“Woofstock” dog festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

North America’s largest outdoor dog festival came back to Toronto last weekend for its fifth year. It ran from the 9th of June to the 10th of June at Toronto’s historical St. Lawrence Market. A Wikinews reporter was there on Sunday to report on some of the events that happened on the last day.

The “Woofstock” dog festival attracted as many as 140,000 people with their dogs. The festival had tons of accessories, sold under tents, to buy for dogs; food, toys, designer clothes, and more. About 400 vendors and exhibitors were there to promote their products, which also gave private dog companies or groups a chance to show their new products. The local SPCA and some animal rescues were under tents answering questions from visitors. While walking, all visitors could see the CN Tower and other very tall buildings.

One of the local TV stations, Citytv, was there. They hosted a live event at the show which was broadcast on TV. People came up on the stage and asked questions regarding their dogs and the host and co-host answered them.

A man, who called himself the “Chalk Master”, drew two pictures on pavement with chalk. He did it for free but donations were welcome. One was a picture of a girl’s head beside a dog’s head, and another with a wolf.

“Hello Humans. I’ve been invited here to provide your eyeball(s), with some pretty colours. I don’t get paid as I work this weekend strictly for tips… so, if you like what you see please make a DONATION. If you don’t like it simply reach into the pocket of the person next to you and give me their money. CHALK MASTER.”

A contest called “Canada’s top dog” had its own tent with a professional photographer taking pictures of dogs behind a white screen; the winning photo is to be published on the cover of “Puppy and dog basics” magazine.

Large “Gourmet” dog bones were also served from a cart and table.

Next year’s festival is expected to be bigger and better with even more attractions.

An Emergency Plumber In Lubbock That You Can Count On

June 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

byAlma Abell

Plumbing emergencies can be very stressful and you will need immediate assistance from a professional. Your sewer system may back up or pipes may burst and water can spray everywhere, making a huge mess. It is important to work with an Emergency Plumber Lubbock that you can count on to respond quickly and find a solution to the problem. They should be very experienced and should also charge reasonable rates for their services. You will want to make sure that they offer emergency services and that they will be able to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible.

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Water can cause a lot of damage to the home and it is imperative to get the problem resolved very quickly. You will want to work with someone who offers twenty four hour service, seven days a week, because most plumbing emergencies tend to occur after normal business hours. It is also a good idea to choose a provider who offers a wide variety of quality services such as repair, installation, maintenance, water treatment and purification and analysis services. They should also arrive to your appointment on time and prepared with all of the necessary tools and equipment. Most people feel more comfortable choosing an Emergency Plumber Lubbock who is insured, bonded and licensed to handle their needs.

It is a good idea to visit the website of the Emergency Plumber Lubbockin order to learn more about the services that they provide, as well as the amount of experience that they possess. You can also determine whether or not they provide the emergency services that are so very important. They should be upfront about their rates and you should be aware of any issues or problems that arise.

Many choose an Emergency Plumber Lubbock who offers both residential and commercial services. It is important to feel good about your choice. You will want to know that they can handle any issue and make the necessary repairs that are needed. They should have an excellent reputation within the community and their services should be affordable and very professional. It is important to know that they will assist you anytime, day or night.

Wikinews Shorts: April 15, 2007

June 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, April 15, 2007.


  • 1 Policy pundit says UK has ‘lost the plot’ on alcohol
  • 2 39 now dead in Thai floods
  • 3 Will Iranian detainees remain in US custody?
  • 4 Another violent day in Baghdad

Writing in PPR, the Institute of Public Policy Research’s journal, Jasper Gerard has argued that, “When it comes to booze, society seems to have lost its senses,” and implies the UK has lost-the-plot on alcohol regulation.

The claim in comes alongside calls for ‘tough-love’ tactics to tackle the UK’s drinking culture in which a fifth of 11-15 year olds drink alcohol at least once a week.

Amongst the recommendations, is the idea that the legal drinking age, in the UK, should be raised to 21. Gerard states that with such a move, “it is at least possible that those in their early and mid teens will not see drink as something they will soon be allowed to do so therefore they might as well start doing it surreptitiously now.”

Both industry, and alcoholism support groups have already challenged Gerard’s comments.


A flash flood sent a torrent of water rushing over two waterfalls in southern Thailand. More than 100 tourists and people celebrating Songkran (Thai New Year) were cooling off in the water beneath the falls. “Seven more dead bodies were brought to hospital this morning, bringing the death toll up to thirty-five,” said Sinchai Rongdej, the hospital director at Yantakhao district. Fifteen of the dead were children. Thirty-four of the confirmed dead were Thai, Sinchai said, while one of the victims was a Laos national. Latest reports from the Bangkok Post indicate that the death toll had risen to 39 by Sunday nightfall, including 17 children. Of those injured, 25 have so far been discharged from hospital..

Provincial governor, Arnon Manasvanich said, “The search is continuing, but my belief is we might find more bodies of women and children as they couldn’t escape in time.”

“We are still searching in the hope of finding survivors — we do have hope left,” said Colonel Sonthichai Awatanakulthep, Yantakhao police chief. In a later statement, Trang Province police Major-General Kachorn Siriwan admitted that at least 30 people were still missing.


Five Iranians captured in January by the United States during a security operation in Erbil, Iraq are continuing to be held by US authorities, despite objections from the Iranian government.

BBC News reported that US Secretary of State argued for the their releaseon the grounds they were “no longer useful,” but was overruled by the White House. Iran claims the five captured are diplomats, while the US maintains that they are members of the Revolutionary Guard and were supplying arms, money, and military training to Iraqi insurgents.

However, since that report, Iran said it has received some signals concerning the possible release of the five Iranians, state television reported.

Related news

  • “US raids Iran ‘liaison office’, Russia says it is unacceptable” — Wikinews, January 12, 2007


Sunday was another violent day in Baghdad. Bomb attacks on a market place and a mini-bus, claimed the lives of as many as 35 people in Shi’ite neighborhoods of Iraq’s capital city.

Two car bombs went off within minutes of each other at a market place in the al-Shurta al-Arabaa district. The second bomb may have been targeting rescuers. At least eighteen are dead and many wounded.

In Kadhimiya in northern Baghdad, a suicide bomber boarded a minibus. Six were killed and eleven wounded when the explosives belt detonated.

In Karrada, an affluent neighborhood of Baghdad, a parked minibus blew up in a street with electronics shops, possibly targeting a police patrol. Five were left dead and another ten injured.

Separately, two British Puma transport helicopters crashed after they reportedly collided. Two crew members were killed.


Cyclone Laila lashes across India’s Eastern coastline

June 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cyclone Laila packing winds of 110 kilometres per hour closed in on the east coast of India on Thursday as tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes, fearing major storm damage.

Laila hit the state of Andhra Pradesh as heavy rain and strong gales battered the coast, state authorities said at least 30,000 people had been evacuated from low-lying areas. The armed forces were drafted in to help the evacuation efforts after Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister, K. Rosaiah, called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to request extra assistance.

The Indian Meteorological Department graded the cyclone as “severe”, and said it was due to hit land near the city of Machilipatnam after moving from its current position 100 kilometres (62 miles) off the coast in the Bay of Bengal.

The department’s latest warning said a “storm surge” of up to two metres above the regular tide was likely to inundate parts of Andhra Pradesh. It said large trees were likely to be uprooted, houses damaged and escape routes from the coast flooded. All fishermen were ordered to stay on shore due to “very rough” sea conditions, and the Asian Tribune said Reliance Industries had suspended crude oil and gas production in the Bay as a precaution.

The agency said 40,000 people had been evacuated from hundreds of coastal villages, while some air flights and train services were also affected. State disaster officials said that besides existing cyclone shelters, schools and community halls were serving as relief camps to evacuees.

Three people were killed when a shed collapsed during heavy winds in Andhra Pradesh, while a fisherman drowned in rough sea in neighbouring Tamil Nadu state. Local unconfirmed reports put the total death toll at between 14 and 17.

India and Bangladesh are hit regularly by cyclones that develop in the Bay of Bengal, causing widespread damage to homes and fields. Last May, Cyclone Aila tore through southern Bangladesh killing 300 people and destroyed 4,000 kilometres of roads and river embankments, leading to major flooding.

Mass panic as Zimbabwean officials fake air crash

June 19th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Today, Zimbabwean officials informed the media that an Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767 aircraft carrying 250 people had crashed at Harare International Airport, before they announced the reports were false and the incident had in fact been a drill to simulate the occurrence of such an event. Initial reports suggested that a flight from London had crashed upon landing at the airport. However, Medical Rescue International later stated in a post on Facebook that no airplane had crashed and it had “joined up with other services to attend to a mock accident at Harare International Airport … Good to keep the practising up.”

Those behind the staged accident had reportedly not told any other governmental departments, resulting in relatives inquiring with Air Zimbabwe as to what had happened. A senior figure for Air Zimbabwe stated that he was “concerned that this incident led to many, many calls to us. People were frightened. No actual plane was involved, but there was a scenario involving a Boeing 767 plane that had been hijacked and forced down at Harare airport.”

It was reported that Peter Chikumba, chief of Air Zimbabwe, had also not been informed that the exercise was to take place, and that the airline had set up an emergency helpdesk to liaise with the families of victims. Alan McGuinness, a correspondent for Sky News, stated, “journalists who arrived at the airport saw smoke rising from a runway and were then taken to a room where they were told to wait. David Chawota, the head of the Zimbabwe Civil Aviation Authority, said the media was duped to make the drill more realistic.” Chawota stated, “telling the media was part of the exercise. We wanted to see how the media would react,” he said.

Chawota himself told BNO News that an airliner had crashed. Michael van Poppel, head of BNO News said that “while I first thought Chawota was just misinformed by others, although that would be odd since he is the CEO of the aviation authority, I was stunned to hear that he actually knew it was a drill and wanted to see the media’s response … This basically means he was lying to me when I spoke to him, but also to other reporters he spoke to … I think it was absolutely irresponsible of this CEO and I can’t imagine what the families of passengers travelling to Harare around that time must have gone through when they heard news reports that there had been an ‘accident’ at the airport.”

McGuinness reported, “Stuart Sprake, general manager of FX Logistics, works at Harare airport and believed the secrecy surrounding the drill will help emergency crews learn valuable lessons.” Sprake told reporters “they (the crews) had to find their way through crowds and traffic … training exercises should be ad hoc — the less people know about it the better.”

Bushmen given 10 days to leave their reserve in Botswana

June 19th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Friday, September 16, 2005

Armed police and officials entered the Central Kalahari Game Reserve on September 12, giving the Bushmen there ten days to leave. Some Bushmen are reported to have fled into the Reserve and are evading capture.

In 1996 the central government of Botswana adopted a policy of evicting the Bushmen from the Central Game Reserve, an area originally set aside for them to inhabit. A constitutional amendment is also pending in Parliament to revoke the right of Bushmen to live in the Reserve in perpetuity. The government has expressed concern with several issues surrounding their continued presence in the reserve, including the need to supply them with water, the expense of educating them and providing them with health care, and their effect on the animals in the Reserve. They also say that it is in the Bushmen’s best interest to join civilized society.

Critics of the relocation, including the groups Survival International and Botswanian Centre for Human Rights, allege very different motivations. Some believe that the government is moving the Bushmen out of the region to encourage tourism and diamond mining. Others argue that the government is acting out of compassion, but is making the wrong choice; they say that the Bushmen should be left to their hunter-gatherer ways, and that attempting to integrate them into modern Botswania will destroy their identity. They also state that the resettlement camps they are placed in are in bad condition, with rampant alcoholism and prostitution.

A court case has been in progress for three years against the government for moving them out of the Reserve, and is currently being heard. In August 2005 the United Nations urged Botswana to work with the Bushman to settle the dispute. It is estimated that some 250 Bushmen remain in the Reserve, having evaded eviction or infiltrated back after having been removed.

At press time, there were six days left on the government’s ultimatum.

Federal judge rules warrantless wiretaps illegal

June 15th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A United States District federal judge ruled Thursday that the Bush administration’s wiretapping program is “unconstitutional” and that it “must be halted immediately.” The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) challenging federal intelligence agencies’ eavesdropping of international phone calls without obtaining court warrants.

The defendants, the National Security Agency (NSA), the Central Security Service and NSA Director and Chief of the Central Security Service, Lieutenant General Keith B. Alexander asserted that they cannot defend their case without exposing state secrets.

Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, US District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, wrote in an opinion that the defense argument was “without merit”.

“Defendants have supported these arguments without revealing or relying on any classified information,” Taylor wrote in an opinion accompanying the ruling.

Judge Taylor also ruled that the tapping violates “the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution, privacy and free speech.”

The Bush Administration has been firmly committed to the wiretapping, known as the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP), and said the practice has a valid basis in law, despite public criticism. Defenders of the program contended that the President has the authority under the AUMF and the Constitution to authorize the continued use of the TSP.

Judge Taylor wrote in her 43-page opinion that, “We must first note that the Office of the Chief Executive has itself been created, with its powers, by the Constitution. There are no hereditary Kings in America and no powers not created by the Constitution. So all ‘inherent powers’ must derive from that Constitution.”

The ACLU filed the lawsuit to protect the privacy and unreasonable search of lawful verbal exchanges by journalists, lawyers and scholars among others. The court order ruled that powers granted by TSP violated the U.S. Separation of Powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the First and Fourth Amendments.

An appeal over the court decision is expected.

In 2001, President George W. Bush approved a program that allowed the NSA to monitor international calls for possible terrorist activity when one party to the call was outside U.S. territory. The government argued that the program is well within the president’s authority. The Justice Department wrote, “In the ongoing conflict with al Qaeda and its allies, the president has the primary duty under the Constitution to protect the American people”.

What To Look For When Purchasing A Dash Cam System In Orange County

June 15th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

byAlma Abell

Are you shopping around for a new dash cam for your vehicle, but are unsure of where to start or what camera to purchase? Not everyone is a technology wizard. Knowing how to find the right Dash Cam System Orange County for your vehicle can be difficult. Dash cameras are quickly becoming an extremely popular item. They are used for more than just recording traffic accidents. This article will assist you in finding the right vehicle camera for your needs. Browse website for more details.

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First off, when choosing a Dash Cam System Orange County, you will want to ensure that the system is hidden from plain sight. In most cases, you want a black camera that is smaller. Keep in mind, however, that the more options the camera has, the more expensive it will be more than likely. If you cannot get the camera you desire in black (although, that would be extremely unlikely, as that is the most popular color for a dash camera), then it would be best to choose a close darker color such as dark blue.

Next up are the features. You will definitely want to ensure that it has a good video recorder. This is probably the single most important factor to consider when choosing a camera. If at all possible, try to get a camera that will support at least 720p (HD) resolution. The higher the resolution the better the quality of the video. If something illegal were to be captured, or a traffic accident witnessed, you want to ensure that the images are high enough quality to be able to be seen clearly.

Subsequently, a great camera should have good quality night video recording features. Because you should be driving around with your headlights on anyway, having what is called true night vision as a feature on your camera isn’t really necessary. The next features are looping mode and date and time stamp. Loop recording mode enables your camera to continue to record when the memory becomes full. Date and time stamps are important due to the fact that your video could be submitted as evidence if a crime or accident is witnessed.

In conclusion, you can see that these are a few basic, must have features when shopping for a Dash Cam System Orange County. Having a great quality camera system may one day assist in catching a criminal or any other misdeeds. For more information, visit Blackbox Guard Inc.

Pakistan wins Fortune Cup defeating West Indies by 3-0

June 15th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pakistan defeated West Indies by 31 runs in the third and last match of cricket played at Abu Dhabi to win the Fortune Cup 3-nil on Sunday.

The competition was a series of One Day International matches (ODI), each of 50 overs.Pakistan won Wednesday’s opening match in a thrilling finish. Kamran Akmal‘s heroic last over opened with 2 sixes and scored 17 in five balls, in response to a score of 294 from the West Indies.

In the second ODI on Friday, Pakistan won by 24 runs. Pakistan bat first and scored 232 all out in 49 overs. On the other hand, West Indies were all out in 48.5 overs scoring 208. Sohail Tanvir earned Friday’s Man of the Match award by taking two wickets, after scoring 26 runs on just 20 balls.

Fortune Cup Scoreboard West Indies vs Pakistan

Match Pakistan West Indies Result
1st 295-6 in 49.5 overs 294-9 in 50 overs Pakistan won by 4 wickets
2nd 232 all out in 49 overs 208 all out in 48.5 overs Pakistan won by 24 runs
3rd 273-6 in 50 overs 242 all out in 46.3 overs Pakistan won by 31 runs

Interview with Glen Stollery of ScienTOMogy.info

June 15th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Glen Stollery is a New Zealand website developer who created the site ScienTOMogy.info in mid 2005. The site, which is a parody of Tom Cruise and his involvement with the Church of Scientology, became the centre of controversy when it was served with a number of cease and desist orders initiated by the Church. On March 19, 2006, Glen issued a media release stating that his web hosting provider, YouTube, had removed videos of Tom Cruise which formed part of the site. The release suggested that YouTube had taken this action under external pressure from Cruise or Viacom.

Responding to a query by Wikinews reporters, YouTube stated “We have not received a DMCA notification letter from Viacom.” The Church of Scientology was offered the opportunity to respond to the claims made by Stollery during the interview. No reply was received.

This exclusive interview deals with these issues and others relating to the website. It was conducted with Glen via email between March 21 and April 3, 2006.