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U.S. heiress, designer, and author Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

Thursday, June 20, 2019

U.S. heiress Gloria Vanderbilt died on Monday at the age of 95, her son Anderson Cooper announced. She had advanced stomach cancer. Scion of the wealthy Vanderbilt family and the subject of a heavily publicized custody battle early in life, she later also became a performer, artist, and designer of porcelain, linens, and a well-known line of designer jeans.

Anderson Cooper, of CNN, one of Vanderbilt’s four sons, stated, “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms […] She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern.”

Vanderbilt was born in 1924 into the wealthy Vanderbilt family, great-great granddaughter of the railroad and shipping tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. Her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, died with liver disease when she was one. At the age of ten, Vanderbilt was the subject of a heavily publicized custody battle between her widowed mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who controlled a large piece of the Vanderbilt fortune. Her aunt won.

Although she had a trust fund worth US$5 million that she shared with one half-sister, over the course of her life, Vanderbilt also earned income herself through various pursuits. Encouraged to explore creative outlets by a psychotherapist, Vanderbilt took acting lessons and eventually performed on stage in The Time of Your Life in 1955 and appeared on television programs. She also focused on art and design, creating paintings, collages, linens, and a brand of designer jeans that would generate millions in sales. In 1990, the Smithsonian museum featured her jeans alongside the works of designers including Coco Chanel in an exhibit on gender and style.

Syracuse University pop culture professor Robert Thompson remarked, “The thing that really made Gloria Vanderbilt penetrate the American consciousness was the blue jeans war of the late ’70s and early 1980s […] The jeans moved from being functional clothes to designer jeans […] it was her attempt to take something that was so unglamorous and invest it in high fashion style.”

Vanderbilt was married to talent agent Pasquale “Pat” Di Cicco; conductor Leopold Stokowski, who fathered two of her sons; director Sidney Lumet; and author Wyatt Cooper; but, according to her memoirs, also had some degree of romantic involvement with, amongst others, Errol Flynn, Frank Sinatra, and Marlon Brando. She would later say her union with Cooper was her only happy marriage.

Vanderbilt also authored several books, including the memoirs Once Upon a Time and Black Knight, White Knight and the 2009 novel Obsession, which the New York Times called “the steamiest book ever written by an octogenarian.”

Vanderbilt is survived by two sons with Stokowski, Stanislaus and Christopher, and by her son Anderson Cooper. Another son, Carter Cooper, predeceased her.

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Submitted by: Manasi Deshmukh

Nobody likes to be bald or have thin hair. However nowadays, the age for hair loss has come down. That means at a very young age, people loose their crop of hair. If not loose, they start becoming thinner.

Then what’s the solution for this?

Before it gets worse,

It needs to be treated. There are a number of treatments for reviving your hair; namely hair transplant, PRP etc. Various hair growth foods are also available in the market.

But, we are going to discuss over here a handful of home remedies for faster hair growth. Basically they are nothing but natural hair growth tips.

1. Egg yolk:

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Supplement rich eggs are a great treatment for hair-development and dandruff. Byrdie prescribes making a hair veil from two eggs and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry, combed hair, and unwind for thirty minutes as the proteins, lecithin, and proteins saturate the hair and scalp. At that point, basically shampoo and condition as you would do regularly. It has the natural vitamins for hair growth.

2. Castor oil:

This powerful fixing, rich in vitamin E, proteins, and omega-6 fatty acids, works ponders for hair development, from the scalp, as well as for eyebrows and eyelashes. Byrdie prescribes a hot oil treatment for the scalp. To do this at home, apply castor oil into the scalp and hair, blow dry on high heat for 15 minutes, and after that shampoo and condition as always. For eyelashes, Good Health Academy prescribes dunking a perfect eyeliner brush in castor oil and after that utilizing the brush to apply the oil straightforwardly to the eyelashes. Eyebrow master Anastasia Soare told Oprah that rubbing a little measure of Castor oil over the eyebrows is as successful as Rogaine in accelerating hair development rate. An effective remedy on how to increase hair volume.

3. Aloe Vera:

Yet another fantastic home solution for thick, lovely eyelashes in Aloe Vera. Style Craze suggests kneading the cooling gel into the eyebrows and giving it a chance to be there for 30 minutes. When you are done with your at-home treatment, essentially rinse with water.

4. Green tea:

For the thickest, longest eyelashes, Beauty and Tips prescribes making a pot of caffeinated green tea. Give the fluid a chance to cool and afterward utilize it to wet a cotton pad. Swipe the tea-treated cushion over your eyelashes to enhance hair development.

5. Avocado:

Here is yet another motivation to bounce on board the avocado rage. As indicated by Organic Facts, avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, an important fixing to maintain solid hair follicles. Basically adding avocado to your regular eating regimen might be viable, however for the best benefits, utilize the anti-oxidant fruit as a shampoo, applying it specifically to the hair and scalp.

6. Rosemary oil:

This heavenly smelling home cure builds blood flow to the scalp, improves the quality of the roots, and transports supplements to the follicles. For this home cure, Byrdie suggests including a couple drops of rosemary oil to your shampoo and afterward kneading it into the scalp. Doing this for once every week can have sensational outcomes.

7. Salmon and flax seeds:

Like avocado, flax seeds and salmon are superb sources of omega-3 fatty acids. For a hair development diet, embed these three fixings into your regular meal plan. For one thing, attempt these delicious formulas: smoked salmon and avocado on flaxseed bread and from Paleo Leap, grilled salmon with avocado sauce finished with flaxseeds.

8. Coconut oil:

To develop thicker eyebrows, Style Craze suggests tenderly kneading 4 or 5 drops of pure coconut oil into the eyebrows for a few minutes before bed. Leave the oil overnight and flush in the morning.

All in all, the above home remedies help to provide vitamins for hair growth and thickness. Thus your hair growth is triggered.

About the Author: Howdy, Im Manasi. Im a writer living in Pune, India. I am a fan of education, music, and writing. Im also interested in fitness and dance. You can read my on





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Eurovision ’04 winner Ruslana discusses her paths as singer, spokesmodel, stateswoman and source of inspiration

Monday, March 30, 2009

First becoming famous in her native Ukraine in the 1990s, long-haired self-described “AmazonRuslana gained international recognition for winning the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Wild Dances,” inspired by the musical traditions of the Hutsul people of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains.

In the five years since, Ruslana has decided to use her name and public status to represent a number of worthy causes, including human trafficking, renewable energy, and even the basic concept of democratic process, becoming a public face of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution and later serving in Parliament.

Currently, she is on an international publicity tour to promote her album Wild Energy, a project borne out of a science fiction novel that has come to symbolize her hopes for a newer, better, freer way of life for everyone in the world. She took time to respond to questions Wikinews’s Mike Halterman posed to her about her career in music and her other endeavors.

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with past Eurovision contestants, which will be published sporadically in the lead-up to mid-May’s next contest in Moscow.

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Wikinews interviews Stephen Murphy about the upcoming by-election in the Higgins electorate of the Australian parliament

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

With two by-elections coming up in Australia, many minor parties and independents will be looking to gain a seat in the House of Representatives. Stephen Murphy is one of the independents.

Mr Murphy is a computer programmer from the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

“After growing up in South-East Melbourne I studied Science at Monash with first class Honours, worked in Europe for 10 years and have recently returned to Australia. I work in finance as a computer programmer and speak five languages,” Mr Murphy said.

Wikinews reporter Patrick Gillett held an exclusive email interview with Mr Murphy, candidate for the Division of Higgins.

((WN)) Why do you want to get into parliament?

Stephen Murphy: I am standing up for what I believe is the correct course of action on the biggest issue in Australian politics in 100 years – Kevin Rudd’s flawed emissions trading scheme (ETS).

((WN)) What would the three main policies you are taking into this by-election be?

SM: I will oppose the emissions trading scheme, ensure that all government policy is based on accurate scientific evidence and return common sense to Canberra

((WN)) How would you address these policies?

SM: By asking for a Royal Commission into climate change so that the facts (such as that global warming stopped in 2001 and the emissions trading scheme will not change the climate one bit) are openly presented to the Australian people.

((WN)) Sending asylum seekers to Indonesia: good or bad?

SM: Any government policy that does not properly consider all implications (be it emissions trading, or any other issue) is a bad one.

((WN)) Is the Australian dollar’s near parity with the US dollar a sign that the Australian economy is healthy, the US economy in chaos or both?

SM: It’s a sign of both. Many countries around the world look with envy at how well (relatively) Australia is doing, to our credit! It is of concern that the American economy is in such bad shape and that their levels of debt seem unsustainable.

((WN)) How do you rate the governments economic stimulus package?

SM: The economic stimulus package was poorly targeted and poorly carried out. When we could have been building roads, dams, railways and hospitals yet instead we were paying for tattoos, PlayStations and overseas holidays.

((WN)) Should it be wound back?

SM: The question about levels of stimulus spending is a complicated one and requires expertise in economics, however one could say in general terms that all government spending should be well targeted and spent in the most efficient way.

((WN)) Is Kevin Rudd a better Prime Minister than John Howard?’

SM: Australian voters are the best judge of that and we will know in 2019 🙂

((WN)) Is the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme an effective solution to climate change? Why?

SM: Absolutely not. The CPRS will not change the climate by any amount that we can measure – it’s just a new tax that will hurt Australians and drive businesses and jobs overseas. Since 2003 there has been mountains of new scientific data which contradicts the popular theory that human carbon dioxide emissions are causing significant global warming. Recently, many of the scientists who wrote the IPCC report (on which the ETS / CPRS is based) have been reported as manipulating scientific data to create scary global warming scenarios. The science is definitely not settled

((WN)) Is there a better solution?

SM: We can very easily refocus the momentum and goodwill that has been generated on climate change and channel this energy into other worthwhile environmental projects in Australia that will make a difference.

((WN)) Why should the electorate vote for you?

SM: I will oppose the ETS and support responsible environmental policies instead of radical environmental policies that could end up costing every Australian taxpayer $4550 per year in new taxes.

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Wikinews interviews Australian blind Paralympic skier Melissa Perrine

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Wikinews interviews Australian blind Paralympic skier Melissa Perrine
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21 Nov

Monday, December 10, 2012

Vail, Colorado, United States — Yesterday, Wikinews sat down with Australian blind Paralympic skier Melissa Perrine who was participating in a national team training camp in Vail, Colorado.

((Wikinews)) This is Melissa Perrine. And are you like Jess Gallagher and just here training and not competing?

Melissa Perrine: I’m not competing right now.

((WN)) And you competed in 2010 in Vancouver?

MP: I did. Yeah.

((WN)) And who was your guide?

MP: Andy Bor.

((WN)) Why a male guide? He’s got to have different skis, and he can’t turn exactly the same way.

MP: I think that with me it was just that Andy was the fittest person that was with the team when I came along. He used to be an assistant coach with the team before I started with him.

((WN)) And you guys have a good relationship?

MP: Yeah!

((WN)) Like a husband and wife relationship without the sex?

MP: No, not at all. (laughs) Older brother maybe. Good relationship though. We get along really well.

((WN)) So have you ever lost communications on the course in an embarrassing moment?

MP: We ski courses without communications. (unintelligible)

((WN)) You’re a B3 then?

MP: I’m a B2.

((WN)) So you can see even less than Jessica Gallagher.

MP: Yes.

((WN)) How do you ski down a course when you can’t even see it?

MP: Andy!

((WN)) You just said you had no communications!

MP: Oh, I just have to be a lot closer to him.

((WN)) So if he’s close enough you can overcome that issue?

MP: Yeah.

((WN)) Why are you doing skiing?

MP: Why? I enjoy it.

((WN)) You enjoy going fast?

MP: I love going fast. I like the challenge of it.

((WN)) Even though you can’t see how fast you’re going.

MP: Oh yes. It’s really good. It’s enjoyable. It’s a challenge. I love the sport, I love the atmosphere.

((WN)) I’ve asked the standing skiers, who’s the craziest Paralympic skiers? Is it the ones who are on the sit skis, the blind ones or the ones missing limbs?

MP: I probably think it’s the sit skiers who are a bit nuts. I think we all think the other categories are a bit mental. I wouldn’t jump on a sit ski and go down the course. Or put the blindfold on and do the same thing.

((WN)) B1 with the black goggles. Is your eye sight degenerative?

MP: No, I’m pretty stable.

((WN)) Not going to become a B1 any time soon?

MP: Oh God, I hope not. No, I’m pretty stable so I don’t envision getting much blinder than I am now unless something goes wrong.

((WN)) And you’re trying for Sochi?

MP: Definitely.

((WN)) And you think your chances are really good?

MP: I think I’ve got a decent chance. I just have to keep training like I have been.

((WN)) Win a medal this time?

MP: I’d like to. That’s the intention. (laughs)

((WN)) Do you like the media attention you’ve gotten? Do you wish there was more for yourself and winter sports, or of women athletes in general?

MP: I think that promoting women in sport and the winter games is more important than promoting myself. I’m quite happy to stay in the background, but if I can do something to promote the sport, or promote women in the sport, especially because we’ve got such a small amount of women competing in skiing, especially in blind skiing. I think that’s more important overall.

((WN)) Most skiers are men?

MP: There’s more men competing in skiing, far more. The standards are a bit higher with the males than with the females.

((WN)) The classification system for everyone else is functional ability, and you guys are a medical classification. Do you think you get a fair shake in terms of classification? Are you happy with the classification?

MP: I think I’m happy with it, the way it’s set out. With vision impairment I’m a B2, against other B2s. It may be the same category, but we have different disabilities, so there’s not much more they can do. I think it’s as fair as they possibly can.

((WN)) You like the point system? You’re okay with it? Competing against B1s and B3s even though you’re a B2?

MP: The factors even all that out. The way they’ve got it at the moment, I don’t have any issues with them, the blind categories.

((WN)) What was it that got you skiing in the first place?

MP: An accident, basically. Complete by chance. A friend of mine in the Department of Recreation used to run skiing camps in the South West Sydney region, and she had a spare spot at one of the camps. Knew that I was vision impaired, and: “Do you want to come along?” “Yeah, why, not, give it a go.” This was back when I was about twelve, thirteen. I went, and I loved it. Went back again, and again, and again. And for the first five or six years I just skied for like a week a season sort of thing, like, you’re on a camp. Fell in love with the sport; my skiing and the mountain atmosphere, I love it, and then, when I finished my HSC, I decided to take myself off to Canada, and skiing Kimberley, the disabled race program that was run by the ex-Australian who coaches Steve Boba, and I’d heard about it through Disabled Winter Sports Australia. And I thought I’d spend some time in Canada, which is for skiing, and had a year off between school and uni, so… first time I ran through a race course actually. It was pretty awesome. So I went back again the next year, and Steve [Boba] recommended me to Steve [Graham], and he watched me skiing in September in the South Island, and invited me on a camp with the Australian team, and I trained for Vancouver, and I qualified, and I said “sure, why not?” And here I am!

((WN)) So you liked Vancouver?

MP: It was just an amazing experience. I came into Vancouver… I had quite a bad accident on a downhill course in Sestriere about seven weeks out from the games, and I fractured my pelvis. So, I was coming into Vancouver with an injury and I had only just recovered and was in quite a lot of pain. So it was an amazing experience and I was quite glad I did it, but wish for a different outcome.

((WN)) So you are more optimistic about Sochi then?

MP: Yes.

((WN)) One of the things about skiing is that it’s really expensive to do. How do you afford to ski given how expensive it is? And the fact that you need a guide who’s got his own expenses.

MP: I’m lucky enough to rank quite high in the world at the moment, so due to my ranking I’m awarded a certain amount of funding from the Australian Sports Commission, which covers my equipment and expenses, and the team picks up training costs and travel costs. All I’ve got to pay for is food and my own equipment, which is good, so I’ve managed to do it a budget.

((WN)) What do you do outside of skiing, because you look kind of young? And you being not like, 30 or 40?

MP: I’m 24. I’m a student still.

((WN)) Which university?

MP: University of Western Sydney. It’s my third university degree. I’ve completed two others prior to this one that I’m doing now.

((WN)) Which degree? That you’re currently pursuing.

MP: Currently, physiotherapy.

((WN)) Because of your experience with sport?

MP: Not really, except that my experience with sport certainly helped my interest and kind of fueled a direction to take in the physiotherapy field when I’m finished my degree, but more the medical side of injury, rehabilitation that got me interested in physiotherapy to begin with, burns rehabilitation and things like that.

((WN)) You view yourself a full-time student as opposed to a full-time professional skier.

MP: Not really. I’m a student when uni’s on and when uni’s finished I’m a skier. The way that the term structure is in Australia it gives me all this time to ski. The uni starts at the end of February and goes to the beginning of June, and then we’ve got a six or seven week break until beginning or mid-August, and uni starts again then, and we go up to mid way through November, and then we’ve got a break again. Skiing fits in very nicely to that.

((WN)) What’s the route for qualification to Sochi for you.

MP: Just maintaining my points. At the moment I’ve qualified. I just need to maintain my points, keep my points under, and then I qualify for the Australian team.

((WN)) So there’s a chance they could say no?

MP: If I’m skiing really badly. An injury.

((WN)) Or if you’re like those Australian swimmers who had the guns…

MP: I’ve no sign of picking up a gun any time soon. Giving a blind girl a gun is not a good idea. (laughs)

((WN)) It just seemed to us that Sochi was so far away on out hand, and yet seemed to be in everybody’s mind. It’s on their program. Sixteen months away?

MP: Yes, something like that. Sixteen. I think it’s been on our mind ever since Vancouver was over and done with. Next season, that was that, it was like: “what are our goals for the next four years?” And it was, “What are our goals for the next three years and two years?” And subsequently, next season, it’s Sochi. What we need to work on, what we need to accomplish for then, to be as ready as possible.

((WN)) What is your favourite event of all the skiing ones? You like the downhill because it’s fast? Or you like Giant Slalom because it’s technically challenging? Or…

MP: I prefer the speed events. The downhill; frightens me but I do love the adrenalin. I’m always keen to do a downhill. But I think Super G might just be my favourite.

((WN)) Do you do any other adrenalin junkie type stuff? Do you go bungee jumping? Jumping out of airplanes? Snowboarding?

MP: I don’t snowboard, no. I have jumped out of a plane. I thought that was fun but downhill has got more adrenalin than jumping out of a plane, I found. I do mixed martial arts and judo. That’s my other passion.

((WN)) Have you thought of qualifying for the Summer [Para]lympics in judo?

MP: As far as I know, Australia doesn’t have a judo program for the Paralympics. But, if I ever get good enough, then sure.

((WN)) They sent one.

MP: They’ve sent one, and he’s amazing. He beats up blind guys, able bodieds, quite constantly. I’ve seen video of him fight, and he’s very very good. If I ever reach that level, then sure, it’s something I’d look into it.

((WN)) Does judo help with your skiing?

MP: Yes, it increases my agility and balance, and strength, for sure.

((WN)) I want to let you get back to changing. Thank you very much.

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Oklahoma trooper on leave after altercation with ambulance personnel

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Oklahoma trooper on leave after altercation with ambulance personnel
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21 Nov

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

An Oklahoma police officer is on paid administrative leave, following an altercation with ambulance personnel while they were transporting a patient to the hospital. Trooper Daniel Martin, a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), was caught on video by his police vehicle’s dashboard-camera in a physical struggle with paramedic Maurice White, Jr. after Martin pulled the ambulance over. Martin had previously passed the ambulance while en route to another call, but came back and pulled over the ambulance. The incident occurred on May 24, and footage from the police dash-cam was released following a tort claim filed by paramedic White.

It has also been suggested that the previous call had in-fact been to pick up his wife from a police station who was then present in the car during the incident between Martin and the ambulance.

Footage by the OHP released Friday shows the ambulance personnel repeatedly informing Trooper Martin that they have a patient in the back of the ambulance that they are in the midst of transporting to the hospital. Martin yells at the ambulance driver for making what he claims was an obscene gesture – the ambulance driver asserts he raised both hands signalling confusion at the police officer’s actions. Trooper Martin can be heard telling the ambulance driver “I’m going to give you a ticket for failure to yield, and when I go by you saying ‘What’s going on?’ you don’t need to give me no hand gestures now, I ain’t going to put up with that [expletive], do you understand me?”

The video from the police dash-cam is eight minutes long, and paramedic White can be seen twice being pushed up against his ambulance by Trooper Martin. In one instance, Martin shoves White up against the ambulance while gripping his neck tightly with his other hand. In a written statement, paramedic White described the hold placed on him by the Trooper, stating “he engaged my trachea in a claw-like grip digging his nail into my neck while partially shutting off my air supply.”

[Paramedic Maurice White, Jr.] never once became aggressive to that trooper.

The sister of the patient in the ambulance, Clara Harper, was following the ambulance and witnessed the incident. Harper later viewed the footage from the police dash-cam, and she stated to Tulsa World paramedic White “never once became aggressive to that trooper.” She asserted that “He did nothing wrong.” After the ambulance was allowed to continue transporting the patient to the hospital, Harper got into the ambulance to be with her sister. “She was scared, and I was trying to calm her down and telling her everything was going to be all right,” said Harper.

My biggest concern was for the patient. If there’s any nightmare from this, it’s because of what that mother, that patient, had to go through.

Paramedic White was interviewed by KOKI-TV, and recounted his thoughts as the incident was taking place. He stated his main concern was for his ambulance patient: “It was surrealistic because I’ve never had such an experience. My biggest concern was for the patient. If there’s any nightmare from this, it’s because of what that mother, that patient, had to go through.” White’s attorney told KOKI-TV that if White deemed the arrest to be unlawful, he had the right to resist it. White is a paramedic for Creek Nation Emergency Medical Services in Oklahoma. He told FOX News he was surprised at the actions of the police trooper. “He’s taken an oath, just as I have, to protect and serve. I could not believe that this was happening,” said White.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety decided to release the police dash-cam video publicly after amateur video of the incident was posted to the video-sharing website YouTube. Captain Chris West, spokesman for the OHP, explained why the video was not released earlier. “We’ve been well aware of the fact that this incident has drawn enormous attention, but made the decision to protect the integrity of the investigation, any and all relevant evidence, as well as the rights of the department employees,” said West. Prior to the release of the dash-cam video, a relative of the patient had posted video of the incident to YouTube. The son of the ambulance patient can be seen in a video stating to the camera “Highway patrolman pulled over my mom’s ambulance because he’s mad we didn’t pull over, and he tried to arrest … the EMT from taking my mother to the hospital.”

One man is there protecting a patient and one man is there abusing his authority and throwing his weight around.

Richard O’Carroll, the lawyer for paramedic White, said that Trooper Martin abused his authority as a police officer. “Everything on this needs to relate back to why are we here? One man is there protecting a patient and one man is there abusing his authority and throwing his weight around,” said O’Carroll. White’s attorney filed a tort claim on behalf of his client in order to get the video of the police vehicle’s dash-cam released. Trooper Martin’s lawyer says he did not realize a patient was in the ambulance at the time of the incident.

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O’Carroll explained the decision of paramedic White not to use sirens while transporting his patient to the hospital: “There was a reason he wasn’t running sirens. There was a suggestion of chest pains and a heart condition and sirens aggravate these conditions by increasing the blood pressure.” However the attorney for Trooper Martin, Gary James, said that the ambulance was not exempt from regulations because it did not have its sirens on. “If they’re not running their sirens or lights, they don’t get afforded any emergency vehicle exemptions,” said James. The OHP chief is handling an internal review into the incident. As of June 1, Trooper Martin has been on paid administrative leave.

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Wikinews Shorts: January 20, 2008

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Wikinews Shorts: January 20, 2008
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14 Nov

A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, January 20, 2008.

Former Indonesian president Suharto, 86, is now moving and speaking softly, doctors say. He was admitted to Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta on January 4 after suffering multiple organ failure.

“He is fully conscious, he can follow instructions and answer our questions in a weak voice,” Dr. Jusuf Misbach said. “He scratched himself and raised his hands. It’s an amazing accomplishment.”

Mardjo Soebiandono said that Suharto would be given physiotherapy, but he also stated that his condition is still considered critical.

According to doctors, Suharto’s blood pressure is now stable, his heart and lungs are functioning better, and infections are being treated with antibiotics.

Preparations for a state funeral had begun last week when Suharto developed pneumnonia and sepsis. He was given only a 50:50 chance of survival.

Related news

  • “Former Indonesian president, Suharto in critical condition” — Wikinews, January 5, 2008


  • Telly Nathalia. “Indonesia’s Suharto tries to speak, lifts arm” — Reuters, January 20, 2008
  • Niniek Karmimi. “Indonesia’s Suharto Speaks, Moves Hands” — Associated Press, January 20, 2008

Major power outages in Zimbabwe and Zambia left many without services such as electricity, water, and mobile phone connections for much of Saturday and Sunday.

The blackout reportedly hit the two nations almost simultaneously on Saturday evening. In Zambia, the power was restored eight hours later, but residents of Zimbabwe had to wait until Sunday afternoon for power.

Officials in Harare said the cause of the blackout was a fault that “tripped” the power grid, while some in Zambia blamed “turbine problems” at one of the country’s hydroelectric dams.

40% of Zimbabwe’s power is imported from neighboring countries like South Africa. As the power situation in South Africa has also been worsening, state utility company Eskom announced it will stop supplying power to Zimbabwe and other countries in order to meet domestic needs.


  • Angus Shaw. “Power Outages in Zambia, Zimbabwe” — Associated Press, January 20, 2008
  • South African Press Association. “Mbeki demands answers from Eskom chiefs” — Independent Online, January 20, 2008

Francis Joyon of France completed his maritime journey around the globe in a 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes, and 6 seconds, breaking Ellen MacArthur‘s record by 2 weeks. He sailed the world’s oceans in a trimaran of his own making.

The journey began November 23 in the port of Brest. Joyon then sailed under the tip of Africa and across the Southern Hemisphere before making his way back to France.

MacArthur was there to greet him when he landed on shore. “I’m really happy for him, proud of him,” she said. “He was very fast, he played really well, and he really deserves this record.” MacArthur had previously beaten Joyon’s record in 2005.

“The speed part, the sailing passion part, that’s extraordinary. But what is the strongest of all is having precious moments when you can be in harmony with the planet, with the elements. That is what will stay with me,” Joyon said.

Related news

  • “Ellen Macarthur sets round the world solo sailing record” — Wikinews, February 7, 2005


  • Associated Press. “Frenchman Sails Around the World in Record 57 Days” — FOX News, January 20, 2008
  • “Frenchman Joyon smashes MacArthur’s sailing world record” — AFP, January 20, 2008
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After 100 days, Deepwater Horizon oil spill still threatens Gulf coast

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After 100 days, Deepwater Horizon oil spill still threatens Gulf coast
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14 Nov

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wednesday marked the 100th day since the beginning of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and although the leaking well was recently capped, the estimated three million or more barrels of oil already in the Gulf of Mexico are still causing trouble for many residents of the Gulf coast.

There are still many unanswered questions about the long-term impact of the spill, including how it has affected the environment and natural habitats of the Gulf as well as whether residents of the area will be able to return to their jobs and livelihoods now that the leak has been capped. US government officials say that, even after the oil well is permanently sealed, workers will still have a lot to do, including the removal of around 20 million feet (6.1 million metres) of containment boom. “I would characterize this as the first 100 days. There’s a lot of work in front of us,” said Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft of the US Coast Guard.

Authorities will use submarines to assess damage underwater, while teams on the ground assess the shoreline. While removing oil from beaches is expected to be fairly straightforward, cleaning the marshlands will be particularly difficult, as boats are needed to maneuver through small channels and workers are unable to stand on solid ground. At least 638 miles (1,027 kilometres) of the Gulf coast have been hit by the oil.

The government is focusing on both cleaning sensitive coastal regions and looking for underwater oil plumes, but is also probing into what may have been the largest accidental oil spill. The US Justice Department, as well as Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, are all investigating what contributed to the disaster. The Washington Post reported one team is looking into whether a close relationship between BP and government regulators played a role in the spill. The Post also said that Deepwater Horizon operator Transocean as well as oil services group Halliburton were being investigated.

BP officials say that they will try to perform the “static kill” process on Monday, a process which involves pumping a thick mixture of mud and cement down into the cap currently stopping the leak. At the end of next week, one of two relief wells currently being drilled should reach the leaking well, and officials will then know if the static kill has worked. It is hoped that this “bottom kill” operation will be able to permanently seal the damaged well.

Even though BP is close to sealing the oil reservoir, it still faces legal battles, economic struggles, and internal changes. On Tuesday, BP announced Tony Hayward would step down from his position as the company’s chief executive. His replacement, American Bob Dudley, will be the first non-British CEO of the company.

On Thursday, lawyers met at Boise, Idaho hearing to determine how around 200 various lawsuits against BP will play out. Depending on whether the suits can be consolidated, BP could be facing years of legal disputes. BP, Transocean, and Halliburton had already blamed each other for the disaster during a May hearing before the US Senate. Federal regulatory officials were criticized for allegedly taking bribes and not thoroughly inspecting the oil rig.

The company also reported a quarterly loss of US$16.9 billion and said it has allocated US$32.2 billion to pay for the spill. BP has a US$20 billion fund to help make up for the massive losses of the Gulf fishing, oil, and tourism industries and will pay damages for each of the millions of barrels of oil lost in the disaster.

BP says that it is the “responsible party” for cleaning up the spill because it owned the leaking well and had leased the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, but claims that it is not responsible for the entire spill.

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On the campaign trail in the USA, September 2020

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On the campaign trail in the USA, September 2020
Author: Admin

11 Nov

Thursday, October 29, 2020

The following is the fifth edition of a monthly series chronicling the 2020 United States presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

This month’s spotlight on the campaign trail: the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee secures ballot access in all 50 U.S. states, the Unity Party of America presidential nominee proposes a novel solution to the issue of “packing” the U.S. Supreme Court, and three candidates give their thoughts on the latest military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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How To Fire Your Idiot Boss In 9 Days

By Ted Cantu

I read something the other day I couldnt believe. It angered me. Want to know what it was? The news article I read talked about being cautious when looking for work. Apparently your boss, the one that pays your bills, has nothing better to do than run phony ads on


and in your local paper looking to entrap you. I found this very odd.

The other strange attitude I see recently revolves around this Feed the Pig campaign. This sends out a real subtle message upon first viewing. It scolds the viewer and looks down upon basically creating a better life for oneself. The whole idea here is to save money and live as tight as you can and to live in fear whenever possible.

Is this still America?

I have to ask this out loud because if I am not mistaken this country was built on having real balls. In fact if you go back in time youll find that people had their own businesses. This was actually the norm at one time. Somewhere during the industrial revolution we lost scope of this and jobs became the norm in 20th Century America. The idea of free spirited living slowly succumbed to living like a thrifty coward.

You dont owe the system anything. A recent episode of the news on ABC showed that the banks are not sympathetic to foreclosures. They have no problem throwing you back out on the street. You see I differ from most people. I am actually embarrassed to tell people that I attended college. I would rather be out on the street duking it out and getting into all kinds of adventures. It is the heart and soul of an entrepreneur. Id rather do that than to live in fear of a bank, existing within meager means, and to cower in front of an idiot boss.


First of all, never look for a job while at work. This is one of the worst things you can do. Your boss has a busy schedule and who knows what he does behind closed doors. I havent worked in a corporate hell hole in years but here is a clue. You can bet that once he is in his inner sanctum he has nothing to do but to scour the web looking for clues on his staff. This is in between uploading pictures of his kids to his personal site, yapping on the blow horn, and surfing joke sites. Its another hard day in the life of a typical corporate bonehead.

You owe it to yourself to expand your horizons and to take on a new type of paycheck. Becoming an entrepreneur takes a lot of guts and a lot of knowledge. This is the kind of education that you wont get much of in an office environment.

Posting resumes on job sites is a bad idea if you are still employed. Faxing out your resume is another bad idea and will most likely get you sent to the HR office if you get caught. I suggest cheap postcards to potential business ventures. Try doing something cheap with an 800 number on it so you can check your messages discreetly. You can put together a simple newsletter and sending it out to prospects or business partners you want to meet up with.

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Thanks to information technology there are a lot of ways you can mask your money seeking efforts. This includes voice broadcast, FAX, 800 numbers, newsletters, webinars, email marketing just to name a few.

To plan your escape you need to do the following.

1. Set up a 800 number with a pre-recorded message on it. This will let people know what you are offering or selling. Some 800 numbers will let people FAX in order forms to you. I found that working with 1.800.PATLIVE was a great choice. Its inexpensive and very discreet. You can have a 10 minute selling commercial on it and open up five separate lines with different offers on it.

2. Create a newsletter that you can mail out to potential business clubs and social groups.

3. Submit articles to niche publications. The beauty of this is because niche publications are so underground your boss will never know where to look. These are not like the magazines you can buy at Borders and Barnes and Nobles. Its also great for lead generation.

4. Take orders for phone consultations for what you do. You can take your calls on your lunch hour and when you get off at 5 PM. This is a great thing to do when you are just starting out and its a great way to build up your bank account while still being employed.

5. Get a merchant account so you can process orders online. Getting a web site will help you accept payment from your public. Make sure you get 50% – 100% for your services up front. Get your money up front the way lawyers do. You tell them that you work on retainer only or by project basis.

6. Set up a seminar after work at community based setting. This could be in a caf, bookstore or in an art gallery. You can get a great room at a public library. Treat the affair like an exhibition and make sure you get plenty of business cards from prospects.

7. Find out what people want. Everybody wants something in this life. Your job is to be the facilitator in this area. A lot of doctors have side projects that they cannot deliver to the public due to lack of marketing ability, there are start up companies out there that do not know how to sell online, and many professionals who would like to sell an information product. The opportunities are usually endless.

Last year the number one profession in the market place was being a business coach. With more and more people jumping the corporate ship without a life raft that need is getting bigger all the time. Sock some money away in the bank and get a feel for what you are doing before you jump the ship yourself. When the time is right you must make a clean break.

It is customary to give your boss a 2 week notice. But if your situation is really dire dont be afraid to call the thing off and bolt for the door. You have to do what is best for you despite all the nagging advice of your weekly local business columnist.

The average salary, take home pay, from a company is a little under a thousand bucks a week. It is not uncommon to get as much as $5,000 a week when you get things moving in your business. The trick is going to be making that number consistent. You will have to work with business coaches to get those high numbers to be a regular thing but it is worth it.

Heres How You Ditch Your Boss

There is one eternal truth that you must comprehend. 90% of all companies I talk to do not know how to market themselves. This is true in just about every income bracket I run across and this also includes many different types of industry. Some of their marketing woes would stun a rhino. It is mind boggling how these companies manage to stay in business month after month year after year. It is going to be your job to meet with them and figure out what they need.

The second earth shattering world truth is that companies would just as soon hire a temp, gurus, or a consultant of some sort to get them through a hurdle. As an employee your transition into hardcore business entrepreneur is going to be challenging one. Eventually you are going to have to be good at sniffing these out. Your skills will improve.

You may want to create an information based product to launch your departure from your company. Info products are always in demand for companies. Anything you can do to shorten a learning curve for a company is always welcomed, and there are many areas in which you can service. You can create a product for tutorials and training, teaching, online demonstrations and so on. Anything recorded in video and audio get a much higher price than something you would sell in a printed format. This could build up to be a sizeable nest egg. After you get your feet wet in this area and feel comfortable you can quit your job.

If you are a risk taker you can just quit without a plan like I did!

This will help you get on your feet quick and this type of brash move is not for everyone. Leaving a job on a whim was one of the greatest things I have ever done. It forced me to learn new skills and strategies.

I was able to score $5,600 bucks in 24 hours using a combination of Ebay techniques, web site marketing and my 800 number. I bet you can do the same. Everyone is an open book and has a wide range of skills and abilities that are unique to each person.

Walking Out Into The Wide Open Air

A good friend once asked, Did you ever walk out into the middle of nothing?. I knew what he meant immediately and its true, being in business for yourself can be a very scary position in life. There are no limits to how much you can make. That is the message I wish the media would project on people instead of this really lame, Feed the Pig BS. Living cowardly is not the American way. There is nothing to be gained from cowering away from your own potential and its certainly not admirable or noteworthy.

Id like to comfort your nervous nature and tell you that its okay to be scared. Its alright to be terrified of your sloth like slow moving boss with bullish overtones and bad karma. Id like to tell you that it is okay to over think the future and worry about what your coworkers will think of you for leaving your place of employment. Id like to bring your fears to rest but there is one thing that I think you should know..

. I wish I could remember the names of all my former coworkers. But the truth is I can only remember certain faces. I dont remember the full names of people I worked with in the corporate arena. I suppose that has largely to do with the fact that I feel those day do not matter much in the current scope of things. My new days of being an entrepreneur greatly outweigh those torturous long days and asinine late nights I spent in corporate life.

To do these skills well you may need some practice before you split. You will have to ditch all the fundamentals you have now in your current environment. You will have to trade in all the negative situations for powerful new ones. These will seem a bit odd at first.

Be strong.

About the Author: Ted Cantu runs

iMobile Media

(http://www.1seomichigan.com )and works out of NYC, Chicago, and Detroit, Michigan. He has the number 12 podcast show on www.podomatic.com you can listen to it here




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