’s quite tough. And I was talking to someone yesterday and it was like “Oh I don’t know how you play that! You know, it’s so rough. You must get so hurt.” It’s great! Excellent, you know? Brilliant game that teaches you lots of strategies. And you can actually take all those strategies off the court and into your life as well. So it teaches you a lot of discipline, a lot of structure and… it’s a big thing. It’s not just about being on the court and throwing a ball around.

WN When I saw you last you were in Sydney and you said you were moving down to Melbourne. Why was that?

Tina McKenzie: To move to Melbourne? My mum’s down here. And I lived here for sixteen years or something.

WN I know you lived here for a long time, but you moved up to Sydney. Did your teacher’s degree up there.

Tina McKenzie: I moved to Sydney to go to uni, and Macquarie University were amazing in the support that they actually gave me. Being able to study and play basketball internationally, the scholarship really helped me out. And you know, it wasn’t just about the scholarship. It was.. Deidre Anderson was incredible. She’s actually from Melbourne as well, but her support emotionally and “How are you doing?” when she’d run into you and was always very good at reading people… where they’re at. She totally understands at the levels of playing at national level and international level and so it wasn’t just about Macquarie supporting me financially, it was about them supporting me the whole way through. And that was how I got through my degree, and was able to play at that level for such a long time.

WN And you like teaching?

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, I do. Yeah, I do. I’m still waiting on my transfer at the moment from New South Wales to Victoria, but teaching’s good. It’s really nice to be able to spend some time with kids and I think its really important for kids to be actually around people with disabilities to actually normalize us a little bit and not be so profound about meeting someone that looks a little bit different. And if I can do that at a young age in primary school and let them see that life’s pretty normal for me, then I think that’s a really important lesson.

WN You retired just after the Paralympics.

Tina McKenzie: I did. Yeah. Actually, it took me quite a long time to decide to do that. I actually traveled after London. So I backpacked around… I went to the USA and then to Europe. And I spent a lot of time traveling and seeing amazing new things, and spending time by myself, and reflecting on… So yes, I got to spend quite a bit of time reflecting on my career and where I wanted to go.

WN Your basketball career or your teaching career?

Tina McKenzie: All the above. Yeah. Everything realistically. And I think it was a really important time for me to sort of decide sort of where I wanted to go in myself. I’d spent sixteen years with the Gliders. So that’s a long time to be around the Gliders apparently.

WN When did you join them for the first time?

Tina McKenzie: I think it was ’89? No, no, no, sorry, no, no, no, ’98. We’ll say 1998. Yeah, 1998 was my first tournament, against USA. So we played USA up in New South Wales in the Energy Australia tour. So we traveled the coast. Played up at Terrigal. It was a pretty amazing experience, being my first time playing for Australia and it was just a friendly competition so… Long time ago. And that was leading into 2000, into the big Sydney Olympics. That was the beginning of an amazing journey realistically. But going back to why I retired, or thinking about retiring, I think when I came home I decided to spend a little bit more time with mum. Cause we’d actually lost my dad. He passed away two years ago. He got really sick after I came back from World Cup, in 2011, late 2010, he was really unwell, so I spent a lot of time down here. I actually had a couple of months off from the Gliders because I needed to deal with the family. And I think that it was really good to be able to get back and get on the team and… I love playing basketball but after being away, and I’ve done three Paralympics, I’ve been up for four campaigns, I think its time now to actually take a step backwards and… Well not backwards… take a step out of it and spend quality time with mum and quality time with people that have supported me throughout the years of me not being around home but floating back in and floating out again and its a really… it’s a nice time for me to be able to also take on my teaching career and trying to teach and train and work full time is really hard work and I think its also time for quite a few of the new girls to actually step up and we’ve got quite a few… You’ve got Caitlin, and you’ve got Katie and you’ve got Shelley and Georgia. There’s quite a few nice girls coming through that will fit really well into the team and it’s a great opportunity for me to go. It’s my time now. See where they go with that, and retire from the Gliders. It was a hard decision. Not an easy decision to retire. I definitely miss it. But I think now I’d rather focus on maybe helping out at the foundation level of starting recruitment and building up a recruiting side in Melbourne and getting new girls to come along and play basketball. People with… doesn’t even have to be girls but just trying to re-feed our foundation level of basketball, and if I can do that now I think that’s still giving towards the Gliders and Rollers eventually. That would be really nice. Just about re-focusing. I don’t want to completely leave basketball. I’d still like to be part of it. Looking to the development side of things and maybe have a little bit more input in that area would be really nice though. Give back the skills I’ve been taught over the years and be a bit of an educator in that area I think would be nice. It’s really hard when you’re at that international level to… you’re so time poor that it’s really hard to be able to focus on all that recruitment and be able to give out skill days when you’re actually trying to focus on improving yourself. So now I’ve got that time that I could actually do that. Be a little bit more involved in mentoring maybe, something like that. Yeah, that’s what I’d like to do.

WN That would be good.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah! That would be great, actually. So I’ve just been put on the board of Disability Sport and Recreation, which is the old Wheelchair Sports Victoria. So that’s been a nice beginning move. Seeing where all the sports are at, and what we’re actually facilitating in Victoria, considering I’ve been away from Victoria for so long. It’s nice to know where they’re all at.

WN Where are they all at?

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, dunno. They’re not very far at all. Victoria… I think Victoria is really struggling in the basketball world. Yeah, I think there’s a bit of a struggle. Back in the day… back in those old times, where Victoria would be running local comps. We’d have an A grade and a B grade on a Thursday night, and we’d have twelve teams in A grade and B grade playing wheelchair basketball. That’s a huge amount of people playing and when you started in B grade you’d be hoping that you came around and someone from A grade would ask you to come and play. So it was a really nice way to build your basketball skills up and get to know that community. And I think its really important to have a community, people that you actually feel comfortable and safe around. I don’t want to say it’s a community of disabled people. It’s actually…

WN It’s not really because…

Tina McKenzie: Well, it’s not. The community’s massive. It’s not just someone being in a chair. You’ve got your referees, you’ve got people that are coming along to support you. And it’s a beautiful community. I always remember Liesl calling it a family, and it’s like a family so… and it’s not just Australia-based. It’s international. It’s quite incredible. It’s really lovely. But it’s about providing that community for new players to come through. And you know, not every player that comes through to play basketball wants to be a Paralympian. So its about actually providing sport, opportunities for people to be physically active. And if they do want to compete for Australia and they’re good enough, well then we support that. But I think it’s really hard in the female side of things. There’s not as many females with a disability.

WN Yeah, they kept on pointing that out…

Tina McKenzie: It’s really hard, but I think one of the other things is that we also need to be able to get the sport out there into the general community. And it’s not just about having a disability, it’s about coming along and playing with your mate that might be classifiable or an ex-basketball player. Like I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she’s six foot two…

WN Sounds like a basketball player already.

Tina McKenzie: She’s been a basketball player, an AB basketball player for years. Grew up playing over in Adelaide, and her knee is so bad that she can’t run anymore, and she can’t cycle, but yet wants to be physically active, and I’m like “Oooh, you can come along and play wheelchair basketball” and she’s like “I didn’t even think that I could do that!” So it’s about promoting. It not that you actually have to be full time in the chair, or being someone with an amputation or other congenitals like a spinal disability, it’s wear and tear on people’s bodies and such.

WN Something I noticed in the crowd in London. People seemed to think that they were in the chair all the time and were surprised when most of the Rollers got up out of their chairs at the end of the game.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah.

WN Disability is a very complicated thing.

Tina McKenzie: It is, yeah.

WN I was surprised myself at people who were always in a chair, but yet can wiggle their toes.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, it’s the preconceived thing, like if you see someone in a chair, a lot of people just think that nothing works, but in hindsight there are so many varying levels of disability. Some people don’t need to be in a chair all the time, sometimes they need to be in it occasionally. Yeah, it’s kind of a hard thing.

WN Also talking to the classifiers and they mentioned the people playing [wheelchair] basketball who have no disability at all but are important to the different teams, that carry their bags and stuff.

Tina McKenzie: So important, yeah. It’s the support network and I think that when we started developing Women’s National League to start in 2000, one of the models that we took that off was the Canadian Women’s National League. They run an amazing national league with huge amounts of able bodied women coming in and playing it, and they travel all over Canada [playing] against each other and they do have a round robin in certain areas like our Women’s National League as well but it’s so popular over there that it’s hard to get on the team. They have a certain amount of women with disabilities and then other able bodied women that just want to come along and play because they see it as a really great sport. And that’s how we tried to model our Women’s National League off. It’s about getting many women just to play sport, realistically.

WN Getting women to play sport, whether disabled or not, is another story. And there seems to be a reluctance amongst women to participate in sports, particularly sports that they regard as being men’s sports.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, a masculine sport.

WN They would much rather play a sport that is a women’s sport.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, it’s really hard. I think it’s about just encouraging people, communicating, having a really nice welcoming, come and try day. We run a… like Sarah [Stewart] actually this yeah will be running the women’s festival of sport, which is on the 30th of January. And that’s an amazing tournament. That actually started from club championship days, where we used to run club championships. And then the club championships then used to feed in to our Women’s National League. Club championships used to about getting as many women to come along and play whether they’re AB or have a disability. It’s just about participation. It’ll be a really fun weekend. And it’s a pretty easy weekend for some of us.

WN Where is it?

Tina McKenzie: Next year, in 2014, it’ll be January the 30th at Narrabeen. We hold it every year. And last year we got the goalball girls to come along and play. So we had half of the goalball girls come and play for the weekend and they had an absolute brilliant time. Finding young girls that are walking down the street that just want to come and play sport. Or they have a friend at high school that has a disability. And it’s just about having a nice weekend, meeting other people that have disabilities or not have disabilities and just playing together. It’s a brilliant weekend. And every year we always have new faces come along and we hope that those new faces stay around and enjoy the weekend. Because it’s no so highly competitive, it’s just about just playing. Like last year I brought three or four friends of mine, flew up from Melbourne, ABs, just to come along and play. It was really nice that I had the opportunity to play a game of basketball with the friends that I hang out with. Which was really nice. So the sport’s not just Paralympics.

WN How does Victoria compare with New South Wales?

Tina McKenzie: Oh, that’s a thing to ask! (laughs) Look I think both states go in highs and lows, in different things. I think all the policies that have been changing in who’s supporting who and… like, Wheelchair Sports New South Wales do a good job at supporting the basketball community. Of course, there’s always a willingness for more money to come in but they run a fairly good support and so does the New South Wales Institute of Sport. It’s definitely gotten better since I first started up there. And then, it’s really hard to compare because both states do things very differently. Yeah, really differently and I always remember being in Victoria… I dunno when that was… in early 2000. New South Wales had an amazing program. It seemed so much more supportive than what we had down here in Victoria. But then even going to New South Wales and seeing the program that they have up there, it wasn’t as brilliant as… the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, cause there there good things and there were weren’t so great things about the both programs in Victoria and in New South Wales so… The VIS [Victorian Institute of Sport] do some great support with some of the athletes down here, and NSWIS [New South Wales Instituted of Sport] are building and improving and I know their program’s changed quite a lot now with Tom [Kyle] and Ben [Osborne] being involved with NSWIS so I can’t really give feedback on how that program’s running but in short I know that when NSWIS employed Ben Osborne to come along and actually coach us as a basketball individual and as in group sessions it was the best thing that they ever did. Like, it was so good to be able to have one coach to actually go and go we do an individual session or when are you running group sessions and it just helped me. It helped you train. It was just a really… it was beneficial. Whereas Victoria don’t have that at the moment. So both states struggle some days. I mean, back in 2000 Victoria had six or seven Gliders players, and then New South Wales had as many, and then it kind of does a big swap. It depends on what the state infrastructure is, what the support network is, and how local comps are running, how the national league’s running, and it’s about numbers. It’s all about numbers.

WN At the moment you’ll notice a large contingent of Gliders from Western Australia.

Tina McKenzie: Yes, yes, I have seen that, yeah. And that’s good because its… what happens is, someone comes along in either state, or wherever it may be, and they’re hugely passionate about building and improving that side of things and they have the time to give to it, and that’s what’s happened in WA [Western Australia]. Which has been great. Ben Ettridge has been amazing, and so has John. And then in New South Wales you have Gerry driving that years ago. Gerry has always been a hugely passionate man about improving numbers, about participation, and individuals’ improvement, you know? So he’s been quite a passionate man about making sure people are improving individually. And you know, Gerry Hewson’s been quite a driver of wheelchair basketball in New South Wales. He’s been an important factor, I think.

WN The news recently has been Basketball Australia taking over the running of things. The Gliders now have a full time coach.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, which is fantastic! That’s exciting. It’s a good professional move, you know? It’s nice to actually know that that’s what’s happening and I think that only will lead to improvement of all the girls, and the Gliders may go from one level up to the next level which is fantastic so… and Tom sounds like a great man so I really hope that he enjoys himself.

WN I’m sure he is.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, I’ve done some work with Tom. He’s a good guy.

WN Did you do some work with him?

Tina McKenzie: Ah, well, no, I just went up to Brisbane a couple of times and did some development days. Played in one of their Australia Day tournaments with some of the developing girls that they have. We did a day camp leading into that. Went and did a bit of mentoring I guess. And it was nice to do that with Tom. That was a long time before Tom… I guess Tom had just started on the men’s team back them. He was very passionate about improving everyone, which he still is.

WN Watching the Gliders and the Rollers… with the Rollers, they can do it. With the Gliders… much more drama from the Gliders in London. For a time we didn’t even know if they were going to make the finals. Lost that game against Canada.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, that wasn’t a great game. No. It was pretty scary. But, you know, we always fight back. In true Gliders style. Seems to be… we don’t like to take the easy road, we like to take the hard road, sometimes.

WN Apparently.

Tina McKenzie: It’s been a well-known thing. I don’t know why it is but it just seems to happen that way.

WN You said you played over 100 [international] games. By our count there was 176 before you went to London, plus two games there makes 178 international caps. Which is more than some teams that you played against put together.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, I thought I’d be up to nearly 200. Look, I think it’s an amazing thing to have that many games under your belt and the experience that’s gained me throughout the years, and you’ve got to be proud about it. Proud that I stayed in there and competed with one of the best teams in the world. I always believed that the Gliders can be the best in the world but…

WN You need to prove it.

Tina McKenzie: Need to get there. Just a bit extra.

WN Before every game in London there was an announcement that at the World Championships and the Paralympics “they have never won”.

Tina McKenzie: No, no. I remember 2000 in Sydney, watching the girls play against Canada in 2000. Terrible game. Yet they were a brilliant team in 2000 as well. I think the Gliders have always had a great team. Just unfortunately, that last final game. We haven’t been able to get over that line yet.

WN You were in the final game in 2004.

Tina McKenzie: Yep, never forget that. It was an amazing game.

WN What was it like?

Tina McKenzie: I think we played our gold medal game against the USA the first game up. We knew that we had to beat USA that day, that morning. It was 8am in the morning, maybe 8:30 in the morning and it was one of the earliest games that we played and we’d been preparing for this game knowing that we had to beat USA to make sure that our crossovers would be okay, and knew that we’d sit in a really good position against the rest of the teams that we would most likely play. And I think that being my first ever Paralympic Games it was unforgettable. I think I’ll never, not forget it. The anticipation, adrenalin and excitement. And also being a little bit scared sometimes. It was really an amazing game. We did play really, really well. We beat America by maybe one point I think that day. So we played a tough, tough game. Then we went into the gold medal game… I just don’t think we had much left in our energy fuel. I think it was sort of… we knew that we had to get there but we just didn’t have enough to get over the line, and that was really unfortunate. And it was really sad. It was sad that we knew that we could actually beat America, but at the end of the day the best team wins.

WN The best team on the court on the day.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, absolutely. And that can change any day. It depends where your team’s at. What the ethos is like. and so it’s… Yeah, I don’t think you can actually say that every team’s gonna be on top every day, and it’s not always going to be that way. I’m hoping the Gliders will put it all together and be able to take that way through and get that little gold medal. That would be really nice. Love to see that happen.

WN I’d like to see that happen. I’d really like to see them win. In Toronto, apparently, because the Canadian men are not in the thing, the Canadians are going to be focusing on their women’s team. They apparently didn’t take their best team and their men were knocked out by Columbia or Mexico or something like that.

Tina McKenzie: Wow.

WN And in the women’s competition there’s teams like Peru. But I remember in London that Gliders were wrong-footed by Brazil, a team that they had never faced before. Nearly lost that game.

Tina McKenzie: (laughs) Oh yes. Brazil were an unknown factor to us. So they were quite unknown. We’d done a bit of scouting but if you’ve never played someone before you get into an unknown situation. We knew that they’d be quite similar players to Mexico but you know what? Brazil had a great game. They had a brilliant game. We didn’t have a very good game at all. And it’s really hard going into a game that you know that you need to win unbeknown to what all these players can do. You can scout them as much as you want but it’s actually about being on court and playing them. That makes a huge difference. I think one of the things here in Australia is that we play each other so often. We play against each other so often in the Women’s National League. We know exactly what… I know that Shelley Chaplin is going to want to go right and close it up and Cobi Crispin is going to dive underneath the key and do a spin and get the ball. So you’ve actually… you know what these players want to do. I know that Kylie Gauci likes to double screen somewhere, and she’ll put it in, and its great to have that knowledge of what your players really like to do when you’re playing with them but going into a team like Brazil we knew a couple of the players, what they like to do but we had no idea what their speed was like or what their one-pointers were going to do. Who knows? So it was a bit of an unknown.

WN They’ll definitely be an interesting side when it comes to Rio.

Tina McKenzie: I think they’ll be quite good. And that happened with China. I’ll always remember seeing China when we were in Korea for the first time and going “Wow, these girls can hardly move a chair” but some of them could shoot, and they went from being very fresh players to going into China as quite a substantial team, and then yet again step it up again in London. And they’re a good team. I think its really important as not to underestimate any team at a Paralympics or at a World Cup. I mean, Netherlands have done that to us over and over again.

WN They’re a tough team too.

Tina McKenzie: They’re a really tough team and they’re really unpredictable sometimes. Sometimes when they’re on, they’re on. They’re tough. They’re really tough. And they’ve got a little bit of hunger in them now. Like, they’re really hungry to be the top team. And you can see that. And I remember seeing that in Germany, in Beijing.

WN The Germans lost to the Americans in the final in Beijing.

Tina McKenzie: Yes. Yeah, they did.

WN And between 2008 and 2012 all they talked about was the US, and a rematch against the US. But of course when it came to London, they didn’t face the US at all, because you guys knocked the US out of the competition.

Tina McKenzie: Yeah, we did. It was great. A great game that.

WN You won by a point.

Tina McKenzie: Fantastic. Oh my God I came. Still gives me heart palpitations.

WN It went down to a final shot. There was a chance that the Americans would win the thing with a shot after the siren. Well, a buzzer-beater.

Tina McKenzie: Tough game. Tough game. That’s why you go to the Paralympics. You have those tough, nail-biting games. You hope that at the end of the day that… Well, you always go in as a player knowing that you’ve done whatever you can do.

WN Thankyou very much for this.

Tina McKenzie: That’s alright. No problems at all!

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Boston’s Faneuil Hall selects 2005 performers

Boston’s Faneuil Hall selects 2005 performers

September 13, 2016 · Filed under Uncategorized

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Boston, Massachusetts —After being postponed a week because of weather, on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts, held public auditions for their 2005 performance slots. Thirty-two performance and musical acts got the coveted slots at one of the city’s popular tourist destinations. Benefits of performing in the Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area include exposure and tips from passersby.

Although the auditions were open to the public, few people seemed to find the location for the tryouts, since they were held on the second floor of Quincy Market because of the weather. Were it not raining, they would have been held outside.

Acts vying for performance slots included Dan Foley, who has juggled chairs at the marketplace for several seasons, jugglers, and a contortionist. Musicians included The Vegas Valentinos, a loud rock and roll act reminiscient of Elvis; Apple Crisp, a father and son with a keyboard and a vibraphone; a few guitar/harmonica combinations; and Tom Bianchi, a familiar site among Boston street performers.

The emcee between musical acts tried to steal the show with bad jokes. Luckily, audience members steeled themselves and braved his jokes to listen to Toby Tobas’ steel drums.

The judges selected performers earlier this week. Entertainment will begin on Memorial Day weekend.

According to the Boston Herald, the selected acts are:

Musicians Variety Acts
  • Apple Crisp
  • Blue Horizon
  • Dave Neiman
  • John Tercyak
  • Katrin
  • Mike Tarara
  • Owen Plant
  • Royer’s One Man Band
  • Ryanhood
  • Similar Jones
  • Simon Zaslavsky
  • Toby Tobas Steel Drum Strum
  • Tom Bianchi
  • Yarina
  • Alakazam
  • Chuckles the Kid’s Komic
  • Dan Foley
  • Dave Buchanan
  • The Daredevil Chicken Club
  • Gazzo
  • The Jim Show
  • Lucky Bob
  • Magic Dave Show
  • Malik Haddadi
  • Masquerade
  • Peter Gross
  • Peter Panic
  • Spunky
  • Stitch
  • Ten 31/Gargoyles
  • Wendy Leahy
  • Yo-Yo People

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Different Types Of Stage Decoration And Its Growing Importance

February 2, 2016 · Filed under Uncategorized

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Most of the Indian weddings are grand events with mythological rituals, decorations, customs, traditional dresses and heavy embellishments. The ceremonies are quite grand and it can be quite difficult to plan wedding decorations. Decoration is one of the vital and most significant parts of Indian wedding ceremonies. Different places are decorated during weddings which include stage decoration, table and chair decoration and hall decorations.

Stage decoration holds immense prominence as it is the scared place where the wedding vows are exchanged. It is also known as Mandap in Hindu marriage ceremonies. In the earlier days, mandap decorations were based on traditional rituals and beliefs. Today it is decorated in different styles to suit individual preferences.

Growing Business of Stage Decoration

Wedding mandap decoration is one of the most flourishing businesses in India and abroad. The mandap is usually placed on an open ground near to the bride s home. It has four posts which depict the four Vedas of the Hindu mythology which include Samaveda, Rigveda, Atharvaveda and Yajurveda. It also denotes the four karmas of Hindu myth. All the rituals of the Hindu marriages can be traced back to the traditional periods. As these scared rituals are performed under the wedding mandap, it is quite important to decorate the stages extravagantly. Today stage decoration has become a flourishing business prospect.

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Three Different Styles

It is usually done in three different ways which include the following.

Traditional style:

Most of the people who live outside India prefer traditional decoration themes as it exudes a unique aura of homely feelings. Different types of traditional props such as candles, diyas, lamps, rangoli, colorful drapes and flowers are used for traditional styles.

Contemporary style:

Modern wedding stage decorations include contemporary styles with amplified lights and sound systems. It also includes colorful balloons, stars, glitters and disco balls. Today there are many professional decorators available in many of the online stores.

Theme based:

One of the most popular mandap decorations include theme based decorations. The entire venue of the wedding is decorated on the basis of a specific theme which includes matching fabrics used for tables and chairs, matching flowers and many other details. Even the wedding cakes in the theme based decorations are made to match with the wedding theme.

Professional decorators include an entire team comprising of florists, photographers, catering and so forth. It is important to arrange wedding mandap according to the theme if the bride and the family have specific interest in theme weddings. Different types of fabrics are used by professional decorators to enhance the beauty of the arena. Lighting is another important aspect used for decorating purposes. A unique combination of lights and fabrics will add to the beauty of the entire wedding function.

Today there are many event management service providers that showcase incomparable expertise in the field of mandap decoration. The accommodation, catering, d cor, audio visual, entertainment, logistics, transport, staging and creative designs are maintained by these companies efficiently. A professional wedding planner can also be arranged to decorate wedding mandap beautifully and elegantly.

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Man is waiting for 139 days in front of theater for “Star Wars” movie

February 2, 2016 · Filed under Uncategorized

Saturday, January 15, 2005 

Jeff Tweiten, a 27-year-old graphic artist, is encamped in front of the Cinerama Theatre, on a blue sofa, in the northwest city of Seattle, Washington. Tweiten plans to wait 139 days for the premiere of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” which opens May 19, 2005.

He has received help from a community of friends and local business people who have supplied changes of clothes, coffee, food, and a nearby restroom.

City authorities have chosen not to enforce vagrancy laws that would force Tweiten to move between the hours of 7AM and 9PM local time.

Tweiten also camped out for the previous two episodes of the Star Wars movies, “Episode I” and “Episode II”.

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Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas dies at age 75

February 2, 2016 · Filed under Uncategorized

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas died Friday at age 75, after suffering from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He began the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1978 and taught acting classes there to noted actors including George Clooney and Gene Hackman. Katselas is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Katselas directed an off-Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, and received a Tony Award nomination for his 1969 direction of Butterflies are Free. Actress Blythe Danner won a Tony Award for her role in Butterflies are Free under Katselas’ direction. He moved to California to direct the film version of that play, and went on to direct films and television movies. Actress Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her role in the film version of Butterflies are Free.

Katselas directed the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! by playwright James Kirkwood, Jr. In his author’s notes in the publication of the script, Kirkwood acknowledged Katselas, and wrote that the plays were “directed with incredible energy and enthusiasm by Milton Katselas, to whom I am extremely indebted”.

Katselas directed the television movie Strangers: Story of a Mother and Daughter, and actress Bette Davis received an Emmy Award for her role in the movie. Katselas taught many famous actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Baldwin, and Patrick Swayze. Katselas was credited with being able to nurture actors with raw talent so that they could develop strong Hollywood careers. He utilized innovative techniques in his courses – one course called “Terrorist Theatre” had a simple premise: successfully get an acting role within six weeks or leave the course.

He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents who had immigrated from Greece, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg in New York at the Actors Studio, and received advice from directors Joshua Logan and Elia Kazan.

Katselas was a prominent Scientologist, and a July 2007 profile on Katselas in The New York Times Magazine observed that some of his students stopped taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse because they felt they had been pressured to join the Church of Scientology. According to the article, Katselas credited Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard “for much of his success in life”, and one of his students works at Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. The article commented that some in Los Angeles view the Beverly Hills Playhouse as “a recruitment center for Scientology”.

Katselas met L. Ron Hubbard after moving to California, and began studying Scientology in 1965. The New York Times Magazine reported that he had reached the level of “Operating Thetan, Level 5, or O.T. V.” in 2007. According to The New York Times Magazine when Scientologists proceed up the “The Bridge to Total Freedom” they learn the story of Xenu, and that: “75 million years ago the evil alien Xenu solved galactic overpopulation by dumping 13.5 trillion beings in volcanoes on Earth, where they were vaporized, scattering their souls.” A Church of Scientology publication, Source, lists Katselas as reaching O.T. V. in 1989.

Though some actors felt pressured to join the Church of Scientology after taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, at least one individual felt Katselas was not active enough with the organization. Actress Jenna Elfman left the Beverly Hills Playhouse because she felt Katselas was not committed enough to Scientology. Katselas had previously directed Elfman in half of Visions and Lovers: Variations on a Theme, two one-act plays about relationships that he had written himself. In 1999 Katselas had planned to adapt the script of Visions and Lovers to a film version, and Elfman was set to reprise her role from the play. In an article in Variety about the project, Elfman commented on her experience working with Katselas: “He is brilliant, and knows me so well as a person and an actress that he gets the most out of me.”

Other prominent Scientologist actors who have studied under Katselas include Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Leah Remini. According to Rolling Stone, Katselas also recruited actress Kelly Preston to Scientology. Actress Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), told Scientology publication Celebrity that Katselas motivated her to get more active in Scientology, and she stated she took the organization’s “Purification Rundown” and her life “took off completely”.

Anne Archer was introduced to Scientology while studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, as was former Scientologist and now outspoken critic actor Jason Beghe. Beghe told Roger Friedman of FOX News in April 2008 that “He [Katselas] gets kickbacks”, and that he was brought to a Scientology center by fellow Beverly Hills Playhouse classmate Bodhi Elfman, Jenna Elfman’s husband. In a 1998 article for Buzz Magazine, Randye Hoder wrote “In his class, Katselas is careful not to label anything as a tenet of Scientology, but there is no question that the church’s influence seeps into the playhouse.”

Anne Archer’s husband and fellow Scientologist, producer Terry Jastrow, commented to The New York Times Magazine that Katselas changed the way he experiences life on a day-to-day basis: “I go out in the world and look at human behavior now. I see a woman or man interacting with a saleslady, and I see the artistry in it. Life is an endless unspooling of art, of acting, of painting, of architecture. And where did I learn that? From Milton.”

Actor Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoke highly of Katselas in a 2002 interview with San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s this wonderfully intuitive teacher and his premise is basically: The only real barriers are the ones we put in front of ourselves. If you say, ‘My character wouldn’t do that’ — bollocks! Ultimately it’s you who wouldn’t say that. Who knows what your character might do.” In the acknowledgements of her 2004 autobiography Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs, and Lasagna, actress Doris Roberts wrote: “I thank my friend and acting teacher, the incredible Milton Katselas, for his insights, wisdom, and inspiration, which have helped make me the actress that I am.”

Katselas authored two books: Dreams Into Action: Getting What You Want, first published in 1996 by Dove Books, and Acting Class: Take a Seat, which came out earlier this month. Dreams Into Action, a New York Times Bestseller, sought to modify motivational acting exercises to the field of business.

In an interview in the 2007 book Acting Teachers of America, Katselas commented on his experiences as an acting teacher over the years: “I have very special teachers here at the Beverly Hills Playhouse—some have been with me for over twenty-five years. I believe that to make a difference over the long haul, we need to train teachers. I really care about the craft of acting. It’s absolutely necessary to take the time and patience to really develop an actor.”

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Elevators And Escalators

October 20, 2015 · Filed under Uncategorized

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Since the mid-19th century, elevators have played a major role in simultaneously transforming the city skylines of the world, while making daily life more convenient. Mitsubishi Electric elevators have helped contribute to the development of the high-tech cityscapes of modern society, providing architects and developers with new options for innovative building design.

An elevator or lift is a type of vertical transport equipment that efficiently moves people or goods between floors (levels, decks) of a building, vessel or other structure. Elevators are generally powered by electric motors that either drive traction cables or counterweight systems like a hoist, or pump hydraulic fluid to raise a cylindrical piston like a jack.

Because of wheelchair access laws, elevators are often a legal requirement in new multistory buildings, especially where wheelchair ramps would be impractical.

Types of Elevators :

Passenger elevator

Freight elevator

Mine elevator

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Inclined elevator

Limited-use/limited application elevator

Private residence elevator

Special purpose personnel elevator


Material lift

Escalators :

Escalators are large, complicated and expensive installations, and the level of engineering precision and manufacturing standards required to make them work reliably day in and day out is nothing short of phenomenal. These conveyance devices are an integral part of the daily lives of millions of people around the world and are taken for granted on a mass scale.

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Jesse Reno\\’s escalators did not resemble modern escalators too closely. Passengers\\’ feet tilted upward at an angle, and the treads consisted of cleated metal (initially) or wood (later models). Reno worked on his own for several years, gaining success with installations from Toronto to Cape Town, South Africa. Similar units of the day by other manufacturers resembled conveyor belts more than moving staircases. For a time, Otis Elevator sold Reno\\’s escalators as their own \\”cleat-type\\” escalators.

\\”Step-type\\” escalators :

Seeberger\\’s model, bought by Otis, clearly became the first \\”step-type\\” escalator, so called after its visual likeness to steps on a regular staircase. The company later combined the best aspects of both inventions (guiding slats and flat steps) and in 1921 produced an escalator similar to the type used today: they called it the \\”L-type\\” escalator. It was succeeded by the \\”M-type\\”, the \\”O-type\\”, and current models by Otis such as the \\”NCE-type\\” escalator.

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With the recent increase in the number of high-rise buildings in countries around the world, there is a growing demand for faster, larger capacity elevators. The new SOLA testing tower contributes to the development of elevators that fulfill such demands.

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The author of this article is connected to the business of elevators as well as escalators.So he has much information about them.That\\’s why it is easy to inform about them as an article by Author.

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Three die in crash of Canadian Search and Rescue Helicopter

October 19, 2015 · Filed under Uncategorized

Thursday, July 13, 2006 

A Canadian Forces CH-149 of 413 Squadron based at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia crashed while conducting a night training exercise. Killed in the incident were Sgt. Duane Brazil, 39; Master Cpl. Kirk Noel, 33; and Cpl. Trevor McDavid, 31.

The aircraft was conducting a hoist operation at 12:30 AM local time near a Canadian Coast Guard Vessel. The helicopter ditched near the ship and suffered damage to the forward fuselage but remained floating. All seven crew were recovered from the wreckage. In addition to the three killed, four others were taken to hospital. One of the injured was transported by air ambulance to Halifax for further treatment.

The CH-149 is a Canadian designation for the AgustaWestland EH101 built in Italy. Canada purchased 15 for Search and Rescue duties. This is the first fatal crash in Canadian service. The aircraft were previously grounded due to cracks in critical rotor components which were believed to be the cause of the crash of a British Merlin (EH101) in 2004.

The aircraft involved was number 149914 indicating it was the 14th of the 15 aircraft delivered (serials 149901 to 149915).

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Wikinews:Request an interview/Archive

October 18, 2015 · Filed under Uncategorized

I have been banned from my campus for one year in a case in which ample evidence has arisen that 1) I am innocent of the myriad charges pressed against me by the administration of my school and 2) that I have been specifically targeted for my activism.

I face a criminal trial on Tuesday for a charge of “harassment.” The complainant in this case is a state official who, when filing false police reports, did not realize that I had shot a video of the incident in question. You can view this video, along with the police reports and affidavits from others at the scene, here:

We have the support of many faculty members, the mayor of our vilage, and now a former administrator. One faculty member has even [08/25/2006 Faculty member testifies that administrators admitted they were seeking to get rid of student leaders testified that the Vice President of Students affairs was “Looking for an oppurtunity to get rid of” us].

Our situation has had quite a bit of local news coverage as well:

We hope that WikiNews will cover this controversy and our trial on Tuesday.

Well, this seems quite interesting … Thunderhead(talk) 22:18, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

This is not me. I think Wikinews should interview her because she is facing disciplinary action for upholding the Fourth Amendment. [1]

About the recent release of video of American Airlines flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon on 9/11, Wikipedia user Jimwilson made a plausible case that Judicial Watch got credit for the work of his organization, The discussion is on the Wikipedia talk page, wikipedia:Talk:American Airlines Flight As original research we can’t include it there, but I thought someone at Wikinews might be interested. Tom harrison 20:42, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

Deborah in the Seventh book of the Old Testament is the person represented in the Mona Lisa.

After twelve years of observation. Artist, J. Antonio Farfan has found that the sitter in the Mona Lisa painting is Deborah. A prophet, leader and judge in the seventh book of the old testament. The fingers of the Mona Lisa have within them three Roman numerals. The right hand has the Roman numeral VII while the hand underneath has Roman numeral IV and V. If you take that the upper hand has the most importance you can go directly to Judges, which has been the seventh book in the Old Testament even during the time of Leonardo. Furthermore, chapters four and five (indicated by the other two Roman numerals) both speak of the same person. That person being Deborah, also known as a ” Mother of Israel”. The most striking observation is upon reading the biblical excerpts. “..and she dwelt under the PALM TREE of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in Mount Ephraim“( Judges 4:5). “In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways. 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.” ( Judges 5:6-7). This clearly indicates Leonardo was playing with the word Palm, which in Italian is interchangeable between the palm of hand and palm tree. It further clarifies the findings of Maurizio Seracini, whose recent discoveries of hidden drawings within the Adoration of the Magi demonstrate a war, a palm tree, a woman previously thought to have been the Virgin Mary. This idea permeates his early work and becomes incresingly important to him as he gets older. Finally in his last work, Virgin and child with St. Anne. is actually Naomi and Ruth, from the next book of the bible, The book of Ruth. As is very clear by the Roman numeral VIII on her foot. Still skeptical? Download the free book at, the observations have been published and out. I have included three of multiple points. Viewed clearly by many images of the mona lisa online

I’m not sure if we could ever make this interview NPOV or non-disputed. Probably not a good idea. Flipbaywood 00:53, 10 June 2006 (UTC)

Who: Burton Danet, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist (retired), Co-Founder, A Better Community for All (ABC4All) found originally on the internet at but now located a the ABC4All Portal4Relief

What: Exploration of the “Potential for Cultural Unity” while bringing Global Humanitarian Relief (GHR)to the World.

Why: Global Humanitarian Relief and Why ABC4All?

When: Goal Date: Legacy of ABC4All into Perpetuity.

Where: Global with support from every corner of the world from anyone who is receptive and wants to help make their local community better for all.

How long: ABC4All has been in development for more than 12 years, originally named as Partnerships for a Better Community (PBC) but implementing since 07/2004 “Launch Lunch” held in Santa Monica, CA USA, ABC4All is creating a “Network That Works” aimed at improving local/global conditions via “ABC4All WorldSolutions!”

First there was 1: Founder: Burton Danet, Ph.D. originally called Partnerships for a Better Commmunity (PBC)

Next there were 2: Then after an introduction to Robert Chew who made the suggestion for a name change to be near or at the top of the alphabet, “A Better Community For All (ABC4All)” was born in February 1998! Robert “Bob” Chew became Co-Founder, so now there are 2 Co-Founders!

Next there were 5: An ABC4All Key Core Team (ABC4AllKCT) was formed that consists of 3 more associates making it a total of 5 who came together to promote becoming Dual Global Citizens (DGC):

ABC4ALL CENTRAL CORE TEAM (ABC4AllCCT), Dual Global Citizens™ (DGC):

Burton Danet, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist (retired) ABC4AllWorldSolutions!™ Co-Founder, A Better Community For All (ABC4All), Unofficial Spokesperson, Plasma Activated Water (PAW), Hydro Enterprises, Inc.

Robert “Bob” Chew, Co-Founder, A Better Community for All (ABC4All), Vice President, Business Development, RJC Consolidated, Inc.

Greet Narsingh, Director, Save Children Now (SCN) (Ex-Officio)

Eugenia Bivines, Founder, Building a Better Future (BABF)

Kathy Merholz, Executive Director, Enlightened Health (EH)

David Gray, President, Huck-Fin Environmental Education (HFEE) and Collaborator, Community Health, Exercise and Nutrition for All (CHEN4All) and

Next there were 35 and another 807: An expanded Core Team is composed of approximately 35 people. An additional 807 people from 109 countries have joined the international “ABC4All Global Mentoring TEAM Project” found at the Taking IT Global website:

ABC4All is poised to offer the world “Global Humanitarian Relief.” How? By offering the world information that includes technologically advanced water/food/shelter that “Improves Health Maintenance (IHM).” Included is the discovery of a new type of healthy consumable water that also can eliminate bacteria/viruses and can kill Anthrax in 30 seconds. Plasma Activated Water (PAW) has myriad uses: The Value Proposition with just one application is unheard of: Replace all harsh chemicals used to disinfect/sterilize with water!

Other ABC4All associates offer similarly advanced technologies for the world. These are two examples but illustrate what is possible:

“Embrace solutions based upon common sense: Is it too difficult to get your healthy nutrition that improves health maintenance (IHM) from a cold bowl of “superfood” cereal and a cup of energized water? Is that too hard to imagine if it offers HOPE for improved health maintenance to any living person in the world today?”

— Robert Chew, ABC4All Co-Founder, from a grant application.

Finally, in conjunction with all of the above, a setting in which “Dual Global Citizens (DGC)” from all over the world will share the solutions to help create “better communities for all” is offered:

Guaka is typing this. Recently CouchSurfing seemed dead. The CouchSurfing Collective has been going on in Montreal for a while, it’s now breaking up (to be continued elsewhere). A new organization structure was found, new programmers joined the efforts, a wiki was launched.

Events: I do not think that non-biological mothers should exploit and extort from innocent kids. I specifically refer to Debbie Rowe’s constand greed about stealing off Michael Jackson and his children.

Yes, Michael’s three kids are half Jews but they are all of the same parents and this has nothing to do with Debbie Rowe at all. There is no evidence that she carried Prince and Paris. Yes, we are told that she came out of the hospital probably with babies, but whose babies did she leave the hospital with?

No one should take money off another without being properly married especially when there was no sex involved. No one should take money for kids that are not theirs. No child deserves to be deserted at one point and then when money is running out, they should be used to steal some more. Who does she think she is to be exploiting beautiful kids that are not hers. She is a very silly woman indeed. If she wants kids that are biological she needs to conceive hers from someone else who wants to have SEX with her.

The statement does not mention a “current event or phenomenon”, and the requestor does not appear to be notable in any way, so I don’t think it would be appropriate to conduct an interview in this case. – Borofkin 01:46, 10 April 2006 (UTC)

Wikitravel and World66, the two foremost Open Content wiki travel guides on the Web, announced today that they’ll be joining together to work towards their common goals. Both sites were acquired by Internet Brands, Inc., an American company that operates a number of consumer information Web sites. Both domains will remain on the air, under their Creative Commons licenses, and community-oriented decision-making will remain the norm. On-page advertising — similar to Wikia’s business model — will support new hardware, bandwidth, and development effort. The sites will gradually be melded into a more cohesive user experience, emphasizing each site’s strengths.

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Looks like no-one is interested in this interview, so it will be archived shortly. – Borofkin 00:52, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

Democracy is based upon communication and communication is facilitated by technology. I have been utilizing online tools including MediaWiki to not only show a method for government to operate with maximum transparency, but also involve the people in an ongoing two-way interaction rather than the existing one-way. What we have had since the dawn of democracy in ancient Greece is what I call Democracy 1.0. It holds strong ideals, but is still controlled by the rich aristocracy. Adding technology to the mix creates Democracy 2.0, where truly everyone can have a voice and the best ideas will rise to the top.

I wonder if his opponent would be interested in an interview as well. –Chiacomo (talk) 03:03, 2 May 2006 (UTC)

This request is 14 days old. It will be archived in the next day or so. – Borofkin 07:13, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

In early 2006 Brian M. Sweig and Paul Silva found the need to drastically reduce the airbourne particulate matter from the use of jack hammers. The need grew as the knowledge of silicosis cancer and other respiratory ailments were uncovered.

Environmental Safety Solutions,LLC was created and the Enviroboot jack hammer dust suppression was launched. The reduction in our last test was from approx 6,000,000 particles over 30 min of jack hammerring down to 600,000 particles.

We are looking to save lives in the work place, save contractors and residents prep time and clean up time. The enviroboot is american made and is number 7 recyclable.

I feel saving lives from silicosis (the next mesothelioma)is a news worthy topic.

Voxant is embracing the wikinews model….but with a major new twist. Voxant is creating a professional, business oriented, advertising supported news network. We have learned from Wikinews…. but begun to apply commercial principles to the endeavor. at you can contribute news stories…. with attribution and copyright protection… for syndication to hundreds of distribution points like Lexis/Nexis, Factiva, AP, etc., Profit from you news stories and create distribution and viewership opportunities.

Jeff Crigler has been in the news and media business for 20 years. An early progenitor of Nexis and IBM InfoMarket, an entrepreneur with 5 successful companies under his belt, Voxant is Jeff’s latest innovation… which is to combine the open-source and community principles with commercial business savy to create the next generation news network. Read his stuff at [2]

Religious persecution against Wiccans has continued unabated in the 21st century due mostly to misinformation started 2000 years ago.The bad P.R. can be see almost anywhere, from movies and books to TV shows and advertising. In response to these ever present negative messages, I have written a novel that addresses some of the major discrepancies, for example, the Devil worshipping. Why would a Witch worship a deity from a different religion? The ‘Devil’ only exists in the bible. That is just one example of many. “Strings of Connection: Book 1 of the Witches in America Series” address many of these untruths, but presents the information in an engaging fictional adventure novel. He is to be a featured guest on the Ed Norris radio show on WHFS at 11:00 on November 20, 2006, and has been a televised guest speaker on both WMDT 45 in Salisbury, MD, and Fox 45 Morning News WBFF in Baltimore.

This sounds like a good idea. I would like to do this interview, but I don’t know any way to contact him. Thunderhead(talk)(Check out my RFA test) 23:07, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

OK, folks, how do we go about this? Does someone just say here, “I got the ball!” and contact him, interview him, and then write the article? Or do we pound questions on right here for consensus beforehand? -Richard ‘Doc’ Kinne 19:47, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Hidrology has been neglected on high technology for patenting affairs and USPTO is issuing thousands of patents that violates principles of science. The link above is my request to USPTO asking the intitution to stop violating science by paying more attention to the Fundamentals of Science (Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Logics).

Since measuring fluid conduction on porosity is easier than measuring heat conduction I believe that after this massive IP violation is fixed the number of patents addressing Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity should increase in 20 to 40 years from the present 17 to around 100,000 new issued patents abiding to Theory of Science. This should take place because a spatial quantitative assessment increases reliability and control on hydrodynamics properties of fluid moving on porous systems also restoring advanced scientific Hydrological support to fluidic devices needing an enhanced macro and microporosity and dynamics between hydrological zones.

I trust that USPTO basic policy is to avoid violating principles of science requiring inventors to employ correct Etymology and also preventing duplicity of terminology respecting common knowledge from all interrelated sciences. Coherence on connotation system is the correct way to hone the advancement of technology.


I don’t have a website, I don’t have a phone and I don’t want to reveal my e-mail address, but the reason I feel I should be interviewed is because I am running the first-ever wikicampaign. I have fresh, new ideas for the future of the country, and many of these ideas are based on the spread of information through the wiki. Some say I am not notable enough, but everything that is needed to be known about me can be verified through my writings and contributions here and on wikipedia. Some say I am not running a campaign because I have not filed with the FEC, and that is true, but running a campaign and filing with the FEC do not always have to be synonymous: Ralph Nader ran a surprising write-in campaign in 1992 where he received more votes than most of the regular “candidates” in the Democratic primaries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Interviewing me will not be hard and will not take up much time since the interview can be conducted on my talk page. I hope my explanation for why an interview with me will be helpful to the site convinces one of the great reporters here at wikinews to ask me a few questions about my innovative campaign and the future of the country. Thank you. –Uga Man – (talk) 22:16, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

No. Clearly I don’t take this sort of thing seriously. Now don’t remove this again. TheCustomOfLife 01:52, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

While Uga Man 2008 is a humorous read, I don’t foresee any circumstances under which we can publish an interview with Uga Man. —SVTCobra 22:47, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

I’ve just told him that, if he reveals his real name, I will publish the article. However, I’ll publish it so that it isn’t included on the front page feed or RSS feed. He can link to the article, people can find it on Google, but it won’t be included in our main feeds. — Zanimum – (talk) 15:55, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

My names is Susan M. Arcuri and I am the creator of the blog,

For over a year, I have been requesting from Congressman Michael Arcuri, Congressman from the 24th Congressional District, and not a relative, to divulge to his constituency his business interests listed as Co Arc LLC, Co Arc South St. LLC, and 1 Hopper St., as listed on his Federal financial disclosure. Arcuri has avoided the questions and refuses to comment on his business interests.

This week in researching I found Arcuri’s businesses, Co Arc LLC, and Co Arc South St. LLC listed on the New York State Comptrollers Office website OpenBook New York. Congressman Arcuri holds two contracts with New York State. He has one contract with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, which is a branch of the New York State Transportation Department. Arcuri sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee as a Congressman, and receives rent in excess of $950,000 for a contract period which exceeds 25 years, from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. That contract was set in place prior to his successful run for Congress. Arcuri failed to disclose the income on either of his Federal Financial Disclosure forms, 2007 and 2008.

Congressman Arcuri also holds a rental agreement with the New York State Police, and is under contract with the State of New York. At the time of this contract’s implementation, Arcuri sat as District Attorney for Oneida County. He has also failed to disclose this information on his Federal Financial Disclosure.

Arcuri falsified his Federal Financial Disclosure by omitting the facts of these contracts and the 24th Congressional District is demanding answers.

Susan Arcuri getting stuff from Michael Arcuri? Is this like an ex-wife or something? Mike Halterman (talk) 03:04, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

Hello my name is Stephani Birkhimer i am the grand-daughter of the late Garnet M. Birkhimer. My grandmother just died this year & it was then when we all found out just how many grand children she had. She was 89 years old and she had 87 grand children we live in Ohio (united states) and i was just wondering if she was one of the record holders in america for the most grand children. If you would please feel free to contact me with any informatio you might find. Thank You For Your Time. Stephani Birkhimer

We are a noble cause completely in the spirit of the wikipedia community.

I am completeley green and dyslexic about putting things on wikinews or wikipedia. I would love it if you can help me put the Green Cities Foundation on both.

You will see from from the website that I am a huge fan of wikipedia and the Green Cities Foundation idea has grown from it.

If you go to the podcast page of our site you will find a 25 minuet radio broadcast interview.

Many thanks for the fantastic thing you do.

I look forward to talking to you.


On August 1st 2008, the three islands of North Rock, New Islay, and Machias Seal Island have unified into the Grand Duchy of Machias. The Nation is a Grand Duchy meaning it is headed by a Grand Duke, similar to Luxembourg. Unlike micronations the Grand Duchy is made up of land that until its formation was terra nullis. The three islands were omitted in the Treaty of Paris where Great Britain recoginized the newly formed United States. The head of state is Grand Duke Peter I, who was one of the pushers of revitalizing independence and international recognition. The Grand Duchy is located of within the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Maine and New Brunswick. We have several marks of sovereignty including a national flag, motto and much more. Currently we are in discussion with ICANN to have our own .com equivalent. It is the strong believe of the Grand Duchy that each nation no matter size or age deserves the right of self determination. With this in mind we would like to further the international knowledge of Machias and are open to questions and interviews.

Thank you.

A rewiew of google maps would indicate that the islands are in US waters. –RockerballAustralia (talk) 22:40, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

I am a cynic when it comes to politics. To me, whether the politic is local, national, or international, it doesn’t matter. It all seems crooked. I offer any news orginization to interview me regarding my cynical view. I also challenge anyone to convince me to quit being cynical and bitter.

On December 11, 2008, skeletal remains of what appeared to be a young child were found by a meter reader. The Orange County Medical Examiner confirmed on December 19, 2008, that the human remains found close to the home of the family were those of Caylee Anthony

I running for the seat of Maroochydore at the Queensland state election this year. Since I’m doing interviews with the political parties contesting the election, I thought it was only fair to do the independents as well. Since I am an independent candidate, I would like to do an interview for Wikinews.

As for being newsworthy, I bring an alternate to the party system. My main policy area is roads. There is a plan at th moment (to the best of my knowledge) by the Department of Main Roads to Aerodrome Road/Alexandra Parade to three lanes each way. It’s currnetly two lanes each way with little room for and extra lane let alone two. The local constituance are not happy with the Departments decision. My campaign on this issue targets them.

Continuing the theme of roads, I would push for an upgrade to the Brice Highway between Caboulture and Gympie. even though it is not in my electorate, it still effects the people in electorate.

Has there been any press coverage regarding you candidacy? If so, would you mind linking to it in a reply to this message. Thanks, Anonymous101talk 12:59, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

corruption of the Mayor of Lod/Israel.

Mayor of Lod Ilan Harari is now working on a plan to transform a residential area of Israeli Arab citizens in Lod into an industrial area against the wish of the residents.

Residents of that involved area were not asked or informed about the plan. It was a secret plan between Mayor of Lod and one of the residents in that area who has got a lot of money and wishes to transform his house into an industrial company. His company was closed by an order of the Court six months ago.

Further more the Mayor of Lod received a good sum of money from that above mentioned company to execute the plan.

Residents who complained and expressed their wish not to transform that residential area into andustrial one were disadvantaged and punished indirectly by the Municipality of Lod.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2009 PRESS CONTACT: Alice DiSanto, Public Relations Suffern Music and Arts Festival Tel: 914-582-8464 Email:

The Suffern Music & Arts Festival is all about community in the 21st century. Music and the arts is our world’s universal language. So when this village, located in the heart of New York’s Ramapo mountain region of Rockland county chose “THRIVING” over “SURVIVING” this economy, they looked to that “one voice” to speak out.

It’s ONE PURPOSE, ONE WEEKEND, and it is SEISMIC. Attending is easy. Suffern is about 25 miles north of New York City. Mass transit trains and buses have stops right at the heart of the weekend’s action. Plenty of parking, and unending attractions to make a pedestrian journey engaging.

From the charm of one of the nation’s landmark theater venues – – – The Lafayette built in the 1920’s – – – to the solar-powered outdoor staging, harmonies will fill the air. Between each performance will be renowned artistry from famed photographers to area painters. Storefronts will be converted in jam sessions and galleries. Culinary and cultural accents reflective of Suffern’s Mexican, Italian, Indian, and Irish residents will provide a tasteful accent along with an American heartland flavor of the Village’s Farmers’ Market.

It’s all here. It’s always been here. And we share it with you at the one purposeful, seismic weekend that should not be missed.

1. The Iran Fax Project is designed to provide an alternative channel for individuals who want to get news reports and stories about Iran’s current political situation out of the country. The Iranian government has already put severe limitations on journalists and attempted to block access to other means of disseminating information, like certain Web sites and mobile phone networks. By faxing us reports, Iranians can ensure their information is publicized on the Internet even if their internal access to the Web is cut off. 2. It is easier for Iranians to post information directly to the Internet. This is a service of last resort. However, to be effective in the event that other methods of distributing information fail, we need to get the message out to Iranians before our service would become necessary. We hope we never become necessary. 3. Many Iranian citizens clearly want the rest of the world to know details about the political situation in Iran. We personally do not hope to achieve any particular political outcome (beyond the maintenance of basic human rights) by relaying their reports; we are just a facilitative vessel. If we were in their position, we would want a way to tell people what was going on.

Education serves as a powerful tool for moving nations, communities, and households toward a more sustainable future. I believe the Higher education is the backbone of any Country and my column is based on this assumption My statement describes issues and challenges associated with higher education for sustainable development and livelihood and invites Centre of higher education (constituents) and NGOs (CHEN) to think about new ways to respond so that future educated youth can deal with these issues in their careers and lives. Higher education plays a vital role, not only in shaping the future by educating the professionals of tomorrow, but by creating a research base for sustainability efforts, and providing outreach and service to communities and nations. I believe that more focus on higher education would give way to better life for an individual. It builds the capacity of society to create, broaden, and implement, sustainability plans. It improves sustainable economic growth by improving the quality and skills of the workforce. It also creates an informed public that can support enlightened policy and legislation and raises the quality of life for all members of society. I have rolled up the whole issue in three fold- apparent challenges, roles of Intermediaries and final outcome of better opportunities. To go with Higher education a nation faces lots of problems starting from quality basic education which is essential for improving the workforce and public participation in civil society and it is central to more sustainable future. Second challenge associated with higher education is to reorient the whole education system. The term “reorienting education system” has become a powerful descriptor that helps administrators and thinkers at every level (i.e., nursery school through university) to understand the changes required for it. Reorienting education system requires teaching and learning knowledge, principles, skills, perspectives, and values that will guide and motivate people to pursue sustainable livelihoods, to participate in a democratic society, and to accommodate more youth of the society to attain higher education. Public awareness is part of major challenges for any nation as everything depends on deep understanding of problems. The effort of sustainable livelihood requires a population that is aware of the goals of a sustainable society and has the knowledge and skills to contribute to those goals. The need for an informed voting citizenry becomes ever more important with the increase in the number of democratic governments. Informed voting citizens, who lend support to enlightened policies and government initiatives, can help governments enact sustainable measures. Years of resource management have shown that a public that is aware of and informed about resource management decisions and initiatives can help achieve program goals. Another challenge lies in the decision power of any society for a particular problem. Good community-based decisions—which affect social, economic, and environmental well-being— also depend on educated citizens. Development options, especially “greener” development options expand as education increases. For example, a community with an abundance of skilled labour and technically trained people can persuade a “cleaner” corporation with higher paying jobs to locate a new development nearby. Citizens can also act to protect their communities by analyzing reports and data that address community issues thereby preparing them to shape a community response.

I believe there are four major intermediaries which largely affects the present status of higher education in any nation. These are NGOs, Government, Education Institutions and society.

NGOs have greater role to play in creating environment conducive to better education by creating awareness for Protection of Human Rights and environment and rights to education. Government as an important constituent must act with other constituents to make this platform accessible to youth. It must ensure Good Governance, Better economic Incentive, Viable and economically sound Infrastructure, Overcoming corruption and red tapism. The main constituents of this platform are Educational Institution and Universities. They must bring in transparency and reliability in Educational policies that caters to the need of society – Better infrastructural facility and resources to meet the growing demand with quality, Non discriminating approach of institution towards students and Steps to enhance resources to accommodate more youth. The social habits of a society have bigger effect on the education level of that Country. The social habits include awareness towards education, living pattern, literacy and culture. Ultimate goal of overcoming these challenges by different intermediaries are nation of educated citizenry with better livelihood opportunities. Education, public awareness, and training give the promise of a brighter, more prosperous world, in which people of all ages can contribute to the sustainability of their societies. A more sustainable world depends on civic participation and a more skilled workforce, for which higher education is essential.

It is with this realization that many governments and members of the educational community are working to change educational policy and practices to provide educational opportunities for all citizens. Intermediaries could step forward to play a crucial role in coordinating education efforts. Intermediaries could link the formal, non-formal, and informal sectors of the education community and assist with reorienting education to address sustainability at all levels. Intermediaries could also become models of sustainability through their social, economic, and environmental practices and policies. There is a tremendous need for sustainable development throughout the world, and education is a vital component of a more sustainable future. Education alone cannot provide a sustainable future—that will be accomplished with many sectors of society working together.

However, without education, public awareness, and training many doubt sustainability will be possible. Educational Institutes has much to contribute through their traditional roles of research, teaching, and service. The times, however, require that Intermediaries look at new ways of implementing these traditional roles. Intermediaries need to accept the challenge and widen their activities in service to the community to address society’s needs and aspirations.

Author is the one of the Council member of CCLP Worldwide which has initiated the concept of Higher Education for better livelihood with Education charter International.

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As a coordinator of a translation company, I accidentally discovered that there might be alternatives for the treatment of diabetes.

See the preliminary press release that I wrote at

My newly released memoir, Insanity: A Love Story, adds to the mental hospital genre, in the tradition of “Girl, Interrupted,” “An Unquiet Mind” and “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.” It is “An intimate journey into the bipolar mind of one woman struggling to cope with the symptoms of madness and the elation of mania. It chronicles the resulting hospitalization that led to a diagnosis that changed a young woman’s life and resulted in a new way at looking at the division between sanity and the world of the insane.”

I try to present a raw and honest portrait of coming through madness to the other side of reflection and awareness. I try to answer the question, what is it like to go insane and survive? Part tale of the experience of hospitalization and the manic terror that led to this, I attempt to demonstrate the intimacy and revelation allowed by the interaction between patients. My story isn’t just my own, but that of the many characters I encounter while receiving treatment for my own manic-depressive symptoms.

As I pointed out earlier, the mental hospital experience is now a genre. What my memoir “Insanity: A love Story”, tries bring to this genre is a deeper reflection on the process of going insane. This book is based on the journal I kept during my hospital stay. I write of what I remember from the experience, including my “own ‘bizarre’ behavior and that of ‘other’ insane patients and ‘sane’ hospital workers.” As I point out within this memoir, the dividing line between sanity and insanity isn’t that distinct. For someone who hasn’t dealt with mental illness, I hope this book will serve as a lyrical eye-opener. For someone who struggles with their own dance with insanity, whatever form it takes, I hope this book is a consolation and empathetic witness to their own experiences.

My other writing has been published in The Banyan Review, Ceteris Paribus, Poet’s Haven, Monadock, Doorknobs & Bodypaint, and other various publications. I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on postfeminism.

Over ten years ago, I wrote what has become a widely cited faq on Therapy that gave advice on the various aspects of the therapy experience. My book is currently being featured on the highly regarded Wings of Madness website which has a focus on issues involving the bipolar condition.

Although there have been a number of memoirs about mental illness, the perspective of bipolar condition within a mental hospital is unique. It provides hope for people who are struggling with the symtoms of this disorder, and insight for those who want to understand the condition.

When a brain is working it generates an impulses (microelectrical), when somebody is thinking or operates incoming iformation (sees something or hears something) a computer remembers that impuls from the brain (from where it goes and what kind of). the next time it must be similar. <br\\><br\\> probably every person has own type of impulses. but if the computer could read the impulses then it could send the same to a person. it means it could play on the brain. <br\\><br\\> Just theory. But heard what russians are working on it. 2004 year When a brain is working it generates an impulses (microelectrical), when somebody is thinking or operates incoming iformation (sees something or hears something) a computer remembers that impuls from the brain (from where it goes and what kind of). the next time it must be similar. <br\\><br\\> probably every person has own type of impulses. but if the computer could read the impulses then it could send the same to a person. it means it could play on the brain. <br\\><br\\> Just theory. But heard what russians are working on it.

2004 year

please ask a questions and ill answer if nothing will happen with me

Alexander Kalinins Lazars son, 8street 17, Ul Yanovka (or Sablino), Saint-Petersburg, Russia (talk) 05:01, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

==== Your name ==== Mike Allen

Recently Unemployed Couple Starts A Jobs Website To Help The Unemployed & Save Companies Thousands. Hotjobsfinder was created by a recently unemployed entrepreneur who was hit hard by the recession. We wanted to provide a site to save employers thousands of dollars on job advertising and still reach millions of jobs seekers every month.

(Press Release) – Nov 08, 2009 – Hotjobsfinder was created by a recently unemployed business owner. After being forced to close my business after 7 years due to the extremely bad economy and being frustrated in navigating the job boards that are out there I decided to create my own. The goal was and is to have a job board that will help companies saves literally thousands of dollars in advertising their available jobs while at the same time providing an extremely easy to navigate site for job seekers. This site features an automatic syndication process that feeds all job postings to over 35 relevant job and social networking sites already on the web. This process allows convenience to the job poster by only having to post a job once on our site and be able to reach millions of job seekers every month. Sites such as Twitter, Indeed, Simplyhired, beyond, Facebook and many others. We have made it our goal to make this site one of the most user friendly job sites on the web. We don’t have those annoying pop-ups like the other job boards that try to trick you into signing up for a school or some other ad that they are getting paid to sponsor. I found these tactics to be very annoying and only got in the way of the job search, so we have made the commitment to never have those pop-ups on our site. With the cost of only $5 per 30 day job posting is in our opinion one of the best ways for employers to advertise, reach millions and save money, especially in this down economy when everyone is looking for ways to save. We do not charge our job posters to view resumes like all the other job sites do and we never will. We believe strongly in getting people back to work. We do not and will not charge job seekers to post their availability or their resume. We know that times are the hardest for them and they need as much money in their pocket as possible. I think it is appaling that some job boards think that if a job seeker wants a job they should somehow pay for it. We need to help not only the employers but the job seekers so that this economy will turn around quicker. We have also started a jobs social network to compliment t our job board so that employers, recruiters, business owners and the job seekers can personally connect. We have added recently a video interview / Chat section on the social network to allow people to interview and connect face to face online. We are currently serving the USA, Canada and the UK with more countries that can be added easily upon request. We are a family run business which allows us to keep cost’s low and help job seekers and employers connect. is gaining brand awareness and has even been mentioned on saturdays fox business network by Dani Babb from and mentioned by her in an article on We are please with what we are able to provide the public and especially the unemployed. We hope that everyone will see our commitment and dedication to getting this economy moving again. Visit to learn more about our site.

Great and affordable jobs website with a very user friendly platform and site syndication to well over 25 million job seekers in the USA, UK and Canada.

Digital Aid is a French not-for-profit charity that recycles used computer technology, and uses it for supporting educational projects helping underprivileged children in different areas of the world.

In November 2009, we’ve concluded the first program in Romania: provided computer technology to 8 educational centers opened in rural areas for children from poor families, most of them belonging to ethnical minorities with important integration difficulties. Computer technology has also been donated to the Municipal Hospital in Rimnicu Sarat.

We are preparing a new project for Spring 2010, that aims to create 10 educational centers in social assistance centers for minors and in pediatric hospitals in Romania, followed by an action in Ukraine. We need people to know that we exist, that we are active on the Riviera – from the Italien border to Marseille – for collecting computer material, and that we need help organizing local and international transport, storage points, computers repair and recovery – details at

I think Wiki is a wonderful system for promoting not-for-profit actions like ours, as community collaboration in offering free help to the others is its main principle.

You can find more details and photo gallery on our website:

Thank you for your attention.

Articles about our activity:

Migralex is the first new OTC headache medicine brand to be launched in 15 years

WHAT: The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is currently completing construction on its new world-class Research Center. The mission of this unique facility is to identify, evaluate, and promote effective ways to reduce and prevent property damage from natural and man-made causes. Research findings will provide an objective, scientific foundation for development of sound public policy, such as enhanced building codes.

WHERE: 5335 Richburg Road, Richburg, SC 29729


• The test chamber is massive with 21,000 sq. ft. which is the equivalent of 1/2 acre under the roof or 4 1/2 basketball courts. It is large enough to accommodate nine 2,300 sq ft homes. It is 145’ wide by 145’ long, by 70’ tall – all of which is clear-span construction.

• The test chamber is as tall as a 6-story building and you could fit more than 50 homes into the volume.

• There are 105 fans with 300 hp motors. Each fan is nearly six feet in diameter; in combination with the engineered fan town and contraction inlet, these fans are capable of generating realistic, sustained and gusty winds of up to 140 mph – the equivalent of a low Category 4 hurricane.

• Each fan is capable of pushing 230,000 cubic feet of air per minute through the test section and together they can push 24 million cubic feet per minute through the test chamber. This flow volume is 20 times the flow going over Niagara Falls, or the same amount of air that would flow through the air conditioning systems of 10,000 homes when they are all running.

• When the fans are turned on, it will be drawing the same amount of power as 9,000 individual homes (30 mega watts of power).

• There is a 55-foot turntable where full-scale, one- and two-story homes and other structures will be placed for testing. The surface of the turntable is 2,375 sq ft – the size of a medium sized home.

• The concrete underneath the fan tower would be enough concrete to fill up a 2300 sq. ft. home (to the ceiling).

TO VIEW THE RESEARCH CENTER: Click here to view the Web camera with shots of the IBHS Research Center ( and go to for more information about the lab.

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

Allison Dean Love External Relations Consultant Institute for Business & Home Safety cell – 803-413-1044 e-mail – Twitter/Facebook: allisondeanlove

Question Have you had any other media coverage? —RockerballAustralia c 02:57, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Paul Learned

My name is Paul Learned. I’m a 34 year old father of three and I reside in Minneapolis, MN. On May 17, 2010, I am beginning a journey which has been years in the making. I will be setting out, on foot, from Lake Itasca, the source of the mighty Mississippi River in northern Minnesota, to the mouth of the river in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This trip began to take shape several years ago when I first began walking for exercise. I would walk for miles along roadways and parkways with my young Labs and we all found great enjoyment in it. There was one thing I kept noticing, however. It seemed no matter where I went there was bound to be litter that was either accidentally, or carelessly, discarded from moving vehicles. In some areas it was far worse than others. For instance, along busier roads and highways where you were likely to find a fast food shop around every corner the problem was much worse. In these areas I found that as I drove by in my car it didn’t look so bad. When I walked the same road, however, I could see all the litter that was embedded in the soil underneath the grass. It seemed I could hardly take a step without my foot landing on a French fry container or a soft drink cup. Even in more rural areas, though, there was no shortage of trash in the ditches and medians.

One day, I had seen enough. I was walking with my sister along a suburban highway and a flying bag of empty fast food wrappers landed at our feet. I couldn’t quite muster a tear like the Crying Indian did so many years ago but I did manage to become quite concerned and disappointed to the point where at that moment I knew I had to do something about it. Almost instantly I told my sister that I wanted to somehow get people to notice this problem and to get people to think about litter again. Putting that tiny little slogan on fast food cups was a great start but I wanted it to be brought back to the front of peoples’ minds. We somehow came up with an idea that day to do a cross country walk picking up litter.

As time went on the idea evolved into what it is today; To walk across the country picking up litter! Not really across, but rather from top to bottom. I decided to choose a route that is close to the Mississippi river, the great waterway that runs from my home state down through the heartland of America and ending in the deep south of New Orleans. Many miles of my route, in fact, will follow the national byway called the Great River Road. The trip is approximately 1500 miles long and I plan to complete it within three months.

I have found that there are many miles of the Great River Road that are adopted by local groups who clean litter from the highway two to three times per year. I have also found that there are many miles that are not adopted. Those will be areas where I will focus on picking up some of the litter as I go. I hope to clean as many miles as possible this way but in order to really keep moving I wanted to plan some actual clean up events with other volunteers on a larger scale and focus primarily on them. These events will take place in areas that are known litter havens. They may be on the sides of roads or on the banks of the river or it’s tributaries. I’m currently having scouts locate possible sites along my route and they will notify me so I can make arrangements with the local or state highway department to arrange for any assistance they might provide in garbage bags, signs, safety gear, etc. I anticipate at least 10 to 15 of these arranged pick-up events and, ideally, at least one in each state I pass through. To get the word out to attract volunteers I plan on using local radio and televisions stations (sending out press releases well ahead of time) and using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

My goal will not be fulfilled to simply complete the walk and have picked up some litter along the way. I want to leave the communities I go through with a reminder that litter hurts and affects us all. I want people to know that their tax dollars are going to the state to pick up after us at an alarming rate. In the states that I will be passing through (MN,WI, IA, IL, MO, TN, MS, and LA) the governments spend over $64,000,000 each year to clean the roads of litter (according to and the state highway departments). I want to remind people that local economies are affected by litter in the form of market values for homes, attracting new residents and many other ways. I want people to know that 20% of all litter ends up in our waterways hurting land and water creatures, alike. What my ultimate goal would be then is to bring the wide ranging problems of litter back into the forefront of our collective environmental consciousness. I want people to remember how easy it is to not litter and to learn how hard it is to litter. I want to leave them with encouragement to teach their children that littering is not O.K. And personally, I want to be able to walk my dogs without being disgusted and saddened while wading through miles of carelessly discarded trash.

I am the author of Justice at Salem, a book about the Salem witch trials. In my book I make a case that some of the accused were actually guilty of witchcraft, especially Bridget Bishop, Sarah Good, and George Burroughs. I also argue that innocent people were convicted and explain why. I also draw parallels to the current ‘war on terror’ and argue that when the rule of law is abandoned innocent people will suffer. The Puritans were not malicious people at heart, but like us, they were capable of acting irrationally out of fear. My book is self-published so I haven’t had any publicity for it. It is available for sale online, but I also have published it as a free ebook with a creative commons license as I believe that information should be free. About myself, I am an attorney and do criminal defense work in Maryland.

(following transferred from Dan Bollinger’s user talk page) This is my first venture into using WN. Yes, if you have someone near Berkeley, or would like to do an interview by phone or email, the contact information is below. Since they are at the symposium, it is best to contact them via phone to setup an interview:

Marilyn Milos RN,, 415) 488-9883 Georganne Chapin (914) 806-3573

11th International Symposium on Genital Integrity, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, CA. Dan Bollinger (talk) 13:40, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

Mr Bollinger posted this press statement

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Here on Wikinews I contribute Gippsland Football League reports. Off the back of these, I decided to produce a video show calle Around the Grounds.

The first episode is a top level football themed one. It includes an Everton press conference and grabs from the 1966 and 1968 VFL Grand Finals. The Grand Fianl videos are both in the public domain as TV broadcast weren’t copyrighted until 1969.

Future episodes will have a focus on local sport. The Next episode will have a cricket theme. No other theme hase been settled on.

A full list of my redits can be found at [9].

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in my discoveries i so believe i found one more particle in the atom and to some extent it was the one the hadron was holding a position for. this particle is free of charge(neutrally charged) and its mass is negligible


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My name is peter mushimba,am the manager at kelson internet cafe,i would like to be interviewed with this site. i want to be interviewed about my job and what am doing right now.i have a page on Facebook on which am looking forward to be something,the page’s name intelligent and integrity still schooling and struggling with my fathers business,i want to be self employed when i graduate from high school.

Rituparna Bhattacharjee had her debut as a short story writer with the publication of Bhutiya in 1998 at the age of 11.The wonderful literary talent of Miss Rituparna Bhattacharjee is revealed in BHUTIYA which contains 17 unforgettable short stories. They are not just scribblings of an eleven year old girl of class VI.

. BHUTIYA was released by Jyoti Basu and appreciated by the then President of India Hon’ble R.K.Narayanan and by the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal K.V. Raghunath Reddy. The book was reviewed extensively by the newspapers in Bengali and English in the country and abroad. The book got a plethora of praise from eminent writers like Syed Mustafa Siraj,Tarapada Roy and Abul Basar, Pallav Sengupta and so on.Rituparna got ‘Jugal Srimal Excellence Award’ for the book in Education in 1998. These stories revealed the thoughts of a child in a gloomy surrounding. Rituparna did not soar high to the world of fancy, she trod on the ground to pick her experiences embedded in reality. Rituparna was born on November23, 1986 at Dum Dum.She had her schooling at Christ Church Girls High School and college life in the St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata. She did her masters in Chemistry from North Easterna Hill University with the Indira Gandhi fellowship from UGC ,in NEHU, Shillong. She is at present pursuing her studies in BITS , Pilani. Of late she has been invited by the University California to present Science poster in the Quantum Chemistry . As writer ,Rituparna is associated with Unish Kuri, a Bengali magazine of the Ananda Bazar Group, Kolkata. She writers features and short stories for the magazine.

WHATPremiere of Televise This: Directors Cut. Televise This: Directors Cut is a documentary looking into the production and distribution of ultra local television content.

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CNN News, Jakarta (Indonesia) Awaited guests – nantiakhirnya arrived. ya team of Bat Mestalla “Valencia CF has landed dijakarta, last evening, through flight SQ 960. Remarks welcome from hundreds Valencianista Indonesia instantly accompany the emergence of Roberto Soldado and friends – friends terminal 2D exit door Soekarno Hatta Airport. Aroma Spanish la liga will be more so when the Valencia team tested the ability of Senior Indonesia, Saturday (4/8) future, at the Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta. Because My Event Promoters will also invite the community of La Liga supporters like Malaguisitas Indonesia, Indo Barcelona, ??Indo Athleticzales (Bilbao) and Madridista Indonesia, to witness the jal; his game. Valencia FC club itself is serious about his promise to appear Bambang Pamungkas and friends – friends in a match that will be held beginning at 21:30 Wib it. We bring the players – the best players, we are in the pre – season, then we’ll look serious. We ensure that our preparation to do for next season goes as planned, Said Mauricio Pellegrino, coach of Valencia. Before a visit to Indonesia, Valencia had held a camp Pre – season in Germany. In his tour of Indonesia, Valencia comes with a power of 22 players including striker Roberto Soldado reliably, new midfielder Fernando Gago, and the Portugal international defender Pereira Joa. Regarding the game at 21:30 o’clock am, the promoters claim to have considered carefully. Understandably, Valencia CF Indonesia Tour was held in the month of Ramadan, most national team players running fast, as well as Valencia player of Algerian origin, Sofiane Feghouli. In addition, the schedule is a request of Valencia, La Liga general view of the competition was also held rather late at night. moment so it does fit with the current Ramadan, said Justin Lhaksana, president of My event.

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Hello Wikinews, I am nominated as YPARD India Representative <>. This news is blogged on YPARD site <>. I wish that news to be covered here on wikinews. Would it be possible? Thanks Sridhar Gutam

Thanks, I’m attempting e-mail contact on this one. —Gryllida 02:25, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Wo’O Ideafarm is a civic speaker who uses a powerful method of spontaneous direct speech to express viewpoints that threaten significant local economic and political interests in Mountain View, California, the home of Google. Ideafarm claims that officers of the county court have conspired to silence and imprison him and to confiscate all of his speech equipment. He claims that the silencing is done by filing baseless criminal charges and then entangling him in endless legal procedure, with the government knowing that it will never prevail in court but that the real objective is to keep him silenced as long as possible in a legal fight that is already in its third year. The charges are minor, but the effect of the legal fight is devastating. Charged with California Penal Code 370/372 (general public nuisance), Ideafarm is currently out of jail only because Aladdin Bail Bonds has bailed him out four times, most recently by depositing $30,000 (THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS) at the end of January. Ideafarm is a day laborer and says that the need to work almost full time to pay his bail premiums leaves him with very little time to work with his attorney.

Ideafarm uses what he calls the “street essay” general method of speech. With this method, Ideafarm claims that he can reach 20,000 people per day, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, with sequences of short messges that create a speech event that is functionally equivalent to a speech given in a public park to a milling crowd. Ideafarm offers the energy with which the government is prosecuting him as evidence that his method is indeed powerful.

Ideafarm speaks on many civic topics. Every December, he routinely devoted his “street essay” to attacking “the mindless December shopping spree” and encouraging people to “seal your credit cards in an envelop”. At other times, he exhorted Mountain View residents to “speak English at work and in public places”, and said that “Mexican colonists are the #1 threat to the republic”. But it is his viewpoint on “same sex marriage” that gets him into the most trouble. Ideafarm claims that the fight over “same sex marriage” is not really about equal treatment under the law, as many would have us believe. Equal treatment under the law can be achieved in the U.S., as it was achieved in the U.K., by replacing all occurances of “marriage” with “civil union” in all law. The attempt to redefine “marriage” is, Ideafarm claims, really intended to silence what Ideafarm calls “the marriage norm”, which says that sexual behaviors outside of the context of a mated male and female are morally wrong, or perverted. Ideafarm claims that what he calls “the queer community” is well organized in Mountain View and has captured the local newspapers. Ideafarm says that he has proof that the local weekly newspaper monopoly uses its media power to promote what Ideafarm calls “the queer viewpoint” and to suppress the opposing viewpoint, which Ideafarm calls “the marriage norm viewpoint”.

Ideafarm cares about the issues that he speaks on. But he cares most of all about the freedom to speak and the right to hear what anyone would speak. He is interested in the same sex marriage conflict primarily because he sees it as an attempt by one group to silence another group by redefining words so that the opposing view can no longer even be expressed. On the subject of government corruption, he claims that he has a computer library of 50,000 audio recordings, emails, court documents, videos, pictures, and other evidence that can be the basis of an electronic book which exposes felony conspiracy by government officers to silence him, imprison him, and confiscate his “street essay” equipment. The expose has begun to appear on his web site, But Ideafarm says that he needs six months of full time, focused work to write the expose, and that if he does not get the expose written quickly, the corrupt local court here will see to it that it is NEVER written.

Ideafarm says that, although a few people have gone out of their way to remove obstacles for him, he is basically standing alone against an overwhelming, very motivated, and infinitely well funded opponent. Ideafarm does not expect people to rally immediately to his viewpoints. But he says that if people do not rally quickly to his side to defend his right to speak, he is going to be “creamed like a bug on a windshield”. Ideafarm says that lasting progress can only be achieved through vigorous, respectful discussion in which all viewpoints are on the table and given serious consideration.

=== Your name ===Benjamin Warren M.B

==== Statement ====I am Benjamin the feirce wolf from the bible and the humble fisherman and the number of the beast,have a medal of bravery from the gov,hard working and very honest.i am involved in something incredible involving the usa and canada and nasa and beyond,have detailed information,and about a book i wrote that the gov put a media ban on,some leaked out,jon stewart on the daily show from new york city was talking about it,alot of secret organizations are involved and i need to talk to people and tell them the truth what is going on here..

Have secret information on the usa and canada gov and nasa,need to talk to someone..

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