New mall in Washington, US almost complete, traffic a concern

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A new shopping center in Washington, United States called Lakewood Crossing is planning on building and opening new stores. It was opened on September 21, 2006 with the opening of the Marysville, Washington Costco. The mall has still been in the planning stages since 2005. The developer is Powell Development from Kirkland, Washington and the mall is located in North Lakewood, Washington.

There are more than 17 stores and more are being built. A Marshalls, Boston’s Gourmet Pizza, Mongolian Grill, Discount Tire, and others are yet to open. The Washington State Department of Transportation say this could cause more traffic problems. The intersection of Washington State Route 531 and 27th Avenue (only way in and out) is “crowded and tight”. Twin Lakes is now inaccessible because of the traffic.

Plans to redo the traffic are coming soon. They plan to open a loop ramp on the interchange of Washington State Route 531 and Interstate 5 in 2009. Twin Lakes Avenue NE will be extended and a freeway ramp will be added soon, along with a bridge across Interstate 5.

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19 October

Before You Do An Internet Business Start Up Answer These 4 Questions

By Robert Roy

So you’re considering an online business? First, you need a business plan before having an internet business start up. You need to know what you need, where you are going and how long it will take you.

“The business plan is a necessity. If the person who wants to start a small business can’t put a business plan together, he or she is in trouble,” says Robert Krummer, Jr., chairman of First Business Bank in Los Angeles.

This goes for any business, including an internet business start up. In fact, I feel it is more important for online businesses. This can be one reason why there are so many failures.

To start any business you need to think it through. If you don’t you may not end up where you think you want to go. There are 4 core questions that you need to answer before you go on according to the US Small Business Agency.

The 4 Core Questions Are:

What service or product does your business provide and what needs does it fill?

Who are the potential customers for your product or service and why will they purchase it from you?

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How will you reach your potential customers?

Where will you get the financial resources to start your business?

As I mentioned in the “4 Basic Steps to a successful Web site” ( the first is to define your niche market. You can do this easily through SBI!’s Brainstorm It!

Financial Needs

Once you have your niche, the next questions come easily. The last point about the financial resources are important. Depending on what your niche business is and whether or not you will need to have inventory will help drive your financial resources needs.

With SBI you will not need much more. They have the complete package. In fact, they are the only “All-In-One” package for anyone who wants an internet business start up or not.


I have found outside of a computer, a high speed line and a business license you are set to go. Remember that SBI! has it all, you do not need to purchase another service.

Time Management

This is a very important factor. How much time do you have to put into your new internet business start up? You need to determine this ahead of time. Why? Because working on your online business will make time fly by and you need to put a reasonable limit on it. Remember studies, social life and family.

I will be writing more on time management in the near future


Set Your Goals

This is also a very important part of your business plan. You need goals that you want to meet over the short term, one to 6 months. For example, you want you Web site up in 1 week or 1 month. Or you want to have 4 articles written within the first 6 weeks.

You also want long term goals for an internet business start up. These usually take the time line of 6 – 12 months to 2+ years. They usually are around number of sales, profit goals or number of members.

Good Sources For More Info

Some good resources include the U.S. government Small Business Administration (, starting a business. Remember if you have a good business plan they have loans for online business start up’s.

Another good source for internet business start up is the SBDCNET. They have partnered with the SBA to give you a great deal of information on ecommerce.

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17 October

Wikinews interviews Oceania Paralympic Committee President Paul Bird

Thursday, August 30, 2012

London, England — When Wikinews interviewed Oceania Paralympic Committee (OPC) President Paul Bird, the day before the start of this year’s Summer Paralympics, he shared the idea that whilst Oceania may not be the first place one thinks of in connection with “Paralympics” or even “developing countries”, Oceania is represented at the Games in London by athletes who have overcome many obstacles in order to compete.

According to Bird, two athletes from Oceania are regarded as medal prospects. One, Fijian high-jumper Iliesa Delana, missed out in Beijing due to his event being cancelled. He is currently ranked number two in the world, having won silver at the World Championships. The other is Francis Kompaon, a sprinter from Rabaul in Papua-New Guinea competing in the 100 and 200 metre sprints. These athletes qualified under the standard Paralympic processes. Other Oceania athletes are “wildcards”, selected by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to broaden the number of nations taking part. Countries do not always get their preferred choices of wildcards; for a variety of reasons, the IPC may select a less-favoured athlete. In particular, women are more likely to be chosen to address the games’ gender imbalance.

It’s not easy being an athlete, or an official, from a developing country says Bird. Often people are confronted with a host of unfamiliar situations. For example: many of the required forms are now online; officials with little technology experience have to navigate an unfamiliar landscape of browsers, buttons and passwords.

The OPC consists of eight countries: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Papua-New Guinea. Papua-New Guinea and Samoa are sending two athletes each to the London Games. Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands are sending one each.

Bird says, in attempting to promote Paralympic sport in Oceania, the region’s Paralympic Committee puts a priority on training local officials, coaches and classifiers. This helps member countries conduct their own events, without assistance from Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, the Committee organizes the Arafura Games, a regional competition.

Countries in the region are encouraged by the OPC to assemble teams, get athletes into work rankings, and plan ahead for the 2016 Paralympics to be held in Rio. Efforts are being made to strengthened ties between the region and international bodies such as the International Tennis Federation.

Bird, as head of the OPC, has been a member of the Australian Paralympic Committee since 1993. He won gold and silver medals in swimming at the 1984 Paralympics where he was the Australian Team Captain. He was the Australian Chef de Mission in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, and the Assistant Chef de Mission in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, and Beijing in 2008. He also currently sits on the Australian Paralympic Committee’s board.

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17 October

On the campaign trail, May 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The following is the seventh in a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2012 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after a brief mention of some of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail, the leading candidates for the Americans Elect presidential nomination respond to a major announcement from that organization’s board of directors, two presidential candidates in favor of same-sex marriage react to President Barack Obama’s announcement of support for the practice, and Wikinews interviews the newly-selected Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee.

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17 October

Brother of murdered Pakistani social media star sentenced to life

Monday, September 30, 2019

On Friday in Pakistan, Mohammed Waseem, brother of social media personality and feminist Qandeel Baloch, was sentenced for her murder to life in prison by a court in Multan. Waseem confessed to killing his sister by strangling her in 2016 in what has widely been called an honor killing. She was 26.

Baloch and Waseem’s mother, Anwar, wept upon hearing her son had been convicted and said she believed he was innocent. In August, the parents tried to have Waseem released by saying they forgave him for the killing. Until recently, Pakistani law allowed the perpetrators of honor killings to go unpunished if forgiven by the victim’s family.

Even though Waseem confessed to acting alone, several alleged accomplices, including Muslim cleric Mufti Abdul Qawi, were tried by the same court. All, including Qawi, were acquitted. Baloch was murdered a few weeks after publicly posting pictures of herself with Qawi on the Internet, and Qawi drew criticism for associating with her. Qawi was later accused of inciting the murder in some way, which he denied. Some of Qawi’s supporters threw flower petals as he was leaving the courthouse.

Waseem appeared in a news conference after his 2016 arrest in which he expressed no regret for his sister’s death and specifically mentioned family honor. He has since said his initial confession was forced.

“As women we must stand up for ourselves. As women we must stand up for each other[,]” Baloch wrote on social media shortly before her death. “I believe I am a modern day feminist.”

Qandeel Baloch made videos and social media posts depicting her dancing, singing, lying in bed or, on one occasion, offering to disrobe if Pakistan defeated India in a then-upcoming cricket match, all of which are considered controversial for women in Pakistan.

When Baloch was born, about 250 miles (400 km) southwest of Lahore, she was Fouzia Azeem, daughter to a poor farming family. At the time of her murder, Qandeel Baloch, nicknamed the “Kim Kardashian of Pakistan,” had about 750,000 followers on Facebook, and wrote about feminism. In an interview with Dawn, she said as a teenager she was forced into an abusive marriage by her family. She also said that her much-older husband attempted to disfigure her with acid. Baloch ran away from the marriage to a shelter with her son but later returned the boy to her husband when she could not support him.

Since Baloch’s death, Pakistan’s laws about honor killings have changed. Though the accused can still avoid the death penalty if forgiven by the victim’s family, the minimum prison sentence for the crime even if forgiven is now 25 years. Waseem is eligible to appeal.

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16 October

Whole Body Vibration Suggestions For Contraindications

Submitted by: Terza Isidora

When purchasing Complete Physique Vibration (WBV), or any exercising devices for that matter, it is important to realize your physical state-of-becoming in buy to stay away from any potential injuries. Each and every person is different and every human system has the potential to react uniquely to WBV stimulus.From a liability standpoint it is essential that companies make a health warning easily offered. Buyers will need to be conscious of the contraindications so that they can safeguard by themselves from making use of devices that might potentially influence a preexisting situation. As a rule of thumb it is essential to bear in mind that Complete Entire body Vibration gives the user all the physiologic rewards of exercise and does so in a extremely compressed time frame. WBV encourages circulation, oxygenation and lymphatic drainage in the injured tissue and therefore speeds up healing. Moreover, the stimulus that the tissues encounter on the neurological level provides the system a huge proprioceptive input.Due to the fact the platforms moves three-four mm at a charge of 20 to fifty instances a second, the problem that the bone, muscle, and ligament tissues experience in a thirty to sixty second time frame are substantial. This is in which the biggest benefits are recognized in the Fitness globe. Since substantial advancements in strength and flexibility can be achieved in a brief period of time of time WBV has turn into a really desirable physical exercise technique.The contraindications linked with WBV instruction utilize to the chiropractic or fitness setting alike. The standard chiropractic affected person is “unconditioned” and might more probable be rehabilitating from an injuries. Men and women employing WBV in a fitness/accelerated training capacity are more most likely to be match and in shape, but the contraindications need to be observed in any scenario.Regardless of who is utilizing WBV, beginners must phase in coaching atan suitable rate and not more than use the modality to prevent damaging facet results. People that start out as well quickly or use WBV a lot more than the encouraged amount are susceptible to encountering headaches and/or soreness. This is because of to the entire body detoxifying and/or about-stimulation. It is common for any exercising devices or rehabilitation modality to include a wellness warning for liability functions. WBV is no various.For the health treatment clinician the physiologic benefits play a huge position in the implementation of WBV for rehabilitation. Considering that soft tissues can be exercised with out having to consider an hurt location or extremity by way of lively ranges of movement, WBV can be introduced extremely early in the treatment protocol.Nevertheless these physiologic modifications also lead the clinician to be mindful of contraindications. A medical professional can clearly deduct that 1 would not employ WBV on a affected person withcurrent fractures and surgeries, huge open wounds, metastatic cancers, modern metal implants and the like. If somebody has any recognized health care issue, or any bodily limitation on their potential to exercise, PowerVibe strongly recommends that they look for the assistance of a doctor just before making use of Total Physique Vibration.It is usually a good idea for everyone to seek advice from with a medical doctor prior to commencing any exercising method. Ongoing research in the field of Total Body Vibration indicates that many situations can really advantage from this kind of treatment. Even so, if you have any of the subsequent contraindications PowerVibe strongly recommends that you find the assistance of a physician just before using any PowerVibe machine, in purchase to stay away from any feasible private injuries.o Pregnancy o Acute/ Deep Vein Thrombosis o Severe Cardiovascular Ailment o Pacemaker o Persistent Exhaustion Syndrome o Acute hernia, Discopathy o Acute disc connected issues, Spondylosis, gliding Spondylolisthesis or fractures o Significant Diabetic neuropathy o Tumors o Modern Surgeries o Epilepsy o Gallstones, Kidney stones, Bladder stones o Cardiac dysrhythmias o Acute Rheumatoid Arthritis o Acute/sever inflammations, infections and/ or fever o Acute Migraine o Clean (surgical) wounds o Surgical metal implants o Osteonecrosis o Severe Osteoporosis with BMD

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14 October

Scientists use gene therapy, patients’ own immune systems to fight leukemia

Friday, August 12, 2011

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new treatment for a type of leukemia (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) that uses a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer cells. Scientists extracted the blood from three male patients, all of whom suffered from advanced leukemia. They inserted a gene into the patients’ T-cells (the cells normally responsible for ridding the body of foreign pathogens such as viruses), and the gene reprograms the cells to actively seek out and kill cancer cells within the blood. They then returned the modified blood to the patients.

The patients initially reported symptoms similar to those of a bad case of the flu, but the researchers pointed out that this was likely due to the body’s response to rapid cancer cell death all at once. However, once the symptoms subsided, the scientists found that two of the three patients had no signs of leukemia and the third, while still sick, showed significant improvement. Additionally, they discovered that the modified T-cells not only killed existing cancer cells, but brand new ones as well.

Though optimistic, experts say that more research needs to be done to determine if this will be a viable treatment on a large scale and warn that this therapy would not be available as an approved treatment for several more years.

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13 October

Police report drug haul seizure worth up to £30 million in Brownhills, England

Monday, December 2, 2013

Police in the West Midlands in England today said nearly 200 kilograms worth of drugs with value possibly as great as £30 million (about US$49 million or €36 million) has been seized from a unit in the town of Brownhills. In what an officer described as “one of the largest [seizures] in the force’s 39 year history”, West Midlands Police reported recovering six big cellophane-wrapped cardboard boxes containing cannabis, cocaine, and MDMA (“ecstasy”) in a police raid operation on the Maybrook Industrial Estate in the town on Wednesday.

The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated

The seized boxes, which had been loaded onto five freight pallets, contained 120 one-kilogram bags of cannabis, 50 one-kilogram bags of MDMA, and five one-kilogram bricks of cocaine. In a press release, West Midlands Police described what happened after officers found the drugs as they were being unloaded in the operation. “When officers opened the boxes they discovered a deep layer of protective foam chips beneath which the drugs were carefully layered”, the force said. “All the drugs were wrapped in thick plastic bags taped closed with the cannabis vacuum packed to prevent its distinctive pungent aroma from drawing unwanted attention.” Police moved the drugs via forklift truck to a flatbed lorry to remove them.

Detective Sergeant Carl Russell of West Midlands Police’s Force CID said the seizure was the largest he had ever made in the 24 years he has been in West Midlands Police and one of the biggest seizures the force has made since its formation in 1974. “The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated”, he said. “The drugs had almost certainly been packed to order ready for shipping within Britain but possibly even further afield. Our operation will have a national effect and we are working closely with a range of law enforcement agencies to identify those involved in this crime at whatever level.”

Expert testing on the drugs is ongoing. Estimates described as “conservative” suggest the value of the drugs amounts to £10 million (about US$16.4 million or €12 million), although they could be worth as much as £30 million, subject to purity tests, police said.

Police arrested three men at the unit on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. The men, a 50-year-old from Brownhills, a 51-year-old from the Norton area of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, and one aged 53 from Brownhills, have been released on bail as police investigations to “hunt those responsible” continue. West Midlands Police told Wikinews no person has yet been charged in connection with the seizure. Supplying a controlled drug is an imprisonable offence in England, although length of jail sentences vary according to the class and quantity of drugs and the significance of offenders’ roles in committing the crime.

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11 October

Holidaying In Queen Of Hills With Darjeeling Tour Packages

Submitted by: Tarun Yadav

Welcome to Darjeeling, the exotic travel destination located in the lap of Kanchan Junga drawing the attention of tourists across the nook and corner of the world. Snow caped peaks, green extensive tea gardens, rich flora and fauna, the breathtaking sunrise and sunset s points, cascading waterfalls, lush green forests and mild climatic condition make Darjeeling the most sought after tourists destinations in north-east India. As it is a perfect summer hill resort to escape from the scorching heat so this place is often referred as the Queen of the Hills . It is among the most ideal location for honeymooners and newly weds to spend some quality time together in this beautiful place.

Darjeeling has many fascinating attractions that magnetize tourists towards it. Among all the attractions Darjeeling Toy Train commonly known as Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage is the most important feature of Darjeeling Tourism. In 1999, UNESCO accepted it as a World Heritage. It is the finest example of rail link in India that operates between Darjeeling and New Jalpaiguri. During its eight hour journey tourists find lots of fun and excitement particularly when it passes through the snow capped lofty mountains, exotic landscapes, extensive tea gardens, waterfalls giving enjoyment to the riders.

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Passenger Ropeway is the other attractions of Darjeeling which magnets tourists round from the globe. It is a bi-cable passenger ropeway situated at an elevation of 7,000 above the sea level and connects Darjeeling with Bijanbari in Rangeet valley. This ride gives a thrilling experience and provides beautiful vistas of dense forests, mountain ridges, and water streams flowing under you giving a mesmerizing view.

Besides the attractions of Darjeeling you can also visit another attractive hill station, Pelling which is sandwiched between the snow-covered peaks of Sikkim. It is a little rural community that is famous for its extreme natural beauty. This hill station offers the picturesque view of clouds, snowfall and rocks that adds charm to its beauty. Making Darjeeling tour can accomplish all your dreams as it is god gifted in all aspects. Visiting and exploring Pelling means to experience the nature closely in its all forms.

Apart from this you can also explore tours to Gangtok, a major tourist destination in northeastern India. It is an attractive hill station and the capital of Sikkim. Tourists visiting Darjeeling can easily visit Gangtok as it takes only four hours drive from Darjeeling. While driving to Gangtok the zigzag roads provides tourists a wonderful experience to see the lush green landscapes, the Himalayas and the flowing view of river Teesta which gives a mesmerizing view. In Gangtok, there are a number of tourists attractions among which Tsomgo Lake, Khecheapalri Lake and Pelling are very famous.

Besides Darjeeling and Gangtok there are many magnificent tourists destinations that you can explore through North East Tour Packages such as Sikkim which is situated amidst Himalaya s ranges and is one of the most attracting tourist s destinations in north east India. It is the second smallest state of India adorned with striking landscapes and greenery expanded in its every corner. The third highest peak in the world, Mt Kanchendzonga is situated in this place. The state is known for its monasteries and hot water springs. The rich flora and fauna is equally popular here inviting you to explore its enigmatic beauty.

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10 October

Crowded House drummer found dead

Monday, March 28, 2005

Paul Hester, drummer for the popular 1980s band “Crowded House”, was found dead in a Melbourne park Saturday.

An ambulance service spokeswoman told the Sydney Morning Herald that ambulance officers arrived at Elsternwick Park on Saturday afternoon. They reported Hester had “attempted suicide” and suffered “strangulation”. The 46-year-old-father-of-two was last seen walking his two dogs in the popular suburban park near his home on Friday evening.

Hester had a history with bouts of depression, but seemed to be coping well following eight years of therapy. Friends told the The Daily Telegraph, however, that he suffered a recent turmoil in his love life. Firstly, there was the end of his romance with long-time partner and mother of his two daughters, and then a parting last December with New Zealand singer Kashan, whom he planned to wed in May. There appeared to be no indication he was distressed when he left the house to walk his dogs.

Hester, from Melbourne, Australia, was a founding member of the internationally popular group Crowded House. Previously, he was in the band “Split Enz” with Crowded House leader Neil Finn during the early 1980s. He quit Crowded House in 1994, two years before the band broke up, and became a television personality in Australia with his own prime-time show, then working mostly as a freelance drummer [e.g. for Tarmac Adam]. He had his own music chat show, Hessie’s Shed, on Australian TV in the late 1990s, and also had a recurring role as Paul the Cook on the children’s program The Wiggles. He also hosted the successful Australian cable music channel MAX’s Sessions series.

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8 October