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Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak

This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

8 Helpful Tips To Minimize Liposuction Risks

By Rena Graham

The moment you agree to a liposuction surgery, you are already making yourself vulnerable to all the risks involved with it. But you don’t have to lie there and accept this as plainly something that is just part of the procedure. The fact is, there are measures that you can take to help you avoid the possible hazards. Here are some simple tips that will help you come out of surgery and heal with better success.

1. Make your skin and your body in general as healthy as possible prior to surgery.

To attain this you have to go back the basics, and that is eating healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and proteins. This will keep your body able to heal well and your skin to heal faster.

Since liposuction surgery is an invasive procedure you need all the nutrition and preparation you need to ensure that your body can cope well with this. When you do, you will be able to heal better, which means less chances of scarring. The length and quality of your recovery will determine the results of your liposuction surgery.

2. Kick those vices off.

The moment that you decide to undergo liposuction surgery, you must stop any vices such as cigarette smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. The reason for this is that they increase bleeding tendencies and impair your skin’s ability to heal on time. Do this at least 4 weeks before surgery and even during your recovery period.

3. Choose a reputable surgeon who is particularly trained in performing liposuction.

This is a critical process when preparing for surgery. You should choose a surgeon who has a good breadth of experience if you want quality results. A surgeon, who uses safe and skilled techniques, will prevent any possible problems such as organ puncture and contour irregularities. Remember, your surgeon solely relies on knowledge on anatomy and their skills with palpation, so make sure that you entrust this with someone who has a good work history.

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4. Discuss the course of your treatment with your surgeon.

To better prepare for this, you should read up on liposuction surgery and the various techniques available. This will make you be aware of the advantages as well as the drawbacks involved. There are certain liposuction techniques that have certain risks involved that may be particularly dangerous for your case.

For instance, tumescent liposuction has the risk of fluid and electrolyte imbalance. When the body is infused with large amounts of fluid there is a possibility for cardiac overload and pulmonary edema.

5. Protect your incision site properly.

If you want to avoid ugly scars, you must always employ every measure to keep your wound area as clean as possible. When you introduce infection into the site, it can significantly delay healing. When this happens, your chances for scar formation increase.

To properly clean the area, swab it with antiseptic in a circular motion using a clean gauze or cotton ball from the center going outwards.

When applying ointment, make sure that you expel a small amount first into a tissue and before you squeeze it again for application.

And always make sure that as you do all these, your hands should be washed thoroughly first.

6. Apply anti-scar creams on your healed incision site.

Scar creams which you can buy over the counter are effective means to reduce scar formation or lighten them. Massage this on the area using your clean hands. The motion will also encourage good circulation which would promote better healing.

7. Take the entire course of antibiotic treatment prescribed by the doctor.

Even without infection, an antibiotic would be prescribed as prophylactic treatment. This means that it will be more of a preventive measure from any possible infection. Antibiotics work best when they are taken regularly for the entire course. Again, infection will delay healing which can predispose you to scars.

8. A tummy tucks to trim and tone the areas better.

Since liposuction removes significant amounts of fat from the body, it is also expected that extra and sagging skin could result. To make the results come out more appealing, a tummy tuck procedure would have to be done. It will tighten the skin to make it follow your new contour better. Liposuction prices in Sydney are no joke, but it is also best to have some extra cash that will serve as a final finish to a great work of art.

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Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder

Friday, March 20, 2009

In the United States, a suspended Pennsylvania state trooper has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband.

Kevin Foley, 43, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for slashing to death John Yelenic, a Blairsville dentist who was in the final stages of divorcing his wife, Michele. Foley’s attorney said he plans to appeal the decision. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Foley previously said he “loathed Dr. Yelenic” and asked another fellow trooper to help kill him. During his testimony, which lasted several hours, Foley claimed he was joking and had no true intention of carrying out the threat, but the Indiana County jury rejected that defense after about six hours of deliberations.

John Yelenic was found dead in his home on April 13, 2006, one day before he was planning on signing his divorce papers. Charges were brought against Foley in September 2007, more than 17 months after the murder.

Foley, who had been on suspension from the Pennsylvania State Police, was himself the final witness to take the stand Wednesday in the trial. Foley insisted he was innocent during his testimony, and even made jokes that the jury laughed at on a few occasions.

“I never made a threat with the intention of carrying it out,” Foley said under cross-examination by the prosecution.

When Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek pressed Foley for what was funny about asking another state trooper to help him kill Yelenic, Foley answered, “There isn’t any joke. It’s just my personality, my behavior (with co-workers).”

Prosecutors said Foley killed Yelenic after going to the dentist’s house to confront him over the terms of the divorce. Prosecutors claim Foley slashed Yelenic several times with a knife and pushed his head through a small window. Yelenic bled to death.

“John has his justice tonight,” Mary Ann Clark, a cousin of Yelenic, told MSNBC. “John deserved this; he was the most wonderful person in the world. He died the most horrible death and tonight, this is his night. The system worked.”

Foley had been living with Michele Yelenic for two years at the time of the homicide. Prosecutors previously said Foley and Michele helped perpetuate rumors that Dr. Yelenic molested their son. John and Michele Yelenic had been separated in 2002. Michele Yelenic stood to collect Dr. Yelenic’s estate and a US$1 million life insurance policy, and could lose about $2,500 a month in support if the divorce was finalized, a Pennsylvania grand jury previously determined.

Michele Yelenic, who has not appeared at the trial, may face legal action herself, media reports indicated. A sentencing hearing for Foley is scheduled for June 1.

Bones of ‘small-bodied humans’ found in Micronesian cave

Friday, March 21, 2008

Another population of small humans has been reported, this time in caves in Micronesia.

Lee Berger, Steven Churchill, Bonita De Klerk and Rhonda Quinn, a team of paleontologists and anthropologists from South Africa and the United States document a group of “small-bodied humans” found in the ” in limestone caves in the rock islands of Palau, Micronesia.” The report, in a recent edition of the open access journal, PLoS ONE (2008 3:3) argues that these small people may “represent a congenitally abnormal individual drawn from a small-bodied island population of Homo Sapiens.” The term for this condition is Insular Dwarfism described in Foster’s Rule. Different radio carbon samples at the site date between 3000 and 4500 calendar years before the present, with the 3000 year old dates being judged the most reliable.

The authors argue, “Based on the evidence from Palau, we [Berger et al] hypothesize that reduction in the size of the face and chin, large dental size and other features noted here may in some cases be correlates of extreme body size reduction in H. sapiens.”

Unlike the 2004 find of the Flores dwarf human population (dated from 95,000 to 13,000 years ago), known as Homo floresienses and nicknamed hobbits, researchers do not consider this population to be a separate hominid population. They also suggest that this more recent population casts some doubt on H. floresienses being a separate species, and that,

“These features when seen in Flores may be best explained as correlates of small body size in an island adaptation, regardless of taxonomic affinity…[This] Palauan sample supports at least the possibility that the Flores hominins are simply an island adapted population of H. sapiens, perhaps with some individuals expressing congenital abnormalities.”

In support of this, Berger et al also argued that although the dwarf humans appeared to have many features in commons with Homo sapiens, there seems to be many features that are not usually associated with Homo sapiens.

Fire kills three and closes main transport route into Western Australia

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A fire in the Borrabbin National Park between Southern Cross and Coolgardie Western Australia, has so far burnt out 29,000 hectares and killed three truck drivers when the convoy they were travelling in was engulfed by the flames. Great Eastern Highway the primary road for all traffic from Perth heading to the East Coast of Australia has been closed. An alternate route is in place, police are diverting traffic at Norseman. The diversion adds 250 km(160 mi) for the journey to Perth.

The three truck drivers died on Sunday night after they joined a convoy that was released from Coolgardie after being told that the road was safe. Kieran McNamara director general of the Department of Environment and Conservation(DEC) admitted that it had been caught out by its decision to reopen the road at 8pm (wst) on 30 December.

Mr McNamara said “The decision was made with the advice from people at the firefront, and with the latest weather forecasts, and was judged to be the right decision and the safe decision at the time and in those circumstances… Regrettably and with hindsight, that’s not how it’s turned out.”

The driver of another truck in the convoy that was destroyed escaped with burns to his hands and was rushed through the fire front by firefighters to Yellowdine, another driver was rescued uninjured and return to Coolgardie, a spokesman for Whiteline transport the owners of this truck were thankful their driver survived unharmed saying the cost of the vehicle lost was about AU$400,000 plus cargo. Police confirmed that four trucks were destroyed by the fire.

Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia reported that they were fighting the fire without using water. All efforts were focused on building fire breaks with heavy machinery to contain the fire, that 90 volunteer fire fighters on the scene were there to defend the bulldozers.

The fire is still burning on a 150 km (90 mi) front, DEC spokesman says fire fighters are hoping to bring the fire under control with an expected cool change on Wednesday. The Weather Bureau has forecast temperatures to return above 40°C(105°F) by Thursday.

Local Police say that Great Eastern Highway will remain closed until the fire is under control and the damaged vehicles have been removed from the scene, at this stage its not expected to occur before Sunday.

Golden Triangle Tour Admirable India Travel Packages To Make Vacations Memorable

Golden Triangle Tour Admirable India Travel Packages to Make Vacations Memorable


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A simple mention of India summons up the images of a land that is sanctified with unmatchable natural gorgeousness. India crafts of almost all the aspects of natural gorgeousness such as snowcapped mountains, glaciers, long rivers, deserts, plains, hill stations, beaches and more. Furthermore, this country is sanctified with prosperous cultural tradition. During India Vacations, you can travel around the lures and ethnicity of this exclusive country.

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Golden Triangle Tour India is extremely admirable India travel package. This travel package is deliberate to take you around three well-known cities of this nation; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These three cities are amongst the most admirable tourist place of India. These three cities enclose larger hunk of India chronological places. If you crave an edifying tour of India, you cannot miss these three places. Delhi, despite being the capital of India, is an ethnically affluent city with intact lot of vacationer’s attractions. This is antique city with numerous ancient and medieval architectural memorials such as Kutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, Red Fort and numerous others. Almost all the India travel packages including Golden Triangle Tours, take the travelers to these memorials that are listed to World Heritage Sites. Furthermore, Delhi, being one of the global cities, is home to numerous; contemporary lures and great nightlife as well. Agra is the next place of the Golden Triangle Tour. It is the home to few of the most stunning architectural; speculate of the globe; the Taj Mahal. Jaipur, the last destination of this India Tour, is home to utmost number of chronological constitutions in India. There are a number of majestic palaces, citadels, temples and numerous other structures which make enormous lures for travelers. You can come across with some of the most enchanting locations and sand dunes through your Jaipur Tours


India is a huge country and it becomes quite puzzling for a person who has never been to India or even for an experienced vacationer to select and make assorted booking for the India tour. So, plan a Golden Triangle Tour and travel across the three well-known cities will give you a mesmerizing vacation with some matchless experiences that you can cherish all through your life.

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Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan engaged

Monday, January 15, 2007

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Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has confirmed that his son Abhishek and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai were engaged last evening at a private ceremony at the Bachchans’ residence in Mumbai.

It is believed that the younger Bachchan proposed to his bride-to-be in New York, soon after the Toronto premiere of his new movie Guru. The media had been following the romance between the two closely for some time past, but this is the first time they have come out in the open about their relationship. Rumours that the couple were planning to spread the know began to spread in November last year, when they visited the Sankat Mochan Temple together, with some even saying that they had already been married even earlier at the Meenakshi temple in Madurai

According to one daily, the wedding will take place either on February 19 or March 7 at the Hyatt Mumbai. “The children have decided. We are very happy and thought we should go ahead with the ‘roka’ ceremony. It was held in the evening.”, Amitabh Bachchan said of the ceremony, which was attended by the family’s close friends, including Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Aishwarya’s parents, and industrialist Anil Ambani and the latter’s wife Tina Ambani. The couple have now flown to Ujjain to take a holy dip in the Ganga.

1 million people welcome 2007 in Sydney

Monday, January 1, 2007

A crowd of approximately 1 million has welcomed the new year in Sydney overnight. Many of the crowd had camped out since 6 AM AEDT (7PM UTC) to ensure they had the best vantage point for the fireworks displays at 9 PM and 12 AM. Earlier predictions of rain failed to dampen enthusiastic revellers and fortunately did not eventuate.

According to police, vantage points were Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House closed around 7 PM.

This year’s theme was “A diamond night in Emerald City” and celebrated the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s diamond anniversary of 75 years which will fall in March.

As usual, the bridge became the centre piece of Sydney’s celebrations with a question mark turning into a coat hanger during the 9 PM fireworks show before a diamond appeared at 11 PM.

Entertainment was held in the city throughout the day, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Revellers counted down the final seconds of 2006 with numbers on the side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The festivities are estimated to have cost AUD $4 million and organisers claim their fireworks display is “the largest in the world”. Sydney’s celebrations were broadcast on television live around the world as other countries prepared their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Despite the large crowd, police made only 58 arrests for offences including offensive conduct, stealing, assaulting police, goods in custody, assault, drink driving and affray.

Ambulance officers were called to 1,139 incidents in Sydney with another 900 in country areas.

2012 Olympics clash with Ramadan

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Muslim groups from across the world are criticising the organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London after it was revealed that the games will take place over Ramadan. The most holy month in the Muslim calendar, which will take place from the 21 July to 20 August in 2012, involves fasting during daylight hours and will affect an estimated 3,000 athletes.

Joanna Manning Cooper, spokesman for the games said: “We did know about it when we submitted our bid and we have always believed that we could find ways to accommodate it.”Nevertheless, this will come as a huge embarrassment for the organisers who have tried to ensure the event involve all of Britain’s ethnic communities.A quarter of the athletes who took part in the 2004 Athens Olympics were from predominantly Muslim countries and the fast will put any athletes involved at a clear disadvantage.

The chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Massoud Shadjared said: “This is going to disadvantage the athletes and alienate the Asian communities by saying they don’t matter. It’s not only going to affect the participants, it’s going to affect all the people who want to watch the games.”

The president of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, Togay Bayalti, said: “This will be difficult for Muslim athletes. They don’t have to observe Ramadan if they are doing sport and travelling but they will have to decide whether it is important to them. “It would be nice for the friendship of the Games if they had chosen a different date.”

The games will run from the 27 July to 12 August to coincide with the British Summer holidays. The summer holidays are a six week period running from mid July to early September. During this time, public transportation is generally less crowded and it will be easier to find the 70,000 volunteers needed to keep the games running. The International Olympics Committee has specified that the games must take place between July 15 to August 31. Giselle Davies, IOC spokesperson said, “We give a window to the five bid cities. The host city selects the dates within that window.”

The organisers are working with the Muslim Council of Great Britain to find ways around the problem.